Hero Arts My Monthly Hero January 2017 Card Kit

Here is a Valentine’s Card I made using the most recent kit from Hero Arts. This kit was $34.99 including shipping. I signed up using the subscription option which includes shipping for free.

To see what was in the kit watch this video:

Here is the first card I made:

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Here’s the video of me making this card:

To check out the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kits, go here. I’ll be back soon with card #2 and #3 from this same kit!

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Stained Glass Christmas Card with Avery Elle Stamps

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I couldn’t have expected this card to come out any better! I LOVE how this looks. When I saw the Holiday Glass Stamp Set by Avery Elle I immediately knew what I would do with it.

To see the making of this card, please subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Here’s a clickable list of supplies :

Avery Elle Clear Stamps HOLIDAY GLASS Set ST-16-33

Avery Elle Holiday Glass Stamp Set ( Buy from us while supplies last!)
Avery Elle Clear Stamps MERRIEST Set ST-16-29

Avery Elle Merriest Stamp Set ( Buy from us while supplies last!)
Chameleon PRIMARY TONES Color Tones Permanent Alcohol Ink Pen System CT0502
Crafter's Companion HEAT RESISTANT ACETATE Pack CC-HRA-5PK
Ranger Archival Ink Pad JET BLACK AIP31468

Buy Archival Ink from us while supplies last! 
Tsukineko VersaFine ONYX BLACK Ink Pad VF-82
Clearsnap Colorbox CLEAR Embossing Powder 10175
Bazzill 40 LB VELLUM 8.5 x 11 White 25 Sheets
Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100# BLACK Black8
Simon Says Stamp WHITE CARDSTOCK 120 LB Base Weight 12 Pack
Martha Stewart SCORING BOARD Score Craft Tool 42-05002
Fiskars Easy LARGE STAMPING PRESS Stamp Entire Project at Once 08849

Thank you for stopping by! I hope to be back very soon. P.S. Our Baby Girl is due in less than 2 weeks!!!

Simon Says Stamp August 2016 Card Kit

I recently received my August 2016 Simon Says Stamp card kit and got right to work making a card. Picture 32

I used the vented star die in the kit to make my own stencil. The video for this will go up soon, so make sure you are subscribed to our YouTube Channel!

Here’s a list of supplies ( I really try to stick to mostly what’s included in the kit to make it easy to duplicate my cards):

 

Simon Says Stamp Card Kit of The Month August 2016 Seeing Stars CK816
Crafter's Companion HEAT RESISTANT ACETATE Pack CC-HRA-5PK
Simple Stories DIY CHRISTMAS Twine 5176
My Favorite Things RED HOT Hybrid Ink Pad MFT
Tsukineko 6 SPONGE DAUBERS Tools STDAB006
Darice 400 Adhesive 3/16 inch Foam Squares 5mm 1206-02

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll be back soon!

Happy Birthday Shaker Card

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Hi everyone! I recently made this super cute shaker card for my Mom’s Birthday! To make this card you either need the My Favorite Things Happy Birthday To You Die OR a Silhouette Cameo to make your own die!

Make sure you Subscribe to our YouTube channel so you can see the video of this card when it goes live.

Products used ( Click the picture to purchase):




Sakura KOI MEDIUM WATERBRUSH Water Brush Watercolor #6 xqr-m
Simon Says Clear Stamps BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION SSS101538

Tsukineko VersaFine ONYX BLACK Ink Pad VF-82
Clearsnap Colorbox CLEAR Embossing Powder 10175

Simon Says Stamp BIG MOMMA FOAM TAPE ROLL Foam72

Thanks for stopping by!

SSS July 2016 Card Kit Card # 7 & 8

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Here’s the last of the cards I made from the Simon Says Stamp Kit of the Month!

