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Hero Arts Layering Hydrangea summery cards with Erica

Hello!

Erica on the blog today with a couple of summery cards. The summer here is awful, too much rain and not enough sunshine. Not that it matters in the craft room though and I sure made up for it with these cards!

I started out by getting the Hero Arts Layering Hydrangea stamp (it’s sold out in the shop but can be obtained easily) and lots of different ink colours. One thing I always do when I have a new layering stamp is try out lots and lots, and I really mean loooooots, of colour combinations to see which ones I like the best. I ended up with quite a few flowers and leaves I must admit. Perhaps a few more than I actually needed but oh well, one must take one for the team sometimes.

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When I finally stopped stamping I got the Hero Arts Coordinating Frame Cut out and cut out all the flowers and leaves. I decided to add little enamel accents in the middle of all the flowers in complimenting colours and set these aside to dry.

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Then it was time to start looking at backgrounds and I thought it would be nice to do some ink blending on them with the Long Leaves Stencil (also sadly, out of stock but can be ordered). I got two Distress Oxide inks out in green shades, Cracked Pistachio and Peeled Paint, and got to work! Using soft movements and not a lot of ink, I blended away until I was happy with the results.

Next I spread out all the flowers and picked three in the same colour family, one with blue-green colours and one with pink-red colours. These I glued together on the back to make sure they didn’t move and then carefully I added leaves in places where I thought it would look the most natural. My inner florist and flower lover took a lot of pleasure in this process. I LOVE flowers!

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To finish these cards off was quite easy as most of the time consuming bits had already been done at this point. I might have done the bunches a bit too big as it was a bit tricky to get the whole shebang onto the card without the leaves sticking out too much, despite using 5 1/4” x 5 1/4” card bases. Oops, eh?

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In order to show that this layout is quite versatile, I decided to put different sentiments on them both. I stamped up ‘Happy Birthday’ on a small white banner in blue Distress Oxide ink. This stamp is from a Hero Arts stamp set called Hero Arts Balloon Animal Birthday .

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On the pink card I simply cut out the word ‘thanks’ in gold glitter card stock, using a Lawn Fawn die. This I adhered to the card using glossy accents. I tried to leave the cards quite simple and let the flowers speak for themselves as they make quite a lot of impact on their own.

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Here are the cards now and that is it from me for today. I hope I have inspired you to get your layering stamps out, try different colour combinations and make your own version of these.

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That’s it from me for today. Happy crafting from

Erica

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The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Erica15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from within the shop.

 

 

 

 


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Hero Arts Poetic Petals Digi Stamp Download makes for colouring fun.

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Hello again all, happy August and all those things.  So the theme for this month is Bright and Beautiful and so how could I possibly go past the Hero Arts Digi Stamp Download Poetic Petals.  It was made for this page.  I printed out the flowers at all different sizes and then got out the colouring implements and went to town.  My hands that have arthritis were not so impressed, but my brain had a good time, as well as the mental therapy that goes with colouring in.  Off goes my mind, happily thinking, dreaming, imagining and before you know it, I am surrounded by colourful flowers.  Now that I had them all, I had to chop them out.  I am not one for fussy cutting – it does my head in, but I am quite skilled with a scalpel from my graphic design days.  I remember once that I cut out an intricate spiders web by hand.  I got this done and then had to allow the hands to rest, so I amused myself with helping my daughter with assignments and then blitz cleaned the house.  No rest for the wicked.

So, I have all my elements and then the nice mailman brought me happy mail and in it some cutting dies from China as I do love to use the internet to shop.  So, I cut out some little seeded branches and painted them with Nuvo mousse pastes.  I then cut out these half moon doily shapes and used Nuvo wax pastes to colour these also, using two different tones.  I then dug through my ephemera and found some Kaisercraft pieces that fitted in nicely, plus some flowers from various sources.  I am a mad flower collector/purchaser.  I cannot ever have enough flowers.  Is that the case with all creatives?  Surely not just me.

