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Hero Arts Layering Hydrangea summery cards with Erica

Hello!

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

Erica

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

Hero Arts Bright and Beautiful Challenge

 

Please join us in this months “Bright & Beautiful” challenge for your chance at a $25 gift card to the a2z store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the 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 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.

 

 

 

 


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Hero Arts Asian Flower Stencil Faux Bleaching Thank You Card

It’s my turn to post my card here at a2z Scrapbooking.

I started by using my ink blending tool and distress inks (wilted violet, barn door, abandoned coral, picked raspberry, carved pumpkin) randomly on a 96 lb bristol card panel. It’s important to either use watercolour paper or heavyweight bristol. I chose bright colours to go with the current challenge here at a2z Scrapbooking – “Bright and Beautiful”.  I pulled out my Hero Arts Asian Flower stencil, spritzed it well, with water. I placed the stencil, water-side down onto the inked panel. I let the stencil sit for a bit to permit the distress inks under the stencil to get “bleached”. I carefully lifted the stencil and with some paper towel, mopped up any puddles of water. I trimmed the panel down and added an orange panel, stamped the sentiment using Hero Arts Color Layering Fuchsia. To complete the card, I added a thin purple strip of cardstock.

 

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

Hero Arts Bright and Beautiful Challenge

 

Please join us in this months “Bright & Beautiful” challenge for your chance at a $25 gift card to the a2z store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the 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 Sue15 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.

 

 

 

 


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Hero Arts Poetic Petals Digi Stamp Download makes for colouring fun.

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Hello again all, happy August and all those things.  So the theme for this month is Bright and Beautiful and so how could I possibly go past the Hero Arts Digi Stamp Download Poetic Petals.  It was made for this page.  I printed out the flowers at all different sizes and then got out the colouring implements and went to town.  My hands that have arthritis were not so impressed, but my brain had a good time, as well as the mental therapy that goes with colouring in.  Off goes my mind, happily thinking, dreaming, imagining and before you know it, I am surrounded by colourful flowers.  Now that I had them all, I had to chop them out.  I am not one for fussy cutting – it does my head in, but I am quite skilled with a scalpel from my graphic design days.  I remember once that I cut out an intricate spiders web by hand.  I got this done and then had to allow the hands to rest, so I amused myself with helping my daughter with assignments and then blitz cleaned the house.  No rest for the wicked.

So, I have all my elements and then the nice mailman brought me happy mail and in it some cutting dies from China as I do love to use the internet to shop.  So, I cut out some little seeded branches and painted them with Nuvo mousse pastes.  I then cut out these half moon doily shapes and used Nuvo wax pastes to colour these also, using two different tones.  I then dug through my ephemera and found some Kaisercraft pieces that fitted in nicely, plus some flowers from various sources.  I am a mad flower collector/purchaser.  I cannot ever have enough flowers.  Is that the case with all creatives?  Surely not just me.

I started with a lovely blank canvas and applied clear gesso as I knew it was about to get soaked.  First of all I stencilled the background as Lindy’s Magical Shakers work better with some texture to get into, plus I was going to do a completely different layout to what eventuated.  You can still see a teeny, tiny bit … hehe.  Out come Lindy’s Magical Shakers and I used dark blue, purple, orange, yellow and red, just little sprinkles all over.  I have pictures below so you can see how it goes from zero to hero in seconds.  Gosh, they are so much fun to play with.  I love that I used no green and yet, there it is.  Groovy baby.  If you have not tried them yet, you simply must, they really are quite magical.

After all that dried, it looked so awesome it was a shame to cover it up, but I had all these amazing and colourful flowers to use and use them I did.  I laid them out to look like a bouquet of sorts surrounding the photo area, most sit flat with some raised up a little.  At this stage the layout was looking very flat and I prefer layouts with layers and height, so I mounted the photo up a little higher on cardboard, put a yellow frame around it and then used a circular cut die embossed with silver embossing powder over the top, situated so the photo can easily be slipped in.  I then snipped my half moon doilies so that I could bend them and get some dimension happening and then decorated with some ephemera and flowers.  The main word “smile” has been made to look a little 3-d by using Glossy accents 3-d gel which gives it a lovely raised, high gloss finish.  A really lovely product.

Below are some close ups of the final layout, with a little bit of silver sparkle to finish it off.  I think it is pretty enjoyable to use digi stamps, they just add a new dimension to layouts, rather than using the normal ephemera.  Enjoy your creativity, to see more of my work, please go to my website at www.jacobicreations.com or follow my blog at jacobicreations@blogspot.com.au.

Delia

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

Hero Arts Bright and Beautiful Challenge

 

Please join us in this months “Bright & Beautiful” challenge for your chance at a $25 gift card to the a2z 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! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Delia15 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.

 

 

 

 


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a2z Scrapbooking August 2017 Challenge

Hello everyone!!  We are back with another fabulous challenge this month.

