3 BasicGrey + Hero Arts shares…

Hello there.

A few people asked me about the Hero Arts and BasicGrey collaboration. Basically, BG creates the fabulous papers and embellishments they always have and HA creates the fabulous stamps to match. Two companies doing what they do best… together. Gotta love that.

Here are some cards I did using  the BG/HA goodies. You many have seen them before here and there, but I wanted to share the supplies below, too. (Just check out the little product thumbnails at the end of this post.)

Who said techniques need to be complicated? Here, I white-heat-embossed the background on watercolor paper. I then covered it with Broken China Distress Ink, sprayed with a Perfect Pearl + water mist and let it dry. Yum. Lots of shine in real life.

I wanted a bigger yellow flower here. So I stamped an extra one, cut apart the petals and tucked them behind the first. Easy.

And this one is simple. Just let the stamps and BG papers shine. That is the Mini Ornamental Tim Holtz die. Slightly smaller than the original – perfection…

Glossy Accents rock. White embossing powder does, too.

And this one is one of those almost-went-in-the-trash cards. I have a lot of cards that almost go in the trash. But I never pitch them. Funny thing – I didn’t like it, but Hero put it on the cover of their catalog. :)

To soften the flower piece, I did a partial-stamped background on the top. To do this, I inked the stamp with Soft Sand Shadow Ink and then wiped some of the ink off the center of the stamp before stamping.

If you are interested in getting any of the Hero Arts + BasicGrey goodies, you can find them here…

Off to rest. Finally home for a week. Yay! Night.

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48 CommentsBasic Grey, Cards, Hero Arts

  1. I can honestly say I don’t think you could ever make a trash card Jen, I adore everything that you create…you amaze me at how easy you make it look…such stunning work from you yet again…hope you are feeling a little better…hugs!

  2. These are lovely!

  3. Oh Jennifer, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and I can’t think of a single card or creation you have made that I thought was worth the trash heap!! All these cards ar gorgeous!

  4. Love the collaboration! Your butterfly card (though simple) is just so pretty! I think if you had added more, it would have been “less” to quote one of my favorite movies–Sabrina! The others are as well!

  5. Beauty is is the eye of the beholder………
    I am so wishing to take you class in Buffalo next week but got to be a Mom first it is my daughters dance recital…..Next time!

  6. Brenda

    Your cards are so gorgeous I can’t imagine any of them ever being “trash worthy”. I so wish you would teach a class here in southern California.

  7. karen q

    Beautiful cards. I have to say the blue one is my favorite. I love the intensity of the blue. Appreciate the tip about cutting apart the petals to make the flower larger. I never would have thought of that one but will be trying it tomorrow. Have a great weekend and Happy Mother’s Day.

  8. Dawn T

    Love how you combined BG and HA goodies together Jennifer. Love the idea about the flowers. Your blue background is so lovely, will be trying those colours.

  9. Love the first two cards Jennifer. Funny story about the cover card. You are a natural with the Basic Grey stamps and papers. When are you coming to Maryland?? Enjoy your family time and have a happy happy Mothers Day! Hugs,Kathy xx

  10. Love each card, Jennifer! That gorgeous blue on the first one looks amazing and what a neat idea to cut the flower petals for a larger look. Sounds like you’ll have a nice family kind of week ahead. . .love those! Wishing you a very Happy Mother’s Day! :)

  11. Lisa M

    It looks to me like the white paper you have swiped with inks has a satin texture with a horizontal line; I am looking at the paper Friends is stamped on. (I saw a HA sample at Scrapbook Territory which had the same appearance, but had been topped with H2O’s, making it look like a satin wrapping paper.) They swore it was done with inkpads only, but the horizontal patten was so perfect and felt textured. Am I nuts? Thanks, Jen– I really do enjoy your blog!

  12. Anita

    Amazing cards!

  13. Just love all of these samples. And there is NO WAY you could create a card that would belong in the trash!!! Are u crazy, girl? :) Each one of these just makes me smile when I look at it! Perfect Jennifer McGuire style! HUGS!

  14. Anicka

    Great Cards!!! Love the butterfly card!!! How did you get your name on the bottom of all your pics???

  15. Anicka

    Great Cards!!! Love the butterfly card!!! How did you get your name on the bottom of all your pics???

