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Smile, Sunshine!

Good morning everyone – it’s Jennifer here with some colorful embossing to brighten your day! It’s snowing here in the Northeast, yet again, so I was really in the mood for spring. Several of us are taking the Clean & Simple 4 Online Card Class, myself included, and I’m coming out of it with some fantastic ideas! Today’s card is similar to the one Jennifer McGuire created and is a fantastic embossing powder technique:

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Count it up, my friends – that’s THREE different embossing powders on one bold and beautiful background stamp. Are you loving it? I’m loving it. Best part is you can do it with any background stamp and there are a lot in the store! Then by mixing up your colors you get a different card every time.

So how did I do it?

  • Grab your favorite background stamp and pile on the VersaMark ink.
  • Cut your paper down to fit the front of your card (mine started at 4.25″x5.5″) and stamp that baby up. Be sure to press down well to get all the stamp detail. *Note – if you want space to stamp and emboss a sentiment like I did, be sure to mask off that area FIRST, then stamp.
  • Flip your paper up and admire your fine stamping skills, then grab your masking paper or Post-it tape. *Note – if you masked off a sentiment area, remove that mask now.* Start gently applying your mask to a portion of your card, one bit at a time. So for the green corner I masked off the area directly above, applied my powder, then moved on to the next section.
  • Once your card is filled with embossing powder, heat it up! The Milwaukee heat gun in the shop is perfect for this; let it heat up away from your project, then ZAP and done with minimal warping.
  • Jump up and down at how cool your card is looking.
  • Now, time for a sentiment – I stamped and heat embossed mine, but you could also use a die cut, rub-on, whatever you’re in the mood for.
  • I made a card base out of the Wet Cement layering paper, scored it to make a top-folding card, then trimmed my front panel down to 4″ wide to let some peek through.
  • Pop the panel on with foam tape, round the corners, and admire your handiwork!

2015-01-29 08.52.20Ready to try it yourself? I have my supplies linked below, and as always be sure to use JENNIFER15 to get 15% your purchase of $25 or more. We would love for you to play along in this month’s challenge with your Hero Arts goodies! You may enter up to five times to be eligible to win a $25,00 Gift Certificate to the a2z Scrapbooking Store with each entry.

Supplies available in the store:
Hero Arts Background stamp the one I used is out of stock, but there’s a ton of beautiful ones to choose from. I want to try it with this one!
Hero Arts Wet Cement Layering Paper
Ranger Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder

Other Supplies:
Assorted Embossing Powders
Heat Tool
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Post-it Masking Tape

One more thing before I go, did you know that we are on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook?. If you haven’t done so already, please follow us on these different social media outlets. You don’t want to miss out on any fun promotions!

Happy Crafting!



Sending Love

Happy 2015 everyone – Jennifer here with one of my favorite types of cards to share with you…a shaker card!

Jennifer-Sending Love

I love shaker cards. Love. Them. Go ahead, try holding one and not smiling – see?? That’s why they’re so fun!

In keeping with this month’s challenge to use something New to You, I pulled out my new Hero Arts stamps, a fresh batch of HA ink, and the scalloped circle dies I had that were unopened…oops…oh, and the little seed beads were still sealed. Obviously I was saving them for a special occasion, like now!

While it looks utterly complex, it really isn’t…unless one of you non-crafty friends asks, then tell them you slaved over it. 😉 Ready?

1. Stamp your background stamp onto the card stock, cut down to 4″x5.25″ so it fits nicely on the front of a standard A2 card made of matching card stock.

2. Get out your die cutting machine (I used my Big Kick) and choose a scallop big enough for the sentiment to fit and some sequins and beads to move around. (I used the Lawn Fawn nested scallops – this one measured about 3″) While you’re at it, break out the fun foam! I cut my piece down to about 3.5″x5″ so that it fit behind my card front and didn’t peek out. Die cut the scallop from your card front and fun foam and set those aside for another project.

3. I took a scrap piece of ivory linen paper and cut it down to 4″x4″ to stamp my sentiment on. Use your diecut paper to line up where you want the sentiment to be, then stamp with VersaMark ink and heat emboss.

