Simon Says Stamp Dahlia Corner Frame Die

Howdy! I got another card done for a challenge. This was for the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge with a theme of Fall Colors. I know where I wanted to start this one. I smooshed some panels using the very cool Tim Holtz Distress Mica Stain Sprays for Halloween.

Tim Holtz Distress Mica Stain Sprays

To start my card I sprayed the Mica Stain colors Flickering Candle, Jack-O-Lantern and Crooked Broomstick on my craft mat. Then I did smooshing on a piece of Distress Mixed Media Heavystock. I think I let out a gasp when I saw it. They are just so cool together and cool in general.

For the flower I used a die from Simon Says Stamp and decided to leave the pieces in when I glued it down.

The sentiment is stamped in a dark brown ink.

This was one of those hard to photograph cards. Getting some of the glimmer from the mica and having the dark sentiment show up was a bit challenging.

Supplies:

  • Tim Holtz Distress Mica Stain Sprays
  • Simon Says Stamp Birthday Messages 3×4 stamp set
  • Simon Says Stamp Dahlia Corner Frame die
  • Versafine Clair Ink
  • Tim Holtz Kraft-Stock Cool

Hero Arts February 2020 My Monthly Hero

Hello! I am having some rainbow fun today. I created a card for the Stay Crafty with Hero Challenge #26.  I am enjoying the rainbow look ever since the Hero Summer 2021 Stamp-Along.

Hero Arts Birthday Stamp & Cut XL

Such a fun one to create mostly because of the bright colors.

For the background I stamped the big image in the MMH February 2020 set. I heat embossed using white sparkle embossing powder. Kind of hard to see the sparkle but it is there.

For the cake I colored the rainbow using water based pens. I then misted with water to blend the colors a little and smooth out the coloring. I used the die in the MMH February 2020 set to cut out the cake. I have foam under the cake for some dimension.

The sentiment is done with coloring with two of the water based pens. I misted it also. It is die cut and I went over it with a shimmer pen. The HA Birthday stamp & cut set has one of my most favorite fonts!

Supplies:

  • Hero Arts February 2020 My Monthly Hero set
  • Hero Arts Birthday Stamp & Cut XL set
  • Local King Rubber Stamp marker set
  • Hero Arts White Sparkle embossing powder

Hero Arts 2021 Stamp-Along Fun

Hello! Today I have several cards that I made during a craft along event that Hero Arts did on July 17. It was an all day event and many different design team members made cards that you also made at the same time. They have another one coming up and I would highly recommend it.

Are you ready? Get something to drink and maybe a snack…

This is a spotlight card taught by Daniel West. I used a stamp from Simon Says Stamp to make this. There is vellum covering the stamping on the base of the card. I colored with Copics.  The sentiment is heat embossed.

Supplies: Simon Says Stamp Sketched Flowers and I think the sentiment is from Hero Arts It’s Your Day set.

This card was done by Maria Willis. It is a gatefold card and also includes some vellum. Heat embossed flowers on vellum and cut out by hand. The background is Hero Arts Reactive ink blending with stenciling and shimmer mist over it. The sentiment is heat embossed and raised with foam.

Supplies: Simon Says Stamp Sketched Flowers, Hero Arts Reactive ink, Tim Holtz stencil, Spellbinders circle die, Hero Arts It’s Your Day birthday stamp set

A One Layer Looking Glass Card designed by Lydia Fiedler. You stamp the background with a text die. For the scene you use the Looking Glass die and then paper piece it back in to make a one layer card. I added the frame as an extra little thing which I cut out with a square die and the Looking Glass die. The sky is ink blended and the tree is colored with Copics.

Supplies: Hero Arts Canyon Lands Looking Glass die, Memory Box Stitched Square die, Impression Obsession French Text background stamp

Hero Arts Sun Ray Bold Prints

Looking Glass Window Card. This was done by Nichol Spohr. This was fun because part of the scene is on the inside of the card.

I ink blended the front panel first using Distress Oxide ink. For the front of the card I stamped with the Sun Ray stamp and lightly stamped some text over that. Cut out a square which give you the piece for the inside of the card. Color the tree with Zig Clean Color Pens.

For the inside cut out the grass/frame and the mountains. Color with Zig Clean Color Pens.  Place those on the square with the sun rays along with the frame which the grass is part of.

Supplies: Hero Arts Canyon Lands Looking Glass die, Memory Box Stitched Square die, Impression Obsession French Text background stamp, Hero Arts Sun Ray Bold Prints, Zig Clean Color Pens.

Hero Arts It's Your Day

Color Layering Sea horse birthday card. Jessica Frost-Ballas designed this card.

Ink blending on the background. School of fish and bubbles heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

Seahorses stamped and die cut.

The sentiment is heat embossed with white powder.

