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!
Hi Jess, wow it’s gorgeous. You can draw too, very talented. I can’t even draw a smiley face, lol. I love how it looks muted. Thanks for sharing and always inspiring.
Michael Bakeler says
Love this card!
hey jess:) so gorgeous! absolutely beatiful.. looks like you are an artist:)
Salima Chaudhry says
That is a beautiful card.. I will have to try this.. Gorgeous totally gorgeous
Love the layer over top and the gold pen for detail. the saturated look was also pretty…it was a win win no matter which way to went 🙂
Jean Bullock says
Beautiful! Although, I really enjoyed the saturated color. Well done.