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A Butterfly Birthday with Hero Arts

Happy Sunday friends!  I pulled out a rainbow of Hero Arts Hybrid Inks (Strawberry, Tangerine, Dandelion, Green Apple, Aquatic and Orchid) and decided to play with the fun Hero Arts Origami Animals stamp set.  Rainbow is another favorite of mine which is perfect for this month’s challenge Getting To Know You.

Hero Arts Origami Butterflies

The sentiment is from Hero Arts Birthday Messages stamped with the newest Tsukineko Delicata ink in Black Shimmer.

To get the solid butterfly colored stamps I used the backside of the origami butterfly as seen below.

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Then turned the stamp around for the details using Hero Arts Intense Black ink for a really crisp image.

Hero Arts Origami Butterfly

I mounted the panel on some Lawn Fawn patterned paper called Perfectly Plaid Rainbow and added some Nuvo Crystal drops in Ebony Black.  I really wanted a more irregular/splatter type look, but they tend to just make round dots no matter how hard you try!

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Ombre Watercoloring with Hero Arts Die

Aloha and happy Saturday friends!  I’m back today sharing a simple way to jazz up those die cuts using some watercolor.  Today I’m using a couple of Hero Arts items found in the store: Hero Arts Prayers Stamp and Cut and Hero Arts Floral Border with Frame Fancy Die.

Ombre Die Cut with Hero Arts

To create the ombre look I used a Zig Clean Color Real Brush Marker in Cornflower Blue…just one marker!  I took a paint brush with just water to pull the color down and create that faded look.  To get the top of the die cut more blue, I’d go back and add more color with the brush marker.

I went with a white on white look to keep everything simple to really display the beautiful floral border die cut and the word die.  The “sending you” was inked in Hero Arts Bold Ink Indigo.  The card panel was adhered with foam tape for dimension.

Ombre Word Die with Hero Arts

If you’re looking for the little butterfly that’s usually on the floral border die I snipped them off so that I could use the oval across the card.  I felt like it allowed the border die to go either vertical or horizontal.

I hope you’ll join us for this month’s challenge using your favorite Hero Arts products!  You’ll be enter to win $25 to a2z Scrapbooking!!

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Water Lilies with Hero Arts

Aloha and happy Monday friends!  Have you seen the newest a2z Scrapbooking challenge: Getting to Know You?  Some of my favorite Hero Arts stamp sets are the Color Layering ones and today I’m playing with the Color Layering Water Lilies and matching dies.

Water Lilies with Hero Arts

My favorite part of color layering stamps is the realistic and dimensional looks you get with just a few ink colors!  The water lily is stamped in Hero Arts Shadow ink Passion Flower (as the first/lightest layer), then Hero Arts Bold inks in Orchid and Mulled Wine (the darkest layer).  For the lily pads I used Hero Arts Bold inks in Green Apple and Moss.

Water Lilies with Hero Arts

I die cut the stamped images out and adhered them to a panel die cut with Avery Elle’s Wonky Stitched rectangles (inked with Distress Oxides in Fossilized Amber and Broken China for a fun background)  and adhered to a Hero Arts Floral Mixed Folded Cards. These notecards match perfectly with the ink colors!

I hope this inspires you to join our challenge for a chance to win $25 to a2z Scrapbooking store!

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Giggling with Hero Arts

Aloha and Happy Thursday friends!  Today’s card was inspired by my brother in law and his favorite emoji.  I was late for his birthday, so I thought I’d make it funny and use Hero Arts Irreverent Birthday Messages.  The little winky smile is from Lawn Fawn Loads of Fun and the sentiments were inked in Hero Arts Intense Black Ink on Hero Arts Kraft Notecards (it has the matching envelopes too).

Hero Arts Irreverent Birthday Messages

On the notecard I stamped the Hero Arts Candy Stripe Bold Print background inked in Tim Holtz Distress Oxide in Walnut Stain and distressed the edges with Vintage Photo (I believe these items can be custom ordered through the store).  For some added color I used Peeled Paint which looks so beautiful and vibrant on the Kraft card panel.

Hero Arts Irreverent Messages

That’s my card for today!  I hope it gave you a little giggle.

Don’t forget there’s still time to play with us for our monthly challenge using those STENCILS for a chance to win $25 to a2z Scrapbooking.  Also there’s a SECOND chance to win $25 to the store just by commenting on our posts throughout the month of March!

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Distress Stripes and Hero Arts Peacock Stencil

Aloha and Happy Wednesday friends!  This month’s challenge is playing with stencils and there are so many techniques to use.  The best part about stencils is they’re inexpensive and super versatile!  Here’s my card for today…

Hero Arts Peacock Feather Stencil and Distress Stripes

I first created some stripes using Distress Inks in Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers and Blueprint Sketch on Strathmore Mixed Media paper.  Then I took the Hero Arts Peacock Feathers Stencil  and layed it over and gave it a quick mist of water, blotting away the excess.  This technique gives you a bit of a “bleached look.”  Extra tips: fine mist works best and blotting right after.  Also placing a darker layer of Distress Inks makes the “bleaching effect” more prominent.

Hero Arts Peacock Feather Stencil and Distress Stripes

The sentiment is from Hero Arts Birthday Messages and is inked in Hero Arts Intense Black ink and added a couple of thin black strips of cardstock to bring out the black ink.  To complete the look I added the new Hero Arts Ombre Ocean sequins.  These sequins are gorgeous and I love that there are different shades and 2 different sizes!

