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Hero Arts Monarch Butterfly Die


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Hero Arts Monarch Butterfly Die with Alcohol Inks

Howdy crafty folks! How is your summer going? Mine was super busy but now it is nice and quiet. I am ok with that!

I had some fun with alcohol inks on the silver sparkle paper recently and for today’s card I used the silver foil cardstock. These are both made to work with alcohol ink.

Hero Arts Monarch Butterfly Die

For the first step I took the silver foil finish cardstock and dropped 2 different pearl alcohol ink colors on it. I also used a thing that blows air to move the ink around along with adding some drops of alcohol blending solution. I was really happy with the way the paper looked. I cut out the butterfly using the Hero Arts Monarch Butterfly die which is available in the a2z Scrapbooking Etsy store. You could take out all the little pieces and have more of an outline butterfly but I was so happy with all the color I left them all in. I also die cut the sentiment from that same piece of paper.

For the background I used an embossing folder. I decided to use the debossed side of the paper for the background. I added some drops of the pearl alcohol ink onto the background panel. I attached this to the base of the card which is a dark purple and hard to see in the photo.

I then glued the butterfly and sentiment to the card.

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

July

 

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

 

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.

 

 

 

 


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Lots of Sparkle and Shine with Hero Arts Garden Fancy Die

Lots of sparkle and shine here.  The background is from shiny paper covered with Distress Inks with some sprinkles of water. I thought there was so much glitter and sparkle, that I didn’t want to add anything but a sentiment.  I sponged on several Distress inks on the card stock to make a more earthy card.

Close-up below:

On my last post of July 3rd, I showed you what I stored my Stickles in and now onward to how I store my Distress ink sponges.   Several months ago I was watching Els of Elizabeth Craft Designs do some sponging on die pieces and replayed the video to see what she used to hold the sponges.  I saw a plastic box and thought “that’s what I’m looking for!”  I checked out grocery store plastics for different baked goods and paper stores for plastic containers.  Finally, after picking up something at Michael’s I found a plastic box about 7 1/2 by 5 1/4 inches and an inch deep.  I figured I could fit 4 sponges across and 5 down for 20 on each side of the box.  Depending on how many distress inks you have, you may want something larger.  This seemed like a good size for me, one container for my distress inks (35) and one container for my Oxide inks.  I think if you could find a container 3/4 inches deep, that would work out really well too.

This container holds my distress oxide inks.  I labeled the names on the outside of the containers so I don’t have to guess.

 

 

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

July

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

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 Arlene15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.

 

 

 

  • Hero Arts Garden Fancy Die at A2Z Scrapbooking
  • Stickles (reds, blues and greens)
  • Distress inks – multiple colors
  • Vagabond die cut machine
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

July

 

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

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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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a2z scrapbooking june challenge

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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Hero Arts Tags With A Spiral Stencil Twist

It’s Arlene here with a second post this month.

It’s Anything but a Card Month here at A2Z Scrapbooking.  I rarely make tags for any occasion but Christmas, but my mind went wondering into the gray world of stencils and inks. I couldn’t make just one since I cut two dies, could I?

Since I used white cardstock for my tags, I wanted to give some depth to the tag and chose the Spiral Stencil die with one of Hero Arts Ombre inks.  Yes, I do have pages of pre-printed images from the Hero Arts kits and that’s how I created these cards, matching size and shape, images and sentiments.

Sometime things just turn out better than you planned and these did.  I need something on my desk to click me into creativity and I know some people need that clean desk to open their vision.  That’s not me.  As soon as I clean up my desk, I am blank, but put a couple images or dies on the table and my mind starts working again.

 

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a2z scrapbooking june challenge

 

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 Arlene15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.

 

 

Both tags were stamped: and cut with:

  • Hero Arts Tag Infinity Dies
  • Hero Arts digital kits Grey to Black Ombre ink (any of the ombre inks would work depending on your choice of colors)
  • Copic markers in shades of Cool grays and .BV 000 and BV31
  • Pilot Silver Marker

Left Tag:

Right Tag


Hero Arts Digital Road Trip

I made a birthday card for a guy who is turning the big 50.  Highway 50 winds its way up to Placerville, CA (original name was Hang Town), Apple Hill area in CA and Reno, Nevada.  On the inside of the card, I wrote, it’s not just a NUMBER anymore.

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

a2z scrapbooking may challenge

 

Please join us in this month’s “May Flowers” 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 Arlene15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.

 

 

 

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Hero Arts Beautiful Day Agapanthus


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Heat Embossing with Hero Arts Beautiful Day Agapanthus

Hello to you all! Today I have a card with some heat embossing using the delicate Hero Arts Beautiful Day Agapanthus stamp set.  May Flowers is the theme for our monthly challenge if you would like to join in. You don’t have to twist my arm to make a floral card.

