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September 13, 2016

Rainbow Stenciled Togetherness

Hi there, color lovers!

I'm popping in quick as a flash in the Brusho pan. No time to natter, waffle, or flibidolize! I know, more's the pity, but needs must and meeds lust and there's naught can be done for neither.

I came up with a design for another of my BSST panels which allows it to show itself off in all its Brusho Stenciled Spritzed and Toweled splendor:
It really is an embarrassingly simple design. I split the BSST with my die from Papertrey Ink and then bridged the split with a double-foam espresso vanilla sediment, also from PTI. The base card is strawberry slush from SU. I used Mod Podge Dimensional (like glossy accents) on the word to allow it to stand up against the vibrant rainbow colors.
I really toyed with adding some sort of embellies for and aft of the word, but in the end, I just decided to leave well-enough alone. I think this will make a sweet wedding or anniversary card or even a heartfelt friend-to-friend-I've-got-your-back card.

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We are off to play again today, but before I go, I have an audience-participation photo that my sister Diana took recently:
What is this?! 

Diana lives in North Carolina so that is where this dragonfly/grasshopper/bug appeared. I am mesmerized by the neutral (yet striking) coloring, those feet and stockings, the hairiness all over, and that incredible backpack! Can you help identify this creature?

Edited to add: Several readers have properly identified this as Asilidae or "Robber Fly," an appropopo name considering the robber's bag it has on its back and the mask it wears! It lives everywhere in the world except Antarctica! It is harmless to humans, but is considered a "killing machine" to other (often beneficial) insects. Boo hiss, bad bug.

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65 comments:

TK said...

Great BSST! No, my flobbers didn't fly out....lol but I do love the brightness, along with that word die I hadn't seen before! The bug? Can't identify it, and frankly don't wanna.... I saw a Black Widow today, that was enough for me!

Jane Willis said...

Gorgeous card - when you showed the pic of all your brusho backgrounds, this was my favourite and it looks wonderful on the card. Can't help with the bug - I love dragonflies but it looks a bit too chunky to be a dragonfly. Whatever it is, it is beautiful
Jane

Jane Willis said...

Aha, having said I couldn't identify it, I fed the pic into Google images and found a good match - I reckon it is a Robber Fly
https://thingsbiological.wordpress.com/2011/09/11/robber-fly-promachus-sp/

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, Loving the brightly coloured card.

I agree with Jane, it's a Robber Fly.

Hope you have a lovely day. Sue

Kathyk said...

FABBYLISCIOUS make from you again today, Darnell. Love the audience participation photo too.

Who knew there were so many alternatives to Glossy Accents? I was using mine (Plaid dimensional gloss) yesterday .. it dries so much quicker than G.A.'s!

Happy Tuesday

Kathyk

Gerrina said...

Love the rainbowcolours! Yet another beautiful Brusho-card! Enjoy your week!

Maxine D said...

Ooooohh what a wonderful card Darnell - love the vibrant colours and the great stenciled design, with the simple but bold sediment.
That wonderful wee critter immediately made me think of a mosquito!!!
Blessings
Maxine

Julie B said...

You are on a roll with these Brusho panel cards Darnell. Brushoitis is catching!:)

brenda said...

Oh yes Darnell, I am a colour lover and absolutely love your fusion of colours on this card.

Can't help with the inspect I'm afraid, we certainly don't get anything that exotic or beautifully detailed here in the UK.

B x

Linda said...

WOW! What a fabulous coloured Brusho panel ..... so vibrant.
Can't help with the critter I'm afraid .... we don't have anything as exotic looking over here ... thank goodness! Xx

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

I love the rainbow colours of this gorgeous brusho creation Darnell. It does not need anything other than the sentiment.

Sue xx

Kylie said...

awww, my heart is singing seeing all your Brusho panels. I adore them!! I wish we could have used the acronym you made up at the retreat - I can't remember it exactly as it really was a mouthful. Do you remember? Made me laugh, anyway.... I love that you split this panel. I have to admit that I have about a dozen or so that I need to make into cards but I am waiting impatiently for some word dies to arrive in the snail mail. Hope you are well - miss you!! xx

Di said...

Super card Darnell! And what a little cracker that beastie is. From the description, but only the back pack, it could be you in the Southampton hotel foyer photo! :)

Hugs

Di xx

Ros Crawford said...

Terrific card and love the shiny sentiment ... I had to read the comments to see what that creature was ... Yikes! Glad I've never met one!

scrAPpamondo said...

