Thursday, September 7, 2017

Oh Deer! Growing in Unity + Prizes

WATERCOLOR ALL THE THINGSSSSS!!!

When I devised my Growing in Unity plan, the above statement was not a part of it. But then after two days of watercoloring with different mediums, I said "hey self! This could make a cool week-long exploratory series." My self agreed with my self and thus, the past week has been spent in splishy splashy bliss.



On the docket for today's watercolor medium: Ken Oliver Colorburst Crystals. 

If you want to talk about creating gorgeous, vibrant, unexpected backgrounds or watercolored images, these Colorburst crystals are INSANE! My bloggy friend Lauren Bergold's instagram feed is all full of Colorburst examples and I finally had to break down and buy all the colors. No Ragrats!

Also, I wanted to play along with The City Crafter's latest challenge, which is to mimic one of these splashes as a background on your card. 



Obviously, you can tell that I chose the green splatter for my design. 



Here's how I made this background.  

Step One: 
Use a wet paintbrush and apply water around your stamped image.
P.S. this deer comes from Unity's Woodland Deer stamp set.
Be careful not to get the water inside of your image.


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Step 2
Add a teeeeny bit of Ken Oliver Colorburst Crystals.
Seriously. A teeeeny bit. A little of these babies goes a LONG way. 


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Step 3
Cry a little bit, restamp your image and repeat steps one and two because you added too many crystals.

Step 4
Use a damp paintbrush to move around the color, carefully

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Step 5:
Oooooh and aaah over your final creation.
So stunning without even trying! 

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I love how this little card turned out. It's CAS but packs a wallop of intensity. I also really like that it's appropriate for the fellas because I have SUCH a hard time not going all frilly on things. 

If you're interested in getting some of your very own Color Burst Powders, Amazon has sets of them for a decent price. (ps - I use affiliate links to help support my blog)


 
I'm also going to enter this into
As You Like it - Flora or Fauna (I like fauna better because you never know what you should expect from animals)
Cardz 4 Guys - Something Beginning with "D" (Deer!)

Also - thank you to those of you who followed my blog yesterday! I'm just >>ONE<< measly follower short of my 300 goal. Can you help a girl out?!?!

Don't forget to leave a comment down below because Unity is giving two lucky commenters some pretty sweet swag!

55 comments:

  1. Ah ah ah!!! Your step three made me laught! :D These Crystals must be fabulous! I have brushos, but these seem most vibrant and bright. Your card is just a delight, LOVE how you made the woodland and LOVE this cute deer!!!! Amazing shades of green on your work of art! Thanks for sharing the steps1 :) I have to try water coloring with pigments!!

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  2. Love your card! The crystals are such fun.

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  3. Oh, I love that background. i don't have any Colorbursts to play with, but I should do some more experimenting with my Brushos...
    Sorry I cannot help you get the counter to 300, since I'm already following your blog.

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  4. this is stunning!
    love those colors!
    hugs

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  5. Very vibrant colors! They look amazing on your card. You should have shown us your first one, so we would know what not to do. lol ❤️

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  6. Lol.....love step 3......we've all been there!!!! Beautiful card.

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  7. Thanks for explaining how those work! I've been wondering. I'd have to do a lot of Step 3's to begin with I think! Love this card!

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  8. Love your dear deer!!­čśŐ Good job with the colorburst ... I have had fun with those too... this reminds me that more colorburst colours are on my wish list. Thanks!

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  9. I love love this card.....beautiful.

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  10. This is stunning!! The watercolored effect with that bright green is yum!! I have not tried color burst powders yet but this really makes me want to get a few :) thanks for the inspiration
    Hugs
    Preeti

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  11. Beautiful card. Love the humor. I would definitely need to do this multiple times because I would get the deer wet and put too much of the crystals on.

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  12. How gorgeous! I have Brushos rather than Colorbursts, but I think they're similar. Sorry, but I laughed at step 3 - although that would be me too! Congratulations on reaching 300 followers.

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  13. Ok - fine, fine, fine. I'll put something ELSE on my wish list. Because I love it!

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  14. Wonderful job. Love to learn new things!!

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  15. Wow, you achieved such a perfect backdrop for this beautiful deer. Looks like
    he's walking out of the forest...

