9.04.2015

Hero Arts Launch Party Blog Hop

Hello everyone, I'm part of an amazing hop today - the Hero Arts Launch Party Blog Hop! You should have arrived here from Nichol Magourik's blog, but if you didn't, no worries! The full line-up is listed at the bottom of this post, so you can start from there.


Today I'm sharing a card and video showing how I get smooth impressions from the awesome ombre ink pads.


...and the how-to;


Basically, when I use the ombre ink pads, not only do I do the little stamp "dance" recommended on the Hero Arts website (which is moving your stamp up and down the pad to get a more even ombre look), but I really ink up my stamp.
Like, really ink it.
I press my stamp pretty firmly against the ink pad until I'm sure it's completely covered with ink, then I lightly tap it against the ink pad to even out the ink and prevent the ink from pooling on any particular spot on the stamp.


Okay, now it's time to gush about the Deck the Halls by Lia stamp set - this is a tiny stamp set, but man, it really gives you bang for your buck! There's a beautiful sentiment, and then these two classic deer images which are not limited to Christmas or holiday cards - think how pretty they'd be in a spring scene!


Now, the whole deal about this hop - the new Hero Arts website!
Like I mentioned before, the new website is amazing - Lisa and the rest of the Hero Arts team really outdid themselves! But not only does it look amazing, but for a limited time, you can get a cute little rocket stamp set included free with any order (ETA - this sold out quick! you guys are awesome) Oh, and shipping is free on US orders of $50 or more, no code needed (which is pretty sweet)

BLOG HOP

Hero Arts will be giving away one GRAND PRIZE $100 Hero Arts shopping spree. The winner will be randomly chosen from all of the blog hop comments received by 11:59pm PST on Tuesday, September 8th. Check the Hero Arts blog for the announcement of the winner.

Now, for the blog hop list;





Thanks so much for stopping in, and now pop on over to the amazing Lucy Abram's blog to continue the hop fun!

GIVEAWAY

I'll be giving one random commenter here a little goodie pack of my own, which will include some of the new goodies from the new Holiday catalog from Hero Arts. :)

520 comments:

  1. awwwww...this is darling!!!!!! Love your sweet card!

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  2. Love your card, now I need more ombre ink!

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  3. Oh wow. The more and more I hop along , I really need the ombré inks! So beautifully stamped on your card :)

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  4. Thanks for the tutorial. Your card is very pretty. I really like the dot stamp and the ombre look.

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  5. Thanks. I may have to try some ombré inks.

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  6. The addition of the deer is really the highlight of the card. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Lovely card, I really love the wreath with the deer!

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  8. Those deer are so sweet looking on your card.
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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  9. Oh Deer! Wonderful Christmas card.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  10. Beautiful card. I really liked your video.

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  11. Beautiful! The ombre wreath is just the right touch!

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  12. Love how the silhouettes pop against the background.

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  13. Love the ombre effect on the wreath.

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  14. Fantastic inspiration from one of my favorite new Hero DT gals! So happy and excited for you and thrilled that my blog was also designed by YOU!

    XOXO,
    Lisa

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  15. Love the look. Beautiful card.

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  16. Thanks for the tip about using ombre inks. I think I will give them a try. Darling card!

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  17. Beautiful card! It is so cute ;)

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  18. Fabulous card, and great video on this ombre technique (thank you)! I love the peek of the new dot background stamp along the edges

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  19. This is a really nice card, beautiful! Thanks for sharing :)

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  20. Wow...this card is just gorgeous! Couldn't be more perfect - LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

    housesbuiltofcards@gmail.com
    www.housesbuiltofcards.blogspot.com

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  21. Ombre ink works amazing for this card.

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  22. Really lovely card! I love the contrast between the deer and that wreath with the hint of gold!

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  23. Hi! Loved your card! I've recently gotten really into deer/elk/etc. stamps, and this is a fantastic idea! So simple, yet so fancy. Very awesome!

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  24. what a beautiful clean and simple card. I am so impressed!

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  25. CAS cards are wonderful at Christmas time when you need so many. Thanks for the idea.

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  26. Very cute card. Nicely done video. Thank you so much.

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  27. The deer are too precious for words!

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  28. A deer sweet card. Love the ombre stamping.

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  29. What an adorable card. Love the deer :)

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  30. Striking card! Love the deer superimposed over the wreath!

