Welcome to this month’s blog hop for the Stampin’ Up! Demos that earned Alaska incentive trip coming in the summer of 2018.

This month as this posts, I am actually on a cruise ship in the Caribbean with new and old stamping friends on my first TaDa! Stamping at Sea Cruise! The first cruise I have ever hosted and I was nervous about it but when stampers get together for extended playtime, fun is always had. I am sure we are having a ball!

Here are a couple of the cards I made as I was preparing projects for the cruisers.


I wanted us to be able to use some of the new items in the spring catalog and really feel like we were comfortable with them, and #1 on that list is the Brusho watercolor crystals.

Oh boy, did I have fun playing with this stuff!

These cards are created using the Brusho as a straight watercolor paint with an aqua painter for a brush.

The super cool thing that was obvious immediately is that the Brusho is not just one color! It is shades of color that easily give you a lot of highlights and interest.

Just by stroking the color on, it looks like you are a master color blender!

Look at the colors here, the colors of the sun, and the colors of the beach, so pretty.  Hard to see in this pic, but I went over the ocean with a Wink of Stella pen, too, for extra shine.

I was using ‘oceany’ type stamps to go with my cruise theme of course.  These all are from the High Tide Photopolymer Stamp Set.  Great sentiments!

Since I was watercoloring, I used our watercolor paper cut into 4 pieces as the card focal points. This paper is textured to hold the water and the paint, but that means the stamps might need to be stamped a couple of times to get a solid image.

Naturally, I used my new Stamparatus stamp positioner tool and the words were perfect! (you can get yours in the coming months in the new annual catalog!)

For the gulls, I just used the fine tip end of my Basic Black marker to color them in solid and then mounted the watercolored piece on Basic Black cardstock,  and then that whole thing on one of the card bases available in the Tutti-Frutti Cards & Envelopes set as a FREE Sale-a-Bration item.

Here is the complete card. I loved the look of the black silhouettes on the watercolor!

As a matter of fact, I loved it so much I made several with silhouettes.

Tamra’s Tip: You can turn anything into a silhouette just by stamping it in Momento Tuxedo Black ink, and then coloring in the ‘gaps’ with the Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker. The black marker is sold individually, too!

Here is the light house from this same stamp set all colored in and just striking against the Brusho background.

lighthouse card 1

I hope you will get some play time soon to try this fun new product. So from somewhere in the Caribbean I am signing off here to relax and play more with my new stamping friends.

Enjoy the rest of the hop and I will see you next month!


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