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  16. You'd have laughed at me the other day. I was working with some orange watercolor splatters, and got more on my arms and tee-shirt than I did on the paper! Your work with these color bursts is amazing!! Oh my goodness. CAS goodness, in fact! Beautiful greens behind that lovely deer. Well done you!! I think your card is just wonderful and if I didn't have to go buy a new phone tomorrow, I'd place an order. I'd love to try this. GREAT card. Bev

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  17. Wonderful card, love your instructions too. Thank you for joining us at City Crafter :)

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  18. I wanna come play at your house!!!

    This turned out gorgeous!! I love all of the splashy color options you've shared, can hardly wait for tomorrow :)

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  19. I don't need any more supplies, but those color burst crystals look amazing on your card. Great job.

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  20. Love the effect with the Color Bursts! Beautiful card with the pretty deer stamp!
    I have some of the Color Bursts, and another brand that is similar, but I haven't even tried them yet! You have inspired me!
    Congrats on 300 followers.... I see you made it! I am already a follower!

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  21. Ooh ans aah indeed, your card is so beautiful!! Love it!

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  22. Loved how you described the steps.. Gorgeous card!

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  23. I think I have to hold my wallet tight, those color crystals look so cool. That card is awesome

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  24. I've never heard of color burst crystals before. I love the look. Something else to try. Thanks for sharing!

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  25. very nice card. like the color burst behind the deer.
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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  26. I haven't tried Ken Oliver's Color Bursts, yet!
    I do receive his Facebook posts. Your green background around your deer, is exquisite...
    Great card.
    Thanks bunches, Cindi

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  27. Wow- those crystals really are lovely and vibrant! Nice back drop for the sweet deer image.

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  28. Girl, you are amazingly brave to use those color bursts anywhere near that unmasked deer! If I tried that I'd be showing you a smurf deer! LOL Watercolor all the things has been my motto lately. Although I just got a load of new Lindy's sprays during their Labor Day Sale, so now I'll be spraying all the things probably! This card is positively gorgeous!

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  29. Gorgeous project again. I have this stamp already and a bunch of color bursts that I have yet to use (bad T.J.) but thanks so much for the inspiration. Maybe I'll brave enough to try this now?!

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  30. WOW! Macro shots give the effect when the first background is sharp and the background is blurred. That's what your card looks like. Great effect!
    Hugs,
    Bo┼╝enA

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  31. Very nice card. Love how the deer stands out.

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  32. gorgeous card, that green is perfect, if there is such a thing in watercolor.

    Alicia

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  33. I hope,you didn't cry too much...you made me smile with that comment. I love colour bursts and will have to try this style you did

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  34. I've never seen this technique for the Color Bursts before. I have to try it!

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  35. This is amazing. I must order these bottles!!! Must try NOW! Lol

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  36. That's beautiful! I really like how you made the background with the color bursts. Fab!

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  37. Oh wow this is so beautiful!! I do love my colorbursts but haven't had them out in a while... I'll have to try this technique... maybe today!

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  38. Love, love, love this amazingly beautiful card!

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  39. Stunning, Becca! Thanks so much for the wonderful how-to!! Hugs, Darnell

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  40. PS Congrats on reaching 300 followers! On my way out I looked and I was like "What the?" I KNOW I was a follower - maybe one of your first? - but I'm finding this week that I've had to refollow a bunch of blogs. Don't know what's up with that! Grrr! djk

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  41. Lovely card, your green splash is the perfect background for the deer. Thanks for joining us at Cardz for Guyz

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  42. Oh - you are inspiring me to get my brushos out and play again.... this card is stunningly vibrant and absolutely stunning Becca
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  43. AMAZING!!! I just love the background, and the deer!!!!!

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  44. Love your woodland deer card. The color burst background is great.

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  45. Love this Becca! You've made me so happy, I have a few Brushos coming my way. Thanks for the inspiration oh, and seriously, thanks so much for playing along with us at As You Like It Challenge! I can't wait to give these a try.

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  46. Very CUTE card. Love the image and the background.
    Valerija xx

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  47. This is STUNNING. I'm off to look at those crystals (your step 3 made me smile - sorry but it did turn out perfect in the end!)
    Hugs
    Annette - Netty's Cards
    xx
    Proud to design for :
    Lili of the Valley,
    Dies to Die For,
    In The Pink Challenge
    Squirrel's not-so-random Challenge
    As You Like It Challenge.

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  48. This is incredible!! I would NEVER be brave enough to use this technique right against and image like that. So cool!!

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