I really like the silhouette look and after I made my flower silhouette cards I wanted to make a couple with the June 2017 Hero Arts My Monthly Hero card kit. This is the first time I finally got it out and used it.
To start off you rip a piece of paper in half and tape it down spaced apart over some nice white card stock such as Bristol paper and blend 3 colors of Distress Oxide inks. I think maybe they are my favorite inks. The Bristol paper changed my world for ink blending.
For both cards I used the June 2017 Hero Arts My Monthly Hero card kit. I stamped the images and sentiments with Versafine Onyx Black and I love this ink too. The top card is all stamping. I need to get a sentiment on it and I am pretty sure I will be sending it to an ill boy. I lined up most of the images in my Misti and then stamped them on the card.
For the bottom card I stamped and cut out some images with the die set from the card kit. The sentiment on the second card is from Hero Arts set It’s Your Day (CL661). Funny story about the second card. I grabbed a piece of black paper to cut out the animals and man. I made the card and sent it off. Well when I went to move the paper scraps over near another piece of black paper I noticed that no that paper is dark brown not black. So.. the stamping is the Versafine onyx black ink and the die cuts are dark brown.
If you would like to join in sending a card to Jacob who is ill here is the information.
I first found out about him from Linda W. one of the members in the Hero Arts and Love Handmade Cards Flickr groups. You can see her card for Jacob on her blog post here. LaVon another member of these groups is also helping to spread the word. Here is her card. I used some of her wording for my post here.
Jacob is suffering from a rare and deadly illness. For the past 14 years he has marked each of his birthday’s as a victory in his battle. He gets great joy from each of the cards he receives.
There is a goal to get him 100,000 birthday cards for his 15th birthday this year. His birthday is August 28th.
The address for the card is:
PO Bx 855
Queen Creek AZ 85142
See his story here:
I really like the silhouette look and I ran across some cards here that inspired me to make these.
To start off you rip a piece of paper in half and tape it down spaced apart over some nice white card stock such as Bristol paper which changed my world for Distress Ink blending. I used 3 Distress Oxide inks. I think maybe they are my favorite inks.
For the card on the left I used the Hero Arts set You’re So Lovely and the Clearly Besotted set for the sentiment. I almost forgot.. You can’t see it to well but over the blended ink in the background I used a leafy stamp from the You’re So Lovely set and stamped with Versamark. I stamped the images and sentiments with Versafine Onyx Black and I love this ink too. Very bold and the images are nice and sharp.
For the card on the right I used the Stampers Anonymous set for the flowers and the SSS set for the sentiment. I really like this look and how they came out.
Hero Arts set – You’re So Lovely (CL949)
Clearly Besotted – Say What? (CBSSA421)
Simon Says Stamp – Birthday Messages (SSS101391)
Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz set – Mini Bouquet set (CMS269)
This card was made from digging through all my saved stuff.
The background was made using a Memory Box stencil named Pattern Lanthenay and some embossing paste. After it dried I sprayed it with gold Color Shine. Since I have been playing around trying things much more I think I need to write on the back of things about how I did it so I can explain it down the road. Sometimes I don’t remember all the details.
The flowers are embossed using gold powder on a piece of paper I had with some purple on it which is probably Distress ink but I’m not sure. The flower stamp Small Striped Flower (CG256) is by Hero Arts.
Underneath the embossed panel is a dark purple paper which looks black in the photo. I also used that same paper to cut out the sentiment with a Spellbinders die from the Sentiments One (S2-082) set.
The challenge for Scramble #157 is “Frame It”. LaVon asked us to use a frame or framing technique as part of our creation. LaVon was the host for this Scramble and she showed a card made by Jacqueline that she received a few years back and one that she made and they were both very nice so mine was made from this inspiration.
Here is my card and I went over the 90 minute time frame some.. what’s new. Whenever I use a layered stamp I have to stamp it many times to practice the lining up and get the color combo I want. So when will I learn not to use those during the Scrambles. I think I spent at least 2/3 of the time stamping over and over to come up with the right color combo and have the layers lined up nice.
Anyway.. I first put down three different Distress Oxide green inks on watercolor paper that I wet first. I used Cracked Pistachio, Peeled Paint and Twisted Citron. I set that aside to dry. The first one didn’t come out right so this is number two.
Then I spent quite awhile stamping the bird. Stored with the stamp set was a die set so I thought great just die cut that bird. Well I just noticed that the die set I put in the same plastic sleeve was not even the one that matched this stamp set. Ha jokes on me. So I hand cut the bird. The stamp set I used is Color Layering Bird (CL866). The die is for the Color Layering Dimensional Bird. Oops! Now I need to get that stamp set. The inks I used on the bird was Color Box Chalk Dark Peony, Colorcube Heliotrope, Distress Ink Seedless Preserves.
The branch is by Tessler (DCL019) and I altered it after die cutting. There was a swirl at the end of the branch and I cut of one grouping of leaves and a single leaf so the bird could sit there. I colored the branch with Oxide inks Peeled Paint and Frayed Burlap.
The sentiment is from a set by Simon Says Stamp called Birthday Messages (SSS101391) stamped with Memories black ink. It is stamped more crooked than I would like it to be.
The circle frame is from Rubbernecker Stamps Freehand Border Circle (955) and also stamped with the Memories ink.
