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Hero Arts Reef Border Fancy Frame Die


Hero Arts Reef Border Die Cutting

Howdy! Here I am with a sparkle and shine project. It’s a new month and time is flying. With a new month comes a new challenge and for July it is Sparkle and Shine.

Hero Arts Reef Border Fancy Frame Die

For the background of my card it’s about shimmer. I put some alcohol ink on Silver Sparkle Yupo paper. Let me just say it is a great look.

I then used just the center part of the Hero Arts Reef Border die to cut the fun window out of the Neenah white paper.

For the turtle and seahorse I stamped those and die cut them. They are from two different Hero Arts sets. After die cutting them I added Stickles to the turtle and down the seahorse (a little hard to see in the photo). I used Hero Arts cube inks for the turtle and seahorse. The seahorse ink is Hero Arts new reactive ink.

For the sentiment I die cut that out of the same shimmer panel used for the background.

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge



Please join us in this month’s “Sparkle & Shine” 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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Embossing with Hero Arts Stencils

Hi, friends, it’s Chark here today to show you a Clean And Simple card I made with a dry embossing technique with stencils. It was easy and makes those stencils even more useful. I didn’t get messy with embossing paste or inks but I got to use the design for my background.


I used a technique I learned from Shari Carroll’s video here. You simply use your plastic stencil with your cutting machine plates and thin foam (I used an embossing foam mat, shes uses an old, thin mouse pad). The layers she used were cutting platform, plate, foam, stencil, paper, foam, plate. You can get more details in the video. I only had one piece of foam so I used a squishy piece of cardboard for the other layer. It worked just fine.


Here’s a close-up of the texture and you can also see the shimmer on the heart from the metallic gelatos I used.




The heart die cut is from the So Sorry Stamp and Cut set and it’s one of those versatile sets with a few different-sized heart dies.

For this one, I scribbled green and blue metallic gelatos on an acrylic block and then used a good deal of water to make a painted watercolor heart.

For the little heart inside, I used my silver Stickles and left the heart for the focus. This could be an engagement card, baby card or even a sympathy card.

Hope you’ll join in our monthly challenge by using your Hero Arts products for the main elements and following the CAS (Clean and Simple) theme. You could be the winner of the $25 gift certificate to the a2z Scrapbooking store!

Happy Tuesday!


Hero Arts Chevron Stencil Pair

Hero Arts So Sorry Stamp & Cut

Hero Arts Snow White Cards

Silver Stickles Glitter Glue

Metallic Gelatos Set


I’ll Take the Glittery Piece of Cake

Hi, friends, it’s Chark here today to share a glittery birthday cake card. I used a digi image and didn’t change the color, just printed it in black and then added colored Stickles for the icing and candles without coloring.

The background was created with the Dylusion Ink Sprays on watercolor paper. I love how the ink just soaked in and didn’t bleed too much on this paper. It looks pretty festive to me.


I painted the happy die cut with the same spray and when it adhered a little wonky, I left it alone, because it looks happy to me. I didn’t want to stamp on the front, so it says Birthday inside.


Here’s a little closer look at the glittery goodness.

Hope you’ll participate in our January challenge — Fireworks (Use a lot of Glitter and Bling)  (Hero Arts Products Required!)   This challenge runs though the end the month.   You have a chance to win a $25.00 gift card to the a2z Scrapbooking Store.

Happy Sunday!



Special Birthday Digital Stamps

Stamp and Cut Happy

Dylusions Spray Inks (Funky Fuchsia, Fresh Lime, Lemon Zest, London Blue)

Lawn Fawn Rectangle Stitched Die 

Watercolor paper

Stickles Glitter Glue (Crushed Pineapple, Firefly, Glam Pink)