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Watercolor and Floral Hero Arts Die

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

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

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

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

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

Don’t forget to join us this month for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the store!  For rules and more information enter HERE!

Mahalo for stopping by!

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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

 

 


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Valentine

Hello hello hello! Hope everyone is doing well and ready start the second month of 2017. I can’t believe January is already almost over. I’m working on Valentine’s Day cards since it’s a few short weeks away.

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I used some distress inks to color my background and then made a stencil using the die. I placed is randomly on the watercolor base and used some distress glaze to create a barrier. I then sprayed the panel heavily with water and took it paper towels to soak up the water to lighten up the color.

I used my scraps from the the original panel to die cut some smaller heart to scatter on the card. I heat embossed part of my sentiment and die cut the other with black card stock. Once all my elements were on the panel, I adhered it to a glittered cardbase and added Wink of Stella to the die cut word.

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If you are in need of any items from the a2z Scrapbooking store you can use code Monica15 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!

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Supplies:

Hero Arts- DI179, PW120, DC132

Distress ink- Worn Lipstick, Festive Berries and Seedless Preserves

Black Wink of Stella

Hero Arts Antique Rose Stem


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Stretching Your Hero Arts Holiday Stamp and Dies

Hello everyone…Helen is here today. Christmas has passed and we ended up with lots of new Holiday themed stamps and dies. Today, I would love to share with you an idea you can stretch your Hero Arts Holiday stamps and dies to make non-Holiday cards.

There are many of Hero Arts Holiday stamps have sentiments that can be used on any occasion like the Peace stamp and cut that I used today on my card.

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My card today is also a mixed media card. I use the heat-embossing resist and watercoloring with Color Bursts on this card.

To create the background I heat-embossed the Hero Arts – Vintage Rose Stem with Versamark ink pad and white embossing powder on a piece of watercolor paper. Then I heat set it with my craft heater.

I sprayed some water mixed with Perfect Pearl powder on the paper and sprinklde the color burst powder on it. I dried in between adding colors until I was happy 🙂 Then on my craft mat, I sprinkled some of the Fuchsia, Lime Green, Orchid and Turquoise and sprayed with water to make watercolor paint. I painted the flowers and leaves with them.

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Then I dried the whole panel with my craft heater. I stamped the Peace sentiment from Peace stamp & cut set on a piece of vellum with Versafine Onyx Black ink pad, sprinkled some clear embossing powder, then heat set it with craft heater.

I used black cardstock for the card base. Using lots of adhesive on the back of the watercolored panel, I added it on the card base, then I wrapped the vellum around the card using vellum adhesive.

I finished the card with some pearl gems.

I hope this will give you and idea that you can actually use your Holiday stamps for non-Holiday cards 🙂

a2z Scrapbooking store carries variety of Hero Arts products, including the ones I used on this project today. You can always send a special or custom request to the owner through the store message when you do not see any Hero Arts products that you like. They will get it for you. Also, you will find lots of on SALE/Retiring right now and get extra 15% more of your order of $25 or more (exclude shipping) by using this code: Helen15 (copy paste the code, sensitive case).

THANKS a lot for visiting me today and you all have a fabulous day!


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Hero Arts Acts of Kindness

Hi friends and Happy New Year! This month is an easy one – ANYTHING GOES; hope you’ll join our challenge for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate!

I made two super quick and easy Thank You cards; I still needed a few more for Christmas gifts but I’m ready to move on to bright and cheery colors!

Don’t forget, shop the Etsy store and save 15% using code: MicheleG15! Don’t see something you want/need/like? Just ask, they do special orders!

For one card, I stamped and embossed the little envelope with Hero
Arts white embossing powder, spritzed the paper and sprinkled on Lindy’s magicals, then spritzed some more – WOW, those are some vibrant colors. I dabbed them off a bit so they wouldn’t mix and become muddy.

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The other card was sponged with distress inks, dripped on some water and once dry the envelopes were stamped 2nd generation in the same colors. For both cards, I used the Misti to stamp the sentiment multiple times in Hero Arts Intense Black.

Mounted to a scalloped square card base. I finished them off with the little envelope stamped on some Doodlebug designer paper, the heart was colored with copics and stitched to the water color panel.

Thanks for stopping by; we can wait to see your creations!

michele

WHAT’S IT TAKE?

Stamps: Hero Arts Acts of Kindness

Papers: Strathmore Water Color, Doodlebug designer paper (little 3D envelope)

Ink: Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon distress Inks, Hero Arts Intense Black

Accessories: Lindy’s Stamp Gang, white gel pen, Copics, Hero Arts white embossing powder, Nestability Scalloped Square, MFT Stitched Square die


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Hero Arts Poinsettia & Happy Holly Days

SURPRISE…I have another tag for you, BUT I did step out and make something different this time – you know, to go along with the theme ‘ANYTHING BUT A CARD‘! 😀 Yay me!

Have you joined our challenge this month; we’d love to see your creations, you can link them up HERE. And don’t forget, you can receive 15% off your order of $25+ at our Etsy shop; just use code: MicheleG15! And if there is something not available, they do special orders, just ask!

