Truly Glad // Hero Arts

Hello! Long time, no see! I've been busy adjusting to my new full-time job, and finally got a chance to blog again!

This is a card using some more watercoloring and mountains and the fun Hero Arts Road Trip stamp set...

I used a similar watercoloring technique as in THIS video. These mountains would look so cool in all bunches of different colors, like the Northern Lights.

I hand lettered the greeting, but this card is actually the prototype - the nice, finished lettered card got an ink smudge (and this is why you always make sure to clean your fingers while crafting...) I will be posting a similar card on the Hero Arts blog in a couple days using a stamp, in case lettering isn't your things. ;) I also made two PNG files for you, if you'd like - let me know if you have any questions or you make anything with them, as I'd love to see. :)

Thanks so much for stopping in and God bless!


Cardstock: Canson watercolor
Ink: Tim Holtz Weathered Wood, Hero Arts Black
Stamps: Hero Arts Road Trip
Other: Zig Clean Color pen

Tools: paintbrush, water


Hero Arts Color Layering Blog Hop

Howdy everyone! Today I'm part of a fun blog hop celebrating the release of the new Color Layering products in the Hero Arts online store!

Normally, I would make a video for the blog hop, but I've only recently gotten back from vacation and more recently come down with a little sore throat. I do have some pretty fun cards for you though!
First, if you're not familiar with color layering stamping, here's a little info on that...
Color Layering uses the technique of stamping progressively, building color and detail, resulting in an elegant, dimensional look. We've asked our talented group of artists to recommend their favorite colors to best highlight each Color Layering stamp set. The results have been developed into 4-cube ink packs, featuring the championing artist's name. While the inks were developed with a specific stamp set in mind, the packs offer wonderful and rich versatility; you'll find they work well with most any set and often produce stunning and unexpected results.
Isn't this so fun?! I fell in love with Let Love Grow as soon as I saw it, and just knew I had to use it for this new release - I hope you love it and my color choices as much as I do!

I'm not a purple kind of person. Or yellow. Not even when it comes to cards. But I wanted to find a unique and fun color combo to use with this stamp set, so I started browsing Pinterest. I have a whole board of images and color combos I find interesting, but it was THIS pin that really caught my eye.

I love how well the Soft Lilac and Soft Vanilla work with each other, with some Soft Granite and Navy to keep things elegant. I plan on trying this color combo again, but next time drawing more from the picture, and using an aqua-ish color, like Tide Pool or Mint.

I made this first card by simply stamping a wreath with the images from the stamp set, and them doubling up some of the flowers with another stamped image on some dimensional adhesive. For both my cards, I really didn't pre-plan the placement of the flowers - this set makes it so easy to make a beautiful card quickly!

I had so much fun with the color combo that I had to make another card...

I love this stamp and color combo so much!!

Now, for some more details on the catalog, release, and the prize!....
We've also introduced a fabulous new Color Layering stamp set with this release - the Color Layering Pineapple and coordinating Color Layering Pineapple Frame Cuts. There's also an ink cube pack for this set, Hero's Pineapple.
AND! We've combined the new ink packs with their Color Layering stamp set (and dies in some cases) into bundles - you will find links to the bundles in the store later today as well. 
Prize: We will give away a Color Layering Bundle of their choice to FIVE lucky blog readers - selected from comments left across all blogs in the hop. Comments close Sunday June 19 at 11:59pm pt, we'll announce the winner the following week.
Here's the list of the hop participants - make sure to stop at each blog for tons of inspiration and more chances to win!

Thanks so much for stopping in and God bless!


Cardstock: Hero Arts Snow Layering paper
Stamps: Hero Arts Color Layering Let Love Grow bundle, Let Love Grow
Ink: Hero Arts Clare's Soft Inks, Soft Vanilla, Soft Granite, Soft Lilac, Navy, Versamark
Other: Hero Arts white embossing powder, Hero Arts Neutral Mixed Accents

Tools: embossing gun


Ombre Kindness // Hero Arts

Another quick card to finish up the month!

For the main panel, I stamped the Forest Background using the Hero Arts Ombre Lime to Forever Green.

I stamped a sentiment from the Acts of Kindness on vellum using some Hero Arts Black ink. Some inks are easy to smear on vellum (though I do have some tips on how to work with those in THIS video), but this ink almost always stamps pretty crisp and easily for me. In both ink cases, I always zap the vellum real quick after stamping to seal the ink in the vellum so it doesn't smear later.

Thanks so much for stopping in and God bless!


Cardstock: Hero Arts Foliage Mixed Layering papers and Snow White Layering paper
Stamps: Hero Arts Acts of Kindness and Forest Background
Ink: Hero Arts Ombre Lime to Forever Green and Black

Tools: Hero Arts embossing gun


Quick Watercolor Scene // Hero Arts

Today's card is based off a set of cards and a video I made a little while back - watercoloring a scene! 

I used the Hero Arts Road Trip stamp set to make this quick and loose card - here's the video on how I did the watercoloring.

This card is basically a simplified version of the cards in the video - very quick and easy to make, even for a set!

Thanks so much for stopping in and God bless!


Cardstock: Canson watercolor
Stamps: Hero Arts Road Trip
Ink: Hero Arts Charcoal, Distress Inks Old Paper, Peeled Paint, Pine Needles, Weathered Wood, Shabby Shutters and Chipped Sapphire

Tools: water, paintbrush


Multi-Occasion Card // Hero Arts

I'm popping in real quick today to share a quick, multi-occasion card.

I stamped the cute mason from the Hero Arts Hipster at Heart in Wet Cement ink, then filled it in with the Color Layering Bouquet in Stone Wash, Soft Olive, and Soft Pool.

I stamped the sentiment from the Many Everyday Messages stamp set - you could easily change the sentiment with another sentiment from the same stamp set, and change the flower colors.

Thanks so much for stopping in and God bless!


Cardstock: Hero Arts Snow Layering paper
Stamps: Hero Arts Hipster at Heart, Color Layering Bouquet and Many Everyday Messages
Ink: Hero Arts Wet Cement, Stone Wash, Soft Olive and Soft Pool