Good morning! I’m really excited to be here with my first post as a member of the Ken Oliver Creative Team! I’ve been a huge fan of the Color Burst powders for some time now and use them frequently in splattered card backgrounds. But for my first post as a member of the creative team I wanted to try something a little out of my comfort zone!
I started off by sketching a peony flower and buds on a piece of watercolor paper. It’s not the most realistic sketch but I wasn’t really aiming for realism. After I finished sketching it out I went over the lines lightly with a white crayon.
The wax from the crayon created a resist so when I added the Color Burst powders the color didn’t stick to the areas where there was wax. I sprinkled a few colors onto my paper and spritzed them with water. This was the moment that I thought to myself “what did you just do…and how are you going to fix it?”
While the initial layer of color was drying I sprinkled the Merlot, Alizarin Crimson, and Pthalo Green Color Burst powders onto acrylic blocks and added water to create watercolor paints. I added a little bit of shading to the flower petals and then added a lot of green to create the background. I did this in several layers, allowing the paper to dry in between each color.
When it was totally dry I liked the way it looked but felt it was a little too saturated for a card base. So I decided to layer a piece of vellum over the painting and then traced the wax lines with a gold pen. I also added veins in the petals and leaves for interest.
Finally I decided a little more gold would be fun so I turned it into a shaker card, added gold confetti and a gold frame. I stamped the sentiment with versamark, heat-embossed it with gold embossing powder, and adhered it to the shaker. And here’s the final look! I love how the vellum softens the colors but still allows them to shine through…and everything is better with a little gold! 😉
I hope you’ve enjoyed my card and that it encourages you to think outside the box with Color Burst powders! Thanks so much for visiting!