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Happy Father's Day to all those crafting dads out there!

Hi crafting friends,

Today we are making a card to remind us why we craft. That reason is as simple as the sentiment on this card. Enjoy. Enjoy life, crafting, family, friends and all the good that exists in this world.

This card has one of the newly released stamp sets by Brutus Monroe as its focus. It is called Succulent Boarder. If you look for it you may not realize you found it. I stamped the image and cut out a portion of it to use as the focal design within the frame. I hope this gives you all the idea that stamps do not have to be used in their entirety. Using a portion helps us to create many more looks with one stamp set. I find many of the Brutus Monroe designs lend themselves to this process thus allowing the stamps a wider range of use.

I die cut a frame out of Brutus Monroe Alabaster white Paper and embossed it using Brutus Monroe Embossing Powder in Guilded, then I took the center cut from the frame by Tim Holtz and blended the background. Using the stamp from the Succulent Boarder set I stamped on Brutus Monroe Aqua Paper in 
Raven Detail Ink and cut out the section I wanted to frame. Using the Waffle Flower Watercolor Mat I colored the succulents using Brutus Monroe Aqua Pigments. (I must say, this watercolor mat sure makes water coloring a lot easier for me.) 

The next step was to create the layer one (4" x 5 1/4") to put behind the framed image. I used the Brutus Monroe Stencil - Pugsley for this layer. I lightly colored in the strips and splattered the layer with Brutus Monroe Liquid Elements - Guilded.

Now for the sentiment: using Brutus Monroe Velum, I embossed the sentiment in Guilded Brutus Monroe Embossing Powder. The sentiment also came from one of the new stamp releases - Take Flight.

All that is left to do is assemble the card. I used foam tape to elevate the framed image on the striped background. I tucked a bit of gold thread in behind the frame to give a bit of dimension. Adhered all the pieces and added a few gold sequins to complete the look. This was all attached to a white (Alabaster) card base.

We would love for you to share your creations with us at Brutus Monroe Facebook Fan Page. Looking forward to seeing how you use bits and pieces of stamped images to create a totally new look.






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