Video: New Hero Arts Ombre Inks + GIVEAWAY

Hello. Today’s video shares multiple cards using the new Hero Arts Ombré ink pads.

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

Oh these ombre ink pads are incredibly delightful! I have been waiting to get my hands on them for so long. Just as the name suggests, these ink pads stamp color from light to dark and there are five ink pads in total so far. The formulation of the ink pads are the same as the Hero Arts Shadow Inks. (For more info on these inks, watch THIS.) And just check out the lovely blend of colors…

To create the cards, I stamped sentiments from the Hero Arts Hello, Thanks, and Happy Stamp & Cut sets using these new ombre inks. (Helpful tip: The results are best when you go back and forth slightly as you ink to get the colors to blend them a bit more.) I used my MISTI tool to help with positioning, but you can use an acrylic block if you don’t have this tool.

After stamping the sentiments, I cut a small strip from the center and placed some silver glitter paper from DCWV behind that empty space for some fun.

You could definitely achieve the same look by multi-inking with three ink pads. However, these are lovely!

INK SWATCHES

I have a free Ink Swatch Download for these new Hero Arts Ombre Inks – just click HERE. To see my complete list of Ink Swatch Downloads and how I create and store them, head over HERE.

GIVEAWAY

Interested in getting your hands on all five of the new Hero Arts Ombre Inks? For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 3/17/15 telling me if you prefer dye or pigment inks. (Winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes.)

SUPPLIES

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Video: Ink Layering + Giveaway

Hi there! I am always looking for ways to use my inks creatively to get new looks. Today I show how to layer pigment and dye inks to create incredible patterns with the help of stencils. I also have news to share about a great new challenge and some giveaways.

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

I created six different cards using this technique and found that vibrant and dark colors of cardstock work best. I chose some cardstock colors by My Favorite Things and inked each one with a different stencil by Hero Arts using their Unicorn White Pigment Ink and a sponge dauber. Since I used a pigment ink, I heat set the ink until it was dry. I then placed the stencil back on top of the pattern, shifting it slightly, and applied a Hero Arts Shadow (Dye) Ink. Since dye ink absorbs into the paper, you get a soft color on top of the white.

The results? A pattern that looks like it has three colors. First, you have the bright white. Second, you have the tone-on-tone of the colored ink on the colored cardstock. And finally – the best part – a muted third color where the two inks overlap.

This is an excellent technique to use with pretty much any stencil. Today I use six new fab stencils from Hero Arts. (Check the thumbnails below for each stencil.) They were perfect for this technique…

I find you get the best results by using the pigment ink first and then the dye ink on top. Since pigment ink “sits on top” of the paper, it would just cover up any ink underneath it if you did it second.

For the greetings, I die cut white circles and stamped greetings from the new Ellen Hutson/Julie Ebersole Hello Gorgeous, Love You So, and Bold Blooms stamp sets. I also die cut a larger circle from vellum to frame the white circle and adhered messy-triple-bows of DMC thread behind it.

This technique is great for backgrounds, but would also work to create a highlighted area behind a main image. In the past I have done a similar technique of overlapping white pigment ink with colored dye ink, but with stamps instead. You can find that post HERE.

MIX IT UP CHALLENGE

This post is part of a new challenge over at Ellen Hutsonthe Mix It Up Challenge.

For this challenge, the folks at Ellen Hutson feature one manufacturer… and use that company’s products along with Ellen’s products together on one card. Because I do work with Hero Arts, they asked me to create a card with the new Hero Arts (the stencils) and the new Essentials By Ellen (the stamps).

You can play along also! Just head over HERE to upload your projects using Hero Arts and Essentials by Ellen by 3/17/15. There will be a $50 gift certificate awarded to a random participant! Head HERE for more info.

GIVEAWAY

I also have a giveaway for one lucky winner! For your chance to win THREE new Hero Arts stencils, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 3/17/15 telling me if you have ever used stencils for cardmaking. (Winner’s name will picked randomly and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes.)

