Armillary Sphere Handmade Card

Globe card close up

globe card 1

I created this card using Brushos onto vintage music paper. I then stamped all round the edges to add texture and sponged the edges with white acrylic. I then stamped the sphere in the centre and finally used a credit card to add black paint to the edges, before I attached it to a black card blank.

I’d like to enter it into the That’s Crafty! Going Round in Circles Challenge.




Set Adrift Handmade Postcard

Adrift Card Close Up

Adrift Card

Again I’m trying to use some of the stamps I’ve had for a while and haven’t done much with. This postcard was made using a page from a vintage dictionary decorated with Brushos, a stamp from the Santoro Adrift set and black acrylic paint around the edges. I decided to go over the stamp with black pen to make it stand out more. I also knocked the background back a bit with white pencil and added a little shading.

I’d like to enter it into the Country View Crafts ‘Pimp it Up’ Blog Challenge!



Man with Umbrella Handmade Card

man with umbrella card

man with umbrella card close up

I’ve had the man with the umbrella Tim Holtz and Stampers Anonymous stamp for years and never really known how to use it. I had a background I’d created using loo roll and Brushos (see here for more information), but this background was calling for something black and bold. I don’t know if anyone else has this problem, but the stamp has gone really sticky. I can’t remember if it’s always been sticky, but it means it’s tricky to stamp cleanly. I ended up inking it twice and carefully peeling it off the background after each stamping.

I then used a stamp from the Santoro Adrift collection (cut up) to create the rain, which I made stand out more by going over it with a black pen. The house was from a really cheap Covermason stamp set I got from Amazon (I can’t find it on there at the moment).

I thought it needed something else, so I went round the edges with a black pen. It’s a bit rough in places, but I’m calling that my new style 😉

I’d like to enter it into a blog challenge:

More Mixed Media Challenge – “Anything Goes” – optional Yellow

I’m really going to have to start writing letters again so I can send some of these cards out!



Creating Brushos Backgrounds

Primary Colours Brusho Background

Primary Colours Brusho Background close up

I’ve gone a bit nuts creating Brusho backgrounds. I’ve found a few ways to get different effects with Brushos using vintage papers, loo roll and kitchen roll.

The image above was made by spraying a piece of kitchen roll with water so it’s really really wet and adding Brushos (primary colours), then then spraying again. Then I pressed a piece of sketchbook paper onto it to get a print. I used quite a lot of Brushos on this to get the vibrant colours.

I love using them with vintage papers. I have music sheets and an old dictionary. I tried taking ‘prints’ using loo roll instead of kitchen roll. It tended to come out quite faint, although it does get darker as it dries, but a piece accidentally ripped and stuck to the paper. When it dried it just popped off and left a lovely shadow, which was stronger in colour than the ‘prints’:

dictionary page brushos1

dictionary page brushos1 close up

I then had the bits of loo roll left, so I glued them on some music not paper:

Loo Roll and Brushos on Music Paper.jpg

Loo Roll and Brushos on Music Paper close up

This one is actually only one layer of the loo roll sheet, so not full thickness. At the moment you can probably still tell it’s loo roll, but with more added to the background, it could look lovely. The colour seems to stay more ‘true’using this method of application, compared to applying Brushos directly.

I’m also waiting for some pieces to dry where I have scrunched up the loo roll after spraying it with water and sprinkling it with Brushos, then pressed it between two pieces of paper. If it look any good, I’ll let you know!

If you try this, tell me how you get on!



P.S You can see a loo roll and Brushos handmade card here.


Arty Brushos Handmade Card

Brushos Arty Handmade Card

This is the latest card of my Brushos and rubber stamp play! I used Brushos (only the three primary colours) on some vintage music paper. I stamped over the top in black and then added my new favourite thing…the Stampendous Embossing Enamels (shabby pink and aged black). Photos don’t do it justice, but you can see the shine and glitter a bit if it tilt it for the photo.

embossing enamel close up1

embossing enamel close up2

I’d like to enter this into the That’s Crafty! Going Round in Circles Challenge.

It might sound a bit daft, but making the cards I’ve done recently with the Brushos has really made me think that I like messy, ‘arty’ cards. I like ripped edges and non-perfect stamping and for the first time with card making I feel like the cards using this method ‘work’. It makes me just want to make more and more.

I have also found  a way of creating backgrounds without the colours mixing so much. I’ll have to do a blog post on that shortly.

My lounge looks like a bomb’s gone off, but you know what….I’m loathed to tidy up as every time I walk past something I think…..oh I could just do that….. I have about 10 cards ‘in process’ and I find if I keep coming back to them I get ideas.



Stampendous Embossing Enamels on Wooden Pieces

embossed heart

I wanted to try new other ways of using my new Stampendous Embossing Enamels, so I thought…why not try them out on wooden embellishments!

embossed heart close up

This first one was done with the ‘Shabby Pink’. I normally heat from underneath, but it was a bit tricky with these, because they are thick. I did start heating from underneath, but when it started going, I heated from the side at an angle. You can see the bits of glitter and the pink and white embossing enamel with chunks of gold. In real life the colours are brighter and it really shines.

I had some wooden snowflakes and I just thought the enamels would be perfect. I used the ‘Aged Taupe’ on them. I am really pleased with the results. I’m tempted to temporarily attach them to a card as a fun Christmas present!


snowflakes close up

Has anyone else tried them on surfaces other than paper? Let me know how you got on!



P.S You can see another post on my first forays into using Stampendous Embossing Enamels here.

Mixed Media – Playing with Loo Roll and Brushos

loo roll card finished

In my experiments, I randomly tried out Brushos on loo roll (like you do). I sprayed the loo roll with water, sprinkled on the Brushos and then really really wet the loo roll with water spray and left it to dry. I stuck it to a card and it looked like this. I thought heck, I can get away with that!

loo roll card

I was going to do something black and bold over the top, but I got distracted. I laid a stencil over the top thinking I’d ink through it, but I liked how it looked just like that, so I then coloured the stencil (which I’d made on my Silhouette Cameo 3) with pearlescent paint medium and glued it on. You can see the pearl more when it’s tilted:

loo roll card finished tilted

I’m going to have a stack of cards when I’ve finished my experiments! The down side is, my lounge looks like a bomb went off! Does anyone else get so into creating that it spreads all over until you look up and think….whoa what happened here!? I’ll have to be careful as I still haven’t got the green patch completely out of the carpet!