a2z Scrapbooking Supplies

A Hero Arts Retailer


4 Comments

No Line water-colouring with Hero Arts Poetic Petals digital stamp

Hi everyone! My name is Gwendolyn Goh and this is my very first post as a design team member at a2z Scrapbooking and I’m thrilled to be in such a talented team! For my first creation here, I decided to make a framable watercolour piece using one of the flowers from Hero Arts “Poetic Petals” digital stamp set & colouring it using the no line water-colouring method.

July 11 main

I created a video to show you exactly how I did it, but essentially I just printed the flowers onto normal printer paper and shaded the back of the flower I wanted to trace, with a large graphite stick. You can also use an ordinary pencil as that will work very well too. Once the back of the flower was all covered, I traced the flower with a normal pencil. The shading behind the flower acted like carbon paper and I ended up with the outline of the flower on my watercolour paper.

I then started water-colouring by adding the base colour and when that was thoroughly dry, added the fine lines you can find on the digi stamp, which I used as my template, with a thin brush. To finish, I flicked some paint on it (great way to use up your leftover paints) & added a frame with a black marker. I’m quite pleased with the result, especially since it is the first time I’ve done this with a digi stamp, so its really quite easy and I hope you’ll try it. Let me know if you do!

As promised, here’s the video I made to show you how I water-coloured this beautiful “Poetic Petals” digital stamp.

I hope you enjoyed my first post here. Thanks for stopping by & have a great end of the week!

Gwendolyn

Are you on social media? We are! Please join us on TwitterInstagram and Facebook?so you don’t miss any fun promotions or new challenge announcements!

Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

a2z scrapbooking july 2018 challenge

 

Please join us in this month’s “Birthday Bash” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to our a2z Scrapbooking Etsy 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 Gwendolyn15 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.

 

 

 


5 Comments

Hero Florals Peonies Birthday Wishes

Hi everyone,

I am so excited to be using a stamp of one of my favorite flowers, the Peonies on my card today.  The Hero Florals Peonies stamp is a new addition to my stash and I have experiment with using different papers and techniques.

First up I used rice paper (also know as mulberry paper or Xuan paper) and did a faux Chinese painting.  Some of the characteristics of Chinese Paintings may include “watercolor without lines”, one brush stroke for a single petal, writing (a poem, or title, and/or date) and a seal (artist’s name).  Now I must disclaim here that I am no expert in Chinese painting, just some observations from looking at them.  🙂

I stamped the floral and leaves images using Hero Arts Shadow Ink Soft Granite, and watercolor the images.  My Chinese writing skill using a brush is not good enough so I just used a black marker to write Happy Birthday (top right corner), and the date (lower portion), and added my seal.  Then my rice paper panel is adhere to a dark gray card base.

Next up I used the same kind of paper and I gold heat embossed the images before watercoloring it.

 

This last project I made a place card, for a birthday party of course!!  🙂  I used Strathmore 140 lb watercolor paper, stamped in Archival Ink and watercolored both flower and leaves.  Then I die cut using the matching Frame Cut.  I adhere it to a cup shape place card holder die cut using Hero Arts Nesting Teacups Infinity Dies.  I die cut an extra plain leave to write the name.

Here’s the back view, you could see how easy it is to have it done.

 

I sure had fun with this stamp.  It’s in the store, get yours today.  Scroll down to get my promote code and save some money shopping.  🙂

Are you on social media? We are! Please join us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook? so you don’t miss any fun promotions or new challenge announcements!

Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

a2z scrapbooking july 2018 challenge

 

Please join us in this month’s “Birthday Bash” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to our a2z Scrapbooking Etsy 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.

 

 

 

 

 


3 Comments

Dragonfly Die In Metallic

Hi, friends, Chark here with a card featuring the Dragonfly die from Hero Arts. I looovvee this die and it comes with the detailed die and an outline die. I cut the outline in metallic blue paper and the detailed die from white cardstock, which I used Diamond Stickles on.

il_570xN.1503125374_476j

I used the Wonderful Stamp and Cut and the Spiral Stencil for the background. I used watercolor paper and taped the stencil in place. I sprinkled on Color Burst powder pigments and spritzed with water while the stencil was in place. I let it dry and then removed the stencil. It didn’t stay white but it was lighter and I think the vibrant color is fab!

dragonfly

Here it is in close-up so you can see the shine. I added silver metallic bling and outlined the stamped sentiment in white Uniball pen.

dragon2
Are you on social media? We are! Please join us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook? so you don’t miss any fun promotions or new challenge announcements!

Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

 

Please join us in this month’s “Monochrome” 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 DLT 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.

 

 

 

 


2 Comments

Sugartree Sweet Tea or Lemonade?

I really like the latest release of Sugartree stamps.  You can choose the mini stamp set of jar and sentiment “You’re sweeter than sweet tea” or add lots of other digital stamps to this cute iced jar with the full set of stamps and make lemonade..  I made my own background with the sweet jar, spread distress inks with a brush on the bottom panel and die cut.  Visit A2Z Scrapbooking to join the challenge.

Close-up

I’m at A Bit of This and That.

Are you on social media? We are! Please join us on TwitterInstagram and Facebook? so you don’t miss any fun promotions or new challenge announcements!

Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

 

 

Please join us in this month’s “Monochrome” 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 Arlene15 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.

 

 

 

  • Sugartree Stamps at A2Z Scrapbookgin (Sweet Tea)
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Tags and More 8 – Lattice
  • Hero Arts infinity Dies – Nested Tag Dies – no longer available at Hero Arts
  • Hero Arts small tag die (older die no longer available)
  • Tim Holtz embossing folder
  • Copic markers
  • Vagabond die cut machine

 

 


5 Comments

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!

Are you on social media? We are! Please join us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook? so you don’t miss any fun promotions or new challenge announcements!

Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

 

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

 

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 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.

 

 

 

 


5 Comments

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.

IMG_5962

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.

IMG_5937

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.

IMG_5924

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.

IMG_5934

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!
Are you on social media? We are! Please join us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook? so you don’t miss any fun promotions or new challenge announcements!

Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

 

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

 

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 within the shop.

 

 

 

 


5 Comments

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.

il_570xN.632085423_21g6

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.

IMG_5682

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.

IMG_5688

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

chark!

Are you on social media? We are! Please join us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook? so you don’t miss any fun promotions or new challenge announcements!

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 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

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 


3 Comments

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!!

Are you on social media? We are! Please join us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook? so you don’t miss any fun promotions or new challenge announcements!

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.

 

 

 


6 Comments

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.

IMG_5302

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!

IMG_5288

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!
Are you on social media? We are! Please join us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook? so you don’t miss any fun promotions or new challenge announcements!

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.

 

 

 

 


5 Comments

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.

Are you on social media? We are! Please join us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook? so you don’t miss any fun promotions or new challenge announcements!

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.