Hero Arts Love Jar Reactive Ink Stamping

For my card today I pulled out a fairly old Hero Arts set that I have hardly used but really like. It is called Love Jar.

Hero Arts Reactive Ink

The base panel is the Lawn Fawn plaid which is some of my favorite paper.

The Love Jar set comes with all of the images except the sentiment. I stamped the mason jar on vellum. I cut the jar out by hand. For the flowers I put Hero Arts Reactive inks on the stamps and stamped with them. I also put a bit of the ink on my craft mat and “painted” over the flowers and leaves to make them a bit more vibrant. I then went over them with a sparkle pen.

The rectangle sentiment piece is stamped using a stamp from the Love Jar set. I used a little of the ink on the mat to color in the rectangle. I might have added a little yellow in there with the orange. I cut out the rectangle by hand. The sentiment is stamped. The sentiment was in one long line but I cut it in pieces to fit the space. I am a little braver about cutting my stamps apart than I used to be.


  • Hero Arts Love Jar stamp set
  • Hero Arts Everyday Sayings stamp set
  • Hero Arts Reactive Inks
  • Archival Ink
  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen

Penny Black A Blizzard Dies

Hello! Well we are kind of winding down to Christmas. I have lot’s of cards made for this year and I need to be sending them out. There is many I want to make but I need to get things sent not made at the moment. I made what I thought would be a quick one to send something to my sister that did not end up in her box. I needed a long card.

Simon Says Stamp Season's Greetings Die

I thought this would be quick.. It was easy but not quick.

I picked 3 different colors of glitter paper. A blue, a light blue and silver. I got smart and stuck Sizzix adhesive sheets on the back of each piece. I then die cut out a bunch of snowflakes. What took some time was getting all the little pieces out of the snowflakes. Sometimes when doing these kinds of cards I get a little carried away on the amount of things I put on the card and maybe I did a bit with this one. Anyway I stuck down all the snowflakes since they had the adhesive on the back.

For the sentiment I used a really dark blue paper (not navy blue) and die cut it. I used a sparkle pen and went over it. Then glued that down.


  • Penny Black A Blizzard dies
  • Simon Says Stamp Season’s Greetings die
  • Glitter paper (smooth)
  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen

Hero Arts Beach Adventure

Hello! I am over at a2z Scrapbooking with a sun and sand card for you today. After all we are getting closer and closer to beach weather.  You can get the Beach Adventure Digital Kit at the a2z Scrapbooking Etsy store. Use my discount code Karen15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.

Lets start off with the background on my card. I blended Salty Ocean Oxide Distress ink on an oval die cut. Then I decided that it needed to be toned down a bit so I went over it with Picket Fence Distress ink. I put the ink directly on my craft mat so that I didn’t get the blue ink on the white ink and then used a blending tool. I then used a stamp at the bottom to stamp with Versamark and sprinkled on some Hero Arts sand embossing powder and heat embossed it. I was happy to finally use it. The stamp I used for the sand is actually a outdoor scenery background. It worked well because it was so solid to get good coverage of Versamark. Here is the image and the link to check it out if you want. Rubbernecker Stamps Open Range stamp set.

Then I cut out an oval smaller than the background oval from a 4 1/4 X 5 1/2 panel. I selected all of the fun images I wanted on the card. I sized them and printed them out. The umbrella prints with one set of the stripes and the starfish is colored in when printed. The rest of the images are black outlines. I colored all of the images with Copics. On some of the images I colored over the color that printed because it’s hard to get the “perfect” color sometimes. I added a bit of sparkle to the fish, the umbrella and the ball (which you can’t really see in the photo). I cut out all of the images. For the cute little crab it was kind of impossible to cut out the eyes. However it didn’t look right without them. So I dug in my stash and found some black wire and then I added little balls of black Nuvo to make the eyes and set that aside to dry. I glued them to the back of the crab using glue dots. Speaking of glue dots the fish has a thick one under it and the crab has a few thinner glue dots stacked to give a bit of dimension. It is hard to see that in the photo.

The sun is stamped and I also colored it in with Copics and hand cut it out.

The sentiment is stamped with a Hero Arts sentiment set.

Here is a look at all the different images in this kit. There are so many fun things to choose from. I really enjoyed working with it. Being on the a2z Scrapbooking team has really helped me to use digital images way more often. Using them gives you many more options of what you can do with your cardmaking.

a2z scrapbooking april challenge


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Hero Arts Flutterbies Printable

Howdy! Such a cold winter this year. I hope you all are keeping warm in your crafty spaces. I have a card today using digital images, colored pencils and a stencil. I was inspired by the mood board for the a2z Scrapbooking monthly challenge. For the details about my card check out my post over at a2z Scrapbooking.



Oxide Floral Birthday Cards

Oxide Floral Birthday

I had a lot of fun making this using a technique I saw on Jennifer McGuire’s blog. I created two cards using this technique she calls Distress Oxide water painting. And there is also just the fact that you use Oxide Distress ink which is enough to catch my attention right out of the shoot.

First I stamped the flowers and leaves and heat embossed them with white powder.

Next I ink blended three Oxide Distress inks on the panel.

Then you wipe the ink off the embossing.

