Spellbinders Emboss and Cut Folders

Welcome, crafty friends! I am excited to share some fun and colorful cards with you today! I had the pleasure of playing with a few Spellbinders CUT AND EMBOSS FOLDERS, and I love the cards they created.

 

Spellbinders Cut and Emboss Folders + Watercolor Background. Marie Nicole Designs

These folders are unique, in that they dry emboss AND cut at the same time. You can see the embossed designs they make, as well as some of the cut out accents. I decided to try some colorful backgrounds with these cards by doing a watercolor wash on some watercolor paper using my Brutus Monroe AQUA PIGMENTS.

Spellbinders Cut and Emboss Folders + Watercolor Background. Marie Nicole Designs

The first card I created is this lovely purple and orange one. I started by wetting my AQUA PIGMENT PAPER, and then adding some hues of my Aqua Pigments. I started with purple, then switched to pink, then red, and finally orange. Once the watercolor was dry, I added some shimmer on top by brushing on a layer of PEARL Aqua Pigment. This is a white color but full of shimmer! I also added splatters of water, let it set, and then blotted it away with a towel. This created some spots that almost have a bleached effect.

Spellbinders Cut and Emboss Folders + Watercolor Background. Marie Nicole Designs

I then ran my background through my PLATINUM 6 after slipping it inside my Cut and Emboss Folder. The design is so gorgeous! I added some glitter paper behind the cut out areas, so you can just see some of that gold sparkle. I finished the card by adding a small sentiment on a strip of black cardstock, gluing down some sequins, and then mounting the card front to some kraft cardstock.

My next card that I created with these folders is made in much the same way.

Spellbinders Cut and Emboss Folders + Watercolor Background. Marie Nicole Designs

I again made a colorful, watercolor background with my Aqua Pigments. This time, I used Teal, Blue Green, Yellow, and again Orange. I added some splatters of water again for some bleached spots.

Spellbinders Cut and Emboss Folders + Watercolor Background. Marie Nicole Designs

I then cut and embossed my watercolor paper with my second CUT AND EMBOSS FOLDER by running it through my PLATINUM 6. The design on this folder is equally as stunning, and I just love those heart cut outs!

Spellbinders Cut and Emboss Folders + Watercolor Background. Marie Nicole Designs

I mounted this card front to a white card base, and then added an embossed sentiment. I chose a sentiment from the SUPER SENTIMENTAL stamp set and embossed it in ALABASTER WHITE EMBOSSING POWDER.

I then used one of the heart cut outs and adhered it next to the sentiment using some foam adhesive. Then, to finish the card, I scattered and glued down a number of clear, shiny sequins.

I hope you have enjoyed an up-close look at these fun cards created with SPELLBINDERS CUT AND EMBOSS FOLDERS!

Thanks for stopping by,
Marie Nicole

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Watercolor Cards + BLOG HOP!

Welcome back to my blog, friends! This week, I want to share with you a card I created using Brutus Monroe’s AQUA PIGMENTS to create a watercolor background.

Watercolor background with Brutus Monroe's Aqua Pigments, Unity Stamp's Brick Wall background. Marie Nicole Designs.

To begin this card, I used the stamp set, BIRDS OF A FEATHER, and stamped the feathers is a pattern and then embossed them in PENNY EMBOSSING POWDER. I did this on AQUA PIGMENT PAPER because I knew I was going to watercolor them. Embossing an image before watercoloring is a favorite way to use watercolors. The raised embossed edges on the image helps to hold in the watercolors.

Watercolor background with Brutus Monroe's Aqua Pigments, Unity Stamp's Brick Wall background. Marie Nicole Designs.

After my images were embossed, I mixed several of my watercolors to create some fall hues. I created a reddish purple, a mustard yellow, and an olive color and applied them to my feathers. Then, for the area around my feathers I added some brown, letting it dry and then adding more layers over top. I kept the color and images on the left side of the card.

Watercolor background with Brutus Monroe's Aqua Pigments, Unity Stamp's Brick Wall background. Marie Nicole Designs.

For the right side of the card, I used the new BRICK WALL BACKGROUND STAMP from Brutus Monroe and Unity Stamps. I inked up the stamp partially with MAPLE SURFACE INK, and stamped it right along the edge. That finished my background.

Watercolor background with Brutus Monroe's Aqua Pigments, Unity Stamp's Brick Wall background. Marie Nicole Designs.

