Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Poppies and Brushos

Another birthday card that I made recently for one of my daughters.  She loves the colour purple and I love red poppies so I decided to use black card and Dyna paints, giving the flowers a 'two-tone' effect.  I also wanted to play with my Brushos again as they make lovely backgrounds amongst other things!  So for this design I have used Sheena Douglass Perfect Partners Poppy dies, Pebeo Dyna paints, black Brusho crystals,Gold Brilliance ink, and other die cuts from my stash.  The base card is white, and I have sponged around the edges with Red Blue and Gold Dyna paints.  Taking a piece of watercolour card I spritzed water lightly over the card and sprinkled the brusho crystals over the wet patches.  The great thing about Brushos is you cannot predict exactly what pattern they will make, as they spread randomly across the wet card.  I only used one colour of Brusho, but each colour is made up of component coloured crystals which separate beautifully as they spread.  When dry I used large nesting dies to cut the background panel and a black matting layer, then with the die still on the background panel I added some gold ink around the inner edges.  I made a smaller panel in the same way for the sentiment.  Next I die cut all the flowers, stems and leaves out of black card and embossed them.  I painted the flower petals with Red Blue and the leaves and stems in Green Gold.  I used Gold paint on the embossed highlights on the petals, and left the flower centres black.  I attached the background panel to the black mat and then to the base card.  I did the same with the smaller panel.  I attached the flowers, stems and leaves with dimensional glue to the large panel.  I used dies to cut the sentiment out of black card and added gold gilding wax, then attached them to the panel and then to the card.  I really love the contrast of the black with the 'two-tone' zingy  Dyna paints in this design.  I think this is a very cheerful card that could be used for different occassions.

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