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Peace, Love & Joy | A Blog Named Hero July Challenge

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Hi there, I hope you’re having a wonderful today!

The theme for this month’s A Blog Named Hero challenge is Christmas in July.  Be sure to head over to the blog to join in the challenge for a chance to win one of two prizes!

Christmas is very far from my mind so I chose to stick with a light and bright color for my card.

I started by using white Hero Arts embossing powder to stamp the Hand Drawn Snowflakes Bold Prints background stamp onto Canson XL Watercolor paper.  This stamp is my absolute favorite snowflake background stamp.  The intricacy of the snowflakes is stunning and the variety of sizes is perfect!

I used painters tape to tape the watercolor paper down to a hardboard panel and then used a flat brush to wet the paper with clean clear water.  Using a round 8 brush, I added some Daniel Smith Cobalt Teal Blue all over the panel and then added some darker Ultramine Turquoise to several areas to add a bit of variation.  When the panel was dry, I splattered it with some Cerulean Blue gouache from an inexpensive Artist’s Loft set. I let the panel dry again and then trimmed it to 4″x5.25″ and set it aside.

For the sentiment I used the die from the Joy Stamp & Cut set to cut four pieces of scrap heavyweight card stock.  I stacked and adhered three die cuts together and then inked up the fourth with clear embossing ink using a direct to paper technique.  I dunked the sticky die cut into the white embossing powder and then hit it with a heat gun.  I repeated the process to build up a nice thick layer of embossing powder and then I adhered the finished piece to the top of the stack of three die cuts.

I stamped the sentiment in Intense Black ink onto a strip of white cardstock and then backed it with foam tape.

To assemble the card, I adhered the watercolored panel to an A2-sized card base and then adhered the die cut word and the sentiment strip.  To finish, I used Nuvo Simply White Crystal Drops to dot the “j.”

Thank you so much for visiting!  For more inspiration, be sure to visit the other A Blog Named Hero designers!

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