Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Thank You!

Happy Wednesday! Today the design team is sharing our "Thanks." This time of year we are done with holiday cards and ready to tell those we love "thanks" for the wonderful gifts they gave to us that past few months.

I decided to create a simple thank you card that could easily be mass produced if needed. I began by die cutting using the Thanks die from Not Your Mama's cardstock. To add the color the die was placed in a high box and sprayed with Rogue Surface Spray and then Serling Liquid Elements Spray.

While it was drying I created the background on a piece of Rogue cardstock using the Super Sentimental Stamp set and Brutus Monroe Pigment Ink. Three thanks stamps were chosen from the set and stamped multiple times in different directions using the Pigment Ink. A piece of ribbon from the December Inspiration box was added to give the sentiment and background some division.

The final step was adding the Thanks and adhering the panel using craft glue to a card base.
There you have it, a simple, yet beautiful Thank You Card. The colors can be adjusted to make the card more masculine as well.

Check out all of the great designs by our Inspiration Team below.


Have a Happy New Year!

-Heather B.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Merry Christmas Over Again

 Happy Wednesday! Today the team is all about Christmas. For this card I used the Christmas Over Again background stamp from Unity and Brutus Monroe and Deco foil transfer gel to create a foiled background.  Deco foil gel is a transfer get that once dried, you can add foil to create a fun foiled project using stencils, stamps etc. When you are using it on stamps as I did with this project you have to immediately wash your stamp with warm water. If the gel dries it will ruin your stamp.

To begin, I added the gel to the entire background stamp using an ink blending pad. I worked very quickly and only added a thin layer. The gel was transferred to a piece of midnight cardstock using a Misti Stamp Positioning tool. Once the gel is dry it will turn clear. Because there was only a thin layer applied the gel dried very quickly.
Next, Sunrise foil was added using a laminator. The sentiment is from the Yuletide Greetings set.  It is heat embossed using Gilded embossing powder on heat resistant vellum. For extra interest a piece of gold and off white ribbon is wrapped under the sentiment.

To finish off the card, the panel was added to a piece of Scarlet glitterstock.
Foiling is a great tool to use to make your cards look fabulous in a short amount of time. The  Deco foil transfer gel makes it so easy to foil your cards for any occasion.


Click below to check out all of the other Christmas projects from our Inspiration team!

Have a great day!

-Heather B.

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Holiday Decor Using Sketched Holiday Surface Board


Hello friends! Heather B. here showing you how to make simple holiday decor using the Brutus Monroe Sketched Holiday Surface Board.
The sketched surface boards are:
  • 12"x 12" sizing
  • Full Printed Holiday Designs
  • 5 Sheets per pack
You can use them to make boxes, create scrapbook pages or decorate and put them in a frame, as I have done with my project today. Let's get started! 

First, I choose to use Aqua Pigments to paint one of the stockings on a board that had many images randomly placed. The Aqua Pigments work amazing on the surface boards! To create the gold for the ribbon, I mixed Gingerbread, from the Holiday Collection, and Yellow


For the background I masked off diagonal strips using purple tape and then used Red and Pearl Aqua Pigments to create the stripes. 

Once the background had dried I fussy cut the stocking and added it with foam tape to the background. The entire panel was put on a piece of gilded glitterstock and added to a frame. 

It was that simple and quick to create a piece of holiday decor that could be used to brighten up your own home or given as a gift. 



Have a great day!

-Heather B. 


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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Merry & Bright Masking


Hello Friends!

Happy Wednesday! Today the Brutus Monroe Inspiration Team is hopping along showing you how projects created using the technique of masking. There are several reasons that I love the Brutus Monroe Masking Paper.:
  • The masking paper comes in two different sizes 4.25 X 5 and 8.5 X 11. My favorite size is the smaller.
  • I also love that the backing on the paper has thin lines that allow you to pull the backing off easily no matter how you cut it down. 
  • It dies cuts like a dream
  • What I love the most about this masking paper is that it sticks! It sticks very well and doesn't peel up as you are working around it, but it does not rip the panel when it is removed. 

For today's card I used the adorable December Stamp of the Month Light Bulb Stamp and masked it over and over to create my own background patterned with multiple light bulbs. Once the masking was complete I used the same traditional colors to color each bulb. Coloring this card was very relaxing and I love the way it turned out. 
The sentiment "Merry and Bright"  is from the stamp set of the same name stamped then heat embossed on heat resistant vellum using Christmas Eve embossing powder. The vellum was cut using a sentiment strip and adhered to the panel using craft glue.  That completes this festive, fun card using the fabulous December Stamp of the Month and masking. 

