Birthday, Birthday Bears, Brutus Monroe, Dies & Die-cutting, Distress Inks, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, My Favorite Things Striped Sentiment Cover Die, Super Sentimental, Surface Inks, Tim Holtz, Water Colored Cards

Brutus Monroe Birthday Bears

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Welcome to our blog hop for the Brutus Monroe Inspiration Team!  This week’s theme is die-cutting and I decided to take out My Favorite Things Striped Sentiment die and combine it with the adorable Birthday Bears by Brutus Monroe!  I used Brutus Monroe’s awesome Lunchbag cardstock to cut my first panel and then embossed it for some added texture.  I  then cut another panel with teal glitter cardstock; as you can see, I just popped the teal stripes into the Lunchbag panel for some fun contrast!  I adhered the panel to a base card of vanilla and moved on to the bears!

 

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I stamped the two bears onto a piece of watercolor cardstock using Antique Linen Distress ink and got out my Zigs to watercolor them!  They’re such “chubby little cubbies”!  After fussy-cutting out the bears, I attached them to my card with pieces of foam tape for lift.  The HAPPY BIRTHDAY sentiment is from, you guessed it!  Super Sentimental!  I stamped that with Raven Detail ink onto a scrap of cardstock then trimmed it into a little banner, sponged a little Broken China distress ink around the edges and added it to my card front.
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Combining dies and stamps make for a really interesting card and I love how this one turned out!  I just may tuck it away for a grandsons birthday!  Be sure to take a peek at what Waleska, Berina, Aletha and Marie have created!  It’s great to see how diverse our group of crafters is!  
BM Vintage Tapestry, Brutus Monroe, Conservatory of Quotes, Embossing Folders, Florals, Rose Garden, Stampendous, Surface Inks, Vintage Tapestry Embossing Folder

A Rose is a Rose…

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I’ve been a part of the Brutus Monroe team for almost two weeks now and having so much fun creating cards with their great stamps and products!  But I wanted to branch out a little and make something different!  I walked around AC Moore yesterday, looking at the bare wood items meant for crafting with but just wasn’t inspired.  Thankfully, when I got home I came across this old frame which I’d tucked away to DIY back to life and had my AHA! moment!  Beginning with the frame, I tapped the Sidewalk ink pad all over the front of it and noticed it stayed wet on the smooth surface so immediately sprinkled on some clear embossing powder then heat-set it!  The color is fairly light, so I rubbed on more Sidewalk over the embossing and then set the color with my heat tool.  Voila!  I love the textured surface it made!
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Notice that beautiful embossed background!   First I spritzed Brutus Monroe’s  Vintage Tapestry embossing folder with Wagon Surface Spray and then Sidewalk Surface Spray and ran a piece of watercolor cardstock through my Cuttlebug.  The colors are divine and I can’t wait to get more of them!  The photos don’t show it, but I also brushed Wink of Stella glitter all over the surface after!

 

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At this point I’d decided to use the rosebud and leaves from Stampendous’ Rose Garden set which I stamped out, colored with Copics and die-cut, then added Wink of Stella clear glitter to the buds.  Now what to do with the mat??  I used my favorite script stamp and Raven Detail ink  to stamp it onto the mat; bummed that my script overlapped a little in some places, but that’s ok!
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Next I used the I Love You stamp from Conservatory of Quotes and heat-embossed it in white onto a strip of black paper, then adhered it to the embossed panel.  The final step was to place my blossoms and leaves then put it all together!  Just look at all the different textures going on!  This came together fairly quickly and I’m really pleased with it!  Be sure to take a peek at the Brutus Monroe website to see the many fabulous products they have!  I’ll be adding to my stash, for sure!
Altenew, Brutus Monroe, Crown Blooms, Distress Oxides, Distress Resist Spray, Emboss Resist Technique, Florals, Friendship, Kuretake, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Super Sentimental, Tim Holtz, Water Colored Cards

Altenew Crown Blooms

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I finally opened my bottle of Tim Holtz Distress Resist Spray which came in my Simon Say’s Stamp June card kit, and had fun making a bunch of backgrounds!  For this one I used a cool grid stencil and then sponged Shaded Lilac, Iced Spruce and Fossilized Amber distress oxide inks over it!  This card also features my brand new Altenew stamp set called Crown Blooms and I just love the images!  
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I stamped the flower and leaf using Brutus Monroe‘s fabulous Raven Detail ink onto Bristol Smooth card stock, then enjoyed coloring with my Zig markers!  I didn’t buy the dies because I intended to use my Scan N Cut machine to cut the images but wasn’t very successful with that, so ended up fussy-cutting.  I stamped the little cluster of flowers onto the background several times then arranged my blossom and leaf over them.  The addition of a few coordinating pearly-thingies were a pretty accent!  
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This little sentiment is from Brutus Monroe‘s Super Sentimental set and I heat-embossed it in white onto a strip of black card stock then adhered it to the blossom with bits of foam tape.  Lastly, I mounted the whole panel to a base card of lovely gray Bazzill card stock.  I know I’m going to really enjoy making more cool backgrounds and using my new Altenew set!  
Birthday, Brutus Monroe, Distress Oxides, Dragon Kisses, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens

Brutus Monroe Color Challenge!

