Alcohol Ink, Break The Rules, Brutus Monroe, Deco Foils, Florals, Ranger Alcohol Ink, Sunrise Foil Transfer Sheet, Tim Holtz

Foiled Again!

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Welcome back!  This week’s Inspiration Team’s blog hop assignment was to create something other than a card using the new Brutus Monroe Deco Foils!  It took me a while to think on it and then remembered how beautifully foil adheres to alcohol ink while it’s still tacky!  So I got out my neglected inks and all the paraphernalia and went to town!  This particular photo doesn’t really show the accents of foil but don’t worry!  I’ll share lots more!
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This is an 8X8 inch glazed tile from Home Depot and to begin, I wiped it clean with a cotton ball dampened with 70% rubbing alcohol.  When it was dry, I went a little crazy with my inks!  I created a background which isn’t even visible, using some yellow and brown ink, blowing it around the tile with my air compressor.  I then just added drops of color, reds, orange, yellow, pinks, and white, moving each drop with the compressor before adding the next color and layer.  I love making flowers this way; I added some greens and a little brown alcohol ink to make the leaves.
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When I was satisfied with the overall design and the ink was not quite dry, I simply laid the Sunrise Foil Transfer Sheet onto my tile, rubbed it gently then pulled it back to reveal beautiful speckles and sparkles of foil!  I think it adds a really cool dimension to my design!
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The next step was to draw the petals and leaf lines around the patterns, creating more definite blossoms with a black and a white Posca paint pen.  That really made the flowers stand out!
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The center of my tile looked a bit empty so I decided to “break the rules”!  I don’t know if you’re supposed to heat-emboss on tile but I went for it!  I stamped the sentiment from Brutus Monroe’s Break The Rules stamp set directly onto my tile with white embossing ink and powder and heat-set it.  Unfortunately, it didn’t emboss as clearly as I wanted so I heat-embossed it again onto a square of vellum, punched it out with a scalloped circle punch then glued it directly over the sentiment I’d already added to the tile using Crystal Effects.
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You can really see the bits of Sunrise foil on this photo!  This was VERY messy (my arms and hands are covered with splatters of alcohol inks!) but so much fun!  I’m going to glaze my tile to seal in all the glorious color and gift it to someone!  I think it’d look great as a trivet or hanging on a wall, don’t you?!  Just wait until you see what Marie,  Berina and Waleska have done!

 

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!  
Altenew, Brutus Monroe, Deco Foils, Dies & Die-cutting, Drybrush Deco Foil Transfer Sheets, Florals, Layered Floral Cover Dies, Sharon's Script Sentiments, Sympathy

Altenew Meets Brutus Monroe!

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  I love this pairing of Altenew’s Layered Floral Cover die with the Drybrush Foil Transfer Sheet from Brutus Monroe! Have you heard about the newest collaboration between Deco Foil and Brutus Monroe?!  A custom line of foils is now available and I used one of them for my card today!  I’m waiting for an Amazon order of a pretty inexpensive laminator to arrive, so in the meantime, I kept this project simple! To create this card, I first cut a sheet of the foil to fit my A2 card base and attached it with adhesive.  I then ran a piece of white cardstock and the bottom layer of the Floral Cover die through my Cuttlebug, and then a piece of black with the top layer of the die.  (The lighting in my photo makes the white cardstock have a pink tinge, but it’s crisp white in real life!) 
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After I cut the two coordinating dies, I simply attached the white layer to the foil then glued the black layer over it.  How easy was that?!  My sentiment is from Brutus Monroe’s elegant set called Sharon’s Script and I heat-embossed it in black onto a strip of white cardstock, trimmed the end and lifted it with a strip of foam tape.  
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This was a very simple card to make and I love how the lines on the foil look almost like rain in the background!  There are so many fabulous projects already made by the Inspiration Team so take a look at the blog!  And I hope you’ll take the time to check out all the newly released foils and supplies in stock at the store and online at Brutus Monroe!  I’m eager to stretch myself with these new-to-me products and when that laminator arrives, I’ll find new ways to use them!  Thanks for stopping by today!  
Break The Rules, Brutus Monroe, Deco Foils, Distress Inks, Distress Oxides, Gina Marie Designs, Masculine Cards, Mixed Media Cards, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Tim Holtz

Brutus Monroe + Deco Foil = WOW!!

