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Watercolor butterfiles

Hello everyone, Monica here to share my last card for the April Challenge. Use you favorite Hero Arts products. For this card I kept with my theme of the embossing powders, I can’t seem to get enough of the pearl and black glitter!

butterfly watercolor 2

I started by inking the butterfly stamp with some Tombow markers and spritzing with water before stamping. Once I had all the butterflies stamped I sprayed the card with more water to get the color to drip a little down the card. After the water was dry I used the layer of the butterfly to emboss in the pearl powder. Then I added the sentiment embossed with the black sparkle powder.

butterfly watercolor

I’m happy with how the card turned out even with the splatter of orange by the green!

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Hero Arts- CL867  (medium butterfly), CM136 (sentiment), PW118 and PW120

Misc- Watercolor paper, Tombow markers, Versa mark Ink


Hero Arts Water-Color Layering Koi



I am excited to share today’s card, because I am quite pleased with the results.  Let’s get right to it.

Instead of using all the layers of the Color Layering Koi, I used only two of the layers for two reasons.  First I wanted the base color to be the color of the water color paper which is a creamy white, second, I wanted to paint the colors to avoid the cookie cutter look.  🙂

My process:

  • Place Koi fish frame cut (Hero Arts Color Layering Koi Frame Cut) on watercolor paper upside down, trace the outline with pencil.
  • Wet the area with plain water, then drop/paint in corresponding colors in desired areas.  Let dry, stamp the second layer (outline and scale of the Color Layering Koi) with Wet Cement on one fish and Black on the other.  Stamp the last layer (eyes and lip) in Black.  Die cut.  Use marker to add whisker.  Note that the whisker is on the first layer which I skipped, I could have just omit it, but chose to manually add it back. 
  • Stamp water lilies outline with Antique Linen on watercolor paper, paint the center with water colors.  Use a white coloring pencil and color the petals slightly.  Die cut using matching frame cut.
  • For the leaves, paint different shades of green on water color paper.  Let dry.  Stamp the vein in Peeled Paint, then the base layer in Old Paper.  Die cut using matching frame cut.
  • For the base panel, I went the whole piece of card stock ( Elizabeth Craft Design Soft Finish, 85lb) with plain water, then draw circles alternating between two different shades of blue and a bit of green.  Let dry.  Stamp waves in Old Paper and bubbles in Broken China.
  • Stamp ‘hello’ (Hero Arts Color Layering Orchid In a Pot) in Broken China.
  • Adhere base panel to card front, then adhere all the elements as shown.

Here’s a few photos taken during the process.


Here’s the “beauty shot”.


Our April challenge theme is Getting To Know You (use your favorite Hero Arts products on your projects), and my favorite Hero Arts products are their stamps.  Come join in the fun, you could win a $25 gift card to the store by entering to the challenge.

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Hero Arts Clear Stamp – Color Layering Koi

Hero Arts Frame Cuts – Color Layering Koi

Hero Arts Clear Stamp – Orchid In A Pot

Hero Arts Mid-tone Shadow Ink – Wet Cement

Ranger Distress Ink – Old Paper, Antiuqe Linen, Broken China, Peeled Paint

Daniel Smith Watercolor Sheet

Memento Pigment Ink – Tuxedo Black

white coloring pencil

markers – Dark Grey, Black


Hero Arts CL949 You’re So Lovely Card

Hi! It’s Sue with a new card for you. This card is totally out of my comfort zone. I typically prefer clean and simple cards, with lots of white space. This card – no “white space”.

I started by stamping all over a card panel with Versamark; added white embossing powder and heat set with my heat tool. I smooshed some ink on an acrylic sheet and picked up some ink with a water brush. I added colour somewhat deliberately to the flowers and a bit more randomly for the remainder of the card front.  I tried to keep the colours somewhat separate as I was a bit worried that some colours blended together might not result in a “pretty” colour. I matted the card with a nice blue and added some sequins for a bit of shine and sparkle.

Here’s a close-up

We’d love for you to join us at our current monthly challenge where we challenge you to use your favourite Hero Arts stamp or die or ink or stencil.

