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Spread Joy not Germs Blog Hop & The Monarch: Brutus Monroe Die of the Month

Hi Everyone! If you are new to my blog, WELCOME!! I hope you are all doing ok and having a great time hopping along. In case, you lose yourself along the hop, you can start over at Catherine Pooler or at Hedgehog Hollow. There you will find a complete list of hoppers!

I am so excited to be part of this special blog hop. This cannot be more timely as we are on several weeks of lockdown. I am hoping, in my little way, to inspire you to create something and spread some joy!

Brutus Monroe’s inspiration for this month is all about spring, and what more represents a new beginning but butterflies! I am sharing with you three projects I created using the Brutus Monroe Die of the Month aptly called Monarch.

Inspiration #1:

For my first inspiration, I used the Monarch die as a backdrop to the Happy Rose stamp.

If you are looking for a quick and easy way to watercolor your stamp images, I have a quick tutorial for you. For this technique I used the Sparkle Aqua Pigment paints. A little drop of this goes a looong way.

I heat embossed the Happy Rose image on watercolor cardstock with Penny Embossing powder. Then added drops of the Sparkle Aqua Pigment to the image – Red (for the inner part of the rose), Yellow and Orange for the outer part. I also added drops of Blue & Green on the leaves.

Then I spray generously with water. I also used a brush to move the color around and a paper towel to sop up the excess water bleeding into each other. I then set aside to dry.

To add more depth to the image, I just used the brush and dabbed more concentrated color on the inner parts of the flower and leaves.

I then fussy cut the image. For the backdrop, I die-cut the Monarch on Copper Glitterstock and mounted it on a watercolored background using the same method I did with the rose.

I chose this sentiment “Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations” from the Conservatory of Quotes stamp set because I felt that we all needed to to hear these encouraging words from time to time specially in times of difficulty.

Inspiration #2:

For my second card inspiration, I layered the die-cuts, first die-cutting it from one of the papers in the Watercolor Galaxy 6″ X 6″ paper pad collection. Then I layered it on top of a coordinating pink colored cardstock but turned upside down. I then mounted it on top of Pink Watermelon Glitterstock.

I placed a vellum strip over the botton half of the card and glued the sentiment on top. The sentiment “Do What Makes You Happy” is from the stamp set in the April Blooming Bicycles Inspiration Box. I thought this was the perfect sentiment for the theme of this blog hop. Too often I hear about people stressing out over what is happening around them – this is just a reminder to take the time to do something that brings joy to your life – whatever it may be. Handmade cards are a great way to spread inspiration!

Inspiration #3:

For my third card inspiration, I used the die in a slightly different way. I wanted to give several options on how to use this beautiful die.

I first used the April Stencil of the Month and ink blended it over a piece of 5.5″ X 5.5″ piece of plain white cardstock, masking off each section with a different color. Then I used the Monarch die and centered it on the ink blended panel and then die-cut it.

Using a square die, I cut out a window in the middle.

Then, using coordinating plain butter yellow cardstock, I cut out frames for the rectangular piece. I did the same for the square window then glued them all together.

I embossed the sentiment using Alabaster White Embossing powder positioned in the middle of a blue Sapphire glitterstock card panel. Then proceeded to glue the frame down. I finished off the card with jewels in matching tones.

The sentiment ” I Can’t Thank You Enough” is from the Tree of Thanks stamp set. This stamp set is loaded with gratitude sentiments.

My daughters and I already made several cards and have given them out to the doctors, nurses and hospital staff. I plan to make more of these cards because it seems there are never enough words to express our gratitude for the brave souls keeping us safe.

I hope you were inspired by what I have created. We have a lot of your favorite crafty companies sponsoring this hop and several great prizes to be won! Brutus Monroe is sponsoring a $50 Gift Certificate to their wonderful online store.

Deadline to enter is on the 24th of April and the winner will be chosen on April 27. All you have to do is comment below and let me know how you plan to do what you love or how you plan to spread some joy. I would really love to hear from you!

Thank you so so much for dropping by. I hope to see you again soon! Your next stop on the hop is the uber talented Andrea Shell.

Stay safe!

‘Til next time!



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180 thoughts on “Spread Joy not Germs Blog Hop & The Monarch: Brutus Monroe Die of the Month”

  1. Fantastic cards Anna. Love the backgrounds with that die-cut panel! So cool! The sparkle adds a nice touch! That rose is gorgeous on the first card! The sentiments are nice! Thanks for the inspiration. God bless!

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  2. This is a fabulous collection of cards!! Thanks for showing how you water colored the rose on the first card; it looks like something I could probably handle! : ) I am going through my stash of cards (you know, the ones you make and then just sit around, waiting . . .) and sending them out to people from our church. Everyone can use some encouragement right now!

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  3. I love how you used the same Monarch Die in all of your cards and showed how different they can look. Such beautiful cards. Thank you for inspiring.

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  4. These are soooooo awesome. You really nailed each and every one of those cards. Fab work!
    I just recently started playing with polymer clay again and I’m making some jewelry to give to my friends (mail it to them or give tem to them when we are finally allowed to mee) – I hope this will brighten their day.

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  5. Beautiful cards!! I have been making a stone house for a local lady to put in her yard. Trying to stay creative and learn something new as well as putting a smile on her face will be priceless.

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  6. Love your tips on coloring the flowers.
    the Copper Glitterstock looks
    gorgeous over the watercolored
    background. I will try your tip
    for the flowers. thanks for sharing

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  7. WONDERFUL cards!
    LOVE the colours and designs of them ALL, with inspiration 1 being my favourite – WOW – your rose is GORGEOUS and background STUNNING!
    Thank You for sharing and INSPIRING 🙂

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  8. These cards have so much jaw dropping WOW factor!! Oh my goodness, you are so talented.
    The first card is my favourite as the colours are so warm & beautifully blended. I’m going to check the Brutus Monroe store for the Sparkle Aqua Pigment drops. I’ve never seen them before, but, my oh my. Aside from making cards, to help spread joy in our small neigjbourhood I plan to do some baking & distribute it. Other than that I plan to sit & complete this blog hop while watching the much needed rain come down.

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  9. Beautiful cards and wonderful techniques! As for me…..I just made some cards to send as a surprise to a couple friends. I have been avoiding mailing anything but realized I had some postage stamps on hand so I could just put the cards in my mailbox for the mail lady to pick up. I love surprising people and putting a smile on their face 🙂 Hugs….Janie

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  10. Anna your techniques are great and I especially love the colours in your last card. I plan on getting into my stamp space and making some cards. I’ve been so inspired by all the cards on the blog hop and all the techniques I can have a go at. I can then spread some joy by passing out my cards with the cookies I’ve been dropping off. So ready to stamp. Thanks for sharing!

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