Supplies: Hero Arts Color Layering Seahorse, Hero Arts It’s Your Day stamp set

Color Layering Jellyfish with “waves” background. This is a Mindy Eggen card design. For the background I ink blending through a stencil and then ink blended over that fading as it went across. I am not super great at blending like this but it came out ok.

Two jellyfish are stamped right on the background and the big one is layer stamped and die cut.

The sentiment is stamped right on the background.

Supplies: Hero Arts July 2016 My Monthly Hero, Hero Arts Swirl stencil

Rainbow Watercolor Backgrounds. These are by Channin Pelletier. I am going to start by saying this was the most fun for me. Why? I have never done this before and it is just so happy! These are similar but a few different ways of doing them. To start each card you heat emboss on bristol paper using white powder.

For this first card I kind of scribbled lines across the card all the way down the card in the all the colors using water based pens. Then I used a brush and some water to spread the color out and blend the colors.

The sentiment is die cut.

For this one you color the different colors in pie shapes, douse it with water and use a blower to send the color out to the edges from the middle. The word celebrate is die cut (1 black and 2 white) and layered slightly offset. The other part of the sentiment is heat embossed and hand cut.

For this you color along vertically but only about half way down, douse with water and then blow towards the bottom of the card. The sentiment was done the same as the card above.

Hero Arts Everything Flower Background

This believe it or not was the technique where you blow out from the middle. It was my first attempt and I had a little to much water so all the color went past the edges so you don’t have any streaks. This stamp might be a little to solid in places too for this technique to really shine. However I like how it came out. A nice background.

Whew.. I love all these rainbow cards and you should give it a try.

Supplies: Hero Arts Jelly Fish Party Bold Prints stamp, Hero Arts Everything Flower Bold Prints stamp, Hero Arts Birthday Stamp & Cut XL (love the font for the dies in this set), Reverse Confetti Thanks Square die, Simon Says Stamp Hello Dies, Local King Rubber Stamp water based markers

Now we have a Tri-fold stand up card. The teacher for this card was Debi Adams. Here is the jelly fish background stamp again. I was lucky to win this from Hero Arts.

For the stamping.. I stamped the jelly fish on a piece of paper that was cut in half to put on the side panels. Then I stamped again and colored in the jelly fish with Copics and a shimmer pen and cut the piece that goes in the middle of the frame and then hand cut a couple jelly fish to put on the side of the frame. The sentiment is heat embossed.

Supplies: Hero Arts Jelly Fish Party Bold Prints, Hero Arts July 2016 My Monthly Hero (sentiment), MFT Pie

Heartfelt Creations Create a ‘Scape Backcountry Birthday Card

Hello! Here I am with a birthday card for my son. He turned 30 in May. Does that mean I am getting old? Ha! It kind of hit me. Lately he has been doing a lot of mountain biking. So that explains the card. The bike looks kind of ghost like but his bike is gray so there it is.

The background is a combination of stamping, ink blending and coloring with Copics.

The dirt is ink blended and then stamped with an old Stampin Up stamp I found in my stash that is perfect for dirt. The grass I think is ink blended. The trees and mountains are colored with Copics. The sky is ink blended. The birds are stamped using a Hero Arts set.

The bike stamp was a lucky find. I got it the same day I made the card which was either the day before his birthday or on his birthday. I got it at either Michaels or Joanns and neither one has that great of a selection so I was very lucky to find it. It may not look like a mountain bike but at least it doesn’t have a cute basket on it with flowers.

I put the sentiment on the inside because I didn’t want it on the scene.

Supplies:

  • Heartfelt Creations Create a ‘Scape Backcountry stamp set
  • Hero Arts My Monthly Hero June 2017 stamp set
  • American Crafts Bike stamp
  • Distress Oxide ink

Hero Arts S’mores Bonfire Birthday Card

I have a birthday card today that I made with stamps from one of my very favorite stamp companies. That would be Hero Arts. I made this for a good friend of mine.

I just love this cute set. I am not often into the little cutsey stuff but these guys are so much fun.

To create the scene and specifically the background I did some ink blending and masking. I die cut some grass but I had to cover the grass when doing the sky and cover the sky when ink blending the grass. For the dirt I found an old Stampin Up woodblock stamp to add little dots all over. I was excited to have this come out nice so that stamp is right on my desk for future cards. The stars in the sky were stamped.

Then I stamped the critters, fire, trees and moon. I colored them with Copics and then die cut them.

The sentiment is stamped.

Supplies:

  • Hero Arts S’mores Bonfire stamp set
  • Avery Elle Loads of Wishes stamp set
  • Hero Arts S’mores Bonfire matching die set
  • Distress Oxide inks

Heat Embossing with a Hero Arts Jelly Fish Party

My Dad is the popular one this month. Fathers Day and his birthday with in two weeks. So here is the card I made for him for his birthday.

