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Waterlilies from the Color Layering Koi set

Hello crafty friends,

 

Today I made a tag featuring the Waterlilies from the Hero Arts Color Layering Koi stamp set.  At first I thought the flowers may be too small, but in the end it turned out just fine.

 

My process:

  • Trim white card stock into 3 1/4 by 5 1/5 in tag.  Use inking tool and sponge Broken China, Chipped Sapphire, and Milled Lavender to create a soft background.
  • Layer Hero Arts Delicate Petals Stencil on top of inked tag.  Spread thin layer of white embossing paste, remove stencil and let dry.
  • On white card stock, ink and stamp waterlilies, and lily pads.  Die cut using Hero Arts Color Layering Koi Frame Cuts.
  • Color flower center using Copic markers.
  • Stamp sentiment from same set on vellum strips using Jet Black StazOn ink.
  • Adhere waterlilies, lily pads, and sentiment on tag as shown.
  • Tie bow using strip of white soft tulle.

 

I think the embossed background provides a nice backdrop of the waterlilies.

There is still plenty time to play, pull out your favorite stencils and join in the March challenge – Playing With Stencils.  You could win a $25 gift card to the store.  Just remember to use some Hero Arts products such as stamps, stencil, die cut, digi stamps on your project.

For the month of March there is a second way to enter to win a $25 gift card to the store.  That is by comment on any of the March blog post.  One comment on each post, the more post you comment on the more chances to win.  

Remember when shopping at the a2z store, use my code Cindy15 to get 15% off any purchases $25 and more (shipping excluded) at check out.  If you don’t find the item in the store, just click the blue Request Custom Order button on the left side bar.

Follow us on TwitterInstagram and Facebook and be the first to know about our special news and promotions.

cindya2zscrapbooking

Supplies:

Hero Arts Color Layering Koi

Hero Arts Color Layering Koi Frame Cuts

Hero Arts Stencil – Delicate Petals

Hero Arts Ombre Ink – Light to Dark Purple, Pink and Red

Ranger Distress Ink – Broken China, Chipped Saphhire, Milled Lavender, Peeled Paint, Crushed Olive

Copic Marker – Y15,Y17

White embossing powder

Clear embossing powder

StazOn Ink – Jet Black

White embossing paste


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Hero Arts Black Butterfly

It’s my day to share with you again… some more stenciled inspiration.    Our challenge this month is to use a stencil on your project.

The other day I saw a video by Ingrid Blackburn where she used embossing paste with a stencil, shook on some Colourbursts/Brusho’s and spritzed with water.  I have something called Pixie Powder which is similar to these with lots of mica powder in them.   I thought I’d give it a go.

It has produced such a pretty pale pastel background as I went lightly with the powders.  Did get a bit of seepage but it adds to the whole look.    I have used Hero Arts Swirl Stencil (currently out of stock but you can do a special order – check out the store HERE)

Once my panel had dried, I die cut it with a rectangle die from DieNamics (MFT) and layered onto black then onto a white base.  I die cut the Hero Arts Butterfly Fancy Die from black card.  The sentiment is from THIS Hero Arts stamp and die set.  (currently on sale in the A2Z store!)

Remember if you go shopping to use code Dawn15 at checkout to receive 15% off your purchase of $25 or more (before tax and shipping).  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!

Plus during the month of March, we’re giving you a second way to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the a2z Store! Just comment on any blog posts here in March.

We’ll do a random draw from the blog comments during the month of March for one gift card. You can enter once a day by commenting on the blog post and earn up to 31 chances to win! If you’re feeling it, you’re welcome to enter both the Hero Arts with Stencils challenge and the commenting challenge…maybe you’ll win both!

 

Supplies:
Stencil: Hero Arts Swirl Stencil
Stamp: Hello Stamp & Cut
Embossing Paste: Liquitex Light Modeling Paste
Dies: Rounded Rectangles by DieNamics
Pixie Powders: Cosmic Shimmer

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Love Swirls You and Me

Happy Sunday everyone,

 

I have created a card using the Hero Arts Love Swirls Stencil today.  The pattern on the stencil is already very vibrant and I don’t want to hide it too much, so just added a sentiment on vellum.  Let’s take a look.

