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Watercolor and Floral Hero Arts Die

Aloha and happy Thursday friends!  Have you got your hands on the latest Hero Arts products for 2017?  You can find most of them in the a2z Scrapbooking store!  I snagged the fabulous Hero Arts Floral Border with Frame Fancy Die  which die cuts a BEAUTIFUL oval shaped border with pretty leaves, flowers, and even sweet little butterflies!  Check it out…

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I was going to keep it simple and just die cut from white cardstock, but I had my Derwent Watercolor Pencils out and was in the mood to color!

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The blue background was created with Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and Mermaid Lagoon.  I then stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts Birthday Messages in Hero Arts White Embossing Powder.  I wanted a little more dimension and used a coat of Nuvo Crystal Drops in Gloss White to accentuate the handwritten look.

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For the final touch I decided to get fancy and flicked on some Finetec Gold paint for a touch of shimmer.

The die is really gorgeous and you can check out my Instagram @stampnhi for a different look using the die.  I can definitely see myself using this one a lot!  Perfect for any occasion!!

Don’t forget to join us this month for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the store!  For rules and more information enter HERE!

Mahalo for stopping by!

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1 Stamp Set, 1 Design, 2 Cards

Hello Crafty friends, it is Helen here today would love to share with you my cards using 1 stamp set and 1 design, but 2 different cards. Today, I am using the Color Layering – Deer stamp, from the new Holiday 2016 Catalogue.

On this first card, I stamped the Deer on a white cardstock with Distress Mini Ink Pad set 3, and then fussy cut it. But you always  can cut it out with the matching frame die set. Then I added it on the card with wood embossed background with 3D foam tape for some dimensional. I heat-embossed the sentiment on a black cardstock and then added it on the card with 3D foam tape. I added a piece of gold glitter ribbon for extra accent on this CAS card.

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On the second card, it is simply watercolored, CAS and one layer card. For the card base, I used Canson Watercolor paper 140 lbs. And I stamped the deer with Distress Mini Ink Pad Set 3 and sprayed little bit of water on the inked stamp every time I stamped to create the faux – watercolor look on the deer.

And then I added some Broken China distress ink with wet brush to create the sky, and added some Vintage Photo distress ink with wet brush for the ground where the deer sit on. I used my craft heat gun to dry the panel completely before stamping.

I stamped the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black and I added some leaves around the deer that I stamped with the new Hero Arts – Ombre Autum Ink Pad.

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On both cards, I only use 1 stamp set and 1 design. Also, with Color Layering stamp sets, you can create gorgeous depth of colors and dimension to the image even though it is a one-layer card.

So, check out all the Color Layering stamp sets and their matching frame die sets at a2z Scrapbooking store. You can get 15% OFF your order of $25 when you use this code Helen15 at check out.

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Also, come and play along with our October Challenge – Layer it to win a $25 gift card to the a2z Scrapbooking store!

THANKS for visiting today and have a fabulous day!

helena2zscrapbooking

 


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a2z Scrapbooking June 2016 Challenge

Hello everyone!!  Yayyy June is here!!

Our new challenge is “To Die For”!!!!! You can use any Hero Arts Die on your project this month. This is going to be a super fun challenge!!

Please be sure that your project contains at least ONE main HERO ART Die Cut as the focal element!  This will be fun and interesting.

This challenge will be fun and interesting at the same time.  The DT has creating some awesome projects to inspire you to play along with us.

Take a look:

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Arlene

Hero Arts die cut

Martha

Angie

hero arts partial die cuts

Cindy

Amazing isn’t it!!   I hope you love what you see and that it inspires you to join us this month.  You have the entire month to create a new project and enter it into Mr. Linky below.  By entering you will have a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the a2z Scrapbooking Store. One lucky winner will be announced on the 7th of July!!

Good Luck!!

We can’t wait to see what you create!