To complete this card, I added some circles that I die cut with the STITCHED CIRCLE FOUNDATION DIES. The larger circle in the background was cut from vellum, and the smaller circle that has the sentiment is again some AQUA PIGMENT PAPER that I added more BROWN to. The sentiment is one from the SUPER SENTIMENTAL STAMP SET, and embossed in PENNY to match the feathers.

I hope you like today’s card! For more watercolor inspiration, please hop along to the rest of the team’s blog posts. Follow the links below!

HAPPY HOPPING!

MARIE

BERINA

JESS

HEATHER

LAUREN

WALESKA

SHARON

Aqua Pigment Smooshing

If you have been following my blog at all, you know that I have been utterly obsessed with the new Brutus Monroe AQUA PIGMENTS! These liquid watercolors are so fun to play with, and I wanted to share a quick and easy card I created using a “smooshing” technique to achieve this rainbow background!

Rainbow watercolor background using Brutus Monroe's Aqua Pigments. Marie Nicole Designs.

I grabbed a sheet of my AQUA PIGMENT PAPER and cut it down to fit on the front of an A2 sized card. Then, I dropped some colors right onto the paper using the droppers from the AQUA PIGMENT bottles. I knew I wanted  rainbow colors, so I chose RED, PINK, ORANGE, YELLOW, GREEN, BLUE, and BLUE VIOLET, in that order.

After dropping on the color, I carefully laid a sheet of plastic from a package over the top of my watercolors, and “smooshed” the droplets around with my fingers. I love watching the color move around as it is being “smooshed”!

Rainbow watercolor background using Brutus Monroe's Aqua Pigments. Marie Nicole Designs.

Once I was happy with the “smooshed” impression of the colors, I removed the plastic sheet and then hit the colors with my heat tool.

I stamped out several feathers from the BIRDS OF A FEATHER stamp set onto vellum, and embossed them in GILDED EMBOSSING POWDER. Then, I fussy cut the feathers and adhered them over my AQUA PIGMENT background.

Rainbow watercolor background using Brutus Monroe's Aqua Pigments. Marie Nicole Designs.

To finish the card, I stamped one of the sentiments from the BIRDS OF A FEATHER stamp set in my DETAIL INK, and then quickly sprinkled on some ICICLE EMBOSSING POWDER over the ink before it dried. I then melted the powder with my heat tool for a smooth, shiny embossed sentiment. I then sprinkled some sequins around on the front of the card and glued them down!

Smooshing the AQUA PIGMENTS was an easy way to create a colorful and quick card!

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope this has inspired you to “smoosh” some color onto your own cards.

Until next time,
Marie Nicole

 

Embossed Window Card with Brutus Monroe Embossing Powder. Marie Nicole Designs

Embossed Backgrounds 3 Ways + BLOG HOP!

Welcome, friends! This post today is all about embossing! I remember when I first began cardmaking and saw heat embossing for the first time, I was blown away! I thought there had to be some magic involved!

Embossing remains one of my favorite techniques today, and so I have three cards to share with you. All these cards uses the same embossing powder from BRUTUS MONROE, but I share a different way to showcase your embossing on each card.

Heat embossed backgrounds with Brutus Monroe embossing powder. Marie Nicole Designs.

First, I took my Brutus Monroe Emerald City EMBOSSING POWDER and inked and embossed the whole front of a white, A2 sized piece of cardstock. Sadly, this powder is no longer available in store, but there are many more powders that are equally amazing, so please check them out!

After the cardstock was completely embossed, I die cut it by running it through my PLATINUM 6 with a Tim Holtz background die. I was very careful to keep all the little pieces that came out of the design, as well as the design itself. This way, I had the positive and the negative die cut design.

First, I used the die cut cardstock as a guide to adhere down all those tiny little inside pieces to the front of my first card.

Heat embossed backgrounds with Brutus Monroe embossing powder. Marie Nicole Designs.

As you can see in the photo, this was a tedious and time consuming task, but I love the finished product! I adhered these little pieces down using my ZIG GLUE PEN. Then, I added the die cut heart, the die cut sentiment from some GILDED GLITTERSTOCK, and finished with a few sequins. This finished card #1!

Next, I used the the die cut design that I previously used as a guide and adhered it behind a black cardstock panel that I cut a heart shape out of. This way, I get two cards out of one die cut. I added another die cut sentiment using the THANKS DIE again with Glitterstock. I finished this card off with sequins, as well.

Heat embossed backgrounds with Brutus Monroe embossing powder. Marie Nicole Designs.

For my third card, I die cut my design out of black cardstock, and discarded the inside pieces. I laid this design over some paper that I inked and embossed again, so that the embossing powder would show through the die cut design.