I hope this inspires you to join our monthly challenge for your chance to win $25 to the a2z Scrapbooking store!  We also have ANOTHER chance for you to get a $25 gift certificate by simply commenting on each blog post throughout March!

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Watercolor and Floral Hero Arts Die

Aloha and happy Thursday friends!  Have you got your hands on the latest Hero Arts products for 2017?  You can find most of them in the a2z Scrapbooking store!  I snagged the fabulous Hero Arts Floral Border with Frame Fancy Die  which die cuts a BEAUTIFUL oval shaped border with pretty leaves, flowers, and even sweet little butterflies!  Check it out…

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I was going to keep it simple and just die cut from white cardstock, but I had my Derwent Watercolor Pencils out and was in the mood to color!

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The blue background was created with Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and Mermaid Lagoon.  I then stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts Birthday Messages in Hero Arts White Embossing Powder.  I wanted a little more dimension and used a coat of Nuvo Crystal Drops in Gloss White to accentuate the handwritten look.

Hero Arts Floral Border die, Watercolored

For the final touch I decided to get fancy and flicked on some Finetec Gold paint for a touch of shimmer.

The die is really gorgeous and you can check out my Instagram @stampnhi for a different look using the die.  I can definitely see myself using this one a lot!  Perfect for any occasion!!

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Red Royal Shaker Heart with Hero Arts

Aloha and happy Wednesday friends!  Our challenge this month is Any Shade of Red so today I decided to go with a tone on tone look inspired by the challenge.

Hero Arts Valentine Shaker

I used some red cardstock and inked up Hero Arts Candy Stripe Bold Print in Hero Arts Red Royal Shadow ink.  I stamped it out twice turning my card to get that plaid look.

Hero Arts Valentine Shaker

I then die cut a heart using Hero Arts So Sorry Stamp and Cut to create my heart shaped window, backed it with Hero Arts Acetate Sheets and filled with some red sequins and silver stars from my stash.  I didn’t want a bulky shaker card, so I just sandwiched the window with some white cardstock and adhered the edges.  This also allows most of the sequins to stay put.

Hero Arts Valentine Shaker

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hope to see you join our challenge this month for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the store.  Stay tuned because Hero Arts new release will soon be available at a2z Scrapbooking!!

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Valentine Grams with Hero Arts Dies

Happy Monday friends!  We’re getting closer to Valentine’s Day which means I’ve got 46 Valentine grams that need to be done for both my kids’ classes.  The kids love to get involved, so I thought it would be fun to use the heart dies from Hero Arts So Sorry Stamp and Cut.

Hero Arts Heart Die Cuts

I ended up using scraps of cardstock to die cut a bunch of hearts, and had the kids sponge the edges for some inky fun on the smaller hearts.  I used coordinating colors from the Hero Arts Ombre inks in Lilac to Grape, Pink to Red, Pool to Navy, and Lime to Forever Green.

Hero Arts Heart Die Flowers

I made little 3×3 cards out of Hero Arts Kraft Layering Paper and used a corner punch to round the edges.  The centers were finished with Nuvo Crystal Drops.

Hero Arts Heart Die Flowers

I was thinking of just gluing a piece of chocolate on the inside or using them as lollipop covers, but the daughter asked for baked cookies with a stick instead of a lollipop.  I tell ya…what we do for our kids!

Don’t forget there’s still time to join our monthly challenge using your favorite Hero Arts products and stamps!  This month is Anything Goes so link up your projects!  You could win a $25 gift certificate to a2z Scrapbooking store!

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Wedding Bloom with Hero Arts

Happy Sunday friends!  Everyone recovered from the holiday season?  As for our household, the weekend continues to be filled with events to attend.  One of them was a beautiful wedding with a gorgeous color scheme…navy and coral!

Here’s my wedding bloom card using the Hero Arts Paper Layering Mum Flower die.

Hero Arts Wedding Mum

I used a coral colored cardstock for my card base and some navy blue card stock to die cut the mums.  I wanted a little more bling, since the bride loves sparkle, and used some stickles in pinks and oranges to enhance that coral color.

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The sentiment is Hero Arts Congrats Stamp and Cut, die cut from blue glitter paper and again in that coral cardstock.  I just layered them over each other for a shadow effect and used some clear Kool Tak Foam for some dimension.  The petals were curled first then the Stickles added.

Hero Arts Wedding Mum

I hope you’ll join us this month for our Anything Goes Challenge for your chance to win $25 to the a2z Scrapbooking store.

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Sparkly New Year with Hero Arts

Happy Aloha Friday friends!  Today’s card is a quickie for that last minute card you need.  Unfortunately I find myself every year missing someone at Christmas, and so New Year cards become something I need a stash of.

Hero Arts has some awesome cute New Year sentiment stamps, but not really any image ones.  I decided to turn some flowers into fireworks with using Hero Arts Color Layering Graphic Flowers and embossing them in Hero Arts Silver and Gold embossing powder.  I love the look of the embossing powders on dark colored cardstock!

Hero Arts New Year

I wanted to keep things a bit simple in case I have to give to a male recipient.  Added some dash lines using a metallic pen to mimic fireworks being shot into the night sky…hence the navy colored cardstock.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts Christmas Messages.

Hero Arts New Year

I used a scalloped edge die cut to make a panel and mounted it on the card base just so it had a little more dimension.

Don’t forget there’s still time to join us for this month’s challenge: Anything but a card

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