SUPPLIES

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Video: Stretch Your Stamps + Giveaway

Welcome! I hope you are all staying warm. I am running behind on my blog due to a third snow day. (I love having the kids home though!) But today I have a video for you showing how to stretch your stamps – literally! – with some new Hero Arts stamps. I also share a fun watercolor technique…

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

Sometimes I get a stamping idea in my head and I just can’t shake it. Today is the perfect example of this. I really wanted my greeting on the succulent pot, but it didn’t fit. Instead of changing plans I decided to make it work with partial stamping.

After I masked portions of the Hero Arts succulent pot image, I stamped it on some watercolor paper using some Hero Arts Black Dye Ink. (This ink works great for watercolor!) I stamped the image in two parts, which allowed me to get a taller image by I connected them using a black Copic Multiliner pen. This “stretching your stamp technique” would work great with tree trunks and flower stems as well.

I used a variety of Distress Markers (Shabby Shutters, Rusty Hinge, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Cracked Pistachio, and Evergreen Bough) and roughly colored in the images. I filled an “empty” Wink of Stella brush marker with water and used it as I would a paintbrush. The shimmer that is left in the marker is activated by the water and gives a gorgeous shine to the images and blends the marker. I also like how much control you have with this brush.

Oh – and this background stamp is a new favorite of mine – the Hero Arts Tropical Background stamp. So fun!

NEW HERO ARTS

Hero Arts has just release some new products… and some of their best yet! You can find them all HERE at Simon Says Stamp and HERE at Ellen Hutson. My favorites? The Triangle Background, Waves Background, Stamp Your Own Fruit and Thankful For You.


GIVEAWAY

Want THREE new Hero Arts stamp sets? For your chance, leave a comment here telling me what theme card you make the most by 11:59pmEST on 2/24/15. (Winners will be posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes.)

SUPPLIES

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VIDEO: Stretch Your Stamps + Giveaway

Hi there! I’m a big fan of taking stamps and using them in creative ways. This video shows how I created three cards doing just that using some holiday Hero Arts stamps for a bit of repeated stamping.

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

I will admit – I bought a lot of holiday stamps this year. Eek! And the idea of putting them away and not using them again until next year breaks my heart. So… I decided to look for ways to stretch my holiday images into non-holiday uses.

Today I took the awesome Hero Arts Christmas Crystals stamps and gave them a bold look with repeated stamping. I started by measuring where the center of the card was on watercolor paper. Next, I stamped a crystal with Versafine Black Ink repeatedly in a circle making sure the end of the crystal met up in the center. For a bit of shine, I clear heat embossed the images.

I used Tombow markers and a Wink of Stella Pen for quick watercoloring. I put down color where I wanted the darkest part to be and pulled the color out towards the rest of the image with my Wink of Stella Pen. This creates a fun ombre effect.

By the way… I found I can get a second life out of my Wink of Stella pen by adding water to it when it runs out. If you don’t have a Wink of Stella Pen, you could use a water brush or a paintbrush with water.

I added the sentiments from the new Hero Arts The Good Stuff stamp set. For the first card, I stamped the sentiment below the crystal image using the VersaFine Black ink and heat set it using clear embossing powder. For the second and third card, I punched a circle from the center of the image and white heat embossed it on the panel behind it.

I just love bold color. It is sure to cheer up a friend!

I’m a big fan of stretching stamps to get more use from them. Here I took a holiday ornament stamp set and transformed it into some fun stars and flower images. I hope this inspires you to look at your stamps in a different way!

HERO ARTS BLOG

By the way, these cards were featured over on the Hero Arts Blog. If you haven’t been there in awhile, I encourage you to do so! They have some new artists contributing and the ideas are outstanding. You can find it HERE.

GIVEAWAY

How would you like to win BOTH of the Hero Arts stamp sets I used today? For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 11/13/14. (Winners will be posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes.)

SUPPLIES

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Video: Floating Embellishment Card + Hero Arts Blog Hop (Giveaways!)

