Pigment Sprinkles and Brusho Crystal Colours

Paper Towel Background-Winter Woods

Paper towel background winter woods

Recycle and reuse!

I always try to use the paper towels in my crafting that I've used to blot the color from Pigment Sprinkles, watercolor, or after cleaning stamps.

That was the case with this card.

I incorporated the paper towel I used to blot the Pigment Sprinkles from this Winter Woods card HERE.

I separated the plys, using 1 and saving the other for another creation.

I glued it to a piece of Whisper White card stock, then cut it down to the size I needed.

The trees were cut out of Early Espresso card stock using my Big Shot and In the Woods Die.

I added the Early Espresso landscape, also cut out using the In the Woods Die.

The greeting is from Itty Bitty Greetings stamped in Early Espresso ink using the Stamparatus.

In the Woods Dies

In the Woods Die

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Itty Bitty Greetings

Ink: Early Espresso

Paper: Mango Melody, Soft Suede, Early Espresso

Accessories: Pigment Sprinkles, paper towel, Big Shot, In the Woods Die, Tombow Multi-purpose Glue, Mini Dimensionals, Stamparatus

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Emboss Resist Winter Woods

Emboss resist winter woods


Embos resist pigment sprinkles

Winter Woods is one of my favorite stamp sets. 

This grove of trees is perfect for my setting in the mountains of southern Colorado.

For these cards I used the Emboss Resist Technique.

Stamp the image in Early Espresso and heat emboss using clear embossing powder.

Then, add color to the background.  The ink will resist where the image has been embossed.

For the first card, I sponged on Pacific Point, Crushed Curry, and Calypso Coral inks on Shimmery White card stock.

For the second card, I added Mango Melody Pigment Sprinkles.

I added Copper Foil landscape cut using the Big Shot and In the Woods Die.

The greeting comes Itty Bitty Greetings and was heat embossed with copper embossing powder.

Winter Woods

Winter Woods

Pigment Sprinkles

Pigment sprinkles



Paper Card 1: Very Vanilla, Pacific Point, Shimmery White, Copper Foil

Paper Card 2: So Saffron, Early Espresso, Shimmery White, Copper Foil

Accessories: Big Shot, In the Woods Die, sponge, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, copper embossing powder, Mini Dimensionals

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Incredible White Masking Winter Woods

Masking winter woods

Masking winter woods in blues and purples

I found this idea shared by Tina Wardell using a fluid masking product to mask the aspen trees found in Winter Woods, allowing you to add color behind the trunks without getting color on the trunks.

I thought it was such a cool idea that I immediately started searching for where I could purchase the product.

I found an Incredible White Masking kit at our local arts and crafts store in the watercolor painting supply aisle.

The kit comes with the instructions, fluid, brush and eraser.

I actually used a small paint brush I had in my stash, and I did not erase the masking fluid when everything was dry.

I found that the eraser also took some of the paper off with it.  By not erasing it, your project is left with a cool texture on the trunks.

I CASED Tina's design on the first card using Mango Melody with a touch of Daffodil Delight Pigment Sprinkles. 

For the second card, I used Bermuda Bay, Gorgeous Grape, and Granny Apple Green Pigment Sprinkles.

Here's how:

  1. Stamp tree trunks from Winter Woods onto watercolor paper using Stazon ink. Use the Stamparatus so you get a good stamped image. Place a post-it-note to mask the bottom of the stamped image, and move the Stamparatus up one notch.  Stamp to get taller trees.
  2. With a small paint brush, apply the Incredible White Mask over the stamped trunks. Set aside to dry for a few minutes.
  3. Sprinkle Mango Melody and Daffodil Delight Pigment Sprinkles over the watercolor paper. Spritz with water to activate the sprinkles.  Let them pool and run, soaking into the paper for a few seconds.  Dab with paper towel, and set aside to dry completely. The Incredible White Mask will mask the Sprinkles from coloring the stamped trees.
  4. Stamp the landscape from Winter Woods at the bottom of the trunks using Early Espresso ink. Stamp the tops of the tree image using Old Olive and Early Espresso inks.
  5. Attach to Basic Black mat.
  6. Stamp greeting from Itty Bitty Greetings onto Very Vanilla card base using Memento Black and the Stamparatus. Attach card front to base to complete.

