Friday, August 12, 2022

GIU Day 5 May the Joys of the Season by Yours

For my last day as a GIU girl, I had to make a Christmas Card.  Purple is my favorite color so I thought I would just play and see what happened.

I started with a piece of light purple paper from my stash and ink blended on Wilted Violet and Villainous Potion Oxide inks.  Next, I took the snowflakes from the Beauty of Life SMAK (11/19) kit and stamped them in Villainous Potion in a random pattern all over my card front.  Then I covered the snowflakes with Icicle Embossing Ink.  
Because oxide inks take a little bit to dry, the embossing ink stuck not only to the snowflakes but to portions of my panel.  I was okay with that as I heat set it, it made it feel like there was icy or frosty patches on my card.
Here you can see the shine on the snowflakes and on the frosty/icy patches on my card.

Then, I took a star stencil from my stash and in the upper and lower corners, I covered the stencil with Opal Chroma Glaze from Brutus Monroe and set my panel aside to dry.

Next, I took another piece of the light purple cardstock and cut it out with a tag die from my stash.  I  stamped the sentiment from Ember Girl in the Villainous Potion and ink blended the same two purple inks around the edges and once again used the Opal Chroma glaze and star stencil.

Once everything was dry, I cut the panel down with a double stitched rectangle from my stash and added the tag to the front. I chose a purple and white ribbon from my stash, tied them in a knot.  To add the ribbon to my card, I used a glue dot.  Then I attached the panel to my white A2 card base.

I hope you enjoyed my week showcasing some of the Unity Products.  Head over to Unity Stamp Co. Website and pick up some goodies for yourself.


Thursday, August 11, 2022

GIU Day 4 Celebrate Foil Card


For day three I thought I would do some foiling.  I used the Unity/Deco Foil Toner Card Fronts {Wild Garden and used a Red Copic Marker (R37) for the berries and I used C3 and C1 to give some color to the flower centers.  Then Using some Silver Deco Foil and My Solid Hot Plate, I added the shine to my card front.  Next, I ran the panel and a red piece of cardstock through my die cut machine with a stitched rectangle die.

For my sentiment I cut out a piece of vellum and stamped the Celebrate from the Celebrate the New set with some Red Pigment Ink and covered it with Icicle Embossing Powder.  I ran it through my diecut machine with another stitched die.  To attach it to my card, I ran it through my Xyron sticker maker.

I finished off the card by adding everything to a white A2 Card base.  I love that this has a Christmas feel but yet, I can use if for multiple occasions.  Below is one a photo that tries to capture the shine of the foil.

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Brutus Monroe You Brighten My Day Rainbow Card

 Brighten My Day Card

I love foiling and today I thought I would share a card that had a focal panel with some of Brutus Monroe Toner Mixable sheets.  I started by foiling my Rainbow panel from the Really Radiant Toner Mixables pack with some Deco Foil Transfer Sheets in Rainbow. Then, I cut the panel and a black mat down with a stitched frame from my stash and adhered them together.

Next, I stamped out my sentiment form the Dogwood Spring Stamp set with Distress Oxide Villainous Potion ink and covered it with Icicle Embossing Powder.  After heat setting, I used the coordinating die to cut it out and matted it on a black frame cut from a stitched die from my stash.  

For some interest, I cut some vellum with the leaves from the Fabulous Florals Die set (3 times) and sprayed them with some shimmer spray to add some shine.  I also sprayed the back of leaves with some Pixie Spray to add adhesive to the back and layered them on the front of my foiled panel.  I used liquid glue to attach my matted sentiment over the ends of my leaves so help keep them in place.  Finally, I adhered the entire thing to a white A2 card base.

Thanks for stopping by and brightening my day.  😆  All of the above links are affiliate links to the Brutus Monroe store. These add no cost to you, however they do help me bring you content.

GIU Day 3 Mini Slim Halloween Card


For GIU Day 3 I have a Mini Slim Line card for you.  Mini Slims are one of my favorite to create.  I started by stamping the jack-o-lantern image from the Unity Stamp Co. Hallows' Eve Tree all over the front of my 3.5" x 6.25" panel with Black pigment ink.  I covered the Black Pigment Ink with Clear embossing powder to heat set it. 

