How to use Birthday Bears on a Greeting Card

The Birthday Bears arrived in the mail and it’s time to show you a card. How to use Birthday Bears on a Greeting Card. Using the Brutus Monroe Birthday Bears and Chameleon Pens to make a super cute greeting card. This project is also shared on the Brutus Monroe Blog too.

When I saw this set of bears I knew that these would be the perfect set to use my new Chameleon Pens to color the images.

How to use Birthday Bears on a Greeting Card

Isn’t this card super cute? I just love how sweet the image is on this card! The balloons are so fun to color with the Chameleon pens.

Supplies used for How to use Birthday Bears on a Greeting Card
Brutus Monroe Birthday Bears
Brutus Monroe Stamp Sleeve
White Cardstock
Black Detail Ink – Raven
Chameleon Pens
Brutus Monroe Aubergine Ink
A2 greeting card
Scrapbook paper in purple print
Aleene’s Tacky White Glue
Bone folder
Fancy border Die cut in Purple
Zig Two Way Glue
Pop Dots
Purple hemp cord
Flat back self-adhesive pearls from Hobby Lobby

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The way this card was made is super easy, as it involves stamping and coloring the images. There is no wrong way to color these images. What every looks good to you is perfect.

Since I used the Chameleon Pens I was able to get a pretty blended effect. Watercolor pencils could also be used just add a small amount and move with water to get the blended effect.

A great stamping tool is the MISTI as it can have several stamps loaded and then inked at one time. This is perfect if you want to create several of the same cards as you load the stamps once. Ink and then stamp for each card until you are done.

Today I used a die that I picked up from eBay. I love the design and I think it adds a bit of elegance to this whimsical birthday card.

Flat back pearls are perfect to add a nice touch of bling to the card. Then a small bow made from purple hemp finishes this card.

Head over to the Brutus Monroe Shop and pick up the Birthday Bears stamp set soon. You will love having this set to make art. You too can use the Birthday Bears on a Greeting Card.

I have these cards for sale in my shop, feel free to take a look. If you are looking for custom cards, hit me up. I’ll be glad to work with you. Interested in purchasing the finished cards I make? The cards a usually blank inside and come with a matching envelope. The cards I make are A2 size or 4.25 in. x 5.5 in. in size. If you are wanting a greeting on the inside feel free to email me to discuss details or to connect with me via my Facebook page.

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How to use Birthday Bears on a Greeting Card

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I Love You Play Time

Do you feel this way: I Love You Play Time? There are days when I walk into my studio and I just want to play.  No pressure to create a certain thing, trying to meet a deadline or a gift. Just a feeling of I Love You Play Time rolling through my mind. As I pull supplies on my work table to see how things come together. Just to enjoy playing with what ever inspires me.

I Love You Play Time

Last night was one of those days to enjoy the moment. The feeling of I Love You Play Time was strong and made me happy. Recently I picked up a few bottles of Tattered Angels sprays and paints. The sprays called to be played with and for some reason a heart was the focus image.

Pulled out a few craft acrylic paints and a paint brush. Playing with the paint I started making a heart shape on an acrylic stamp block. Thinking that maybe I could make a print that would give a blurred water color effect. Instead it was a blob of color.

This was just play and I decided to tell my self I Love You Play Time and kept going. This time I took the paint directly to the paper and doodled a heart with one color of paint. Layered another color of paint and continued doing so until I got the look I liked. The Tattered Angel sprays were also applied with a brush inside the heart. Shimmer in the paint is so pretty. Using the sprays as intended, I applied a few spritz here and there on the card layer. Once all the paint and sprays are applied this has to dry so I set it aside.

If you didn’t know I have a very large stamp collection. Looking through my cling stamps I found a swirl stamp. My drawer of embossing powders was also calling to me, they wanted to come out and play. Thus I decided that I would over stamp the heart with the swirl in gold embossing powder.

