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No Line water-colouring with Hero Arts Poetic Petals digital stamp

Hi everyone! My name is Gwendolyn Goh and this is my very first post as a design team member at a2z Scrapbooking and I’m thrilled to be in such a talented team! For my first creation here, I decided to make a framable watercolour piece using one of the flowers from Hero Arts “Poetic Petals” digital stamp set & colouring it using the no line water-colouring method.

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I created a video to show you exactly how I did it, but essentially I just printed the flowers onto normal printer paper and shaded the back of the flower I wanted to trace, with a large graphite stick. You can also use an ordinary pencil as that will work very well too. Once the back of the flower was all covered, I traced the flower with a normal pencil. The shading behind the flower acted like carbon paper and I ended up with the outline of the flower on my watercolour paper.

I then started water-colouring by adding the base colour and when that was thoroughly dry, added the fine lines you can find on the digi stamp, which I used as my template, with a thin brush. To finish, I flicked some paint on it (great way to use up your leftover paints) & added a frame with a black marker. I’m quite pleased with the result, especially since it is the first time I’ve done this with a digi stamp, so its really quite easy and I hope you’ll try it. Let me know if you do!

As promised, here’s the video I made to show you how I water-coloured this beautiful “Poetic Petals” digital stamp.

I hope you enjoyed my first post here. Thanks for stopping by & have a great end of the week!

Gwendolyn

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

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Please join us in this month’s “Birthday Bash” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to our a2z Scrapbooking Etsy store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month

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The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Gwendolyn15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from with-in the shop.

 

 

 


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Hero Arts Flowering Magnolia in White

This month the A2Z Scrapbooking challenge is “Birthday Bash”.  I switched from silver embossing powder to white for this card and tag.  I have seen so many cards in silvers and white, that I couldn’t pass up trying the white embossing and I’m calling this the “white edition”. I decided a nice tag would be perfect to accompany the card and birthday gift.

 

Even though the distress color looks different on the tag, the same distress ink was used and the tag is the more realistic color shown.

To see close-ups, you can visit A Bit of This and That.

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Please join us in this month’s “Birthday Bash” challenge.   As you know, we’ve changed our rules a bit and participants are no longer required to use Hero Arts products to enter our challenges. Each month we feature a ‘Digi of the Month’ which will be the prize offered to our randomly-chosen challenge winner from our Hero Arts store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month

a2z scrapbooking store hero arts

The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Arlene15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from with-in the shop.

 

 

  • Hero Arts Flowering Magnolia at A2Z Scrapbooking
  • Hero Arts Infinity Dies (Nesting Tag Dies)
  • Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles
  • Little B sentiment on card
  • Hero Arts clear stamp set My Words (no longer manufactured) – friends
  • Distress inks listed above card with distress inked background


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Hero Arts’ Silly Scape Digi Duel

Hi, friends, Chark here today to share the latest digi duel with Arlene and myself. We got to play with the Silly Scape digital stamp that is all kinds of fun. Without further ado, en garde!

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Here’s Arlene’s card. She printed the image small and used the cloud background. She also die cut the word Friend from the die paper included in this digi set. What a sweet card you could send to a faraway friend!

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  • Hero Arts Digital Kit Silly Scape at A2Z Scrapbooking
  • Sizzix “friend”
  • Copic markers
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles
  • Vagabond die cut machine

For my card, I used the image larger and colored it with Tombow markers, which are vibrant. I added little hand-drawn clouds and left off the sentiment. I figured I could add a thank you or hello if I need to later. You can see Arlene colored her tiny windows yellow, while I just used the same marker as the building.

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What would you do with this fun digi set? If you win our July monthly challenge, you could win this set for your very own collection and maybe even $20 to the store. Check out all the details in the challenge link in the blog header. Thanks for stopping by the blog!

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Hero Florals Peonies Birthday Wishes

Hi everyone,

I am so excited to be using a stamp of one of my favorite flowers, the Peonies on my card today.  The Hero Florals Peonies stamp is a new addition to my stash and I have experiment with using different papers and techniques.

