Break The Rules, Brutus Monroe, Deco Foils, Distress Inks, Distress Oxides, Gina Marie Designs, Masculine Cards, Mixed Media Cards, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Tim Holtz

Brutus Monroe + Deco Foil = WOW!!

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Welcome back to our Wednesday Inspiration Team’s blog hop!  This week we’re so excited to feature Brutus Monroe‘s new line of Deco Foil products made especially for us!  We all received a box of goodies last week to play with and I admit, I was a bit intimidated at first!  I’ve only worked with the foil on my alcohol ink prints and loved it, but didn’t use Transfer Gel for those.  I had the mistaken idea that I need a heat laminator to use these products together, but thankfully, I was wrong!  Let me tell you about my project!
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I started with a card base of Brutus Monroe’s heavy Lunchbag cardstock, and my Tim Holtz Numbers stencil which I taped to my card front.  I “painted” the Tranfer Gel right over the stencil, being sure to work it into the grooves and then removed my stencil and hit the gel on my card with the heat tool for a minute or so till it was dried but still a bit tacky.   I chose to use the gorgeous red/gold/black foil and laid it over the gelled design, then pressed and rubbed and pressed some more to transfer the foil.  I turned the foil around and did it again, making the lines of the foil go in the opposite direction just for the visual interest.  Next I inked up a sponge with Suede Surface Ink and sponged it all over the card front, then did the same with Wagon ink around the edges, and topped the edges off with a sponging of Raven Detail ink.  I added a light covering of the Raven over the card front to make the stenciled design stand out even more.
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I heat-embossed the sentiment from Break The Rules onto a piece of die-cut cardstock, over-stamped with a Tim Holtz script stamp and sponged a little Suede  in the center and Raven around the edges.  The pointing finger stamp is by Stampabilities.  A layer of die-cut black went beneath to make it stand out.
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I just love how the shiny foil and embossing contrast so well with the grunge!   I popped onto the Brutus Monroe website to see what other foiling items they carry and was shocked to see FOUR pages of all the supplies for this medium!!  I can’t wait to learn more techniques for using it!  Perhaps you’ll discover something new to try or just add to your stash!  Thanks for stopping by!  And be sure to check out the other team members projects!  You’ll find Aletha’s here and Berina’s here , Waleska’s is here and Marie’s is here!  
Brutus Monroe, Gina Marie Designs, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Rustic Balcony, Stitched Oval Dies, Water Colored Cards

Brutus Monroe Rustic Balcony

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Hi there!  It’s Saturday and that means I get to take over the Brutus Monroe blog!!!  (insert evil laugh!!)  😀  Just kidding!  It’s a thrill and an honor to be a part of this amazing team and to share my creations using some pretty awesome stuff!!  Today I’m featuring a smallish stamp called  Rustic Balcony but it packs a classy punch!  I heat-embossed the balcony in black onto a piece of watercolor cardstock then got busy with my Zigs!  It only took a few minutes to watercolor so I moved right on to the next step!  Using a stitched oval set of dies, I cut the watercolored panel first then another larger oval of black.  I decided to feature Tim Holtz’ 3D Textured Impressions Botanical background on my white base card and I think it beautifully sets of the dark, crisp lines of Rustic Balcony!  
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Before mounting the ovals to the base card with some fun foam, I added a couple red brads for accent.  I then heat-embossed the Hello sentiment onto a scrap of black and placed it over the main image.  So quick, so elegant!  
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For my second card, I embossed Rustic Balcony in gold onto a piece of watercolor cardstock and decided not to color it in.  Instead I just sponged some Broken China distress ink around the edges and set it aside to create the rest of my card!  This beautiful laser-cut piece was in my paper stash from a wedding invitation which I of course, saved!  I added another piece of patterned paper to fill out the other side and attached it to a white card base.  The “friend to friend” sentiment is from an old Stampin’ Up set and I embossed that in a row onto a narrow strip of white, and used it to cover up where the two patterned papers met!  
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I mounted the balcony with foam tape; a couple of die-cut gold foil leaf sprigs and a few random sequins added the final details to my card and I love how it turned out!  One small stamp set yielded two very elegant cards!  Another similar stamp is  Rustic Door and that one’s on my wish list!  Brutus Monroe has a wide variety to choose from so be sure to visit the store or website to find YOUR style of stamps!  Thanks for visiting!  
Anniversary, Big Word Happy, Distress Oxides, Florals, Gina Marie Designs, Happy Stamp and Cut, Hero Arts, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Manhattan Flower, Rose Garden, Stampendous, Stampin Up, Stitched Oval Dies, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Tim Holtz, Water Colored Cards

My Favorite Things Roses All Over!

