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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

Prayers closed

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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!

michele

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 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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Winged Friends

Happy  Valentine’s Day everyone!

Today, I’m here to share with you a Journal Page using the

Hero Arts Digital Download: Winged Friends.

Feb 14 Journal

I started by creating my background with Neocolor II Crayons and then used an Alpha stencil and Ranger Texture Paste for dimension. I added some more texture to my background with Hero Arts Unicorn Pigment Ink and Hero Arts Map Grid Stencil . Be sure to let the ink dry before moving on. I also used a Heidi Swapp Stencil and Black acrylic paint for some different shapes. But you can you use any stencil- Check out the great selection here. I stamped a retired Script stamp using Jet Black Archival Ink

Feb 14 Butterfly

For the butterfly and dragonfly, I started by printing them onto tissue paper- do this by taping the tissue to the back of a piece of cardstock and printing- I then used my Spectrum Noir Markers to color them. I made the Butterfly bigger and brighter as  I wanted it to be my focal point. I then glued them using Ranger Matte Medium. I finished by edging the images with Faber Castell Pitt Big Brush Pen and doodling with a White Signo Gel Pen.

Feb 14 Dragonfly

I hope I’ve inspired you to have some fun with Mixed Media. :o)

Supplies:

Hero Arts Digital Download: Winged Friends

Strathmore Visual Mixed Media Journal

Liquitex White Gesso

Hero Arts Unicorn Pigment Ink

Hero Arts Map Grid Stencil

Ranger Texture Paste

Ranger Matte Medium

Neocolor II Crayons

Spectrum Noir Markers

Faber Castell Pitt Big Brush Pen

White Signo Gel Pen

Jet Black Archival Ink

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Amy


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Halloween Home Decor

Hello Everyone! It’s Michelle here and today I am going to show you something other than a card….and it only has one itty bitty piece of paper on it! I know right? We are papercrafters….what was I thinking? Well, I love all kinds of crafts and I love to incorporate my Hero Arts love into all aspects of crafting. Today, I have used a digital kit from Hero Arts, my Silhouette machine and some stamping with paint. Yes! Paint! Here is the project:

hanging view 2

 

So you are probably looking at this saying….”wait…what? I thought she said she didn’t use paper?” Well I didn’t. What you are looking at is HEAT TRANSFER VINYL…otherwise known as HTV.  This stuff is fun, fun, fun!

Here’s a close up of the process:

First you must pick a design. I decided to use the Haunted Halloween Digital Kit from Hero Arts (all products are linked below).  I turned it into a digital cut file just like I showed you how to do on the blog hop. Need a refresher? Click HERE

So instead of cutting it out of paper I decided that I wanted to use the HTV on my project instead. It will hold up longer, resist dust better and I have no worries about getting adhesive to stick to the burlap. HTV is iron-on material. No glue necessary…just an iron.  FYI….I don’t iron…unless I am doing HTV. My husband does all our ironing. The military taught him well. 😉

So, you put a sheet of HTV on your cutting mat just like you would cardstock, the only difference is you want it shiny side down.  Once you have set your settings on your cutter for HTV, cut and then you want to peel off the entire sheet. Here is where the magic happens. You separate the shiny part from the HTV. It’s kind of like pulling off a sheet of rubbery glue.

Here is what you are left with:

Before weeding

 

If you look carefully you can see where I didn’t “weed” out the all the windows yet.  When you pull the large sheet off you are left with what is going to be your iron-on. You have to “weed it”. Basically you are removing all the little pieces that have been cut but didn’t peel away.  If you have the hook tool from Silhouette it will be the perfect tool for this job.

windows

 

After I weeded out the windows, I decided I did’t wan the burlap to show through. I decided to cut just the windows out of some Neon Yellow HTV. You don’t have to waste a whole sheet of HTV either. The stuff is expensive. Cut down just what you need and make the adjustments in your machine.  Then just put on the exact amount you need cut.

sizing

 

That little rectangle I circled in the back is just enough to cut the windows out. The grid in your Silhouette Studio is great for getting exact measurements.  Adding the windows to the haunted house was a bit tedious but I thought it added so much to the house. It’s worth the extra time if you have it. 🙂

After you have weeded your image you can now iron it on. You take the plastic sheet and flip it onto your project, cover it with a cloth and PRESS the iron for 60 seconds. No steam, just heat. Do not move the iron around. Go over the entire sheet until it peels up. If the HTV comes with the plastic sheet repeat the heating process again. It takes some time but the results are worth it.

flocking HTV

 

Heat transfer comes in flocked material too. I used the flocked material for the Happy Halloween and the moon. Both of those came from the Silhouette store. They are both Hero Arts products. When you are cutting words or images you have to remember to “Mirror” them before cutting them or when you flip the plastic over to iron it on your words will be backwards. My haunted house is actually backwards from the way I designed it. I forgot to mirror it before I cut it. I am lucky that is worked either way for my project or I would have lost a whole sheet of HTV.

right side

 

The ghosts were done in white flocked HTV.  The crow on the tombstone is a Hero Arts stamp. I used Distress Paints to “ink” it up and stamp it onto the burlap. Don’t worry if the colors overlap a little. I think it gives it character. I used Chipped Sapphire and Silver on the tombstone, Pine Needles for the grass and a little black acrylic paint for the crow. Then just stamp like you would with ink. Just remember to wash your stamp really well as soon as you are done so the paint doesn’t dry on your stamp.

paint on stamp

 

My skeleton was done in 3 ways. First I covered him really well in a Hero Arts Dauber in Unicorn White, I stamped him on the burlap but I didn’t get the best impression, I then painted the stamp with white and black acrylic paint to give me a shadow.

Left side

 

Lastly, I bought the same exact cut file from the Silhouette store and cut it with the white flocked htv. Did you know that a lot of Hero Arts stamps are in the Silhouette store? It’s kind of hard to get them to size identically but with a little help from my scissors I got the flocked skeleton to work over the stamped skeleton and it really helped bring him to life.    The cat is the only thing made out of paper on this project.

 

close up

 

And there you have it. A simple home decor item made from a Hero Arts digital kit.  If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.

If you would like to purchase any of the products used today in the a2z Scrapbooking store please feel free to use the Code: MICHELLE15 and receive 15% off your order. Even if you don’t want to buy products used today, you can still use the code. 😉

Don’t forget to join us for our fun monthly challenge too. This month is all about Autumn and Christmas. You can enter HERE. I can’t wait to see what you create.

Until next time….Keep smiling!

Michelle
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