Inspiration Team — butterfly sentiment 2.0

Butterflies Abound at Brutus/Monroe

Butterflies Abound at Brutus/Monroe 1

Welcome back! I’m Aletha posting as one of the members of our Brutus/Monroe Inspiration Team. Today I will be walking you through the design process of an A2 sized card with our Butterfly Sentiments and matching dies.

I decided on my colors from our Surface Inks. These amazing inks, when dry, are waterproof and dry on non-porous surfaces. I love rich and deep colors and I’m partial to bright also. The inks I chose in our Surface Inks line were Speckled Egg, Sea, Zest, and Marsala for the butterflies. I stamped each solid image butterfly with those colors and our 100# Alabaster card stock, but not the Speckled Egg. I let those beauties dry and added our Raven Detail Ink to the detailed butterfly images. I die cut each butterfly with our matching Butterfly Sentiments dies. It was a difficult decision deciding which of the butterflies to use. As you can see I picked all three colors, but of the same butterfly image. 

I sat those aside and inked our Scratch Stamp background (love this texture) on our Alabaster cardstock with Speckled Egg. Our Scratch Stamp background is unavailable at the moment. I trimmed this panel to 4” x 5.25” and distressed the edges with our Raven ink. Before attaching this panel to a dark turquoise panel, I centered a piece of gold embroidery thread, popped up the butterflies to the thread. I used one of the sentiments from our Butterfly Sentiments set on a scrap piece of this dark turquoise paper with our Raven Detail ink. For a little shine I covered it with Ranger’s Glossy Accents. 

The last detail was assembling the card on our 130# “Not Your Moma’s Cardstock” (great for card bases) and adding a few of our decorative bubbles. These little bubbles add a little something to any project.

Thanks for stopping by. Come back tomorrow, Wednesday, for a very special Inspiration Team blog hop (and I mean SPECIAL). If you have any questions please join our Brutus/Monroe Fan Club on Facebook and ask away!
Aletha Jane
B/M Inspiration Team







Embossed resist watercolour Butterfly background

Embossed resist watercolour Butterfly background 2

Hi everyone! It is Verity here again from Pretty Little Buttonso good to be back up on the blog again. I love to incorporate watercolours into my cards when I can and I thought the Butterfly Sentiment 2.0 stamp set was perfect for an emboss resist technique. I wanted to to use the st to create my own dreamy background paper for a bold sentiment to sit on. Whatsmore, Brutus Monroe Alabaster embossing powder works amazing well for emboss resist techniques. So, let's get started!

Embossed resist watercolour Butterfly background card details:

Trim a piece of Smooth watercolour cardstock to your desired size. Prep the surface with an antistatic tool to prevent powder sticking elsewhere then where you stamp.  Select 2 butterflies from the set and repeatedly stamp this across your paper in Clear embossing ink. A stamp positioner is useful to speed this up and to align the stamps straight. However, you can still do this with acrylic blocks too.

If you are finding it difficult to see where you have stamped, cover with embossing powder as you go along. However, don't heat set this until the ned, to reduce the level of warping. 


Once you have heat set the background, adhere the card panel down with some low tack tape to a flat surface. I use the tape to create an even white border to frame my pattern piece. This adds a mat layer without any additional bulk. 

I wanted a subtly ethereal look to my background and therefore I generously coated the paper with water. This meant when I added drops of colour it would blend seamlessly and be quite diluted. This all helped to produce a soft subtly ethereal background. For the watercolour paints, I used a Daniel Smith watercolor dot chart to apply a variety of colours. 

I allowed the background to dry naturally whilst I worked on the remainder of the card. Next, I die cut a sentiment with a die from my stash out of Raven black cardstock and black fun foam. To add a shiny dimension, I heat embossed the card die cut in Raven Black embossing powder several times and adhered on top of the foam die cut. I stamped an additional sentiment on Raven black cardstock with Alabaster embossing powder.

When the card panel was dry, I foam mounted this onto a black cardbase and added my sentiments. Lastly, I embellished with a few white Nuvo drops. 