First up I used rice paper (also know as mulberry paper or Xuan paper) and did a faux Chinese painting.  Some of the characteristics of Chinese Paintings may include “watercolor without lines”, one brush stroke for a single petal, writing (a poem, or title, and/or date) and a seal (artist’s name).  Now I must disclaim here that I am no expert in Chinese painting, just some observations from looking at them.  🙂

I stamped the floral and leaves images using Hero Arts Shadow Ink Soft Granite, and watercolor the images.  My Chinese writing skill using a brush is not good enough so I just used a black marker to write Happy Birthday (top right corner), and the date (lower portion), and added my seal.  Then my rice paper panel is adhere to a dark gray card base.

Next up I used the same kind of paper and I gold heat embossed the images before watercoloring it.

 

This last project I made a place card, for a birthday party of course!!  🙂  I used Strathmore 140 lb watercolor paper, stamped in Archival Ink and watercolored both flower and leaves.  Then I die cut using the matching Frame Cut.  I adhere it to a cup shape place card holder die cut using Hero Arts Nesting Teacups Infinity Dies.  I die cut an extra plain leave to write the name.

Here’s the back view, you could see how easy it is to have it done.

 

I sure had fun with this stamp.  It’s in the store, get yours today.  Scroll down to get my promote code and save some money shopping.  🙂

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

a2z scrapbooking july 2018 challenge

 

Please join us in this month’s “Birthday Bash” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to our a2z Scrapbooking Etsy store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month

 

a2z scrapbooking store hero arts

 

 

 

The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Cindy15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from with-in the shop.

 

 

 

 

 


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June 2018 Challenge Winners

Hello, crafty friends! Leslie here to announce the Winner and Top 3 from last month’s “Monochrome” challenge. A huge THANKS to everyone who participated – we sure enjoyed perusing those gorgeous entries! You’ll remember the prize up for grabs was the Hero Arts Summer Travel Words!

So, our randomly-chosen winner of the digital kit is…

Gail

Congrats, Gail! Please email us at a2zscrapping@gmx.com to receive your digital kit and your winner’s badge!

And our Top 3 are…

#21 Ginny B

#35 CarolG

#22 Monica

Congrats to our Top 3! Please email us at a2zscrapping@gmx.com to receive your Top 3 badge!

Thanks again to all for playing in our challenge last month, and thanks for stopping by!

Scrappy hugs!
Leslie

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

a2z scrapbooking july 2018 challenge

 

Please join us in this month’s “Birthday Bash” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to our Hero Arts store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month

 

a2z scrapbooking store hero arts

 

 

 

The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Leslie15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more! If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from within the shop.

 

Safari Huge Thanks Clear Stamp


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Hero Arts Safari Birthday

Howdy it’s Karen with my first post as an a2z Scrapbooking design team member. This is also my first time being on a design team. I am excited to be part of the team and share some cards with you.

Safari Huge Thanks Clear Stamp

 

For the background of my card I did some ink blending with Distress Oxide inks in Wild Honey and Squeezed Lemonade.

The grass is stamped many times with Peeled Paint Distress Oxide ink. The grass stamp is from the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero June 2017 set along with the safari animals. This set is no longer available but you can get the Safari Huge Thanks clear stamp set in the a2z Scrapbooking Store that has all the animals and the tree that are on my card. The animals, birds and tree are all stamped using Distress Oxide ink Gathered Twigs.

For the frames I used Hero Arts Nested Frame Cuts Ovals to cut them. The inner frame is just some brown paper. For the top frame I first stamped the sentiment on a piece of yellow paper using Hero Arts set It’s Your Day and heat embossed it with brown embossing powder. I had to go over that at the end with a black Copic marker to make it stand out a little more. Then I stamped with the Hero Arts background stamp Mud Cloth Bold Prints using Distress Oxide ink in Gathered Twigs. It needed a bit of fixing so I ink blended over it with Distress Oxide Spiced Marmalade ink. I liked the look and went with it.

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

a2z scrapbooking july 2018 challenge

 

Please join us in this month’s “Birthday Bash” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to our Hero Arts store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month

 

a2z scrapbooking store hero arts

 

 

 

The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Karen15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from with-in the shop.

 

 

 


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Hero Arts Flowering Magnolia in Silver

This month the A2Z Scrapbooking challenge is “Birthday Bash”.  I was in the mood for flowers.  If I have to get something special out, I usually will do more than one project or card.  I have seen so many cards in silvers and white, that I couldn’t pass up trying this myself.  I’ll call this the “silver edition”.

