Tips on Ink Blending + Brutus Monroe’s Balloon Animals Stamp Set

Welcome back! I’ve been making more of a focus on my blog and YOUTUBE to highlight certain card-making techniques lately. I am so grateful to the craft bloggers who have helped me learn this craft, that I hope to give back to anyone else who might be looking to learn more, as well! I hope you enjoy these posts as much as I have!

I would like to share a few tips on ink blending today! Its such a simple technique but it gives colorful and stunning results. I made a quick video on how I like to do my own blending:

So just a quick recap of the video:
  • Start off the page and then blend on in a light, circular motion
  • Break in your foam blending pads by using them A LOT!
  • Just keep blending! It sometimes takes a while to get that bright, bold blended background.

Simple, right? I created two cards using BRUTUS MONROE’S SURFACE INKS. This first one has more of a subtle blending to it.

Ink Blending with Surface Inks and Brutus Monroe's Balloon Animals Stamp Set

I blended the left side, masking off the edges with some painter’s tape. Then, I die cut the border on the right side and popped that panel up with some foam adhesive. I also colored the balloon images from the BALLOON ANIMALS STAMP SET with my STYLE FILE ALCOHOL MARKERS. After fussy cutting them out, I adhered them as well as the clouds to my card.

My second card here is the one you watched me create in the video. I blended together the SURFACE INKS, and then added my image and sentiment. Again, I colored the images with my STYLE FILE MARKERS. I love these markers! They are so easy to use. If you would like to see my previous post that highlights these markers,  JUST CLICK HERE.

Ink Blending with Surface Inks and Brutus Monroe's Balloon Animals Stamp Set

Hope you enjoyed today’s post! Don’t be afraid to grab those SURFACE INKS and get to blending!

Also, don’t forget to check out this new stamp set, BALLOON ANIMALS, in the Brutus Monroe store!

Until next time,
Marie Nicole

 

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Building a Shaker Card with the Topsy Cakes Stamp Set!

How fun is this new set from BRUTUS MONROE? The TOPSY CAKES stamp set is full of cake images and fun sentiments that makes it perfect for birthday or special occasion cards. I always need more birthday cards, so I created two with this set. One is pretty and feminine, the other a bit more masculine.

I also made a quick video on how I created the circle shaker window for my first card! Take a look!

 

Topsy Cakes stamp set from Brutus Monroe. How to create a simple shaker window card! Marie Nicole Designs

As you saw in the video, I started out by creating my shaker window, and then I layered my colored pieces on the front. I colored all the images here with my STYLEFILE MARKERS. I also grabbed a few scraps of cardstock from my  stash and adhered those down to my card base.

Topsy Cakes stamp set from Brutus Monroe. How to create a simple shaker window card! Marie Nicole Designs

Topsy Cakes stamp set from Brutus Monroe. How to create a simple shaker window card! Marie Nicole Designs

So my first card is so fun with that shaker window! Most of the work went into the shaker parts and the coloring of the images. The rest of the embellishments took no time at all!

This next card I created with more of a masculine feel in mind. I colored another cake from the set, again with my STYLEFILE MARKERS. I used very dark toned colors and added a pop of red to the frosting.

Topsy Cakes stamp set from Brutus Monroe. How to create a simple shaker window card! Marie Nicole Designs

I created the background for my cake by using the ABSTRACT ART stamp set, and embossing some images using both RAVEN EMBOSSING POWDER and PENNY EMBOSSING POWDER.

Topsy Cakes stamp set from Brutus Monroe. How to create a simple shaker window card! Marie Nicole Designs

Topsy Cakes stamp set from Brutus Monroe. How to create a simple shaker window card! Marie Nicole Designs

I also layered a strip of RINEA PENNY FOIL PAPER on the side so that I could get a bit more of that gorgeous copper on the card! I finished this one off with a few gold sequins!

