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Crop & Create Sept 2023 – Brutus Monroe

I definitely took some liberties with the colour schemes of this class, but managed to get all the colours that I used just by using the three primary liquid watercolours that we received in the class of red, yellow and blue. We don’t really celebrate Fall/Autumn in Australia, so I tried to shy away from those colours as much as I could, and went for my favourite cool tones – such a surprise haha.

The vase is meant to be a pumpkin, but I decided I’d interpret it as a beautiful cobalt blue hand-blown glass vase. I started following Christopher’s colourscheme with the flowers, but then decided to just do my own thing.

I think this is my favourite card of the three I made in this class. The technique with watercolours and a stencil were fun, but that Rainbow Sparkle embossing powder totally stole the show – crikey that’s got some sparkle in it! I actually already own a wee tub of that one, but I hadn’t used it yet … well it’s going to get a lot more use now! I really do like the monochrome die cuts against the background images – I’ll have to remember to do that more often too!

This is the hardest thing to photograph on my iPhone, because it keeps trying to adjust the light – it’s phenomenal in real life!

I’ve always loved the look of embossed resist, and this was no exception – totally fun how we cut the panel up and changed the orientation of the centre panel for visual interest. Note to self: remember this for the future! I tried to go with a wee bit brighter colourscheme for this one.

Things I enjoyed:

  • Rainbow Sparkle embossing powder … wowzers!
  • Using monochrome stamped die cuts on a colourful background – really unusual and fun.
  • I loved playing with the liquid watercolours and making up the various colour combinations using just the three colours. It makes me more confident to try doing more of this with my other painting products.
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Crop & Create Fall 2022 – Brutus Monroe and Therm O Web

We received a large die set with lots of small elements that can be used on tags and cards but which didn’t get used in the class. My tag card is still a bit sticky in places, so it may be our humidity here in Australia affecting it, or I didn’t quite get the technique right when applying the foil. My favourite is definitely the balloon card, such a cute and fun design.

Things I enjoyed:

  • I love the balloon dies and stamps, and will use them again for sure.
  • I enjoyed using the Therm O Web foil on adhesive – that was a new technique for me, and I’m likely to try it again in the future.
  • I loved the different looks on the two cards with the balloon stamped background – it reminds me to try different backgrounds when using my stamps, and I love the subtle rainbow look of the balloon card.

Neon merry and bright

Day 2 of my personal ‘virgin product’ challenge – today I managed to christen a few items at once (the background stamp, inks and pearl pigment ink). I used the Jacob’s Coat technique … you can’t say it’s not ‘merry and bright’, that’s for sure!!

While I was at it, I decided to enter it into the following challenges this week:

Supplies used:

  • Ornamental Background stamp set by Catherine Pooler
  • Electro Pop neon inks by Gina K Designs
  • Pearl Aqua Pigment ink by Brutus Monroe
  • Merry & Bright dies by Simon Says Stamp and CZ Design
  • Rainbow gems by Honey Bee Stamps
Class projects, Crop & Create Delivered

Crop & Create Delivered – Brutus Monroe

Our final mini class before the event was officially opened, and Brutus Monroe sure didn’t disappoint. What great projects these were, and so vibrant and fun to make! This is a brand I’d heard of before, but hadn’t tried, so this was a great opportunity for me. I have to be honest and say that I started doing some pre-work for this class and was having so much fun I ended up making the cards before the class started … oops. But it goes to show how thorough the class instructions are for this event.

Brutus Monroe class projects

Some things I loved about this class:

  • The colour palette is soooo bright and cheery and so up my alley – it makes my heart sing. It was also great that Michael used Gina K Design inks for the class as well, so I could follow the same colour palette exactly.
  • I never ink blend cardstock for die cutting of images – I’ll be doing more in future, it’s really effective.
  • I love the look of using multiple colours on the butterflies and the hot pink embossing – and also the triangle layering panel and pop of embossing on the sides – so much fun, and something I haven’t tried before.
  • I just love everything about the floral card especially – you can’t help but smile when you see it, it’s so cheerful!
  • I’m reminded how Gina’s inks blend so beautifully for backgrounds, it’s my favourite ink brand for blending, hands down.