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Sugartree Stamps Hug in a Mug and Coffee Loving Cardmakers

Hi! It’s Sue here today. It’s the start of Coffee Loving Cardmakers Spring/Summer Coffee Hop today. I made a card using a digital kit from Sugartree Stamps, which is exclusively available at a2z Scrapbooking etsy store. Here’s my card.

I copied the “iced coffee” stamp onto a word document twice. I sized them, so one would be larger than the other and flipped the larger one (so the straw would be on the right).  I printed them twice – once on regular printer paper and once on cardstock. I carefully fussy cut the printer paper one and then using patterned paper, cut the body of the cup and the coffee sleeve (which I’ve recently learned is called a zarf), using the printer paper outline as a template. I also fussy cut the cardstock iced coffee images. I adhered the printed paper to the coffee cups and added some color and shading with Copic markers. For the background, I used a mini stencil from Tim Holtz’s Mini Stencil set 3, which is a mini version of his Splatters stencil, and ground espresso distress ink, applied with an ink blending tool on a kraft card panel. The sentiment, from the same digital kit was printed onto natural cardstock, trimmed and adhered to the card panel. I adhered the large cup and popped up the small cup for a bit of dimension.

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Using Sugartree Stamps? Post your project on social media with “#sugartreestamps from @a2zscrapbooking” and you may be Spotted by Sugartree to win free stamps & bragging rights!

 

 

 

My teammates have created some coffee/tea/hot cocoa pretty cool inspirations for you too.  Take a look.

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Need stamps for your hop projects? The a2z scrapbooking store has several coffee/tea related digital stamps available for instant download!

 

Sugartree Stamps - Hug in a Mug
Sugartree Stamps – Hug in a Mug
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Hero Arts Caffeine Fix Digi
Hero Arts Caffeine Fix Digi
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Hero Arts Kitchen Silhouettes
Hero Arts Kitchen Silhouettes
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Hero Arts Cooking Fun
Hero Arts Cooking Fun
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Please join us in this month’s “Shape Shift” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to our Hero Arts store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month

 

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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 Sue15 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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Color Layering Butterfly Tag Card

Hello there,

 

My May challenge inspired card today is very simple, a tag card.  Sometimes things don’t need to be complicated.  I cut two tags measuring 3 by 6 inches using white card stock.  One I left blank, and crease about 5/8 of an inch down from top.  This is the back panel.

On the front panel I stamped Scribble Bold Prints with Soft Granite, and the sentiment in black.  I added some Washi tapes and a pattern paper strip.  On a separate piece of white card stock I stamped the butterfly using the MISTI tool with Spun Sugar, Crimson, Vintage Photo and Jet Black.  Then I hand cut the butterfly and adhered to the tag front.  Then the front panel is glued to the back, hole punched and tied bow with twine.  Voila!!

 

 

 

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Please join us in this month’s “Shape Shift” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts, a $20 gift card to our a2z Scrapbooking store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month

 

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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 with-in the shop.

 

 

 


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Hero Arts Everything Smiles Hello II

Hi everyone,

I like flowers, a lot!!  Anything image resembles flowers grabs my attention.  Having that said, I also enjoy using different things to make images that resemble flowers.  For today I created a floral card without using any floral stamp.  Take a look:

 

 

I used the smiley heart in the Hero Arts Everything Smiles Stamp and Cut set, it is perfect to double up as a flower petal.  I stamped it in Soft Granite and watercolored the blooms.  Do you know that the Hero Arts shadow ink is good for both watercolors and markers.  They won’t bleed or run even if you go over it with watercolors!!

So after I did my blooms I found that the background is just too empty, guess I didn’t plan it out, was too excited about making flowers with the heart!!  LOL  But the little curly streamer bits from the Monthly Hero Kit Dec 2016 came to the rescue!  I stamped them in Peeled Paint and Soft Leaf.  The floral panel is mounted onto a charcoal grey card base, the sentiment is stamped in Soft Granite and watercolored and matted with dark grey card stock.

I hope you enjoy my flowery card created without a flower stamp!  This month’s challenge is Flower Power, come play with us,  Scroll down to catch the details.

 

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Please join us in this month’s “Flower Power” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts, a $20 gift card to our a2z Scrapbooking store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month

 

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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 with-in the shop.

 

 

 


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Hero Arts Layered Topiary Bouquet

Happy Monday everybody,

I am using my “creative license” today and stretch my Hero Arts Layered Topiary stamp to stamp a bouquet.

I stamped the individual part of the topiary with pinks, purples and oranges, then die cut using the matching frame cut.  They became the ‘flowers’ of my bouquet.  Since the ‘flowers’  is quite busy I didn’t want the leaves to compete with it, so I stamped the majority of them using shadow ink and two sprigs in distress ink.   Next I stamped the sentiment in black.  The panel is then die cut using Nesting Postage Stamp Infinity Die, and adhered to a pattern paper panel which is glued to a white card base.  I mounted the ‘flowers’ using various heights of foam adhesive to give it some dimension, and embellished with a few sequins.

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

 

Please join us in this month’s “Flower Power” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts, a $20 gift card to our a2z Scrapbooking store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month

 

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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 with-in the shop.

 

 

 


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Hero Arts Words of Love DK031 Digital Kit Love Card

Hi! It’s Sue. In a few weeks, it’ll be roses and chocolates day – Valentine’s Day. With Valentine’s Day in mind, I created today’s card.

