Crafting Cues: Watercolor Powders + Giveaway

Finally, the post you’ve been waiting for (or I hope you’ve been waiting for). After many sleepless nights (okay, maybe only one), I am here to share my first post as part of a collaboration with my craft friend, Jessica. If you don’t know who Jessica is, you’re missing out. She’s on the The Ton Design Team with me and was previously on the Butterfly Reflections Ink DT with me as well. You probably know her as THE shaker queen (I’m battling for the same title). Basically, we’re inseparable and can chat craft all day (and food, too). We’ve had this idea for months, but we also have pretty full lives so it took some time to start (she harassed me….jk). It started out with the intention of us using stamp sets that intimidated us. Eventually, it expanded so we could include more than just specific stamps. For our first post, we’ll introduce Brusho Crystal Colours as part of our Crafting Cues posts. If you’re inspired by what we share or want to join the fun, please do tag us and feel free to use the hashtag #craftingcues. We seriously enjoy crafty inspiration between people and are always looking for ways to grow.

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Brusho Crystal Colours are originally sold in the UK, but lately companies have started selling them in the U.S. The prices vary considerably, I suppose because of shipping and import fees. We wanted to give them a try. I love colors and she loves having complete collections so we decided to split 32 colors (she made me do all the work!!! She sounds bossy, doesn’t she?! She promised me some chocolate…) They are basically powders that burst into “amazing firework of colour across the page.” How are they different from traditional watercolors? Well, for one thing, we don’t really need a brush to play with them. This satisfies my impatient side. People use many different mediums and in various ways, but I’ll start with only water today. You can apply water to the cardstock first and then the powder or power first and then water. The best part is that it’ll always look different each time.

The Brusho come in 15g or 50g containers. Because we split the 15g powders, we created our own storage system (picture will be at end of post). Here’s what I used to separate the powder into two bottles each.

We plan on doing another post and we’ll go into more advanced techniques and how they compare with our other watercolors. This is going to be a pretty basic introduction because I’m new to these things myself. I have a passion for learning but I have a hard time with teaching so this should be interesting… if you’re still reading, wow! You must love me! 😀 Since I was hyped up on caffeine, I created 8 cards for you. Yep. Eight. Seriously, thanks for visiting! Ha. Now let me share what I did with these powders.

Today is Jessica’s birthday (be sure to visit her and leave her lots of love!) I knew I had to make a birthday card, a shaker one! Hope she likes it. Hope she knows she’s a wonderful person, with endless talents and a heart of gold.

I stamped balloons from Altenew’s Birthday Greetings in various colors and heat embossed them with clear embossing powder. Then I sprinkled powders in Lemon, Orange, Brilliant Red, and Leaf Green directly under each balloon to match the colors. I spritzed some water directly on the powder and let the colors spread on their own. When it was dry, I sprinkled some Brusho Black on the left side and spritzed more water onto it. It’s hard to see because of all the shaker contents but it looks good. 😉


That was pretty much it! I stamped the sentiments from the set and heat set them with clear embossing powder. I added some confetti and sequins from The Ton and turned this into a fun shaker card. I’m human so I make mistakes…and it was after I sealed the shaker that I realized I forgot to add balloon strings. 🙂 I think it still looks pretty cool. What do you think?

For my next set of cards, I used Altenew’s Geometric Menagerie and Baby Zoo.

brushoelephantThis was also easy to create. I stamped the elephant and heat embossed in clear (so that powder colors don’t cover the image). The sentiment is from Sketchy Cities Abroad. You can interpret this card in many ways, it almost looks like an abstract Earth… I sprinkled a blue and green powder and spritzed some water on it. Then I added some white powder and shimmer spray. It looks really  neat in person. For the other card, I wanted to go bold.

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I stamped the lion in VersaFine and heat set with clear embossing powder. I sprinkled some red powder and then spritzed water around it. This time, I took a brush and colored the lion with Crimson. Look at that color! I added Black in some areas and added more water. Once it was dry, I added the sentiments and sequins.