The look was coming together. My feelings of I Love You Play Time were filling me with joy. While I had the embossing powder out I went around the edge of the card with an embossing in pad and dipped it into the powder. Embossing each side until the card had a golden glittered edge.

What should the phrase be for this card? Well since the whole theme is I Love You Play Time, why not a I Love you stamp? Using the gold glitter embossing powder I stamped out the saying. Trimmed down and backed with a matching purple scrap.

Pearls added to a card can bring such elegance. It’s a good thing I have a large stash of stick on pearls. Gathering a couple of sizes of pearls, I proceeded to place them on the card.  Don’t forget to add some glimmer mist around the edge of the foundation card, I told myself.

The card is complete and this session of I Love You Play Time was a success. My goal is to have more sessions like this in my future. Make time to just play, with no particular goal in mind. Don’t stress if things don’t turn out the way you want, just continue to play and feel the products in your hands. Before you know it you will also have the feelings, I Love You Play Time.

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Take Ten A Different POV Butterfly #5

Finished the fifth installment of the Take Ten A Different POV Butterfly. This one was fast, because I already had most of the pieces from my stash.

I want to share a little more about the paper towel layer I used. It was a mop up that was placed under the flowers, from the bouquet of flowers video I made a few years ago. Check out the video below.

When I made the flowers I put a paper towel under them as I thought it would be cool to see how it would turn out. I saved  the paper towel and put it in my paper stash. I  sort my paper bits and scraps by color into scrapbook envelopes. That way when I want to do a project that I want a certain color I just pull the envelope. This really comes in handy. There are lots of times when I want to make a project with a few colors. Pull a few envelopes and start creating. I know I keep a lot of stuff, but it paid off this time for this Take Ten A Different POV Butterfly project as it went together quickly.

Again used the butterfly stamp from the Tim Holtz Collection from Stampers Anonymous. Also used the Raven Detailed ink from Brutus Monroe. Making this series of cards is really a lot of fun as it is showing all the different ways that one stamp can be used. This process also works if you need to make a lot of cards for an event. Select one of the layouts and do an assembly line.

Here is the video showing the whole process.

What are your thoughts on this project? Are you learning new ways to use a stamp you have to make multiple different cards? Please share what you have learned by tagging me in your art. I love seeing what others create. Now go forth and create something beautiful.


Take Ten A Different POV Butterfly #5

Take Ten A Different POV Butterfly #4

Here it is the fourth installment of the Take Ten A Different POV Butterfly #4. I’m getting pretty good at these cards, don’t you think? LOL

For this card I gathered a couple different shades of purple cardstock from the scrap pile that I inherited. I was lucky that most were already cut down to close to the size I needed. I pulled out some Tim Holtz Distressing Ink and got the area ready to create.

Take Ten A Different POV Butterfly

While the card may take ten minutes or less to create I usually spend time before hand getting things all lined up. Do I have the stamps I need, the paper and ink? Sometimes I forget to clean my work area and that isn’t a good thing. It can lead to a messy card and after all the hard work you don’t want a messy or ruined card! lol

I have a pretty good size room, but it is full of supplies. I’ve been slowly moving things around so that what I use on a regular bases is close to me and things that I don’t use get put away. This makes me feel better about the work area. But this also makes me sad about the items that get put away. I worry that I will forget about those items and will never use them again. Then someone will come into my space and suggest that I get rid of stuff! HOW DARE THEY suggest such a thing! LOL Because as soon as I get rid of something I’ll need it, you know it is true! Well one day I’ll have a room that is the perfect size to hold everything I have in such a way that every where I look it makes me happy. Until then I will deal with the space I have. 😉

It is time to make the card. It is really such a pretty card and so simple. Check out the video below and let me know what your thoughts are on this one.

Does it give you ideas on ways to use that stamp that you really love, but thought you only had one way to use it in your art? I hope that the posts for Take Ten A Different POV Butterfly have inspired you to use those stamps in different ways. Get to creating, you know you want to make something.

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