Brutus Monroe, Distress Oxides, Halloween Cards, Hit The Brick background stamp, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Pumpkin Faces, Scare Crows, Surface Inks, Tim Holtz

Open If You Dare!

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Happy Halloween!!!   ***GIVEAWAY!*** We wanted to have a little fun with our blog hop this week, and give away ONE $25 GIFT CERTIFICATE to the Brutus Monroe store! Just leave a comment on each blog post along the hop to be entered! Winner will be announced on next Wednesday’s blog hop post, November 7th, on the Brutus Monroe blog. Please remember to check back next week to see if you are the winner! 
         ***BONUS ENTRY- Post ANY project you have created in the Brutus Monroe Fan Club                    group on Facebook with the hashtag,#TrickOrTreatGiveaway! Good luck!                                            The Team has had a ball creating spooky Halloween cards and I’m excited to share mine!  The Pumpkin Faces and Scare Crows sets have so many great images that I had to use them both!  To begin, I inked up Hit The Brick background with black embossing ink then stamped it onto a panel of Bristol Smooth card stock.  I sprinkled on not just black embossing powder but Brutus Monroe’s cool Glow In The Dark powder too!  I set it with the heat tool and the Glow In The Dark looks amazing in a dark room!

 

 

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The next think I did was to heavily sponge on several shades of distress oxide ink (Walnut Stain/Gathered Twigs/Carved Pumpkin and Fired Brick) to create my brick wall, then I trimmed the panel down with Stitched Rectangle dies and cut out a doorway!  I inked up a piece of string with Raven Detail ink then made a handle with it and wrote the words on the door with a Sharpie marker.  Setting that aside, I started on my inside images!
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Here’s what the outside looks like in the dark!  I took this photo at 6:30 am in my kitchen!
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To create my inside scene, I stamped out the scarecrow image from Scare Crows set, embossed in brown and then colored with Zig markers.  Look at that cute kitty on the left!  I also stamped out the cornstalk and then two pumpkins from Pumpkin Faces and colored them as well.  After fussy-cutting all the pieces, I attached them to a panel of black card stock on which I’d stamped and embossed more cornstalks with Glow In The Dark powder.
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Oooooo!!!  Spooky!!!  😀
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To construct my card, I adhered the inside panel to the backside of the brick wall panel, then layered that onto a panel of green card stock.  I attached it to a black card base and glued on my cornstalk and two pumpkins to the outside.  This card was a little involved, but so worth the extra effort because I think one of my grandsons will love it!  Especially when Nanna shows him how it glows in the dark!
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I want to thank you all for your support and encouraging comments these past four months while I’ve been a part of the fabulous Brutus Monroe Inspiration Team.  It’s been a real joy and a wonderful experience to be part of a group of such inspiring and creative people!  I’m going to bow out with this card as my last official post for Brutus Monroe although I look forward to guest designing in the future!  Now, let’s see what those amazing people have created for this weeks  blog hop!  You’re sure to be inspired!                                                                                                    MARIE
JESS
HEATHER
BERINA
LAUREN
DANIEL
WALESKA
                                                                                                                            

 

 

Brick Wall Background, Brutus Monroe, CTMH Stamps, Distress Oxides, Fall/Autumn, Hit The Brick background stamp, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Pumpkin Faces, Tim Holtz, Unity Stamps, Water Colored Cards

Inspiration

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As a stamper and card artist, I find inspiration in some unexpected places!  Like, at the Dollar Tree!  I found this gorgeous plate there last week and just love the artists watercolor style!  I had to have it, so it came home with me!  I knew right away that I’d use Brutus Monroe’s Pumpkin Faces set to make my card; it comes with TEN various sized and shaped pumpkins plus ten faces to add on!  Now, I like scary pumpkins as much as anyone, but how wonderful that I can use this set for an elegant card!  
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I stamped and heat-embossed the four pumpkins in silver, masking in order to layer them.  In retrospect, I wish I’d used dark gray ink instead.  Using the plate as a guide, I colored the pumpkins with a variety of Zig markers in shades of green, gray and brown, adding water to soften the ink.  My leaves and vines are from an old CTMH set called Grapevine and I think they beautifully complement the design.  I stamped them with Bundled Sage oxide ink.  
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At this point, I realized that Brutus Monroe’s Hit The Brick background would go perfectly so I inked it up with Bundled Sage oxide and gently maneuvered the stamp to fill in the space above the pumpkins.  That’s the beauty of flexible cling stamps!  I trimmed my panel with a Stitched Rectangle die then mounted it to a panel of dark gray.  On a piece of vanilla card stock, I stamped more of the vines and leaves with Bundled Sage again and attached it to a base card of Jurassic card stock.  
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When my card was complete, I made a coordinating envelope with more vines and leaves.  I’m pretty happy with my card and hope you like it too!  Now, I’m off to Dollar Tree to buy more of these plates!  And you should head straight to Brutus Monroe to check out these pumpkins!  😀
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.
Altenew, Beautiful Flowers, Crown Blooms, Florals, Gina Marie Designs, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Simon Says Stamp, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Water Colored Cards

