Heading to Hero…


I am thrilled to be getting to spend the next several days with Ken, Colin and my sweet mother-in-law at Hero Arts in California.  (Wishing the girls could join us, too, but they have school.  Boo!  But a big thanks to my parents who are staying at my house to take care of Roxie.)  While there, Shari and I will be teaching a TON of classes to many store owners.  Lots of fun times – I will be sure to share photos while there.

In the meantime, here are a couple cards from a class I taught this week.  They were very inspired by my Shari.  For the darker card, I inked up the stamp with many colors of Distress Ink… gave the inked stamp a few spritzes of water and stamped.  Then, without cleaning OR re-inking the stamp, I spritzed it a few more times and stamped it again – resulting in the lighter stamped image on the other card.  Love this technique, and rumor has it that Shari will be doing a video over on the Hero blog sometime soooooon featuring it. :)

051010 Class Cards Supplies: Hero Arts stamps (flower, greeting, dots) and cards and gems; EK Success border punch; Creative Impressions twine; Distress Inks (Chipped Sapphire, Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint and Rusty Hinge)

A little tip: This works best with the darker colors of Distress Inks.

Oh… and there I go using my new favorite punch. (By the way, those dots don't really emboss if you don't press to hard, so you can end up with just a great scallop edge.)


And… just got THIS – can't wait to use it lots.  It is a wide, 1" corner rounder.  Awesome…


One more thing. :)   Remember when I mentioned you could use velcro to hold ink blending foam to the bottom of your Distress Inks?  Check out Heather's blog HERE for a how-to.

Be back soon with some photos from our weekend fun.  Lots of stampin' goodness!

83 CommentsCards, Cool links

  1. love the watercolor effect and that’s also one of my favorite techniques for stamping!! thanks for sharing your beautiful cards and hope you have a fantastic time in California!! can’t wait to see some photos! =)

  2. Nelda Deakins

    Super tips in your latest blog info! Thanks so much. I’ve used the ink pad/spritzing method for a long time and really like it. Nelda in TN

  3. Shirley


    Thank you for sharing Heather’s blog. I not only like the velco idea, but also the idea of lableing stamp pads on the side with colored labels.

  4. bluemoon

    Oh I love these beautiful cards, and this flower image! Polka dots are my fave too, how lovely! Have a great trip.

  5. America

    Cute cards!! I used this technique with markers for Mother’s Day cards (as you suggested in a class :) ) and they turned out sooo cute!! Thanks for all the great ideas!

  6. LOve the way you always do sets of cards – must get into that habit too. Saves so much time as the designing and deciding takes me time. Thanks for more tips on products – always appreciated

  7. What wonderful cards. Can’t wait to try this technique!

  8. Cathy

    More beautiful cards to inspire us! Thank you!

  9. ~Tonya

    Beautiful cards, Jennifer. Thank you so much for sharing the technique with us. They are the same stamp, but look so very different.

    Have a great Sunday.

  10. Dien

    Great cards! I love the colors. Have a wonderful time at Hero Arts in California.

  11. Love these cards!!!

  12. Harriet

    I love your colour combinations – super cards, thanks for the idea. Enjoy the change of air.

  13. Oh Jennifer, so glad you gave us how to make these stunning cards. I already knew how to make. Because the Herp Arts store owner in Singapore taught me how. So, whenever you’re in Calif HA, I assume you will teach them more new techniques using HA stamps. Then I’ll visit the Sgp store and will learn from him later on. What a teaching chain…

  14. Have a blast with Shari… those lucky retailers….. !

  15. Missy K.

    Sounds like fun. Thanks for the link to the distress ink tips. Very helpful.

  16. Lillian Child

    Jennifer … you continue to amaze me with your card designs. Absolutely stunning! And just knowing you’ll have a fantastic time at Hero Arts – talk about a fabulous company! Enjoy your time in California!

  17. {vicki}

    lovin those cards and the punches—I saw a few I that I added to my wish list

  18. Julie in Edmonds

    That is the perfect technique for a card I need to make today – great timing – thank you! :)

    Love the border punch BTW…gotta get me one of those babies….

  19. Oh, criminy. Now that you’ve shared about the little dots not embossing if you don’t press hard, methinks I must have this punch now. ;) Thanks a lot, you li’l enabler you!

  20. CocoS

    Very, very nice. (I love Californa. Sigh.)

  21. Have fun,Jennifer! :) Beautiful cards! I love the punches!

  22. M Schrock

    That border punch is EXACTLY what I need for an idea I’ve formed! Thanks for showing it here.

  23. Victoria in Ohio

    HOpe you have a wonderful time. i know you will!

  24. Have fun, and can’t wait to see what you show us when you come back :)

  25. Beautiful cards!! Have fun in CA!

  26. kim borcoman

    the distress ink foam storage is BRILLIANT! thanks for sharing

  27. Beautiful technique with the flowers! Ok, now I’ve really got to get that scallop punch! Hope you are enjoying your time in Calif!

  28. Melanie

    Super cool technique! Thanks for sharing it. Have a great time at Hero Arts. Would love to come to one of your classes!

  29. allison

    I like the cards! I just love MS border punches, too!

  30. rachel

    love the distress ink storage ideas

  31. Jan

    I have that same scallop punch and love it too! Love your beautiful cards!

  32. judi

    Love your card! And all the techniques! Keep ‘em coming!

  33. tracy

    thanks for telling us what brand that large scallop punch is. and, I made a piece of cardboard/chipboard with velcro to hold all of my used ink blending foam pieces (tim holtz).. I’ve labeled each color, so I can reuse them in the correct stamp ink. funny you mentioned to do something similar.. lol


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