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”!  
Brutus Monroe, Deco Foils, Designer Toner Sheets, Distress Oxides, Gina Marie Designs, Sizzix Block Word Dies, Stenciled Cards, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Sunrise Foil Transfer Sheet, Surface Inks, Tim Holtz

It’s A Save!!

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Hi there!  This card came about in a very unexpected way!  I recently bought a laminating machine and used it successfully a couple of times, but I had some trouble with it the other day!
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I  started this card by taping down Brutus Monroe’s Paint Spots stencil to a piece of card stock, then covering it with a thin layer of Deco Foil Transfer Gel.  When it was dried I laid on a layer of Sunrise Foil Transfer sheet and ran it through the laminator but it got stuck halfway out!  I had to pull it from the machine and it came out all wrinkled and accordian-folded!  GAH!!  But those foiled dots stayed put so I decided to save it and go with a distressed look!
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I twisted and wrinkled the panel to add more cool distress lines then got out the beautiful Wagon and Suede Surface Inks and sponged color all over it!  Next I used Raven Detail Ink on a sponge to go around the edges and to accent the wrinkles.  How awesome is that?!
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From that point on, I was crankin!  I spattered some black and gold craft paint over it all, then die-cut my panel with a Stitched Rectangle die.  I added a layer of white behind it and adhered it to a black card base.  I die-cut the word “celebrate” from Tim Holtz’ Celebration Block Words  using a strip of black card stock, added the textured gold paper behind it and trimmed the end to a banner then mounted it to the card with foam tape for lift.  I rummaged around in my stash and found these black sprigs and thought they’d be a great accent, so glued them in behind the sentiment.
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I absolutely LOVE how this came out!  What a save!!
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As you can see, there are SO many ways to use the Foil Transfer sheets and the cute stencil!  You’ll find a really great assortment of both by Brutus Monroe!  Here are the links for the Inspiration Team projects!   Berina , Waleska  and I invite you to get inky and “create your own ending!”
Brutus Monroe, Designer Toner Sheets, Distress Inks, Distress Oxides, Seeing Stars, Simon Says Stamp, Tim Holtz

Journey To The Stars

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Welcome to my blog!  Today I have a couple of cards to share which I made using Brutus Monroe’s Designer Toner Sheets!  The package comes with four sheets in all, two of which are printed on white paper and I used Marble for my cards!  My new laminating machine ate two of my recent projects and one is currently stuck in the machine, waiting for attention from my hubby!  Since I couldn’t use foil on these, I wanted to show that you don’t NEED a laminator to use these awesome products!  Let me tell you how I made my cards!  First of all, I trimmed down the toner sheet to fit my A2 card, then sponged distress oxide inks in various colors over the pattern, ending with a layer of Black Soot.  The paper has a very smooth surface so I wiped any excess ink off with a paper towel.  How cool is that?!  We all love making galaxy cards, right?!
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I always like to spatter drops of water over oxide inks for the effect it gives, so I did that and then spattered white paint to depict the galaxy of stars.  I have a really fun space set and heat-embossed the planet stamp, colored it with some Zig markers, then sponged a little more Black Soot over it to tone it down.  Having recently received some great products from Thermoweb, I adhered my planet with their 3D Foam Squares which was SO much easier than my usual cutting pieces of foam tape, getting my scissors all gummed up!  I added Wink of Stella clear glitter ink to the card for a little sparkle!
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The space stamp set also came with this JOURNEY sentiment (I wish I knew who makes the set but it was secondhand to me!) and I heat-embossed it directly to the card front in white.  I’ll be happy to get my laminating machine fixed but in the meantime, it’s good to know I can still use these great toner sheets!
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I wasn’t going to share this card because my heat-embossing got a little messy, but it shows the galaxy pattern with a little less black ink covering up the colors!  The constellation stamps are from Simon Say’s Stamp’s Seeing Stars.  Brutus Monroe has a great assortment of toner sheet designs, so be sure to check them out!  Thanks for visiting today!