Bister watercolor powders, Cling Garden Mum, Distress Inks, Emboss Resist Technique, Florals, Friendship, Stenciled Cards, Water Colored Cards

Stampendous Cling Garden Mum

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I wasn’t planning to write a blog post about this card- okay, actually, it never occurred to me to write a post!  I just pulled out this gorgeous new stamp set by Stampendous and went crazy with it!  But someone requested a post to describe how I made this so here I am!  I’ll try to remember to at least snap some photos of the process the next time I make a card!  But for today I’ll just explain my process!
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The name of this set is Cling Garden Mum and it comes with a beautiful flourish stencil and some gorgeous samples depicted on the back of the packaging!  I was so inspired by the samples!  To begin my card, I taped the stencil to a panel of watercolor card stock and sponged on Broken China distress oxide ink.  The next step was to heat emboss the giant mum directly to the stenciled panel using black embossing powder.  I decided to use my Bister watercolor powders to fill in the blossom; the depth of color is determined by how much powder and how much water you add!  I tried to create shading with the use of both!  
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When the flower was colored in I decided to add the row of flourishes down the right side; to do that, I stamped them in Versamark then heat set them with clear embossing powder.  I then sponged a layer of Black Soot distress ink over the whole panel, trying to stay away from the blossom.  This, of course, made those flourishes pop!  If you look at the top left you’ll see where I stamped on a scripty stamp using a little water then removed the dampness with paper towel.  This left a faint impression for yet another detail!  
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My card looks far more complicated than it actually was!  To finish it off, I trimmed down my watercolor panel and adhered it to a base card of textured aqua card stock then added the sentiment strip.  I like how this pops against the colorful background!  
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I typically keep my inside panel quite basic with a sentiment or a coordinating strip of patterned paper as a band at the bottom, but this time I went all out!  I used Technique Junkies Zinnia’s with Monarch stamp in Hickory distress oxide ink right over the stenciled pattern which I did first!  I heat embossed the sentiment onto a scrap of pink then cut it with a label punch.  I think I can still write a message inside despite all the other stuff going on here!  I had so much fun making this card and hope I’ve inspired you to play with your own stencils and stamps!  Thanks for your visit!  
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!  
Brick Wall Background, Brutus Monroe, Christmas, Distress Inks, Distress Markers, Distress Oxides, Distress Resist Spray, Emboss Resist Technique, Hit The Brick background stamp, Holiday Greens dies, Lunchbag 100lb cover cardstock, Surface Inks, Tim Holtz, Unity Stamps, Water Colored Cards

Cozy Country Christmas

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Can I just say I’m in love??!!  I’ve been playing with my spankin’ new Unity/Brutus Monroe Hit The Brick background stamp and having SO MUCH FUN!!  I have so many ideas of ways to use this one!  Yesterday I laid out three panels of watercolor card stock, then covered my Brick stamp with a heavy layer of Ranger’s Distress Resist Spray and stamped it onto the stock.  The card above is the first one I did, and the spray was so saturated on the stamp that it lost some of it’s detail.  The second one was a better image and the third one was perfect!  BUT!  There was no way I was going to waste this one and here’s what I made!
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So, here are my three panels after stamping out the Hit The Brick background, as mentioned above.  Not a great picture but you get the idea!
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I sponged on these colors: Suede Surface ink, Terracotta Surface ink and Walnut Stain Distress Oxide.  The Resist Spray is VERY resistant so the shiny parts didn’t take the ink very well.
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My finished panel; I didn’t love it but was hopeful I could make something beautiful with it!
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I decided to cut out the center of my panel with Oval Stitched dies and create a “window”~ but what to place in my window?  After trying out several stamps, I settled on this one by Stampendous called Cozy Cottage which I stamped on a separate piece of Bristol Smooth watercolor paper using Gathered Twigs Distress ink.  I then “painted” over the lines with a watery brush to create the soft sepia look and added a little color using Distress Markers.
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Then I realized that this would make a great shaker card!  I’ve only made a few with much angst and frustration, but this one came together beautifully!  I attached a piece of acetate to the backside of the window, then built a wall of foam tape going all around the back of the sponged panel to hold in the “snow” which is actually Ultra Thick Clear Embossing powder!!  I added a few sequins and micro beads as well!  Can you see them?  Anyway, I got all the pieces and parts in the correct order and voila!  A shaker panel!
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I found the perfect patterned paper to attach the panel to, then mounted it to a card base of Brutus Monroe’s Lunchbag card stock!  The final touch was a few sprigs of Tim Holtz’ Holiday Greens holly touched up with a bit of Gathered Twigs distress oxide ink and three little “berries”!   Now, isn’t this a lovely scene framed by that amazing Brick background?!
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Birthday Bears, Brutus Monroe, Distress Oxides, Emboss Resist Technique, Fall/Autumn, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Renee's Leaves, Simple Blend- Circle Stencil, Stenciled Cards, Surface Inks, Tim Holtz, Winnie & Walter