Next, I used Carved Pumpkin Distress Oxide ink over the entire panel, and a little Black Soot Oxide ink over the edges.  Then I took a script stamp from the SMAK Kit Happy Little Moments (July 2015) and stamped it randomly over the entire panel with White Pigment Ink and set it aside for a bit to dry.

While I waited for the White ink to dry and fade back a bit.  I took some Orange Chroma Glaze from Brutus Monroe and spread it on a piece of packaging that I took out of the recycling and set it aside to dry as well.

Once the Chroma glaze was dry (about an hour depending on thickness), I used an older Spellbinders die to cut the pumpkin from it.    Next.  I cut my panel down to about 3" x 6" panel and wrapped a piece of black tulle around the bottom third of my panel using strong double stick tap to secure it to the back.  I took a smaller piece of tulle to tie a knot on the left and a glue dot to attach my pumpkin to the knot.  

Next, I layered the panel on a piece of black cardstock and then lined it up in my Misti to stamp my sentiment; using the same black pigment ink and clear embossing powder as my jack-o-lantern banner.  Finally, I attached the whole thing to my white card base that measures 3.25" x 6.25."

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

GIU Day 2 Array of Fall Slim Line Card

Today's card is a Slim Line card that features the Array of Fall Stamp set from Unity Stamp Co.  I started by stamping the flower image on both sides of my 8.5" x 3.5" Canson XL Watercolor paper with a black pigment ink.  Because Pigment ink stays wet for awhile, I covered with a clear embossing ink and heat set it.

Next, I sprinkled Sunray Crossette, Solar Flare, and Catherine Wheel Shimmer powders from Nuvo over the front and than sprayed the entire thing with water to get the powders moving.  I continued with the shimmer powders and water until I was happy with the result.  Then I set it aside to dry, (I usually do this overnight).

Once my panel was dry, I cut it down to 8.25" x 3.25" and attached it to a Kraft Slim Line card base (8.5" x 3.5").  For my sentiment I stamp it with the same Pigment ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder.  Using a circle die from my stash to cut it out, I adhered it with liquid glue to the top 1/3 of my card.  To finish it off, I added some black gems scattered across my card.  The shimmer powder is hard to film with a camera, but you can see a hint of it in the photo below.

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Monday, August 8, 2022

GIU Week Thanks rainbow card


For my first card this week showcasing Unity Stamp Company products, I wanted to go with an almost one layer and a more simpler card.

I started by placing the Allure border background in my Misti and inked up parts of the stamp with Simon Hurley Creates Shooting Star and stamping it down on my white A2 card panel.  Next, I inked up the image with Bee Sting (also by SHC), overlapping some of the yellow areas.  I repeated this with the SHC Clear Skies ink.  By using these three inks, I can create a rainbow on my background.  I like to use Simon Hurley Inks because the blend well and they also stay "wet" long enough for me to cover the entire image with Embossing Powder.  Here, I used Icicle Embossing Powder from Brutus Monroe and heat set it to give my background a shiny finish.

Next, I used some Deco Foil-Unity Adhesive Transfers for my sentiment.  I cut the Thanks from Sentiments 1 and following the packaging instructions adhered that to the center of my panel.  I covered the transfer with some rainbow foil from my stash (a left over piece from another project).  For the sub sentiment, I stamped For All You Do (from my stash) with Raven Detail Ink from Brutus Monroe.

After I cut down my panel to 4" x 5.25," I adhere it to the front of my Black A2 Card base, including a white blank panel on the inside for my message when sending.  To finish off my card, I used some liquid glue to attached a few iridescent gems around my sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you like my projects this week.  Make sure to head over to the Unity {show & tell} Facebook page to leave a comment for a chance to win some Unity products! 

Here are some affiliated links for other products I used, which is no extra cost to you but helps me bring content to you if you would like to purchase some of these items.  (Links above are just direct links to the products and not affiliated).

