Break The Rules, Brutus Monroe, Distress Oxides, Florals, Gina Marie Designs, Petal Lace Embossing Folder, Stitched Oval Dies, Tim Holtz

Anatomy of 100 Cards!

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I recently received a request for 100 of a particular card in my etsy shop!  My customer is the founder of You Matter!  which is a monthly subscription box to encourage young people who struggle to find their place in this world.  January’s box is music themed and she felt my card would be a nice addition!  I haven’t done a large card order in quite some time, so I jumped right in and got busy!  Be warned!  This post is picture heavy!  My first photo shows a number of the black base cards upon which I stamped my logo in white pigment ink.  I purchased it from Hello World etsy shop last year and just love it!

 

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Here I’ve gathered my beginning pieces to assemble the card; the larger white stack on the left is 4 X 6 index cards which I trimmed down to 4 X 5 1/4″ and will form the white border around my central image.  The second stack of white is card stock cut to a quarter inch smaller than the border panel.  This is the piece which I’ll emboss with my Brutus Monroe folder called Petal Lace using Fossilized Amber distress oxide ink.  I die-cut my ovals using Gina Marie Designs Stitched Oval dies.

 

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Thankfully I was able to cut two ovals at a time, which saved me some elbow grease with the Cuttlebug!  I stamped the sentiment from Brutus Monroe’s set called Break The Rules using Versafine Onyx Black ink.
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I colored in the little microphone using a gray Copic marker then…

 

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…lightly stamped the music notes onto the ovals.
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This is the faux Letterpress technique and it’s so pretty!  I rubbed my ink pad all over the flat side of the embossing folder then ran it through my Cuttlebug.  Unfortunately, this had to be done 100 times as I could only do one at a time!  UGH!
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But look how cool it is!
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I sure was happy to finish that step and adding more of the musical notes onto 100 panels went fairly quickly!  I realized when I was done that the original card in my etsy shop only had the notes inked down one side!  Oh well!
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Back to the ovals!  I decided to add a bit of Glossy Accents glue to the microphone for a little additional detail.
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At this point, I quit for the night and left them to dry!
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I ran out of my Glue Glider Pro tape so tried using Elmer’s Glue stick to attach the inside panel; I didn’t love it but it was the best I could do at this point!
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Today I was thrilled to get my tape runner refills in the mail!  Thank goodness!  😀  I have a monthly subscription through Amazon and it’s half the price of buying them at a retail store!  I love this tape runner because it’s lightweight and the perfect size to work with!  Here’s a link to Amazon for them.  I zipped right through this step of adhering my embossed panels and ovals to the fronts of the cards!
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At last!!  Finished!!  I packed 100 cards and coordinating envelopes into a sturdy card box, stuffed bubble wrap in the gaps and covered with tissue paper to make it look prettier!
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One of my favorite thank you cards went on the top and expresses my gratitude for the order and her support of my work!
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And here’s one of the finished cards!  I hope that each person who receives this will feel special and sense the love that went into the creating of it!  Be sure to check out the You Matter! website and if you know of a young person who would benefit from such a meaningful gift, please subscribe!  Thank you for staying with me to the end of this time-worthy project!

 

Water Colored Cards

I’m An Art Thief!

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I have a Pinterest board called Art=Love and it’s one of my favorites, filled with art and images which speak to my soul and the artistic being inside me.  I was perusing this board yesterday and decided to “steal some art” and make my own versions!  This particular image and style is so striking and I just love it!  It’s a lino print made by the Scottish artist, Bryan Angus; here’s the link to it on his website.  My version is rudimentary and amateur, of course but it made me happy to play with my watercolors and recreate this stunning print.  
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I used a cheap set of watercolor paints on watercolor paper then trimmed it down and mounted it to a base card of white card stock.  It seems a little presumptuous to have put my initials on it, but I DID paint this after all, so I think it’s okay!  
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The next piece of art I “stole” is this fun dandelion painting; here’s the link to it on my Pinterest board and you can follow the links from there to find it’s original artist.  My version is a bit toned down and not as delicate but again, using my inexpensive watercolor paints, I enjoyed the time I spent on it!  
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I used a white gel pen to draw the little wispy thingies!  I was bummed to see that my paint ran under the painters tape and messed up the clean lines around the edges.  
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The third card I painted yesterday is this one; a different style from the others and not nearly as textured and beautiful as the original, done by Karen Margulis with pastels.  Oh, to be a real artist!!!  Basically, I borrowed her general layout and design, then recreated my watercolor creation.  
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I spattered a little black and then white craft paint over my image and mounted it to a white card base.  
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The fourth and final card I “stole” yesterday is this poppies print. The artist is Patty Baker and here’s a link to her original painting via her newsletter.  I appreciate the simple, vertical design, the rich blue background and the pop of red poppies which adorn her painting.  
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My simplified watercolor version doesn’t do hers justice, but my purpose was to spend some time with paint and brushes, rather than rubber stamps and ink.  I had a lovely time “stealing” these wonderful pieces of art and hope that the recipients of my cards will enjoy them!  Now, back to Art=Love to find more treasures!  Thanks for visiting!  
Bister watercolor powders, Brusho Watercolor Powders, Emboss Resist Technique, Mini Weathered Winter, Thank You, Tim Holtz, Water Colored Cards

