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Hero Arts Digital Rainbows

Hi crafters

Dawn here to share  a card using a Hero Arts Digital set.   Did you know that A2Z Scrapbooking sells the Hero Arts digital stamps and cut files  (see HERE)  We certainly do!

Wishing you rainbows

I used Hero Arts Weather Cut Digital file.  Although this is a cut file I do not have an electronic cutting machine, so I just used the PNG file and added to a Word Document.  I printed the umbrella  four times, each time changing the colour of the print.  I then printed it onto the main panel with the clouds and sentiment.  I fussy cut out the different colours and paper pieced them back onto the card.   I also printed one copy of the umbrella onto some masking paper and  used it to mask while I sponged the  rainbow background.   I added a flourish and some Hero Arts flowers and heart gems.  Some glossy accents for the rain on the clouds and some raindrops.   I used a sewing tool to do some wriggly lines around the panel before adding to my card base.

One great advantage with using our Digi kits is that you can make you image any size.   And using even a simple WORD programme it’s fun to change the colours or even print out in a very light colour to do no line colouring on an image.


Did you also know you can now get free shipping (in USA) for Orders $50.00 or More. Use Code FreeShipping16
And for every $50 spent on Hero Arts products we will send you a special gift! No special code needed.

Or use my code DAWN15 off your purchase of $25 or more. (before tax and shipping)  – note you can only use one code so chose what suits you best







Hero Arts Weather Cut Digital File

Distress inks

Glossy Accents

Hero Arts Paper flowers




Words of Love

Valentine’s Day is approaching … and Hero Arts Words of Love Digital Stamps make it very easy to create Valentine’s Day cards for the ones you love.


I used two of the thirteen sentiments from the set to create my clean & classy masculine Valentine.


I stamped the Hero Arts Basic Grey Tiny Star Background with Charcoal Ink on White Cardstock and attached it to my Charcoal Grey card base.  I die cut a large heart from Hero Arts Blush Layering Paper and attached it over the stars using foam tape for dimension.

I finished with two punched hearts and a tiny stamped heart from Hero Arts Messages wtih Flourishes using Raspberry Jam Ink.

Here’s a second card I made with my cast-offs from my first design … I’m a firm believer in making as many cards as you can with what you have on your studio table.

AZ012015-2wmI used a third sentiment from the set (which is perfect for a *just because* card) together with the same Tiny Star background and three heart die cuts.

Remember, you can use Coupon Code STEPH15 for 15% off your order of $25.00 or more (before tax and shipping) in the a2z Store.


Products used:

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The Firmament

My *New to Me* product I’m featuring today is the Hero Arts Digital Kit ~ The Firmament … did you know that the A2Z Scrapbooking Store is the only place you can purchase Hero Arts Digital stamps?   While I love inking wood & acrylic stamps, I also love the ease and versatility of designing with digital elements.


I created my card base using two of the stamps from the set – Distressed Stars & Scattered Stars.  I re-sized, rotated, and positioned them using PhotoShop Elements, so that stars would stream across my card base.

For the first card, I printed my image on a piece of Pink Paislee Designer paper. The sentiment from the same stamp set was printed on white cardstock.

AZ010515-1wmI added gold sequins over all of the *circles* in the digital elements for a bit of shimmery sparkle.

For my second card, I printed the same digital image on a piece of Heidi Swapp Designer Paper.  After printer, I rotated the image vertically for a different look with the same digital stamps.


This time I used silver sequins for a bit more contrast and another sentiment from the same set.  I finished with a silver glitter star.

I love that I can print these stamps out over-and-over and change-up the look each time.

As always, you can use Coupon Code STEPH15 for 15% off your order of $25.00 or more (before tax and shipping) in the a2z Store.


