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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Guest Post - Holly Spray (or how not to do it!) by Veronica Pell

This is the second week of Veronica's guest spot and this time she is featuring three cards using the Holly Bells stamp set. Enjoy this weeks musings.

This was the stamp I went for immediately as i thought it would go well with brusho inks – BIG mistake! Brushos need a really bold stamp, as I discovered...................

Many  sheets of card later, I finally got an idea I thought might work, stamp the image first, emboss, then thoroughly damp the card before adding the tiniest amount of powder using a very fine brush just where I wanted it............................I really thought I’d cracked it, until the colour started spreading ....and spreading.... spraying with more water and blotting with klitchen roll finally toned down the colours, but the rest of the piece of card was a very splodgy mess. In desperation I trimmed it down fairly close to the image, mounted it onto a red panel, then onto the white 7" x 7" base card, added the greeting.

Back to ‘normal’ it was!

Masked off the panel towards the top of the 7" x 7" card blank, stamped the holly spray with black Versafine and clear embossed. 

Brushed Scattered Straw and Wild Honey Distress inks round the image, then added a line of brown watercolour pencil  under the panel and brushed it with a water brush then replaced the bottom piece of masking paper and added more wild honey.

Coloured the image with water-based marker pens, stamped a greeting using the bold clear stamp and gold embossed along the base of the card.
This is a smaller version on a 6" x 6" card, using Fired Brick and Forest Moss Distress inks, and a smaller clear greeting.

Really appreciate you sharing all of this Veronica, let's face it we've all been there at some time or another. I know our fantastic blog readers will be leaving a comment in support of your wonderful ideas. Don't forget to catch up with Veronica on her blog, Vrons Cards


  1. Well I love all three! I am a recent convert to brusho's but you are right ..... you can't use just any old namby pamby image!!!


  2. Really enjoyed reading your post Vronnie. Felt like you were sitting opposite having a chat. Lovely! All three are brilliant. Just goes to show how totally different just one image can be. tfs.
    Hugs, Flo x

  3. Loved your post Vronnie and your cards! I've only had one play (backgrounds) with my Brusho but I did discover the paper used makes a very big difference too. Love the image you chose to work with.

    Lesley Xx

  4. Your card is great. I love how you weren't afraid to talk about what didn't work. Seeing most of us work through ideas at least every now and again.

  5. The Brushos really do pack a punch don't they as I am just discovering! It is good to see the variations in your cards and how your determination paid off in the end with some really great designs. I like them all in different ways! Elaine x

  6. Super to see one stamp in so many ways! Wouldnot know how to pick a favorite!

  7. thanks everyone - I did crack the brushos eventually, pic on my blog

  8. Loved your post, it's good to know that I'm not alone in failing to achieve what's in my head!

  9. Love them all, especially, (dare I say it), the first one.

  10. Lovely cards! Just earlier today I was talking about a project that did not go as I wanted. My imagination is limitless, but my crafting abilities are. Still, where there is an idea for a certain effect, there is a way. I am assuming Brusho is what we call Bister in Dutch? With little grains of colour? I'm hopping over to your blog to check out how you tamed the brusho :)

    1. I think it is something very similar Daqa, but have never seen Bister, the results do look very alike though

  11. Good to know none of us is alone in our 'disasters'. I like them all

  12. Hi Veronica, lovely cards with the holly branch! Those brush powders are great and fun to play with mm? Like the effect on your first card!

  13. Great cards , I really love them Veronica, I love the way you use only one, stamps with this results, really gorgious !!



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