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Hero Arts Reef Border Fancy Frame Die


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Hero Arts Reef Border Die Cutting

Howdy! Here I am with a sparkle and shine project. It’s a new month and time is flying. With a new month comes a new challenge and for July it is Sparkle and Shine.

Hero Arts Reef Border Fancy Frame Die

For the background of my card it’s about shimmer. I put some alcohol ink on Silver Sparkle Yupo paper. Let me just say it is a great look.

I then used just the center part of the Hero Arts Reef Border die to cut the fun window out of the Neenah white paper.

For the turtle and seahorse I stamped those and die cut them. They are from two different Hero Arts sets. After die cutting them I added Stickles to the turtle and down the seahorse (a little hard to see in the photo). I used Hero Arts cube inks for the turtle and seahorse. The seahorse ink is Hero Arts new reactive ink.

For the sentiment I die cut that out of the same shimmer panel used for the background.

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

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Please join us in this month’s “Sparkle & Shine” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp set AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to our 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

 

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The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products as well as a nice selection of digital stamps! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code karen15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.

 

 

 

 

Hero Arts Color Layering Monarch Butterfly


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Hero Arts Color Layering Stamping

Howdy, here I am again with a project for you that is home decor rather than a card. Sometimes you think what the heck am I going to make then you get rolling and dive in. I have really enjoyed the projects I have made for this months challenge. I made another thing for my craft room. It is not really craft related but sits in my craft room next to my computer. I am going to use the stand I made to hold my birthday lists. I like them right in front of me so I can quickly see the birthdays coming up.

So here we go.

Hero Arts Color Layering Monarch Butterfly

To start off my project I got this wood stand at Michaels craft store. I used Distress paint in a few different colors of brown to paint the wood.

For the butterflies I used the Hero Arts Color Layering Monarch Butterfly stamp set and the Flutterbies Printable digital set. Both of these are available in the a2z Scrapbooking Etsy shop. First I used my Misti to stamp the 3 layers of the larger monarch butterfly. For the 2 smaller butterflies I used the Flutterbies Printable kit to print the pdf with 6 butterflies on it. I just told the printer I was printing on a 4X6 piece of paper which in reality I used an 8 1/2 X 11 piece of Neenah paper. This makes all of the butterflies print smaller. I colored the 2 purple ones with Copic pens. I hand cut all of the butterflies but the Monarch Butterfly matching die is available in the a2z Etsy store. I glued these down over the branches. There are little strips of foam under part of the wings of the orange butterfly and under the purple butterfly on the right to give them some dimension.

Here comes the tricky part…. I decided I wanted to die cut the branches out of Tim Holtz plain tissue paper. You need to make it more stable to run it through a die cut machine. I put some 2 sided adhesive on the tissue and die cut 2 of the branches. The trickiest part is after you take off the backing paper you have a very delicate branch that you have to keep from sticking to itself and get it on to that wood without ripping it. The first one, all good. The second one I had to fight with it.

The clasp that holds the paper at the top is colored with Alcohol Ink.

Here is a look without the list.

Hero Arts Color Layering Monarch Butterfly

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Please join us in this month’s “Anything but a Card” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp set AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to our 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 as well as a nice selection of digital stamps! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code karen15 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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New Idea for Ornaments Infinity Dies

Hi, friends, Chark here today. I wanted to show you what I did with the Hero Arts Ornaments Infinity Dies. I turned the small rounded tip one into a string of Christmas lights for a gift bag.

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I used alcohol inks to color some glossy paper with bright colors then die cut two bulbs to sandwich black string between the bulbs. To make them look more like bulbs, I used a thin black marker on the ends.

I used the digital A Natural Christmas set that’s actually a cut file but I just printed the silhouette sentiment (5×7 size), added it to black cardstock, used a white Uniball pen to add dots and added the Ocean ombre sequins and a couple of stray snowflake sequins I had.

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It makes for a festive and bright gift for the holidays. I love making backgrounds with inks and markers and watercolors and then using the ornaments to die cut the papers. I’ll be using them for tags this year. There’s still time to get your set of Ornaments Infinity Dies and use for tags and cards too!

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a2z scrapbooking winter challenge

 

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 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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Alcohol Inks on Acetate Cards

Hi, friends, it’s Chark here today with a fun and colorful technique that I enjoy creating. I used Tim Holtz alcohol inks in bottles to ink up the Hero Arts clear acetate notecards. I dripped the inks onto the cards without using an applicator or heat tool to dry and just let the ink do whatever it wanted…that’s the fun part!

After they dried, I trimmed the panels down, used the Hero Arts So Sorry stamp and cut hearts and then adhered the panels to a white notecard and music paper I had.

On this card, I wrote the words “love” and “you” on the card in a loopy, loose way. You could use some writing stamps or washi tape, but I wanted to try some handwriting.

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On this card, I used the large heart die cut, and backed it with some music paper I had. You could use a song that means something to your valentine, but in this case, I used what I had and left out any lyrics.

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These are fun to make, and I have several more card panels that are all dripped and painted and ready to go for another project. Keep in mind that alcohol inks stain, so don’t get too wild when you’re using them 🙂

And also the silver or gold alcohol inks are less translucent than the colors, so use them sparingly with the colors, as they tend to reverse the stained glass effect.

Thanks for stopping by, hope you’ll enter our February challenge here, and maybe you’ll win the $25 gift code to the store!

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Happy Thursday!

chark

So Sorry Stamp and Cut

Alcohol Inks (sailboat blue, silver, raspberry, lettuce, crimson)

Acetate Notecards

Snow White Notecards

 

 


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Seeing Stars

Hi, crafty friends, it’s Chark here today to share my take on the August challenge to use embossing paste. I used one of my favorite stencils, Starry Night, to upcycle a CD case and CD envelope. We recently got a new computer and turns out, a lot of my CDs for software won’t work, everything is just downloaded now. Soooo, that means I have a lot of CDs and their cases for making art.

For this first project, I just dripped alcohol inks on the inside of the CD case lid after I used silver embossing paste on the outside of the lid with my stencil. My teen daughter still makes mix CDs for people (including me, with music she thinks I should be listening to), so this case would work great for a CD gift. I added a strip of silver glitter washi tape to the edge.

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IMG_7493For my second CD packaging upcycle, I embossed silver stars again, this time on the acetate portion of the CD paper envelope. I painted the paper part with Dylusions blue paint, it’s so vibrant! Then I added a moon embossed in silver paste and then glittered with silver Stickles, the hello die cut from silver paper and a birthday greeting from another Hero Arts stamp set on silver paper. Inside, I filled it with a gift card wrapped in a mini doily and added sequin mix. It makes giving a gift card a little more festive than just tucking it in a birthday card.

IMG_7515IMG_7468I had fun playing with Hero Arts and embossing paste, hope you’ll join us at a2z Scrapbooking Supplies this month in our challenge. And don’t forget, you can join us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook!  If you haven’t done so already, please follow us on these different social media outlets–you don’t want to miss out on any fun promotions. We recently gave away a gift certificate to the store on Facebook!

Happy August!

charkHero Arts Stars Pattern Stencil

Silver Embossing Paste

Alcohol Inks

Glitter Washi Tape

Dylusions paint

Hello Die and Stamp

Stickles

Sequin Mix

Mini Doily