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Watercolor butterfiles

Hello everyone, Monica here to share my last card for the April Challenge. Use you favorite Hero Arts products. For this card I kept with my theme of the embossing powders, I can’t seem to get enough of the pearl and black glitter!

butterfly watercolor 2

I started by inking the butterfly stamp with some Tombow markers and spritzing with water before stamping. Once I had all the butterflies stamped I sprayed the card with more water to get the color to drip a little down the card. After the water was dry I used the layer of the butterfly to emboss in the pearl powder. Then I added the sentiment embossed with the black sparkle powder.

butterfly watercolor

I’m happy with how the card turned out even with the splatter of orange by the green!

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Hero Arts- CL867  (medium butterfly), CM136 (sentiment), PW118 and PW120

Misc- Watercolor paper, Tombow markers, Versa mark Ink


Hero Arts Water-Color Layering Koi



I am excited to share today’s card, because I am quite pleased with the results.  Let’s get right to it.

Instead of using all the layers of the Color Layering Koi, I used only two of the layers for two reasons.  First I wanted the base color to be the color of the water color paper which is a creamy white, second, I wanted to paint the colors to avoid the cookie cutter look.  🙂

My process:

  • Place Koi fish frame cut (Hero Arts Color Layering Koi Frame Cut) on watercolor paper upside down, trace the outline with pencil.
  • Wet the area with plain water, then drop/paint in corresponding colors in desired areas.  Let dry, stamp the second layer (outline and scale of the Color Layering Koi) with Wet Cement on one fish and Black on the other.  Stamp the last layer (eyes and lip) in Black.  Die cut.  Use marker to add whisker.  Note that the whisker is on the first layer which I skipped, I could have just omit it, but chose to manually add it back. 
  • Stamp water lilies outline with Antique Linen on watercolor paper, paint the center with water colors.  Use a white coloring pencil and color the petals slightly.  Die cut using matching frame cut.
  • For the leaves, paint different shades of green on water color paper.  Let dry.  Stamp the vein in Peeled Paint, then the base layer in Old Paper.  Die cut using matching frame cut.
  • For the base panel, I went the whole piece of card stock ( Elizabeth Craft Design Soft Finish, 85lb) with plain water, then draw circles alternating between two different shades of blue and a bit of green.  Let dry.  Stamp waves in Old Paper and bubbles in Broken China.
  • Stamp ‘hello’ (Hero Arts Color Layering Orchid In a Pot) in Broken China.
  • Adhere base panel to card front, then adhere all the elements as shown.

Here’s a few photos taken during the process.


Here’s the “beauty shot”.


Our April challenge theme is Getting To Know You (use your favorite Hero Arts products on your projects), and my favorite Hero Arts products are their stamps.  Come join in the fun, you could win a $25 gift card to the store by entering to the challenge.

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Hero Arts Clear Stamp – Color Layering Koi

Hero Arts Frame Cuts – Color Layering Koi

Hero Arts Clear Stamp – Orchid In A Pot

Hero Arts Mid-tone Shadow Ink – Wet Cement

Ranger Distress Ink – Old Paper, Antiuqe Linen, Broken China, Peeled Paint

Daniel Smith Watercolor Sheet

Memento Pigment Ink – Tuxedo Black

white coloring pencil

markers – Dark Grey, Black


Floral Border Silhouette

Hi, friends, Chark here today to share one of my favorites right now, the Hero Arts Floral Border Die. It’s delicate and spring-like and makes a gorgeous silhouette when cut from black cardstock.


For the background, I used Distress Inks and applied the ink pads to a nonstick craft sheet. Then I spritzed with a lot of water and ran the cardstock through the ink. I let the panel dry and then trimmed it to fit behind the die cut.

I stamped the sentiment and swirl from the Color Layering Peacock Stamp set and adhered the whole panel to a card base. It was easy to do and pretty quick. If you want to speed up your ink drying time, you can use a heat gun and it would be even quicker. It looks like you took a lot of time and effort but it really is a fast and easy card.

Hope you’ll join in our monthly challenge Getting to Know You (using your favorite Hero Arts products). You can win $25 to the store! I think my favorite die says I’m fond of flowers and sunsets. Do you think the black against the color looks a little like the trees against the setting sun? I do!

Get To Know You


Happy Monday!


HA Floral Border Die

HA Color Layering Peacock Stamps

Distress Inks (Abandoned Coral, Mermaid Lagoon, Cracked Pistachio)

Archival Jet Black Ink




Hero Arts CL949 You’re So Lovely Card

Hi! It’s Sue with a new card for you. This card is totally out of my comfort zone. I typically prefer clean and simple cards, with lots of white space. This card – no “white space”.

