Friday, February 27, 2015

Gesso resist technique

Hi Everyone,
 I am back with my new solo post. Today I am sharing a technique called gesso resist. 
For this technique I decided to use the Hero Arts Large Blossom cling stamp. I applied the gesso on the stamp with a flat brush and stamped immediately on the white cardstock. I allowed it to dry and used distress inks to color the blossoms. I used Barn door, spiced marmalade and mustard seed.

 For the background of the card I have stamped the Hero Arts zig zag chevron background stamp and dark chocolate simon says stamp ink.  I have die cut the thanks die and applied wink of stella clear glitter.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Butterfly Thanks!

Hi, Jessica here!  This month we're collaborating with Clearly Besotted and while it wasn't my month to collaborate, I already own a few stamp and die sets from Clearly Besotted and decided to use them with my Hero Arts supplies just for fun!

I love the Butterfly Duo Die from Clearly Besotted!  It's a stand-alone die set that cuts two different sized butterflies.  Each butterfly has an outline shape and a more detailed overlay.  There's SO much room for different techniques and projects with this die set!  You can use them individually or together...I even used them to make a shaker card a few weeks ago!
So, I started off by swiping Hero Arts Shadow Ink in Grape Juice, Soft Purple, and Soft Lilac onto pieces of scrap Neenah Solar White card stock.  Then I die cut the butterfly overlays and the Lawn Fawn Scripty Thanks sentiment from the colored card stock.  Next I took a piece of Neenah Solar White card stock and pressed a Ranger Perfect Medium pad all over the paper before sprinkling it with Ranger Perfect Pearls pigment powder in Perfect Gold.  I spritzed the paper with water and heated it to set the powder.  I glued the overlays onto the gold outlines and gently bent them in the middle so the wings would look like they were fluttering!
Next, to create the background, I stamped the Hero Arts Large Flower Background stamp on a 4.25" by 5.5" piece of Neenah Solar white card stock with Golden Glitz Delicata ink and heat embossed it with Hero Arts clear embossing powder.  I realized that I smudged a corner of the paper with a finger which messed up the embossing powder so I trimmed the card down by a half inch on two sides.  To accommodate for the part that I trimmed off, I took a scrap of the card stock that I had originally swiped with ink pads and was able to find a piece that would give me enough for a border!  As Tim Gunn would say, it was a make-it-work moment! ;)

To put the card together I glued the purple trim down onto a top-folding 4.25" by 5.5" card.  Then I mounted the flower background onto the card with foam mounting tape to give it a little dimension.  For the butterflies I attached their bodies to the card with glue dots and then added a little wedge of foam mounting tape under each wing so that the wings would stay up.  Also, I adhered the sentiment with foam mounting tape so that it would lay against the butterfly wing smoothly.  

So there you have it!  I love how the butterfly dies pair so nicely with the background stamp!  Many thanks to Stephanie Wincott of Clearly Besotted for collaborating with A Blog Named Hero this month!  I hope this collaboration encourages you to mix some of your products together!

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Two similar yet different cards!

Hello folks,

Gayatri here today sharing couple of cards. I have used a similar layout and process to make both of them but one using Hero Arts products and the other using Clearly Besotted products. Clearly Besotted are our collaborating partner this month. So I thought I will use their products as well.

Here is my Hero Arts card.

For this card, I have used Rain Dance stencil for the background and sponged some Fog dye ink and Soft Granite Hero Arts Shadow ink on the edges to give depth. Then I heat embossed the flowers from Basic Grey/Hero Arts Good Day stamp set on vellum in yellow colour, cut them out and layered under the sentiment. The sentiment is from Good Day stamp set too. To tie the white and yellow together, I have added some Pretty Pink Posh's Sparkly Clear and Lemon Drop sequins. Quick and easy to make. The colour combination and layering provides the impact on the card. Here is the closeup of the card.

Now I have used similar layout and process using Clearly Besotted stamp sets to make this card.

Clearly Besotted does not have stencils. So I have used their Eastern Delight stamp set to stamp and make my own background. The background is stamped in Fog ink and Soft Granite Hero Arts Shadow Ink. The shades of grey highlights a few of the paisleys yet keeping the background subtle.
The flowers and stem are from Remember Stamp set which I have heat embossed on vellum in green for the stems and red for the poppies. I cut them out and layered them with the sentiment which is from Fabulous Fuchsias stamp set. The poppies are double layered to add diemension. The top poppies are also shaded with copics. This time I have used Raspberry and Sparkly Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh to tie the colours together with the background.

 So you can achieve a totally different looking card by using the same process but different stamp sets. The stamp sets can be from different companies or different stamp sets from the same company. Hope I have inspired you into thinking a bit differently, stretching your stamps and make gorgeous cards. Share your projects with us by leaving your post link in the comments :)

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