Coloring Kraft and Vellum // Altenew

Today I have a set of cards and a video that I made quickly the night before I left for my vacation.

Here's a video on how I made the pair...

If you are having problems viewing this video, please try watching it HERE on YouTube.
I had so much fun finally playing with Altenew's Botanical Garden stamp set! Such a gorgeous set, that I had to play coloring them on kraft and vellum.

For the cards, I embossed the flowers using some pretty copper embossing powder on kraft. I then colored them in with some Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens (I know, it's a mouthful!) - very simply coloring, but these pens work like butter.

I then did the same for the vellum flowers, and cut them out. I hand cut them out, but apparently there are coordinating dies - on my wish list now! ;)

Same card, different orientation! For the sentiment, I wanted the sentiment to be glossy, but I wanted the navy color, so I inked up the sentiment with Versamark first, then with navy ink from Studio Calico. With the stickiness, I was able to emboss the sentiment with clear powder to get that glossy, yet colored, look.

I was inspired by the current Altenew From Places Abroad challenge...

Thanks so much for stopping in and God bless!


Cardstock: white (Michaels), kraft (Papertrey Ink), vellum (Joann Fabrics)
Stamps: Altenew Botanical Gardens and Label Love
Ink: Versamark, Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens Blue, Deep Blue, Green and Deep Green, Sakura White Opaque Glaze Pens, Studio Calico navy
Other: Hero Arts Copper and Clear Embossing Powder

Tools: Hero Arts embossing gun


Embellishing die cuts + VIDEO // Hero Arts

I'm over on the Hero Arts blog today with a pair of cards and a video with some tips on embellishing your die cuts - pop on over for the details!

Thanks for stopping in!


Hero Arts 2016 Summer Catalog Blog Hop + VIDEO

Hey all and welcome! Today I'm participating in a fun blog hop, marking the launch of the new Hero Arts 2016 Summer catalog in the Hero Arts online store!

For my cards today, I used the new Road Trip stamp set, and went a little crazy with some quick and lazy watercoloring! 

This was so fun to make! To start with, I took a 4.25x5.5 watercolor cardstock panel (larger than I needed, but I like to start big so it's easier to trim down later) and stamped the mountains. The nice thing about the mountain stamp in this set is that, while it doesn't quite cover an A2 card the short way across, it's super easy to continue the mountain "border." I stamped the mountains using Weathered Wood - for the background mountains, I inked up with the same ink, but stamped off on some scratch paper before stamping onto the panel. This way I get a more faded look for those background mountains.

Then I colored the mountains with a mix of Zig Clean Color brushes and Weathered Wood, using a water brush to mix them. There was really no specific way of coloring them, just what I thought looked nice.

Here's another card, using the same concept, except a blue camper...

The trees were stamped haphazardly using a mix of Distress Inks (listed below) and water, to blend it out.
The sky and ground were colored using a mix of Zig Clean Color brushes and Distress Inks as well.

I topped off the campers with some gems, and stamped a sentiment from the Hello Gorgeous stamp set.

To see how really easy this card is to make (and some tips!), here's a video...

If you are having problems viewing this video, please try watching it HERE on YouTube.

Now, for the rest of the blog hop - be sure to visit everyone on the list and leave a comment. Hero Arts is giving away three $25 shopping sprees, drawn from comments left across all blogs in the hop. Please comment by Sunday, May 15 at 11:59pm PT and the winner will be announced on the Hero Arts blog the following week.


Cardstock: Canson
Stamps: Hero Arts Road Trip and Hello Gorgeous!
Ink: Hero Arts Charcoal, Distress Inks Old Paper, Peeled Paint, Pine Needles, Weathered Wood, Shabby Shutters and Chipped Sapphire
Other: Zig Clean Color brushes Light Gray, Gray Brown, Gray, Dark Gray, Beige, Green Gray and Dark Brown

Tools: water paintbrush, embossing gun


Elegant Painted Flowers // Altenew

This card is a just for fun card - I made this a couple months ago, but am just finally getting around to sharing it. I should be studying for accounting...but...I'm not. ;)

Let's be real - this Painted Flowers stamp set by Altenew is one of the best stamp sets ever. Definitely in my top ten. What about you?

Thank so much for stopping in today!


Cardstock: Michaels
Stamps: Altenew Painted Flowers, Hero Arts Cheers Messages by Lia
Ink: Distress Inks, Studio Calico Color Theory, Versamark
Other: Martha Stewart embossing powder, pearls (stash)

Tools: heat gun


Soft Mother's Day Card // Hero Arts

I'm over on the Hero Arts blog today, sharing a soft Mother's Day card. Here's a sneak...

See ya over at the Hero Arts blog!