Pigment Sprinkles

Pigment sprinkles

Winter Woods

Winter Woods



Card 1 Supplies:

Stamp Sets: Winter Woods, Itty Bitty Greetings

Ink: Stazon, Memento Black, Early Espresso, Old Olive

Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black, watercolor

Accessories: Incredible White Mask , post-it-note, Mango Melody and Daffodil Delight Pigment Sprinkles, spritzer bottle with water, paint brush, Stamparatus

Card 2 Supplies

Stamp Sets: Winter Woods, Itty Bitty Greetings

Ink: Stazon, Memento Black,  Early Espresso, Old Olive

Paper: Very Vanilla, Night of Navy, watercolor

Accessories: Incredible White Mask , post-it-note, Bermuda Bay, Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green Pigment Sprinkles, spritzer bottle with water, paint brush, Stamparatus

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Paper Towel Background Pocketful of Happiness

Paper towel background

I always try to recycle and reuse my crafting tools.

This includes the paper towels that I use to wipe off stamps, the Stamparatus plates, or to dab my watercolor projects.

This was the case with a piece of paper towel I had used to dab Pigment Sprinkles. 

I was using the Daffodil Delight and Mango Melody Sprinkles, so I was left with a pretty and bright paper towel with a tie-dye effect.

I decided to use it to make a bright and cheery pocket of flowers using the Pocketful of Happiness stamp set and coordinating Pocket Die.

Here's how:

  1. If the paper towel you are going to use has plys, separate them so you are only using 1 ply.  Save the remaining plys for other projects.  You'll need to place the paper towel on a sturdy background so you will be able to cut it down to the size you want, plus cut it with the die and die-cut machine.  I used a piece of Whisper White card stock and a piece of Adhesive Sheet.  If you don't have Adhesive Sheets, you could use a glue stick or xyron machine.  You just need the card stock base to have some sticky so the paper towel will adhere to it.
  2. Stamp the image from Pocketful of Happiness using Early Espresso ink.  I used my Stamparatus to get a good stamped image.  The paper towel has texture, so you'll probably need to stamp it a couple times to get a complete image.
  3.  Cut the pocket out using the Pocket Die and die-cut machine.
  4. Fold the tabs along the score lines and apply Tear and Tape Adhesive.  Peel the backing off the Tear and Tape and place on Soft Suede card base.
  5.  Stamp flowers on So Saffron card stock using Early Espresso ink.  Color flowers and leaves using Stampin' Blends or Stampin' Write Markers.  Fussy cut using a pair of scissors.  Slip flowers behind pocket, using Mini Dimensionals to pop them up.
  6. Stamp greeting on So Saffron card stock using Early Espresso ink.  Punch out using a 1 3/8" circle punch.  Attach to front of pocket to complete.

Pocketful of Happiness


Pocket Dies

Pocket dies

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Pocketful of Happiness

Ink: Early Espresso, assorted Stampin' Blends and Stampin' Write Markers

Paper: Soft Suede, So Saffron, Whisper White

Accessories: paper towel, Pigment Sprinkles for the paper towel background, Adhesive Sheet, Stamparatus,  Big Shot, Pocket Die, Tear and Tape Adhesive, 1 3/8" circle punch, Mini Dimensionals



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Pigment Sprinkles Daisy Delight Bookmarks


I made these pretty bookmarks using Pigment Sprinkles combined with Daisy Delight stamp set to give as thank you gifts for an upcoming workshop.

They were simple to create, each becoming their own little piece of artwork.

Here's how:

  1. Lightly sprinkle Pigment Sprinkles onto a strip of watercolor paper.  Remember, a little goes a long way with the Sprinkles.
  2. Spritz the daisy from Daisy Delight with water and stamp onto the watercolor paper.  The water will activate the Sprinkles.  Let the stamp set for a few seconds, then lift. 
  3. Repeat for additional daisies.
  4. Sprinkle a small amount of Granny Smith Green Sprinkles in blank spaces on the watercolor paper.  Spritz the leaf from Daisy Delight with water and stamp.  Let the stamp set for a few seconds, then lift.  Repeat for additional leaves.  Set aside to dry.
  5.  Once the pieces have dried, mat to coordinating card stock.  Stamp the greeting from Daisy Delight on the back.  Punch a small hole in the top of the bookmark and add a coordinating ribbon.  Add Perennial Essence Floral Centers to each of the flowers to complete.

