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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Random Papercrafting Projects

Here’s a couple things I created around Christmas mostly for gift giving. The Thank You I forgot what that was for. They are all kind of quick and sometimes these are the most fun since you can just make them any old way and are not that worried about how great it comes out or that you are creating for many to see.

So this one was for a gift to my son. We have a great park system called East Bay Regional Park District. It is actually the model for many park systems around the country. Anyway.. we love them all. Nice hiking at pretty much all of them. A few have lakes or creeks and just all around fun to be in. So we got my son a membership for Christmas. It helps the parks and gets him in the ones that charge without having to pay. He just got a mountain bike so we had one place in mind he might like to take his mountain bike to start getting used to it. I printed the map of all the parks from their website along with the logo type thing. I think that leaf is a Hero Arts stamp that is similar to their logo leaf. I inked around the edges with the same green ink as the leaf.

This was for my Dad and his girlfriend. My husband found some tickets to a musical near where they live. I had to dress it up so I used snowflake stamp set (Penny Black Snowbursts) and stamped with silver pigment ink and a blue ink. For the sentiment (Hero Arts Chalkboard Messages CG619) I heat embossed white over a pretty blue paper. All this was the envelope which also said do not open until Christmas. For the information about the musical I cut and paste information from an email and printed that. Then I stamped all over the background with Versamark ink and a snowflake stamp. After that I dusted over it with Perfect Pearls. Then I added a few die cut snowflakes.

For this I had stamped these tulips (Hero Arts Newspaper Tulips K5576) some time ago by coloring with markers on the stamp I think and maybe spritzing it a bit before stamping. I think it was on watercolor paper. Then I just finished it off by stamping the sentiment.


Hummingbird Bday

Hummingbird BDay

This one was a fun one and there is an oops that turned into the background it has. So I cut out the background using Memory Box Bengal Background die. I thought oh no how to glue it down. So I put StickIt on some white paper and cut it out again. Oops I cut it out upside down. Not impossible but the “wrong” side doesn’t look as good. So don’t waste that StickIt. I got out some extra fine glitter and covered the die cut. The flower was cut from a panel I created and got out of my huge box of panels and pieces. I heat embossed the flower, hand cut it and sprayed it with Perfect Pearls. The hummingbirds are cut with a Hero Arts die. I looked up hummingbirds and tried to color them with Copics to look like a real one. The bodies have Perfect Pearl powder on them and I created little pieces of paper with the green Perfect Pearls on it to glue behind all the holes on their wings.

Background – Memory Box Bengal Background die (99060) and Elizabeth Craft Designs Micro Fine Glitter in Cool Diamond.

Flower – The Ton Stamp Large Peony and Distress Oxide inks and Hero Arts white embossing powder. Sprayed with Perfect Pearls.

Hummingbirds – Hero Arts die Paper Layering Hummingbird Pair (DI335). blue, green, gray Copics and Perfect Pearls powders blue & green

Lotus Stencil & Oxide Distress Inks

Lotus Birthday

For the background on this I used some of the new Oxide Distress Inks. Love them. This is Broken China, Spiced Marmalade and Cracked Pistachio applied with the round blending tool.

Then I laid the Hero Arts Large Lotus stencil over the background and sprayed with Perfect Pearls.

The sentiment is a die from Simon Says Stamp (SSSD111559) and it is hard to see but it is sprayed with Mint Perfect Pearls.

And.. some random bling.

Entered the challenge for March at A Blog Named Hero





Also entered for March challenge at a2z Scrapbooking.

Snowflakes & Ornament Card


I made this card intending to submit it to Merry Monday Challenge #223. I had part of it made and knew what I was going to do but waited to finish on Sunday morning. Well every time I think that is going to happen I get up take my time, fix breakfast etc and forget to do it by 12 my time. So I still got a card done but it didn’t get submitted.

The theme for Merry Monday Challenge #223 was light blue, dark blue and pink. At first I thought I was going to struggle some. I really like the way my card turned out and love the color combination. If you would like to check out Merry Monday you can find their challenges here.

For the background on my card I used a Darice Snowflake embossing folder. I then sprayed the light blue paper with Perfect Pearls. The ornament is cut from patterned paper with a die from the Hero Arts set Joyful Tidings by Lia (DC167). The snowflakes are stamped with a stamp from Hero Arts set Swirl Christmas (CL469) with silver pigment ink. The sentiment was die cut from pink patterned paper with a die from Tim Holtz/Sizzix set of Christmas sentiments (660058). The bow was some silver ribbon/twine I saved to use on cards.


A slightly different version of the card above. The differences are the snowflakes are heat embossed with silver powder and a little silver bling in the middle of the snowflakes. A different sentiment with a gemstone to dot the i.

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