Monday, June 14, 2021

Shoot for the Star Slim Line Card

First, I cut a piece of black card stock to 8.5" x 3.5."  Next, I took the Shooting Star Stencil and lined it up on the bottom of my card panel.  I used the Glistening Snow Chroma Glaze and my Stencil Pal to spread the glaze over the stencil.  (Usually I used Pixie Spray to hold my stencil when using glazes but because this stencil is not as delicate as others, I just used some low tack tape to hold it in place.) One tip I have, is that I have found that if I use my Stencil Pal and I only pull the glaze in one direction, I have less bleeding under the stencil. 

Next, I carefully removed my stencil  and cleaned it off.  Then, I rotated my stencil and placed it towards the top of my card panel being careful to not touch my wet glaze.  After spreading more Glistening Snow Chroma Glaze, I again carefully removed the stencil and set my panel aside to dry overnight.  I wanted my stencil to be in two different patterns so when I turned it when placing it on my panel.  This made it look almost like a star spiral pattern.

The next day, I placed my dry panel in my splat box and sprayed it with the Pearl Shimmer Mist.  When I removed the card panel, I accidentally wiped some of the wet drops and they ended up looking like shooting stars.  I took a cloth and wiped a few more to make more "trails" for some stars.  Once the spray dried, I used an antistatic powder tool to the panel and stamped the Shoot for the Stars sentiment (from the stamp set from with the same name) with Brutus Monroe Embossing Ink.  I covered the sticky ink with Alabaster Embossing Powder and heat set it.  

My card base is made from a white heavy card stock that measures 8.5" x 7."  I scored it at 3.5" on the short side.  After folding and creasing my card base, I attached my card panel to the front of the to finish my card.

Here is a close up of some of the stars and Shimmer Spray.

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Stencils two ways using inks and chroma glaze

Both of my cards using similar supplies.

First, I started by taking a pre-cut slim line card base and used some washi tape to hold the Slimline Umbrella Stencil in place. I used a blending brush with Marsala Surface Ink,  I repeated this with the 6x6 Umbrella Stencil and an white card panel measuring 4.5" x 5.5."  Before I removed my stencil, I used a palette knife to spread some Pearl Chroma Glaze over the top of both blended panels and stencils.  I used a small layer, spreading in only one direction and not worrying if it covered the entire blended area.  I carefully removed the stencils, set the panels aside to dry and took the stencils to the sink to wash.

Next, I stamped two of the images from the Mother's Day stamp set with Raven detail ink on Perfect Blend Alcohol Paper. I smooshed some Marsala, Grass Stain, and Maple Surface Ink on my glass mat.  Using a water brush, I picked up the ink and painted the flowers with Marsala, the Grass Stain in the leaves and stems, and the Maple for the center of the big flower and the branch. Then I used my Brutus Monroe scissors, to fussy cut out both flowered images.  \

Once my card panels were dry (I usually leave them overnight), I used the Slim line and 2nd largest Rectangle foundation dies to cut them down slightly.  Then, I decided I wanted to mat my panels before I put them on my card base. I cut down some Marsala Card stock.  For my slim line card, I cut the card stock to slightly smaller than 3.5" x 8.5" and for my A2 panel to 4.25" x 5.25."

I used a piece of scrap Marsala cut to 9/16" x 8-7/8," and stamped the Thinking of You sentiment from the stamp set with Brutus Monroe Embossing Ink. I covered it with Alabaster Embossing Powder and heat set it.  I did the same thing for the Thank you sentiment and cut it out with Circle Foundation die.

Next, I attached my panels to my mats and my white card bases.  For my slim line card, I attached the sentiment strip to the panel first and then my image, using liquid glue.  For the A2 Card I attached the image first and then my sentiment also using liquid glue.  For a finishing touch, I used some clear glaze from my stash to add drops to the center of the flowers on my slim line card.
Here is a close up of the shine from the Chroma glaze and the liquid pearls I added to the center of the flowers.

