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Customized Planner Extravaganza – with freebie download!

Let’s start 2016 off right – customized planner, inspiration cards – and a freebie!Sandy Allnock Customized Planner

Some of you know…I’m not in the least a planner girl. I’ve even raved on about my digital organization tools, and chuckled at my girlfriends who spend hours making their paper planners pretty. I don’t have time to make ’em pretty! Or at least not weekly. But what I figured I COULD do is make some planner gifts, which I did for Christmas, and then added a few touches to my own new (GASP!) planner – and we’ll see if I make it past February with it in use!?!? lol! Mighta just wasted a bunch of money on it! ha ūüôā

Customized Planner Extravaganza: Let’s get busy!

The video today is a wee¬†bit epic….it’s got a few sections so feel free to use the annotations at the beginning to jump to parts you care about.

  • Print bookmarks/inspiration cards: How to print and trim the free PDF download Inspiration Coloring Cards.
  • Coloring tutorials with a few mediums.
  • Customizing a planner using coloring pages to create cover panels, and add them to any planner with any configuration of holes.
  • Make bookmarks with the Fuse tool
  • Check out the planners I decorated!

Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube!

How’s that for epic? At least epic for someone like me who isn’t a planner girl! ¬†ūüôā Here are stills of everything made in the video..first the cards. Use them for bookmarks – or just as inspiration cards to tack in your craft room, stick in your wallet, or give to friends. I think I need to print a bunch of the Suck it up Buttercup cards after my recent rant! ha!

planner1

Check out your office supply store for planners if you don’t have one – they don’t need to be expensive. The ones from Blue Sky are really nice, and one type has a pocket cover (below, left) to just slip in a trimmed-down coloring page! These two are from the Pepin coloring books I love so much, colored with LePlume markers.

planner2

These are also Blue Sky planners; on the left is one with a plastic cover over top of a coloring page panel prepared just for the planner – if you use watercolor, consider covering it with some Distress Glaze to protect it from moisture. I also glued mine to a piece of heavyweight Neenah using StickIt to make it good and sturdy, before punching holes to get it into the book. The panel on the bookmark on the right, by the way, was created while I was making THESE. And then assembled with the Fuse. See more of the products in the supply list at the end of this post. (I did say it was epic, right? Keep a-scrollin!)planner3

I stamped the roses from THIS set and colored them with Copics – you can use anything feminine on this card and it’ll work great! I used airbrush on the ‘start doing’ card – check THIS post for more on getting started with Copic airbrush. Both floral panels here were painted with Brusho…they were warmup experiments, but were perfect for colorful panels for the bookmarks. All the beads and sequins I used are from Pretty Pink Posh.planner4

I hope this was helpful – even if just the cards made you feel a little inspired to get ‘er done!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the listed items to go directly to it. Affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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Grinch Star Wars Mashup: The grinch who stole the death star

 

Grinch. Star Wars. Mashup. What could be better to celebrate the release of Star Wars The Force Awakens!! And…..¬†I HAVE A TICKET FOR TODAY! W00t!!!

Grinch Star Wars Mashup

Okay a little more to say – I painted this with¬†Ph Martins Hydrus watercolors – then switched to Brusho for the sky! ūüôā It was 2-1/2 hours worth of filming, and didn’t include some breaks to let things dry; once the Hydrus dry, they’re permanent, which is especially great for layering colors, which I love to do. The brusho was a special touch to add that¬†Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube – and go get your tickets!

And for Star Wars fans — I also created this little piece on Periscope yesterday….a Peanuts Star Wars mashup! ūüôā

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One last thing to make your Friday…..a vlog came out this week! oh my, two weeks in a row, whatsoever shall we do?

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the listed items to go directly to it. Affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

  1. Dr. Ph. Martin’s Hydrus Fine Art Liquid Watercolors, Set 1 , Set 2 , Set 3
  2. Colourcraft Brusho Crystal Colour Watercolors – Black
  3. Black Velvet Watercolor Brushes, Short Round 4 , Short Round 2 , Short Round 6 
  4. Ranger Distress Sprayer
  5. Fabriano Artistico paper
  6. Copic markers (for Peanuts piece) on Neenah 110
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How to CASE a card (‘Inspired By’ Series #2)

 

For today’s post I decided I wanted to try enough things that I was inspired by that I turned it into a gift pack! Multiple cards give you a chance to try comparing colors, size, scale, and impact to see what you like, all while coming out with great cards too. I’m excited to introduce you to Nikki too!¬† Affiliate links may¬†used.¬†Read more.

