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Watercoloring with Brusho Crystal Colours

Stampin Up, Stampin' Up! Rose Wonder stamp set #140697, Brusho Crystal Colour #144101, created by Stampin Scrapper, for more cards, gifts, ideas, scrapbooking and 3D projects go to, Joyce Whitman
I was really excited to see everyone who enjoyed my last project using the Brusho Crystal Colours.  I think it was one of the highest views on my blog and FaceBook.  If you missed the post click HERE to see it.  This is another project that I did using the Brusho Crystal Colours.  This time I used them a little different and it came out with a whole new look.  For some reason when I photographed the pictures, the leaves came out more brown.  In person, they are a green with a little bit of yellow added.  

The first thing I did on this project was to stamp the biggest rose from the Rose Wonder stamp set with Versa Mark ink and emboss it with White Embossing Powder.  I used the watercolor paper for this project.  Once I had the embossing done, I was ready to start the fun part of the card.  Watercoloring!

I sprinkled a little, and I mean a little, bit of crystals onto one of my clear blocks.  I used the letter "E" block so I had room to move it around a bit.  I then added water, using my Aqua Painter brushes, and mixed it up good.  I started with the blue for the flower first and then did the leaves.  I moved my color around on my block so that I had some areas that we lighter than others.  I could pick up the ink from what ever area I wanted.  Dark for the edges, light for the center.  I still did shading with brushes after I got all of it covered.  It is easier to do shading when you have it already a little darker in certain areas.

You don't have to worry about going over the lines in the inside for the flower or leaves as they are already embossed so the paint is not going to stick to it.  I was, however, careful around the outside edges.  You don't want it to bleed outside of your lines.  

For the leaves I started with the green crystals and then added a little bit of the yellow crystals.  I mixed them up good and spread them out on another block.  Same as with the flower, be careful on your outside edges.  

With using the White Embossing Powder it makes it look like the flower is almost floating on the paper.  

I didn't add anything else on the front of the card this time.  I thought it was so pretty just by itself.  You can put a sentiment on the inside, if you want or add one to the front.

To make this card you will need the following products:


Marina Mist

  • cut at 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" score at 4 1/4"

Watercolor Paper

  • cut at 4" x 5 1/4"

Whisper White

  • cut at 4" x 5 1/4" for the inside of the card

I haven't had time to play more with the Brusho Crystals but I will.  I really enjoyed creating these two projects for my Technique class.  They were a big hit with the ladies that took the class.


Last weekend I went to a retreat given by Tina Rappe and Peggy Murwin, the Stampin Sisters.  Oh My Goodness!!!  They did a fantastic job!  All the little details they thought of, all the products we were given and the projects!  It was so much fun that I hope I will be able to go next year!  

One of the reasons, there were many, I wanted to go to it was because I want to try and do a retreat soon.  I wanted to see how they ran it, set it up, how they did the projects, door prizes, actually how they did all of it.  You sure can tell this was their 12th year doing it.  They put their heart and soul into the whole weekend.  

The theme this year was picnic.  Here are some pictures of our fun weekend!


On the left is the basket that all of us had at our spot where we were sitting.  The top and bottom right I got because I paid in full when I registered.  


The picture on the left was a gift for all the new people that attended this year.  After every break we had, when we went back into the room we had a new gift waiting for us.   The top right is the cookies we got on Sunday morning.  They were so kind and made special ones for the ladies that needed gluten free food.  The bottom right is one of the projects we made.  I have to say it is my favorite.  I really like how it came out. 


The picture on the right is my friend from Iowa, Beth, that I went to the retreat with.  It was so nice to see her and spend time with her.  I wish we lived a lot closer.  The picture on the left is our table mates, Margie and Maxine.  I love, love, love these ladies.  We all clicked so well together and worked so good together.  We had a great time.  I am really hoping we all can make it next year and be table mates again.  I am excited that I will get to see all of them in April in Milwaukee!

Would any of you be interested in a retreat if I put one on in Ohio?  

Thank you for stopping in today, I really appreciate it.  I hope you have a wonderful Thursday!

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I would love to attend a retreat in Ohio. I live near PIttsburgh.

Joyce Whitman

Awesome! I will definitely put it on my blog as soon as I figure everything out. Have a great day!

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