I started with a lovely blank canvas and applied clear gesso as I knew it was about to get soaked.  First of all I stencilled the background as Lindy’s Magical Shakers work better with some texture to get into, plus I was going to do a completely different layout to what eventuated.  You can still see a teeny, tiny bit … hehe.  Out come Lindy’s Magical Shakers and I used dark blue, purple, orange, yellow and red, just little sprinkles all over.  I have pictures below so you can see how it goes from zero to hero in seconds.  Gosh, they are so much fun to play with.  I love that I used no green and yet, there it is.  Groovy baby.  If you have not tried them yet, you simply must, they really are quite magical.

After all that dried, it looked so awesome it was a shame to cover it up, but I had all these amazing and colourful flowers to use and use them I did.  I laid them out to look like a bouquet of sorts surrounding the photo area, most sit flat with some raised up a little.  At this stage the layout was looking very flat and I prefer layouts with layers and height, so I mounted the photo up a little higher on cardboard, put a yellow frame around it and then used a circular cut die embossed with silver embossing powder over the top, situated so the photo can easily be slipped in.  I then snipped my half moon doilies so that I could bend them and get some dimension happening and then decorated with some ephemera and flowers.  The main word “smile” has been made to look a little 3-d by using Glossy accents 3-d gel which gives it a lovely raised, high gloss finish.  A really lovely product.

Below are some close ups of the final layout, with a little bit of silver sparkle to finish it off.  I think it is pretty enjoyable to use digi stamps, they just add a new dimension to layouts, rather than using the normal ephemera.  Enjoy your creativity, to see more of my work, please go to my website at www.jacobicreations.com or follow my blog at jacobicreations@blogspot.com.au.

Delia

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The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Delia15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from within the shop.

 

 

 

 


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The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code insert your code here to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from within the shop.


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Guest Designer Gwendolyn Goh

Hi, friends, it’s Chark here today to introduce our July Guest Designer, Gwendolyn Goh and if you know her, you know she’s crazy talented. Thank you so much, Gwendolyn, for sharing this beautiful project with us today…take it away!

Hi everyone! I’m Gwendolyn aka desperatehousewifecraft and I am so honoured to be a guest designer here today!
 I entered the crafting world 4 years ago, when I started a scrapbook a month before I left France, for my best friend there, to leave her a memory of our 20 year friendship. I remember going to a scrapbook class as I didn’t know what it meant and what I had to do! Lol! She got the scrapbook.. 2 years later… and that was the last I touched a scrapbook! I tried crochet, soy candle making, and then 1 year ago, I don’t really know why, I started card making. And I have been obsessed with it ever since! I love learning new techniques and being challenged by challenges. My style is mainly clean and simple and playing with watercolours, which I learnt to use a few months ago.
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Today I made a special watercolour card to share with you so I hope you like it! I used Hero Arts Color layering flamingo and  Color layering poppy to make the “water lilies” which I stamped with Altenew’s Shades of purple mini cube set. For the background, I used my Zigs Clean Color real water brush pens and a water brush to create it. I love how they leave an almost fluorescent look! The sentiment comes from the layering flamingo set and was stamped in Versafine ink.
Well I hope you enjoyed my card and if you want to know more about how I made it, please pop over to my blog!
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The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code CHARK15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from within the shop.

 

 

 


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Digital Layout with Hero Arts Artistic Circles

Hello All.  Thanks for stopping by A2Z scrapbooking.  Today I have a completely digital layout for you which was actually a bit of a blast from the past for me as that is how I initially got into scrapbooking.  Being a graphic designer, it seemed a natural way to go, however, I then started looking at the hybrid way of doing things and now I have a craft space filled with all sorts of goodies.  I love crafting the hybrid way, but it is also quite fun to do it digitally, especially with these lovely digital files from Hero Arts.  This is the Instant Download Hero Arts Artistic Circles DK044 Digital Kit.

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When you purchase this kit and download it, you will find that there are some little extras included, such as papers, some tags, a clip, snowflake and a pearl.  Firstly I grabbed the papers and created my background.  I used photoshop to create this layout, but there are a number of programs one can use or use a free online program called pixlr.  The same as creating in a hybrid way, this works by layers and is what makes the use of shadowing important.  If shadowing is not used, the layout will look very one dimensional and flat.  In came the beautiful panel of circles which I used in the background paper panels.  You can adjust the colour of the background circles or on any of the digital elements or you can make them different levels of transparent.  I then used the large circle as my main focal point, however I needed it thicker.  I did that, placed it in position and deleted the circle pattern behind this circular area, simply so it did not look confusing or too busy.