I started by stamping all over a card panel with Versamark; added white embossing powder and heat set with my heat tool. I smooshed some ink on an acrylic sheet and picked up some ink with a water brush. I added colour somewhat deliberately to the flowers and a bit more randomly for the remainder of the card front.  I tried to keep the colours somewhat separate as I was a bit worried that some colours blended together might not result in a “pretty” colour. I matted the card with a nice blue and added some sequins for a bit of shine and sparkle.

Here’s a close-up

We’d love for you to join us at our current monthly challenge where we challenge you to use your favourite Hero Arts stamp or die or ink or stencil.

Do you need some Hero Arts products? Check out the a2z Scrapbooking etsy store. When your cart exceeds $25, use my code sue15 for 15% off.


Hero Arts CL949 You’re So Lovely

Hero Arts Libby’s Purple Garden ink cubes (orchid, passion flower)

Hero Arts Lucy’s Floral Favorites (butter bar, green hills)

Hero Arts Poppy Layering ink cubes (pale tomato)

Hero Arts Kelly’s Flowers ink cubes (ultra pink, emerald green, tide pool)

Hero Arts Desert Sun Bold ink cubes (tangerine)

Hero Arts Sky Blue Dye ink cubes (soft pool)

Versamark ink

white embossing powder






Hero Arts Large Hydrangea in a Mug

Coffee Lovers Bloghop

Hi, friends, it’s Chark here today for the last day in the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. I hope you’ll join in and link your coffee/tea/cocoa project over at the hop to try to win one of several great prizes, including $25 to the a2z Scrapbooking store!


Today I used my absolute favorite flower stamp right now, the Hero Arts Large Hydrangea Wood Stamp. I have two hydrangea bushes at my house and love when they bloom. One bloom fills the vase and that was my inspiration for this card.

I heat embossed the stamp in white and then used Twinkling H2O paints to paint the flower and leaves, love that these paints leave a little shimmer. I added some dark centers with a Zig Clean Color Violet Marker and added some water. I used a cocoa mug die from Gina Marie (that I won last hop!) to use as a vase and slid my trimmed hydrangea into the cup. Then I stamped on the greeting and added some shading to the coffee cup with a paintbrush and Mermaid Lagoon distress ink.


I used the Nesting Oval Infinity Dies from Hero Arts to cut out a large oval to frame the flower and cup. The frame was smooshed (learned from Jennifer McGuire) with Distress Inks before cutting. I also used some pinks to smoosh more paper and then die cut little Easter eggs from the same Infinity Oval Dies.

The Nesting Dies are so versatile and you get a million for $24.95. Okay, not a million, but 18 ovals and that’s a great deal! There are also other shapes of nesting infinity dies and we have the 10 Heart set on sale right now in the store…but there’s only one available, so if you’re thinking about, jump over here to get it first!

Of course, I had to break out some glitter and I went with Pink Stickles for the little eggs.

That’s it for me today, but don’t forget, we have 3 Ways to Win $25 to the a2z Scrapbooking store this month!

  1. You can enter a card at the Spring Coffee Hop and link it up and hope your name gets chosen by Amy and her crew.
  2. You can create a card with your Hero Arts products AND the theme “Playing with Stencils” and link it up here by midnight tonight.
  3. You can comment this month on March a2z Scrapbooking blog posts (including this one) for the random draw to be announced April 7. You can get 31 chances to enter! Comment by tonight at midnight!

Good Luck, my Crafty Friends!


Large Hydrangea Wood Stamp

White Embossing Powder

Heat Gun

Hero Arts Birthday Messages Clear (currently sold out, but just go to the store and custom order it at no extra charge)

Nesting Oval Infinity Dies

Gina Marie Reindeer Cocoa Die

Twinkling H2O Watercolors (purples/blues/greens)

Zig Clean Color Real Brush (Persian blue)

Distress Inks (Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade, Mermaid Lagoon)

Stickles (Glam Pink)






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…


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!


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.

Hero Arts Floral Border die, Watercolored

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!



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.


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.


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!


Happy Tuesday!


Shades of Green Ink Cubes

Blush Folded Cards

Origami Happy Holidays

Floral Bold Prints Cling Stamp

Hero Arts White Embossing Powder





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.


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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Hero Arts- DI179, PW120, DC132

Distress ink- Worn Lipstick, Festive Berries and Seedless Preserves

Black Wink of Stella

Hero Arts Antique Rose Stem


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.

Hero Arts Antique Rose Stem

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.

Hero Arts Antique Rose Stem

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!


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.


Hero Arts Acts of Kindess


Hero Arts Acts of Kindness


Hero Arts Acts of Kindness


Hero Arts Acts of Kindness


Hero Arts Acts of Kindness


Hero Arts Acts of Kindness

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!



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