4. Assembly time! Grab some acetate (I use transparencies) and cut it to about 3.5″x3.5″ for your window and glue to the back of your diecut paper stamped with hearts. Now add the fun foam to the back of that, and let everything dry. Flip it over so your fun foam (or foam tape if you don’t have any fun foam…but really, you should get some!) is facing up and you have a well to add sequins and seed beads to. Tuck those in, then glue your ivory paper with the sentiment on to lock them all in place. Give it a shake to make sure it works! 🙂

5. Take your shaker front and glue the whole thing to the card base. Now shake shake shake!

Jennifer-shaker closeup

I have all of my supplies listed below. This would be a fun Valentine’s Day, anniversary, wedding, or just because card. Be sure to use my coupon code, JENNIFER15, to take 15% off your purchase of $25 or more in the a2z Scrapbooking store – I want to see lots of shaker cards! 😀

Supplies available in the store:
Hero Arts BasicGrey Amore background cling stamp
Hero Arts Grape Jelly mid-tone shadow ink
Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder
VersaMark Ink
Hero Arts Sending Love wooden stamp (currently out of stock at a2z, but available at Hero Arts)

Other Supplies:
Pretty Pink Posh sequins – 4mm clear, silver heart confetti
Lawn Fawn Scalloped Circle dies
Stampin Up! card stock – Passionfruit
Ivory Linen paper
Purple seed beads
Fun Foam

One more thing before I go, did you know that we are on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook?. If you haven’t done so already, please follow us on these different social media outlets. You don’t want to miss out on any fun promotions!

Happy Crafting!


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Sending Love

Good morning everyone – Jennifer here with another fun watercolor card for you! Gotta keep that mojo going for our monthly challenge…just 2 more days to enter to win that $25 store gift card!

I love keeping stacks of colored watercolor paper on my desk and flipping through them like patterned paper when I need a background for a card. The one I used today was simply painted with some watercolor paints (nothing special, just ones I picked up at the local craft store) that ‘spoke’ to me. To add some interest, I grabbed the Large Lotus Pattern stencil, some Pool ink, and a sponge dauber and went to town.

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While that dried slightly, I grabbed…you’ll never guess…the Under the Mistletoe stamp set that was still on my desk for the sentiment. A Christmas stamp set on a non-holiday card! Talk about extending the use of your holiday stamps…anyway, I stamped that in the bottom corner with some VersaMark ink and heat embossed it using the HA White Embossing Powder. The lotus needed something extra, so I added Wink of Stella over it for the right amount of bling. A little Mocha layering paper behind the watercoloring, a bit of foam tape to attach it to the card base, and I was all done! Wouldn’t you want to get this in the mail to break up the winter monotony?

Be sure to stop on by the store to treat yourself to all the crafty goodies Santa neglected to bring you, and use coupon code JENNIFER15 while you’re there to save 15% off your order of $25 or more.

Our Design Team Call ends at midnight tonight! If you would like to be part of a fun, creative team this is your chance to apply. Just click here and link up a favorite card that contains Hero Arts Stamps from your Flickr stream or blog.

Supplies used:
Hero Arts Under the Mistletoe
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
VersaMark Ink
Hero Arts Pool Mid-Tone Shadow Ink
Wink of Stella – Clear
Hero Arts Mocha Layering Paper
Hero Arts Large Lotus Pattern Stencil

Happy Crafting, and have a Happy New Year!



Christmas Tree Holiday Decor

Hello there everyone; Jennifer here from Caffeinated Papercuts with a fun watercolor project for you! Since our challenge theme this month is Watercolors, I just couldn’t resist pulling out the big, beautiful Hero Arts Circle Christmas Tree Stencil to make some wall art.

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To create it, I started with a piece of the Tim Holtz Watercolor paper and used my stencil as a template to rub on some Versamark ink, then heat embossed it with the Hero Arts Sparkle Embossing Powder. I let it cool a little, then rubbed on three different green Distress Inks; Forest Moss, Crushed Olive, and Peeled Paint. After I had the tree covered with ink, I spritzed the bejeebers out of it with Perfect Pearls and let the colors all run together. I’ll warn you, though; they looked kind of icky for a bit, but when they dried…oh my!

