Hanging Ornaments | Brutus Monroe Christmas Hop

Hey friends! I have a one last Christmas card to share with you all today for the Brutus Monroe blog hop! For this card I used the stamp set that came in Brutus Monroe’s stamp of the month club. The stamp is intended to be a light bulb but when I was looking at it it reminded me of ornaments that I have seen created with the old chunky Christmas lights. So I did a little stamp surgery and cut the wire off the stamp (I can easily put it back together for future cards) and I used that to do my stamping.

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So I stamped with bulb onto some vellum (which I had treated with a powder tool) with an embossing ink and then embossed them with Alabaster embossing powder. Next I took the Snow Friends stamp set and pulled out the snowflake stamps and arranged them on each of the bulbs. I stamped the snowflakes with embossing ink and used Gilded Sparkle embossing powder. Before setting the powder with my heat tool I took a paintbrush and brushed away any stamping that went outside the bulbs. I fussy cut the bulbs out with scissors and moved on to the background.

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For the background I started with a really dark gray piece of cardstock cut to 3.5 x 8.5. I prepped it with a powder tool and took out my Snowflake stencil. I added a few of the snowflakes from the stencil to the edges of the cardstock by pressing my embossing ink into the stencil. I embossed them with Icicle embossing powder. Using a blending tool I blended Raven Detail ink along the edges of the paper and Alabaster white pigment ink in the center, creating a spotlight effect. The final touch for the background was splattering some Pearl Aqua Pigment ink for a snowy effect.

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I used foam tape to pop up my bulb ornaments on the card. I used some silvery twine for the strings, adhering them under the foam tape on the bulbs. I used a silver paint marker on the top of the ornaments and also glued a little bow on each. I popped the panel up onto a 4 x 9 white cardstock base. For the sentiment I heat embossed the “Merry & Bright” from the lightbulb set onto some with cardstock with Gilded embossing powder. I popped that up on the side of the card. Finally I went over the ornaments with Wink of Stella glitter.

Thank you for stopping by with me for the hop! If you are interested in creating a project similar to this check out the links below. To continue hopping along you can follow these links:

DANIEL

BERINA

JESS

HEATHER

ASHLEY <— You are here

MARIE

LAUREN


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Easy Pop-Up Gift Card Holder | Brutus Monroe

Hey everyone! Today I created a really special card. When you open it up it has a pop-up area where you can place a giftcard! And do you want to know the best part? It is so easy to make!

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So when you are making this pop-up giftcard holding card you want to start with a piece of 8.5 x 11 cardstock. I used a piece of Speckled Egg cardstock from Brutus Monroe for mine. First you cut your cardstock in half so that you have two pieces of 5.5 x 8.5 cardstock. Next you take one of those two pieces and cut it down so that it is 5.5 x 5.25. Now you want to score the two pieces. For the longer piece of cardstock you want to make a score line at 1.25 and at 5.5. For the shorter piece you only need one score line at 1.25. The last thing you want to do to create your card is adhere the two pieces of cardstock together. Add some adhesive to one of the 1.25in flaps and glue it to the other 1.25in flap. I used my ATG gun for adhesive, making sure to only add the tape along three of the edges forming a U. I highly recommend watching the video to see more clearly how this is done!

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Once you have the card created you can decorate it however you want! I added a piece of white cardstock to the inside of my card so that I have a nice area to write a message. Using a ruler and a red pen I added a border around the white piece of cardstock.

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Next I started decorating the outside of the card. I went over the top flap with my powder tool. I placed a mask over the back of the card to protect it. Then I took the Snowflake stencil from Brutus Monroe and taped it over the flap. Using my Brutus Monroe embossing ink I added ink to the flap by pressing the ink pad into the stencil. I carefully removed the stencil and I was left with the snowflake design on the flap with embossing ink. I embossed with design with Icicle embossing powder, which is a nice clear embossing powder.

