Hero Arts Merry Christmas Cover Plate with Glitter

Howdy! Today I am over at a2z Scrapbooking with some glitter and shine for Christmas. I created two cards with the Hero Arts Merry Christmas Cover Plate Die. This is such a cool die and there is so much to it you can just cut it out and glue it on a card base and call it a day.


The first one here is all glittery.  The first thing I did was stick a double sided adhesive sheet to a piece of Neenah paper. I placed my die on the paper so that the adhesive would end up on the top of the design. That way I could get that glitter to stick to it. I used microfine glitter and dumped that all over the design over a coffee filter. Then I burnished it using a bone folder handle. Thanks to Jennifer McGuire for that tip! Then I just glued that scene on to a piece of white glitter paper. Glitter cards are hard to photograph and the light was kind of diminishing on me so the photo isn’t the best. It is pretty and very sparkly in real life.

Here is a daytime sunlight photo of my card. Submitted to the October Challenge for Love Handmade Cards in Flickr.

After watching Jennifer’s post and video where she was doing a similar technique with stencils I decided to use the glitter on a die cut.

If you want some good tips on using especially the microfine glitter watch this video by Els from Elizabeth Craft Designs. Watch for the part about her box set up she uses for working with glitter. I saw her do this in person and it really stuck with me. Those Swifter’s really make clean up nice.

This one was very straight forward and quick. I cut the scene out using the die and some shiny red paper I had in my stash. For this one I left some of the pieces in with the die cut. So the ornaments, 2 trees, and the star on the tree all have their center pieces remaining instead of pushing them out. I then glued the scene on a kraft card base. Pretty simple. There is so much to the cover plate you don’t need to do much.

I have another card in progress that I got kind of carried away on so we’ll see how that turns out and maybe I will post that too. Here we are with card 3.

I started out with the idea I would color most of the little things all over this die cut. That led to more and more “doing”. So many things are colored with Copics. The hanging ornaments were colored then I decided to add clear glitter Nuvo to them and the color showed through which is good. The star on the tree also has gold glitter Nuvo on it. Somewhere along the line I colored the very outer edge/frame with a blue Copic. Then the hills got clear glitter Nuvo and the swirls got some silver glitter Nuvo. The background paper is from an origami set of papers I got at Daiso. I would say it came out decent considering all the fumbling around and kind of different.

The a2z Scrapbooking store has great sales going on! I took a peek at the store and there are still some stamps, ink, liquid watercolor (this stuff is fun to work with),  embossing powders and a few other things. Get them before they are gone.

There is still time to enter the a2z Scrapbooking last challenge! It’s always good to get a few cards done well before the holiday rush.



Hero Arts Haunted Digital Kit With Oxide Ink

Halloween is a fun holiday for me. I like decorating around the house and the front yard. I like somewhat creepy but not gory. I created a card that goes with the a2z challenge this month of holiday. My card is a combination of using digital images, ink blending, die cutting and stamping.

Hero Arts Haunted

The first thing I did when creating my card was take the haunted house from the Hero Arts Haunted Digital kit and had my Cameo cut it out. I had to change the png image by using trace and then I resized it. It did take a while to cut because it has all this tiny holes in the house for a distressed look.

Then I did some ink blending with 1 Hero Arts Reactive Ink and 3 Oxide Distress Inks on the background. I sprayed the background a bit with a mini mister.

I used the pumpkin from the digital kit also. I resized it and duplicated it to make 3 pumpkins. I colored the stems with a brown Copic pen and the faces with yellow.  I hand cut them out. One of the pumpkins is raised with one of those really thick glue dots.

The sentiment I cut out with Hero Arts set Halloween Trimmings stamp and cut. I put some Versamark on the words and then sprinkled on some black embossing powder and heat embossed it. Keeping the words from flying away was a bit of a challenge during the heat embossing. There are several different embossing powders in the a2z Scrapbooking Etsy store including a detail black and a sparkle black.

The witch is a cute little stamp from my stash.