Bookmark close up

Bookmark back

Pigment Sprinkles

Pigment sprinkles

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Daisy Delight

Ink: Gorgeous Grape

Paper: Gorgeous Grape, Bermuda Bay, Granny Smith Green, Mango Melody, watercolor

Accessories: Pigment Sprinkles, spritzer bottle with water, hole punch, ribbon, Perennial Essence Floral Centers

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June Fresh Card Making Ideas-Cascading Cards

Waterfront cascading cardWaterfront Cascading Card

Cascading cardBeauty Abounds Cascading Card

Cascading cards!

An easy and fun interactive card idea.

Pull the tab, and the card cascades presenting 4 individual panels, each with its own little scene.

Want to learn more?

My June Fresh Card Making Tutorial will feature the Cascading Card Technique.

The tutorial will feature two designs.

One made using the Waterfront stamp set, the other using the Beauty Abounds stamp set and Pigment Sprinkles.

View this video Here to see the Cascading Cards in Action!

Cascading Cards You Tube( I apologize for the pictures and the sound not being in sync.  For whatever reason, the gremlins were at work today!)

This tutorial will hit e mail inboxes at 9:00 am (MST) on June 25, 2019.

Please add your name to my mailing list by 8:00 am (MST) on June 25 to receive this tutorial complete with step-by-step color photographs in a pdf format.

To sign up, please use the Sign Up Box located in the upper right hand corner of this page.

Once the sign up process has been completed, you'll receive my Adhesives 101 tutorial via email in pdf format as my gift to you.

I hope to hear from you!


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All the Good Things Brusho Background

Brusho fish

Since I had my Brusho Crystal Colors out after creating these cards HERE, I decided to make an abstract water background and combine it with the small koi fish image found in All the Good Things.

I knew I wanted it to be a birthday card, so I used the greeting from Detailed with Love.

I simply sprinkled Brilliant Blue Brusho Crystals onto my Whisper White card front, then lightly spritzed with water, activating the crystals.

After letting the paper dry for a few minutes, I stamped the greeting in Night of Navy ink using my Stamparatus.

I kept the card front in the Stamparatus, then positioned the fish image where I wanted it.  The first fish was stamped in Gorgeous Grape.  I inked and stamped it using the Stamparatus several times to get deep colors. 

I cleaned the stamp and then placed it in another position on the card front.  The second fish was stamped in Calypso Coral.

I repeated the steps using Granny Apple Green and Night of Navy inks.

Somewhere along the way, I got a few smudges of Granny Apple Green, but I liked it, so I wasn't too worried about it!

I mounted the card front to a Night of Navy card base and added some blue Glimmer Dots from my stash to complete.

Brusho Crystal Color

Brusho crystals

All the Good Things

All the Good Things catalog

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: All the Good Things, Detailed with Love

Ink: Night of Navy, Gorgeous Grape, Calypso Coral, Granny Apple Green

Paper: Night of Navy, Whisper White

Accessories: Brusho Crystal Color, spritzer bottle with water, Stamparatus, glimmer dots from my stash



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Controlled Painting with Brusho Crystals and Winter Woods

Brusho wild woods


Brusho wild woods white background

Here are 2 more cards created using the controlled painting with Brusho Crystal Color technique.

Please see my original posting using Sheltering Tree Here

For these cards, I lightly sprinkled Brilliant Blue and Moss Green Brusho Crystal Colors on my watercolor card front.

I started with the center tree first, sprinkling the Brusho about where I knew I would be stamping.

I then spritzed the pine tree image from Winter Woods (carry-over from the Holiday Catalog) lightly with water and stamped. 

I then did the same for the right tree, then the left tree.

Again, don't get your stamp too wet as the colors will run. 

You can always add a little more Brusho (remember, a little goes a long way), and stamp again with a moist stamp if desired.

And, you can pull and move the color around with a paint brush if needed.

