Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Color Bursting

For the Sweet Stamps "Anything but a card" challenge, I decided to make a tag ..... The challenge link is HERE.

I got out a new (to me) crafting medium- Color Bursts from Ken Oliver Crafts, now available at Color Bursts are pigments that are very fine and come in a 8g bottle. You lightly squeeze the bottle they are in, and mix  the powdered pigment with liquid and the colors come alive. They are transparent and are NOT water resistant. (Eg, Think of what happens when you flick water droplets on Distress Inks- Color Bursts will react the same way). Have paper towels available to blot color if it is too wet and to avoid getting your colors muddied.... You will see that the colors do mix with one another where they overlap. (So, dry between colors if you do not want that look). If using just one of the colors, as the pigment spreads out on the cardstock, you may see other colors 'come out'. If you do not like colorful hands, consider wearing gloves, although the color does come off with a little work : )

  I went to You Tube and found a number of ways to create with the pigments:

  1) Place in a container and spritz some water in and use as a watercolor. A little goes a long way, so be conservative when you make up your first couple of batches. See the Julie Fei-Fan Balzar link for visuals on this method.
  2) Use them as a wash- Sprinkle them on a watered surface and let them spread.
  3) Spritz more water on #2 and let them run
  4)Add to clear Gel Medium- this will make the color permanent (they remain translucent if you mix them with a translucent medium). (Julie Balthazar)
  5)Place some Color Burst in a mister and add water- makes a spray.
  6)Emboss your image for an emboss resist. You can apply Color Burst to cardstock first, then emboss as well for a colorful resist. (there will be color under the embossing, then add color on top of it).
  7)Apply over a stencil and spritz with water. Use the top side on another sheet of cardstock. Or, flip the wet stencil over onto another piece of cardstock and start spritzing on the color.  (Lindsay the Frugal Crafter). I tried this using a SweetCuts die using white glossy cardstock.
  8)Apply to your craft mat, spritz and blot your paper in the wet pigment.
  9)When good and wet, use your heat tool to 'blow' or move the color around.
  10)Add flecks or droplets of color using a paintbrush/toothbrush.
  11)Use baby wipe- apply color directly to it and use as a stamp pad, or use to swipe color directly to cardstock. For more faded colors, spritz the baby wipe with water first- it dilutes the color.
  12)Use Color Burst on cardstock.  Place color side against a stencil, spritz H2O on the back side and let dry.  You will have ghosting on the color side of the cardstock once it dries. Do not set it on anything when drying that will affect the ghosting process.  (Sparkle n Sprinkle).
  13)Spray 5-6 spritz of Color Burst in a container of H2O, and place sheets of watercolor paper into it- ~ 1 hour- the color will 'wick' up onto the cardstock. You can turn over and do the other side s well (Sparkle and Sprinkle).
  14)You can dye your Seam Binding/ribbon/lace with it.
  15)Color your modeling paste.  How dark/bright/colorful it is will depend on how much you use in proportion when mixing them.  Use it anyway you would use modeling paste- my first thought is a stencil. If you add color with Color Burst over the colored modeling paste, the color you are painting with will wick into the modeling paste
  16) Cut out a die using a piece of plain paper, place over the Color Burst cardstock and you will have a colorful opening where you cut out the die.  OR, reverse that and cut the die out of the Color Burst cardstock and have the plain cardstock showing thru- the examples were white and black, any color would work.
  17) Use Masking fluid on the cardstock- let dry, then apply the Color Burst ( eg a written word like LOVE). When you peel off the masking fluid ..... it will show off the resist area in the color of the base cardstock.

My first step with a new medium is to make color swatches
The top row is manilla folder cardstock, the middle row Georgia Pacific and the bottom row is Watercolor paper.  The water sat on top of the manilla folders and did not dry as fast as the other two.  I also made dyed ribbon for each color as well- placing the seam binding in a baggie, spritzing with
water then adding the color burst and mixed it all up from the outside- no getting dye all over my fingers : )

Here is a peak at #7 in my list- I used a Swetcute die cut from glossy cardstock instead of a stencil- I will be able to use the colored die cut in the future too : )
My tag was made using the 2nd tag one from the Lt........ I got some of the Color Burst on the mat, so I misted it and picked up the color off of the mat- #8 on the list above. The ribbon on my tag is from the Orange Color Burst.

 I would love to hear any additional ways you can think of to use Color Burst- looks like I am going to be having a blast experimenting!