So let’s go with the non-tag creation first! I stamped the huge Poinsettia stamp (looks like it might be out of stock, but the dies are available, just ask for a special order if you’d like the stamp) on some artist grade translucent shrink plastic in Hero Arts Intense Black; I knew that wasn’t going to dry for quite some, if at all, so I added some Hero Arts Sparkle embossing powder and hand cut the images after punching a hole in the shrink plastic. I used my heat gun to shrink the images and the embossing powder really made them sparkle. I wasn’t worried about them being perfectly flat, I like the dimension just as they are.

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Once cool, I painted on some Lindy’s magicals – the colors are really a hot pink and lime green but I barely added any water so the colors are a bit stronger and nope, I didn’t worry that they weren’t perfect, just wanted to have fun! I tied on some small jingle bells and silver twine to finish them off; they will be a perfect touch to a few of our Christmas gifts! I tied one on to a gift for our son’s girlfriend, just a cute little touch!

And yes, I created ANOTHER Hero Arts Happy Holly Days tag, I can’t help it, I am seriously in love with these images! I had bought a small gift set from Bath & Body Works for my personal trainer and kept it simple by adding the tag as the finishing touch.

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Above picture taken by my trainer; she LOVED her gift. 😀

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Thanks for stopping by; hope this holiday season allows you a bit of crafting time OR even some crafty treasures under the Christmas tree! Take care. hugs!

michele

Links supplied throughout the post or within the notes below.

Stamps: HA Wood Poinsettia, HA Happy Holly Days

Paper: Artist Grade Translucent Shrink Plastic, Hero Arts Snow White layering (tag), Bristol

Ink: Hero Arts Intense Black, VersaMark, Broken China

Accessories: silver twine, HA Sparkle embossing powder, Zig Clean Color Brushes, Lindy’s Magicals, winter snow stencil, Ranger texture paste, red/white twine, Copic

 


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Hero Arts Happy Holly Days

Hi friends – welcome back to another ANYTHING BUT A CARD post and you probably guessed I created tags, we all know my love for tags!! Have you joined our challenge this month? We love seeing your creations, you can link them up HERE!

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Hands down, this is one of my most favorite Hero Arts sets to date! You can purchase this set, the matching dies and tons of other products at our Etsy store HERE. If you don’t see something you like (or need), they do custom orders, please ask, and don’t forget, you can save 15% off your order of $25+ by using code: MicheleG15!

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OK; now that we have the details out-of-the-way, let’s get down to creating. I stamped and die cut SO MANY IMAGES for these tags, thankfully I have some extras left over that are going to end up on another large project I am doing. 😉

Prepare for photo overload – you’ve been warned.

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Hero Arts Happy Holly Days Stamps and Dies

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Hero Arts Happy Holly Days Stamps and Dies

If you follow me on Instagram (Whimsical_Creations) you can see all the pieces I created as well as the Nuvo Mousse in action. 😀 So I stamped a ton of images and embossed with Hero Arts white (another fave) and colored with Zig Clean Clear brushes. I then die cut all my images as well as a base tag from water color paper.

I applied embossing paste through a stencil to parts of the tags and once dry smooshed on some distress ink. For one tag, I added some Nuvo Mousse to the distress ink and it really changed it to a teal color – lots of sparkle – but once it was dry, I added more of the distress ink without the mousse. Once completely dry, I adhered the various images, embossed some sentiments on black paper, sprayed with shimmer mist and adhered with dimensionals. I die cut a blank tag and adhered to the back for a clean place to write your message. I finished it off with some misc. ribbon and twine from my stash.

Thanks for stopping by; hope you’ll take the time to join our challenge and while you’re at it, shop our Etsy store for some holiday cheer for yourself!

michele

Stamps: Hero Arts Happy Holly Days

Paper: Hero Arts black and white, Ranger water color

Ink: VersaMark, Broken China

Accessories: Hero Arts Happy Holly Days dies, Hero Arts white embossing powder, Zig Clean Color Brushes, Nuvo Mousse, Texture Paste, Shimmer Mist, misc. ribbon/twine, white gel pen, Copics, Houndstooth Stencil, dimensionals


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Hero Arts Coffee Cup with blingy sleeve

Hi,

 

I don’t usually embellish a lot on my cards, but I figure I should break out from my comfort zone and try it.  I am inspired by this month’s challenge theme:  Embellish It.

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And this is what I came up with:

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My process:

  • Press various distress ink pads on craft sheet and spritz with Perfect Pearl to create shimmery watercolor solution.
  • Press think white card stock onto it, let paper absorb the watercolor.  Let dry.
  • Stamp cup and foam from Hero Arts Coffee Cup Tag clear set on white card stock with Vintage Photo, heat emboss with clear powder.  Die cut with matching Coffee Cup Tag Frame Cut.
  • Add clear Wink of Stella to foam.
  • Die cut the sleeve using white card stock, trim and shorten.  Use glossy accent to adhere three row of  assorted Hero Arts Dots onto the sleeve leaving a tiny bit room on last row.
  • Stamp holly leaf from the same set with Peeled Paint and Crushed Olive twice each color and die cut.  Adhere assort red bling to them.
  • To ground my coffee, I mean to create a ground to sit my coffee cup :), I stamp the smudged post mark from the Hero Art Vintage Christmas Post clear set with Vintage Photo.
  • Stamp sentiment with Vintage Photo on watercolor panel, heat emboss with clear embossing powder.
  • Adhere coffee cup, foam, sleeve, and holly leaves as shown.

