Hero Arts Feathered Friends Christmas

Howdy! It’s almost Fall! When fall comes around it’s just that much closer to Christmas. So I made a Christmas card using the, oh so cute, digital birds from the Hero Arts Feathered Friends Digital kit. The really nice thing about the digital images is that you can make them any size to fit your project.

Hero Arts Feathered Friends Digital Kit

The first thing I did to start my card was put 4 of the 5 bird images from the Feathered Friends kit into a Word document. Then I sized them to fit my card design. I printed them out on some off white Neenah paper. I colored them with Copics. I cut them out by hand.

For the background I stamped, on the same color of Neenah paper, using Hero Arts background stamp Wooden Floor Bold Prints. I used Antique Linen Oxide Distress ink. I used my Misti to keep things lined up nice.

The tree was stamped using Oxide Distress inks Vintage Photo and Lucky Clover on kraft paper. I cut out the tree by hand. I used to say I don’t really do fussy cutting but I don’t mind if it is not to “fussy”. The star was also stamped on kraft paper using Fossilized Amber ink. I colored over that with a gold Gelly Roll metallic pen and cut the star out a little smaller than it’s actual size. The star is popped up with foam tape. The star and tree are from Hero Arts stamp set Swirl Christmas. I added the red ornaments or lights on the tree using Nuvo Crystal Drops.

Back to those cute birds… I drew the legs on the background and then popped up the birds a little bit with a couple layers of Glue Dots.  Sometimes I want things just a little raised up and this did the trick.

The sentiment is also from Hero Arts set Swirl Christmas and is stamped with Oxide Distress ink in Fired Brick.


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Hero Arts National Parks

Howdy! Today I have a card using the Hero Arts National Parks Poetic Prints stamp set. I don’t know about you but I love the National Parks. It is on my list to see as many as possible. The inspiration for this card was a card we got from someone with just kraft, black and white. I also decided to go with the Clean & Simple look which is this month’s challenge at a2z Scrapbooking.


Hero Arts National Parks Poetic Prints


In the National Park stamp set there are 4 stamps. I chose these two because I have been to both of them. Also included in the set is the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley.

I started out by stamping the 2 images on kraft paper with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I then colored the images using a white Prismacolor pencil sometimes heavy sometimes light coloring. After you color with the pencil it covers up the black some. I took a Copic Multiliner pen and a Memento Tuxedo Black pen and went over the stamped black lines to make them stand out. The Memento pen is a great one to have around to touch up spots that maybe don’t stamp all the way or over the pencil as I did on this card.

As you can see I put some mats behind the images and attached that panel to the card.

For the sentiment I used a stamp from Hero Arts set Set Sail and stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink.

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Hero Arts Snowflakes & Ornament Card

Here is a little Christmas early for you. It is always good to get all or some cards done early to avoid scrambling during busy Christmas time. Hero Arts has some new holiday stamps and dies. There is some great stuff in this release. One of the things I got was this pretty Snowflakes and Ornament Fancy Die. You can get this and several other Halloween, Fall and Christmas new release goodies at the a2z Scrapooking Etsy store.

Here is a direct link to this die at the a2z Scrapbooking Etsy store.

Well first I have to say that glittery/shimmery cards are hard to photograph. The ornament is a pretty light blue over a darker color of blue glitter paper.

To start I cut out a white panel using a die with a wonky stitches look.

Then I cut out the ornament and the snowflake part from glitter paper by American Crafts. What I like is this glitter paper is very smooth. I am not as much of a fan of the really rough glitter paper. The only thing is that it is a bit challenging to die cut from this paper. You definitely have to roll it thru a couple times and I think I need to get a metal shim. So back to the pretty die…. It is a Hero Arts die called Snowflakes and Ornament Fancy Die (DI528).

The sentiment is die cut also. It is a die from Find It Trading which I use often.

Hero Arts Snowflake & Ornament Die
Another photo because glittery is hard to photograph.


