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Holiday card with non-holiday stamps

Hi everyone! It’s Ria here today.

I’m excited to share a holiday card project using non-holiday stamp set 🙂

I don’t have a large collection of holiday theme stamp sets and its nice to do Christmas cards using stamp sets that you may already have that are non-Christmas-sy in theme. A good way to stretch your stamps isn’t it?

Here I used the Small Things stamp set, a general hello, everyday stamp set type. I used the fox as my main focal point and used more traditional Christmas color like red and greens. Here, I used buttons to create the Christmas holly.

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I also add texture in the green tag paper by stamping the Woodgrain background stamp.

There are other small elements that I used like these stamped circles, again keeping my red and green colors for consistency.

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For the background, I created my own by stamping the circle with white ink, it looks like snow using the white ink pad 🙂

and here the full card.

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If you’re interested in the products that I used on this project, you can check them at the inLinkz below this post 🙂

A2Z Scrapbooking store is offering a 15% discount on your purchase at the A2Z store. You can use the code RIA15 at checkout, a great time to grab the new  Hero Arts Handmade for Christmas 2014 release and some more great products on Sale!

Don’t forget to check the challenge for this month too: Must use two (2) Hero Arts Products. The time is now to get those Hero Arts supplies and materials working. So come and join in the challenge for a chance to win.

 

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Mr Snowman card

Hi there! Its Ria here today.

I’m sharing today a fun easy-to-reproduce holiday card using the Frost Wishes stamp set from Hero Arts. The set is one of the new products from HA Handmade from Christmas 2014 release. It has a coordinating die, making cutting a breeze.

I used three different shade of greens, stamping them with the Brush strokes stamp set. There are a lot of other brush strokes in the set that you can use  so try them out too when doing your own version of the card.

I colored the snowman’s nose with marker and added Wink of Stella  glitter pen for some shine.

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the sentiment

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For the colors, you can also try another ombre color like the blues or reds. The white snowman will stand out on these color combinations too.

The card in full

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If you’re interested in the products that I used on this project, you can check them at inLinkz below this post 🙂

A2Z Scrapbooking store is offering a 15% discount on your purchase at the A2Z store. You can use the code RIA15 at checkout, a great time to grab the new  Hero Arts Handmade for Christmas 2014 release and some more great products on Sale!

Don’t forget to check the challenge for this month: Must use two (2) Hero Arts products. A great time to make use of your Hero Arts products, stamps, paper and stencils, so come join the challenge and have the chance to win.

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Winter Holiday Houses

Hello everyone! Its Ria here today.

I have shared a card project previously using the Hero Arts Holiday Houses digi kit and this project share today will continue my love on using the kit.

Aside from the card, I also did a  tag using one of the houses and tree.

First off, I printed several houses and colored them with markers using Promarker. I also printed a card base with trees on them, these served as backdrop also for the homes later when I arranged them in the card.

I then fussy cut the homes and added details on, some white dots and small lines to mimic a snow.

I also added glitz by putting Wink of Stella clear glitter on the snow caps above the roof. I also added some silver sequins on top of the card for some added shine.

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Christmas means festive so I also added silver ribbons below the card base. This just complements the silver glitter on top of the card.

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Here’s the full card

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For the tag, I printed one of the pattern paper in the kit then die cut that using the tag die.

I then added another bigger size tree that I colored with green marker and added a gem on top of the tree. The house is also colored with markers and I added some texture and shine to it too, this time with silver distress glitter.

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both sentiment in the card and tag are part of the digi kit.

and the tag in full view

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I love the flexibility of using digi kits. I can re-size them to the size I want and colored them the way I want using markers. You can also use colored pencils but not watercolors. The water will react to the ink and will sure make the ink bleed during coloring.

Here are both projects I did.  I always have fun doing sets like this.

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Don’t forget to check this month’s challenge with the theme Autumn & Christmas. You can enter the challenge and have the chance to win a $25 gift certificate that you can use at the a2z Scrapbooking store.

If you interested to the products I used on today’s project, you can see the supplies int he Inlinkz below.

 

You can avail 15% discount at the a2z Scrapbooking store by using the code RIA15 at checkout.

That’s it for now and I’ll catch up again soon.

 

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Merry & Bright

Happy Sunday everyone! Ria here today.

I’ve been loving coloring with markers lately and today I’m sharing colored digi images from Hero Arts Holiday Houses. A perfect digi kit to create a Christmas winter scene.

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I printed the digi houses in white card stock then colored them using markers from Letraset, Promarker. I also printed the digital paper that comes along with the kit. I used this paper as the background for my card. The snowflakes design on the paper just  gives this feel of falling snow over these mini houses.

Then, I fussy cut the houses and arranged them in my card base.

For details, I put some white dots and very small lines in the houses to mimic snow building in-front of these homes.

I then added some gems, randomly scattered from the top going down, like  snow falling from above 🙂    I also added Wink of Stella clear glitter in the snows on top of the roof. It looks so nice in real life.

Here’s a closer look at the small details

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The kit has sentiments too that you can use, a selection of digi paper and some more other elements that you can use in your card project, scrapbook page or other digi projects.

For some more fun, I made a scallop edge using a die cut at the bottom of the digi pattern paper for added texture.

