Flutter By & Put a Flower On It

A new challenge is starting at A Blog Named Hero. What do you think, will you play along with us? This month’s theme is “put a flower on it!” Swing over to see how my design team friends interpreted this challenge. put a flower on it challenge logo.jpg

Whenever I am out in my garden, I am so happy when I see butterflies flutter by. With spring on the horizon, I wanted to capture this feeling.

Final Butterfly Card

If you would like to see a step-by-step, view my video below.

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I first started with a side folding notecard and used two small flower stamps from the Pineapple and Cardinal stamp sets. The larger flower was stamped in Pale Tomatoe and Strawberry with the smaller flower stamped in Orange Soda and Tangerine. Using an Altenew alcohol marker I made tiny dots all around the card to fill in gaps on the background.

Left Butterfly Card

Using a shimmer pen, I added some sparkle to each flower. Using a white gel pen, I added some details to the center of each flower. On a piece of vellum, I stamped the Color Layering Swallowtail in Dandelion, Orange Soda and Black ink. Using the complimentary die, I partially cut the butterfly. The sentiment was stamped with Black Versafine ink and heat set with clear embossing powder and I added some silver confetti for interest.

Right Butterfly Card

The vellum piece was scored and adhered to the right edge of the card so the end result was a tri-fold card.

Final Butterfly Card

Thank you for stopping by and tell what you are looking forward to most this spring below in the comments – or better yet, create a project using it and submit it to this month’s challenge!

karen

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Purple Hugs

I just fell in love the scripty die cuts that HeroArts released in their March 2018, My Monthly Hero Card Kit. What about you?

Final Hugs Card

The color on the background is stunning in real life. I love the color and the texture I achieved using a salt technique (I hope to do a video on this soon). I really did not want to cover up the background and wanted to showcase it so I kept the design of this card simple.

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Left Hugs Card

Using a piece of vellum, I die cut a heart with a die from the Infinity Hearts die set from Hero Arts. I selected the hugs die from the MMH March 2018 kit and cut three sentiments out of white cardstock. I stacked the sentiments on top of each other to create a dimensional element. From the Hello Stamp & Die Cut set from Hero Arts, I white heat embossed the smaller sentiment onto the vellum heart.

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I added some confetti jewels, adhered the vellum heart and sentiment to the watercolor panel and put the entire panel onto a top folding notecard with craft foam between for some raised dimension.

Final Hugs Card

Thank you so much for stopping by! Enjoy your weekend.

SUPPLIES

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Turn Over a New Leaf

I know it is weird, but who ever thought that a caterpillar could be cute? I saw the Color Layering Caterpillar stamp set from HeroArts and just new I had to have it.

Final Card Caterpiller

A while back I played with my watercolors and made a bunch of fun and interesting backgrounds. I knew I wouldn’t get to them right away, so I set them aside until I had time to dress them up and finish them into cards. Today was one such day!

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Detail Card Caterpiller

Using Moss, Caramel and Black HeroArts ink, I layered stamped my critter. Using a mixture of Moss and Forevergreen, I stamped the leafy, munchy image. For the detail layer, I used Unicorn White pigment ink. Both items were die cut using the coordinating dies. I created a top folding notecard using Neenah Solar White 110lb weight cardstock.

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I stamped my sentiment in black Versafine ink, and used clear embossing powder to heat set it. The watercolor panel was attached to my top folding notecard with a piece of craft foam between to add dimension. Using foam tape, I adhered my hungry critter to the front of my card panel. With sequins from my stash I added a smattering of them near the sentiment. The critter was covered in clear shimmer pen. Once the shimmer pen dried, I used my black gelly pen to create some shine on the eye of my critter.

Final Card Caterpiller

Thank you so much for stopping by! Enjoy your week.

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Single Background Stamp but Lots of Variety

My, my, my! How can I select just one? My favorite Hero Arts product?! Oye! It was so hard to decide. I am playing along with A Blog Named Hero and this month the team has challenged us to use our Favorite Hero Arts Product.

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As of today (you know it will change as soon as the next release comes out!), the Floral Mandala Bold Print background stamp is currently my favorite product. This is such a diverse stamp. This stamp can be used as a subtle background, inked up in a bold way, used as a flower, colored, watercolored and on and on.

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Due to my work travel schedule this month and the fact that I am a mom first and foremost, I was unable to complete a process video. But! I did create an overview video of all the cards I created. Give it a quick look-see.

