Hero Arts Reef Border Die Cut

Howdy! I have a sparkle and shine project for you today. Wow it’s a new month (time is always flying by) and a new challenge over at a2z Scrapbooking. It is Sparkle and Shine.

Hero Arts Reef Border Die


For the background of my card it’s about shimmer. I put some alcohol ink on Silver Sparkle Alcohol Ink Cardstock. Let me just say it is a great look.

I then used just the center part of the Hero Arts Reef Border die to cut the fun window out of the Neenah white paper.

For the turtle and seahorse I stamped those and die cut them. They are from two different Hero Arts sets. After die cutting them I added Stickles to the turtle and down the seahorse (a little hard to see in the photo). I used Hero Arts cube inks for the turtle and seahorse. The seahorse ink is Hero Arts new reactive ink.

For the sentiment I die cut that out of the same shimmer panel used for the background.



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Hero Arts Color Layering Stamping

Howdy, here I am again with a home decor project. Sometimes you think what the heck am I going to make instead of a card then you get rolling and dive in. I have really enjoyed the projects I have made for the June challenge over at a2z Scrapbooking. I made another thing for my craft room. It is going to sit in my craft room next to my computer to hold my birthday lists. I like them right in front of me so I can quickly see the birthdays coming up. That is not a guarantee of timeliness though….

Hero Arts Color Layering Stamping



To start off my project I got this wood stand at Michaels craft store. I used Distress paint in a few different colors of brown to paint the wood.

For the butterflies I used the Hero Arts Color Layering Monarch Butterfly stamp set and the Flutterbies Printable digital set. Both of these are available in the a2z Scrapbooking Etsy shop. First I used my Misti to stamp the 3 layers of the larger monarch butterfly. For the 2 smaller butterflies I used the Flutterbies Printable kit to print the pdf with 6 butterflies on it. I just told the printer I was printing on a 4X6 piece of paper which in reality I used an 8 1/2 X 11 piece of Neenah paper. This makes all of the butterflies print smaller. I colored the 2 purple ones with Copic pens. I hand cut all of the butterflies but the Monarch Butterfly matching die is available in the a2z Etsy store. I glued these down over the branches. There are little strips of foam under part of the wings of the orange butterfly and under the purple butterfly on the right to give them some dimension.

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Here comes the tricky part…. I decided I wanted to die cut the branches out of Tim Holtz plain tissue paper. You need to make it more stable to run it through a die cut machine. I put some 2 sided adhesive on the tissue and die cut 2 of the branches. The trickiest part is after you take off the backing paper you have a very delicate branch that you have to keep from sticking to itself and get it on to that wood without ripping it. The first one, all good. The second one I had to fight with it.

The clasp that holds the paper at the top is colored with Alcohol Ink.

Here is a look without the list. I am going to have to redo the lists so the color ink on the lists match the butterflies. I just mean any orange and purple. It’s going to bug me if I don’t. Ha!

Hero Arts Color Layering Monarch Butterfly


Please join us in this month’s “Anything but a Card”.


Alcohol Ink Background Thanks Card

Howdy! Here’s a little card I made trying Jennifer McGuire’s Alcohol Ink Marbling technique. I made this card awhile ago also. Just trying to catch up…


Concord & 9th By Your Side Bird

So the quick note on this technique is you float alcohol ink in water and then put your paper over it and the alcohol ink sticks to the paper. I made a bunch of them when I tried it.

I layered up some papers on the white card. I used a die to cut out the birds and sentiment. Pretty straight forward after you make the background.


  • alcohol ink
  • Concord & 9th By Your Side die
  • Paper Smooches Thanks die

Bird Houses…

Here is two cards I made from some of the alcohol ink panels that I made. The detail about my panels is in this blog post. I got the idea from Jennifer McGuire and here is a link to her post which of course explains things in detail.

Blue Birds in the House

For this panel I used orange, yellow and maybe some light red for the alcohol inks on some watercolor paper. I got a new die set recently from a paper crafting store near me which unfortunately going out of business. The die is by Paper Smooches and called Bird House (FBD306). The posts that come with the die are a straight line type post. I decided for this one to be different and use the stem from a Hero Arts set called Paper Layering Sunflower (DI435). The bird houses are cut from textured brown cardstock. The roofs are from a scrap of water color paper leftover from something that were the orange already. The little birds are part of the die set too. I cut them from watercolor paper that I colored on with Zig Clean Color pens. I wasn’t sure if I wanted a hello or a thank you on this so for now no sentiment.

Hello Bird Houses

This may have been my first panel I tried with the alcohol ink and water technique. As you can see I used blues and a green alcohol ink. I used the same dies as above but these bird houses have the post that comes with the set. I think I cut the houses out of the same leftover piece as the roofs on the card above. I used a couple little stamps from a Lawn Fawn set called Penelope’s Blossoms (LF604) to stamp a little something on the bird houses with white pigment ink. The birds are cut from the same paper as above. The sentiment is cut with a die from the Sizzix/Tim Holtz set Celebrations (660215).

Alcohol Ink Fun

As I said in Flickr I watched Jennifer McGuire’s video on creating panels using water and alcohol inks. If you would like to check this out here is the link.  It is fun and once you get that all going you have to make a few or more. You basically get a little pan of water and drip a few colors of alcohol ink in the water and do different things with it. You can just leave it how it lands, swirl it around with a stick, add blending solution which I did not do. Then just kind of stick your paper down in the water one end first pushing it forward kind of slowly while doing that so all of the paper goes under the water and collects some alcohol ink on it. Also she mentions check the back side of the paper and sometimes those look better. So now I have a pile of them to have fun with.

Alcohol Ink Fun

As you can see I went with orange, yellow, and red which I tried first. Kind of funny the first one is one of my very favorites. I changed the water and then I tried some blues and greens. At the end of the blue green batch I dropped some purple and blue in. She used Neenah 110 paper which I mostly did also. There are a couple pieces of random white paper in there. The big round drops was just dropping the alcohol ink right on the wet paper after I pulled it out of the water. The one with just a few dots I wish I would have let it be since I really like the way it came out before the dots.

49er Birthday Card


I call this a 49er card because my hairdresser/friend is a big Niner fan so I decided to use the team colors for her birthday card.

I had been doing some alcohol ink projects lately so I thought it would work well for this.
I used gold and red alcohol ink on glossy paper using a felt applicator to apply the ink.
I stamped the sentiment and flowers with Archival ink. The flowers is Hero Arts stamp Exotic Bloom (H5424). The sentiment some random stamp I have had around for awhile.
I took the photo in a big hurry so it was on the floor with the envelope holding down the card.  So not the greatest photo but sometimes you have to very quickly snap the shot.