After that I took a water brush and “painted” over the flowers and immediately dab them with a cloth. This removes some of the ink and puts the Oxide ink to work to get the oxide look. I did the leaves also but it is hard to see because of all the embossing.

I die cut the sentiment once out of 110 pound Neenah paper and glued a 80 pound Neenah layer over that to give some dimension. I love the look of layered up thicker die cut sentiments but sometimes it is a bit tedious to get them lined up and stuck together especially if they are small.

I went over the flowers with a sparkle pen also and dabbed it off with a cloth. It still leaves plenty of sparkle.

Flowers & Leaves Stamp – Simon Says Stamp Summer Garden
Embossing Powder – Hero Arts white
Oxide Distress Inks – Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalde, Picked Raspberry
Sentiment – Simon Says Stamp Painted Happy Birthday die
Sparkle Pen – Spectrum Noir
Water Pen – Kuretake – small brush

Entered both in the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge 94, with a theme of ink blending, located here.

I also entered this orange/pink card in the Love! Handmade Cards April challenge in Flickr with the theme of Spring.

Here is another card using the same water painting technique. I actually made this one first.

Oxide Dragonfly Floral Birthday

So I ink blended on this one too. This also has a layered sentiment. The dragonfly wings and the sentiment are colored over with the sparkle pen.

Flowers & Dragonflies – Hero Arts My Monthly Hero March 2016
Embossing Powder – Hero Arts white
Oxide Distress Inks – Wilted Violet, Shaded Lilac, Picked Raspberry
Sentiment – Simon Says Stamp Painted Happy Birthday die
Sparkle Pen – Spectrum Noir
Water Pen – Kuretake – small brush

Merry Monday #275

Merry Monday #275

Woo Hoo I got one done for Merry Monday and it is not very last minute. Ha! You can find Merry Monday here. 

This turned out pretty good I think since I am not to much of a pastel fan. I was kind of struggling to come up with some image that could work in pastel colors.

The stamp – Stampendous Snow Sled colored with Copics. I did some accenting with Nuvo drops and either Wink of Stella or a Spectrum Noir sparkle pen. I am guessing it’s the Spectrum Noir because they are a bit more shimmery.

I cut the ovals with the Hero Arts Oval die set.

For the background I used a snowflake embossing folder.


Sunny Butterfly Birthday

Sunny Butterfly Birthday

This was a fun one to make. Along the way I made several combinations of butterflies and a few greetings. Finally it came together and I am really happy with it.

The background – Memory Box stencil Brilliant which is a bit challenging to work with because of all the small pieces that come to the center. I used clear embossing paste mixed with ink sprays by Heidi Swapp and Ranger. I also sprinkled in some Art Glittering System ultra fine glitter in Oyster which is a very cool color. I just ran into this in my stash and have had it for a very long time.

The butterflies – I used a Sizzix Tim Holtz die set called Mini Detailed Butterflies. I first water colored with purples and cut out some butterflies. I decided I wanted the underneath layer to vary so one is cut from just a light purple card stock. The top detailed part of the butterflies I first cut out of black card stock. Nope didn’t work for me. Then I took out the purple paper. Yes that works. I colored over all the butterfly pieces with a Spectrum Noir sparkle pen (I don’t remember the exact name). Then came the greeting. Black with white embossing? No. White with black embossing. No. Finally I got to this one using a Lawn Fawn die Everyday Sentiment Banners, Rose Gold Embossing Powder by Stampendous, the sentiment from I think it is a Simon Says Stamp set and of course I can’t find the package right now.

Here is a twist on the card above.

Sister Butterfly Birthday

For this background I blended Distress Oxide inks. The same butterflies are cut from black paper and not layered. The sentiment is from a My Monthly Hero set from March 2016. I die cut the banner from this set and then stamped the greeting with a Avery Elle pigment ink in a orange/yellow color and then sprinkled Judikins Translucent Gold embossing powder over it and heat embossed it. I tried so many combinations of things for that greeting from different color embossing powders to different greetings and dies. Finally it worked out.

Merry Monday #264

I got another one just barely done for Merry Monday. Challenge #264 was to use kraft and red with only just a bit of neutral colors. I love this combination and I wish I would have made a couple different ones but one is better than none.

Merry Monday #264

So here we are with a fairly simple card. Red patterned paper in the background. I decided to be different and die cut kraft snowflakes. I used snowflake dies by Tattered Lace (D111). You can’t really see it in the photo but I used a Spectrum Noir sparkle pen to give them just a little sparkle. The greeting also has Spectrum Noir on it. The greeting is die cut using a Sizzix Tim Holtz set Holiday Words (660058). As usual I was putting this together at the last minute. Literally I posted it at the last minute. The greeting is not actually stuck down because the Spectrum Noir pen was dumping lot’s of liquid so I could not get the backing paper off the back or I would have messed up my die cuts. As I was writing this up I realized there is no stamping on this card which is unusual for me.

Another similar card with kraft snowflakes and a slightly different look.

Kraft Snowflakes

That kraft background – I used a Memory Box stencil Winter Tiny Snowflakes and some white ink.
The red panel is a patterned paper which is hard to see in this photo.
The sentiment – Hero Arts set Color Layering Dimensional Bird (CL906) and white ink.
Kraft snowflakes – Same die as above.

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