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Ice Layers and Color Burst

Ice Layers

Hi All,

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As you know, I just recently got the Ken Oliver Color Burst powders and used them on THIS CARD. I got some questions about using them with a stencil and my response was that it wasn’t easy, since the water kept getting under the stencil. I didn’t want to recommend using it with a stencil because of how much difficulty I had with trying to get good results (keeping in mind that I’m more of a clean-style card-maker). I’m careful to recommend techniques that I think are doable by the majority of people.

When I saw these stencils (I have two: Bubbles and Geode), I knew I would need to try them with the Color Bursts. Wow, wow, wow. Seriously impressive stuff. Since I’ve only been using the stencils for a couple of weeks, I can’t report on how long they will last, but I can tell you that they seem to be in the same condition today as when I first opened them. There are several other patterns, if you want to check them out.

I created one watercolor panel and split it over two cards. Here is card #1:

Ice Layers

I really like the white space, as it balances the complexity of the stencil design. Here is a close-up of the beautiful Color Burst results:

Ice Layers

And here is card #2, where I filled the white space with a continuation of the stencil design but a muted gray version:

Ice Layers

I think this design would make a great masculine card. Enjoy the video and let me know if you get these stencils and what you think of them!


Card Measurements:

Element Imperial Metric
Watercolor panel #1, top to bottom tip 4 inches 10.2 cm
Watercolor panel #2, top to bottom left tip 3 1/4 inches 8.3 cm
Watercolor panel #2, top to bottom right tip 1 inch 2.5 cm
Card bases 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches 10.8 x 14 cm


To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.

Ice Layer - Geode
Ice Layer – Geode
Color Burst Powders
Color Burst Powders
Avery Elle Custom Panels Die Set
Avery Elle Custom Panels
Altenew Bejeweled
Altenew Bejeweled
Altenew You Are
Altenew You Are
Simon Says Stamp Fog Ink
SSS Fog Ink
Hero Hues Black
Hero Hues Black
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
Canson Mix Media Paper
Canson Mix Media Paper
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
Sponge Daubers
Sponge Daubers
Thin Paper Tape
Thin Paper Tape
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner
Zig Two-Way Glue Pen
Glue Pen


  1. wrote on March 3rd, 2017 at 5:24 am


    Those colours were really vivid and beautiful and the cards were so striking. I have the same Ken Oliver Color Burst Powders and ordered the Geode and Bubble stencils locally. So I’m really looking forward to trying then out very soon. I’ve used color burst powders with a lot of Tim Holtz stencils and never had any problems. So I’m hopeful that these stencils will be even better,

  2. wrote on March 3rd, 2017 at 5:28 am


    Darlene, I forgot to ask just how long it took you to dry and blot the stencil before you could remove it. You said it took you a long time but was not sure how long that would actually be. Also, could you leave it to dry overnight without helping it along. Or is it necessary to blot and dry it as you did? And did you use the 1 or 2 setting on your heat gun? Thanks for that feedback.

    • wrote on March 3rd, 2017 at 8:18 am

      Darlene DeVries

      The only reason it took so long was because of how much water I sprayed. It was just a couple of minutes probably. I just wanted to point out that I was holding very hot heat to that stencil for an extended period of time. I used the hottest setting on the heat tool. You could let it dry overnight, but I don’t know if that would make it more difficult to peel off the stencil. My experience is that adhesive tends to get stronger as it sits.

      • wrote on March 3rd, 2017 at 2:33 pm


        Thanks Darlene!

  3. wrote on March 3rd, 2017 at 2:05 pm


    Hi Darlene!
    First, let me say how much I enjoy your tutorials. I’ve been following your videos for a few years. I just wanted to mention in order to have less pigment come out of the bottle, tap the colour out instead of shaking it. Just use your index finger and lightly tap it n the bottle. This gives you more control, and allows for less pigment to dispense. I took some classes with Ken Oliver and he showed us this technique. I believe if you check out his videos, he shows you how. I loved these cards, and I’m going to get that stencil! BTW, have you ever watercoloured with the Color Bursts pigments? They are beautiful to use.
    Have an awesome weekend, and thank you for sharing your creativity with us.

