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Hero Arts Coffee Cup tag & Mini Succulent cards

Hi friends – WELCOME TO THE WEEKEND! Hope you are doing great! This month, we are focusing on tags – such a fun and simple challenge. Be sure to share your creations with us HERE, we love seeing what you create, just be sure to have a Hero Arts item as your main focus to qualify for the monthly prize!

I made a couple succulent mini cards (eekkk…see that dirty spot on my acrylic block – UGH, not attractive for the pictures eh?) and a coffee cup tag too. But seriously, those mini cards are pretty stinking cute I think; just perfect for a quick note to tuck into a lunch box, stick on a gift card, or a gift bag! And that coffee cup tag, look at those faux coffee circle stains, I love the dimension they add to the tag! I made them using THIS stencil and the matte transparent texture paste, and since it’s transparent, the sponging of distress inks really made them pop off the tag. cup-of-cheer-full-blog

I added some ink smooshing behind the cup!





The succulents were colored with Distress Crayons; I die cut each succulent shape from a folded piece of card stock allowing the hinge (opening) at the bottom, then cut the front panel from a separate piece of water color paper, stamped the image in Hero Arts Intense Black, colored and adhered to the front of the die cut. Quick and easy – can’t beat that!mini-succulents-open-blog

The coffee cup was stamped with two colors of red ink, I used a wink of stella for some shimmer; the reds ran a bit but that’s okay, I didn’t mind. I colored the top with Copics and added some white enamel accents for faux sprinkles. I used the largest Hero Arts Infinity tag for the base, added the stencil and texture paste, sponged on some distress inks, mounted the focal piece with fun foam on top of some scrap die cut circles. Easy peasy – I added another tag to the back, stamped a sentiment and left lots of room to include a message. I colored some red and white twine with a Copic to make the white a brown.

Thanks for popping in; can’t wait to see your creations and don’t miss your chance to win a $25 gift card! And don’t forget to check out all the specials at our Etsy shop, a2z Scrapbooking; be sure to use code MicheleG15 to receive 15% off your order of $25+. See you again soon!

PS – they do special orders at the Etsy store, so if you don’t see what you are looking for, please inquire!!



PAPER: Canson Water Color Paper, Kraft card stock

INKS: Hero Arts Intense Black, MFT Electric Red, MFT Brick Red, Old Paper and Tea Dye Distress Inks

STAMPS: Coffee Cup Tags, Potted Succulent

OTHER: Coffee Cup Matching Dies, Succulent Matching Dies, Distress Crayons, Stencil Girl Stencil, transparent texture paste, enamel accents, clear Wink of Stella, HA Infinity Tags


Hero Arts Potted Succulents + Distress Crayons

Hi friends – welcome back to another COLOR IT IN card featuring these gorgeous Hero Arts succulents. Looks like one of them may be sold out in the store, but I spy the other one…AND they both have matching dies. SWOON – you know I’m kinda sorta addicted to dies, but let’s not dwell on that mmm…kkk….? 😀

I saw a video recently where the individual colored directly on watercolor paper with their distress crayons – I used Ranger water color paper which has a lot of texture so I wasn’t too fond of how that was looking. I then took to putting color on my craft mat and picking up with a brush and  bit of water. The coolest things about these crayons is once they are dry, they are permanent, so you CANNOT blend the color that is dry. Hmmm…great learning experience! This was my first time to dig in and really play so I learned lots. You can layer on other colors after the initial colors are dry which is super fun for changing the colors or adding shading. I think using a different type of water color paper with less texture might work a little better. Regardless, I warriored on and determined to make it work (said in my best Tim Gunn voice – any other Project Runway peeps out there?).

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I stamped the first two succulents, masked them off and then stamped the 3rd in the background. Nothing fancy after that, just water coloring and having fun. I mounted the main panel with fun foam on a neutral card base, added some washi tape and that’s it – pretty easy peasy.

Thanks for stopping by; hope you’ll take the time to join our COLOR IT IN challenge (link ’em up HERE), as always, there is a great prize up for grabs. AND if you’re shopping, be sure to use the code “MicheleG15” to receive 15% off your purchase! See you again soon, take care!








Stamps: Hero Arts Succulents
Papers: Ranger water color, Hero Arts Earth Papers
Ink: Hero Arts Intense Black (the ink pad is sold out, but you can request it – and anything else you’d like)
Accessories:Distress Crayons, water color brush, washi tape, fun foam