Brutus Monroe, Christmas, Create A Pointsettia, Distress Inks, Florals, Stampendous, Surface Sprays, Tim Holtz, Water Colored Cards

Christmas Splendor

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I’ve been madly stamping Christmas cards and all sorts of things as I prepare for an upcoming craft fair in late November!  I was inspired by a youtube video I watched the other day using Saran Wrap to get a fabulous background, so decided to try it!   I’m pretty tickled with how this card came out so I made two! 
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The first thing I did was spread out a large piece of Saran Wrap on my craft mat, wrinkling it up a bit.  I then spritzed it with Wagon Surface Spray and laid a panel of watercolor paper onto it.  Oooh!!  The texture!!  After drying it with my heat tool, I created another layer but this time using Phonebook Surface Spray, and a third layer of Jurassic Surface Spray!  The colors are so brilliant and pigmented!!  
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I thought that Stampendous’ Create A Pointsettia would look great on the background, so inked it up with Raven Detail Ink and stamped it out.  
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My next step was to paint the blossom which I did by tapping Aged Mahogany Distress Ink onto my craft mat then using a watery brush, adding several layers of color.  I filled in the holly leaves as well with Peeled Paint.  (Now, why didn’t I think to paint with the Surface Sprays?!)  As you can see, the card above is layered with a die-cut panel of gold foil card stock.  
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When this panel was dry, I coated the whole blossom with a heavy glaze of Ranger Glossy Accents and again, set it aside to dry.
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I came back to it later on and added Gold Nuvo Drops to the flower center and the berries, then let it dry again.  I trimmed it down with Stitched Rectangle Dies.  Because my image is so splendidly vibrant I kept it simple and attached it to a plain white card base.  I’ll stamp a holiday sentiment inside.  
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Just look at all that glossiness and shine!  Who knew that simple Saran Wrap and some Surface Sprays would yield such gorgeous results?!  
Brick Wall Background, Brutus Monroe, Christmas, Distress Inks, Distress Markers, Distress Oxides, Distress Resist Spray, Emboss Resist Technique, Hit The Brick background stamp, Holiday Greens dies, Lunchbag 100lb cover cardstock, Surface Inks, Tim Holtz, Unity Stamps, Water Colored Cards

Cozy Country Christmas

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Can I just say I’m in love??!!  I’ve been playing with my spankin’ new Unity/Brutus Monroe Hit The Brick background stamp and having SO MUCH FUN!!  I have so many ideas of ways to use this one!  Yesterday I laid out three panels of watercolor card stock, then covered my Brick stamp with a heavy layer of Ranger’s Distress Resist Spray and stamped it onto the stock.  The card above is the first one I did, and the spray was so saturated on the stamp that it lost some of it’s detail.  The second one was a better image and the third one was perfect!  BUT!  There was no way I was going to waste this one and here’s what I made!
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So, here are my three panels after stamping out the Hit The Brick background, as mentioned above.  Not a great picture but you get the idea!
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I sponged on these colors: Suede Surface ink, Terracotta Surface ink and Walnut Stain Distress Oxide.  The Resist Spray is VERY resistant so the shiny parts didn’t take the ink very well.
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My finished panel; I didn’t love it but was hopeful I could make something beautiful with it!
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I decided to cut out the center of my panel with Oval Stitched dies and create a “window”~ but what to place in my window?  After trying out several stamps, I settled on this one by Stampendous called Cozy Cottage which I stamped on a separate piece of Bristol Smooth watercolor paper using Gathered Twigs Distress ink.  I then “painted” over the lines with a watery brush to create the soft sepia look and added a little color using Distress Markers.
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Then I realized that this would make a great shaker card!  I’ve only made a few with much angst and frustration, but this one came together beautifully!  I attached a piece of acetate to the backside of the window, then built a wall of foam tape going all around the back of the sponged panel to hold in the “snow” which is actually Ultra Thick Clear Embossing powder!!  I added a few sequins and micro beads as well!  Can you see them?  Anyway, I got all the pieces and parts in the correct order and voila!  A shaker panel!
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I found the perfect patterned paper to attach the panel to, then mounted it to a card base of Brutus Monroe’s Lunchbag card stock!  The final touch was a few sprigs of Tim Holtz’ Holiday Greens holly touched up with a bit of Gathered Twigs distress oxide ink and three little “berries”!   Now, isn’t this a lovely scene framed by that amazing Brick background?!
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Unity is still holding their awesome giveaway!  You have until October 1st to comment on any of the blogs which participated in the blog hop for a chance to win!  Here’s the link to their blog with the lineup!  On October 2nd, they’ll choose the lucky winners!  I hope it’s you!!  

