Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Brutus/Monroe- You make me happy

Hello, Crafty Friends!! I have another awesome "bluesy" card for you today!!

Being blue shouldn't be looked at as a bad thing.Yeah, it's a term often referred to as being sad. But did you know that the color blue is also calming? The visual stimuli actually makes your body release "feel good" chemicals. How awesome is that! LEt me go paint the inside of my house now! The color blue is also is associated with happiness( like a clear blue sky) and mystery (like the deep blue sea). So, yup, I'm in a blue mood today... tranquil, happy, and a bit mysterious!

So today I have a card using the Brutus/ Monroe Botanical Sentiment I stamp set and a couple cool techniques you may want to try!

Botanical Sentiment I

Supplies Used
Ebrush (Craftwell)
Spectrum Noir Color Pencils
Momento Tuxedo Black Ink (Tsukineko)
Sharpie Markers- Aqua, Periwinkle
Alcohol Blending Solution
Cardstock- White, Black (Bazzill Basics)
Blending Stumps
Hemp Twine
Purple Button
Dragonfly Charm

First, I stamped my hydrangea flower image from the "Bru/Mo" Botanical Sentiments I set multiple times onto smooth white cardstock. I overlapped the images in some areas to make it look like how hydrangeas naturally grow, bundled together like a bush/shrub.

With my ebrush and aqua and periwinkle markers, I airbrushed my background color . I'm not sure if those are their actual names... it just what they look like to me. I wish the company would print their names on the markers! 

Then I colored the hydrangea centers with my Spectrum Noir Color Pencils and blended out the color with gamsol and blending stumps.

Sfter I got the desired look to my flowers that I wanted I splashed and splattered Alcohol blending solution onto the background. The alcohol reacts with the markers and gives a splattered bleach effect.

Then I stamped my sentiment "You make me happy" onto my card front using more black ink.

I used my awesome Xyron Mega Runner to adhere my card front onto a A2 sized card base made from black textured cardstock.

I wrapped hemp twine around the top and tied a quadruple looped bow. Topped with  a purple button on my bow and hung a dragonfly charm from the bow. Then lastly, wrapped the tail ends of my bows around a pen to make them curl.

And here is my finished card!!

I just love how this card turned out!! I especially love the bleaching effect I was able to create with the blending solution!!

I hope that this inspire you to try the technique for yourself!! 
No ebrush... no problem!! You can try a similar technique by simply coloring your background with alcohol ink based markers and splashing blending solution over that!

Go ahead and give it a whirl!! Be creative and most importantly have fun!!

Until next time...