Come over to A Blog Named Hero and see some small gift enclosure cards I made.
Today I am honored to be a part of the Hero Arts + A Blog Named Hero Holiday Blog Hop! You likely came here from the wonderful Libby Hickson’s blog. I’m so thankful that I got to meet Libby this year. She’s super sweet, and fun, and I wish we had had more time to spend together. Maybe next year. 🙂
This year’s Holiday Release from Hero Arts is just spectacular, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some (if not all) of the new goodies. Here’s a card I made using one of the new background stamps, Candy Stripe bold prints. It’s such a great stamp, and I know it will see lots of use from me, year round. Paired that with one of the Lia Griffith wood block stamps, Merry & Bright by Lia. I’m hoping that there are stamps in this format for every release that Hero Arts does going forward. They’re perfect for an elegant, simple sentiment, and I will use these for a very long time.
I stamped the sentiment with versamark onto some vellum cardstock, then used the new platinum embossing powder from Hero Arts. It’s just the perfect shade of metallic for my taste. The background was stamped onto some paper and also embossed with the same embossing powder. I then used two shades of Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers to color the stripes. If you notice, the top left is a stronger, darker color, and it fades out to the bottom right. I did that by coloring with the markers in the top left, and then using a waterbrush to drag the color down.
So that you could see the sentiment on the vellum better, I hand stitched it onto a piece of white cardstock, and then popped that up onto the card front. I used metallic thread for that, to match the embossing powder.
Here’s a list of the blog hop participants, I hope you’ll stop by everyone’s blog. We have some amazing projects for you, and there’s a giveaway! Hero Arts has stashed away THREE of the November 2015 My Monthly Hero kits to giveaway to readers of this hop. The winners will be randomly chosen from all of the blog hop comments, across all blogs, received by 11:59pm PST on Sunday, November 22nd. Check the Hero Arts blog for the announcement of the winner on Tuesday, November 24th.
Next stop on the hop is Niki Garcia. I’ve had a peek at what she’s made, you’re going to love it.
Isabel Rivera Ruiz
If you happen to find a link that doesn’t work, you can hop back to the Hero Arts Blog for a list of direct links to all the blogs in today’s hop.
Thanks for hopping by!
We have a new challenge over at A Blog Named Hero today, and it’s all about Metallics! I didn’t used to be a fan of gold, I was more of a silver gal, but lately, I’m just loving everything that’s gold in the crafty world.
I stamped this on vellum cardstock and embossed with gold embossing powder from Hero Arts. Adhered that to a scrap piece of cardstock with some gold thread, and a few drops of glossy accents along the edges, underneath the solid circle image, just to keep the edges down. Then popped that up on foam for dimension. I really didn’t want to jump on this foam bandwagon, but I have, and frankly, I love it.
Please hop on over to the blog and join us in this fun challenge. It’s sponsored by the wonderful Simon Says Stamp, and they’ve offered a $25 gift certificate to the winner. Very generous of them, and we thank them very much.
We have a new collaboration staring over at A Blog Named Hero, and this is my first project. Come take a look.
We’ve got a fun challenge going on at A Blog Named Hero. It’s called “Favorite” which can be interpreted any way you like it. I refer to this as my “favorite stamp and die set that I had to have from Simon Says Stamp and I’ve finally used it after a year in my stash” card. This stamp set is so cute, the most darling dog and cat. I am 100% an animal lover and am so happy that I finally put this to good use.
It’s quite a simple card, but it uses my favorite things; kraft paper, embossing, copic coloring and vellum. Can’t go wrong with that combination. The only thing tricky here is that I used those enamel dots as “rivets” to cover my need to glue the vellum down to the card base. And I cut this card to four inches wide to the “pawesome” die cut would hang over the edge, yet still fit into a standard envelope.
I’ve got a post over at A Blog Named Hero today. I did a new technique, at least to me, coloring with copics on vellum. Lovely outcome.
Since we have collaborated with the magnificent Wplus9 Design Studio, I have used a lot of their products today. I took a piece of their white cardstock, and some washi tape to mask off a window in the center of the card. Then I used a watercolor brush and their new Lake House spray mist to color the open area. It’s a gorgeous color, and I’m not typically a fan of blues.
I flicked some of the same spray mist onto the cardstock after that for a little bit more depth of color. Once that was dry I stamped the sentiment in black ink and then clear embossed the heart for a bit of dimension and to tie the sentiment into the focal point.
Super simple card, but I really like how it turned out.
I hope you’ll join us in the challenge. Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $25 gift certificate to the winner, which I would highly recommend you spend on Wplus9 products. 🙂