 

Brutus Monroe, Designer Toner Sheets, Distress Inks, Distress Oxides, Seeing Stars, Simon Says Stamp, Tim Holtz

Journey To The Stars

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Welcome to my blog!  Today I have a couple of cards to share which I made using Brutus Monroe’s Designer Toner Sheets!  The package comes with four sheets in all, two of which are printed on white paper and I used Marble for my cards!  My new laminating machine ate two of my recent projects and one is currently stuck in the machine, waiting for attention from my hubby!  Since I couldn’t use foil on these, I wanted to show that you don’t NEED a laminator to use these awesome products!  Let me tell you how I made my cards!  First of all, I trimmed down the toner sheet to fit my A2 card, then sponged distress oxide inks in various colors over the pattern, ending with a layer of Black Soot.  The paper has a very smooth surface so I wiped any excess ink off with a paper towel.  How cool is that?!  We all love making galaxy cards, right?!
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I always like to spatter drops of water over oxide inks for the effect it gives, so I did that and then spattered white paint to depict the galaxy of stars.  I have a really fun space set and heat-embossed the planet stamp, colored it with some Zig markers, then sponged a little more Black Soot over it to tone it down.  Having recently received some great products from Thermoweb, I adhered my planet with their 3D Foam Squares which was SO much easier than my usual cutting pieces of foam tape, getting my scissors all gummed up!  I added Wink of Stella clear glitter ink to the card for a little sparkle!
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The space stamp set also came with this JOURNEY sentiment (I wish I knew who makes the set but it was secondhand to me!) and I heat-embossed it directly to the card front in white.  I’ll be happy to get my laminating machine fixed but in the meantime, it’s good to know I can still use these great toner sheets!
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I wasn’t going to share this card because my heat-embossing got a little messy, but it shows the galaxy pattern with a little less black ink covering up the colors!  The constellation stamps are from Simon Say’s Stamp’s Seeing Stars.  Brutus Monroe has a great assortment of toner sheet designs, so be sure to check them out!  Thanks for visiting today!
Brutus Monroe, Deco Foils, Distress Inks, Distress Oxides, Drybrush Deco Foil Transfer Sheets, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Masculine Cards, Road Trip, Stenciled Cards, Surface Inks, Tim Holtz

Tim Holtz Meets Brutus Monroe!

 

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I know I can’t be the only stamper out there who thinks that Tim Holtz and Brutus Monroe products would compliment each other wonderfully!  I paired them up in this card and love the results!  Let’s talk about what happened here!  
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Starting on a base card of Lunchbox cardstock, I placed my grid stencil over it, then covered just a section of it with Deco Foil Transfer gel.  I wiped off the excess then removed the stencil and let the gel dry to tackiness.  I didn’t have my heat laminator at that point, so I just pressed the sheet of Drybrush Transfer Foil onto the tacky gel and rubbed it with a credit card to transfer the foil.  I then turned the foil around to make the design go in the opposite direction and rubbed on some more.  What a cool look!  
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I heat-embossed the main image from Tim Holtz’ Road Trip set onto a piece of watercolor cardstock, then colored it in with Zigs, roughed up the edges with my scissors and sponged some Raven Detail ink to make it pop.  On my base card with the foiled design, I stamped out the tire tracks with Hickory Smoke distress oxide ink, then stamped the other images in the background to fill in the space.  
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Look at all that texture!
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I loved combining the products from two great companies!  I wonder if Tim and Christopher have met in real life?!  Perhaps a collaboration is in the future!  I hope so!  In the meantime, I hope you’ve poked around on Brutus Monroe’s website to see what new toys you’d like to play with!  
Birthday, CTMH Stamps, Distress Inks, Distress Oxides, Florals, Hero Arts, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Large Posy, Stamp & Cut Prayers, Sympathy, Tim Holtz, Water Colored Cards

Hero Arts Large Posy X Three!