On went my photo panel, which led me to wanting a few more elements.  For this, I dived into my old stash of online elements bought from various packs from Sweet Shoppe Designs.  There is an endless supply of digital elements available to use along with the Hero Arts digital products on this site, combining them together makes for a really lovely layout.  So I found some ribbon, lots of flowers, sentiments, buttons and other bits that bring this layout together.  Remember, when working digitally, you can adjust the colouring on things so they match your layout perfectly.  As I mentioned earlier, I used the little pearl that comes as part of the the Artistic Circles Digital Kit from Hero Arts.  Everything has a shadow on it as this helps to make it more realistic and not flat, which is really important to the overall finished look.  I hope you like it and if you haven’t tried doing digital scrapbooking, do try, as it is quite fun and a really great way for those to scrapbook that are on a budget or low on space.

To see more of my work, please go to my website at www.jacobicreations.com or my blog at jacobicreations.blogspot.com.au

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The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Delia15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from within the shop.

 

 

 

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You’re truly…

Hello all! I’m here with another card for our anything goes challenge. Today I used the color layering Peacock set, but only used one layer of the image. Was hoping to show another possible way to use the set for those who may not like to do all the layers. Just because they are all there doesn’t mean you have to use them all! 😉

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I started by stamping the top layer of the peacock multiple times in a diagonal and the trimmed the edges. Then I grabbed some Distress Oxide inks to ink the areas that would show under my panel and spritzed it with water. While that dried for a bit I  added some Wink of Stella to my peacocks. The sentiment is stamped and embossed on a scrap of black card stock that was trimmed down to a small strip. To add a little pizzazz to the strip I stamped and die cut a swirl from the set and added some Nuvo dots.

Here is a look at the shimmer on the peacocks!

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Thanks for stopping by as always! have a great day.

monicaa2zscrapbooking

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The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Monica15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from within the shop.

 

 

 

 


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Color Layering Orchid Love

Hello there, Cindy here to share a one layer card.  I used a new stamp combo (at least for me) on my card:  Hero Arts Color Layering Orchid in a Pot and Hero Arts Love Stamp and Cut.

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The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Cindy15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from within the shop.

 

 

 

 


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Color Layering Goldfish We’re Here

Hi,

 

One of the fun things about Hero Arts Color Layering Stamps is that you could play with individual layer to obtain a different look.  The Color Layering Goldfish have two layers.  On today’s card I only used the detail one on my card.  And I took some photos while making this card.

I started of with a strip of watercolor paper, I wet it completely and lay it on a cutting mat (could have done it on craft sheet but was too lazy to fish it out.  LOL  I let it dry slightly but still quite wet then dropped some water colors in places when I would stamp the goldfish.

After the watercolor panel dried, I stamped the top layer of the goldfishes trying out two different inks, Hero Arts Mid-tone Shadow – Wet Cement and Ranger Archival – Jet Black.  I like the version with the Wet Cement more, so I did the rest using that ink.  Next I added some extra watercolor in the areas where there is very little ink.

Next I stamped the base layer onto scrap paper, cut out and use it as a guide/template to draw the outline of the fishes.

Yes it was a big mistake not to get the matching die!  So advise to you, buy the matching die if you could!  Back to my card, next I cut the fishes out using scissors.

 

For the home of my fishes, I used a dark green pattern paper panel and stamped the seaweed from the Color Layering Goldfish set with Hero Arts Unicorn Pigment Ink.  I wanted to add more interest, so I used the detail layer of the waterlily leaf from the Color Layering Koi set to create an “under-water plant look alike”.  I added the air bubbles from that same set as well.

For the sentiment, I composed using part of the sentiment from both Stamp & Cut Congrats and Stamp & Cut So Sorry.  I stamped with Unicorn Ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  Pssst I’ll let you in on a secret, I took the Clear embossing powder by mistake and only realized that is was clear after I heated it.  OMG I don’t to start over!?  Then I remember that the embossing is still sticky while it is hot, so I took out the real white embossing powder, heat up the stamped sentiment and quickly added the white EP on top.  And heat again.  Phew!!  It worked!!

