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Hero Arts Layering Hydrangea summery cards with Erica


Erica on the blog today with a couple of summery cards. The summer here is awful, too much rain and not enough sunshine. Not that it matters in the craft room though and I sure made up for it with these cards!

I started out by getting the Hero Arts Layering Hydrangea stamp (it’s sold out in the shop but can be obtained easily) and lots of different ink colours. One thing I always do when I have a new layering stamp is try out lots and lots, and I really mean loooooots, of colour combinations to see which ones I like the best. I ended up with quite a few flowers and leaves I must admit. Perhaps a few more than I actually needed but oh well, one must take one for the team sometimes.

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When I finally stopped stamping I got the Hero Arts Coordinating Frame Cut out and cut out all the flowers and leaves. I decided to add little enamel accents in the middle of all the flowers in complimenting colours and set these aside to dry.

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Then it was time to start looking at backgrounds and I thought it would be nice to do some ink blending on them with the Long Leaves Stencil (also sadly, out of stock but can be ordered). I got two Distress Oxide inks out in green shades, Cracked Pistachio and Peeled Paint, and got to work! Using soft movements and not a lot of ink, I blended away until I was happy with the results.

Next I spread out all the flowers and picked three in the same colour family, one with blue-green colours and one with pink-red colours. These I glued together on the back to make sure they didn’t move and then carefully I added leaves in places where I thought it would look the most natural. My inner florist and flower lover took a lot of pleasure in this process. I LOVE flowers!

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To finish these cards off was quite easy as most of the time consuming bits had already been done at this point. I might have done the bunches a bit too big as it was a bit tricky to get the whole shebang onto the card without the leaves sticking out too much, despite using 5 1/4” x 5 1/4” card bases. Oops, eh?

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In order to show that this layout is quite versatile, I decided to put different sentiments on them both. I stamped up ‘Happy Birthday’ on a small white banner in blue Distress Oxide ink. This stamp is from a Hero Arts stamp set called Hero Arts Balloon Animal Birthday .

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On the pink card I simply cut out the word ‘thanks’ in gold glitter card stock, using a Lawn Fawn die. This I adhered to the card using glossy accents. I tried to leave the cards quite simple and let the flowers speak for themselves as they make quite a lot of impact on their own.

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Here are the cards now and that is it from me for today. I hope I have inspired you to get your layering stamps out, try different colour combinations and make your own version of these.

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That’s it from me for today. Happy crafting from


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The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Erica15 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 within the shop.






Hero Arts Artistic Dahlia with Press & Seal

Hi friends – this month we are focusing on shaped cards; sorry, mine isn’t shaped, #fail, but it’s a tri-fold card! 😀 I still think it’s cool. LOL

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Hero Arts Take Shape Challenge

I made the ‘cover’ of the tri-fold card with Distress Oxide inks, then stamped the Artistic Dahlia in Hero Arts intense black ink. Since it’s watercolor paper and a bit textured, I outlined the image with a sharpie once I finished coloring the image.

I actually used Press & Seal to color the image; LOVE doing this – adds to the artistic flair I think. Literally, cut a small piece of press and seal, crinkle it up, dip it in ink and ‘sponge’ all over the flowers and leaves.


Prayers oxide lower right

Prayers dimension

Prayers Inside

Prayers Oxide upper left

Prayers tri-fold

I die cut the word ‘prayers’ from the center, then also cut it a 2nd time with black foam. I added gold foil to the bottom of the word, mounted it into the negative space onto some black and white striped paper; love how it looks all closed up. Oh yes, I splattered on some gold paint too.

I added a piece of pink paper to the inside, finished out the sentiment and added some hearts.

Thanks for stopping by; can wait to see what YOU create this month!


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The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code MicheleG15 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 within the shop.




Stamps: Artistic Dahlia, Prayers Stamp and Cut

Ink: Hero Arts Intense Black, Distress Oxide Inks (Broken China, Worn Lipstick, Fossilized Amber), Distress Inks: Abandoned Coral, Broken China

Paper: HA Blush layering papers, Snow White folder cards, Ranger watercolor paper

Misc: Sharpie, black fun foam, gold foil


Hero Arts Prayers

Hi friends – welcome back to a super simple card – TOTALLY CAS (clean and simple)! I recently received some 4 bar note cards and have LOVED using them for quick cards. And since we are focusing on sentiments this month, I thought this was the perfect size for a card truly focusing on the sentiment! And don’t forget to play for your chance to win; link up your card HERE!

