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Have you joined our Stencil Challenge for April?  All you have to do is incorporate one Hero Arts product and some stenciling for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the a2z store (that will buy a lot of fun Hero Arts goodies).

Today I played with the Silver Shimmer Spray (and a tiny bit of leftover Gold Shimmer Spray) that was left over on the top of the stencil … I flipped it over and pressed it into another scrap of paper (that way you get two different designs from one stencil/spray).  It can be a little messier … but I love the effect.

az042015-1wmI also used the same Silver Shimmer Spray to color several White Hero Arts Flowers.  I love these flowers because you can use inks and sprays to make them whatever color you need to coordinate with your designs.

The sentiment is a fun Hero Arts set called A Little.


The layout is from Deconstructed Sketches.


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Poppies, Poppies, Poppies!

Hi, friends, it’s Chark here today and if you know me, you know I like all things Wizard of Oz...Including poppies, like this digital stamp from Hero Arts. There are actually four different types of flowers, but this one called to me. So, of course, I colored it red to match the poppy field in Oz. I did not fall asleep like Dorothy, though. (wink!)

I picked a red scalloped card I had from a bargain bin somewhere and added my stenciled piece. I used red Distress Ink with my Starry Night stencil in a portion of the cardstock. And I used blue Distress Ink with the Arrow Pattern stencil in another area. I just love this Arrow stencil…I find myself going back to it again and again.

IMG_5893I used my Prismacolor pencils for the flower and then added a striped ribbon at the stem. Oh, and I added some fun enamel stars to the star-stenciled area. I only used some of each stencil and faded some areas out by using less pressure when applying the ink.


Hope you’ve been enjoying the stenciled projects all month. I know I’m learning a lot from the design team. If you feel inspired, why don’t you enter our April Challenge here and try to win the $25 gift certificate to the store? Hope to see your projects soon!

Happy Friday!


Starry Night Stencil

Arrow Pattern Stencil

Digital Poetic Petals

Barn Door Distress Ink

Salty Ocean Distress Ink

Striped Ribbon

Prismacolor Pencils

Enamel Star Stickers

Scallop Die Cut (for similar look to my shaped card)


Stenciled Sympathy

The April Challenge at a2z is Stenciling.  When I play with stencils, it’s usually messy, so I make quite a few before I clean up.

Today’s card was made with several of my stencil leftovers using Hero Arts Gold Shimmer Spray & Hero Arts / BasicGrey Two Way Arrows Stencil.  I cut one of the stencil designs into 1/2″ strips and wove together a paper mat.  I used another leftover to frame the card base (the gold splatters are the overspill on the outside of the stencil).

az040515wmI added a new wood block stamp With Deepest Sympathy together with some paper flowers.  I punched leaves from the new Kelly Purkey Designer papers and used Hero Arts Grass Chalk ink on the edges to cover up the bits of white that show-up when you punch into white-cored paper.

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Leave It To Me

Good Morning, it’s Chark with the post today and the colors of the leaves here in Ohio are becoming lovely shades of red, orange and yellow. They inspired me to create some Thanksgiving or Harvest gift bags. I found some mini burlap bags at the Dollar Spot at Target and thought they would make great gift-giving bags for teachers or favors for family dinners. So I broke out the acrylic paints and my new Arrow Pattern stencil. Here are the easy steps if you want to make your own burlap gift bags.

IMG_33221. Insert paper into the bag to keep the paint from leaking through.

IMG_33252. Tape down the stencil with washi tape and make sure the bag is secured to the table too.

IMG_33293. Use a fat brush to push the paint into the stencil (don’t use brushstrokes) by pouncing the brush up and down. And use an older brush in case the burlap is rough on the bristles.

IMG_33344. Let dry.



5. Then stamp on the bag (and over the dry paint) with Staz-On black ink. Use markers to color in the leaves. I used Autumn Leaves stamps to make the tags. I secured the Felt Leaves and ‘Happy Autumn’ cardstock with glue dots.

And, just so you know, the felt leaves are just $1.50 and come in a pack of twelve for your crafting needs. And the Autumn Leaves stamp set is just $8.00 right now, so you gotta pick these up asap! No, seriously, right now! Thanksgiving is coming! 🙂

IMG_3367I filled mine with clear plastic bags of mini candy bars. You can use these at a place setting or on a favor tray at your fall gathering.

These were so fun to make! I liked how they looked when I didn’t use too much paint and just picked certain areas of the stencil to fill in.

Hope this inspires you to make something fun and then enter it into our October Challenge–just use two Hero Arts stamps, two Hero Arts stencils or one of each on your project like I did.

And if you wanna be a part of the Design Team, you have three more days to try out for the team. Check out the details here!

Happy Friday!!