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  31. Wonderful card!!! Love the deep black against the background!!! Thanks for inspiring!!!

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  32. I really like the deer you are showing in your card. Lovely.

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  33. I like your card. The deer almost look like their kissing.

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  34. So pretty! Those deer are adorable! Love the bits of sparkle on here!

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  35. I love that deer stamp! It has a great familial quality. I, too, prefer thick cardstock, and love that you stamped the kraft layer. Thank you for sharing.

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  36. Lovely! A beautiful job with the ombre inks.

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  37. Gorgeous! Love the deer set atop the wreath!
    ~c

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  38. Simple and clean card..... Thanks

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  39. Really an elegant card. Thanks for inspiration.

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  40. Really love those deer! Beautiful Christmas card!

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  41. Deer deer me! Those Deers are so cute!! Wonderful card.

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  42. Such a lovely card, Clare! The ombre stamping on the wreath creates such a soft look. Thank yo for sharing your creativity with us! ♡

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  43. Very striking card... the deer are beautiful.

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  44. A lovely card! Thanks for the video. I'm new to your blog and youtube, so I look forward to looking around more!

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  45. Gorgeous CAS card, Clare! I am so happy for you on the new DT with HA! My belated congrats to you!

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  46. I love the card. The deer are so lovely.

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  47. beautiful card, thanks for your clear video, greetings from Holland, Petra

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  48. lovely card, Clare - great video!

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  49. how clever you are. I love your card and I love the gold embossing on it. do you have any trouble die cutting the foam with adhesive from amazon? lovely card.

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  50. I think I'm going to need those ombre inks...

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  51. What a sweet card! Love those darling deer ♥

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  52. Beautiful card and love the little bow accent. Thanks for the video.

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  53. Seeing your deer card brought me back to my childhood in Montana where we would see deer all the time, thanks for the memory!

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  54. Awww, such an adorable card and a wonderful release.

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  55. This is just too cute! Love love the stamps

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  56. Woooow! The card is soooooo adorable. Love this new release. Thanks for the inspiration and a chance to win.

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  57. Oh, I love that deer stamp. I think I need that one for my stash!

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  58. Love those ombre ink pads. Thanks for your video demo of them.

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  59. Nice cards - love how the deer pop on these - nice look !! can't wait to make some for my cards this year!

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  60. Absolutely gorgeous card! The dear are sooooo cute and look fab against the lovely wreath! xxx

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  61. Nice card. Love the ombre inking.

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  62. Completely adorable card!! Love the deer and the wreath!

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  63. Very pretty card. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

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  64. Love how you used the products. Great design and colors.

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  65. I really like the ombre look in your card.

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  66. Thanks for the chance to win...Your card made me smile....it's so cute!

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  67. Very pretty card! Can't wait to try the ombre ink pads.

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  68. Love the striking design, the ombré inking is fabulous!!!

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  69. Loved the card and a great video...those Ombre ink pads are calling my name.

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  70. What a pretty card! I am amazed at how seamless and smooth the wreath stamped, beautiful job!

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  71. So pretty! Such wonderful images! Thank you for sharing with us what you created!

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  72. LOVE it! The little deer are way to cute!!!

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  73. I love the deer! Another set I need to buy!

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  74. Great card and just love the deer images!!!!!

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  75. I really like this card. I love the sweet little dear stamp. Thanks for sharing your talent.

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  76. This is such a beautiful CAS card with the ombre ink and the Deck the Halls stamp set.

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  77. Love your card. Thanks for the inking tips!

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  78. Classy card. Love your choice of colors.

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  79. I love this card. Those deer are excellent!

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  80. Sweet reindeer! Thanks for the stamping tip.

    Noreen
    Crafty Journal

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  81. I just love this card and the reindeer, all these new hero art items and making me want to spend more money but being on a budget always makes it hard. Maybe Sanata will bring me some of these new items to play with!!! Thank you for an amazing idea and especially adding the reindeer over the wreath is so cool. I can't wait to see what else you have coming up!! I hope you will do more Christmas ideas to help me figure out what I will do for my cards right now I am stuck and just staring at all my stuff and really not even sure were to start and I love your videos b/c they do help inspire me to make cards and other crafts. thanks you!!!

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  82. I love the doe's. My favorite movie is Rudolph the red nose reindeer

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  83. Love the sweet deer! Thanks for sharing!

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  84. Love your design! Great use of the Ombre ink--thanks for the tips.

