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Brutus Monroe Hop - Traditional Holiday

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Hello crafty friends! Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate! We do in my house, so for the Christmas hop, I made some Christmas hair bows for my daughters using the gnome stamps!



I stamped these cute little gnomes onto shrink film with Raven detail ink, and colored it with alcohol markers and a white Pitt artist pen. For the white beards I used the Pitt pen on the back of the shrink film, so that it didn't cover or smear the little line details in the beards. If you color on the back with the alcohol markers, however, the color shows up very very faintly through the other side, so those I colored on the front. I let the Raven ink dry for a while before coloring, and I did try to avoid the lines, as the alcohol markers will smear the ink! The cool thing about the shrink film is that the lines and the coloring don't need to be perfect, as everything darkens up when it is shrunk down!


I fussy cut the gnomes, and again, it's not necessary to be completely perfect, as t…

Brutus Monroe Hop - Nontraditional Holiday

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Hello crafty friends! I'm excited to bring you this card today for the Brutus Monroe Inspiration Team "Nontraditional Holiday" blog hop! My sister-in-law loves anything with sugar skulls, and I always try to incorporate that into her birthday and holiday cards. This time I went BIG with this sugar skull that has a Christmassy crown and a dark snowy background!



I started with a panel of Raven cardstock, and I flicked white acrylic paint all over the background for the snowy effect. Then I took one of the chipboard skulls and squished embossing ink all over the surface, and heat embossed three layers of Alabaster Sparkle EP. I adhered it to the background with foam tape. I stamped the rose image several times with Raven detail ink and colored them with alcohol markers. I fussy cut them out and used a black marker to go around the cut edge. I popped them up with different dimensions of foam tape and glue near the top of the skull. I used the DecoFoil pen to loosely cover th…

Brutus Monroe Hop - December 2019 Subscription Items

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Hello crafty friends! Thanks for stopping by today. The Brutus Monroe inspiration team is hopping today with the December 2019 subscription items. I have the stamp of the month, which is this cute little snowman! One of my five year old twins loves pink, so I decided to make this one for her Christmas card this year.



I started by heat embossing the snowflakes onto a piece of Alabaster cardstock with Alabaster EP. I blended Honeysuckle and Rouge surface inks onto the background, and used just a teeny bit of Plum to darken the top edge. I use a scrap piece of Alabaster cardstock to freehand cut the snowy hills with scissors, and then gently blended the Rouge ink onto the top edge. I stamped the snowman with gray ink, so that the lines wouldn't be quite so stark against the soft pink background. I used a very small blending brush to shade a little bit of pink around his edges, and then colored the hat and scarf with colored pencils. After fussy cutting him out, I tucked him into one …

Brutus Monroe Hop - 5th Anniversary of Brutus Monroe!

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Hello crafty friends! Thanks so much for stopping by today to check out my anniversary card for Brutus Monroe! It is a blog hop day, and the team is celebrating that Brutus Monroe has been in business for 5 years. They're having a big party this coming weekend at their physical location in Pittsburgh!



For my card, I started with a panel of Raven cardstock and used the Uppercase Alphabet Outline stamps to make the word "FIVE" across the background. I heat embossed the letters with Sterling EP, and colored them in with Sterling Aqua Pigment. I left space in between each word, and I glued a silver jewel in between.

Then I used the Silver Sketch Foil and the clear Distress Circles toner sheet to make a transparent top layer. For the sentiment, I heat embossed the word in Sterling EP onto a piece of Raven cardstock, and then fussy cut around it with scissors. I glued it onto a piece of Sterling Glitterstock and then fussy cut around the edges again. I popped that up on the tr…