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snowflake Christmas card

Hello everyone!!! Is anyone else still working on the occasional Christmas card? I don’t have many more to do, but I’m still not done.

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I started my card by using an old HA snowflake stencil to apply some silver glitter paste. I then stamped some smaller snowflakes around the larger ones in blue and silver ink.  On the panel I created a little scene with using some first, second and third generation stamping.  I added some blue snowflakes and the silver embossed sentiment, to finish the card.

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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 with-in the shop.

 

 

 


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One Layer Winter Trio

Hello Monica M here with 3 cards to share today. I got a little stamp happy in the craft room. I’m in the Christmas mood and still a lot of cards to finish so I can get them mailed out! I was hoping to have my cards almost done before now… I do this to myself almost every year. I’m a procrastinator and mom of 3 boys, one of which has his first job sooo… Any who… on to the cards.

I started by masking the area I wanted to stamp to create my own stamped panel. Once the background was complete, I stamped my image in a darker color so that the words wouldn’t be seen through the image.

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I had to let the dark ink dry a little since I stamped the image multiple times to make sure it was opaque. Once the ink was dry I used VersaMark so that I could emboss the images using the White Satin Pearl powder.

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I repeated the steps to create a trio of cards, changing the color and themes slightly. I loved how simple this was, and helped to get three cards done relatively quick. I think it took about an hour and that includes the time it took me to decide on which sentiments, images, and colors to use.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

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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 with-in the shop.

 

 

 

 


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Take2 on Remembrance Sunday card with Hero Arts Color Layering Poppy stamp

Hello November! Yes, this time it really IS November and Remembrance Sunday is nearly  upon us so I’ve got another card with the Hero Arts Color Layering Poppy. Slightly different take on this one though, a bit more dramatic and… somber maybe?

As I mentioned in my last Remembrance Sunday post, which you can find right here, I stamped up loads of poppies using this stamp set, my beloved MISTI and the Hero Arts Poppy Layering Ink Cubes. Some of them I kept very realistic looking and those are on the other card. These ones I wanted more dramatic and different. Instead of using the lightest colour, I started with the second lightest one and used black for the final layer. I also used some Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder to really highlight the stamens on the flowers.

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To cut out the flowers I used the Hero Arts Color Layering Poppy Frame Cuts and then set them aside while I started on the background. I got some light grey card stock out, this one is my current favourite, it’s from Simon Says Stamp and is called Fog. Cutting the sheet in half and scoring it in the middle makes a perfect A2 card base.

Getting my MISTI out again I placed the card base in it and stamped up some stems and buds using the black ink from the cube collection. Even with small images I like using my MISTI to make sure I get a nice solid image. These inks are nice and juice so it probably is going slightly over-the-top but oh well. I also added a sentiment at the top the card, the one that says ‘Wishing you the most beautiful day’. The flowers got adhered with some foam tape and then as a final flourish some matte, gun metal grey sequins with Glossy Accent. Simple, somber but elegant. If I may say so myself.

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Well, that’s it from me today but I will be back later this month! All the stuff I have used for this post is sold out in the A2Z Scrapbooking shop but you can use the ‘Request Custom Order’ and they will be happy to get it for you.

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Happy Crafting!

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 with-in the shop.

 

 

 

 


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Ink and Emboss with Asian Flower Stencil

Hi, friends, Chark here today to show off my new Ink and Emboss Holly Mini Cubes. I had no idea Hero Arts even did an ink/embossing powder combo. Well, they do and they all match. This set was intended to go with the holiday stamps. I used the red embossing powder with the Asian Flower stencil and Versamark ink instead…and oh my goodness! I love this embossing powder! It melts into shiny bright red goodness, perfect for the holidays and anything you want to glam up. I think it would be perfect for holly berries, candy canes and sleighs!

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It’s a little difficult to see because I stenciled and heat embossed on shiny gold paper, but the red looks just like a candy apple but I resisted the urge to lick it 🙂

I tried it on several papers and it looks just as yummy on white paper, vellum and gold. It dries a little too dark for some papers…the red doesn’t stay as red when there’s green under it, but I did use the clear Versamark ink and not the red ink it came with…it might possible make a difference.

I cut the glossy red embossed paper into ornament shapes and then adhered them to a photo Christmas tree paper. The happy is from a Hero Arts Happy Birthday set. I have the word Christmas stamped inside from another stamp set.

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This one was fun to make and I’ll be using this embossing powder for more glossy red fun in the future.

Happy Friday!

chark!

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a2z scrapbooking winter challenge

 

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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 with-in the shop.

