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3/16/2017

CAS Water Color Challenge with Brusho Background for Spring

Good afternoon & welcome.Still sorting, storing, etc, and have quite a mess here, but progress is being made. Thanks to the advice of a sweet blog friend, I am trying to think of this effort as 'bites in time'....set a time goal as to how long to work, what to accomplish in that space of time, and rest when the time is up. Good advice, because this is certainly a daunting task.

Hope that anyone in the path of Storm Stella has shoveled out, kept their power going so there was heat, and nobody had any serious problems during the storm.

Check in the sidebar for another blog candy picture...as of now, TWO giveaways. Since the first week expires on the 19th, and I've not done a post until today, there will be a 2nd blog candy. Who knows, maybe another one??? Perhaps I can do one weekly and find loving homes for some good NBUS. And YAY I finally got to 350 followers, so another cause for celebration!!

There is still time to join in with the March CAS Watercolor Challenge. I've been trying to carve a bit of time to make something, and last night, on a little sort break, decided to try the brusho-cling wrap technique done by my sweet friend Loll on this card. Tried the first stage of this last night, so the background could dry overnite. I'm happy to say my 2nd effort turned out better than when I tried the cling some time ago. Think the fact that I used more intense colors this time made the difference.

 
 
 
- Lemon Brusho crystals sprinkled onto dry mixed media (90# canson), sprayed with a silvery/pearl spray - let that bloom. Added Emerald Green brusho, spritzed again with the pearl spray. That didn't seem to spread the colors as much as water does, so then sprinkled Color Burst Turquoise powder, spritzed this with several sprays of water, keeping about 12" above the piece. IMHO, the brusho crystals are easier to control than the C/Burst powders.
 
When this color started to spread nicely, used a cling wrap larger than the background size and just bunched & scrunched it over the wet color. Left overnight. IRL the pearly spray added a nice silver look to the scrunched patterns, but the photo doesn't show this.
 
Die cut with a Gina Marie Double Pierced Oval (and the negative has a nice row of double piercing too.) This die came from Gina Marie site - but couldn't find to link there. Probably just overlooking.
 
G.Marie Spring Flower layering set cut from white snippets...the flower has 3 layers, the leaf has 2.
Adhered together, edged with some Distress Inks. We will soon have dogwood blossoms in our area, and this shape made me think of the dogwoods.
 
- stamped the sentiment from a clear set, cut the snippet into a fishtail shape, scored 2 lines to add a little emphasis, and called it done.
 
Sharing at CAS March Watercolor AND at the Snippets Playground week 271-272, where Parsnip may say "You are a stranger". (but I hope not).
 
Thanks for joining me this afternoon. I'll be back to the Craft Salt Mines once I find some lunch.
Hugs
 

47 comments:

Valerija said...

Such a beautiful card. Love the background.
valeirja xx

Redanne said...

Well done Mary for keeping on with your re-organising, glad to hear you are not overdoing it! Your card is beautiful, that cling film technique worked wonderfully well, I like the 'marks' it has left in the gorgeous background! Hugs, Anne xx

cheryl said...

This is so beautiful hun love hugs cheryl xxx

Donna said...

What a fabulous card Mary. Your Brush background is stunning and the flower and the Friend banner is all it needed to make it shine!

Susan said...

We have dogwoods in Vancouver too - they are a sure sign of spring. Love the sweet dogwood blossom - nice soft contrast to the vibrant background. Thanks for joining us at CAS Watercolour.

cotnob said...

This is fabulous Mary, a great background - a super technique.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob
x

jimlynn said...

The Brusho background looks fantastic! So elegant and rich looking. A beautiful card with the white flower. Love it.
Lynn

scrAPpamondo said...

Oh, I LOVE this!! Such striking, elegant and shiny CAS! Gorgous!!
Pinned https://it.pinterest.com/pin/534802524487577663/
You have done an amazing work with brushos and scrunching, great technique, and certainly the pearly spray has been a brilliant idea: the diecut oval panel has a fab shiny look!Love the bright colours!
That flower is a delight, it's so sweet and really seems a dogwood. Love the little fishtail banner with the sentiment, too!
Thanks for both your fab giveways!!
Hugs

Kathleen said...

