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!

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83 thoughts on “Heading to Hero…”

  1. Thanks for the shout out Jennifer! Have fun at Hero! So cool that you got to bring your family along. Love the cards from the class the other night…had so much fun. I always learn so much and spend so much…..you enabler!! LOL

    Big Hugs!

  2. Jennifer,

    I am very new to card making and I’m so glad that I stumbled across your blog. I love (LOVE!) your designs. However, I had a question regarding this technique. When you say you used many colours of distress ink to ink the stamp … what about colours transferring between the stamp pads? I’d love to try this, but I’m always afraid of doing something to mess up my tools.

    Thanks for any details you’re able to provide!


    PS. And if it’s a dumb question… just try not to laugh too hard! 🙂

  3. Love the cards – you’re inspiring as always! Where in California is Hero? I live in Southern California and didn’t realize they were out here. Sure wish I could attend one of your classes – if you ever do any out here in southern California I’d love to know about it!

  4. Have a great time here in California. The weather should be good for you. Tons of stuff for the boys to do if they are bored. Check out the Exploritorium or the Cal Academy of Science.

  5. I love your cards! I’m always amazed at how many ideas you have!!!

    Have a great weekend!

  6. Enjoy your time teaching Jennifer… lots of photos please!!! Love the cards and I do hope Shari does do a video soon… it’s great to see you all in action showing the techniques.

  7. Gorgeous cards, Jennifer! Another thing to add to my list of things to try. 🙂 The scallop punch is sitting in my 2peas cart thanks to you and Lucy. 😉

  8. Just beautiful jennifer, looks easy enough even I can do that. Have fun teaching. Looking forward to hearing all about it. TFS!!! Jennifer 😀

  9. Love the cards….and LOVE punches. I don’t seem to be able to get enough punches….is that a sickness of some kind? 🙂

  10. Have fun in California!! I love this technique you used with the distress inks, i will have to try it with the few i have 🙂 TFS

  11. Oh dear, you are just way too good at enabling. I’ve just bought the Fiskards stamp press because of you, and now I need that scalloped punch! Oh, and the Hero Arts wildflowers stamps…..!
    Lovely cards, as always 🙂

  12. Very pretty! And I love that you get (essentially) two cards with one inking!
    Have fun teaching!

  13. Have a great time in California! I so wish I could attend a class of yours some day. For now, the videos will just have to suffice. Have a ball and be safe!

  14. How I’d wish to be there to take one of your classes!!! Anyway, have fun! And thanks for sharing this tip – beautiful cards, so simple and yet so great!

  15. I have been using that same large scallop border punch on my cards A LOT lately. Like, a really whole lot. I love it, and I love your cards! 🙂

  16. Great cards! I went to Heather’s blog and read about storing the distress inks and using velcro on the back of the inks. That is so neat! I had run out of space in my ink pad holder and now I’m going to try the shoe box for the distress inks. I’m also going to look for more foam pads so I can have one for each color! Thanks so much for the link and have a great time at Hero Arts! Will look forward to seeing some samples.

  17. beautiful cards. I do have to say the darker one is my fav. Have fun teaching, just wish I could take one of your classes.

  18. omg wow..this is simply beautiful! love the colors, how it is all mixed like that…thanks again for the wonderful dose of inspiration 🙂

  19. Love the cards and I have been drooling over your favorite punch for quite some time now. If you have any influence in the industry during trade shows, etc. please, please suggest to EK Success/ Martha Stewart to make a plain scalloped punch (with matching corner punches) in different sizes. I think they would be my all time favorite punches!

    Have fun in California!!! 🙂

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