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!

4 thoughts on “Crafty Cardmakers challenge 176 – an explosion of colour

  1. So lovely – those Brushos definitely give a vibrant effect, and the fairies and vegetation set off the background perfectly. Only problem is that I want to try Brushos now …


    1. Oh you should definitely try them! I think you would love them… they are so easy to use and as long as you don’t go too heavy handed the colours are wonderful. You can mix them with water to make a paint too (in fact, I understand this was what they were developed for – school use!) and that gives you a solid colour. I like the powder shaken on a wet surface best…


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