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

Rainbow Hello

I created this card for a card exchange in the Hero Arts Fans Scramble Group in Facebook. Such fun to exchange with people all over the world. Mine came from New Zealand and this one went to Australia.

I made some fun rainbow cards recently during the Hero Arts Summer 2021 Stamp-Along. So.. I was in a rainbow mood. I applied some ink to the background using Hero Arts inks. I then used a stencil and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

The butterfly and sentiment are die cut. The sentiment has multiple layers and is offset a little.

I added a little to the inside too which I don’t usually do. I needed the die cut rectangle to write on and I had to add a little fun too.

Entered over at the August Challenge at Die Cut Divas.

Supplies:

  • Hero Arts Reactive Ink
  • Hero Arts January 2020 My Monthly Hero set (butterfly)
  • Lawn Fawn Scripty Hello
  • Hero Arts Swirl Stencil

Paper Layering Christmas Card

And one more Christmas card for now.. Happy to be getting some done.

I got this paper layering scene maybe 4-5 years ago. It is a European product. I have one more set to put together.

I die cut a couple rectangles for the background. For the snowflakes on the white mat I used a stencil and did some heat embossing. The fancy mat is ink blended with Iced Spruce Distress Ink.

The scene has several layers which are kind of hard to see in the photo. I used foam to pop up about 3 layers beyond the base. I added some glitter to the rooftops and trees.

The sentiment is stamped.

Supplies:

  • European paper layering set
  • Hero Arts Color Layering Christmas Tree (sentiment)
  • Art Impressions Rectangle A2 Double Stitched die set
  • Memory Box Tiny Snowflakes Stencil
  • Spellbinders Romantic Rectangles die set
  • Distress Oxide Ink – Iced Spruce

Close to My Heart Yuletide Joy

I finally took some time to create a few Christmas cards. I made this using a stamp set that I got from the local free group. This lady let me come to her house and go thru a bunch of stuff she was getting rid of and let me take whatever I wanted. So very cool.

The snowflake background is stamped. It is a reverse type stamp so it did not stamp the snowflakes.

The bell is heat embossed along with the sentiment. The sentiment is in the Close to My Heart set.

Supplies:

  • Close to My Heart Yuldtide Joy
  • Hero Arts Snowflake Swirl Bold Prints

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

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

Die Cutting with Hero Arts Looking Glass Canyon Lands

I have a couple of cards to show you that I made using one of the Looking Glass dies by Hero Arts. I made Fathers Day cards for my Dad and hubby. They are similar but I am one that cannot make the exact same card twice or more for the most part.

This one I made for my Dad and it was the first time using the die. The tree cuts out with the square opening. It is colored with a Copic marker. The mountains are cut from a panel that I had around with Distress ink smooshing on it. The grass I colored with some Distress ink. The grass is part of a die that cuts out a square but I cut the grass strip off of the square. The sky I ink blended using Distress ink.

On the kraft surrounding the scene I stamped with Versamark. It is very hard to see that.

The sentiment is heat embossed.

Hero Arts Celebrate Everyday

This one I made for my hubby. I did the same coloring the tree, grass, mountains. The sky is different as you can see and I added the birds to this. When I stamped on the kraft cardstock surrounding the scene I used some Distress Oxide ink this time so it would show up better and also a different background stamp.

The sentiment is heat embossed on this one also.

I entered this one over at Love Handmade Cards in Flickr for the June Challenge.

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

Supplies:

  • Hero Arts Looking Glass Canyon Lands die set
  • Distress Ink
  • Copic Markers
  • Hero Arts Mud Cloth Bold Prints stamp
  • Rubbernecker Cobblestone background stamp
  • Hero Arts My Monthly Hero June 2017 stamp set
  • My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangles Stax die set

Hero Arts Circle Design Christmas Card

Hello. I am still out here making some cards. Just not as many for some reason. Here is a card I made for Sketch Challenge 11 in the Facebook group Build Your Stash Holiday Cardmakers.

Hero Arts Peace & Joy

For the doily type circle thing.. I stamped and heat embossed. The poinsettia is two white flowers that I sprayed with red and layered together. I added some micro beads to the center. The sentiment is also stamped and heat embossed. The sentiment rectangle is die cut out of Tim Holtz Metallic Kraft-Stock. The strip behind the circle is also the same metallic paper. I am just going to say it… this is not one of my favorite cards. You know once in awhile we make those ones we are not thrilled with. Sometimes you just need to get it done and move on.

Supplies:

  • Hero Arts Circle Design stamp
  • Hero Arts Peace & Joy stamp set
  • Spellbinders Circle die set
  • Spellbinders Curved Rectangles die set
  • Tim Holtz Distress Spray
  • Tim Holtz Metallic Kraft-Stock

Hero Arts Stamp Your Own Salad

Here is a little quick card that I made to thank someone for giving me a Cherokee Purple tomato plant that she started from seed. That is my favorite tomato to grow. I got it from the Buy Nothing Group in FB. I have been gifted several plant cuttings and starts which makes me happy!

