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.
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.
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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Hello! Halloween is right around the corner so here is a little spooky fun for you. I had fun working with these Hero Arts digital images from the Haunted Kit. You can get these images along with several others in the Haunted kit at the a2z Scrapbooking’s Etsy store.
What I did first is use a ink blending tool to apply Oxide Distress ink in Shaded Lilac on some Neenah white paper. I let it dry good overnight. Not that it takes anywhere near that long but I just wanted to be sure since I was going to send it thru the printer. Using Word I arranged the haunted house, bats and pumpkins to print them out. The pumpkins were not part of the scene since I wanted to cut them out. I put the inked paper in my printer and printed the house and bats right on the Neenah paper. I printed the pumpkins on another area of the paper that was not inked.
When I got to working more with my design I didn’t really like the background color. Again using a ink blending tool I went over the lighter purple with Oxide Distress ink in Wilted Violet. You have to be careful and not go over the printed areas to much. I think the double inking made the sky look more blustery like a Halloween night.
For the house I used a glaze pen to color in all the windows. It leaves a shiny slightly raised look.
For the pumpkins I cut them out and colored over the stem with a Copic marker to make it more brown. For the face I filled in those areas with Nuvo drops in Dandelion Yellow. It’s a little more raised than the glaze pen windows. I had a cat cut out too but it just wasn’t working for me so the cat did not make it on to the card.
For the sentiment I was trying something that worked out really nice. First of all I want to mention that this sentiment is in the Spooky Labels digital kit but I used the exact same stamp in the wood block version. So… I first stamped Happy Halloween using a yellow/orange Oxide ink. Well it did not show up that well. So I thought I will try to stamp over it using my wood block stamp using black ink. We all know lining up with wood block stamps is not going to happen. I was lucky to land very evenly with the stamp and what happened is I ended up with a shadow around the sentiment that I think looks pretty cool. Love those oh wow moments.
Howdy! It’s almost Fall! When fall comes around it’s just that much closer to Christmas. So I made a Christmas card using the, oh so cute, digital birds from the Hero Arts Feathered Friends Digital kit. The really nice thing about the digital images is that you can make them any size to fit your project.
The first thing I did to start my card was put 4 of the 5 bird images from the Feathered Friends kit into a Word document. Then I sized them to fit my card design. I printed them out on some off white Neenah paper. I colored them with Copics. I cut them out by hand.
For the background I stamped, on the same color of Neenah paper, using Hero Arts background stamp Wooden Floor Bold Prints. I used Antique Linen Oxide Distress ink. I used my Misti to keep things lined up nice.
The tree was stamped using Oxide Distress inks Vintage Photo and Lucky Clover on kraft paper. I cut out the tree by hand. I used to say I don’t really do fussy cutting but I don’t mind if it is not to “fussy”. The star was also stamped on kraft paper using Fossilized Amber ink. I colored over that with a gold Gelly Roll metallic pen and cut the star out a little smaller than it’s actual size. The star is popped up with foam tape. The star and tree are from Hero Arts stamp set Swirl Christmas. I added the red ornaments or lights on the tree using Nuvo Crystal Drops.
Back to those cute birds… I drew the legs on the background and then popped up the birds a little bit with a couple layers of Glue Dots. Sometimes I want things just a little raised up and this did the trick.
The sentiment is also from Hero Arts set Swirl Christmas and is stamped with Oxide Distress ink in Fired Brick.
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