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!!  😀
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!