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Starting with Bristol Smooth White Cardstock, I stamped the image, slightly off center, in Versafine ink and covered the sticky surface with white embossing powder. I heat set the powder and used an ink blending tool to apply Faded Jeans and Evergreen Bough distress oxide inks. When the blending was complete, I used a clean, dry cloth to wipe off the excess and let the white embossing powder stand out.

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To finish the card I stacked 3 die cuts of the sentiment from the Thanks Stamp and Die set in black cardstock. The sentiment was adhered to the top of a vellum strip and the letters were covered in both shimmer pen and glossy accents for shine. The silver star sequins were from my stash. The final panel was attached to a 4×4 top folding notecard.

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I find I do not use craft colored cardstock enough in my cardmaking. This card uses Neenah Desert Storm cardstock as the base. The stamp was inked using Versamark ink and coated in white embossing powder. After the powder was heat set, I used my Prisma Color Pencils to color from the center of the image out in rainbow color order.

Color Pencil Card

To complete the card, I used a sentiment from the You are Loved Messages stamp set. On a piece of vellum, I stamped the sentiment in black Versafine ink, and used clear embossing powder to heat set it. I adhered it to my top folding notecard and added some confetti sequins for interest and shine.

Color Pencil Card Details

To achieve the look in this next card, I inked up my stamp multiple times using 4 different colors of ink; Ultra Pink, Raspberry Jam, Grape Juice and Passion Flower. Using my Misti, the top portion of the stamp was first inked with Ultra Pink. On Neenah Solar White cardstock, I stamped the image. Moving a bit further down on the stamp, I inked up with Raspberry Jam. Where the two ink colors intersected, I used a dry cloth to dab away some of the Raspberry Jam on the stamp so there was not a harsh line. I continued to work my way down the stamp and repeat the process with the Grape Juice and Passion Flower inks.

Obre Card

Once the inked panel was complete, I used Shimmer Mist to cover the entire panel (sorry it did not photograph well – check out the video for all the sparkle). Three die cut sentiments from the Hello Stamp and Die set were stacked on top of each other and adhered to a heart cut from vellum using the Infinity Heart die set. Over the top of the sentiment, I used a shimmer pen for sparkle and glossy accents for dimension. From my stash, I used some clear sequins and adhered the entire panel with craft foam to a top folding white notecard.

Obre Card Details

This background was created by stamping the image in Versafine ink on Strathmore Watercolor Paper. I prefer the textured side of the paper as I think it adds interest to the finished product. The entire image was covered with white embossing powder and heat set. Using my Gansai watercolors, I used an orange wash, heat set it and then added a dark blue over the top. Each color was mixed with Perfect Pearls to add a depth of shimmer that is just spectacular in person.

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Again, I used a vellum heart die cut from the Infinity Heart die set and a 3 stacked sentiments cut from the Thanks Stamp and Die set. Before I added the heart to the watercolored panel, I stamped a sub-sentiment (and white heat embossed it) and adhered the die cut sentiment above it. The sentiment was covered with a shimmer pen and I used confetti sequins scattered about the panel. Everything was adhered with a piece of craft foam between the panel and a top folding white notecard.

Watercolor Card Details

I saved my favorite for last! Here, I started with a white panel and used the Spiral Stencil to make an impression on the paper. On a piece of vellum, I stamped the background stamp in Versamark ink and used gold embossing powder to heat set the image. I did this twice so I ended up with 2 images. This allowed me to cut various petal shapes to start building my flower. To color the images I used Spectrum Noir shimmer pens in Macaroon and Harvest Moon. The shimmer from the embossing powder and pens is amazing in real life.

Flower Card

The embossed panel was adhered to a top folding notecard. Each layer of the flower was adhered with foam tape to give it some dimension. The sentiment was gold heat embossed from the Support Prayers Love stamp set. The entire look was finished with gold sequins.

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Phew! That is it! Thank you for stopping by and please tell me your favorite Hero Arts product below in the comments – or better yet, create a project using it and submit it to this month’s challenge!

karen

SUPPLIES

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Framed Ink and a Warm Hello

Swoon. Just. Over. The. Moon. I am so blessed and so excited to be a part of A Blog Named Hero design team. This is my first design team and I am ecstatic. Have you see the other list of designers I am joining? Oh my! Check them out – they are all each so talented. Did I say blessed? Blessed. Not to mention my love for Hero Arts products. Hero Arts produces such amazing designs that really suit all styles of crafting. Their products help me think outside the box and elevate my card designs. The best part about Hero Arts? They give. They give big. They care about the environment and they are a green business. All of this adds up to just something super spectacular.