You can also over stamp the outline image again using the pine tree and a darker color of ink.

I tested it here using Mossy Meadow ink:

Brusho wild woods 1

I personally liked them plain, so I skipped this step.

For the first card, I sponged Balmy Blue and Pool Party inks around the trees. 

I left the background alone on the second card.

I prefer the white background.

Brusho Crystal Color

Brusho crystals

Winter Woods Bundle

Winter Woods


Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Winter Woods, Flora and Fauna

Ink: Night of Navy, Balmy Blue, Pool Party

Paper: Mint Macaron, Night of Navy,  watercolor

Accessories: Brusho Crystal Colors, spritzer bottle with water, Stamparatus, sponge, enamel dots from my stash

Happy Stampin'!

Controlled Painting with Brusho Crystals

Brusho sheltering tree

A customer recently asked if I could demo a way to paint using the Brusho Crystals in a controlled manner. 

Brushos are great for creating abstract backgrounds, but she wanted something more defined.

So, this is what I came up with.

I really like how it came out, and my customer and other Feb. class attendees really liked it too.

It's simple!

  To do this technique, you will sprinkle Brusho Crystals on a piece of watercolor paper, then lightly spritz a stamp with water and stamp, activating the crystals. 

Sprinkle the crystals in the area that you are going to stamp your image instead of all over the card front.

For this card, I sprinkled Yellow and Brilliant Red crystals towards the top and middle of the card front knowing about where the leaves from Sheltering Tree would be stamped.  I spritzed the image with water and stamped. 

But, what was the surprise is that I ended up with blue green leaves which is not a color that you would get from the Brushos. 

I had to think about it for a few seconds, then realized that I must not have cleaned the stamp after using Mint Macaron ink on another project.

Happy surprise, and I really like how it came out.

So, I tried to duplicate it, and sure enough it works.  Ink up the stamp using Mint Macaron ink, then stamp off leaving some ink.

Then, continue on with the technique.

The other key is to not get the stamp too wet.  Lightly spritz it with water, or it'll run making it look abstract.

After letting the paper dry for a minute or two, I stamped the tree trunk in Early Espresso ink using the Stamparatus. 

Then, I sprinkled Yellow, Brilliant Red, Moss Green, and Brilliant Blue crystals towards the bottom of the tree.  I spritzed the ground stamp lightly with water and stamped.

To complete the card, I matted the card front to a piece of Early Espresso, then added it to a Mint Macaron card base.

The greeting is from Floral and Fauna stamped in Early Espresso ink using the Stamparatus.

Brusho Crystal Colors

Brusho crystals

Sheltering Tree

Sheltering TreeSupplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Sheltering Tree, Floral and Fauna (Paper Pumpkin)

Ink: Mint Macaron, Early Espresso

Paper: Mint Macaron, Early Espresso, watercolor

Accessories: Brusho Color Crystals, spritzer bottle with water, Stamparatus

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Brusho Crystals Dandelion Wishes

Brusho Dandelion Wishes
Brusho Crystals Dandelion Wishes

I'm loving the stamp set, Dandelion Wishes.

(You can see some of my other Dandelion Wishes creations HERE.)

For this card, I combined the stamp set with Brusho Crystals for a vibrant background.

Super easy to create.

Here's how:

  1. Spritz card front with water and sprinkle Brusho Crystals on the water.  Let it pool and run as it desires, then set aside to dry completely.  For this card, I used Shimmery White card stock and Brilliant Red and Gamboge crystals.
  2.  Once the card stock is dry, stamp the dandelion images using Memento Black ink.
  3. Stamp greeting from Painted Glass.
  4. Attach to Basic Black card base.
  5. Color pearls using a red Sharpie pen and apply to complete.

Dandelion Wishes

Dandelion Wishes

Brusho Crystals

Brusho crystals

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Dandelion Wishes, Painted Glass

Ink: Memento Black

Paper: Basic Black, Shimmery White

Accessories: spritzer bottle with water, Brusho Crystals, pearls, Sharpie pen

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Fluttering Embossing Folder and Brusho Crystal Colours

Fluttering Embossing Folder

Here's another fun way to use the Brusho Crystal Colours found in the new Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog.

