Water Stamping

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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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

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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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Clear Block Pocketful of Sunshine Watercolor Background

Pocketful of Sunshine acrylic block background

I recently needed a quick birthday card.

  It was a bright and beautiful day here in the mountains of southern Colorado. 

This was the inspiration needed to create this quick and simple clear block watercolor background paired with the sun image found in the stamp set Pocketful of Sunshine!

Here's how:

  1. To create the watercolor background, tap ink onto a clear-mount block, spritz the ink with water, and stamp onto a piece of watercolor paper.  Let it sit for a few seconds, then lift.  Set the paper aside to dry completely.  For this card, I tapped on Crushed Curry ink in the middle of the block, Calypso Coral on the bottom right of the block, and Dapper Denim on the bottom left and upper part of the block.
  2.  Once the paper is dry, swipe an Embossing Buddy over the card front.  Stamp the sun and ray images from Pocketful of Sunshine using Versamark ink.  Heat emboss using a heat tool and copper embossing powder.
  3. Stamp greeting from Teeny Tiny Wishes using Versamark and heat emboss using a heat tool and copper embossing powder.
  4. Attach card front to a copper foil mat, then attach to a Crushed Curry card base.


I like how the mixing of the Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, and Dapper Denim inks created a slight lavender and green tint to the watercolor paper.

Pocketful of Sunshine


Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Pocketful of Sunshine, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral, Dapper Denim, Versamark

Paper: Crushed Curry, copper foil, watercolor paper

Accessories:  Clear Block "E", spritzer bottle with water, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, copper embossing powder


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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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Happy Home, Happy Retirement-Clear Block Stamping Background Technique

Clear Block Background Stamping Technique-Happy HomeThe Clear Block Stamping Background Technique is one of my all-time favorites! 
This technique allows you to create beautiful landscape backgrounds for any occasion!

I recently needed a retirement card for a friend, so I decided to combine this great technique with the stamp sets Happy Home and Fun with Flowers.

To create the background, I simply patted Island Indigo, Marina Mist, Crushed Curry, Mint Macaron and Crushed Cucumber ink pads directly onto my clear block "D",

Clear Block Background Stamping Technique Step 1

spritzed it with water,

Clear Block Background Stamping Technique Step 2

then stamped it onto my Whisper White (you could also use watercolor paper) card front, letting it set for a few minutes.

Clear Block Background Stamping Technique Step 3

  I lifted the block off and let the paper ink dry before stamping the image from Happy Home over the background. 

Clear Block Background Stamping Technique Step 4

I used Island Indigo, Early Espresso and Cucumber Crush markers to add color directly to the different parts of the stamp.

Remember, when you color a stamp with markers, "huff" on the stamp before stamping.  This will add moisture to the ink for a better image.

The greeting from Fun with Flowers is perfect for the occasion for this card!

Clear Block Background Stamping Technique Happy Home Close Up

Create pretty backgrounds by giving the Clear Block Background Stamping Technique a try.  Be sure to share your creations with me. I'd love to see them!

Be sure to share your creations with me. I'd love to see them!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Happy Home (retired, but any stamp would work), Fun with Flowers (greeting)

Ink: Island Indigo, Marina Mist, Crushed Curry, Mint Macaron, Cucumber Crush ink pads, Island Indigo, Early Espresso, Cucumber Crush  markers

Paper: Mint Macaron, Island Indigo, Whisper White

Accessories: clear block "D", spritzer bottle with water

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Sheltering Tree Meets Woodland Embossing Folder-Fall Leaves

Here are a few more cards using the 3D stamping with the Woodland Embossing Folder technique

For instructions on how to do this technique, please visit my tutorial here.

Sheltering Tree 088
The leaves stamp found in Sheltering Tree were stamped on the inside of the embossing folder using Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry ink.


Sheltering Tree 089

Colors for this card are Cajun Craze, Hello honey and Rich Razzleberry.


Wonderland 034

For this card, spritz the inside of the embossing folder with Stampin' Mist or water as if you were cleaning off the ink from previous stamping.  The ink will run and pool inside the folder.  Insert an piece of watercolor paper or regular card stock and run it through the Big Shot.  You'll have a rich watercolor background behind the trees!


Wonderland 030

For this card, I simply stamped the smaller leaves image after running regular Whisper White card stock through the Big Shot using the watercolor method above.

This has become one of my all-time favorite stamping techniques.  The possibilities are endless!

Be sure to check my tutorial here!


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Sunflower Water Stamping

Water Stamping is our technique challenge over at The Technique Twist site.

Here's my contribution:

Water Stamping 001

This technique is super easy.  Here are the instructions provided by the ladies over at The Technique Twist:

Items needed: stamps, ink, sponges, plate, paper towels, & water.
Heavily sponge one to several colors of ink on your cardstock or other choice of paper medium.  Take a plate with a paper towel and soak it with water - this is now your "ink pad'.  Ink up your stamp with water and stamp onto your cardstock.  Hold for a few seconds and remove.  Let dry.
Use lighter colored cardstock and darker inks. The water removes the darker ink making the lighter color more vivid.

I used Whisper White card stock.
I found it easier to swipe the color onto the card stock directly from the ink pad.  I used Tangerine Tango and Daffodil Delight ink pads.

Stamps - Detailed Background stamps are great like the Sunflower and Hello Doily! You're looking for good detail oriented stamps.

Water-I found it was easier, especially with the big Sunflower stamp, to spritz water directly onto the stamp. The stamp was fairly wet so I off stamped it first on my grid sheet work paper.  Let the stamp sit on the ink for 10-15 seconds.  Remove the stamp.  At first, it won't look like much, but as it dries, the image becomes more vivid.  Cool!

I spritzed the sunflower piece using a mixture of alcohol and Frost White Shimmer Paint.  The finished piece sparkles in person.

When I was finished, I was left with an interesting work sheet, inked up in random patterns  of color from various projects including Tangerine Tango and Daffodil Delight.  I thought I better use some of it to complete the card. 

There was a section of the work sheet that had mostly Daffodil Delight.  So, I colored in the middle of the sunflower using my Early Espresso marker, lightly spritzed the worksheet/Daffodil Delight ink with water, then stamped the sunflower over it.  Once it dried, I punched the center using my 1 1/4" circle punch.  I originally intended to mat it on a larger 1 3/8" Tangerine Tango circle, but in going through my craft pantry, I found a velum metal rimmed circle tag.  Perfect!  I simply attached the sunflower center to the tag and attached it to the card using Mini Glue Dots. 

I still had lots of colored grid sheet paper left, so I stamped the greeting from Fabulous Florets on a section of various colors, cut it down and added a banner cut to one end.

This is a fun technique, and I plan on doing it again.  Thank you ladies at The Technique Twist for your inspiration.
Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Sunflower, Fabulous Florets

Ink: Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Early Espresso marker

Paper: Sahara Sand, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Early Espresso, grid sheet work paper

Accessories: water, Stampin' Spritzer bottles, alcohol, Frost White Shimmer Paint, Big Shot, Bitty Banners Framelits, 1 1/4" circle punch, metal rimmed tag, Mini Glue Dots

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