Wow Mary, this looks stunning, reminds me of a lily pad on a pond, pity you didn't have a tiny frog.

Kath x

Sarah said...

What a super technique, the background looks like a veiny leaf and the colour is gorgeous. Glad you are taking your time with your sort out. I get hopelessly sidetracked when I find long forgotten things and a quick tidy up can take days!! xx

Glennis said...

I love using Brusho's, the results are always different. Your card is so pretty. Thanks for the second candy, I will pop it on my sidebar as well

cuilliesocks said...

What a gorgeous card Mary, the coloured background is fabulous, it's a beautiful design..Kate x

pam said...

Beautiful card Mary, love the background and flower.
Pam x

Shona Erlenborn said...

Super cute! Love the simplicity - but big pop with this! The banner effect looks awesome! Glad you're able to find the time to tidy up things!









Carol L said...

This technique made for one stunning card! I love the vivid green oval with the pale flower and leaf. The card perfectly showcases that gorgeous inking technique beautifully! And it's perfect for St Patrick's day too!

Lisa said...

This is gorgeous, Mary!! The background looks amazing!! I love the colors!! Elegant and beautiful, my friend!! Have a great evening!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

scrappymo! said...

This background is stunning and set off your flower so perfectly/

I love the bite of time project. Such a good phrase for many of us to consider as it is too easy to shy away from huge projects due to the overwhelming amount of time they need. This bites of time way lets you see the big picture coming to fruition as you chunk it out...love it!

Pat said...

This double stitched oval looks so pretty and in that gorgeous green, and the sweet white flower and leaves stands out beautifully. The cling film technique has worked really well here. Glad you are sticking with your reorganisation, and it will be great when you have it all sorted I'm sure. x

Margaret said...

Hi Mary, so sweet of you to pop on over to my blog and leave your very welcome comment. Always nice to see a friendly face. I just love your card and wish I could understand all the steps that it took for you to create it. I'm not much into mixed media yet, but I'd love to dabble in it one day. And don't worry, my stamp space is just as messy as yours is. I'm also trying to organize my stuff, but I keep buying more! Right now I'm in the beginning stages of unmounting most all my wooden stamp sets and putting the in plastic DVD cases. It's going well, but slow. Good luck with getting everything put away.

Cathy said...

Beautiful card Mary that green colour is stunning! Perfect backdrop for that pretty diecut flower, Cathy x

Greta said...

You make me want to use my Color Burst powders, Mary--gorgeous background for that wonderful floral die!

Loose Stitches said...

Such a beautiful card Mary! I have been wanting to learn how paint with watercolors. Hoping to start that soon. :)
Hugs, Sherry x

Maxine D said...

What a stunner Mary - the CAA look to it really takes the eye to the image panel - love it
Sorry I have not been around much as DH has been back in hospital this week
Blessings
Maxine

Petra Swart said...

350 followers, that's wonderful,Mary!!!!!! Congrats!!!!
I think your brusho bg with the cling wrap technique really turned out well!!!! The greens are sooooo beautiful and the single white flower and leaf and stunning and very striking!!!! Love the simple sentiment on the banner and the two scorelines to emphasize it!!!!! A lovely CAS card!!!
Hugz

Jenny L said...

Hi Mary,
oh what a wonderful and gorgeous colour you have created with your Brushos and the cling film technique.
Sounds a wonderful technique.
Love your fab design, and the sweet flower in the centre.
Love and big hugs from my house to yours.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Jenny L said...

Forgot to say your work in progress with your craft room sounds daunting, but sounds like you have it all worked out so as not to overdo things.
My DIL says she is going to have a week off sometime, and tackle mine.
Oh that will be so helpful as all the bending, and standing does my back in big time.
You take care now and listen when your body tells you no.
Love Jenny L.

