I’m in LOVE with the new Brusho Crystal Colour Set!  The Brusho Crystal Colour set can be hard to find in the Occasions catalog, it’s on page 26 upper right hand corner.  Brusho Crystals are concentrated watercolor ink crystals and since they are so concentrated you need very little to make some awesome projects.  Pinterest is exploding with so many techniques and ideas.  The colors included in the set are: Brilliant Red, Gamboge (orange), Moss Green, Prussian Blue and Yellow.  Here are my first 2 attempts at using the Brilliant Red crystals.  This card idea is not my original idea.  I saw a card like this on Pinterest and LOVED it so I had to try my hand at making one.  Fact is – I made 4!  The Brushos are addicting.

Using Brusho Crystals to make a Valentine's Day Card

Bloomin’ Love stamp set

Tip, Tricks & Reminders:

How I created a watercolor background using Brusho’s:

  1. I brushed my embossing buddy to remove excess static on my Whisper White card front panels and then inked up the Bloomin’ Love heart with Versamark ink, sprinkled the image with White Embossing powder, removed excess and used my heat tool to melt the embossing powder.
  2. I sprayed (used a Stampin Up Spritzer) the cardstock with water and then just shook some Brillian Red Crystals over the wet cardstock.  This is where the magic happens.  When those crystals hit the water/wet paper the color explodes!  It’s fun to watch.  I also used a 1/2″ wide watercolor brush to help move some of the wet watercolor to other areas of the cardstock.  This was so much fun!
  3. After the cardstock dried, I took a dry paper towel and removed any red or pink watercolor from the white embossed heart.  Since the heart was embossed this acted like a resist and the color can be removed from those areas easily.
  4. After everything was dry I came back and added the XO’s and hearts with black dye ink.  White heat embossed the sentiment on Basic Black cardstock scrap and attached with a dimesional.
  5. Added a clear rhinestone to the large flower on each heart.

Here’s a tip:

I used regular Stampin’ Up! Whisper White cardstock but my cardstock did warp quite a bit.  I placed a large acrylic block on the cardstock and waited for it to dry BEFORE I stamped the XO’s and hearts on the watercolor wash background.  I was happy that it did straighten out.  Watercolor paper or Shimmer Paper is heavier and I believe it would not warp as much as my regular Whisper White cardstock. (I included both of these in the Products used section just in case you want to see the item numbers.)

I recommend that you use a liquid adhesive to attach your watercolored panel onto another piece of cardstock and add some weight to it to ensure it remains flat.

You can also contain the watercolor crystals in a small dish, add water to liquify them and then use them to watercolor an image.  Brusho really is fun and easy to use!

Don’t forget about the stamps in the regular catalog.  The Bloomin’ Love stamp set I used today is not in the Occasions catalog.  Just a reminder to use what you have in your craft stash.  The Brusho Crystals are in the Occasions catalog.

I stamped the same heart on the inside of cards using Real Red dye ink.  Sorry about the blurry photography.

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