The trick is that the heat embossing resists the ink, so you still see your tree and can add some luscious color. I could have also used water instead of Perfect Pearls, but it really adds some shine when you do!

To finish it off I cut a piece of black chipboard slightly bigger than the watercolor paper, added some holes for my ribbon, and glued everything together. All done! A pretty, shimmery holiday decoration in just a few hours.

I hope I’ve inspired you to grab your stencils and join us for our Watercolor Challenge. See you soon, and Happy Crafting!



Holiday Card with Non-Holiday Stamps

Happy last day of November everyone! Jen here from Caffeinated Papercuts with a recap of everything going on this weekend here at a2z Scrapbooking. Today is the LAST DAY to enter our November Challenge, Anything Goes! There’s also our fabulous Scavenger Hunt to enter AND our Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale through tomorrow night. Wowza!

To prove that really, anything goes when it comes to stamping, I decided to make a holiday card without using a holiday stamp. Yup, no trees or snowflakes here, just some beautiful tone-on-tone stamping with one of my favorite background stamps.

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Sadly, it looks like we’re sold out of the exact one I used in the shop, but any of the background stamps would work!

I inked up my stamp with Pale Tomato ink and stamped it on some red cardstock. From there I simply added my greeting heat embossed with the white Hero Arts embossing powder and some red & white twine.

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The finishing touch was to round off the corners and I was done! A lovely CAS card for the holidays created with an everyday stamp. I love finding new uses for my stamps, don’t you?

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I’ve listed my supplies below. If you feel like going shopping, be sure to use code JENNIFER15 at checkout to save 15% off your purchase of $25 or more! And don’t forget to enter that challenge – you could win a $25 gift card to the store. Think of the holiday goodies you could get for yourself!


Hero Arts Blush Folded Cards
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
Hero Arts Pale Tomato Shadow Mid-tone Ink
Hero Arts Big Merry Christmas Stamp (the exact one I used is retired, but this would easily work!)
Hero Arts Large Flower Background



Bold and Bright Birthday

Hello, hello everyone! Jen here from Caffeinated Papercuts with my very first design team post! Woo! 😀

They did warn you that I’m the silly and extremely caffeinated one, right?

I love the versatility of this month’s challenge, Anything Goes. I gathered together all of my Hero Arts goodies and decided what I wanted to play with…and the Daubers jumped up and down saying ‘me me me!!!’ You just cannot ignore those Daubers when they want something, so it was time to make some splats!

Wait, you’ve never made splats?!? They are so. much. FUN!

I started with a top-folding, A2 kraft card base and taped off the seam with some poster tape. That just keeps the splats from getting on the back of the card, too. If you don’t mind the splat-overlap, then you can skip that step. Washi tape, painters tape, and scrap paper work as well. Gather the Daubers you want to use together, line them up all cute in a row, then starting about 3″ above your card base…SPLAT! Right onto the paper!

I used (4) different Daubers for my card; Orange Soda, Tide Pool, Butter Cup, and White. I started with the lightest color, Butter Cup, and then kept layering from there with the Orange Soda, Tide Pool, and finished with the White. Once you’ve happily splatted the front of your card, walk away and let it dry. You might be able to use a heat tool, but I was afraid of messing up my splats…ok, and dinner was ready. Hey, splatting is hard work!

CP-drying splats

When the card was dry, I pulled out my Glow Girl stamp set from Hero Arts and stamped it right in the middle with Versamark ink. To keep the neon theme going, I pulled out some neon orange Zing embossing powder to finish it off.

Dauber Birthday Card

If I hadn’t added in the white splats, I would have used the Hero Arts White embossing powder instead for a fun contrast. Next time!

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Thank you so much for stopping by today – I hope I’ve inspired you to get out your Daubers and play, or to run out and grab some to splat with me! Be sure to swing by the a2z Scrapbooking Store and use coupon code Jennifer15 to get 15% off your next Dauber order (ok, or anything really…but come on, splats!)

Supplies Used:

Hero Arts Kraft Layering Paper
VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad
Hero Arts White Ink Dauber
Hero Arts Tide Pool Ink Dauber
Hero Arts Orange Soda Ink Dauber
Hero Arts Butter Cup Ink Dauber
Hero Arts Glow Girl Stamp Set