    • wrote on March 6th, 2017 at 4:48 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Thanks for the tip, Patricia! I will definitely try lightly tapping it next time. Good idea for watercoloring – I bet it’s easy to get a nice background that way. 🙂

  4. wrote on March 3rd, 2017 at 2:44 pm


    Hello Darlene: I’ve been tempted to buy this pigment powders but, in all the videos I’ve seen of them, it seems to me that a lot of the pigment is totally wasted when they absorb it with paper towels or tissue. The colors are beautiful but, aside of doing water color splashes, I don’t see much use for them. Is there any other technique you can do with this amazing and intense colors?
    Your card is beautiful, the colors you chose are gorgeous and combine beautifully with each other.
    It’s good to know all the other mediums to color, I know that, if I buy a set of this powders they will last me the rest of my life.

    • wrote on March 6th, 2017 at 4:48 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Maria! Patricia suggested watercoloring with them… I may try that soon.

  5. wrote on March 3rd, 2017 at 4:47 pm


    Love these bold cards, Darlene! Can’t get over those colors. I was wondering, if you used repositionable spray adhesive on the back of regular stencils, if they would work with the Color Bursts? I use that on the back of my more detailed stencils, mostly to help keep them in place while ink blending, so the little bits don’t get caught on the blending foam. I don’t wash it off after I use the stencil. I did find, at least one one stencil I have, that it seems to be better to store them on wax paper instead of regular paper. Acetate might work, too. I had a heck of a time getting it off the paper I’d stuck it too for storage–quite a mess! 😛 Anyway, it might be worth trying that with regular plastic stencils & the Color Bursts. Hope you have a great weekend! 🙂 ~ Andrea

    • wrote on March 3rd, 2017 at 5:16 pm

      Carol Mac

      Hi Andrea, I have sprayed a few of my regular TH stencils with temporary adhesive and have found wax paper is the best thing to use too or just stack them on top f each other. I tried CB powders and some did bleed through although I hid it with a sentiment. I regret spraying temporary adhesive on my stencils but can’t figure out what to use to remove it…turpentine maybe? Anyone????

      • wrote on March 3rd, 2017 at 7:16 pm


        Couldn’t you use Goo Gone or Undu?

  6. wrote on March 3rd, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    Carol Mac

    Great card Darlene! Patricia is correct about tapping instead of squeezing the bottle or shaking it over your paper. If you want less water, don’t spray until you have the powder sprinkled around, then spray…you will get the same effect with less drying time. I just bought the second colored set, but to tell you the truth, they are similar so one set would do, in my opinion. Glad you used that stencil…I am definitely going to buy one but wasn’t sure which design…now I know! Thanks! ?

  7. wrote on March 3rd, 2017 at 6:01 pm


    Wow! I’m impressed. Will have to give this a try. I love the colours of these powders and I haven’t used mine for some time. It is day 4 of Autumn today in Australia and we are having heavy rains so what better way to spend the day card making!!! The garden is smiling. Thanks Darlene.

  8. wrote on March 3rd, 2017 at 6:45 pm


    Thank you for showing the stencils and the color burst. I love your cards as they are clean but very colorful.

  9. wrote on March 3rd, 2017 at 10:15 pm


    So pretty, I love the bold colors. I was not sure about the color bursts, as I am more of a CAS crafter, but you have sold me on them!

  10. wrote on March 4th, 2017 at 12:05 pm


    So creative!! And a messy project for you! I have the powders and have not been motivated to use them. Thank you for sharing your creativity and ideas! I get so much out of your videos! Julie L

  11. wrote on March 15th, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Patty Beers

    I did my first attempt and color went under the stencil. I am using Brusho but I assume it works the same way. Not quite sure what I did wrong but I will try again.

    • wrote on March 16th, 2017 at 6:16 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Patty, I would suggest that you really apply pressure to your Ice Layer stencil to make sure it is completely adhered to your cardstock. It it’s lifted just a bit, the water will get in. Let me know how your second attempt goes!

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