Heat embossed backgrounds with Brutus Monroe embossing powder. Marie Nicole Designs.

 

This card also has the HELLO DIE CUT SENTIMENT. It looks very similar to the first card, except the design is flipped and the embossed area is behind the design, instead of the design itself. Again, I finished this card off with some sparkling sequins!

So there you have three matching cards, each one a bit unique and different from the next, but all showing off a fun way to use those dies with embossing powders!

 

Heat embossed backgrounds with Brutus Monroe embossing powder. Marie Nicole Designs.Heat embossed backgrounds with Brutus Monroe embossing powder. Marie Nicole Designs.Embossed Window Card with Brutus Monroe Embossing Powder. Marie Nicole Designs

Like I mentioned before, Brutus Monroe has an assortment of amazing EMBOSSING POWDERS!

Also, if you enjoy new embossing powders in all sorts of colors and kinds, consider the Brutus Monroe EMBOSSING CLUB! Each month they send out a unique embossing powder color to subscription holders. An additional perk to subscribing is that you will also receive a 15% off discount on ANY purchase ANY time in the Brutus Monroe store. Thats amazing!

Thanks for stopping by and please hop along to the rest of the teams’ blogs to see what they created! Happy Hopping!

 

Brutus Monroe Stamp Club + BLOG HOP!

Welcome back for another blog hop with the Brutus Monroe Inspiration Team! This week, we want to show off the STAMP CLUB stamp for the month of October. This is such a cute little vampire candy corn image, and the “bite me” sentiment is so clever! I loved creating a fun little Halloween card with this!

Halloween cards with Brutus Monroe's All Hallows Eve stamp set, and the stamp club stamp for October. Marie Nicole Designs

This card was so quick and easy to create. I started by stamping out this image using my RAVEN DETAIL INK. Then, I colored it in using my STYLEFILE MARKERS. These alcohol markers have been fantastic for a beginner with markers like myself, and they are much cheaper than other brands I have seen!

I fussy cut the candy corn vampire after he was colored in, and then built my background. The background is a moon that I watercolored on a piece of watercolor paper that I die cut with my CIRCLE DIES. I did another card using this technique for creating a watercolor moon. You can CHECK IT OUT HERE.

Finally, I simply adhered the moon to the card front, added a few die cut bats, and placed my candy corn on an action wobbler in front. Clean and simple card, but still festive and cute!

Halloween cards with Brutus Monroe's All Hallows Eve stamp set, and the stamp club stamp for October. Marie Nicole Designs

I decided to make another Halloween card that was a similar style as this Stamp Club card. I stamped out several of the characters from the ALL HALLOWS EVE stamp set, and then colored them in again using my STYLEFILE MARKERS. These characters in the set are so stinking cute! Of course, I HAD to color the boy in the middle with red hair and freckles, just like my 3yr old son.

With my imaged colored in, I mounted the card front onto some JACK O LANTERN CARDSTOCK, and matted it with TANGERINE GLITTERSTOCK. The extra glitter border around the colored images gives the card a more finished look and feel, dont you think?

Halloween cards with Brutus Monroe's All Hallows Eve stamp set, and the stamp club stamp for October. Marie Nicole Designs

The sentiment is stamped in RAVEN DETAIL INK, and then embossed with some ICICLE EMBOSSING POWDER. If you quickly sprinkle on the powder over the Raven ink before it dries, you can emboss with the clear powder and get a crisp, black sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed a look at the October stamp for STAMP CLUB! If you haven’t subscribed to the stamp club yet, please check it out! Its a fantastic value, in that you receive one 2×3 stamp each month for only $5 (that includes shipping)! Also, being a part of the Stamp Club automatically gives you 15% OFF any in store order at any time!

KEEP HOPPING!

HEATHER

SHARON

LAUREN

MARIE <——–YOU ARE HERE

JESS

Simple Farmhouse Autumn Mantel with Teal Pumpkins. Marie Nicole Designs

Farmhouse Autumn Mantle + Teal Pumpkins + CCB BLOG HOP!

Welcome, friends! We recently moved to a house that has a fireplace, so I am LOVING that I now have a mantel to decorate!

Growing up on a farm, it is no wonder that I love the Farmhouse style for decorating. I have rusty milk cans and metal tractor wheels decorating my front porch, and I absolutely love it. Who cares if we are in a quiet California neighborhood with no tractors anywhere in sight for miles?

I immediately wanted to go for a farmhouse autumn mantel, and with the help of a few CANVAS CORP items, I love how it turned out!