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  85. Love those silhouette dear against the wreath.. the ombre is the perfect touch... thanks so much for sharing. :) and the chance to win

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  86. I can't wait to get the ombre inks! They create fabulous looks!

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  87. Gorgeous card and I love the idea of a 'stamp dance'... To what music???? Jo x

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  88. The deer are so sweet. I can picture them in a snowy scene with a bright red bird. I'm really getting inspired following this blog hop...what a great way to find great artists to follow!

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  89. Love the Bambi and mama with the wreath on this card.
    Such a unique design!

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  90. Gorgeous card! I love the precious deer! Beautiful ombre wreath and nice touch of gold with the bow! Thanks for the fun blog hop!

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  91. Such an adorable card. I love the deer.

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  92. Such a sweet card beautifully done!

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  93. Cute card! Love the polka-dots peeking out :)

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  94. I love those deer! So wonderful! Thanks for your ombre ink pad tips!

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  95. i like that you did the deer in black - they definitely stand out and make a statement!

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  96. I have a weakness for forest animals and deer are at the top of my list. I like the contrast of the black with the lovely green.

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  97. The ombre seems to glow on the wreath!

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  98. Fantastic card! Thanks for the video.

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  99. Wow! This one is really special! I just love the wonderful color palette and the crisp, clean look of your card! Beautiful!

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  100. The dot background stamp is fantastic, would be great heat embossed too. Thanks

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  101. Wow! So simple and yet so gorgeous! TFS

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  102. I always like cards that are simple but have a big bang.

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  103. Those deer are so sweet! Wonderful CAS card!

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  104. Beautiful card! Simple and elegant! thanks for sharing!

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  105. So much inspiration in one card! And the card is really heart warming. Thank you so much. I am really glad to learn about using the ombre ink pad.

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  106. Such beautiful and classy card! What a great blog hop and inspiration!

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  107. So cute! Love the deer stamped in the dark ink. Looks great!

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  108. I was not sure about the ombre ink pads but I am starting to love them. I love you card it cute but simple to make. Great job.

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  109. Lovely to see your work. I'll need to practice more with the ombre ink but it sure looks great on your gorgeous card. Those deer make my heart happy.

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  110. Sweet card and thanks for sharing a video with us!

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  111. This is just adorable! Love the dark colored deer against the pretty wreath. Thanks!

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  112. So sophisticated. I would love to get this caned from someone!

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  113. Really enjoyed your video! Thanks for sharing your tips/techniques!

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  114. Really sweet card. I love the deer stamps.

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  115. What a sweet card. I love the deer and the colors and just how you designed it.

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  116. Great card - thanks for sharing.

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  117. love blog hops and seeing all the new products and their uses

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  118. This is such an adorable card, Clare! The ombré wreath looks so pretty and I love the sweet little deer! Thanks for the great video:)

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  119. Beautiful clean and simple card. Thanks for sharing.

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  120. What a sweet, sweet card. I love the image and those ombre inks are the greatest.

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  121. Really like how the deer just POP on the card..............very pretty!

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  122. This card represents the Silent Night carol perfectly. You can almost see silently falling snow. Such a cute stamp set.

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  123. Beautiful card. The deer are adorable.

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  124. Thanks for the inspiration on the deck the halls stamp set. I was stuck on how to use them again this year :)

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  125. Love your card! Thanks for the tips on the ombre ink!

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  126. Beautiful and yet simple card. Thanks for the great tut!

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  127. Oh my! I love this - I was wondering what to do with this stamp set and you have inspired me! This is really such a beautiful set in a *beautiful* release. I think there is so much to choose from this year!

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  128. Lucy, your card is wonderful! Great new HA products!

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  129. Very darling card, and very beautiful stamp set (it was the first one on ordered:))) thank you for sharing your ideas:)

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  130. The doe and fawn stamp set is so precious on your card. Great job.

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  131. Darling card, love those sweet deer. Thanks for all the great inspiration!!!

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  132. Clare, gorgeous card and that Mama deer and baby fawn are so so adorable. I read your tip about stamping with the ombre ink pads and hopefully that will help me as I haven't mastered it yet. Thanks for sharing your knowledge Clare.

    Oh, and I have to say congrats to Hero Arts on an awesome release

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  133. Beautiful card. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D,

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  134. Helpful embossing info on video.

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  135. Pretty! I love the little deer!

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  136. What a clean and striking card. Love this.

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