Here is a list of product used with affliate links to the Brutus Monroe Store:

rectangle Foundation dies: BRU1203
Circle Foundation Dies:  BRU1197
Marsala Cardstock: BRU5308
Perfect Blend Alcohol Paper: BRU4013
Precut Slim Line Panel: BRU5164
Mothers Day Stamp Set: Available in Kit
Pearl Chroma Glaze: BRU0114
Alabaster Embossing Powder: BRU2470
Raven Detail Ink:  BRU2543
Embossing Ink: BRU2081
Umbrella Stencil Slim Line: BRU5090
Umbrella Stencil 6x6: BRU5083

Monday, May 17, 2021

2 cards using 3" x 4" stamp sets

 Today's post brings  you two cards using a couple of Brutus Monroe 3" x 4" Stamp Sets.

The first card today uses the Flower Gnome stamp.  I started by stamping the gnome out on Perfect Blend Alcohol Paper with Raven Detail Ink.  Next, I colored the gnome in with a variety of Copic markers.  I did not keep a list of markers this time, I just grabbed a color to start, and went from there.  When finished, I used my Scan N Cut to trim my image down leaving a 1/4" white border.  I was sad to notice that I did not pay attention and the SNC cut part of the bottom off but decided I would just go with it and camouflage this with my sentiment.

For my card panel, I looked through my stash and found a scrap of yellow cardstock that matched the yellow from the Copic Markers.  I taped the panel with the Mixed Media Stencil Flower Burst with some temporary tape and covered it with the Pearl Chroma Glaze.  (Tip:  I only apply the glaze in one direction, this helps with keeping the glaze where I want it and not to seep into other areas.) I set this aside to dry overnight.  (Tip: Since I do most of my weekly crafting at night; I make several backgrounds at once and set them aside to dry overnight so I can continue the next day.)  I used more of the same yellow cardstock to cut out a circle with one of the Circle Foundation Dies.  I stamped the sentiment from the set with Raven Detail ink.

I decided to ground the gnome with about a 1/2" blue strip (also from my scraps).  I attached the blue strip and the gnome to my dry Chroma Glaze panel with liquid glue.  Then I used glue to place my sentiment circle to overlap the part of the gnome that was cut off.  Finally, I attached the whole panel to the front of my white A2 card base.

Here is a close up that shows the shimmer from the Pearl Chroma Glaze.

For my second card today, I used the Stand by You stamp set and a piece of paper from the Fabulous Flamingos (which I believe is retire now).  I used some temporary tape to attach the Slim Line Tea Leaf Stencil to the top part of the paper.  I spread some of the Bubble Gum Chroma Glaze over the top and carefully removed the stencil, put it aside to dry overnight.

Next, I stamped the Flamingos with Raven Detail Ink and colored them in with Copic Markers.  I then fussy cut them out with my Detail Scissors.  I decided to cut them out separately to put on my card base because I did not want to color in the background or leave all that empty white space.

The next day when my background was dry, I cut it down to 3-1/4" x 6-1/4 which is slightly smaller than my Mini Slim White card base @ 3-1/2" x 6-1/2."  I attached the two flamingos right about wherei stopped the Chroma Glaze.  Then, I used my Quickie Glue pen to color in the feathers on the head, the tip of the beaks, the water, and the wings of the flamingos.  I quickly covered the wet glue with some Glitter and shook off the extra.
I left the sentiment off the front of my card.  Instead, I chose to stamp the I'll Stand By You on the inside with Raven Detail Ink.

Here you can see the glitter on my flamingos.

**please note I put affliated links above where product is available in the Brutus Monroe Store.  Affliated links do not cost you anything extra, however I get a small compensation which helps me bring content to my blog.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Dad (The Hedgehog Hollow April box)


For today's post I wanted to used the sentiments from the All the Men in my Life Stamp set in a different way. To start, I cut down a piece of British Racing Green cardstock in half and scored it at 4.5" to make an A2 card base. Next, I took a piece of slivery grey paper from my Scrap bin (I have a goal this year to use up more scraps on my cards) and treated with my Anti-Static tool. Thirdly, I arranged the masculine words, some of which are: Dad, Granpa, Father, Uncle, Son, etc, on an acrylic block. Some of the words are horizontal, vertical and different reading orientations. I inked the stamps with the Color Hive Clear Ink. For my embossing powder, I chose a sliver from my stash and heat set it.