Flurry of Thanks

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It’s been too long since I’ve posted on my blog but between craft shows and holiday preparations and activities, I haven’t made new cards until now!  Today’s project was to create Thank You cards and I was inspired by an incredibly beautiful card I received from Angelica Conrad of My Love For Paper blog!  Take a peek here!  She used Nuvo Shimmer powders but I don’t own that product so instead, I used my Bister and Brusho watercolor crystals which give the same effect.  
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The process was pretty much the same as Angelica’s;  I heat-embossed the snowflakes from Tim Holtz’ Mini Weathered Winter in white onto a piece of watercolor card stock then spritzed it with a heavy layer of water.  
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I sprinkled on several shades of Bister or Brusho crystals, then spritzed more water to make the color move and blend.  This one is my favorite with shades of purple and aqua!  
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When all my panels were completed, I added the multiple-Thank You stamp which I embossed with white ink and clear powder right over the background.  I like how subtle it is!  
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Wait.  Maybe this one is my favorite with it’s bright rainbow of colors!  😀  A dear stamping friend sent me a package filled with die-cut snowflakes and other goodies recently and I added one to each card, lifting it with a 3D Foam Square for a little added interest.  
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The final touch was to emboss “many thanks” from an old Stampin Up set onto a scrap of black paper with white embossing powder and attach that over the glittery snowflake.  I like the pop of black, don’t you?!  A base card of white completes my card!  These are the first four of a number of Thank You cards I’ll need, so I’ll be back with the next batch soon!  Thanks for visiting!  
Christmas, Create A Pointsettia, Distress Inks, Distress Oxides, Mini Swirly Snowflakes, Snowflake Bigz Die, Stampendous, Tim Holtz

Snowflake Mania!

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Do you have a friend who creates beautiful things and makes you want to have what she has?!  Well, Theresa is that friend of mine and she’s a fabulous card maker!  I love her style of cards and she recently made a bunch using Tim Holtz’ Snowflake Bigz die!  So, you know…I had to have it, found it on ebay and bought it!  Thanks a lot, friend!!  😀  It’s not a thin metal die, but a big chunky one which meant I had to adjust the “sandwich” in my Cuttlebug!  But it’s easy to use and comes with an embossing folder which makes all the snowflake-y lines!  
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For this first card, I cut the snowflake twice, once from snowflake patterned paper and a second one from vellum and then ran them through the Cuttlebug with the embossing folder.  Setting those aside, I used the flip-side of that same patterned paper for my card background.  It has a beautiful snowy scene with trees and I thought it’d look great with the flake!  I adhered that to a base card of blue and heat-embossed the sentiment in silver directly to the panel.  Next, I added some glitter glue to the snowflake for some sparkle and attached a pretty gem in the center.  When that was dry, I glued it onto my card!  Easy as pie!  
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My second card is all a glow with my snowflake cut from gold foil card stock!   Again, I embossed the lines onto it then attached it to a panel of gold and cream patterned paper.  That went over a layer of more gold foil and onto a cream base card.  I heat-embossed the sentiment in gold onto a scrap then layered it onto a scrap of gold. 
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A cream and gold pearl brad completed my gilded snowflake card!  I love how the light shines on the gold!  
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For my third card, I die-cut the snowflake from a piece of rose-colored glitter card stock and set it aside.  I found patterned paper to coordinate and heat-embossed Tim Holtz’ Mini Swirly Snowflakes in silver onto a panel I’d cut to fit my card front.  I also sponged Aged Mahogany distress ink around the edges of the paper AND the snowflake!  
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My sentiment is from Stampendous’ Create A Pointsettia and I also embossed that in silver onto a scrap of white card stock, then sponged more Aged Mahogany around it’s edges!  I adhered the snowflake to the card front then added the sentiment with a bit of foam tape for lift.  
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My final snowflake card is much more subdued and yet is just as beautiful!  Again, patterned paper sets the tone and I just love this one!  I cut the snowflake from a piece of retired Stampin Up paper (no idea of the name!) then sponged Walnut distress ink around the edges.  My background paper also got Walnut around the edges.  I attached it to a white card base then added the snowflake.  
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Instead of a jewel, I thought this sentiment would go beautifully so stamped it with Peacock Feathers distress oxide ink and clear-embossed over it.  I trimmed it down to a little banner and sponged Walnut ink around the edges.  I really love the rich colors here and think that this is actually my favorite of all the cards!  Which one is yours?!  Thanks for visiting!  
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Christmas Past

