Big Word Thanks, Brutus Monroe, Conservatory of Quotes, Distress Oxides, Florals, Stampendous, Water Colored Cards

Unity/Brutus Monroe CopyCat!

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This strikingly beautiful card was shared yesterday by Unity Stamps on the Stamping Life Facebook page and I was immediately captivated!  I love strong color and just love this card, so had to make a copycat!!  The card above was made with the newest release by the dynamic duo of Brutus Monroe and Unity Stamps, called Botanical Background and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!  But let’s talk about how I copied it!  
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For my card, I used a Brutus Monroe favorite, Conservatory of Quotes to create my black and white roses background, heat-embossed in black onto a panel of water color card stock.  Then I got out my Zig markers, Mustard and Yellow and began to fill in the space between the images.  I scribbled one section at a time with Mustard, then went over it with Yellow; a wash of water from my waterbrush softened and blended the two colors.  As you can see, my image didn’t stamp out completely, but I knew I could cover that section up!  
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I decided to make another card using shades of Aqua but the ink didn’t blend or flow as evenly, even with the addition of water!  The panel on the right was my first attempt and the one on the left wasn’t any better!  I set those aside to try another color!  
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For this panel, I used Yellow Green and Mid Green, beginning with the darker color next to the image, then blending out with Yellow Green, and finally, softening again with water.  I’m not sure why the aqua inks didn’t blend out but I was happy this one did!  
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The last color I did was purple; again, the colors didn’t blend as well as the yellow and green, but I like the texture of this one!  I used Purple and Light Violet then used my water brush to soften the ink.  
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Here is my finished CopyCat card in yellow!  The sentiment is from Brutus Monroe’s Super Sentimental set which has a great variety of sayings!  I trimmed down my watercolored panel with Stitched Rectangle dies, then adhered it to a panel of white, and then to a black base card.  
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The sentiment was heat-embossed with Alabaster embossing powder onto a strip of black then  adhered to a strip of vellum for accent.  
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I don’t love this one, but it’s still quite nice!  I die-cut the panel again with Stitched Rectangle dies, then mounted it to a white card base.  A strip of vellum enhances the die-cut sentiment.  
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For this version, I die-cut the image with Stitched Circles, then mounted it to an off-white base card which I’d embossed with a Large Dot embossing folder.  I stamped “Hello Beautiful” from Brutus Monroe’s Super Sentimental set and heat-set it with Alabaster embossing powder on a scrap of black card stock then attached it to the card front with a bit of foam tape for lift.  
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Remember those aqua panels which didn’t work out so well?  I retrieved one of them by cutting it down with a Stitched Circle die then sponged Peacock Feathers distress oxide ink around the edges.  I had this embossed panel in my stash which I’d made using Tim Holtz’ Botanical 3D Texture Fades embossing folder.  I love the white on white effect and then the pop of aqua!  I recently bought this die “Fabulous” and love how it looks! The “YOU ARE” stamp is from Stampendous Big Words Thanks; the sentiment was actually “hope you are having a great day” so I taped off the words I didn’t need, inked it up with Versamark then removed the tape and heat-embossed it with Alabaster powder.  I trimmed it down and adhered it to my panel.  I had a lot of fun creating this series of CopyCat cards and I hope you enjoyed reading about the process!  I appreciate your visit!  
Break The Rules, Brutus Monroe, Distress Oxides, Florals, Gina Marie Designs, Petal Lace Embossing Folder, Stitched Oval Dies, Tim Holtz

Anatomy of 100 Cards!

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I recently received a request for 100 of a particular card in my etsy shop!  My customer is the founder of You Matter!  which is a monthly subscription box to encourage young people who struggle to find their place in this world.  January’s box is music themed and she felt my card would be a nice addition!  I haven’t done a large card order in quite some time, so I jumped right in and got busy!  Be warned!  This post is picture heavy!  My first photo shows a number of the black base cards upon which I stamped my logo in white pigment ink.  I purchased it from Hello World etsy shop last year and just love it!

 

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Here I’ve gathered my beginning pieces to assemble the card; the larger white stack on the left is 4 X 6 index cards which I trimmed down to 4 X 5 1/4″ and will form the white border around my central image.  The second stack of white is card stock cut to a quarter inch smaller than the border panel.  This is the piece which I’ll emboss with my Brutus Monroe folder called Petal Lace using Fossilized Amber distress oxide ink.  I die-cut my ovals using Gina Marie Designs Stitched Oval dies.