  16. Great card. Can you say WHY the last card almost landed in the trash? I like it.
    Eveline.

  17. Donna

    Beautiful! So proves ” one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”! How funny! Thanks for sharing that story, a good reminder!
    Have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

  18. Tona

    Such pretty cards! Thanks for sharing.

  19. janet Wilson

    Jennifer and “reject cards just don’t go together :o ) These are all very pretty and gorgeous colours. Glad you are home for a week – have a wonderful time.

  20. Gorgeous cards! Love the Basic Grey paper you used on two of the cards, so colourful!

  21. Jennifer, that first, blue card is STUNNING! I LOVE it and now I need the stamp!
    Thansk for sharing
    Susan

  22. So glad that card was not throw away!!!! I love those Basicgrey papers, the colours are amazing! Beautiful cards today Jennifer!

  23. julie

    The blue and white background technique is gorgeous–thanks for sharing.

  24. Teresa Zuehls

    It just goes to show that you should never throw out a card just because you don’t like it. Especially you, Jennifer. I have never seen a card from you that I did not love. I really like the tip on how to make a flower bigger. So simple but I would never have thought of it. Enjoy your week at home and have a wonderful Mother’s Day.

  25. Sharon D from Canada

    Very pretty cards, Jennifer! The first one is fabulous and I love how you cut apart one of the flowers – that is such a terrific idea! I think the second is my fav though – simple and gorgeous!

  26. Love you and love how well you do what you do!
    xoxo,
    k.

  27. Heidi

    Beautiful cards.

  28. Tina in Springboro

    Beautiful!!!! Wishing you a great Mother’s Day weekend!!

  29. Julie in Edmonds

    Beautiful cards as always. I especially like the 3rd one. Happy NSD!

  30. Sue D

    Great cards–I like the simple way you made the flower bigger.

  31. Francine

    Both cards so beautiful, as always!….yet so simple! I don’t believe you ever made a card that you could trash. I love your talent. Thank you so much for sharing. You inspire me. Happy Mother’s Day Jennifer!

  32. Pai

    Love them all. Even the reject!

  33. Courtney Taylor

    Oh how inlove basic grey and hero arts!!! Thanks for the creative ideas:)

  34. Stunning creations Jennifer. I really like the first two. Thanks for sharing.

  35. Diane Jaquay

    These are all so pretty, Jennifer! Happy Mother’s Day to you :)

  36. barbara lassiter

    Love ALL of these and thanks for the little tips! I can’t imagine that any thing you create would ever need to be trashed! NO way!!!!

  37. Those are all gorgeous cards Jennifer! I especially love the middle one with the butterfly on it. Of course I’m drawn to butterflies. Thanks for sharing the great cards and techniques.

  38. Angela R

    Amazing cards once again, Love the first one I think that is my favorite, and the second one is simple yet stunning !!

  39. Your cards are so beautiful! I love the Broken China color of the first with the embossed flowers and the Basic Grey Sweet Threads paper is perfect with the soft pastel flowers of the second card. I really like how you softened the center of the background stamp to make the flowers pop! They gave me some inspiration for an upcoming birthday card for my sister. Thanks!!

    Happy Mother’s Day! I hope that you have a fabulous day filled with special treats! You deserve it!!

    *Hugs*
    ~Andrea

  40. gorgeousness! love the beautiful lush colors. love love that Hero Arts and BasicGrey paired up. so cool! thanks for the inspiration and hope you have a fabulous Mother’s Day!! =)

  41. jan m

    Beautiful cards Jennifer!

  42. Your cards are wonderful I love the style and your so talented how you pull it all together. You have such a good eye for style, color and just making it work. Thanks for all you do. Happy Mothers Day

  43. Jenel

    Your “trash” card is my favorite! Thanks for sharing your beautiful creations.

  44. bluemoon

    Everything you do is sooo gorgeous! I am not surprised they put it on the cover, I luv it! thanks for the inspiration!

  45. I’m so glad you posted these! They are amazing and it’s been a minute since you posted ome of you creations, I definitely needed a fix :)

  46. These are all absolutely gorgeous, Jennifer! I’m so glad you blogged the first card – when I saw it in the online catalogue I thought it was breathtaking and wondered about the background. I wish my almost in the bin cards looked as wonderful as yours!

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