An Oldie, but Goodie…

Celebrating with Hero Arts

As Hero Arts celebrates its 45th anniversary, I’ve started digging into my EXTENSIVE (!!!) old stash of Hero Arts images. I’ve always been a Hero Arts fan.

When I needed a few quick congratulations cards, the Pop Art with Bird stamp seemed like the perfect solution.

I made three cards, using different colored cardstock for each one, and in no time, I had some quick cards. I inked the stamp with black VersaFine and covered it with clear embossing powder. Images were colored with Ranger Distress Inks (using Tsukineko Imagine Crafts’ Fantastics. The congrats stamp is also from an old Hero Arts set. A little Ranger Stickles and I was good to go.

Fun, fast and easy! Thanks for dropping by.

Elephants on Parade!

Sometimes the best way to try new products and techniques is by making tags. These were fun and easy!

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I started by playing with Hero Arts’ new liquid watercolors (check out the great video in the link) in Strawberry, Moss and Indigo (the only three colors I have, but see how nicely they mix and play together?) . These come in a dropper bottle and are highly pigmented.

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I used the watercolors to create a large background sheet (which I cut into tags), but they are also great for coloring individual images. I dropped some watercolors into a paint tray, let them dry, and keep them handy on my desk. They re-activate with the touch of a damp or wet brush.

Once the paper was dry, I stamped and white embossed a portion of Hero Arts Bold Prints Floral Mandala background.

The larger pink elephant on the left is a punch from EK Success; the smaller elephant is a Hero Arts layering stamp (which has a matching die). The balloons on the large pink elephant is from Stampin’ Up!’s Balloon Builders set (if you can’t find it, there are several other great balloon stamps on the website!).

So much fun!

Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

More Valentines, 2018 version

I love these unique dies from Altenew and couldn’t stop making flowers:

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The layering die (this one is Fantasy Floral, but you bet the others are on my wish list!) comes in three pieces, plus the leaves. I just went wild cutting pieces out of various card scraps, then I matched up colors:

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I even played around with embossing and tone-on-tone:

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These two were cut from some painted background pieces. The one on the left has Nuvo Aqua sparkle; the one on the right has about three layers of clear embossing powder.

Here’s a close-up:

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And a white-on-white (one with sparkles, of course):

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Have a lovely Valentine’s Day!

I (heart) Valentines!

It’s so close to Valentine’s Day! One of my favorite card making holidays.

Here are a few that will be going out this year:

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I’ve always loved these three hearts from Hero Arts. I embossed them on black card stock with Wow! Fluorescent Tickled Pink powder. The grey layer is embossed with athe Swirly Bird Cuttlebug folder. Sentiment from Hero Arts.

Below is a fast and easy card, also a Hero Arts image. (May be an old image?)

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As you can see, the heart was stamped and heat embossed (two with white, one with black).

And one more, little wilder:

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Also pretty fast and easy. I pulled an ink-splattered background from my stash, stamped this terrific Laurel Burch designed cat (from Stampendous!), added the box of candy (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Crazy Birds Accessories) and put it all together.

Next post will feature a beautiful die cut floral from Altenew.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tags, Tags, Tags!

Happy New Year! I spent a fruitful week before Christmas finishing up some gift boxes to deliver to friends and co-workers. One of my most relaxing projects was creating these easy watercolor tags:

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These were so fun and easy! First, I splashed watercolors on some scrap watercolor paper using various paints, including handmade colors from Pfeiffer Art Supply.  While those were drying, I punched a bunch of tags using a Fiskars tag punch (with built-in eyelet setter!) and painted swooshes of watercolor.

I die cut cut some birds (unknown die … one of the first dies I ever used)  from that painted watercolor scrap. Because the die did not come with a bird wing, I created wings by using a leaf die that was the right size! The stamped birds (old Hero Arts Decorative Birds set and a Claudia Rose flamingo) were white embossed.

Here’s another look:

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(The larger bird is Tim Holtz’s Caged Bird Sizzix Alterations die.) sitting on a double stitched oval die from Gina K. Designs.

