Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Colored vellum background

Hello Everyone,  I am Bhavana here with my first solo first for A blog named hero. I have created  two cards for you all today. Also a video on how I made one of these cards

I love this cute little Hero Arts heart butterfly woodblock rubber stamp. I have done gold embossing and some coloring using copic markers on the vellum.

Here you can watch start to finish of the first card
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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Adventure Anniversary Card

Hi, Jessica here with my first solo post!  Originally I was planning on making a card using one of my large Hero Arts background stamps but I found a new stamp and ended up going in a totally different direction.  I had stopped at Michaels to look through their Christmas clearance and saw the Hero Arts International Skyline stamp on sale.  It was an interesting stamp but I couldn't think of how I might use it so I decided to leave it behind.  Then I headed off to Target and was wandering around when I saw this pallet artwork.
I was convinced that it was a quote from the Pixar movie "Up" and a quick google search in the middle of the store turned up a ton of Etsy art prints with the balloons and the same quote underneath*.  Looking at the sign gave me a great idea for an anniversary card using the stamp I had left behind at Michaels.  So I headed back to Michaels and the stamp wasn't there anymore!  I was so mad at myself for leaving it behind; but as I was walking past the registers, I saw it sitting on one of the counters.  I asked the cashier if it was being held for anyone and she told me that her last customer had changed her mind at the last minute and she just hadn't gotten around to putting it back on the shelf!  It must have been fate! 

Anyway, after that long backstory, here's my card!  I created it as a 6th anniversary card for my amazing husband!  We've only been to one landmark on that stamp (the Space Needle) but I hope we'll check off more over the years to come!
Anniversary Distress Ink Card
And here's the inside:
I started off by blending distress inks onto a piece of Neenah Solar White cardstock.  I used the following colors from the bottom up, Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey, Dried Marigold, Picked Raspberry, Festive Berries, Shaded Lilac, Salty Ocean, and Chipped Sapphire.  After they had dried completely I tore strips of scrap paper into cloud "stencils."  I taped those to the card with post-it tape and blended the same distress inks onto the card but made sure they ended up a little darker.

I stamped the Hero Arts International Skyline stamp onto the bottom of the card with Versafine Onyx Black ink.  I wanted the sky to look like a sunset where the stars are just starting to come out so I ran the piece through my BigShot with the Simon Says Stamp Falling Stars die.  I layered a piece of silver glitter cardstock under the card to give the stars some shine.
I cut a frame from the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles die and attached it around my card.  Then I adhered the piece to a black top-folding card.  I die-cut the word "you" from the WPlus9 Hand-Lettered Thanks set four times and glued them on top of each other.  Then I pressed it into versamark ink and heat set it with Wow Ultra High clear embossing powder.  I punched three small circles for the ellipses and used the same embossing powder for that high raised effect.
For the inside I used the larger frame from the Avery Elle Finished Frame die set to cut the white panel.  Then I used Smitty's ABCs from Lawn Fawn to spell out the end of the sentence and stamped the Happy Anniversary sentiment from the Happy Everything set from Mama Elephant.

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*Of course when I got home I realized that it's actually a quote from "The Incredibles."  In "Up," Ellie writes 'thanks for the adventure - now go have a new one.'  In "The Incredibles" Mr. Incredible tells his family that they are his greatest adventure.  I mixed up the source but the sentiment behind it is the same.  Based on all the Etsy prints I saw it must be a common mix-up!  Oops...

Friday, January 23, 2015

Love you!

Hi, Hiya and Hello everyone.

This is Gayatri here with my first solo post for A Blog Named Hero. Today I have a card for you combining some old and new Hero Arts stamp sets. 

I absolutely love this new stamp & cuts set called The Fox Says. I adore the fox images in this set. I also have a few older Hero Arts stamp set which I have not used for a long time. One of my goals for this year is to use my older stamp sets as much as I can on my cards.  So why not combine the old and new to create something unique. First here is my card.

Can you spot the older stamp sets I have used in the card? Yes! They are the Leaf Cluster cling stamp set and the Starburst background cling stamp set. The leaf and grass border image from The Fox Says combines beautifully with the leaf cluster image. And the star burst image on the tag with the heart die cut draws the eyes to the sentiment.

I wanted to used muted earthy colours hence used Soft Olive, Soft Vanilla Hero Arts Shadow inks. The foxes are stamped and coloured with copic markers. Then hand cut them out and adhered with foam adhesive for some dimension. I have brushed the Starburst image with Wink of Stella for some shimmer. You can see the shimmer in the photo below.

Finally I have accented the card using some wood enamel dots.

 Hope I have inspired you to use some of your older Hero Arts stamp sets. Try and combine them with newer sets and get maximum use out of them.

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