Thank you for taking time to visit, and I hope I am even a tiny bit helpful as I have been helped and blessed by so many others. I have been doing Calligraphy since teens, and card making for many years as well. In 1990 I delighted in the joys of stamping with ink and embossing after a trip to Cairns, Qld. In 2009 I discovered the brayer, 2010 the Cuttlebug, also have now taking to reading up on crafting blogs and lo! Here I am, on one of my own.

I live on the coast of eastern Australia. I am a Christian. I trusted in the LORD down here at the beach, amazingly it is not far from where I now live. It was over 50 years ago, after a Beach Mission Service at the age of 12 years

Wednesday 22 January 2020

Brushos on Gloss Male Cards + WOYWW

Well, everyone, it’s desky share time over at Julia’s Stamping Ground. Yes, I’m busy doing some birthday cards. They're ahead in great abundance - family and friends, so need to be organised.
My desk yest. with a really lovely new idea Brushos on photo paper, WOW!
As you see they’re very vibrant. About to work out how I will make them up into cards.
Saw idea of brushos on photo paper on Heather Telford’s blog.. an Aussie in Canada who is clever in colour use (here). Colours used on another post HERE of hers. Lemon, Sandstone and Cobalt were closest combo to what she used. 
[TIP: I work on junk mail, laid over large desk area as below, our local real estate magasine. It absorbs excess brusho powder and water, easy-peasy clean up! No mess, except on hands, always forget gloves!]
Sharing stages in case some want to try! I just used very cheap photo paper, 5” x 7” size from garage sale. Uncertain brand. 
Firstly chose colours, limit to three .. limited colours work best, they mix & multiply! 
Sprinkle on craft mat, and spritz water liberally and smooch card through it, once generally,  but can repeat if not happy. 
I think regular gloss card would be same.
EDIT: Tried regular gloss card, much more muted than photo paper. Going to buy more photo paper as not much here. Muted gloss will work well with another idea share maybe next week.
 Spritz a bit more water, do second swipe with another sheet can add touch more colour if needed.
Allow to dry well before stamping.
I used Darkroom door Collage stamp.. it definitely needed repeat stamping. I tried Stazon like Heather did - mine dried so fast it barely made imprint (we are in quite warm summer) the tried Archival same poor result (although inky) so finally Onyx black Versafine, my very favourite black in worked a treat. As you can see the colour is astoundingly brilliant on the photos paper, and varied no two are the same. Made two cards. {EDIT: First card won top 3 at Word Art Wednesday Here!}
Trimmed around image, mounted it on scallop photo frame set by Snapdragon, a local company three hours north. Then varied layouts. First card was a digi greeting already printed out waiting to be used.
Added border die (Lawn Fawn, extended), with crossed string and a brad.
Second card is mounted on some hessian, (love it with male cards) then made a happy birthday double banner greeting, and brads (actually made two banner sets, spent ages looking for first one! Then made second one, anyone else do that??? 
Still can’t find the other!).
Now to Aussie shots, the first some flowers some frangipanis and some Gumblossoms, I love these, it’s a W.A. tree but now grows here.
Next are seas views. Yes, it is summer and last week had visitors, so swam everyday. 😊

The first one is yesterday out north of here at family’s beach, others are where we swam last week just south.
Lastly some good news, but ongoing prayer request.
A post from FB, shows how very good rain has been in some places! but oh so much more needed. Top photo shows an empty dam, filled by decent falls over 200mm or 8".
Fires are still going too, some extinguished by fall of rain, especially up here on North coast of NSW, and very thankful! but new ones start all time, so still lots more rain and prayers needed.
JUST a Reminder: 25th Jan is next Rudolph Christmas Challenge over at Scrappy Mo’s. I’ve already cards made for it to share. 😊
Thanks everyone for popping over for a peek and chat. You and your comments make me smile. I pray every blessing upon you and those you love too.
Hugs Shaz in Oz. X
Thought for the day:
Something we all need, PERFECT PEACE, especially these days where the press seems to be more excessively alarmist than ever before! 
Whatever happened to KEEP CALM & CARRY ON? Press here seems to be crying like Henny Penny "that the sky is falling in"! 
Every second news story is a major crisis. How often history repeats itself. We have been here before, and we will again. 
"Perfect peace" is the blessing that those who trust in God.
"God is still on the throne, 
He will still remember His own,
His promise is true,
He will not forget you,
God is still on the throne."
Linking up to the following:
1. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes. All cards
2. Snippets challenge.. yay! Off to the Playground!


Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

Those brusho backgrounds turned out great! Love your flower photos! It is really cold here this morning about 15 F.

Christine said...

Wow! Must try those Brushos technique, looks fabulous and Brushos are never used round here ....will go sort out my papers.... Thanks for sharing.
Have a good week

shazsilverwolf said...

Hi Shaz, love that idea of Brushos on photo paper. I have a drawer full of the stuff, so will be giving this a go! The cards are all quite beautiful.Loving the Aussie scenic shots as always. Hope you are keeping well, Have a lovely week, Hugs, Shaz #3 X

Jane Willis said...

Wow, these are stunning! I don't experiment with my Brushos enough, and I have several packs of photo paper hanging around so i must give it a try. Thank you for sharing the wonderful results at Cardz 4 Guyz.

Annie said...

I'm late visiting today but have been head down sewing all day and have now finished the next 5 Memory characters apart from their labels so have decided to call it a day now and will do them fresh in the morning.
I love how you make a batch of cards all look so different and yet each one is lovely.
Annie x #11

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Fabulous set of card with your brushos and photo paper! Very stylish and perfect for masculine recipients, I think!
Love your photos and I'm so glad that a lot of rain is fallen. I saw Aussie people smiling and dancing for rain, at the TV! It was so moving. We are really tiny-tiny in God Universe...
Prayers for more rain

Betsy said...

Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow! I'm so thankful that Australia has received some rain and I am continuing to pray for even more. The sight of that pool of water brings great delight.
As always your cards are lovely and full of so much skill and talent. I have your Christmas card out in front of me on the console table along with a small nativity given to me by another blogger. They will stay out all year as a reminder of His love for us and how I have like minded friends all over this big world that He made.
Many Blessings Shaz,

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Hu Shaz, you've created magic with those brusho's I have lots but rarely use them but must say they look great on photo paper. Must try that out. Your card are fab using that awesome DRR stamp on top. I'm keeping you all in my thoughts across the pond that more rain comes to help quench the land Shaz, the sadness of how many lives and wildlife effected has been devastating to read and watch on the news. Sending creative blessings your way Tracey #10 x

Neet said...

Thank you for this post. I have been thinking of using my Brusho pots for the last few weeks and not done anything as yet. I never know what to do with photo paper that is left over and I have lots of odd bits - great to find out. Will remember all your tips, thanks.
Lovely cards, they are so effective and I love how you have mounted them with the wider edge and the string.
It is good to see that you have what appears to be clean air in Australia. Did you see my blog post lat Wednesday where I was appealing for folks to donate. Not many read it so it didn't have much effect but there has been lots according to what I have read.
The two firefighters who were killed (you mentioned a couple of weeks ago) - my podiatrist's daughter is in Oz and her boyfriend is a vet but also a part time firefighter. She said one of them was his friend. So sad. But then it all has been heartbreaking. Thankfully my sister's operation went through as scheduled despite her chest being affected by the smoke in Goulburn.
Hope you are recovering well.
Hugs & Blessings, Neet xx

Sarah Brennan said...

Love the Brusho backgrounds on gloss card Shaz. I have some photo card so will have to try that one out. I always seem to go back to Versafine ink too. Far more vibrant and strong than archival. Glad things are heading in the right direction with the rain and the fires. Praying there is plenty more where needed. Happy WOYWW. Sarah #2

StampinCarol said...

Love the bright backgrounds!!! And great bday cards!
So happy for the rain! Hoping for more where it is needed.
God bless and have a great week!
Carol N #22

Glenda said...

Gorgeous cards my friend. I've been hoping for more rain for your country. Those fires have been so terrible as well as the drought conditions. I'm praying for relief there.
Glenda #18

Diana Taylor said...