Check out the other amazing projects creating using the technique of masking below. 


Have a great day!
-Heather B. 

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Cozy Colors of Christmas Winter Scene


Hello Friends! The Brutus Monroe Inspiration Team is creating projects using a cozy Christmas color palette for this weeks Wednesday Blog Hop. Today the team is Crushing it with the following Color Crush Theme.

I choose to create a winter scene using the colors. To begin I added rock candy to the bottom of the panel and covered it with Fallen Snow Glitter Glaze. For the snowman I masked off several stamps from the set Build a Snowman to create my snowman with a hat and scarf.

The mask were left in place to create the sky background using Aqua Pigments from set 1 I love the look of a pink, purple sky setting over the mountain of snow holding the snowman dressed up for the winter.  I also used Aqua Pigments to color the snowman. I mixed several colors to get the desired colors for the challenge. The body of the snowman is covered with Pearl Aqua Pigment. The pearl added shimmer like snow to make the snowman appear more realistic.

The sentiment is heat embossed with Raven embossing powder on a fishtail cut from Fallen Snow Glitterstock. The final touch was adding snow throughout the sky using a white gel pen.

It was a fun challenge to create with a color pallet that I typically would not chose. I encourage you to try to step outside of your "color comfort zone" and see what you can create!


Check out all of the other wonderful projects from our Inspiration Team below.

                    HEATHER (You are here)

Have a fantastic day!
-Heather B.

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Snowflakes and a Snow Globe


Hello friends! Heather B. here!  Did you know that Brutus Monroe has a series of stamps called City Sidewalks? They are beautifully illustrated snow globes by Chuck Carlson. There are currently twelve available from Pittsburgh to Sydney. They are size 3 X 4 and there is also a coordinating die



These stamps can be used for any project or occasion. Today I used the Pittsburgh snow globe to create a Christmas card. 


To began, the background was created using black and yellow aqua pigments. Once it had dried I added snowflakes using The Miracle of Nature background stamp and Alabaster embossing powder


The Pittsburgh Snow Globe is heat embossed with Alabaster embossing powder on Midnight cardstock.  The coordinating die was used for the snow globe and it was adhered to the panel using foam tape to give it dimension. Nuvo White Blizzard drops were added to give the appearance of snow in the globe.

The final step was adding the sentiment "Merry Christmas" on heat embossed with Raven embossing powder on Phonebook cardstock.
Thank you so much for joining me today. I hope you will check out the City Sidwalks stamps and create something fun full of memories for someone in your life! 



Have a great day!

-Heather B. 



Note: I do use affiliated links. What this means to you is, at NO additional cost to you I receive a commission when you purchase a product through one of the product links. This allows me to continue to purchase new products and create additional inspiration. I list links for several companies so you are able to locate the best prices for the product.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Layered Glitter Glaze

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Hello Friends!

It is Wednesday!! Today the Brutus Monroe Inspiration Team is showing you fun projects using Glitter Glaze.  Brutus|Monroe Glitter Glaze is an incredible glitter medium that will make your project sparkle and shine. Our glitter glaze is based on the silk screen method of creating our popular Glitterstock. Using the glitter glaze is a breeze with stencils and screens with a palette knife.  
  • 1.7 Ounce Jar
  • Fully mixed glitter glaze that won't flake or fall out when dry
  • Can be used with stencils and screens 
  • Ultra fine glitter works with all surfaces
  • Use glitter glaze on glass, ceramic, wood, metal and fabric
For today's card I used two different colors, Grape and Gold and layered them using a stencil. 


To start, I taped a piece of  Not Your Mama's Cardstock to a media mat using purple tape. This cardstock is very thick and holds glitter glaze well.  Next, using a pallet knife a layer of grape glitter glaze was added. When adding glitter glaze you can control the thickness by adding a thin or thick layer on your paper. You can also ink the paper first with a color similar to the glitter glaze that you are using and put a thin layer that will show the color from the paper in some area's. The skies the limit with how you want to use your glitter glaze. 
While the grape was drying I used masking paper and a heart die to cut a large heart in the middle of the masking paper.  Once the grape glaze had dried the mask was over the panel the heart stencil was taped down to the the mask. Using the gold glitter glaze, and a pallet knife I added a thin layer over the heart stencil. Before the gold dried the mask and stencil were immediately removed. 

The sentiment was added using layered gold and silver glitterstock cut from the "Congratulations" die and adhered with craft glue. 

There are so many fun and creative ways to use Brutus Monroe Glitter Glaze. Check out what the rest of the fabulous team created below. 


