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How to Emboss Brusho Crystal Watercolour Backgrounds | VIDEO

How to Emboss Brusho Crystal Watercolour Backgrounds | VIDEO

Today I want to show you exactly how to emboss Brusho Crystal watercolour backgrounds.  I am in love with these vibrant watercolour crystals to create spectacular one-of-a-kind backgrounds.

I just had to put together a video for you to give you some hints on working with them so you can get fabulous results like this too.


How To Emboss Brusho Crystal Watercolour Backgrounds


You might remember this beautiful butterfly card made by my friend Karen using this technique.  And although I know you have the steps from that blog post, sometimes it’s just a little easier to see it in action right?

But first, let’s take a quick look at this card from another angle.


How To Emboss Brusho Crystal Watercolour Backgrounds


Now, you may already know that I am a watercolour gal.  Give me some watercolour paper, inks and some water and I’m as happy as a puppy in a bag of unguarded dog chow.  

I absolutely love creating backgrounds and stamping, like on this masculine birthday card or having fun colouring like you see on this oh-so-cute rhino.  

So when another medium comes along to give me some of those same – yet different – results, sign me up!


How To Emboss Brusho Crystal Watercolour Backgrounds


Don’t you just love how intense these colours are? It’s amazing how only a teeny tiny speck of crystal creates such awesome results.  How about we take a peek at my video to see exactly how to get gorgeous backgrounds like this?


How To Emboss Brusho Crystal Watercolour Backgrounds

Did you see how easy Brusho is to use?  A couple simple taps, a spritz, time to dry (the hardest part) and what stunning results.  Your friends will think you’re a genius!

And for another quick and easy technique with Brusho, you’ve gotta check this one out.

Want a closer peek at the other colour combinations I showed you in the video?

How To Emboss Brusho Crystal Watercolour Backgrounds


OK, now I need to know.  Leave me a comment.  Which one is your favourite?  The red-orange or yellow-blue-green?


How To Emboss Brusho Crystal Watercolour Backgrounds

You’ll be happy to know the supply list for these cards is pretty short.  I’ll bet you probably have most items in your stash of goodies, and might only need to add the Brusho. 

Simply click on any of the images below to take you to my online store and that darling little brown UPS truck will be headed your way.

How To Emboss Brusho Crystal Watercolour Backgrounds

Pssst…know what I have coming up for you?  A fab Brusho online class you are going to love (five different techniques)!  Keep your eyes peeled!  You won’t want to miss it!

And in the meantime, now you’ve seen just how quick and easy this resist technique is, get out your watercolour paper and spritzers.  I’d love for you to share with me how to emboss Brusho Crystal watercolour backgrounds YOUR way!

How to Colour Vellum with Alcohol Markers

How to Colour Vellum with Alcohol Markers

My friend Leslie’s card is a wonderful example of how to colour vellum with alcohol markers.  

And what’s the gosh-darn BEST part about her card?  There’s hardly any stamping!  The Graceful Glass designer series vellum is pre-printed with a glossy black design so it makes the perfect on-the-go crafting supply.

Throw a couple sheets in your carry-on, a few of your favourite Stampin’ Blends and you’re all set to WOW your travelling companions.  (Can you tell I’m flying as I’m writing this? 😜)  

Let’s take a peek.

How to Colour Vellum with Alcohol Markers

Isn’t it pretty? The Stampin’ Blends allowed her to get vibrant blended colour for realistic flowers and a lovely butterfly.  Let’s take a closer look at what she did.

How to Colour Vellum with Alcohol Markers

How to Colour Vellum with Alcohol Markers

While there are a few ways I’ve used my Stampin’ Blends with vellum, Leslie chose to colour hers on the FRONT of the vellum for this dynamite card.  

With this technique, the key is in your blending.  The vellum’s almost “plastic-y” finish allows you a bit longer drying time which comes in handy. 


Here are a few hints:

  • Lay down one layer of colour (use your light or dark first whichever you prefer) in a small space.  HINT: try colouring one flower at a time.)
  • While it’s still wet, add in your complementary colours (lighter if you started with dark and vice versa).  Leslie’s colours are Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight (dark only), Old Olive and Mint Macaron for her background.
  • Layer your finished design on top of a piece of Whisper White to make your colour POP even more.

How to Colour Vellum with Alcohol Markers


Let me tell ya, this card is even more beautiful when you see it in person. 

Can you see that sparkle?  After Leslie coloured it with her Blends, she ran over it with her Wink of Stella, also on top.  The alcohol ink stayed right where she put it even with the Wink on top.

How to Colour Vellum with Alcohol Markers

Did you notice the butterfly?  It’s also in one of the designs from the designer paper.  She coloured it with blends and her Wink of Stella, cut it out and curved it with her bone folder before attaching it with some liquid glue so the wings appear to be fluttering.  

If you like this colouring technique, here’s another card also using the Graceful Glass designer paper and alcohol markers.  Since there’s quite a variety of designs to choose from you can create totally different looks.

