Hello! Watercolor? Surface sprays? Stamps and dies? Surface Inks? Glittercardstock? Masking? Embossing....which to choose for a card?? How about all of the above! What I love about Brutus Monroe is the way the products spark out of the box creativity. I am super excited to be the August guest designer on the Brutus Monroe Inspiration team. For my first project I wanted to use all of the above.
For today's card I started with a sheet of Brutus Monroe masking paper. Using a pencil I drew three hills and a tree branch. After cutting out the hills and branch I placed them on a piece of watercolor cardstock.
Next, I placed the panel in a tall box so I could spray Oz Surface Spray on the panel. Surface sprays come in a variety of colors and dry permanent. The bold blue color of the Oz was perfect for my sky. To add varying dimensions I used a paper towel to blot the surface spray. You will need to work fast due to the surface sprays drying quickly. After blotting the surface spray I removed the masks.
Once the panel had dried completely. I used four different Brutus Monroe Surface inks to watercolor the tree and hills. For the hills I used Envy and Grass Stain and Maple and Terracotta for the tree branch. Surface inks are great for watercoloring! I smooshed each color onto my surface and added a spray of water then using a paint brush I watercolored the hill and tree branch. To give the grass a textured look I made strokes going vehicle on the panel using Envy ink.
Once each butterfly was heat embossed I used the coordinating die set to cut each butterfly and the shadow out of Sterling glitterstock. Due to the die cutting the same size I fussy cut the embossed butterflies so you could see the "shadow" of the glitterstock. This gave the butterflies extra depth. i also gently folded the butterflies so their wings are not laying flat on the background. Using score tape I attached the butterflies to the glitterstock and attached them to the panel.
I had a lot of fun being creative with so many different mediums. I encourage you to stretch your projects and mix products and mediums you may not have tried before. Experiment and see what happens. "Create your own ending!"
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