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Floral Border Silhouette

Hi, friends, Chark here today to share one of my favorites right now, the Hero Arts Floral Border Die. It’s delicate and spring-like and makes a gorgeous silhouette when cut from black cardstock.

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For the background, I used Distress Inks and applied the ink pads to a nonstick craft sheet. Then I spritzed with a lot of water and ran the cardstock through the ink. I let the panel dry and then trimmed it to fit behind the die cut.

I stamped the sentiment and swirl from the Color Layering Peacock Stamp set and adhered the whole panel to a card base. It was easy to do and pretty quick. If you want to speed up your ink drying time, you can use a heat gun and it would be even quicker. It looks like you took a lot of time and effort but it really is a fast and easy card.

Hope you’ll join in our monthly challenge Getting to Know You (using your favorite Hero Arts products). You can win $25 to the store! I think my favorite die says I’m fond of flowers and sunsets. Do you think the black against the color looks a little like the trees against the setting sun? I do!

Get To Know You

 

Happy Monday!

chark!

HA Floral Border Die

HA Color Layering Peacock Stamps

Distress Inks (Abandoned Coral, Mermaid Lagoon, Cracked Pistachio)

Archival Jet Black Ink

 

 


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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:

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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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Digital Blog Hop with Hero Arts

 

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Hello and welcome!

Today we are excited to announce that  a2z Scrapbooking is now partnering with Hero Arts to be  the exclusive site, other than Hero Arts themselves, to purchase all  Hero Arts Digital Kits!  If you have never used digital or think you can’t use digital fear not, we have 16 exciting stops on the hop to show you how, plus 3 videos.

a2z Scrapbooking is giving away a $50 Gift Certificate to one lucky winner.  The prize winner will be randomly selected from ALL comments received on the participating designers’ blogs.  The more comments you leave along the hop, the better your odds of winning, so be sure to leave a little love at each blog, including this one! 

This is your last stop on the hop. You should have arrived here from the very talented, Hero Arts Designer Kelly Rasmussen.

Our first card features the Digital PRINT Kits. Here is a video to show you how easy these kits are to use with a simple program like Microsoft word

Here is the card that I made to go along with it:

digi home

This second video shows you how to use the Hero Arts Print Kits as Print and Cuts in Silhouette Studio or just as a cut file in Silhouette Studio:

Here is an example of using the digital kit as a print and cut file:
Christmas light tags

 

Just like I demonstrated in the video….I took the Christmas light and used a gradient fill on it. I printed it out and then cut it out with my Silhouette.  I used some Hero Arts stamps and ink to decorate the background of the tags and then added the print & cut file I created with the digital kit. I added some Wink of Stella to add some extra POW to it. (All supplies listed below)

Next I have a few more tags showing how to combine different cuts with each other for a unique one-of-a kind look:
evergreen bough tag

For this tag I cut the Christmas ornament from the Retro Holiday kit out of two different colored Foiled papers. I swapped out the colors to make a unique ornament. I used some Distress Ink and a Tim Holtz Stencil to create the background. The tag was also cut using the Holiday Houses file from the kit I used in the card above.

red gold star tag

For this one I used the same Tim Holtz stencil for the background but this time I cut two of those gorgeous snowflake stamps from the Retro Holiday Kit and layered them with a pop dot in between them.
red green tag

For this tag I used the insides of the Gold snowflake star in the tag above to fill in the red foil star and I also used the print & cut technique to create the smaller snowflake star with a pattern in the center.  There are so many options with these kits. 🙂

 

red silver star tag

Lastly I used two more of the red snowflake stars from the Retro Holiday kit and layered them on top of the Dancing Rain Stencil, inked in Hero Arts Silver Ink, for a unique look.

In case you missed the video on my personal blog I am adding it below. In this video you will learn how to use the Hero Arts Digital CUT FILE KITS.  You will learn the difference between SVG files and DXF and you will discover that you do not need the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition to use these files.

We hope you had fun today….and that you learned a lot.

We are working as fast as we can to get ALL the Hero Arts Digital Kits into the store. In the meantime if you would like to shop you can use the discount code MICHELLE15 for 15% off your order.

Thanks so much for hopping with us today.

 

Here is the hop list in the event you find a broken link or get lost along the way:

Hero Arts
Tami Hartley
Kelly Latevola
Kymona Tracey
Lisa Spangler
Michelle Liimatainen
Kathy Wade
Lucy Abrams
Chitra Nair
Char K
Ruth Bosner
Jocelyn Olson
Zoey Scarpelli
Stephanie B
Kelly Rasmussen
a2z Scrapbooking <<<<< YOU ARE HERE

Remember to comment on every blog on the hop (we kindly request one comment per blog) to win a $50 gift certificate to a2z Scrapbooking

You have until Sunday August 31, 2014  11:59 EST to comment on each blog. Winner will be announced on September 3rd. Good Luck.

Michelle

 

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