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For the sentiment I pulled out the Jingle all the Way stamp set and picked out a stamp. I prepped a piece of Alabaster white cardstock with my powder tool and then stamped the sentiment with Candied Apple Distess Oxide ink. I embossed with sentiment with Rainbow Sparkle embossing powder, which is a clear embossing powder with colorful sparkles. Next I used my Big Shot to cut the sentiment out with a circle die. I used a slightly bigger circle die to cut a piece of red glitter paper. I glued the sentiment circle to the glitter circle using Gina K Connect glue.

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To finish the card I took two pieces of red and white bakers twine and taped them to the front of the card. Next I added some foam tape over the top of that tape and placed my sentiment circle. The twine can then be used to tie the card closed.


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Arteza Coloring Christmas Scene | Simon's December Card Kit

Hey everyone! Today I have a card featuring a Christmas scene created using Distress Oxide Inks and Arteza Watercolor Markers.

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I started out the card by stamping a few of the images from Simon Says Stamp’s Christmas Cheer stamp set onto Bristol Smooth paper with Gina K Amalgam ink. I then colored in the images with my Arteza Watercolor Markers. Check out the video to see the coloring process and the colors I used! Once the coloring was done I cut the images out with my Scan N Cut. I placed the colored in sign in my MISTI and lined up some of the words to stamp on the sign. I stamped them with Brutus Monroe Raven Detail Ink.

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Next I took out another piece of Bristol Smooth paper to do some ink blending with Distress Oxide ink. I used the colors Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch, and Black Soot to create a sky. I cut this paper down to 9 x 3.5 and prepped it with my powder tool for embossing. I used my MISTI tool to stamp some of the snowflakes from the set onto the sky with Simon Says Stamp embossing ink. I embossed the snowflakes with Marshmallow Puff embossing powder from Brutus Monroe. This embossing powder is really cool because it is white and as you heat it it puffs up a little giving the snowflakes some texture. This embossing powder is the powder of the month for December in Brutus Monroe’s Embossing Powder of the Month club.

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I popped up the Distress Oxide panel onto a Neenah Desert Storm card base with foam tape. I cut some curves across a piece of Bristol Smooth paper to create some snowy hills. I glued this piece onto the Distress Oxide panel. Next I used the Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide ink to blend a shadow along to bottom edge of the snowy hills. Next I adhered the snowman and sign poll with foam tape and the Christmas tree with Gina K Connect Glue onto the card. I stamped a sentiment from the stamp set onto Gina K Cherry Red cardstock and embossed it with Alabaster embossing powder. I mounted the sentiment strip onto some vellum and then popped it up onto the card.

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For some finishing touches on the card I added some highlights and details with a white gel pen. I also used Glossy Accents on the tree’s ornaments, the star, and then top of the sign pole. I used my Wink of Stella glitter brush to add some sparkle. Finally, I used Unicorn glitter glaze along the top of the signs and on the Christmas tree to make them look frosty.


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Simple and Clean Card Design | Brutus Monroe Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello everyone! Today I have a quick and simple card design to share featuring some products from Brutus Monroe.

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I created this card for the Brutus Monroe blog hop. For today’s hop we all were challenged to create something using a specific color palette. So the first thing I did was try to find cardstock in my stash that matched each color in the palette. Once I had a scrap of cardstock in each color I tried to thing of a Christmas word that I could cut out with the colors. There are five colors in the color scheme, so I picked the work Merry. I used the Square Alphabet Die set to cut one letter out of each color.

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I cut very tiny pieces of foam tape in order to pop up each of my letters. I used a T-square ruler to help me place to letters onto a white card base. I like to place the first letter and the last letter first and then the middle letters. This just helps me get the spacing between the letters more even.

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I popped my card base into my MISTI and picked out a sentiment to stamp under the word “merry.” I chose a stamp from the new Brutus Monroe stamp of the month stamp set which says “Merry & Bright.” I stamped that using Raven Detail ink.

