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.

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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.


Hero Arts Beach Adventure

Hello! I am over at a2z Scrapbooking with a sun and sand card for you today. After all we are getting closer and closer to beach weather.  You can get the Beach Adventure Digital Kit at the a2z Scrapbooking Etsy store. Use my discount code Karen15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.

Lets start off with the background on my card. I blended Salty Ocean Oxide Distress ink on an oval die cut. Then I decided that it needed to be toned down a bit so I went over it with Picket Fence Distress ink. I put the ink directly on my craft mat so that I didn’t get the blue ink on the white ink and then used a blending tool. I then used a stamp at the bottom to stamp with Versamark and sprinkled on some Hero Arts sand embossing powder and heat embossed it. I was happy to finally use it. The stamp I used for the sand is actually a outdoor scenery background. It worked well because it was so solid to get good coverage of Versamark. Here is the image and the link to check it out if you want. Rubbernecker Stamps Open Range stamp set.

Then I cut out an oval smaller than the background oval from a 4 1/4 X 5 1/2 panel. I selected all of the fun images I wanted on the card. I sized them and printed them out. The umbrella prints with one set of the stripes and the starfish is colored in when printed. The rest of the images are black outlines. I colored all of the images with Copics. On some of the images I colored over the color that printed because it’s hard to get the “perfect” color sometimes. I added a bit of sparkle to the fish, the umbrella and the ball (which you can’t really see in the photo). I cut out all of the images. For the cute little crab it was kind of impossible to cut out the eyes. However it didn’t look right without them. So I dug in my stash and found some black wire and then I added little balls of black Nuvo to make the eyes and set that aside to dry. I glued them to the back of the crab using glue dots. Speaking of glue dots the fish has a thick one under it and the crab has a few thinner glue dots stacked to give a bit of dimension. It is hard to see that in the photo.

The sun is stamped and I also colored it in with Copics and hand cut it out.

The sentiment is stamped with a Hero Arts sentiment set.

Here is a look at all the different images in this kit. There are so many fun things to choose from. I really enjoyed working with it. Being on the a2z Scrapbooking team has really helped me to use digital images way more often. Using them gives you many more options of what you can do with your cardmaking.

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Hero Arts City Adventures

Howdy! Today I have a card over at a2z Scrapbooking about getting out there and checking out a big city near you.

Hero Arts City Adventure Digital Kit


Hero Arts City Adventures Digital Kit

San Francisco is about 45 minutes away when the traffic is decent. Of course I have been there many times. I am lucky almost all the time we go we get nice weather instead of a foggy day. My husband works in San Francisco so he sees it every week day.

To start off I did some ink blending on the background. That is after I adjusted the size of the bridge and printed it on the cardstock. I even looked up the hex code for the color of the Golden Gate. I don’t remember the code but the color is called international orange.

I then sized the scooter and the car and printed those. I colored with Copics, a metallic pen in silver and a Pen-touch pen. On the windows of the car I used Nuvo Glaze. The first time I did the windows on the car it looked all ripply like old house windows. So I just printed it again, colored again and added the Nuvo Glaze.  The first time I used the drops and the glaze to fix it and it just did not work. You can’t really see it on the scooter but I put a touch of Nuvo on the headlight. I hand cut the car and scooter. I put some foam tape under the car and the scooter when attaching them. As far as the car I had to have that VW on there and it had to be orange. My first car.

I die cut a little bird and colored it gray with a Copic.

I stamped the sun and since it was more of an outline sun I did some ink blending on it.

Then there is the sentiment stamped with Versafine ink.

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Hero Arts Flutterbies Printable

Howdy! Such a cold winter this year. I hope you all are keeping warm in your crafty spaces. I have a card today using digital images, colored pencils and a stencil. I was inspired by the mood board for the a2z Scrapbooking monthly challenge. For the details about my card check out my post over at a2z Scrapbooking.