Monday, June 21, 2021

Hero Arts Color Layering Strawberries: Hey There Shortcake!

Hey, everybody! I hope you all had an awesome weekend. I'm just popping in today to let you guys know that I'm up over on the Hero Arts blog sharing this fun card and a video too. 

I have to start out today by making a confession... I am terrible with color layering stamps! Since I wanted to use the Color Layering Strawberry stamp set today I decided I needed to come up with some tips for success with your color layering stamps. 

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My first tip for success with color layering stamps is to check out the guide that Hero Arts provides for every color layering stamp set. You can find these guides on the packaging your stamps come in as well as on the Hero Arts website. Stamping in the order suggested by these guides will help your stamps layer properly and may help you line them up more easily. Here is the guide for the Color Layering Strawberry stamp set.

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So, I stamped the background of the strawberries, then the strawberry detail, then the background of the leaves and then the detail of the leaves. One of the things I struggle with is picking just the right colors of ink to use. Today I did not have any issues without because today a new four pack of cube inks called Strawberry Hues Dye Inks was released and it was made to be used in combination with this stamp set. That's my second tip: check to see if Hero already offers inks in the perfect color combo so that there is no guess work.
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I have some more tips in my video which you can watch on the Hero Arts YouTube Channel. After stamping and die cutting my strawberries I added them along with a sentiment on top of an ink-blended background.
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The last step was to add a few sequins from the Winter Sequins Mix. And, that's it folks! There is more info and a video over on the Hero Arts blog so please head over there if you'd like more info!

Have an awesome day!
Maria



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Friday, June 11, 2021

Ellen Hutson Release: Abstract One-Layer Card!

Hey everybody! I hope your week is off to a great start. Did you catch the latest release from Ellen Hutson? One of the new stamp sets is called, Organic Elements and it's full of abstract little shapes that can be used in a variety of different ways.

I decided to use the set to create a simple, one-layer card that has a lot of visual texture to it. I started by spraying my background with Kitsch Flamingo and Salvaged Patina Distress Stains. Then I started stamping the shapes from the stamp set randomly on the background.


I used ink colors from Pinkfresh Studio to do the stamping. Then I stamped the chunky, rounded square in embossing ink three times and heat embossed them in Salvaged Patina Distress Embossing Glaze (bottom one) and clear embossing powder (upper two).


To finish off my card I heat embossed a sentiment by stamping in Versafine black ink and then heat embossing in clear embossing powder. This is such a fool proof way to heat emboss a black sentiment without ending up with the mess that black embossing powder can sometimes cause. My sentiment is from an older set called, High Five.


Ok, that's it for now. I hope you all have an amazing day!!!

Maria.



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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Gina K Designs New Release: Beautiful Butterflies 2

Heyooooo! It's Gina K Designs release day and boy do I have a beautiful stamp set to share with you! Today I will be using the new Beautiful Butterflies 2 stamp set. It coordinates with the existing Beautiful Butterflies Dies set and the new Beautiful Butterflies 2 Dies.


I started out by inkblending a piece of white cardstock in Abandoned Coral and Wild Honey Distress Oxide Inks. Then I heat embossed the butterfly using Versamark Ink and Clear Embossing Powder and cut it out. I added some white detail using a gel pen just to add a little bit of contrast and show off the gorgeous design inside of the butterfly.
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Next, I inkblended a piece of watercolor cardstock using Blueprint Sketch, Broken China and Tumbled Glass. I sprayed this with Iridescent Shimmer Spray and then splattered it with White Metallic Ink while it was still wet (this allowed the white to bleed and spread a little). I cut this panel down to 3.75" x 5" stamped my sentiment before adding it to a black cardbase with foam tape.

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The final step was to attach this gorgeous butterfly to my card with foam tape and some embellishments to up the pretty factor.
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Ok, that's it for me today you guys! This card was super easy to pull together quickly as there was no coloring involved and the rest was pretty straight forward. Let me know if you decided to give something like this a try!