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Next I pulled out the stencil from November’s stencil of the month club. I taped it down over the very bottom of the card, right under the sentiment. I added some Unicorn glitter paste very carefully over the stencil. I smoothed it out as best as I could and then lifted the stencil up. The last thing that I did to finish the card was take my Wink of Stella glitter brush and go over the square letters to make them all sparkly.

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HEATHER

DANIEL

BERINA

LAUREN

JESSICA

ASHLEY <- You are here

MARIE


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Icy Alcohol Ink Background with a Vellum Overlay

Today I made an icy winter background using alcohol inks and the stamp set from Simon’s December card kit. I even added a snowy vellum overlay!

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The first thing I did was place a craft mat over my surface to protect it. Alcohol inks are really messy so I highly recommend using a craft mat of some kind. I usually like to use disposable gloves as well to keep my hands clean, but I recently ran out so for this card my hands got quite messy. I took out a piece of Yupo paper and all of my blue colors of alcohol ink. I used the colors Indigo, Sailboat Blue, Stream, Mermaid, and Pool to create my background. For this background I decided not to used and blending solution because I wanted the colors to not be diluted at all. I used a straw to blow air onto the inks to move them around on the paper and get them to blend.

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Once the alcohol ink was dry it was time to do some stamping. I used the Christmas Cheer stamp set from Simon Says Stamp’s December card kit for all of the stamping on this card. I took all of the snowflake stamps from the set and arranged them in my MISTI. I stamped them with Alcohol Lift-Ink onto the alcohol ink panel. This ink removes alcohol ink when you stamp with it. Once I finished stamping I took the alcohol ink panel and went over it really well with a dry cloth. This is what really lifts up the ink and makes the stamping pop!

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Next I stamped the sign pole from the set onto some Bristol Smooth paper. I meant to stamp on Neenah Solar white because it is better for coloring with Copics, but I accidentally grabbed the wrong paper. I made it work though! After stamping the pole with Gina K Amalgam ink I lined up some sentiments on each of the three signs and stamped those too. I colored in the sign pole with Copic markers. Check out the video to see the coloring process!

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Next I created the vellum overlay. My alcohol ink panel is 4.25 by 5.5 so I needed my vellum to be 5.5 on one side and the other needed to be longer than 4.25. I then scored the vellum at 4 and 3/8th just to be sure it would cover my panel when I folded it around the side. I knew I could trim the edge if it was too long. Scoring the vellum creates a small flap that I will later be able to attach to my alcohol ink panel. I then took a circle die from the Hero Arts infinity circle die set and cut a window out of the front of the vellum.

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I prepped the vellum panel with my powder tool really well to do some embossing. I used the same stamps that I used on the alcohol ink panel to stamp some snowflakes onto the front of the vellum. I stamped with with Simon Says Stamp embossing ink and then embossed them with Rainbow Sparkle embossing powder from Brutus Monroe. The embossing powder is clear with sparkles in it so the snowflakes look shiny and glittery on the vellum. I used my ATG gun on the small flap of the vellum and glued it to the back of the left edge of the alcohol ink panel. This attaches the vellum like a book cover that can be opened and closed over the alcohol ink panel. I took the entire panel and glued it to an A2 size card base.

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I cut a piece of white card stock into a small hill shape and glued it to the bottom of the alcohol ink panel. I then glued down the sign pole that I colored in earlier so that it is in the middle of the panel sticking up out of the snow. I used a few gray Copic markers to add some shading to where the pole meets the snow. Next I used some Distress Oxide inks to shade my snow. I blended the colors Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean along the bottom edge of the snow. I think this really takes the snow to a whole different level than just leaving it solid white. For some finishing touched I added some highlights to the sign pole with a white gel pen. I also added Wink of Stella glitter to the snow and a little bit to the signs. Finally I wrapped some silver and white twine around the binding of the card and tied it in a bow.


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