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Hero Arts Large Flower Stencil card with texture paste

Hello! Yes, it’s the one-trick-pony Erica back on the blog, with… *drumroll*… another card using texture paste and Hero Arts stencils! Ta-Da!


After this post, I promise I will do something different. Absolutely. Most definitely. Almost positively sure. Maybe… just one or two more? It is just so much fun!!

For this card I thought I combine ink blending and texture paste to add lots of dimension and interest to a rather simple design. I started out by getting some water colour card stock out and I taped it down to a sheet of clear acetate. This is to use both as a mop-up of any ink blending messes and also as a sort of palette for my mixing of the texture paste and ink.

I used the Hero Arts Large Flower Stencil (which is sold out in the shop but if you want to order it, use the ‘request custom order’) but the Hero Arts Spiral Stencil would look fab too. Starting out, I dotted Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide  ink in the middle and for the petals I used Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide ink. I didn’t make it very vivid as the idea was to have a light colour underneath and then mix the texture paste with some ink for highlights on some of the petals.


To mix the colour and the paste, I simply dabbed my ink pad on the acetate and then mixed a bit of Ranger Ink White Texture Paste with my spatula. I didn’t mix it overly well as I wanted both the white and the pink to show. Using the spatula I spread the paste on selected petals, going from the middle and outwards. For the middle, I did the same thing with the yellow ink and the paste but this I mixed up very well before I dabbed it on rather than spreading, to get LOTS of texture.

Lifting the stencil is alway the most fun part, as although you have a general idea of how it is going to look, it’s still a revelation!

As the flower was looking rather spectacular I didn’t want to cover up too much of it so sentiment wise I went really simple. A single word stamp and die set from The Ton Stamps that says ‘hugs’, which I cut out from yellow card stock and stamped the sentiment in Picked Raspberry Oxide Ink. I also added a few of the circles and some sequins that matched the pink ink almost perfectly.


When I was looking for the perfect card base for this card I almost went with white, but then I spotted some Lawn Fawn card stock in Guava and thought it would be perfect to add just a tiny bit of accent to the card. I chopped off a thin sliver of the card panel and added it to the card base using double sided foam sheet (cut to perfect size) for a bit of dimension and to add some subtle detailing.


And that my friends, concludes this months third texture paste/embellishment mousse cards! I’ve tried to show different techniques to lure you into the wonderfully messy world of texture paste and I’d love to see what you come up with. Pop a picture in the comment section if you want, sharing is caring after all.


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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge




a2z scrapbooking watercolor challenge


Please join us in this months “Watercolor” challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp AND, if you used Hero Arts, a $20 gift card to our Hero Arts 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! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Erica15 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.






Hero Arts Woof friendship cards

Hello, hello! Erica on the blog today, from our new house AND new country! Oh yes, we don’t do things by half around here. “Let’s move”, “Sure thing, hunny-buns, which country shall we go to this time??” is more like our MO. Right now, I’m sitting on the sofa in a half-unpacked house in POLAND, having only moved here from Denmark 8 days ago and got the keys to the house 6 days ago. The craft room is almost all sorted because ya know, #priorities. The bedroom and kitchen are nearly as they should be too. The rest of the house? Eh, that’s gonna be a work in progress for a while I think. Tidy, schmidy will be my motto for at least a few weeks!

Well, now that I’ve got that off my chest, shall we get down to some crafty business? I have two cards for you today, both made with the Hero Arts Woof stamp set and coordinating Woof Frame Cuts. These cards are quite different and I like being able to see different techniques being used with the same stamp set. If it seems really versatile, I’m more likely to buy it as it feels like more bang for the buck.

I did my usual thing here when I got this stamp set, I stamped up loads of adorable little doggies and coloured them in. I think one of the reasons I do this is to get a good feel for the stamps and to try out different looks without “committing” to making a card right away. I did a few with Zig Clean Colour markers and some with Copic markers but for the cards today, I only ended up using the ones done with Copics.

When I had a whole pack of puppies coloured in, it was time to start on the backgrounds. For these I used another couple of different techniques, both with lovely results if I may say so myself.

For my first one I got some of those delicious Distress Oxide inks out and using a homemade cloud stencil I blended some Broken China blue around the stencil to create a sky. I did the same thing to make a grassy ground for the pups to play on using Cracked Pistachio green Distress Oxide inks. The dies I used to create the stencils are both from My Favorite Things.

