June 5, 2018


Have you been having lots of fun with your Brushos?

Brushos are so delightful -- and unpredictable! -- to work with. 
So, if you haven't tried them yet . . .

In the card pictured below, both the butterfly, 
as well as the background surrounding it, 
were created with Brushos.

The butterfly is actually embossed in gold, 
although it looks in the photo to be black or another really dark color.

The Brushos give the butterfly a distinctive stained glass look. 
Don't you agree?

I finally succeeded in capturing the gold embossing in the shot below:

Following you will find the Supplies List and the Instructions on how to make a card similar to this. As said before, working with Brushos will always give you a unique look. You will never be able to duplicate an exact look. So, that's why I say "similar". Don't be disappointed if your card doesn't look exactly like mine -- chances are it will turn out much BETTER! 

Here goes:

Lemon Lime Twist cardstock
Whisper White cardstock
Tempting Turquoise cardstock (retired now, but many other current blues will be just as lovely)
Watercolor Paper

Beautiful Day stamp set (page 134)

VersaMark ink
Brushos in blues, greens and yellows (page 202)

Embossing Buddy
Gold Embossing Powder
Heat Tool
Aqua Painter
Big Shot
Butterfly Embossing Folder (retired now, but try any of a number of the new embossing folders!)
Stampin' Dimensionals
Adhesive-Backed Sequins (page 198)
Paper Towels

Rub the Embossing Buddy over a 3" x 4" piece of watercolor paper. Stamp the butterfly image centered on the piece in VersaMark ink. At the Heat Station, sprinkle the butterfly with gold embossing powder. Heat to emboss. There is a possibility that the lines of the butterfly are not consistent. If you have some white spots showing, dab these areas lightly with the writing end of a VersaMarker (if you still have one!), sprinkle more embossing powder on it, and heat it once again.

With an Aqua Painter, fill each section of the butterfly with water. The water should entirely fill each spot, almost looking like a big bubble. You can separate the colors in your butterfly's wings as you wish. But start with either the blue or the green and work with one color at a time. 

CAREFULLY sprinkle your chosen first color within the appropriate areas of the wings. Just a little bit of powder. Then come in with the Aqua Painter and spread the color like you are painting. 

Wipe off the Aqua Painter on a paper towel until it runs clean, and continue with the second color in the same way. 

You will let this dry naturally. As it is drying, check frequently to see if the color is pulling away from the edges and forming white spots. With a clean Aqua Painter for each color, gently push the color to the edges of the embossing so you have no uncolored areas.

Once the wings are completely dry -- naturally -- if you would like the look of a blotchy butterfly, spritz some water into your hand, and with the fingers of your other hand, flick water onto the dried butterfly. At this point, you could use the Heat Tool to dry it if desired.

To create the background. sprinkle just a bit of the yellow and the green Brusho around the butterfly. With very little spritzing, activate the color with water. Gently pat the wet areas with a paper towel. You can also use the Aqua Painter to move the color around just a bit. Be careful with this stage -- you still want your butterfly to be the star!

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

Run a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Whisper White cardstock through the Big Shot inside your chosen embossing folder. Be sure that the paper is situated horizontally so the butterflies are flying upright if you are using the Butterfly Embossing Folder! Adhere this to the card base.

Adhere the dried butterfly piece to a 3 1/4" x 4 1/4" piece of Tempting Turquoise cardstock. Using a Stampin' Dimensional at each corner and one in the center, adhere this centered on the card front.

Add a few adhesive-backed sequins to the background. Always remember that, when adding embellishments, to keep them at an odd number!



  1. So very beautiful! Thanks for sharing on To Grandma's House We Go!

  2. Very pretty! I love butterflies....

  3. Lovely, what an interesting technique, you always have something new to show us, I love it!

  4. Wow, it looks so beautiful and I love how the gold embossing really stands out.

  5. Such a beautiful and colorful butterfly! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    1. Thanks, Jann, for the nice words, and for letting me play along each week!