Our new challenge this month is “Bright and Beautiful”! All you have to do is use any Hero Arts product on your project and create what you love. Be creative with this challenge.

Please be sure that your project contains at least ONE main HERO ART Product as the focal element!

This challenge will be pretty interesting.  The DT has creating some awesome projects to inspire you to play along with us.

Take a look:

Arlene


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Char

Monica

Amazing isn’t it!!   I hope you love what you see and that it inspires you to join us this month.  You have the entire month to create a new project and enter it into Mr. Linky below.  By entering you will have a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the a2z Scrapbooking Store. One lucky winner will be announced on the 7th of September!!

Good Luck!


Supplies used:

Arlene

Hero Arts Fancy Butterfly
Hero Arts Enjoy the Journey – sentiment
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Vagabond Cutting machine available at your LSS
Foil Paper – 2014 Chickaniddy Crafts
Sue
Char
Monica
Thank you so much for stopping by!!


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Hero Arts CM130 Color Layering Hydrangea Shape Card

Hi! It’s Sue. Can’t believe that it’s almost the end of June. It’s crazy how fast time flies. I have a shape card here for you.  Here’s my card

I love the Hero Arts Color Layering stamp sets. It makes creating beautiful images so easy – Hero Arts has done the “hard work”. I just need to align the various stamps. With my MISTI, it’s pretty easy. There is enough variability on the bloom “background”, that orienting the upper layers requires a bit of rotation, but it becomes pretty obvious where to stamp the upper layers. I fussy cut the bloom. I repeated the process for the three leaves.

To “fit in” with this month’s challenge here at a2z Scrapbooking, I made a circle card. I cut the card with a 3.75″ circle die. I adhered the flower, overlapping the edge of the circle and attached a purple banner, with the sentiment from the same stamp set. The card will still fit into a regular A2 envelope.

 

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

Please join us in this months “Take Shape” challenge for your chance at a $25 gift card to the a2z 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! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Sue15 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.

 

 

 

I'd Never Forget You a2z Scrapbooking Supplies and Hero Arts


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I’d Never Forget You a2z Scrapbooking Supplies and Hero Arts

I’d Never Forget You a2z Scrapbooking Supplies and Hero Arts!!! Hello dear friends, Martha Lucia here to share with you another shaped card and my last card as a Designer for a2z Scrapbooking Supplies. These two years have been amazing to me but I am leaving the team because I need to take care of some personal things but I want to let you know that I love my time sharing with you and creating with amazing products.

I'd Never Forget You a2z Scrapbooking Supplies and Hero Arts

To make my card I used a Circle Stitched Die Cut that I cut twice. The first time with the card stock folded to create the card base and the second using a single layer of card stock that I decorated and pasted over the base.

  1. Use the Spiral Petals Stencil and the Hero Arts Aegean Bold Ink to create the background with the ombre effect. I used a sponge to have better control over the effect.
  2. Stamp the flowers including on the stamp set Color Layering Hibiscus using three different colors of ink. For the base I used the Butter Bar and for the accent I used the Red Royal, colors included on the collection Water Lilies Layering. For the center of the flowers I used Hero Arts Moss Hybrid Ink.
  3. Fussy cut the flowers or use the corresponding die cuts, Color Layering Hibiscus Frame.
  4. Stamp the leafs using Hero Arts Moss Hybrid Ink for the base and Hero Arts Pine Ink.
  5. Fussy cut the leafs or use the corresponding die cuts, Color Layering Hibiscus Frame.
  6. Assemble the flowers and leafs on the top of your card using dimensionals and snail adhesive.
  7. Stamp the sentiment from the stamp set I’d Never Forget You using Hero Arst Intensive Black Ink.

I'd Never Forget You a2z Scrapbooking Supplies and Hero Arts

What do you think?  Please let know below.

Thank you for this amazing year and I hope to be with you soon!!!

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

Please join us in this months “Take Shape” challenge for your chance at a $25 gift card to the a2z 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! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code MARTHA15 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.

 

 

 

I'd Never Forget You a2z Scrapbooking Supplies and Hero Arts

 


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Hero Arts Coloring Layering Hydrangea & For You Flowers

Hi friends! It’s my last post for a2z, I have sooo enjoyed designing with so many Hero Arts products alongside these amazing ladies; they are some of the kindest women you will find in this industry! I will miss them but they will never be far away!

Don’t forget to use my discount code in the a2z Etsy shop – and if something isn’t in stock, just request a custom order – no additional charge: MicheleG15!

I wanted to play with flowers, goodness – I just love colorful flowers! I hand painted (read that to mean, not so straight lines – HA) some thick lines with distress inks and Hero Arts ombre ink, then added some thin gold lines for my backgrounds.

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Blue watercolor up close

Pink watercolor flat

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Pink watercolor up close

The 2nd step of the hydrangeas and leaves were stamped with Oxide Ink, I added more colors with Copics and spritzed with water. Once dry, I die cut the pieces and layered everything up over some gold thread. Oh…and the graphic black and white paper was picked up at Hobby Lobby, adds a nice punch to the black sentiment! Thanks for stopping by; hope you have a great weekend.

