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. 


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, 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. 

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, 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.