Watercoloring with Hero Arts Artistic Dahlia

I am on a roll again in June. Several birthdays to make cards for.

Papertrey Ink Harlequin Cover Plate Die

For the background I used a cover plate die and then glued the die cut over a white card base.

I stamped the dahlia on watercolor paper and used Hero Arts liquid watercolors to color it. Then used the die to cut it out. Next time I want to try stamping the flower several times and coloring since the die has several pieces so you can layer the flower.

The sentiment is die cut.


  • Hero Arts Artistic Dahlia wood block stamp
  • Hero Arts Artistic Dahlia die set
  • Cas-ual Fridays Catherine Pooler die set
  • Papertrey Ink Cover Plate Harlequin die
  • Hero Arts Liquid Watercolors


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.


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Hero Arts Digital Kit Kitchen Silhouettes

Howdy! Today I have a fun little coffee card over at a2z Scrapbooking that I made using several Hero Arts sets. The main one is a digital image kit called Kitchen Silhouettes.

Hero Arts Kitchen Silhouettes Digital Kit

I saw those coffee related images in that set and had to make a card with them. How about that old school coffee pot? I thought it really looked like a camping coffee pot so there you have it.

The coffee pot and the cup – I took the coffee pot image and the cup image and used my Cameo Silhouette to size them and have just the outline so they could then be cut out with the Silhouette. There was a few steps involved. I looked it up and fairly quickly altered the images. I colored them with Copics. I stamped over the mug using the Hero Arts background stamp Lattice. On the coffee pot I used a white pen to make the dots. It is hard to see in the photo but I put clear glaze over the top of the pot to make it look like a glass top. For the steam I used a die from a Hero Arts monthly kit to cut that out of watercolor paper.

The coffee beans were printed from a Hero Arts digital kit Caffeine Fix. I resized them, colored with Copics and hand cut them out.

The sentiment is from the same Hero Arts monthly kit.

The background I made by dropping Hero Arts liquid watercolor on a fairly wet piece of watercolor paper. It kind of has that oops I spilled the coffee look.

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Honey Bee Stamps Large Thanks Die

Howdy once again! I got a couple thank you cards done for some Christmas gifts. I know I am pretty late on getting them done. This one is for my son.

Snowflake Embossing Folder

We’ll start with the top layer this time. I put some drops of liquid watercolors in purple and blue on some watercolor paper. I then spritzed with water. I added a few more drops and then let it dry. I like those nice deep colors. I used a die to cut out the sentiment. For the background I used an embossing folder with snowflakes then cut out the oval with a die. The blue panel is a piece of paper I had laying on my desk at the right time. I glued it to the card base and inked around the edges.


  • Honey Bee Stamps Large Thanks die
  • Hero Arts Liquid Watercolors – Indigo and Purple
  • Darice Embossing Folder – Snowflake background


Hero Arts Thanksgiving Autumn Icons

Howdy to you all and I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving if you live in the US. I had lot’s of fun making a bunch of Thanksgiving cards. I started out thinking I would use this set below to make some of them. I also thought I would just make a couple for my family in Southern California. Read on to see what really happened.

My Monthly Hero September 2017

Here the cards I made.

This uses the Hero Arts Autumn icon die set. I used some Hero Arts liquid watercolors on watercolor paper and then cut out the leaf and pumpkin. The acorns I think are Hero Arts liquid watercolor and the fun Hero Arts Glimmer Metallic ink over top. I really like those metallic inks!! The background paper is some paper I picked up at a crafty sale that someone was getting rid of. I love the pattern. The fun paper is cut out using a die and the sentiment is stamped with brown ink.

Entered in the Die Cut Divas November Challenge Anything Goes.

This card was made in a very similar way as the above card. The leaves and the acorns are heavier on the metallic ink.

I made this background recently. I probably used some liquid watercolors and I think I added some of the Hero Arts Metallic ink which is the dark spots and they look better in real life. For the leaves I painted bronze and copper metallic ink on paper and then die cut the leaves. The sentiment is from a Hero Arts set. The base paper is off white and inked along the edges.

As you can see I make little changes on each because I am not that into making a whole bunch of the exact same card. So I die cut the leaf and acorn using the Hero Arts set Autumn Icons. They probably have some metallic inks on them. The background I made way back and it is alcohol inks and a leaf stamp over it. The brown panel has a big leaf stamped on it several times but is hard to see in the photo. The sentiment is stamped with brown ink.