And.. the glittery close up.

Entered in the Sparkle & Shine challenge at A Blog Named Hero.

Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Coffee

I just love coffee and when I started seeing the sneak peeks for the Hero Arts August My Monthly Hero card kit I knew I had to get it. I was lucky enough to get one. So here is the first card I created with the kit.

Hero Arts Coffee Cafe

For the background I was playing around with the new Hero Arts liquid watercolors that I ordered with the monthly kit. I wet some watercolor paper and dropped some of the liquid watercolor on the panel. I created several different panels and picked the one I liked best for this card. Then I used the Cafe Window Scene die to cut out this fun scene from watercolor paper. I mixed a couple of colors to create the sort of teal paint. I put it a little heavier/darker on the coffee pot and cups. The sentiment is from the monthly kit and it is embossed with brown embossing powder.


  • Background watercolor – Hero Arts Cocoa liquid watercolor
  • Cafe Die – Hero Arts My Monthly Hero August 2018
  • Sentiment – Hero Arts My Monthly Hero August 2018
  • Cafe Watercolor – Kuretake Gansai Tambi

Entered in the August Challenge over at Die Cut Divas.

Hero Arts Flowers For Coloring

Howdy! I have a couple of cards full of flowers for you today. Who doesn’t love flowers, I know I do. The Hero Arts stamp set Flowers for Coloring has so many fun flowers and there are so many things you can do with it. I have one card I colored with Copics and one I used watercolor pencils.

Hero Arts Flowers To Color

To start off I took the entire set and left all the stamps from the Flowers For Coloring set right on the sheet they come on. I inked them up with some Memento Tuxedo black ink and stamped them on to some Neenah paper. Then I had fun coloring all the flowers and leaves with some fun colors. They are a little brighter in person. I used only two different color Copics for every one of the flower centers. Also for the flower centers I added Nuvo Crystal Clear Drops. I mounted the panel onto a black background.

For the sentiment I stamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed it using Hero Arts white embossing powder. The sentiment is part of Hero Arts set It’s Your Day. The banner was cut using a Lawn Fawn die. The sentiment is popped up with foam tape.

I entered this over in Flickr in the Love Handmade Cards August Challenge of Anything Goes.

Here is the other card I made using this fun flower stamp set.

The background is a wash of watercolor on watercolor paper.

I stamped all the flowers and leaves on a piece of watercolor paper. I colored them using Derwent Intense pencils and a water pen. I cut out all of the flowers and leaves by hand and glued them to the background. The thick watercolor paper adds a nice dimension to it but it is hard to see in the photo. Maybe you can see the dimension in the photo below.

The sentiment is stamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed with black embossing powder. The stamp used for the sentiment is Hero Arts set It’s Your Day.


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Hero Arts Reef With Rainbow Sea Creatures

Howdy! I have a couple of tropical cards to show you. This first card is over on the a2z Scrapbooking blog. This is my first time using this fun Reef Border die. I have had my eye on it for quite some time. My thoughts went to rainbow fish when starting this card. Does anyone remember that book? I decided many fish in rainbow colors.

Reef Border Die


To start my card I put some Distress inks down on my craft mat and sprayed them with water. Then I took some watercolor paper and put that down on the watered down ink. I did a second round of that after my background was dry.

I stamped the octopus and the jelly fish using Oxide Distress inks. The octopus and jelly fish are from a Hero Arts My Monthly Hero kit. I used the dies from the kit to die cut them. I stamped the seahorse with a stamp from the Hero Arts set Color Layering Seahorse also using Oxide ink and die cut it with the matching die. The My Monthly Hero kit is no longer available but there is a Color Layering Octopus set in the a2z Scrapbooking store.

Next I used the Hero Arts Reef Border die to cut out the border. I went all around the die cut and colored the sea creatures using Copic pens. You could leave the center open and stamp a sentiment in there but I wanted a few sea creatures there. I also did not want a sentiment on the border so I will stamp that on the inside later.

