Hi there! Welcome to Fanciful Spaces, if you’re new here. ūüėČ I was given the beautiful, and amazing, opportunity to create a few cards for Brutus Monroe before the stamp sets were even released yet. The “When I Grow Up” line that they produce is very near and dear to my heart!

As I have mentioned before, I have a 5-year-old daughter who really doesn’t abide by societal norms as far as what little girls are interested in. Yes, she has dolls but she rarely plays with them. She prefers her BMX bike and being covered in dirt, she has more toy cars than doll clothes. When I was asked to play with these stamp sets that more closely¬†reflected my daughter than anything else on the market I JUMPED at the opportunity!

My mother told me that when she was a girl she was told that the only opportunities for her when she grew up, were to become a secretary or a nurse. She always dreamt¬†she could become an airplane pilot, however, that wasn’t an option open to her. While I was working on this card I thought of her. I also thought of the female aircrews that land planes into countries where they aren’t legally allowed to drive yet. In our American¬†society, our options have come so much further, but I wonder if this growth is truly reflected in the pink toy aisles that our daughter’s toys are pigeonholed into. I feel like it hasn’t, I feel as if we have a¬†whole lot further we could go as a society.

I LOVE that she’s got a toy replica of herself in her arms! Isn’t this stamp set fabulous?!?!?! I colored her with Copic Markers and then fussy cut her out, using a craft knife I also cut the negative space in the stamp because I wanted to see the background of the stamp. Make sure to run a black pen alongside the cut edges, this gives your image a more finished look!

I used the Brutus Monroe Colorbust on some watercolor paper to give the feeling of a sky and the clouds on the background of my card. For some added decorative elements I cut out the Brutus Monroe Jennifer Mandala and colored it with a combination of Surface Ink in Plum and Distress Oxide. The Plum Surface Ink came in the Kalediscope Inspiration Box. I also used the same Surface Ink on the black frame and the same Mandala which I used as a stencil. The black frame as created using rectangle dies and cutting multiple cuts with the Raven Cardstock from Brutus Monroe.

I really love this card, I love the Colorburst and the Mandala, but I really love the little girl in the stamp set!

See all of the cards I’ve made for the “When I Grow Up” series by¬†Brutus Monroe¬†here:

   

 

 

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