Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Team Tuesday with Chris

Hi everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend filled with family, friends, food and fun!

It's Chris here with you today, and I am sharing some watercolor cards that I made using my original MISTI, some fabulous new stamps from Brutus Monroe and some new watercolor pencils that I received as an early Christmas gift from my husband.  I received the full set of Caran d'Ache Museum watercolor pencils in early December, and am still experimenting with them, but I think I love them.  The pigment dissolves easily and they blend beautifully.  Today I'm sharing some of my results, and giving you a sneak peek of some of the new Brutus Monroe "When I Grow Up" stamp sets that will be releasing on December 30th.

I was fortunate enough to be able to travel to Pittsburgh this month to visit good friends, and attend the 3rd Anniversary celebration of my friend Christopher Alan's company, Brutus Monroe.  I took my new pencils with me on my flight in my Studio Bag and spent my flight time coloring and painting, and got to do a bit of crafting with Christopher and friends in his studio as well.   After his anniversary party, Christopher gave me these new not-yet-released stamps to play with for this MISTI post, so with his permission, I thought I'd give you an early look at the new additions to the When I Grow Up series illustrated by Chuck Carson for Brutus Monroe.  

The adorable little girls in this series are imagining their futures, and they know that there's no dream too big, or too gender exclusive.  I love this line for it's positive messages for young girls.  Everyone deserves the opportunity to be exactly who and what they'd like to be when they grow up!

When I Grow Up - Fireman (available 12/30/17)

For this Firefighter card, I used my original MISTI to stamp my images using Brutus Monroe Raven Detail ink onto Canson Montval watercolor paper.  I used 3M Post-it tape to create a mask for the water stream, applying the mask before stamping the dog to my panel.

I used the "L" shaped ruler from my Creative Corners as a straight edge to sketch in the sidewalk with pencil before coloring with the Caran d'Ache Museum pencils and using a Faber Castell waterbrush to blend out the watercolor.

The YouTube video showing my whole process for this card is here:

These next two cards were created similarly with my original MISTI and Museum pencils and use the previously released stamps, When I Grow Up - Scientist and When I Grow Up - Astronaut.  I used the Scientist stamps rather as-is, but sketched in the picnic table and background on the Astronaut card.  Each card began with a 5 3/4" x 4 1/2" panel of Canson Montval watercolor paper which, after coloring and adding my greetings, were trimmed and adhered to a side-fold A2 card base with Brutus Monroe Craft Glue.  I love that glue for it's quick dry time and strength.

The remaining three cards were created with more soon to be released stamps sets.  These sets will be available December 30th at Brutus Monroe.

When I Grow Up - Pilot  (greeting is from the Scientist set)
Her tree stump perch is hand drawn.

When I Grow Up - Policeman
I used pattterned paper for my background on this card.  My little policewoman was carefully hand trimmed from my watercolor panel and added with craft glue.

When I Grow Up - Military, (greeting is from the Astronaut set)

Thanks for joining me and my watercolor pencil samples today!  Thanks Christopher for the great  new stamps, and as always, thanks to My Sweet Petunia for making stamping successful and fun!

Have a wonderful day and happy stamping!


  1. Oh my goodness Chris your cards are fantastic! I don't have any Brutus Monroe products yet but they look awesome!
    I too love my studio bag (Thanks to the beautiful creator of IT!) It really is awesome and every crafter should have one if they craft outside of their own home....
    Your video is fantastic and full of tips, I def. need to pin this as there is too much to remember. Thanks so much for sharing, I will def. be sharing this with my DIL who is new crafter.

  2. Happy New Year

    Love my. MISTI


  3. oh wow!
    those cards are so very pretty !
    love them all!

    Happy New Year!

  4. These cards are so cute. I love my MISTI for card making. It really helped with making Christmas cards.

  5. OH my goodness... These images and cards are absolutely way too stinkin' adorable and so inspirational!!!

  6. I am so glad I watched the video! I hadn't realized when I first saw the card, that it was a little girl! Adorable!!
    Happy New Year!

  7. So amazingly adorable. These will be just fantastic for my two granddaughters.


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