My process:

  • Place 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 inch white card stock on stencil, centering it and secure with washi tape.  (Note that the stencil is 5 1/4 by 6 1/2, larger than the quarter fold size.  So this stencil would be great for a larger layout.)
  • Flip the stencil over, use inking tool and sponge Wild Honey and Ripe Persimmon onto paper as shown.
  • Remove stencil.  Heat emboss the image with clear EP.
  • Stamp and heat emboss in white the sentiment from the Hero Arts Love by Lia clear stamp set on vellum strip longer than 4 1/4 in.
  • Draw lines on edges of vellum using white gel pen.
  • Fold both ends of vellum and tuck behind the stenciled panel, secure with tape.
  • Round corner of stenciled panel and adhere to white card base.
  • Embellish with sequins.

 

Isn’t this stencil gorgeous?!  I hope I’ve inspired you to join in our March challenge – Playing With Stencils.  You could win a $25 gift card to the store.

For the month of March there is a second way to enter to win a $25 gift card to the store.  That is by comment on any of the March blog post.  One comment on each post, the more post you comment on the more chances to win.  

Remember when shopping at the a2z store, use my code Cindy15 to get 15% off any purchases $25 and more (shipping excluded) at check out.  If you don’t find the item in the store, just click the blue Request Custom Order button on the left side bar.

Follow us on TwitterInstagram and Facebook and be the first to know about our special news and promotions.

cindya2zscrapbooking

Supplies:

Hero Arts Clear Stamp – Love by Lia

Hero Arts Stencil – Love Swirls

Hero Arts Pigment Ink – Unicorn

Ranger Distress Ink – Wild Honey, Ripe Persimmon

White embossing powder

Clear embossing powder

white gen pen

Little Things from Lucy’s Cards sequin mix – Fruit Sorbet


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Art Journaling with Sky Stencil Pair

Hi, friends, Happy St. Patrick’s Day! It’s Chark with a post today and I’m a newbie at art journaling but it’s so fun and I wanted to share my latest page.  I’ve always liked this phrase, “The earth laughs in flowers,” because how can you be sad when looking and smelling flowers? I have some old-world roses in my yard that smell heavenly.

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  1. I started by stamping a Hero Arts text stamp with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink  and Hero Arts Mermaid Ombre Ink on white tissue paper. Then I tore the paper and glued it to the page.

2. After drying with a heat tool, I added some Nuvo Aquamarine paste through the Chevron Stencil and let it dry. Then I added some Dylusions Vibrant Turquoise Acrylic paint to the edges and randomly on the page and added some Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide Ink, using a brush, a wet wipe and my fingers…fun! (it’s a little too blue-looking in this photo)

3. Next I drew some flowers free-form with pencil, then I used some blue transparent Claudine Hellmuth paint to go around the outlines and then watered it down a bit on top of the stenciled areas too. After that, I used Distress Oxide Ink in Cracked Pistachio and the Wallpaper Cling Set to add decorations to the page.

4. I ended up using more of the Nuvo Aquamarine Mousse with the star stencil from the Sky Stencil Pair. I didn’t like that the color of the mousse I first used got covered up with paint, since it’s so shiny and so I needed to put some more on the page. I also added some with my finger to the bottom of the page as the ground.

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5. The flowers got outlined in the Pitt Big Brush Pens from Faber Castell in Chrome Green. Then I lettered the quote on music paper I had. I used the Pitt pens in Pink and Light Blue to color in those letters too, then edged the paper with my Worn Lipstick Oxide pad. And that is it! It took a bit, but it was a fun process and I like how it turned out.

Hope you’ll enter our monthly card challenge with your Hero Arts products to try to win the $25 gift code to the store.

SECOND CHANCE TO WIN: During the month of March, we’re giving you a second way to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the a2z Store! Just comment on any blog posts here in March.

We’ll do a random draw from the blog comments during the month of March for one gift card. You can enter once a day by commenting on the blog post and earn up to 31 chances to win! If you’re feeling it, you’re welcome to enter both the Hero Arts with Stencils challenge and the commenting challenge…maybe you’ll win both!

 

 

Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

Wallpaper Cling Stamp

Sky Stencil Pair

Chevron Pair Stencils

Nuvo Embellishment Mousse

Pitt Big Brush Pens

Distress Oxide Inks

Hero Arts Ombre Mermaid Ink

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

 


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Large Hydrangea Stamp Two Ways

Hi, friends, Chark here today. I am so in love with this Hero Arts Large Hydrangea Stamp…it’s fun to stamp and color and it’s a great size for filling a card. After I stamped it about a dozen times in different ways, on different papers and with different media, I put two cards together.


Both are stamped in Hero Arts White Unicorn Ink and then heat embossed with White Embossing Powder. One is on vellum and one is on red cardstock.

Here’s the red version. I used Prismacolor pencils to darken the centers with a plum color and then colored the tips of the flowers with an orange-red. I left the red cardstock in the center so it has three colors. Then I used a couple of greens on the leaves.

