To celebrate the new release, Mama Elephant is giving away one of each of the new stamps released! Winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs in the Stampede. Winners will be announced on the Mama Elephant blog on the last Stamp Highlights day. You have up to 3 chances to qualify to win: 1. Leave a comment on this blog post, 2. Like/share Mama Elephant on Facebook, and 3. Follow/tweet Mama Elephant on Twitter. Just leave a separate comment for each. Good luck!
I used some stunning stamps from a new stamp company – Altenew – including the Hannah Elements and Lace Up. (The “thanks” is from an old Hero Arts set.) With the help of some masking paper, I created a cluster of images at the top of my card. And – of course – I covered it with some Wink of Stella shimmer.
So quick. So easy! The new Altenew stamps will be available April 7. Interested in some other ideas for adding color on kraft? They are old, but may inspire you to try something different:
Layering Ink – You can get fun effects by layering color stamped images on the same white images.
What’s a hop without giveaways!? SSS will randomly pick a winner from each stop on the hop to win 2 brand new, not-yet released ink pads and coordinating packs of cardstock from the new collection! So be sure to leave a comment below. The giveaways will close at 6:00pm EST on Thursday April 10, 2014 and a complete winners list will be posted on the Simon blog on Friday April 11, 2014.
Below are the products featured above. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Amazon, click AMZ…
Hello! Today I am part of the A Blog Named Hero 2nd Birthday Celebration Blog Hop. (More on that below.) I also have a video showing how to easily create eye-catching watercolor backgrounds with Distress Ink and water… along with iron-off embossing. Don’t get scared – it is easy! And I have 6 birthday cards to prove it. Oh, and a giveaway!
[Supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.]
All of these cards were done with the same technique. I started with my favorite watercolor paper and clear heat embosseda Hero Arts background. (I used six different ones – they are all linked in the thumbnail images at the end of this post.) I then applied Distress Inks in various colors. Next, I very generously sprayed the pieces with pearlized water. (I make my own by putting approximately 1/2 teaspoon of Perfect Pearls Pigment Powder into a mist bottle full of water. I have stored it this way for years! But you could just use regular water or another shimmer mist.) Once it was dry, I ironed off the embossing and am left with interesting, one-of-a-kind watercolor backgrounds.
As I mentioned, these birthday cards are part of a celebration of A Blog Named Hero’s 2nd birthday. A Blog Named Hero is one of the best challenge blogs out there with some of the nicest gals. There are lots of incredible cardmakers participating today, so I encourage you to check them out! ***** Next be sure to hop on over to the fabulous blog ofCristina Martinez. ***** (If you want to start at the beginning of the hop, head to ABNH.)
As a thank you for sticking with this long post (ha) and hopping in the ABNH Blog Hop, I have giveaways! There are TWO ways to win. First, leave comments on all the blogs on the hop as ABNH will be picking winners of Hero Arts and Simon Says Stamp prizes. Also – from me – one lucky winner will get two of my favorite Hero Arts background stamps. For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 4/6/14. Good luck.
Hero Arts and BasicGrey will be giving away two complete Spice Market collections — including paper, embellishments, clear and cling stamps. The two winners will be randomly selected from all comments received on the all the blogs in the hop. (Comments must be received by 11:59pm PST on 3/2/14. The more comments you leave along the hop, the better your odds of winning!)
Just a reminder that I have a discount code for all Hero Arts products (including the stamps I used here). Just head over HERE to Simon Says Stamp and use my exclusive discount code “CHA14HERO” for 15% off ALL Hero Arts products! Enjoy! (Code is good through 2/28/14. Thank you, SSS!)
I would love to hear and suggestions you have for using patterned papers on cards. Please share below. Thank you for visiting!
Today I have yet another reason why this is the most wonderful time of the year…
Yep! It is the time for Hero Arts’ annual BIG release. Tomorrow is the day when stores will start selling the new Hero Arts products. Yay! So we are celebrating with a blog hop showcasing some of our favorite new stamps.
And me? I will be sharing fun projects with new Hero Arts stamps all this week. So this is just the start! And today, I have a couple videos for you…
(Supplies are listed in the thumbnails at the bottom of this post.)
I so wish each and every one of you could see this card in person. The shimmer and dimension makes me do a happy dance…
I don’t have a video showing the making of this card. However! For the main image on this, I used the paper piecing technique I shared in the video above, but skipped on cutting out each letter for “nicest”…
Now that cool background? That is done by taking the fabulous new Hero Arts Tiny Flags background stamp and stamping it three times in three different inks (Soft Pool, Green Hills and Tide Pool Shadow Inks)… just slightly offset each time. This “triple stamping” is very easy to do! I show how to do “double stamping” in this video I shared a few weeks ago. Just do the same thing but stamp a third time…
Now it is time to keep hopping. I am one happy girl because I get to link to one of my favorite people – Laura Bassen. She is next on the hop, so be sure to head to her blog HERE. (Remember, if you find a link that doesn’t work, you can always hop back to the Hero Arts Blog for a list of direct links to all the blogs in the hop.)
By the way… I have a little hint for you. Be sure to stop back by tomorrow for a special offer on Hero Arts new products. Yay!
Hero Arts will be giving away several prize packs during this hop, with winners randomly chosen from ALL of the blog hop comments received by 11:59pmPST on 12/22/13. Good luck!