Here is a slightly different version of the card above. It’s made the same way except I stamped a bunch of fish from the My Monthly Hero set and hand cut them. They are stamped using Oxide Distress inks. I colored over only the fish with a sparkle pen.

Reef Border Die


Art Impressions Birthday Owl Whoots

This was a fun one since I love owls. I had the background done awhile ago and picked it up recently and thought I need to use it soon. So it was a good one for this cute owl.

Art Impressions Owl

The background is done using a stencil and ink blending over it with Oxide Distress inks.

The owl was stamped, colored with Copics and cut out by hand.

The sentiment is die cut and I colored it with Copics using the same colors that are on the birthday hat.


  • Background sun – Memory Box stencil Brilliant
  • Owl – Birthday Whoots by Art Impressions
  • Sentiment – Simon Says Stamp Painted Happy Birthday die
  • Copic Pens

Entered in the July challenge Anything Goes at Love! – Handmade Cards in Flickr.

Also entered in the Simon Says Stamp challenge in Flickr of favorite technique. As far as my favorite technique there is a lot I like to do. On this card I did some favorites using a stencil and coloring with Copics. Funny thing is I did not like Copics when I first used them and now I have a bunch.

Entered over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge Anything Goes on their blog.


Save the Date Postcard

Save The Date Postcard

Just a very quick postcard I made. The postcard was in the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero kit for July 2018. As you can see the sheet music did not stamp all that well. But… it was perfect for stamping that microphone in there. Both images are heat embossed.

The sheet music is a Stampington stamp called Lg. Sheet Music.
The microphone is from a set that came with a card making magazine.

I sent this to my Dad and his girlfriend to save the date for a surprise event I got tickets to for them. I am sending the tickets at a later time. It is a guy that does a great job of Johnny Cash covers.

Clearly Besotted Miniature Florals

Howdy! I hope you are having some crafty time today. I have a card here that has some things included that I made some time ago and they were patiently waiting to be on a card. Ha

Miniature Florals Thanks

For the background I used an embossing folder to create that nice texture. I just ran it through the machine and the piece sat around waiting.

These flowers are so pretty but I have a little trouble working with smaller images. I colored the flower on the left and in the middle way back. Since I am trying to use my stash I pulled them out. I am not going to say use up my stash because that will probably never happen. I decided the card needed 3 flowers so I colored one more from the same set. As you can see I put them on a black panel to put the focus on them.

The sentiment is a die cut.


  • Embossing Folder – Elizabeth Crafts Swirly Curves
  • Sentiment – Hero Arts Thanks Stamp & Cut (DC152)
  • Flowers – Clearly Besotted Miniature Florals Collection (CLBT176)
  • Copic Pens

Fragrant Flowers Watercolor Cards

Howdy! Today I have a couple cards where I did things a little different on each but they look very similar. I was trying again to go outside the lines which I mentioned before is not easy for my brain to do. I think in a more controlled way.

Fragrant Flowers Watercolor Cards

In one case I put the color down on the  watercolor paper first while looking at the flower bunch and then stamped over that. On the other card I painted after stamping. Unfortunately I can’t remember if I was using Gansai Tambi watercolor paints or Zig Clean Color pens. I will say it is very likely I used Zig pens on these. I have one of the cards still here and when using watercolor paint it feels powdery on the surface and this does not. I keep saying I need to take notes and I think I’ll remember but… here we are. I think it is kind of interesting that they look fairly similar.

For the thank you card I stamped the sentiment using Versafine Onyx Black ink. The other card I am saving and I will stamp the sentiment when I use it.

I cut both panels out with a pierced rectangle die.


  • Flower Bunch – Fragrant Flowers by Penny Black
  • Sentiment – Thanks A Bunch by Hero Arts (CL663)
  • Rectangle Die – Pierced Rectangles by My Favorite Things
  • Versafine Oynx Black ink
  • Zig Clean Color pens