Supplies used:

Arlene

Old Hero Arts set (sentiment)
Elizabeth Craft Designs embossing folder
Elizabeth Craft Designs Shimmer Sheetz
Martha
Celebrate Tag Stamp & Cut by Lia by Hero Arts
Metallic Gray Card Stock
Cricut
Angie
Cindy
Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit – April, 2016
Daniel Smith water colours
Memento Dye Ink (Tuxedo Black)
Clear embossing ink
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Watercoloured background

Dawn here to share some more watercolour backgrounds.  Our theme this month is Watercolouring.  I enjoy making watercolour backgrounds.  One of my favourite ways is to use a Smooshing technique.  I mainly use Distress inks to make these as they turn to water colours when sprayed with water.

 

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For this one, I used some blue and green inks and smooshed them onto my craft sheet and dragged my watercolour paper through it.  Once it dried I used a few colours of Lindy’s Stamp sprays to add some pinks and the dot of yellow.  I then put it through an embossing folder for added texture.  Next I die cut the Butterfly Die (DI078) from some hot pink card stock.  I used some Black Metallic Decor dots for the body.  My sentiment is white embossed and is from Color Layering Happy Day Flowers (CL864) -Note:  This popular Stamp set is currently Out of Stock at a2z Scrapbooking, however you can CUSTOM Order it in the Store. Just click on the REQUEST CUSTOM ORDER form on the store HOME Page!   This goes for pretty much ANY Hero Arts products that is still available.  If you can’t find it in the store, please feel free to ask!

As an aside, have you heard Hero Arts Intense Black AF345 is perfect for alcohol markers (Copic, Spectrum Noir) ? There is also a reinker.  It’s in store now.

And remember if you are in need of any items from the a2z Scrapbooking store  you can use code Dawn15 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!

I’m loving all your wonderful entries. Still a week or more to add your entry.  Check out our challenge post (here) and join us, just remember to check our rules -You MUST use at least ONE HERO ARTS STAMP, HERO ARTS DIGITAL IMAGE OR HERO ARTS DIE CUT on your project. (Hero Arts Silhouette shapes are allowed too)

Dawn

 

 


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a2z Scrapbooking April 2016 Challenge

Hello everyone!!  Happy April!!  I can’t believe we are here already!!

Our new challenge is all about Watercoloring!!!!! This is going to be a super fun challenge!!

Our challenge this month is WATERCOLORING!!  

Please be sure that your project contains at least ONE main HERO ART stamp, stencil, digital stamp or die cut as the focal element!  This will be fun and interesting.

This challenge will be fun and interesting at the same time.  The DT has creating some awesome projects to inspire you to play along with us.

Take a look:

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Martha

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Dawn

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Donna

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Kymona

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Niki

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Kimberly

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Cindy

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Ilina

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Monica

Amazing isn’t it!!   I hope you love what you see and that it inspires you to join us this month.  You have the entire month to create a new project and enter it into Mr. Linky below.  By entering you will have a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the a2z Scrapbooking Store. One lucky winner will be announced on the 7th of May!!

Good Luck!!

We can’t wait to see what you create!!

Supplies used:

Martha
Just for You by Lia – Hero Arts
Butterfly Pair Stamp & Cut Set – Hero Arts
Whisper White Card Stock
Gelatos
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Brush Paint

Dawn
Hero Arts DC 182 Butterfly Pair Stamp & Cut
Pearlescent Paints
Memento Espresso Truffle ink
MFT  Stitched and rounded rectangles

Donna

Kymona
Hero Arts Handwritten Thank You G6132
Hero Arts Bold Daisy Stencil SA068
Distress Ink Mini Kit One
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Hero Arts Gems
Recollection White Heavyweight Cardstock

Niki
Hero Arts Kelly’s Outline Letter
Hero Arts Paper Layering Mum Flower
Hero Arts Platinum Embossing Powder
Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers

Kimberly
Hero Arts Color Layering Happy Day Flowers
Hero Arts Sunshine Layering Paper :
Hero Arts Snow Layering Paper
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
Hero Hues Black Die Ink
Zig Waterbrush Pens
Aqua Waterbrush
Versamark Embossing Ink
Tape Runner
Heat Tool

Cindy

Hero Arts Color Layering Goldfish
Hero Arts Ombre Ink (Tide Pool to Navy)
Holbein Artists’s Water Colors
Ranger Distress ink (Wild Honey, Barn Door, Antique Linen, Peeled Paint, Crushed Olive, Vintage Photo)
Ranger Stickles (Orange Slice, Sprinkled Sugar)

Ilina

Monica
Butterfly stamp/cut (DC134)
Orange Soda
Soft Granite
Misc used- Distress inks- hickory smoke, ripe persimmon, and cracked pistachio
Wink of stella (filled with water)

Thank you for stopping by!!