Hero Arts Beautiful Day Agapanthus

To start the card I stamped one of the bunches of agapanthus along with the stem and leaves and heat embossed with gold powder. I used my Misti to get things lined up nice. I used Bristol paper for this because I knew I was going to use Zig pens on it. I learned in a class that this is the best paper to use with the Zig pens and I find this to be true. So I colored the flowers, stem and leaves practicing some things from the class I took.

I cut out the flowers and mat using Hero Arts Oval dies. The mat is a purple color.

For the background I decided to heat emboss with the same gold powder. I used the other flower bunch in the set to stamp and heat emboss on each corner.

Then comes the sentiment which was the tricky part. I first die cut the words. Then I turned them upside down on the Versamark ink pad. I sprinkled on the gold embossing powder then moved them to a piece of paper. I decided that leaving them on a piece of paper and heat embossing from underneath was the best so the words would not blow away when I was using the heat gun.

Then it was just adhering everything to the card.

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a2z scrapbooking may challenge

 

Please join us in this month’s “May Flowers” 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.

 

 

 


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Hero Arts Magnolia in Purple

While I was looking for magnolias on Pinterest, I saw some purple, YES Purple, magnolias.  Mine did not turn out quite like the ones I saw, but I’ll claim artistic license.  I ran some Washi tape diagonally  and added a sentiment.  Have fun with your flower entries for this month.

Close-up below

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

a2z scrapbooking may challenge

 

Please join us in this month’s “May Flowers” 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 Arlene15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.

 

 

 

  • Hero Arts Magnolia (wood or clear)
  • Hero Arts Magnolia die-cut at A2Z Scrapbooking
  • Copic markers
  • Washi tape
  • Hero Arts sentiment (I put the stamp set away too soon and now I can’t find which set it is)
  • Vagabond die cut machine
Hero Arts Safari Wild About You


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Hero Arts Safari Wild About You Embossing

Howdy! Are you all having a good weekend? Most of us are seeing some sunny days.

I have a safari card for you today. The safari sets are some of my very favorite Hero Arts stamps. All of the animals and the hunter are from the Safari Wild About You stamp set in the a2z Etsy store.

Hero Arts Safari Wild About You

To start off my card I got out a couple of pieces of watercolor paper and a couple Ken Oliver Color Burst colors. For the sunset I used an orange and a yellow. The yellow has a bit of a blue here and there which I wanted in there. I mixed it with water and painted that on and did a little sprinkling of the powder which I blended in with a brush. After that panel dried I cut out the sunset with a die.

Next came the background. I also used a couple Ken Oliver Color Burst colors. I got it watered down and blended a darker blue and a purple on watercolor paper.

For the animals and the hunter I stamped them with Versamark, sprinkled on some copper embossing powder and heat embossed them. On the giraffe I added a bit of a yellow/gold embossing powder to add a little different color. I then die cut them out. I got the idea early on in the planning that I wanted to do the animals in copper. The bird above the tree is stamped with a copper ink.

The tree is cut out of a cool looking copper paper that has some shimmer to it.

The sentiment comes from another safari set. I really need a bunch of thank you cards so that is the sentiment I picked.

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

a2z scrapbooking may challenge

 

Please join us in this month’s “May Flowers” 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.

 

 

 

Hero Arts Birthday Bash Digital Image


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Hero Arts Digital Birthday Bash Cake

Howdy, it’s Karen here with a fun card for a birthday. A bonus is I think this could work for a male or female.

Hero Arts Digital Birthday Bash

This card was really fun to make. I got on a roll and made several in this style. The style is an image that looks like it’s floating. I got this idea from a couple of cards that Jennifer McGuire made in the OCC class Stamp Happy. For the background I used the Hero Arts Lattice background stamp and first stamped with white then I shifted the paper over slightly and stamped with a dark blue ink using my Misti.

I then sized, changed the color and printed out this fun birthday cake that is in the Hero Arts Digital Birthday Bash Kit in the a2z Etsy store. The blue color is what printed. I did a little coloring with Copics which are the teal parts of the cake and the candle flames. On the squiggly icing I added a little Nuvo drops.

Here comes the fun part! In the front panel of the base of the card you die cut an oval. Then on the teal panel you also cut an oval the same size. In between those two you glue a piece of tulle. You use a smaller oval die and cut around your image. You glue this to the tulle. This creates a look of a floating image. Then cut another, white in this case, smaller oval and glue it on the inside of the card also on the tulle to cover the back of the birthday cake image. Here is a photo so you can see the inside of the card.

The sentiment is die cut and glued on.

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

a2z scrapbooking april challenge

 

Please join us in this month’s “Fun Folds” 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.