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Art Journaling with Sky Stencil Pair

Hi, friends, Happy St. Patrick’s Day! It’s Chark with a post today and I’m a newbie at art journaling but it’s so fun and I wanted to share my latest page.  I’ve always liked this phrase, “The earth laughs in flowers,” because how can you be sad when looking and smelling flowers? I have some old-world roses in my yard that smell heavenly.

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  1. I started by stamping a Hero Arts text stamp with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink  and Hero Arts Mermaid Ombre Ink on white tissue paper. Then I tore the paper and glued it to the page.

2. After drying with a heat tool, I added some Nuvo Aquamarine paste through the Chevron Stencil and let it dry. Then I added some Dylusions Vibrant Turquoise Acrylic paint to the edges and randomly on the page and added some Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide Ink, using a brush, a wet wipe and my fingers…fun! (it’s a little too blue-looking in this photo)

3. Next I drew some flowers free-form with pencil, then I used some blue transparent Claudine Hellmuth paint to go around the outlines and then watered it down a bit on top of the stenciled areas too. After that, I used Distress Oxide Ink in Cracked Pistachio and the Wallpaper Cling Set to add decorations to the page.

4. I ended up using more of the Nuvo Aquamarine Mousse with the star stencil from the Sky Stencil Pair. I didn’t like that the color of the mousse I first used got covered up with paint, since it’s so shiny and so I needed to put some more on the page. I also added some with my finger to the bottom of the page as the ground.

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5. The flowers got outlined in the Pitt Big Brush Pens from Faber Castell in Chrome Green. Then I lettered the quote on music paper I had. I used the Pitt pens in Pink and Light Blue to color in those letters too, then edged the paper with my Worn Lipstick Oxide pad. And that is it! It took a bit, but it was a fun process and I like how it turned out.

Hope you’ll enter our monthly card challenge with your Hero Arts products to try to win the $25 gift code to the store.

SECOND CHANCE TO WIN: During the month of March, we’re giving you a second way to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the a2z Store! Just comment on any blog posts here in March.

We’ll do a random draw from the blog comments during the month of March for one gift card. You can enter once a day by commenting on the blog post and earn up to 31 chances to win! If you’re feeling it, you’re welcome to enter both the Hero Arts with Stencils challenge and the commenting challenge…maybe you’ll win both!

 

 

Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

Wallpaper Cling Stamp

Sky Stencil Pair

Chevron Pair Stencils

Nuvo Embellishment Mousse

Pitt Big Brush Pens

Distress Oxide Inks

Hero Arts Ombre Mermaid Ink

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

 


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Color Layering Peacock Tags

Hi, friends, it’s Chark here today to play with the Color Layering Peacock stamp set. It’s just so pretty and you can see some beautiful work here on this blog this month with the stamp set. When I saw it, I couldn’t resist trying some foiling with the stamp.

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On this first tag, I used the single peacock feather stamp to make his tail. I stamped his body (just one stamp, not layered) in glue and added gold foil. Then I used rainbow foil on several feathers. The background is the Wallpaper Pattern cling stamp in the Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick. I didn’t heat or use water, just stamped with the ink. It’s a lot crisper than the Distress Inks and stamps beautifully.

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On the second tag, I used the matching Peacock Ink cubes to stamp the Peacock and then trimmed it out. On the tag itself, I painted with Dylusions Vibrant Turquoise acrylic paint, let it dry, and then used glue to dab through the stencil. Once that dried, I added the foils. You need a glue that stays tacky after drying, like Duo, to use the foils. You just rub them on the sticky (but dry) glue. You won’t get perfect coverage or stamping/stenciling, but it is so pretty!

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Hope you join in our monthly card challenge, using Hero Arts and the theme Playing with Stencils…you could win $25 to the a2z store!

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MORE PRIZES THIS MONTH!!!

During the month of March, we’re giving you a second way to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the a2z Store! Just comment on any blog posts in March.

We’ll do a random draw from the blog comments during the month of March for one gift card. You can enter once a day by commenting on the blog post and earn up to 31 chances to win! If you’re feeling it, you’re welcome to enter both the Hero Arts with Stencils challenge and the commenting challenge…maybe you’ll win both!