Kymona


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Rainbow Watercoloured Embossing

Hi crafters

Dawn here to show you a card using a stencil, Texture Paste, watercolour Zig Brush markers and a die cut.

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I used the Leaf and Flourish stencil with Ranger Texture Paste .  Once it dried I coloured with the Zig Markers and totally spritzed with water to mix.  I left it overnight before trimming it and backing with the black card.  I die cut a tag from black and white embossed the sentiment and heart from the Hello Stamp and Die. I used a Copic marker to colour the heart.  I coloured a scrap of watercolour paper and die cut the Hello.

My card was inspired by the Craftsy class I took.  It is a class by Catherine Pooler and I can highly recommend it.  21 different techniques.  One lesson is on Stenciling with Creative Mediums.

Remember if you are in need of any items from the a2z Scrapbooking store  you can use code Dawn15 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!   Also, the a2z Store now has the 2015 Hero Arts release in stock. So now there’s even more reason to go shopping!!!!!!

Materials

Leaf and Flourish Stencil (currently not in stock but you can do a CUSTOM Order it in the Store. Just click on the REQUEST CUSTOM ORDER form on the store HOME Page!)

Hello Stamp and Die

Ranger Texture Paste

Zig Watercolor Real Brush Pens

Dawn


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Thinking of You Watercolor

Hello Crafters!

It’s Kelly here and I’m sharing a very simple watercolor card with you guys today.

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I started by adding walnut stain distress ink to only the right and bottom edge of the pot stamp. I didn’t ink the top because I knew I wanted the flowers to over hang the front of the pot. I added in my flowers only inking the areas I wanted to add. One of the many wonderful things about stamping with distress markers. For the flowers I used spun sugar because it’s dark enough to give you a guide but light enough that it won’t show after the watercoloring.

Now for the fun part!

I scribbled some distress ink onto an acrylic block to use for painting. For the flowers I used worn lipstick, seedless preserves, broken china, and chipped sapphire. I added more water to some petals or laves than others. This is what gives the beautiful variation that watercolor has. I added a bit of ground under the pot and stamped a simple sentiment to finish it off.

Here’s the same card but with a butterfly added in.

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I didn’t really “Love” the way the butterfly turned out but that’s okay. You can’t be head over heels for all of them!!

Have you played along in our current challenge yet, it’s New Beginnings. Births, birthdays, weddings, there’s all kinds of options 🙂 If you haven’t joined in don’t worry you have all month long!

Thanks for stopping by today

XoXo

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Supplies:

Hello Stamp and Cut

Stamp Your Own Cactus

Sunshine Hero Arts/Basic Gray

WPlus9 Pure Color Black Ink

Distress Ink Markers 

Canson Watercolor Paper 


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Congrats on Your New Baby

Hello Crafters!

So a few weeks ago I received my order of brand new Hero Arts goodies. I have been staring at them waiting for the time that I would actually have time to use them. Finally, that time came. Of all the sets I bought I could NOT wait to use the new Baby Animals set! I mean who doesn’t melt at the sight of such adorable stamps?!

Also, I could color them which makes my heart happy. AND our current challenge is coloring. What?! Two birds one stone 🙂 If that wasn’t enough the gorgeous uber talented Kathy Racoosin is doing a thirty day coloring challenge that I just couldn’t pass up. She is amazing. It’s not just her talent either. It’s her. Period. She is kind and generous. Plus that girl can color some socks off. Seriously, go visit, pick up some awesomeness and bring it back here to our color challenge 🙂

Alright, let’s get to the card shall we?

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So friends of ours just had a daughter and it’s a special baby so I wanted her to have a special card. I knew I wanted the background to be watercolored but I really wanted to get some copics onto those cuties. Why does this pose a problem?

