Watercolour Backgrounds | Ken Oliver Color Bursts

Hello! Today I have a couple of cards to share that use the Ken Oliver Color Burst powders. Color Bursts are concentrated powders that are meant to be used with water to create fun, unique watercolour effects. They are super fun and super addicting - it's so fun to watch them react when they come in contact with water! ;)

There are a lot of fun ways to use these awesome powders, but for today's post I'm just showing how fun and easy it is to create watercolour backgrounds with them. My first card used the Violet and Ultramarine Blue powders to create a night sky looking background.

I love the colours you get when you mix the blue and purple powders... so bold and vibrant. I actually created this background yesterday using the powders for the first time. I let the piece dry overnight rather than using my heat tool... I love the different looks you get from heat drying it or letting it air dry.

When I played with the Color Bursts the second time I used the Ultramarine Blue powder mixed with the Lemon Yellow to create a bluish green background. I am seriously amazed at how well the colours blend and stay true to colour.... they don't fade at all! 

For this card, I stamped a simple sentiment in black ink and heat embossed it for some shine and dimension. I also added a few black hearts and some clear sequins and silver stickles. I love that the focus of both of the cards is on the awesome watercolour backgrounds.

You can see how I created the backgrounds and the Star card in the video below:

I also have to announce the winner of the July SSS card kit - congrats to Sue McRae!!
Please email me your contact info so we can send you your July card kit! ;)




  1. Stunning backgrounds. Love these powders. Thank you for sharing.

  2. This is just fabulous. And yes, fireworks come to mind. I totally see a 4th of July holiday card using this color burst technique. Your night time background and sentiments work great together.

  3. What a fun video. I loved seeing these powders in action. Thanks for showing us your fabulous cards.