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Till next week,
A Kaleidoscope of Butterflies

A Kaleidoscope of Butterflies 0

Hi everyone! It is Verity here again from Pretty Little Buttonso good to be back up on the blog again. Do you want to know something? I learnt something new with this card! When it came to writing the post, I wasn't sure what to title it. As I had quite a few butterflies on the front, I wondered what a group of butterflies is called, and it turns out they are a Kaleidoscope. Now some of you may already have known that, but I didn't and I love the term! Well, anyway enough of that, that wasn't what you came here for! So read on and find out how this Kaleidoscope of Butterflies came together.

Kaleidoscope of Butterflies Card details:

This card is very easy to make and comes together in no time. To start of I embossed a white card panel that was 1/4" smaller than my card base. I used the Vintage tapestry embossing folder for this card, and doesn't it pair well with the butterfly theme. 

After this I used two blue due inks to stamp a couple of the butterflies onto punchbag card stock. This colour combination gives a great vintage look to it. 

Using a scoring pen (or a dull knife will do), I scored two lines on each butterfly - one other side of the body. Doing so, meant I could get depth and dimension when adhering to the card. I placed one foam square under each wing, to make it look like they were flying off the card. 

I stamped two sentiments in matching colour, one from the same stamp sentiment. To finish the card off, I foam amounted the finished panel to the card base and added a few Nuvo drops for embellishments. 


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Break The Rules- Rainbow Ink

Break The Rules- Rainbow Ink 0

Welcome back! Today's card is a super fast and simple one. For the background I literally just took my ink cubes and dragged them across the paper to add some bright color in rainbow style! 

Starting from the bottom and working my way up, I used the colors ROUGE, WAGON, JACK-O-LANTERN, ZEST, CABBAGE, SEA, and AUBERGINE. I just took my ink cube and dragged it across my paper, starting from the side and moving inward. I left quite a bit of white space off to the right side so the background wouldn't be too overwhelming!

Next, I used my new STYLEFILE alcohol markers to color in four butterflies from the BUTTERFLY SENTIMENTS stamp set. This set has these gorgeous butterfly images and also COORDINATING DIES! After I colored the butterflies, I cut them out and adhered them down on my paper, a few of them with foam adhesive.

The sentiment is from the BREAK THE RULES stamp set. I stamped it with EMBOSSING INK and then embossed in GILDED EMBOSSING POWDER. Then i just adhered my finished panel onto a card base and was done!

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Until next time,
Marie Nicole


Release Week April 2017

Release Week April 2017 0

 Happy Release Week All!

I find I am always excited to see what new items are coming out. I love creating new cards and crafty items with them.  I am thrilled to share two cards made using multiple Brutus Monroe stamps, inks and embossing powders with you this week. These cards highlight three of the newly released stamp sets. They are Swallowtail background stamp, Enchanted Rose background stamp, and Rock On sentiment stamp set.

I love my layers and this card is no different! I started with a black card base, then added the next layer by stamping the Swallowtail (butterfly) background stamp in purple on purple paper. I layered an embossed frame on next. Then I got down to some Brutus Monroe Bountiful Botanical flower stamping and coloring.  I placed the flowers to appear as if they are growing out of the frame. I added an Alabaster embossed butterfly from the Butterfly Sentiments 2.0 stamp set, using the coordinating die to cut it out and dementionals to give it depth. Finally, I embossed the sentiment from the B/M Bountiful Botanicals stamp set onto a banner to complete the card.

I think this B/M Enchanted Rose background stamp will be one of my favorites. I have imagined so many possibilities with it.  On this card I have embossed the the stamped image using B/M Raven. I love the shiny black outline created. I ink blended the flowers and leaves and added a thin black frame. Next, I embossed the sentiment from the B/M Rock On stamp set in Alabaster on vellum, die cut it out and added a thin black die cut frame to the sentiment. Placed this on a coordinating card base to finish.

Be sure and comeback to the Brutus Monroe blog daily this week to see all the new release items and creations made with them.