Brusho Crystal Colour with Watercolor Paper + VIDEO

Brusho Crystal Colour is all the rage at the moment. I gave you a quick peek a few weeks ago in this post.

Brusho is watercolour ink crystals which reacts / dissolves when mixed with water or other wet medium. There are five colours in the pack: Brilliant Red, Yellow, Gamboge (orange), Prussian Blue and Moss Green.

Today I am showcasing it with Watercolor Paper (and I have a video on how I created the panels used on these cards).

Card 1:


  • For this technique, the watercolor paper was wet using an Aqua Painter, then Prussian Blue and Yellow Brusho Crystals were sprinkled over the wet area. The Aqua Painter added some extra water and moved the colour around.
  • The Celebrate You Thinlits were used to diecut ‘amazing’ and ‘you’ from the Brusho panel, and  3 more layers on Very Vanilla cardstock. The four layers were then adhered together and set into the negative diecut areas on the Brusho panel. This technique is known as Eclipse.
  • The art panel was layered onto some True Gentleman Designer Series Paper and a card base of Tranquil Tide.

… don’t forget the inside

Card 2:


  • This time, Moss Green, Brilliant Red and Yellow Brusho crystals were sprinkled on the watercolor paper which was then spritzed with water.
  • The Brusho panel was layered onto a Thick Very Vanilla card base which was embossed with the Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.
  • The 2¼” circle punch was used with Daffodil Delight cardstock.
  • The bird and small flower were stamped on Whisper White using Calypso Coral ink and diecut with the co-ordinating Petals & More Thinlits.
  • The leaves were diecut with Old Olive cardstock.
  • The sentiment from Wood Words was stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock using Basic Gray Archival ink and punched with the 1-1/8″ Circle Punch. Some flowers were attached partially behind the sentiment.
  • The small green specks around the art and sentiment panels are from the centre of the leaves.

… and for the inside

Card 3:


  • The leaves from Remarkable You were heat embossed using White Embossing Powder on the watercolor paper.
  • Some of the Moss Green crystals were sprinkled onto an acrylic block and a small amount of water added. The colour was added to the leaves with an Aqua Painter. A ‘watercolour wash’ was added around the leaves using more of the green. Once the leaves were dry, extra colour was added to give a darker look. This is a similar technique to Emboss Resist where the colour does not stay on the embossed areas.
  • Always Artichoke was used to add some more leaves to the Brusho panel which was then layered onto Always Artichoke. A sentiment from Wood Words was stamped in Whisper White Craft ink on Always Artichoke cardstock and added across the Brusho panel.
  • A piece of Petal Passion Designer Series Paper was added to a Thick Whisper White card base. The Whisper White Craft Ink pad was used direct to the DSP layer to make it more opaque.

… just a little decoration for the inside

Card 4:


  • The ‘lotus’ from Remarkable You was heat embossed with Copper Embossing Powder.
  • An Aqua Painter was used to add water in the petals. Yellow Brusho crystals were then sprinkled in the petals and moved with the Aqua Painter. The same process was used on the stem with Moss Green Brusho crystals, and the background with Prussian Blue Brusho crystals.
  • The Brusho panel was layered onto a piece of Island Indigo cardstock.
  • A piece of Pool Party cardstock was embossed with the Petal Burst Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and then added to the front of a Pool Party card base.
  • A sentiment from Remarkable You was added to a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Island Indigo ink. The panel was then fussy cut, sponged with Island Indigo ink and attached to the Brusho panel.
  • The Brusho panel was attached to the embossed layer with Dimensionals.

… on the inside, the ‘lotus’ was stamped with Pumpkin Pie ink

Check out my video for a more visual effect.


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