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.
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!!  😀
Brutus Monroe, CTMH Stamps, Distress Oxides, Fall/Autumn, Glitter Stock, Halloween Cards, Surface Inks, Tim Holtz

BOO!

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We’re blog hopping at Brutus Monroe today and sharing some of our Fall Favorites!!  Halloween isn’t my favorite holiday but making cards for fall is!  And I do love making backgrounds with distress oxide inks!  For this card, I tapped out Carved Pumpkin, Fossilized Amber and Black Soot onto my craft mat, sprayed on some water then just dragged my watercolor paper through the ink.  You know the drill!  😀  Of course, I dried between colors!  I then heat-embossed in black the skull image from an old CTMH set called Thriller and stamped the other images using Raven Detail ink.
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I have some fairly large alphabet dies and cut the letters from the panel with my Cuttlebug.  After popping out the die-cut letters I adhered a strip of the beautiful Tangerine Glitterstock behind the openings.  I then reattached the letters by lifting them with Thermoweb’s 3D Foam Squares.
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I heat-embossed the sentiment right onto the card front then attached it all to a black card base.  I used the All-Purpose Craft Glue to attach a few sequins to accent the shiny Glitterstock!  Bring on the fall!!   Let’s take a peek at the Inspiration Team’s Fall Favorites!                                     BERINA    HEATHER B.    MARIE     JESSICA            
                                             

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brutus Monroe, CTMH Stamps, Deco Foils, Distress Oxides, Fall/Autumn, Gina Marie Designs, Glitter Stock, Halloween Cards, Multi-faceted Creative Screenings Stencil, Sizzix Embossing Folders, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Surface Inks, Tim Holtz, Tim Holtz Gridlock Set, Winnie & Walter

Happy Hauntings with Glitterstock!

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I’m having so much fun choosing which Glitterstock color to use for a new project and decided to use Tangerine for this card!  The color itself prompted a Halloween card with it’s gorgeous rusty-orange glitters!  To begin this card, I tapped Carved Pumpkin distress oxide ink onto my craft mat then spritzed it with water and dragged my watercolor cardstock through it.  After drying with my heat tool, I used Black Soot next, again drying before adding my final color, Dried Marigold.

 

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If you look closely you can see the faint impression of Winnie & Walter’s Scenery stencil which I foiled using Thermoweb’s Deco Foil in Copper!  It made me think of a spider web!  Anyway, after dusting the surface with my Embossing Buddy, I heat-embossed my Inkadinkado stamp in black right over all the colors!
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I have a skulls and crossbone stamp which I use on my biker cards, and thought it’d make a fun accent so stamped that in Raven Detail ink over the background.  Next I used my Stitched Rectangle dies to cut the panel and also cut the edge of a strip of Tangerine Glitterstock and attached them together with Thermoweb’s Sticky Tape Runner, then mounted it to a panel of white card stock.  I used my scissors to rough up the edges of the white paper.
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I adhered the panel to a black card base which I embossed with Tim Holtz’ Gridlock Set folder, then added some copper sequins for a bit of bling to accent the Glitterstock on the left!  The sentiment is from a retired CTMH set called Thriller and I heat-embossed it onto white scraps, trimmed it down and mounted it with Thermoweb Sticky Dots!  I love how all the pieces came together in this card!  If you’re looking for a great glitter card stock, be sure to consider Brutus Monroe’s Glitterstock!  It comes in a variety of colors, doesn’t leave glitter “crumbs” at all and cuts like a dream!
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!