Such fun to make, and happily received.

Here’s to a happy, healthy new year with many creative opportunities ahead. Thanks for stopping by.

 

Fab Finds Friday — Coastal Christmas

It’s always such fun to discover a new stamp company! So when I checked out Flourishes, I immediately fell in love with this *Coastal Christmas set.

First, I played with the boat, which was perfect for coloring:

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I used a variety of colored pencils and my Kuretake Gansai Tambi to watercolor this scene, which was first stamped in VersaMark black on watercolor paper. (The card is a 4Bar (7″x7 7/8″, folded to 3 1/2 x 4 7/8). And added a touch of Wink of Stella clear to some of the packages. It felt unbalanced, so I added a strip of a scrap paper to the left side.

The next card features the pretty beachy wreath:coastal-xmas-silver-756-dsc_0780

Images were stamped and embossed in white on blue cardstock, colored in with various gel pens, edged with Aegean Silver glitter powder (Judikins). The pieces were mounted on a silver shimmer cardstock from Paper Source.)

That same wreath and sentiment also made quick cards with simple white embossing:

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*Disclaimer: This stamp set was provided to me by Flourishes. Thank you, Flourishes!

Quick All-Purpose Card

Here’s a quick card I made while I was playing with some feather die cuts (from Spellbinders):

 

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I haven’t added a greeting because I may use it for a fall birthday (this is a good masculine card) … or it may be for a Thanksgiving hello. The card base is 4 7/8 x about 7″, then folded in half. The bottom embossed design is from a Darice embossing folder. The leaves were cut from random scraps, then the tips were embossed in copper powder. This was so fast and easy!

Thanks for stopping by.

Pretty Poseys

I’ve always loved this big, bold, beautiful floral from Stampendous! And it makes an easy, fast card:

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It’s just perfect for watercoloring. The image was stamped on Ranger Specialty Watercolor paper (love it because one side is smooth, great for stamping, but it still holds up to watercolor!) in VersaMark ink, then embossed with black powder. (By the way, before stamping with VersaMark, I used I used my  ScraPerfect Perfect Embossing Pouch to eliminate static and stray powder), and  Zig Kuretake Clean Color Watercolor markers for coloring. And of course, a dash of clear Wink of Stella … why not?

After it dried, the panel was trimmed, edged with a black permanent marker, and mounted on a moss green folded card. The sentiment (Technique Tuesday) and stamped in VersaFine black on piece of white scrap, edged in black, then mounted with foam tape. The sequins are from Doodlebug Design.

Here’s to a great weekend!

 

More Random Cards

Two more leftover pieces that finally found homes:

 

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Fast and simple!

And this one:

 

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The backgrounds on the stamped pieces were brayered and the larger background is the same as in the last post.  The images (Stampendous!) were black embossed.

Now these can go off to someone’s mailbox!

 

Wow! More Pearly Embossing!

In my last post I experimented with some pearl embossing powders from Wow! I loved the look on dark paper, but didn’t like my first try with the powders on light card stock.

I decided the powders needed some color in order to shine, so I stamped with various dark colors of ink (all Clearsnap ColorBox pigments).

Here’s my first attempt, on kraft colored stock:

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The flowers are from an old Hero Arts set, and as you can see, I didn’t stamp cleanly. But I love the way the colors came out. I will probably cut these out or cover the boo-boos somehow … but I’ll use them, by golly! I stamped first with Clearsnap ColorBox Abyss (a deep blue) pigment ink then added various Wow! pearl powders: white, green, red, violet.

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I had better luck with this flower set from Technique Tuesday (an old set, called Va Va Va Bloom.)

I used ColorBox pigment inks that matched the pearl powders: Turtle for the green powder, Cupid for the red powder, Abyss for the blue powder.

Before mounting the panel on my moss green card, I edged it in black permanent marker. Rhinestones and a sentiment (old Hero Arts set — do ya think I need some newer stamps???) finished the look.

Here’s a detailed shot:

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Thanks for coming along, and thanks to Wow! for letting me play with some pearl powders.