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!

[All supplies are listed below, with thumbnails, and use affiliated links when possible. Affiliated links may be used at no cost to you.]

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.


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.


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.


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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