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Color Layering Birds on Kraft

Hi, friends, Chark here today to show you some of the fun I had stamping with the color layering birds and branch set. I did use a Misti for this, because I was planning to stamp many birds. You can also use an acrylic block for color layering stamps…but I’m not that talented.


This stamp set is pretty easy to line up, just make sure the beak and tail are lined up and that’s about it. Little confession—I didn’t even use the last stamp because I didn’t notice it—the beak and eye are tiny. I just colored in the eye with a black pen afterward.


I used some white Unicorn ink for the first stamp on most of them and you can see that by their white bellies. Then I used the mid-tone Navy, and the Neon Ombre Chartreuse to Blue for the wings, the branches and leaves.  I like how the Ombre ink looks on the white bird layer, it’s brighter than when I’d stamped straight on the kraft, as you might expect. I used the blue and white Unicorn inks to shade the edges of this card. All of the Unicorn inks look fab on the kraft.


I used Vintage Photo brown and the Raspberry Jam mid-tone inks on this small card and the yellow Unicorn ink for the middle bird layer and on the flowers on the other cards. You can see that the yellow Unicorn ink shows up on the darker inks, but isn’t completely opaque. It works well for coloring layering stamps.


The sentiment and little leaves are from the Flower Garden set.

Don’t forget to break out your Hero Arts stamps, dies, stencils and digis to enter this month’s Anything Goes Challenge to try to win the $25 code to the a2z store. Pssst! The holiday stamps are coming and you might want to get some of those if you win…good luck!

Happy Sunday!


Color Layering Bird and Branch

White, Blue, Yellow Unicorn Ink

Neon Ombre Chartreuse to Blue Ink

Navy Mid-Tone Ink

Raspberry Jam Mid-Tone Ink

Flower Garden Stamp Set

Vintage Photo Distress Ink

Lawn Fawn Woodgrain Spruce Card

Kraft Notecards


Ink Daubers for Fast Painting

Hi friends, it’s Chark today with a little idea for gift bags for July 4th. I transformed heart die cuts from the Hero Arts So Sorry Stamp & Cut into flags to decorate bags you could fill with candy, sparklers, bang snaps, glow sticks or noisemakers.


The secret to the quick transformation of the white hearts is to use Ink Daubers (on sale now for just $2!!). Just swipe on stripes and dab on the blue in the corner (or cover the whole mini heart). The ink daubers have a sponge applicator built in, so you just color with the bottle, no brushes needed. I added a little strip of rhinestones and celebrate ribbon I had in my stash.

While the hearts dry, stamp the heart string on the bag with the fabulous Hero Arts Unicorn White ink. Adhere all the bits together and fill with your choice of fun stuff.

These would be easy and fast for a wedding too. Just do a free-hand heart in the center of the die cut with the ink dauber in the wedding colors and add matching ribbon. You could even use white bags instead of the kraft lunch bags and ink the whole heart die cut in the wedding colors.

Hope you have a fab weekend! And that you’ll join in our July Challenge of Anything Goes—use a Hero Arts stamp, stencil, die or digi as your main element and then go crazy with the rest! You could win a $25 gift code to the a2z Scrapbooking store and I know you’d love that!


HA Unicorn White Ink

HA Ink Daubers $2 right now!

HA So Sorry Stamp & Cut

Clear rhinestones similar to what I used

Celebrate ribbon similar to what I used