Christmas, Distress Oxides, Florals, Holiday Birds Stamps and Dies, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Merry Words, Pointsettia Collage, Stampendous, Tim Holtz, Water Colored Cards

Stampendous Holiday Birds

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Do you love birds?  Do you love to stamp and color birds?  Then you’ll love this set!  It’s called Holiday Birds Cling Stamps & Dies by Stampendous and it’s just beautiful!  I’m always drawn to realistic images and these were a joy to color and create with!  
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I began by inking up the fabulous Pointsettia Collage stamp (by Stampendous too!) with Forest Moss distress oxide ink, spritzed the stamp with a mist of water then stamped it onto a panel of Bristol Smooth card stock.  I set it aside to dry and stamped out both bird images onto another piece of Bristol Smooth and heat-embossed them in gold.  
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I loved coloring them with my Zig markers, using a water brush to move and blend the ink.  After coloring the image, I cut them out with the convenient dies!  
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To construct this card, I wrapped a length of gold ribbon around the watercolored background panel and taped it down on the back.  I sponged more Forest Moss oxide ink around the edges then attached it to my base card of olive green.  On a scrap of olive card stock, I heat-embossed the sentiment (from Stampendous Merry Words Clear stamps) and then die-cut the glittery pine needles from a Gina Marie Designs die.  I tucked the pine needles behind the bird then attached it to the ribbon with a couple pieces of foam tape.  The sentiment was adhered just below the Merry Christmas sentiment which is part of the background stamp!  
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This card was done exactly the same way except I used the little wren instead of the cardinal.  I think they’re both very festive and may tuck these away for personal use!  Thank you so much for visiting!  🙂  
Christmas, Distress Oxides, Florals, Pointsettia Collage, Tim Holtz, Water Colored Cards

Pointsettia’s in Watercolor

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I know!  I know!  MORE pointsettia’s, you say?!  Who wouldn’t want to create beautiful cards all day with the amazing Stampendous images?!  I fussed around a bit more to make this card and think it’s just beautiful!  Here’s what I did!  As usual, I began with a panel of Bristol Smooth card stock and embossed the Stampendous Pointsettia Collage using Brutus Monroe’s November Embossing Powder of the Month called Golden Gourd; it’s not gold, but a pretty light coppery color!  I embossed the image again onto an extra piece of Bristol Smooth so I could paint it and cut it out.
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Before doing that though, I created my background by smooshing some Fossilized Amber and Cracked Pistachio distress oxide inks onto my craft mat, then spritzed with water and tapped my panel into the ink, shifting the card stock to place the color where I wanted it.  Isn’t it so pretty?!
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I painted my blossoms with Gansai Tambi watercolor paints, adding dark red and dark pink, drying between layers for depth of color.  When they were dry, I fussy-cut them out and attached them to my background panel with a little glue.  The final touch was to add some micro-beads to the flower centers then place a few sequins around the background for accent.
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To finish my card, I cut the background down using Stitched Rectangle dies, then attached it to a layer of textured gold card stock, then to a white card base.  I stamped the envelope using the pointsettia from Tim Holtz’ Mini Holidays stamp set and Greetings is from Penny Black’s Believe set which is all Christmas sentiments.  I have so many other holiday stamps so I guess I should set aside my pointsettia’s till next year!  Thank you for your visit; I so appreciate you!  

 

CTMH Stamps, Distress Oxides, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Tim Holtz, Winter

Fresh Powder!

