Hero Arts Spice Market Large Petal Heat Embossing

I’ve got another one for you… I was aiming for the Hero Arts Challenge but didn’t make it. But what I like is a nice card came from that. It was a sketch and I would not have come up with the layout on my own.

Hero Arts Spice Market Large Petal

This really looks nice in person. The shiny once again makes it hard to get a good photo.

I created a panel by smooshing paper onto my craft mat into ink. I used Hero Arts Reactive ink in Creamsicle, Taffy and Lemon Drop with water spritzed on it. I then stamped the image and used gold embossing powder and heat embossed. I cut that panel into 3 parts. My intention was to line up the design like it originally stamped but between trimming it and forgetting about that it ended up not that way. I think it works.

For the two rectangles on top of the embossed panel I took ink pads straight to the paper to have a vibrant saturated look. I used the same Reactive inks for these.

The butterfly is heat embossed with the same gold. It is a color layering stamp but I only used the detailed outline stamp. I brushed the Hero Arts Metallic ink onto paper before the heat embossing. Then I painted it a bit with the same metallic ink to brighten/deepen the color. I cut out the butterfly using the matching die.

The sentiment is also heat embossed with the same gold.

Entered in the Love Handmade Cards challenge in Flickr for June.


  • Hero Arts Color Layering Monarch Butterfly stamp set
  • Hero Arts Spice Market Large Petal background stamp
  • Judikins Embossing Powder – Gold Detail
  • Hero Arts Reactive Inks
  • Hero Arts Metallic Ink

Hero Arts S’mores Bonfire Scene

How’s it going out there in crafty land? Are you creating a lot? It took me a bit but I am now on a roll. Here’s a card I made for my hubby to thank him for several things he did.

Spellbinders Stack O' Cups

My thought started out with I wanted to make a little scene or something on a coffee cup.

I will start with the background. I actually created that for something else but it wasn’t working. I stamped some text and smudged it. Then I ink blended over top with Distress Oxide ink.

Now I start making my coffee cup card. Ooo that background will work. I cut it down to fit my card and stamped the trees, music notes, stars and sentiment on it.

I cut out the tree stump coffee mug using a die.

The tree, moon and critters are from Hero Arts set S’mores Bonfire set. I don’t think I have used it before. So cute! My hub plays guitar so I had to use that critter. I colored all of the critters, tree and moon with Copics. I die cut them with the matching dies.

I almost forgot about the background panel. I used a coffee bean stencil and inked over it using Distress ink.

The sentiment was stamped.


  • Spellbinders Stack O’ Cups die set
  • Hero Arts S’mores Bonfire set
  • Hero Arts Old Letter Writing wood block stamp
  • Distress Oxide Ink
  • Copic Marker
  • Gina Marie Designs Coffee Bean stencil
  • Distress Ink


Hero Arts Love Jar Reactive Ink Stamping

For my card today I pulled out a fairly old Hero Arts set that I have hardly used but really like. It is called Love Jar.

Hero Arts Reactive Ink

The base panel is the Lawn Fawn plaid which is some of my favorite paper.

The Love Jar set comes with all of the images except the sentiment. I stamped the mason jar on vellum. I cut the jar out by hand. For the flowers I put Hero Arts Reactive inks on the stamps and stamped with them. I also put a bit of the ink on my craft mat and “painted” over the flowers and leaves to make them a bit more vibrant. I then went over them with a sparkle pen.

The rectangle sentiment piece is stamped using a stamp from the Love Jar set. I used a little of the ink on the mat to color in the rectangle. I might have added a little yellow in there with the orange. I cut out the rectangle by hand. The sentiment is stamped. The sentiment was in one long line but I cut it in pieces to fit the space. I am a little braver about cutting my stamps apart than I used to be.


