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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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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 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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Don’t forget, if you see something you like, you can purchase items at the a2z Etsy store for 15% off, code: MicheleG15! And if something is out of stock, please request a custom order!

Also, take some time this montn and join our challenge, we love seeing your creations! Link them up HERE!

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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.

 

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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!

michele

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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


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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!

And don’t forget, you can save 15% off your order when shopping the Etsy store, just use code: MicheleG15!

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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

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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!

michele

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


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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

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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Hero Arts Hello in Pink to Red Ombre

Hi friends, welcome back!

I made this uber CAS (clean and simple) card – so quick, so easy and just think of all the color combos you can use! Wouldn’t a set of these cards in a variety of colors be a beautiful gift? Since we are using shades of red this month, I used two ink pads – Hero Arts Intense Black and Hero Arts Pink to Red Ombre. I very lightly sponged on some pink at the bottom and let it fade out towards the top.

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I stamped random flowers and leaves from two stamp sets – For You Flower and You’re So Lovely. I used two layers of micropore tape for my baseline of stamping but some of the ink still seeped through; that’s okay, it’s handmade and not every single card can be perfection, RIGHT! I added a few pops of black to compliment the sentiment and finished it off with 3 enamel accents. So easy peasy!

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Links below in the product outline. And don’t forget, you can save 15% in the a2z Etsy store by using code: MICHELEG15. So many new additions in the store, check it out and don’t forget to join our challenge this month, you can link up HERE.

michele

WHAT’S IT TAKE?

Stamps: Hero Arts Hello stamp and cut, Hero Arts You’re So Lovely, Hero Arts For You Flowers

Papers: Neenah 110 lb. white

InkHero Arts Intense Black, Hero Arts Pink to Red Ombre

Accessories: misc. enamel dots, black brush pen


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Hero Arts Love & Bold Floral

Hi friends – welcome back to another fun month of challenges using RED! Have you joined us yet? If not, we can’t wait to see what you create, you can link up HERE!

And don’t forget, you can save 15% off your order at the a2z Etsy store by using code: MicheleG15!

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I, just like everyone else, have been inspired by some recent ombre shading using a stencil inspired by Kristina Werner and Jennifer McGuire (just search YouTube, you’ll find their videos. :D). I used some MFT Steel Gray card stock as my base and sponged on the gray/black inks in THIS set over the Bold Floral stencil. I die cut the LOVE multiple times from Hero Arts red card stock and layered together; sponged on some Unicorn ink on the top portion of the top LOVE word and once dry, coated in glossy accents. I embossed the small sentiment on vellum, adhered it all together on a red card base and added a black enamel heart.

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Hero Arts Love Stamp and Cut / Bold Floral Stencil

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Hero Arts Love Stamp and Cut / Bold Floral Stencil

Easy peasy; we can’t wait to see your creations; don’t forget to use a Hero Arts image on  your project!

Hugs,

michele

WHAT’S IT TAKE?

Stamps: Hero Arts Love Stamp and Cut

Papers: Hero Arts Red, MFT Steel Gray, vellum

InkHero Arts Blackboard Inks

Accessories: glossy accents, Hero Arts Love Stamp and Cut die, black enamel heart, Bold Floral Stencil, Hero Arts white embossing powder


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Hero Arts Ring Bold Prints + Thanks

Hi friends! Hope you are doing well and thanks for stopping by! Have you had time to join our challenge this month – ANYTHING GOES? If not, you can link up here!

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Don’t forget, you can save 15% at our Etsy store by using the code: MicheleG15! Don’t hesitate to snag some new goodies to celebrate the new year! 😉 Don’t see what you are looking for? Just ask, they do special orders!

I embossed this super fun Hero Arts background stamp with Hero Arts white embossing powder on some miscellaneous watercolor paper – really – it was just in my stash from a kit I received a few months ago. I then sponged on 3 distress inks – Worn Lipstick, Abandoned Coral, and Dusty Concord. I used the Distress Sprayer to add some water, let it sit for a bit then mopped up any excess with a dry paper towel.

I already had this THANKS die cut sponged and tipped with gold and I was bound and determined to put it to use! I embossed the additional sentiment on vellum from the Hero Arts Thanks stamp and cut set.

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I recently purchased these 4 Tim Holtz dies; I cut one from cardstock and used it as a stencil to apply gold paint and texture paste mixed together. The corner piece is another one of the dies cut from vellum.

I finished it off with some black and white striped paper from my stash, gold glitter paper, a cute little pre-cut doily already colored in purple and layered it all up and mounted with fun foam.

Thanks for visiting, we can’t wait to see your creations!

michele

LINKS ABOVE

Stamps: Hero Arts Rings Bold Prints, Thanks Stamp and Cut

Inks: Dusty Concord, Abandoned Coral, Worn Lipstick distress ink, Versamark

Paper: gold glitter paper, misc. black/white striped paper, watercolor paper, vellum

Misc.: Hero Arts Black and White embossing powder, tiny attacher, washi tape (inside), gold paint, texture paste, Tim Holtz mixed media dies


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Hero Arts Acts of Kindness

Hi friends and Happy New Year! This month is an easy one – ANYTHING GOES; hope you’ll join our challenge for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate!

I made two super quick and easy Thank You cards; I still needed a few more for Christmas gifts but I’m ready to move on to bright and cheery colors!

Don’t forget, shop the Etsy store and save 15% using code: MicheleG15! Don’t see something you want/need/like? Just ask, they do special orders!

For one card, I stamped and embossed the little envelope with Hero
Arts white embossing powder, spritzed the paper and sprinkled on Lindy’s magicals, then spritzed some more – WOW, those are some vibrant colors. I dabbed them off a bit so they wouldn’t mix and become muddy.

