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!  
Brutus Monroe, Christmas, Create A Pointsettia, Distress Inks, Florals, Stampendous, Surface Sprays, Tim Holtz, Water Colored Cards

Christmas Splendor

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I’ve been madly stamping Christmas cards and all sorts of things as I prepare for an upcoming craft fair in late November!  I was inspired by a youtube video I watched the other day using Saran Wrap to get a fabulous background, so decided to try it!   I’m pretty tickled with how this card came out so I made two! 
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The first thing I did was spread out a large piece of Saran Wrap on my craft mat, wrinkling it up a bit.  I then spritzed it with Wagon Surface Spray and laid a panel of watercolor paper onto it.  Oooh!!  The texture!!  After drying it with my heat tool, I created another layer but this time using Phonebook Surface Spray, and a third layer of Jurassic Surface Spray!  The colors are so brilliant and pigmented!!  
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I thought that Stampendous’ Create A Pointsettia would look great on the background, so inked it up with Raven Detail Ink and stamped it out.  
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My next step was to paint the blossom which I did by tapping Aged Mahogany Distress Ink onto my craft mat then using a watery brush, adding several layers of color.  I filled in the holly leaves as well with Peeled Paint.  (Now, why didn’t I think to paint with the Surface Sprays?!)  As you can see, the card above is layered with a die-cut panel of gold foil card stock.  
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When this panel was dry, I coated the whole blossom with a heavy glaze of Ranger Glossy Accents and again, set it aside to dry.
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I came back to it later on and added Gold Nuvo Drops to the flower center and the berries, then let it dry again.  I trimmed it down with Stitched Rectangle Dies.  Because my image is so splendidly vibrant I kept it simple and attached it to a plain white card base.  I’ll stamp a holiday sentiment inside.  
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Just look at all that glossiness and shine!  Who knew that simple Saran Wrap and some Surface Sprays would yield such gorgeous results?!  
Aqua Pigments, Brutus Monroe, Christmas, Florals, Glitter Glaze, Pointsettia Collage, Water Colored Cards

Favorite Florals

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The Brutus Monroe Inspiration Team is sharing cards made with our favorite florals, and some of you may know that I absolutely love pointsettia stamps!!  I’ve had this new one from Stampendous for a while, called Pointsettia Collage and I love it’s vintage-y style!  For today’s card I combined two products from Brutus Monroe; Unicorn Horn Glitter Glaze and Wagon Surface Spray!  And I mean that I actually combined them!  I placed a little dollop of the Glitter Glaze onto my craft mat and then spritzed some Wagon Surface Spray onto it, mixed it together and voila!  I got beautiful, red glittery glaze!  Using a palette knife, I spread it thinly into a large shape then just pressed my Pointsettia Collage stamp right into it.  I stamped it onto a panel of watercolor card stock and dried it with my heat tool.
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Now I realize that Brutus Monroe makes a Glitter Glaze called Scarlet but I don’t have that one, so had to get creative!  There are actually TWELVE colors in the Glitter Glaze family, so be sure to check them out!
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I recently bought this pretty gray and white plate for photos, so decided to try painting my image using just watered down Black Aqua Pigment!  I love how it looks against the glittery red lines of the image!  When my panel was dry, I trimmed it down to fit onto a base card of white.
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The finishing touch on my card was to add Metallic Silver Lining Nuvo drops onto the centers of the flowers and a few accenting the card.
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Now, for a final look at my card on the beautiful plate, just because I want to look at it again!  And check out the others Favorite Florals here!                                                                                           BERINA
HEATHER
JESS
WALESKA

MARIE
LAUREN

Alcohol Ink, Brutus Monroe, Christmas, Deco Foils, Ranger Alcohol Ink

Inky Ornaments

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I was totally inspired by the unbelievably beautiful ornament cards which my Instagram friend, Karen Janet from Little Blessings blog made recently; her cards took my breath away and I couldn’t wait to try making one myself!  Unfortunately, I don’t have any ornament dies so I had to make do with my Stitched Oval dies instead.  Let me share how I made my card!
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First of all, to create my ornaments, I used my alcohol inks on the back of a piece of Kirkland photo paper, letting the colors swirl and blend.  While the ink was still tacky, I pressed on a sheet of Gold Deco Foil which left behind the beautiful shimmery flecks!  When the ink was completely dry, I cut the shapes with Stitched Oval dies and set them aside to make my background!
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On a panel of black card stock, I heat-embossed in gold the pine branch from Stampin Up’s Ornamental Pine then the stars from their retired set, Winter Wishes.  Before I mounted this panel to a layer of textured gold paper, I punched a hole in the ovals so I could add some gold string.  I attached the larger ornament to the black panel with Thermoweb Sticky Tape Runner, then the smaller one with 3D Foam Squares from Thermoweb to lift it up.  The string was taped down on the back.
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Lastly, I glued a gold sequin to cover the holes on both ornaments and added the sentiment in gold embossing.  I absolutely love Karen’s cards and am thrilled with how mine turned out as well!  I’ll be making more of these, you can be sure!

 

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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Unity is still holding their awesome giveaway!  You have until October 1st to comment on any of the blogs which participated in the blog hop for a chance to win!  Here’s the link to their blog with the lineup!  On October 2nd, they’ll choose the lucky winners!  I hope it’s you!!  

 

Altenew, Brutus Monroe, Christmas, Florals, Glitter Stock, Layered Floral Cover Dies

Glittering Peace

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Welcome!  I’m sharing another project today using Brutus Monroe’s Glitter stock!  Have you seen all the gorgeous colors we have?!  Today’s card is made with Gilded and Scarlet and was super easy!  I die-cut Altenew’s Layered Floral Cover die (Plate A) from the Scarlet glitter stock then cut Plate B from a piece of white cardstock.
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I attached the floral dies to a white base card, then die-cut Peace from Gilded Glitter stock and adhered it to a strip of vellum.  
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The last step was to attach the vellum to the card panel, using Thermoweb’s Sticky Tape Runner.  See?!  How easy was that?!  You’ll find more Glitter stock cards and projects made by the Inspiration Team on Brutus Monroe’s blog, so have a look!  And check out the array of colored Glitter stock on the website!