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I am not a skier, and in fact, I’ve never skied in my life!  But I’m working on building my card stash for an upcoming Holiday Craft Show, and had to pull out this amazing set from Close To My Heart called Steep & Deep!  I love the simplified images of the skier and snowboarder and I began by heat-embossing them in black onto a Bristol Smooth card stock.  
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After embossing the snowboarder in black, I heat-embossed the snowflakes with clear powder.  My next step was to sponge on a heavy layer of Faded Jeans distress oxide ink, mainly around the edges and at the top, then went over it and added color to the center with Cracked Pistachio oxide ink.  I used a baby wipe to remove the excess ink from the snowflakes so they would pop!  After setting the inks with my heat tool, I dripped water onto the panel which left behind the wonderful mottled look to depict snowflakes!  
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I colored the snowboarder with Zig markers, then stamped the trees and sentiment using Versafine Onyx Black ink.
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I repeated the process for this card, then sponged some Black Soot oxide ink around the edges.  I  trimmed down the main panel to layer onto a piece of white card stock then mounted it to a black card base.  Coordinated stamped envelopes are always a must!  
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I think these cards are pretty cool and hope they’ll sell well at the craft fair!  Vermont has many skiers, so they should snap these up!  Hmmm….maybe I’d better make more!  🙂  Thank you for visiting!  
Brutus Monroe, Distress Oxides, Halloween Cards, Hit The Brick background stamp, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Pumpkin Faces, Scare Crows, Surface Inks, Tim Holtz

Open If You Dare!

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Happy Halloween!!!   ***GIVEAWAY!*** We wanted to have a little fun with our blog hop this week, and give away ONE $25 GIFT CERTIFICATE to the Brutus Monroe store! Just leave a comment on each blog post along the hop to be entered! Winner will be announced on next Wednesday’s blog hop post, November 7th, on the Brutus Monroe blog. Please remember to check back next week to see if you are the winner! 
         ***BONUS ENTRY- Post ANY project you have created in the Brutus Monroe Fan Club                    group on Facebook with the hashtag,#TrickOrTreatGiveaway! Good luck!                                            The Team has had a ball creating spooky Halloween cards and I’m excited to share mine!  The Pumpkin Faces and Scare Crows sets have so many great images that I had to use them both!  To begin, I inked up Hit The Brick background with black embossing ink then stamped it onto a panel of Bristol Smooth card stock.  I sprinkled on not just black embossing powder but Brutus Monroe’s cool Glow In The Dark powder too!  I set it with the heat tool and the Glow In The Dark looks amazing in a dark room!

 

 

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The next think I did was to heavily sponge on several shades of distress oxide ink (Walnut Stain/Gathered Twigs/Carved Pumpkin and Fired Brick) to create my brick wall, then I trimmed the panel down with Stitched Rectangle dies and cut out a doorway!  I inked up a piece of string with Raven Detail ink then made a handle with it and wrote the words on the door with a Sharpie marker.  Setting that aside, I started on my inside images!
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Here’s what the outside looks like in the dark!  I took this photo at 6:30 am in my kitchen!
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To create my inside scene, I stamped out the scarecrow image from Scare Crows set, embossed in brown and then colored with Zig markers.  Look at that cute kitty on the left!  I also stamped out the cornstalk and then two pumpkins from Pumpkin Faces and colored them as well.  After fussy-cutting all the pieces, I attached them to a panel of black card stock on which I’d stamped and embossed more cornstalks with Glow In The Dark powder.
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Oooooo!!!  Spooky!!!  😀
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To construct my card, I adhered the inside panel to the backside of the brick wall panel, then layered that onto a panel of green card stock.  I attached it to a black card base and glued on my cornstalk and two pumpkins to the outside.  This card was a little involved, but so worth the extra effort because I think one of my grandsons will love it!  Especially when Nanna shows him how it glows in the dark!
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I want to thank you all for your support and encouraging comments these past four months while I’ve been a part of the fabulous Brutus Monroe Inspiration Team.  It’s been a real joy and a wonderful experience to be part of a group of such inspiring and creative people!  I’m going to bow out with this card as my last official post for Brutus Monroe although I look forward to guest designing in the future!  Now, let’s see what those amazing people have created for this weeks  blog hop!  You’re sure to be inspired!                                                                                                    MARIE
JESS
HEATHER
BERINA
LAUREN
DANIEL
WALESKA
                                                                                                                            

 

 

Baroque Background, Birthday, Brutus Monroe, Distress Oxides, Florals, Tim Holtz

Emboss Like A Boss!

