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Dragonfly Fancy Die by Hero Arts

I am so in love with this Dragonfly Fancy Die from Hero Arts—it’s detailed but not crazy detailed so you don’t have to baby it when you die cut it from your machine, and it looks good just about every way you try.

I’ve cut it from black paper, white cardstock, glitter paper, metallic paper, vellum, sticker paper, patterned paper, watercolor paper and more. It’s so versatile and you can get a lot of uses from it. I think it’s a beautiful way to do Sympathy, Thinking of You, Birthday and Hello cards. To make this dragonfly, I die cut the insect from gold metallic paper and used acetate (dripped with alcohol inks) as the wings.

For my cards, I’ve left off the sentiment to be stamped inside later. I think the gold glitter paste with the stencil and the dragonfly is all the card front needs. It’s pretty striking on its own. I love how the acetate/alcohol inks give it a stained glass look.

For this card, I die cut the dragonfly from black paper and used some Hero Arts Liquid Watercolors dripped onto watercolor paper for the wing backing. It’s definitely a different look, but still striking in a different way. The pool card and gold stenciling is the same as the first card.

A Blog Named Hero is back! They have a new challenge up and two prizes available…the theme is Use Your Fave Hero Arts and since this Dragonfly die is now officially my fave, I’m entering the top card with the gold dragonfly in the challenge. You can join me here.

Pop over to my blog to see more dragonflies with different papers and wings on this post at Glitter in my Kitchen.

Happy Wednesday!

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Please join us in this month’s “Anything Goes” 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 DLT15 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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Mermaids with Hero Arts Liquid Watercolors

Hi, friends, it’s Chark here today to share not one, not two, but three mermaid cards made with the new Mermaid Stamp & Cut. It’s a smaller set of stamps that comes with two dies for $14.99 and is just so much fun to color.

The first thing I did was to break out the new liquid watercolors from Hero Arts. I have the Deep Ocean, Strawberry and Dandelion colors. I saw this video from Jennifer McGuire and decided to give her technique a go. I used both watercolor paper and Bristol smooth paper.

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I watercolored a base blue on the Bristol paper and then dotted the yellow and blue paints directly onto the dried paper. I sprayed with water from above until it moved around just a little and let it air dry. That background became this card below. I used a new branch die and the Mermaid Ombre sequins to make a kind of coral reef thing for her to rest on. I used Prismacolor pencils to color all the mermaids.

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For this next card, I used watercolor paper and wet the whole paper a ton and then used the blue and yellow droppers to drop color in puddles onto the paper.  I tipped the paper and let the colors run together. After it dried, I spritzed with water and then soaked up the color. I added some Mermaid Ombre sequins and clear Nuvo drops as bubbles.

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For my last card, I used smooth Bristol paper and sprayed it with water until it was saturatedand then dropped color onto it, still using the blue and yellow. I did move the paper a little to get some variation in color (where the pigment runs a bit) but not too much. I added Diamond Stickles as bubbles on this one and added a strip of washi tape at the top.

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I still have tons of papers left to use as backgrounds or for die cutting and still have plenty of watercolor left in the bottles for using as regular watercolors if I choose.

Hop on over to the store if you’d like to try the new watercolors or this cute Mermaid Stamp and Cut set. If anything is sold out, just hit the Custom Order button and order any of the new Hero Arts products at no additional cost!

Happy Wednesday!

chark!
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Please join us in this month’s “It’s a Love Thing” 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 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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City Adventures Valentine

Hi, friends, it’s Chark here today to show you some digital stamps I turned into cards. I took the City Adventures digital stamps and printed the city silhouette onto dull (not glossy) coated paper twice. After that, I used Distress Oxides to color the backgrounds. I used a lots of water to mix and swirl the colors. When I was happy with them, I let them dry.

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I did wipe down the silhouette with a paper towel to get the Oxide inks off the black images, but it worked fine. You’ll notice I moved the cityscape to one side for the Valentine so I could put in the sentiment and hearts.

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For one of the cards, I added a birthday sentiment to one card and to the other one, I added a digital sentiment and digital hearts from The Firmament digi kit. In this close-up you can see the Silver Stickles I used for the stars.

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Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

chark!

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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 a2z Scrapbooking Supplies 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 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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Ornament New Year Easel Card

Hello,

Cindy here to share a New Year card, inspired by this month’s challenge theme: Make It Pop!  I made for you an easel card.  Let’s take a look.

 

To create the pointy shape part of my card I used one of the ornament dies from the Ornament Infinity Dies set and did partial die cut (left one in photo below).  For my pink bow tie, I select a smaller die from the same set (right one in photo below).

Here’s the back view.

I could have just die cut the ornament and glue to the card, but I think this is more elegant.  I die cut both the card base and my pattern paper the same way.  So I could sandwich the sparkly candles in between the two layers.

The ‘cheers’ are comprised for three layers of card stock and top with glitter card stock.  Champagne bottles and party hat are heat embossed and watercolored.  The year are stickers, but I outlined it with a white gel pen to make it stands out more.

This would be my last a2z dt project of 2017.  So I think it is a good time wish you all a wonderful holiday season and a happy 2018.  See you in the new year!!

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

a2z scrapbooking make it pop challenge

 

Please join us in this months “Make it Pop” 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

 

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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Ornaments Infinity Dies in a New Way

Hi, friends, it’s Chark here today sharing a Santa card I made with my Hero Arts Ornaments Infinity Dies. I think he turned out pretty cute!

