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Art Journaling with Sky Stencil Pair

Hi, friends, Happy St. Patrick’s Day! It’s Chark with a post today and I’m a newbie at art journaling but it’s so fun and I wanted to share my latest page.  I’ve always liked this phrase, “The earth laughs in flowers,” because how can you be sad when looking and smelling flowers? I have some old-world roses in my yard that smell heavenly.

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  1. I started by stamping a Hero Arts text stamp with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink  and Hero Arts Mermaid Ombre Ink on white tissue paper. Then I tore the paper and glued it to the page.

2. After drying with a heat tool, I added some Nuvo Aquamarine paste through the Chevron Stencil and let it dry. Then I added some Dylusions Vibrant Turquoise Acrylic paint to the edges and randomly on the page and added some Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide Ink, using a brush, a wet wipe and my fingers…fun! (it’s a little too blue-looking in this photo)

3. Next I drew some flowers free-form with pencil, then I used some blue transparent Claudine Hellmuth paint to go around the outlines and then watered it down a bit on top of the stenciled areas too. After that, I used Distress Oxide Ink in Cracked Pistachio and the Wallpaper Cling Set to add decorations to the page.

4. I ended up using more of the Nuvo Aquamarine Mousse with the star stencil from the Sky Stencil Pair. I didn’t like that the color of the mousse I first used got covered up with paint, since it’s so shiny and so I needed to put some more on the page. I also added some with my finger to the bottom of the page as the ground.

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5. The flowers got outlined in the Pitt Big Brush Pens from Faber Castell in Chrome Green. Then I lettered the quote on music paper I had. I used the Pitt pens in Pink and Light Blue to color in those letters too, then edged the paper with my Worn Lipstick Oxide pad. And that is it! It took a bit, but it was a fun process and I like how it turned out.

Hope you’ll enter our monthly card challenge with your Hero Arts products to try to win the $25 gift code to the store.

SECOND CHANCE TO WIN: During the month of March, we’re giving you a second way to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the a2z Store! Just comment on any blog posts here in March.

We’ll do a random draw from the blog comments during the month of March for one gift card. You can enter once a day by commenting on the blog post and earn up to 31 chances to win! If you’re feeling it, you’re welcome to enter both the Hero Arts with Stencils challenge and the commenting challenge…maybe you’ll win both!

 

 

Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

Wallpaper Cling Stamp

Sky Stencil Pair

Chevron Pair Stencils

Nuvo Embellishment Mousse

Pitt Big Brush Pens

Distress Oxide Inks

Hero Arts Ombre Mermaid Ink

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

 


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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: Mixed Media Thank You Card

Good morning, Helen’s here today would love to share with you a mixed media card using Hero Arts stencil, stamps and die cuts.

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I created the background with one of the Petals Stencil Pair and Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate. I added some gold acrylic paint on the plate, spread it with rubber brayer, added the stencil and added the cardstock on top of it. I rubbed it gently all over so that the paint would transfer evenly. And then lifted it up and set aside to dry. Acrylic paints dries quickly. Once the panel dried well, I die cut it with one of the Fancy Frame dies (Craftin Desert Divas).

I stamped some of the leaves from the Color Layering Grateful for You Leaves Clear Stamp with some fall color inks (CTMH), and then die-cut them with the matching Layering Grateful Leaves Frame Cut Dies. Then I die-cut the word thanks 4 times from Thanks Stamp & Cut and I stacked them together and glued them with glue pen.

Once I have everything ready, I put them together on the card 🙂 First the gelli printed background, then I arranged the leaves and glued them on the card, added the stacked die-cut sentiment, and I finished the card with some gold sequins.

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I hope you are inspired to create a project and play along with our October challenge- Layer It. You can add you project here and by linking up, you have a chance to win a $25 gift card to a2z Scrapbooking store.