The a2z Scrapbooking store has great sales going on! Run don’t walk and check it out!


a2z Scrapbooking October Challenge

Unfortunately this is our last challenge but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a good time.  So let’s make this a fun one. I hope you all can join us so we can see your nice holiday creations. I made a Christmas card. Hero Arts Home for the Holidays

To start off my card I stamped all of the images using the Hero Arts Home for the Holidays stamp set. I colored most of them with Copics except 3 of the trees. On the bottom house it is hard to see but I used a Glaze pen for the snowy roof. I also did that for the snowy parts on the top house. I cut them out using the matching dies. This is a fun set and could be used for other things.

I heat embossed the greeting with red embossing powder before gluing things down.

My original thought was just randomly put the images on the card but I don’t think this assortment of images works great for that. And my linear thinking mind took over and they got lined up. What I was trying not to do is make a scene but just images on the card.

Also before gluing things down I stamped most of the snowflakes with Frost Versamark ink. After I glued everything down I stamped a few more snowflakes.

The layered snowflakes by the sentiment are die cuts. I used the Hero Arts Snowflake Confetti die to cut them out. I have a whole bunch more to use for something else. Truth be told they are hiding something I put on the card that I did not like. You know we all figure out little tricks.

There is a nice sale going on over in the a2z Scrapbooking Etsy shop. Check it out!



National Coffee Day Blog Hop & Giveaway

National Coffee Day Blog Hop

Guess what day it is! Yes it is National Coffee Day and there is a hop to go along with it. The hop begins at the a2z Scrapbooking blog. The design team has cards for you to check out and there are several giveaways. There is also some great bargains over at a2z.

Here are the links to the a2z Design Team cards for some inspiration and if you comment another chance to win a prize.




Karen – You are here!


Here is the coffee card I made for this fun hop. And me.. yes I love coffee. I have a coffee bean roaster and a grinder. Sometimes I roast my own beans. I only drink one cup a day and I want some good coffee. I think there will be an afternoon decaf going on today!

To create the background I used the Hero Arts Holiday Petals & Leaves stamp set. I took all the little leaves and put them on one block and stamped on the kraft paper with Versamark.

The coffee cups are from a couple different digital sets that are available in the a2z Scrapbooking Etsy shop. The digital kits that I used are Hero Arts Kitchen Silhouettes, Hero Arts Caffeine Fix and Sugartree Stamps Hug In a Mug. I listed these as they go across the card from left to right. I colored the mugs with Copics. The leaf on the one mug is from the background stamp that I colored with a Gelly Roll pen and cut out. The sleeve and the heart on the other mugs were part of the images. I did all of the gold accenting with a gold metallic Gelly Roll pen and I love that thing.

The multi color strip is alcohol ink on regular paper. Kind of funny, it is some piece of paper my husband grabbed at a hotel and gave to me. It is thick and has a nice texture. It is hard to see in the photo but there is some gold alcohol ink on there too.

The sentiment is die cut twice for a bit of dimension.

a2z Scrapbooking is giving away a $20 prize to a randomly selected winner from those who commented on the a2z Scrapbooking blog.
Visit each of the Design Team blog posts and comment. One randomly selected winner from each Design Team blog post will win two coffee themed digital prizes.
Deadline to comment is Oct 5, 11:59 pm EDT. Winner will be announced on Oct 7th.
 To claim your prize email a2zscrapbookingtech@gmail.com with subject line: National Coffee Hop a2z Karen

Enjoy the hop!







Hero Arts Monarch Butterfly with Nuvo Glimmer Paste

Howdy! I am over at a2z Scrapbooking with a glittery butterfly. So pretty in real life and very hard to capture it well in a photograph. Later today I will be adding a photo taken in natural light.  I have added two photos I took outside at different times today. The conclusion is that glitter like this just looks way better in person.

For my card I really wanted to use some of the Nuvo Glimmer Paste. You can get the pretty Sapphire Blue Glimmer Paste in the a2z Etsy shop. I tried a couple different things but some were not working to well. But then this happened. The Nuvo Glimmer Paste is the “background” of the butterfly.