NikkisCard

Nikki, known as ScrappinNavyWife/NavyWifeScraps on a lot of social media (her links are below), sent me this sweet card. I loved a lot of things about it – 1) it’s smaller than a regular card, 8.5″ x 5″….2) black white and red combo, YUM! 3) the spritz of black made me think of dalmatians… 4) the layout with the kittywompus squares, yeah baby! I perused Nikki’s¬†blog, and saw THIS CAS design¬†she created¬†with the MFT elves, so CUTE! Her hummingbird and flowers are¬†stunning on THIS card…and how pretty are THESE pastel flowers? I also found THIS card she was inspired to make from my painting…wowsa! Thank you for inspiring me, Nikki!

Nikki on social: Blog / Instagram /Twitter
Nikki is NavyWifeScraps on Periscope, but has not broadcast.

How to CASE a card

I changed up some things, of course, since I don’t have that adorable apple die. I looked around to see what was in my stash; when my brain went “dalmation” I started looking for doggie dies, and then when I saw the elephants? Oh man. Dalmation elephants were going to be it. Da Bomb dot com. (And this would work great with Bubble Talk too!)¬†Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The dimensions of Nikki’s card: 3.5 x 5; the layer panel is 1/2 inch shorter, which left more of the border color showing. These two cards match these dimensions, and both the small boxes are 2″ square.Sandy Allnock CASEsmallI also decided to try converting the design to an A2 sized card. That means the full card is 4-1/4 x 5-1/2, and the panel is 1/2 inch smaller – 3-3/4 x 5 inches.
Sandy Allnock CASElarge

If you CASE a card, try making multiples of variations on it. Then take those variations and make more variations. Eventually you may find something appear on your desk that has never been done before – just keep pushing the envelope!

If you’d like to submit a card for the next “inspired by” video – send a card with some kind of bird on it – it can be a holiday card or any kind of bird card. Send it by Nov 30th to¬†my PO box: Sandy Allnock, PO Box 23395 , Federal Way WA 98093

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; Affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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24 Tags of Christmas 2015: Zentangle Birds

Welcome to the 24 tags of Christmas series for 2015! I love putting this together each year. Well two years in a row at least! If you’d like to see last year’s day six¬†tag, click HERE.

Zentangle Birds

Zentangle? Me? Oh man. I’ve been watching so many artists and crafters on instagram doing it, and I just had to give it a try. These birds from Prima couldn’t have been more perfect – all they needed after the zentangle was a little color – Brusho to the rescue!¬†Check out the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube!

I hope you enjoyed the holiday music break! It helped me stay in the spirit as I edited….I’m so ready to tackle getting cards done next – I have soooooo many to get busy making! ūüôā

Sandy Allnock 24 Tags Zentangle Birds

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Handmade is the best kind of giveaway! Each year I give away all of the tags made in the series – so there will be¬†24 winners! To sweeten the pot,¬†I am giving a financial donation to 24 charities in the name of each of the winners – so they’re going to get to pick which charity they love most. ¬†To qualify to win,¬†leave a comment¬†on this post with YOUR favorite charity, and a¬†comment on the YT video each day¬†all week. I’ll pick 12¬†from blog comments and 12 from YouTube comments, and announce them all on Sunday the 15th!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the wording to go directly to the item. Affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

 

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Yupo Roundup: A few coloring mediums

PS Just this once, Hero Arts will be making more of the kits – this won’t happen in other months, but after we broke the internet, they wanted to reward you for your enthusiasm! ¬†You’ll need to be patient since it’ll take some time to get them made again. Happy shopping!

 

After playing off and on for six months (yes, six months!)….I think I can finally nudge this post to the front. It’s too much fun to keep holding onto!

Yupo Roundup: A few coloring mediums

Sometimes I’m slow. Seriously slow. And Yupo? This is a paper that brought me to a halt! I’ve been working with it for months off and on, trying to decide if it’s a product that’ll work with cardmakers. And I was nearly ready to say yes, because all the techniques I’ve been learning and trying have been more fine-arts oriented. But I think I’ve got a few ideas baked enough that some of you daring folks are going to fall in love. And some of you non-daring folks are going to watch the alcohol inks and oooh and ahhh til you need some of this paper. I know, I know. Just saying. Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube. And then come on back for the cards made with the backgrounds I created!