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and here’s my finish card 🙂

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If you’re interested in the products that I used on this project, you can check them at inLinkz below this post 🙂

A2Z Scrapbooking store is offering a 15% discount on your purchase at the A2Z store. You can use the code RIA15 at checkout, a great time to grab the new  Hero Arts Handmade for Christmas 2014 release and some more great products on Sale!

Don’t forget to check the challenge for this month too with the theme Autumn & Christmas. The time is now to prepare those cards for the coming season. Better yet come and and join in the challenge for a chance to win.

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Three cards = one digi kit: Artistic Circles

Hello everyone!

It’s Ria here and today I’m sharing three cards using Hero Arts Artistic Circles digital kit.

Just to warn you that I have lots of photos to show so expect longer scrolls in this post 🙂

Once you ordered the kit, its instantly downloadable so you can prepare your project layout right away. One thing I love about digital kits is that you can select the images as you like, resize them as you need to for the project and easily printable. Note that you cannot however alter the original design image as part of its policy. This applies to other digis in other kits you may purchase.

So now, a quick look in the supplies I used for the cards.

The printed two panels of the circles, one in black & white and the other the bluish gray colored that is already included in the kit. I just need to reduce the size a little smaller than the standard A2 card.

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For Card # 1, I arranged the circles in random. I’m using the graphic software called Illustrator but you can use Word Document to resize and open the files to design and arrange these circles.

Remember, you don’t necessarily need a graphic software like Illustrator to use digi kits. Its just that I have these in my computer as I also use them at work.

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For the layout, I arranged them in a way that the circles are bigger in the middle then filling in the spaces around it. I thought that’s nice. I then colored the circle parts with markers. You can also color the other areas of the circles like the one in the middle but in my case I want to keep more white spaces. My color inspiration are the same buttons I’m using as embellishments.

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This is the piece after I colored the circles. I then stamped the sentiment in a patterned paper and arranged them in the panel to see how everything will fit. I used those bright buttons to add texture and color to the piece.

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Here’s a closer look at the coloring. I also added buttons and gray shadow over the circles to pop them a bit in the white base. I also added some faux stitching for a finish look.

For Card # 2, I used the bluish gray background and also printed the tags that comes along with the kit. Here I put the buttons and gems in the areas I wanted them to be.

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I punched a silver eyelet in the tags and added twine since it will be too flat without any detail on it. My intention is to give more focus on the circle digi so I still keep minimal embellishments. I colored the blue circle on the tag through Photoshop but you can also print them in black & white and colored them with markers or colored pencils.

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A closer look at the gems. I selected some areas mostly the mid ones to put them in.

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For Card # 3, I also colored the circles in Photoshop and arranged the circles similar to Card # 1.  I just cut them in a tilted shape for some variety.

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I also stamped the card base with Woodgrain background. It will be nice too to have some designed stamp peeking behind.

I also stamped the sentiment on top of the circle design.

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I added Wink of Stella for some subtle glitz to this card. That luster looks really good in real life 🙂 Love that

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A look into each card:

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And here’s the three cards altogether. Which one do you like best?

If you interested in any of the supplies I used on these projects, you can check them out at the Inlinkz at the bottom of this post.

Also remember that  a2Z Scrapbooking’s current challenge this month (Encouragement theme) is on-going, get inspirations from the team here and better yet join in the fun 🙂

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This is it for now and I’ll catch up with you again soon.

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Altered packaging

Happy Thursday every one!

It’s Ria here today and it feels great to do my first blog post at a2Z Scrapbooking.

For today, I’m sharing an altered pouch to hold some items to brighten someone’s day.

I have a number of white pouch packaging that I used before to hold my cards but decided to do something on it rather than keeping just the plain base. My supplies I think are readily available to everyone’s craft stash. Some can even be altered to whatever supplies you already have on hand.

First up is to inked a background stamp to decorate the front pouch. I find the Leafy Vines stamp to work perfectly on this but you can also use small stamps that you can randomly stamped over the panel.

You can use any ink pad, mine uses distress inks which give this touch of watercolor-look to the vine leaves although I didn’t spray them with water. The smaller pouch however  was inked up with Hero Arts dye ink.

You can build the ink coloring too from darkest to lightest or vise versa. You can experiment and try out things along the way. It’s fun working on colors and stamping so there should be no hard and fast rules on how you do alterations.

I then diecut a shape to put my sentiment which I heat embossed with silver as you see here

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I also stamped some colored hearts to give the pack more bright colors to it. The hearts were fussy cut after stamping and was adhered with foam dimensional, and the other one was adhered with liquid glue.

A fabric tape or a lace can also be used to add some texture to a flat base. Some pearls will also add some touch of prettiness to it 🙂

To enclose the pouch, I used a ribbon to tie the ends while the smaller pouch was closed using washi tapes instead since it is made of a lighter weight paper.

So what’s inside my pack? I have a card to make someone smile and I also have a pack of chocolates to put in which I think will be appreciated by my recipient.

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And here is my stamped pouch ready to give given away to a friend. This can easily be mass produced and can be used to hold party favors for birthdays, anniversary or other occasions. You can change the stamp theme to whatever occasion you will be using them for.

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Until then and I’ll catch up again with you soon 🙂

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