 

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Thankfully I was able to cut two ovals at a time, which saved me some elbow grease with the Cuttlebug!  I stamped the sentiment from Brutus Monroe’s set called Break The Rules using Versafine Onyx Black ink.
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I colored in the little microphone using a gray Copic marker then…

 

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…lightly stamped the music notes onto the ovals.
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This is the faux Letterpress technique and it’s so pretty!  I rubbed my ink pad all over the flat side of the embossing folder then ran it through my Cuttlebug.  Unfortunately, this had to be done 100 times as I could only do one at a time!  UGH!
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But look how cool it is!
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I sure was happy to finish that step and adding more of the musical notes onto 100 panels went fairly quickly!  I realized when I was done that the original card in my etsy shop only had the notes inked down one side!  Oh well!
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Back to the ovals!  I decided to add a bit of Glossy Accents glue to the microphone for a little additional detail.
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At this point, I quit for the night and left them to dry!
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I ran out of my Glue Glider Pro tape so tried using Elmer’s Glue stick to attach the inside panel; I didn’t love it but it was the best I could do at this point!
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Today I was thrilled to get my tape runner refills in the mail!  Thank goodness!  😀  I have a monthly subscription through Amazon and it’s half the price of buying them at a retail store!  I love this tape runner because it’s lightweight and the perfect size to work with!  Here’s a link to Amazon for them.  I zipped right through this step of adhering my embossed panels and ovals to the fronts of the cards!
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At last!!  Finished!!  I packed 100 cards and coordinating envelopes into a sturdy card box, stuffed bubble wrap in the gaps and covered with tissue paper to make it look prettier!
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One of my favorite thank you cards went on the top and expresses my gratitude for the order and her support of my work!
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And here’s one of the finished cards!  I hope that each person who receives this will feel special and sense the love that went into the creating of it!  Be sure to check out the You Matter! website and if you know of a young person who would benefit from such a meaningful gift, please subscribe!  Thank you for staying with me to the end of this time-worthy project!

 

Christmas, Florals, Jumbo Pointsettia, Kuretake Gansai Tambi Water Color Paint, Stampendous

Poinsettias on Canvas

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I don’t really consider myself an “artist” per se and I can’t draw to save my life so creating beautiful art with rubber stamps is what I do instead!  I found these little 4 X 6 canvases at the Dollar Tree and bought a bunch to play with!  They’re the perfect size for my favorite Jumbo Poinsettia stamp by Stampendous!  Sadly, it’s long retired, so you have to hunt it down on ebay or etsy.  I’ve created a series of these to sell at the holiday craft fairs this season!  I especially love the lavender and yellow background of this one!  I coated the canvas with a layer of white craft paint which made a smoother surface to work on, and heat-embossed the image in black. I used my Gansai Tambi watercolor paints to do all of these.
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I actually painted this one first and I forgot to cover the surface with white craft paint first but it still worked!  I do rather like the texture!  Of course, I had to add black and white paint spatters!
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I love the dark background on this canvas and how it makes the red blossom really stand out!  I used a white Posca paint pen to add highlights.
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Another gorgeous red poinsettia, this time on a soft golden background.

 

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This was the last canvas I painted for the craft show; I decided to try painting a white blossom which of course, is more than just white!  In hind sight, perhaps it’d be more true to life if I’d had a photograph in front of me to copy!  I’m happy with it anyway and will be interested to see if these sell at the craft show!  Thank you so much for visiting!

 


I’ve created this tutorial to help show you how I created this beautiful canvas. Be warned! I am super comfortable in the world of stamping, but this is only my second Video Creation, so please be patient with me!