I love it when you can get multiple uses out of stamp sets! This one is great for birthdays and other occasions, and you can totally change it up to make it feminine or masculine!

Check out TOPSY CAKES in the Brutus Monroe store if you are interested!

Until next time,
Marie Nicole

Watercolored card using the Compose Your Life paper collection by Aga Baraniak

Watercolor Card with the Compose Your Life Collection by Aga Baraniak

I recently shared a previous card using this fabulous collection of papers by Aga Baraniak. If you’d like to see that card, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

I also created this card with a video to take part in the SAVE THE CRAFTY YOUTUBER VIDEO HOP! YouTube recently changed its rules, making it harder for smaller YouTube channels like mine to be able to earn some money from their videos. In response, many “tubers” have teamed up to bring you some fun, crafty videos along with amazing prizes from our sponsors!

 

This card is very similar in style to the first one, but instead of using the pre-colored flowers, I used the blank ones and colored them in myself using my Zig Brush Markers.

Watercolored card using the Compose Your Life paper collection by Aga Baraniak

I began by coloring in the images using my Zigs, and then spreading the color with a water brush. I like to layer on my lightest color first, and then the darker colors where the shading would be. I worked in layers and dried each color before adding the next.

Then, after my images were all colored, I fussy cut them out and set them aside so I could build my card base. My card itself is very simple with just a kraft cardstock base and a white cardstock front panel. Both cardstocks are from CANVAS CORP BRANDS.

Watercolored card using the Compose Your Life paper collection by Aga Baraniak Watercolored card using the Compose Your Life paper collection by Aga Baraniak

After my card base was prepped, I adhered all my flower pieces to the very top, using both liquid glue and foam adhesive for a variety of heights. Then, to add just some simple interest to the card, I grabbed a purple hue of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist and added some light splattering.

To finish the card with a sentiment, I added the “celebrate” from some Tim Holtz dies that I own. I cut it from black cardstock and adhered the tiny die cut using my Xyron sticker maker.

Watercolored card using the Compose Your Life paper collection by Aga BaraniakWatercolored card using the Compose Your Life paper collection by Aga Baraniak Watercolored card using the Compose Your Life paper collection by Aga Baraniak

Last but not least, I added some tiny diamond sequins from Nuvo to create some sparkly interest.

If you love these papers as much as I do, please visit the COMPOSE YOUR LIFE COLLECTION over in the Canvas Corp Brands shop.

Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time,
Marie Nicole

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Monster Stamp set from Brutus Monroe makes the cutest handmade birthday cards!

Monster Birthday Cards with Brutus Monroe!

Monster Stamp set from Brutus Monroe makes the cutest handmade birthday cards!

We can never have enough birthday cards, right? I like to try to send a card to all my loved ones throughout the year. When I saw these new stamps from BRUTUS MONROE, I immediately loved them! They’re so fun and make fabulous birthday cards that I can’t wait to send to my nieces and nephews!

This new set is called MONSTER PARTY, and is full of fun monster and party themed images. Not only is it perfect for birthdays, you can also make some cute Valentine’s or love themed cards!

I knew I wanted these cards to be bright and festive, so I colored all my images with my STYLEFILE MARKERS. If you haven’t used Stylefiles or any alcohol markers, they’re super easy to use! I created a quick video of the easy blending technique I like to use:

 

Monster Stamp set from Brutus Monroe makes the cutest handmade birthday cards!

Monster Stamp set from Brutus Monroe makes the cutest handmade birthday cards!

After creating a fun birthday card, I moved on to a Valentine’s card. I also kept this one clean and simple, using my same coloring method for my monster image.

Monster Stamp set from Brutus Monroe makes the cutest handmade birthday cards!

Monster Stamp set from Brutus Monroe makes the cutest handmade birthday cards!

I first used a heart stencil and then added some pearl modeling paste from TCW over the top. Once my hearts were dry, I added some fun embellishments over the top.

