Crafty Cardmakers challenge 176 – an explosion of colour

Josephine is hosting our Explosion of Colour challenge this week. Please share your vibrant, bright and colourful creations with us. Lots of colour please, the more the better.
As usual you can enter anything you fancy, it doesn’t have to just be cards, as long as it meets the challenge, and doesn’t exceed the 15 total challenges entered rule!
Nothing creates an explosion of colour like brusho powder paints.  A few tiny specks landing on wet paper simply burst with enthusiasm with results that are different each time
I like to make a few backgrounds at a time, and then look and see if they suggest anything to me.  The background I chose for this card reminded me very much of autumn leaves in a woodland, so I thought it would be perfect for some frolicking fairies…
The card base is 7 x 5 inches, tent folded and the watercolour card base was about 6 x 5.  To make the background, I first covered the watercolour card with water, and then sprinkled the brusho paints on the top.  I have put a couple of pin holes in the tops of each drum, and shake it over the top (like salt) so you can imagine how little paint is actually used.  When it was all wet and gorgeously bursting, I used a brush to tap some mica powder over the top to give it some bling, and let it dry naturally.  You can heat dry brushos, but it takes the vibrancy away…
I stamped some  silhouette grasses (a woodware stamp) along the bottom and some small fairies (from Lavinia Stamps, I believe) in versafine black ink onto the base card.  I stamped the sentiments to balance the fairies in the same ink.
When it was all dry, I layered my completed topper onto some black card, and applied that to my base card with foam pads.
Finally, I put a bright red narrow ribbon along the bottom, and attached a small bow to finish.  I love this card – don’t want to give it away, now!

Crafty Cardmakers challenge 174 – Birthdays

Pam is hosting our challenge today, a nice simple one with the theme of birthdays.
As usual,  you can enter anything you fancy, it doesn’t have to just be cards, as long as it meets the challenge, and doesn’t exceed the 15 total challenges entered rule!
My card was made for one of those special birthdays, and my brief was butterflies, purple, flowers and champagne… I think I got them all in!
The base card was made using a 6 x 6 inch stepper card die.  I love this!  It is so quick and easy, and fits into a normal envelope if you use flattish embellishments. And, the mats dies are supplied too.  I used plain white card for the base (as you don’t really see it) and some purple texture card for the main base layer.
Onto this, I layered some Phill Martin paper I’d cut out with the mat dies. I cut the butterflies out with the plain white card, and glittered the one that was to be a standalone.  For the other two, I stuck the butterfly diecut onto some of the backing paper, and cut round it.  Gems from my stash were used along the centre of each butterfly.  All the butterflies were then stuck onto the card, leaving room for the die cut sentiment.
Next  I die cut some flowers and leaves from matching coloured card, and stuck them onto the card using my hot glue gun.  More gems were used in the centres of the flowers.
Finally, I cut round the champagne glasses in the photo and curved them using the edge of the table.  To ensure they stayed curved, I attached them to the card using pinflair glue gel.