Have a great day!

-Heather



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Birthday Snowflakes Using Heat Resistant Vellum

Hello Crafty Friends! It's Heather B. here with a fun seasonal birthday card using Heat-Resistant Vellum and the Brutus Monroe & Unity Miracle of Nature background stamp. The Brutus Monroe Vellum comes in a pack of 10 sheets sized to 4.25 X 5.5. It is heat resistant which makes it perfect for heat embossing.  If you have someone in your life with a winter birthday this card is perfect.

To begin I placed the vellum in my Misti using a small amount of removable adhesive on the back to hold it in place. The Miracle of Nature background stamp was inked up with clear embossing ink and stamped onto the vellum. I repeated the process twice to make sure there was solid stamping due to the size of the stamp. 

Next, the lightest blue color from the Hanukkah embossing powder collection was added to the vellum. To heat set the embossing powder I used tweezers to hold the vellum while heat was applied using a Wagner Heat Gun. When you heat emboss on non-heat resistant vellum you have to be very careful when applying heat or the vellum will turn a brown color from burning. The heat-resistant vellum allows you to apply more heat at a time to melt the embossing powder evenly. 

A piece of ribbon I had in my stash with silver and blue snowflakes was wrapped around the bottom of the vellum panel. The ribbon is where I placed the sentiment banner created using Sterling embossing powder and the "Happy Birthday" sentiment from Botanical Banners
The final step was to add the vellum to a piece of blue cardstock. To adhere the panel I added a small drop of glue to the center of each snowflake and set something heavy on it until it dried. 




I hope this has inspired you to try out heat resistant vellum for your projects. We love to see the amazing projects you create. Don't forget to tag us on social media using #createyourownending #brutusmonroe and also on our fan Facebook page. 


Have a great day!

-Heather B.


Note: I do use affiliated links. What this means to you is, at NO additional cost to you I receive a commission when you purchase a product through one of the product links. This allows me to continue to purchase new products and create additional inspiration. I list links for several companies so you are able to locate the best prices for the product.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Incredible Shrinking Christmas Ornaments


It is Wednesday and that means another fun Wednesday Blog Hop from the Brutus Monroe Inspiration Team. Today we are all creating with Brutus Monroe Shrink FilmThe Brutus|Monroe premium shrink film can be used to create all kinds of super cool embellishments. The  unique matte finish will allow for the Brutus Monroe surface inks to adhere to the surface of the material. Once dry you can either cut out the image or use a coordinating die for the perfect trim. Then take your favorite heat tool and the image will shrink down to 1/10th the size! 
I decided I wanted to create tiny ornaments using the Yuletide Greetings stamp set. There are several small stamps in this set that were perfect for making images that could look like ornaments. 

To begin the gingerbread man, stocking, gift, bells, ornaments, and Santa hat stamps were positioned in a Misti Stamping Tool. You could also use an acrylic block if you do not have a stamping tool. The shrink film is a slippery surface similar to acetate. I used Midnight Surface ink to stamp all of the images. Each did have to be stamped twice. Next, I gently applied heat, just enough to set the ink, not to shrink it up at this point. 
I have found it is easy to color the images with colored pencils before shrinking. Once all of the images were colored each was fussy cut. It is very simple to fussy cut images on the shrink film

To shrink the images I tried several ways to shrink using my heat tool. The first was "chasing it around my desk" which worked ok, but made it difficult to keep up with, then I tried holding it with tweezers, this did not work well at all. Finally. the best way I found to shrink was to put the image inside of an open ring, such as a lid to a mason jar. The ring kept the image confined as it was shrinking. The film shrinks very quickly. It will curl up and the panic will set in at first that it isn't going to work correctly, but then as if by magic it starts to flatten out. As soon as you see it start to flatten turn the heat off and apply something heavy, such as stacked acrylic blocks. 

For the background I used Christmas Eve embossing powder, the November embossing powder of the month, on the Unity Stamp Christmas Over Again background stamp using clear embossing ink on a panel cut from Brown Butter cardstock.  
To add the "ornaments" I used twine that had a mix of gold and light tan attached to each piece with a glue dot. The panel was added to an A2 card base and that completes this fun shrinking ornament card. 

Don't forget to check out the rest of the teams shrinking projects below. 

Have a great day!

-Heather B.

Note: I do use affiliated links. What this means to you is, at NO additional cost to you I receive a commission when you purchase a product through one of the product links. This allows me to continue to purchase new products and create additional inspiration. I list links for several companies so you are able to locate the best prices for the product.