I continued this process until the whole page was covered with words, essentially creating my own patterned paper. I cut the piece down to slightly smaller than 4.25" x 5.5" and used liquid glue to attach it to my card base. I also stamped and heat embossed a sentiment on the inside from the same stamp set. To finish off my card, I die cut the letters DAD from more of the British Racing Green cardstock and lined it up on the front of my card,

Close up of the beautiful script.
Inside sentiment for my card

Just a few products were used to make this card and here is list of links:

Monday, April 19, 2021

You're a Rainbow in a Stormy Sky - Slim Line Card

Today's post is a Slim Line card for you today featuring one of the newest stamp sets released from Brutus Monroe.  As soon as I saw Balloon Ride, I knew I had to have it.  The balloons are awesome.  The sentiments and accent stamps are just perfect for many designs and card themes.  

The Sentiment "You're a rainbow in a stormy sky" made me instantly think of a rainbow of hot air balloons. I started by stamping out all the balloons on Alcohol Perfect Blend paper with Raven Detail ink; and coloring them in with Copic Markers. The colors I used were RV02, RV04, RV06 (pink), R27, R29, R46 (red), YR04, YR07, YR09 (orange), Y08, Y15, Y17, Y19 (yellow), YG67, G24, G46 (green), B21, B23, B24, B37 (blue), BV02, V17, V25 (purple), E57 (brown)

Next, I used my Scan and Cut to cut out my images and then used my Scissors to trim any imperfections left from the machine.  For my card panel, I used one of the Precut Slim Line Panels, a cloud stencil from my stash, a blender brush along with Stormy Sky, and Blueprint sketch Oxide inks.  I rotated my stencil around to create my sky; using Stormy Sky at the top and Blueprint Sketch at the bottom.  To finish off the sky, I lightly used the leftover ink on my blending brush to soften the harsh white clouds.

I lined up my balloons on my panel in Rainbow order in my Original Misti, to help me figure out where I wanted my sentiment.  I stamped it and a few of the bird stamps around my balloons with Raven Detail Ink.  Using liquid glue to affix my balloons and then my card panel to a precut Slim Line Card Base to finish off my card.

Here's is a list of links to products that you can find in the Brutus Monroe Store:

Monday, April 12, 2021

Mini Slim Birthday Card (BM Stencil of the month and Galaxy Glazes)

 Today's card features the Brutus Monroe Stencil of the Month and the new Galaxy Glazes.

I started by spraying the stencil with Pixie Spray and letting the dry a minute on the back of my stencil.  Then I temporarily attached my stencil to a 3.5" x 6.5" black cardstock on the diagonal.  Using a piece of post-it note, torn in four pieces, I covered the corners of my card panel to keep them clean.  

Next, I used the Blue Galaxy Glaze and my stencil pal, I applied a thin layer over my entire card.  When I apply glaze over a stencil, I try and only pull it one way to prevent the glaze from squishing under the stencil.  After removing the post it notes, I slowly pull apart my card panel from the stencil.  Setting the panel aside to dry, I quickly wipe off my stencil and tools, and place them in a bucket of warm water until later to clean.  (If you leave glazes or pastes on your stencils and they dry, they could potentially not wash off later.)

Earlier, I had made another panel the same way, using the Purple Galaxy Glaze that had dried overnight.  I cut this panel down to 3.5" x 5.5."  My card base is a white heavyweight cardstock measuring at 6.5" x 3.5."  I attached the stenciled card panel to the middle of my card base with liquid glue.  For my sentiment I used a scrap from my cardbase and the birthday sentiment from Christopher's Sentiment Cutting Dies.  After I attached it to my cardbase with liquid glue, I stamped a "happy" sentiment from my stash with a blue ink.  I used my scissors to cut it down before I affixed it above the birthday die cut.  I finished off my card using some white flat back pearls to my card.

Here is the link for my YouTube video.  This is my first edited and voice over video.  I hope you like it and will give me a thumbs up and subscribe.   

