Seamless Layered Sentiment // Hero Arts

Today's the day! My Monthly Hero is launching, and boy, is the first month a doozy!
Just check out this gorgeous poinsettia stamp set and coordinating inks...

It's SO easy to stamp the layers - I didn't have the guide when I first got the set, but it took me no time at all to figure out how to layer them, and I'm not the brightest bulb in the box when it comes to stamp layering. ;)

As a disclaimer, I'm a lazy (surprise!) stamp layering kind of gal - I'm not a perfectionist by any means. I chalk any imperfections up to adding to the homemade element of the card. ;)
So basically, these flowers could look more realistic if you layered them perfectly. But if you're not about that, don't worry - I gotchya back. ;)
To stamp the flowers, I used the Hero Arts ombre ink, as I described in THIS post. FYI, the kit does come with five beautiful inks, but I just didn't have them on hand when I made this card.

For the panel, I first stamped on the cut out flowers, with a piece of scrap paper behind them. Then I stamped the sentiment again on the white panel, and adhered the flowers on top, for a seamless look to the sentiment. Another FYI, the kit comes with coordinating dies for the flowers, but again, I didn't have those on hand, so I hand cut them (which was pretty easy and simple)

If you want a smoother, one layer look, you could stamp the flowers on the white panel, and stamp directly on that. Then cut around pieces of the flowers poke out, but still retain an overall rectangular shape.

Can you believe that background? I love how the Dot Moire (and no, I still don't remember how to pronounce it correctly, though I checked several times on Merriam Webster) looks embossed! To make sure it still popped, but didn't detract from the stamped panel, I separated the two with a piece of vellum.

So, what do you think of this new kit and stamp set? Isn't it gorgeous?! Here's a list of more bloggers showcasing this beautiful set;

As an FYI, the kit is available for a limited time only - once it's gone, it's gone. There is not an option to subscribe at this time, but a new exclusive kit will be released on the first Monday of each month.

Thanks for stopping in and God bless!


Cardstock: Hero Arts Blush Mix Folding Cards and Snow Layering Papers
Stamps: Hero Arts My Monthly Hero October and Dot Moire
Ink: Versamark, Hero Arts black, green ombre, red ombre, and Lemon Yellow 
Other: embossing powder and gems (Hero Arts), vellum

Tools: heat gun


Border Die Cut // Throwback Thursday

Starting November off with a throwback card!


So it's not the most ingenious use, or most pretty card example using the set, but it was still fun, mixing and matching - made me feel like a full-fledged stamper. ;)

I used gems from a ton of different packages to switch things up.

For the bottom of the stamped panel, I used my Spellbinders Labels 4 die (which I used to be obsessed with - ah, the good old days), inverting the die to get that particular angle.
'Thanks so much for stopping in today and God bless!


Cardstock: from local craft store
Stamps: Papertrey Ink Mini Blooms
Ink: Papertrey Ink, Tim Holtz
Other: gems (random assorted packages)

Tools: Cuttlebug, Spellbinders Labels 4 die


Simple Patterned Paper Layering // Hero Arts

Today I'm sharing a simple card that looks pretty busy, and lets the patterned paper take the spotlight.

I used the popular Happy Stamp and Die cut set, and backed it with some gorgeous patterned paper from Crate Paper.
To help the paper shine, but make sure the die cut could stand out, I used two pieces of vellum to layer behind the die cut and heat embossed sentiment. If you have a thicker vellum, you could just use one layer, but this vellum was rather thin, so I used two layers to make sure it "clouded" out part of the patterned paper enough.

I liked the not perfectly embossed "anniversary" when I made this card (i.e., I was too lazy to do it over), but now I'm starting to rethink that...

Thanks for stopping in today and God bless!


Cardstock: Canson
Patterned paper: Crate Paper Maggie Holmes Open Book
Stamp: Hero Arts Happy Stamp and Die cut set
Ink: Versamark
Other: vellum (Darice), embossing powder (Hampton)

Tools: heat gun, Cuttlebug, Hero Arts Happy Stamp and Die Cut die, sewing machine 


Simple Shaker Cards + VIDEO // Papertrey Ink

It's a doozy today - two cards and a video, playing along with the September Papertrey Ink blog hop! I wanted to show you how I make my shaker cards - no fancy tools, since I don't make shaker cards often enough to warrant purchasing such tools.

For the pocket of the shaker card, I just use a clear packaging envelope and either washi tape or foam tape to seal it up, depending on how thick I want the card to be. I think the pocket would be easier to construct if you did have those fancy tools, but like I said, I simply don't make them often enough to warrant buying said fancy tools.
Anyways, I used Versamarker to color in the leaves of the wreath, for a little extra detail.

So here's take two, with a little more color...

For this card, since I wasn't using the white card base to border the kraft, I wanted to bring in the white somewhere beside just the sentiment. I pulled out my old but trusty white Sakura pen to accomplish the job.

Here's a video showing you how I made the shaker card...

I don't usually make shaker cards, but felt totally inspired after seeing THIS card by Melania Deasy. Man, that girl makes amazing cards - I feel the sudden urge to buy each and every product she uses on a card once I see it.

Thanks so much for stopping in and God bless!


Cardstock: Canson, Papertrey Ink, Bazzill
Stamps: Papetrey Ink Rustic Wreath, Hero Arts Holiday Greetings
Ink: Versamark
Other: sequins (metallic - Darice, other - Avery Elle), embossing powder (Hero Arts), Sakura white gel pen, clear acetate

Tools: heat gun, Cuttlebug, Papertrey Ink Woodgrain impression plate


Stenciled Background // Hero Arts

I'm blogging over at Hero Arts today, showcasing my first card using stencils! I know, it took me forever to join the bandwagon, and I honestly would've been too scared too if Libby hadn't challenged me to. ;)

Check out the Hero Arts blog for more details, and thanks for stopping in today!