Big Word Thanks, Brutus Monroe, Conservatory of Quotes, Distress Oxides, Florals, Stampendous, Water Colored Cards

Unity/Brutus Monroe CopyCat!

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This strikingly beautiful card was shared yesterday by Unity Stamps on the Stamping Life Facebook page and I was immediately captivated!  I love strong color and just love this card, so had to make a copycat!!  The card above was made with the newest release by the dynamic duo of Brutus Monroe and Unity Stamps, called Botanical Background and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!  But let’s talk about how I copied it!  
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For my card, I used a Brutus Monroe favorite, Conservatory of Quotes to create my black and white roses background, heat-embossed in black onto a panel of water color card stock.  Then I got out my Zig markers, Mustard and Yellow and began to fill in the space between the images.  I scribbled one section at a time with Mustard, then went over it with Yellow; a wash of water from my waterbrush softened and blended the two colors.  As you can see, my image didn’t stamp out completely, but I knew I could cover that section up!  
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I decided to make another card using shades of Aqua but the ink didn’t blend or flow as evenly, even with the addition of water!  The panel on the right was my first attempt and the one on the left wasn’t any better!  I set those aside to try another color!  
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For this panel, I used Yellow Green and Mid Green, beginning with the darker color next to the image, then blending out with Yellow Green, and finally, softening again with water.  I’m not sure why the aqua inks didn’t blend out but I was happy this one did!  
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The last color I did was purple; again, the colors didn’t blend as well as the yellow and green, but I like the texture of this one!  I used Purple and Light Violet then used my water brush to soften the ink.  
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Here is my finished CopyCat card in yellow!  The sentiment is from Brutus Monroe’s Super Sentimental set which has a great variety of sayings!  I trimmed down my watercolored panel with Stitched Rectangle dies, then adhered it to a panel of white, and then to a black base card.  
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The sentiment was heat-embossed with Alabaster embossing powder onto a strip of black then  adhered to a strip of vellum for accent.  
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I don’t love this one, but it’s still quite nice!  I die-cut the panel again with Stitched Rectangle dies, then mounted it to a white card base.  A strip of vellum enhances the die-cut sentiment.  
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For this version, I die-cut the image with Stitched Circles, then mounted it to an off-white base card which I’d embossed with a Large Dot embossing folder.  I stamped “Hello Beautiful” from Brutus Monroe’s Super Sentimental set and heat-set it with Alabaster embossing powder on a scrap of black card stock then attached it to the card front with a bit of foam tape for lift.  
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Remember those aqua panels which didn’t work out so well?  I retrieved one of them by cutting it down with a Stitched Circle die then sponged Peacock Feathers distress oxide ink around the edges.  I had this embossed panel in my stash which I’d made using Tim Holtz’ Botanical 3D Texture Fades embossing folder.  I love the white on white effect and then the pop of aqua!  I recently bought this die “Fabulous” and love how it looks! The “YOU ARE” stamp is from Stampendous Big Words Thanks; the sentiment was actually “hope you are having a great day” so I taped off the words I didn’t need, inked it up with Versamark then removed the tape and heat-embossed it with Alabaster powder.  I trimmed it down and adhered it to my panel.  I had a lot of fun creating this series of CopyCat cards and I hope you enjoyed reading about the process!  I appreciate your visit!  
Water Colored Cards

I’m An Art Thief!

