Distress Inks, Distress Oxides, Fern Garden, Florals, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Let's Flamingle, Little Mushroom, Meadow Greens, Papertrey Ink, Pink Fresh Studio, Stampendous, Tim Holtz, Vintage Note

Stampendous Little Mushroom & Fern Garden

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I recently received a big fat package of goodies from Stampendous and was so tickled to see these beautiful images!  I immediately got busy and have been making cards with Little Mushroom and it’s coordinating dies plus this amazing background stamp called Fern Garden!  I’m in love!!!   
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The first thing I did was to ink up Fern Garden with Peeled Paint and Forest Moss distress oxide inks, then spritzed with a fine mist of water.  I stamped it out onto a panel of Bristol Smooth card stock, then stamped it again onto a second panel so as not to waste any of that delicious color!  
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Next, I stamped the Little Mushroom onto another piece of Bristol Smooth and had so much fun coloring it in with my Zig markers!  I spattered droplets of water to create “texture” on the image then used the handy-dandy die to cut it out!  
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Lastly, I added some bits of foam tape to the mushroom and attached it to the Fern Garden background then adhered that to a white base card.  I stamped the sentiment directly to the card front with Versafine Onxy Black ink.  This was a simple card and I just love the woodsy-ness of it, don’t you?!  
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For my next card, I decided to play around with the Fern Garden background using the Floral Garden Embossing Powder kit which I also received!  It has twelve little containers of colorful embossing powders and little scoops for using with it.  I inked up Fern Garden with Versamark and stamped it onto a piece of Bristol Smooth then scooped the two shades of blue powder onto a section of the inked design, tapped it off and heat set it.  I did this again but used the two greens next!  
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I inked up Fern Garden again with Versamark, then turned the stamp so the design was going in a different direction and stamped it directly onto the first heat-set layer of colors!  Again, I scooped additional colors of powders (orange, red and yellow) but this time I placed each color onto an area of the Versamark’d image, gently removed the excess and then heat-set them all at the same time.  I hope all that makes sense!  
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The result of all that layering, scooping, heat-setting and repeating is quite vividly beautiful, I think!  I have a stamp set by Papertrey Ink called Meadow Greens with fern stamps and dies, so I stamped one out onto Bristol Smooth using distress oxide inks (Peeled Paint and Mowed Lawn) then die-cut it.  I also die-cut a fern of olive green card stock and placed that beneath the stamped fern.  
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To complete my card, I adhered the Fern Garden background panel to a white card base, added a little Vintage Note script stamp to the bottom then attached my ferns to the lower corner using foam tape for dimension.  The sentiment is from Pink Fresh Studio’s Let’s Flamingle set!  I had a lot of fun playing with the embossing powder kit and the Fern Garden background and have several ideas for more fun cards, so stay tuned!  Thanks for visiting!  
Brutus Monroe, Copics, Distress Oxides, Fall/Autumn, Friendship, Meadow Greens, Papertrey Ink, Simple Blend- Circle Stencil, Surface Inks, Tim Holtz

Hello Fall!

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Fall is taking it’s time getting to Vermont as we’ve been enjoying prolonged summer temperatures, but I’m ready for all things “fall”!!  I made another card using Brutus Monroe’s Simple Blend Circle stencil and paired it with Papertrey Ink’s Meadow Greens again!  To make this card, I placed the Circle stencil frame over a piece of watercolor card stock and filled in the center with Zest Surface Ink, making it darker around the edges and lighter in the center.  Next, I stamped some leaves from Meadow Greens using Versamark so I could clear emboss them.  When that was done, I spattered black paint over the panel then heat-embossed in black the “Hello Fall” sentiment directly onto the card.
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I set that aside in order to create my leaves by tapping out Fossilized Amber, Fired Brick and Carved Pumpkin distress oxide inks onto my craft mat, spritzed with water then pressed another piece of watercolor card stock into the ink, drying between colors.  Before I die-cut the leaves from the inked paper, I stamped the pretty script stamp all over the panel.  The little raccoon is from The Greeting Farm and I colored him with Copics then cut him out and mounted him with 3D Foam Squares.  The leaves were folded and attached in the same manner.
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Lastly, I embossed the “you’re my favorite” sentiment onto a strip of black paper then added that as my final touch!  A base card of Terracotta compliments the leaves and sets off the brighter colors beautifully!  BTW, did you notice my awesome new Brutus Monroe watermark??
Brutus Monroe, Fall/Autumn, Glitter Stock, Meadow Greens, Papertrey Ink, Super Sentimental, Surface Inks, Vintage Tapestry Embossing Folder

Vintage Tapestry

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Happy Saturday, my stamping friends!  I’m excited to share my card on the Brutus Monroe blog this morning as we continue to feature our Fall Favorites!  There are so many things to love about fall, especially in beautiful Vermont where the foliage changes to brilliant shades of red, orange and yellow!  Today’s card showcases those colors via the luscious Surface Inks; Zest, Wagon, Suede and Terracotta plus a little of the beautiful Sage!  Each one of these velvety chalk inks wonderfully represents the colors of fall!
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I had no specific design in mind as I began this card and it always fascinates me to see what develops as I begin!  For my first step I embossed a piece of watercolor card stock with my Vintage Tapestry folder then just rubbed the various shades of color onto the raised surface!  That was easy and fun!  I knew I was going to gold-emboss some leaves so I also rubbed a little  embossing ink randomly around the panel, sprinkled on Gilded Embossing Powder and then set it with the heat gun.  I love the little bit of shine it created!
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After cutting down the panel with Stitched Rectangle dies, I attached it to a layer of Copper Glitterstock to add another shade of shine!  I heat-embossed Papertrey Ink’s leaves from their Meadow Greens set and used the coordinating dies to cut them out.  Setting those aside, I then heat-embossed in gold the sentiment from Brutus Monroe’s Super Sentimental onto a strip of vellum.
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To assemble my card, I mounted my embossed and Glitterstock layers to a card base of Terracotta, then attached my vellum strip with a couple of jeweled brads which I colored with a Copic marker to get the exact shade I wanted!  Lastly, I tucked in a couple of the embossed leaves behind the vellum and VOILA!  Done!  I actually can’t stop looking at all the colors on my background!!  This card really makes me happy!!  Take a look around Brutus Monroe‘s website and see if there’s anything there that’ll make YOU happy!!  😀
Florals, Papertrey Ink, Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Stylish Sentiments, Unity Stamps, You Are Forever Beautiful

Celebrate Your Day!

