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. 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. 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. Jennifer,

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

  5. 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. 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.

  8. 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…

  9. 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!

  10. 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….

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

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

  13. 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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