One more book page for now..
When I was in Wyoming I found this awesome Scrapbook store called Scrap Tree in Laramie Wyoming and I bought the book pages there. It was perfect because the thought of me ripping up a book was kind of a tough one but someone else did and I got many pages from it. The paper is kind of delicate but fun to work with. If you try to cut it with a paper cutter with the sliding blade that does not work. I used either scissors or a guillotine type paper cutter. I made a few backgrounds and a few cards recently using this book page paper. Some of this is a repeat but maybe you did not see all the posts with the same info.
On this one I also painted over the book paper with gesso. I used a plant stamp which I am not sure where the plastic pouch is to put it away which also means I can’t remember who makes it. But anyway.. it is stamped with gray ink. Okay now I have it. It was in a pile with other stamps I forgot was right by me. The branch is from Rubbernecker and it is called Floral (496-03). The flowers are from Hero Arts stamp Small Striped Flower (CG256). I heat embossed them with silver and then colored them in with Copics. The sentiment is a from a Tim Holtz die set called Celebrations and cut out from dark gray card stock which the base is made from too.
Here is another card with some book paper on it which you can see. When I was in Wyoming I found this awesome Scrapbook store called Scrap Tree in Laramie Wyoming and I bought the book pages there. It was perfect because the thought of me ripping up a book was kind of a tough one but someone else did and I got many pages from it. The paper is kind of delicate but fun to work with. If you try to cut it with a paper cutter with the sliding blade that does not work. I used either scissors or a guillotine type paper cutter. I made a few backgrounds and a few cards recently using this book page paper. Some of this is a repeat but maybe you did not see all the posts with the same info.
For the background panel I first heat embossed some flowers on the book page panel. I inked over the book paper with Oxide Distress Ink in probably Spiced Marmalade and Fossilized Amber.
The butterfly is a nice stamp from Stampendous set Butterfly Trio and it is heat embossed I am pretty sure. Now I can’t look at the card because I sent it out today.
The sentiment is from Hero Arts set Thanks a Bunch (CL663) and is heat embossed.
My inspiration for this card was this one.
Believe it or not the background for the flower is a book page. When I was in Wyoming I found this awesome Scrapbook store called Scrap Tree in Laramie Wyoming and I bought the book pages there. It was perfect because the thought of me ripping up a book was kind of a tough one but someone else did and I got many pages from it. The paper is kind of delicate but fun to work with. If you try to cut it with a paper cutter with the sliding blade that does not work. I used either scissors or a guillotine type paper cutter. I made a few backgrounds and a few cards recently using this book page paper.
So except for the lower right hand corner you can’t really see the book paper. In the photo probably not at all. So on this one I think I painted over the page with gesso and then sprayed some spray inks on it. It is kind of weird it came out with a bit of a plastic feel or something. I put some white ink on the back of a honeycomb stencil by Hero Arts and pressed that down over the panel.
The flower is a stamp by Stampendous called Fresh Bloom. I either have not used this before or have used it very little a long time ago. I really like it but I guess I just forgot about it. I colored it with Copics.
The sentiment is white heat embossed using a Hero Arts stamp from the Everyday Sayings (CL342) set.
Another one of my many Thank You cards. I stamped this Hero Arts flower called Stencil Flower (CG194) and embossed in gold. I had a lot of fun coloring it with Prisma pencils. I am pretty happy with how it came out. So then it was find a background that would go with it. I found this one in my stash. A Hero Arts stencil Long Leaves (SA062) was used along with some Heidi Swapp Color Shine spray. I used a die from Poppy called Vintage Thank You for the sentiment. After cutting it out I applied Versamark and then sprinkled some gold embossing powder on it and heat embossed it. I am not sure this was the right order of doing things. I was kind of wondering if I heat embossed an area and then tried to die cut would the embossing get all messed up. Maybe I should try that.
This card started with the watercolor panel after I watched and read Jennifer McGuire’s post about block watercolor stamping. The technique in case you don’t know is putting some ink on a acrylic block and then misting and putting that down on watercolor paper. Jennifer’s tip is you leave the block on top of the paper for 5 minutes. Yes folks that is the magic number.
For this card I think I put some Distress Oxide inks on the block and then did the misting. The interesting thing that I think added to this panel was I have a curved edge acrylic block so it makes a nice shape for the watercolor area.
I then stamped the butterfly using Versafine Onyx Black ink. This is a great one for a nice bold black image. The butterfly is from a Stampendous set Butterfly Trio.
The sentiment is from Hero Arts set You’re So Lovely (CL949).
Here is another situation when I pulled out a background that I had for some time and did something with it. So the background is probably ink on a craft mat and probably Distress inks but not Oxides this time. I did this before Oxides were out at least I think that is how it went.
I colored one or two of these butterflies with Copics some time ago and then the additional ones when I decided to make this card. I added some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Morning Dew to highlight some spots on the butterflies and went over them with a clear Wink of Stella pen. The butterflies are from Hero Arts set Antique Engravings (CL383).
The sentiment is from a Clearly Besotted set called Say What?.
This one is also fairly bright colors for me. This one caught my son’s eye. He is 26 and sees many of the cards I make. My husband thought it looked kind of retro maybe a 60’s look.