Good Luck and Happy Thursday!

chark

If any of the supplies below are out of stock in the a2z store, just hit the custom order button and request it at no cost!

Peacock Stamps

Peacock Ink Cubes

Ranger Foil Sheets

Duo Adhesive

Chevron Stencil Pair

 


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Large Hydrangea Stamp Two Ways

Hi, friends, Chark here today. I am so in love with this Hero Arts Large Hydrangea Stamp…it’s fun to stamp and color and it’s a great size for filling a card. After I stamped it about a dozen times in different ways, on different papers and with different media, I put two cards together.


Both are stamped in Hero Arts White Unicorn Ink and then heat embossed with White Embossing Powder. One is on vellum and one is on red cardstock.

Here’s the red version. I used Prismacolor pencils to darken the centers with a plum color and then colored the tips of the flowers with an orange-red. I left the red cardstock in the center so it has three colors. Then I used a couple of greens on the leaves.

I added a strip of vellum with the sentiment (new Birthday Messages set) and rhinestones.

For this second card, I used the white ink and embossing powder on the vellum paper. Then I used Copics to color the blooms and stems. Don’t forget that Copics will color the white embossing and if you want the white lines to show, be careful! I have a few bits that are colored in the leaves, but enough of the veins are white. I finished with a torn red cardstock strip and red glitter enamel dots.

Which is your favorite? I think the flowers look cooler on the vellum, but I do think the red card is striking with the white embossing. Here’s the inside of the card—I’m trying to remember to pretty up the insides too—using Strawberry Ink.

If you want your own Hydrangea stamp from the new catalog, head to the store and pick one up…if your cart has more than $25 in it, you can use my friend code CHARK15 to get 15% off your whole cart!

Hope you’ll enter our monthly card challenge with your Hero Arts products to try to win the $25 gift code to the store.

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SECOND CHANCE TO WIN: During the month of March, we’re giving you a second way to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the a2z Store! Just comment on any blog posts here in March.

We’ll do a random draw from the blog comments during the month of March for one gift card. You can enter once a day by commenting on the blog post and earn up to 31 chances to win! If you’re feeling it, you’re welcome to enter both the Hero Arts with Stencils challenge and the commenting challenge…maybe you’ll win both!

Happy Thursday!

chark

Large Hydrangea Stamp

White Embossing Powder

Clear Rhinestones

White Notecards

Birthday Messages CM136 (you can custom order this at no additional cost if it’s sold out)

Vellum

Prismacolor Pencils

Candyland Gumdrops enamel dots

Copic Markers BG96, R83, R85, R89


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February 2017 Winners

Happy Tuesday! It’s winner day here at a2z Scrapbooking and I get to announce the $25 gift code winner for our February Challenge, Any Shade of Red!

The project with the most votes is Zelda’s lovely red rose card. She used the Brusho Crystal Color powders to make this ombre card and the team was charmed! Please email a2zscrapbooking@comcast.net to claim your prize and add “February Challenge Winner” to your subject line.

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Our top three runners-up, who will all receive a blog badge to let everyone know how much we liked their work, were all impressive. Email us at the above address to get your badge of honor.

Up first is Janet, with this no-line watercolor and embossed beauty. The design on this card is visually interesting without being too busy and she gathered a lot of team votes.

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Our next runner-up is Verna with this Color Layering Goldfish card…isn’t her use of the hexagons/octagons clever? I like that it looks like the fish are in a bowl…they even have blue rocks!

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And our third runner-up is Monika with this fun card that her friend challenged her to make. Monika combined little stamps from one Hero Arts stamp set to add designs to her shirts and pants from another set. Cute, right?!

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Thanks to everyone who entered our challenge and thanks for all the inspiration you gave us this month. It’s always cool to see the interpretation of the theme and you didn’t disappoint with Any Shade of Red!

Don’t forget, we’ve got TWO chances to win one of two $25 gift codes to the store this month.

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You can enter the card challenge—Playing with Stencils—and/or comment on each blog post this month for 31 chances to win another $25 gift code.

Maybe March will be your lucky month!

