Wednesday, July 06, 2016

{Spotlight Project} Shirley Gets Double Duty Out of Brushos

Hi all, I've been playing with stencils and Brusho powders and got two gorgeous cards out of the one session.

I started off by placing my Feathers and Arrows large stencil onto mixed media paper, and covered all exposed areas - this stuff gets everywhere!  Then I sprinkled on a few different colours. You only need the tiniest amount of powder. You can see the sprinkles inside the stencil and also lying on the stencil.

A couple of spritzes with water - patience is required at this stage because you have to wait for the colour to react with the water, and until all the crystals have bloomed you don't really know what you've got.

I didn't want to saturate the Brushos because I happen to like the speckled effect. But look at all those leftover colour globules on the stencil from the powder that was lying on it. They didn't got to waste, as you'll have gathered from the first photo!

I finished the card off by die cutting the new CUTplorations Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies and mounting it onto purple card.  The mixed media paper is quite thick and the die flattened the texture of the paper, giving a lovely extra border ;)

If you refer back to the photo above where I'd removed the stencil, you'll see that the colours don't look as merged as they do below. That's because there was still water sitting on the Brushos and the colours hadn't bloomed fully. Patience!

I took another piece of mixed media paper, spritzed it lightly with water, flipped the stencil over (minus the washi tape!) and pressed it onto the paper to get a negative print of the feather.

Because I'd spritzed the paper, the Brushos were allowed to completely dissolve in the water. Where the colours were starting to get muddy in the lower section, I just dabbed them with kitchen roll to remove the excess.

To finish the card, I added a sentiment from The Bee's Knees Rosebuds and some pink and black grunge stamping in the corners using a couple of stamps from Mixed Media Elements.

Remember, if you try out any of the techniques from our Spotlight posts and add your project to our Spotlight Project Showcase you have a chance to win a $15 gift certificate (random drawing) OR your choice of 5x7 stamp set + a Spotlight Project guest designer spot (randomly drawn from the Top 3 picks).

Products Shirley used in today's project:



  1. Shirley, I love your second card. I think the mutted colors and lightness of the whole card is eyecatching.

  2. Double duty dazzling, Shirley! Bright and specked, or loose and muted, these are incredibly pretty!

  3. Shirley these are both stunning! I have to try this

  4. Great ideas with the Brusho's and will definitely be giving this a go..Thank you for the inspiration x

  5. Gorgeous cards! I've been wanting to get some Brushos to try out, and the colors are so pretty! Love the feather stencil you used also!

  6. Gorgeous effects of Brushos, Love the technique! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Wow - how lovely - well done on getting two usable images from the one 'session'. Love the rich colours as the crystals fully dissolve.

  8. Cool cards n technique ! Loved the second one a bit more :)

  9. Lovely cards. Great use of the extra colour. Hugz

  10. Beautiful cards. I have not been able to get a decent look when I try to use the powders. You seemed to have mastered it.

  11. woooooooooooowzers !!!!!!!
    Both cards are great !!!!
    I love Brushos so much
    LG hellerlittle

  12. LOVE both your card Shirley. The rainbow colours are just perfect with the feather.


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