Colorful Winter Animals Cards with Brutus Monroe

Welcome back!  Hope your holiday weekend was a happy one!  I’ve got a couple fun cards for you with some winter animals!  I used some Toner Card Fronts from Brutus Monroe and images from Unity Stamps and Gina K Designs!

I also used the Gina K Masking Magic Strips a couple different ways that I’m going to be playing with a lot!

I started with a fun Toner Card Front from the Brutus Monroe Toner Sheet Mixables, Really Radiant.  I staggered the Masking Strips down the front in a random pattern and varying the space in between.

Then I placed a sheet of Blue Waves transfer foil over the top and ran it through my laminator.  I let it cool just a bit and peeled back the Masking Strips (Save them!  You can use them again for masking or holding dies in place).  It’s easier to remove if you hold the strip close to the card front.  If you are left with a little adhesive residue it’s easy to get rid of with an adhesive eraser!

Next, I placed a second sheet of foil, the purple sketch, over the top and ran it through again.

For a cool stripy two-toned look.  A note… if my space between strips was too thin, the foil sometimes didn’t transfer.  I don’t mind this project because I was adding a few more things to the background and it wasn’t important to have a defined stripe.  But it’s a good thing to keep in mind!

I added some distress ink over the top of the foiled bits in purples and blues and then used a dry paper towel to wipe excess ink off of the foil so it could shine and sparkle.  Finally, I splattered some white, purple and silver paint over the top.

For my second background I started with another card front from the same pack and foiled it in the Purple Sketch.  Then I placed strips across it in another random pattern.  Then I added Distress Ink over the top in blue.

Then I moved the trips around and placed them over some of the blue strips…sometimes halfway over or just barely and added purple over the top. I repeated this process again with some lighter colors and finally just added a lighter color over the top wherever there was white space for a cool stripy background with lots of shades of blue and purple.

I stamped, cut and colored a bunch of images from the Gina K Christmas Wishes stamp set and Unity Stamp Co Strange Bird stamp set, including lots of two-tone stamped images like snowflakes and such from the Gina K set.  The more the merrier right??

I cut a frame from the blue cardstock I used as a matte for the Word Bubble card and decided it would be fun to add some of the Blue Waves foil to it.

So I used this Frosty Flakes stencil from Miss Ink Stamps and applied some Transfer Gel to the frames and let them dry while I foiled one of the Oh Hello card fronts in the blue foil and die cut one of them using the coordinating dies from the Stamp and Die set. Once it was dry, I ran the frames through my laminator with the Blue Waves foil.  (I didn’t use the large frame or square for this one, but what not have an extra foiled frame laying around??)

I added all of my elements to this one with that adorable Strange Bird as well as a sentiment from the set (both sentiments are fantastic!), the frame, Hello and a few of the snowflakes from the Gina K set!  Glad I stamped extras!

Then I took the stamped and die cut frame from the Gina K set and added some clouds with the Miss Ink Stamps Scene Builder Clouds stencil and some “snow” by cutting a circle small enough to fit inside the frame from glitter paper and then again with landscape dies and added them to the bottom inside of the frame.

I arranged all of my images onto the rainbow background and stamped a sentiment from the set onto a banner from my stash.  I’ve still got some images left … maybe you’ll see those soon!

Thank you so much for stopping!  I had a lot of fun playing with the Masking Strips and I’m excited to see how everyone else is using them!

It will be fun to shift from Christmas cards to other wintery creations.  Be sure to check back all week for more Winter Animal inspiration!

Check out this quick video for how I used the Masking Magic Strips!

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