Thanks again for playing along and congrats to our winners!

chark

 

 


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New Orleans Mardi Gras Cards

Hi, friends, it’s Chark today with a couple of cards using the New Orleans wooden stamp from Hero Arts. I had to have this stamp because New Orleans is one of my favorite cities in the U.S. (Never been out of the country, so I can’t say the world, but I imagine it’d still be at the top of the list.)

I first visited in high school when I unexpectedly got to take the French class trip to New Orleans…it’s where a friend of mine actually became my boyfriend, so you can see why the city is a favorite of mine, not to mention the food, the music, the feel of the French Quarter, the shops, the architecture, the very essence of just being on Bourbon Street. I’ve been back twice and never at Mardi Gras, but I always think of New Orleans at this time of year.

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Both cards here use the Mermaid Ombre ink, which is gorgeous, for the backgrounds. The first card I wiped the pad onto vellum and then rubbed off some extra and let it dry. Be aware it takes awhile (read hours) to air dry on vellum. I used the ink to stamp the city skyline as well. I thought it looked like Mardi Gras colors (though the green is more teal), so I added some gold glitter washi and sequins.

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This next card is a bit different and I used a white card for the background panel. I simply laid the ink pad onto the paper several times and then turned the pad sideways and patted the ink pad onto the previous inking, to make a plaid pattern. I added a white strip of paper with heart die cuts and added sequins and a digital sentiment (birthday is inside).

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Please join us in our February Any Shade of Red With Hero Arts Challenge to try to win the $25 gift code to the store. Go here for the details.

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Hope you have a great day and Mardi Gras (February 28 this year)! Oh, and that boyfriend I dated in New Orleans? I married him and took him to New Orleans for our honeymoon 🙂

chark

Hero Arts Special Birthday digital stamps

So Sorry Stamp & Cut

New Orleans City stamp (custom order this at no extra cost by clicking the aqua custom order button)

Mermaid Ombre ink

Sequins

White Cards

Vellum

Gold Glitter Washi

 


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January 2017 Challenge Winners

Hi, friends, it’s Chark here today to announce the Anything Goes challenge winner and the three runners-up. The top pick receives a $25 gift code to the store and the three runners-up favorites get a blog badge to let the world know we think their talent is amazing.

Our top winner is Jacqueline, who used white embossing on top of patterned paper and then topped it off with this perfectly matched butterfly stamp. What a beautiful way to use patterned paper, don’t you think the white embossing ties it all together? To claim your prize, just email us at a2zscrapbooking@comcast.net and have fun shopping!

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Our first runner-up is Maura with this cool grunge butterfly card. I’m seeing a theme this challenge, though Maura’s butterfly card has a whole different feel and different butterfly stamps. Her bright colors really make this one pop!

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Our next runner-up is Tasha, with a classy gold and white holiday card that features holly stamps, gold glitter embossing powder and gold spray droplets. The way the holly branches frame the center panel is just right and the berries even have a touch of glossy accents.

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Our third runner-up is Greta, with this pink embossed card with black ink on top of the embossing. What a striking effect for this valentine…I know I’d love to receive this one in the mail.

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Can I get a “wow” from the crowd? These are absolutely beautiful and with all the lovely entries this month, the team had a hard time deciding on their favorites! Thanks to everyone who entered this month, it was fun checking out your creations. Congratulations to our winners! Runners-up, please email us at a2zscrapbooking@comcast.net to get your blog badges.

Our February Challenge is “Any Shade of Red,” so dust off those Hero Arts stamps, dies and stencils and make them a focal point of your project, add in some red somewhere and link it up here. YOU might be the next winner of the $25 gift code to the a2z Scrapbooking store, where you can find all sorts of goodies. Good luck!

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Thanks for stopping by and Happy Tuesday!

chark


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Alcohol Inks on Acetate Cards

Hi, friends, it’s Chark here today with a fun and colorful technique that I enjoy creating. I used Tim Holtz alcohol inks in bottles to ink up the Hero Arts clear acetate notecards. I dripped the inks onto the cards without using an applicator or heat tool to dry and just let the ink do whatever it wanted…that’s the fun part!

