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Watercolour Stencilling

Hello!

As you will already know, our April challenge is about stencilling.  I was inspired by cards that I saw the fabulous Jill Foster share recently where she used the negative of a die to create a stencil for producing a watercolour design.  I had just got my hands on Hero Arts Palm die cut and thought I would give it a go:

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I cut the die out of a piece of scrap card and watercoloured it with distress inks.  I am nowhere near as good an artist as Jill but was pleased with this as a first attempt.  Watercolour is very forgiving and I love the loose look it gives.  I combined it with the gorgeous Happy die cut which I stacked up on several layers for extra dimension.  I think this will make a good masculine birthday card.

Supplies Used:

Hero Arts Palm Fancy Cut Die

Hero Arts Happy Stamp and Cut

Crushed Olive Distress Ink

Forest Moss Distress Ink

Tumbled Glass Distress Ink

Peeled Paint Distress Ink

Antique Linen Distress Ink

Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink

I hope my card has inspired you to look at the stencilling potential of your dies!  You still have 2 weeks to play along with our April challenge and there is a $25 gift card prize to use in store.

Remember if you go shopping to use code Sarah15 at checkout to receive 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. And don’t forget that we are on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.  Follow us on these different social media outlets so you won’t miss out on any fun promotions!

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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Hip Hip Hooray!

Hello!

As stencilling is the theme for our April challenge I wanted to create another card using a stencil.  For this card I used Hero Arts Tweed Pattern on kraft:

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I inked through the stencil in white pigment ink before moving it across slightly and inking it with a deep aqua ink (Avery Elle’s Mermaid).  I splattered with a bit of white ink to give a distressed look.  I white embossed the sentiment from the Yay Stamp Set and popped it up over some white thread.  I think this would make a good masculine card 🙂

There are so many techniques that you can use with stencils and so many great Hero Arts stencils to choose from.  I hope you find time to play along with our challenge this month!  You can enter up to 5 times and there is a $25 voucher to the a2z store up for grabs!

If you are going shopping, remember that you can get a 15% discount off your order of $25 or more with the coupon code SARAH15.

See you again soon,

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Hero Arts Yay Clear Stamp Set

Hero Arts Unicorn White Pigment Ink

Avery Elle Mermaid Pigment Ink Pad


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Happy Cacti

Hello!  Sarah here with a card featuring the gorgeous new cacti stamps.  I have seen so many fabulous cards made with them that I had to have a go 🙂  Here is what I came up with:

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I masked the cacti and pots to create a cluster of them and watercoloured them with distress inks.  I like the effect it gives.  I also die cut the new happy die several times from kraft card to provide some texture and dimension.  This panel was popped up over a cardstock border.  The muted, neutral colours work well for a masculine birthday.

These are the supplies I used:

Hero Arts Stamp Your Own Cactus

Hero Arts Happy Stamp and Cut

I hope you like it!  Do stop by again tomorrow when we start our April challenge – there will be a chance to win $25 🙂

You can use Coupon Code SARAH15 for 15% off your order of $25.00 or more (before tax and shipping) at the a2z store.  a2z has got the latest 2015 Hero Arts release so you can get your new “wants” right now at a discount!!  Did you know that we are on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook?.  Follow us on these different social media outlets so you won’t miss out on any fun promotions!

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It’s A Good Day!

Hello, Sarah here!  I hope your Monday is proving to be a good day as that is the sentiment on today’s card:

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I put the base cardstock through a wood embossing folder and sanded the surface to give a whitewashed wood effect as the background for one of my all time favourite Hero Arts stamps from the Antique Engravings set.  This is also available in store as a printable file. The butterfly was watercoloured with distress inks and I added a bit of wink of stella – though I’m not sure you can see it here….

I embossed a sentiment from You’re So Kind in purple embossing powder on kraft.  I love the slightly distressed/grungy look of these sentiments.

It’s a simple card but the embossing and watercolouring add a bit of interest.  I hope you like it!

