(2016 c24) May Flowers with Color Burst by Ken Oliver




Background was created with Color Burst by Ken Oliver by sprinkling the dry powders on watercolor paper and then spraying with water (I never tire of watching the magic of the colors moving and blending) After totally dry I stamped with Penny Black stamp sets:  Sprigs and Nature’s Friends with Versamark Ink and heat embossed with Emerald EP.

Next I stamped the little flowers on the bottom left with a pale ink and then applied water inside the tiny blossoms to reactivate the Color Burst and then blotted with a paper towel to wick away most of the color.  Then I  painted the petals with watercolor. When dry I stamped the same stamp again with Versamark this time and sprinkled Shamrock Green EP.  With a tiny dry brush I brushed the embossing powder off of the colored blossoms.  Then heated the EP.  I did the same procedure for the larger blossoms in the middle.

The happy  was cut with a die both in this piece and again in another Color Burst Background sheet done in Ultramarine Blue and Merlot.  I inlaid the blue happy in the negative space on the card. *****So since the word is inlaid and lies flat, I hope it qualifies for a 1 layer card.

I borrowed the happy die from a friend and now can’t find out who makes it.  If you recognize the die, will you please type that info in your comment?  Thanks!

Challenges Entered:

Ken Oliver Crafts: May Challenge – May Flowers (using Color Burst)

MixedMediaMonthlyChallenge: MMMC #24 – Butterflies & BloomsMMMC#24

ModSquadChallengeBlog: One Layer Birthday *****

WordArtWednesday:  Chal. #230 & 231 – Anything Goes



  1. Debbie Lewis

    very pretty!

  2. Verna Angerhofer

    Beautiful card. Did you hand draw the black border? If you did you are better than I am. I never can get it even as I shake too much it seems. I even tried using a ruler to get it right and still messed it up.

  3. This card is just lovely. You have done a wonderful job with the Color Bursts, and I love all the texture. Great take on the challenge!! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week over at
    the Mod Squad!
    Judy~Mod Squad Challenge Host

  4. WOW…..Gorgeous card!!!!!!

  5. What a stunning creation! Fabulous use of those colour bursts! Thanks so much for adding it to our challenge at Mixed Media Monthly! Sadly as you have not followed our challenge rules by posting our graphic, we cannot pick you as a winner, – you may want to add it still…

    • Thanks Astrid, I added the graphic.

  6. gorgeous card lagene! i love how you used the color bursts! Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!


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