Inspiration Team — Raven embossing powder

Birthday Badges

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Hello and Happy Tuesday Everyone!


Today I have two cards to share with you using the Birthday Badges stamp set! 

For my card I began using Brutus Monroe Alabaster cardstock. Using my Misti and with help of the Misti corners I aligned the ribbon stamp at a diagonal. I stamped first with Rouge Surface Ink, then Jack O Lantern, and Phonebook. Each time only moving my paper not the stamp. For the second panel I used Sea and Oz Surface Inks.

Next I cut out a scalloped circle from Jack O Lantern and Alabaster cardstock.

I adhered them both to the stamped ribbon panel. Next I stamped Happy Birthday directly onto the panel in Raven Detail ink. I adhered the panel to a side folding A2 card base with Brutus Monroe craft glue and added Glossy accents and Stickles to the flame on the candle.

For the last card I heat embossed the sentiment with Raven embossing powder. I die cut three frames for this card to add over the stamped panel for dimension. Then adhered it to the card base using Brutus Monroe craft glue. I added clear sequins and Stickles to finish my card.


And that's my card for today, thanks for stopping by!



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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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Make a Wish

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Hello Friends Waleska from craftinglovew here, to share with you my Monday blog!!! For my card today I used one of the images from the adorable Birthday Bears stamp set.


I started with a white card base and die cut a hill for the little bunnies, I inked the hill and added some splashes with the same color of ink, I did the same thing with the rest of the card in a different color.   I stamp the bunnies with Brutus Monroe Embossing ink and added Raven Embossing Powder, I colored the bunnies with markers and added glue glitter to the presents for some shine. I die cut a frame for the front of the card and adhere it.  I used 3D foam dots for the bunnies and stamp the sentiment.

I hope you have an amazing new week!!! And you like my card with this sweet bunnies!! Spring is coming very soon so I was inspired to use bunnies for my card today!

Also remember the Fun "Unicorn Dreams" February Inspiration Box full of amazing products for you to create many many projects, you can find it HERE

Have a great day!

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Travel More Worry Less

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Hello Friends, Waleska from craftinglovew here today to share with you my Monday Blog with one of the sweetest and newest girls from the When Grow Up Collection Pilot!!!
For my card today I wanted to create a fun background for the cute pilot girl.  To make the background I used the new Grunge Shapes stamp to give the look of travel stamps around the background, I stamped them with  Brutus Monroe Embossing Ink and  Penny Embossing Powder (my absolutely favorite from the Brutus Monroe embossing collection) I also added other shapes with Raven Embossing Ink.
To give the same embossed look to the pilot girl I also used Raven embossing ink for her and colored the girl with markers.  I added blue oxide ink to the bottom part of the card and added water.
Finally I sponged the edges of the card with embossing ink and put Penny Embossing powder for a grunge look!! I love the end result with this two new stamps together.
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Pipe Background

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 Hello Friends and Stampers,

Today I am working with a background stamp called Pipe Background by Brutus Monroe.  It is perfect for a masculine card.  Often we fret about creating something for the males in our lives. This card will work for any occasion based on the sentiment we use.

I started with embossing the background stamp in Brutus Monroe Sterling Embossing powder on gray card stock to create the pipes. I then fussy cut the pipes out. I popped up (attached) the pipes to a black card stock layer then placed this layer onto a Rinea Foil Paper layer in silver.

I embossed the sentiment from Break the Rules stamp set onto vellum in Brutus Monroe Raven embossing powder. The sentiment layer was embellished with metal gears and small sequins in silver that look like small gears adding to the overall industrial look.

The overall card is 6"x6" and the sentiment is approximately 2.5"x2.5".

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When I grow up - New releases

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Hi everyone! It is Verity here again from Pretty Little Buttonso good to be back up on the blog again. It is release week again, yay! Don't you just love seeing what new designs they come up with. I am showing you two cards today made with two new 'When I grow up' girls - there are 4 in total. These are a great line of stamps empowering girls to believe that their futures are endless and they can be whatever they chose to be when they are older, no matter what the current stereotype is for that job. The two girls I have to show you, often arent seemed a normal dream for girls, but they should be! Lots of females enter these profession and make excellent soldiers and policewomen. Anyway, enough of my rambles, read on to find out how EASY these cards are to make. Believe me, they're easy. I made them at 5 am in the morning after being woken up for 2 hours and gave up on going back to sleep!

Army Soldier - When I grow up Card details:

I chose colours to reflect the profession so I choose green for camouflage. For these cards, I used the ink smoshing technique to create the organic background. I used twisted citron and lucky clover distress oxide, squishing the pads onto an acrylic block. Using a water bottle, I sprayed each colour with water to get a good pool on the block.  

To pick the colour up I use the back of stamp sheet, but you can use a seperate acetate sheet. I 'smooshed' the wet colour onto watercolour paper, moving the colour around to add interest. I dried this layer of colour with a heat gun before adding the next colour, to prevent the colours mixing too much and just ending up with one colour on the paper. 

Once I was happy with the effect I had gotten on the card, I made sure the paint was compeletely dry. I heat embossed the girl over the main area of colour in Raven embossing powder, and using a matching colour I stamped the sentiment around the girl. I tended to use second generation stamping for the sentiment around the girl as I didn't want to distract from the girl. Using raven detailed black ink I stamped the sentiment one last time in full down the bottom. Isn't it just a great quote! Lastly I added black paint splatter to find the card off and foam mounted the panel onto a white card base. 

Police Officer - When I grow up card details:

This second card came together in very similar way, the main difference being the colours used and the stamp! For the colours I choose Faded Jeans and Salty Ocean distress oxides. However, on this card, I heat embossed the girl before I applied the colour. 

Both ways worked well, but I did find I had more control of applying the colour before I heat
embossed. But this will be down to preference. Again, I used second generation stamping for the coloured sentiment and used the Raven detailed black ink for the main sentiment. This is yet another great quote!


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