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 Did you know Brutus Monroe has an Embossing Powder of The Month Club?!  Here’s how it works:  If you sign up for the Embossing Powder club, you will receive a unique, limited edition powder once each month.  IF there are any powders left over from the subscriptions, they will be sold in store until gone.  Also, everyone that SUBSCRIBES to ANY of the subscriptions (Stamp Club, Inspiration Box, EP), will also receive 15% off on every in store purchase at any time.
 This is ONLY if you subscribe!  That’s quite a deal!  I hope you take advantage of it!                  Now, on to my card!  On a piece of Bristol Smooth card stock which I dusted thoroughly with my anti-static powder, I stamped out the beautiful Baroque background stamp with Versamark, then heat-embossed it with rich, dark Coffee Grounds embossing powder from September’s Club.  I tapped out several distress oxide inks (Fossilized Amber, Carved Pumpkin, Fired Brick and Bundled Sage) onto my craft mat, spritzed with water, then pressed my embossed background into the watery ink, moving it around to distribute the colors, drying between each one.
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When I was satisfied with that, I set it aside to work on my sentiment die.  I cut it from  Macchiato card stock, which is beautifully heavy and luxurious! I then outlined each letter with Craft Glue and sprinkled on copper glitter.  It took several tries to get the glue to completely cover the letters, and several attempts to cover the glue with my copper glitter!   I’m bummed that it still didn’t quite cover every bit and it smudged a little onto my vellum panel.  GAH!  May I just say that my table and floor is covered though!!  😀
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I was too invested in this card to start over so I carried on!  After trimming down my background I then added a smaller layer of vellum.  I attached it with Thermoweb Sticky Strip Runner then adhered my sentiment onto it, again using Brutus Monroe’s Craft Glue.  Finally, a card base of Macchiato finished my card!
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Despite my messy glitter adventure, I still love this card and in real life, it’s absolutely stunning! Let’s take a peek at the other’s embossed wonders!!                                                                              MARIE   JESS   LAUREN   BERINA   WALESKA    HEATHER B.  
Brutus Monroe, CTMH Stamps, Dance With Denim, Distress Oxides, Halloween Cards, Stamp of the Month Club, Surface Inks, Tim Holtz

Bite Me!!

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Did you know that Brutus Monroe has a Stamp of the Month Club?  It’s a sweet little deal and if you’re interested in the details, click HERE!  So, how freaking cute is this vampire candy corn??  He’s this month’s image for the Club and we all loved playing with him!  My card involved some masking and stamping but was worth the extra effort!  I began with a piece of Bristol Smooth card stock and stamped my first little vampire then heat-embossed with black.  I created a mask so I could cover him up in order to stamp the second one.  Heat-embossed in black again and so on till I had filled my panel with scary little vampire’s!  In the process, I got a few inky fingerprints on my panel, but knew I’d be covering it with a layer of black ink, so didn’t sweat it!
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Next I pulled out my new Aqua Pigments and did a little color mixing since I don’t have the complete collection.  Mixing colors was easy and I can lighten or deepen my shades by the addition of water or extra ink!  I added shading to the white parts by watering down the tiniest drop of black pigment!
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To fill in my background, I had to cover the top layer of vampire’s with the masks, then using upward strokes with my sponge tool, I added Zest Surface ink to the panel.  I covered most of that with a heavy layer of Black Soot distress oxide ink, then a final layer of Raven Detail ink!
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Next I moved the masks to the bottom row of vampire’s and filled in the space below, again with Black Soot then Raven.  I used a black Zig to deepen the color below the candy corn.  BITE ME was heat-embossed in white over the black.  I enhanced the eyes and teeth with a white gel pen.
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I trimmed down my panel with Stitched Rectangle dies, then mounted it to another panel upon which I’d stamped Dance With Denim in Carved Pumpkin oxide ink!  I like the textured look of it framing my card on a black base card!  Lastly, the Trick or Treat sentiment is from an old CTMH stamp set called Thriller.  This card was pretty fun to make and I loved seeing it emerge!  Now, let’s see what the Inspiration Team has made with their Stamp of The Month!                                   HEATHER      LAUREN     MARIE    JESS

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