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

You're My Favorite Dad (Brutus Monroe June 2022 Stencil of the month)


Since Father's Day is this weekend, I thought I would show you the card I made for my dad.  Sometimes its hard to know what to use for a masculine card and my go-to is usually a brown and a blue color.

I started with the June 2022 Stencil of the month Groovy Grid.  Using my Stick and Stamp Mat and coordinating Blending Buddy, I placed my 4.25" x 5.25" white card panel in the middle, with the stencil on top.  I used my blending tools to add Simon Hurley Creates Grrr! and Clear Skies inks in a random panel over the stencil.

Then I cut the panel and a brown mat with some stitched rectangle dies from my stash.  I cut the dad from the center of my brown mat (since it will be covered by my panel).  

Next I cut out two of the smaller and one of the larger leaves from the Fabulous Florals set and ink blended some Clear Skies ink over them. I just used what was left on my brushes and did a light coat so that some of the white cardstock showed through as well.

For my companion sentiment, I stamped the You're my Favorite (from Super Sentimental) in Clear Skies in and cut it out with a stitched die from my stash.  To soften the white of the circle, I lightly blended some of the leftover Grrr! ink from my brush around the edges and along the edges of my dad letters (cut from an alphabet set in my stash).

After I matted the card panel and mat to my Precut A2 Card base, I used the Dad letters to line up my circle sentiment and leaves.  Finally, I added my DAD over the top of the leaves and just overlapping the bottom of my companion sentiment a bit.

Here is a look at my card one more time:

Thanks for joining me today.  Have a fabulous rest of the week and remember to create something everyday!  


Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Love Grows here Slim Line card (Brutus Monroe)

It has been awhile since I had a blog post.  I started a new job last fall and have been attempting to balance my crafting and work life. So today,  I have a slim line card today featuring the stencil of the month and a variety of stamps from the Brutus Monroe.  All of these stamps come from the April Subscription products and I have the links below.

I started by using a slim line precut panel and place it on my Stick and Stamp mat.  I turned the Stencil of the month (called Vintage Tile) on the diagonal over my panel.  I used some post-it note tape to cover the corners of my panel to keep them clean while I blended.  Using some blending brushes and some Simon Hurley Inks for my design, I used each color about a third of the way across the stencil.  I started blending at the top with Shooting Star ink.  In the middle, I used Traffic Cone and ended with Bee Sting, overlapping the inks slightly for a transition.  To remove my panel from the Stick and Stamp mat, I carefully roll the edges of my mat (gently) until the panel "pops" off.  Then I used my Stick and Stamp Mat Mist Cleaner to wipe off an ink.

I then took another piece of the precut slimline panels and blended the same three inks along the edges to create a mat layer that matched my stencil.  I cut the stenciled piece down slightly to about 3" and placed it on my mat, which was cut to about 3.25"  I then used tape runner to attach it to my Precut Slimline card base.

For my images I use some of the images from Bountiful Blooms and Love Grows Here and stamped them on Perfect Blend Alcohol Paper with Raven Detail ink.  I colored in my images with a variety of Copic markers and then cut them out with my Scan and cut.

I arranged the images to on the bottom right of my panel and attached them with liquid glue.  To finish my card, I used the sentiment from the April Stamp of the Month, and adhered it right above my stamped and colored images.  (The stamp+ club is the the stamp of the month and coordinating die which you can find here.)

Thursday, November 11, 2021

I can be Anything! featuring Brutus Monroe's Nov ATC Kit Unique Pets


Today I bring you a fun card featuring the stamp from the November ATC kit-Unique Pet.  I started by choosing a background from my stash that I made with Alcohol ink on Yupo paper.  After treating the front with my antistatic bag, I stamped the Chameleon with the Brutus Monroe Embossing ink and covered it with Raven Detail Embossing Powder.  I carefully heat set the powder, making sure to not get my heat tool too close to the paper (Yupo paper is plastic) and to continue to move my heat tool until all the powder was melted.  