Alcohol Inks

Alcohol inks have always been good on slick papers – but I like them just slightly more, if that’s possible, on Yupo. I’m working out ways to create some paintings with them, since the colors are so intense. Hang tight, more will be coming eventually! Be careful not to put Ranger’s alcohol blending solution in a mister – I’ve been told it has some things in it that would be awful if you inhaled any of it. But for the texture here, colorless blender worked.yupo alcohol

Copic Reinkers

Since Copic markers are alcohol-based, guess what? The reinkers are too! They also work with the same technique, drops on Yupo. Wait for it to dry a bit, and you can spray on some colorless blender in a mini mister for interesting effects.

Yupo Copic

Watercolor

I found that watercolor on Yupo is much softer in color, and¬†all the brands¬†I tried worked about the same. As I showed in the video, you can’t let watercolor pigment build up too much or you’ll end up with a sticky puddle…but here are cards made from the watercolor images I created during the video. This first one features removal of color with a brush to create flowers!

yupo flowers

I created this scene by layering colors – and being careful not to let pigment puddle too heavily.

yupo wc scene

One more? Sure! How about a leaf, traced from a real one? The color puddled up, and I dabbed it off – and created amazing texture. I removed the veins with a dry brush – very cool look, and I didn’t even have to put anything on the card. Beautiful just as is!yupo wc leaf

One last bit of watercolor – I just had to try Brusho! I dabbed color off, then set it out to dry – and didn’t even recognize the paper when I looked at it the next day! It’s almost a chalky surface – very cool! I stamped the sentiment and image – then used a damp brush to remove color from the egg…yes, what a cool thing this paper does, right!?yupo brusho

Stamping, Inking, and Copic Markers

Since I know someone will ask – more testing is still underway on a lot of our usual stamping and inking techniques. Soon¬†I will have a Copic drawing (not stamped) that I did with Copic markers – it’ll be interesting to see how the marker goes on now that you’ve seen what’s in today’s video. But I held off on it til I had this post done, so I’d have something to point to for basic Yupo information. More will be coming on other techniques to use Yupo for.

All that said, with a few alcohol inks I blew through a full pad of Yupo. It’s that. much. fun.

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the wording to go directly to the item.  Affiliate links are used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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Faithbook Series 3: Brusho Grizzly Bear

 

My Faithbook art journal pages might not be your typical art journal pages…but I. am. having. fun!

Brusho Grizzly Bear Painting

Ever since I started playing with Brusho a while back (see¬†THIS POST if you need more product info), I knew there were amazing things to be done with it. Just seeing the Brusho Secrets website¬†was¬†enough to get me excited! I finally had to get this page underway, late one night when I couldn’t sleep; the hymn and the bear wouldn’t leave me alone til I completed it! Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Fortunately I remembered to turn the camera on…because, you know, yeah. The number of times that I try something and didn’t expect it to turn out and it did? Hmm. Well, we all got lucky here!

Sandy Allnock - Brusho Grizzly Bear

And for anyone who’s upset that I added the lettering and journalling on top of my bear – remember that now I know how to paint a bear. I can go get a giant sheet of watercolor paper and paint a huge bear! Wouldn’t that be amazing!?

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the picture or wording to go directly to the item. Affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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Brusho Masking: Pin-sights Inspiration!

I promised you more Brusho…here’s another idea! I was asked to provide a sample for this month’s Pinsights challenge (see details below in this post)….and the inspiration flowed!

Brusho Masking – without masking fluid!

One of the special features of watercolor powder is that it doesn’t actually turn into paint until it’s wet. I decided to use that property intentionally to create a one-layer card by just painting with water – it worked beautifully! Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Wasn’t that just fun to watch the Brusho move within the watery areas – and leave the unpainted areas alone?

Sandy Allnock Brusho Masking close up

Pinsights Challenge

a44fe23ae25cec75fa1751d68a994d19My card was made for the The¬†Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights challenge for September…and I thought the inspiration board was really interesting! It’s fun to see how someone chose colors and textures that went together, and pulled together a palette of colors from the items in the photographs.

You can join in too! The monthly Pinsights Challenge is based on a Pinterest-inspired photo, and the challenge is held on the CLASSroom blog. A random challenge participant will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Ellen Hutson store! How awesome is that?  To be eligible, you MUST use Essentials by Ellen products and the photo at the right as inspiration. (see it larger over on their blog HERE.)  There will be an inlinkz on the challenge post where you can submit your entry!

50 Store Credit

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the picture or wording to go directly to the item. Affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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Mod Hex Die: 3 ways with Brusho!

