Embossed Marble Background


-Heavyweight cardstock (I used Brutus Monroe Not Your Mama’s cardstock 130lb.)

-Adhesive Spray (I used Pixie Spray from Thermoweb)

-Embossing Powders (I used Brutus Monroe embossing powers in the following colors: Gilded Sparkle, Sterling and Mic Drop)

-Heat Tool (I used Ranger Heat It Craft Tool)

-Spray Box (I use a cheap dollar store wash pan I lovingly refer to as my “ugly bucket”

Other supplies as needed. (used here: Brutus Monroe Raven cardstock and Elegant Essentials cardstock in Gilded, Brutus Monroe dies – Christopher’s Sentiments, and FSJ Fashion Gold and Fashion Silver Embellishments.

Step 1

For a matted A2 card, cut this panel to 3 ¾” x 5”

Step 2

Line your spray tub with a paper towel.

Step 3

Spray adhesive from bottom edge of panel. You want to go heavier to lighter towards the center about a third of the way up the card.

Step 4

Apply your first layer of embossing powder. You will want to apply it heavier along the bottom getting lighter towards the center like you sprayed your adhesive. Tilt your panel back and forth sifting the excess powder off the edges as you work your card. Go up about a third of the way like your spray allowing for little jags and uneven lines to give it a more blended marble look.

DO NOT HEAT YET. You will not heat the powder until all three layers are applied to your panel.

Tip: Be careful how you hold the panel as you do not want to remove your embossing powder once applied.

Step 5

Spray adhesive across your card where your last layer ended to about ⅔ of the way up your card.

Step 6

Pour embossing powder in a line across your card just above where your last layer ended. Sift it down a little lightly to overlap the edge of your last layer and then sift it up ⅔ of the way up your card leaving the last third for your last color.

Step 7

pray from the clean end of your card inwards. Heavier on the end lighter towards the edge of the last layer of embossing powder.

Step 8

Working from the edge inward, apply your last embossing powder. Allow the edges to be uneven again to create your marble effect.

Step 9

Because of the 130lb weight of this cardstock, I was able to lay my panel down to emboss it. (also had a heat resistant mat underneath) You can also lay it in your spray box to keep it contained while heating. This method avoids rubbing embossing powder off inadvertently and saves your fingers from the heat.

Step 10

Assemble and embellish cards as desired. (For the sample I matted my panel onto gold cardstock and adhered those to a black card base. I used the same 2 cardstock colors with the sentiment die and adhered the die cut with foam tape. I finished with gold and silver embellishments. If you want to see my do this in real life check out my video tutorial on YouTube


Super Easy Way to Add Sparkle to Your Cards

Hello again. Shannon here. 

Do you enjoy crafty experiments? I definitely do! I think that is one of the many reasons I love Brutus Monroe so much. So many mediums and products to play with and discover!

As I was playing/experimenting in my craft room, I stumbled across a fun new way to use Thermoweb Pixie Spray.

I wanted to add an all over sparkle to my snowy background for this wintery card. I knew I didn’t want to use anything that would warp my paper. Pixie Spray is a light adhesive spray used to create a tighter seal between your stencils and the surface on which you are stenciling. The adhesive is lighter than most spray adhesives because it isn’t designed to adhere something permanently. The Pixie Spray is perfect for the lightweight of glitter though (which already wants to stick to everything!). 

To see a video tutorial check out my YouTube video: Crafty Shannonigans

To use this technique:

-Spray Pixie Spray onto your paper (I use an old dishpan as a spray box).
-Pour on your glitter (I used Brutus Monroe Sparkling Snowflake glitter. It is very fine which aids in its ability to stick).
-Tap off the loose glitter. Rub finger across the paper to remove any excess and to secure the glitter into the adhesive a bit.

This works great over patterned paper and colored images too.

I just love the twinkle and shine of the holidays! This simple technique makes it so easy to add that extra sparkle to your projects. 