If you need any Hero Arts stamps, frame dies, stencils, cardstock, cards, and other supplies, visit a2z Scrapbooking store and get 15% OFF when you put an order of $25 and more (exclude shipping) by using this code: Helen15.

Thanks a bunch for visiting today. Have a fabulous day!

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Monoprints With Hero Arts Stencil Sets

Hello crafty friends… It’s Helen here today wanna share you a fun project with Hero Arts Stencil Sets. On today’s project, I use Hero Arts Chevron Stencil Pair and Hero Arts Floral Filigree Stencil Pair.

Before get to my project, I’d like to remind you that you still can play along with our challenge this month. The July Challenge is Anything Goes that means you can link up any projects you created with any Hero Arts products.

Now to my project… Lately I have been playing with my Gelli Plate to create monoprint backgrounds. The one I have is the 5×7 plate. And I used Plaid FolkArt acrylic paints and pulled the positive and negative prints for each stencils. I ended up with 8 different prints. I tell you, this monoprinting is fun and addictive 😀

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First, I added the paint on the Gelli plate and used the brayer to spread the paint all over the plate. Since it is acrylic paint, you need to work pretty fast because acrylic paints dry quickly.

Second, I added the stencil on the paint, then the paper. I used the brayer to push all over the back of the paper. If you do not have rubber brayer, you can use your fingers to rub the paint all over so the paint transfer to the paper. This is the first print.

Then, lift up the stencil off the Gelli plate, and added the next paper to pull the second print of the plate.

I did the same steps for all four stencils. I cleaned my plate with baby wipes. Easy pease 🙂

Below, I made a slide show to show how I created these mono prints.

Here’s a card I created with two of the monoprints that I did with two kind of gold paints. I die-cut the prints with Fancy Frame Dies.

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The sentiment I used is Hero Arts Bold Peace wood stamp. I stamped it on a white cardstock with the 2 tone Hero Arts ink pads that came in one of the My Monthly Hero Kits. Then I fussy cut it with micro-tip scissors. I finished the card with some Hero Arts – Hero Hues Gems.

Have you ever tried monoprinting? Share with us your experiences and how you like it 🙂

Do you need crafting supplies? Make sure to check out the a2zscrapbooking online store. And… If you don’t see what you want, you can special order it “Request Custom Order”. Your purchases help support both Behcets and Celiac’s Disease (camps for kids, etc.), and also you’ll get happy mail. Use this code Helen15 at check out to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more (exclude S&H).

THANK YOU so much for visiting today and have a fabulous day!

Helen


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Birthday Butterflies

Hello & welcome!  Today is my last post on the a2z Blog as I’m stepping down from the DT at the end of April.  I want to thank everyone at a2z for giving me this great opportunity.  Today’s card started with making a stenciled background using the wonderful Numbers Background stencil–a GREAT deal in the Sales/Retired section.  I inked the stencil with 4 colors, spritzed with water & laid it on a watercolor panel. The look wasn’t what I wanted, so I laid the stencil back in place & used daubers with the same ink colors.  That worked well, but the colors didn’t flow from one to the other.  A light coating of Gesso totally changed the look & saved my panel from the trash can!  I dry embossed it & sponged on a couple shades of brown adding to the artistic look & bringing out the embossed design.

a2z April number 2Each butterfly was stamped & embossed twice–once on kraft cardstock & once on watercolor paper. After watercoloring with the same inks, I added a very light covering of Gesso & sponged with brown ink. Clear Wink of Stella & Hero Arts gems give them shimmer & shine while hemp cord is wrapped around the bodies with the ends used for antennae.  The sentiment was heat embossed on the kraft card front & then the background panel was trimmed to fit.  I attached the colored butterflies to the kraft ones only in the middle & bent the wings slightly up before attaching them.

WOS up closeHope I’ve inspired you to join the current challenge to use a stencil on your project. Feel free to use my code, GRETA15, to get 15% off a minimum $25 purchase.