To add some shine (goldfish has shining scale right?), I added Stickles on the body of the goldfish.  And now for the grand finale.

 

 

I hope I have inspired you to play along our July challenge – Anything Goes.   Feel free to use your creative license to make something fun by mixing things up.

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The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Cindy15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from within the shop.

 

 

 

 

 


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Digital Stamping with Hero Arts Vintage Travel DK002

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Hello all, Delia from Jacobi Creations here with my first post as one of the awesome DT members at A2Z scrapbooking.  I would like to share with you today a travel themed layout using the Hero Arts Digital Stamp Collection Vintage Travel DK002 Instant Download.  To be honest, this was my first time using digital stamps, I didn’t really understand how they worked, so, I love a challenge and off I went.  It is all pretty simple really, seems that it is just another version of clipart, so import digital files into your favourite digital editing program, I used photoshop and manipulate how you wish.  There is a great free online program that works just like photoshop called pixlr that can be accessed easily enough for those that do not have anything readily installed.  You can use Word if you are really desperate.

Once you have the image/s sized how you like, print them off and colour however you prefer – there are so many options.  I actually used my Chameleon pens because they are just cool and the way they shade is groovy, but you can ink them, use pencils, pastels or any kind of medium, paint them or not do anything.  You can colour them on the computer in some programs prior to printing them out.  When colouring by hand just be aware of the quality of the paper you are printing on and how much it can endure.

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Once the images are how you like them, cut them out, ink the edges in brown ink to help give an aged look and now they are ready to be used just like normal ephemera.  This layout uses all 13 digital stamps from the Vintage Travel range.  Doing layouts is about the enjoyment of creating to achieve the finished product, there is no right way, there are things to take into consideration, but your imagination is key.  Try things, if they work, they work, if they don’t, they don’t.  I often find that creativity can look worse before it looks better.  Just a weird thing, I regularly get to a point and think, hmmm, not sure this is working or quite right, but push through and then it ends up looking awesome.

To create this layout, I used a very old Kaisercraft paper with a travel theme/map to it, covered it in clear gesso to help it stay flat and did some postmark stamping with black ink.  The first image I worked with is the map, I printed this out just under A4 size and then went over the grey lines with a brown coloured pen (I deliberately made the image print grey over black so I could trace over them), I then used brown ink with a dauber to colour the paper and give it an ‘old’ look.  I decided to make it into a scroll, so a bit like a treasure map.  I remember doing an assignment in school where I did this and burned all the edges to make it ‘authentic’.  So, I smoked up the craft room by burning the edges, but in the end, a dark brown ink was just as effective.  Use a pen or paintbrush handle to curl the top in one direction and the bottom in another, then mount on a few pieces of cardboard so it sits right up off the page.

Insert the ephemera around your image area, decorate with flowers, metal trinkets, buttons or whatever divine things you might have in your stash.  I always think about the many things associated with the topic and use them if room allows.  Tickets, bits of things collected on the travel journey could be included, a mini hat, some ribbon, little charms – soo many options.  Here are some close ups, hope you like it.  smiles, D

To see more of my work, please visit my website at Jacobi Creations and follow my blog at https://jacobicreations.blogspot.com.au

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The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Delia15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from within the shop.

 

 

 

Delia


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Hello there!

Monica M here to share a card for this months Anything Goes Challenge. These challenges are always a fun favorite for those who love endless possibilities. I chose to use this fun layering parrot. Sad to say this was my first time using him, I just hate to admit it’s taken me this long to use him!

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I used my mini Misti to line up each layer for stamping. I love that face! I then trimmed down the stamped panel and added my sentiments. I loosely measured where the panel would set on the card front and stamped the three leaf images in the set with different shades of green. I used some fun foam to pop the panel up off the card before adding Nuvo drops for accents in a few places.

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Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

monicaa2zscrapbooking

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a2z scrapbooking store hero arts

 

 

 

The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code insert your code here to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from within the shop.