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

Thanks for stopping by!


Wanda said...

I love your color burst swatches. Love trying new things, I have never heard of color bursting... I'm off to youtube to explore.

Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous tag Kelly :-) I love the coral tones and details, very beautiful :-)
fab colour swatch too, looks like you had fun making them :-)

thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Lols x x x

kiwimeskreations said...

What a great 'play' day you must have had Shelly - I have some 'magicals' which are powered pigment, and I have picked the powder up with a stiff, dry paintbrush, sprinkled it onto my card, (a little bit goes a very long way) and very lightly spritzed for a really grungy effect.

Pamellia said...

Beautiful tag Shelly! Those Ken Oliver colours are addictive aren't they!! I can't wait for more colours to be released! hugs :)

Karen Hasheck said...

What an awesome resource! Great job on collecting and posting so many ideas on how to use Color Burst!

Caryn said...

That orange just warms me right up! Gorgeous card.
Thanks for playing along at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
Caryn xxx

jimlynn said...

I've been hearing about the Color Bursts and how much fun they are. Really makes pretty, pretty backgrounds - like the one on your tag! Beautiful!

Lisa said...

This is so gorgeous!! The colors are amazing!! I want to try those Ken Oliver colors now!! I'm bookmarking this so I can come back and try some of the techniques you've listed!! Thanks for the inspiration!! Have a great day :)

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Penny said...

Beautifully done, Shelly! Love the pretty effect with the medium! The stamping looks great on that bg, and I love that added dragonfly! Looks like a fun product to work with. :^)
Hugs, Penny

*Vicki* said...

Oh my these make such amazing results!! I find this very intriguing and appreciate you sharing the process of it all!! I may have to grab a bottle and have a play sometime! ;) HUGS

Lynn McAuley said...

I love this peachy beauty, Shelly! What a gorgeous tag!

Leanne said...

Gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing the technique.

NanaConnie said...

Oh, what a marvelous technique, Shelly! Love how you showed us all the different sample papers. Great instructions! :-D

Unknown said...

Loving your mixed media playing! This is gorgeous and love how you're creating your own stencils.

Unknown said...

That is a gorgeous color on your tag and I love the dragonfly. I always learn so much when I stop by to see you. Thanks for inspiring me.

Unknown said...

Wonderful technique! looks just stunning.

Donna said...

I've never heard of these before. But your colors are wonderful. I'll have to look into these. Thankfully camp is over. The Lord was good to us this week. The last two hours of camp it rained but the rest of the week it was dry. Made it tough to get things packed to take home. Hopefully once things are put away I can get back to a little normalcy and crafting. Have a wonderful weekend!

Donna Ellis said...

Hi, Shelly! So glad to hear from you on my blog, and to have the opportunity of visiting this fabulous CB tutorial on your blog! I like that you showed them as a more solid covering, and then again in their burst mode! Love the stencil effect, too! Your blog is always educational and inspirational! Thanks so much! hugs, de

Margaret said...

Shelly, I love to come visit your blog because you usually have a fabulous new technique and product that I've never heard of. Thanks for your tutorial on how to use the Color Bursts. I've never heard of them before, but all your try outs are fabulous.

Terry said...

We are all playing with Color Burst now and so much fun to play with. Love your vibrant colors and wonderful stamping! Great samples! Happy Sunday!

Marilyn said...

This is lovely... the colour is really nice and it's a gorgeous tag.

Kim P said...

I saw a video on youtube about these color bursts. They look like so much fun! Your tag is absolutely gorgeous!

Laura said...

Beautiful!! Love what you have created. Looks like you did have a blast with the Color Bursts!!! Thanks for sharing the pics and explaining it all!!! Hugs, Laura said...

Wow such great information! Your tag is lovely. I will have to check into these color bursts. Thanks for sharing.

Anne Temple said...

Your tag is gorgeous. Love all the Color Burst samples too. They are so much fun to play with.

wannabcre8tive said...

Awesome samples. I think I might have to get some color bursts soon. Thanks for sharing.