Brick Wall Background, Brutus Monroe, Conservatory of Quotes, Distress Markers, Distress Oxides, Florals, Tim Holtz, Unity Stamps, Water Colored Cards

Blog Hoppin’ With Unity!

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I’m so freaking excited!  What a week!  Christopher Alan just announced a new collaboration between Brutus Monroe and Unity Stamps!!  And tonight is the big collaborative blog hop including the teams from both companies!!   A line of  background stamps have been created just for this occasion and I got the awesome Hit The Brick to play with!  After making several backgrounds with it, I decided to do a partial brick wall background for my card.  So, here’s what I did: I tapped Bundled Sage distress oxide ink onto the Hit The Brick stamp, spritzed it with a fine mister then, by bending the flexible cling stamp, I was able to just stamp parts of it onto my paper.  BTW, it’s perfectly sized for A2 cards!
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After drying with my heat tool, I heat-embossed in white the beautiful Conservatory of Quotes in the lower right hand corner.  I colored sections at a time with Distress markers, adding water to move the color.  I let each color dry, then added more ink to deepen the color.  I also used the markers to add color below and around the image to create that lovely, shadowy background.
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In the upper right hand corner, I added my script stamp very faintly with Bundled Sage.  For the spatters, I scribbled out the deep red and green markers onto my craft mat, and mixed them together with my wet paintbrush, then spattered the resulting color over my card.  The sentiment is from a Unity Stamps set called Life Touches and I heat-embossed it in dark red directly to the card front.

 

 

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When my panel was completed, I trimmed it down with Stitched Rectangle dies, added a layer of dark red paper behind it then mounted it to an off-white base card.  Doesn’t that brick background beautifully compliment the spray of roses?  I just love it and can’t wait to make more cards with it!

 

You’ll be amazed at all the projects made by the Inspiration Team!  The blog hop lineup includes not only our team but Unity Stamps’ team as well!  Waleska is next on the hop!
Amanda
Angeline
Camille
Donna
Echo
Gaylynn
Heather
Karen 
Lisa
Mandi 
Maria
Noelle
Robyn
Sharon 
Shemaine 
Stephanie
Brutus Monroe
Berina
Heather
Jess
Lauren
Marie Nicole
Sharon White
Waleska
Unity Stamp Co
Brutus Monroe, Copics, Distress Oxides, Florals, Glitter Stock, Thank You, Tim Holtz, Unity Stamps, Water Colored Cards, You Are Forever Beautiful

All That Glitters Is Glitterstock!

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Brutus Monroe is sharing projects made with their glorious GlitterStock and I can’t wait to share mine with you today!  Just look at all that shine!!  There’s just something about glitter card stock that brings a card to the next level of elegance!  I used Gilded which is the perfect weight for die-cutting!  But let me start at the beginning!  To begin my card, I created the background on a piece of watercolor cardstock with Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick and Candied Apple distress oxide inks, smooshed, spritzed and blotted onto my paper.  While it was wet, I sprinkled on some kosher salt, dried it with my heat tool and then brushed off the salt.  The result is a different texture than just spritzing with water.
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Next I heat-embossed in gold the beautiful spray of roses from Unity Stamps called You Are Forever Beautiful, then carefully colored them in with Copic markers.  You should avoid coloring directly over the embossing as it could damage the nibs.  After layering on a number of colors I trimmed my panel down and added a layer of Gilded Glitterstock behind it to frame it.
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I bought this ornate frame die from AC Moore and cut it from another piece of Gilded, and added an oval of white cardstock to the center, upon which I’d stamped my script stamp in gold ink, then heat-embossed the pretty little sentiment from Stampin Up.  I attached the frame with All Purpose Craft glue and then adhered the panel to a white card base.  I have the amazing Sampler Pack with lots of luscious colors and can’t wait to play with them!  I hope you take a minute to see all the glittery goodness at Brutus Monroe and check out what Marie,  Berina and  Heather B. (our current guest designer!) have made for the blog!
Brutus Monroe, Congratulations, Distress Oxides, Florals, Glitter Glaze, Hollyhocks, Super Sentimental, Surface Inks, Tim Holtz, Unity Stamps

Hollyhocks on Heather!

