Tuesday, February 23, 2016


Once again we'll be playing with Brusho's this fortnight but this time as more of a watercolour base with plastic wrap covering it while it is still wet.  For added shimmer I've used my Perfect Pearl Water Mix (simply a water spritz bottle that has a small amount of the white Perfect Pearl added to it to make a shimmer spray with no colour, but just the shimmer).   I've done this class before using a different watercolour medium instead of the Brusho's but I love how gorgeous these colours are and normally this for technique you need to let the card dry for quite some time to let the wrinkles take effect. 
 Last time I dried the cards in a slow oven with no fan on and this works quite well.  For obvious reasons you can't use a heat gun as it would make the plastic melt.  These also look very different in the flesh as the computer unfortunately doesn't show the gorgeous shimmer these have.

"Spirit Animal"...

"Unloved flower"...



"Like a star"... 

This sample below is double the size of an atc, so it's 5' wide by 3.5" high.  This gives a better idea of what the wrinkle pattern looks like but you still can't see the shimmer.  :-(

Here's another sample using Turquoise and Purple.

Friday, February 12, 2016


The class for this fortnight is a Faux Woodgrain finish on plain white cardstock.  I like to try and use products that we all have so this technique is made using white craft glue, Distress Ink Pads in various colours and a bone folder and scoring board to create the vertical lines.  Love the resist effect that the white glue gives and how different colours create a varied theme and feel to the cards.

My favourite one is the top one "A closed mouth" as the little fly on it is just absolutely awesome!   When Julie put one in my hand I almost pulled it back straight away as there sat this little fly and it looked so realistic it was hard not to react instinctively.  Of course it had to also have fly screen and a Venus fly trap as well! 

"Closed Mouth"... (colours used are Weathered Wood, Peeled
Paint and Black Soot)

Here's a close-up of the fly.

"Love my dog"... (colours used are Hickory
Smoke and Black Soot)

"Sarcastic"... (colours used are Antique Linen,
Weathered Wood and Rusty Hinge)

"Soul Flight"... (colours used are Antique Linen,
Frayed Burlap and Walnut Stain with a little white Picket 
Fence Distress Paint wiped on to tone it down)

"Forecast"...(colours used are Smoked Hickory,
Weathered Wood and Stormy Sky)