Supplies used:

Hero Arts Digital Kit ~ The Firmament

Hero Arts Snow Layering Paper

Gold & Silver Sequins

Pink Paislee Nantucket Collection – Jumbo Shrimp 12″ paper

Heidi Swapp No Limits Traditional 12″ paper

Black Card Base (5″ x 6 1/2″)

Silver Glitter Star Sticker


Fall Flowers Make Me Happy

Hi, everyone, it’s Chark here today to showcase a card I made with the digital Poetic Petals set from Hero Arts. It comes with four blooms but I went with this sunny-looking flower. I colored it to look like a Black-Eyed Susan or a Coneflower.

I’m not a huge digital designer, but I find digi stamps to be easy. I just open the file and print the image I want on my laser jet printer and get coloring. Plus, they’re instant downloads, so you can create within minutes of purchase—no waiting on that mail carrier!


I love text paper in projects, so I inked the edges from a stash I have and added it here.

I chose watercolor paper for the left panel and used the Hero Arts borders stencil and silver embossing paste. Then I used the Hero Arts Neon red ink pad to swipe over the dried embossing, directly onto the paper. The silver took on some of the pigment and is a soft red/copper now…which I really like. The neon ink soaked into the watercolor paper and became very rich-looking.


For the flower, I used Distress Inks in Barn Door, Marigold, Mustard Seed and a bit of Lemonade. The flower stem is Shabby Shutters and the center is Vintage Photo. I used a lot of ink to make it more intense. I didn’t use any water to dilute or spread the ink. Then I fussy cut the flower and popped it up with dots. The ribbon is from a friend and the gemstones are from Hero Arts.

I love the richness of the colors for fall and I love the ease of the digi stamps. This stencil is a nice one too, because you can get a lot of different looks from one stencil.

Hope you’ll join in the Anything Goes challenge this month…don’t you love an open challenge like this? Makes me want to make something crazy! 🙂 If I do, I’ll make sure I post it here first!

Happy Sunday!


Hero Arts Borders Stencil

Hero Arts Neon Red Ink

Hero Arts Poetic Petals Digital Download

Studio 490 Embossing Paste in Silver

Distress Ink Pads (marigold, barn door, shabby shutters, lemonade, and mustard seed)

Watercolor Paper

Red Gemstones


Merry & Bright

Happy Sunday everyone! Ria here today.

I’ve been loving coloring with markers lately and today I’m sharing colored digi images from Hero Arts Holiday Houses. A perfect digi kit to create a Christmas winter scene.


I printed the digi houses in white card stock then colored them using markers from Letraset, Promarker. I also printed the digital paper that comes along with the kit. I used this paper as the background for my card. The snowflakes design on the paper just  gives this feel of falling snow over these mini houses.

Then, I fussy cut the houses and arranged them in my card base.

For details, I put some white dots and very small lines in the houses to mimic snow building in-front of these homes.

I then added some gems, randomly scattered from the top going down, like  snow falling from above 🙂    I also added Wink of Stella clear glitter in the snows on top of the roof. It looks so nice in real life.

Here’s a closer look at the small details



The kit has sentiments too that you can use, a selection of digi paper and some more other elements that you can use in your card project, scrapbook page or other digi projects.

For some more fun, I made a scallop edge using a die cut at the bottom of the digi pattern paper for added texture.


and here’s my finish card 🙂

full hse

If you’re interested in the products that I used on this project, you can check them at inLinkz below this post 🙂

A2Z Scrapbooking store is offering a 15% discount on your purchase at the A2Z store. You can use the code RIA15 at checkout, a great time to grab the new  Hero Arts Handmade for Christmas 2014 release and some more great products on Sale!

Don’t forget to check the challenge for this month too with the theme Autumn & Christmas. The time is now to prepare those cards for the coming season. Better yet come and and join in the challenge for a chance to win.

Supplies used


Stars In My Eyes

Hi, it’s Chark again with projects made with the Astral Digital Stamp set. I’m enjoying my new Hero Arts digi stamps that I used to make Halloween favors for the Digi Blog Hop. And I’m still printing out the Astral stamps and using them. Today I’ve made two simple cards using the various stamps from the set.