And with 24 6”x6” sheets just think how quickly your travel time will fly by (yeah, I couldn’t resist! 😙)

how to colour vellum with alcohol markers

There are minimal supplies to recreate this card.  And to add any you don’t have, just click on the image below to have it shipped directly to your door in about a week.  

Thanks so much for shopping with me!

How to Colour Vellum with Alcohol Markers

Crafting on-the-go?  Make it quick and painless with pre-printed vellum and your Stampin’ Blends. 

Add a hint of sparkle with your Wink of Stella and you’ll have cards that’ll win rave reviews.  In fact, I predict they’ll all be asking how to colour vellum with alcohol markers for themselves!

Varied Vases Watercoloured Gift Bag Tags

Varied Vases Watercoloured Gift Bag Tags

How about some quick and easy Varied Vases watercoloured gift bag tags?  Just like I do every Sunday, this project is a fast and fun one.   

Not a ton of supplies or techniques.  Just simple designs.  

So whether you’re just starting out or need a handmade item as you are running out the door, I give you all the measurements, design and my top tips to make it yourself! 

Take a peek at today’s design.

Stampin Up Varied Vases Watercolored Gift Bag Tags

Everyone needs cute gift bags for small gifts.  A gift card, some lip balm or hand cream, a pair of socks.  This one is lightweight, made with the Tea Room Specialty paper so there’s no extra bulk.

With all these pretty designs, it was hard for me to decide which one I should use!

Varied Vases Watercoloured Bag Tags

Not to mention a great deal.  With 24 12”x12” sheets in one package, this bag clocks in at only 40 cents! Pop on your own Varied Vases watercoloured gift bag tags, and you’ll have time to spare…and excited gift recipients too!

Stampin Up Varied Vases Watercolored Gift Bag Tags

OK, while this one’s maybe not quite a five-minute project, it IS speedy to put together.  What makes it quick and easy?

  • two step stamping with the pretty Varied Vases set
  • Aqua painters and stamp pads to watercolour
  • A punched banner edge
  • The gift bag punch board for our bag

Let’s make it!

Stampin Up Varied Vases Watercolored Gift Bag Tags


Varied Vases Watercolored Gift Bag Tags


  • Coastal Cabana card stock – 2” x 5 1/2”
  • Mango Melody card stock – 1 1/4” x 5 1/4”
  • Watercolour paper – 1 3/4” x 3 1/2”
  • Dotted tulle ribbon – piece your 12” long

Stampin Up Varied Vases Watercolored Gift Bag Tags


  1. Stamp vases and greeting in Memento ink onto watercolour paper.  TIP1:  Use your Stamparatus [if you want to make more than one] for perfect stamp placement.
  2. Pick up ink from the lid of your stamp pad and add a light wash of colour to the flowers and vases.  I used Mango Melody, Daffodil Delight, Poppy Parade and Coastal Cabana.  TIP2: No need to clean your Aqua painter when using the yellows and erd.  But do clean it by wiping onto a piece of paper towel before moving into the blue for the vase water.
  3. Insert one end of your cardstock pieces into the triple banner punch.  TIP3:  Turn your punch over to make sure your pieces are centred before punching out.
  4. Glue Mango Melody on top of Coastal Cabana, then glue watercolour paper on top.  TIP4: Use liquid glue to adhere for the best hold.
  5. Punch a hole with 1/8” hole punch on straight edge and insert ribbon.

Want to make the bag too?

  1. Cut Designer Series Paper to 6” x 12”
  2. Make bag according to instructions on your gift bag punch board
  3. Adhere together with Tear and Tape adhesive
  4. Add one gold library clip to hold the bag together and the tag on

So who needs a gift bag tag In your life right now?  Give this quick and cute one a try.  Here are all the supplies if you need anything.

I do really appreciate your shopping with me.  Thanks!😊

Stampin Up Varied Vases Watercolored Gift Bag Tags

Like quick and easy projects?  How about this five-minute watercoloured Christmas one?

Or a special occasion three-panel card?

There are so many different options for fast and fun projects you can get crafting today.  And when you do, this Varied Vases watercolored gift bag tags can be at the top of your list – think how fun you’ll have and how special the recipient will feel.

Colour Your Season Bundle Layered Cardmaking

Colour Your Season Bundle Layered Cardmaking

My friend and fellow Stampin’ Up! demo Anita rose to the challenge with the limited edition Colour Your Season bundle layered card making style.  Only available for another few days, make sure you don’t miss out on it!

Anita pulled out all the stops to make her gorgeous card to share with the rest of my Kreative Kanucks team at our last stamp party.  

And not just to share.  To compete! One of the fun things our team does every time we get together is a creative challenge.  At a minimum, everyone gets from me:

  • A piece of 6x6 designer series paper
  • An embellishment of some kind
  • Other coordinating paper or ribbons

She then takes her goodies home and the sky’s the limit on what she designs.  Then at the next party, everyone votes on their favourite project and the designer wins a prize. 