I created the blue part of the butterfly by cutting a butterfly out using the Hero Arts Monarch Butterfly die also available in the a2z Etsy shop. I took out the pretty butterfly and used that open space as a stencil.

I centered it nice over my paper and used temporary adhesive to keep all the edges down. I filled it in with the Nuvo Glimmer Paste. Then I removed the stencil and washed my tools immediately. That stuff sticks very well.

On the butterfly die cut I put an adhesive sheet on the front of the paper before die cutting. I removed the release paper and now there is adhesive on the front of the butterfly. I used some Elizabeth Craft Designs microfine glitter all over it. You should rub it in good to make it shine and stick well. There is a mostly purple and a bit of pink glitter. I am not the biggest glitter fan but using it this way I really like it. If you need some tips on glitter handling El at Elizabeth Craft Designs has some great video’s that really help with keeping the glitter under control. I saw her demo at Scrapbook Expo one year and I still remember that. She has some great tips and some great looks with her fab glitter.

Then I glued the butterfly outline over the Glitter Paste background I created. I cut around the butterfly with a rectangle die. I put that on a pretty purple patterned paper and added a die cut sentiment.

The two outdoor shots. Let me know if you like one over the other. I did not resize them as low as my first photo above in the post.



Hero Arts Die Cut Christmas Sentiment

Hello! Today I am over at a2z Scrapbooking with a Christmas Card.

Hero Arts Cut-Out Christmas Fancy Die
I started with this shiny red paper I had in my stash and thought it would work well for this card. It is cool paper with texture to it. I looks like shiny linen. I positioned the Hero Arts Cut-Out Christmas die so that I had a portion of red below the sentiment. I like that this die has a positive negative look. I also have the Happy Holidays die. These dies and a Tis The Season die are all available in the a2z Scrapbooking Etsy shop. Use my discount code karen15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.

For the background I stamped some snowflakes and heat embossed them using Hero Arts Sparkle embossing powder. It gives a nice little shine with some glittery sparkle. I need to give this a try with some colored pigment ink instead of the Versamark. I glued the red sentiment piece to the background.

The house and trees are from a Hero Arts stamp set called Home For The Holidays. I heat embossed the house and the bare tree in brown and the full tree with green powder. I colored the house and the full tree with Copics. I used the matching die set to cut them out.



Hero Arts Nasturtium – Colored Pencils on Kraft

Hello! It’s September already, cruising along in 2019. For September the theme over at a2z Scrapbooking is Anything Goes.


Check it out and join us in this month’s “Anything Goes” challenge. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month.

I created card with colored pencil coloring on kraft paper, some heat embossing and die cutting.

Hero Florals Nasturtium

When I was thinking about creating my card I wanted to use this pretty Hero Arts Nasturtium stamp, use kraft and color with colored pencils. It’s been awhile since I colored with pencils and I just want to be doing that more often.

The first step was to stamp the image in each corner and heat emboss using copper embossing powder. You can find some copper embossing powder in the a2z Etsy store. I then used Prismacolor Pencils to color in the images. I used oranges, yellow, two greens, a couple reds. Then I watered down some liquid watercolors and covered my flowers and splattered it on the card. It was a bit bold so I just took a cloth and kind of dabbed it off a bit. That is one of those things that can be to much if you don’t do it right and that is why sometimes I hesitate doing it.

The sentiment was die cut and heat embossed with the same copper embossing powder. I then cut one more sentiment out of the kraft paper and glued it with the embossed one for some dimension.

 Use my discount code karen15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.



Inlaid Die Cutting with Hero Arts Color Layering Monarch

Howdy! I’m over at a2z Scrapbooking with some shimmery butterflies. Oh wait that was last month. I created a birthday card that happens to have shimmery butterflies for this month’s challenge theme of Birthday . When I thought about making this card the inlay technique and using some of the Hero Arts Glimmer Metallic Ink came to mind. So here we are.