 

 

 

 


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Nuvo Embellishment Mousse and Hero Arts stencils addiction notification

Hello! Erica back on the blog again with, you guessed it, another Nuvo Embellishment Mousse card. Or two. Yes, I’m battling a new addiction and I might (read absolutely) have gone nuts with stencilling and pasting…

Right after I finished my last card, you can find that post here, I just kept on going with different stencils and colours. It turned into a frenzy rather quickly! One of the projects I made was a slightly larger panel, which I have cut in half to make two cards with and those are the cards I’m going to talk about today.

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So first off, I got a big piece of water colour card stock out and started blending Twisted Citron Distress Oxide and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide on it. This I wanted as a background for my stencilling. I sprinkled a bit of water on it and lifted some of the colours off too as I love that look. Once the panel was dry it was time to get creative with the Nuvo Mousse so I armed myself with my spatula and damp cloth for easy clean up after I was done. For this card I used Hero Arts SA105 Deco Pattern stencil along with Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Gunmetal Grey.

Both those are out of stock at the moment but you can use the ‘Request Custom Order’ button and order it that way OR you could try another combination. I think the Blue Topaz Glimmer Paste would look amazing combined with the Hero Arts Peacock Feather Stencil! Or the Diamond stencil. Just saying.

After smearing the paste over the panel it’s important to clean off your stencil and tool quickly as it does dry rather rapidly. Don’t rush the drying of the paste on your project though, make sure it’s really dry before moving on to the next step as you risk ruining it otherwise.

To finish off my cards I decided to use a new-to-me stamp set from Neat & Tangled called You’re Pretty and it comes with lots of great sentiments like ‘pretty brave’, ‘pretty strong’ and ‘pretty much the best’ which you can mix and match for a variety of purposes.

As I mentioned in the beginning, I cut the panel in two to make two different cards so I did just that. For card no1 I decided to use a linen textured card base in a dark teal colour and I cut this about 1cm bigger than the panel itself was so that it would create a nice frame for it. I adhered the panel to the card base using foam tape to create dimension. Sentiment wise I decided to go with ‘You’re Pretty! Pretty brave’ and the large ‘you’re pretty’ I stamped with VersaMark on vellum and then heat embossed it in Silver embossing powder. Then I cut out the sentiment using the matching die. I also used the die to cut out a piece of foam to stick the vellum on for more dimension. These two I glued together with a glue pen. You can use this one from Nuvo. 

The ‘Pretty brave’ sentiment I stamped on white card stock using Distress Oxide ink in Iced Spruce (use the “Request Custom Order’ button to get ahold of this one) and then cut it out using a stitched banner die from My Favorite Things. This banner and the foam layered vellum piece I glued directly onto the panel with double sided tape. A few little white gem stones finished off card no1 nicely. IMG_1733

Card no2 was done very similarly, just using different colours for the sentiments and embellishments to create a new look whilst using pretty much the same stuff. Another piece of linen textured card stock came out, this time in black and I cut this one so it ended up showing almost a whole cm around the entire panel for a dramatic frame. This piece I adhered to a white card base, leaving a very thin bit of white show all around it to create a second frame.

The sentiments are both stamped in black, the ‘pretty kind’ bit is done directly onto the panel and the ‘You’re Pretty!’ is done on vellum and I also heat embossed some Hero Arts Clear embossing powder over it to make it shiny.

This card I kept reasonably flat, the vellum piece was adhered directly to the panel with some vellum friendly adhesive. It’s a pain to work with but does work, once it’s settled, it doesn’t show through the vellum hardly at all, which normal double sided tape tends to do. A healthy sprinkling of Hero Arts Black Gemstones in various sizes finished off card no2.

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Well, there we have it. I hope I have inspired you to try texture paste/embellishment mousse if you haven’t tried it already, it really is a great deal of fun!

Happy crafting!

erica

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a2z scrapbooking watercolor challenge

 

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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 with-in the shop.

 

 

 

 


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We Wish you…

Hello everyone! Monica M here with a card for our October challenge. Today’s card was inspired by a video I was watching earlier. I liked the sketch she used and instantly thought I could use the silhouettes on it with a little watercolor.

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I heat embossed the images and cut the squares. Added a little black watercolor to make the images standout. I stamped the sentiment before die cutting it out with a circle die. I then mounted my stamped panels on some red pattern paper. Adhered all of my pieces on the cardbase.

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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 with-in the shop.

 

 

 


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Still casing designers with Hero Arts Digi Download “A Natural Holiday”

Yes, Delia again, maybe ever so slightly late.  Super sorry, life just got a little busier than normal for me – life changing things even.  Okay, so, I have gone Christmassy, so early, I know!  I am not a big Christmas fan, never have been once I grew up I guess.  I love it if it is all about family and getting together and having fun, but if it is about presents, presents and more presents, then I am not so interested.

