Monday, July 27, 2015

Textured Brusho Tag

Hello friends! It is Monday again and a new Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge is up and it is not your regular paper. There are so many cool specialty papers, so you will have a lot of options for this challenge.

I used a whole bunch of different papers and surfaces on this tag. Watercolour paper is not really a specialty paper for me, since it is pretty much one of my go-to papers, it might even be the paper that I use the most. If you have never tried it, I encourage you to do so, the effect you get with watercolour techniques is hard to beat with any other paper. I used my new Brusho crystals for the background, a very cool watercolour paint in crystal form. I will be doing a video on it as soon as school starts again. 

I also used Simon Says Stamp Birch Wood Veener paper, and Tim Holtz Textured Surfaces.

The background was done by misting the tag with water and sprinkling a tiny bit of Brusho crystals on top. You only need a very small amount. I misted it one more time to help spread the paint. The butterflies were die cut from wood veneer paper and stamped with the Tiny Alphabet stamp. I love this sentiment from the One With Nature set, as well as the other sentiments in the set.

Here's a close up of the cool Brusho colour. I love watercolour and I am going to have fun with these crystals. 

The leaves were stamped on cork with Jet Black ink and cut out. There is also a coordinating die set.

I gave the butterflies a game spinner body. 

I also added a Tiny Vial, this one has such a cute shape. It was filled with mica flakes that I found on a path on one of my bike rides. You could also use Prima's mica flakes. I pierced two holes in the tag and twisted a wire around the vial.

I also added some burlap, and a piece of twine and Linen Ribbon, to add even more textures to the tag.

I hope you will join us in our challenge and explore some to you new surfaces to work on. As always, one lucky participant wins a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp.

Thank you for visiting today!

Happy crafting!




  1. AWESOME ! I loved the textures creates by paint as well as from use of different papers !

  2. I love playing with this powder and am so inspired by your collage with this background! There are so many possibilities with this stuff and appreciate you sharing your take. :)

  3. I love this tag and what you've done with all the elements, texture and color. How clever to use the One with Nature stamps on the cork sheet. When I look at Tim Holtz supplies at the store, I think, "How do you use this stuff?" Well, you've answered my question. Now I can move on to using more of Tim's cool items. I love the woven rope you used. I guess that is part of TEXTURED SURFACES but it looks like it is finished on the edges.

  4. Beautiful and I really find the addition of the bottle smashing!!!!
    Sandy xx

  5. Beautiful tag! I love all of the textures.

  6. Gorgeous tag, Anna-Karin! Love the stamped cork!! :)

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  7. Gorgeous tag!! I love to use watercolor paper too, it is a wonderful surface to work on. Your tag is gorgeous, and I love the attention to detail, like the little bottle. I had not heard of the Brusho crystals, so thanks for sharing that!

  8. Ohh wow, Anna-Karin! This tag is amazing! The stamps are perfect with the wood and cork! So pretty! Love it! Hugs, Sandra

  9. Love your tag! Perfect for this challenge and for this summer! Colors are wonderful and your use of cork so clever! Inspirational as always! BArbarayaya

  10. This tag is gorgeous! The background colors and butterflies are fantastic! :)

  11. Wow, wow, WOW! I am always amazed at how you know so many techniques and skills. The color and the way you achieved it is incredible! I also adore that little bottle of goodness!

  12. You are the queen of mixing the medias together. Love the bright beautiful colors in the background and how you stamped on the cork and brought the earthy elements into the tag. Beautiful!

  13. Love this tag Anna-Karin and you've definitely made me want to try Brushos now, they give such an amazing effect!

  14. Such beautiful color and texture in this project--very inspiring. Always a pleasure to see how you put your own stamp on these challenges.


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