I added a strip of vellum with the sentiment (new Birthday Messages set) and rhinestones.

For this second card, I used the white ink and embossing powder on the vellum paper. Then I used Copics to color the blooms and stems. Don’t forget that Copics will color the white embossing and if you want the white lines to show, be careful! I have a few bits that are colored in the leaves, but enough of the veins are white. I finished with a torn red cardstock strip and red glitter enamel dots.

Which is your favorite? I think the flowers look cooler on the vellum, but I do think the red card is striking with the white embossing. Here’s the inside of the card—I’m trying to remember to pretty up the insides too—using Strawberry Ink.

If you want your own Hydrangea stamp from the new catalog, head to the store and pick one up…if your cart has more than $25 in it, you can use my friend code CHARK15 to get 15% off your whole cart!

Hope you’ll enter our monthly card challenge with your Hero Arts products to try to win the $25 gift code to the store.

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SECOND CHANCE TO WIN: During the month of March, we’re giving you a second way to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the a2z Store! Just comment on any blog posts here in March.

We’ll do a random draw from the blog comments during the month of March for one gift card. You can enter once a day by commenting on the blog post and earn up to 31 chances to win! If you’re feeling it, you’re welcome to enter both the Hero Arts with Stencils challenge and the commenting challenge…maybe you’ll win both!

Happy Thursday!

chark

Large Hydrangea Stamp

White Embossing Powder

Clear Rhinestones

White Notecards

Birthday Messages CM136 (you can custom order this at no additional cost if it’s sold out)

Vellum

Prismacolor Pencils

Candyland Gumdrops enamel dots

Copic Markers BG96, R83, R85, R89


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Hero Arts K6214 Artistic Dahlia Thank You Card

Hi – it’s Sue here with a new card for today. This card was created with the current challenge at a2z Scrapbooking in mind. The current challenge is

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Won’t you join us for this challenge? Just remember, you need to feature a Hero Arts product on your card.

Here’s my card

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I tried a “new to me” technique using alcohol inks on vellum. I started by adding red alcohol ink with a little blending solution randomly with an applicator onto vellum. The varying intensities of colour add some “cool” shading. I initally used the Hero Arts Artistic Dahlia stamp, white embossing powder on the reverse side of the vellum isn’t happy because the red colour seems quite muted. I was looking for a more vibrant red! So, I inked up another piece of vellum and heat embossed on top of the alcohol inked side of the vellum – much better. I fussy cut the flowers, removing the leaves. Here’s a close-up.

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I cut some leaves freehand from a grey/green scrap of cardstock. I felt that the card needed a bit more dimension, so I used an embossing folder with vertical stripes for the background. The sentiment is from Hero Arts Color Layering Fuchsia stamp set.

The a2z Scrapbooking etsy store is a great place for you to purchase Hero Arts supplies. When your cart reaches $25, use my code Sue15 for 15% off.

Supplies

Hero Arts K6214 Artistic Dahlia

Hero Arts CM124 Color Layering Fuchsia

red alcohol ink

vellum

white embossing powder

 

suea2zscrapbooking


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Hero Arts Sweet Sprinkles Bold Print duet

Hi,

 

Cindy here to share a couple cards featuring the Hero Art Sweet Sprinkles Bold Print stamp.  This stamp is great for any celebration theme card.

 

First up is a card that could be both an invitation or birthday, depends on how you write up the inside.

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My process:

  • On white card base, use inking tool and sponge edges and center of card with Barn Door.
  • Ink Hero Arts Sweet Sprinkles Bold Print cling stamp using various ColorBox Pigment Ink randomly, stamp on white card stock slightly smaller than card base in length, and clear heat emboss.
  • Position ‘party’ (from the 2016 Dec My Monthy Hero Kit) die cut in center of stamped panel, die cut.  *Remember to keep the small piece of the letter ‘a’.
  • Stamp with black and clear heat emboss “let’s” on ‘sprinkle’ panel.
  • Use foam adhesive and mount ‘sprinkle’ panel onto card base, along with the small piece of the letter ‘a’.
  • On white card stock stamp, color, and die cut cake, candle, and mask.  Clear heat emboss all three pieces.
  • Adhere to card front as shown.

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I really like how it turned out.  You may notice some parts of the image is not well coated with ink, but that’s okay because it adds a little visual dimension.  After all when you throw a bunch of sprinkles up in the air, you don’t see each pieces clearly right?!  🙂

My second card is a CASE of Jennifer McGuire’s Easy Ombre Backgrounds card except I added silver glitter tape on both edge of card base.  To conform to this month’s challenge: Any Shades of Reds, both my cards has Barn Door as a predominate color.

