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Coordinating Embellishment with Color Burst

Coordinating Embellishment with Color Burst

Hello Brutus Monroe fans! 

Today I'm sharing a project made with Brutus Monroe color bursts.

If you have never heard of color bursts, they are a powdered pigment that can be used in many different ways. Brutus Monroe actually has a color burst class that you can take! This background was actually made with the leftovers of a different project that didn't work out! I was using the color burst powders with a paintbrush on a different background and when I was done, I sprayed what was left on my craft mat with water and watercolor paper to soak it up! I used the colors "Zest", "Jack O' Lantern" and "Marsala" which blend really well together. I soaked up one layer and dried it with a heat tool, and then did it once more to get a lot of coverage. 


I used the Brutus Monroe 5 piece stitched dies to cut a frame by selecting the largest die and the second largest die, and positioning them together with purple tape. I ran the die through my machine with Alabaster cardstock and the result was a tag-shaped frame. I heat embossed the "Hey There!" sentiment from the Be Brave stamp set with Alabaster EP onto a sheet of vellum, and then used the largest tag die to cut the sentiment, ensuring the it would fit neatly behind the tag frame. Once the vellum was glued to the tag frame, I used some thin strips of foam tape to pop it up, and sprinkled some gold sequins before adhering the popped up tag to the background.


I wanted something else to finish off the tag, but I didn't have any string that was quite the right color. I decided to try to use some Marsala color burst to dye a piece of white string! I put the Marsala color burst into a little plastic cup and added enough water to dunk the string. I left it in the color burst cup for about 5 minutes and then removed it.

I will warn you this is very messy! If you don't like to get ink on your hands, you might want to use some gloves. I used a toothpick to hold the string in place and sped up the drying process with my heat tool. I tied it into a little bow and glued it over the hole on the tag. I popped the whole thing onto an Alabaster cardstock base to finish the project. 

The color bursts are really fun to work with! Check out the blog archives to see more ways that the team has used them. Marsala is one of my all-time favorite colors! I hope you try dyeing some things with your color bursts, and share you projects on social media. Don't forget to use the hashtags #BrutusMonroe and #CreateYourOwnEnding so we can see! 

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