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Partial Embossed Wedding Card with Hero Arts

Aloha friends!  Sorry for the delay, but the time got away from me!!  May is a chaotic month for my household with family from out of town visiting and my kids celebrating all kinds of end of year events.  There’s also wedding season coming up which is what inspired my card today…

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I love background stamps and have a lot of older Hero Arts ones that I play with.  This one is called Hero Arts Large Flower Background, but I also like the one that’s currently in the store called Hero Arts Flowers for Coloring.  I think any background stamp would work nicely for this effect.

I started with Versamark ink and stamped on my card front.  I used Lawn Fawn Rose Gold embossing powder because it is the wedding couple’s wedding color, but only applied to part of the background inking to create a tone on tone effect that moves into a fun colored embossing look.  I didn’t want the whole panel embossed for a different…not quite so bold look.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts Congrats Stamp and Cut die cut on glitter paper and then embossed on strips of the same colored cardstock of the card front.

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I think the look gives it some elegance, but not too flashy for the groom to enjoy as well…haha!

That’s it for me!  Wishing you all a great week ahead and MAHALO for stopping by!

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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 NICKI15 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 Large Flower Background

Hero Arts Congrats Stamp and Cut

Versamark ink

Lawn Fawn Rose Gold embossing powder

 


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Hero Arts Large Flower Stencil card with texture paste

Hello! Yes, it’s the one-trick-pony Erica back on the blog, with… *drumroll*… another card using texture paste and Hero Arts stencils! Ta-Da!

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After this post, I promise I will do something different. Absolutely. Most definitely. Almost positively sure. Maybe… just one or two more? It is just so much fun!!

For this card I thought I combine ink blending and texture paste to add lots of dimension and interest to a rather simple design. I started out by getting some water colour card stock out and I taped it down to a sheet of clear acetate. This is to use both as a mop-up of any ink blending messes and also as a sort of palette for my mixing of the texture paste and ink.

I used the Hero Arts Large Flower Stencil (which is sold out in the shop but if you want to order it, use the ‘request custom order’) but the Hero Arts Spiral Stencil would look fab too. Starting out, I dotted Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide  ink in the middle and for the petals I used Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide ink. I didn’t make it very vivid as the idea was to have a light colour underneath and then mix the texture paste with some ink for highlights on some of the petals.

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To mix the colour and the paste, I simply dabbed my ink pad on the acetate and then mixed a bit of Ranger Ink White Texture Paste with my spatula. I didn’t mix it overly well as I wanted both the white and the pink to show. Using the spatula I spread the paste on selected petals, going from the middle and outwards. For the middle, I did the same thing with the yellow ink and the paste but this I mixed up very well before I dabbed it on rather than spreading, to get LOTS of texture.

Lifting the stencil is alway the most fun part, as although you have a general idea of how it is going to look, it’s still a revelation!

As the flower was looking rather spectacular I didn’t want to cover up too much of it so sentiment wise I went really simple. A single word stamp and die set from The Ton Stamps that says ‘hugs’, which I cut out from yellow card stock and stamped the sentiment in Picked Raspberry Oxide Ink. I also added a few of the circles and some sequins that matched the pink ink almost perfectly.

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When I was looking for the perfect card base for this card I almost went with white, but then I spotted some Lawn Fawn card stock in Guava and thought it would be perfect to add just a tiny bit of accent to the card. I chopped off a thin sliver of the card panel and added it to the card base using double sided foam sheet (cut to perfect size) for a bit of dimension and to add some subtle detailing.

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And that my friends, concludes this months third texture paste/embellishment mousse cards! I’ve tried to show different techniques to lure you into the wonderfully messy world of texture paste and I’d love to see what you come up with. Pop a picture in the comment section if you want, sharing is caring after all.

erica

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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 with-in the shop.