I used a number of different black and white washi tapes as well as a gold glittery tape and created a group of fun banners under the sentiment, “Eye like you”. Then, to help our little monster friend stand out a bit, I added a circle of vellum behind him and his cute eyeball balloons.

Monster Stamp set from Brutus Monroe makes the cutest handmade birthday cards!

Monster Stamp set from Brutus Monroe makes the cutest handmade birthday cards!

I hope you enjoyed a peek at this fun stamp set, MONSTER PARTY! Go ahead and check it out in the Brutus Monroe store if you are interested!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Until next time,
Marie Nicole

Watercolor floral card. Papers from the Compose Your Life collection. Marie Nicole Designs.

Compose Your Life- New Paper Collection by Aga Baraniak

I attended Creativation 2018 this year, and while I was there I was able to see some brand new products from a number of companies. When I saw this new paper line from Canvas Corp Brands, I was immediately in love!

These watercolor images are the result of artist Aga Baraniak. Aga worked alongside Canvas Corp Brands to combine her artwork with Canvas Corp papers, and the results are stunning! These images alone are fabulous, and set on this heavy weight watercolor papers make them even more so!

 

I grabbed a few sheets of these at Creativation because I was dying to make some cards out of them! This is just the first of many cards, I am sure. Check out these gorgeous fussy-cut flowers!

Watercolor floral card. Papers from the Compose Your Life collection. Marie Nicole Designs.

I wanted to keep this card simple so the flowers can steal the show! I started by cutting my card base from Canvas Corp kraft and white cardstocks. Then, on my white panel, I splattered some light pink Glimmer Mist to create a fun but subtle background.

Next, I took some of my Canvas Corp Jute Cord and wrapped it around several times to create a circle. I also covered it in some Mixed Media Glue from iCraft so that it would stiffen and hold its shape after it was dry. I then placed it onto my white card base.

Watercolor floral card. Papers from the Compose Your Life collection. Marie Nicole Designs.

After my twine frame was adhered into place, I arranged my fussy-cut florals over it, using a combination of foam squares and some more Mixed Media Glue.

I then grabbed a Brutus Monroe Stamp Set, BIRTHDAY BEARS, stamped out the sentiment on black cardstock, and embossed it using some ALABASTER WHITE EMBOSSING POWDER.

Watercolor floral card. Papers from the Compose Your Life collection. Marie Nicole Designs.

Watercolor floral card. Papers from the Compose Your Life collection. Marie Nicole Designs.

I tucked the sentiment strip underneath the flowers and then adhered it down. For a last finishing touch, I added some tiny diamond sequins from Nuvo here and there on my background.

I love how simple and yet beautiful this little card turned out. These flowers definitely steal the show! Just fussy cutting some to add onto a card gives it the perfect watercolor look without having to be an expert on watercoloring!

Watercolor floral card. Papers from the Compose Your Life collection. Marie Nicole Designs.

Watercolor floral card. Papers from the Compose Your Life collection. Marie Nicole Designs.

Thanks for stopping by for today’s card! If you like these papers, please visit the Canvas Corp Brands shop to see the whole collection, COMPOSE YOUR LIFE. There are more papers as well as coordinating mists!

Until next time,
Marie Nicole

Brutus Monroe Stamp Club. Hey Foxy. Marie Nicole Designs.

Brutus Monroe Stamp Club- Hey Foxy!

Each month over at Brutus Monroe, they ship out and exclusive 2×3 stamp set just for those who are subscribed to the STAMP CLUB. The subscription itself if only $5 (this includes shipping!), and along with the stamp you get some digital files AND 10% EVERY IN STORE ORDER, EVERY DAY! That’s a fabulous value!

Let me give you a peek at this cute little stamp from the stamp club!