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I feel like I haven’t made or posted any floral cards recently, so today I’m sharing a beauty with yellow roses!  This image is You’re Forever Beautiful by Unity Stamps and I tried my hand at no-line coloring!  I stamped the roses onto a panel of soft gray card stock with a light gray ink, then took out my Prismacolor pencils and got busy!  There are layers and layers of color and it was so relaxing to just sit and do this!  
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 I just love the combination of gray and yellow and aren’t those little purple-y sprigs the perfect accent?!  I used a lot of gray for shading on the blossoms themselves and all around the image.  Before I rounded the corners and mounted it to my card base, I spattered some black and white paint for a little added interest!  
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The green base sets off the green leaves, and the sentiment is from Papertrey Ink.  I really love this and hope you do too!  Thanks for visiting!  
Classic Convertibles, Distress Inks, Embossing Folders, Kuretake, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Papertrey Ink, Road Trip, Sizzix Diamond Plate, Stampin Up, Stampin Up World Traveler, Stylish Sentiments, Tim Holtz, Tim Holtz Travel Signs

Playing with Trucks and Cars!

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I’ve made a number of masculine cards over the years using trucks and cars; they’re a popular image for the guys in our lives and I enjoy the break from florals!  This card was made using a car from the long-retired Classic Convertibles set by Stampin Up.  I heat-embossed the image in black then cut it out and colored with Zig markers.  I needed a map background so googled Vermont road maps and printed this off on the computer and roughed up the edges after smudging with Pumice Stone and Walnut Stain distress inks.  The Route 66, tire track and Road Trip images are from Tim Holtz’ Road Trip set and I stamped those right over the map.  I used a diamond-plate embossing folder on the base card and smudged Walnut Stain distress ink over the raised part to get the grungy look. The sentiment is from Unity Stamp’s I’d Go Anywhere set.  
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Another awesome vintage car from Stampin Up’s set, colored and cut out.  I printed out this map of Vermont, smudged Pumice Stone distress ink around the edges, stamped the mileage stamp in red from the same Tim Holtz set and the sentiment from Fiskars Let’s Get Lost was heat-embossed onto the map.  This was a quick and easy card!  
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For this card I used Deep Red Rubber Stamp’s Chevelle, colored and cut out.  The same printed out Vermont map with more images from the Tim Holtz Road Trip set and the sentiment is from The Stampin Place.  The interstate sign image is from the Fiskars set I mentioned previously and it has an empty space for whatever numbers you choose!  I stamped in the 89 because that’s our main highway here in Vermont!  I smudged ink around the edges, roughed it up with my scissors, then tore and curled up a corner for a fun, distressed look!  Layered onto a red panel, then a black card base, I think this is a pretty cool card!  
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Another combination of Stampin Up and Tim Holtz!  The awesome embossed background is Tim Holtz Travel Signs on kraft cardstock, smudged with Walnut Stain distress ink.  A strip of colorful Tim Holtz patterned paper on a narrow panel of red card stock really pops!  
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The last in my series of trucks and cars, this truck is from Deep Red Stamps as well!  I stamped it in the center of a piece of white card stock, then masked it in order to stamp the other images around it.  They’re from Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments .  I then uncovered the truck, colored it with a red Zig marker and glazed it with a coat of Glossy Accents.  The PTI set came with the little star stamp which I randomly stamped in red around the card front.  I trimmed the panel down to layer onto black, then onto a base card of Stampin Up Crumb Cake on which I’d embossed their folder called World Traveler.  I hope you enjoyed this series of masculine cards!  
Distress Inks, Hardwood Background, Meadow Greens, Papertrey Ink, Stampin Up, Tim Holtz, Woodland Embossing Folder

Papertrey Ink Meadow Greens

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I don’t have a lot of sets that are “solid” images with coordinating dies, but Meadow Greens from Papertrey Ink is fabulous!  And so easy to use!  Here’s how I constructed my card: for the leaves and fern, I covered the stamp with a layer of Peeled Paint distress ink, then tapped a little Walnut around the edges, spritzed with water then stamped onto a piece of Canson watercolor paper.  For the blossom, I covered the stamp first with Fired Brick, then tapped a little Mahogany around the edges, spritzed and stamped it onto the watercolor paper.  I dried the images, then using the center piece of the flower, inked it up with Black Soot distress ink, and stamped it onto the flower.  
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When the images were dry, I used the coordinating dies to cut them out, and set them aside.  I used Stampin Up’s Woodland embossing folder on a piece of white card stock for the middle layer.  I then inked up Stampin Up’s Hardwood background stamp with Walnut, Gathered Twigs and Weathered Wood, spritzed with water and stamped it onto a scrap of watercolor paper. I stamped the leaves and fern over the Hardwood and then cut the oval using Gina Marie Designs Stitched Oval dies.  The base card is kraft card stock and I adhered the embossed white layer, then attached the oval and finally, layered the greenery and flower at different heights using double-stick foam tape!  The sentiment was stamped on a scrap and mounted to finish the card!