I used a digital sentiment and stamped the panels with the Flowering Magnolia, (matching die is available) and I love being able to die cut these flowers too.

I stamped bot cards with VersaMark ink and then embossed the images with a very old Silver embossing powder (but it still works beautifully).  On the card below, I sponged distress inks, shabby shutters, twisted citron and ripe persimmon after embossing.  I dropped and spritzed water on the background and die cut the panels to adhere to a card.

Rather than create a background as in the first card, I chose a red ombre panel and stamped a background, embossed it in silver and added a digital “Happy Birthday” across the bottom.

 

For close-ups, I am at A Bit of This and That.

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

Please join us in this month’s “Birthday Bash” challenge.   As you know, we’ve changed our rules a bit and participants are no longer required to use Hero Arts products to enter our challenges. Each month we feature a ‘Digi of the Month’ which will be the prize offered to our randomly-chosen challenge winner from our Hero Arts store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month

a2z scrapbooking store hero arts

 

 

 

The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Arlene15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from with-in the shop.

Please join us in this month’s Frightfully Fun challenge.   As you know, we’ve changed our rules a bit and participants are no longer required to use Hero Arts products to enter our challenges. Each month we feature a ‘Digi of the Month’ which will be the prize offered to our randomly-chosen challenge winner from our Hero Arts store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month

 

 

 

  • Hero Arts Flowering Magnolia at A2Z Scrapbooking
  • Hero Arts digital kit Birthday Bash at A2Z Scrapbooking
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles
  • Silver embossing powder by Rubberman Stamp Co (see, I told you this was OLD)
  • Distress inks listed above card with distress inked background
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a2z Scrapbooking July 2018 Challenge

Hi everyone! Here’s to a new month! And that means a new challenge here at a2z Scrapbooking Blog! Our challenge this month is Birthday Bash and we’d love to see your birthday project!

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We have some amazing inspiration from a few of our design team members to inspire you to play! Take a look…

Arlene
Arlene
Supplies used:
Hero Arts digi kit Birthday Bash at A2Z Scrapbooking
Little B Handwritten dies
Oxide inks- fossilized amber, cracked pistachio, faded jeans,  and iced spruce
Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss – ripened pumpkin & midnight blue
Copic markers E30 for the cake with B91, B24 for the platter and candles
Vagabond die cut machine


Cindy
Cindy
Supplies used:
Hero Arts Color Layering Butterflies
Hero Arts Delicate Petals Stencil
Hero Arts Say It All Clear Stamp
Hero Arts Mid-Tone Shadow Ink (Red Royal)
Ranger Distress Ink (Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey, Spun Sugar, Crushed Olive, Broken China, Tumbled Glass, Chipped Sapphire)
Memento Dye Ink (Tuxedo Black)
Wink of Stella (Clear)
White Gel Pen
Black Marker


Annie
Annie
Supplies used:
Hero Arts Silly Scape
Spectrum Noir Markers
Recollection black, green, brown & Gray cardstock
Lawn Fawn die (tree base)
Fiskars circle punch (tree top)
Anna Griffin die (leaves)


Leslie
Leslie
Supplies used:
Taylored Expressions Snow White cardstock, Marco’s Black cardstock, Stampin’ Up Pineapple Punch DSP
Hero Arts Color Layering Swallowtail stamp set
Hero Arts Color Layering Swallowtail Frame Cuts
Hero Arts Color Layering Swallowtail Inks: Dandelion, Ultra Pink and Black ink
Ranger Black Soot Distress Ink
Hero Arts Blessings Stamp & Cut
Nuvo Ivory Seashell Crystal Drops
Fiskars Corner Rounder


CHALLENGE RULES & PRIZES:
As you know, we’ve changed our rules a bit and participants are no longer required to use Hero Arts products to enter our challenges. Each month we feature a ‘Digi of the Month’ which will be the prize offered to our randomly-chosen challenge winner, and this month it is Hero Arts Silly Scape!