Altenew Crown Blooms in Watercolor

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There are so many amazing card artists whose work I admire, and especially those who can create clean and simple cards!  I don’t think I can create “clean and simple” if my life depended on it!  I started this card thinking I would keep it really simple, one layer, no texture.  HA!!  As usual, I strayed from the plan!  Sigh!  On a piece of watercolor card stock, I stamped and heat-embossed in white the blossom and leaves from Altenew’s Crown Blooms set, masking the flower in order to place the other images.  I then began coloring with my Zig markers, layer upon layer, using a wet paintbrush to move and soften the color.
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  I know I’ve mentioned before that when I choose colors for my cards, I try to use the ones that are opposites on the color wheel for the most visual impact!  Blue and orange are always so striking together!  Anyway, when I finished coloring the flower and leaves, I filled in the background with an aqua marker and lots more water to spread the ink.  After drying it with my heat tool, I spattered some black, aqua and white ink over the images, then added “dew drops” with my Crystal Effects glue!  
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 I trimmed the panel down with my trusty Gina Marie Designs Stitched Rectangle dies.  I found a butterfly embossed piece I’d made AGES ago, and thought it would make a nice “frame” for my card, so die-cut that with the Stitched Rectangles in a size larger.  I adhered the panels together then mounted them to a card base of aqua.  
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Lastly, I heat-embossed the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp’s Beautiful Flowers set onto a strip of coral cardstock which I’d trimmed into a little banner, then attached it with some foam tape.  So much for “clean and simple”!!  I guess that’s just not my style!  But I love this card and think it’ll perfect for many occasions!  
Distress Oxides, Fall/Autumn, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Multi-faceted Creative Screenings Stencil, Renee's Leaves, Stenciled Cards, Tim Holtz, Water Colored Cards, Winnie & Walter

More Fall Frenzy!

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I’ve been on a bit of a watercolor kick lately and created this fall card with Winnie & Walter’s Renee’s Leaves stamp set and their cool stencil, Scenery!  As usual, I had no idea what I was going to make, but began by just sponging distress oxide inks (Broken China/Faded Jeans) onto my watercolor cardstock then dripped water onto it and dried with my heat tool.  I placed the stencil over it and sponged more Faded Jeans oxide ink through the center portion.
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On a separate piece of watercolor cardstock, I heat-embossed several of Renee’s Leaves then colored them with Zig markers and a watery brush.  I fussy-cut them out and then attached them with bits of Thermoweb’s 3D Foam Squares for lift.
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Black spatters of paint and some drops of Black Nuvo Drops added interest!  My sentiment is from The Greeting Farm.  I like how the geometric pattern of the stencil compliments the organic falling leaves!  Happy Fall!  
Fall/Autumn, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Renee's Leaves, Water Colored Cards, Winnie & Walter

Fall Frenzy with Winnie & Walter!

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“Down, down, yellow and brown, the leaves are falling all over town!”  That’s a little song I used to sing to my girls and although the leaves aren’t falling here in Vermont yet, a few maple trees are beginning to change colors!  It’s hard to believe fall is just around the corner, especially as we’ve had temps in the 90’s recently!  But as much as I hate to see the summer end, I do love fall and everything about it!  Today’s card is watercolored using Winnie & Walter’s Renee’s Leaves stamp set and Zig markers.  On a piece of watercolor cardstock, I randomly stamped a variety of the leaves then heat-embossed them in black.  

 

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I LOVE coloring backgrounds and usually begin with that first, as I did here using a couple shades of blue Zigs.  I then colored in the leaves and used a watery brush to move the ink.  When the panel was dry, I spattered (of course I did!!) white and black paint for a little added texture, then adhered it to a white card base.  I found a piece of yellow vellum in my stash and heat-embossed my sentiment (a dollar find from AC Moore!) onto it then attached it to my watercolored panel using Thermoweb’s Sticky Strip Runner.  I had a leftover fussy-cut leaf from another card I’d made so lifted it with a few little 3D Foam Squares from Thermoweb!  I guess I don’t mind fall coming after all!