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I have a Pinterest board called Art=Love and it’s one of my favorites, filled with art and images which speak to my soul and the artistic being inside me.  I was perusing this board yesterday and decided to “steal some art” and make my own versions!  This particular image and style is so striking and I just love it!  It’s a lino print made by the Scottish artist, Bryan Angus; here’s the link to it on his website.  My version is rudimentary and amateur, of course but it made me happy to play with my watercolors and recreate this stunning print.  
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I used a cheap set of watercolor paints on watercolor paper then trimmed it down and mounted it to a base card of white card stock.  It seems a little presumptuous to have put my initials on it, but I DID paint this after all, so I think it’s okay!  
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The next piece of art I “stole” is this fun dandelion painting; here’s the link to it on my Pinterest board and you can follow the links from there to find it’s original artist.  My version is a bit toned down and not as delicate but again, using my inexpensive watercolor paints, I enjoyed the time I spent on it!  
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I used a white gel pen to draw the little wispy thingies!  I was bummed to see that my paint ran under the painters tape and messed up the clean lines around the edges.  
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The third card I painted yesterday is this one; a different style from the others and not nearly as textured and beautiful as the original, done by Karen Margulis with pastels.  Oh, to be a real artist!!!  Basically, I borrowed her general layout and design, then recreated my watercolor creation.  
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I spattered a little black and then white craft paint over my image and mounted it to a white card base.  
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The fourth and final card I “stole” yesterday is this poppies print. The artist is Patty Baker and here’s a link to her original painting via her newsletter.  I appreciate the simple, vertical design, the rich blue background and the pop of red poppies which adorn her painting.  
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My simplified watercolor version doesn’t do hers justice, but my purpose was to spend some time with paint and brushes, rather than rubber stamps and ink.  I had a lovely time “stealing” these wonderful pieces of art and hope that the recipients of my cards will enjoy them!  Now, back to Art=Love to find more treasures!  Thanks for visiting!  
Bister watercolor powders, Brusho Watercolor Powders, Emboss Resist Technique, Mini Weathered Winter, Thank You, Tim Holtz, Water Colored Cards

Flurry of Thanks

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It’s been too long since I’ve posted on my blog but between craft shows and holiday preparations and activities, I haven’t made new cards until now!  Today’s project was to create Thank You cards and I was inspired by an incredibly beautiful card I received from Angelica Conrad of My Love For Paper blog!  Take a peek here!  She used Nuvo Shimmer powders but I don’t own that product so instead, I used my Bister and Brusho watercolor crystals which give the same effect.  
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The process was pretty much the same as Angelica’s;  I heat-embossed the snowflakes from Tim Holtz’ Mini Weathered Winter in white onto a piece of watercolor card stock then spritzed it with a heavy layer of water.  
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I sprinkled on several shades of Bister or Brusho crystals, then spritzed more water to make the color move and blend.  This one is my favorite with shades of purple and aqua!  
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When all my panels were completed, I added the multiple-Thank You stamp which I embossed with white ink and clear powder right over the background.  I like how subtle it is!  
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Wait.  Maybe this one is my favorite with it’s bright rainbow of colors!  😀  A dear stamping friend sent me a package filled with die-cut snowflakes and other goodies recently and I added one to each card, lifting it with a 3D Foam Square for a little added interest.  
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The final touch was to emboss “many thanks” from an old Stampin Up set onto a scrap of black paper with white embossing powder and attach that over the glittery snowflake.  I like the pop of black, don’t you?!  A base card of white completes my card!  These are the first four of a number of Thank You cards I’ll need, so I’ll be back with the next batch soon!  Thanks for visiting!  
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!

 

Aqua Pigments, Brutus Monroe, Christmas, Christmas Eve Embossing Powder, Create A Pointsettia, Florals, Stampendous, Water Colored Cards

Christmas Eve Pointsettia

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Isn’t this just beautiful?!  If you look closely, you’ll see that the embossing powder has glitter in it!  I received a container of Brutus Monroe’s Embossing Powder of the Month called Christmas Eve and it’s absolutely gorgeous!  A beautiful deep red powder with bits of golden glitter!  Naturally, I had to use my newest Stampendous stamp, Create A Pointsettia!
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As always, I began with a piece of Bristol Smooth card stock and stamped out the image with Versamark, then heat-set it with Christmas Eve embossing powder.  Using my Aqua Pigment watercolor inks, I began to paint, adding layers and layers of color!  I used just Red, Blue and Yellow, mixing colors to get the perfect shades.
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When the panel was complete and dried, I spattered droplets of water to get the cool reactive pattern which you can really see on the blue background!  I left the larger berries white but filled in the smaller ones with Gold Nuvo Drops.
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My final step was to trim down the watercolor panel with Stitched Oval dies, then cut a larger oval of Glitterstock and adhered the two together.  I mounted them to a simple off-white card base and decided to leave it as is, allowing the pointsettia to take center stage!  I just love the added shine of the glitter in the Christmas Eve embossing powder!  I may add a sentiment to the front, or just stamp one to the inside of my card.  Thanks for visiting!