Tuesday, January 26, 2021


It's Tuesday, which means it's time to share a project created for Topflight Stamps. This week my teammates and I are experimenting with pigment powders such as Brushos and Infusions. I opted to use my Brushos.

Here's my card using four colors of Brusho Crystal Colors with stamps from Crafty IndividualsPolkadoodlesKatzelkraft, and a stamp and stencil from Lavinia Stamps.

Topflight Products Used:

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Other Products Used:
300 Series Watercolor Paper by Strathmore®
Fallen Leaves VersaFine Clair™ by Tsukineko®
Clear Detail Embossing Powder by Stampendous®
A variety of Pitt Artist Pens by Faber Castell
Washi Tape: Source Unknown.
Black Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper®
Stamping Platform
STAY-tion by Wendy Vecchi for Ranger Industries
Sketch and Wash® Charcoal Pencil by General's®
Black Soot Distress® Ink by Tim Holtz® for Ranger Ink
Speech Bubble Die by Spellbinders®

  1. Place watercolor paper onto a craft mat or a glass surface. 
  2. Spritz the smooth side of watercolor paper with water. Sprinkle Light Brown and Yellow Brusho Crystal Color powder onto the paper. Let the colors bloom and spread. 
  3. Spritz again with water and tilt the paper to let the colors blend. Heat set.
  4. Flip the paper over and dip the paper into the excess ink on the craft mat. Heat set.
  5. Repeat steps #2 to 4 until you're happy with the result.
  6. Flatten the paper by rolling it through a die-cut machine or piling weight onto it.
  7. Use magnets to secure the panel onto a stamping platform.
  8. Use Fallen Leaves VersaFine Clair ink to stamp the lion. Repeat as needed to attain a good impression. Remove from the platform and heat set.
  9. Realize that you got stray ink where you didn't want it, so draw vertical lines onto the image panel using the Sketch and Wash pencil.
  10. Brush water onto the outside edges of the image panel and sprinkle Leaf Green Brusho onto the wet surface. 
  11. Deepen the green by sprinkling some Emerald Green Brusho onto both sides. Cover the center part of the image panel (the lion) with a sheet of plastic (I use an old plastic folder cover), spritz with water, then heat set.
  12. Lift the plastic folder, dip the paint brush into the excess green Brusho on the craft mat, and splatter the entire image panel. Please note: I am a Virgo and not comfortable with the splatter method. However, I was happy with the result. 
  13. Heat set the image panel. 
  14. Secure the image panel to the STAY-tion with magnets. Cover the center part of the image panel.
  15. Secure the Feather Leaf stencil to the image panel and brush Rainforest Greet Prism ink over the stencil onto the left side of the image panel.
  16. Repeat onto the other side.
  17. Sprinkle with Clear Detail Embossing Powder and heat set.
  18. Trim the image panel, mat with black cardstock, and set aside.
  19. Take another piece of watercolor paper and repeat steps #2 to #6 using Leaf Green, Emerald Green, and Yellow Brusho Crystal Color powders to create the background panel.
  20. Use Spring Meadow Prism ink to randomly(ish) stamp "Dream" onto the image panel. 
  21. Secure the background panel onto the STAY-tion with magnets.
  22. Secure the stencil over the top part of the background panel and sponge Spring Meadow Prism ink over the stencil onto the image panel.
  23. Move the stencil over the lower part of the background panel and sponge the same ink over the stencil onto the image panel.
  24. Lift the stencil, sprinkle the background panel with Clear Detail Embossing powder, then heat set.
  25. Trim the panel to 5.25" x 8.25", edge with Spring Meadow Prism ink, add Washi tape to the bottom of the panel, and adhere to a black 5.5" x 8.5" card.* Set aside.
  26. Spritz the rough side of watercolor paper with water. Sprinkle Light Brown and Yellow Brusho Crystal Color powder onto the paper. Let the colors bloom and spread. 
  27. Repeat steps #2 to #6.
  28. Use magnets to secure the panel to a stamping platform. Use Onyx Black VersaFine to stamp the sleeping kitty and the sentiment. Heat set.
  29. Use a speech bubble die to cut the sentiment and edge with Black Soot Distress ink. Make a mistake and decide to spritz the speech bubble with a little watered down Leaf Green Brusho. Dislike, but go with it anyway.
  30. Fussy-cut the sleeping cat and add shading with Pitt Pens.** 
  31. Edge with a black Pitt Pen.
  32. Adhere the sleeping kitty and the speech bubble to finish the card.
*I really thought about making a journal page instead of a card. I might do so eventually.
**The Pitt pens didn't work really well over the Brushos, so I should have used chalk pencils. Next time.

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