  1. I used the dies shown below for the deer and for Santa (he has two dies…one red and one white).
  2.  I cut a rounded slit in the white paper ornament and slid in a kraft circle.
  3.  I added a little kraft lip to the top of the white piece.
  4. On the face, I cut two black ornament hangers for Santa’s eyes. I used the inside of the black ornament hangers for Rudolph’s eyes.
  5. I cut circles from dies for Rudolph’s nose and Santa’s pompon.
  6. I took the black circles from the ornament hangers and use as Rudolph’s eyes.
  7. I added clear Nuvo Clear Crystal Drops to both character’s eyes and Rudolph’s nose.

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For the background piece, I first watercolored the card and after it dried, I placed the stencil down and used a slightly different watercolor. After that dried, I used Nuvo Aquamarine Mousse (love this stuff!) with the same stencil on top. I had a lot of fun finding new uses for my Ornaments Infinity Dies!

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I’m entering this one over at A Blog Named Hero for their Winter Holiday Challenge…join me here if you love your Hero Arts!

Happy Monday!

chark!
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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

a2z scrapbooking make it pop challenge

 

Please join us in this month’s “Make it Pop” 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 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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Santa Snacks Step Card

It is almost Christmas time!!  What kind of cookies are you preparing for Santa?  🙂

This year I am a little busy so I didn’t actually make any cookies yet.  But I had stamped a lot of gingerbread cookies.  They are for my “mountain fold step card” inspired by this month’s challenge theme: Make It Pop.

The height of each fold from back to front (in inches) are: 3.5, 1.5 and 1.  Width of card is 5.5 inches.  The light bulbs are cut fron pattern paper and I added Sprinkled Sugar on top to give it some texture and shine.  Not sure if you notice, but the hollies on each end are glued onto the pattern paper, but the center one is attached with foam adhesive, and the other two are half on paper and half popped up. I wanted to create a gradual 3D effect, if this term exists.  🙂

Here’s a view from the front and center.

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a2z scrapbooking make it pop challenge

 

Please join us in this months “Make it Pop” 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

 

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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Watercolor Ornament Shaped Card

Hi everybody,

 

Ever since I got my Ornament Infinity Dies I wanted to use the largest die to make a shaped card.  Yup finally did it!!  I created a snowy sunset scene.

I use watercolor and painted the sunset and snowy ground first, then stamped the shrubs/trees.  Next I white heat emboss the snowflakes.  Stamped sentiment and added the adorable watercolored moose.  To ensure the ornament can stand I cut the back panel slightly on the bottom.  Like so.

 

I used many sets on my card, the round shrub is from the 3-D House Essential set, the slender shrub is actually the Thyme from the Fresh Herbs set, the snowflakes and moose are from the Woodland Set by Lia, the sentiment is from the Winter Cheer Tag Set by Lia, and the “made with love” words are from the Santa Snacks Stamp and Cut.   I really had fun creating this card.  Hope you would join me and play along this month’s challenge – Winter.  Remember there are new rules, be sure to check it by clicking the Challenge Rules button on the top.

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

a2z scrapbooking winter challenge

 

Please join us in this months “Winter” 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

 

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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Hero Arts CM165 Color Layering Sea Turtle

Hi! It’s Sue. Surprise – not a Christmas card this time! I’m dreaming of my planned trip to Hawaii. Hence, my card for today.

This sea turtle stamp reminds me of the beautiful waters off Hawaii and all the sea critters in those waters. For this card, I started with the background panel. I used distress inks (salty ocean, peacock feathers) added with a water brush onto 96 lb bristol. I added the colours to try to mimic the oceans around Hawaii. I also inked up the turtle using my MISTI and distress inks (twisted citron, mowed lawn, forest moss). I spritzed each inked stamp with water for a watercolour effect. I fussy cut the turtle. I inked up the seaweed with Hero Arts field greens and stamped with both first and second generation stamping. I used a sentiment from a different stamp set.

 

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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

 

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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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Postage Infinity Watercolor Shaker

Hello hello,

 

One thing I love playing with watercolors is that the result often surprise me.  For today’s project I started creating an ombre background.  And I wanted to add a subtle pattern on top.  So after the first layer dried, I place the stencil on top and paint with more watercolors thinking to have the stencil pattern.  Well well well the watercolors appears to have it’s own mind and I ended up with this.

Okay, the fact is some of the watecolors went underneath the stencil so I didn’t get a clear cut pattern.  But I absolutely love how it turned out.  It looks like a winter scene with a snowy mountain in the center.  Now the question is what to do next?!  I really don’t want to cut it up too much.  So my Postage Stamp Infinity Dies came to the rescue!!  😀

I die cut using two of the dies,  stamped sentiment and made a shaker element with the smaller die cut area.  So what do you think?

 

 

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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 a2z Scrapbooking Supplies 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.

 

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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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Water Color A City Adventure Digital Scooter

We’re changing things up for our monthly challenge here at a2z and our challenge winner for October’s Watercolor challenge will win the Go Wild digital set. If our random winner is also using Hero Arts products, we will add a $20 gift card to the store!

I made a little scene for a holiday trip on a scooter.  Very simple, but fun.  I combined two different techniques here.  For the ground (grass) and part of the blue sky layer above the grass, I used distress markers and a water color brush.  Then I just sponged on the distress ink on the sky and spattered with water.  A few beeps and the vacation sign from the same digital set were added.  Some Glossy Accents and Nuvo Crystal Drops completed the card.

Close-up of the scooter which I fussy cut.

Arlene at A Bit of This and That.

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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 iArlene15 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.

 

 

 

  • List of Supplies:
  • Hero Arts City Adventure
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops in Gloss White , Midnight Blue and Woodland Green
  • Distress markers with a water brush in Festive Berries, Faded Jeans and Twisted Citron
  • Glossy Accents
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Rectangle Die Cut
  • Vagabond Die Cut machine