 

I’m obsessed. Someone stop me! It’s just brusho brusho¬†brusho around here. I know, I know. I’ll get back to other stuff, I swear! But this week, stay tuned for it, coz…well I just can’t stop. LOL!

Mod Hex Die

This Hex die went awol on me before shooting this video – I took it out of its stamp pocket and whoops! But it finally resurfaced, and I was able to get these cards out of my system….I was surprised that when I posted the die recently, people hadn’t seen it before – I’m glad to bring it to light for ya! I knew I wanted to sprinkle Brusho for a beautiful contrast with the hex shapes, and so I did; check out the video below, or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube.

I played with a Wink of Stella pen¬†on the one with the vermillion brusho¬†– originally just to add a slight shimmer to the hexagons, but they turned into “marble” when I accidentally touched the brusho with it – cool accident!

Sandy Allnock - Mod Hex Die

I also created a shaker with the same die and the black brusho – there’s some of this silvery glittery paper behind the glitter, and it looks soooooo pretty!

Sandy Allnock - Mod Hex Die Shaker

Stay tuned for more brusho….or check out my¬†Yeti+Alpaca HERE, or my basic post all about watercolor powders!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the picture or wording to go directly to the item. Affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

 

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How to create scenes from stamps

Alternate titles for this post:

  • An Alpaca Pulls a Yeti Uphill in the Snow.
  • Brusho meets¬†Copic;¬†Beautiful Things Ensue.
  • Frivolity in the Arctic.

Add your own in comments….I’m ready for some chuckles!

Oh there are so many things in this video.¬†And that ALPACA! Oh man. As soon as I saw Winter Alpaca by Lawn Fawn, I knew it would HAVE to be part of my stamp collection….and that I’d be swapping out that sentiment for Copics, and more!

Create Scenes with Stamps

I think the part that might interest folks most will be how I go about creating scenes. This card, featuring Winter Alpaca (squeeee!) and Yeti Set Go (a previous release) is one that needed some tweaks as I went along, and I show you some snapshots I took as I worked. Often the piece comes together all at once, but this one was an uphill battle for a bit at the start. (#icrackmyselfup)

Additionally…there are tips for using one color of Brusho for that cool aurora borealis; Copic coloring tips;¬†simplifying fussycutting by adding a sloped hillside; coloring delicate dies; getting a multicolor sentiment. Oh man. I think you got three videos worth of tips today, do I get a vacation? LOL! Get busy watching the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

For the secondary sentiment where I changed out the word “SCARF” for “COPICS,” I set up the stamps on my MISTI (you could do so on an acrylic block), then colored each letter with a Clean Color Marker. That made it easy to get a multicolor stamped word without having to ink up¬†each letter on a pad.

Sandy Allnock - Create a Scene with Stamps

Wasn’t that a whole heck of a lot of fun??? If you need even MORE giggles, head over to my 2nd channel too, where I not only make the promised bonus card out of the extra Brusho background – but you can see a (mini)tour of Lawn Fawn HQ, puppy kisses, and watch me assembling card samples that you might just see at YOUR local stamp store! If you need more on Brusho, too – click HERE.

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the picture or wording to go directly to the item. Affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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Getting Started: Watercolor Powders

 

If you’ve been wondering about the watercolor powders seen popping up lately in craftyland, and have been asking me to tackle them – well today’s your day! Thanks for the encouragement to get ‘er done! It helped that the products are more available now in the stores we shop in….my first set had to come from the UK and took over 8 weeks to ship, and I don’t like to suggest that anyone else go through that nailbiting!

Oh and remember – if¬†I didn’t cover something, it might have been deliberate! There’s already plenty of info here, more will come in the future.

This post has THREE sections in it.

  1. First up are product basics for Brusho and Colorburst; there are more brands out there, but I’m limited to what I can afford to go get, so for now you get these two!
  2. Second will be a flower painting video – it’s done in real time and will help you know that we can do more than just sprinkle! Stay tuned for more videos to come, too. My mind is reeling!
  3. Last but not least, I share how I labeled and my Brusho bottles, plus all the swatches I created, with a free download for you. Hexchart to the rescue!

Note that MOST supplies used throughout these videos are in text links within the text in that section, but card supplies will be listed at the end of the post in their captions. Confusing, I know! Leave a comment if I left out something you can’t find; I’m travelling right now, but will get to edits asap.

***WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT***

My winner from this bloghop post is: junglebarrya

Don’t forget that if you’re not on the winners list for the hop¬†last week,
get those stamps into your carts asap. I’m not home to check
what quantities are left, ¬†but lots of you told me you’re dying
for the¬†stamp I used if¬†you weren’t lucky enough to win it!**

1: Product Basics

First I wanted to begin by looking at the products themselves, colors, bottle sizes, etc. Check out the video below, or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube.

The brands:

  • Brusho has been¬†made in England for 35 years. It’s available in 32 colors, and the bottles are 15g each. They do NOT come with the color labels or handles shown in the picture above; you can pop open the top (risking powder everywhere!) or just poke a hole in it to shake out a bit of color. They’ve been hard to get until recently; I heard there’s a new US distributor, so I hope that makes it easier to keep them in stock. Powder colors don’t always match what it will paint like.
  • Colorburst are made in the USA, and just began in 2015….I’m guessing that’ll mean more colors are to come! They are very very bright and instense colors, and the color of the powder is generally what it will look like when wet.

The techniques:

  • Dry then wet: Sprinkle powder onto watercolor cardstock, then spritz with a mini mister!
  • Wet then dry: Spritz the paper first, then sprinkle powder.
  • Pickup Painting: Use leftover color on your work surface to create swooshy backgrounds.
  • Direct Painting: Sprinkle powder into a palette or on a work surface, and wet with a brush to paint with.
  • Spritzed Diecuts: Sprinkle powder over a sheet of watercolor diecuts to create washy shapes!

Tidy Tips:

  1. These are as fine as baby powder – so consider everything on your work surface nearby. Colored dust will get everywhere!
  2. Clean often. Work on a washable surface that you can wipe down regularly. I’ve used a craft sheet, but lately have been using my Craft Assistant instead since it stays flatter.

2: Painting Flowers

While most people in craftyland are using watercolor powders for sprinkly backgrounds – you know I want to do more! Watch this early trial at painting flowers for a card background…and be sure to come back for more as time goes on. This is only scratching the surface! Click on the video below or go HERE to watch in HD on YouTube.

3: Labelling and Swatching

I usually don’t succumb to all the organizing that everyone else does; I’d much rather use a product than sort it and find the best storage etc. (I’ve heard from so many of you that you’ve got

all sorted, swatched, and categorized, but you haven’t made anything with it yet! That makes me sad!) But for the Brusho especially,¬†I had to channel my inner Jennifer McGuire. The white bottles come with NO indication of the color inside, and even the powder color isn’t helpful in many cases. Watch the video below to see how I created my cute little color swatch toppers for my bottles, as well as the process for swatching ¬†– and read more below the video about that! Check out the video below or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube.

Labelling Tips:

  • Brusho has no color indication on the bottles. To make mine, I cut strips of 1-3/4″ watercolor paper, added THIS tape to the back to turn it into stickers, and punched 1″ circles to paint with a brush.
  • You could leave the bottles without a tack in the top – it shouldn’t spill, and wouldn’t be a huge disaster if a few flakes fell out. But I picked up a couple mixed packs of oversized tacks, and used just the clear; if anyone wants a bunch of red or black, you can have mine! I used white ones for my first set of 12, they were cute too.
  • Be sure to get a little powder out to paint with BEFORE adding the circle onto the top of the bottle. Otherwise you’ll have to pop open that top. Believe me, you don’t want to do that….and I’m not going to tell how long my mess took to clean up when I found that out!
  • While the paint may look like it’s pooling unevenly on the circles, it should even out pretty well.
  • Wait til the paint swatch is really dry before re-punching a hole. The watercolor paper fibers will try to “fill in” that hole while soft and wet, and might even let water into the bottle.

Swatching Tips

  • Download my Color Swatch Charts¬†These¬†show each set I’ve mentioned. Remember you can also get them individually too, so pick out what you’d actually¬†use. As you’re looking through them, note that I tried to make it easy if you want to go find that set; click on the blue title on that page of the pdf. (I hope the¬†hyperlinks¬†work, let me know if they do!)
  • Note that colors get weird from being photographed, photoshopped, pdf’d, downloaded, and printed. So results may vary!
  • Download my BW Swatch Charts¬†Print on cardstock, then glue your hexes (cut from watercolor paper) in place on the chart. You might want to print the chart a second time on acetate so you can tape it over the chart as an overlay with color names. When I get a new printer I plan on doing that!
  • I created my hex chart using this Hexagon Die Set; there are smaller hex dies out there, but I wanted a nice big one so I could really see what the sprinkled and spritzed color would look like. A tiny hex wouldn’t really show much. And by the way I just noticed while typing this up that those Hex dies are on sale, woohoo! I’ll be using that die set on upcoming cards too, so don’t feel like you can’t use that set for much else….just stay tuned. (#ilovehexagons)
  • When cutting out your hex shapes, use whatever watercolor paper you USUALLY use. If you’re an Arches gal, use Arches, because colors seem to go a little darker on that. (Did you see the poinsettia card in video 1? Rich color! That was because it was on Arches.)

