Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Fall Florals with Brutus Monroe

 


Hello everyone!  I am writing this after a long weekend off from work!  How
lovely to have the time to create!  Today I'll be using products from


I wanted to really think outside the box on this project.  I did this by taking a
themed stamp set - fall - and making it into a not-so-fall card!  Let me show you
what I did!
I first took a piece of heavyweight white card stock and the Basket Weave Stencil
and used Chroma Mists.  I used Lilac and Candy Apple Red Chroma mists watered
 down with water that had mica powder in it.  I used a stencil brush to apply the Mists.


While I was waiting for that to dry, I stamped and heat embossed in black my
5 flowers.  I stamped 3 of the pansies and 2 of the mums.


I painted these flowers with the same mix of Chroma Mists.  I watered some
of it down with the water/mica powder.  To get darker areas, I waited until the
first coats were almost dry and then went in and added more.  As long as
you wait for the layers to dry, you can keep adding color to get darker shades.


Once these were dry I added the black beard part with my black Copic marker and then
 added a small yellow part in the center with a Yellow Posca Pen.  Then I die cut them with 
the coordinating dies.


I next cut an A2 size side folding white card base.  I folded it and then cut
off 1 1/4" on the right front.


I then cut a piece of black dotted acetate from my stash that I adhered to the back 
of the front panel and just the 1 1/4" of it shows on the front of the card.


I cut down the stenciled panel to fit on the front white card stock piece.
It measures 2 3/4" x 5 1/4".  


You can see some weird markings on the right side of this panel.  I was going to
go in a completely different direction, but it didn't work out.  However, I knew these
markings would be covered up by my flowers.  I adhered this panel to the front of the card.


Time to adhere my flowers!  I adhered one pansy at the top and one at the bottom
flat to the card and straddling the space between the card stock and acetate.  Next
I added the mums.  I popped those up on foam tape.  I placed one facing one way
and the other facing the opposite.  And lastly I added my last pansy to the middle
also on foam tape.  I added some mirror confetti and my project was done!


This card was fun to make!  I stepped out of my comfort zone to do the
acetate on the front, but I love the effect.  I might have to send this card
to my bestie!  I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial.  You can find the
products I used at


Thank you so much for being here and taking an interest!

Betsy

In my capacity as a design team member for Brutus Monroe, I do receive the products I use from them. 
All opinions and creative decisions remain my own, and I only work with companies/use products that I love.




















Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Ribbon Curls with Brutus Monroe

 


Hello everyone!  Well, around here winter has begun!  There has been some
snow and lots of cold!  Today I'll be making a cool winter card using products from


This card was so much fun to make with all of the sparkle going on!  Le me show
you how I did it!  I started by taking a piece of shimmer paper and stenciled it
using the Ribbon Curls Stencil and Teal Candy Coat!


As with many of the mediums in the Brutus Monroe line, this medium goes
on rather light and dull but when it dries it's gorgeous!  Sparkle and shine!
Next I stamped the Snow Globe Stamp Set and a sentiment from the Let It
Snow Stamp Set onto white card stock and heat embossed it black.


I colored these images with Distress Watercolor Pencils.  I went around the
edges of the sentiment very lightly just to give it a bit of color.  Once everything
was dry I die cut my snow globe with the coordinating die and I used a circle die
for the sentiment.


To the snow globe I added Fallen Snow Glitter Glaze on the snowy parts and
on the stars.  While it was still wet I added some Shimmer Flake.  


I cut out 4 snowflakes out of pearlized vellum with the Snowflake Cutting
Dies.  I adhered the biggest one behind my sentiment circle.


I trimmed my stenciled panel to 3 3/4" x 5" and adhered to a silver mirror
panel that measures 4 1/8" x 5 3/8".  Then I adhered that to a white top
folding A2 size card base.  I popped up the snow globe on foam tape and
then put Crystal Glaze on the globe part (this took quite a long time to dry!).


Once the Crystal Glaze was dry I added snow with a white Posca Pen.  I
adhered down the other 3 snowflakes and my sentiment and then I used clear
gems and holographic confetti.  And that completed my card!


I hope you enjoyed this super sparkly tutorial!  I love it when everything
shines!  You can find the products I used from


Thanks so much for stopping by!  I appreciate your interest!
Follow me on Instagram @betsybirgeart

Betsy

In my capacity as a design team member for Brutus Monroe, I do receive the products I use from them. 

All opinions and creative decisions remain my own, and I only work with companies/use products that I love.
















Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Rustic Sunflowers with Brutus Monroe


Hello everyone!  Sunflowers are so...sunny!  We've been having some dark days
here so these sunflowers brighten up everything!  I'll be using products from


I wanted this card to be sunny and bright!  So easy to do with the products I
used.  Let me show you how I made my card!  I started with the stenciled panel
for the background.  I mixed Banana Split and Pumpkin Patch Velveteen
Glazes together. When dry, these Glazes are darker.  So I mixed the 2 
together to get a lighter orange.  I used the X-pattern Stencil on white card stock.