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I recently bought this stamp called Hollyhocks from Unity Stamps and inked it up the other day!  I’m not in love with this card, but I AM in love with Brutus Monroe’s line of cardstock!  To begin, I tapped out several colors of distress oxide inks (Broken China/Faded Jeans/Iced Spruce) onto my craft mat, spritzed them with water then blotted up the inks with Brutus Monroe’s Not Your Mama’s Ultra Heavy Base Weight card stock (now THAT’S a mouthful!) and was delighted at how well it took my watery inks!  I then stamped the Hollyhocks onto the background with Wilted Violet oxide ink and then Iced Spruce.
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I created a little stencil using my Punchinella die and added the dots of Iced Spruce in a couple of places.  I heat-embossed the Hollyhocks in black over the finished background and I love how they really stand out!  I wanted to darken the edges so I sponged Brutus Monroe’s Sea Surface Ink around the edges, then trimmed my panel down and roughed up the sides with my scissors for a distressed look.
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But did I stop there?!  Heck, no!!  I then got out my new little pot of Brutus Monroe’s Unicorn Horn Glitter Glaze and smeared a little onto my craft mat, then tapped a dots-stamp into it and stamped it around my panel.  I like the little sparkle it adds!   I also recently received a lovely selection of Brutus Monroe’s card stock and chose to make my card base with Heather.  I inked up Hollyhocks with Wilted Violet distress oxide then added some Sea Surface Ink, spritzed it with water and stamped right onto the card stock!  I was impressed that it took the watery ink so well, with no buckling or warping!  After attaching my distressed panel to the card base, I found this sentiment from the Super Sentimental set in my stash and placed it on with Thermoweb’s Sticky Strip Runner which doesn’t show through the vellum!  A spattering of black paint added the final detail to my card!  
Bad Influence, Crackle Stencil, Distress Oxides, Friendship, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Queen of the Universe, Thermoweb, Tim Holtz, Unity Stamps

Bad Influence

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I had a few hours of free time yesterday and having received a box of goodies recently from Thermoweb, I just had to play!  Check out this background!  I made it with the Crackle stencil, repositioning it for each color!   It totally reminded me of retro formica countertops which inspired my use of the retro ladies from Unity Stamps “Queen of the Universe” set!
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After trimming down the stenciled panel I added a layer of vellum over it and a black layer beneath it.  I’ve been living in the Dark Ages, making vellum cards without the wonderful Thermoweb Sticky Strip Runner which doesn’t show through!!  Anyway, I heat-embossed the  two ladies, colored them with Zig markers then fussy-cut them out and mounted one with flat adhesive and the other with the handy-dandy Thermoweb 3D White Foam Squares!  The sentiment is by Unity Stamps as well, called Bad Influence!  

 

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Finally, all the pieces were attached to an aqua blue card base.  I love snarky cards and this was really fun to make!  Now, which friend is going to get this one…?!  😀  
Florals, Papertrey Ink, Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Stylish Sentiments, Unity Stamps, You Are Forever Beautiful

Celebrate Your Day!

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I feel like I haven’t made or posted any floral cards recently, so today I’m sharing a beauty with yellow roses!  This image is You’re Forever Beautiful by Unity Stamps and I tried my hand at no-line coloring!  I stamped the roses onto a panel of soft gray card stock with a light gray ink, then took out my Prismacolor pencils and got busy!  There are layers and layers of color and it was so relaxing to just sit and do this!  
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 I just love the combination of gray and yellow and aren’t those little purple-y sprigs the perfect accent?!  I used a lot of gray for shading on the blossoms themselves and all around the image.  Before I rounded the corners and mounted it to my card base, I spattered some black and white paint for a little added interest!  
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The green base sets off the green leaves, and the sentiment is from Papertrey Ink.  I really love this and hope you do too!  Thanks for visiting!  
Florals, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Uncategorized, Unity Stamps, You Are Forever Beautiful

Unity Stamps Forever Beautiful

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How beautiful is this gorgeous spray of roses made by Unity Stamps?!  It’s called You Are Forever Beautiful and is on sale right now!  I chose to keep it simple by heat-embossing the image in gold onto a piece of Bristol Smooth paper, then did a wash of aqua using my Zig marker.  I adhered the panel to a base card of vanilla card stock.  
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I also embossed the sentiment in gold.  The addition of a few sequins were the final touch to this beautiful yet simple card!