Anita won the day this time with her fab Colour Your Season bundle layered card making.

over the top colour your season bundle layered cardmaking

Isn’t it lovely?  Lots of pretty colour and there’s the Coloured Season bundle again!  This is one beautiful stamp set and dies.  Not to mention over-the-top versatile.  So far,  you’ve seen it for:

And Anita’s card can easily bridge the seasons, working for both summer and fall with the Crushed Curry, golds and green.

Take another peek at the beautiful leaves and holly stamps this set includes.  Plus lots of greetings for so many occasions.

Colour Your Season Bundle Layered Card Making

Colour Your Season Bundle Layered Card Making

totally gorgeous colour your season bundle layered cardmaking

Can you see how many layers there are?  SIX, if you count the card base itself.  What are they?

  1. A thick Whisper White card
  2. Garden Impressions designer paper
  3. A doily peeking through her stitched label window
  4. An embossed panel in Crushed Curry highlighting her greeting through the window
  5. Die cut leaves in old Olive, Lemon-Lime Twist and gold foil placed behind her flowers, and
  6. The flower trio, beautifully coloured with her watercolour pencils and fussy cut (YES, cut out with her scissors – by hand!)

Top it all off with two different embellishments…the Share What You Love Artisan pearls and the Grapefruit Grove faceted dots…and it’s a masterpiece.

Layered card making adds tons of personality and OOMPH to your designs. 

I know we all love the speed of simple, five-minute cards right?  But every once in a while it’s fun to pull out all the stops like Anita and design with coordinated papers, dies, stamps and inks.  And why wouldn’t you when you can create original designs like this.

colour your season bundle layered cardmaking

So here’s a fun challenge for you.  Let’s see how many layers you can come up with for your next card making session?  Four, five, six (like Anita) or maybe more😁? 

Or if you want to recreate one just like hers, here’s everything you need.  Simply click on the image to place your order now.  

colour your season bundle layered cardmaking

Love layers and want a few more ideas? 

What about this one with laser-cut paper or maybe this cute raccoon one strikes your fancy.

Next time you need an over-the-top WOW card, think about this Colour Your Season bundle layered card making from Anita – and have fun crafting!

Why I Love Big Shot Cutting Dies

Why I Love Big Shot Cutting Dies

Staying power – that’s just one more reason why I love Big Shot cutting dies. 

The Big Shot.  It’s got a pretty “big” name, but it’s really such a small thing. But boy does it pack plenty of power to bring your crafting to new levels.

Take a look at this beautiful card by my friend Eileen.

Why I Love Big Shot Cutting Dies

Eileen brought this card to my June Open House and it received rave reviews.  Although simple in design, her balanced layout and exact matting and alignment make it an unforgettable card.  The Artistically Asian stamp set is beautiful and she’s used it to perfection.

But how did she finish off the bottom like that?  With the Big Shot.

Do you remember the Top Note die?  It looks like this.

Why I Love Big Shot Cutting Dies

It was the very first die I ordered when I took the plunge and got my Big Shot.  In those days, our dies had a sturdy wood base and about 1 1/4” of foam with the blades encased inside.  This was to protect us from getting cut when we were using it.  

And you know I’ve used it again and again and again.

It’s hard to believe the Big Shot has only been around with Stampin’ Up! since 2009.  It became a can’t-live-without-it tool in a wink of an eye.  It was a big dollar decision to get one back then (and still a big decision now) but it’s one you will never regret.  I use mine every day I’m in my craft studio.

Why I Love Big Shot Cutting Dies

Why I Love Big Shot Cutting Dies

  • They never wear out.  (At least I haven’t had one yet!)
  • Precise cuts no matter how many times you run them through.  Use them lots like I do with my faves (below) the cost per cut dwindles to almost nothing!) 
  • Staying power.  Classic shapes you’ll use again and again (like I have with the Top Note)
  • Easy to use.  So quick and easy to run your die through.  No more time consuming fussy cutting!
  • Design options.  Cut into folded cards, like Eileen did, cut out shapes, make tags, boxes, treat holders.  You name it, you can pretty much make it.
  • Versatility.  Paper is only the beginning. Cut all kinds of materials like fabric, light balsa wood, foam, felt, leather, light magnet, plastic, chipboard…
  • Selection.  There are so many dies available for just about every occasion, holiday and hobby.  Every sport and passion.  From babies to toddlers, teens and adults, you’ll find a die perfect for anyone.
  • Coordination.  When dies perfectly fit my stamped images or my patterned paper designs, I’m in heaven!


Why I Love Big Shot Cutting Dies


Which dies do I use over and over?

And every time we have a new catalogue offering there’s always one that catches my eye and quickly goes into my “never-going-away” pile.


So if you’ve sat on the fence for a while about getting a Big Shot, sit no more.  I can’t imagine any greater investment to take your paper crafting to new heights than a Big Shot.  I’m so sure of it, if you find you never use it, I’ll buy it back from you.  Guaranteed.


Why I Love Big Shot Cutting Dies

And don’t forget to pull out some of your old favourite dies like Eileen did.  I predict you’ll be singing their praises and telling everyone who’ll listen, “why I love Big Shot cutting dies.”

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