These velveteen glazes dry to an amazing texture!  Next I stamped out my images
onto white card stock using a hybrid black ink.  I wanted to color these images
with my Copic Markers.


I stamped these images twice.


I went through and colored all the leaves first, then the centers of
the sunflowers.


Copic Colors used:  G82, G85, G94, Y02, Y15, Y38, R89
E35, E37, E49, Y26
Once these images were all colored I used the coordinating die
set and cut them out.  I stamped out my sentiment with some
dark brown hybrid ink and die cut it with an oval die.  Just
for added interest I made stitch lines around it with a dark
brown fine marker.


I made an A2 size top folding card base from white card stock.  I die
cut a frame using a piece of plaid paper from the Baked Fresh Paper

I adhered the stenciled panel behind this plaid frame.


I arranged my die cut sunflowers and leaves along the left side of the
panel and along the bottom.  A few were popped up on foam tape while
others were adhered flat.  I popped up my sentiment on foam tape. I
sprinkled some rich orange confetti on my card and it was finished!


I love making brightly colored cards when the weather is dark and gray!
It's a great pick me up!  You can find the products I used at


Thank you so much for stopping by!  I hope I've inspired you to make
a bright and happy card!

Betsy

In my capacity as a design team member for Brutus Monroe, I do receive the products I use from them. 

All opinions and creative decisions remain my own, and I only work with companies/use products that I love.


















 

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

All Wrapped Up with Brutus Monroe

 


Hello everyone!  Hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy!  Today
I'm sharing a fun card made with products from


I have 2 nieces who just got engaged and I was thinking of them when I
made this card!  Let me show you how I did it!
I first did my stenciling on a piece of 6" x 6" white card stock.  I used a
finger dauber with the Pink Chroma Glaze.  By doing it that way, a 
thinner amount of  the glaze gets deposited on the paper.  


I did a couple of the bows as well but decided to do a few more on a
separate piece of card stock.  I put these off to the side to dry.  Next I
cut a piece of white card stock to 4" x 5 1/4".  I embossed that with an
embossing folder and then splattered it with gold watercolor.


When my stenciled panels were dry I cut each package so I would have
3 presents.  I added a bit of work with a black pen, just some dots, etc.
I trimmed out the bow with the ribbons and adhered them on top of the 
gift.  I foam mounted these onto squares of gold card stock that I cut just
1/8" bigger.


I stamped and heat embossed with Gilded Embossing powder a sentiment
from my stash.  Then I die cut it with a banner die.


I next took my embossed background panel and wrapped gold thread around
 the bottom of it.  Then I backed it with gold card stock and adhered it to
the card base.  I adhered my sentiment on at this time as well.


I adhered 2 of my gifts flat to the surface and then popped up the middle one
on foam tape where it didn't overlap the other two.  I added some gold
foil pearls and that finished my card!


This card was fun to make and I enjoyed working with all of the
textures.  You can find the products I used at


Thanks so much for stopping by!

Betsy

In my capacity as a design team member for Brutus Monroe, I do receive the products I use from them. 

All opinions and creative decisions remain my own, and I only work with companies/use products that I love.



 











Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Baked Fresh - Pear Cake with Brutus Monroe

 


Hello everyone!  Warm pear cake from the oven - sounds so delicious
this time of year!  Today I'll be using products from


I love the colorful feel I was able to get using the Baked Fresh Stamp
Set and Golden Gourd Embossing Powder.  Let me show you how I
made my card!  I first took an A2 size panel of white card stock and
stamped my images and heat embossed them using Gold Gourd
Embossing Powder.  This is a lovely fall gold embossing powder and
my favorite for this time of year!


On a scrap piece of white card stock I also did the same with the pear cake
image from the Baked Fresh Stamp Set and the sentiment.


I decided to color my image with my Copic Markers.  The embossing powders
from Brutus Monroe do not harm your alcohol markers.  I tried to keep my
color choices varied and colorful but simple.


For Copic colors I used:  YR02, E33, YR31, E000, YG11, Y000
Y21, RV34, V01, Y02, R05, R02, YG63.  Next I made an A2 size
top folding white card base and adhered a panel of plum card stock.
I cut down my colored panel to 3 3/4" x 5" and adhered that to the base.


Next I die cut my sentiment with a smaller rectangle die and backed
it with the same plum card stock.  I left empty space on the left side
of this to accommodate my cake.


I adhered this piece to my card.


I added my cake popped up on foam tape.  For embellishments I added some
Alabaster Glitter Glaze to put "sugar" on my cake and I add some holo plum
confetti.  And that finished my card!


I really enjoy coloring fall elements and this pear cake looks simply
delicious!  You can find the products I used at


Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!

Betsy

In my capacity as a design team member for Brutus Monroe, I do receive the products I use from them. 

All opinions and creative decisions remain my own, and I only work with companies/use products that I love.
















Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Baked Fresh - Pumpkin Pie with Brutus Monroe

 


Hello everyone!  I don't know about you, but I love pumpkin pie!  I
don't make good piecrust so I don't get to have it that often - only when 
someone else makes it! LOL  Today I'll be using products from


I really wanted to incorporate some blue into my project today.  It
looks so good with oranges and yellows.  Let me show you how I made
my card.  I started by taking 2 heavyweight A2 size white card stock panels.
I took one and smooshed it in Turquoise Chroma Mist.  I added water to 
my mat and kept smooshing and when it was still wet I splattered it with
full strength Chroma Mist.  I did the same with Tangerine Orange on
another piece of card stock.  After smooshing it in just plain Tangerine
Orange, I added a bit of Candy Apple Red and Ornament Gold.  I kept smooshing
until I was happy with the coverage.  Then I splattered with it with the 3 colors.
After they were dry, I cut them into strips - 3/4" for the Turquoise and 1/4"
for the Tangerine Orange.


Next I heat embossed with dark brown ink my elements from the
Baked Fresh Stamp Set.


I decided to color these with my Copic Markers.


For colors I used:  YR31, YR07, YR15, E08, E31, B00, B01, B02
After they were colored I fussy cut them.  I took a piece of creamy
yellow card stock from my stash and made an A2 size card base and
I cut a panel that was 4" x 5 1/4" and ran it through a dotted embossing
folder. 


 I took the largest piece of left-over card stock with the
Turquoise smooshing on it and heat set my sentiment from the
Baked Fresh Stamp Set with the dark brown ink.  Then I die cut it
with a banner die.


To put my card together I layered all of the background pieces together
inserting a piece of plain white card stock between the 2 yellow ones.  I
made a criss-cross pattern with my cut strips.  I popped up my elements
with foam tape including the sentiment banner.  I had to cut the right end
of the sentiment banner off because it was too long and that made a nice
flag for the top left of the card.  I put Glossy Accents on the whipped cream.  
I added two-tone pearls and that finished this card!


I love how this card turned out.  I really like how the Turquoise strips
are very much like an autumn sky with clouds!  It went so well with the 
sentiment!  You can find the products I used at


Thanks so much for stopping by!

Betsy

In my capacity as a design team member for Brutus Monroe, I do receive the products I use from them. 

All opinions and creative decisions remain my own, and I only work with companies/use products that I love.

 




















Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Baked Fresh with Brutus Monroe

 


Hello everyone!  I don't know about you, but I love the smell of fresh baked
bread!  That warm yummy smell just hits the spot!  So today I'll be using
products from


I tried something a little different with this card.  I stenciled over an embossed
background!  It wasn't perfect but I like it!  Let me show you how I made it!
I first cut a panel of White Wash card stock to 4" x 5 1/4"and embossed it with an 
embossing folder from my stash.  Then I put it on my Stick and Stamp Mat
and used the Circles Stencil and Gold Chroma Glaze.  I didn't want full
coverage so I didn't put it all over my panel.  But what did happen was the
panel had raised edges from the embossing and in places it left almost a
double circle look.  I really liked the look it gave.


While I was waiting for that to dry, I stamped my elements for my card
from the Baked Fresh Stamp Set with some soft brown Copic-friendly ink.
I stamped my sentiment in dark brown pigment ink away from the other
elements so I could die cut it.


For the coloring of my elements I Google Imaged "Artisan Bread".  This
gave me the imagery that I needed for color.  I used various browns and tans and a
bit of desaturated yellow for the breads. 


 I also tried to give the bread some visual texture, so my coloring
was not straightforward.  I did some dotting and left areas without much
color.  I was fairly happy with how they looked.  I fussy cut these out and
die cut the sentiment with an oval die.


My stenciled panel was dry.  I made a card base using the same White Wash
card stock.  It's an A2 size top folding base.  I put foam behind my stenciled
panel and before laying it down I added some gold thread and wrapped it around
the lower part of the card.


You can see the thread is not straight.  I added this for a slight
grounding of the elements, but not representative of a surface like
a table top.  I adhered 2 of the breads flat to the surface but popped up
the one in the front on foam tape as well as the sentiment.  I added
some light chocolate pearls that really reflect the gold stenciling and thread .
As a last bit of detail, I added just a few white hi-lites with a white
Posca Pen and then with a fine black marker added black dots that
resemble poppy seeds.  And my card was done!


I really like how this card came out.  I love the gold Chroma Glaze with
the colors of the breads and I think they enhance each other.  The Baked
Fresh Stamp & Die Set are part of October's Inspiration Box.  You can
find the products I used at


Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope I've inspired you to create
some beautiful!

Betsy

In my capacity as a design team member for Brutus Monroe, I do receive the products I use from them. 

All opinions and creative decisions remain my own, and I only work with companies/use products that I love.










 





Fall Florals with Brutus Monroe

  Hello everyone!  I am writing this after a long weekend off from work!  How lovely to have the time to create!  Today I'll be using pr...