Have an awesome day!
Maria

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Monday, June 7, 2021

VIDEO: Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit Release, Blog Hop and Giveaway!

Hi everybody and happy Hero Arts release day! The June My Monthly Hero Kit is here and it is the purrrfect set for birthdays... Ha! Sorry that was so cheesy but I couldn't help it.

If you aren't familiar with the My Monthly Hero kit, it's a kit that is released by Hero Arts on the first Monday of every month. It always has a fun, themed collection of stamps, dies and other goodies. The cost is just $34.99/month and the value is always much greater! This month's kit is valued at $72!

You have the option to subscribe (subscribing now means your first kit will be the July release), or, to buy your favorite kits as a one-off purchases. Be aware that once these kits sell out they are gone for good. If you see a kit you like make sure to snatch it up quickly! There are also always a ton of fantastic add-on products offered. You can choose to buy your favorites or buy them all at a discounted rate.

Ok now let's get on to my cards because I've got four cards and a VIDEO to share with you today and there's also a GIVEAWAY (details at bottom of post)! My first card is a shaker card and let me tell you that this is the easiest shaker card I've made in my life! You can watch me quickly put it together in the video but here's how I made it... I started out by stamping two adorable kitties and a cake from the kit in INTENSE-ified Black Ink. I colored my images with copic markers and then die cut them (the kit always comes with coordinating dies) and set them aside.
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If you'd prefer to watch me put this together in the video then here you go!

 
If you're having trouble viewing this video you can watch it HERE.


Next, I used the new Streamer Stencil to ink blend my background using Agean, Summer Sky and Orchid Bold Inks. These three colors blend beautifully together and you'll see this combo on three of my cards today. Ink blending was made totally easy bc I held the stencil down with my magnetic platform from Tonic Studios. After ink blending, I left the magnets in place to hold the stencil down and I used the White Iridescent Shimmer Spray to spritz on a coating of beautiful, transparent shimmer (which of course doesn't show up in the pics). I put this background face down on a Tonic Shaker Pocket and adhered three of the flaps to the back, leaving the top flap open. I poured in a bunch of shaker guts including confetti from the kit and some Icicle Sequins. When my shaker had enough shaker guts I sealed the top flap of the shaker pocket to seal my card front. I've made shaker cards like this before and have done it all from scratch. Having these precut acetate pieces with adhesive flaps is a total shaker card game changer!
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After sealing up my shaker card I used foam tape to add all of the adorable images from the kit that I had already colored. The sentiments that I used were from the new Party Animals set. If two kitties diving head first into a cake isn't wild then I don't know what is, lol!
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For my next card I ink blended the same trio of inks as on my last card. Then, I used Morning Fog Sparkle Spray and the Streamer Stencil to create a bold and sparkly background.
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Next, I used the Color Layering Cupcake to create a focal point for my card. Now, I am the worst at color layering stamps and I hardly ever use them but, I'd like to get better at them so I decided to go for it because this cupcake is awesome! I made a few blunders along the way but nothing that couldn't be fixed with a copic marker (I didn't line the cake up properly with the liner and had a gap but a marker quickly fixed that). I die cut the cupcake with the coordinating dies and added some sparkle laquer and confetti bits from the main kit.
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I wanted to add a candle to my cupcake so I stamped the Candles Bold Prints stamp in black ink. I selected the candle with the stars and cut it out with my scissors after coloring it with copic markers. I cut the bottom of the candle off in a curve so that it would look like it was stuck in the frosting. I added the cupcake and candle to my card and finished it off with a sentiment from the Color Layering Cupcake set.
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 For my next card I again used the Streamer Stencil and Hero Arts Bold Inks to ink blend my background. 

