Thursday, 8 March 2018

Just Add Ink #399 - Just Add Water

Happy Friday! We have a great challenge for you this week at Just Add Ink!

I just had to get my Brusho Crytal Colour powders and spritzer out for this challenge. Look - it's a bit out there this card. But I made it for a good friend who is vibrant, happy and fun. I hope she likes it!

I've been having fun lately making collagey backgrounds for my watercolouring. It is a really fun way to add some detail without being too 'in your face'. I stamped the images and words with Versamark ink and heat embossed in clear. I have also used white but found that the clear is actually .... ummm..... clearer! For this technique you can spritz the cardstock - I love using Shimmery White - sprinkle on the Brusho and see what happens. But I actually like working on plastic. I keep the thick card backing and plastic that some of the Stampin' Up! DSP and foil comes packaged in. Makes a perfect area to work on. You just sprinkle the Brusho powders onto the plastic, spritz with water, mix around a bit if needed and then place the cardstock face down and move around a bit. Pick it up, check out what's happening and continue to pick up bits of colour as needed. Spritz more if needed. As it dries the clear embossing stands out more and more.

I love the the Amazing You stamp set and coordinating Celebrate You thinlits that you can get for free from the Sale-a-bration Catalogue until the end of this month. The foliage around the flower from Amazing You looks great in the background behind that fabulous Celebrate die cut. The fussy cut flowers are also coloured with Brusho. I use the same plastic work surface to mix on then paint with my aqua painter.

When you use plastic to work on you get left with lots of beautiful colour to work with. I used it as a stamp pad! I simply dipped my stamp into the colour and stamped. The card inside and envelope are decorated like this. 

I love the variegated look you get. Don't faint but I cut the foliage away from the flower because I am too lazy to mask. Laziness or good time management I ask? The first cut is the hardest but I find that if you are careful it can make some stamps more versatile and easier to use. 

Some black under the front panel makes it all stand out. I accidentally cut it too short so decided to change the design. A happy accident!

Make sure you pop on over to the Just Add Ink page to see how all the other Design Team members added water. Why not enter your own creation? We always love seeing them!


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  1. Oh I love what you have done with your card Lou! That background is awesome - Brusho truly gives it a great result x

  2. What a happy card this is!!! I love how you used Brusho to showcase on this card!

  3. I love it!! So vibrant and green, my fave! I still haven't been brave enough to cut a stamp, kudos to you Miss Lou xx

  4. Vibrant, bold and fun are definitely great ways to describe this Lou! Love your idea of stamping with your brusho pigment I will give that a try for sure. x

  5. Oh, wow! This looks great, Lou! I especially love the effect of the leaves on the inside -great tip!

  6. Such a bold, vibrant look, Lou. Guaranteed to brighten up the recipient's day.
    D :)


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