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!!
Altenew, Altenew Academy Class, Brutus Monroe, Conservatory of Quotes, Copics, Distress Oxides, Florals, Tim Holtz, Water Colored Cards

Altenew Academy + Brutus Monroe = Awesome!

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I recently purchased an online class from Altenew Academy called One Layer Wonders and it’s been great!  The card I’m featuring here was Day Four- Building A Multi-layered Bouquet and involved some masking, drop shadows, and other fun techniques!  I definitely need to buy a T-ruler so that my hand-drawn frames are even, and I definitely need to work on my shading but this was so much fun!  To create this card, I stamped out Brutus Monroe‘s Conservatory of Quotes arrangement onto a piece of Bristol Smooth paper using their AWESOME Raven Surface ink!  I’ve always used either Memento Tuxedo Black for my Copic-coloring or Versafine Onyx Black for all my other coloring/watercoloring but Brutus Monroe’s Raven does it all!!  And it’s a deep, dark black!  Oooooo….I love that!
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Anyway!  After stamping the image, I “painted” a wash of water all around the blossoms and then using Distress Oxide inks (Iced Spruce/Worn Lipstick/Carved Pumpin/Fossilized Amber) which I’d smooshed onto my craft mat then spritzed with water, I loosely painted swashes of ink all around and over the image, letting the water move the colors.  I let the panel air-dry then added some accents of color with Copic markers.
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When my coloring was finished I decided to put the sentiment into a hand-drawn “label”; first I stamped the sentiment directly onto the panel, drew lines around the perimeters to create the box and colored it in with a black Sharpie.  I then heat-embossed the sentiment over it with white and using my gray Copics, drew “shadows” beneath it to make it appear to be lifted.  Such a cool thing to do!  I also used a Sharpie to draw the frame around the image and added a sprinkling of black jewels.  A pretty patterned paper was attached to a vanilla card base and I mounted my top panel to finish my card.  I’m really looking forward to my next class and will share that project with you soon!
Bouquet For You, Copics, CTMH Stamps, Florals, Stampendous

It’s A Cover Up!

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Oh, how I’m loving my Copic markers!  This beautiful image is actually one small cluster of flowers from A Bouquet For You by Stampendous.  I stamped and masked them several times to fill the space, leaving room for a sentiment.  Alas, when I finished coloring, I noticed that I’d inadvertently left a mark from the yellow marker right in the middle!!  UGH!!
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I was pretty disappointed to have to add something to cover it!  When I posted this on Instagram, I got many great suggestions for ways to fix the “boo-boo” from “glue on a butterfly or a sequin” to “use a sand eraser to remove it” to “fussy-cut the flowers from the panel and mount them onto another base card”, all great ideas!  Sadly, I’d already adhered my panel to the base card with strips of foam tape, so fussy-cutting wasn’t an option without making a mess of my scissors!   I went ahead and stamped my sentiment from CTMH, a retired set I recently bought from a Facebook group.
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As you can see, I did glue on a teensy flower and although it does the trick, it’s not quite the look I was going for!  But in the end, whoever receives this card will never know my “dilemma” and will love it just the way it is!  And I do love the yellow blossom against the white background!
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It’s so great to bring my cards outside and pose them amidst the flowers on our deck; I think the sunshine and greenery add a nice touch to my photos and just enhance the beautiful cards!
Beautiful Flowers, Birthday, Brutus Monroe, Copics, Florals, Gina Marie Designs, Simon Says Stamp, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Super Sentimental, Thank You

Simon Says Stamp’s Beautiful Flowers Doubled!

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Aaaaand, I’m BACK with yet another card using the wonderful Beautiful Flowers by Simon Says Stamp!!  This time in shades of pink on a warm yellow background!  I stamped the image several times on my card stock, arranging the blossoms to form a background.  And then the fun began!  It takes me so long to color with Copics, adding layer upon layer of color, blending, shading, adding more color, doing more blending…it’s so relaxing and so satisfying!
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Unfortunately, my markers occasionally leaked out too much ink and made a blob!!  Argh!!  But I was too committed to stop and start over!  OH well…
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It’s amazing to me how beautiful the backside of Copics coloring is!  I did end up making color copies of both the front and back so I can use them in more cards and not waste this gorgeousness!  😀
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To create this card, I used my Gina Marie Stitched Rectangle dies and cut the panel down then cut a smaller panel from the center.  To make the frame above, I used yet another die (the next size smaller) to cut the center out of the inside die-cut.  Does that make sense?  I attached a piece of white card stock behind the frame after stamping my sentiment and a teeny bit of the Beautiful Flowers stamp.  I had adhered the larger panel to a layer of green then onto a soft yellow base card.  I then popped the frame up with a piece of fun foam.  I really love that beautiful frame on this card!
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I definitely got creative with THIS version!  After cutting my panel down with the Stitched Rectangle die, I also die-cut the center, then cut it down AGAIN, using several sizes of the dies!  I stamped the blossoms all over the white card base in black ink, then layered on my die-cut pieces to form a “window” which features the sentiment from Brutus Monroe‘s Super Sentimental set!  So how’s that for a double whammy?!  🙂
Bootiful Tulips, Brutus Monroe, Copics, Distress Oxides, Florals, Friendship, Spring, Super Sentimental, Technique Tuesday, Tim Holtz

Boots N’ Tulips!

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One of the really fun things about being on social media sites in the stamping world is the card challenges!  This sweet little pair of boots is from  Bootiful Tulips by Technique Tuesday and I colored them up for Kathy Racoosin’s 30 Day Coloring Challenge!   I used my Copic markers in reds, aqua, yellow and greens then cut them out to put into a card.  
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I decided to keep it simple by brushing on Distress Oxide ink in Squeezed Lemonade onto a white card base, using a very soft makeup brush to create a background for the boots.  I then attached the boots with some foam tape and added the cute little sentiment from Brutus Monroe‘s set called Super Sentimental.
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I really enjoyed making this simple, but colorful card!  
Brutus Monroe, Copics, Florals, Friendship, Gina Marie Designs, Penny Black, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Super Sentimental, Sweet Perfume

Copics and Penny Black Sweet Perfume

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I’ve been using my new Copic alcohol markers and learning a little more each time about how they blend.  This image is called Sweet Perfume by Penny Black and after stamping it with gray ink I really enjoyed coloring it with Copics!  
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Part of the fun of coloring these gorgeous flowers is to choose my color scheme!  I decided to leave to leave the smaller blossoms “uncolored” by just adding shades of gray.  I like how they recede into the background and let the larger blooms have the spotlight!  I’m still working on blending and need to add some lighter shades of markers to my collection in order to transition from light to dark more effectively.

 

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Once I finished coloring, I trimmed down my panel with a Gina Marie Designs Stitched Rectangle die, then dug around in my paper stash and found this zig-zag paper which is from a Simon Says Stamp package!  I often save bits from my mail and this piece coordinates perfectly with my card!
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The final touch was to heat-emboss the sentiment from Brutus Monroe‘s set, Super Sentimental (which by the way is SUPER versatile with SO many sentiments!!) onto a scrap of the packaging paper, add a layer of the gray card stock behind it, then lift it with a piece of foam tape and add a little green jewel!  I think the colorful flowers are balanced nicely with the soft gray card stock, don’t you?