Thursday, August 16, 2018

Using Stamps to Foil...Yes, You Can!


Hello! 
Today I am showing you a technique using stamps, Deco Foil Transfer Gel and of course the beautiful Drybrush foil from Brutus Monroe. When I craft I like to look at a product and figure out what I can do with it that may not the conventional way. I enjoy crafting so much because it allows me to experiment and "see what happens." Brutus Monroe products are great for crafters like me. 


I started by placing a small amount of Deco Foil Transfer Gel on a craft mat using a pallet knife. You will not need very much at all. A small amount goes a long way for this technique. I choose a Happy Birthday sentiment from the Brutus Monroe Super Sentimental stamp set. If you are looking for a sentiment stamp set that fits many needs, this is the one!  


Next, I added the sentiment to an acrylic block. To add the transfer gel to the sentiment I used a small ink dauber. It allowed me to have a little more control which helped with the small sentiment.  Using a very small amount I pounced the transfer gel onto the stamp covering it completely and then I stamped the sentiment onto the panel. When you stamp down you can see the paper through the block. This helps in making sure that you have a good stamp image before you lift the block. 


The transfer gel is sticky. When you remove the stamp/block you need to lift straight up. You may need to pull the paper off of the stamp. I stamped the Happy Birthday over the entire panel in rows. Once the panel was complete I immediately put my stamp in a cut of water. I let it sit for about 5 minutes and then took it out and wiped it with a clean towel and it was good as new. Did not harm the stamp at all. 



Once the gel was dry, you can tell when it is dry because it is clear, I added a piece of  Drybrush foil and ran it through the laminator. When the foiled image was exposed I loved the look. It was not perfect, every Happy Birthday didn't looked exactly like the stamp as far as spacing etc. That is what I love about this technique. You can still read the sentiment, but it creates a unique background that will look different every time you create this way.  

To create the card I added a piece of Gilded glitterstock cut down to A2 size onto a card base. I decided that I wanted to cut the foiled panel down and use it as a way to frame the sentiment. I cut it down to 2 inches by 4.25 for each section. I also added a strip of Raven cardstock to the edge of each panel to give it a more defined line on the glitterstock



For the sentiment I used a larger Happy Birthday from  Super Sentimental.  Next, I used heat embossing on vellum with Raven embossing powder. Finally, I cut it out with a circle die and adhered the vellum sentiment to the middle section of the card.  




-Have a great day!! 

-Heather


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. All products used are purchased by me and not received from any company. 

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Using Multiple Mediums to Create One Card



Hello!

Watercolor?
Surface sprays?
Stamps and dies?
Surface Inks?
Glittercardstock?
Masking?
Embossing....which to choose for a card??
How about all of the above! 

What I love about Brutus Monroe is the way the products spark out of the box creativity. I am super excited to be the August guest designer on the Brutus Monroe Inspiration team. For my first project I wanted to use all of the above. 




For today's card I started with a sheet of Brutus Monroe masking paper. Using a pencil I drew three hills and a tree branch. After cutting out the hills and branch I placed them on a piece of watercolor cardstock. 


Next, I placed the panel in a tall box so I could spray Oz Surface Spray on the panel. Surface sprays come in a variety of colors and dry permanent. The bold blue color of the Oz was perfect for my sky. To add varying dimensions  I used a paper towel to blot the surface spray. You will need to work fast due to the surface sprays drying quickly.  After blotting the surface spray I removed the masks.





Once the panel had dried completely. I used four different  Brutus Monroe Surface inks to watercolor the tree and hills. For the hills I used Envy and Grass
Stain and Maple and Terracotta for the tree branch. Surface inks are great for watercoloring! I smooshed each color onto my surface and added a spray of water then using a paint brush I watercolored the hill and tree branch. To give the grass a textured look I made strokes going vehicle on the panel using Envy ink.



I used the Butterfly Sentiments 2.0 stamps and dies for the focal point of the card. This stamp set is wonderful. It includes the shadow and detail stamp for the butterfly. You can do so much with this one stamp set. I decided to heat emboss three butterflies using Brutus Monroe embossing ink  and the following gorgeous embossing powders: Tangerine Twist, Grape Soda, and a color I made myself inspired by the Brutus Monroe Embossing Bar at the Studio Store in Pittsburgh, mixing Icicle and Mermaid Tail




Once each butterfly was heat embossed I used the coordinating die set to cut each butterfly and the shadow out of Sterling glitterstock. Due to the die cutting the same size I fussy cut the embossed butterflies so you could see the "shadow" of the glitterstock. This gave the butterflies extra depth. i also gently folded the butterflies so their wings are not laying flat on the background. Using score tape I attached the butterflies to the glitterstock and attached them to the panel.