Greta

Supplies:
Kraft Note Card
Watercolor paper
Hero Arts Numbers Background Stencil
Diamond Embossing Folder
Sizzix Big Shot
Hero Arts Inks: Field Greens, Soft Pool, Cup O’ Joe, Pale Tomato
VersaMagic Jumbo Java
Clear embossing powder
Distress Ink frayed burlap
Sponge Daubers
Gesso
Hero Arts Antique Engravings
Hero Arts Messages with Flourish
Wink of Stella, clear
Hero Arts Latte Gemstones
Brown hemp cord


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“Me” by Elena Lishchenko

Hi everyone!

Elena here and today I want to share with you my new project.

It’s a mixed-media layout about me. I used Hero Arts Cling Stamps 19TH CENTURY FRENCH SCRIPT Rubber Unmounted AC015Hero Arts Cherish Yesterday AC032 Cling Stamps , Hero Arts Time AC029 Cling Stamps and many paints and sprays.

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I used:

Hero Arts Cling Stamps 19TH CENTURY FRENCH SCRIPT Rubber Unmounted AC015

Hero Arts Cherish Yesterday AC032 Cling Stamps

Hero Arts Time AC029 Cling Stamps

You can use Coupon Code ELENA15 for 15% off your order of $25.00 or more (before tax and shipping) in the a2z Store.

Thanks for your attention!


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Three new projects by Elena Lishchenko

Hi everyone!

Today I want to share with you my new projects.

For my first project I used Hero Arts Cling Stamps 19TH CENTURY FRENCH SCRIPT Rubber Unmounted AC015Hero Arts Cherish Yesterday AC032 Cling Stamps , Hero Arts Time AC029 Cling Stamps. Here’s my father’s foto.

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And some close-ups:

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For my second layout I used Hero Arts Basic Grey Tiny Star Background CG616 Cling Stamp. I played with my son’s foto.

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Finally I want to show you my new small “Thank you” card. I used Hero Arts Cherish Yesterday AC032 Cling Stamps, black and red paint.

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I used:

Hero Arts Cling Stamps 19TH CENTURY FRENCH SCRIPT Rubber Unmounted AC015

Hero Arts Basic Grey Tiny Star Background CG616 Cling Stamp

Hero Arts Cherish Yesterday AC032 Cling Stamps

Hero Arts Time AC029 Cling Stamps

You can use Coupon Code ELENA15 for 15% off your order of $25.00 or more (before tax and shipping) in the a2z Store.

Thanks for your attention!


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Thinking about you

Hi, everyone!

Today I represent you a romantic card. Now I want to tell you about its creating. First  I made hot embossing  on  two pieces of paper. I used Hero Arts Thank You Stamp & Cut DC140 Circle Die Grandson Granddaughter and  Designblock: Old Letter.

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Then I coloured them with different sprays. I used the same sprays to make the background of my card.

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After that I cuted my sentiment from one piece of paper and two branches (Hero Arts Spring Branch Fancy Cut Die: DI087) from another and decorated my card with them.

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I also used for this card Hero Arts Basic Grey Tiny Star Background CG616 Cling Stamp and  Hero Arts Time AC029 Cling Stamps.

Some close-ups:

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I used:

Hero Arts Basic Grey Tiny Star Background CG616 Cling Stamp

Hero Arts Thank You Stamp & Cut DC140 Circle Die Grandson Granddaughter

Hero Arts Time AC029 Cling Stamps

Hero Arts Spring Branch Fancy Cut Die: DI087

You can use Coupon Code ELENA15 for 15% off your order of $25.00 or more (before tax and shipping) in the a2z Store.

Thanks for your attention!

One more thing before I go, did you know that we are on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook?. If you haven’t done so already, please follow us on these different social media outlets!! You don’t want to miss out on any fun promotions!!


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Dream

Happy Valentine´s Day to everyone!

Now it’s time to have fun with colors and embossing powder.