 

 

 

 


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Nuvo Embellishment Mousse and Hero Arts stencils addiction notification

Hello! Erica back on the blog again with, you guessed it, another Nuvo Embellishment Mousse card. Or two. Yes, I’m battling a new addiction and I might (read absolutely) have gone nuts with stencilling and pasting…

Right after I finished my last card, you can find that post here, I just kept on going with different stencils and colours. It turned into a frenzy rather quickly! One of the projects I made was a slightly larger panel, which I have cut in half to make two cards with and those are the cards I’m going to talk about today.

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So first off, I got a big piece of water colour card stock out and started blending Twisted Citron Distress Oxide and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide on it. This I wanted as a background for my stencilling. I sprinkled a bit of water on it and lifted some of the colours off too as I love that look. Once the panel was dry it was time to get creative with the Nuvo Mousse so I armed myself with my spatula and damp cloth for easy clean up after I was done. For this card I used Hero Arts SA105 Deco Pattern stencil along with Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Gunmetal Grey.

Both those are out of stock at the moment but you can use the ‘Request Custom Order’ button and order it that way OR you could try another combination. I think the Blue Topaz Glimmer Paste would look amazing combined with the Hero Arts Peacock Feather Stencil! Or the Diamond stencil. Just saying.

After smearing the paste over the panel it’s important to clean off your stencil and tool quickly as it does dry rather rapidly. Don’t rush the drying of the paste on your project though, make sure it’s really dry before moving on to the next step as you risk ruining it otherwise.

To finish off my cards I decided to use a new-to-me stamp set from Neat & Tangled called You’re Pretty and it comes with lots of great sentiments like ‘pretty brave’, ‘pretty strong’ and ‘pretty much the best’ which you can mix and match for a variety of purposes.

As I mentioned in the beginning, I cut the panel in two to make two different cards so I did just that. For card no1 I decided to use a linen textured card base in a dark teal colour and I cut this about 1cm bigger than the panel itself was so that it would create a nice frame for it. I adhered the panel to the card base using foam tape to create dimension. Sentiment wise I decided to go with ‘You’re Pretty! Pretty brave’ and the large ‘you’re pretty’ I stamped with VersaMark on vellum and then heat embossed it in Silver embossing powder. Then I cut out the sentiment using the matching die. I also used the die to cut out a piece of foam to stick the vellum on for more dimension. These two I glued together with a glue pen. You can use this one from Nuvo. 

The ‘Pretty brave’ sentiment I stamped on white card stock using Distress Oxide ink in Iced Spruce (use the “Request Custom Order’ button to get ahold of this one) and then cut it out using a stitched banner die from My Favorite Things. This banner and the foam layered vellum piece I glued directly onto the panel with double sided tape. A few little white gem stones finished off card no1 nicely. IMG_1733

Card no2 was done very similarly, just using different colours for the sentiments and embellishments to create a new look whilst using pretty much the same stuff. Another piece of linen textured card stock came out, this time in black and I cut this one so it ended up showing almost a whole cm around the entire panel for a dramatic frame. This piece I adhered to a white card base, leaving a very thin bit of white show all around it to create a second frame.

The sentiments are both stamped in black, the ‘pretty kind’ bit is done directly onto the panel and the ‘You’re Pretty!’ is done on vellum and I also heat embossed some Hero Arts Clear embossing powder over it to make it shiny.

This card I kept reasonably flat, the vellum piece was adhered directly to the panel with some vellum friendly adhesive. It’s a pain to work with but does work, once it’s settled, it doesn’t show through the vellum hardly at all, which normal double sided tape tends to do. A healthy sprinkling of Hero Arts Black Gemstones in various sizes finished off card no2.

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Well, there we have it. I hope I have inspired you to try texture paste/embellishment mousse if you haven’t tried it already, it really is a great deal of fun!

Happy crafting!

erica

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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 with-in the shop.

 

 

 

 


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Nuvo Embellishment Mousse experiment

Hi!  We have a treat for you two posts today yay!!

If you are looking for Leslie’s project, please click Here.  

Now onto Erica’s post.