The  Butterfly Sentiments 2.0 stamps  has four amazing sentiments. I choose the sentiment that says difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations... stamped in Brutus Monroe Detail Raven ink and added a second sentiment from the set for the inside of the card.




I had a lot of fun being creative with so many different mediums. I encourage you to stretch your projects and mix products and mediums you may not have tried before. Experiment and see what happens. "Create your own ending!"




Have a fabulous day!

- Heather

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. All products used are purchased by me and not received from any company. 



Monday, August 6, 2018

Brutus Monroe July 2018 5 Cards 1 Kit- Blast off!

 Hello!

Oh my did I have fun creating with this inspiration box from Brutus Monroe. Space is the theme the July Out of this World kit. I used the products from the box along with the new Brutus Monroe Decofoil line along with the new Brutus Monroe glitter glaze.  You can purchase most of the products in the box individually HERE.

All products used are listed below if you would like to subscribe to the Brutus Monroe Inspiration Box click HERE.  Once you become a subscriber you will also receive 15% off everyday purchases. You can cancel at anytime.













Have a great day!

Don't just follow your dreams LIVE them!

-Heather 

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. All products used are purchased by me and not received from any company. 





Thursday, August 2, 2018

Foiled beach scene using Brutus Monroe foil and embossing powders

Hello!

As a crafter I love it when you have an idea in your head,(mine usually come into my head in the middle of the night when I am trying to sleep) 😀that actually translates to my project the way I saw it or better. That is how this beach scene card came to be. Today I am using Brutus Monroe products. I have said it before and will say it again, if you have not checked out Brutus Monroe you are missing out! They have innovative, fun, creativity run wild products. 






First I taped off a panel about half way down with purple tape and I used the rays stencil from MFT. To outline where the sun will be on my scene. Next, I used three colors of Distress Oxide, abandoned coral, squeezed lemonade, and carved pumpkin with a blending tool to add color to the setting sun and sky.  

Once the sky and sun were the colors that I wanted I taped the stencil back down to the panel and used deco foil transfer gel for the rays of the sun. After the gel dried I added Brutus Monroe Sunrise deco foil by running it through a laminator.  The foil adds beautiful gold/red color to the rays of the sun. 


Deco Foil transfer gel after it has dried. It will dry clear.

Beautiful Sunset foil after going through the laminator

For the water I cut a piece of Brutus Monroe masking paper. I have used a lot of masking paper over the years and this is by far my favorite. It has just enough sticky to not peel up off of your project, but not enough that it is hard to remove. The paper also has slits in the backing so it is easy to remove. 
I wanted the water to appear as if it was a wave that had broke on the beach. I made one part higher and cut the rest at a slight angle.  

For the water I decided to mix three embossing powders from Brutus Monroe. I mixed mermaid tail, alabaster and then added icicle to give it a little shimmer. I got this idea from visiting the Brutus Monroe studio store where they have an embossing bar that allows you to mix and make your own colors of embossing powder. 

Brutus Monroe Embossing Bar at the Studio Store in PA. 

While the mask was on the sand area and covering part of the sky/sunset I used the Brutus Monroe embossing ink on my panel. After removing the mask I added the mix of embossing powder and heat set it with my Wagner heat tool.



Next, I masked off the water using the other half of the masking paper and used Brutus Monroe Sandcastle embossing powder using the same technique I did for the water. 




For the finishing touch on the front panel I used Brutus Monroe Media Paste. This stuff is amazing. It stays white once on your project and also gives texture. This was perfect for the "foam" of the water on the sand. I used a pallet knife to add to the edge of the water where it meets the sand. It gave the beach scene a realistic look by adding the extra texture. It dries fast and does not flake off. 




For the sentiment I thought about putting it on the panel, but decided to add it inside. I used the sentiment Hello Beautiful from Brutus Monroe Super Sentimental. This is a fantastic sentiments stamp set. There are so many occasions this can be used for. 






I hope you will give the new Brutus Monroe Deco-Foil's a try and let your creativity run wild with foil. 



Have a great day!

Don't just follow your dreams LIVE them!

-Heather 

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. All products used are purchased by me and not received from any company.