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Hero Arts ‘Nicest Thoughts’ and My first post!


Hello, hello, everyone! Erica here with my first post as a DT for a2z Scrapbooking Blog!!  In case it isn’t abundantly clear, I’m very, very excited to be here! If you know me from my other design team blog posts for Krumspring Stamps, Studio Katia and Kennedy Grace Creations, you already know this isn’t going to be a short and sweet post. Oh no, I’m a jibber-jabbering kind of gal (that’s ‘going into lots of detail’ in Erica speak and ‘talking non-stop about everything and nothing’ in The Husband speak) however I will try and curb the enthusiasm enough to actually get to the cards I made for this, ‘my very first, in case I didn’t mention it’,  post.

Unfortunately I didn’t get my DT package in time to make these cards so I had to improvise with some of my other Hero Arts products but anything you see in this post can be ordered from the shop. Just pop an email across and if it can be obtained, it will. Like magic! That’s the kind of shopping I like!

Anyway, I have this stamp that says ‘You are one of my nicest thoughts’ (which sadly isn’t available from neither the main Hero Arts store or the a2zScrapbooking Supplies shop) but I decided to use that for two cards anyway because the sentiment is so lovely. For the first one I dusted a rectangular panel with anti-static powder before stamping it with VersaMark ink and sprinkling generously with Hero Arts white embossing powder. I set it with my heat tool, which isn’t as fancy as this one but does the job.

For the second card I stamped the image with black ink first and then added clear embossing powder over it as I planned on colouring this one with my Zig markers to add some colour to the image. I always use Strathmore Bristol Vellum water colour card stock when I colour with the Zigs by the way. As I was planning doing some ink blending and using the Peacock Feather Stencil (If you don’t fancy a Peacock theme, find other similar stencils here)for the background, I kept the colour scheme for the image in the same colours. Does that qualify as ombré or rainbow? Something to ponder…

When I had added the colours to the word ‘NICEST’ on the image I thought it didn’t really show so much so I blended the colours out around the word, kind of like a colour shadow and was much happier with that. While I was at it, I also coloured the circle around the sentiment in a rich blue colour. While that was drying I got my Distress Inks out and decided to go hot pink for the white embossed panel. Picked Raspberry is one of my favourite colours in the Distress Ink family and I’m so excited to hear that it is going to be part of the second release of the Distress Oxide inks! Ah, but I digress… Right, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out where I was going to go next though: I blended away on the panel and kept it lighter in the middle and rich and vibrant around the edges.

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For my Peacock Feather Stencil background I used turquoise, lime green and teal colours, again Distress Inks, and simply blended away until the colours very nicely… erm… blended? I use painters tape when I do ink blending and water colouring to hold the paper down, it’s so cheap at hardware stores it seems crazy to splash out on ‘crafting tape’ when I use it only for this purpose.

As pretty as the background was I felt it needed a little something else so I die cut the second biggest of the Outside In Stitched Rectangle stackable dies from Lawn Fawn and popped it up with foam tape (I love this stuff and can’t live without it!) After that was done it was a simple case of adding some more foam to the back of the sentiment and pop that on. I also added a healthy dose of teal sequins and gemstones for sparkles. A card with a peacock theme can’t be bland, can it now?

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To finish off my pink card I die cut a scalloped panel (both the die cut bits I used for this card are from Mama Elephant) in a pretty polka dot card stock and adhered that to a white card base. The embossed and ink blended panel I adhered with foam tape to raise it up and add some dimension. This card also got a serious sprinkling of sequins and gemstones, because why not?

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With one last picture of the Peacock card, that’s pretty much it from me for this first post. If you are still here, you deserve a big cookie! I will be back on the blog later this month with another project or two, and of course lots more jibber-jabbering. There is no getting around that, I’m afraid, lol!

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I hope I have inspired you to try one of these techniques or colour schemes for your next card. Don’t forget that this months challenge blog theme is ‘Anything Goes’ so go to town and let your imagination run wild! If you add your card to the InLinkz before the end of the month, you can win a $25 gift voucher to the a2z Scrapbooking shop! If you can’t wait to shop, you can get 15% off by using the discount code ‘Erica15’ at checkout.

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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 Erica15 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.




  • Hero Arts clear embossing powder
  • Hero Arts white embossing powder
  • Hero Arts ‘Nicest Thoughts’ wood stamp
  • Hero Arts Peacock Feather Stencil
  • Hero Arts clear gemstones
  • MFT Hybrid ink in Black Licorice
  • Mama Elephant Femme Frames
  • Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Rectangle die
  • Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio and Picked Raspberry

    Right, that really is it from me for today.

    See you soon and happy crafting!



Author: erica1ab

I'm a crafting, coffee, chocolate and cake mad girl. Oh and doggies! Actually most animals.... My main crafting-love is card making, for sure. You can follow me here, on Instagram (@erica_cacacraft) or Facebook (CaCaCraft) for more crafty adventures!

21 thoughts on “Hero Arts ‘Nicest Thoughts’ and My first post!

  1. Wow gorgeous cards, love the beautiful and bright colors!! Thanks for sharing Erica.

  2. welcome to the a2z blog Erica – beautiful cards!

  3. Very nice! Welcome! Your cards look so pretty with those nice colors.

  4. Really pretty! So glad to have you on the team!

  5. WOW, two cards for the price of one. Beautiful cards.

  6. Great inking and design!

  7. Erica, both cards are gorgeous, love the sentiment and the inking! Great job and congrats!!

  8. Yay on your inaugural DT post, Erica! Beautiful work as always!

  9. These are both just stunning!

  10. Congrats on making a design team. Love your second card, but bright green is my favorite color.


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