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Hero Arts Diamond Stencil on Black

Hi, crafty friends, Chark here today to share some fun stenciling. I picked up some black paper that is meant for chalk markers and used the Hero Arts Diamond Stencil with Distress Oxide Inks. I used Cracked Pistachio, Faded Jeans and Fossilized Amber with an ink blender through the stencil, just like any inks. The result was a chalky looking, crisp image that shows up well on black. I didn’t use any water with the inks this time around. I cut out the panel with the Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle dies and then used the corner rounder on two corners.

The focal image is the Hero Arts Mum Stem and it’s crazy on sale right now…just $4.50! I used Color Bursts at first but I felt it need some shine and shimmer so I added in some Gansai Tambi Pearl watercolors. They are gorgeous with their shimmer. I want to try them on the black paper next, instead of the white carstock.

For the background for the black panel, I wanted a big contrast, but white cardstock by itself wasn’t working for me. I added a layer of the new Hero Arts Woodgrain Vellum paper and that was just what it needed, some subtle texture (you can see it in the top right of the card).

After I added some gold thread and some beads from my stash (hanging down on the left), it seemed to be missing something, so I added the Congratulations sticker and the gold line stickers on top of a piece of paper swiped with Mermaid Ombre Ink. That seemed to be the trick.

I had fun playing with the Hero Arts Ombre Ink and the Distress Oxide Inks. Hope you’ll have time this month to join in our Hero Arts Anything Goes Challenge!

Happy Monday!


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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge




Hero Arts Anything Goes Challenge


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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 Chark15 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 Love & Bold Floral

Hi friends – welcome back to another fun month of challenges using RED! Have you joined us yet? If not, we can’t wait to see what you create, you can link up HERE!

And don’t forget, you can save 15% off your order at the a2z Etsy store by using code: MicheleG15!


I, just like everyone else, have been inspired by some recent ombre shading using a stencil inspired by Kristina Werner and Jennifer McGuire (just search YouTube, you’ll find their videos. :D). I used some MFT Steel Gray card stock as my base and sponged on the gray/black inks in THIS set over the Bold Floral stencil. I die cut the LOVE multiple times from Hero Arts red card stock and layered together; sponged on some Unicorn ink on the top portion of the top LOVE word and once dry, coated in glossy accents. I embossed the small sentiment on vellum, adhered it all together on a red card base and added a black enamel heart.


Hero Arts Love Stamp and Cut / Bold Floral Stencil


Hero Arts Love Stamp and Cut / Bold Floral Stencil

Easy peasy; we can’t wait to see your creations; don’t forget to use a Hero Arts image on  your project!




Stamps: Hero Arts Love Stamp and Cut

Papers: Hero Arts Red, MFT Steel Gray, vellum

InkHero Arts Blackboard Inks

Accessories: glossy accents, Hero Arts Love Stamp and Cut die, black enamel heart, Bold Floral Stencil, Hero Arts white embossing powder


Boo Stamp & Cut for Parties

Hi, friends, it’s Chark here today to show my little gift bag idea using the Boo Stamp & Cut set. I love the Stamp & Cut sets that come with a few stamps and the corresponding dies…so convenient.


I used the larger ghost die with vellum and then the small one with orange glitter paper. After I stamped the mini ghosts on the black cardstock, I added some of the face stamps. Fun! Some of the ghost stamps are used with first generation stamping, then some with second and third generation stamping, so I’d get a variety of looks for the ghosts.

Here’s a little hint—I used the White Unicorn Ink, which is a fabulous white ink, but it does take longer to dry, so don’t smear yours like I did. The little guy at the bottom looks like he has a headache, doncha think? 🙂 Here’s a close-up of the non-smeared ghosties.


If you have the Boo Stamp & Cut, I’d love to see what you’ve done with it. If you don’t have it and want it, it’s only $10.20 in the store right now…look at all these cute face stamps you get with it.


And if you like the idea of a smaller stamp set with matching dies all in one set, you can get your own at the store, including this Antlers Stamp & Cut and this Merry Stamp & Cut, each costs $14.95. But, if you have a cart of $25 or more, you can use my super special code CHARK15 to get 15% off your cart!


Stamp & Cut sets are just one way to get stamps and matching dies together, we also carry the larger stamp sets paired with their matching dies. These cost a little more because they contain more and bigger stamps and dies.

Don’t forget to enter our October Monthly Challenge—Layer It! You could win $25 to the store.

That’s all for me today, have a great Monday!