Hello, hello! Erica on the blog today with something rather out of my comfort zone. I tried Nuvo Embellishment mousse for the first time and yep, I know I’m late to the party because W-O-W! I’m loving it! Oh yes, I think you will be seeing a lot more of this from me from now on. Honestly, I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to try it. It’s so fun and adds fabulous texture to your projects. Oh, the possibilities!

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Today’s card isn’t necessarily my favorite by any means BUT I’m a firm believer of being real when it comes to crafting. Try something and it doesn’t work out? Someone will have made the same mistake and come up with a great solution. Don’t like how it looks? Someone will have an idea of how to make it work. Sharing is caring and sometimes a time-saver for someone else. And with that, I’m going to dive right in:

I started with an A2 sized card panel in water colour card stock and on this I blended a mixture of Distress Oxide ink Picked Raspberry  and Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide inks. Next time I might use Abandoned Coral instead to create more of a contrast, it turned out a bit “same-y same-y”. I wish I had a vivid fuchsia texture paste for this (like this one called Pink Flambe) or maybe a Mother Of Pearl like this one but alas I had to use a Bronze coloured one from Nuvo. Combining this mousse with the Hero Arts Long Leaves Stencil  stencil I got to work with a spatula. I have been told to work quickly with this as it dries fast so I might have been a bit too hasty in my spreading but it came out ok-ish. Next time I think I will keep a damp cloth on hand so I can wipe it off as soon as I’m done. It does get into all the nooks and crannies on the stencils.

Whilst the mousse was drying, I stamped up a few images and sentiments from Hero Arts Happy Mail in Distress Oxide inks (Wild Honey, Fired Brick and Picked Raspberry) and cut these out. One of them I mounted on black card stock just a tiny bit bigger than the white card stock to create a nice frame for it. You can also use Hero Arts Love by Lia for similar sentiments.

Using foam tape I added these to the card base and then sat back and looked at it. I felt it was missing something and added a few little touches directly to the card base using the same Happy Mail stamp set.

It still looked like it needed a little something else and at this point I actually asked my husband for an opinion. Don’t laugh, he gives really good advice sometimes. Not every time mind you, but most of the time he will at least make me look at the card with new eyes and see a different way to finish it off. His advice was to add something white as it was all a bit too pink (I didn’t say he was always right, did I?? ) but I started out by filling in the word ‘hugs’ with a white gel pen. Then I drew a few lines in between the  leaves and all of a sudden they ended up looking like feathers!

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Like I said in the beginning, this card isn’t my favourite but I had fun making it and will definitely be using texture paste and embellishment mousse again very soon!

erica
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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 with-in the shop.

 

 

 

 


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Hero Arts Purr(-fect) cat lovers cards

Hello, hello! How is everyone doing? I hope those affected by storms, hurricanes and floods are safe and sound as well as on your way of getting your lives back on track, houses and yards cleaned up and craft rooms re-organised.

I have now been in a new house for about 3 weeks and slowly but surely getting it to feel like a home rather than just a building with our stuff in it. My craft room is another story… I can’t seem to get the flow right or getting furniture to fit ‘just right’ and it’s very frustrating. I feel a good flowing craft room is good for the mojo, if the room doesn’t inspire me I’m out of luck.. Luckily for me I made the cards I’m going to show you today before we moved, in anticipation of not getting into the swing of things very quickly perhaps. Also, sadly the Hero Arts CM131 Purr stamp set is sold out in the A2Z Scrapbooking Store but you can use the ‘Request Custom Order’ button to contact the store owner who will happily order it for you. The coordinating Hero Arts DI366 Frame Cuts to the stamp set is still available in the shop though.

Right, well, it’s probably time to get down to the crafty side of things, isn’t it? For these two cards, I’ve coloured the kitty cats with both Copic and Zig Clean Color markers, one card is clean and simple and the other one has a bit of everything going on!