Th next card uses Altenew’s To The Moon. I stamped the moon layers and heat set with clear embossing powder. I sprinkled Black, Purple, Cobalt Blue, and White on the watercolor paper and spritzed water all over. I also sprayed some shimmer and white sprays. I removed any color that landed on the moon (ha!) and set aside to let it dry. I finished it off with a sentiment and some silver thread. I think this was the easiest way to do a galaxy look. I tried to do one before with other watercolors and always created a hot mess…

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This next card is unbelievable. Want to know what Brusho color I used? Black. Yep, that was it. I sprinkled the color all over and spritzed water TWICE. This is what happened. I left it. It looks amazing. I simply added the sentiment from Altenew’s Ori Kami and some glitter paper on the sides.

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For my next card, I wanted to use florals. I used Altenew’s newest Fresh Freesia. I stamped the image using green and red ink and then heat set with clear embossing powder. I sprinkled Rose Red and Emerald Green onto it and spritzed a little bit of water. Then I colored the stems and florals with the crystals that were around it. I just love how this turned out. It makes me feel like an artist.

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I had created some basic backgrounds from before using green and purple Brusho colors. I added some florals from Create a Smile’s Magic Flowers and colored it with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens. I fussy cut them and added them onto the backgrounds.

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So there you have it, I showed you some simple ways to use the Brusho Crystal Colours. They are similar to Ken Oliver Color Bursts, except that the colors can vary in intensity, and of course, these come in 32 colors (actually, 34, but 2 seem to be discontinued).

Here’s a look at the storage after we split the powders. Items are linked below:

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GIVEAWAY DETAILS: Because you took the time to visit our blogs and read our super long posts, we are offering one lucky random commenter a $20 gift card to Jerry’s Artarama since they carry the Brusho Crystal Colours. If you’re a new customer, you can sign up for an extra 25% off coupon (free shipping on orders over $59!). The only requirement is that you leave a comment on both Jessica’s and my blog to qualify to win. We’d love feedback! You’ll have until Sunday, Sept. 13 11:59 PM EST to leave comments. Our first post was a bit overambitious, and we promise to get better about it. 🙂 We just get really excited….ha. Thanks so much for visiting! We love you, too!

P.S. Linking this to the fun NBUS Challenge #5, hosted by the awesome Darnell!

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  1. glow

    October 4, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    hey ruby…. charming bunch of cards and what a joy to see waht you can alll do with that… and …hey buddy i loved chatting with you in my emails.. Thanks… and i wish you a rosy kind of day and i am going to be giving you your ummm… mmmmm… some cookie “dough” to chomp on.. too many listeners in th kitchen u know… LoL.. sorry i couldnt resist that one.. did you catch the joke about getting cookie “dough” in the mail… ? haha.. i love using puns in our crazy english language.If i still sound foreign than email me and i will respond 🙂 with love..:).

  2. Lindi

    September 18, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    Some really beautiful colours andi loved the simplicity of the cards. Sometimes that’s all you need with the one focus point Beautiful, I just stumbled across you in away, but very glad I did and will diffinetly be back.. Till next time, have a great weekend….

  3. Kim Ross

    September 14, 2015 at 2:45 am

    Oh my goodness! You make these look so awesome! I have some of Ken’s crystals but I haven’t tried them yet. I’ll have to whip them out and try them. I love the storage you came up with — and all those extra colors! *WOW* Thanks for the chance to win! 🙂

  4. barb macaskill

    September 13, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    WOW~ what amazing cards!! I absolutely love all of the but the Altenew, To The Moon is my absolute favorite!! I would be OVER the Moon if I was to win this and could get some of these to try!! I am addicted to Ken’s Color Bursts and would love to play with even more colors!!!! TFS!

  5. Karen Hasheck

    September 13, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    Love Brushos too, so enjoyed all the cards and info on both of your blogs. Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win!

  6. Sandra F

    September 13, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    Love them all but my favorite is the moon card…what an awesome sky and the green background. ..thanks for sharing how you did these!

  7. Kim Pietruszewski

    September 13, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Ruby your cards are always so pretty and fun to see everyday. I like that Brusho has so many colors! Pick me so I can get some!!! LOL!!!

  8. D.Ann C

    September 13, 2015 at 10:47 am

    Super amazing colors! Thanks for the intro to them! My favs are the Out of this World and Congratulations cards – Over-the-top loveliness!!

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