Graceful Garden With Brusho

Graceful Garden With Brusho

Hello friends!  I'm really glad you've stopped by today because I'm super excited to share today's card.  I'm always happy with the cards and projects I post, but today's card makes me extra happy...I LOVE the way it turned out!

I used a couple of stamp sets to complete this project.  The first is one that's been in the catalog for a couple of years now called Graceful Garden.  You'll find it on page 23 of the 2018-19 Stampin' Up! catalog, available in either wood or clear mount.  The sentiment I used is from a new set called Itty Bitty Greetings, found on page 46.  This set is also available in both wood and clear mount.  If you're looking for a really good, all-around sentiment set, this is it!  It includes 32 sentiments so it covers just about every occasion.

Although I love the entire card, the background is my favorite!  I used Brusho Crystal Colour to achieve this pretty look.  Have you used Brusho yet?  I made a video tutorial a while back showing just how easy it is to use.  You can watch it by clicking HERE.

I started by stamping the background image from Graceful Garden in VersaMark ink and heat embossing with white embossing powder.  Next, I spritzed a little bit of water over the paper, then sprinkled moss green and yellow Brusho Crystal Colour onto it.  Although some of the crystals were activated by the water, I wanted a little more color, so I spritzed some more water on the spots where I could still see crystals.  At this point, it's really best to set it aside and let it dry naturally but I'm a little too impatient for that so I carefully dried it with my heat tool.  (You have to be careful not to over melt the embossing powder when you do this.)  I love all the little pops of unexpected extra color you get with this case, I could see some purple and red mixed in with the green and yellow.  I used those colors to choose the colors I would finish this card with.

The rose image is stamped in VersaMark onto watercolor paper, heat embossed with white embossing powder, then watercolored with an Aqua Painter and ink from the lids of of Poppy Parade and Old Olive stamp pads.  The sentiment is also stamped in VersaMark and heat embossed with white embossing powder onto a scrap of Old Olive cardstock.  Both pieces are attached to the background with SNAIL adhesive.

To finish this card, I wrapped a piece of white baker's twine around the left edge and secured it with a bow on the front, then attached the watercolor paper to the Gorgeous Grape card base with Tear & Tape Adhesive (the watercolor paper tends to curl when it gets wet...a strong adhesive will keep the piece in place on the card base).



I hope you enjoyed this pretty card and that you'll give Brusho a try, if you haven't already.  I'm working on a fun project and video to share on Thursday so be sure to check back then!

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