And to sweeten the pot, if you are the randomly-chosen winner and you have used Hero Arts and/or Sugartree Stamps products on your project, you’ll ALSO win a $20 gift certificate to the store! The Winner and Top 3 will be announced on the 7th of this month!

Thanks so much for stopping by! We can’t wait to see what you create!

Scrappy hugs!
Leslie

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Farewell and Hello

Hello everyone,

It is always difficult to say Goodbye.  Today we bid farewell to a few DT members.  Delia, Niki, and Sue are stepping down from the team.  Delia, Niki, Sue, we thank you for your contributions and creativities.  We would miss you a lot!!   Please come back to see us often.

Char is also scaling down her activities with the group, although she won’t be making regular posts, she would be participating in our digi duels.  Thanks Char for doing that for us.

 

Now we would like to welcome Karen, Gwendolyn, and Annie to the team!   Below is a little introduction.  Please look for their first post in the coming days.

Karen Kirkman

Howdy, I’m Karen. I live in Northern California with my husband, son and two sweet dogs Lucy and Aspen. I have lived in California all my life but have seen many other states.

I have always had a crafty side. When I was young I painted plaster, decorated shirts with fabric images and paint, did some macramé, and a few others. I dabbled many years ago with stamps and punches to make cards. I have come a long way since then. I started scrapbooking about 17 years ago which led me to card making somehow which I have been doing for about 8 years. Once in a great while I do some beading. Just like paper crafting I have collected a lot of supplies.

My favorite craft is making cards. There are so many techniques that can be done with cards which is why I love it. We are lucky today to have access to so many talented card makers for discovering new things to try.

I share my cards on my blog kcskards.  You can also find me on Flickr and Instagram 

 

Gwendolyn Goh

Hi I’m Gwendolyn, I’m originally from Singapore but I spent more than half my life living away from home, in places like New Zealand and France, and we are now expatriates in Ulm, Germany, the birthplace of Albert Einstein!

I gave up my job in the aeronautical industry 5 years ago, to follow my hubby to Germany, and now I have tons of free time to spend with our 3 teenage kids, 2 dogs and also try loads of new things. I picked up crafting a a few years ago starting with soy candle making, crochet, abstract acrylic painting… but when I discovered card making 2 years ago, I immediately became hooked on it and now I do it all the time! I’m essentially a one layer card maker who LOVES colouring. I started learning to water-colour 6 months ago and it is now my favourite medium to use, although I love my colour pencils and alcohol markers, which is a recent discovery too.

I love sharing how I create my cards, so do follow me on my blog https://desperatehousewifecraft.com, Instagram @desperatehousewife_craft or on youtube https://www.youtube.com/desperatehousewifecraft and of course here on A2Z Scrapbooking, where I’m thrilled and honoured to be part of this fabulous team & giving back to society through their different charities. I look forward to inspiring you and be inspired in return! “Creating everyday is not taking time from life, it is creating life.” – Me 🙂

 

Annie Collins

Hello Friends, my name is Annie Collins and I have been crafting all my life. I started at 4 years old sewing with my mother. My passion for crafting and sharing continued to grow over the years. I love paper crafting the most – all forms of it. I live in sunny Florida with my fantastic family, husband, 3 children and pets. I can’t wait to share some projects and be inspired by all of you.

You can visit Annie at her blog: Little Wings Creates

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Tomorrow is the beginning of a new challenge, come back and catch the details.  Have a great day!!

Hero Arts Flowering Nasturtium


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Hero Arts Flowering Nasturtium Thank You Card

Hero Arts Flowering Nasturtium

 

Hi Everyone, Kristina Here, and Its Friday!! Today I’m playing with the new Hero Arts Flowering Nasturtium stamp. I knew when I got it, it was meant for water coloring. I decided to go a little non-traditional with the colors, but close to true life Nasturtiums.

I started by stamping the image twice, once mirrored, and embossing with Hero Arts White Embossing Powder. I did some very basic water coloring following by a wash of blue across the background. To finish I added an accent of some black and white paper and stamped & embossed my sentiment.

 

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

 

Please join us in this month’s “Monochrome” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to our Hero Arts store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month

 

 

a2z scrapbooking store hero arts

 

 

 

The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code KRISTINA15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from with-in the shop.

 

 

 

Hero Arts Flowering Nasturtium