Brutus Monroe, Distress Oxides, Fall/Autumn, Nature, Simple Blend- Circle Stencil, Stenciled Cards, Surface Inks, Video Tutorial

Harvest Moon with Simple Blends

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Welcome friends!  I’m sharing a non-traditional autumn card made with only blue and black inks and my new Simple Blends Circle stencil by Brutus Monroe!  To begin, I placed the frame part of the stencil onto a piece of Bristol Smooth watercolor paper and lightly sponged Faded Jeans distress oxide ink around the edges of the circle cut-out to outline my moon, then added a little Black Soot as well.  Using a cool texture stamp (pictured below) I added the “moon shadows” with the same colors of ink.  I stamped the line of geese with Raven Detail ink.
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Next, I placed the circle stencil over the moon to cover it up, and heavily sponged Black Soot and Faded Jeans oxide around it to create a night sky.  It’s barely noticeable but I also lightly sponged a teeny bit of Zest just above the horizon line!  This wonderful tree is made by Stampendous from their Nature set and I heat-embossed it in black right over the panel.  I then added fine spatters of white craft paint to depict stars.
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Once my tree was in place, I got really excited for how awesome it looked!!  But it needed to be grounded, so I used a paper mask to create the hillside with Raven Detail ink then stamped the line of geese, also from the Stampendous set.  After cutting the panel with Stitched Rectangle dies, I mounted it to a piece of fun foam to lift it up and then onto an off-white base card.
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I LOVE how this card turned out!  I’m not sure if I’ll add a sentiment, but in the meantime, I’ll just enjoy it’s striking simplicity!  Now, I’m off to find yet another way to use my cool new stencil!  See Ya!  ***I added photos below of the texture stamp I used to create the shading on the moon.  I’ve had it for many, many years so am not sure it can still be purchased.  Made by Magenta.

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I’ve created this tutorial to help show you how I created this beautiful card. Be warned! I am super comfortable in the world of stamping. Video Creation and editing? Well, that remains to be seen!

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.
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!  
Brusho Watercolor Powders, Brutus Monroe, Glitter Glaze, Stenciled Cards, Thank You, The Leaf Effect Cutaway Die, Winnie & Walter

I’m a CopyCat!

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I am a shameless copy cat!  I saw a fantastic card the other day on one of my Facebook stamping groups and was inspired to recreate Tania’s card which you’ll find here!  My stencil, stamps and dies are different but Tania gave great instructions in her video and I actually cranked this out in about half an hour!  So!  Here’s what I did!  Starting on a piece of Brutus Monroe’s Not Your Mama’s Ultra Heavy cardstock, I laid down a stencil I made with Winnie & Walter’s The Leaf Effect die, then using a palette knife, I spread a thin layer of Unicorn Horn Glitter Glaze over mainly the center of the stencil.  I used my heat tool to dry the glaze because I was too impatient to wait for it to air dry!  

 

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Following Tania’s instructions, I then sprinkled three Brusho colors onto the stenciled panel, spritzed with water and patted off the excess with a paper towel.  She used ultra-thick embossing powder granules for her card, but I don’t have that, so instead I sprinkled on some silver embossing powder and using my heat gun, heated it from below so the powder would stay in place.   I don’t recall where I got my Thank You die (AC Moore, perhaps?) but I cut it from black and then white cardstock, glued them together with Brutus Monroe’s All Purpose Craft Glue and layered them, slightly offset.  
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To complete my card, I twisted a little circlet of silver thread and placed it under the sentiment and added a few colorful sequins for the last detail!  A black card base is a perfect frame for all the colors and texture!  I’m pretty happy with my card and appreciate the great inspiration from Tania!  
Anna's Floras, Brutus Monroe, Florals, Kuretake, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Multi-faceted Creative Screenings Stencil, Renee's Leaves, Stenciled Cards, Water Colored Cards, Winnie & Walter

Wonderful Winnie & Walter!

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Brutus Monroe is hanging out with Winnie & Walter this month and we get to play too!  I’m loving these new stamps and had so much fun creating this card using the beautiful Anna’s Floras set!  I paired it with another lovely set called Renee’s Leaves AND their way-cool Multi-Faceted Creative Screenings stencil!  But I’m getting ahead of myself, so let’s back up…
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The first thing I did for my card was to heat-emboss in black the large blossom from Anna’s Floras and some of Renee’s Leaves onto a piece of watercolor cardstock, then colored them in with Zig markers.  I fussy-cut them out and set them aside to create my background!
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On a panel of white cardstock, I laid down the awesome stencil called Scenery and used a sponge dauber to lightly fill in the spaces with a pale green ink, filling just the center of the design.  I then stamped more of Renee’s Leaves over the stenciled design, and spattered on some black paint.  You know how much I love spatters!    After that, I layered on my fussy-cut blossom and leaves, adding a circlet of twine beneath them as an accent.  A strip of polka-dotted paper at the bottom was another cute accent, and I adhered the panel to a base card of Brutus Monroe’s lovely Lunchbag cardstock!  Voila!  When I’m ready to send this, I’ll add an appropriate sentiment!  Thank you for stopping by and be sure to check out the other team members creations!  Look for Aletha,  Marie,  Berina and Waleska!  I’m loving their projects too!
Alcohol Ink, Brutus Monroe, Lift Ink, Paint Spots Mixed Media Stencil, Ranger Alcohol Ink, Stenciled Cards, Surface Inks, Tim Holtz

To Infinity…

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Welcome back to the blog!  I’m sharing another galaxy card because my good friend, Janice, just gave me the new Tim Holtz Alcohol Lift Ink and this is my first card using it!!  How cool is this stuff??!!  To create my card, I began with an alcohol ink print that I’ve had for a while and decided to see how the Lift Ink would work through a stencil!  If you look closely, you’ll see the bokeh effect which I made by using Brutus Monroe’s Paint Spots Mixed Media Stencil.  I laid it over my print then tapped a sponge dauber into the Lift Ink and pressed it into the stencil dots.  When all the dots were covered I removed the stencil, and first blotted the Lift Ink away then rubbed in a circular motion to remove any residue.  Voila!!  The Lift Ink indeed lifted the alcohol ink, leaving behind my soft bokeh!  
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I then pulled out my little stars stamp and inked it up with Lift and applied it in the same manner.  It didn’t show up very well after blotting and rubbing, so I stamped more stars and embossed them in silver.  You can see that the powder stuck to my inked background and despite my attempts to brush off the excess, some stayed behind and was embossed.  But I still think it’s pretty!  
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I had already die-cut the alcohol inked panel with Stitched Rectangle dies, so attached it to a panel of white, then to a black card base.  I stamped the sentiment from Neat & Tangled’s Celebrate You set onto a strip of white card stock, then attached it with two silver brads and made a little bend.  
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The Paint Spots stencil is so versatile and I love how this card turned out!  I’m also looking forward to playing with Lift Ink again!  Reach for the stars, friend and “create your own ending”!