Good afternoon friends!
Today I am back with a card for my partner’s birthday. You know it is never easy to make cards for men…. so every year I wonder what on earth I am going to make for him. I usually end up going a little “girly” even though I try not to – I find masculine cards so hard.
As always, I decided to try and keep it simple, so here is my card for today.
I was very lucky to be given some samples of Brusho from one of my crafty friends after I mentioned I was thinking about trying it. I have only had a few plays with it, so I am learning how it behaves – and it is a “naughty” medium most of the time! That is not to say it isn’t beautiful, but it is unpredictable and I have not quite got to grips with it yet. It is one of those mediums that you can’t control very well (at least I can’t)… and for those of you out there like me who like a little control, this can be slightly nerve wracking. But I do enjoy it at the same time, it’s so interesting to see what you end up with. On top of that the colours it comes in are really stunning.
So to get over my fear, I dive in.
For this card, I cut an A2 panel from watercolour card and basically just sprinkled three differed coloured powders onto the cardstock, spritzed with water and waited to see what happened! I never know what I will see – it is a fascinating product. You do have to add quite a lot of water to get the powders moving if you want this kind of result.
After sprinkling and spritzing with water, I heat dried it a little and then added some more powders, spritzed and heat set again. I did this until I was happy with the end result.
Bear in mind that it always looks like a hot mess but believe me when I say it will look better when you make it into a card! And, on top of that your workspace will be in a complete and utter mess so be armed with kitchen towels, baby wipes and an apron :). Those little granules of powder get everywhere even when you think you have cleaned it up. Trust me. I know. I even have some blue flecks in my Versamark ink pad from previous projects 🙂
Once it had air dried completely, I selected a suitable area from the finished panel and die cut a heart from it. I prepared a 4″ x 4″ base card and then cut another 4″ square panel from white scrap card. I took the heart and added some craft foam to the back of it. I also die cut the same size heart into the 4″ square scrap panel and adhered the negative portion to my base card. I then adhered my popped up heart into the die cut area so it has some dimension.
Lastly, I stamped a sentiment onto white card, cut it into a banner shape, added it to the card using double sided foam tape. I added three sequins to finish the card (see what I mean, I always end up making it a little girly!).
And that finishes my card for today. I really love the colours, they are so vibrant in real life, the pictures do not quite bring that out. But I hope that it inspires you to give it a try, you can have so much fun with it.
Thank you so much for stopping by, I always love to hear any comments you have on my card. See you all soon and have a great week.
Dies: Memory Box Cherub Hearts
Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Lila’s Heart
Colouring: Brusho – Brilliant Red, Orange and Yellow powders
Other: Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequins, Versafine Onyx Black Ink, White Cardstock, Double Sided Adhesive Tape, Double Sided Foam Tape, Craft Foam