 

 

Christmas, Distress Oxides, Florals, Holiday Birds Stamps and Dies, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Merry Words, Pointsettia Collage, Stampendous, Tim Holtz, Water Colored Cards

Stampendous Holiday Birds

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Do you love birds?  Do you love to stamp and color birds?  Then you’ll love this set!  It’s called Holiday Birds Cling Stamps & Dies by Stampendous and it’s just beautiful!  I’m always drawn to realistic images and these were a joy to color and create with!  
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I began by inking up the fabulous Pointsettia Collage stamp (by Stampendous too!) with Forest Moss distress oxide ink, spritzed the stamp with a mist of water then stamped it onto a panel of Bristol Smooth card stock.  I set it aside to dry and stamped out both bird images onto another piece of Bristol Smooth and heat-embossed them in gold.  
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I loved coloring them with my Zig markers, using a water brush to move and blend the ink.  After coloring the image, I cut them out with the convenient dies!  
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To construct this card, I wrapped a length of gold ribbon around the watercolored background panel and taped it down on the back.  I sponged more Forest Moss oxide ink around the edges then attached it to my base card of olive green.  On a scrap of olive card stock, I heat-embossed the sentiment (from Stampendous Merry Words Clear stamps) and then die-cut the glittery pine needles from a Gina Marie Designs die.  I tucked the pine needles behind the bird then attached it to the ribbon with a couple pieces of foam tape.  The sentiment was adhered just below the Merry Christmas sentiment which is part of the background stamp!  
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This card was done exactly the same way except I used the little wren instead of the cardinal.  I think they’re both very festive and may tuck these away for personal use!  Thank you so much for visiting!  🙂  
Christmas, Distress Oxides, Florals, Pointsettia Collage, Tim Holtz, Water Colored Cards

Pointsettia’s in Watercolor

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I know!  I know!  MORE pointsettia’s, you say?!  Who wouldn’t want to create beautiful cards all day with the amazing Stampendous images?!  I fussed around a bit more to make this card and think it’s just beautiful!  Here’s what I did!  As usual, I began with a panel of Bristol Smooth card stock and embossed the Stampendous Pointsettia Collage using Brutus Monroe’s November Embossing Powder of the Month called Golden Gourd; it’s not gold, but a pretty light coppery color!  I embossed the image again onto an extra piece of Bristol Smooth so I could paint it and cut it out.
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Before doing that though, I created my background by smooshing some Fossilized Amber and Cracked Pistachio distress oxide inks onto my craft mat, then spritzed with water and tapped my panel into the ink, shifting the card stock to place the color where I wanted it.  Isn’t it so pretty?!
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I painted my blossoms with Gansai Tambi watercolor paints, adding dark red and dark pink, drying between layers for depth of color.  When they were dry, I fussy-cut them out and attached them to my background panel with a little glue.  The final touch was to add some micro-beads to the flower centers then place a few sequins around the background for accent.
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To finish my card, I cut the background down using Stitched Rectangle dies, then attached it to a layer of textured gold card stock, then to a white card base.  I stamped the envelope using the pointsettia from Tim Holtz’ Mini Holidays stamp set and Greetings is from Penny Black’s Believe set which is all Christmas sentiments.  I have so many other holiday stamps so I guess I should set aside my pointsettia’s till next year!  Thank you for your visit; I so appreciate you!

 

Aqua Pigments, Brutus Monroe, Christmas, Christmas Eve Embossing Powder, Create A Pointsettia, Florals, Stampendous, Water Colored Cards

Christmas Eve Pointsettia

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Isn’t this just beautiful?!  If you look closely, you’ll see that the embossing powder has glitter in it!  I received a container of Brutus Monroe’s Embossing Powder of the Month called Christmas Eve and it’s absolutely gorgeous!  A beautiful deep red powder with bits of golden glitter!  Naturally, I had to use my newest Stampendous stamp, Create A Pointsettia!
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As always, I began with a piece of Bristol Smooth card stock and stamped out the image with Versamark, then heat-set it with Christmas Eve embossing powder.  Using my Aqua Pigment watercolor inks, I began to paint, adding layers and layers of color!  I used just Red, Blue and Yellow, mixing colors to get the perfect shades.
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When the panel was complete and dried, I spattered droplets of water to get the cool reactive pattern which you can really see on the blue background!  I left the larger berries white but filled in the smaller ones with Gold Nuvo Drops.
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My final step was to trim down the watercolor panel with Stitched Oval dies, then cut a larger oval of Glitterstock and adhered the two together.  I mounted them to a simple off-white card base and decided to leave it as is, allowing the pointsettia to take center stage!  I just love the added shine of the glitter in the Christmas Eve embossing powder!  I may add a sentiment to the front, or just stamp one to the inside of my card.  Thanks for visiting!