Brusho Meets Detailed Floral Thinlits

Every year when the Occasions Catalog comes out, I get so excited about everything that’s new, that I often (temporarily) forget about all of the amazing products still available in the Annual Catalog!  So this weekend, I focused on making sure to feature Annual Catalog products in everything I created!  For this set of cards, the Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies is the main product I used from the Annual Catalog.

For both cards, I used Brusho in Brilliant Red, Gamboge, and Yellow with a Stampin’ Spritzer on Watercolor Paper.  I cut a sheet of the watercolor paper in half, and watercolored the entire thing with Brusho.  For the first card, when the watercolor paper was completely dry, I ran it through the Big Shot with the Detailed Floral Thinlits to make the colorful die cut top layer:

I mounted the die cut layer directly onto a thick Whisper White base, added a strip of white cardstock, and stamped the sentiment from the Picture Perfect Birthday set in Smoky Slate.  I finished it by adding a white organza ribbon bow and some pearls!

While making the first card, I got the idea to make a second card, but use a solid Brusho layer underneath a white die cut top layer instead (so kind of the opposite of what I did for the first card!).  So I colored another sheet of the watercolor paper with Brusho, then mounted it to the white base.  I then used the die to make a plain white die cut layer, and added that over the Brusho piece.  I then added the white strip, sentiment, bow, and pearls, just like on the first card:

And that’s it! I’m not sure which one of these I like better, but I know I really love the color variation of the Brusho on both! Which do you prefer?

Thanks for checking in today!

Nicolle

 

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Nicolle

Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team January Projects

 

Each year, Stampin’ Up! selects a small group of demonstrators from all over the the world to be part of their Artisan Design Team. These demonstrators must have a blog and must commit to creating projects at least monthly for a year to share on their blogs, as well as in Stampin’ Up! marketing including Facebook, Instagram, and more!  Each month showcases projects centered around a certain product, group of products, or theme. January’s projects feature Sale-a-Bration items, and they are ALL truly beautiful!  ALL of the stamp sets featured in these projects can be earned for FREE with a $50 order (before tax and shipping)!  While I am NOT a member of the Artisan Design Team, I thought you might enjoy seeing what they have created!  Please click HERE to see this month’s amazing projects.  Enjoy!

Have a great weekend!

Nicolle

Petal Palette Bundle Swap Card

Today’s card is a card I made for a swap I participated in with my team.  There were 14 of us, and we all used different stamps/bundles to make our cards.  I chose the Petal Palette Bundle for mine!  The bundle comes with the Petal Palette stamp set as well as the Petals & More Thinlits dies, and of course, you save 10% when you purchase the bundle!  Here’s a picture from the catalog:

To make this card, I used a Thick Whisper White card base, and layered Berry Burst with regular Whisper White on top.  I then used an aquapainter to spatter some Berry Burst ink from the bottom right corner up to the top left.  While that dried, I cut out my background die cuts.  I used the large leaves and vine die, as well as the trellis looking one.  I cut two of the vine one, one from Pear Pizzazz cardstock and one from Vellum.  On all of the die cuts I used the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets on the back before cutting.  I absolutely LOVE these sheets!  I think they are so much easier to use than glue.  I always make a huge mess with glue, no matter how careful I am, so the adhesive sheets have been a real lifesaver for me!  I adhered the vellum die cut first, then the Pear Pizzazz over it, and kind of off centered from each other, as I wanted the vellum one to be almost a shadow behind the green one.

Once those were on, I applied the trellis one across the middle of the card.  I stamped the flowers and sentiment in Basic Black, and colored the flowers with aquapainters in Berry Burst and Pear Pizzazz.  After they were dry, I cut the flowers out with the coordinating die from the set, and cut the sentiment out with one of the circles from the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  The flowers were adhered with glue dots, and the sentiment piece with dimensionals.

Once that was done, I added a few rhinestones, and the card was complete!  This may be one of my favorite color combinations ever!  I love Berry Burst, and I think it looks great with any green we offer in our color collection!  But I especially love it with Pear Pizzazz!   I think the soft green and the deep pink look amazing together!

You can find all of the products to make this card in the online store!  Click here to check them out!

Thanks for visiting today!  Have a great day!

