Altenew, Aqua Pigments, Best Mom, Brutus Monroe, Florals, Surface Inks, Thank You, Water Colored Cards

Watercolor With Aqua Pigments

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It’s blog-hopping time!!  Yippee!!  You probably know by now that Brutus Monroe has come out with a set of watercolor inks called Aqua Pigments!  They’re non-toxic, come in a large 1 fluid ounce bottle with dropper (child proof!) lid and blend beautifully!!  Sadly, I don’t have the full set of twelve but I did buy the primary colors plus black and brown.  For now I can mix them to get more colors and I’ll certainly be adding to my collection soon!  I recently purchased this floral set from Altenew called Best Mom and couldn’t wait to paint it with my Aqua Pigment watercolors!!
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I started with a piece of watercolor paper and heat-embossed my floral spray using Brutus Monroe’s Coffee Grounds embossing powder.  Then the fun began!  In my Tim Holtz ink palette, I mixed the inks to get the varying shades of red, orange and yellow by just combining Red and Yellow pigments.  I filled in the blossoms first, letting them dry before adding another layer of color.
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Then I mixed drops of Blue and Yellow, varying the amounts to achieve the different shades of green for my leaves!  Easy-peasy!  Next, I created the aqua background by filling in the white space around the image with a watery paintbrush first, then made my aqua by mixing mostly Blue pigment and just a touch of Yellow.  I painted on the color with a wet brush, let it dry and then added more or less Blue and Yellow to get the light and dark shades of aqua.  I tapped an inky paintbrush with Yellow around the flowers for a little added texture and then spattered on some black craft paint!  Now I wish I’d added a few white spatters!
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I trimmed my panel down with Stitched Rectangle dies then mounted it to a panel of white upon which I’d stamped the floral spray in Wagon Surface ink.  Finally, a base card of red compliments the water-colored panel as do a few aqua jewels!
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So, what’s with the folded paper?!  After I finished this card, I decided to add the sentiment but I’d already mounted the panel with three strips of foam tape and there wasn’t full support in that section of the card!  So, I folded a piece of paper, stuck it in between two of the foam strips and voila!!  Support!  😀  This very old stamp by Hero Arts is one of my favorites and it was perfect for my card, don’t you think?  Now, here’s the blog hop list so you can see how the others used their Aqua Pigments!                                                                                                                               MARIE
BERINA
JESS
HEATHER
LAUREN
WALESKA
Alcohol Ink, Brutus Monroe, Christmas, Deco Foils, Ranger Alcohol Ink

Inky Ornaments

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I was totally inspired by the unbelievably beautiful ornament cards which my Instagram friend, Karen Janet from Little Blessings blog made recently; her cards took my breath away and I couldn’t wait to try making one myself!  Unfortunately, I don’t have any ornament dies so I had to make do with my Stitched Oval dies instead.  Let me share how I made my card!
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First of all, to create my ornaments, I used my alcohol inks on the back of a piece of Kirkland photo paper, letting the colors swirl and blend.  While the ink was still tacky, I pressed on a sheet of Gold Deco Foil which left behind the beautiful shimmery flecks!  When the ink was completely dry, I cut the shapes with Stitched Oval dies and set them aside to make my background!
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On a panel of black card stock, I heat-embossed in gold the pine branch from Stampin Up’s Ornamental Pine then the stars from their retired set, Winter Wishes.  Before I mounted this panel to a layer of textured gold paper, I punched a hole in the ovals so I could add some gold string.  I attached the larger ornament to the black panel with Thermoweb Sticky Tape Runner, then the smaller one with 3D Foam Squares from Thermoweb to lift it up.  The string was taped down on the back.
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Lastly, I glued a gold sequin to cover the holes on both ornaments and added the sentiment in gold embossing.  I absolutely love Karen’s cards and am thrilled with how mine turned out as well!  I’ll be making more of these, you can be sure!

 

Altenew, Aqua Pigments, Best Mom, Brutus Monroe, Florals, Water Colored Cards

Aqua Pigments = Happiness!

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Hello there!  Our Inspiration Team just had a blog hop featuring Brutus Monroe Aqua Pigments and it makes me so happy to paint and play with them!  I just had to make another card!  Again, I used my new set called Best Mom by Altenew and heat-embossed it twice in gold onto a piece of Bristol Smooth watercolor paper.
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Using just Red, Yellow, Blue and Black, I was able to paint my images, getting a variety of shades  by mixing the colors!  Creating the background is my favorite part, and I basically splashed very watered down Black all around the blossoms then spattered on droplets of water and more watery black ink!
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My die-cut Grateful is from AC Moore and I glued together three of them to get the height, then mounted it to a strip of vellum upon which I’d stamped out an old PSX script stamp in Raven Detail ink.  In retrospect, perhaps that would be prettier embossed in gold like the flowers!  Oh well!  Next time!
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I trimmed down my panel with Stitched Rectangle dies, then attached it to a layer of white and finally to a base card of Wagon card stock.  I’m happy with how my card turned out and hope that you’ve checked out the Aqua Pigments for yourself!  They’re big, beautiful bottles of happiness!
Baroque Background, Birthday, Brutus Monroe, Distress Oxides, Florals, Tim Holtz

Emboss Like A Boss!

