Altenew, Brutus Monroe, Copics, Lunchbag 100lb cover cardstock, Wild Hibiscus

Copics and Colored Cardstock!

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Brutus  Monroe is featuring their cardstock this week and it really IS awesome!  My card for today was made using Lunchbag which is a wonderfully heavy, warm-colored kraft paper.  I tried something new with it today too!  Did you know you can color with Copics on kraft??!!  I didn’t!  But I decided to give it a try and created this card!  My stamps are Wild Hibiscus from Altenew and I stamped, masked and stamped some more till I had an arrangement I liked.
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Then I got busy with my Copics!  I used several shades of red, yellow and purple to add layers of color on each blossom.  The Lunchbag cardstock took the Copic ink well and gave me a warm, muted look.  I used shades of aqua to fill in my background, leaving stroke marks to add a little “texture”.
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This was basically a one-layer card but I decided to lift my sentiment with a piece of Thermoweb 3D Foam Squares after stamping on a scrap of white and layering it onto a scrap of Lunchbag then trimming the ends.  I also brushed a little Broken China distress ink around the edges to coordinate with the background of my card.  Now that I know how well Copics interact with colored cardstock, I’m going to play around with some other colors!  Let’s see…perhaps some of the beautiful blue Sea, Sidewalk, or even Heather!  Brutus Monroe’s cardstocks are high quality, 100 lb cover and a joy to work with!  Go get some!  😀  And don’t forget to check out what Marie, Aletha, Berina and Waleska have created for the Brutus Monroe blog!

 

Altenew, Congratulations, Florals, Gina Marie Designs, Happy Stamp and Cut, Hero Arts, Kuretake, Kuretake Gansai Tambi Water Color Paint, Stitched Oval Dies, Water Colored Cards, Wild Hibiscus

Altenew Wild Hibiscus Take Two!

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I’m constantly inspired by other’s cards and Pinterest is my go-to source for cards to copy!  😀  Check out my Card Inspiration Gallery there!  I love the look of images stamped in black on a white background, so today I created this beautiful card!  Altenew’s Wild Hibiscus set is perfect for this style!  I began by stamping out one of the blossoms with Versafine Onyx Black permanent ink onto a white card base, then set that aside. 
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 For my oval image, I heat-embossed some blossoms and the butterfly using white embossing powder on a piece of Bristol Smooth watercolor paper.  I decided to use my Gansai Tambi watercolors and filled in the background first with a wash of black, then dark blue over it.  I dried it with my heat tool, then filled the blossoms with water so that when I dropped in color, it spread and “bloomed”!  I wasn’t sure about the butterfly, but I do like the pop of green against the other colors! 
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When the whole panel was dry, I spattered on some white and black paint, then added little jewels as an accent.  Using my Gina Marie Designs Stitched Oval dies, I cut the watercolored panel, an oval of black fun foam and a larger oval for the frame.  I adhered the painted panel to the fun foam, then to the black frame oval.  
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Hero Arts Happy Stamp and Cut  was the perfect addition for my sentiment; I cut the word Happy from black fun foam and mounted it onto the panel then stamped the words “for you” below.  I’m so happy with this card!  I love how the colored portion really pops against the black and white!  
Alcohol Ink, Altenew, Florals, Gina Marie Designs, Handwritten Sentiments, Label Love, Ranger Alcohol Ink, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Thank You, Tim Holtz, Wild Hibiscus

Drunken Flowers!

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I’m sharing more alcohol ink prints which I made into cards!  I seem to have a knack for creating colorful, splashy florals!  To achieve the petal formations, I used my new Masters air compressor!  What a difference it makes in moving the ink!  On the back of a 4×6 inch piece of Kirkland photo paper I place a drop of ink down, then add a drop of 91% alcohol and hit it with a shot of air.  I keep doing this repeatedly, using different colors and directing the air as I go and turning the paper.  Layers and layers go into this process with beautiful results.  For this card I cut the panel down with Gina Marie Designs Rectangle dies, then adhered it to a panel of white.  I cut a strip of black and white patterned paper and placed it behind the panel, then mounted it onto a black card base.  Finally, I stamped out the sentiment on a scrap of paper, glued on the little jewels and attached it to the top of the card.  I kinda love it!  🙂  
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This print looks almost 3D, doesn’t it?!  I trimmed it down to a square and attached it to a white card base upon which I’d stamped out one of the images from Altenew’s Wild Hibiscus set.  The sentiment is from Altenew’s Label Love set, heat-embossed with black and mounted on a strip of double-stick foam tape.  
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This is the other half of the print above, mounted on a piece of aqua card stock and then to a piece of chevron patterned paper.  The base card is shimmery aqua card stock which I purchased at A.C. Moore.  I stamped out the sentiment from Wplus9’s Beautiful Bouquet Ranunculus stamp set using Versafine Onyx Black permanent ink and attached it to the card.  
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I’m really enjoying looking at these as I write this post!  The card above was quick and easy to make!  I trimmed down the 4×6 print to fit my card, mounted it to a layer of white card stock, then added a strip of black and white patterned paper along the side.  I then attached it to my white card base.  The sentiment is from Tim Holtz Handwritten Sentiments and I heat-embossed it in white directly onto the inked panel.  It’s important to be very careful not to melt or distort the print with the heat!  
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This final card was a quick one!  I cut the print into three graduated sizes, adhered the sections to a layer of white card stock, then mounted it onto another layer of white, and finally, onto the purple base card.  I had stamped a floral image using Versamark onto the base but very little of it shows.  An old Stampin Up sentiment completes my card!