Birthday, CTMH Stamps, Distress Inks, Distress Oxides, Florals, Hero Arts, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Large Posy, Stamp & Cut Prayers, Sympathy, Tim Holtz, Water Colored Cards

Hero Arts Large Posy X Three!

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I recently purchased this beautiful flower stamp, Large Posy by Hero Arts, from a member of a Facebook stamping group I’m a part of.  It’s a great way to add new and not-so-new stamps to our collections!  And you may know by now that watercoloring large florals is my favorite!  I made three cards with Large Posy and this is the first!  I heat-embossed the image in black onto a piece of watercolor card stock, then scribbled the Zig markers into the areas with the most black lines.  I then used a wet paintbrush to move the color, adding more color to deepen the shadows.  This is a really quick and easy way to effectively watercolor!  
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When the flowers were dry, I smooshed Mowed Lawn distress ink onto my craft mat, added lots of water then painted the background with it.  By picking up more ink, and less water I was able to create a darker area around the blossoms.  I dried the panel with a heat tool, then dripped water droplets onto the background.  How about that grid pattern?!  I pressed a grid stencil in the wet ink and then laid it onto the card being sure to only let the design go where the green area was.  I die-cut two “prayers” from another set I bought from the group member (Hero Arts Stamp & Cut Prayers) and then heat-embossed the remaining sentiments onto strips of card stock and attached them all to my card front.  Lastly, I spattered some black paint then mounted the panel to a base card of white.  
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For my second card, I heat-embossed in white onto watercolor card stock, then watercolored the blossom with a couple purple Zig markers and a wet paintbrush.  When it was dry, I again smooshed distress oxide ink onto my craft mat (Squeezed Lemonade), watered it down and painted it all around the flower.  Another set I bought from the group is CTMH’s Beloved Blossoms and I inked up one of the stamps with Fossilized Amber and stamped it over the damp yellow background.  THEN, I inked up Stampin’ Up’s Dictionary with Iced Spruce distress oxide ink and after covering up the flower with a quickly torn “mask” of paper towel, I added that to the background!  
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I trimmed the panel down, adhered it to a white layer then to a gray base card.  I don’t recall who makes the sentiment but I heat-embossed that directly to the card front.  Finally, a few faux droplets strategically placed were the final detail for my card!  
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Last, but not least, this pink and gold beauty was the final card I made with Large Posy.  I heat-embossed the image twice in gold onto watercolor card stock, then created my background in the same manner.  Smoosh distress oxide ink, water it down, paint it onto the panel.  Add drops of water for a little interest, stamp over it with my script stamp and done!  The flowers were painted with just a little of the oxide inks that were on my mat.  
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I trimmed my panel down then used a corner rounder on two corners, added a strip of gold glitter paper to one side and attached it to my white base card.  I had this embossed sentiment in my stash, so trimmed one end to a banner and adhered it with two big gold brads.  I’m especially fond of pink and gold together and so I especially like this card!  I hope you do too!  🙂  
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!  
Altenew, Brutus Monroe, Crown Blooms, Distress Inks, Distress Markers, Distress Oxides, Distress Resist Spray, Emboss Resist Technique, Getting There stamp set, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Stenciled Cards, The Great Outdoors, Tim Holtz, Water Colored Cards

Tim Holtz Distress Resist Spray Backgrounds

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I thought I’d share a little of my creative process with you in this post!  Above are many backgrounds I created using Tim Holtz’ Distress Resist Spray which I received in my Simon Say’s Stamp June Card kit!  I finally tried it out and ended up with these!  Basically, I laid a stencil onto each piece of card stock, sprayed the Resist Spray over it, removed the stencil and let the paper dry; the spray acts just like heat-embossing and we all know how much fun that is!  The really fun part was to choose my color combinations for each panel and then let it “speak” to me in regards to which stamps to use and how to design the cards!
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I LOVE this one!!  I’m partial to a gray & yellow combination, and I love how that black got onto this panel!  (I’m not actually sure how that happened!)  I used Fossilized Amber, Iced Spruce and a little Black Soot distress oxide inks to sponge the color on.  
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Speaking of Tim Holtz (I mentioned the oxide inks, right?!) this is one of my absolute favorite “man” sets and just love this vintage car!  I heat-embossed it in black onto the panel, then over-stamped the other images in more Iced Spruce.  I can’t recall who makes the “let’s get LOST” sentiment, but it’s perfect, isn’t it?!  🙂  A lovely Bazzill textured gray base finished this card!  
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Remember when aqua and brown was all the rage?!  I still love this soothing combination and added some Cracked Pistacio distress oxide ink to Broken China and Walnut Stain.  The resist background was made with a cool script stencil.  
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I pulled out another favorite Tim Holtz set for this card; it’s called The Great Outdoors and has some really wonderful images!  I stamped the wood circle all over a white card base using Walnut Stain, then moved on to create my card.  I tore the resist background in half (now I get to make a second card with the other half!) and sponged more Walnut Stain around the edges.  On a piece of Bristol Smooth card stock, I sponged Antique Linen distress ink all over, then dripped water over it for cool texture.  I stamped the trees in Cracked Pistacio and Walnut and stamped the deer in Walnut too.  I used my Walnut distress marker to darken the deer in the foreground.  More Walnut Stain around the edges!  I heat-embossed the sentiment onto a scrap of textured card stock then adhered it to my card after assembling the other pieces.  
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OH!  Big surprise!  Another Tim Holtz product; a stencil this time!  😀  I first sponged Fired Brick oxide ink at the bottom, then Carved Pumpkin over it and finally, Fossilized Amber at the top.  Those “cool” darkish stains are from my dirty baby wipe as I was wiping the ink off the resist parts!  Happy accident!!  
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I kinda love this “dirty” card!!  The Celebrate You stamp is from Neat & Tangled and I heat-embossed it in black right over my panel, then sponged Black Soot around the edges.  A strip of black & white striped paper accents one edge and I mounted this onto a black base card.  The last detail was to add Nuvo Drops all over and then spatter black paint over it all.  I haven’t done paint-spattering in a while and I miss it!  😉  
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How beautiful is this background?!  My favorite Iced Spruce oxide ink is paired with Shaded Lilac and a touch of Fossilized Amber, all sponged over the cool grid stencil.  That resist spray is SO easy and SO cool!  
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I’ve already written a post about this beautiful card but it needs to be added here!  I used my spankin’ new Altenew set called Crown Blooms ; stamped out the images onto a piece of Bristol Smooth card stock, then colored with my Zig markers.  I fussy-cut the bloom and leaf and layered them over the background where I’d stamped the little floral sprig.  Lastly, the sentiment from Brutus Monroe‘s Super Sentimental set was heat-embossed in white onto a scrap of black, then mounted to the blossom.  A base card of my favorite textured card stock by Bazzill in gray sets this off beautifully!  Now…I have more backgrounds to play with so I’m out!!  Thanks for visiting!  
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!  
Birthday, Brutus Monroe, Distress Inks, Fourth of July, Summer, Super Sentimental, Tim Holtz