I started with Hero Arts Words of Love DK031 Digital Kit. I chose the “floral love black” image. I opened the image in MS Word, re-sized it and printed it on cardstock. I wasn’t sure which markers would make the inkjet printer ink bleed, so I decided to use Prismacolor colored pencils to add colors. I found a matching blue cardstock to mat the panel. For a bit of sparkle, I added some sequins.

 

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Please join us in this month’s “New to Me” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts, a $20 gift card to our Hero Arts store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month

 

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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 Sue15 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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Hero Arts Asian Flower Pattern Stencil One Layer Card

Hi! It’s Sue. Have you made any resolutions for 2018. Have you broken them already? LOL! I haven’t made a resolution, per se. However, I know that I’m a more patient person when I set aside time for crafting. So that’s my goal, to spend more time crafting than say, playing Facebook games. So far, I’m doing OK. I think that I’ve finally put away my Christmas stamps and it’s time to work on other projects. I have a one-layer card for you.

I masked off a 1.75″ area on my card base with post-it tape. Using the Hero Arts Asian Flower Pattern stencil, I added colour with distress inks (peacock feathers, cracked pistachio, mermaid lagoon) with ink blending tools.  I carefully removed the post-it tape. I added the sentiment using Hero Arts Tide Pool ink. There you have it – a nice simple clean and simple one layer card.

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

 

Please join us in this month’s “New to Me” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts, a $20 gift card to our Hero Arts store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month

 

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 Sue15 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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Please join us in this month’s “Winter” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts, a $20 gift card to our Hero Arts store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month

 

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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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Hero Arts Large Flower Stencil card with texture paste

Hello! Yes, it’s the one-trick-pony Erica back on the blog, with… *drumroll*… another card using texture paste and Hero Arts stencils! Ta-Da!

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After this post, I promise I will do something different. Absolutely. Most definitely. Almost positively sure. Maybe… just one or two more? It is just so much fun!!

For this card I thought I combine ink blending and texture paste to add lots of dimension and interest to a rather simple design. I started out by getting some water colour card stock out and I taped it down to a sheet of clear acetate. This is to use both as a mop-up of any ink blending messes and also as a sort of palette for my mixing of the texture paste and ink.

I used the Hero Arts Large Flower Stencil (which is sold out in the shop but if you want to order it, use the ‘request custom order’) but the Hero Arts Spiral Stencil would look fab too. Starting out, I dotted Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide  ink in the middle and for the petals I used Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide ink. I didn’t make it very vivid as the idea was to have a light colour underneath and then mix the texture paste with some ink for highlights on some of the petals.

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To mix the colour and the paste, I simply dabbed my ink pad on the acetate and then mixed a bit of Ranger Ink White Texture Paste with my spatula. I didn’t mix it overly well as I wanted both the white and the pink to show. Using the spatula I spread the paste on selected petals, going from the middle and outwards. For the middle, I did the same thing with the yellow ink and the paste but this I mixed up very well before I dabbed it on rather than spreading, to get LOTS of texture.

Lifting the stencil is alway the most fun part, as although you have a general idea of how it is going to look, it’s still a revelation!

As the flower was looking rather spectacular I didn’t want to cover up too much of it so sentiment wise I went really simple. A single word stamp and die set from The Ton Stamps that says ‘hugs’, which I cut out from yellow card stock and stamped the sentiment in Picked Raspberry Oxide Ink. I also added a few of the circles and some sequins that matched the pink ink almost perfectly.

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When I was looking for the perfect card base for this card I almost went with white, but then I spotted some Lawn Fawn card stock in Guava and thought it would be perfect to add just a tiny bit of accent to the card. I chopped off a thin sliver of the card panel and added it to the card base using double sided foam sheet (cut to perfect size) for a bit of dimension and to add some subtle detailing.

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And that my friends, concludes this months third texture paste/embellishment mousse cards! I’ve tried to show different techniques to lure you into the wonderfully messy world of texture paste and I’d love to see what you come up with. Pop a picture in the comment section if you want, sharing is caring after all.

erica

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Please join us in this months “Watercolor” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts, a $20 gift card to our Hero Arts store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month

 

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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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Produce and Seeds Thank You

Hi everybody,

You remember we were taught to color inside the lines when we were young?!  Well I am grown up now, I can color outside the lines if I want!!  Well it’s not that easy, your instinct kicks in and I have to force myself to go outsides of the lines!!!!  LOL

I did a watercolor Produce and Seeds heart-shape wreath on my thank-you card.  I wanted a loose watercolor look so I painted outside the lines.  And I added some splatters so it looks more carefree.  You know what I mean?  😀

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I stamped the images in Archival ink and painted with both regular watercolors and Twinkling H2O watercolors.  Added splatters, and embellished with sequins.

The Produce And Seeds stamp set is on sale right now in the a2z Etsy store.  Use my promote code Cindy15 to get an extra 15% off.

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

a2z scrapbooking watercolor challenge

 

Please join us in this months “Watercolor” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND a $20 gift card to our Hero Arts store if you use Hero Arts. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month

 

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 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 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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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

a2z scrapbooking watercolor challenge

 

Please join us in this months “Watercolor” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts, a $20 gift card to our Hero Arts store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month

 

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 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.