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Brushos and Powertex Bister or Bistre mixed media card

Brushos and Powertex Bister or Bistre mixed media card


Hello lovelies,

I just realized that a week passed by and I didn’t write any post on my blog. There are a few projects that I’m working on at the moment and everything will be revealed in a couple of weeks, so stay tuned. 🙂 But tonight I would like to share with you a mixed media card I made a while ago.

I must confess that I’m in love again and this time I fell for the gorgeous Carabelle studio stamps that I was lucky enough to find and purchase here in the UK recently. I also tried for the first time the Bistre or Bister from Powertex and I’m hooked! For who doesn’t know about it like myself until a month ago, Bister or Bistre is a wood stain, water soluble, comes in several colours and works pretty much like the Brushos as they come in powder/ crystal form. The difference between the two is that Bister being a wood stain has more earthy tones perfect for vintage projects.

So, this being said, here is the card I made using these new and lovely products! Hope you’ll like it!

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I started on a 5.5 inch square piece of heavy weight watercolour paper by splattering some art masking fluid. When this was dry I sprinkled these beautiful powders, spritz them with water and then left them do their magic. I repeated this process several times until I was pleased with the result and then left everything dry naturally.

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When the background was completely dry, I removed the masking fluid rubbing it off and stared on my composition. I stamped all the images using Versafine black ink and heat embossed them using a clear embossing  powder. I did this as I wanted to protect the stamped images during the next step which was “painting” with bleach. I applied bleach with a synthetic brush to remove the colour from some of the circles and the little bird and then worked over with Inktense pencils, bringing back in colour and do the shading.


As a final touch I diluted a bit of white gesso, made some splatters and stamped the sentiment using a Donna Downey stamp set.


Thank you so much for stopping by and don’t forget to check out my new Online Workshop, you can watch a video trailer HERE.

Have a fun and creative evening,

Much love,

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  1. Would love to see this but the pictures are about 1/8 inch and won’t enlarge when I click

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    • So sorry you experienced this problem. Unfortunately I don’t know why this happens as everything is working fine for me and some other visitors. Maybe it will be a good idea to refresh your browser’s page? Hope this helps, xoxo

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  2. Oh my a work of art which reflects the love you have for the industry… Bravo!!!

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  3. I would like to know more about your class. All the videos on YouTube have no speaking. Do you have any videos with instructions? Would the class be suitable for a beginner? I previously emailed you and did not receive a reply. thanks

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    • Hi Elizabeth,
      Sorry to hear that, I answer everyday to all my emails, so the only possible explanation is that the address wasn’t correct. The Youtube videos have no speaking though they do have instructions, but the class has spoken ones. I am showing in the class my process of creating in great detail as the videos are in real time, so the class is suitable for a beginner too. You can read more about the class here http://www.artfulflight.com/online-workshops/ . Hope this helps and thanks for you interest, Sanda xo

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  4. Sanda, this is absolutely extraordinary!!! I absolutely love the look you have achieved with your new “loves”!!
    xoxo Jackie “)

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  5. What an awesome effect! Love the resist and white splatters and the black embossing really lights up!

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