Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Brusho'd Ink Splat Butterfly

Hello, happy Wednesday. Thank you for all the kind words on my butterfly canvas. Today's post is probably going to be another long one, but I will try to be as concise as possible. I used an assortment of the gorgeous, new, Limor Webber stamps for IndigoBlu along with Brusho crystals on today's card. But before I talk about that, I want to answer the questions I've been asked about storing Brusho pots, how to get the crystals out of the pots etc........
When I got my first few pots, I broke the seal on them, because one, I wanted to see what the crystals looked like & two, I just assumed that was what you had to do to get the crystals out..........

(I've had this pot for about two years now, you can see how much is still left)
Take it from me, you don't need to break the seals. Because you only need to use tiny amounts at a time, poking one small hole in the top is sufficient - use your poky tool. (You can poke as many holes in the top as you personally want, just be aware; the more holes the pot has, the more crystals are going to end up on your project) 
Once you've made a hole in the pots, store them upright. If they fall over, it's unlikely any of the crystals will fall out & if they do, it will be such a tiny amount that you probably won't even notice it......

I keep mine in a box, I write the name of the colour on the lid, so that I don't have to keep taking them out of the box until I find the colour I'm looking for. And if you're taking them to a workshop/class & you're worried there'll be crystals everywhere if they fall over in transit, stick a small piece of masking tape over the hole. Simples!
Okay, onto today's card. No step by step photos I'm afraid. I thought I had taken them, but this was obviously one of those projects where I got completely engrossed in what I was doing.
The background is Grey & Lemon Brusho on gloss card. I sprinkled on the crystals, then spritzed with water, repeating & moving the card until I liked what I saw. After the card dried - naturally, no heat tool - I flicked on drops of Shimmer Charcoal spray & left them to dry.........

I used Jet Black Stazon to stamp portions of the border stamps from the Limor Webber Rugged Edge stamp set & circle splats the Ink Splats set.
The Ink Splat Butterfly was stamped with Onyx Black Versafine, covered with
clear embossing powder & heat set. I stamped the butterfly again, three times onto white card, painted them with Lemon Brusho & water & cut them out..........
Before gluing on the butterflies I stamped the Limor Circles (back in stock very soon) with embossing ink, applied silver embossing powder & heat set.
I stamped the Follow Your Art stamp from Stampendous with Onyx Black Versafine onto a test piece of card that was on my desk, cut it out & edged with Black Soot distress ink.
And here's the finished card.........
(Black card & Citrine card for matting & layering onto a 7x7 white card blank)

Before I go, I will leave you with another Brusho tip.....
When you have finished using your Brusho pots, put them away & clean your work surface. Experience has taught me that even the tiniest crystal packs a lot of colour & white card blanks are too precious to be contaminated by escaped crystals. :-)
Thanks for visiting the blog today. I might be back over the weekend. Until then, take care & happy crafting.



  1. Great card, Kirsten - and your tip about cleaning the working surface is a good one, I have been there!!

  2. Loving that grunge look! And it's so true these little grains can be invisible until they get wet!

  3. What a beautiful card - I really must get some Brushos!

  4. I think that this is absolutely stunning Kirsten and I adore the colours! Xx

  5. This is such a cool card - the golden tones are fabulous with the bold black graphics, and the whole thing shows off that fantastic butterfly image to perfection.
    Alison x

  6. Glad I popped by to read this post. Some more tips for me on the Brusho's thank you x. Loving the colour combination of the lemon and grey..thanks again x


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