Your cards are gorgeous - such a stunning effect of Brusho's on the photo paper - however I don't use Brusho's much since I get in such a mess with them - you've certainly got me wanting to get them out again!
Lovely photos of your area Shaz, and I hope you get the rain you so badly need.
Hugs, Diana x #9

Helen said...

The brusho cards are beautiful!! We are all so glad there has been some rain and respite from the fires, and hope there is more rain! Glad you've been able to enjoy some swimming! Helen #1

Cazro said...

Wow, I love the results of the Brushos on photo gloss paper. I'm going to check out the link, thank you. I love your male card, perfect for our challenge. Thanks for joining us at Cardz 4 Guyz. Blessings to everyone dealing with and living through the fires in Australia. Caz. DT.

Anne said...

Wow your work with the brushos is stunning. I must try, I do like brushos.
I am still praying for you all in Australia. Anne x 19

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Nice to see you having fun with the Brushos and the backgrounds look great when you stamp on them. Loving the photos too. We have seen the news about the rain but that in itself seems to have caused some problems as well as helping to put out some of the fires. Wishing you a happy and creative woyww, Angela x16x

Crafting With Jack said...

Hi Shaz, love your Brusho cards and I am sure the recipients will love them too. I am ashamed to say I haven’t even opened the packet of my Brushos yet :(. Will have to try this though. Love your photographs and the verse at the end x Angela #31

Megan J said...

Hi Shaz, a super set of brusho's backgrounds, some look like beaches with waves coming in, glad to hear that some of the fires up your way are out with the recent rain, the one nearest is still alight but under control for now, maybe not later on with the high winds passing through here today, in bushland away from most houses. Have a wonderful week, Megan

EmmaT said...

Gorgeous set of cards, love the stamp and thank you for the idea of brusho's on photo paper - never thought of that. Emmax

kiwimeskreations said...

You have inspired me Shaz to try the brushos with photo paper - I have some sitting in a box that I rarely use!
Stunning cards - and yes - your tag saga is common to me too, and I also love hessian on masculine cards :)!
Good to know that the rain was enough to be useful in your corner

Twiglet said...

Your artwork is lovely and the brusho/photo paper idea sounds clever. Good to know that your area is still Ok - it has been so awful for you folks in Oz. xxx Jo

loz said...

Stunning cards and colours Shaz. What a great idea for all the junk mail we receive.. Beautiful photos..loz

Brenda said...

Wow Sharon, what beautiful backgrounds and cards! I love that stamp you used, perfect for masculine cards for sure. I was just thinking about using photo paper for doing some inky fun, glad to know that it also works for Brusho's. Now I want to have a play but no time right now, but soon I am hoping. Your cards turned out so beautiful and vibrant. Love the mat shape too. Yes, Onyx black by Versafine is my very favorite black too and what I use on just about everything. It's so dark and crisp when you stamp with it. The photos of the flowers are just stunning. I am dreaming of summer and ready for winter to be over already even though we have had a mild winter. The views are amazing as well and makes me want to be there. So happy rain came but will keep praying for more for your country. I know too that some of the fires are out, but not all and like you said, more start all the time. What starts your fires-weather and careless people? Anyway praying for everything to come under control. Hugs, Brenda

Julia Dunnit said...

Oh you are so so great at sharing the spoils of your research and trials. Those cards and the backgrounds are astonishingly bright and vivid, love them. As for cutting a set of banners and then having to cut, I’ve never had to do that. Not more than three times in one session anyway!! Am so hugely relieved at the arrival of rain to some of the devastated areas, such a great help.

Stacy Sheldon said...

hi Shaz, oh that is so smart to do it on the junk mail. ( I tend to do sprays inside a cardboard box and have not had good luck with the powdered watercolors not going floof everywhichwhere in my space so, that was interesting to me that you did the powder first then the water. (love how pretty the colors turned out too) ~Stacy #29

Di said...

Absolutely stunning set of cards Shaz - I love to read how you craft as well. Always something to learn Wonderful photos - I can almost smell the Frangipani bloom - takes me right back to my childhood days living in Singapore!


Di xx

Mary said...

How very beautiful these card are. I love the vibrant colors. Perfect for any man! You are quite the talent.

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