The end of an inky week-end

Well having lamented at the lack of crafting time working leaves seems I've made up for it this week-end.   I've been playing with my new Ken Oliver Colour Bursts.  These strong pigments need to be used lightly as I found out first time round.

My first effort was a mess used far to much powder and water.   Fortunately the mopping up kitchen towels proved to be much more interesting and useful.   This is part of one of them one of the added benefits of using these paper towels is the added texture they bring to a project.  The stamping is on an acetate panel, stayzon ink on one side alcohol inks on the other.   The flower is from Stamplorations, the sentiment, "Thank you for being you" is an old Hero Arts stamp.

I thought I'd share this on with
Country View Challenges - Make your own background + DT Call
Monthly themes for Crafting - Asymmetric (A FB group)

Second attempt.   This time water was brushed over the card, a little pigment sprinkled on and then brushed over, first the yellow and then the green.  One of the things I found and loved is that there are little specks of other colours in the mica.   The brushed/wash look is exactly what I was going for teaching me one fab technique with these powders, there is lots more to learn yet.

The two tree stamps are old Elusive Images stamps, the Birds old Andy Skinner polymer stamps as are the 'weeds' in the foreground.

Given the relative success here I'm sharing this with a new challenge on the block
Creative Carte Blanche - Try something artistic you have not done before.

Thats this week-end then, got to chase up the pension company this week I'm still waiting for the full details of my fund.


  1. Beautiful! I love Colour Burst products-- Ken has done an amazing job with them. This is wonderful Zoe. Thanks for sharing it at Creative Carte Blanche!

  2. I'm so happy you shared both works here. Interesting to see the paper towel background. And the brush-stoked background in your tree card is lovely. Isn't it fun to experiment and discover? Thanks for joining in our very first Creative Carte Blanche challenge. Well done!

  3. I love the fact that you rescued the one that went wrong by using the towel you cleaned it up with! Both cards are works of glorious inky wonderfulness!

  4. You have certainly mastered these Zoe. O love the card with the trees

    Chrissie xx

  5. I really enjoyed your blog post and your journey with trying something new. I could see your learning and your growth as you played and LOVE your card. Thanks for sharing your Creative Carte Blanche with us!!

  6. It's beautiful! I always intend to save the mop ups but then I forget and throw them away! I just got these, so I'll be sure and be gentle :)

  7. Zoe...I had to laugh when I began reading your post. I did the EXACT SAME THING the first time I tried the Color Burst! Who would ever think that such a tiny amount of powder could produce to much vibrant color?! But it does! Your card is absolutely beautiful! I love the watercolor effect you've achieved in your background. So pretty! I love your stamped trees and birds, too. Such a serene setting for a lovely card. Thanks for sharing your art and your process with us at Creative Carte Blanche!

  8. Hi Zoe...Color Burst is so fun and I too discovered when first using very little was needed! wink. I love the first card you did as the colors are so rich and deep! Great look. The second card is airy and light...You achieved two different looks fabulously! So very pretty both of them. Thank you for sharing your creation with us at Creative Carte Blanche!

  9. Ooh lala, isn't it just the best when we try a new product and just play? Loving your creations and hope to see more... Thanks for joining us at Creative Carte Blanche

  10. Love your gorgeous project,thanks for sharing with us at Country View


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