Thursday, August 17, 2017

Color Burst Play - Amira's Easy & Quick Backgrounds for Easy & Quick Cards

Hello Crafty Friends!

Our Monthly Kits are so much fun, but the best thing about them is that you can buy the components separately, just in case you don't need the whole kit (said no-one EVER! lol).
Our August Kit includes a bottle of super fun Ken Oliver Color Burst and today Amira shows us some different techniques for creating Color Burst backgrounds........

Hello Crafty Friends,

Today I am playing with Ken Oliver's Color Bursts.
You will need good quality water color paper to get some good results.

Since color bursts activate with water, you will also need a spray bottle.

I did a little experiment with a regular water bottle application VS a fine mist application.

Fine Mist Bottle Results

Large water drops from the regular spray bottle

There is no right or wrong- it's simply the look you prefer for the results you want to achieve.

I played with a few items from my craft stash and I wanted to share with you 6 techniques that produce good results with Color Bursts.

Technique 1- Dry then wet

In this technique, I added the Color Bursts (CB from now on) to dry water color paper.
I then misted with water.

Here is what it looks like after one pump from the mister.

After 2 pumps.

After 3 pumps.

I like it like this.

Technique 2- Wet then dry.

In this second technique, I sprayed the paper so that the entire surface was wet and started to apply the CB.

First tap of powder.

Second tap of powder.

 Third tap pf powder.


Here is another I made next to it.

This is what they look like when they dry

Remember, that water color always dries lighter than you expect.

Technique 3- Watercolor Resist Pen

I grabbed my Prima Resist Pen and wrote a custom message on water color paper.

I waited for it to dry then once again, applied CB and water.

After drying, I rubbed away the resist "goo" to reveal a pattern in the background.

I made a few of these card fronts and here is how i finished it off and turned it into a card.

Technique 4- Heat Emboss with VersaMark.
I wanted to take this step a little further and decided to ink the background with clear Versamark. I then stamped this background script stamp and heat embossed it.

Once again, I added CB and water and the results are WONDERFUL!

Here is the final product. 
You will recognise the Prima Stamp from the previous month's kit.
They fit perfectly on card fronts :)

Here is another card made using Versamark and the embossing resist technique.
It really is very simple yet effective.

Technique 5- Stencil Play
In this experiment, I taped the stencil to the water color paper, lightly misted and then applied the CB.
I gently lifted the stencil and heat dried the paper.
Looks good although you can see where the color seeped under the stencil.

They make quick and easy backgrounds so you can make a quick and easy card.

Technique 6- Embossing folder play

For this technique, I embossed a piece of water color paper with an embossing folder and then once again wet the paper and applied the CB and then allowed it to dry. I also tried this in reverse- CB first and then embossed. The results are identical.

I went one extra step by buffing the embossed surface with a distress tool to further show the design of the embossing folder in the background.

A further step was to ink the white areas with Distress Ink Vintage Photo and then buff the raised embossed design. I love how this background turned out.

Here is the card mounted on a kraft card base.

And another....

And another...

Instead of using distress ink, I tried adding Inka Gold.

With a sponge I applied it gently to the raised areas.

I adore how this turned out :)

Here is another card made with a different embossing folder design.

 You will find that you will have MANY backgrounds because it is such a soothing and interesting product to play with and no 2 backgrounds that you make will EVER be the same.

Grab your embellishment bucket and sit down and make quick and easy cards for the next time you need to send someone a birthday card or just a hello :)

You can find my Process Video HERE.

Thank you for joining me today.
Happy crafting.
:) Amira

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Going on a Bear Hunt - Suzanne's Two Mixed Media Tags

Hello Crafty Friends!

Welcome to another crafty week of Bear Hunts and Weekend Adventures!
Today, Suzanne creates a pair of gorgeous mixed media tags.

Hello everyone.  The beautiful August kit from Aunty Vera Scrap and Craft is a treasure trove of wonderful crafty bits and pieces and the fabulous BoBunny Weekend Adventures papers.  For this project I have decided to make two mixed media tags.

I cut two large tags from chipboard and painted both of them with gesso several times.  I then gave them a light wash with the Ken Oliver Color Burst Cerulean Blue and water.

I used the sizzix bigz L tag die for the tags.

I  mixed some of the color burst Cerulean Blue with some texture paste and used a palette knife to put a border around the outside of the tags

a mixture of colour burst Cerulean Blue and texture paste

mixed together

I used a palette knife to smear the texture paste around the tags

I cut two more tags from the 'road trip' (reverse side) which is a lovely yellow background with small houses all over it.

two yellow tags from the August paper collection

I cut about 2mm off each side of the tag before I distressed all the edges of the yellow tags so that you would be able to see the blue textured background of the bottom tags.

distressed edges

I glued these distressed tags on top of the other tags

Yellow tags glued to the base tags
I then painted the yellow paper with translucent gesso so that I could add paints, etc to this layer without it soaking into the paper,

Translecent Gesso is very helpful when you want to add paint to a layer but don't want it to soak into the paper underneath

I made a wash with the Cerulean Blue and the Chartreuse and coloured some cardstock for the leaves for these tags.

coloured cardstock for the leaves
I used a stencil and texture paste to add some texture to the tags in random places

stencil and texture medium
 I made of mixture of water, Cerulean Blue and Gesso to splatter the tags with

I splattered the tags with the gesso mixture using a fan brush

I used some skeleton leaf dies and some swirly leaf dies to add to the tags

I also used the beautiful Prima flowers which were in the August kit.

I found two sentiments from the paper collection to add to each tag.  "Bring on the sunshine" and "Stop and smell the flowers".  I layered each sentiment on some cardstock that I had coloured with the Cerulean Blue Color Burst

I then started layering some of the diecuts onto the tags

I also coloured some gauze with the color burst - both Chartreuse and Cerulean blue and layered the sentiments on some foam tape before adding them to the bottom of each tag.

Then, it was time to add the prima flowers from the kit and I also added a few from my own stash that I had made previously.  I always lay these elements out and arrange them how I would like them to look before gluing them down.

I then added two yellow bling pieces from  the Docrafts "pocket full of posies" to each tag and some of the yellow ribbon from the Docrafts "folk flora" ribbon pack. Both are from the August kit.

Here are the finished tags

Here are the two finished tags

Thank you so much for having a look at my tags.

You can see the video of how I made these tags HERE.

You can get the August kit from Aunty Vera Scrap and Craft HERE.

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