Karen Burniston Happy Birthday die

This was a fairly straight forward card to make. On the background I did ink smooshing first with Distress Oxide ink and then Distress ink. When it was dry I went over it with my powder tool, stamped the jelly fish and heat embossed using silver embossing powder. The sentiment is die cut 3 times. The top layer is colored using Distress ink.

Entered in the Die Cut Divas June Challenge.

Also entered over at Hero Arts for their Stay Crafty Challenge For the Guys.

Supplies:

  • Distress Oxide ink – Tumbled Glass, Mermaid Lagoon, Salty Ocean
  • Distress ink – Peacock Feathers and Blueprint Sketch
  • Silver Embossing Powder
  • Hero Arts Jellyfish Party Bold Print stamp
  • Karen Burniston Happy Birthday die

Simon Says Stamp Birthday Treat

Today I have a fun card I made for my sister. It is not her birthday but I just wanted to make this card for her since she loves pigs and so do I.

Such a cute pig image. I colored the pig with Copics and a sparkle pen.

The image is cut out with a deckle rectangle die.

The sentiment is die cut and layered with a few die cuts. I colored it with purple sparkle pen.

Supplies:

  • Simon Says Stamp Birthday Treat stamp set
  • Spellbinders Deckled Rectangles die set
  • Copic Markers
  • Papertrey Ink Wet Paint Cuts die set
  • Wink of Stella – purple

Tim Holtz Wildflower Stems 2 Birthday Card

This one got by me… So here I am to get it posted. Some Tim Holtz flowers for my sister.

Tim Holtz Distress Reinkers

For the background I used some Tim Holtz woodgrain paper. It was already ink blended. Then I added to it using crayons Bundled Sage and Tea Dye to give it some highlights. I splattered some Antique Linen Distress paint on it also.

The flowers are die cut and water colored using reinkers.

The sentiment is made by die cutting a banner and ink blending Distress Oxide ink. The sentiment is from the Tim Holtz set Saying Stuff stamp set.

Supplies:

  • Tim Holtz woodgrain paper
  • Distress Crayons
  • Distress Paint
  • Distress Reinkers
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Wildflower Stems 2 die set
  • Spellbinders Ribbon Banners die set
  • Tim Holtz Saying Stuff stamp set
  • Versafine Clair ink

Hero Arts Nasturtium Mini Slim Line Card

Howdy!

I have a mini slimline card for you today. I haven’t made that many slimline cards so far. I made this for the Hero Arts Scramble group in Facebook. The theme this time is mini slimline 3 1/2 X 6.

Hero Arts It's Your Day

To begin my card I ink blended over a stencil.

I then stamped the flower image right on top of that. My intention was to just color everything in since the background green is kind of light. I tried that and decided the flowers weren’t looking right. You know the right and left turns of making a card. I colored all the leaves in with Copics right over the background. For the flowers I also colored with Copics but I stamped them on a separate paper and hand cut them out. Then I glued them over the stamped image on the card.

The sentiment is stamped.

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

Entered over at A Blog Named Hero for the March challenge.
Supplies:

  • Hero Arts Nasturtium
  • Hero Arts It’s Your Day
  • Copic Markers
  • Distress Oxide Shabby Shutters
  • Tim Holtz Latticework stencil
  • Versafine Black Onyx ink
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink

Sizzix Tim Holtz Feathered Friends Birthday Card

Howdy! I am happy to say I think this wraps up my January cards. I have another Tim Holtz bird card for you. I love how this one came out. It may just a bit brighter here in the photo than it is in person.

Sizzix Tim Holtz Wildflowers die set

For the background I used the Tim Holtz woodgrain paper. Below you can see the panel before I added all the die cuts on top. That is probably closer to the real color of it. I ink blended Peacock Feathers and Gathered Twigs on that woodgrain paper. I went over the knots with a Distress Crayon to highlight them. I inked around the edges of the panel also.

I die cut some things from the Wildflowers die set and colored them with Lucky Clover and inked a tad around the edges with a brown. I glued those to the background and over the pot.

I die cut the pot from some woodgrain patterned paper and ended up going over it with ink.  I added a few highlights with a dark brown Distress crayon. The band was also die cut and I used Hickory Smoke and Black Soot Distress Oxide ink on it.

The birds were die cut from watercolor paper. I like using for it’s watercolor properties of course and it also gives some texture. I watercolored the birds using Rusty Hinge & Wild Honey inks for the bigger bird and Milled Lavender & Seedless Preserves for the smaller bird.

I just love how the woodgrain paper looks with whatever color on it and the knots highlighted. So here is a view before it got covered up.

Supplies:

  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Wildflowers die set
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Potted BigZ die
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Feathered Friends die set
  • Tim Holtz Woodgrain paper
  • Tim Holtz Watercolor paper
  • Distress Inks
  • Distress Crayons