For card no1 I started out by die cutting a piece of Strathmore Bristol Vellum watercolour card stock, using a Mama Elephant creative cut called Femme Frames. It gives a lovely scalloped border and adds a subtle bit of interest. I also cut out a few masks as I was planning on piling a few cushions on top of each other for one of the kitties to stretch out on. Using MFT hybrid ink in Black Licorice, I stamped up my images with a bit of help from my Mini MISTI and the masks I had cut out. Above the cat I also stamped up the heart image and the sentiment ‘lazy days are the best’. It just fit perfectly with my lazy cat! I coloured the panel with my Zig Clean Color markers and kept the colours quite intense, there is hardly any water added to the colouring at all.

Once it was dry, I adhered the panel to a white card base using a piece of foam sheet I had cut to size as well as added a few clear sparkly sequins with glossy accents. With that, the first card was done!

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Onward to card no2! I coloured the cats with my Copic markers and used the coordinating frame cuts to cut them out. Setting these two aside, I got that Mama Elephant Femme Frame creative cut out again but this time I used pink card stock. My colour scheme for this card was going to be pink and grey, and the card base was cut out, scored and folded. I nearly added the pink card stock to it right away but thought it needed a little something to jazz it up. Grabbing an embossing folder with fish bones all over it, I ran the panel through my Big Shot with it and was happier with it. I still thought it needed a little something else though so with a mini ink blending tool I dabbed Distress Oxide ink in Picked Raspberry to highlight the fishbones.

In the same grey colour card stock as the card base, I cut out a fish tail banner using MFT Die-Namics Stitched Fishtail Flag. On this I again used the Distress Oxide inks and a homemade heart stencil to create a patterned paper. I also found a little stitched label in white card stock in my big pile of unused bits and bobs, it was the perfect size to stamp the sentiment ‘I’d spend all nine lives with you’ and I added one of the kitties to it using some foam tape. The other kitty was added directly to the heart stencilled banner, also with foam tape and this kitty responds with ‘I meow you’ which is cut out using the little speech bubble that comes with the coordinating frame cuts.

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Well, with that I will leave you to enjoy your day and I hope I have inspired you to get crafty soon!

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Happy crafting!

Erica

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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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Peek-a-boo Hero Arts Purr Kitties card

Hi guys and hello August!

It’s Erica back on the blog today with another cat-i-licious card. I think it will be a safe bet to expect a few purrfect puns along the way, I ‘cat’ seem to help myself. The stamp set I’m talking about for todays card and post, is of course none other than the fur-tastic Hero Arts Purr.

For this card I wanted to make my own patterned paper and colour that with my Zig markers, which meant grabbing my Stathmore Bristol Vellum card stock and MFT hybrid ink in Black Licorice again. I selected the 🎶little balls of fur… sorry, yarn. Sheldon Cooper from Big Bang Theory managed to hack into my account and add his little feline twist. Right, anyway, the little ball of yarn and the cute mouse got selected, mounted on small acrylic blocks and then it was just a case of going crazy like a kitty with catnip!

When all the images were stamped on the card stock, I got a green, yellow, blue, red and pink Zig marker out and proceeded to colour in the balls of yarn. Instead of going random here, I kept each line the same colour. The little mice got coloured in with a warm grey marker for the bodies and a slight pink for those big ears.

The kitties I had already coloured and ready to be cut out using the coordinating frame cut , from my first post which you can find here, and I selected a couple of them that looked like they were curious because which can’t isn’t curious?? Well, the idea was to cut out a hole in the panel, mount it on a card base and then pop the kitties inside the hole, like they are peeking out and can’t believe their luck to see so much yarn and mice. Sounds like a pawesome cat paradise, huh?

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The card base I chose for this card is a mid dark grey card stock and I thought it would create a nice contrast for the kitties without washing them out (The one I have used here is from Simon Say Stamp but you can find a similar colour in this pack .) Black was too harsh and white was too bland. I like these different greys as they give a much softer look than black card stock. Plus I thought it tied in nicely with the yarn.. sorry, mice!

The peek-a-boo hole I cut out using a die-namic from MFT, called (unsurprisingly) Peek A Boo. Before I mounted the front panel to the card base, I covered the whole back of it with double sided foam tape. If you don’t have foam tape (excuse me while I go freak ooooooout! I am obsessed with foam tape!) you don’t need, I just like it to add a little bit of interest and dimension to a card without adding anything that shows if that makes sense?

