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Brutus Monroe Rustic Balcony

Brutus Monroe Rustic Balcony

Hi there!  It's Saturday and that means I get to take over the Brutus Monroe blog!!!  (insert evil laugh!!)  :D  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!  
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!  
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 fussy-cut it, then 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!  
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!  
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