Hello. Today I’m taking part in the Hero Arts Handmade for Christmas Blog Hop, showcasing their newest holiday release. I have a video for you that shows how to create a floating tree card with a fun background. It looks like magic and is sure to impress your card recipient!

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

Creating this background is such fun. After clear embossing the fantastic background stamp by Hero Arts and Basic Grey on green cardstock, I sprayed it heavily with Gold Metallic Spray from Hero Arts. (Make sure to shake it like crazy before you spray!) After letting it dry completely, I took a cloth and gently buffed the gold off the embossed areas. The embossing powder resists the gold spray and allows the green to show through.

After die cutting a window in the center of the the gold panel and the card, I stretched my favorite gold thread across and sandwiched it between the two pieces.

I used two felt trees from Hero Arts and glued them together in the center of the string, sandwiching the string between them. I colored a Hero Arts snowflake gem and a few regular gemstones with my E35 Copic Marker and adhered the snowflake gemstone to the top of the tree. I didn’t want the back of the snowflake gem to glue my card shut, so on the back I applied some powder from my EK Success powder tool… removing the stick.

Embellishments are not the only thing you can float on a card. You could also use die-cuts or even stamped images!

HERO ARTS BLOG HOP

As I mentioned, I am part of the Hero Arts Handmade for Christmas Blog Hop today.

The next person on the hop is the incredible Mariana Grigsby. She is so talented!

GIVEAWAY

There are several ways to win on this hop! Hero Arts will be giving away one GRAND PRIZE that includes an assortment of stamps, inks, stencils and dies valued at over $75. Two $10 Hero Arts Online Store gift cards will also be awarded! The three winners will be randomly selected from all comments received on the participating designers’ blogs, so the more comments you leave along the hop, the better your odds of winning. The giveaways will close at 11:59pm PST on Thursday, Oct 2, with the winners announced on the Hero Arts blog on Friday, Oct 3.

SUPPLIES

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Video: Watercolor + Texture Paste… STAMPtember Giveaway!

Hello! I have a video today with three card ideas… all using watercolor and Texture Paste. This video is from Simon Says Stamp’s STAMPtember post featuring Hero Arts products. And I have a giveaway!

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

I love watercolor. And I love pastes. So why not use them together? The results are so filled with texture and yummy color… I just wish you could see it in person.

I started by apply Texture Paste over the new Hero Arts BasicGrey Two Way Arrows stencil onto watercolor paper. After allowing it to dry, I applied water and then Peerless Watercolor. I let the water do the work for me and left it to dry.

For this (way-too-bright) pink example, I used a mix of “pearlized water” instead of just water. Pearlized water is easy to make – just add a large scoop of Perfect Pearls pigment powder to a mist bottle full of water. Shake and use! I store it this way to use over and over.

See the pearly shine on the background? Lovely…

On each of the cards, I used WOW Ultra High Silver Embossing Powder with the Hero Arts Crafty Friends sentiment. I love that this powder gives great dimension. I also covered my die cut hearts with the embossing so they matched perfectly. The banner was cut with a My Favorite Things Pierced Fishtail Flags die.

By the way – that Crafty Friends sentiment? My friend Heather Ruwe created it! She is a good friend of mine and I have always loved her handwriting. So I asked her to come up with some stamp ideas and the folks at Hero Arts turned them into stamps. So happy for her! In fact, this particular stamp was one that Aaron (the owner of Hero Arts) created for all my crafty friends when we had a retreat. So special.

For this last card, I applied Texture Paste just on the outside edge… leaving an area to emboss the sentiment in the middle. Just another variation you can try. (By the way, you could do this same technique with Embossing Paste and any form of watercolor.)

STAMPTEMBER

This video is part of a feature over on the Simon Says Stamp blog for STAMPtember. All this month, Simon Says Stamp will have great features, giveaways, sales (BIG ones), exclusive products and more! And check out the exclusive Hero Arts stamp set they just put in the store. Love!

GIVEAWAY

Want to win the Hero Arts products I used here today? Leave a comment by 11:59pmEST on 9/20/14 for your chance. Good luck!

SUPPLIES

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