SARN said...

Hi Mary,

This is a lovely Brusho background and nice card layout.

All good with me thanks. How are you? xxx

Pam said...

Mary, I love how your card turned out. The background has so much depth.
Pam
scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

crafty-stamper said...

Beautiful CAS card -fabulous bckground and love the vivid green,not tried the cling film technique yet-good luck with the craft room and congrats on your new followers
Carol x

Stampsnob. said...

I think I might like Brusho better than Color Burst you seem to have more control with the container . Your card is really nice
/////Lis

Daffodil Cards said...

Good on you for still clearing out, it will be wonderful when done I'm sure and you will feel so good with yourself. I love the background on your card, such pretty colours combined to make a beautiful effect. Love the double pierced die too and then to place a pretty flower on top, just beautiful.
Faith
x

Stamp Smiles said...

Organizing can be such hard work when there's much to do! This is something that I really need to do for myself as well! :) Love your card with your brusho background! It really makes that beautiful bloom stand out! Lots of luck with your organizing! Hugs & Smiles - *Vicki*

Pippa said...

Lovely card Mary and great background.

Susanne Vargas said...

"Bites in time" - I like that! Makes an overwhelming task a little easier.
Your Brusho background looks fabulous and the card has a fresh feel to it!

Linby said...

Just love the simplicity of this card, that flower pops against the brushos beautifully.

Bonnie said...

This pretty flower reminds me of dogwood blossoms too! I hope the cold hasn't killed all the buds! Love, love, love your background piece! Wonderful pattern from the cling wrap and a beautiful rich color! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at CAS Watercolour!

Donna said...

Beautiful background Mary. I've never seen Brusho in our stores and of course never tried it. There obviously lots of things i haven;t tried that give gorgeous results. Love the flower and the simplicity of your card. Sometimes CAs is the best way to go. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Tina Z. said...

this is stunning, I love the background!

Di said...

Hi Mary! Oh, no - Parsnip didn't forget you one little bit and we're delighted you came to play. Such a gorgeous card - and the background you created looks just like a piece of rippled satin, fabulous!

Hugs

Di xx

Loll said...

Such a beautiful and bold background oval, Mary. I can see the design left from the scrunched cling wrap and know exactly what you say about the silvery pearl sticking to those areas. Great job!! And your flower looks so pretty --- great contrast. It does look like a dogwood to me, and we will have those trees blooming all over here soon. Dogwood is our province's flower. We have both white and pink dogwoods in B.C. Wish I had one in my yard as I love them. Good that you continue to make progress on your organizing. A big task, but so rewarding. Thanks for sharing your beautiful card with us at CAS Watercolour! xx

Lynne in NI said...

This looks fab! I'm a newbie with my brushos, I'm gonna give this technique a go :)

Sheila H said...

Wow - what an amazing depth of color and rich texture. Your techniques are first rate, Mary.

Princess Judy Palmer said...

What a gorgeous card. I love that green background piece. It looks like you've mastered the cling wrap technique.

nancy littrell said...

Gorgeous watercoloured background using your Brushos and Color Burst crystals. Such a pretty background for your sweet flower and CAS design. TFS Mary and joining us at CAS Watercolour. Hugs...

Anita in France said...

What a gorgeou brusho background, Mary ... there's a wonderful depth to it, like looking into deep water ... the simple white bloom is fabulous against it! Hugs, Anita :)

Donna Ellis said...

oooooo! love what you did to achieve the deep green brushos coloring, Mary, and using it as a die cut focal point instead of an all-over background. Beautifully done, and just so pretty! It's a great way to try to do a CAS card - I think I might be able to do that! They are the hardest for me. Wishing you a great Tuesday! hugs, de

Brenda said...

Wow, 350 followers, that is so awesome Momma Mary!!!! A BIG Congrats to you!!! I love this stunning card! That background is just beautiful, I love the deep green color and the texture you got in it! Love the flower and leaves too, such a beautiful die. Hugs, Brenda