It's a great card without embellishments! Fab brushos background with your stencil and recycled towels and the 3D mod podge really makes your sentiment pop out!!!

Jeanne said...

Gorgeous rainbow colored card created to perfection! No clue on the critter, but it looks beautifully creepy. I read the comments and have never heard of it. Fascinating on both topics! Have a great week!

Sheila H said...

This is so bright and cheerful. I love the shiny sentiment.

Heidi Stamps said...

Beautiful card! I love the brightness of the rainbow colors and the pretty stencil. I think a simple layout is just what it needs!

Ruth said...

What a fab way to show off your Brusho panel. It really is scrummy! I am off to look up this Mod Podge dimensional stuff. I have the basic stuff which is handy for covering things in a seal. I have no idea what the insect is, nor do I really want to. It is amazing, but also slightly creepy. I am not a creepy crawly fan! Xx

Em Louise Fairley said...

Gorgeous CAS card, as always, Darnell. Love the hint of gloss on the sentiment.
Hugs,
Em xxx

Pat said...

Another bright and beautiful Brusho paper towel piece Darnell and the large glossy sentiment suits it perfectly and two layers of foam gives it great dimension. Jane is right, definitely a robber fly and that close up is fantastic. Although I am not a lover of creepy crawlies nature is wonderful. x

Joyce said...

What a cool effect from those Brushos. Love how you have your sentiment on the die cut diagonal. And, eek--don't know what that bug is, but PLEASE keep it away from me!!

Patti said...

I can't identify the bug but I can identify a FANTABULOUS card when I see it!! Wonderful background Darnell!! Do "they" ever catch you hugging your Brushos? I think I would if I had that amazing product!

Patti

conil said...

So glad you used this gorgeous stenciled background...and thing the way you used it, simply, with the diagonal sentiment for interest, is perfect. Doesn't need anything because of all that delicious and glorious color.
Have no idea what kind of bug that is. Probably has a long, drawn out name like Fayetteville Zebra Striped Hump Backed Sap Sucking Cicada, or something just as ridiculous, poor little thing.

Jenny L said...

Hi Darnell,
such a very super brushos background to this card.
It looks very lovely and vibrant.
Great designing as always, and the words really pop as well.
Love abd big hugs from my house to yours.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Jean said...

This is gorgeous!

Shelly said...

Super awesome card!!
Wish I could help out with the creature, though I can't think of what it would be. ;)

Cathy said...

Gorgeous card Darnell, love this brusho panel it's so colourful! The Card Concept has a rainbow colour challenge on just now, they have a great pic for inspiration :) Cathy x

Linda Harris said...

Love the brightness of your card, gives me a warm happy feeling.

Verna Angerhofer said...

Awesome use of the paper toweling. And, great colors too!

Donna said...

Absolutely stunning card Darnell! Like the bright cheery colors and it is perfect for the sketch!

Catchy Sketch said...

Your card is fantastic! Love this rainbow of colors and they definitely work together!

And this insect is Asilidae or Robber fly. We've seen one this summer here, in California, it was really huge and caught a dragonfly for lunch. Honestly, I was scared of it.

Sharon Underwood said...

Gotta love the pretty colors of Brusho! What part of NC does your sister live? Is it close to Wilmington? Haven't seen that insect before, but is it possible it has another bug on top of it?

frommycraftroom said...

What a gorgeous unique piece. Love how you created a card from it.

KT Fit Kitty said...

Such a gorgeous card, Darnell! Love the gorgeous colours! That is a cool fly photo too! I find insects fascinating too! We get some very strange moths here.

Bonnie said...

Love this bright, rainbow hued card! Great idea to split it and add that shiny sediment! That is certainly not one of our prettier bugs!

Lisa said...

Cool card Darnell!! This hairy mask wearing backpack carrying bug might not be harmful to humans, but I wouldn't want to meet one face to face!!

Bobby said...

I love the colors on this card and the way they meld. See you've found a way to add a sentiment without covering up the Brusho art.

Birgit said...

That's a yucky bug. I do like your card and I think it is really pretty and love the rainbow effects

Cheryl W. said...

Awesome card, Darnell! I think it looks great with no further embellishment. The bright colors of the Brushos add enough colorful interest, me thinks.

sandie said...

Beautiful brusho delight. Thanks for joining The Card Concept

Stamps and Paper said...

Love your rainbow card Darnell...that bug doesn't look nice at all

Anne

Susanne Vargas said...