Do you need some Hero Arts products? Check out the a2z Scrapbooking etsy store. When your cart exceeds $25, use my code sue15 for 15% off.


Hero Arts CL949 You’re So Lovely

Hero Arts Libby’s Purple Garden ink cubes (orchid, passion flower)

Hero Arts Lucy’s Floral Favorites (butter bar, green hills)

Hero Arts Poppy Layering ink cubes (pale tomato)

Hero Arts Kelly’s Flowers ink cubes (ultra pink, emerald green, tide pool)

Hero Arts Desert Sun Bold ink cubes (tangerine)

Hero Arts Sky Blue Dye ink cubes (soft pool)

Versamark ink

white embossing powder






Hero Arts Large Hydrangea in a Mug

Coffee Lovers Bloghop

Hi, friends, it’s Chark here today for the last day in the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. I hope you’ll join in and link your coffee/tea/cocoa project over at the hop to try to win one of several great prizes, including $25 to the a2z Scrapbooking store!


Today I used my absolute favorite flower stamp right now, the Hero Arts Large Hydrangea Wood Stamp. I have two hydrangea bushes at my house and love when they bloom. One bloom fills the vase and that was my inspiration for this card.

I heat embossed the stamp in white and then used Twinkling H2O paints to paint the flower and leaves, love that these paints leave a little shimmer. I added some dark centers with a Zig Clean Color Violet Marker and added some water. I used a cocoa mug die from Gina Marie (that I won last hop!) to use as a vase and slid my trimmed hydrangea into the cup. Then I stamped on the greeting and added some shading to the coffee cup with a paintbrush and Mermaid Lagoon distress ink.


I used the Nesting Oval Infinity Dies from Hero Arts to cut out a large oval to frame the flower and cup. The frame was smooshed (learned from Jennifer McGuire) with Distress Inks before cutting. I also used some pinks to smoosh more paper and then die cut little Easter eggs from the same Infinity Oval Dies.

The Nesting Dies are so versatile and you get a million for $24.95. Okay, not a million, but 18 ovals and that’s a great deal! There are also other shapes of nesting infinity dies and we have the 10 Heart set on sale right now in the store…but there’s only one available, so if you’re thinking about, jump over here to get it first!

Of course, I had to break out some glitter and I went with Pink Stickles for the little eggs.

That’s it for me today, but don’t forget, we have 3 Ways to Win $25 to the a2z Scrapbooking store this month!

  1. You can enter a card at the Spring Coffee Hop and link it up and hope your name gets chosen by Amy and her crew.
  2. You can create a card with your Hero Arts products AND the theme “Playing with Stencils” and link it up here by midnight tonight.
  3. You can comment this month on March a2z Scrapbooking blog posts (including this one) for the random draw to be announced April 7. You can get 31 chances to enter! Comment by tonight at midnight!

Good Luck, my Crafty Friends!


Large Hydrangea Wood Stamp

White Embossing Powder

Heat Gun

Hero Arts Birthday Messages Clear (currently sold out, but just go to the store and custom order it at no extra charge)

Nesting Oval Infinity Dies

Gina Marie Reindeer Cocoa Die

Twinkling H2O Watercolors (purples/blues/greens)

Zig Clean Color Real Brush (Persian blue)

Distress Inks (Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade, Mermaid Lagoon)

Stickles (Glam Pink)






Guest Designer Amy Tsuruta

We’re so excited to have Amy Tsuruta design for us today! Amy is working on her stash of holiday cards for next year—this woman is on top of things!

You may know Amy from her amazing Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog Hops, her blog Tsuruta Designs or perhaps from Hero Arts Creative Team, The Confetti Crew at Reverse Confetti, or any number of design teams. Amy has talent galore and we’re so happy she stopped by today to share that talent with us.

Take a look at this gorgeous watercolor card using the Hero Arts Origami Happy Holidays set as her focal point.


I think the background of this card is beautiful in its subtlety…just the right amount of interest. Wouldn’t you love to get this holiday card in the mail? I would, and I’m pretty sure you could add a birthday message or hello message and use this one all year around.

Here’s a little close-up to admire.