  • Hero Arts Love Jar stamp set
  • Hero Arts Everyday Sayings stamp set
  • Hero Arts Reactive Inks
  • Archival Ink
  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen

Hero Arts February 2020 My Monthly Hero

I made a little tag for the Facebook Hero Arts Fans Scramble Challenge. The theme this time was do a journal page or make a tag with something that represents the month of June for you. For me that would be my birthday, my Dad’s birthday and Fathers Day. So my tag is a birthday celebrate tag. You will see how it really makes you think 92 year old Dad. Ha!

Hero Arts Reactive ink

Lately I have been wanting to make a bright colored card. I haven’t quite got the look I wanted. This one is finally more like it. The shiny sparkly cards are always a challenge to photograph so you need perfect lighting.

To start I did smooshing on my craft mat. I love the bright fun Hero Arts Reactive inks. I used Pool, Taffy, Thistle and Creamsicle. I dipped the paper in the ink on my craft mat. Next I heat embossing the big image in the set with sparkly silver embossing powder. Then I cut out the tag which cuts off the outer parts of the big image.

I heat embossed the sentiment also from this set with the same embossing powder.

I also heat embossed the cake, present and balloons. For the coloring I put some color down on my craft mat and used a water brush to paint these for more vibrant colors. I used the dies in the set to cut them out.


  • Hero Arts February 2020 My Monthly Hero kit
  • Hero Arts Reactive Inks
  • Hero Arts Nesting Tag Dies
  • Hero Arts Silver Sparkle Embossing Powder

Tim Holtz Feathered Friends Die Using Distress Ink

Today I am here with two bird cards I made. I have been watching a lot of Tim Holtz demos and I am loving them and learning so much. And then there is the shopping… but we won’t talk about that.

Hero Arts September 2016 My Monthly Hero

This was a fun card to make. For the background panel I put down some Distress ink. I used two different Tim Holtz stencils over top. I used Honeycomb and the Bubble stencil. I am slowly learning that you don’t need to use all of the stencil, little sections look great. I also did a little ink blending around the edges of the panel. You can see the panel below before I added the die cuts. I wish I could remember in better detail what all I did. I am trying to remember to take notes right as I am making things or right after.
For the wreath I die cut it.
For the bird I smooshed some paper on some inks on my craft mat. I then die cut it.
For the sentiment I put ink straight to paper using the Distress ink pad. I toned down the color a bit by putting some very light Distress ink over it. The sentiment is die cut.


For this card I remember much better on the background and I am super happy with the way it turned out. I put some Antique Linen Distress Paint on my craft mat and then ran a brayer over it and then rolled the paint on to my panel. I added a little bit of Antiqued Bronze and Frayed Burlap paint and rolled that on too. I got the look I wanted which is sort of streaky.

For the wreath I put Walnut Stain straight to one paper and for the second wreath I did the same with a little Gathered Twigs over the Walnut Stain.

The bird is die cut using a bird from the same set as the card above. The same as above I smooshed some paper down on inks on my craft mat. I used Walnut Stain, Blueprint and Chipped Sapphire Distress inks and Chipped Sapphire, Blueprint, Gathered Twigs and Walnut Stain Oxides.


  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Feathered Friends die set
  • Hero Arts September 2016 My Monthly Hero kit
  • Distress Inks
  • Distress Oxide Inks
  • Cas-ual Fridays Stamps die set
  • Spellbinders Sentiments Three die set
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Honeycomb stencil
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Bubble stencil
  • Distress Paints

Watercoloring with Hero Arts Artistic Dahlia

I am on a roll again in June. Several birthdays to make cards for.

Papertrey Ink Harlequin Cover Plate Die

For the background I used a cover plate die and then glued the die cut over a white card base.

I stamped the dahlia on watercolor paper and used Hero Arts liquid watercolors to color it. Then used the die to cut it out. Next time I want to try stamping the flower several times and coloring since the die has several pieces so you can layer the flower.

The sentiment is die cut.


  • Hero Arts Artistic Dahlia wood block stamp
  • Hero Arts Artistic Dahlia die set
  • Cas-ual Fridays Catherine Pooler die set
  • Papertrey Ink Cover Plate Harlequin die
  • Hero Arts Liquid Watercolors


Hero Arts Die Cutting with Color Layering Seahorse

This here is the card that I made using smaller images which gave me some ideas for my other seahorse card. If you would like to see the second seahorse card see it here.

