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Balloon Animals + Ink Blending with Surface Inks

Balloon Animals + Ink Blending with Surface Inks 0

Did you know that you can ink blend with BRUTUS MONROE'S SURFACE INKS? They go on so smoothly and create fun and vibrant backgrounds! 

I made today's card using the new BALLOON ANIMALS STAMP SET and my Surface Inks to create a sunset sky for this birthday card.

I also created a quick process video in which I explain a little better the process of ink blending:

 

Easy, right? Just remember these few tips:
  • Start off the page and then blend on, using light, circular motions
  • Break in your foam blending pads by using them- A LOT!
  • Take your time and put some elbow grease into it. JUST KEEP BLENDING!

Once my background was blended and looking like a perfect sunset sky, I colored my images in with my STYLE FILE MARKERS and then adhered them and my sentiment to the card. I also took a bit of washi tape and added it to the side for a little more visual interest. 

Not only does this BALLOON ANIMALS set make fantastic birthday cards, but it also has some fun sentiments for cards to send just because. Here's a second card I created with this set. 

I again did a little ink blending but also left quite a bit of white space. Love how bright the colors look against the white cardstock! 

Thanks for visiting the blog today! 

Until next time, 
Marie Nicole

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How to Create a Shaker Window with Topsy Cakes

How to Create a Shaker Window with Topsy Cakes 0

Welcome back! I'm excited to share this fun card with you today- a shaker card with the TOPSY CAKES stamp set! I love this set because not only are the cake images so much fun, but you can also use them for a number of different occasions. Today's card is a birthday card, but you could also use this for weddings and other cake-worthy occasions! 

I started by coloring in my images using my STYLEFILE MARKERS. These markers are so fun and easy to use, even for a beginner like myself. I have a quick video on my simple blending process using these markers. To see that video, CLICK HERE

After my images were colored, I went to work on my shaker window. It's a very simple process! Just make a frame and a back piece, cut a window with a piece of acetate or other clear plastic, and then create a "container" for your shaker bits using some foam adhesive. After your shaker container is built, go ahead and fill it with some BOTTLE CAP SEQUINS. Here's the process video to help you see just how it's done!

Once my shaker window was built, the rest of the card was simple! I just layered some scraps of paper behind the window, layered the sentiment, and then adhered the cake images. I also added a bit of ribbon to the side to finish it off! 
So thanks for stopping by today! If you are interested in the TOPSY CAKE stamp set, go ahead and check it out in the store. It's such a fun set! 
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Marie Nicole

 

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February Stamp Club- Hey Foxy!

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I hope you get as excited as I do for each month's STAMP CLUB stamp! For February, Brutus Monroe has this adorable little fox stamp that comes with a few accessories as well as some sentiments. 

February stamp club stamp from Brutus Monroe- hey foxy! 

I decided to make a few mini cards to use as Valentines. I stamped out the fox several times and also embossed it in black using RAVEN EMBOSSING POWDER along with the EMBOSSING INK. I embossed it because I knew I wanted to use my Zig watercolor brushes, and embossing your image when watercoloring really helps you to stay within the lines! 

February stamp club stamp from brutus monroe- hey foxy! 

So after my images were stamped out, I fussy cut them and set them aside to work on my little card bases. These little note cards were made with a note card die and cut from some grey cardstock. 

Next, I used some light colored inks to create backgrounds for these foxes. I also added some washi tape and embossed the sentiment on vellum using the GILDED EMBOSSING POWDER

February stamp club stamp from Brutus Monroe- hey foxy!

I also embossed the little bow on some vellum, and added it to the head of one of the foxes to make her look more feminine, and to the neck of the other for a more masculine look. I LOVE how you can get more variety out of this little set this way! 

Now, if you just wanted to create a simple pattern with this set and not use the foxes, you can do that, as well! I took the heart image, stamped and embossed it in GILDED again, and filled them in using some Nuvo drops. They add some fun color and dry with dimension, giving the card a really fun look. 

February stamp club stamp from Brutus Monroe- hey foxy 

So even though the Stamp Club stamps may be small, they have so many great uses! The STAMP CLUB is also a great value, at only $5 per month (this includes shipping!). Along with a monthly 2x3 stamp set, you also get 10% off in the online store EVERY ORDER. Awesome, right?

Hope you enjoyed todays post!

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Marie Nicole

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Steampunk Inspiration Box

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I have always found Steampunk Style fascinating, so when I learned that Brutus Monroe was creating a Steampunk Inspiration Box, I was thrilled! I immediately wanted to make a little punked out top hat. With the embellishments from the kit as well as a few items in my personal stash, I came up with this:

It actually came out better than I had hoped. I have never attempted a piece like this, but the assembly was actually a lot of fun! 

I first turned to Pinterest to see what kind of top hat templates people used for their paper hats. There are many templates out there, and some of them free. I grabbed a simple design that I could easily recreate. If you dont want to print and hand cut your paper, you can always buy an SVG for your electronic cutting machine. 