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Then, I added my sentiment from the Birthday Stamp & Cut XL. I die cut the sentiment three times (Amethyst, Pitch Black and Silver Glitter) and layered them together using liquid adhesive. I heat embossed the sentiment in white on black and cut it out with my paper trimmer.
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After adhering my card face to a black cardbase I added the sentiment pieces with foam tape. The final touch was to add some confetti bits for a little bit of texture.
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This last card is the one that I shared a couple days as a sneak peek. You can learn more about this card by heading over to the original blog post by clicking HERE.
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Ok, you guys, that's it for today! I hope that you think the June My Monthly Hero Kit and add-ons are as much fun as I do. We've got a blog hop with a ton of inspiration so I hope you'll keep hopping along with us (blog list below). Also, check out the giveaway details below!

Have an awesome day!
Maria



GIVEAWAY:
Hero Arts will give away one $50 gift card, drawn from the comments left across the hop. Enter by Sunday, June 13th at 11:59pm pacific, and the winner will be announced on the Hero Arts blog the following week.




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Friday, June 4, 2021

Hero Arts Countdown to Creativity: You Lift Me Up!

Hey everybody! It's almost time for the June Hero Arts My Monthly Hero release and this month's kit is super cute!

But first, if you aren't familiar with the My Monthly Hero kit, it's a kit that is released by Hero Arts on the first Monday of every month. It always has a fun, themed collection of stamps, dies and other goodies. The cost is just $34.99/month and the value is always much greater! 

You have the option to subscribe (subscribing now means your first kit will be the July release), or, to buy your favorite kits as one-off purchases. Be aware that once these kits sell out they are gone for good. If you see a kit you like make sure to snatch it up quickly!

Ok, on to my card! This month's kit has at least one adorable kitty and a huge set of balloons. From the moment I saw this kit I knew that I'd be making a slimline card with a kitty floating away.


I inkblended the background using the cloud stencil from the Sky Stencil Pair. I used Splash Reactive Ink and then spritzed with white iridescent spray and splattered the sky using White Metallic Ink. I colored the mountains and grass using copic images because I wanted it to feel like the poor kitty was really high up in the sky.

After finishing the background I matted on black cardstock and stamped my sentiment from the kit. I stamped in Onyx Black Pigment ink and heat embossed in clear embossing powder for some mess-free heat embossing. Finally, I added my copic-colored balloons and cat using foam adhesive tape. I tucked the balloon string piece behind the kitty's paw and then used a fine tip black pen to draw the string into the cat's paw. 

...and, that is all I can tell you for today you guys! If you'd like a chance to win a kit before you can buy it then head on over to the Hero Arts blog today. We will also have sneak peeks everyday from now until Monday when this full kit is revealed (so make sure to check the Hero Arts blog each day)! 

I hope you have an amazing weekend and enjoy the sneak peeks until Monday's full release!

Bye for now,
Maria



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Thursday, June 3, 2021

Mixed Media Background Using Just One Stencil!

Hi everybody! I hope you're having an awesome day! I've got a fun mixed media card to share with you today and I made the background using just one stencil and some sprays, inks and gloss medium. 

I started out by spraying the Art Deco Arches Stencil from Hero Arts with Dina Wakley Gloss Spray in Eggplant. I then layed my sprayed stencil onto a piece of white cardstock and pressed down over it with a paper towel. Some of the purple ink stuck to my cardstock leaving a purple ghosted image of the stencil. This gloss spray is acrylic paint and once it's dry it is permanent and will resist other mediums. After it was dry I sprayed over it with Distress Oxide Spray in Salvage Patina. I inkblended around that with Lemon Drop and Fruit Punch Reactive Inks. Then, I splattered the background with some white acrylic paint that I had watered down. The final step was to place my clean stencil back on the background. I lined it up with the purple paint that was showing and applied a clear gloss medium (Liquitex) over the top. I didn't cover the entire background but applied the gloss coat randomly. This trapped some of the layers I had already applied behind the gloss layer and added cool texture and sheen. This is hard to see in the photographs but I have a quick video clip at the end of my post to show you.