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I recently purchased this beautiful flower stamp, Large Posy by Hero Arts, from a member of a Facebook stamping group I’m a part of.  It’s a great way to add new and not-so-new stamps to our collections!  And you may know by now that watercoloring large florals is my favorite!  I made three cards with Large Posy and this is the first!  I heat-embossed the image in black onto a piece of watercolor card stock, then scribbled the Zig markers into the areas with the most black lines.  I then used a wet paintbrush to move the color, adding more color to deepen the shadows.  This is a really quick and easy way to effectively watercolor!  
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When the flowers were dry, I smooshed Mowed Lawn distress ink onto my craft mat, added lots of water then painted the background with it.  By picking up more ink, and less water I was able to create a darker area around the blossoms.  I dried the panel with a heat tool, then dripped water droplets onto the background.  How about that grid pattern?!  I pressed a grid stencil in the wet ink and then laid it onto the card being sure to only let the design go where the green area was.  I die-cut two “prayers” from another set I bought from the group member (Hero Arts Stamp & Cut Prayers) and then heat-embossed the remaining sentiments onto strips of card stock and attached them all to my card front.  Lastly, I spattered some black paint then mounted the panel to a base card of white.  
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For my second card, I heat-embossed in white onto watercolor card stock, then watercolored the blossom with a couple purple Zig markers and a wet paintbrush.  When it was dry, I again smooshed distress oxide ink onto my craft mat (Squeezed Lemonade), watered it down and painted it all around the flower.  Another set I bought from the group is CTMH’s Beloved Blossoms and I inked up one of the stamps with Fossilized Amber and stamped it over the damp yellow background.  THEN, I inked up Stampin’ Up’s Dictionary with Iced Spruce distress oxide ink and after covering up the flower with a quickly torn “mask” of paper towel, I added that to the background!  
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I trimmed the panel down, adhered it to a white layer then to a gray base card.  I don’t recall who makes the sentiment but I heat-embossed that directly to the card front.  Finally, a few faux droplets strategically placed were the final detail for my card!  
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Last, but not least, this pink and gold beauty was the final card I made with Large Posy.  I heat-embossed the image twice in gold onto watercolor card stock, then created my background in the same manner.  Smoosh distress oxide ink, water it down, paint it onto the panel.  Add drops of water for a little interest, stamp over it with my script stamp and done!  The flowers were painted with just a little of the oxide inks that were on my mat.  
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I trimmed my panel down then used a corner rounder on two corners, added a strip of gold glitter paper to one side and attached it to my white base card.  I had this embossed sentiment in my stash, so trimmed one end to a banner and adhered it with two big gold brads.  I’m especially fond of pink and gold together and so I especially like this card!  I hope you do too!  🙂  
Break The Rules, Brutus Monroe, Deco Foils, Distress Inks, Distress Oxides, Gina Marie Designs, Masculine Cards, Mixed Media Cards, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Tim Holtz

Brutus Monroe + Deco Foil = WOW!!

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Welcome back to our Wednesday Inspiration Team’s blog hop!  This week we’re so excited to feature Brutus Monroe‘s new line of Deco Foil products made especially for us!  We all received a box of goodies last week to play with and I admit, I was a bit intimidated at first!  I’ve only worked with the foil on my alcohol ink prints and loved it, but didn’t use Transfer Gel for those.  I had the mistaken idea that I need a heat laminator to use these products together, but thankfully, I was wrong!  Let me tell you about my project!
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I started with a card base of Brutus Monroe’s heavy Lunchbag cardstock, and my Tim Holtz Numbers stencil which I taped to my card front.  I “painted” the Tranfer Gel right over the stencil, being sure to work it into the grooves and then removed my stencil and hit the gel on my card with the heat tool for a minute or so till it was dried but still a bit tacky.   I chose to use the gorgeous red/gold/black foil and laid it over the gelled design, then pressed and rubbed and pressed some more to transfer the foil.  I turned the foil around and did it again, making the lines of the foil go in the opposite direction just for the visual interest.  Next I inked up a sponge with Suede Surface Ink and sponged it all over the card front, then did the same with Wagon ink around the edges, and topped the edges off with a sponging of Raven Detail ink.  I added a light covering of the Raven over the card front to make the stenciled design stand out even more.
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I heat-embossed the sentiment from Break The Rules onto a piece of die-cut cardstock, over-stamped with a Tim Holtz script stamp and sponged a little Suede  in the center and Raven around the edges.  The pointing finger stamp is by Stampabilities.  A layer of die-cut black went beneath to make it stand out.
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I just love how the shiny foil and embossing contrast so well with the grunge!   I popped onto the Brutus Monroe website to see what other foiling items they carry and was shocked to see FOUR pages of all the supplies for this medium!!  I can’t wait to learn more techniques for using it!  Perhaps you’ll discover something new to try or just add to your stash!  Thanks for stopping by!  And be sure to check out the other team members projects!  You’ll find Aletha’s here and Berina’s here , Waleska’s is here and Marie’s is here!