Hero Arts You’re So Kind

Hero Arts Flutterbies Printable

Wink of Stella Glitter Brush

Remember if you go shopping to use code Sarah15 at checkout to receive 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. The Colour It In challenge lasts all of March so get out your favorite choice for colouring and enter – and maybe win a $25 gift certificate to get some goodies from a2z Scrapbooking.  a2z has received the 2015 Hero Arts release so you can get your new “wants” right now at a discount!  Did you know that we are on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook?.  Follow us on these different social media outlets so you won’t miss out on any fun promotions!

Also, have you seen our latest Design Team call, so if you or someone you know would love to join our fun team be sure to apply!

Have a good day 🙂

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Triangles

Hello, Sarah here!

I just wanted to share a few cards that I have made whilst playing with the fabulous Triangle stencil.  Stencils are so versatile and these triangles suit so many designs and techniques – including embossing which is the theme for this month’s challenge.

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I simply inked randomly through the stencil with versamark and white embossed it on watercolour card.  I then wet the card and used distress inks (Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers and Mowed Lawn) to create the watercolour look.  This is so simple but creates a really effective background.  I just added a white embossed sentiment to complete the card.

I made a second card in different colours to give a completely different look:

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I inked through the stencil in Ripe Persimmon, Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Inks, fading out towards the centre.  I love the sense of movement that these triangles create.  I then used a bold sentiment as a focal point.

I like to make a background stencil or stamp the star of the show every now and again – with different techniques and colours they can really shine.

Did you know that a2z Scrapbooking has just received the 2015 Hero Arts release so you can get your hands on the fab new products at a discount by using coupon code Sarah15 for 15% your purchase of $25 or more. Don’t forget that we are on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.  Follow us on these different social media outlets so you won’t miss out on any fun promotions.

I hope you will join in with our February Challenge to use embossing too…you can win $25 to spend in store!

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Sarah x

Supplies used:

Hero Arts BasicGrey Triangle Pattern Stencil

Hero Arts White Embossing Powder

Hero Arts Heyday Sentiments

Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink

Worn Lipstick Distress Ink

Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink

Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink

Salty Ocean Distress Ink

Peacock Feathers Distress Ink

Mowed Lawn Distress Ink


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Thank You, Friend!

Hello!  Sarah here with a post featuring a new (to me) stamp that I got at Christmas from my blog friend, Jayne.  I love this sentiment and the stamp is big enough to take centre stage – great for those quick cards!

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I white embossed the stamp and then coloured with a combination of vibrant distress inks from Fired Brick through to Squeezed Lemonade. I used the same colours on the Hero Arts confetti stencil on the card base to add a bit of ‘flow’ to the design.

This is a really simple card but I think the warm colours and lovely sentiment make a great combination!

I hope you like it 🙂

Here’s what I used:

Hero Arts True Friend Woodblock Stamp

Fired Brick Distress Ink

Picked Raspberry Distress Ink

Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink

Worn Lipstick Distress Ink

Mustard Seed Distress Ink

Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink

Hero Arts White Embossing Powder

Don’t forget you can receive a 15% discount on a minimum $25 order at a2z on Etsy by using my discount code – SARAH15.

See you again soon,

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Hello!  It’s great to be here with my first solo post for a2z 🙂

I have a simple card to share with you featuring a lovely Hero Arts stencil which is new to me – Leaf and Flourish.  There are lots of things you can do with stencils but when I am first trying them out I like to ink through them to get a feel for the design.  I inked through this stencil with Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers, Shabby Shutters and Crushed Olive Distress Inks to provide some interest.  The stencil makes a great focal point and I didn’t want to cover it up so I die cut a panel in vellum and adhered a sentiment by Altenew over the top.  This leaves the stencil as the star of the show!

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Here are the supplies I used:

Hero Arts BasicGrey Leaf and Flourish Stencil

Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder

Tumbled Glass Distress Ink

Peacock Feathers Distress Ink

Shabby Shutters Distress Ink

Crushed Olive Distress Ink

Altenew Label Love Clear Stamps

Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Rectangle Dies

Remember that you can get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more in the a2z Scrapbooking store by using the code SARAH15.

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!

sarah