Spellbinders Sentiments One

I am just going to say I am not that crazy about this card. Like I said I was trying to do the small image thing.

The background is that pearly swirly cool paper that came in one of the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kits.

So like I did with my other seahorse card I only used one part of the image layers for each image. The seahorse only had the one layer. So I stamped all of these using different papers that I think came in Hero Arts My Monthly Hero kit except the white seahorse paper.

The sentiment is die cut.


  • Hero Arts Color Layering Seahorse stamp set
  • Hero Arts Color Layering Seahorse Frame Cuts dies
  • Spellbinders Sentiments One die set


Hero Arts Color Layering Seahorse Birthday Card

Today I have a birthday card for you. I made a different card that didn’t come out that great so it had me rethinking it and this is what I came up with. The cards look way different but use some of the same images. If you would like to see my other card it is here.

Spellbinders Sentiments Three

I wanted a monochromatic look and this is pretty much it. The background was created using metallic inks on my craft mat and smooshing. One of the metallic inks was white which adds a nice look. They are very cool inks made by Hero Arts.

I cut the oval out using a die. The paper is a cool pearl like look with swirls that came in a Hero Arts My Monthly Hero set. I flicked some ink on it.

I stamped all the images with only one part of the things that came with that image. Another words it is a color layering stamp set and each image has a couple parts to it and I only stamped one for each image. I then used the matching dies and cut them out. I did a little highlighting with a sparkly Jelly Roll pen. The bubbles were created using Nuvo drops.

For the sentiment I painted some of the white metallic ink on paper and then used the die to cut it out.


  • Hero Arts Color Layering Seahorse stamp set
  • Hero Arts Color Layering Seahorse die set
  • Hero Arts Nesting Oval Infinity Dies
  • Spellbinders Sentiments Three die set
  • Nuvo Clear Drops
  • Jelly Roll Pen
  • Hero Arts Metallic Inks

Hero Arts January 2020 My Monthly Hero Die Cutting

Howdy! I am here with another card using a Hero Arts MMH kit. They are such a good deal and lots of fun. I have been getting them out more lately.

Spellbinders Sentiments Three

I started my card by cutting out the flowers, butterfly and leaves from some panels that I had around. I probably did some ink smooshing on the craft mat which I seem to like a lot.

I had not used the envelope die yet so I die cut that out of some white paper that came in one of the kits. It is cool with a swirly pattern and it is kind of pearly.

The sentiment is die cut also.

The kraft panel is embossed using an embossing folder.


  • Hero Arts January 2020 My Monthly Hero kit
  • Sizzix Quilted embossing folder
  • Spellbinders Sentiments Three die set

Graduation Tim Holtz Bird Crazy Card

Howdy! It’s that time of year for graduations. Of course things this year were very different. I made this card for my son’s sister. Unfortunately he could not go to her graduation since it was in Georgia and we live in California. So I got her school colors and worked with those.

Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Crazy Things

So this was a bit challenging because of the color scheme but I am happy with how it came out.

I heat embossed the bird and diploma with black embossing powder on white paper. I also used the black embossing powder for the cap on black paper. I put some clear glaze on the eyes to enhance them a little.

The congrats was cut out of shiny black paper. The 2020 was stamped with Archival ink.

The silver panel was die cut. When you use the metallic paper you have to watch it if your cutting plate has marks on it because it shows on the paper.

For the background I stamped the diploma and cap from the Crazy Thing stamp set in Versamark on black paper. It wasn’t showing up much so I dusted over it with Perfect Pearls.


  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Crazy Things stamp set
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Bird Crazy stamp set
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Bird Crazy die set
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Celebration Words Script die set
  • Lawn Fawn Milo’s ABC’s stamp set
  • Cottage Cutz Double Stitched Rectangle die set
  • Perfect Pearls powder
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology Kraft Metallic paper
  • Archival ink
  • Versamark ink