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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

{Spotlight Project} Cornelia Plays with Brushos and Stamps

Cornelia here today, playing again with Brushos - my new favorite "toy". I just love those colors! And Brushos are so easy to use. 

I started out with watercolor paper, VersaMark and that beautiful STAMPlorations Distressed Damask Background stamp. I used my embossing buddy first to get clean embossing.

Here is a little trick I learned from Jennifer McGuire: on large stamps, place the paper on the stamp and then rub over the paper to get all the ink onto the paper rather than pressing the stamp onto the paper. You see that I did not even bother to remove the stamp from its plastic backing.

I sprinkled it with white embossing powder. Clear embossing powder would probably work just as well, but my clear embossing powder is not as fine as my white one and I wanted all that detail.

I sprinkled various Brusho greens onto the paper, starting with turquoise at the top. The paper then looks like you added a little bit of pepper from a salt/pepper shaker. I took a picture, but it came out too blurry, so I can't show it to you. I then misted it with water using a mini mister and the Brusho pigment crystals came to life! I moved the color around a bit with a water brush to just get it to the edges of the paper.

The paper then needs to dry. You can speed this up with a heat tool. 

I heat embossed the daisy from the Bloom Sketches set onto watercolor paper and also used Brushos to color it. (I used a left over snippet.)

Again I used my water brush to move the color around.

I fussy cut the daisy and decided it needed a stem. I used one of the brush stroke stamps from Vignette: Celebrate Artsy and forest moss distress ink, added it onto a small leftover strip watercolor paper, and cut it out as well.

I heat embossed the sentiment in white onto black card stock (also a snippet), glued it onto the card and added the daisy, including its stem, with foam tape.

Lastly, I added Stickles to the center of the daisy.

These are the sets I used:

I hope you liked my post and I could inspire you to pull out your stamps and play with watercolor and heat embossing!


  1. Gasp!! Beautiful combination of images and colours, Cornelia! The damask background, the colourful bloom...gorgeous!!

  2. Beautiful inking, Cornelia! Love the striking color combo!

  3. Gorgeous inking and that bloom is very pretty, love it!


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