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Hero Arts have some super digital downloads and quite a few for Christmas too and some for Halloween, that hopefully will be next month.  I used the Hero Arts Digital Download A Natural Holiday and cut out the elements on my Silhouette Cameo on some chipboard, white gessoed them and then I painted the big tree after cutting it in half with Nuvo wax pastes in blue and then the other elements I embossed mostly.  However, before I stuck things down I rummaged through my very small stash of Hero Arts stamps and I found this set and used the corner flourish with black Hero Arts ink and stamped it in a circular pattern around where the snowflake would sit – can’t see it anymore though!

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It is hard to see all the elements that went into this design and I struggle with that.  However, if I want to successfully case Ola, I need to get far better at layering and being comfortable with elements being covered up.  It just seems so wasteful if you cannot see and appreciate every element.  Is that just me?  There is a gorgeous snowflake that I cut out that comes from the Silhouette store, I painted this dark blue with Nuvo wax pastes and put some Hero Arts silver embossing powder on the edges outside of the photo area.  I then made my photo matt and adhered some sparkly white and silver fabric I had around it in a ripple effect, raised this area up on a few bits of cardboard and I was ready for ephemera.

This set of digital images is well designed for cutting, you need to be a bit delicate with the Merry Christmas words.  I actually chopped these apart as they come joined.  One difficulty I keep finding, is trying to find a good dark blue flower, but I found a few that sufficed and I guess I can always paint them! hehe  I always finish off my designs with a bit of bling and so I used some silver flat back pearly things, Finnabair art stones, glitter, microbeads and various little fingernail decorations and mix them all up with some gel and water and decorate.

All done for this month, take care all, be safe, I am off on my new life adventure, so not sure when I will be back, but hopefully late next month.

Smiles, 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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CAS Anniversary card

Monica M with a look at a clean and simple anniversary card. I know there are some things like the ribbon and embossing folder that aren’t in the store, but you could easily substitute. Like I used an embossing folder, but one could just as easily use a stencil with embossing paste/ powder or even dies for a faux embossed looked and have wonderful results!

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I started with my sentiment placement before embossing and trimming the card panel to size. I added the ribbon and bow to cover the separation the embossed and flat portions of the card. I rounded the corners of my panel and adhered it to the card base. To finish up the card I rounded the card base corners and added my gems to mimic half of a heart.

I love making a simple card like this somedays, it’s a nice contrast to inking backgrounds and detail coloring images. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

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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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CASEing Angie with Hero Arts Ornament Infinity Dies

Happy Friday,

Cindy here to share another card inspired by this month’s challenge – CASE a Designer.  This time I am CASEing Angie, her card is oh so lovely!  See details of her card in this post.

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I am still trying to building up my Christmas cards stash. and I thought Angie’s card layout works perfectly.  There are lots of new holiday theme stamps in the a2z Etsy store.  So it’s great time to get some new supplies for your holiday projects.

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Hero Arts CASE a Designer Challenge

 

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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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Casing Ola again with Hero Arts Pretty Blossoms Digital Download

Hi again, I hope your September is going well. I am still in my infatuated with Ola Khomenok stage and so once again I chose another of her fabulous designs.  This is a link to her video tutorial.IMG_8501

So, here is my layout in response to our current ‘Case a Designer’ challenge this month.

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The papers are some new ones I just got under the DCWV brand that have some lovely foiled copper pages throughout which allows you to make some beautiful embellishments to use in your design.  I wanted lots of different types of embellishments in my layout to make up for some of the amazing elements Ola has to use.  My main frame is from Dusty Attic which I embossed using green, pink and copper embossing powders.  My use of the Pretty Blossoms Digital Download played a large part in my use of ephemera, I printed them out on white card and then painted them roughly with some cheap glitter paints as I only wanted the colour to be subtle, cut them out and then added pearls and sequins or whatever into the middles to make them have a little bit of bling.  I do love my bling.

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There are quite a few die cut pieces, but these are from dies collected over time and removed from their packaging, but obviously you just use whatever you have in  your stash and bring it all together, building up layers and then finishing up with a few more bits of shiny stuff.  All done, seems so simple, but it honestly takes me about 3 days to do a layout like this.  I am quite sure that I spend the most time just staring it and wondering what to do, what to use, trying to remember everything I have in my stashes. But, if you watch Ola, she just throws it all together, so quickly and effortlessly.  Clearly I need to practice more …. ohhh, if I have toooooo.  Like, my pleasure, hehehe.  I have done a few of these layouts now, to see more of them, please visit Jacobi Creations or my Jacobi Creations Blog.

That’s all for now, have a lovely week.  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.