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Casing a Designer with Hero Arts Feathers

Happy September all.  Delia again, with another take on using digital files, while also keeping it in the theme of “Case a Designer”.  Well, I have a few favourite designers, but at the very, very top is a most amazing lady called Ola Khomenok, she is from the Ukraine and her work is amazing, lots of layers, colours and just bits and pieces.  She uses loads of stencils initially when building up her page and then she makes what she does look sooo easy and it truly does my head in.  I watch her videos over and over again and am always left in awe of her talent.  I am trying very hard to emulate her style at the moment which I call “collage style”, but it really is just “Ola style” as she has a truly beautiful talent that I am actually very jelly of.  Aaaagh, but it is always good to have those that push us to be better.  I am not sure what my issue is in my difficulty in trying to emulate her style, but I think it has a lot to do with wastage.  I am frugal when it comes to using my large collection of flowers, chipboard, ephemera and bits and pieces as it all costs lots of money and I just don’t want to waste it – even though it isn’t really wasting it.  I know that Ola is on some major design teams and would be showered with product and deservedly so, but that is not reality for most of us and so I am very considered when I put my layouts together.  I also am just not yet as talented as she!


So, here is my layout using the Hero Arts Feather Digital Cut file, which has the most awesome feather shape ever!  Clearly that was my hero in the layout, but I had lots of fun with this layout.  Firstly, I put the feathers through my Silhouette machine and then out came the Nuvo wax pastes in various colours and painted them and then I foiled them and sealed the foil off.  May I say how tedious foiling is…. those fiddly things and me are not the greatest of friends.  I truly did hide behind the door when patience was handed out.  So, I had a bit of fun with colouring and things, building up the layers, adding more and more bits and pieces, until all finished.

That’s all from me until another week passes when I shall return with another ‘Case a Designer’ layout, which will probably be all about Ola.  She is my current challenge and I am not giving up until I can learn her skill and put it in my repertoire.  So, be kind, be good and enjoy your inner creative.  Please visit me at my website www.jacobicreations.com or my blog at jacobicreations.blogspot.com.au


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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge




Hero Arts CASE a Designer Challenge


Please join us in this months “CASE a Designer” 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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Winter Butterfly

I am so pleased to be a part of the a2z Scrapbooking design team and wanted to try something new with my Hero Arts butterfly die for my first post, which is perfect for our January Challenge.

This past week Jennifer McGuire had a video showing how to make a “no bulk shaker card”.  I basically followed her instructions but did my own variation.

First, I made the background for my card by inking up the HA circle lace stamp with Ranger weathered wood distress ink.

Then I spritzed it with water and stamped on watercolor paper and repeated doing this until the paper was covered.  If some areas were too dark, I just spritzed with a little more water and then let it dry.

After trimming my paper to 4″ x 5 1/4″, I die cut the butterfly.

Next I added double-sided tape all around the edges of the butterfly on the back of the card and positioned on a piece of acetate.

Sprinkled on some sequins, removed the backing from the tape, placed on another piece of acetate to sandwich in the sequins and then added all to the card base.

Repositioned the die cut butterfly on top by only adding glue down the center, added some more sequins and done.  I purposely didn’t add a sentiment as I wanted the emphasis to be on the butterfly – and any sentiment can be added to the inside – or not!

Take a look at my card:

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 Get a 15% discount on a minimum $25 order at a2z on Etsy by using my discount code – BETTY15.  The January challenge is “New to You” so give a try to a new stamp, die or technique and enter here.

Die:  Hero Arts Butterfly

Stamp: Hero Arts Circle Lace

Ink: Ranger Distress Weathered Wood

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