This is kind of a quick card. I stamped all the tomatoes using the Hero Arts stamp set. Funny thing I had this in my pile of stamps to pass on and ended up pulling it back out to use. I used Distress Oxide ink for all the stamping and coloring of the die cut pieces.

For the die cuts I used the Tim Holtz set Crochet.

The sentiment is a stamp from a Winnie & Walter set.

Supplies:

  • Hero Arts Stamp Your Own Salad
  • Winnie & Walter In a Word: Thanks
  • Sizzix/Tim Holtz Crochet
  • Distress Oxide inks

Easter Cards… Lots of Easter Cards

Hello and Happy Easter! I had so much fun creating all of these Easter cards. They are similar in some ways but each is different and the ideas just kept coming. I find that the more I stay in creative mode the more ideas come. So here we go, grab a cup of coffee or tea. As you will see as you scroll down looking at the cards I kind of the like the Tim Holtz Bunny Hop die set. I also had about 20 some Distress Oxide inks on my desk that I used on the cards.

Adding 2 more cards… no more though.

I had to try the kraft bunnies.. They are die cut using the Bunny Hop die set. The background is ink smooshed with Distress Oxide inks. The plants are die cut using the Funky Nature die set & ink blended. The pot is ink blended and embossed with the woodgrain embossing folder. The eggs are die cut from ink smooshed panels.
This is for a friend that likes nice bright colors. The background is a Lawn Fawn plaid paper. The bunnies are die cut with the Bunny Hop die set and ink blended. The eggs are die cut using the Funky Foliage die set and are ink blended.
I need to give some credit on this one. I was inspired by a very cool card made by Fredrikke Andrea Peterson in the Tim Holtz Addicts group. The bunnies are die cut, using the Bunny Hop die set, from ink smooshed panels. The eggs were cut using the Funky Nature die set and some ink smooshed paper. All the background plants are die cut also using the Funky Nature die set. I ink smooshed the plant dies after die cutting. The background was inking over the TH Honeycomb stencil. Entered over at the Love Handmade Cards April Challenge in Flickr.
The background is embossed using the Intertwined 3D embossing folder and then ink blended after embossing. The bunnies are die cut from Lawn Fawn plaid paper. The eggs are die cut and ink blended.
The background is ink blended. The basket was die cut with the Potted die and embossed with the Intertwined 3D embossing folder. The bunnies cut from Lawn Fawn plaid paper. The eggs die cut and ink blended.
What can I say but I love how these wallpaper bunnies came out. The background was die cut using the Papertrey Ink Quatrefoil die and then I ink blended over it. I kept all the pieces in the background die cut. Bunnies were die cut from Tim Holtz Worn Wallpaper Scraps and inked around the edges.
The background is cut out using the Papertrey Ink Quatrefoil die and this time all the pieces were not kept. Bunnies are die cut from an ink smooshed panel. The basket is done using the Potted die and the Intertwined 3D embossing folder and then ink blended on it. The grass was die cut using the Lawn Fawn Grassy Border die and then ink blended. The eggs are die cut and ink blended.
For this I had the idea for the Coffee Loving Cardmakers hop but didn’t get it done for that. But.. it is done now. For the background I die cut some clouds and temporarily attached them and then ink blended over the background. Then I removed the cloud die cuts. The mug is die cut using the Lawn Fawn die set Outside In Stitched Mug and Lawn Fawn plaid paper. The eggs are die cut and ink blended. The grass is ink blended and die cut using the Lawn Fawn Grassy Border die. The bunnies just die cut.
Aww the cute bunny by Hero Arts. I stamped the bunny scene on watercolor paper. I used Distress ink reinkers to watercolor. The bunny turned out darker than I wanted but he is so cute. I used part of the Memory Box Egg Basket Frame die set to cut a frame for the bunny scene.
This card I made from a kit from Creative Escape in Los Gatos, CA. They have something called Facebook Fridays and you get a little kit to make a card. The flowers and bunny are felt which is fun!
Another Hero Arts Garden Bunny card. This time colored with Copics. I like this lighter brown much better. Die cut using a Spellbinders Deckled Rectangles.
Ink smooshed background. Die cut grass colored with a Copic pen. Basket, bunny, peep, eggs are from the Two Paper Divas stamp set, colored with Copics and cut out by hand.

Supplies:

  • Two Paper Divas Easter Basket stamp set – Hoppy Easter sentiment & images on the last card.
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Bunny Hop die set
  • Lawn Fawn Grassy Border die
  • Memory Box Egg Basket Frame die set
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Funky Nature die set
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Woodgrain embossing folder
  • Papertrey Ink Quatrefoil Die
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Intertwined 3D embossing folder
  • Tim Holtz Worn Wallpaper Scraps
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Potted die
  • Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Mug die set
  • Hero Arts Garden Bunny
  • Distress Oxide inks
  • Distress Reinkers
  • Tim Holtz Honeycomb Stencil
  • Spellbinders Deckled Rectangles die
  • Copic pens