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After making my background I thought that the stenciled arches looked a little bit like fish scales or waves so I decided to go with an ocean theme. I added die cut elements from the Hero Lifestyle Mermaid and Seashells Fancy Dies to the card after coloring them in matching colors. I layered them on top of a shredded piece of burlap using glue dots and foam tape.
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I heat embossed my sentiment from the Sea You Soon stamp set by stamping first in Sapphire Pigment Ink and then heat embossing that with Clear Embossing Powder. This is such an awesome way to heat emboss in color because there is basically no risk of making a mess. After heat embossing my sentiment I inkblended it using Lemon Drop Reactive so that it would pop off of my card.
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The last thing I did was to splatter my mermaid tail using blue (copic marker) and then the whole card using Gold Metallic Ink.

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It's hard to see all of the background details in the pictures I took so here is a quick video clip for you to get a better look...

 
If you are having trouble viewing this video please click HERE to watch it on YouTube.


Ok, that's it for today you guys! I'm curious to know if you have used clear, gloss medium before? This was my first time using it and I loved it! 

Have an awesome day! Bye for now!
Maria




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Friday, May 28, 2021

VIDEO: Tonic Studios Shoot for the Stars Release: Blog Hop & Giveaway!

Hi Everybody. Somehow my blog post (which I've spent hours on, was deleted over night). Please have patience while I rewrite my post. Long story short is that:

-Shoot For the Stars is live!

-Shoot For the Moon is back!

-Many Stamp Club products have been restocked! You can see what is available in the USA or what's available in the UK.

-I've got a VIDEO for you and scroll down to watch it or just CLICK HERE!

-We have an amazing blog hop filled with inspiration from talented crafters! The full blog hop list is at the bottom of my post.

-We have a fantastic GIVEAWAY! Details are at the bottom of my post.

-One of my cards today is a light-up card! I've used EZ-Lights from Pear Blossom Press and they are so easy to use! Amanda (owner of PBP) has generously offered a discount code of 15% off (before taxes and shipping, valid through June 4, 2021, also cannot be combined with any other offers).To receive this discount you must use this link:

    USE THIS LINK FOR DISCOUNT AT PEAR BLOSSOM PRESS

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Ok, on to my cards! Before I put any cards together I sat and had a good play with my Nuvo Shimmer Powders. I knew that I was going to want a lot of galaxy backgrounds so I had fun and made a bunch of them. That made it super easy to make cards with the Shoot for the Star set. All I had to do was grab a pretty background and add some stars.

For my first card I used the largest star and cut it from sugar crystal glitter cardstock.

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I heat embossed the word "super" and die cut "star." I glued my sentiment on top of the star and then added foam tape to the back of my star.

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I used the foam tape to help fix loops of gold thread behind the star. To finish my card off I add gems in moody, iridescent colors.
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I mentioned above that I've got a video for you today and here it is. I hope you will find it helpful!
 
 If you're having trouble viewing this video you can watch it HERE.

Here's a look at what the Shoot For the Stars stamp bundle looks like...

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And, here's a look at the Shoot For the Moon bundle...
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For my next card I started by die cutting the largest star from Holowaves iridescent cardstock. Then I cut the star circle die from a piece of yellow watercolored paper. I took that and used a circle die to cut out the circle of stars.
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I heat embossed part of my sentiment and die cut the word "wish" using the word dies. I layered all of my pieces together using foam tape and attached this focal point to a background that I had watercolored with blue shimmer powder.
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To finish my card off I used the stars that had fallen out of my centerpiece to create a starry background.
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This next card was created in the video I made so please head on over to the video to check that out.
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My panel was inkblended with inks from Pinkfresh Studio.
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The mountains were inkblended with Nuvo Hybrid ink and background was splattered with Glitter Gloss.
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My next card uses another one of the shimmer powder backgrounds that I made. I also splattered it with white acrylic paint and Midas Touch.
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I heat embossed my sentiment in gold and die cut it with a circle die. 