Here are a few of the links I watched:
Julie Fei-Fan Balzar:
Catherine Pooler;
Sparkle N Sprinkle Demo Donna :
Lindsay the Frugal Crafter:

Challenges for my tag:
Simon Says Stamp- AG
Deep Ocean- Monochromatic
Word Art Wednesday- AG

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015


I was able to join in the last Technique Junkies ATC swap- we send in 6 ATC's and can use any TJ technique from newsletters or CD's.

 I used the Glitter Ribbons technique from the Aug/Sept 2010 Technique Junkies newsletter. Two variations on the theme here- one has more strips, and one I fussy cut the image out more than on the 2nd.  The image from Sparkle n Sprinkle is colored with Distress markers.  The sentiment is from Sweet Stamps.  It is so sparkly it was hard to photograph : )  I used Glitter Blush and Sunny Daze glitters from Sparkle and Sprinkle, and Art Institute Forget me not, and 2" sticky tape for the glitter strips.  I think there will be glitter here and there in my work room for a while... : )  

Here are the trades I rec'd back:
On the Lt., Splattered Bleach by Jinny Boyce
On the Rt.- Shaker Card tech (with Washi) by Beth Cutwright
Top- Stencil Tutorial- Elizabeth Hulse
Bottom- Misted Stencils- Marilyn Hughes
On the Lt., Bands of Color by Barb I
On the Rt., Diagonal Images by Priscilla LaBranche

I just love trading these technique ATC's- and see IRL techniques I have not done and NEED to try!

For the Glitter Ribbons ATC, I have a few challenges:
Sparkle n Sprinkle- Ag using EP, Glitter or Flocking
Incy Wincy- AG
Corrosive Challenge- Sparkle and Glitz
Creative Corner-Bling it out

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Best Dad

We are creating for Father's Day this week at - challenge link HERE.

 Another beach scene for my project this week : )  Peerless watercolors were used to color in this serene scene.  I stamped the image on watercolor paper with Black Stazon ink.  The DP is retired SU. I made the sentiment tag with watercolor paper, sponged on the Valentine ink and used the waterbrush to color the tag.

Creative Moments- Card for Dad
Cards for Guys- Father's Day
Die Cuttin Divas- Masculine
Crafty Cardmakers- Masculine
Amusing- Father's Day

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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Sunday Stampin'

A little Sunday stamping......

close up of the embossed butterflies

 I colored the image with Distress Markers directly on the rubber, huffed on it (to re-moisten the ink) and stamped on white cardstock. I did add additional touches of green(s) to the grass once the image was stamped. I also added some inks around the outlines of the flower pots and the watering can.

I have been stamping alot, but it takes so long to upload on my temp. computer that I will wait until I get my regular computer back to post them all......... We had a heck of a time getting the pictures on my blog- they wanted to be upside down and regardless of the editing, would stay upside down!  I finally emailed the pics to Ray (hubby) and we edited them on his computer and uploaded them from there : )

The image and sentiment are by Sparkle and Sprinkle and can be found HERE

Challenges for my card:
Inkspirational Challenge- Insp. picture
Brown Sugar- In the Garden
Creative Knockouts- Use your Stash 
Simon Says Stamp Monday- For the Love of Plants
Sparkle N Sprinkle AG with embossing (butterflies)

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Sweet Stamps- Anything Goes

Our Challenge at SweetStamps this week is Anything Goes - and I made a set of fun ATC's.
 Please forgive my photo quality- having computer issues : (

I applied 2" tape to cardstock measuring 2" x 3". I used the Glittered Ribbons technique from the Aug/Sept 2010 Technique Junkies newsletter and applied 3 colors of glitter. SweetStamps has glitter HERE. The images were colored with Copic markers and fussy cut. This scene looks so inviting to me today........

We hope you will join us in the challenge- Anything Goes!

While my computer is off to the manufacturer, my hubby has me set up on a dinosaur we have....and I am so thankful to be on line at all!  Thought I'd share and give you a chuckle.....
 The top is duck taped on to the base, and has to be propped up against something.  And, the battery has no reserve, so it has to be plugged in.  Each time I turn it on, the time is set on June 2005, and it has to be reset or I cannot get on the internet.......  Loading pics- I cannot plug in a camera, so all pics are being taken on my phone for now........Please be patient with me getting to blogs : )

Crafty Gals Corner- The great outdoors
Stampin' Royalty- Anything but a Card
Word Art Wednesday- AG
Top Tip Tuesday- Cut it Out

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015


I am offline for an unknown period of time- my graphics on my computer went haywire and I had to send it in for repair.  I have a very old model computer to work with- and if I can figure out how to load pics, edit them, etc...I will be back live.....!

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