Envelope Hello Card

I am a full time working mama of two super awesome little girls (currently both under the age of 2.5)! I work in higher education and my hubs is uber-dee-duber smart (2 masters degrees!). Crafting is my outlet and it affords me the “me-time” I need to be a good wife and mother. I craft daily at 4am with a cup of coffee – well 2…and truth be told, it is 3 because my new dishes have tiny coffee cups! In the summer we like to be out on the water and I can be found digging around in my gardens.

Hello Card

Along with my first design team post comes my first ever video. Yup. Why not take on the challenge in full. IT TOOK FOREVER and I have so much more to learn. If you can tolerate my first attempt, come back for more – I can only get better with my video skills!

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I am having a blast playing with my alcohol inks. Making this background took no time at all and the results are spectacular. The shine is amazing.

Close Up Hello Card

For this background I used Shell Pink, Salmon, Mountain Rose and Pearl Mixative. I let the YUPO paper do the work with a little encouragement from air blown with a drinking straw. If the ink did not move as I wished, I added a bit of Alcohol Blending Solution.

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Using the Color Layering Nasturtium stamp set from Hero Arts, I inked up the beautiful vines with Fresh Lawn and Forever Green Hero Arts inks. The flowers were stamped in Orange Soda and Tangerine Hero Arts inks. For both the vine details and the flower details I used Versafine ink and Hero Arts Sparkle Embossing Powder to add some shine to the fine details. The butterfly base image was stamped using Pale Tomato Hero Arts ink and for the details I used HeroArts black ink. Again, the details were made to shine using Versafine ink and Sparkle Embossing Powder. Using the coordinating dies, I cut eat of my stamped images.

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The white frame the flowers sit on was created using the new Hero Arts Rounded Rectangle Infinity dies. I nested two together and die cut them to make the frame. I used a slightly larger frame than the open window to cut my inked background. Using white embossing powder I heat set a sentiment from the Hero Arts Hello Stamp and Die set.

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The entire card was assembled using foam tape for dimension and I added a few mirror confetti bits for extra shine and interest.

Envelope Hello Card

Thank you for stopping by! Don’t forget to check out my follow design team friends’ posts. They are an amazing and talented group of women!

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SUPPLIES

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Stained Glass

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I had such a difficult time photographing this card I made for the Fusion Card Challenge. My hope is that despite that you still enjoy my post for today!Fusion Feb1 Stained Glass Hearts-001

This week we were challenged to integrate a stain glass feel along with a specific card layout using hearts. I did my best to integrate the two!

Details Stained Glass Hearts

Starting with a sheet of vellum, I die cut my heart strip using Stampin’ Up Sealed with Love die (no longer available). On the backside of the vellum, I colored each heart using my spectrum noir pens (PV4, BP7, PP6). I die cut an additional heart using HeroArts infinity heart dies and colored it using marker PV4. Using a piece of pink cardstock, I cut the sentiment using Altenew Script Word dies. Saving all the pink pieces, I then cut 3 sentiments out of white cardstock and stacked them together in the opening of the pink panel. To the top of those white stacked sentiments, I added the pink sentiment and all the bits that went between the letters so it was a highlight on the sentiment. Using my shimmer pen, I added shimmer to the sentiment and down the side of the card panel and then added my vellum heart strip. I finished the card off by adding the single heart I die cut to the ‘L’ and some confetti. The entire panel was attached to a top folding white notecard with craft foam for dimension.

Final Stained Glass Hearts Thank you for stopping by and

Mermaid Tail and Color Throwdown

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I am really enjoying my participation in the Color Throwdown Challenge. In honor of Valentine’s Day, red, pink and grey are the color pallet.

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These colors certainly lend themselves to a lovey-dovey card, but I decided to go for an encouraging Mermaid Tail design from Essentials by Ellen.

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The tail was stamped and heat set using Hero Arts Sparkle Embossing Powder and using Zig Clean Color brushes I colored the tail in red and pink. The coordinating die made a perfect edge around the tail and I used my PaperTreyInk Waves Die coverplate to make the background out of white cardstock and vellum pieces. For the dark grey cardstock, I ran it through a Darcie embossing folder. Using a sentiment from the stamp set, I stamped it in black versifine ink and used clear embossing powder to heat set it. For a bit of interest I used Nuevo Drops. This was all adhered to a white top folding notecard.

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Thank you for stopping by and enjoy your week!