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 Did you know Brutus Monroe has an Embossing Powder of The Month Club?!  Here’s how it works:  If you sign up for the Embossing Powder club, you will receive a unique, limited edition powder once each month.  IF there are any powders left over from the subscriptions, they will be sold in store until gone.  Also, everyone that SUBSCRIBES to ANY of the subscriptions (Stamp Club, Inspiration Box, EP), will also receive 15% off on every in store purchase at any time.
 This is ONLY if you subscribe!  That’s quite a deal!  I hope you take advantage of it!                  Now, on to my card!  On a piece of Bristol Smooth card stock which I dusted thoroughly with my anti-static powder, I stamped out the beautiful Baroque background stamp with Versamark, then heat-embossed it with rich, dark Coffee Grounds embossing powder from September’s Club.  I tapped out several distress oxide inks (Fossilized Amber, Carved Pumpkin, Fired Brick and Bundled Sage) onto my craft mat, spritzed with water, then pressed my embossed background into the watery ink, moving it around to distribute the colors, drying between each one.
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When I was satisfied with that, I set it aside to work on my sentiment die.  I cut it from  Macchiato card stock, which is beautifully heavy and luxurious! I then outlined each letter with Craft Glue and sprinkled on copper glitter.  It took several tries to get the glue to completely cover the letters, and several attempts to cover the glue with my copper glitter!   I’m bummed that it still didn’t quite cover every bit and it smudged a little onto my vellum panel.  GAH!  May I just say that my table and floor is covered though!!  😀
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I was too invested in this card to start over so I carried on!  After trimming down my background I then added a smaller layer of vellum.  I attached it with Thermoweb Sticky Strip Runner then adhered my sentiment onto it, again using Brutus Monroe’s Craft Glue.  Finally, a card base of Macchiato finished my card!
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Despite my messy glitter adventure, I still love this card and in real life, it’s absolutely stunning! Let’s take a peek at the other’s embossed wonders!!                                                                              MARIE   JESS   LAUREN   BERINA   WALESKA    HEATHER B.  
Brutus Monroe, Copics, Halloween Cards, Pumpkin Faces, Scare Crows

Pumpkin Pile

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Welcome back, friends!  I’m sharing another Halloween card which I made with Brutus Monroe’s Pumpkin Faces and a couple images from Scare Crows!  The two sets pair beautifully and I had so much fun creating this!  I began by stamping the top pumpkin first, then masked in order to stamp the next one, and so on.  Before I stamped the bottom pumpkin, I added the fence from Scare Crows, then masked that so I could pop the big ol’ punkin behind it!
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My next step was to heat-emboss the faces onto each pumpkin before coloring them with Copics.  I used the masks again to cover each one so that I could add the pale blue background with a soft makeup brush.  I also heat embossed in black the sentiment from Scare Crows directly to my panel.
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I stamped the cute little crow from Scare Crows onto the fence, then drew in some grass and flowers for a little extra interest.  When my panel was completely colored, I  spattered on some orange and black ink; the black actually appears purple so that influenced my choice of patterned paper!  I trimmed down my panel with a Stitched Rectangle die then tilted it slightly sideways onto the paper.  A white card base makes the colors pop!  If you’re interested in a versatile set of pumpkins for  your fall and Halloween cards, consider adding Pumpkin Faces to your stash!

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Brutus Monroe, CTMH Stamps, Dance With Denim, Distress Oxides, Halloween Cards, Stamp of the Month Club, Surface Inks, Tim Holtz

Bite Me!!

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Did you know that Brutus Monroe has a Stamp of the Month Club?  It’s a sweet little deal and if you’re interested in the details, click HERE!  So, how freaking cute is this vampire candy corn??  He’s this month’s image for the Club and we all loved playing with him!  My card involved some masking and stamping but was worth the extra effort!  I began with a piece of Bristol Smooth card stock and stamped my first little vampire then heat-embossed with black.  I created a mask so I could cover him up in order to stamp the second one.  Heat-embossed in black again and so on till I had filled my panel with scary little vampire’s!  In the process, I got a few inky fingerprints on my panel, but knew I’d be covering it with a layer of black ink, so didn’t sweat it!
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Next I pulled out my new Aqua Pigments and did a little color mixing since I don’t have the complete collection.  Mixing colors was easy and I can lighten or deepen my shades by the addition of water or extra ink!  I added shading to the white parts by watering down the tiniest drop of black pigment!
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To fill in my background, I had to cover the top layer of vampire’s with the masks, then using upward strokes with my sponge tool, I added Zest Surface ink to the panel.  I covered most of that with a heavy layer of Black Soot distress oxide ink, then a final layer of Raven Detail ink!
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Next I moved the masks to the bottom row of vampire’s and filled in the space below, again with Black Soot then Raven.  I used a black Zig to deepen the color below the candy corn.  BITE ME was heat-embossed in white over the black.  I enhanced the eyes and teeth with a white gel pen.
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I trimmed down my panel with Stitched Rectangle dies, then mounted it to another panel upon which I’d stamped Dance With Denim in Carved Pumpkin oxide ink!  I like the textured look of it framing my card on a black base card!  Lastly, the Trick or Treat sentiment is from an old CTMH stamp set called Thriller.  This card was pretty fun to make and I loved seeing it emerge!  Now, let’s see what the Inspiration Team has made with their Stamp of The Month!                                   HEATHER      LAUREN     MARIE    JESS

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