Monday, 6 October 2014

Ikebana

Happy Monday morning everyone, there's a definite Autumnal air here in my bit of Cornwall, we had lots of heavy rain and strong winds overnight.  I guess our 'Indian Summer' is now over and we are hurtling full speed into Autumn and Winter.  I can't believe that last Thursday morning I was sitting on Plymouth Hoe drinking coffee in glorious sunshine, it was so hot even at 10.30am.  I do love all the fabulous colours nature brings us at this time of year, but I don't like the colder weather brrrr.... !  I'll be breaking out my warm and snuggly quilts to wrap up in now the cooler evenings are here.

Now down to crafting matters.  I've been sharing lots of Christmas designs with you recently, but today I thought I'd give you a bit of a break and bring you something different.

 
I've been playing with my Brushos again, creating some gloriously colourful backgrounds.  I created this one on a piece of watercolour paper, spritzing the paper with water, sprinkling on a few grains of Brusho crystals then spritzing water over again. Used like this the crystals seem to 'explode' with colour and create amazing effects.  I could have dabbed over with kitchen towel to remove some of the water and dry it more quickly, but I left this piece to dry naturally preserving more of the rich colour.
 
Once the background was fully dry I stamped this gorgeous Inkyliscious 'Ikebana' stamp using black Archival ink.  I then sprinkled a little Aged Silver Frantage embossing enamel onto a few parts of the background and heated from underneath.  

I attached the finished layer over a slightly larger black mat and positions slightly left of centre on a 7 x 5 base card, leaving room to stamp the 'Thinking of You' sentiment from the stamp set vertically on the right hand side.

This card could be used for a number of occasions, I like to keep a few 'thinking of you' cards in my stock for when I need a card in a hurry.

Hope you like today's project, thanks for taking the time to drop by.  I'd love to know if you've 'discovered' Brushos too and what you think of them - I just love them !

Have a great day whatever you have planned.

9 comments:

Kathyk said...

Fab design, Wynnethh and the frontage really lifts it too

Kathyk

Kathyk said...

That should read frAntage!

Kathyk

Linda said...

The Brushos have certainly helped you create a lovely background for your stamp - quite dramatic.

froebelsternchen Susi said...

GORGEOUS!

Rosie Schirrmeister said...

An absolutely gorgeous artwork with Brusho. I love them too.

Karen Ashbrook said...

Stunning card. I need some Brushos!! Karen x

Lauren Hatwell said...

Wow! Love it! Great layout really shows off your work. Lx

SARN said...

LOVE this . . .Brusho's are just little pots of magic aren't they!
xxx

Bożena Adamusińska said...

I love the effect Brusho! Beautiful card. I regret that in Poland, this product is not available.
Regards,
Bozena