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Wrap It Up

When it’s time to wrap all those gifts you bought on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, why not try dressing up a plain white bag from the dollar store? It’s Chark here today to show you what I did with a small gift bag I found at the dollar store as a set of three. I broke out some of my favorite Hero Arts supplies to make a festive one-of-a-kind package.


To mimic a snowflake, I used the Flower Die to cut a blue cardstock and a white vellum snowflake and also used it to emboss a snowflake on the same blue cardstock. Then I applied Diamond Stickles to the vellum snowflake and let dry. I layered them and added some silver bling.

For the background, I used my favorite triangle die—I can tell you, it gets the most use out of all of my dies. I love it because it fits a card perfectly and you can get such different looks depending on the color of cardstock and the paper behind the die cut that you use. You can see I used silver foil cardstock for the triangle die.


Behind the die, I used heavy-duty watercolor paper and rubbed on three colors of gelatos, blending them with a wet brush. It was so easy to get bright colors, which is sometimes difficult to achieve with regular watercolor paints.

I tried adding a sentiment, but it seemed too busy, so I left it off. I really like how the gelatos reacted with water to give me such vibrant colors for the background of this bold die. I think the softness of the vellum and the openness of the die work well with a strong background.

Don’t forget—our challenge this month is to use watercolor in some way with your Hero Arts stamps, stencils or die cuts. Check it out here! You could win $25 to the a2z Scrapbooking store!

Hope you have a lot of time to get your wrapping finished—we’re having our big family Christmas on Sunday! At my house! Ack! Off to finish wrapping…and cleaning…and baking…see you next time!

CharkSupplies Used:

Hero Arts Triangle Background, Blooming Flower Die, Watercolor Paper, Pick Me Up Tool, Diamond Stickles, Gelatos, Silver Foil Paper, Blue Cardstock, Silver Bling


Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Whether or not it’s cold where you are, imagine snowflakes and maybe you’ll see them in this die like I did. It’s actually called Blooming Flower Die, but I thought “snowflake” when I bought it.

blooming flowerIt’s Chark here today with a simple winter project. The process is easy, but it does take a little time to put a 3-D snowflake together, just because it’s delicate. I used blue glitter paper, teal foiled paper and white cardstock. I liked white cardstock like Hero Arts layering paper the best—especially after I added the Diamond Stickles.

IMG_2970 IMG_2973 IMG_2979 The foil paper and the glitter papers worked fine, but the back of each is white, so when you fold and glue, you might see a bit of that white peeking through. You could always ink the back to match the color of your paper (though it won’t be shiny) if you don’t love the white.

To make your own snowflakes

1. Die cut 5 flower shapes and fold each one in half, with the glitter/foil side folded toward the inside.

2. Adhere the outside (the white side of the paper) of one shape to the outside (the white side) of the next shape.

3. Glue all 5 together and add an ornament hook, string or wire to attach the snowflake to a Christmas tree.

You could also string these to hang on a mantle or staircase banister. I used clear liquid glue, but white glue or a glue dot runner would work too. Tape runners won’t work, since the tape might show through the die cut holes. I added the Stickles to the all-white one by just squeezing some out and running my fingers along the snowflake to cover. You can see the glitter a little in this photo.

IMG_3036I love the look of these and plan to make some more white sparkly ones to hang on my dining room chandelier for the holiday season.

Please don’t forget that we have a monthly challenge going on.  We would love for you to play along with us. This month’s theme is Autumn and Christmas. You may enter up to 5 times and you will be eligible to win a $25 gift certificate to the a2z Scrapbooking store with each entry. Click HERE to submit your entry.
Also, we would like to invite you and your friends to apply for our Design Team. The link is over the to right if you are interested or you can click HERE for more details.  We really hope you will apply.

Happy Wednesday!


Hi, it’s Chark (pronounced just like the fish but I’m less dangerous) with my first post here at a2z Scrapbooking Supplies and I’m so excited to be here saying Hello! I’m not sure where the phrase “tickled pink” came from, but since it means happy and I’m posting with the detailed and delicate feather stamps from Hero Arts, it seemed to fit.

For both of these projects, I used a technique of dripping Tim Holtz Adirondack inks on glossy photo paper. On glossy paper, the inks kind of float on top and you can tip the paper to move the ink and get some fun looks. You can also use a felt applicator to move the ink around.


For the card, using the bright colors of Sailboat Blue, Stream and Picked Raspberry, I dripped the inks onto the paper and let dry. The inks react with each other when they touch, so they create cool patterns. Then I stamped the  feather shapes with Stazon black ink, using the Hero Arts Feather stamps. I cut out the feathers by hand, but the matching feathers die  would certainly make things easier! I used the Blooming Flower die with the same paper. Putting them together, I tried to mimic the look of a dream catcher. The background of the card uses the Starry Night stencil and Salty Ocean Distress Ink, along with the fingertip daubers to pounce the ink into the stencil. Finally, I added Silver Stickles and a little washi tape and sentiment from SRM stickers.IMG_1419For the scrapbook page, I started with Authentique paper with aqua stars, and added Broken China Distress Ink, along with Unicorn White ink and swiped the inks with a damp baby wipe. I added some Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edges and let the paper dry. I used the earthy colors of alcohol inks (Caramel, Cranberry, Rust, Ginger and Gold Metalllic) to create more realistic feathers. I fussy cut them and popped up the top feather with adhesive circles.

If you’ll notice, I also stamped a smaller feather from the set on vellum with white ink and tucked it into the top left of the layers by the photo. I love white on vellum! Subtly and lovely, just right for these feathers. I used the Field of Greens ink cube to stamp the Wonderland Alphabet letters for my title and a green marker to journal.IMG_1445You should have seen my fingers after this project—all kinds of colorful! But now I have about a thousand feathers in different color combinations to use on future projects.

If you’re dying to get your hands on these stamps, pop over to the a2z store, tell them Chark sent you (enter CHARK15) and get 15% off your order. See ya next time!

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