Buying Tips

So which brand did I like best? Both! Which brand you buy is your call. I found they both give good results, just different, and here’s why.

  1. I like the Brusho best for a few reasons because it’s more of my style – softer colors, more of the detail can be held.
    • If you just want to try out some in a set, I’d go for the set of 8, or a few within that set. Why? Because if you buy the 12 or 24 later, you won’t duplicate; and because it has reds, yellows, and greens which would be awesome for holiday cards. Yellow Ochre, Rose Red, Terra Cotta, Lime Green, Olive Green, Burnt Sienna, Sandstone, Moss Green.
    • If you are only going for a limited investment but want the most bang for your buck – go for the set of 12. It’s a good rounded collection of colors. And has the awesome black that I love. lol. If I were buying just for my personal use and not because I’m teaching you – I’d get this one only.
    • Or buy them individually as you desire. The full collection, when all together, has a LOT of reds – and most folks wouldn’t know the difference between them. So you may find that choosing your own colors from my¬†Color Swatch Charts¬†would actually work best in the long run!
    • Try out just TWO. Get the Rose Red and Olive Green for holiday cards. If you love them, you haven’t duplicated anything in the big sets, only in that set of 8. And you can do crazy awesome Christmas card backgrounds! I’ll be showing you how in a couple weeks, I have ideas coming up and will use those two colors, in case that helps.
  2. Color Burst are great for a few reasons too.
    1. The colors are so intense. And I’m betting they’ll have more. Hopefully at next winter CHA? Who knows.
    2. They blend really softly – leave them to dry naturally and it just keeps moving across the paper and you can get a very cool smooth look.
    3. A con of these: They are way more expensive, since it’s half the bottle size.¬†They’re also currently (August 2015) available in a limited way, stores are having a hard time getting them, so you may have to hunt around.

Cards!

Your reward for making it to the end of this post is cards cards cards! The links for each card are in the captions below it.

Sandy Allnock Brusho Colorburst Flowers
Brusho on the left, using Orange, Brilliant Red, Dark Brown, and Lemon. ColorBurst on the right, using Lemon Yellow, Orange, Alizarin Crimson, and Phthalo Green. Sentiment and heart from Fancy Thanks¬†– stamped in Delicata Gold and Versafine Black, then embossed with clear powder. I attached the panels with StickIt since they were a little on the curling side since I hadn’t taped them down!
Sandy Allnock Brusho vs Colorburst
My “reject” cards – I don’t remember the colors, but the die is Say Hello¬†– what a FUN coverup! It’s easiest to put StickIt on the back before diecutting to make the thin letters a sticker.
Sandy Allnock Diecut Brusho
Spritzed Diecuts! These were so fun and will make a lot of cards.  Brusho on the left, using Orange, Brilliant Red, Dark Brown, and Lemon. ColorBurst on the right, using Lemon Yellow, Orange, Alizarin Crimson, and Phthalo Green. Sentiment from Fancy Thanks Рstamped in Delicata Gold Рand I edged the right side of the card base with the gold ink too!
Sandy Allnock Brusho Poinsettia
I created the background and poinsettias both using Brusho on Arches watercolor paper – the colors were much richer on that paper! Stamp set is Mondo Poinsettia by Julie Ebersole – same stamp set I used HERE to make white flowers. Background is Ultramarine, Leaf Green, and Emerald; flowers are Brilliant Red, Scarlet, and Leaf Green. Peace die by Impression Obsession. The card is cut a little smaller than A2 so the flowers can hang off the edge.
Sandy Allnock Brusho Flowers
You know I had to end with yellow! Brusho using Lemon Yellow and Dark Brown. Delicata Gold and Versafine ink for the sentiment, embossed with clear powder.

WHEW!

I think these “Getting Started” posts nearly do me in! I remember this feeling after finally finishing the Getting Started with Watercolor post….I need a nap! ūüôā There’s enough info here to overwhelm anyone, so be sure to stay tuned. I’ve started a “Watercolor Powders” Playlist on YouTube and Category here on my blog, too, so eventually will hook all the info together for you.