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Have you joined our Stencil Challenge for April?  All you have to do is incorporate one Hero Arts product and some stenciling for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the a2z store (that will buy a lot of fun Hero Arts goodies).

Today I played with the Silver Shimmer Spray (and a tiny bit of leftover Gold Shimmer Spray) that was left over on the top of the stencil … I flipped it over and pressed it into another scrap of paper (that way you get two different designs from one stencil/spray).  It can be a little messier … but I love the effect.

az042015-1wmI also used the same Silver Shimmer Spray to color several White Hero Arts Flowers.  I love these flowers because you can use inks and sprays to make them whatever color you need to coordinate with your designs.

The sentiment is a fun Hero Arts set called A Little.


The layout is from Deconstructed Sketches.


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Stenciled Sympathy

The April Challenge at a2z is Stenciling.  When I play with stencils, it’s usually messy, so I make quite a few before I clean up.

Today’s card was made with several of my stencil leftovers using Hero Arts Gold Shimmer Spray & Hero Arts / BasicGrey Two Way Arrows Stencil.  I cut one of the stencil designs into 1/2″ strips and wove together a paper mat.  I used another leftover to frame the card base (the gold splatters are the overspill on the outside of the stencil).

az040515wmI added a new wood block stamp With Deepest Sympathy together with some paper flowers.  I punched leaves from the new Kelly Purkey Designer papers and used Hero Arts Grass Chalk ink on the edges to cover up the bits of white that show-up when you punch into white-cored paper.

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Colored Monogram

The March Challenge at a2z Scrapbooking is Color It In!

I created some cards using one of the new Hero Arts Monogram stamps.  I stamped the *Illuminated W Alpha* with Versamark and then I colored over it with Peeled Paint & Worn Lipstick Distress markers (I love how it could be an *M* too) … the great thing about this technique is that no precision is required.

az032015-1wmI cut out the Monograms and then used a baby wipe to remove the ink from the embossed portion of the stamp (I colored a third one with Tumbled Glass).

az032015-2wmI chose coordinating papers from Basic Grey’s Hey Girl & Highline Collections to create three cards using this week’s Deconstructed Sketch.


For the green one I used a monochromatic palette.


For the blue monogram, I went with a funkier card palette with fun patterns.

az032005-4wmThe design for the pink monogram is vibrant and modern.  By using different colors and patterns, you can get three completely different looks using the same stamp & layout.

Remember, you can use Coupon Code STEPH15 for 15% off your order of $25.00 or more (before tax and shipping) in the a2z Store … and the a2z Store has the 2015 Hero Arts release in stock, including the whole range of fun Monograms.


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By the Sea

I’m thrilled to be creating with new Hero Arts Stamps … have you checked out the latest release … so many cool things.

This card combines three new products  – Hero Arts/BasicGrey Waves Background; Hero Arts/BasicGrey Anchors Away; and Kelly’s No Comment.


I inked the waves with blue Hawaii and Blue Violet inks and then created my underwater wonderland by stamping on top with the same inks.  Kelly’s sentiment seemed perfect for my school of fish.

For the second card I used the same process (because if you’re going to stamp one … you might as well stamp two).


This time I used the sentiment from the Anchors Aweigh Set.

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Stenciled Birthday

For today’s card I used two types of embossing to create a cheery birthday card.

I started by dry embossing Hero Arts Tile Works Stencil onto watercolor paper.  I left my stencil attached to the paper and then applied two colors of orange watercolor paint to the raised areas.  I used a paper towel to dab away the excess paint before drying with my heat gun.

az022015wmI painted a scrap of watercolor paper using the same orange watercolor paint (but did not dab it this time for a more vibrant hue).  After it dried, I stamped Hero Arts Messages with Flourish in Black Ink, which I then heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder, so it would have more pop against the watercolored background.  I attached the banner with adhesive foam for dimension

To decorate my background, I added the tiny flour from Messages with Flourish (flowers are perfect for the Nature Challenge at the Hero Arts Blog), as well as three sizes of Sunshine Hero Arts Pearls.

I hope you’ll join us for our Embossing Challenge this month … and remember, you can use Coupon Code STEPH15 for 15% off your order of $25.00 or more (before tax and shipping) in the a2z Store … and the a2z Store has all of the 2015 Hero Arts release in stock (I can’t wait to play with those fun stamps).

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Stencil Embossing

I had so much fun embossing with my stencils yesterday (video tutorial here), I used the same technique today (perfect for our February Embossing Challenge).

I used the Hero Arts BasicGrey Two Way Arrows stencil again, but this time on Kraft Cardstock.  I used StazOn Spiced Chai Ink direct to paper over the textured embossing (which seemed perfect, since Spiced Chai is my go-to choice of hot drink).



I used three different images from the Hero Arts Caffeine Fix Digital Stamp set to create my image.


I combined the coffee cup (or tea cup in my case) with the steam and the sentiment using my word processing software, which allows me to re-size, flip (I wanted my mug handle on the right) and position the images, so they are perfect for my card design, and then printed it on Natural White Cardstock.

The layout is this week’s Sweet Sunday Sketch (flipped on its side to work with my vertical image).


Embossing with stencils is such a fun and easy way to add texture to your design.



I hope you’ll join us for our Embossing Challenge this month … and remember, you can use Coupon Code STEPH15 for 15% off your order of $25.00 or more (before tax and shipping) in the a2z Store.