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When it came to decide on a sentiment, I used one from the stamp set that says ‘You + Me Friends Forever’ and I picked a couple of the doggies that I had coloured in to look like my Cheeky Chicas (my two little rescue dogs, they are sisters and adopted from Spain hence the chica nickname and if you are curious to see them for yourself, here is a link to my Instagram where I post regular photos of their mischief) The sentiment I stamped in black ink on white card stock and then I used a Mama Elephant stitched cloud die to cut it out along with a plain white cloud and a bright yellow sun.

In the Hero Arts Woof stamp set there are lots of cute little accents to make your card or project perfectly doggie-licious and I have used several of them for these cards. For the first one I only stamped up a couple of hearts and used the coordinating Frame Cut to cut them out. Now I had all the bits I wanted for my first card and it was time to assemble! This took very little time as I had a picture in my mind of how I wanted it to look. Using foam tape to create dimension and layers I glued away until I was happy with the results. A few clear sequins snuck on it too.

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For my second card I went in a more monochomatic style, even the doggies I used are grey/black-ish. The only colour splash are the little hearts and the ink blending on the word sentiment.

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Whilst my first card turned out pretty much as I had planned, this one did the exact opposite! At first I thought I’d stamp this up as background paper and colour it in using bright colours but I ended up liking it so much without any colour (*gasp of shock* I know, I know… surprise twist or what?!) and that is how the little pink hearts got added because I felt a little bit of pink wouldn’t hurt.  They were not part of my original plan at all. I stamped these using Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink.

As my little doggies were already coloured in, this card came together rather quickly once I decided to skip the colouring step. A stitched rectangle frame (good old Lawn Fawn to the rescue again) in black linen textured card stock, as well as the word die ‘Love’ which got an ombré pink effect with the help of the same Distress Oxide ink as the hearts are stamped, a white banner to stamp the sentiment on and some foam tape later, BAM! Done.

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That’s it from me today, I hope you have enjoyed this post and that my cards have inspired you to get your colouring on. Don’t forget that there is a marvellous colouring challenge going on for the month of September, called The Daily Marker 30 Days or check out the hashtag #thedailymarker30day. The idea is to have some me-time every day and colour a little bit, even if it’s just 5-10 mins. There is no pressure or commitment, it’s just plain fun and we can all use a bit more of that these days, can’t we?

Anyway, with that, I’m off to organise, move some stuff around and attempt to learn some basic Polish… Or maybe I should just stick to crafting?


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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge




Hero Arts CASE a Designer Challenge


Please join us in this months “CASE a Designer” challenge for your chance at a $25 gift card to the a2z store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month.




a2z scrapbooking store hero arts




The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code ERICA15 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 within the shop.




  • Hero Arts Woof CM132
  • Hero Arts Woof Frame Cuts DI365
  • Distress Oxide Inks in Worn Lipstick, Cracked Pistachio and Broken China
  • My Favorite Things hybrid ink in Black Licorice
  • My Favorite Things Die-namics Stitched Sentiment Strips
  • Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die
  • Lawn Fawn ‘love’ word die
  • Mama Elephant Stitched Sky Creative Cuts
  • Clear sequins


Hero Arts ‘Nicest Thoughts’ and My first post!

Hello, hello, everyone! Erica here with my first post as a DT for a2z Scrapbooking Blog!!  In case it isn’t abundantly clear, I’m very, very excited to be here! If you know me from my other design team blog posts for Krumspring Stamps, Studio Katia and Kennedy Grace Creations, you already know this isn’t going to be a short and sweet post. Oh no, I’m a jibber-jabbering kind of gal (that’s ‘going into lots of detail’ in Erica speak and ‘talking non-stop about everything and nothing’ in The Husband speak) however I will try and curb the enthusiasm enough to actually get to the cards I made for this, ‘my very first, in case I didn’t mention it’,  post.

Unfortunately I didn’t get my DT package in time to make these cards so I had to improvise with some of my other Hero Arts products but anything you see in this post can be ordered from the shop. Just pop an email across and if it can be obtained, it will. Like magic! That’s the kind of shopping I like!

Anyway, I have this stamp that says ‘You are one of my nicest thoughts’ (which sadly isn’t available from neither the main Hero Arts store or the a2zScrapbooking Supplies shop) but I decided to use that for two cards anyway because the sentiment is so lovely. For the first one I dusted a rectangular panel with anti-static powder before stamping it with VersaMark ink and sprinkling generously with Hero Arts white embossing powder. I set it with my heat tool, which isn’t as fancy as this one but does the job.

