Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Thanks in a Rectangle

My thought for this card was to emphasize the shapes and the focal point which would be geometric - the challenge theme for this month.  Our products featured this month are Hero Arts!

I began by making the shaker.  The sentiment was stamped and clear embossed on the copper metallic paper.  Die cut the window on the rectangle and added acetate to the window.  Foam tape was pieced all around, sequins and the sentiment piece added.  Then I stamped the leaves in Versamark on the card base and put on the silver and copper metallic leaf and added all to the card.  The sentiment and copper paper are  from the Hero Arts September Monthly Kit - these kits are a fabulous buy and sell out quickly.  When they are released on the first Monday of the month you need to get online pronto and buy!!!  I used acetate that I had received in a previous kit, but Hero is now selling sheets of this in two different sizes.

There is still time to enter this month's challenge which is
You can link your card here or in the upper right corner of this post. Our prize this month is the wonderful Color Layering Grateful Leaves (my leaf on the card)!!

Thanks for stopping by and love to read your kind comments.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Hero Arts Geometric Arrows

Hi friends - welcome back for another fun geometric challenge. I adore this Hero Arts stencil of arrows; I use it ALL. THE. TIME.!! And then I may have gotten a wee bit distracted and added lots of other things to my card. ;)
I actually started the card by sponging Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick with the HA delicate petals stencil (lower right hand corner). Then I used the HA arrow stencil and added 3 lines of arrows with whipped spackle, each at varying lengths. Once dry I added gray, black and a wee bit of red distress crayons and rubbed those in with my finger.

I recommend waiting till the whipped spackling dries completely...just stating for a friend, I wouldn't really know first-hand. HA!

I took a separate piece of water color paper and stamped the layering flower in Worn Lipstick, Barn Door, and Fired Brick; once stamped, I spritzed with water and let them run. I stamped the leaves in Black Soot, 3rd and 2nd generation stamping, also spritzing with water, then cut with matching dies.

I adhered all the images, cut the panel down slightly and added a strip of black glitter paper and MFT gray and white striped paper; the entire panel was adhered to a Neenah 110 lb. white card base. Finished it off with lots of splattering and a handful of sequins.

Thanks for stopping by; hope you'll join our geometric challenge; we love seeing your creations!


Sunday, October 23, 2016

Merry and Bright

Hello!  Jess here with a CAS card using no-line watercoloring!Merry and Bright
I adore this new Winter Time Fun stamp set from Hero Arts.  It was released as an add-on to the October My Monthly Hero kit.  While the kit has sold out, this stamp set is still available and it's adorable!  To create my card I stamped the sled with antique linen distress ink and then used distress inks and a small paintbrush to color the sled.  I struggle with no-line watercoloring but I'm slowly getting a little more comfortable with it.  I start by using undiluted distress ink  (as in, smooshed right onto my acrylic block with no extra water added) to outline the stamped image.  I let it dry and then color the image using watered down distress inks to get a lighter wash.  It's important to be patient and let sections dry before adding a new color (which is something I tend to struggle with).  Once the sled was finished I added a little shading with pumice stone distress ink.  I stamped the sentiment with red pigment ink and heat-embossed it with clear embossing powder.  Next I stamped the cardinal from the set on a piece of watercolor paper and colored it using the same technique.  I fussy cut him and adhered it to my card with foam mounting tape.  I trimmed my watercolor panel down slightly and then mounted it to a white card base.  

I can't recommend this set has some really cute images and sentiments and can be mixed and matched to make all sorts of different holiday cards!  Love love love! :) Thanks so much for visiting and have a wonderful night!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Just keep swimming!

Hi Stampers!
Ali here with you to share a card that I really need to send to myself.  Life gets super busy and sometimes things look dismal but thank goodness we have our hobbies to keep us afloat.  I love this set by Hero Arts called Color Layering Goldfish.  

There are so many fun things you can do with this set and I can't wait to get the matching dies!    
Hope you all have a great day and don't forget that you still have time to join our challenge using 

Have a blessed day and thank you for stopping by!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Merry Christmas with Hero Arts

 65 days until Christmas, can you believe it?! I know I'm not going to be ready! At least my cards might be done... Kristina here today with a fun geometric design for this months challenge!

I used assorted sized circle dies to create a little cascade of circles to highlight my greeting.

For my greeting, I took a plain white piece of paper and covered it with Versamark and Gold Embossing Powder, heat set and let dry, then ran it through the die cutter with the Merry Stamp n Cut die.

To finish I stamped and heat embossed the rest of the greeting right onto the card.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

A ship...but not

Hi friends!

I'm here today (a little late--my apologies! Technical and life difficulties) with a card that fits in perfectly (if I may say so myself) with the current theme of 

So here's my card

I took the little ship image from the Hero Arts set below, and set to work stamping it MULTIPLE times :)

I then coloured using both the 02 (or 01) shades of four colours, and then the 08/09 shades too.

The sentiment needed to be bold but not take away from that awesome design, so vellum was the answer :) A little heat embossing and voila!

It's actually even brighter in real life than in the photos, and the Wink of Stella glitter all over the shapes looks amazing in the light!

I thought they kinda looked like Christmas decorations so of course I needed to get a head start of my christmas cards!

Hope you like!

You've got a few days left to join us for the challenge, so please enter! We'd love to see your spin on the challenge theme

See you again soon!

Linda xx