Monday, April 9, 2018

Hero Arts: My Favorite Things Challenge

Hey everybody! If this is your first time visiting my blog, my name is Maria Willis and I am from a little mountain town in Northern California called Boulder Creek. I'm stopping by for a late night post so that I can play along with this month's challenge over at A Blog Named Hero. This is an awesome challenge because you literally just get to pick some of your favorite products from Hero Arts and make whatever you want. About two weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit the Hero Arts warehouse for the first time and had a blast picking out a huge bag of amazing products. This Color Layering Octopus stamp is the first thing I wanted to use...
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I stamped the octopus in Distress Oxides inks in Twisted Citron and Mermaid Lagoon. The background is a blend of (I'm trying to remember because I actually made this background over a week ago)... Seedless Preserves, Blueprint Sketch, Peacock Feathers and Twisted Citron. There may well have been a couple more colors in there too but I apologize because I cannot remember what they are. I also layered this background with multiple layers of Tim Holtz's Resist Spray. I cannot tell you how amazing that stuff is. It gave my card a cool speckled look as well as a sandpaper like texture that reminds me of salt water. After layering the color and resist spray I also flicked some water over the background to oxidize it and to lift some of the color off. 
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I fussy cut the sentiment out after heat embossing it in white and added some sequins to finish of my card. This is my first time playing along with the A Blog Named Hero Challenge and there is a lot of great design inspiration from both the Creative Design Team as well as from the challengers. If you haven't been over there yet I hope you will go check it out (just click the link above or the badge below)!

That's all for today folks! Thanks for stopping by and I will see you back here soon!



  1. This is Karen Bull, a design team member from A Blog Named Hero. The octopus is one of my favs and the color of him is wonderful against the blue ocean background. Thank you so much for playing along this month! Find me on instagram @karenzbull

  2. Such a fun card! Love that octopus and your water effect is fantastic! Thanks for joining us at A Blog Named Hero :)

    1. Thank you Kim! I had a lot of making that background.

  3. Ah-mazing!! Love �� this so much!!


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