After they dried, I trimmed the panels down, used the Hero Arts So Sorry stamp and cut hearts and then adhered the panels to a white notecard and music paper I had.

On this card, I wrote the words “love” and “you” on the card in a loopy, loose way. You could use some writing stamps or washi tape, but I wanted to try some handwriting.

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On this card, I used the large heart die cut, and backed it with some music paper I had. You could use a song that means something to your valentine, but in this case, I used what I had and left out any lyrics.

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These are fun to make, and I have several more card panels that are all dripped and painted and ready to go for another project. Keep in mind that alcohol inks stain, so don’t get too wild when you’re using them 🙂

And also the silver or gold alcohol inks are less translucent than the colors, so use them sparingly with the colors, as they tend to reverse the stained glass effect.

Thanks for stopping by, hope you’ll enter our February challenge here, and maybe you’ll win the $25 gift code to the store!

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Happy Thursday!

chark

So Sorry Stamp and Cut

Alcohol Inks (sailboat blue, silver, raspberry, lettuce, crimson)

Acetate Notecards

Snow White Notecards

 

 


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Guest Designer Amy Tsuruta

We’re so excited to have Amy Tsuruta design for us today! Amy is working on her stash of holiday cards for next year—this woman is on top of things!

You may know Amy from her amazing Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog Hops, her blog Tsuruta Designs or perhaps from Hero Arts Creative Team, The Confetti Crew at Reverse Confetti, or any number of design teams. Amy has talent galore and we’re so happy she stopped by today to share that talent with us.

Take a look at this gorgeous watercolor card using the Hero Arts Origami Happy Holidays set as her focal point.

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I think the background of this card is beautiful in its subtlety…just the right amount of interest. Wouldn’t you love to get this holiday card in the mail? I would, and I’m pretty sure you could add a birthday message or hello message and use this one all year around.

Here’s a little close-up to admire.

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Thanks so much, Amy, for designing for us today and for sharing your beautiful card with all of us! Hop over to Amy’s blog to check out more about this card and for more inspiration.

You can check out the a2z store for these products and more, including our sale section.

Don’t forget you have just hours left to enter this month’s a2z Scrapbooking Anything Goes with your Hero Arts products. Hop here to look at the specifics…and I hope you win the $25 gift card to the store!

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Happy Tuesday!
chark

 

Shades of Green Ink Cubes

Blush Folded Cards

Origami Happy Holidays

Floral Bold Prints Cling Stamp

Hero Arts White Embossing Powder

 

 


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Lapel Pin with Hero Arts Butterfly Dies

Hi, Friends, it’s Chark today with a felt project. I needed a new pin for my coat after the Santa pin came off so I decided to try making a butterfly pin. After die cutting butterflies from felt in different colors, I put two together and added some rhinestones.
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You can sew or use fabric glue to adhere the butterflies together for these pins. I suggest hot glue to attach the pin back, since it just needs to be strong and not pretty.

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I love trying different materials with the dies and have used wood paper, acetate, felt and cork. So far, they all cut beautifully with the Big Shot.

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Hope you’ll try some fun die cutting soon and remember, you can enter that or any other Hero Arts project in our January Anything Goes challenge here.

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Happy Tuesday!
chark

Color Layering Butterfly dies (I used these older ones)

Assorted Gemstones (I colored mine black with Sharpie)

Teardrop rhinestones

Felt and wire from stash

 


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Anything Goes Challenge

If your weather is rainy or snowy and you need something to do, don’t clean out that closet or rearrange the cabinets, enter our January Anything Goes Challenge here. I hereby challenge you!

All you need to do is use a Hero Arts product for your main element and let people know you’re entering our challenge by linking back. You could win the $25 gift code to the store to add to your stash!

Take a look at one of Karen’s entries this month. So sweet in these colors and she’s giving it to Meals on Wheels, how cool is that?

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Maura entered this colorful lovely using some of my all-time favorite butterfly stamps.

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And Greta has just inked up her floral stamp for this embossed pastel beauty.

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Hope you’re inspired to join in this month’s challenge…it couldn’t be any easier!

Thanks, ladies, for joining us and providing such wonderful projects for us to drool over.

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Happy Wednesday!

chark