Thanks so much, Amy, for designing for us today and for sharing your beautiful card with all of us! Hop over to Amy’s blog to check out more about this card and for more inspiration.

You can check out the a2z store for these products and more, including our sale section.

Don’t forget you have just hours left to enter this month’s a2z Scrapbooking Anything Goes with your Hero Arts products. Hop here to look at the specifics…and I hope you win the $25 gift card to the store!


Happy Tuesday!


Shades of Green Ink Cubes

Blush Folded Cards

Origami Happy Holidays

Floral Bold Prints Cling Stamp

Hero Arts White Embossing Powder




Paper Layering Santa Face

Hi, friends, Chark here today to show you some gift tags I made with the adorable Santa Face Paper Layering die. I love the size of this die cut for a tag, it’s just right. You could also use it to make cards, it would fit perfectly on a standard card as well.


For the first two tags, I used white cardstock and Tombow markers for the watercoloring I did. I also used nontraditional colors for his hat to make them a little more fun.


For my last tag, I die cut Santa from ivory cardstock, and primarily used Prismacolor pencils for a more realistic look. I applied him to a hand-drawn stocking gift card holder I made with vintage-looking paper. I traced around a gift card to get the size I need for the stocking and cut two pieces of red cardstock, then I debossed the stocking with an embossing folder and added the music paper and small fabric flowers and holly leaves. Make sure you leave the top open to slip in the gift card.


Making these was fun and I know I’ll need a lot of tags soon, so it’s a good thing I already started! You could put the names on the back of the tag if you like or use letter stickers instead of handwriting. Here’s the Hero Arts Santa die I used…you might notice I gave my Santa tags a little bit of an eyelid, which I thought made him look more realistic. He looks pretty cute either way…and yep, he’s on sale right now in the store—pick him up for just $12.90! And if you end up with $25+ in your cart, you can use the code CHARK15 to get 15% off your purchase.


Don’t forget to join us for a brand-new challenge for a chance to win $25 to the a2z store. Click here to see how to enter…and good luck!


Happy Wednesday and Happy November!


Paper Layering Santa Face

Tombow Markers

Prismacolor Pencils

Snowflake Embossing Folder

Free Digi Music Paper


Hero Arts Coffee Cup tag & Mini Succulent cards

Hi friends – WELCOME TO THE WEEKEND! Hope you are doing great! This month, we are focusing on tags – such a fun and simple challenge. Be sure to share your creations with us HERE, we love seeing what you create, just be sure to have a Hero Arts item as your main focus to qualify for the monthly prize!

I made a couple succulent mini cards (eekkk…see that dirty spot on my acrylic block – UGH, not attractive for the pictures eh?) and a coffee cup tag too. But seriously, those mini cards are pretty stinking cute I think; just perfect for a quick note to tuck into a lunch box, stick on a gift card, or a gift bag! And that coffee cup tag, look at those faux coffee circle stains, I love the dimension they add to the tag! I made them using THIS stencil and the matte transparent texture paste, and since it’s transparent, the sponging of distress inks really made them pop off the tag. cup-of-cheer-full-blog

I added some ink smooshing behind the cup!





The succulents were colored with Distress Crayons; I die cut each succulent shape from a folded piece of card stock allowing the hinge (opening) at the bottom, then cut the front panel from a separate piece of water color paper, stamped the image in Hero Arts Intense Black, colored and adhered to the front of the die cut. Quick and easy – can’t beat that!mini-succulents-open-blog

The coffee cup was stamped with two colors of red ink, I used a wink of stella for some shimmer; the reds ran a bit but that’s okay, I didn’t mind. I colored the top with Copics and added some white enamel accents for faux sprinkles. I used the largest Hero Arts Infinity tag for the base, added the stencil and texture paste, sponged on some distress inks, mounted the focal piece with fun foam on top of some scrap die cut circles. Easy peasy – I added another tag to the back, stamped a sentiment and left lots of room to include a message. I colored some red and white twine with a Copic to make the white a brown.

Thanks for popping in; can’t wait to see your creations and don’t miss your chance to win a $25 gift card! And don’t forget to check out all the specials at our Etsy shop, a2z Scrapbooking; be sure to use code MicheleG15 to receive 15% off your order of $25+. See you again soon!