For the second card I stamped the image with black ink first and then added clear embossing powder over it as I planned on colouring this one with my Zig markers to add some colour to the image. I always use Strathmore Bristol Vellum water colour card stock when I colour with the Zigs by the way. As I was planning doing some ink blending and using the Peacock Feather Stencil (If you don’t fancy a Peacock theme, find other similar stencils here)for the background, I kept the colour scheme for the image in the same colours. Does that qualify as ombré or rainbow? Something to ponder…

When I had added the colours to the word ‘NICEST’ on the image I thought it didn’t really show so much so I blended the colours out around the word, kind of like a colour shadow and was much happier with that. While I was at it, I also coloured the circle around the sentiment in a rich blue colour. While that was drying I got my Distress Inks out and decided to go hot pink for the white embossed panel. Picked Raspberry is one of my favourite colours in the Distress Ink family and I’m so excited to hear that it is going to be part of the second release of the Distress Oxide inks! Ah, but I digress… Right, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out where I was going to go next though: I blended away on the panel and kept it lighter in the middle and rich and vibrant around the edges.

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For my Peacock Feather Stencil background I used turquoise, lime green and teal colours, again Distress Inks, and simply blended away until the colours very nicely… erm… blended? I use painters tape when I do ink blending and water colouring to hold the paper down, it’s so cheap at hardware stores it seems crazy to splash out on ‘crafting tape’ when I use it only for this purpose.

As pretty as the background was I felt it needed a little something else so I die cut the second biggest of the Outside In Stitched Rectangle stackable dies from Lawn Fawn and popped it up with foam tape (I love this stuff and can’t live without it!) After that was done it was a simple case of adding some more foam to the back of the sentiment and pop that on. I also added a healthy dose of teal sequins and gemstones for sparkles. A card with a peacock theme can’t be bland, can it now?

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To finish off my pink card I die cut a scalloped panel (both the die cut bits I used for this card are from Mama Elephant) in a pretty polka dot card stock and adhered that to a white card base. The embossed and ink blended panel I adhered with foam tape to raise it up and add some dimension. This card also got a serious sprinkling of sequins and gemstones, because why not?

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With one last picture of the Peacock card, that’s pretty much it from me for this first post. If you are still here, you deserve a big cookie! I will be back on the blog later this month with another project or two, and of course lots more jibber-jabbering. There is no getting around that, I’m afraid, lol!

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I hope I have inspired you to try one of these techniques or colour schemes for your next card. Don’t forget that this months challenge blog theme is ‘Anything Goes’ so go to town and let your imagination run wild! If you add your card to the InLinkz before the end of the month, you can win a $25 gift voucher to the a2z Scrapbooking shop! If you can’t wait to shop, you can get 15% off by using the discount code ‘Erica15’ at checkout.

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge




Hero Arts Anything Goes Challenge


Please join us in this months “Anything Goes” challenge for your chance at a $25 gift card to the a2z store. Our current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month.



a2z scrapbooking store hero arts




The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Erica15 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 within the shop.




  • Hero Arts clear embossing powder
  • Hero Arts white embossing powder
  • Hero Arts ‘Nicest Thoughts’ wood stamp
  • Hero Arts Peacock Feather Stencil
  • Hero Arts clear gemstones
  • MFT Hybrid ink in Black Licorice
  • Mama Elephant Femme Frames
  • Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Rectangle die
  • Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio and Picked Raspberry

    Right, that really is it from me for today.

    See you soon and happy crafting!




Hero Arts Color Layering Peacock and Peacock Feathers Stencil

Hi everyone!

Ilina’s here today! Today I have a card for you using the Peacock feather stencil and the Color Layering peacock set along with the coordinating inks.

First I stenciled onto my card base using the deep ocean ink pad, then I stamped the peacock onto white card stock using the MISTI stamp positioning tool. At the end I stamped the feet and sentiment and adhered it to my card base using some fun foam.

To finish it up I added some blue ombre sequins.

Scroll down for full list of supplies. And don’t forget to use the code “Ilina15” in order to get 15% on your next order



Hero Arts Color Layering Peacock close up


I hope you will have time to join in the fun for this month’s  challenge for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the a2zscrapbooking store.

And guess what?   There’s another way to win this month!

2nd Chance to Win: During the month of March, we’re giving you a second way to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the a2z Store! We’ll do a random draw from the blog comments during the month of March for one gift card. You can enter once a day by commenting on the blog post and earn up to 31 chances to win! If you’re feeling it, you’re welcome to enter both the Hero Arts with Stencils challenge and the commenting challenge…maybe you’ll win both!



New Orleans Mardi Gras Cards

Hi, friends, it’s Chark today with a couple of cards using the New Orleans wooden stamp from Hero Arts. I had to have this stamp because New Orleans is one of my favorite cities in the U.S. (Never been out of the country, so I can’t say the world, but I imagine it’d still be at the top of the list.)