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 I’ve been a Pinterest junkie for many years and have pinned hundreds of cards to copy!  Today I’d like to share some of my all-time favorite CopyCat Christmas cards from years past!  My first card is a natural beauty; just look at the glow in the center!!  I found THIS card on Pinterest a couple years ago, and ordered the Tim Holtz Great Outdoors set just so I could make it!  And believe me, I have more cards using this set in my Pinterest board to copy!  
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Karen Dunbrook is one of my favorite card artists and I’ve gotten to know her a little through social media lately, but when I found this card of hers a few years ago on Pinterest, I immediately saved it to copy!  I changed it up a little with the addition of die-cut pine needles but I wish I could claim this simple yet striking beauty as my own design!  
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You all know that I’m a huge fan of Stampendous stamps and this is one of the first ones I purchased after seeing THIS card on Pinterest!  I’ve made a number of cards using Christmas Cottage but this is one of my favorites!  Funny to see my old photography!  
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How adorable is this?!  This is Unity Stamp’s Owl Warm-hearted set and I just love how sweet these two are, perched on their little branch!  I don’t often use patterned paper but I like it here!  
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Is it any wonder that I love pointsettia stamps?!  I first discovered Stampendous’ Jumbo Pointsettia via Pinterest with THIS image which grabbed me by the throat!!  It’s a long-retired stamp but I hunted it down a number of years ago and found it on ebay.  I cannot stop making cards with it!!  
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Distress oxide inks are game-changers for me!  I’ve always loved distress inks and the cool effects you get with them, but the oxides velvety finish make my artist heart sing!  I used Stampin Up’s retired Snowflakes set on this card and a sentiment from Penny Black’s Believe set.  Gold glitter card stock is also a favorite!  
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Speaking of gold glitter stock, isn’t this ornate die-cut frame gorgeous?!  I bought it at AC Moore and just love it, paired here with Tim Holtz’ Holiday Greens Mini Thinlets, some distress ink, another sentiment from that Penny Black Believe set and a few golden Nuvo Drops!  
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This sweet image is one I found on Pinterest a couple years ago, resized it to A2 size and printed it out on my computer!  I had recently gotten my first Prismacolor pencils and just loved coloring these adorable little mice!  
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My final favorite CopyCatCard from Christmas’s past is this one featuring the AMAZING Snowy Postcard stamp by, of course, Stampendous!!  I’ve always been drawn to vintage images that are rendered in a realistic manner and Pinterest is overflowing with unbelievable cards made with this stamp!  Here’s one that I’ve saved to my board, and here’s another.  
Christmas, Distress Oxides, Snowflakes, Tim Holtz

Riot of Snowflakes

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It’s a fabulously snowy day here in Vermont today and I was thrilled to get the day off!  The falling flakes are huge and glorious and remind me of the ones I added to these colorful cards last week!  Pinterest is brimming with snowflake cards but this one caught my eye and I just had to copy!  The funny thing is, I meant to use my white pigment ink, and mistakenly grabbed my black instead!  But I LOVE how the flakes look in black, don’t you?!  And I just love this retired set from Stampin Up called Snowflakes!  
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So I began with a piece of Bristol Smooth card stock and laid it onto the distress oxide ink I’d tapped onto my craft mat and spritzed with water.  I started with Fossilized Amber first, then Candied Apple, added Faded Jeans and finally some Wilted Lilac, drying my panel between each addition of color.  I then dusted my panel with my powder pad (so that the embossing ink wouldn’t stick to anything but my stamped images) and then heat-embossed the snowflakes in black!  They’re so striking against that glorious background!  Lastly, I heat-embossed the sentiment in white onto black scraps and mounted them onto the background with a little foam tape.  A layer of white then the black card base completed my card!  
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This is the second card I made using the same techniques.  I used Fossilized Amber, Faded Jeans, and Evergreen Bough and heat-embossed the sentiment in black directly onto my panel!  A black base card finished it off.  
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I never get tired of feasting my eyes on distress oxide backgrounds!!  Tim Holtz, you’re a freaking GENIUS!!!  😀  
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My final card is just as gorgeous as the first two!  For this one I used Candied Apple, Fired Brick, Worn Lipstick and Black Soot oxide inks.  Snowflakes in white and sentiment embossed in black onto the card itself.  How about that border of black on the white base card??!!  LOVE!!  
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I leave you with this final view of my card and send Warm Winter Wishes to you!  I’m deeply grateful  for each one of you who follow me here, comment on my work and continue to support and encourage me!  You make my heart happy!