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Dragonfly Fancy Die by Hero Arts

I am so in love with this Dragonfly Fancy Die from Hero Arts—it’s detailed but not crazy detailed so you don’t have to baby it when you die cut it from your machine, and it looks good just about every way you try.

I’ve cut it from black paper, white cardstock, glitter paper, metallic paper, vellum, sticker paper, patterned paper, watercolor paper and more. It’s so versatile and you can get a lot of uses from it. I think it’s a beautiful way to do Sympathy, Thinking of You, Birthday and Hello cards. To make this dragonfly, I die cut the insect from gold metallic paper and used acetate (dripped with alcohol inks) as the wings.

For my cards, I’ve left off the sentiment to be stamped inside later. I think the gold glitter paste with the stencil and the dragonfly is all the card front needs. It’s pretty striking on its own. I love how the acetate/alcohol inks give it a stained glass look.

For this card, I die cut the dragonfly from black paper and used some Hero Arts Liquid Watercolors dripped onto watercolor paper for the wing backing. It’s definitely a different look, but still striking in a different way. The pool card and gold stenciling is the same as the first card.

A Blog Named Hero is back! They have a new challenge up and two prizes available…the theme is Use Your Fave Hero Arts and since this Dragonfly die is now officially my fave, I’m entering the top card with the gold dragonfly in the challenge. You can join me here.

Pop over to my blog to see more dragonflies with different papers and wings on this post at Glitter in my Kitchen.

Happy Wednesday!

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Please join us in this month’s “Anything Goes” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts, a $20 gift card to our Hero Arts 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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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 DLT15 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 with-in the shop.

 

 

 

 


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Hero Arts Hybrid Card – Mermaid Sea Waves Stencil and Digital Kits

Hi! This is Sue and I have a hybrid card for you today. What’s a hybrid card, you ask – well it’s a combination of using traditional paper crafting supplies, like stencils, stamps and digital images. Here’s my card.

For my card, I used a Hero Arts stencil with distress inks (cracked pistachio, mermaid lagoon, salty ocean). For the fish, I used a Hero Arts digital kit – DK039 Beach Adventure. I adjusted the size of the fish and printed them out with my inkjet printer. I added colour with Copic markers and fussy cut them. For the sentiment, I used another Hero Arts digital kit – DK116 Special Birthday, which I cut into a banner and matted with blue cardstock.

 

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

 

Please join us in this month’s “Anything Goes” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts, a $20 gift card to our Hero Arts 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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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 Sue15 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 with-in the shop.

 

 

 

 


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Hero Arts Butterflies with a Spiral Stencil

This is one of the few times I have not used a die cut machine, but I wanted a simple one layer card and again used a monochrome card which you might have seen on our March 1st post here at A2Z Scrapbooking.  I hadn’t tried this technique of just putting a long post-it through a card and inking up the rest of the card in a long time and I like how this turned out.   I didn’t want a long sentiment, so I searched for and found a short sentiment to go with the lovely soft butterfly.

 

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

 

 

 

 

Please join us in this month’s “Anything Goes” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts, a $20 gift card to our Hero Arts store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month

 

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 Arlene15 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 with-in the shop.

 

 

 

  • Hero Arts Spiral Stencil at A2Z
  • Hero Arts Color Layering Butterflies at A2Z
  • Hero Arts Ombre Butter to Orange
  • Hero Arts My Words, an older Hero Arts set

 


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Hero Arts Asian Flower Pattern Stencil One Layer Card

Hi! It’s Sue. Have you made any resolutions for 2018. Have you broken them already? LOL! I haven’t made a resolution, per se. However, I know that I’m a more patient person when I set aside time for crafting. So that’s my goal, to spend more time crafting than say, playing Facebook games. So far, I’m doing OK. I think that I’ve finally put away my Christmas stamps and it’s time to work on other projects. I have a one-layer card for you.

I masked off a 1.75″ area on my card base with post-it tape. Using the Hero Arts Asian Flower Pattern stencil, I added colour with distress inks (peacock feathers, cracked pistachio, mermaid lagoon) with ink blending tools.  I carefully removed the post-it tape. I added the sentiment using Hero Arts Tide Pool ink. There you have it – a nice simple clean and simple one layer card.

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Please join us in this month’s “New to Me” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts, a $20 gift card to our Hero Arts 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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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 Sue15 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 with-in the shop.

 

 

 

 


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Bold Floral Stencil Love

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Hi there, it’s Angie here with a card for our December Challenge!

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I think I really have a thing for stencils and this is one of my favs ever!

Hero Arts Bold Floral Stencil, used with Distress Oxide inks, Hero Arts Acetate for see through window, white embossing powder with Versamark ink, Gina K heavyweight card stock, and black fun foam.  I made this background some time ago but didn’t do anything with it….then I decided to make a card similar to one I had made a few months ago for a DT post on a2zscrapbooking. (It was more CAS.)  I usually prefer CAS designs, but I like the busy-ness of this stencil with the oxides and black contrast.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Please join us in this months “Make it Pop” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts, a $20 gift card to our Hero Arts 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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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 Angie15 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 with-in the shop.

 

 

 

 


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Postage Infinity Watercolor Shaker

Hello hello,

 

One thing I love playing with watercolors is that the result often surprise me.  For today’s project I started creating an ombre background.  And I wanted to add a subtle pattern on top.  So after the first layer dried, I place the stencil on top and paint with more watercolors thinking to have the stencil pattern.  Well well well the watercolors appears to have it’s own mind and I ended up with this.

Okay, the fact is some of the watecolors went underneath the stencil so I didn’t get a clear cut pattern.  But I absolutely love how it turned out.  It looks like a winter scene with a snowy mountain in the center.  Now the question is what to do next?!  I really don’t want to cut it up too much.  So my Postage Stamp Infinity Dies came to the rescue!!  😀

I die cut using two of the dies,  stamped sentiment and made a shaker element with the smaller die cut area.  So what do you think?