Here is an affliated list of products that I used in the Brutus Monroe Store:

Monday, April 5, 2021

Maker Forte Release One Layer Flower/Birthday Card


My card today is a very fun and simple one layer card.  Starting with an A2 white card base, scored, folded and placed in my Original Misti.  I love the flower image from the Beautiful Night Garden Stamp (designed by Alex Syberia).  I choose an Orange and Redish/Pink ink to spot ink up this image. Spot inking, is what I call inking my stamp several times, overlapping colors. Actually, I like to repeat this step until I am happy with the mix and saturation of the two colors. 

Next, I removed the card from my Misti. Using the same Redish/Pink ink, I stamped the Red rubber Splatter 2 background stamp, I over the entire background.  However, I did not use an acrylic block or my Misti, which gave a more organic and imperfect look the the splatter look.

For a focal image, I chose the new Flower Cluster stamp (designed by Varada Sharma), placed it and my card base back in my Misti.  First, I treated the card base with an anti-static tool. Then, I stamped the Flower Cluster and my Sentiment (chosen from Alex Syberia's Flower Background with Sentiment Set) with the Color Hive Clear Embossing Glue Ink Pad. Thirdly, I covered them both with a Black Embossing Powder from my stash.  Finally, I heat set the embossing powder and my card was finished.

I hope you enjoyed my first Maker Forte post and card as a member of the Design team.  Below is a list of items I used that you can purchase in the Maker Forte store.  (all are affilated links with no additional cost to you.)

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Brutus Monroe April Inspiration Box Birthday Card (Glow in the dark)

The April Inspiration Box has these adorable party Dinosaurs that just screamed Comic strip to me.

I started by coloring my images with a variety of Copic markers.  I wanted a rainbow effect so I chose two colors and did some simple shading on each image.  Next, I fussy cut each image out including the sentiment that I wanted.
I used Phonebook cardstock and cut it four times from the window panel die from my stash.  I used liquid glue to attached them together for some dimension.  I also cut hte die from some white cardstock and just used the "windows"  
I used some purple tape to temporarily attached the white window pieces to the back of the Slmline Lily Pad stencil.  Using Clear Skies ink and a blending brush, to lightly ink up the windows and then I used the Glow In The Dark Glitter Paste with a rubber spatula over the stencil as well.  (You ended up not seeing the blue ink, so I could have skipped that step.)  

I carefully peeled each piece of the stencil and wiped down any edges that had extra glaze and then set them aside to dry. Next I used liquid glue to attached the yellow frame to my A2 White card base being careful to place the balloons, under the one section.  Once my Window panels were dry I used liquid glue to attached them their appropriate squares.  Because of the glitter glaze texture, I used liquid glue to affix all of the colored images and placed an acrylic block on top to hold them down until they all dried to the front.  I used some foam dots to attach my sentiment to the middle of my card.
Here is a picture of the glow in the dark glitter paste.

Here is the list of products you can by in the Brutus Monroe Store:

Monday, March 29, 2021

Hedgehog Hollow March Subscriptin Box

I have recently had the honor of being added the the Marker Forte/Hedgehog Hollow Design Team.  I received my first kit in the mail and I was so excited to this because it is FAIRIES!  There are three stamp sets, a stencil that comes with the negative, and 3 glitters.  This is my first post and design for the team. 

First, I took on of the white slim line panels (that came with the kit), treated with my antistatic bag and stamped the Fairy Swinging on the moon with a yellow pigment ink on at the top and the make a wish sentiment towards the bottom.  Next, I covered them both with a clear embossing powder from my stash and heat set them.

Using a blending tool, I ink blended Broken China, Blueprint Sketch and Black Soot Distress Oxides over the background.  I concentrated the lightest color (broken china) around the moon and sentiment.  I took a clean towel to carefully wipe off the embossing areas.  Next, I took the Fairy on the Moon stencil and layed it over the top of my Embossed fairy and a cloth over the bottom of my card panel. I used a shimmer spray from my stash and sprayed over the stencil.  I love how the shimmer spray left the silhouette of the stencil.

Here is a close up of the shimmer from spraying the stencil

Lastely, I took a stencil and glow in the dark glitter paste from my stash and created a starry background over the top.  Once dry, I used liquid glue to attach it to a yellow mat and then to my white Slim Line Cardbase.  My typical Slim Line cards measure 3.5" x 8.5."

I did get a photo of the glow in the dark paste, though the photos is upside down.