Nicolle

 

Spritzing Brusho

Apparently, one of my darling minions children messed with my alarm clock yesterday and changed the time for my alarm to go off!  Needless to say, I got up late today, so this is going to have to be a short post for now!  (Add one more thing to the list that I have to double check from now on!   I’m starting to lose track!)  LOL!

So anyway, for this card, I used Brusho and my Stampin’ Spritzer.  I heat embossed the flower in white on water color paper using the Definitely Dahlia background stamp.  Then I sprinkled the Prussian Blue Brusho crystals very lightly over the card.  I didn’t want the color to be super dark, so I was very careful not to use too much!  I then spritzed the water and let the crystals go wherever they were going to go!  I let it sit for a minute or so, then dabbed with a paper towel to absorb some of the excess color and water.  I then added a very small amount of the yellow crystals and repeated the above steps.  I only wanted just a hint of yellow here and there, so I was very careful about where I put the yellow!

I wanted to keep this card very soft, so I mounted the finished top layer on whisper white and then on a Sahara Sand base.  I added some Linen Thread, as well as a simple Thank You sentiment from the Eastern Beauty stamp set.  And because I HAD to dress it up with just a little bit of bling, I added some of the very lightest Dapper Denim Glitter Enamel Dots in the corner:

Once again, I can’t tell you how much I LOVE the Brusho Crystals!  They are a lot of fun to experiment with!

Now I gotta run so I can get my kids out the door on time!  Hope to see you back soon!

Nicolle

 

Coloring on Vellum with Stampin’ Blends

The other day when I was coloring with my Stampin’ Blends (see yesterday’s post), I noticed that the ink bled through the paper to the back side.  So I got the idea to put card stock under the paper while I colored to see if enough of the ink would transfer to the card stock to make something useful.  Unfortunately, not enough came through to make it worthwhile.  It was just little smudges here and there.  But I still wanted to try something different, so that’s when I got the idea to try using Vellum.  This colorful background was the result!  So here’s how I got it:

Step 1: Gather Materials

For this, I used a piece of Vellum, a sheet of Petal Passion Designer Series Paper, and Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, and Old Olive Stampin’ Blends markers (not shown).

Step 2: Lay the Vellum over the DSP

Since I already knew that not enough ink would transfer through, I decided to try laying it on top and coloring on the vellum itself to see how it would come out.  Plus it’s easy to see where you need to color, as the vellum is clear enough that you can see the pattern of the paper underneath.

Step 3:  Color with Stampin’ Blends

Step 4: Remove and Let Dry

Because the Stampin’ Blends ink is alcohol based, it dries super fast.   I wanted to give it a few minutes though because sometimes drying takes longer on vellum, just because it’s so smooth and not as absorbent as regular paper!

Once I knew it was totally dry, I used it to make my card.  I really like how the color on vellum came out!

Just a few things:

  1. The Stampin’ Blends colors come out much lighter on vellum than on regular cardstock/paper.
  2. Once I removed the vellum from the DSP, I noticed that there were some big spaces without any red flowers.  Since I wanted the red flowers to be the focus, and wanted the whole background to be more balanced, I went and added just a couple of extra flowers to even out the pattern a little.  If you compare the final background to the original design on the DSP, you might notice it’s off a little!
  3. I attached the vellum to the top layer with four glue dots, just in the corners.  Regular Snail adhesive shows through, so you can’t really use it on the vellum without seeing it!

For embellishments, I added a piece of the new white organza ribbon tied in a knot, and then added some of the glitter epoxy shapes to the centers of the red flowers.  Here’s a close up of the epoxy shapes:

I really love the new Glitter & Clear Epoxy Embellishments!  I think they’re perfect for when you want to add just a little something more, but need it to be really subtle!  I also decided to add a layer of vellum over the sentiment piece.  When I first made this card, I left the sentiment on plain Whisper White card stock, but the color of the regular card stock was so bright next to the vellum, that it looked funny.  So I cut another oval out of vellum that was the same size as the sentiment piece, but before doing so, I added a piece of the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets to the back of it.  Once it was cut, I peeled off the backing, then applied the vellum over the sentiment.  Now it matches the rest of the card, and you can still see through it to read the sentiment.  I wasn’t sure if using the adhesive sheet on the back would obscure the words, but you can’t even tell it’s on there!  And now everything matches nicely!

So what do you think?  I love the way this background came out!  It’s definitely something different!  🙂

Thanks for checking in today!  Let me know if you have questions!

Nicolle