A friend of mine asked me to make some cards for her to frame and give as gifts. I used Brushos water color crystals to make backgrounds for these cards. The background for the angel is made using Alizarin Crimson, Turquoise and Yellow. I liberally sprayed water on water color paper and sprinkled the crystals around. I let the paper set for a few minutes and then I picked it up by opposite corners and manipulated the colors around on the paper. I blotted the original sheet with another of water color paper, creating a second colorful sheet. After the paper was dry, I cut a piece a little larger than the angel image and stamped the image (A Stamp in the Hand) onto the water color paper. I used a gold gel pen by Uniball to outline the stamped image and also to color in some of the stars. I stamped the image again on pale pink paper and cut out the fact and hands and adhered them directly over the first image. I layered this piece with black card stock and layered it on top of a white piece, which I also layered with black card stock before adding it to the card. Finally I added the gold mica flakes to the corners of the piece as shown.
For this card, I sprinkled Light Brown Brushos crystals along the bottom half of the paper and Terra Cotta Brushos crystals along the top half. I did not spritz the paper as heavy at the edges of this piece, and I sprinkled the Terra Cotta crystals very lightly at the edges. The effect I wanted here was of an autumn sunset. After the paper was dry, I cut a piece for the card and stamped the trees (Embossing Arts Co.) onto it. I adhered frosted mica chips and gold mica chips to the base of the trees to mimic fallen leaves. I layered this piece with black card stock and then onto a piece that had been spritzed with orange dye ink and white ink (to mimic snow). I also spritzed the white onto a kraft card and adhered the image piece to the card when dry. Finally I added the gold medallions to the sides of the card.
The paper that I stamped the arched window (Stampington & Co.) onto is actually from the same paper that I used in the angel card. The crystals were not heavily sprinkled at this end. I really liked the white showing through in this piece as it reminded me of light shining through. After I stamped the image, I tore around the image in the shape of the window. I layered it on a sheet of gold paper that I had attached to a blue card. I stamped sentiment, cut out around it, and layered it onto blue card stock. I attached it to the card with dimensional tape. I added a gold star to the upper left corner and added a few micro rhinestones to give a "shine" to the window.
My friend was over-joyed with the finished results. I was so happy and relieved!
(This was my 3rd custom order before Christmas.)