 

 

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Please join us in this months “Watercolor” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND a $20 gift card to our a2z Scrapbooking Supplies store if you use Hero Arts. 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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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 Cindy15 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 with-in the shop.

 

 

 


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You are Wonderful – Stamp & Cut w/ Poetic Petals

 

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Hello, Angie here with some last minute inspiration for our soon to be concluded August Challenge “Bright and Beautiful”.  I hope you will find the time to join us and enter for a chance to win $25 gift card to the a2z store!

I used Hero Arts digital set Poetic Petals (see links below in supplies list) along with the Wonderful Stamp and Cut set to make this bright card.  After printing and coloring the flower, I fussy cut it out and added it to a card base that I had stenciled with Distress Oxide inks using a Tim Holtz Rays stencil.  The word die was cut from white and I cut an additional black border around it to help it pop.  I added some sparkle to the word and I was done!  Quick and easy!  (See my list of supplies below.)

Here’s one  more view:

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Hero Arts Bright and Beautiful Challenge

 

Please join us in this months “Bright & Beautiful” 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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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 Angie 15 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.

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Hero Arts Layering Hydrangea summery cards with Erica

Hello!

Erica on the blog today with a couple of summery cards. The summer here is awful, too much rain and not enough sunshine. Not that it matters in the craft room though and I sure made up for it with these cards!

I started out by getting the Hero Arts Layering Hydrangea stamp (it’s sold out in the shop but can be obtained easily) and lots of different ink colours. One thing I always do when I have a new layering stamp is try out lots and lots, and I really mean loooooots, of colour combinations to see which ones I like the best. I ended up with quite a few flowers and leaves I must admit. Perhaps a few more than I actually needed but oh well, one must take one for the team sometimes.

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When I finally stopped stamping I got the Hero Arts Coordinating Frame Cut out and cut out all the flowers and leaves. I decided to add little enamel accents in the middle of all the flowers in complimenting colours and set these aside to dry.

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Then it was time to start looking at backgrounds and I thought it would be nice to do some ink blending on them with the Long Leaves Stencil (also sadly, out of stock but can be ordered). I got two Distress Oxide inks out in green shades, Cracked Pistachio and Peeled Paint, and got to work! Using soft movements and not a lot of ink, I blended away until I was happy with the results.

Next I spread out all the flowers and picked three in the same colour family, one with blue-green colours and one with pink-red colours. These I glued together on the back to make sure they didn’t move and then carefully I added leaves in places where I thought it would look the most natural. My inner florist and flower lover took a lot of pleasure in this process. I LOVE flowers!

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To finish these cards off was quite easy as most of the time consuming bits had already been done at this point. I might have done the bunches a bit too big as it was a bit tricky to get the whole shebang onto the card without the leaves sticking out too much, despite using 5 1/4” x 5 1/4” card bases. Oops, eh?

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In order to show that this layout is quite versatile, I decided to put different sentiments on them both. I stamped up ‘Happy Birthday’ on a small white banner in blue Distress Oxide ink. This stamp is from a Hero Arts stamp set called Hero Arts Balloon Animal Birthday .

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On the pink card I simply cut out the word ‘thanks’ in gold glitter card stock, using a Lawn Fawn die. This I adhered to the card using glossy accents. I tried to leave the cards quite simple and let the flowers speak for themselves as they make quite a lot of impact on their own.

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Here are the cards now and that is it from me for today. I hope I have inspired you to get your layering stamps out, try different colour combinations and make your own version of these.

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That’s it from me for today. Happy crafting from

Erica

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Hero Arts Bright and Beautiful Challenge

 

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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 Erica15 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.

 

 

 

 


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Hero Arts Asian Flower Stencil Faux Bleaching Thank You Card

It’s my turn to post my card here at a2z Scrapbooking.

I started by using my ink blending tool and distress inks (wilted violet, barn door, abandoned coral, picked raspberry, carved pumpkin) randomly on a 96 lb bristol card panel. It’s important to either use watercolour paper or heavyweight bristol. I chose bright colours to go with the current challenge here at a2z Scrapbooking – “Bright and Beautiful”.  I pulled out my Hero Arts Asian Flower stencil, spritzed it well, with water. I placed the stencil, water-side down onto the inked panel. I let the stencil sit for a bit to permit the distress inks under the stencil to get “bleached”. I carefully lifted the stencil and with some paper towel, mopped up any puddles of water. I trimmed the panel down and added an orange panel, stamped the sentiment using Hero Arts Color Layering Fuchsia. To complete the card, I added a thin purple strip of cardstock.

 

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Hero Arts Bright and Beautiful Challenge

 

Please join us in this months “Bright & Beautiful” 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.

 

 

 

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 Sue15 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.

 

 

 

 


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Asian Flower Stencil, Love Little Heart & You’re So Lovely from Hero Arts

     

Hi there, it’s Angie here today with a couple of fun cards for you!

I think I really have a thing for stencils so today I used a stencil and stamp combination technique.

I used the stencil with some inks and then moved it over slightly and inked it again in different colors, to give it a different look.  Then I stamped the tiny stars and hearts in the center of each Asian flower.

I used:  Hero Arts Bold Asian Flower Stencil, Distress inks, Gina K heavyweight card stock,  Hero Arts You’re So Lovely stamp set (for the hello), and the Hero Arts Love Little Heart stamp (Love sentiment),  From my stash I used some star dies, a scalloped stitched rectangle die,  and a few tiny heart and star stamps.

Hope you enter a project in the Anything Goes Challenge this month at a2zscrapbooking!

There’s one day left!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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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 Angie15 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.