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I used the Hero Arts You’re So Lovely stamp set and only embossed the foilage with white embossing powder. I had seen something very similar on Jennifer McGuire’s Instagram account and knew it would be fun to try!

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Hero Arts Prayers Stamp & Cut

Embossed prayers

Hero Arts Prayers Stamp & Cut

Once embossed, I die cut ‘prayers’ from the center (uh…should have saved those inside pieces, WHOOPS) and sponged on Worn Lipstick oxide ink and Fired Brick distress ink. I embossed the rest of the sentiment on black card stock and mounted with dimensional tape, added more black cardstock behind the sentiment, swiped the top and bottom of the 4 bar card with Worn Lipstick oxide ink and that’s it! Super simple yet very striking.

Thanks for stopping by; hope you will join our challenge this month; you can link up YOUR projects HERE!


Stamps: You’re So Lovely, Prayers Stamp and Cut

Ink: Versamark, Worn Lipstick Oxide Ink, Fired Brick Distress Ink

Paper: Hero Arts white, Hero Arts black note card,

Accessories: Hero Arts white embossing powder


Nesting Oval Dies Make Great Easter Eggs

Hi, friends, Chark here today and I’m sharing this Easter Birthday card I made with a digital stamp and the Nesting Oval Infinity Dies for the eggs. I have four of the Distress Oxide inks and I spent the whole day and part of the next playing with them.

First I used Squeezed Lemonade smooshed on the nonstick craft sheet and spritzed with water and dragged the card through it. Then I did the same technique using Mermaid Lagoon and a little Faded Jeans and cut a large oval. Then I added the sentiment in Faded Jeans oxide ink. They stamp beautifully too.


I created the Easter eggs by laying the stencil down and then pressing the Oxide inks (Worn Lipstick and Faded Jeans) through the stencil with a makeup sponge. Then I spritzed with water while the stencil was still in place.

I removed the stencil and let them dry. Then I used the regular Distress Inks in Squeezed Lemonade and Cracked Pistachio to paint the white parts the stencil left. I just put the ink on the nonstick mat and used a wet brush to apply.

I cut them out with the smaller ovals in the Infinity Die set to seem egg-sized.


Lastly, I printed the butterflies out and then dragged them through Oxide inks on the nonstick mat to color. I didn’t spritz them with water afterward like I did the eggs.

That’s it! I had fun making paper Easter Eggs for this card and trying out the Oxide inks with the regular Distress Inks…they play well together!

Hope you join in our new monthly challenge here.

Happy Sunday!


Nesting Oval Infinity Dies

Winged Friends Digi Stamps

Distress Inks (mermaid lagoon, squeezed lemonade, cracked pistachio)

Distress Oxide Inks (cracked pistachio, worn lipstick, faded jeans, fossilized amber)

Chevron Stencil Pair

Birthday Messages Clear Set

(you can special order any Hero Arts item that is sold out in the store at no extra cost, just click the custom order button)


Giggling with Hero Arts

Aloha and Happy Thursday friends!  Today’s card was inspired by my brother in law and his favorite emoji.  I was late for his birthday, so I thought I’d make it funny and use Hero Arts Irreverent Birthday Messages.  The little winky smile is from Lawn Fawn Loads of Fun and the sentiments were inked in Hero Arts Intense Black Ink on Hero Arts Kraft Notecards (it has the matching envelopes too).

Hero Arts Irreverent Birthday Messages

On the notecard I stamped the Hero Arts Candy Stripe Bold Print background inked in Tim Holtz Distress Oxide in Walnut Stain and distressed the edges with Vintage Photo (I believe these items can be custom ordered through the store).  For some added color I used Peeled Paint which looks so beautiful and vibrant on the Kraft card panel.

Hero Arts Irreverent Messages

That’s my card for today!  I hope it gave you a little giggle.

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Mahalo for stopping by!!