Mini Valentine's Cards made with Brutus Monroe's Stamp Club Stamps. Hey, Foxy! This cute little fox is included in the stamp set, along with the sentiments, “Hey Foxy” and “xoxo”, a little heart image, and a tiny bow. You can use the bow to make your fox look masculine OR feminine like I did here, just by placing it on different locations on the fox!

Brutus Monroe Stamp Club. Hey Foxy. Marie Nicole Designs. First, I stamped out the fox using BRUTUS MONROE EMBOSSING INK and then embossing it in RAVEN BLACK POWDER. After I was done embossing, I colored the fox in using my Zig Watercolor Brush Pens.

I fussy cut the fox and set him aside as I used the “xoxo” sentiment from the set to create a repeating background in light grey ink. I like the tone-on-tone look that gives! Then, I added a strip of washi tape, adhered the fox with foam adhesive, and added the sentiment on a strip of vellum paper. For the sentiment, I embossed it in BRUTUS MONROE GILDED EMBOSSING POWDER (my favorite powder ever!).

Brutus Monroe Stamp Club. Hey Foxy. Marie Nicole Designs. I created this next card much the same way, only I stamped a different background and colored the fox in more feminine colors. She is also popped up on foam adhesive and I placed the bow in her hair instead of on her neck.

If you didn’t want to use the fox, you can also make some fun cards with just the images in the set! I used the heart and stamped it in a repeating pattern, again using EMBOSSING INK and GILDED POWDER, and then filled in the embossed hearts with some Pink Nuvo Drops. I love that dimensional pattern on the card! You could then add the recipient’s name or a fun sentiment on top. Or, just leave it as is, like I did!

Brutus Monroe Stamp Club. Hey Foxy. Marie Nicole Designs. I hope this gives you a few fun ideas and shows you just how versatile even a small stamp set can be!

If you are interested in subscribing to the BRUTUS MONROE STAMP CLUB, please check it out! They have some fun stamp designs coming up!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Until next time,
Marie Nicole

Using Zigs to Watercolor an Embossed Image

I don’t know about you, but I received a few crafty goodies for Christmas this year! One item I added to my stash is a set of 36 Zig Real Brush Markers. These are so fun to play with- they have a brush tip that lays down a vibrant amount of color. Then, you can use a wet brush or water brush, and spread out the ink since it acts much like watercolors.

To break in my markers and get a feel for how they work, I turned to one of my favorite BRUTUS MONROE stamps and used an embossed resist technique with it. This technique is so forgiving with watercoloring because the raised edges of the embossed image helps to hold in the color.

Brutus Monroe stamp colored with Zig brush markers. First, I stamped the image on the smooth side of some watercolor paper. The image I used here is from the stamp set, BOTANICAL BANNERS. These flowers have become a go-to for many of my cards and I just love this set!

Once the image was stamped out using EMBOSSING INK, I embossed it using ALABASTER EMBOSSING POWDER. With my image stamped and embossed, I was ready to color it in with my Zigs.

 I used just a bit of color in the areas that I wanted to be the darkest, and then used a water brush to help spread the colors out. I chose hues of reds and pinks for the roses, and some greens for the leaves. Like I mentioned earlier, the embossed edges really help you out when doing watercoloring or using Zigs like this.

After my image was colored in, I decided to do a bit of color around the outside of the image. I thought adding a little light blue would add to the image and help it stand out some. I still love my white space, though, so I didn’t color in the whole background- just a bit around the image.

 I finished the card by stamping and embossing a sentiment on a strip of vellum. The sentiment here is from the set, BREAK THE RULES. I wanted a birthday card since I send so many. Always need a few extra in my card selection!

After the sentiment was embossed in GILDED EMBOSSING POWDER, I added some white sequins and matted the watercolored panel on some black cardstock. That finished the card!

Thanks so much for stopping by to see today’s card. If you want to try some watercoloring on your images, don’t let it intimidate you! Its such a fun and forgiving medium to play with, especially if you emboss your image first.

Until next time,
Marie Nicole