Altenew, Beautiful Day, Brutus Monroe, Copics, Distress Markers, Florals, Glitter Stock, Tim Holtz

Colorful Dots!

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Welcome!  I’d like to share two cards I made this week using a “dots” technique inspired by the amazing Alex Syberia!  I’ve been fascinated by her work and her riotous use of color plus the unique way she incorporates dots into her cards!  You won’t believe your eyes when you check out her blog!  In the meantime, I recently printed off a couple of floral images I found on Pinterest; I resized the image down to fit an A2 card and then just got busy coloring with my Copic markers!  
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Isn’t this floral spray beautiful?!  I enjoyed branching out a little with my colors, trying to loosen up and be more creative!  I opted for muted tones and layered color upon colors.  
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This particular image came with a pale gray background so all I did was use the colorful “pointillism” style which Alex is known for to fill in around the blossoms and leaves.  Isn’t it fun?!  
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Here’s the second card I made, using another floral spray image from Pinterest and a slightly less colorful use of the dots technique.  I began coloring with my Tim Holtz distress markers, Rusty Hinge, Dried Marigold and Tattered Rose for the blossoms and Peacock Feathers, Broken China and Evergreen Bough for the leaves!  
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I wasn’t satisfied with the depth of color from just the distress markers so went over the images again with Copics.  I use so many different Copic markers that I feel it would be too overwhelming to list them all. But the Copics definitely boosted the color!  You can see that I made dots of black, gray, peach and aqua, then added white gel pen dots afterwards.  I also added shading to the leaves and flowers with a pale gray marker.   
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To create the background I added more gray with Hickory and Pumice Stone distress markers and used a water brush to spread it in a lovely watercolor-y manner!  (That buckled my paper a bit as it’s only 110# card stock.)  The next steps were to stamp the beautiful Vintage Note by Stampendous with Pumice distress ink around the main image, then heat-embossed the sentiment (from Altenew’s Beautiful Day set) using Brutus Monroe’s Golden Gourd embossing powder for a perfect match!  I mounted this panel onto a soft gray base card and attached a strip of Tangerine Glitterstock along the edge for a little bit of bling!  Three shimmery sequins were my final touch! 
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I leave you with this very closeup photo of my card, showing off the lovely colors and interesting dots!  I hope you enjoyed this post and my cards, and that you’ll have a look at Alex’s gorgeous creations as well!  
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, Copics, Distress Oxides, Fall/Autumn, Friendship, Meadow Greens, Papertrey Ink, Simple Blend- Circle Stencil, Surface Inks, Tim Holtz

Hello Fall!

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Fall is taking it’s time getting to Vermont as we’ve been enjoying prolonged summer temperatures, but I’m ready for all things “fall”!!  I made another card using Brutus Monroe’s Simple Blend Circle stencil and paired it with Papertrey Ink’s Meadow Greens again!  To make this card, I placed the Circle stencil frame over a piece of watercolor card stock and filled in the center with Zest Surface Ink, making it darker around the edges and lighter in the center.  Next, I stamped some leaves from Meadow Greens using Versamark so I could clear emboss them.  When that was done, I spattered black paint over the panel then heat-embossed in black the “Hello Fall” sentiment directly onto the card.
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I set that aside in order to create my leaves by tapping out Fossilized Amber, Fired Brick and Carved Pumpkin distress oxide inks onto my craft mat, spritzed with water then pressed another piece of watercolor card stock into the ink, drying between colors.  Before I die-cut the leaves from the inked paper, I stamped the pretty script stamp all over the panel.  The little raccoon is from The Greeting Farm and I colored him with Copics then cut him out and mounted him with 3D Foam Squares.  The leaves were folded and attached in the same manner.
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Lastly, I embossed the “you’re my favorite” sentiment onto a strip of black paper then added that as my final touch!  A base card of Terracotta compliments the leaves and sets off the brighter colors beautifully!  BTW, did you notice my awesome new Brutus Monroe watermark??
Brutus Monroe, Copics, Distress Oxides, Florals, Glitter Stock, Thank You, Tim Holtz, Unity Stamps, Water Colored Cards, You Are Forever Beautiful

All That Glitters Is Glitterstock!

