Colour Burst experiment with Erica

by studiokatia

Hello, hello! Erica back on the blog with a super simple and fun to make card today.

I recently got some of the Colour Bursts pigments and thought I’d try them out for today’s card. I’m still on a ‘thank you’ card roll and this one is no different. There are many ways of using these colours: you can mix them with water and using them as water colours, you can sprinkle them dry onto paper and then spritz water on for fun effects or you can do it the other way around and add water first and then the colours. I decided to do the last one.

To begin with I got the Thank You So Much stamp set out, makes sense doesn’t it, seeing as it was going to be a thank you card. Plus I’m a flower nut. Two birds, one rock and all that!

I used RangerInk water colour card stock for this card as it’s nice and white. I figured the colours would be very vibrant as I got the Caribbean colour mix and thought the white would be a nice contrast. As there was going to be plenty of water involved, I decided to heat emboss the leaves in a pattern directly on the background. The flower itself I stamped on a separate piece of water colour card stock.

I must admit I was a bit nervous about the whole thing before I got started but there was no need, it was great fun! I will say that it is best to do it on a prepared surface as it can be a bit messy, I have some stains on my coffee table now that will be difficult to get rid off without sanding the table down! LOL! Oh, it’s also a good idea to tape down the card stock you are going to use as otherwise you won’t have much control over where the water and the colour goes.

Right-o, back to the card making/mess making: I spritzed water on the background with a mini mister and then sprinkled the green colour burst directly onto the wet areas. It was MESMERISING to watch the colours come to life and swirl around! I quickly moved on to the flower and used Tangerine first, in a much smaller quantity and just a TINY sprinkling of Fuchsia on top. A little bit of water added here and there to make the colours less opaque did the trick. Basically, go small and steady when using these, they pack a colourful punch!

Setting the background and the flower aside to dry, I moved on to the sentiment. I used the ‘thank you’ die that comes in the stamp and die coordinating bundle. I cut one out in foam tape to create dimension and another piece in black card stock, these two pieces I layered together and set aside.

When everything was dry, I cut out the flower with the coordinating die as well as a piece of foam tape. These two I layered in the same manner I did the thank you die. Once all these pieces were done, it was time to cut a card base and I choose black card stock for this. I trimmed down the background panel just a little, little bit so that the black card base would frame the sentiment, which was going in the bottom right hand corner. We are talking perhaps 1/4 of a centimetre. After I had added the thank you die cut to the card, I added glossy accents to it as well to make it really pop.

This card did not take long to make at all and you can make it even faster if you use a heat gun to set the colours. Sure, the glossy accents still need to dry but if you are in a hurry, you could just skip this step.

That’s it from me for today but don’t forget to check back in a few days as we have a really fun collaboration happening, I can’t wait to show you my cards I made for it!

Happy crafting from Erica


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Pooja July 7, 2017 - 3:24 am

It looks beautiful ! loved the abstract water color look with color burst 🙂

Erica Andersson-Burke July 7, 2017 - 1:06 pm

Thank you, Pooja! I’m so glad you like it!

Becky Green July 7, 2017 - 6:08 am

VERY PRETTY!!! I’ve not tried the Color Bursts, but I LOVE what I see! 😉

Erica Andersson-Burke July 7, 2017 - 1:05 pm

Thank you, Becky! If you are interested in trying these out, I can highly recommend them! It’s so much fun and you can use them in different ways too, which makes it feel like you get more for your money.


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