Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Brusho meets Blends!

Happy Mond....er...Tuesday! Today sure feels like a Monday after the long weekend! The good news is that it is already Tuesday and we're one day closer to Friday ;)
Today I have a card that may just be one of my favourites...like...ever! Check it out...

Isn't that just yummy???? Ugh...I can't even! When I opened my package of the new Springtime Foils DSP (part of the second round of Sale-a-bration offerings available NOW!), I couldn't resist trying it out with Brusho. I was in the midst of planning for upcoming classes focusing on Brusho and was on a bit of a roll. Anyhow...I sprinkled a little bit of Gamboge and Yellow on the DSP and then spritzed...magic happened! Once it had dried I decided to add some contrast to the flowers using my Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Blends, and oh, my heavens, the result is simply stunning!

I wish my camera could better capture the gradiation of colour and the glossy finish...sooooo pretty! I added green to the leaves using the Old Olive Blends. I layered it on a Basic Black card stock base and added a sentiment from Picture Perfect Birthday. The shimmery black ribbon is the perfect complement to the background. I added one more fussy-cut flower to the label and popper them both up for added dimension.

The inside is decidedly less exciting, as I simply added some Whisper White card stock and stamped another of the sentiments from the Picture Perfect set in Basic Black ink.

I am soooo in love with this look...stay tuned for more with this awesome new paper!

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Awesome Brusho and a Blog Hop

Happy Day-after-Valentine's Day! I hope you were feeling the love yesterday. It's time for another Stamping Symphony team blog hop!

This month we are all about the Brusho. All of us are having so much fun playing with this fabulous new medium that we couldn't resist featuring it in one of monthly blog hops.

This is actually one of the projects we'll be making as part of my Brush up on Brusho class next week. It is the perfect, grungy birthday card for a teen or tween boy. I created my background using embossing paste and the Pattern Party decorative masks. Once the white paste was dry, I brushed it with my Versamark pad and then heat embossed in gold. Here is a closer look:

To create the focal image background I used water colour paper and spritzed it lightly with water. Then I sprinkled on Brusho in blue and gamboge, allowing the crystals to activate wherever they contacted the water. Once it was dry I added the guitar image from the Epic Celebrations Sale-a-bration set and some flourishes from the Timeless Textures set and heat embossed them in gold. I used my Big Shot and Layering Circle dies to die cut a partial circle. I love the of shape of that layer.

The sentiment, also from the Epic Celebrations set, is heat embossed in gold and then I added another flourish in Basic Black, stamped off once. I used the Pretty Label punch to punch the sentiment and layered it on a gold foil startburst. The only embellishments on this card are a few gold sequins.

On the inside I added a Whisper White panel on which I stamped the sentiment from Epic Celebrations and more flourishes, all in Basic Black ink.

Now, how would you like to see more Brusho inspiration? Hop on over to Sandy's blog to see what she came up with!

1. Leena (You are here)
2. Sandy
3. Barb
4. Jennifer
5. Steph
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Monday, February 12, 2018

Simply Amazing Brusho Love

Happy Monday! I hope you had a good weekend. We had crazy snow and freezing rain here. Almost a foot of snow and then ice on top...not much traveling happened around here this weekend, which meant I got to stay home and make Valentines! More on those later. First I want to show you one of the projects I designed for my upcoming Brush up on Brusho class...

Can I just say how much I love those magical crystals of colour?? To create this card I applied Shimmery White embossing paste using the Pattern Party Decorative Masks. Then, with the mask still in place, I sprinkled on some Gamboge Brusho crystals. I ran my palette knife over the stencil again to spread the crystals and magic happened! Here is a closer look:

It is sooooo sparkly and pretty! I absolutely LOVE this look! Of course, I loved it so much I didn't want to cover it so I kept the design super simple, adding just the die-cut sentiment and dragonfly as well as some stamped and fussy-cut words. With all that sparkle the only embellishment required was a few gold sequins.

On the inside I stamped a border image from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set in Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie ink. Super simple, but oh, so pretty!

Be sure to check in tomorrow for some last-minute Valentine's inspiration. In the meantime, have a great week!

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