To make sure the kitties showed the way I wanted them I added them to the front panel’s foam tape and once it was on the card, I added a little bit of adhesive behind them to make sure they didn’t run off.

This card doesn’t have a human language sentiment on it, just a feline one. I stamped up the ‘meow’ speech bubble and cut that out with the coordinating frame cut before adding it to the card with some more foam tape. (Hi, my name is Erica and I’m addicted to foam tape!)

As one last little flourish, I added some clear droplets from Studio Katia, in two different sizes. I thought they fitted better, being spheres, rather than sequins. The patterned paper is probably enough if you aren’t an ‘use all the embellishments’-kind of crafter. If you prefer gemstones you can find some clear ones here.

Here is the full card. I hope you will leave feeling inspired to make your own patterned paper or a card using these cutie kitties.

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See you all soon and happy crafting!

Erica

 

 

 

 

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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 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 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

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Don’t forget, if you see something you like, you can purchase items at the a2z Etsy store for 15% off, code: MicheleG15! And if something is out of stock, please request a custom order!

Also, take some time this montn and join our challenge, we love seeing your creations! Link them up HERE!

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.

 

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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

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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 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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Hero Arts Holiday Animals on Wood Slices

 

Hi stampers!

Ilina’s here today with a holiday project for you. I am slowly getting in Christmas mood even though we still have 80 F weather here in Atlanta. I decided to make some wood slices that can be used as ornaments or magnets. I used the Hero Arts intense black ink pad to stamp my images onto the wood block. Then I colored the everything using Prismacolor pencils, and to finish it off I stamped the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black ink. Next you can drill hole on the top to use it as an ornament or you can add magnet on the back to use it as a magnet.

Head to the A2ZScrapbooking store for all your Hero Arts needs! Use the code “Ilina15” to get 15% off your order of $25+

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Hero Arts Holiday Animals

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Hero Arts Holiday  Animals – close up

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Trying New Things

Hi everyone,

It’s Barb here today sharing a few cards I created while trying out some of my new Hero Arts goodies and a few new techniques.

First up is a card I created after watching THIS VIDEO by Jennifer McGuire using a technique called “Stamping and Colored Pencil Highlighting”. Here is my card:

Get Well Soon

I started by stamping the flowers in Fresh Peach Mid-Tone Shadow ink and the leaves in Mint Julep Mid-Tone Shadow ink. Then, as Jennifer shows in her video, I took my white pencil to add highlights and a dark red pencil to accentuate the shadows of the flowers. I used a dark green pencil for the shadows on the leaves. Here is a close-up:

Get Well Soon Close-Up

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I’ve been wanting to create a card with a Bokeh effect, and learned that there are several ways to go about it. I chose to use my Bubble Confetti Stencil for the first time, and ink the circles at a diagonal in three different shadow inks. To add to the effect, I placed a vellum panel over the top and a sentiment on a rectangle piece of black cardstock. Here is my card:

You Are Very Special

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For my last card, I wanted to ink a yellow/orange circle to create the effect of the moon behind the owls. Generally, when I create an inked background, I use the entire panel, so this was a little different for me. I was also excited to use my new Lil’ Hoot dies. Here is my last card:

So Proud of You

After I masked and inked the moon, then stamping and die cutting the owls, I used two sentiments in this set…just because!

I hope my cards inspire you to step outside your comfort zone, try something new, and create a card for this month’s challenge…We would love to see what you’ve created! Our theme for this month is ‘Anything Goes’, and you may enter up to five times to be eligible to win a $25.00 Gift Certificate to the a2z Scrapbooking Store with each entry.

As always, you are welcome to use Coupon Code BARB15 for 15% off your order of $25.00 or more (before tax and shipping) in the a2z Store! I am also including an “Inlinkz” product list at the bottom of this post to link you to all these supplies!

Have a wonderful day ~

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