Friday, November 28, 2014

Brushos and Butterfly


Hi everyone.  This card is for my good friend Susan.  It is her birthday today --- Happy Birthday Susan!! :)  I sent her this card a few days ago and she's already received it, so I'm sharing with you.  Blue is Susan's favourite colour, so I made sure to include it in her card. :)

Another fun time experimenting with my Brushos.  Today I'm sharing a tip I learned through playing ...

I find that I need to add a LOT of water to get them to blend and spread.  I was soaking up the excess water with paper towel and thinking it was a shame because lots of ink was being soaked up as well.  Then I had an "AH-HA" moment.  Instead of using paper towel, I placed a second piece of watercolour paper on top, pressed down, and then pulled the two apart.  Ended up with two pieces of beautiful watercoloured background paper; the second one being a lot lighter in colour.  Love how they turned out and ended up with twice the backgrounds I would have --- so I was HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY! :) Used the lighter one for the die-cut of the solid butterfly and the darker one for the background.

I'm loving the white accents with the deep, saturated colours of the Brusho crystals. Vellum works great too as it doesn't cover up all the gorgeous colour.  I added in a little turquoise leafy branch die-cut with turquoise Add A Little Dazzle metal sheets, and my card was done.  I've been totally obsessed with watercolouring over the past couple of months ... and had a lot of fun.  Alway learning new things, every time I pull out the watercolour paper. :)

I'm entering this card for the Time Out challenge (#19 - embossing with an optional twist of sparkle).  My sentiment is heat embossed ... and the leafy sprig is very sparkley! :)  Thanks Sandie!

Hope you all have a great weekend!



Stamps:  The Big, the bold and the Happy (Winnie & Walter)
Paper:  White (card base); Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. cold press); vellum (Bazzill - 40 lb.)
Ink:  Brushos:  turquoise, ultra marine, purple, leaf green; Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  white embossing powder, heat tool, water mister; Moonlight butterfly, Kaleidoscope Butterfly and Fresh Foliage dies (Memory Box), Add A Little Dazzle turquoise metal sheet

25 comments:

Nancy Stislow said...

Thank you for the ideas with Brusho! I have to agree, the colors are absolutely gorgeous and two for one is brilliant! Love the colors you used on this one!

aileen (mum) said...

Loll, such a beautiful card. Thanks for sharing that tip about putting the extra watercolour paper on top. The white works really well with this card.

Lyndal said...

This is stunning Loll!

Susan said...

It's even more beautiful in real life! Thank you, Loll, for making such a gorgeous birthday card for me!

Lee-Anne said...

Wow...AMAZING colors...such a stunning card!

Vicki Dutcher said...

So lovely!

Kristie W. said...

Gorgeous card, Loll! I love the background you created and that beautiful butterfly!

Kylie said...

wow, they give you an amazing background. LOVE the butterfly!! xx

sandie said...

Loll this is just so amazing the colours are stunning and the delicate butterfly so beautiful, this would be great to Time Out!!

Pamellia Johnson said...

Holy cow Loll, this is stunning! You have such a way with blending colours, I am always saying oooh and ahhhh, whenever I visit you! Thanks for your wonderful comments on my blog while I was on holiday! I had a great time with my Mom! big hugs :)

Bonnie said...

That was a great aha moment! Love that you can get 2 for 1! A perfect card for Susan!

Anita in France said...

STUNNING! Says it all, Loll ... I love it! Anita :)

Anita in France said...

Oops, Loll ... back to say how delighted I am you played along with us at Time Out! Anita :)

Maura R said...

Oooooh, I LOVE this card, Loll! The color combo is so lovely and the I love the look of the shiny leaf sprig and the butterfly. Great idea about pressing the 2 pieces of paper together - Bonus!

sandie said...

Thanks for adding to our gallery Loll, it sure is a beauty xx

Deepti said...

Oh my !! this is such a beauty, love the blue water colored BG

Barb Ghig said...

I'm not familiar with Brushos, but after seeing your GORGEOUS card, I want them! This is such a stunning card, Loll! The colors you created on your background are so beautiful, and I love the vellum butterfly and leafy branch! Thanks so much for the tip on soaking up the excess...Brilliant idea! I am certain that your friend is going to cherish this stunning work of art!!!

Sarah Gray said...

Gorgeous! I haven't tried brushos either but love the rich, blended colour you have got here! Lovely combined with the delicate butterfly. Thanks for joining us at Time Out :)

Brenda said...

Wow, this is a stunning card Loll! The brusho background is amazing and love that you made a second background just by putting another watercolor paper on top of the first background, how exciting and fun!! I think this brusho stuff is very cool indeed and I love how it came out on this stunning card. Love the butterfly and leaves. Hugs, Brenda

Stamps and Paper said...

Beautiful card Loll and such a stunning background

Anne

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card! Thank you for joining us at the Time Out Challenge.

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Just stunning Loll . . . I had never heard of Brushos, must look them up! Hazel x

cm said...

BUTTERFLY...I'm in love!
Hugs~c

Beverley said...

Such beautiful colours & wonderfully created card. Thanks for taking the TIME OUT and joining in on the challenge. Hugs Bev x

MaryH said...

Gosh, I guess I missed this beauty! The vellum accents are so delicate with the marvelous marbling of the brusho . I did do the 'mop-up' with a 2nd w/c sheet, but will try it next with a vellum sheet. You got some wonderful depth of color on this pretty card, and the metallic look really gleams. TFS the link since I had missed this! Thanks for the tips too. Hope all is well, Hugs