Well to watercolor you need a water resistant ink but . . .to color copics you can’t use waterproof ink. I decided to risk it. You do as you wish 😉

I couldn’t pick just one of those cutie pies to use so I decided to use them like a border. I stamped them in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I was very careful to add my water around my images but of course some of it bumped the edges and caused m ink to bleed. It was fine. No, really. I promise. I just used a dry towel to absorb the water with the black in it. I added distress inks to the background and then blotted my towel around for a super subtle background. Don’t want subtle? Add more layers of watercolor. I heat set my background and busted out the copics.

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After the copic coloring was done I added some white pen polka dots. Polka dots equal baby in my head. I don’t know why. After the white was done I outlined all of the images using a copic multiliner. Yes it’s a little time consuming YES it’s totally worth it. I didn’t want to leave the edges around my images white so I drew in a shadow and outlined them in a light blue. I picked blue to help them stand out from the background. I faded the blue into the watercolor with my colorless blender. You’d never know the two weren’t one 🙂 Stamp your sentiment and your done. This sentiment is one of the many new stamp and cut sentiments Hero Arts released. I bought them all. When you’re in love you just go with it!!

Thanks for stopping by! Don’t forget to bring all your coloring prowess to our current monthly challenge for a chance to win a gift card to the store!!

XoXo

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Supplies:

Baby Animals Stamp and Cut

Congrats Stamp and Cut 

Ranger Watercolor Paper

Distress ink: Worn Lipstick, Ripe Persimmon, Squeezed Lemonade, Shaded Lilac

Sakura Gel Pen in Black and White

Copic Markers

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad

 Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink


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A Touch of Gold

Hi, Chark here today, friends. I gotta tell you I absolutely love gold heat embossing. I am the world’s messiest crafter (I can lose my scissors under my supplies 10 times in a craft session), and embossing powder is a big ol’ mess in my hands. However, I love how it looks! So, every so often, I pull out the supplies and the cleaning supplies and go to town. And that’s exactly what I did for today’s post.

I embossed the butterflies in gold and the waves stamp in white. I used my Tombow markers as watercolors (just scribbled on an acrylic block and used a waterbrush to pick up the color) and trimmed and mounted the panels and butterflies. Here it is with blue butterflies and pink/orange background.

pinkbutterfly  And here it is in the opposite colors, pink/orange butterflies and blue background.

bluebutterflyHere they are side by side…which is your favorite? I tried to make them very similar so you could see them with only the colors being different.

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I think I like the softer blue background so the butterflies stand out.

Did you know that a2z Scrapbooking has just received the 2015 Hero Arts Spring release? I already ordered my fun new goodies, you can too! Use CHARK15 for 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. And don’t forget that we are on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.  Follow us on these different social media outlets so you won’t miss out on any fun promotions.

Last thing, you still have time to enter the February Challenge using Hero Arts and embossing. Click here for info!

Happy Tuesday!

chark

Hero Arts Basic Grey Waves Stamp

Antique Engravings Stamp (butterflies)

Watercolor paper

Watercolor brush

Tombow Markers

Zing Gold embossing powder

Studio Calico wood words


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Watercolor Winner!!!

If your looking for our February Challenge post, click here

Hello everyone!!  I’m here to finally announce the winner for our Watercolor Challenge!!!  Yayyyy!!

I must apologize for this late announcement.  January has been another busy month for us over at the a2z Scrapbooking blog.  Getting all of our new DT members up to speed on their new role has taken me away from posting the winner of this great challenge.

Well, wait no further!!

The Winner of our Watercolor Challenge is:

Andrea #4

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Congratulations Andrea you won a $25 Gift Certificate tot he a2z Scrapbooking Store.

Your snowman, tree and background are so pretty.

Our Honorable Mentions:

Maura #2

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Lissy #2

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Judy #9

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Winners please email a2zscrapbooking@comcast.net to claim your badges/prize.

Congratulations to all of you.

Our February Challenge started today.

The theme is Embossing.  I hope to see you there!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

~Kymona