March 6, 2018


Are you all enjoying Brusho Crystal Colour yet? They are a blast -- yet so unpredictable to work with.

You can make a cool background with the Brushos and then stamp in black right on top of it.

Each time you make a background with Brushos, no matter if you use the same colors each time, you will achieve something completely unique.

The nice thing about this particular card is, even though it has some dimension, everything is flat enough to go through the mail comfortably.

Keep reading for instructions on how to make this card.

Whisper White cardstock
Tangerine Tango cardstock
140-lb cold press watercolor paper

Memento Tuxedo Black ink

Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set (page 77)

Orange ribbon
Brusho Crystal Colour (page 26 in the Occasions catalog)
Tutti Fruitti Adhesive Backed Sequins (page 29 in the Occasions catalog)
Orange Baker's Twine
Scotch Tape
Spritz bottle of water
Stampin' Dimensionals
Nonstick craft sheet

Fold a piece of 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" Whisper White cardstock in half, creasing it well with a bone folder.

Using a 3 3/4" x 5" piece of watercolor paper, sprinkle sparingly some of the yellow, orange and red Brushos. Gently spritz it with a little water until the Brusho colors start to separate and move a bit. You can keep working with repeating this process until you are happy with your background. Since you are working over a nonstick craft sheet, you can turn the paper to cause the colors to drip onto the craft sheet. Then you can turn the watercolor paper over and pick up some of those drops of color. This works much more efficiently if the watercolor paper is dry. You can use the heat tool to dry the colors, dabbing at the edges with a paper towel to sop up too much excess liquid. The secret is to be careful not to let too much concentrated color in one spot. Just play until you are happy.

Once the piece is completely dry, stamp the three balloons in black ink.

Cut baker's twine for the strings on each of the balloons so each string is about 1/2" longer than it needs to be for it to reach from the bottom of the balloon to the bottom of the watercolor paper. Use a dab of glue on the bottoms of the balloons to adhere the top of the baker's twine. Once that glue is dry, you can wrap the bottoms of the twine to the back of the paper and tape them in place. Create little baker's twine bows and adhere each of them to a balloon with a drop of glue.

Stretch a length of the orange ribbon from side to side, securing the ends on the back with tape.

On a 2 1/2" x 3/4" piece of Whisper White cardstock, stamp the sentiment in black ink. Then stamp "Happy Birthday" inside the card, also in black ink. Flag the ends of the front sentiment, and add over the ribbon with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Adhere this finished piece to a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Tangerine Tango cardstock, then to the card base.

Finish with a few of the self-stick sequins. Remember, when adding embellishments to a background, to always keep it to an odd number. Much more pleasing to the eye.



  1. Really cute. So creative. #saturdayshuffle

  2. Linda, Love the balloons along with the 'make a wish'! Beautiful card!

  3. What a pretty card! I love the watercolour effect. Thank you so much for sharing this post, and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party, Linda.