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I was poking around just now in my CopyCatCard photo files and stumbled upon these fabulous backgrounds!!!  How did I not share them with you??!!  😀  Anyone who knows me, knows that I absolutely love floral stamps, and floral cards and FLOWERS!  I’ve had this gorgeous background stamp called Roses All Over (made by My Favorite Things) for a couple years and earlier this summer I got it out to play with.  The image on the left was made by heat-embossing in white onto a piece of Bristol Smooth card stock and watercolored with my Zig markers.  Basically, I scribbled randomly over the roses then used a sloppy wet paintbrush to move the color.  Isn’t it BEAUTIFUL?!  The one on the right was embossed in gold and I smooshed distress oxide inks onto my craft mat and then just tapped my card stock in it, moving it around to distribute and layer the color.  Equally gorgeous!
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Here’s what I made with the distress oxide background!  I used Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Hillside Border dies to cut out the center and mounted it onto a white base card and embossed my sentiment in the opening.  Notice the lovely roses on the left; they’re from Stampendous’ Rose Garden, gold-embossed as well and painted with more oxide ink then die-cut.  Oh!  I used Gina Marie Designs Stitched Rectangle dies for the outside edge.  How do you like my photo setting?  I stuck my card in a pot of begonias to photograph it!
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This little lovely is made with my Zig-watercolored background which I die-cut using Gina Marie Designs Stitched Ovals set.  My base card was embossed with one of my favorite folders, Manhattan Flower by Stampin Up.  I mounted the oval onto another oval cut from fun foam and die-cut Hero Arts Happy out of white fun foam!  I adhered that to a strip of bright pink card stock and used a little tape to attach it.  I then embossed “Anniversary” (from Stampendous Big Word Happy) onto another strip but lifted it with a little foam tape.  I just love how bright and cheery this card is and so happy that I found these images to share with you!  I love hearing from you so keep commenting!  🙂  XO

 

BM Petal Lace, Break The Rules, Brutus Monroe, Embossing Folders, Gina Marie Designs, Petal Lace Embossing Folder, Stitched Oval Dies, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Surface Inks

Life Is A Song

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Confession time!  My last post entitled Altenew Academy + Brutus Monroe = Awesome! was mistakenly published too soon!  We went camping again this past weekend, but it was my turn to share a post on Brutus Monroe’s blog on Saturday!  I intended to schedule the publishing of it for then but hit the wrong button!!  GAH!  So, I scrambled to create another card and came up with this!  Brutus Monroe just had a fabulous Retirement Sale and I snagged this great embossing folder called Petal Lace and decided to ink it up today!  I’m really loving their Surface Inks and rubbed Zest on the flatter side of the folder then ran it through my Cuttlebug.  The color is just so RICH!!
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I found a music stamp in my stash and inked it up with Raven Surface Ink and stamped it down the left side of my panel.  After trimming my panel down with a Stitched Rectangle die, I mounted it to a layer of white, then to a black card base.  This fun sentiment is from a set called Break The Rules and I stamped it with Raven onto a scrap of white card stock, then die-cut it with a Stitched Oval die.  I used Sidewalk ink on the music stamp and loosely stamped that onto the oval then smudged more Sidewalk around the edges.  Another oval in black beneath it makes it pop!
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Finally, a layer of fun foam lifts the oval and completes my card!  I hope you like it as much as I do!
Altenew, Beautiful Day, Birthday, Brutus Monroe, Florals, Gina Marie Designs, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Manhattan Flower, Stampin Up, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Super Sentimental, Water Colored Cards

Glorious Rose and Gold

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It’s been wickedly hot here in Vermont the last few days and will continue to be so for the rest of the week!  We don’t own a pool so I’m keeping cool in my stamp room!  Sometimes I have no idea which direction my creativity will take me and today was like that.  I sat at my desk wondering what on earth to work on, so began searching through my stamps for something I haven’t used much.  I came across this wonderful striped background stamp called Cabana Stripes by Echo Park Paper Co.  One of my favorite design combos is stripes with florals so that’s what I decided to do!
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Upon further searching around, I came across one 12X12 sheet of this beautiful soft rose cardstock and it inspired my color choices for this card!  Rose and gold!!  So feminine and so elegant!  This called for Altenew‘s Beautiful Day set!  I began by heat-embossing the outline images in gold onto Bristol Smooth card stock, and chose Zig colors of soft pink, peach, flesh and ochre.  (I’ve been using my Copic markers so much lately, that I forgot how much I love Zigs!)  When I finished coloring, I used Beautiful Day dies to cut them out.
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Anyway, setting the blossoms aside, I inked up Cabana Stripes with Versamark and stamped it onto another piece of Bristol Smooth paper, then added gold embossing powder.  I LOVE that the stamp didn’t adhere 100% so it left these wonderful “distressed” looking spots with no color!  I just bought Tim Holtz’ Tattered Rose distress oxide ink, so tapped some onto my craft mat, spritzed with water then tapped my panel into the ink.  After drying it, I trimmed the panel down with Gina Marie Designs Stitched Rectangle dies and adhered it to my base card upon which I’d used Stampin Up’s Manhattan Flower embossing folder.  I think that nicely compliments the blossoms and adds even more texture!  Next I arranged my die-cut pieces and mounted them with layers of foam tape.  Lastly,  I gold-embossed the simple yet sweet sentiment from Brutus Monroe‘s Super Sentimental set onto a strip of the rose card stock and tucked it in along the left side.  Voila! A combination of stamps from a variety of companies to create one gorgeous card!  Now…who’s birthday is coming up…?!  😀

 

 

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?!  🙂