I added stars cut from gold metal sheets onto both my sentiment piece and background to finish my card off.
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This next card has a totally different look to it as I've used the clouts and lightening bolt as the focal points. I lightly inkblended my clouds pink and added a little bit of detail with gel pen. the lightening bolt and stars are all cut from watercolor cardstock that I had watercolored with Solar Flare Shimmer Powder.
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I added some enamel raindrop stickers below the clouds to add to the cloudy/rainy day theme.
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I heat embossed my sentiment in black. The sentiment is from the Happy Mail Envelope stamp set.
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My next card is a light-up card! I used EZ-Lights from Pear Blossom Press and they are so easy to use that I had this card put together in a snap! If you've never used EZ-Lights before I highly recommend them. Each unit comes with a battery, on/off button and three tiny light bulbs to light up your projects. The light bulbs are at the ends of long wires so it's very easy to position the light bulbs right where you want them. Amanda (owner of PBP) has been so generous as to offer everyone a discount on her lights (there are also Halo lights!)! This is a 15% off discount (before shipping and taxes and valid through June 4, 2021, cannot be combined with other offers). To receive the discount you must use the following link and codes:
    USE CODE: CARDBOMB15

To make this 5"x7" card I cut the large moon from the Shoot For the Moon bundle out of Marina Mist Iridescent cardstock (so pretty!).  Next, I die cut the circle of stars from the Shoot for the Stars bundle into black cards stock. I randomly heat embossed the background stamps in gold all over my background.
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I added vellum behind the star die cut and then added my EZ-Light unit so that it would light up.
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I added my moon using foam tape for dimension (notice that it's a perfect fit with the star circle? Wink).
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Here is a close-up with the lights off..
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And, here is a close-up with the lights on! They are really bright in real life! I had my photography lights on when I took this pic but I should've taken one with all of my lights off.
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I wanted to do a clean and simple, astronomical looking card for my next one and the crescent moon from the Shoot For the Moon bundle worked perfectly with the smaller full moons from the Shoot For the Stars bundle.
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I love the round stamps with dots from the Stars bundle so I used those as part of my design. The full moons fit perfectly inside of them.

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I used small stars that I had cut out of metal sheets to cover the dots for a different look.
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This card uses another one of my shimmer powder backgrounds. I splattered it with white acrylic paint and Midas Touch.
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To create the textured moon I added stone drops in white and gray to the die cut moon. I dabbed my finger in the wet drops to add texture.
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The trees along the bottom are from the Shoot for the Moon dies.
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This next card was made using the star string stamp to create the background. I showed how to do that on my video if you're interested.
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I inkblended the background with inks from Pinkfresh Studio and heat embossed the stars in Satin Pearl embossing powder from Hero Arts.
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The sentiment is from the Backgrounds and Borders Stamp Club release.
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My final card is a slimline card. I used the Shoot for the Stars release to create the top half of the card and stamp the sentiment.
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The bottom half of the card was made using the Whaley Great release.
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I knew from the start that I'd be making a scene card like this and I'm so happy with how it turned out.
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That's all for today you guys! I hope you'll join us for our giveaway and continue on with our inspiration filled blog hop (list below).

Have an amazing day!
Maria



GIVEAWAY:

-One lucky winner will win a £50/$50 Giftcard to Tonic Studios and the Shoot For the Stars Bundle!

-To enter comment on every blog in the hop by 11:59pm PST on June 2, 2021/ 7:59am GST on June 3, 2021

-Winner will be announced on June 4th, 2021 on IG and FB so make sure you're following all Tonic accounts!


BLOG HOP LIST:

Maria Willis: You are here.

Sandi MacIver

Daniel West

Jen Kray

Lydia Fiedler

Marie Heiderscheit

Seeka

Ilda Dias

Michelle Short

Jessica Frost-Ballas



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