Yes, I love colors and feel personally addressed by your greeting! This card is real eye candy and doesn't need anything else but this gorgeous background cut at an angle with the die cut word. Not too simple at all, my dear!

Sybrina K said...

Darnell, This is one gorgeous background and a fabulous sketch interpretation!!!

Redanne said...

Oh, loving the rainbow of colours on your beautiful Brusho card! Nice bug too, glad you got it identified. Hugs, Annie xx

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Great close up photo of the bug. I don't really want to see one say on me, but a photo is fine. Your cards is awesome and perfect the way it is. You were so right to stop in the name of love... I mean stop before it got too cluttered up. Perfect is a perfect does or something like that.

Cat Craig said...

Love the split panel, and that bug is rather handsome.

Gay Peplow said...

Hi Darnell, Fabulous card again my friend, you short and sweet? really LOL I have never seen a Robber Fly, thanks for the heads up, I'll recognise it now:D Always a great read love to visit you Hugs Gay xx

Brenda in IN said...

What a unique card this i. I love the bright colors and sometimes simple is best. It has it's own look and shine and is so pretty. As for bugs, I'm not a fan. I hope it doesn't want to come here and rob us.

MaryH said...

Am so loving these brusho towel blotting backgrounds, and splitting the design as you've done, super effective. It didn't need One Other Thing to show off the gorgeousness! Love these hot bright colors too. TFS & Hugs.

Jen W. said...

I am swooning over this. I LOVE the rainbow stenciled colours - so so pretty! I am definitely going to have to try this technique. LOVE LOVE LOVE!

Kara Lynne said...

Amazing how you got those bright colors to blend without getting muddy! Beautiful, Darnell! That sketch was a great way to highlight this beauty!

Julee (Vervegirl) said...

Oh, how pretty. Love that amazing stenciled background. So glad you could join us for the Card Concept challenge.

Loll said...

LOVE the bright rainbow of Brushos Dolly! Such a pretty and fun card. Great idea with the split ... and the shine on the die-cut sentiment is awesome. Lolly xx

Julia Dunnit said...

Fascinating about the fly, ugh. Really lovely way to use the brushos, I do love the way you build up the texts and use the negatives of the die cuts, I must learn from you. I sit at your feet. And now, I want brushos and all this time I thought I didn't. !!!

Lia said...

Darnell, this is a very special creation. I love the way you used the colours!
Lia xx

Jen Timko said...

Oh that Brusho!! What fabulousness!! And how clever to add the shine to your sentiment. Your post just made my day....thanks for the smile. (except for the bad bug....because he was super cool until he was bad) So glad you joined us at The Card Concept!

Anita in France said...

Luscious rainbow goodness, Darnell ... your scrumptious panel is perfect with that wonderefully puffed up, shiny, dimensional, die cut sentiment! Great photo of the bad bug ... don't recall seeing anything like that round here ... must be shy! LYAMYHMACTDUTLH! Hugs & bisous, Anita :)

cm said...

You and your Brushos appear to me have much lust with one another; this card is absolutely stellar with its vibrant colours and cool 'split'! Your bug....ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! That is all!
Hugs~c

Karen P said...

Your Brusho creations are making my fingers itch to play with mine again, will try to make some time this week. It may be an embarrassing design but it works perfectly clever lady Karen x

Craftychris said...

Fabulous Brusho panel! Awesome colours. I have learnt something too, I have not heard of that naughty insect before! xxx

Isabelle Siry said...

WOW Darnell it is so beautiful ! I just had a look on the internet to see what Brusho was. I didn't know about those pigments, and now I understand better how you enjoyed to work with them. Oh no ! Another thing I'd like to try and which goes on my wish list (already as tall as my arm !) That's what I love when I read all the blogs, I always discover new artist, gorgeous creations and new techniques ! It's an endless experience ! Thanks for sharing with us ! Hugs.
Izzy Scrap

Lilian YF said...

Fabulous card! Love it!
Thank you for joining us at The Card Concept!
Lilian
The Leaf Studio

Lisa Tilson said...

What a great brusho card Darnell - it's making me want to reach for my brusho and stencils - I LOVE stencils, and I enjoy playing with brusho - thank you for the inspiration. Gorgeous colours in this panel *swoon*. I am ignoring the insect bit as I don't like them. lol. Lisa xx

Marybeth said...

I love this one, I must have seen it on FB never know where I leave comments these days,Instagram,FB or blog! Love the colors on this neat textured card!