Monday, July 16, 2018

Splashing To Say Hello - Brutus Monroe Guest Design

Hi Everybody,

I am very excited to be guest designing for Brutus Monroe this month.  I was on the design team the last quarter of last year and loved the excitement and passion that I saw from Christopher Alan, the owner of the company.  It was exciting for me to see the company growing while on the design team.  I fell in love with the products, especially the embossing powders and ink.... which leads me to how the card I am showing today came to fruition if you will. 

I am a messy crafter and currently I am not working in my craft room, which is upstairs due to a recent knee replacement and another in the near future (lucky me lol), so I have a table and on this table, my actual work area is probably 10" after I push everything aside.  

I was working on a project using Pearlescent Embossing Paste, I had some out of the jar on my kraft mat.  Well, it seems that I can't start one project and actually finish it, clean up, and move on to the next one, so I started playing around with some of the new products I got from Brutus Monroe.  I embossed on the cool new Tangled Waves Stencil and used the new Mermaid Tail Embossing Powder.  The result was beautiful!  It looked kind of like a metallic blue.  

Well, some of the embossing powder got in the embossing paste and at first I freaked out thinking I wasted those two products but I thought, what do I have to lose, and started mixing them together.  I was surprised to find out that the color was really light, not the darker blue like the powder. I spread it over the Tangled Waves Stencil and I was mesmerized by how beautiful this color turned out to be.  It is a pearly looking light blue/gray color.  It's gorgeous and I think perfect to use as water and with the Mermaid Lagoon stamp set that I used.  I created a masterpiece!!!  :)

I was curious what it would look like on black cardstock and it's a beautiful result as well!  I'll use this for another project!

Okay, I had to foil the stencil while it was out lol.  How beautiful is this?? This is the Deco Foil in Lapis Watercolor.  

So now I have this beautiful pearly background... I wanted to make something cute with the Mermaid Lagoon Stamp Set but careful not to cover too much of the background. 

(I apologize if the stamps are blurry, I used all of them so they have some residual black ink on them)

I stamped all of the stamps in the set on bristol smooth paper and used Zig Real Brush Markers as my coloring medium. I decided to use the cute mermaid and some fish from the stamp set.  I added Clear Wink of Stella to the mermaid to add a subtle shine.

I didn't just want to adhere her directly to the background so I used a die that cut a circle but cut the inside out so that the background can be seen through it.  I popped her up on the die with some foam squares and added some of the beautiful Blue and Purple Flat Back Pearls around the die.  Aren't they gorgeous??  I do have to make mention that you need a strong glue for your cardstock to stay adhered to this paste on the background so I used Brutus Monroe Glue.  This is such a strong glue that I highly recommend you try it.  I have even used it to glue a cracked ceramic tile coaster back together and it worked like a charm.  I trust this glue for anything, crafty or around the house. 

I positioned the mermaid kind of sideways like she's swimming and to look like she's waving because I'm using the sentiment from the set, "splashing to say hello".  I stamped the sentiment on a pearl color vellum using the Brutus Monroe Plum Surface Ink.  It inks up fabulously on vellum but use your heat tool to dry the ink or it will smear.  Do it carefully from the back so you don't warp the vellum. 

To finish it off, I popped up a few fish that I also colored with Zig Markers on the card.  

I think the Mermaid Tail Embossing Powder is such a fun color and now I've shown you a different way to use it. 

I had a lot of fun using the Tangled Waves Stencil, Mermaid Tail Embossing Powder and Mermaid Lagoon Stamp Set.  This is just one project that I've created... stay tuned for more to come in the month of July. 

I hope I've inspired you to play with your supplies. Get that palette knife out and mix the Mermaid Tail Embossing Powder with White or Translucent Embossing Pastes to see what they look like. Try it on different color cardstock as well. Have FUN!

Here is a link to the Brutus Monroe Blog for even more inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


P.S. I also tried Nuvo Shimmer Powders with this stencil lol.  I love making backgrounds, what can I say?  :)


Avra Williams said...

Don't you just love a "happy accident"?! These are beautiful backgrounds!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Great card and all turned out so well despite everything. It is a great background for that cute image.

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