Archives for January 2014
Hello, stampers! Welcome to our 2nd challenge of 2014. For this one, we’d like you to make a new card or project using those Christmas presents (or just something new).
One random winner will receive a $25 gift voucher from our wonderful sponsor, Simon Says Stamp!
Our talented design team have created some beautiful cards with their newest stash:
Don’t forget to link directly to your blog post or gallery entry in the linky thingy below:
thanks so much for stopping by! We can’t wait to see what you make!
It’s Cristina here, with my first post of 2014 and I’m so happy to be back after the holidays.
I know some of you, lucky crafters, were very good last year and got a silhouette machine from Santa, yay! I love my Silhouette, and I use it a lot, so today I made a couple of cards with it:
For this card, I made my own stencil, cutting one of the background files from Hero Arts. Then I added some embossing paste and I removed the stencil. Straight away I covered the entire card with glitter and I let it dry. Once it dried, I removed the extra glitter and assembled the card.
On this card I wanted the die cut to have the look of dimension, so I cut it first out of masking paper, and I adhered it to the front of the card. Then I added color with my distress inks and sprayed a bit of water. Then stamped some smaller images and removed the mask. Finished it by glueing down the die cut a bit off set.
Now, if you are like me, you are collecting lots of stencils, or making your own. So don’t forget about the Stenciled class that is starting soon!
We had a spot in that class to give away and the winner is:
So send us an email to ABlogNamedHero@gmail.com to get your spot in the class!
Now, don’t forget that we have our first challenge of 2014 going on right now, so play along!
Thanks for stopping by!
It’s my first post here at A Blog Named Hero for the year and I am excited to bring you a new series called Medium of the Month! I know we all love our inks, but I think it’s really fun to try new things once and a while to see how to really stretch our stamps and give them a different look. I love colors, markers, paints and textures so I will be featuring a new medium each month of 2014 and give you some ideas on how I like to use them with my stamps.
This month, I am showing you how I like to use the Hero Arts Ink Daubers. I know it’s winter, but these new lovely pastel colors are making me long for spring. The thing I love most about these daubers is that the water based formula that does not really make a mess like some other water based products and you do not need a brush to use them. Just swipe on your stamp, stencil or project and put the cap back on. It’s that easy.
For stamping, I love the way the daubers work on the more solid stamps. I thought it would be fun to use the pastels on some of the new Hero Arts flower stamps. Simply color the dauber on your stamp, and stamp as you normally would.
Another fun thing you can do with these daubers is to make your own backgrounds. You can dab the daubers to get a nice round shape on your background. I was inspired by these notecards from Paper Source for this one. These dots can make you a little dizzy, but do look fun in real life!
Or you can press them hard onto your paper to get fun and festive splats for something a little more artsy. The farther away you start from the paper, the more “splat” you will get.
A fun thing and easy technique I also like to do is simply to swipe the daubers in stripes to make my background and add a solid image on top. Super easy and super pretty.
Do you own any stencils? These daubers work great with stencils too! Just remember not to press too hard or the ink will seep under your stencil. The pastel daubers look great on black paper using the Lotus Stencil:
*GIVEAWAY*: What is your favorite medium to use? What are some mediums you’ve been dying to try but haven’t yet? Let me know in the comments below and I will pick one lucky winner on Friday to receive this fun new Thanks Blackboard stamp from the 2014 catalog.
UPDATE: The winner is Gina! Gina, I have emailed you. Thanks to all for your sweet comments.
Hi everyone, Sue here with my first post of 2014!
Today I’m incorporating our current challenge, which is One & Four (your project must contain one of something and four of something) with ATC’s.
For those that don’t know, ATC’s or Artist Trading Cards are tiny works of art that measure 2.5″ by 3.5″. You create them as you would a regular greeting card or multi-media project and generally they are made to trade with other crafters.
When I feel like getting crafty but my mojo has skipped town, I find the small size of an ATC is less overwhelming than staring at a big A2 card.
Some ATC’s I send out like I would a card.
I just write a quick note on the back, stick it in a fun envelope I made with my Envelope Punch Board and mail it. Who wouldn’t love to get one of these little cuties in the mail? It’s definitely a smile maker. For the challenge portion, I used 4 colours of Distress Markers and 1 stamp set.
For this ATC I just started out by getting inky and using some Distress Ink. I embossed the Leafy Vines and added the Thank definition and sprayed it all with Perfect Pearls. I used 4 inks and 1 sentiment for this ATC.
This ATC is a little plain to send out on its own so I added it to my stash and then when I needed a thank you card I went through my ATC’s and picked it out to add to a card front. With just a bit of stamping and embellishing the card came together pretty quick.
Here’s my last ATC. This can be sent out on its own with a message on the back or used on a card front, perhaps with a great background stamp.
I white embossed the cupcake on watercolour paper and coloured it in with Distress Ink and my water brush. I added Stickles onto the frosting for some sparkle and finished off with a sequin. The background was also watercoloured and stamped with the sentiment and some gold stars. For this ATC I used 4 stamps and 1 embellishment.
I hope you’ll try making some of these tiny “works of art”, it can be quite addicting!
Thanks so much for stopping by today!