This background was really fun to make. I got a tip from a local card maker that I chatted with at a craft sale. She said she totally dips her watercolor paper in water. So I tried that and then dropped liquid watercolor on it. I don’t have very many colors so far but I really like the way this turned out. Again the leaves and acorns are die cut. The sentiment is a wood mount stamp I have had quite awhile. I don’t really buy wood mount sentiments anymore because I like to use clear stamps so I can see what is going on.

Entered in the Love Handmade Cards November Challenge Anything Goes in Flickr.

Tip: For the cards above I did a few different things with the die cuts. Sometimes I left just the outline, sometimes I put all the little pieces back in. Yes I did that. Ha. So at first I put the pieces back in a very tedious way. Then I decided to try the Press N Seal method. It mostly worked but the acorns were stubborn. So I die cut leaves, pumpkins or acorns. Then I put a piece of Press N Seal on the back side of the die to keep all the pieces together and in place. After I got them out I put Press N Seal on the front side and removed the piece on the backside. That way I could put glue on all the pieces and then put them down where I wanted them, stick them down and then take off the Press N Seal. I am not always efficient but I get it done.



These two are fairly similar. I used Hero Arts dies to cut out the wreaths, leaves, pine cones and acorns. I used some Oxide inks to color the wreaths. I cut some leaves from that nice background paper seen on the cards above. I cut some leaves from the watercolor paper leftover from the above. There are some leaves with metallic ink on them. The first wreath card has a watercolor background right under the wreath where the other has just kraft paper. I used a pierced rectangle die to cut the panels right under the wreaths. And then there are various papers from my stash including some fun Lawn Fawn plaid.

So as you can see the first stamp set I showed did not end up on any of my cards… And I made several more than I planned….

You can get the Hero Arts Metallic Inks and Hero Arts Liquid Watercolor in Moss at the a2z Scrapbooking Etsy store. Feel free to use my discount code Karen15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. Direct links to the products are below in the supply list.


  • Hero Arts Glimmer Metallic Inks Bronze and Copper
  • Hero Arts Liquid Watercolor Moss
  • Hero Arts September 2016 My Monthly Hero kit – wreaths, acorns (on wreaths), leaves, pine cones
  • Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Fall paper pad
  • My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangles Stax
  • My Favorite Things Wonky Stitched Rectangles
  • Hero Arts Autumn Icons Dies – The bigger leaves, pumpkin and acorns
  • Lawn Fawn Thankful Mice – Give Thanks sentiment
  • Hero Arts Celebrate Everyday – mixed font Happy Thanksgiving

Gold Embossing with Hero Arts Stamps

Howdy to you all! Today I have a Thanksgiving card for you. I hope you are having some decent Fall weather. Here in Northern California I will just say I am not a fan of 80 degrees plus weather at this time of the year. At least the nights are nice and cool.


Home for the Holidays


When I started out to make my card I was looking forward to using the Home for the Holidays stamp set by Hero Arts and I wanted to use the fun leaf paper.

I began my card by ink blending some Quick Quotes inks to create a Fall look to the sky. I then cut a piece of the leaf paper and adhered that to the card. I got this paper from a fun inexpensive store called Daiso. You get several different patterns of 5 1/2 X 5 1/2 paper. One pack is handmade kind of tissue paper type paper. They are only $1.50 per pack. Anyway as you can see it says Fall.

Next I stamped the two houses with Versamark and used a gold embossing powder to heat emboss them. I colored them in using Copic pens. Next I cut them out using the Home for the Holidays dies that match the stamp set. For the snow on top of the one house I used some Nuvo drops for a little dimension. The Home for the Holidays stamp set leans more towards Christmas but you can use a different color scheme and not put to much snow in and you have Fall.

I found a nice piece of crocheted ribbon (not sure of the actual name) in my stash. I used Hero Arts pretty red brown liquid watercolor to color it. It is a little darker in the photo than it is in real life. I stuck that down using the red line tape.

I adhered my houses to the card and stamped the trees around them. I cut out some masks with the dies to that I could stamp the trees to look like they were behind the houses. I also stamped some smoke coming out of the chimneys. I think that is a nice little addition to this stamp set.

Then I added the sentiment.

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