Friday, August 28, 2015

Brusho Butterflies Pop it Ups Card

Hi all! I'm sure you've all heard me talk about my friend, Cyndi. She's the one who is in the know when it comes to stamping products and techniques. A few weeks ago we all met up at her house and she shared her Brusho Watercolor Crystals with us. I'd tried Bisters before (again, courtesy of Cyndi) and liked them, but the Brushos - wow! Even though my first attempts were not that great, I decided to keep playing with them.

For this card, I sprinkled turquoise, purple, and blue onto watercolor paper that was slightly damp, then spritzed with more water to activate the crystals. I tipped the paper down to get the drips you see above. So cool!! After it dried I cut it to size and layered it onto a blue panel and then onto the card. I cut a tag from the excess, tied it with a ribbon dyed with turquoise Brusho, and added Tissue Tape, a bit of cheesecloth,  and a Remnant Rub.

How pretty is this? The butterflies were cut from the leftovers from the front panel using various sizes of dies from both the Butterfly Pivot card set as well as the Butterfly Accessories set. I wanted the butterflies to appear as if they were in flight, so I cut a spiral from thin plastic/acetate using the spiral die from Karen's Spiral Pull Card set and adhered it near the top. I used tiny adhesive dots to attach the butterflies, opening and closing the card to make sure they were positioned correctly. Along the bottom I stamped Tim Holtz's flowers silhouette using Broken China ink.

Here's a quick (and strangely jerky) video of the card opening. It's really cool how the butterflies unwind - it definitely gives it the illusion of flight!

The supplies I used can be found at Elizabeth Craft Design, Simon Says Stamp, and Amazon via the links below.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I can't wait to play more with my Brushos. Have you tried them? Any tips or techniques to share? I'd love to hear them. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


  1. What a great design!!! LOVE that spiral idea and YAY, I've even found the proper Elizabeth Craft Designs die available in the UK! Thanks so much for sharing a really clever idea. Jenny x

  2. Wow!!!!! I'm so glad you kept playing with the Brushos ... stunning effect. Really love the play of the colors on the front. Those butterflies in flight are fantastic as well. Thanks so much for your videos for pop up cards, etc. I really brings your work to life. Love it!! Oh ... and before I forget ... I really love the simple silhouettes on in the interior. It's perfect!! -- Thanks for sharing this with us. I've never used Brushos. Looks like something else to put on my "to get" list :) -- Mary Elizabeth


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