Color Bursts and Gesso

100_5694Today I’m sharing a set of three cards that are pretty quick to make and full of texture and color!!

100_5685To 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.

100_5687Note: 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.

100_5686After 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.

100_5696To 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!


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2 Responses to Color Bursts and Gesso

  1. D.Ann C says:

    Wowzers! What a GORGEOUS set!!! LOVE the colors and background layers!!

  2. Wow that is so cool, I have never seen gesso used with color burst before, I have never tried the bursts, you have come up with some great combo’s!

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