I hope you give it a try soon! Happy Crafting

Product Links:

Thermoweb Pixie Spray

Sparkling Snowflake glitter

Not Your Mama’s cardstock

Holly cardstock

Candy Stripes paper pad

Simple Snowflakes dies

White Christmas stamps

Poinsettia Joy stamps

Random Dots stencil

Christmas Eve embossing powder

Raven ink

White ink

Embossing Ink 

Foam squares

Tissue tape

Home Sign Project

Decorate Your “Home” Sign

Hello crafty friends! Shannon here. Have you seen this adorable wood sign currently available at Brutus Monroe? It has been sold out and restocked several times over. If you have purchased it, have you decorated yours yet? I finally got the chance to do mine over the weekend and thought I would share a few ideas. Because this project has a little more to it than a card, I didn’t include a lot of the detailed tutorial here. If you would like more details on how I created these, please watch the video on Youtube. Crafty Shannonigans YouTube

For the paw I used a stain pen I received in my Farm Inspiration Box. It was exclusive to the box so it is not currently available. I liked that it went on a little sheer so the details of the wood and also the design show through. 

I used Aqua Pigments in various colors on the other pieces in this photo.They also allowed for the details to show through. In addition I used black acrylic paint and Alabaster Glitter Glaze on the bee. 

Unfinished Home Sign With Changeable O, 18 X 6 Inches

Aqua Pigment Bundle – Series 1

Glitter Glaze – Alabaster

For the ornament I used Frosted Gold Aqua Pigment and gold glitter for the details.

I used various glitter from my stash for all of the other pieces in the photo.

Metallic Aqua Pigment – Gold Frost

I think this last method is my favorite. Brutus Monroe has so many gorgeous papers! I may even go back and redo some of my other pieces with this method because I love the look. 

For the house I used Yellow and Brown Aqua Pigments and then cut and glued a heart punched out of paper from the Slimline Rainbow Dot paper.

I used Weathered Wood paper for the rooster, Rustic Florals paper for the bunny, and Fresh Melon paper for the shamrock. 

Slimline Paper Pad – Rainbow Dot

Weathered Wood Paper Pad

Rustic Florals Paper Pad

Fresh Melon Paper Pad

I used black and white paint on the sign itself. 

Now is a great time to complete your sign as so many fun holidays are approaching. I hope you are inspired to get yours out and decorate! 



Slimline Cards

Hello there! Shannon here with a quick post today. 

  Well if you follow cardmaking trends, you must have noticed that slimline cards are all the rage right now. So many beautiful and fun projects popping up everywhere! 

  I have noticed several comments on social media left on these beauties such as, “I need to try this.” or “ Love these! I just haven’t made one yet”.

  Well I say there is no time like now! Once you make one, you will see how much fun they are to create.

Here are some typical slimline card dimensions listed from largest to a smallest:

4” x 9” (8” x 9” scored at 4”)

3 ⅝” x 8 ⅝” (7 ¼” x 8 ⅝” scored at 3 ⅝”)

3 ½” x 8 ½” (7” x 8 ½” scored at 3 ½”)

3 ½” x 5 ½” (7” X 5 ½” scored at 3 ½”)

Some of my favorite benefits of a slimline card are:

-More real estate! You can really stretch out and have some fun. I especially love this when creating a landscape slimline. Perfect for scene building!

-Simply fun to break out of a rut. I know I gravitate to my typical A2 card.and this has helped me to stretch into new territory.

-Perfect for those longer sentiment stamps!

-Great to be able to use business envelopes.

-Tons of new and inspiring releases!

Brutus Monroe jumped right in and created an amazing selection of slimline stencils. There is such an incredible variety available! Here are links to some of these gorgeous stencils:

Slim Line Stencil – Sea Side Collection

Slim Line Stencil – Collection A

Slim Line Stencil – Hanging Lanterns

Slim Line Stencil – July 2020 Release Bundle

And here are just a few samples of what you can create:

I hope you are inspired to give this a try if you haven’t yet and if you have, I hope you will be inspired to share your slimline creations!

Keep on creating my friends!

Hugs, Shannon