Well the holidays are over and it’s time for me to get back into the grove of things. First on the list to get back into this new year is posting to my blog again!! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year!

Have you heard that Stampin’ Up! has their spring catalog out and the opportunity to earn FREE product with Sale-a-Bration? In my mind it’s the best time to stock up on the necessary items such as card stock, adhesive and refills. And earn free product while doing so!!!!!

I love the Lots of Lavender stamp set (#147194) that can be earned free! It’s an amazing set and it’s not far off from one of my favorite plants Lilics. Therefore, I had to use it on my first blog post in a bit and added in the new Brusho Crystal color.

Brusho comes in plastic containers and you need to pierce the top to allow the crystals to come out. Now don’t open the container up or you will have an explosion πŸ’₯ of fine crystal color all over your work surface. As I’m sure it would be pretty I’d know I’d rather on paper 😁 to make a card πŸ’Œ. A tack works perfect to poke the hole and keep the hole closed. I even found similar color tacks to make it easy to spot the container I want. There are five colors (not Stampin up names but the colors coordinate).

Now that the holes are poked your ready to add some water and let the crystals do their thing!

The tools you may want to use to play with Brusho (#144101) are a aqua painter (#103954) or a spritzer (#126185). I used Whisper White Thick but would suggest Watercolor paper (#122959) or Shimmery Cardstock (#101910). The whisper white thick absorbed the water very quickly so you have to work super fast and at times if too wet the paper warped.

How to use the crystals

Note: Protect your work surface

1. Add water to your paper using aqua painter or spritzer and tap some color onto the paper. The water will activate the crystals. I used the aqua painter to add water to the page then added crystal. The top part I left alone the second part I used the aqua painter and painted the color in. I wanted to see how the spritzer would change the look so I took this same sample and you guessed it spritzed some water to the top. I love each look and can’t wait to create my own background for cards. But hold on there’s another way you can use these!!!!!

2. Think back to grade school and mixing colors you bet you can mix these colors to create even more colors!!! This does take some play and I used my acrylic blocks to mix my color. Add the color and then use your aqua painter to mix the color. It does take practice as you see my colors tested out on scrap paper first before painting them on to my card. Paint the color mixture on your project stamped with Archival Basic Black Ink. I used a paper napkin to clean off the brush between colors. That purple was hard for me I knew blue and red made purple but man I wanted a soft purple for the lavender. I had to try a few times but there so much product in those little containers because it doesn’t take a lot I didn’t worry about it.

I’ll continue to play and try different techniques because I’m thinking that you could use this to make some fun textured backgrounds.

This Rose was all made with the spritzer. Added some Red Brusho then spritzed. Then added the green to the leaf area and spritzed. This was done on whisper white thick and the paper was warped when it was all dry. But I love the finished design as well on it! You can try to get the same design but based on using water and crystals each product will be unique.

If you have any questions please feel free to ask and I will try my best to give you an answer.


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