Conservatory of Quotes with Jaycee!
Hi everyone! It's Jaycee for another Guest Design at Brutus Monroe for March 2019! In my previous post, I mentioned my love for cards inspired by cosmos and astronomy by using the Brutus Monroe - Outer Space stamp set. Another one of my favorite cards to make are floral arrangements--or in this case floral re-arrangements using Brutus Monroe - Conservatory of Quotes. It's a bit like customizing your own bouquet of flowers to give to someone you love. The flower images on stamp sets are beautiful on their own, but I would rather make it my own handmade kindness and expand the versatility of these floral sets.
To begin constructing this card, I stamped the main floral image three times in an alcohol marker friendly ink on smooth white cardstock. I recently started building my collection of alcohol markers and I can't believe I waited so long to incorporate them into my card making tools. I did not pay too much attention to shading, I simply grabbed three or four close shades of reds and cool greys. I used Altenew Artist Markers in R301, R400 and Copic Marker R00 for the flowers and Copic Markers C00, C1, and C5 on the leaves.
For fussy cutting this main floral image, I found the bold black lines very forgiving if I went too far inward. My favorite tool for fussy cutting is the Fiskars Swivel Blade. I seldom have to lift the blade from the paper to turn corners and it makes fussy cutting so much easier for me. I only cut out certain elements of the floral image. Sometimes I wanted just the leaves in one portion...sometimes I wanted the flower with the leaf. This was my process of picking and choosing for my bouquet.
I used a trick from Jennifer McGuire to pick up all my floral elements. The temporary tack from Glad(R) Press'n Seal(R) Wrap makes transporting the entire arrangement so easy. I could not make many of my floral cards without this wonderful crafting tip. Before adding glue to the back of my arrangement, I created a background piece with another piece of white cardstock. I planned for the placement of my sentiment and added black and pearl splatters using Brutus Monroe Aqua Pigments. Then I added glue to the back of my floral arrangement and lifted the whole piece in one motion to my background.
I adhered by background with the arrangement on a foam sheet cut slightly smaller than my background and put the whole thing on a note card base. I trimmed off some of the leaves that hung off the note card just so it fit in an envelope a bit better. I love the sentiment that accompanies this stamp set; I wanted this to be my reminder to you all about the wonderful things you can make for others if you believe in your ability. I'm so grateful for the opportunity to get in touch with you all who are Brutus Monroe fans! I hope you enjoyed this card and let me know what you think by leaving a comment. I'm on Instagram and post on my Blog regularly if you would like to see more floral arrangements like this card. Have the best day, and I will talk to you all very soon!