Happy Birthday, America!

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My first Inspiration Team Challenge is Envelope Art and I knew I wanted to make something patriotic!  I’ve had this retired Stampin’ Up set for a very long time and it was perfect for this project!  The first thing I did was to clear-emboss the stars onto a piece of watercolor cardstock, then  silver-embossed Happy Birthday and You’re The Best from Brutus Monroe‘s Super Sentimental set.  Using Fired Brick and Faded Jeans Distress inks, I sponged the background then sponged a little Pumice Stone around the edges.  A scrunched up baby wipe, lightly tapped over the sponging made a subtle texture!
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Setting that aside, I heat-embossed my central image with silver embossing powder and tore around the edges, then sponged on more distress ink.  I found a piece of mulberry paper which I’ve had for YEARS, and placed it beneath the image, then adhered it to my card front with a bit of foam tape.  A few sequins and a white card base completed my card!
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Now for my envelope!!  I have a great stamp of the Pledge of Allegiance and stamped it twice in Pumice Stone onto the front and back of my envelope.  Lady Liberty  graces the lower right hand corner and Sent with Love (from Super Sentimental!) in black on the left corner.  I randomly stamped stars in red and blue then sponged red and blue around the edges.
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I love how this duo turned out for the Envelope Art challenge and look forward to creating more projects using Brutus Monroe’s fabulous products!

 

Distress Inks, Distress Markers, Distress Oxides, Getting There stamp set, Hardwood Background, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Masculine Cards, Old World Map, Road Trip, Tim Holtz

MAN Cards!

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Sometimes it’s hard to come up with great “man cards” and I certainly am known for making tons of florals!  But over the years I’ve created some masculine cards which I really love and want to share with you today!  My first one is made using a very old, retired Stampin Up set called Fly Fishing.  I’ve had it for many years and will never get rid of it!   I used Stampin Up’s retired Old World Map and Crackle background stamps, Crumb Cake ink, and the images from Fly Fishing.  Sponging ink around the edges and roughing them up gives this card a great distressed look!  How about that lifted corner with a fishing fly stamped behind it?!  🙂  
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This card was also made with Stampin Up’s retired Old World Map and a very cool texture stamp which I’ve had for years.  The ship image is one I bought from a Facebook stamping group, and I don’t know who made it.  I think the little knotted twine gives this an added nautical feel!  
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Okay, so a beer card!!!  I made this for my husband and he loved it!  I used Unity Stamp’s Keep Calm- Have A Beer set and embossed it in black then colored the beer with Zig markers.  I added Crystal Effects clear glue as a glaze to depict the glass…just wish I’d thought to add beer foam somehow!  The sentiment is also from awesome Unity Stamps!  
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What guy doesn’t love a card with a vintage car?!  I found and printed off this map of Vermont, sizing it down to fit my card and used images from Tim Holtz’ set Road Trip.  The Chevelle stamp is made by Deep Red Stamps company.  
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A fun baseball themed card using Stampin Up’s Take Me Out To The Ballgame and assorted texture stamps.  The base card was embossed and sponged with ink to make the stars stand out.  I love this card!  
Play the Music card
This card was made especially for my husband who was taking guitar lessons at the time. The sentiment was perfect and the brown metal thingie is something I’d had in my stash for ages!  I think it all came together beautifully!  
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Isn’t this so serenely beautiful?!  The main image is from Northwoods Rubber Stamps and I just love it!  The base card was embossed with a pine branch embossing folder.  I used Stampin Up’s Woodgrain background stamp on the sentiment strip.  
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Here’s another ship card using the wonderful set Getting There by Tim Holtz!  Distress oxide inks make this background so GORGEOUS!!  😀  Note: more aging/distressing/tearing and roughing up!  I can’t stop looking at this card!!  
train card
Lastly, I’ll end with this cool train card which I copied from one I found on Pinterest!  Tim Holtz Getting There train and tickets…I hope you enjoyed my array of masculine cards and are inspired to create some of your own!