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Welcome back to our Wednesday Inspiration Team’s blog hop!  This week we’re so excited to feature Brutus Monroe‘s new line of Deco Foil products made especially for us!  We all received a box of goodies last week to play with and I admit, I was a bit intimidated at first!  I’ve only worked with the foil on my alcohol ink prints and loved it, but didn’t use Transfer Gel for those.  I had the mistaken idea that I need a heat laminator to use these products together, but thankfully, I was wrong!  Let me tell you about my project!
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I started with a card base of Brutus Monroe’s heavy Lunchbag cardstock, and my Tim Holtz Numbers stencil which I taped to my card front.  I “painted” the Tranfer Gel right over the stencil, being sure to work it into the grooves and then removed my stencil and hit the gel on my card with the heat tool for a minute or so till it was dried but still a bit tacky.   I chose to use the gorgeous red/gold/black foil and laid it over the gelled design, then pressed and rubbed and pressed some more to transfer the foil.  I turned the foil around and did it again, making the lines of the foil go in the opposite direction just for the visual interest.  Next I inked up a sponge with Suede Surface Ink and sponged it all over the card front, then did the same with Wagon ink around the edges, and topped the edges off with a sponging of Raven Detail ink.  I added a light covering of the Raven over the card front to make the stenciled design stand out even more.
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I heat-embossed the sentiment from Break The Rules onto a piece of die-cut cardstock, over-stamped with a Tim Holtz script stamp and sponged a little Suede  in the center and Raven around the edges.  The pointing finger stamp is by Stampabilities.  A layer of die-cut black went beneath to make it stand out.
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I just love how the shiny foil and embossing contrast so well with the grunge!   I popped onto the Brutus Monroe website to see what other foiling items they carry and was shocked to see FOUR pages of all the supplies for this medium!!  I can’t wait to learn more techniques for using it!  Perhaps you’ll discover something new to try or just add to your stash!  Thanks for stopping by!  And be sure to check out the other team members projects!  You’ll find Aletha’s here and Berina’s here , Waleska’s is here and Marie’s is here!  
Brutus Monroe, Gina Marie Designs, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Rustic Balcony, Stitched Oval Dies, Water Colored Cards

Brutus Monroe Rustic Balcony

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Hi there!  It’s Saturday and that means I get to take over the Brutus Monroe blog!!!  (insert evil laugh!!)  😀  Just kidding!  It’s a thrill and an honor to be a part of this amazing team and to share my creations using some pretty awesome stuff!!  Today I’m featuring a smallish stamp called  Rustic Balcony but it packs a classy punch!  I heat-embossed the balcony in black onto a piece of watercolor cardstock then got busy with my Zigs!  It only took a few minutes to watercolor so I moved right on to the next step!  Using a stitched oval set of dies, I cut the watercolored panel first then another larger oval of black.  I decided to feature Tim Holtz’ 3D Textured Impressions Botanical background on my white base card and I think it beautifully sets of the dark, crisp lines of Rustic Balcony!  
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Before mounting the ovals to the base card with some fun foam, I added a couple red brads for accent.  I then heat-embossed the Hello sentiment onto a scrap of black and placed it over the main image.  So quick, so elegant!  
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For my second card, I embossed Rustic Balcony in gold onto a piece of watercolor cardstock and decided not to color it in.  Instead I just sponged some Broken China distress ink around the edges and set it aside to create the rest of my card!  This beautiful laser-cut piece was in my paper stash from a wedding invitation which I of course, saved!  I added another piece of patterned paper to fill out the other side and attached it to a white card base.  The “friend to friend” sentiment is from an old Stampin’ Up set and I embossed that in a row onto a narrow strip of white, and used it to cover up where the two patterned papers met!  
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I mounted the balcony with foam tape; a couple of die-cut gold foil leaf sprigs and a few random sequins added the final details to my card and I love how it turned out!  One small stamp set yielded two very elegant cards!  Another similar stamp is  Rustic Door and that one’s on my wish list!  Brutus Monroe has a wide variety to choose from so be sure to visit the store or website to find YOUR style of stamps!  Thanks for visiting!  
Anniversary, Big Word Happy, Distress Oxides, Florals, Gina Marie Designs, Happy Stamp and Cut, Hero Arts, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Manhattan Flower, Rose Garden, Stampendous, Stampin Up, Stitched Oval Dies, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Tim Holtz, Water Colored Cards

My Favorite Things Roses All Over!

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I was poking around just now in my CopyCatCard photo files and stumbled upon these fabulous backgrounds!!!  How did I not share them with you??!!  😀  Anyone who knows me, knows that I absolutely love floral stamps, and floral cards and FLOWERS!  I’ve had this gorgeous background stamp called Roses All Over (made by My Favorite Things) for a couple years and earlier this summer I got it out to play with.  The image on the left was made by heat-embossing in white onto a piece of Bristol Smooth card stock and watercolored with my Zig markers.  Basically, I scribbled randomly over the roses then used a sloppy wet paintbrush to move the color.  Isn’t it BEAUTIFUL?!  The one on the right was embossed in gold and I smooshed distress oxide inks onto my craft mat and then just tapped my card stock in it, moving it around to distribute and layer the color.  Equally gorgeous!
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Here’s what I made with the distress oxide background!  I used Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Hillside Border dies to cut out the center and mounted it onto a white base card and embossed my sentiment in the opening.  Notice the lovely roses on the left; they’re from Stampendous’ Rose Garden, gold-embossed as well and painted with more oxide ink then die-cut.  Oh!  I used Gina Marie Designs Stitched Rectangle dies for the outside edge.  How do you like my photo setting?  I stuck my card in a pot of begonias to photograph it!
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This little lovely is made with my Zig-watercolored background which I die-cut using Gina Marie Designs Stitched Ovals set.  My base card was embossed with one of my favorite folders, Manhattan Flower by Stampin Up.  I mounted the oval onto another oval cut from fun foam and die-cut Hero Arts Happy out of white fun foam!  I adhered that to a strip of bright pink card stock and used a little tape to attach it.  I then embossed “Anniversary” (from Stampendous Big Word Happy) onto another strip but lifted it with a little foam tape.  I just love how bright and cheery this card is and so happy that I found these images to share with you!  I love hearing from you so keep commenting!  🙂  XO