IMG_2449In this first one, I printed out the sky, moon and sentiment. I set the moon inside the card and surrounded it with silver sequins and Hero Arts Hues rhinestones. I used a large hole punch to make the window in the card.

IMG_2437For my second card, I used the Starry Night stencil and Silver Staz-On ink to make the sky on black cardstock. I added the star with the sentiment, used Stickles on the word “You” and added rhinestones from Hero Arts. I used silver glitter tape to make a shooting star.

IMG_2430I had fun with these stars, and I hope you try out the new digital stamps as accents for your projects too! If you visit the store, tell them Chark sent you and enter Chark15 to get your 15% discount on your order of $25 or more—including these stars in digital and stencil or anything else your heart desires!

Happy Wednesday!

p.s. Don’t forget to join us for the August challenge here to win a gift certificate! You can also comment on the blogs in the a2z and Hero Arts Digi Blog Hop to win a gift certificate, you lucky thing, you!



Three cards = one digi kit: Artistic Circles

Hello everyone!

It’s Ria here and today I’m sharing three cards using Hero Arts Artistic Circles digital kit.

Just to warn you that I have lots of photos to show so expect longer scrolls in this post 🙂

Once you ordered the kit, its instantly downloadable so you can prepare your project layout right away. One thing I love about digital kits is that you can select the images as you like, resize them as you need to for the project and easily printable. Note that you cannot however alter the original design image as part of its policy. This applies to other digis in other kits you may purchase.

So now, a quick look in the supplies I used for the cards.

The printed two panels of the circles, one in black & white and the other the bluish gray colored that is already included in the kit. I just need to reduce the size a little smaller than the standard A2 card.


For Card # 1, I arranged the circles in random. I’m using the graphic software called Illustrator but you can use Word Document to resize and open the files to design and arrange these circles.

Remember, you don’t necessarily need a graphic software like Illustrator to use digi kits. Its just that I have these in my computer as I also use them at work.

by coloring

For the layout, I arranged them in a way that the circles are bigger in the middle then filling in the spaces around it. I thought that’s nice. I then colored the circle parts with markers. You can also color the other areas of the circles like the one in the middle but in my case I want to keep more white spaces. My color inspiration are the same buttons I’m using as embellishments.

bw after coloring

This is the piece after I colored the circles. I then stamped the sentiment in a patterned paper and arranged them in the panel to see how everything will fit. I used those bright buttons to add texture and color to the piece.

bw colored detail

Here’s a closer look at the coloring. I also added buttons and gray shadow over the circles to pop them a bit in the white base. I also added some faux stitching for a finish look.

For Card # 2, I used the bluish gray background and also printed the tags that comes along with the kit. Here I put the buttons and gems in the areas I wanted them to be.

tag details

I punched a silver eyelet in the tags and added twine since it will be too flat without any detail on it. My intention is to give more focus on the circle digi so I still keep minimal embellishments. I colored the blue circle on the tag through Photoshop but you can also print them in black & white and colored them with markers or colored pencils.


A closer look at the gems. I selected some areas mostly the mid ones to put them in.

tag bg details

For Card # 3, I also colored the circles in Photoshop and arranged the circles similar to Card # 1.  I just cut them in a tilted shape for some variety.


I also stamped the card base with Woodgrain background. It will be nice too to have some designed stamp peeking behind.

I also stamped the sentiment on top of the circle design.

card 3 wdgrain

I added Wink of Stella for some subtle glitz to this card. That luster looks really good in real life 🙂 Love that

wink detail


A look into each card:

white colored

blu bg

orange lay2

And here’s the three cards altogether. Which one do you like best?

If you interested in any of the supplies I used on these projects, you can check them out at the Inlinkz at the bottom of this post.

Also remember that  a2Z Scrapbooking’s current challenge this month (Encouragement theme) is on-going, get inspirations from the team here and better yet join in the fun 🙂


This is it for now and I’ll catch up with you again soon.