Friday, 24 April 2015

Brusho's and Stampendous

Morning all,

Hope you're having a good week, nearly the weekend.
I've been a bit poorly recently but much better now I'm pleased to say and we celebrated my Mum's 90th this week.
I so wanted to be at Lisa's Brusho class but wasn't well enough to attend.
I'll be at the May class so I'm really looking forward to catching up with everyone there.

Anyhow onto my makes for today, I've made three tags using a Brusho background then added a few stamped elements.
I wanted to focus on the background for this project and show you how you can achieve some great results and interest using Brusho's.

I cut my tags from a good quality card stock that will stand up to the water application or you can use watercolour card.
The tag sizes are 8x16cm.

I started by sprinkling a tiny amount of my first Brusho colour, Lemon, into my craft mat, less is more and you can always add more colour!
Then I spritzed this with water, a fine spray is good.

Next I put my tag onto the colour on the mat and pressed it down on different areas to pick up the colour.
You can get some nice effects doing this and decide how much or little you want to apply in this way.

By turning and tilting the tag you can make the colour drip and run if you wish.
Next I blotted onto paper towel.

***TOP TIP***
If you blot into a piece of white card you get the start of another background.
The I dried with my heat tool.

I used my colours from light to dark so I just left the remaining Lemon colour on my mat and added my second darker colour, Orange.
Repeating the same process as before and the drying again.

Lastly I chose a stencil I wanted to use and the added my final darkest colour, Rose Red, to my mat but hardly any water.
For this next process you need to use a sponge to apply the colour through the stencil but the sponge needs to be almost dry otherwise the colour will seep under the stencil.
So to do this I took the colour on my sponge and blotted the sponge onto paper towel or spare card stock before applying through the stencil area.
This stencil was TCW Mini Harlequin.

Again less is more and you will see by pressing the almost dry sponge
 how you can add the colour.
I love this technique and it creates such arty interesting backgrounds.
Next I simply stamped the images from the

To finish I spritzed the remains colours on my mat with water and coloured pieces of seam binding for my tags and dried with a heat tool.
The picture below was from the colours used on the next tag pictured below.

You now have a selection of tags for use on cards when you need them.
The interest is created in the super backgrounds using this technique!

 Above tag uses Brusho colours, Violet, Sea Green and Lemon with

Above tag uses Brusho colors in Lemon, Lime and Turquoise with the
TCW Coffee Splotch Stencil.

Hope you feel inspired to have a go...

Enjoy your day

Back soon

Crafty Hugs

Karen xXx

Brusho Crystal Colours - Starter Pack of 12  WOODWARE SPRAY BOTTLES - PACK OF 2Watercolour CardTCW Mini Coffee Splotch  Bubble Background  TCW Mini Harlequin  VersaFine Ink pad - Onyx Black Butterfly CharmsHeat Resistant Mat    Seam Binding Ribbon


  1. Fantastic tags Karen. So glad to hear that you're feeling better xxxx

  2. Lovely must get my brushos out ago again :-) xx

  3. Great tags Karen and love the top tips. xxx

  4. I think you caught the Brusho bug too... Addictive isn't it! A lovely set of tags with those vibrant backgrounds.

  5. Lovely pictures Karen for showing the building process x

  6. Lisa so sorry I followed Karens link and thought I was in her blog. Please disregard and I'll post again!

  7. Lovely pictures Lisa for showing the layer building process x

  8. Your back on form. It's great to see. xxxxx love the colours on the tags karen 2 super makes xx...


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