Brutus Monroe Simple Blends

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I’m really getting into making fall cards and this week on Brutus Monroe’s blog the team is sharing projects that feature the handy-dandy Simple Blend Circle stencil!  It comes with the circle cut-out and the frame around it so you can use it both ways!  For my card I used the frame part of it.  Here’s what I did!  To start, I did my usual tapping of distress oxide inks onto my craft mat, spritzed with water and dragged my watercolor cardstock through it, drying between colors.  I used Fired Brick, Carved Pumpkin, Fossilized Amber and a little Aged Mahogany.
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After that I stamped Winnie & Walter’s Renee’s Leaves all over the panel, using Raven Detail ink.  I then spattered some black paint over it all and set it aside to dry.  The cute little bear is from Birthday Bears, and I stamped him on a scrap of watercolor cardstock, colored him with my Zig markers and cut him out.
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Before I attached him to the background panel, I laid the circle frame from Simple Blend-Circle stencil over the corner of the panel and filled in the space with Picket Fence distress oxide ink using a sponge dauber.  When it was dry, I added a layer of Versamark, then clear embossing powder and heat set it.  It created a paler, shiny circle behind my bear!  I ran it through the Cuttlebug with Stitched Rectangle dies to trim it down, then again using a Fall Leaves embossing folder.
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I drew faux stitching around the embossed circle then around a few of the leaves to mimic the “stitched” panel!  After mounting Birthday Bear to the panel with 3D Foam Squares, I attached the whole thing to an off-white card base.   A few fall flowers added the final detail along with black embossed sentiment strips!  Let’s see what the Team has made with their Simple Blend stencil!  JESS   MARIE   WALESKA   BERINA  HEATHER B.
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, Brutus Monroe, Crown Blooms, Distress Inks, Distress Markers, Distress Oxides, Distress Resist Spray, Emboss Resist Technique, Getting There stamp set, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Stenciled Cards, The Great Outdoors, Tim Holtz, Water Colored Cards

Tim Holtz Distress Resist Spray Backgrounds

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I thought I’d share a little of my creative process with you in this post!  Above are many backgrounds I created using Tim Holtz’ Distress Resist Spray which I received in my Simon Say’s Stamp June Card kit!  I finally tried it out and ended up with these!  Basically, I laid a stencil onto each piece of card stock, sprayed the Resist Spray over it, removed the stencil and let the paper dry; the spray acts just like heat-embossing and we all know how much fun that is!  The really fun part was to choose my color combinations for each panel and then let it “speak” to me in regards to which stamps to use and how to design the cards!
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I LOVE this one!!  I’m partial to a gray & yellow combination, and I love how that black got onto this panel!  (I’m not actually sure how that happened!)  I used Fossilized Amber, Iced Spruce and a little Black Soot distress oxide inks to sponge the color on.  
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Speaking of Tim Holtz (I mentioned the oxide inks, right?!) this is one of my absolute favorite “man” sets and just love this vintage car!  I heat-embossed it in black onto the panel, then over-stamped the other images in more Iced Spruce.  I can’t recall who makes the “let’s get LOST” sentiment, but it’s perfect, isn’t it?!  🙂  A lovely Bazzill textured gray base finished this card!  
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Remember when aqua and brown was all the rage?!  I still love this soothing combination and added some Cracked Pistacio distress oxide ink to Broken China and Walnut Stain.  The resist background was made with a cool script stencil.  
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I pulled out another favorite Tim Holtz set for this card; it’s called The Great Outdoors and has some really wonderful images!  I stamped the wood circle all over a white card base using Walnut Stain, then moved on to create my card.  I tore the resist background in half (now I get to make a second card with the other half!) and sponged more Walnut Stain around the edges.  On a piece of Bristol Smooth card stock, I sponged Antique Linen distress ink all over, then dripped water over it for cool texture.  I stamped the trees in Cracked Pistacio and Walnut and stamped the deer in Walnut too.  I used my Walnut distress marker to darken the deer in the foreground.  More Walnut Stain around the edges!  I heat-embossed the sentiment onto a scrap of textured card stock then adhered it to my card after assembling the other pieces.  
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OH!  Big surprise!  Another Tim Holtz product; a stencil this time!  😀  I first sponged Fired Brick oxide ink at the bottom, then Carved Pumpkin over it and finally, Fossilized Amber at the top.  Those “cool” darkish stains are from my dirty baby wipe as I was wiping the ink off the resist parts!  Happy accident!!  
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I kinda love this “dirty” card!!  The Celebrate You stamp is from Neat & Tangled and I heat-embossed it in black right over my panel, then sponged Black Soot around the edges.  A strip of black & white striped paper accents one edge and I mounted this onto a black base card.  The last detail was to add Nuvo Drops all over and then spatter black paint over it all.  I haven’t done paint-spattering in a while and I miss it!  😉  
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How beautiful is this background?!  My favorite Iced Spruce oxide ink is paired with Shaded Lilac and a touch of Fossilized Amber, all sponged over the cool grid stencil.  That resist spray is SO easy and SO cool!  
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I’ve already written a post about this beautiful card but it needs to be added here!  I used my spankin’ new Altenew set called Crown Blooms ; stamped out the images onto a piece of Bristol Smooth card stock, then colored with my Zig markers.  I fussy-cut the bloom and leaf and layered them over the background where I’d stamped the little floral sprig.  Lastly, the sentiment from Brutus Monroe‘s Super Sentimental set was heat-embossed in white onto a scrap of black, then mounted to the blossom.  A base card of my favorite textured card stock by Bazzill in gray sets this off beautifully!  Now…I have more backgrounds to play with so I’m out!!  Thanks for visiting!