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Hero Arts Acts of Kindess

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Hero Arts Acts of Kindness

The other card was sponged with distress inks, dripped on some water and once dry the envelopes were stamped 2nd generation in the same colors. For both cards, I used the Misti to stamp the sentiment multiple times in Hero Arts Intense Black.

Mounted to a scalloped square card base. I finished them off with the little envelope stamped on some Doodlebug designer paper, the heart was colored with copics and stitched to the water color panel.

Thanks for stopping by; we can wait to see your creations!

michele

WHAT’S IT TAKE?

Stamps: Hero Arts Acts of Kindness

Papers: Strathmore Water Color, Doodlebug designer paper (little 3D envelope)

Ink: Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon distress Inks, Hero Arts Intense Black

Accessories: Lindy’s Stamp Gang, white gel pen, Copics, Hero Arts white embossing powder, Nestability Scalloped Square, MFT Stitched Square die


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Hero Arts Poinsettia & Happy Holly Days

SURPRISE…I have another tag for you, BUT I did step out and make something different this time – you know, to go along with the theme ‘ANYTHING BUT A CARD‘! 😀 Yay me!

Have you joined our challenge this month; we’d love to see your creations, you can link them up HERE. And don’t forget, you can receive 15% off your order of $25+ at our Etsy shop; just use code: MicheleG15! And if there is something not available, they do special orders, just ask!

So let’s go with the non-tag creation first! I stamped the huge Poinsettia stamp (looks like it might be out of stock, but the dies are available, just ask for a special order if you’d like the stamp) on some artist grade translucent shrink plastic in Hero Arts Intense Black; I knew that wasn’t going to dry for quite some, if at all, so I added some Hero Arts Sparkle embossing powder and hand cut the images after punching a hole in the shrink plastic. I used my heat gun to shrink the images and the embossing powder really made them sparkle. I wasn’t worried about them being perfectly flat, I like the dimension just as they are.

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Once cool, I painted on some Lindy’s magicals – the colors are really a hot pink and lime green but I barely added any water so the colors are a bit stronger and nope, I didn’t worry that they weren’t perfect, just wanted to have fun! I tied on some small jingle bells and silver twine to finish them off; they will be a perfect touch to a few of our Christmas gifts! I tied one on to a gift for our son’s girlfriend, just a cute little touch!

And yes, I created ANOTHER Hero Arts Happy Holly Days tag, I can’t help it, I am seriously in love with these images! I had bought a small gift set from Bath & Body Works for my personal trainer and kept it simple by adding the tag as the finishing touch.

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Above picture taken by my trainer; she LOVED her gift. 😀

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Thanks for stopping by; hope this holiday season allows you a bit of crafting time OR even some crafty treasures under the Christmas tree! Take care. hugs!

michele

Links supplied throughout the post or within the notes below.

Stamps: HA Wood Poinsettia, HA Happy Holly Days

Paper: Artist Grade Translucent Shrink Plastic, Hero Arts Snow White layering (tag), Bristol

Ink: Hero Arts Intense Black, VersaMark, Broken China

Accessories: silver twine, HA Sparkle embossing powder, Zig Clean Color Brushes, Lindy’s Magicals, winter snow stencil, Ranger texture paste, red/white twine, Copic

 


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Hero Arts Happy Holly Days

Hi friends – welcome back to another ANYTHING BUT A CARD post and you probably guessed I created tags, we all know my love for tags!! Have you joined our challenge this month? We love seeing your creations, you can link them up HERE!

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Hands down, this is one of my most favorite Hero Arts sets to date! You can purchase this set, the matching dies and tons of other products at our Etsy store HERE. If you don’t see something you like (or need), they do custom orders, please ask, and don’t forget, you can save 15% off your order of $25+ by using code: MicheleG15!

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OK; now that we have the details out-of-the-way, let’s get down to creating. I stamped and die cut SO MANY IMAGES for these tags, thankfully I have some extras left over that are going to end up on another large project I am doing. 😉

Prepare for photo overload – you’ve been warned.

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Hero Arts Happy Holly Days Stamps and Dies

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Hero Arts Happy Holly Days Stamps and Dies

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Hero Arts Happy Holly Days Stamps and Dies

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Hero Arts Happy Holly Days Stamps and Dies

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Hero Arts Happy Holly Days Stamps and Dies

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Hero Arts Happy Holly Days Stamps and Dies

If you follow me on Instagram (Whimsical_Creations) you can see all the pieces I created as well as the Nuvo Mousse in action. 😀 So I stamped a ton of images and embossed with Hero Arts white (another fave) and colored with Zig Clean Clear brushes. I then die cut all my images as well as a base tag from water color paper.

I applied embossing paste through a stencil to parts of the tags and once dry smooshed on some distress ink. For one tag, I added some Nuvo Mousse to the distress ink and it really changed it to a teal color – lots of sparkle – but once it was dry, I added more of the distress ink without the mousse. Once completely dry, I adhered the various images, embossed some sentiments on black paper, sprayed with shimmer mist and adhered with dimensionals. I die cut a blank tag and adhered to the back for a clean place to write your message. I finished it off with some misc. ribbon and twine from my stash.

Thanks for stopping by; hope you’ll take the time to join our challenge and while you’re at it, shop our Etsy store for some holiday cheer for yourself!

michele

Stamps: Hero Arts Happy Holly Days

Paper: Hero Arts black and white, Ranger water color

Ink: VersaMark, Broken China

Accessories: Hero Arts Happy Holly Days dies, Hero Arts white embossing powder, Zig Clean Color Brushes, Nuvo Mousse, Texture Paste, Shimmer Mist, misc. ribbon/twine, white gel pen, Copics, Houndstooth Stencil, dimensionals