And don’t forget this month’s challenge – SHAPED CARDS – link ’em up HERE!

michele

WHAT’S IT TAKE?

Papers: Hero Arts White, Ranger water color, misc. black and white

Ink: Hero Arts Black, Hero Arts Pink to Red Ombre, Broken China Distress Ink, Oxide Inks: Fossilized Amber and Worn Lipstick,

Accessories: gold paint, Hydrangea matching dies, For You Flowers matching dies, gold thread, Copics


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Hero Arts Color Layering Poppy

Hi friends – happy, happy HUMP day – said in my best camel impersonation voice! Hope you are having a great week!

Sentiment Focus

This month we are focusing on sentiments but I couldn’t help but break out these GORGEOUS color layering poppies for a clean and simple card! I stamped the flowers with 3 colors of distress inks (listed below), then added some shading with Prismacolor pencils. I stamped the sentiment from You’re So Lovely in Hero Arts Intense Black ink, splattered on some watered down paint, added some washi tape and called it good!

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Hero Arts Color Layering Poppy

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Hero Arts Color Layering Poppy

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Hero Arts Color Layering Poppy

Thanks for poppy-ing in (HA, see how I made that work); hope you’ll join our challenge this month, we love seeing your creations!

And don’t forget, most of these items can be purchased from the a2z Scrapbooking Etsy store, you can save 15% by using code: MicheleG15!

michele

WHAT’S IT TAKE?

Stamps: Hero Arts Color Layering Poppy and  You’re So Lovely (save 15% on your order by using code: MicheleG15)

Papers: Hero Arts Snow, Red

Ink: Distress Inks: Fired Brick, Festive Berries, Barn Door, Peeled Paint Hero Arts Intense Black

Accessories: Primsacolor Pencils, clear Wink of Stella, MFT Blueprints, gold and black paint (watered down), washi tape


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Hero Arts Artistic Dahlia

Hi friends! This month we are celebrating “getting to know you”…well, really me! I’ve definitely been MIA but I’m back with this absolutely gorgeous flower, Artistic Dahlia from Hero Arts. I LOVE flowers AND stencils, so a match made in heaven!

Have you joined our challenge this month? If not, show us your creations HERE!

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I stamped the image on Ranger water-color paper then colored with Copics and colored pencils, once complete, I outlined the entire image with a Sharpie.

The background was created with Wilted Violet Oxide Ink and Hero Arts Moss; I shifted the stencil just slightly before adding the green. Once complete, I spritzed the panel with glimmer mist and splattered on some watered down Ranger black enamel accents. The stencil is Crossing Waves from Hero Arts.

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Hero Arts Artistic Dahlia

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Hero Arts Artistic Dahlia

Artistic Dahlia Up Close

Hero Arts Artistic Dahlia

Don’t forget, you can purchase any of the Hero Arts items as well as many other items at the a2z Etsy store; if you don’t see something in stock; remember, they do custom orders. Be sure to use code: MicheleG15 to save 15% on your order!

WHAT’S IT TAKE?

Stamps: Hero Arts Artistic Dahlia (save 15% by using code: MicheleG15)

Papers: Ranger Water Color, Reverse Confetti True Love, misc. green, purple scraps

InkHero Arts Intense Black, Moss (save 15% by using code: MicheleG15), Wilted Violet Oxide Ink 

Accessories: white gel pen, sharpie, Hero Arts Unicorn Mist, MFT Blueprints, Copics, Hero Arts Crossing Waves stencil, Glimmer Mist, Black Enamel Accents (watered down), Prismacolor Pencils, Hero Arts Artistic Dahlia die (you can custom request this through a2z Etsy store and save 15% using code: MicheleG15)


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Water Lilies with Hero Arts

Aloha and happy Monday friends!  Have you seen the newest a2z Scrapbooking challenge: Getting to Know You?  Some of my favorite Hero Arts stamp sets are the Color Layering ones and today I’m playing with the Color Layering Water Lilies and matching dies.

Water Lilies with Hero Arts

My favorite part of color layering stamps is the realistic and dimensional looks you get with just a few ink colors!  The water lily is stamped in Hero Arts Shadow ink Passion Flower (as the first/lightest layer), then Hero Arts Bold inks in Orchid and Mulled Wine (the darkest layer).  For the lily pads I used Hero Arts Bold inks in Green Apple and Moss.

Water Lilies with Hero Arts

I die cut the stamped images out and adhered them to a panel die cut with Avery Elle’s Wonky Stitched rectangles (inked with Distress Oxides in Fossilized Amber and Broken China for a fun background)  and adhered to a Hero Arts Floral Mixed Folded Cards. These notecards match perfectly with the ink colors!

I hope this inspires you to join our challenge for a chance to win $25 to a2z Scrapbooking store!

Mahalo for stopping by!

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