The template I chose was THIS ONE from Craftaholics Anonymous. They have a FREE PDF or SVG for you to use, so Id definitely recommend you hop over there and show them some love! 

After I had the hat assembled and adhered together, I used some Glimmer Mist from Canvas Corp Brands to color my hat and give it a vintage, worn look. I also used the same color mists on both the paper bags from the Inspiration Kit, and the playing cards in the hat. 

I glued the bag to the side of the hat and started to embellish around it. I used the die in the box along with some PENNY RINEA FOIL to create the gorgeous foiled gears. To adhere such a detailed die cut to the hat, I ran it through my Xyron sticker maker. I tucked one foiled gear over the bag, and another one behind. Then, I went to town with the gears, chain, and charm from the Box! 

For a last touch, I added some twine around the bottom, and tucked in a few playing cards to the bag. I created these cards by cutting down some paper, rounding the edges, and then stamping a number and heart on them with some WAGON SURFACE INK

Now, I didn't even use all the goodies in the box! There is still a whole 6x8 stamp set full of fun gears, a robot, and a whole steampunk style alphabet. Such a fun set! There are also papers and layering pieces in the box. I grabbed some of the papers and created a few ATCs with my leftover pieces, as well. 

Again, I sprayed the paper with Glimmer Mists, then I added some more die cut gears, this time using black paper. Then, I sewed around the edges.

I also used some of the EMBOSSING INK and PENNY EMBOSSING POWDER in the box around the edges to give more of a metallic finish to these cards. 

I also layered more of the gears and embellishment pieces from the box onto these ATCs. Guess what? I STILL have more pieces left that I haven't used! This box is packed with goodies! 

I also used the paper bags from the kit to stamp on and slip these ATCs into. If you look at the stamped images on the bags, you'll get a sneak peek of one of the new December Release stamp sets that will be available in store on the 30th! I will let you know that the upcoming stamp sets work beautifully with this INSPIRATION BOX. It's like they had that all planned out over at Brutus Monroe or something, right? ;)

I really could go on and on about this box. It is by far my favorite box that Brutus Monroe has come out with. If you are interested in this STEAMPUNK INSPIRATION BOX, don't waste your time! These boxes usually sell out fast! 

Thanks for stopping by!

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Marie Nicole

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Stenciling with Color Bursts

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The Brutus Monroe Color Burst colors are so bright and vibrant, and I just love playing around with them! Usually, they are mixed or sprayed with water so you can watch the colors burst! Well, for this card I went ahead and mixed the color pigments into some DECO FOIL TRANSFER GEL, and then stenciled it onto kraft cardstock. 

 

 

First, I mixed the colors Cornflower, Marsala, and Cabbage with a bit of transfer gel. Then, I spread each color onto a third of the stencil PEACOCK across the whole front of the card. You will want to remove the stencil while the gel is wet and then wash it off right away. Then, leave your card front to dry completely. I left mine over night and came back to it the next day.

 

 

With the stenciled background dry, I cut it down to a bit smaller than my card base. I then layered some RINEA GILDED FOIL behind it, and adhered it to my card base by layering some craft foam behind it. This gives it some dimension along with complete support so no part of the stenciled panel will sag. 

 

 

Next, I die cut some more of that GILDED RINEA FOIL into a heart, and adhered that to the front with some craft foam as well. Since the background is so bold, I decided to keep the sentiment simple, with just a "hello" die cut from black cardstock.

 

Hopefully this will give you some new inspiration on how to use those COLOR BURSTS! They're already so much fun as watercolor, but being able to stencil with them mixed with another medium opens up new possibilities, as well! 

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Pipe Background ATCs

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If you caught November's new release items, you probably saw this new PIPE BACKGROUND STAMP. I think this stamp is so fun and playful! I decided to pair it with the SHINE BRIGHT set, which is a variety of light bulbs. The two industrial style stamp sets just go so well together, don't you think?

I stamped the PIPE BACKGROUND out on some kraft cardstock using EMBOSSING INK. Then, I heat embossed it with the PENNY EMBOSSING POWDER. On one of the ATC's I colored the pipes in with some silver Wink of Stella. The other ATC I just left the pipes uncolored. 

I then stamped out a few light bulbs from the SHINE BRIGHT SET. I stamped the bulb once on plain cardstock and added a glow of color using some JACK-O-LANTERN and ZEST INK. I stamped the same light bulbs again on vellum and embossed them in the same PENNY EMBOSSING POWDER.  Then I added the two layers together to form my light blub embellishments. 

I then adhered the bulbs onto a butterfly die cut that is also colored with JACK-O-LANTERN, and has the wing tips embossed in some more Penny.

One of my ATCs has a vellum circle layered behind the butterfly, and the other ATC is just plain. I can't quite decide which one I like better! 

Lastly, I stamped out the sentiments from the SHINE BRIGHT stamp sets on a strip of kraft cardstock and then added it to the ATCs. 

Thanks for stopping by! Please check out this new PIPE BACKGROUND STAMP as well as all the other new release items in the store! 

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