Boo Stamp & Cut

White Unicorn Ink

Black Cards

Orange Glitter Cardstock


Kraft Paper Bag



Layering Pineapple with Hero Arts

Hello everyone,

It’s Donna here and this months challenge is “Anything Goes”.  I am showcasing the Hero Arts Layering Pineapple.  This is a wonderful set, there are several ways you can do the layering.  This set has three different layers for the body of the pineapple and three layers for the top. It also has three sentiments and a layering flower.  I chose to only use two layers for the pineapple.

a2z July 2016_layering pineapple

closer look at the card:

a2z July 2016_layering pineapple2

Here is how I put my card together:

1.  The card is an A2 4 1/4 x 5 1/2,

2.  Second layer is 4 x 5 1/4,

3.   I stamped the body of the pineapple first with Hero Arts Butter Bar and then stamped the the top layer with Hero Arts Caramel,

4.   I then die cut the the pineapple before stamping the top.  I was afraid I would not line the die up with my stamped image,

5.  I then stamped the top part of the pineapple with Hero Arts Green Hills, the top layer is Forever Green,

6.  I cut a piece of vellum out and embossed the sentiment from the Hero Arts Layering Pineapple.

7.  I took my score board and scored the top of the vellum so it would go behind my design paper so the adhesive would not show on the front of the card,

8.  I attached the vellum to my card,

9.  I added the two pineapples onto the vellum and added foam tape to the top pineapple,

10.  To finish the card, I added some Hero Arts rhinestones.

That is it, if you have not tried using the Hero Arts layering stamps, they are so much fun.  They make it so easy for you, because you can also purchase the small ink spots with coordinating colors for each set.  Please stop over at the a2z Scrapbooking Esty store and get this versatile stamp set. There is only one left in the store, if it is sold out, there is a link to click on to request a custom order on the left hand side of the store.  You can also use the code “Donna15” to receive 15% off of a $25.00 order.

I hope I have inspired you to join the ANYTHING GOES challenge this month! . You will have a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the store! Good luck and please come back again soon!DonnaSupplies Used:


Hero Arts Color Layering Flowers For You


Gold Embossing on Hero Arts Layering Stamps

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Hi Friends! Kristina here with some more inspiration for our Embossing Challenge this month!!
I’m on a gold embossing kick! I love the look of gold embossing images water colored, and thought I’d mix it up a bit and use gold embossing on some color layering stamps!Hero Arts Color Layering For You Flowers
For the images I wanted a soft watercolor type look, without water coloring.
So I pulled out my distress inks, and gave each 2 spritzes of water before stamping.
It really softened the colors, be retained the look of a stamped image.

For the outline layer on each stamp, I used versamark ink and heat embossed with gold powder.
To finish I added a gold glitter strip under some vellum, which I gold embossed my sentiment onto.

Here’s a close up

Hero Arts Color Layering Flowers For You

I just love this stamp set

Supplies are all linked below! Interested in these stamps? Grab them for 15% off with my discount!
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Don’t forget to enter our March Embossing Challenge!
$25 gift card is up for grabs!





Vellum Shaker Flower


Hi everyone,

Cindy here to share another shaker card.  Now that I’ve got a few under my belt I want to try something different.  I brought the shaker element out in front, and I didn’t fill it with sequins or seed beads or party favors or punch out bits.  Want to take a guess?!  🙂

You must see the card first:


Any idea?  Read on and you will find the answer.

My process:

  • Stamp Hero Arts Small Striped Flower with Hero Arts Unicorn Pigment ink on vellum and heat emboss with white EP.  Stamp once more.
  • Stack the vellum piece matching the pattern with emboss piece on top, sew around flower leaving an opening about an inch long.
  • Pry open the vellum pocket and fill with some Forget-Me-Not flower seeds.
  • Sew up opening to seal.  Trim the excess vellum keeping just the flower.  This now becomes the shaker element.
  • Die cut two leaves using the leaf die from the Hero Arts Frame Cut Scallop set from green CS.  Use paper trimmer to cut thin strip for stem.  Distress with distress ink Broken China.
  • Die cut stitch label, use a white gen pen to trace over the stitched line.
  • Die cut “thanks” using Hero Arts Stamp and Cut Thanks from deep blue CS.
  • Cut two panels from deep blue CS and pattern paper.
  • Assemble all elements as shown.
  • Add Wink of Stella Clear to vellum flower.

Here are a few close up shots, unfortunately I couldn’t get the Wink of Stella to show up.  It’s quite delicate.






I assure you even you don’t see the flower seeds very clearly, I hear the ‘chic chic’ sound when I shake it!  That’s part of shaker fun right?  🙂   I hope I’ve inspired you to come play the September challenge – Shake It Up with us.  If you need some supplies for you project visit the a2z store, and while you’re there you’d want to check out the Sale section, lots of great deals there.  Feel free to use promote code Cindy15 at check out to obtain 15% off any purchase of $25 or more (shipping not included).

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Hero Arts Stamp and Cut Thanks

Hero Arts Pigment Ink (Unicorn)

White Embossing Powder

Ranger Distress Ink (Broken China)

Lawn Fawn Die Three Stitched Label

Wink of Stella (Clear)

White Gel Pen