Simple Farmhouse Autumn Mantel with Teal Pumpkins. Marie Nicole Designs

Simple Farmhouse Autumn Mantel with Teal Pumpkins. Marie Nicole Designs

Like I already mentioned, we just moved this summer. Much of my decorations are still in storage, so I grabbed what I could from our boxes and kept it simple. The large white window was found in one of my parents’ farm sheds. I claimed it as my own, painted it with some TATTERED ANGELS CRYSTAL DIY AND DECOR PAINT, and then added the black handles. I also plan on printing some family photos to hang on the window for display.

Simple Farmhouse Autumn Mantel with Teal Pumpkins. Marie Nicole Designs

My simple “Give Thanks” banner is one I made several seasons ago. I love the rustic simplicity of it, and it goes well with this farmhouse style. A little Canvas Corp BURLAP and CANVAS fabric cut into triangles and then hot glued onto some NATURAL JUTE. The letters are some black alphabet stickers that I adhered with some craft glue to be sure they stay in place.

Simple Farmhouse Autumn Mantel with Teal Pumpkins. Marie Nicole Designs

I also wanted to include my Willow Tree figurines. Each one of these has a special meaning for our family. They show the different phases of parenthood that my husband and I have experienced. The little angel holding the child is in memory of our first son, Isaac, who passed away during delivery. Even though it has been five years since saying goodbye, the emotions and memories are still there. I wrote about ISAAC’S STORY shortly after his birth, so please feel free to read about it if you wish.

Simple Farmhouse Autumn Mantel with Teal Pumpkins. Marie Nicole DesignsSimple Farmhouse Autumn Mantel with Teal Pumpkins. Marie Nicole Designs

My repurposed shutters are repurposed again on my mantel this year. In our last house, my shutters were hanging on the wall with candle holders and battery candles displayed on them. I grabbed these shutters from my parents’ farmhouse (yes, most of my decor is stolen from my parents’ house!), and added the candle holders from the thrift shop for only $.50! This year, since I knew I wanted to add teal into my Autumn decor, I thought they would look perfect on my mantel. I embellished them a bit with a few burlap and canvas flowers. Of course the fabric is from CANVAS CORP BRANDS! I have a quick video on how I make my ruffled flowers.

In front of my shutters, I added a decorative milk can (NOT from my parents’ farm), which I filled with cotton branches. I opted for the farmhouse cotton look instead of the traditional fall leaves or mums. I wanted something a bit different this year, and I really love how it turned out. The cotton adds a little texture to the overall look!

 

Simple Farmhouse Autumn Mantel with Teal Pumpkins. Marie Nicole DesignsSimple Farmhouse Autumn Mantel with Teal Pumpkins. Marie Nicole Designs

Last, but not least, I have teal pumpkins on my mantel this year! I do plan on adding more real pumpkins once it gets closer to October, but I grabbed my fake orange pumpkins and painted them with some more TATTERED ANGELS DIY AND DECOR PAINT. I used the color MANKATO for the main color, and then dry brushed on just a bit of CRYSTAL to make it look somewhat distressed.

The teal pumpkins are inspired by the TEAL PUMPKIN PROJECT. My daughter is 15mo, and we found out this past year that she has egg and milk allergy. We have had to make some crazy changes in order to keep her safe, so our family is now more aware of how difficult allergies can be. The Teal Pumpkin Project is basically a way of “Raising awareness of food allergies and promoting inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season.” – foodallergy.org

Our family definitely plans on setting a teal pumpkin on our porch this year, and offering non-food treats to children who may live with allergies! Such a simple way to make the holiday special for those children who cannot enjoy certain treats.

Simple Farmhouse Autumn Mantel with Teal Pumpkins. Marie Nicole DesignsSimple Farmhouse Autumn Mantel with Teal Pumpkins. Marie Nicole Designs

So, now that I have given you a peek at this year’s fall mantel at our home, please follow the links to hop along to see other projects by the CANVAS CORP CREW! Everyone is so talented and I know you will be inspired! Happy hopping!

Scrappy Cafe (Betz Golden) https://scrappycafe.blogspot.com/…/…/huge-fall-blog-hop.html

Papierstau (Sanna Lippert) http://www.papierstau.at/fall-blog-hop-canvas-corp-brands/

Marie Nicole Designs (Marie Heiderscheit) https://marienicoledesigns.wordpress.com/…/farmhouse-autumn…    <——YOU ARE HERE!!!!