For a final touch, I used a small star die from my stash and cut out 7 stars to attach around my card.

I hope you enjoyed my card and will stop back again.

You can find the subscription link to the HedgeHog Hollow box is here.  Sometimes you can buy a one off box if there is any left.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Brutus Monroe & Dare 2B Artzy Collaboration Project


When looking at the Dare 2 Be Artzy website to decide what sets I wanted to work with I just HAD to have the ReWrite the Stars set.  I love musicals and The Greatest Showman but one of my all time favorite songs is Pink's Million Dreams.  

To start my project I took a A2 card Panel and rubbed my antistatic bag all over it.  I took the Aerialist stamp and the stars and stamped them all over using the Brutus Monroe Embossing ink, and covered them with the Brutus Monroe Alabaster Embossing powder.  After I heat set the powder, I used a blending brush to cover the panel in Gubby and Game Over ink by Simon Hurley Creates.  I love how the two colors mix to create the orange.  I had the idea that these colors represent the big top of the circus.

Next I took the Hills Stencil and the Poppy Glitter Paste both from Brutus Monroe to cover part of the card front, being careful to not go over the edges of the stencil.  I set the card panel aside to dry.  Next I stamped the Sentiment from the Rewrite the Stars set and stamped it in the Game Over ink and covered it with the Alabaster Sparkle Embossing Powder.  After I heat set it, I noticed I did not have the entire sentiment covered, but I liked the two toned look.  I used my blending brush to ink the sentiment panel with Guppy Ink.  I used a couple of stitched dies from my stash to cut out the sentiment and the dry card panel.

Finally I used liquid glue to attach the sentiment to my card panel and my card panel to my white A2 Card base.

Products used:

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Collaboration with Crafty Meraki


Today's post is a Collaboration between Brutus Monore and Crafty Meraki.  I was lucky enough to receive the You are Incredible stamp set from Crafty Meraki to work with.  I will be honest I do not use flowers and water coloring images very often because I am not comfortable with it yet.  However, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and go for it.  I started by stamping the large floral image from the stamp set onto watercolor paper with Brutus Monroe Embossing Ink, covering the sticky ink with Gilded Sparkle Embossing Powder (also from Brutus Monroe), and heat set it. 

I chose three colors of Brutus Monroe Aqua Pigments.  I used the Creamy Green and Yellow Green for the leaves and the Coral for the flowers.  My first step was to lightly paint all of the images and let it bleed over the sides of the image to give it a loose or messy watercoloring feel.  I let that dry and then proceeded to go in with another more detailed layer with the Creamy Green and Coral.  After that layer was dry, I added some of the Yellow Green to the leaves to deepen and give some shading.  I also added more Coral to the flower petals using some clean water to blend it out until I was happy with the colors and set it aside to dry completely.

Once dry, I put the panel in my splat box and covered the whole panel with splatters from all three colors.  I also grabbed the Gilded Aqua Pigment to add some gold splatters.  I decided to fussy cut out the entire image.  I tried several slimline card bases in a couple of colors and realizing I was out of cream cardstock, I chose a kraft base.  My card base measures 8.5 x 3.5.  

I wanted more shimmer and shine so I pulled out my Slim line stencils from Brutus Monore and flipped through them all to decide to use the Bamboo stencil.  I placed that down on my card base, taping the top and bottom of the stencil in place with low tack tape.  I generously applied the Brutus Monroe Embossing ink to the sides of the cardbase and through the stencil.  I then poured more Gilded Sparkle Embossing powder over the ink and heat set it.  I also did this to a scrap of kraft paper to the LOVE sentiment from the Crafty Meraki Stamp set.

I used foam tape to attach the floral panel to the front of my Gilded Stenciled base and liquid glue to attach some glitter sequins and my sentiment.

I hope you enjoyed my card.  Do you water color?  What techinque makes you uncomfortable?

Here is a list of products used that you can find in the Brutus Monroe Store:

Here is a link the the stamp set from Crafty Meraki:  You Are Incredible Stamp Set

Shoot for the Star Slim Line Card

First, I cut a piece of black card stock to 8.5" x 3.5."  Next, I took the   Shooting Star Stencil   and lined it up on the bottom...