For my back ground I used the Circle Tone stencil and blended Simon Hurley Creates Overzealous ink.  Before I removed my stencil, I spread Fallen Snow Glitter Glaze.  I removed the stencil and cleaned everything up.  While I left my panel to dry, I fussy cut out the Chameleon.  Then I found a light green piece of paper from my scrap bin and stamped the sentiment from the set with Raven Detail ink.  

I took the largest branch from the Birdhouse Builder Set and cut it out of wood grain paper. Once my panel was dry (about 30 mins) I used liquid glue to attach everything the the front of my panel.  Then I used some adhesive to attach the panel to my white A2 card base.

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Brutus Monroe Oh My Gourd Aqua Pigment Shaker Card

I started with a piece of Black Watercolor paper and some White and Pearl Aqua Pigments on my glass mat.  I sprayed the Aqua Pigments with a little water and then pressed my watercolor paper into it.  I kept ink smooshing my paper and drying in between until I was happy with my pattern.  Next I used the Oh my Gourd die and ran my panel through my die cut machine, keeping the negative for my card and putting the die cut aside for now.

Then, I cut about 6 -8 more of the negative panels with the die from white scrap cardstock and glued them all together.  I used some strong double sided tape to the back of my black die cut panel and attached a piece of acetate to the panel.  Then I used more strong double sided tape to the front stacked white die cut pieces.   I flipped over the stacked panels with the negative or frame.  I temporarily placed the Oh my Gourd die cut into the center of the negative stacked piece. After spreading liquid glue all over the Oh my Gourd die cut piece and carefully lined up my A2 Card base on top.  After gently flipping it over, I removed the negative/frame piece and pressed the Oh my Gourd die cut piece in place.  

Then I added some glitter and sequins to the center of my card panel, right in the center of the Gourd.  Then I added more double stick tape and some liquid glue to the negative/frame piece.  I attached it to the front of my  card base creating a shaker card.  Then I took a piece of white cardstock and stamped the hell Gourd-Geous sentiment with Raven Detail ink and cut it out with a banner die.  I attached the sentiment to the front of the panel to finish the card.

Here is a list of the products used that are available in the Brutus Monroe store, like always these affliated links do not cost you anything extra, however they help support me to bring you new content.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Brutus Monroe Grateful For You Slim Line Card

I started by taking Bee Sting, Sike! and Slippery When Wet inks from Simon Hurley Creates and blended up a couple of white card panels.  Then I used my antistatic bag to treat the front of the panels, lined them up (individually) in my Original Misti and stamped both of the leaf images from Grateful Greetings with Brutus Monroe Embossing Ink.  I covered the ink with Gilded Embossing Powder and heat set it.  (I repeated this until I had 6 embossed images--I only needed 5).

Next I cut out each of the Embossed panels with the coordinating die, and trimmed the end off with my paper trimmer.  I also cut out 10 pieces of the die cut with Kraft paper.  I stacked two of each die cut together with liquid glue and attached one of my Inkblended/Embossed images on top.  This creates dimension for the front of my card.  I created my card base from some Kraft Colored cardstock.  I cut the 8.5" x 11" cardstock down to 8.5" x 7" and scored at 3.."  This creates a slim line card base that measures 8.5" x 3."

I chose my sentiment from the stamp set and used my die cuts for placement and then stamped it in Embossing Ink.  I also covered it with Gilded Embossing Powder and heat set it.  Then I used liquid glue to attach one of my Embossed Die cuts opposite of my sentiment.  Then I placed two of the Embossed Die cuts to the left side of my card base.  For my last two pieces, I attached them at an angle on the right side of my cardbase in each corner.  Finally, I used my paper trimmer to cut off an overhanging piece of die cuts.

Here are (affliated) links to the products used in the Brutus Monroe Store-as always affilated links do not cost you anything extra, they just help me bring you new content.)

GIU Day 5 May the Joys of the Season by Yours

For my last day as a GIU girl, I had to make a Christmas Card.  Purple is my favorite color so I thought I would just play and see what happ...