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Hello stamping friends!  Welcome to the Brutus Monroe Inspiration Team’s Color Challenge!  Below is our inspiration photo!  What fabulous colors for a card!  I created mine before I’d received my box of DT goodies, so I got out Dragon Kisses and Super Sentimental to play with!  After heat-embossing the dragon in black I colored him in with Zig markers, then fussy-cut him out and set him aside to create my background.

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I smooshed a bit of  Distress Oxide ink from Mermaid Lagoon, Carved Pumpkin and Fossilized Amber onto my craft mat and spritzed with water.  I pressed another piece of Watercolor Cardstock  into the inks, one color at a time, drying in between with my heat tool.  When I was satisfied with the results, I completely dried it then cut it down with Stitched Rectangle dies.
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After mounting my panel to a layer of white for contrast, I adhered it to a teal card base, then attached my little dragon with a few pieces of foam tape.  I wanted to feature Happy Birthday from Super Sentimental so stamped the sentiment onto a scrap of paper, trimmed it down to create a banner then added a few colorful brads and sponged the edges with Carved Pumpkin.  A little careful cutting gave me a spot to insert the yellow toothpick by his hand.  Done!  I wouldn’t mind getting a Happy Birthday greeting from this cutie, would you?!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Be sure to check out the other team members Color Challenge projects!  Aletha, Berina and  Waleska have each created something unique and fabulous for our challenge!  And feel free to play along!  #brutusmonroecolorchallenge 

 

 

 

BM Petal Lace, Break The Rules, Brutus Monroe, Embossing Folders, Gina Marie Designs, Petal Lace Embossing Folder, Stitched Oval Dies, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Surface Inks

Life Is A Song

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Confession time!  My last post entitled Altenew Academy + Brutus Monroe = Awesome! was mistakenly published too soon!  We went camping again this past weekend, but it was my turn to share a post on Brutus Monroe’s blog on Saturday!  I intended to schedule the publishing of it for then but hit the wrong button!!  GAH!  So, I scrambled to create another card and came up with this!  Brutus Monroe just had a fabulous Retirement Sale and I snagged this great embossing folder called Petal Lace and decided to ink it up today!  I’m really loving their Surface Inks and rubbed Zest on the flatter side of the folder then ran it through my Cuttlebug.  The color is just so RICH!!
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I found a music stamp in my stash and inked it up with Raven Surface Ink and stamped it down the left side of my panel.  After trimming my panel down with a Stitched Rectangle die, I mounted it to a layer of white, then to a black card base.  This fun sentiment is from a set called Break The Rules and I stamped it with Raven onto a scrap of white card stock, then die-cut it with a Stitched Oval die.  I used Sidewalk ink on the music stamp and loosely stamped that onto the oval then smudged more Sidewalk around the edges.  Another oval in black beneath it makes it pop!
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Finally, a layer of fun foam lifts the oval and completes my card!  I hope you like it as much as I do!
Altenew, Altenew Academy Class, Brutus Monroe, Conservatory of Quotes, Copics, Distress Oxides, Florals, Tim Holtz, Water Colored Cards

Altenew Academy + Brutus Monroe = Awesome!

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I recently purchased an online class from Altenew Academy called One Layer Wonders and it’s been great!  The card I’m featuring here was Day Four- Building A Multi-layered Bouquet and involved some masking, drop shadows, and other fun techniques!  I definitely need to buy a T-ruler so that my hand-drawn frames are even, and I definitely need to work on my shading but this was so much fun!  To create this card, I stamped out Brutus Monroe‘s Conservatory of Quotes arrangement onto a piece of Bristol Smooth paper using their AWESOME Raven Surface ink!  I’ve always used either Memento Tuxedo Black for my Copic-coloring or Versafine Onyx Black for all my other coloring/watercoloring but Brutus Monroe’s Raven does it all!!  And it’s a deep, dark black!  Oooooo….I love that!
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Anyway!  After stamping the image, I “painted” a wash of water all around the blossoms and then using Distress Oxide inks (Iced Spruce/Worn Lipstick/Carved Pumpin/Fossilized Amber) which I’d smooshed onto my craft mat then spritzed with water, I loosely painted swashes of ink all around and over the image, letting the water move the colors.  I let the panel air-dry then added some accents of color with Copic markers.
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When my coloring was finished I decided to put the sentiment into a hand-drawn “label”; first I stamped the sentiment directly onto the panel, drew lines around the perimeters to create the box and colored it in with a black Sharpie.  I then heat-embossed the sentiment over it with white and using my gray Copics, drew “shadows” beneath it to make it appear to be lifted.  Such a cool thing to do!  I also used a Sharpie to draw the frame around the image and added a sprinkling of black jewels.  A pretty patterned paper was attached to a vanilla card base and I mounted my top panel to finish my card.  I’m really looking forward to my next class and will share that project with you soon!