Steph Ackerman – https://stephaniescraps.blogspot.com/…/fall-blog-hop-with-c…

The Crafty Robin – https://elizabethr-thecraftyrobin.blogspot.com/…/fall-canva…

Monica Taylor https://taylormadecards4u.blogspot.com/…/toil-trouble-fall-…

Karla Yungwirth https://creative-love-affair.blogspot.com/…/canvas-corp-bra…

Lynne Joncas https://scrappysquirrelsnest.blogspot.com/…/basket-of-pumpk…

Priya Satish https://creativemotif.blogspot.com/2018/09/ccb-fall-hop.html

Erin Reed – https://scraps-of-reflections.blogspot.com/…/diy-give-thank…

Natassa Blazaki – https://artrecipesandmore.blogspot.com/…/welcome-to-fall-cc…

Peggy Lee Baker https://pegbaker.blogspot.com/…/ccb-fall-blog-hop-altered-p…

Nadine Carlier – https://myscrapnstuff.blogspot.com/…/fall-blog-hop-with-can…

Jaine Drake – http://www.basementstudio.lu/fall-ccb-blog-hop/

Christine Santos –
https://csantossite.wordpress.com/…/…/boo-ccb-fall-blog-hop/

Viktoriya Porechnaya https://vitulya.blogspot.com/…/fall-ccb-blog-hop-halloween-…

Hema VelCraft https://velcraft.blogspot.com/2018/09/autumn-smile.html

Unity Stamps + Brutus Monroe Blog Hop. New Brick Wall Background Stamp! Marie Nicole Designs.

Unity Stamps + Brutus Monroe BLOG HOP

Unity Stamps + Brutus Monroe BLOG HOP!

If you are hopping along with UNITY STAMPS and BRUTUS MONROE today, welcome! Im sure you have already seen so many inspiring pieces of art today featuring these new background stamps! This hop is full of talented designers!

For my post in the hop, I decided to create a soft and floral card featuring the BRICK WALL background stamp.

Unity Stamps + Brutus Monroe Blog Hop. New Brick Wall Background Stamp! Marie Nicole Designs.

I had so many ideas for this background stamp! The brick wall would be perfect for embossing and then watercoloring over, ink blending, or even just stamping in random places on an art journal or mixed media piece. I decided to grab my GILDED EMBOSSING POWDER (my favorite!) and emboss this background on a vellum sheet of paper.

Unity Stamps + Brutus Monroe Blog Hop. New Brick Wall Background Stamp! Marie Nicole Designs.

I loved how the embossing turned out! There is so much texture and detail on this stamp and the embossing powder helps show that off beautifully!

After my background was embossed, I set it aside while I watercolored a few flowers. These flowers are from the COMPOSE YOUR LIFE paper collection from Canvas Corp Brands. They are printed on watercolor paper so they are so easy to add color to and then fussy cut out. I watercolored these pieces using my new BRUTUS MONROE AQUA PIGMENTS. I added in some light pinks, purples, and even a hint of blue on these flowers.

Unity Stamps + Brutus Monroe Blog Hop. New Brick Wall Background Stamp! Marie Nicole Designs.

I used a piece of LUNCHBAG KRAFT for the folded card base. Then, I glued down my vellum background onto a piece of ALABASTER CARDSTOCK and trimmed the edges to be neat and clean. I adhered the background to my card base.

Next, I arranged my flowers and adhered them down using a mix of BRUTUS MONROE CRAFT GLUE as well as a few pieces of foam adhesive. This gave a variety of heights and gave the flowers more visual interest.

Unity Stamps + Brutus Monroe Blog Hop. New Brick Wall Background Stamp! Marie Nicole Designs.

For my sentiment, I added a strip of black cardstock to which I embossed the sentiment in ALABASTER EMBOSSING POWDER. The sentiment is from the SUPER SENTIMENTAL stamp set. I love this large 6×8 stamp set full of sentiments for any occasion!

I then finished off the card with some natural jute twine, as well as a few sparkly sequins. I love that you can use this Brick Wall background in a way that can become softer, but you could also completely switch it up and do something masculine with it, as well!

Unity Stamps + Brutus Monroe Blog Hop. New Brick Wall Background Stamp! Marie Nicole Designs.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today! Don’t forget to stop at the next person on the hop. If you missed anyone, just follow the list below, or stop by the UNITY STAMPS BLOG to begin there! Happy Hopping!

Amanda
Angeline
Camille
Donna
Echo
Gaylynn
Heather
Karen 
Lisa 
Mandi 
Maria 
Noelle 
Robyn
Sharon 
Shemaine 
Stephanie
Brutus Monroe
Berina
Heather
Jess
Lauren
Marie Nicole <——-YOU ARE HERE
Sharon
Waleska
Unity Stamp Co