Combine the Brusho Crystals and water with an embossed image for added texture and interest.

For this card, I used Fluttering Embossing Folder.

Here's how:

  1. Cut a piece of watercolor paper 5" x 3 3/4".  Run it through the Big Shot using the Fluttering Embossing Folder.  Run it forward, backward, and forward again to get a good embossed image.
  2. Spritz embossed watercolor paper with water.  Sprinkle Brusho Crystals onto the water.  For my card, I started with Brilliant Red. 
  3. Repeat with more Brusho Crystals.  For my card, I added Gamboge, Yellow, and Prussian Blue.
  4. Remove excess water by dabbing piece with a tissue.  Set it aside to dry completely.
  5. After the piece is completely dry, swipe on white ink to the embossed images using a White Craft ink pad.  Set aside to dry completely.  Add more white craft ink if desired.  Set aside to dry completely.
  6. Attach piece to Island Indigo matting.  Attach to So Saffron card  base.
  7. Cut 2 "enjoy" pieces from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits dies out of Island Indigo card stock using the Big Shot.  Glue the two pieces together, adding dimension to the word.  Add to the card front using Mini Dimensionals to pop it up.
  8. Stamp greeting from Dragonfly Dreams stamp set onto a scrap piece of So Saffron card stock using Island Indigo ink.  Banner cut one end.  Attach to the card front using Mini Dimensionals to complete.

Fluttering Embossing Folder close up

Brusho Crystal Colours

Watercolor ink crystals.  Sprinkle them directly on water-washed paper and watch the colors burst!

#144101, $30.00

Brusho crystals

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Dragonfly Dreams

Ink: Island Indigo, White Craft

Paper: So Saffron, Island Indigo, watercolor paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Fluttering Embossing Folder,  Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Die, spritzer bottle with water, Brusho Crystal Colours, Mini Dimensionals


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Brusho Crystal Colours Meets Party Panda

Brusho Party Pandas

Stampin' Up! is pleased to announce the addition of Brusho Crystal Colours in the new 2018 Occasions Catalog!

Watercolor ink crystals—Sprinkle them directly on water-washed paper and watch the colors burst.

Brusho crystals

Package includes 5 pots, 1 each of 5 colors: Brilliant Red, Gamboge (orange), Moss Green, Prussian Blue, Yellow

#144101, $30.00

I've been having lots of fun playing with the Brushos. 

I love how abstract backgrounds can be created easily by simply by adding water to watercolor paper, then lightly sprinkling on some of the Brusho Crystals. 

The crystals will run and pool creating unique backgrounds.

And each one will be different.

For the card above, I paired the Brusho Crystals with my favorite Sale-A-Bration stamp, Party Pandas.

Here's how:

  1. Cut a piece of watercolor paper measuring 5" x 3 3/4".  Using an aqua painter, swish water onto the watercolor paper. 
  2. Shake first color of Brusho Crystals onto the water.  Add other colors as desired.  For my card, I started with the Brilliant Red, than added Gamboge and Yellow.  The wetter the paper, the more the crystals will spread and pool.  Dab off excess water with a tissue if needed, then set aside to dry completely.
  3. Swipe Embossing Buddy over card front.  Stamp panda using Archival Black ink.  Heat emboss using a heat tool and black embossing powder.
  4. Stamp balloon part of the panda on a scrap piece of Crushed Curry card stock using Archival Black ink.  Cut the balloon out using a pair of scissors.  Stamp the confetti image using Archival Black ink.  Paper-piece balloon using  a Mini Dimensional to pop it up.
  5. Stamp greeting using Archival Black ink.  Heat emboss using a heat tool and black embossing powder.
  6. Stamp confetti on the card front using Archival Black ink.
  7. Attach card front to Crushed Curry mat.  Attach to Basic Black card base.


Don't forget, it's Sale-A-Bration!

For every $50 spent, you'll be able to choose an exclusive free item out of the Sale-A-Bration Catalog.

Now's a great time to stock up on all your crafting supplies!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Party Pandas

Ink: Archival Black

Paper: Basic Black, Crushed Curry, watercolor paper

Accessories: aqua painter, Brusho Crystal Colours, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, black embossing powder, Mini Dimensionals


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