Birthday, Brutus Monroe, Distress Inks, Fourth of July, Summer, Super Sentimental, Tim Holtz

Happy Birthday, America!

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My first Inspiration Team Challenge is Envelope Art and I knew I wanted to make something patriotic!  I’ve had this retired Stampin’ Up set for a very long time and it was perfect for this project!  The first thing I did was to clear-emboss the stars onto a piece of watercolor cardstock, then  silver-embossed Happy Birthday and You’re The Best from Brutus Monroe‘s Super Sentimental set.  Using Fired Brick and Faded Jeans Distress inks, I sponged the background then sponged a little Pumice Stone around the edges.  A scrunched up baby wipe, lightly tapped over the sponging made a subtle texture!
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Setting that aside, I heat-embossed my central image with silver embossing powder and tore around the edges, then sponged on more distress ink.  I found a piece of mulberry paper which I’ve had for YEARS, and placed it beneath the image, then adhered it to my card front with a bit of foam tape.  A few sequins and a white card base completed my card!
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Now for my envelope!!  I have a great stamp of the Pledge of Allegiance and stamped it twice in Pumice Stone onto the front and back of my envelope.  Lady Liberty  graces the lower right hand corner and Sent with Love (from Super Sentimental!) in black on the left corner.  I randomly stamped stars in red and blue then sponged red and blue around the edges.
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I love how this duo turned out for the Envelope Art challenge and look forward to creating more projects using Brutus Monroe’s fabulous products!

 

Basic Labels, Copics, Distress Oxides, Florals, Simon Says Stamp, Stenciled Cards, Summer, Summer Flowers, The Ton, Thinking of You, Tim Holtz

Stenciled Summer Flowers

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Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is to use a stencil in a card so I got on the bandwagon and created this!  The stencil I chose is one I drew and cut a couple years ago and I think it makes a nice backdrop for these blossoms from Summer Flowers!  On a white card base, I began by taping down my stencil, then with sponge daubers and distress oxide inks in Walnut, Fired Brick, Carved Pumpkin and Fossilized Amber, I filled in the spaces.  The Broken China blue (distress oxide ink) speckles were made with a very old Stampin Up texture stamp!  
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I set that aside and pulled out a piece of special marker paper and stamped the images from Summer Flowers with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, then began to color with my new Copic markers.  My colors are still limited but I have enough for flowers!  
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After coloring, I added more texture by dotting on some black Nuvo Drops.  Next, I fussy-cut the blossoms and leaves, cutting out some of the petals and curling the leaves a tad so I could stand them up a little for a more realistic appearance.  I then arranged them on top of the stenciled design, gluing the pieces down with Tacky Glue.  I stamped Thinking of You (The Ton’s Basic Labels) with Versafine Onyx Black ink onto a scrap of white, cut it out and mounted it with a bit of foam tape.  I wasn’t sure how this would come together but I’m quite happy with it!