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Direct-To-Paper Techniques + SALE + GIVEAWAYS

I am SO very excited about today’s post! We are celebrating the 45th anniversary of Hero Arts. (Amazing, huh!?) And I have several super simple techniques for you, too.

Direct To Paper Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Multiple stores are also linked in the parentheses following the product name. Compensated affiliate links may be used at no cost to you.]

I have been stamping for many years… over 15. And sometimes I forget about those beginning techniques that helped me fall in love with the hobby. So today I am bringing one of easiest techniques back… direct-to-paper. This can be done with any ink and is a fast way to create colorful backgrounds!

My first few cards show the fun look you can get by dragging an ink pad in a circle on paper. I used the new Hero Arts Reactive Inks (SSS | HA | EH) but you could use any ink for this! To add texture to the background, I embossed it with the Hero Arts Circle Confetti Die (SSS | HA | EH) and Spellbinders Embossing Mat.

Direct To Paper Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

To form a window around my inked piece, I used a bit of simple stamping and partial die cutting with the Hero Arts From The Vault Birthday (SSS | HA | EH) stamp and dies and a Hero Arts Circle Infinity Die (SSS | HA | EH). I added all of my pieces onto a note card I made with Hero Arts Pitch Black Cardstock (SSS | HA | EH) – this is the best black cardstock in town!

Direct To Paper Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

My next card is similar, but I didn’t emboss the inked piece. The sentiment is from the Hero Arts Hello Stamp & Die Set (SSS | HA) and Hero Arts From The Vault Cute Animals Stamp Set (SSS | HA | EH). I also embossed a circle around the window with a bigger Hero Arts Circle Confetti Die (SSS | HA | EH) and Spellbinders Embossing Mat.

Direct To Paper Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here is one last example where I dragged an ink pad in a circle on paper. You can see the colored piece peeking out from the Hero Arts 12-Point Star Infinity Die Cut (SSS | HA | EH) window. I also white heat embossed the Hero Arts Serene Sun Stamp (SSS | HA | EH) on a piece of Judikins Embossable Window Plastic.

Direct To Paper Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I love stamping on acetate so that it floats across a die cut window!

Another easy direct-to-paper technique is to drag ink pads across textured paper. For this card I used the textured side of Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper and it worked perfectly!

Direct To Paper Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I again white heated embossed on a piece of Judikins Embossable Window Plastic, but this time with an image from the Hero Arts From The Vault Beach and Sea Stamp Set (SSS | HA | EH). The “a happy hello” sentiment is from the Hero Arts From The Vault Cute Animals Stamp Set (SSS | HA | EH).

Direct To Paper Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

One direct-to-paper technique that is often forgotten is to just lightly press the ink pad onto paper a few times using different colors. The texture of the pad gives a linen texture to the inking! The Hero Arts Reactive Inks (SSS | HA | EH) are perfect for this, but you can use other felt-pad inks. I did a bit of stamping and partial die cutting with the Hero Arts From The Vault Realistic Animals Stamp Set (SSS | HA | EH) and dies and a Hero Arts Circle Infinity Die (SSS | HA | EH).

Direct To Paper Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here you can see the linen-like texture look in the background…

Direct To Paper Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Ink cubes are also great for direct-to-paper since you can put color in smaller areas. Here, I used the Hero Arts Ink Cubes (SSS | HA | EH) to drag color across cardstock.

Direct To Paper Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I white heat embossed a butterfly from the Hero Arts From The Vault Bugs Stamp Set (SSS | HA | EH ) on Judikins Embossable Window Plastic and added it to a circle die cut window. Oh – and I also embossed the white panel with the Hero Arts Butterfly Confetti Die (SSS | HA ) and a Spellbinders Embossing Mat. The “thank you” is from the Hero Arts Acts of Kindness Stamp Set (SSS | HA | EH).

Direct To Paper Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

My last few cards focus on adding water to direct-to-paper techniques. This works really well with Hero Arts Reactive Inks (SSS | HA | EH)! For this first card, I dragged a few colors of the ink over Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper. I then added a bit of water to a circle acrylic block and pressed it on the color. After leaving it there for a few minutes, I end up with smooth watercolor blending in the middle! So easy.

Direct To Paper Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I added a die cut circle frame, and images from the Hero Arts From The Vault Celestial Stamp Set (SSS | HA | EH) and Hero Arts Acts of Kindness Stamp Set (SSS | HA | EH).

