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Hero Arts Poppy Background



Hi all, its Gwendolyn here back with my last post for a2z Scrapbooking as I move on to other projects. I had such fun designing with this great team and I just want to thank everyone, especially Cindy, for being so supportive and helpful during my term here.

Poppy coaster

So for my last card, I wanted to do something different and also inspire you to join us in this month’s “Color It In” challenge. I just bought 100 pulp board coasters made from compact paper, with an idea to paint on them. So I decided to try it using stamps first and the Hero Arts poppy background in its square shape was just perfect for my project.

I first stamped it with Peacock Feathers distress ink, being careful to avoid the flowers, then coloured in the florals with my pink Zig Clean color real brush. I spritzed the whole stamp with fine mists of water and placed the coaster over my stamp. I started colouring in the large poppy with my Zig marker but realised that the coaster was absorbing it too fast and so I couldn’t blend it and it left very clear marks. So I switched to my watercolours and the result was much better. Once the paint dried, I brushed the whole coaster with clear Varnish so it would be waterproof and UV resistant.

Poppy coaster cu

Well, I hope you liked my watercolour coaster, it was my first time so it’s not perfect but I think its important to share my mistakes too! If you’re interested to see my other watercolour coaster projects, do visit my blog.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see your projects in our challenge gallery here. Have a great day!


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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge




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Please join us in this month’s “Color It In” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp set AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to our etsy store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month

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The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products as well as a nice selection of digital stamps! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Gwendolyn15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from with-in the shop.




Author: Gwendolynwatercolors

Follow me on my journey as I try to quench my insatiable hunger to constantly create something new! Visit my YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/desperatehousewifecraft to see my creation process.

5 thoughts on “Hero Arts Poppy Background

  1. Such a special project!! Gwendolyn we will miss you much. Do come back and visit often!!

  2. That is a great idea and it came out very nice!

  3. Every time you use a coaster, you’ll be using your own piece of art.