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!  
Fall/Autumn, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Renee's Leaves, Water Colored Cards, Winnie & Walter

Fall Frenzy with Winnie & Walter!

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“Down, down, yellow and brown, the leaves are falling all over town!”  That’s a little song I used to sing to my girls and although the leaves aren’t falling here in Vermont yet, a few maple trees are beginning to change colors!  It’s hard to believe fall is just around the corner, especially as we’ve had temps in the 90’s recently!  But as much as I hate to see the summer end, I do love fall and everything about it!  Today’s card is watercolored using Winnie & Walter’s Renee’s Leaves stamp set and Zig markers.  On a piece of watercolor cardstock, I randomly stamped a variety of the leaves then heat-embossed them in black.  

 

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I LOVE coloring backgrounds and usually begin with that first, as I did here using a couple shades of blue Zigs.  I then colored in the leaves and used a watery brush to move the ink.  When the panel was dry, I spattered (of course I did!!) white and black paint for a little added texture, then adhered it to a white card base.  I found a piece of yellow vellum in my stash and heat-embossed my sentiment (a dollar find from AC Moore!) onto it then attached it to my watercolored panel using Thermoweb’s Sticky Strip Runner.  I had a leftover fussy-cut leaf from another card I’d made so lifted it with a few little 3D Foam Squares from Thermoweb!  I guess I don’t mind fall coming after all!  
Altenew, Brutus Monroe, Copics, Lunchbag 100lb cover cardstock, Wild Hibiscus

Copics and Colored Cardstock!

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Brutus  Monroe is featuring their cardstock this week and it really IS awesome!  My card for today was made using Lunchbag which is a wonderfully heavy, warm-colored kraft paper.  I tried something new with it today too!  Did you know you can color with Copics on kraft??!!  I didn’t!  But I decided to give it a try and created this card!  My stamps are Wild Hibiscus from Altenew and I stamped, masked and stamped some more till I had an arrangement I liked.
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Then I got busy with my Copics!  I used several shades of red, yellow and purple to add layers of color on each blossom.  The Lunchbag cardstock took the Copic ink well and gave me a warm, muted look.  I used shades of aqua to fill in my background, leaving stroke marks to add a little “texture”.
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This was basically a one-layer card but I decided to lift my sentiment with a piece of Thermoweb 3D Foam Squares after stamping on a scrap of white and layering it onto a scrap of Lunchbag then trimming the ends.  I also brushed a little Broken China distress ink around the edges to coordinate with the background of my card.  Now that I know how well Copics interact with colored cardstock, I’m going to play around with some other colors!  Let’s see…perhaps some of the beautiful blue Sea, Sidewalk, or even Heather!  Brutus Monroe’s cardstocks are high quality, 100 lb cover and a joy to work with!  Go get some!  😀  And don’t forget to check out what Marie, Aletha, Berina and Waleska have created for the Brutus Monroe blog!

 

Brutus Monroe, Conservatory of Quotes, Dies & Die-cutting, Distress Oxides, Florals, The Leaf Effect Cutaway Die, Tim Holtz, Water Colored Cards, Winnie & Walter

The Leaf Effect

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We’re collaborating with Winnie & Walter again this week and the team has created some pretty fabulous cards and projects using their products!  My card today features their very cool die called The Leaf Effect Cutaway!  I paired it with one of my favorite Brutus Monroe sets, Conservatory of Quotes and I love how the leaf cut-outs accentuate the beautiful leaves on the stamp!  How did I make this?!  Well, I’m glad you asked!
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To begin, I folded a piece of textured gray cardstock to make my base card, then laid The Leaf Effect die on it and ran it through my Cuttlebug.  I removed all the cut leaves then set them all aside.  On a piece of white card stock, I stamped a script stamp all over with Raven Detail ink then attached it beneath the leaf-cut panel.  Using bits of foam tape, I reattached some of the cut leaves to create interest and dimension.  I’m thinking it may be too busy, but it’s definitely “interesting” and “dimensional”!
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On a piece of watercolor cardstock I heat-embossed the floral image in black, then painted it with distress oxide inks which I’d tapped onto my craft mat and watered down.  When it was dry I fussy-cut the image then mounted it to the card base with more foam tape for lift.
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Finally, on a scrap of white card stock, I heat-embossed my sentiment (also from Conservatory of Quotes) in hot pink to match the pink blossoms.  I trimmed the ends and adhered it to the flowers.  Winnie & Walter’s Leaf Effect die is pretty darn awesome and I can’t wait to use it for fall cards!  Please visit their website and enjoy perusing their many wonderful products!  And check out Brutus Monroe’s blog to see what the team has created as well!
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”!