Direct To Paper Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

The colorful piece on this card was created by dragging Hero Arts Reactive Inks (SSS | HA | EH) onto Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper and spritzing it with water. This also features the Hero Arts From The Vault Beach and Sea Stamp Set (SSS | HA | EH), Hero Arts Wave and Sea Confetti Die (SSS | HA | EH), and Hero Arts From The Vault Cute Animals Stamp Set (SSS | HA | EH). I love those dolphins!

Direct To Paper Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

And last but not least… my favorite of the cards. 🙂 This colorful piece was created by combining the techniques of the last two cards. (Be sure to watch the video!) It also features the Hero Arts Wave and Sea Confetti Die (SSS | HA | EH).

Direct To Paper Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I hope you try these easy techniques!

BLOG HOP

This post is part of the Hero Arts 45th Anniversary Blog Hop! This hop is three days long – today is day 3.

Hero Arts is my favorite companies – hands down. They have been bringing us stamps for 45 years (!!!) and are the ones I have to thank for turning me into a stamper. I will forever be grateful.

The next stop on the hop is the blog of my bestie Kristina Werner! You can always start at the beginning of the hop at the Hero Arts Blog.

SALES

To help celebrate Hero Arts, Simon Says Stamp is offering 20% off all Hero Arts products! Use the code “HA455” through 5/27/19 to save. Shop HERE.

For additional sales and deals, head to my Crafty News and Sales Page HERE.

GIVEAWAYS

Hero Arts has LOTS of HUGE HUGE HUGE HUGE HUGE giveaways! Including one from me!

Winners will be drawn from people who leave comments along the blog hop over the three days – comment all three days for more chances to win! Comment by 6/2/19 at 11:59pm PST, and Hero will announce the winners on the Hero Arts blog the following week.

SUPPLIES

Want to find the products I used? I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Thank you for your support! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except the Hero Arts products which were received from the company with no expectation. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.

Hero Arts From The Vault Beach and…
[ HA | SSS | ELH ]
Hero Arts From The Vault Beach and…
[ HA | SSS | ELH ]
Hero Arts From The Vault Birthday Stamps
[ HA | SSS | ELH ]
Hero Arts From The Vault Birthday Dies
[ HA | SSS | ELH ]
Hero Arts From The Vault Realistic…
[ HA | SSS | ELH ]
Hero Arts From The Vault Realistic…
[ HA | SSS | ELH ]
Hero Arts From The Vault Celestial…
[ HA | SSS | ELH ]
Hero Arts From The Vault Bugs Stamp Set
[ HA | SSS | ELH ]
Hero Arts From The Vault Cute Animals…
[ HA | SSS | ELH ]
Hero Arts Acts of Kindness Stamp Set
[ HA | SSS | ELH ]
Hero Arts Serene Sun Stamp
[ HA | SSS | ELH ]
Hero Arts Hello Stamp & Die
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Circle Infinity Dies
[ HA | SSS | ELH ]
Hero Arts 12-Point Star Infinity Dies
[ HA | SSS | ELH ]
Hero Arts Butterfly Confetti Die
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Circle Confetti Die
[ HA | SSS | ELH ]
Hero Arts Wave and Sea Confetti Die
[ HA | SSS | ELH ]
Hero Arts Reactive Inks
[ HA | SSS | ELH ]
Hero Arts Ink Cubes
[ HA | SSS | ELH ]
Hero Arts Intense Black Ink
[ HA | SSS | ELH ]
VersaMark Ink
[ HA | SSS | ELH ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ SSS | ELH ]
Hero Arts Hues Cardstock
[ HA | SSS | ELH ]
Hero Arts Pitch Black Cardstock
[ HA | SSS | ELH ]
Neenah Classic Crest 110lb Cardstock
[ SSS ]
Neenah Classic Crest 110lb Cardstock
[ AMZUS ]
Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper
[ SSS | ELH ]
Judikins Embossable Window Plastic
[ SSS ]
Therm O Weby 1/2 Inch Purple Tape
[ SSS ]
Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die Cut Machine
[ SSS | SPL | AMZUS ]
Spellbinders Embossing Mat
[ SSS ]
3M Foam Tape
[ SSS | AMZUS | ELH ]
White Craft Foam
[ SSS ]
Gina K Connect Glue
[ SSS | GNK ]
Fiskars Reinforced Paper Trimmer
[ SSS | ELH ]
Tim Holtz Tonic Glass Media Mat
[ SSS | ELH ]
Lucy’s Cards Iridescent Jewels
[ SSS ]
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
[ HA | SSS | ELH ]
Anti Static Powder Bag
[ SSS | ELH ]
Hero Arts Heat Gun
[ HA | SSS | ELH ]
Studio Katia Round Block
[ SSS ]


