Monday, 22 January 2018

Love themed cards by Terri Koszler

As valentines day is fast approaching I thought it would be fun to make a few cards using brusho and some stamps and dies in my crafty stash.  If you scour the shelves in card shops everything is bright red and very soppy, I like to be a little different and create something you don't see in the shops.

Here are my 3 cards with a brief description on how I made them.


First up is a really simple card that can be created in no time at all. I started by sprinkling brusho onto some water colour card and spritzing with water. I then dried the card with my heat tool.  Then I coloured a piece of white card to coordinate with the background, from which to die cut my sentiment.

 I also die cut the sentiment in white and layered them together (slightly offset). I matted this and layered with grey and placed onto a white card blank.

My second card was another simple one, this time I applied a light wash of Crimson brusho on a piece of water colour card. I dried it before die cutting my sentiment from it.

I also cut the sentiment from a grey cardstock which I then inlaid. I again matted onto grey card before applying to a white card.

My final card was a little more involved. I used an emboss resist before adding my colour. I started by stamping and heat embossing some floral images using a clear dull embossing powder which I set with a heat tool. I chose a dull effect as I wanted something a little more vintage than a standard clear or white embossing powder would have allowed. I mixed two separate colours of brusho with water; crimson and Alazarin Crimson.

 I used a wide brush to satureate both the front and back of my embossed panel with clean water, I then started to add drops of the mixed brusho to the card, the wet in wet technique allows the colour to travel and creates a softer feel. Once the whole card was covered I then sprinkled some Crimson brusho onto the surface. I added my sentiment onto a embossed vellum heart.

The three cards took around half an hour to make in total and were really fun to make.

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you've enjoyed today's post.

Friday, 19 January 2018

moonlight in winter by Rebecca Yoxall

Moonlight in winter

Hey Guys! We are well into the new year now and getting lots of wintery weather and dark nights. I've noticed some fantastic moonlit night skies and wanted to capture something similar in Brusho.
I find Brusho great for large expanses of colour as the inks just merge and blend together beautifully on watercolour paper.
So grab a sheet of good quality watercolour paper and the skies your limit!
I started by mixing up 3 different shades in a palette. Ultramarine, violet and grey. I applied some water to the top portion of the paper with a spray bottle then brushed in each of the 3 colours softly blending with a little more water if needed.

use some kitchen paper to blot out some colour where you will be placing the moon to indicate a glow.

Allow to dry. I then painted the woodland trees with a mix of ultramarine, lemon yellow and olive green using a brush with a good point. I find it easier to put a central line first which gives me my desired height of the tree then gradually build brushstrokes radiating out from the line. These generally are wider and thicker at the bottom of the tree and shorter at the top to create a tapered shape. Usually some of the same colour brushed at the base of thetree creates depth and distance and stops your trees looking 'stuck on'


Build up different sizes and slight variations on colour and it soon becomes a dense forest. I created the shading under the trees by washing some water and allowing the colour to blend downwards.

To capture the glow of the moon I decided to use a little bleach to lift out the colour. Place a coin on a sheet of kitchen roll and wrap tightly. Dip the wrapped coin carefully in a little watered down bleach and stamp it into the sky area

I also added a very diluted mix of lemon yellow to the left hand side of the moon and carefully brushed some of the bleach mixture in broken rings around the moon shape to help capture the glow.

Finishing off with some splatters of white opaque paint such as gouache or acrylic.
I hope this inspires you to have a go at a winter nights sky and see how stripping out the brusho colour can create some great effects.
Thanks for stopping by. 
See you next time

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