Heat Embossing with Hero Arts Jelly Fish Party

Hello it is time for some jelly fish fun! I made two cards very similar just playing around with my supplies.


For the backgrounds I put some metallic liquid ink on my kraft mat and watered it down. I think the first one is on Neenah paper and the second on watercolor paper. I no longer have the second one so I can’t look at it. I probably was working on the second panel and soaked up the leftovers on the first panel. I like the purple and blue together. You lose some of the shimmer though doing it this way.

On the first card I heat embossed the jelly fish using PSX silver embossing powder. I like that it is very silver.

For the second card I decided I wanted a thicker line for the jelly fish. I used Stampendous Chunky Silver embossing powder. I like that it stands out more but the silver is kind of a tarnished silver and I would probably rather have a regular silver look. Does anyone know of a nice thicker silver embossing powder?

For the sentiments I cut them out of colored paper and put a glaze over them. One is blue and one is dark purple.


  • Hero Arts Jelly Fish Party Bold Prints stamp
  • PSX Silver Embossing Powder
  • Hero Arts Glimmer Metallic Ink – blue and purple
  • Stampendous Chunky Silver ink
  • Lawn Fawn Scripty Hello die
  • Nuvo Crystal Glaze

Echo Park Snowman Die Thanks Card

Here we are with another one of my Christmas gift thank you cards. Someone got me going on “painting” on Hero Arts Glimmer Metallic inks so now I have several backgrounds and this was one of them. It may have been in the Hero Arts Kit Fanatics group where I folks were talking and showing their panels.

Hero Arts Thanks Stamp & Cut

For this background I dropped some blue and white glimmer metallic ink on my craft mat. I mixed the colors and watered it down. Then I painted it over my embossed panel. The shimmer looks really nice on this one.

The snowman was cut out of a couple colors of paper. The nose, band on the hat and the top of the hat were colored with Copics.

The sentiment was die cut and colored with a Copic pen.


  • Darice Snowflake Embossing Folder
  • Hero Arts Glimmer Metallic ink
  • Echo Park Snowman die set
  • Hero Arts Thanks Stamp and Cut set
  • Copic Pens

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.


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