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394 thoughts on “Direct-To-Paper Techniques + SALE + GIVEAWAYS”

  1. Another terrific and informative video–I always learn new techniques and tips from you! Your cards are terrific. I especially like how you put the sun on plastic and placed it in the 12-pt star die. Sure hope you’re feeling much better soon!

    1. You always amaze a nd inspire me with you work. Such beautiful work. Thanks for sharing. Also, loved the stamp village /Hero Arts video!

  2. Fun cards and a great reminder about an old technique! Always trying the latest and greatest but it is fun to go back to basics.

  3. As always, love watching your videos. I always learn something. Still amazed with all your creations. Love that you craft and give as well and support all these good companies. Share handmade kindness indeed! <3

  4. Another wonderful video jam packed with terrific ideas, helpful hints and awesome cards. I love seeing how your turn your sample pieces into amazing finished cards! Plus, I always learn something new in the process, even though I have been stamping for a very long time.

  5. Love your cards and your tips. Love the stamp set that have been released from the vault. Thank you for the great video. Hope you feel better soon.

    1. Your cards are always amazing. There is always something new to learn in terms of techniques. Love them all

  6. Thank you, Jennifer, for creating and sharing with us all your beautiful cards! I’m so glad you revisited the old ink to paper technique and showed us a variety of ways to create awesome backgrounds! You really make the BEST videos, even when you’re not feeling well!

  7. Nothing wrong about revisiting old techniques and products. It’s good to pull out the oldies but goodies.

  8. Jennifer, this was just outa the park. Wonderful. Particularly loved the sun card (what a gorgeous stamp and the perfect design for it) and the last card which was also just terrific. Love Hero Arts, too, and have used them forever — like for over 35 years. Not the record I’m sure but certainly brought me into stamping all those years ago for which I am truly grateful.

  9. Fabulous card ideas! Love how you made use of the texture of the watercolor paper.. I will have to try that. Congrats Hero Arts on 45 years! Thanks for letting us share in the celebration!

  10. I love the new inks and find what you did with them interesting. Your teaching style is so clear and easy to understand. Love those long videos!

  11. Wow! 45 years! It’s great to see so many people working together to celebrate Hero Arts’ anniversary.

  12. What beautiful cards Jennifer…..It was so nice to watch your video and see how you made them. I loved the way you used all of these classics from Hero Arts….great job!
    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful work.

  13. Pretty cards and an assortment of creative designs and background techniques. Love learning these techniques and applying them to my projects.

  14. These cards are amazing Jennifer! I love how you used different paper and the ink technique to get so many different and wonderful results. They are just stunning. I really liked the white embossing, on the plastic such a wonderful and unique look.

  15. Happy 45th Hero Arts! I Especially love the sense of COMMUNITY they foster!!!!! I love your Awesome creations! I especially love the celestial thank you card!

  16. Your direct to paper backgrounds look amazing. You are the queen of partial die cutting. Gorgeous cards!

  17. Great 2 videos, thank you for sharing about how Hero Arts is truly an awesome pioneer of the stamping community.
    I also enjoyed watching your tutorial video on stamping direct to paper, love the new HA inks and your techniques.

  18. I started to pick a favorite, but found that I couldn’t! Your talents continue to amaze me! Congratulations to HA on 45 years, and hopefully to continue for a LONG time! Thank you, Jennifer, for sharing your talents with this community.

  19. You always amaze me! I think my first stamp was a Hero Arts too! Thanks for all the tips on direct to paper!

  20. I’m so happy to see so many people and companies come together to celebrate such a special milestone for Hero Arts. The crafting community is awesome.

  21. So many beautiful cards ! Thank you Jennifer, I love that you teach a technique and show so many examples of different ways use it.

  22. All of your cards look awesome, magical! Thanks for always giving us so much inspiration and fabulous techniques.

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