Birthday Cards, Mixed Media Projects

Hero Arts Summer 2022 Mixed Media Catalog Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello and welcome to the last stop of today’s hop! The Hero Arts Mixed Media summer catalog is here and we’re celebrating the amazing new release with a blog hop full of ideas and a giveaway. If you’ve arrived from visiting Pocono Pam, you’re right on track!

The Mixed Media catalog includes a number of brand new products, including waxes, pastes, and pearls. Hero Arts has also introduced a new color system! This launch will feature 57 Core Ink colors, ideal for everyday stamping and cardmaking. Core Ink pads offer a mix of updated current color formulas and 6 new colors. Each will have a matching Inker. Plus, many of the Core Ink colors match the Premium Cardstock, with 12 new paper colors also available. The new Color System will become available for purchase on the Hero Arts site starting June 20.

I’m not very experienced with mixed media so some of the projects I’m sharing today were a fun stretch for me and I still used a technique (brayering paint) that I’m already familiar with. For these three coordinating projects, I used the Swirls and Dots background stamp, acrylic paints, and gold embossing powder.

For the card, I pulled out my gel press and brayered on a thin layer of two shades of turquoise acrylic paints. I gently pressed the background stamp onto the gel press to lift away the stamp pattern and while the acrylic paint was drying on the gel press, I quickly cleaned the stamp. When the turquoise paints were dry, I brayered on a thin layer of iridescent gold acrylic paint and then lifted the image with a piece of white cardstock. I trimmed the panel down to 4.25″ x 5.5″ and then used foam tape to adhere a stamped sentiment (this one is from the Message Strips Stamp & Cut XL set). To finish, I glued the card front to a card base.

The necklace uses a piece of an extra gel plate print and necklace pieces from Craft Fantastic. This was very quick and easy to create!

For my third project with this background stamp, I began with a white wood letter “S” that I purchased from Michael’s. I used painter’s tape to mask off the sides of the letter, leaving the top surface exposed. Next, I added small dabs of the same two turquoise acrylic paints and then used the brayer to spread the paint. When the paint was dry, I treated the surface with an anti-static powder tool and then inked up the background stamp with Clear Embossing & Watermark ink. I stamped down onto the letter and then sprinkled Gold embossing powder over the S. Using a very small paint brush, I cleaned up any stray embossing powder and then used a heat gun to quickly melt the embossing powder. I did not have any trouble with the heat gun and acrylic paint, but I recommend letting the heat gun warm up first and then being quick to melt the embossing powder without lingering too long.


Hero Arts will be giving away a prize pack (pictured below) valued at $68 to a winner drawn from the comments left across the hop. Comment on the hop through Sunday, May 22 at 11:59pm PT to enter. Winner will be announced on the Hero Arts blog the following week.

Birthday Cards

Sending Birthday Wishes Your Way | Gina K. Designs May 2022 Release

Hello, I hope you’re having a good week!

The new Gina K. Designs release is live (see what’s new at the moment here) and I got to play with the beautiful new Spring Bouquets stamp set. This beautiful new set has two large floral images and a number of scripty sentiments.

I started off by using two of my favorite Gina K. ink colors, Wild Dandelion and Passionate Pink, to create an ink-blended background. I love the peachy color that appears when these colors meet!

Next, I used the scalloped frame die from the Master Layouts 4 die set to die cut the ink-blended panel. I then stamped the large floral image into the corner of the piece using black pigment ink.

For the sentiment, I selectively inked and stamped just the first two lines of the long birthday wishes stamp.

To finish, I used foam tape to adhere the panel to an A2-sized card base.

Thank you so much for visiting!

Celebration Cards, Congratulations Cards, Wedding Cards

Bada Bing! | Simon Says Stamp Yay You Release Blog Hop Day 2 + Giveaway

Hello and welcome, I hope you’re having a good week!

I’m so happy to be part of day two of the Simon Says Stamp Yay You release blog hop, and I’m very glad you’re here! If you’ve arrived from Sandi MacIver’s blog, you’re right on track.

Continue reading “Bada Bing! | Simon Says Stamp Yay You Release Blog Hop Day 2 + Giveaway”
Celebration Cards, Congratulations Cards

Yay You | Simon Says Stamp Yay You Release

Hello, I hope you’re having a good week!

The new Simon Says Stamp Yay You release is here and two of my favorites from the release are the Sketched Leaf Wreath Hot Foil and Die set and the CZ Design Yay You Words die. This wreath will come in handy for the holidays, too; just switch up the colors!

Continue reading “Yay You | Simon Says Stamp Yay You Release”
Just Because Cards, Thank You Cards

Have A Delicious Day!| Hero Arts May 2022 Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello and welcome! It’s release day at Hero Arts and we’re celebrating the sweet new May release with a blog hop full of inspiration and a giveaway. If you’ve arrived from visiting Pocono Pam, you’re right on track!

Continue reading “Have A Delicious Day!| Hero Arts May 2022 Release Blog Hop + Giveaway”