I first visited in high school when I unexpectedly got to take the French class trip to New Orleans…it’s where a friend of mine actually became my boyfriend, so you can see why the city is a favorite of mine, not to mention the food, the music, the feel of the French Quarter, the shops, the architecture, the very essence of just being on Bourbon Street. I’ve been back twice and never at Mardi Gras, but I always think of New Orleans at this time of year.


Both cards here use the Mermaid Ombre ink, which is gorgeous, for the backgrounds. The first card I wiped the pad onto vellum and then rubbed off some extra and let it dry. Be aware it takes awhile (read hours) to air dry on vellum. I used the ink to stamp the city skyline as well. I thought it looked like Mardi Gras colors (though the green is more teal), so I added some gold glitter washi and sequins.


This next card is a bit different and I used a white card for the background panel. I simply laid the ink pad onto the paper several times and then turned the pad sideways and patted the ink pad onto the previous inking, to make a plaid pattern. I added a white strip of paper with heart die cuts and added sequins and a digital sentiment (birthday is inside).


Please join us in our February Any Shade of Red With Hero Arts Challenge to try to win the $25 gift code to the store. Go here for the details.


Hope you have a great day and Mardi Gras (February 28 this year)! Oh, and that boyfriend I dated in New Orleans? I married him and took him to New Orleans for our honeymoon 🙂


Hero Arts Special Birthday digital stamps

So Sorry Stamp & Cut

New Orleans City stamp (custom order this at no extra cost by clicking the aqua custom order button)

Mermaid Ombre ink


White Cards


Gold Glitter Washi



Shaker Gift Bag

Hi, friends, it’s Chark here today to show you a project I made with a gift bag from a jewelry store. It was a quality black bag (that held my 25th anniversary ring!) and had the store name on just one side. So, I did some easy trimming and taping and got a shaker gift bag to give for Christmas. Classy upcycling!

Step 1: Trim off the store name from the front of the bag.


2. Trim a plastic bag to fit the hole and fill with a stamped sentiment and sequins. The flat sequins don’t move around as much as the cupped sequins. You can add other stamped images such as stars or hearts or more sentiments.


3. Adhere a piece of pearlized silver paper to the inside of the bag to cover the hole and then place the sequin bag over the front of the hole that you cut.


4. Use glitter tape to tape the sequin pack to the front of the bag and cover the edges.

IMG_8111 5. Give a gift to someone special.

IMG_8136I really hope you’ll join us this month for the Hero Arts and Shaker Card Challenge to try to win the $25 gift certificate to a2z Scrapbooking Supplies and don’t forget to check us out on Twitter and Facebook  for great deals, ideas & maybe even a giveaway!


Home Baked Stamp set

Pearlescent Paper (silver)

Blue Glitter Tape

Snow Sequins

Mixed Sequins

Recycled Gift Bag and Acetate Packaging


Seeing Stars

Hi, crafty friends, it’s Chark here today to share my take on the August challenge to use embossing paste. I used one of my favorite stencils, Starry Night, to upcycle a CD case and CD envelope. We recently got a new computer and turns out, a lot of my CDs for software won’t work, everything is just downloaded now. Soooo, that means I have a lot of CDs and their cases for making art.

For this first project, I just dripped alcohol inks on the inside of the CD case lid after I used silver embossing paste on the outside of the lid with my stencil. My teen daughter still makes mix CDs for people (including me, with music she thinks I should be listening to), so this case would work great for a CD gift. I added a strip of silver glitter washi tape to the edge.


IMG_7493For my second CD packaging upcycle, I embossed silver stars again, this time on the acetate portion of the CD paper envelope. I painted the paper part with Dylusions blue paint, it’s so vibrant! Then I added a moon embossed in silver paste and then glittered with silver Stickles, the hello die cut from silver paper and a birthday greeting from another Hero Arts stamp set on silver paper. Inside, I filled it with a gift card wrapped in a mini doily and added sequin mix. It makes giving a gift card a little more festive than just tucking it in a birthday card.

IMG_7515IMG_7468I had fun playing with Hero Arts and embossing paste, hope you’ll join us at a2z Scrapbooking Supplies this month in our challenge. And don’t forget, you can join us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook!  If you haven’t done so already, please follow us on these different social media outlets–you don’t want to miss out on any fun promotions. We recently gave away a gift certificate to the store on Facebook!

Happy August!

charkHero Arts Stars Pattern Stencil

Silver Embossing Paste

Alcohol Inks

Glitter Washi Tape

Dylusions paint

Hello Die and Stamp


Sequin Mix

Mini Doily