Wow – Brusho Background

I created this card a while back – you can see that the stamp set I used to finish it was one of the Sale-A-Bration sets.  But I wanted to share this background technique with you because I used the Sweet Soiree Decorative masks that are about to retire.  I should have shared this a long time ago but life is life and that didn’t happen so I’m sharing it with you now.  The good thing is the Brusho Crystals will be in the new catalog and you could create your own masks or try this with a different mask if you don’t have the one I used.  Or hurry up an order it before May 31st. 

I’m not sure what you would call this technique exactly – a masked and reversed masked Brusho background perhaps.  I just made that up.  This is a bit messy so you will want to cover your work surface well and have plenty of paper towels nearby.  I actually lay down some paper towels to work on top of.  Here is a look at my finished cards.  What I’m going to explain is how I created the background.

Steps to create the background

  1. cover your surface with paper towel (I also had a piece of cardboard underneath)
  2. go ahead and get two pieces of Shimmery White card stock – I made two backgrounds at a time
  3. cover one piece of card stock with the mask – I used the vine mask from the Sweet Soiree Decorative Mask set
  4. sprinkle Brusho crystals over the mask – I used blue, yellow and a little bit of the mossy green
  5. use a Spritzer to spritz water over the crystals (if needed add more crystals)
  6. give it just a few seconds to let the water and the crystals interact and spread into the spaces of the mask
  7. have your second piece of card stock ready
  8. lift the mask straight up from the first piece of card stock and then I flipped it over and laid it on the second one
  9. wait  a few seconds then lift it off the second piece
  10. let both pieces dry
  11. And don’t forget to clean your mask

Each background piece will be unique and different – you won’t ever get two exactly alike.  The first one you make will have the open spaces of the mask filled with color, while the second piece is the opposite because you are using the color that is still sitting on top of the mask.  You could also lay the mask down without flipping and then place the second piece of card stock on top of it and press down to transfer the color. 

Here are a few photos for reference:

Once your background is dry then you can use it to create a card.  I used it here with one of the Sale-A-Bration sets that were available earlier this year.  You could try creating your own mask using a window sheet and some of our dies or use the Pattern Party Decorative Masks.  If you want to use the same mask I did be sure to order it now – it’s retiring on May 31st.

Supplies list

  • Brusho Crystal Colour
  • Shimmery White card stock
  • Sweet Soiree Decorative Masks (retiring)
  • Stampin’ Spritzers
  • Crumb Cake card stock
  • Aqua Painter
  • Basic Black Archival ink (retiring)
  • Linen Thread
  • Blossoming Basket Stamp set (Sale-a-bration retired)
  • Paper Snips
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • Classic Ink – Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Old Olive


There are only a few more days left to order from the 2018 Occasions Catalog and the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog.  Both will be gone on May 31st.  Click on my signature to go straight to my store. 

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