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The Hero Arts Sweet Sprinkle Bold Print stamp is available at the a2z store, get yours today.  Use code Cindy15 to get 15% off any purchases $25 and more (shipping excluded) at check out.

Remember we are also on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.  Follow us on these different social media outlets to get the latest news!!  And I hope you’d join in this month’s challenge!

cindya2zscrapbooking

Supplies:

Hero Arts Sweet Sprinkle Bold Print

Hero Arts Many Birthday Messages Clear Stamp

My Monthly Hero Kit (Dec 2016)

Ranger Distress Ink (Barn Door)

ColorBox Pigment Ink – Cat’s Eye Queue Jelly Bean

coloring pencils

Clear embossing ink

Clear embossing powder

 


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Paper Layering Daisy Hello

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Angie here today with a fun card with lots of red on it for our February Challenge!

I copied the technique Jennifer McGuire recently showed in a video.  I varied it a little by cutting the daisy out of the center, and popped the daisy and the sentiments  up on fun foam.  The little black notes are a tiny punch I have in my stash.

I used Hero Arts DI181 Paper Layering Daisy, Hero Arts Hello stamp and die set, Hero Arts CG691 Garden Bold Prints background stamp (out of stock but you can special order it), Hero Arts White Embossing powder, white and black card stock, Hero Arts Red Ink.

I hope you will have time to join in the fun for this month’s  challenge for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the a2zscrapbooking store.

Don’t forget, you can use code Angie15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more (excluding shipping) at the a2zscrapbooking store.

angie


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Hero Arts Love & Bold Floral

Hi friends – welcome back to another fun month of challenges using RED! Have you joined us yet? If not, we can’t wait to see what you create, you can link up HERE!

And don’t forget, you can save 15% off your order at the a2z Etsy store by using code: MicheleG15!

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I, just like everyone else, have been inspired by some recent ombre shading using a stencil inspired by Kristina Werner and Jennifer McGuire (just search YouTube, you’ll find their videos. :D). I used some MFT Steel Gray card stock as my base and sponged on the gray/black inks in THIS set over the Bold Floral stencil. I die cut the LOVE multiple times from Hero Arts red card stock and layered together; sponged on some Unicorn ink on the top portion of the top LOVE word and once dry, coated in glossy accents. I embossed the small sentiment on vellum, adhered it all together on a red card base and added a black enamel heart.

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Hero Arts Love Stamp and Cut / Bold Floral Stencil

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Hero Arts Love Stamp and Cut / Bold Floral Stencil

Easy peasy; we can’t wait to see your creations; don’t forget to use a Hero Arts image on  your project!

Hugs,

michele

WHAT’S IT TAKE?

Stamps: Hero Arts Love Stamp and Cut

Papers: Hero Arts Red, MFT Steel Gray, vellum

InkHero Arts Blackboard Inks

Accessories: glossy accents, Hero Arts Love Stamp and Cut die, black enamel heart, Bold Floral Stencil, Hero Arts white embossing powder


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Guest Designer Amy Tsuruta

We’re so excited to have Amy Tsuruta design for us today! Amy is working on her stash of holiday cards for next year—this woman is on top of things!

You may know Amy from her amazing Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog Hops, her blog Tsuruta Designs or perhaps from Hero Arts Creative Team, The Confetti Crew at Reverse Confetti, or any number of design teams. Amy has talent galore and we’re so happy she stopped by today to share that talent with us.

Take a look at this gorgeous watercolor card using the Hero Arts Origami Happy Holidays set as her focal point.

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I think the background of this card is beautiful in its subtlety…just the right amount of interest. Wouldn’t you love to get this holiday card in the mail? I would, and I’m pretty sure you could add a birthday message or hello message and use this one all year around.

Here’s a little close-up to admire.

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Thanks so much, Amy, for designing for us today and for sharing your beautiful card with all of us! Hop over to Amy’s blog to check out more about this card and for more inspiration.

You can check out the a2z store for these products and more, including our sale section.

Don’t forget you have just hours left to enter this month’s a2z Scrapbooking Anything Goes with your Hero Arts products. Hop here to look at the specifics…and I hope you win the $25 gift card to the store!

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Happy Tuesday!
chark

 

Shades of Green Ink Cubes

Blush Folded Cards

Origami Happy Holidays

Floral Bold Prints Cling Stamp

Hero Arts White Embossing Powder