Happy Together

I am quite happy with the way these little cacti turned out using only one colour of bister paint powder. Bister can create surprising results. I used blue bister powder on hot pressed watercolour paper over clear embossing.

Bister paint powders have an earthy tone to them which you can see clearly on this panel. I sprinkled blue bister over the panel and spritzed with water until the paint activated. I tilted and turned the panel until the paint pooled in certain places. Where there was very little colour I used a paint brush to transfer some from a darker area. Once there was good coverage I let it dry partially then picked up some brown from the panel and painted shadows below each of the pots. I matted the panel in brown and added the sentiment in vintage sepia versafine ink.

I thought it was very cool the way all those leaf shapes in the second from left cacti turned out different colours. This is why I love playing with paint powders.


Stamps: happy together, tranquility

Paper: hot pressed watercolour, neenah natural white, brown

Inks: versamark, vintage sepia

Paint: blue bister (available in USA from ‘I Brake for Stamps’ and in Ottawa from ‘Crop A While’)

Also:  clear embossing powder

19 Comments on “Happy Together”

  1. Christine says:

    Love those colours. Great card

  2. Rosie says:

    This is so lovely – simple, understated and beautifully effective.

  3. creatingincolors says:

    What beautiful results you got with Bister! I must try this.

  4. janice says:

    simply stunning, Heather….you are truly a wonder!!!

  5. Joan Bardee says:

    wow this is gorgeous!! never used bister powders. now I may need to!

  6. Pat says:

    The blue with brown tones of this Bister colour give this a lovely vintage feel Heather, and the added shadows below the pots ground them perfectly. x

  7. wacapp says:

    I am such a fan of you and your cards, and I must say this moves into to top 5. So. darn. cool.

  8. memalagene says:

    Gorgeous creation!

  9. maureenkmorton says:

    Super-great card When you say “blister paint” do you mean Brusho? I’m confused (which isn’t unusual!). Thanks for sharing.

  10. Karen Jackson says:

    A really beautiful card Heather, I love it. You really excel at this style of card.

  11. smilynstef says:

    Absolutely lovely

  12. lollthompson says:

    LOVE this card Heather. Bisters are such beautiful earthy colours and they look amazing with these sweet cacti! xx

  13. konarose says:

    Hi, Heather, I popped on over from SCS to see all the pretties you have made. And now I feel the need to try a Bister or two (or 3…) thank you — I absolutely love the browns that pop out in this blue! Using the clear embossing powder and then the cactus images is stunning!

  14. swanlady21 says:

    Love the colours and light shining through.

  15. […] worked with this stamp before, last time with bister powder to colour it. It took longer with watercolour pencils but the process was quite relaxing. I used my […]

  16. Daria says:

    I love this card! Thank you.

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