Hero Arts Color Layering Monarch Butterfly


For the butterflies I put some drops of the purple and the blue Hero Arts Glimmer Metallic Ink on a kraft sheet along with a tiny bit of gold. I spritzed the inks with water. I brushed the ink on paper and let it dry. Then I stamped the Hero Arts Color Layering Monarch on the metallic inks using just the detailed layer. I cut those out with the Hero Arts Color Layering Monarch matching die. Two butterflies were cut out of the white background paper so that I could inlay the purple and blue butterflies in those spaces. I just love the shimmery look of the metallic ink and it is my favorite look in the glitter/shiny/shimmer category. The purple and blue come together in the pack.

For the flowers I mixed a little gold Glimmer Metallic ink with some Hero Arts Dandelion and Orange Liquid Watercolors. I love this combination. I painted that on paper and when it dried I stamped the flowers from the Color Layering Monarch stamp set. Then they were die cut.

The sentiment was die cut.

Entered in the Love! Handmade Cards August Challenge in Flickr.

You can get most of the supplies used on my card at the a2z Scrapbooking Etsy store and they are having a sale this month. Use my discount code karen15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.


Please join us in this month’s “Birthday” challenge.


Hero Arts Digital Kits Special Day and Birthday Bash

Hello! I am over at a2z Scrapbooking today with a birthday card for you. We always need those. I enjoyed working with the digital images recently and I really wanted to use one of the sentiments from the Hero Arts Special Day digital kit.


Hero Arts Digital Birthday Bash

I started with the background. I put down three colors of Hero Arts reactive ink and let that dry. Then I dropped some Hero Arts Gold Glimmer Metallic Ink on my craft mat. I watered that down and painted it over my panel. Here is another look where you can see the shimmer more. In real life it looks very nice and shimmery and the balloons show up better. That Glimmer Metallic Ink is pretty cool stuff.

Hero Arts Special Birthday Digital

I let the panel dry. I took one of the balloons from the Hero Arts Birthday Bash digital kit and sized it, tilted the balloons and copy and pasted to make the background pattern. I printed the balloons on that painted/inked sheet of paper.

For the sentiment I inked up some paper with one of the reactive inks I used on the background. After the ink dried I printed the sized sentiment on that. The I cut around the sentiment using a die.

I put a couple mats/panels under the main panel. I also have fun foam under the painted/inked panel and the sentiment to add a little dimension.

I created another very similar card only in pink and orange.

Boy only a few days ago and I forgot exactly what I did for the background. I was doing a whole bunch of things to come up with ones that I liked… So I think this is either Distress inks or sprays and smooshing. I printed the same balloons over the ink. For the sentiment I blended Distress ink on a piece of paper and ran it through the printer to print the sentiment. Then I sprayed some gold Perfect Pearls in water over the sentiment only. The sentiment is also raised with foam.


Join in on this month’s “Birthday” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp set AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to our etsy store



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Sugartree Stamps Party Animal

Hello to you all! Here we are cruising through summer and it is a new month and time for a new challenge over at a2z Scrapbooking. For the August challenge we have a birthday theme. Always a good one because we all need those. I pretty much never buy cards anymore.


Sugartree Stamps Party Animal Digital Image Stamp

For today’s card I decided to use a digital image. I was also trying to have it be something I could send to a guy. It’s so easy to do the girly stuff but not so easy to make the guy cards.

I created this card using the Party Animal Sugartree Stamps digital image in the a2z Scrapbooking Etsy store. As you can see it has no animals on the card. This set is fun because there are a couple animals along with a cupcake, cake and several sentiments. I like the repeated image for the background so that is what I did for this. I got one cupcake to the size I wanted and then just did a copy and paste many times so that I had a background of cupcakes. I enlarged a cupcake which is the one I colored with Copic pens and cut out.

The sentiment is die cut from the same paper that is on the background. I colored over it with a Copic pen to minimize the circle pattern.

The vellum that covers the cupcake background worked out good to tone them down some.

This looks like a simple card and it is. But you crafty folks know how it goes.. I had a paper pad and was trying all these different pattern papers from it and it just wasn’t working. Finally I like this one and I think it helps with trying to have a more masculine look. The vellum was a last minute thing that just happened because I was cleaning up something and ran across the vellum and thought this would work on my card.


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