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Plastic Stencil Embossing

The theme for this month’s a2z Challenge is Embossing.  I looked through my supplies and wondered if I could emboss with a plastic stencil … and after watching this video, I discovered I could.


I used the Hero Arts Basic Grey Two Way Arrows Stencil on White Cardstock (for my Cuttlebug sandwich I used 2 B plates, 4 pieces of cardstock, and a foam mat).


After embossing, I applied Barn Door Distress Ink with a foam applicator … I covered the entire piece to bring out the wonderful texture of the embossing.  I went back and applied a second round of ink to darken certain areas.

I used the same Barn Door Distress Ink together with Weathered Wood Distress Ink to ink my Hero Arts Heart Flag.  After cutting out the hearts, I rolled the edges on the surface of the ink pad to give them a bit more definition before attaching to a strip of white cardstock.

AZ020415wmI finished with a sentiment from Hero Arts Yay! attached with  tape for dimension.

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I hope you’ll get creative with your supplies and join our Embossing Challenge … i’d especially love to see if you emboss with your plastic stencils.


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Words of Love

Valentine’s Day is approaching … and Hero Arts Words of Love Digital Stamps make it very easy to create Valentine’s Day cards for the ones you love.


I used two of the thirteen sentiments from the set to create my clean & classy masculine Valentine.


I stamped the Hero Arts Basic Grey Tiny Star Background with Charcoal Ink on White Cardstock and attached it to my Charcoal Grey card base.  I die cut a large heart from Hero Arts Blush Layering Paper and attached it over the stars using foam tape for dimension.

I finished with two punched hearts and a tiny stamped heart from Hero Arts Messages wtih Flourishes using Raspberry Jam Ink.

Here’s a second card I made with my cast-offs from my first design … I’m a firm believer in making as many cards as you can with what you have on your studio table.

AZ012015-2wmI used a third sentiment from the set (which is perfect for a *just because* card) together with the same Tiny Star background and three heart die cuts.

Remember, you can use Coupon Code STEPH15 for 15% off your order of $25.00 or more (before tax and shipping) in the a2z Store.


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The Firmament

My *New to Me* product I’m featuring today is the Hero Arts Digital Kit ~ The Firmament … did you know that the A2Z Scrapbooking Store is the only place you can purchase Hero Arts Digital stamps?   While I love inking wood & acrylic stamps, I also love the ease and versatility of designing with digital elements.


I created my card base using two of the stamps from the set – Distressed Stars & Scattered Stars.  I re-sized, rotated, and positioned them using PhotoShop Elements, so that stars would stream across my card base.

For the first card, I printed my image on a piece of Pink Paislee Designer paper. The sentiment from the same stamp set was printed on white cardstock.

AZ010515-1wmI added gold sequins over all of the *circles* in the digital elements for a bit of shimmery sparkle.

For my second card, I printed the same digital image on a piece of Heidi Swapp Designer Paper.  After printer, I rotated the image vertically for a different look with the same digital stamps.


This time I used silver sequins for a bit more contrast and another sentiment from the same set.  I finished with a silver glitter star.

I love that I can print these stamps out over-and-over and change-up the look each time.

As always, you can use Coupon Code STEPH15 for 15% off your order of $25.00 or more (before tax and shipping) in the a2z Store.


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Hero Arts Digital Kit ~ The Firmament

Hero Arts Snow Layering Paper

Gold & Silver Sequins

Pink Paislee Nantucket Collection – Jumbo Shrimp 12″ paper

Heidi Swapp No Limits Traditional 12″ paper

Black Card Base (5″ x 6 1/2″)

Silver Glitter Star Sticker


Watercolor Arrows

The December Challenge is all about Watercolors … so I decided to play with my Hero Arts Watercolor Wheel and the BasicGrey Two Way Arrows Stencil.  I started by cutting a piece of Watercolor Paper in half, and taped down my stencil on all four sides (I tape it to my work surface as well to minimize movement).  Look at all of the colors you get in the Watercolor Wheel.

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For my first attempt (on the right), I used two shades of blue paint and as little water as possible (to try to minimize the paint running under the stencil).  It worked better to get the paint on the end of the paint brush and sort of *pounce* it into the paper.  For my second piece (on the left), I alternated between blue and red paint to produce a more gradient color effect.  One trick for getting the stencil image possible is to use your heat gun to dry the paint before removing the stencil from your paper..  You can also dab any remaining wet spots with a paper towel.


Since the lines on my blue stenciled design were a bit more crisp, I went with an over-all graphic design inspired by this Spring Outfit by Balmain at the Runway Inspired Challenge.


I used lots of straight lines and a bold straight-font sentiment from Hero Arts Yay!



Did you notice that the corner on the top right of my second attempt got a bit messy? … I call that an *embellishment opportunity*.


I lined-up scraps of purple paper with the the lines in the stencil, and then trimmed the edges into triangles.  Since this stenciled watercolor had a softer feel, I used a more flowy font from Messages with Flourishes.

Remember how fun playing with watercolors was in grade school? … well it’s still just as much fun as an adult.  I can’t wait to see what you create for our December Challenge.

As always, you can use Coupon Code STEPH15 for 15% off your order of $25.00 or more (before tax and shipping) in the a2z Store.

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