Monday, March 27, 2017

Color Bursts and Gesso

Today's Cropstop blog cards are pretty quick and easy to make and full of texture and color!!

To create the background for these cards: I cut a piece of watercolor paper to size and tapped out just a bit of Ken Oliver's Color Bursts in Ultramarine Blue, Chartreuse, and Fuchsia. I spritzed it with water from my mini mister and heat set the colors with my embossing gun.

Note: I found that alternating spritzing with water and heat setting let me control the amount and depth of color I wanted. Less spritzing = less color --- more spritzing = deeper color.

After the colors were dry, I used my Tim Holtz stencil (Watercolor Stamp and Stencil Set) and applied a layer of white gesso. The card fronts are matted on black cardstock to make them "pop" against the white backgrounds.

To finish them off I added butterflies (Tim Holtz - Watercolor Stamp and Stencil Set) stamped in mermaid lagoon, twisted citron, and abandoned coral distress ink. For extra sparkle, I applied a fine layer of white glitter over top before fussy cutting and matting on black cardstock. The friendship sentiment (Stampin' Up) is stamped in black soot across the front of the card.

I'd love to see how you use color bursts or gesso, so stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE and link your projects using Cropstop products! Hope to see you there!

This post linked to:
Tuesday Throwdown - Add Dimension
Ooh-La-La - Layer it up (I used matted and stenciled layers)

3 comments:

Wynn Walton said...

Great technique with a lovely result. Thank you for sharing it with us at OLL challenges Wynn DT

Karen D. said...

so pretty..love the look, will have to try the gesso, thanks.
Karen

Linby said...

Beautiful results and I love the colours you used.
Thanks so much for sharing with us at OLL.
Lynn x
DT