BRUSHO CRYSTAL COLOURS
They’re not new; they’ve been around for at least several decades, made in England. I’ve seen videos highlighting these glorious, saturated colours, and gasped. And now – Stampin’ Up! is carrying them for sale! Warning – this post is very image heavy – ’cause I’m loving these!
Look carefully for them; they’re on page 26 of the Occasions catalogue – it’s a little picture in the inner corner. They come in a pack of 5, 0.5 oz pots; 1 each of 5 colours; Brilliant Red, Gamboge (orange), Moss Green, Prussian Blue and Yellow.
These are highly-pigmented, artist quality watercolour ink crystals. They hold amazing deep colours, and are activated by water. You can mix with water, to create watercolour washes, or sprinkle directly onto water-washed paper, and watch the colours burst!
Can you tell I’m in love with these?! I’m so in love, I just had to do a special demonstration with them at my Sale-A-Bration Celebration event this past weekend. The first card I did beforehand, using the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set.
Isn’t this amazing? But really, the part I enjoy the most is watching the crystals ‘burst’ when they react with the water.
There’s more than one way to use the Brusho Crystals; I used them by first stamping my dragonfly image from Dragonfly Dreams in Versamark ink onto Watercolour Paper. Next, cover the stamped images with White Embossing Powder, and set it with the Heat Tool.
Use your Aqua Painter to wet the paper where you want to apply the colour. Choose your colour – I used the Prussian Blue first – and sprinkle the Brusho Crystal Colours onto the wet areas. Watch them burst!! 🙂
NOTE ON USING THE BRUSHO CRYSTAL COLOURS: these crystals are very light, and a little goes a LONG way! Do NOT take the seal off the tub; instead use a push-pin or your Paper Piercer to poke 1 or 2 holes in the top of the seal. This is all you need, to dispense the crystals. Removing the seal off the tub may result in a large cloud of crystal powder to surround you!! These crystals are highly pigmented, and will permanently stain, so make sure you’re not wearing your fancy dress, or using over your cherished antique Persian rug!
After sprinkling the Prussian Blue, I used my Aqua Painter to move the colour around a bit. Then I wanted to add another colour, so I sprinkled on the Yellow crystals. The watercolour paper had dried a bit, so I added more water with my Stampin’ Spritzer. This is such fun – the force of the water causes the crystals to burst faster, and the colour moves around a bit. Trust me – no matter how hard you try, you’ll never get 2 projects look exactly the same!
PUT IT TOGETHER
After the image panel had dried, I built the card. Trust me -the hardest part of using the Brusho Crystal Colours is that you have to let your project air dry!! For me, that gives the best results. You can use your Heat Tool to speed up the process, but be aware that the air may move the colours around, giving you a different finished look. But, you may want to try that, intentionally! 🙂
Attach the image panel to the Daffodil Delight cardstock with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Wrap Whisper White Baker’s Twine around the left side 3 times, attaching it at the back with Tear & Tape. Finally, attach the panels to a Island Indigo cardstock card base.
On the inside of the card, stamp the sentiment and the dots image from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set in Island Indigo ink onto a panel of Whisper White cardstock.
As I said, I wanted to demonstrate the Brusho Crystal Colours for everyone. So first I created this finished card, as a sample to show what I was going to do. It uses the lovely Birthday Blooms stamp set.
Can you see why I’m in love with these Brusho Crystal Colours??!!
I used the same technique as detailed in the card above, to create this card. I used a combination of wetting the Watercolour Paper first with an Aqua Painter, then using a Stampin’ Spritzer after adding the 2nd colour. This time, the colours I used were Brilliant Red and Moss Green in the Brusho Crystal Colours. The sentiment is stamped in Versamark and Old Olive ink, onto Watercolour Paper. Cover the stamping with Clear Embossing Powder, then set it with the Heat Tool. It’s then die cut with the Big Shot using the Stitched Shapes Framelits.
One thing I love about the Crystals is that they’re not one, flat colour; they have other colours mixed in! So you can see that the Moss Green has flecks of brown and a little bit of black; the Brilliant Red also has flecks of orange and a hint of yellow.
For the inside, stamp the sentiment from the Birthday Blooms stamp set in Old olive ink onto a Whisper White panel. Use the Real Red and Old Olive Stampin’ Write Markers to colour the flower image, and stamp onto the lower left side. Attach the panel to the inside with the Multipurpose Liquid Glue.
ORDER YOUR BRUSHO CRYSTAL COLOURS TODAY!
These fabulous Brusho Crystal Colours are available now for you to order! Click on the product images below to order them in my online store. If you’d rather have me place your order, simply contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with your information, and I’ll take care of it!
Remember that Sale-A-Bration is happening right now, so if you order the Brusho Crystal Colours plus another $20 in products, you’ll qualify for 1 Level 1 item for FREE!