Thursday, April 28, 2016

What a Wonderful World

Hello, Crafty Friends!! Weather here is Texas has been a tad bit erratic and I am in some serious need for some sunshine!! Luckily, two of my favorite peeps, Xyron & Brutus Monroe, are tag teaming for today's project to help me make my own bright cheery weather. Complete with blooming flowers, blue skies and fluttering birds! 

Supplies Used
Wonderful World (Brutus Monroe)
Midway Paper Pad (Brutus Monroe)
Raven Detail Ink (Brutus Monroe)
Creative Station Lite, 5 in. (Xyron)
Mega Runner (Xyron)
Alcohol Markers- BP3, BP4, BP7, HB2, DG2, LG5, TB1, BGR2, GT2, GT3 (Spectrum Noir)
White Gel Pen (Sakura)
White Cardstock (Bazzill Basics)
Black Magic- Freeze (Core'dinations)
Hemp Twine
Craft foam
Glossy Accents (Ranger)
Blending Solution (Ranger)

If you have a chance, stop by the Xyron Facebook Page and check out all the other Brutus Monroe/ Xyron projects made by the other Xyron Design Team Members!!

Here's a look at some a few products I used from Brutus Monroe...

I started by stamping my flower image from the Wonderful World set using the "Bru/Mo" (what I affectionately call them) Raven ink onto a 4"x 5.25" white piece of cardstock.

Because the stamps a clear photopolymer I can see through them for exact stamp placement.  

 I stamped my first bundle of flowers and aligned the next set barely overlapping/ slightly touching the previous stamp, varying the height of my stamp placement.

I love this detail ink... in picks up the tiniest of details in stamp! And the great thing about this ink is that it is permanent once dried!! So using my alcohol marker will not be a problem. No bleeding here!!
I used Spectrum Noir BP3, B4,BP7, & HB2 to color the flowers. Started by laying down a base of BP3, and filling in shadows with BP4, the centers with BP7, and splashes (really just tapping in dots) of HB2. For the greenery I filled the background with DG2 and traced /colored in the stems with LG5.

I also stamped the hummingbird from this stamp set and colored it with Spectrum Noir markers in GT2, GT3, BP4.

For my sky I used TB1 and then sprinkled blending solution over it to create the droplets.

 I used more Detail Ink to stamp my sentiment. But, to me, the words seemed to get lost in the  flowers. As a quick fix and to avoid redoing my card. I used a white gel pen to highlight the letters in the bottom word. And presto... the letters reappear!! 

Then, I ran my card front through my awesome little Xyron Creative Station Lite and attached it to a cut 4.25"x 5.5" piece of script cardstock (from the Midway pad).

I also cut a strip of blue burlap (1.75"x 5.75") and a strip of corrugated cardboard (both from the Brutus Monroe Midway Paper Pad) and ran them through the Creative Station Lite too.

Then I layered my strips and assembled my card front onto this black and white polkadot paper (also included in the Midway pad). Then I  used my Mega Runner to attach the finished card front onto a 6"x6" card base.

I added the hummingbird  and popped it up with a tiny piece of craft foam. I also added craft foam under the card front to even out the thickness of the corrugated cardboard.
And as a final touch, I added a bow made from twine topped with a button.

And here is my finished card...

I just love the different textures and the bright colors and how they all just pop off the black polkadotted paper!! And isn't that hummingbird the sweetest??!!

I am so grateful to have the pleasure of working with both of these amazing companies as part of each of their design teams. This was such an exciting collaboration!

Don't forget to check out what other Brutus Monroe projects the Xyron team rocked this week HERE.

I hope my project has inspire you to create your own bright cheery skies!!

And until next time...