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Hero Arts Layering Hydrangea summery cards with Erica


Erica on the blog today with a couple of summery cards. The summer here is awful, too much rain and not enough sunshine. Not that it matters in the craft room though and I sure made up for it with these cards!

I started out by getting the Hero Arts Layering Hydrangea stamp (it’s sold out in the shop but can be obtained easily) and lots of different ink colours. One thing I always do when I have a new layering stamp is try out lots and lots, and I really mean loooooots, of colour combinations to see which ones I like the best. I ended up with quite a few flowers and leaves I must admit. Perhaps a few more than I actually needed but oh well, one must take one for the team sometimes.

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When I finally stopped stamping I got the Hero Arts Coordinating Frame Cut out and cut out all the flowers and leaves. I decided to add little enamel accents in the middle of all the flowers in complimenting colours and set these aside to dry.

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Then it was time to start looking at backgrounds and I thought it would be nice to do some ink blending on them with the Long Leaves Stencil (also sadly, out of stock but can be ordered). I got two Distress Oxide inks out in green shades, Cracked Pistachio and Peeled Paint, and got to work! Using soft movements and not a lot of ink, I blended away until I was happy with the results.

Next I spread out all the flowers and picked three in the same colour family, one with blue-green colours and one with pink-red colours. These I glued together on the back to make sure they didn’t move and then carefully I added leaves in places where I thought it would look the most natural. My inner florist and flower lover took a lot of pleasure in this process. I LOVE flowers!

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To finish these cards off was quite easy as most of the time consuming bits had already been done at this point. I might have done the bunches a bit too big as it was a bit tricky to get the whole shebang onto the card without the leaves sticking out too much, despite using 5 1/4” x 5 1/4” card bases. Oops, eh?

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In order to show that this layout is quite versatile, I decided to put different sentiments on them both. I stamped up ‘Happy Birthday’ on a small white banner in blue Distress Oxide ink. This stamp is from a Hero Arts stamp set called Hero Arts Balloon Animal Birthday .

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On the pink card I simply cut out the word ‘thanks’ in gold glitter card stock, using a Lawn Fawn die. This I adhered to the card using glossy accents. I tried to leave the cards quite simple and let the flowers speak for themselves as they make quite a lot of impact on their own.

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Here are the cards now and that is it from me for today. I hope I have inspired you to get your layering stamps out, try different colour combinations and make your own version of these.

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That’s it from me for today. Happy crafting from


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Hero Arts Bright and Beautiful Challenge


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Hero Arts Nesting Tag Dies


Hero Arts Infinity Tags Nesting Dies

When you just want to make tags out of scrap paper, just grab your old die cut machine (mines a Cuttlebug) and use your scraps.  I made several boxes for treats for my crew at work and needed some tags.  I really liked the new Hero Arts sets of Infinity Dies and grabbed some for the Hero Arts Blog Hop in October this year.  I love them and thought that our challenge this month got me in the tag mood.  Anything but a card means tags are perfect.  Here we go with my boxes ready to go with Tags.

 I made three different boxes and gave the large size full of treats to my work staff, with others going to well deserving (well, in my eyes) friends. The tag that is glittery is when I opened my Wink of Stella pen and oops.  Loads of glittery stuff all over, so one tag has a bunch of glitter.
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I hope you can see these tags, weather permitting clearer photos.infinity-large-picmonkey-box-tags-12-20-16

The smaller boxes have the smallest tag sizes.  Use any Hero Arts sentiment or image and you’re ready to go.




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 Hope you’ll join in our December Challenge of “Anything But A Card” with your Hero Arts stamps, dies and stencils. And, if you need some new supplies, don’t forget to shop at a2z Scrapbooking.


Monoprints With Hero Arts Stencil Sets

Hello crafty friends… It’s Helen here today wanna share you a fun project with Hero Arts Stencil Sets. On today’s project, I use Hero Arts Chevron Stencil Pair and Hero Arts Floral Filigree Stencil Pair.

Before get to my project, I’d like to remind you that you still can play along with our challenge this month. The July Challenge is Anything Goes that means you can link up any projects you created with any Hero Arts products.

Now to my project… Lately I have been playing with my Gelli Plate to create monoprint backgrounds. The one I have is the 5×7 plate. And I used Plaid FolkArt acrylic paints and pulled the positive and negative prints for each stencils. I ended up with 8 different prints. I tell you, this monoprinting is fun and addictive 😀

Monoprints with Hero Arts Stencil Sets

First, I added the paint on the Gelli plate and used the brayer to spread the paint all over the plate. Since it is acrylic paint, you need to work pretty fast because acrylic paints dry quickly.

Second, I added the stencil on the paint, then the paper. I used the brayer to push all over the back of the paper. If you do not have rubber brayer, you can use your fingers to rub the paint all over so the paint transfer to the paper. This is the first print.

Then, lift up the stencil off the Gelli plate, and added the next paper to pull the second print of the plate.

I did the same steps for all four stencils. I cleaned my plate with baby wipes. Easy pease 🙂

Below, I made a slide show to show how I created these mono prints.

Here’s a card I created with two of the monoprints that I did with two kind of gold paints. I die-cut the prints with Fancy Frame Dies.


The sentiment I used is Hero Arts Bold Peace wood stamp. I stamped it on a white cardstock with the 2 tone Hero Arts ink pads that came in one of the My Monthly Hero Kits. Then I fussy cut it with micro-tip scissors. I finished the card with some Hero Arts – Hero Hues Gems.

Have you ever tried monoprinting? Share with us your experiences and how you like it 🙂

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THANK YOU so much for visiting today and have a fabulous day!