PS – they do special orders at the Etsy store, so if you don’t see what you are looking for, please inquire!!



PAPER: Canson Water Color Paper, Kraft card stock

INKS: Hero Arts Intense Black, MFT Electric Red, MFT Brick Red, Old Paper and Tea Dye Distress Inks

STAMPS: Coffee Cup Tags, Potted Succulent

OTHER: Coffee Cup Matching Dies, Succulent Matching Dies, Distress Crayons, Stencil Girl Stencil, transparent texture paste, enamel accents, clear Wink of Stella, HA Infinity Tags


Hero Arts Potted Succulents + Distress Crayons

Hi friends – welcome back to another COLOR IT IN card featuring these gorgeous Hero Arts succulents. Looks like one of them may be sold out in the store, but I spy the other one…AND they both have matching dies. SWOON – you know I’m kinda sorta addicted to dies, but let’s not dwell on that mmm…kkk….? 😀

I saw a video recently where the individual colored directly on watercolor paper with their distress crayons – I used Ranger water color paper which has a lot of texture so I wasn’t too fond of how that was looking. I then took to putting color on my craft mat and picking up with a brush and  bit of water. The coolest things about these crayons is once they are dry, they are permanent, so you CANNOT blend the color that is dry. Hmmm…great learning experience! This was my first time to dig in and really play so I learned lots. You can layer on other colors after the initial colors are dry which is super fun for changing the colors or adding shading. I think using a different type of water color paper with less texture might work a little better. Regardless, I warriored on and determined to make it work (said in my best Tim Gunn voice – any other Project Runway peeps out there?).

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I stamped the first two succulents, masked them off and then stamped the 3rd in the background. Nothing fancy after that, just water coloring and having fun. I mounted the main panel with fun foam on a neutral card base, added some washi tape and that’s it – pretty easy peasy.

Thanks for stopping by; hope you’ll take the time to join our COLOR IT IN challenge (link ’em up HERE), as always, there is a great prize up for grabs. AND if you’re shopping, be sure to use the code “MicheleG15” to receive 15% off your purchase! See you again soon, take care!








Stamps: Hero Arts Succulents
Papers: Ranger water color, Hero Arts Earth Papers
Ink: Hero Arts Intense Black (the ink pad is sold out, but you can request it – and anything else you’d like)
Accessories:Distress Crayons, water color brush, washi tape, fun foam


Wishing you the best

Hey all, Monica here to share a card today for our color it in challenge. I used a stencil on today’s cards.

the best

I layed the stencil down on some watercolor paper and traced it using Inktense pencils. Once all the open areas were traced, I removed the stencil and started to coloring with water to spread the color around. My sentiment is from an older set and embossed on vellum. I added a second layer of vellum to mute the background a bit more before wrapping the vellum on the panel. 

the best close up

If you are in need of any items from the a2z Scrapbooking store you can use code Monica15 at checkout to receive 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. (before tax and shipping)  And don’t forget that we are on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.  Follow us on these different social media outlets so you won’t miss out on any fun promotions!

Be sure to stop by the store and see the new goodies we have for you, and you can always request items if you don’t see something you are looking for. I can’t wait to see what you make with the Color It In theme, I’ve enjoyed what’s been shared so far!

Have a great day!!!Monica


Hero Arts- Floral filigree stencil  SA051 and CL810 (retired) for the sentiment

Misc- Cardstock, watercolor paper, Inktense pencils


Rainbow Aloha with Hero Arts Kelly’s Outline Letters

Happy Aloha Monday friends!  Our latest challenge is Color In and today I decided to get out my watercolors and the fun Kelly’s Outline Letters to customize my sentiment!


To make my letters straight I penciled in a line and stamped out the letters in Versamark ink and heat embossed with Hero Arts Silver Embossing powder.  Then I took some water color and “colored in” the area!  For more fun I matted a rainbow of cardstock to bring out the colors.


How’s that for fun and simple?!

Mahalo for stopping by and can’t wait to see how you all are inspired by this month’s challenge!