Take a look at my scrapbook page:

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First I took one white craft cardstock and layered it with gesso. When the gesso dried I sprayed it with four different colors to create my background. The colors that I used were Hero Arts Butter Bar, Neon Purple, Green Hills and Cup O’ Joe.

Before the ink spray dried, I sprayed a lot of water on the background. Then I turned the panel on its side so that the colors drip off the paper. I dried the paper with my heat gun. The page looks amazing!! I love that color on background!

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Then I took stencils, ink and white embossing powder and made shapes with the stencil randomly over my background. It created dimension on the page.

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After adding embossing powder, I stamped different shapes on background with India black ink. Behind the photo I cut a few papers. I made layers and contrast with the 3D stickers and drew lines on the papers with black a pencil.

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I stamped the title “Dream” with an alphabet stamp and die cut flags. It made an awesome title on this page with black thread tangle.

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I hope that you enjoy my scrapbook page!

Most of the supplies I used can be found at the a2z Scrapbooking Store. If you would like to purchase any of the supplies I used please head on over to the store and use the coupon code TARU15 to get 15% off your purchase.

I hope my layout gives you some inspiration to participate in our Embossing Challenge. It runs to the end of the month.

You have a chance to win a $25.00 gift card to the a2z Scrapbooking Store. Hope to see you there!

Supplies used:

Hero Arts Butter Bar Spray Mist WM112

Hero Arts Neon Purple Spray Mist WM188

Hero Arts  Cup O Joe Spray Mist WM114

Hero Arts BasicGrey Triangle Pattern Stencil SA031

Hero Arts White Embossing Powder

Hero Arts Stamp& Cut Flag DC126

Hero Arts India Black Ink Pad AF248

Hero Arts Green Hills Spray Mist WM111

Did you know that we are on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook? If you haven’t done so already, please follow us on these different social media outlets!! You don’t want to miss out on any fun promotions!!

Be sure to check out the store! We have the Catalog 2015 release in the store, including the new Clearly Kelly line.

Taru


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My new Spare Head

Hello everyone, Taru here with another project for our January Challenge!

I have a treat for you today.  I created a set of fun spare head a few months ago. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them, then the thought occurred to me that I could create a scrapbooking page with my spare heads.

Take a look at what I came up with:

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I used a dark gray craft cardstock and layered it with gesso.

I stamped my cardstock with a newspaper stamp on my background with charcoal ink. It’s so light it’s hard to see!

I used a stencil and embossing ink to create more dimension in my background.

First I spread gold embossing power and then I heat set it. Then I made second round with white embossing power and heat set that as well. The effect is stunning! I love it!

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I love old books. I love using old papers and pages on my work, so I decided to add some to this page.   I crumpled both pages and glued behind the heads with 3D stickers. I created a funny tittle for this page. I sprinkled a few random drops of ink on the page to give it a complete look.

Take a closer look at some of my textured elements:

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This is page is different, but it’s still a fun scrapbook layout. I totally love what I created!!

I hope you love it too!!  I also hope that it inspires you to create something different with some of the supplies you have at home.

Most of the supplies I used can be found at the a2z Scrapbooking Store. If you would like to purchase any of the supplies I used please head on over to the store and use the coupon code TARU15 to get 15% off your purchase.

I hope my layout gives you some inspiration to participate in our New To You Challenge. It runs to the end of the month, which is in 2 days.

You have a chance to win a $25.00 gift card to the a2z Scrapbooking Store. Hope to see you there!

Supplies used:

Hero Arts Gold Embossing Powder

Hero Arts White Embossing Powder

Hero Arts Silver Spray VM117 Mist

Hero Arts Newspaper background S6501
Hero Arts Charcoal Mid-Tone Shadow inkHero Arts Tweed Pattern Stencil

One more thing before I go, did you know that we are on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook? If you haven’t done so already, please follow us on these different social media outlets!! You don’t want to miss out on any fun promotions!!

 

Taru