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Brutus Monroe is sharing projects made with their glorious GlitterStock and I can’t wait to share mine with you today!  Just look at all that shine!!  There’s just something about glitter card stock that brings a card to the next level of elegance!  I used Gilded which is the perfect weight for die-cutting!  But let me start at the beginning!  To begin my card, I created the background on a piece of watercolor cardstock with Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick and Candied Apple distress oxide inks, smooshed, spritzed and blotted onto my paper.  While it was wet, I sprinkled on some kosher salt, dried it with my heat tool and then brushed off the salt.  The result is a different texture than just spritzing with water.
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Next I heat-embossed in gold the beautiful spray of roses from Unity Stamps called You Are Forever Beautiful, then carefully colored them in with Copic markers.  You should avoid coloring directly over the embossing as it could damage the nibs.  After layering on a number of colors I trimmed my panel down and added a layer of Gilded Glitterstock behind it to frame it.
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I bought this ornate frame die from AC Moore and cut it from another piece of Gilded, and added an oval of white cardstock to the center, upon which I’d stamped my script stamp in gold ink, then heat-embossed the pretty little sentiment from Stampin Up.  I attached the frame with All Purpose Craft glue and then adhered the panel to a white card base.  I have the amazing Sampler Pack with lots of luscious colors and can’t wait to play with them!  I hope you take a minute to see all the glittery goodness at Brutus Monroe and check out what Marie,  Berina and  Heather B. (our current guest designer!) have made for the blog!
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!

 

Brutus Monroe, Copics, Deco Foils, Designer Toner Sheets, Dies & Die-cutting, Distress Oxides, Emboss Resist Technique, Friendship, Gina Marie Designs, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Stitched Circle Dies, Surface Inks, Tim Holtz

One Martini, Two Martini’s

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It’s Wednesday and we’re back with some great projects using Clear Toner Sheets!  I used mine as an overlay this time for not one, but TWO cards!  Now, I’m not a martini lover but when I made this fun background using Brutus Monroe’s Paint Spots stencil and distress oxide inks, the shape and colors made me think of martini’s!  I just happen to have Unity Stamps I Like It Dirty stamp set and pulled that out to play!  But first, let me tell you how I made the background ; on a panel of watercolor cardstock, I taped down my stencil then sponged over it with Pistachio oxide ink, shifted the stencil, added Squeezed Lemonade then shifted the stencil again and finished with Picked Raspberry!  Voila!
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For the main image, I stamped out the martini glass onto a die-cut circle of cardstock using Raven Detail Ink, then colored it with Zig markers.  Next, I added a layer of Crystal Effects glue over the glass to give it shine!  I stamped out the funny sentiment onto a scrap of paper, trimmed it down and mounted it with a bit of foam tape.
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To assemble my card, I trimmed down the Coffee Rings toner sheet to fit my card front and attached it to the dotted background with four pink brads.  I then adhered it to my black card base and mounted the big circle to that with another circle of fun foam.  I am so tickled with how this card came out!  Almost makes me want a martini!  😀
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How freaking cute is this?!  After I completed the card above, I decided to make another background using the Paint Spots stencil!  You can’t see much of this one, but here’s how I did it.  On a panel of watercolor cardstock, I again taped my stencil down and sponged on Twisted Citron oxide ink, shifted the stencil, added Worn Lipstick and finally another layer of Squeezed Lemonade.  I love the look of Emboss Resist so shifted my stencil one more time and using a sponge dauber with Versamark ink, I filled in the spaces.  I heat-embossed them with clear  powder and the end result was a layer of shiny spots!  Next, I heavily sponged Black Soot oxide over the whole panel, then rubbed it off the embossed dots with a paper towel.  I die-cut the panel with a stitched circle die and set it aside.
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On another die-cut circle of white card stock, I stamped the martini glass again but this time colored with Copics!  I added some stippled dots around the glass with assorted shades of pink for a little visual interest.  I stamped the sentiment directly onto the image.  An olive green card base was embossed with a large dots folder, then I die-cut that into a larger circle, keeping one edge flat on the fold.
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I ran the Coffee Rings Toner Sheet through the Cuttlebug with the smaller circle die and stapled it to the martini glass circle!  As you can see, I layered them all together, attaching the layers with adhesive.  Finally, I added little pink and green ribbons to the staples for one more detail!  Phew!  This sounds like it was a lot of work, but it actually took me about half an hour to make, total!  I had so much fun making these two cards, and think the Toner Sheet adds a really great dimension!  But, just wait till you see what Marie, Berina, and Waleska have made!  We’re all going a bit crazy with the new stuff at Brutus Monroe!!