Here’s a couple of close up shots.

 

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Both stamp sets I used are available at the a2z store.   Psst get them fast, I believe there is winter coffee blog hop in the near future.  Use code Cindy15 to get 15% off any purchases $25 and more (shipping excluded) when you go shopping.   And from now till Dec 24, you’ll get free shipping (US domestic) for any order $50 or more, use code FreeShipping16.  Check the Announcement section on the store.

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Supplies:

 

Hero Arts Clear Stamp Coffee Cup Tag

Hero Arts Frame Cut Coffee Cup Tag

Hero Arts Clear Stamp Vintage Christmas Post

Ranger Distress Ink (Barn Door, Ripe Persimmon, Wild Honey, Antique Linen, Crushed Olive, Vintage Photo)

Ranger Perfect Pearl

Wink of Stella Clear

Hero Arts Dots (Earth, Sunshine)


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Hero Arts Rings and Coffee Cup Tags

Hi friends – have you had time to play along with our EMBELLISH IT challenge? We love stopping by to leave you some love on your creations – join us!

Remember, you can shop our Etsy store any time and save 15% by using code: MicheleG15; and if I’ve used something you don’t see in the store, just ask, they happily do custom orders!

Now, let’s get to creating shall we? Funny how you start with an idea in your head and in the end, it takes a 180! 😉 I totally CASE’d (copy and share everything) THIS card from MFT Stamps but used the Hero Arts Coffee Cup Tags, Rings Bold Prints background stamp (as coffee rings in my eyes) and the Infinity Tags for a fun little gift card tag holder!

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I originally thought I would make a full size A2 card but after all the water coloring, die cutting and stamping was done I sat there for a solid 10 minutes staring at everything and it just wasn’t working. HA! Voila – a gift card tag holder was born. Not original, but it worked for the size ratio I felt I needed for the coffee cup.

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I started off with some water color paper I received a few months ago in a Hero Arts Monthly kit; stamped the Rings Bold Prints background stamp in VersaMark and covered with Hero Arts clear embossing powder. I then used various distress inks to lay down some watercolor; I kinda liked the red hue from the Tea Dye distress ink so gravitated towards those colors. The coffee cup, the sleeve and the lid were all cut from designer paper and sponged with various distress inks. The coffee cup was rather plain,  so I used the leaves and berries in the stamp set to clear emboss over the cup – love how this added just the right texture! I embelished the cup with a little wooden heart from my stash.

I cut another tag from Hero Arts Earth paper to place on the back, then cut the bottom portion of the tag again from designer paper cutting across the top with some decorative scissors and adhered this piece just around the edges so I could slip in a gift card. Finished it off with some twine colored with a burgundy copic so you can add it to a package or hang it on a tree!

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Thanks for stopping by; hope you’ll share your creations with us this month!

WHAT’S IT TAKE?

Stamps: HA Rings Bold Prints, HA Coffee Cup Tags

Papers: unknown water color (from a prior HA monthly kit), MME designer paper, HA Earth paper pack

InkOld Paper, Tea Dye, Black Soot, Antique Linen distress inks, VersaMark

Accessories: HA clear embossing powder, HA Infinity Tags, misc. decorative scissors, misc. wooden heart


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Ombre Metallic Stamp Your Own Plant

Hello everyone,

 

Cindy here to share a card with some layering.

 

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My process:

  • Press various distress ink pads on craft sheet and spritz with Perfect Pearl to create shimmery watercolor solution.
  • Press stamp from Stamp Your Own Plant clear set into the solution to pick up colors, stamp on watercolor paper.  Let dry.
  • Stamp some smaller images from Garden Flowers by Lia clear set on top.
  • Stamp large leaf from Stamp Your Own Plant using Hero Arts Ombre Vintage Metallic Rust Ink in middle of the watercolor panel.  This is my layering of the stamps!  🙂
  • Die cut a rectangle panel at an angle.
  • Mount watercolor panel on kraft card base.  Align and adhere the die cut panel using foam tape as shown.

You could see the shimmer from the close up.

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I really enjoy using the Ombre Metallic Rust ink pad, the color is rich and I love the shimmer.  And it is available at the store.  Use code Cindy15 to get 15% off any purchases $25 and more (shipping excluded) when you go shopping.

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Supplies:

 

Hero Arts Stamp Your Own Plant

Hero Arts Garden Flowers by Lia

Hero Arts Ombre Vintage Metallic Rust Ink Pad

Ranger Distress Ink (Barn Door, Ripe Persimmon, Wild Honey, Antique Linen, Crushed Olive, Vintage Photo)

Ranger Perfect Pearl