Here’s a list of supplies:

Simon Says Stamp Card Kit of The Month JULY 2016 HANDWRITTEN FLORAL GREETINGS CK716

Card #7:

Tsukineko VersaFine ONYX BLACK Ink Pad VF-82
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad DRIED MARIGOLD Ranger TIM21438

Card #8:

Tsukineko Versamark EMBOSS INK PAD Watermark VM-001
Hero Arts WHITE EMBOSSING POWDER PW110 Emboss
Hero Arts EMBOSS CLEAR  EMBOSSING POWDER PW104
Tsukineko VersaFine ONYX BLACK Ink Pad VF-82
Martha Stewart BEETLE BLACK 2oz Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paint 32082
Loew Cornell WATERCOLOR CAKES Simply Art 36 Paint 1021095 (Similar in price to what I used)
ZIG Wink of Stella GLITTER CLEAR Brush Tip Marker 025320

A video will be up in a bit explaining how I made these cards. Make sure to subscribe to us on YouTube! Thank you for stopping by!

SSS July 2016 Card Kit Card #1

Today I’m sharing the first of 3 birthday cards that I have already made using this card kit. It tried to stick to mostly what was included in the kit and use only a little bit of my supplies I already had on hand.

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This was the quickest of all of the cards I made and I just made it up as I went along. I started with one of the beautiful patterned papers from the kit and ink blending the border and the flowers using a Judikins Color Duster. I used various yellow inks including the one hybrid ink that was in the kit along with some distress ink. 

The sentiments that came in the Handwritten Floral Greetings Stamp Set were all nice but I specifically needed Birthday Cards so I used my stamp from the Lawn Fawn Scripty Sayings stamp set. I embossed that on some black cardstock using versamark and white embossing powder. Don’t forget to run an anti static tool over the paper before embossing!

I layered that on top of some vellum and taped it down to the card front. I added some glass domes to the top left corner to finish it off. Glass domes are also sold by Pretty Pink Posh under the name Clear Droplets. Mine are just a little larger than theirs. I mounted the card front onto Simon Says Stamp Slate Cardstock that I turned into a card base by cutting it at 5.5″ and scoring it at 4.25″. If you haven’t used Simon Says Stamp Cardsstock before, I definitely recommend you give it a try. I was super happy with how heavy weight it was and it made me realize I’ve been making some very “light” card bases. It made it feel much nicer.

That’s it for today! I will be back really soon with another birthday card I made using this month’s Simon Says Stamp Card Kit. Thank you for stopping by!

 Simon Says Stamp Card Kit of the Month 2016 SUBSCRIPTION JULY START DATE

Play Along with Me in July! SSS Card Kit

I’m so excited! I have been waiting for a Simon Says Stamp Card Kit to come out that speaks to me. This one is it! They just revealed it and there is still time to get this kit at the $5 discounted rate if you sign up for the subscription! The card kit is $24.95 if you get it through the subscription. Just click the banner below to check it out!


Simon Says Stamp Card Kit of the Month 2016 SUBSCRIPTION JULY START DATE – $24.95

from: Simon Says Stamp

Sign up for the kit now and you can play along with me in July! I will definitely be making YouTube videos and blog posts using this card kit. You can also just get this one kit for $29.95 if you don’t want to sign up for a subscription.

Here’s a peak of the kit:

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As you can see, you get eight double sided 6×6″ papers, a 4×6″ stamp set, FOUR Simon Says Stamp Inks, a water brush, five pieces of 8.5 x 11″ cardstock in various colors, and I think there’s some watercolor cardstock included too.

I plan to do some embossed watercoloring, no line watercoloring, simple cards using the paper as the main focus, and I will be using my Silhouette Cameo 2 to cut out the stamped images to do some 3-D effects. I hope you will be playing along with me!

Making 3-D Flowers for a Card

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This card was pretty time consuming, but I’m very happy with how it came out. I have a video on youtube of the making of this card if you are curious how it was made.

Here’s a list of supplies:

Spellbinders Rose Creations Die Set
S5-050 Spellbinders ROSE CREATIONS Dies
140 Lb Watercolor Cardstock

Ranger Non-Stick Craft Mat
Ranger Inkssentials Non Stick CRAFT SHEET 15 X 18 Reusable NSC20677
Adirondack Color Wash by Ranger in Purple Twilight and Wild Plum
           
Spray Bottle for Water ( not used, but recommended)
Tim Holtz DISTRESS SPRAYER Ranger 4 Ounces TDA47414

Distress Stain in Mowed Lawn
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Stain MOWED LAWN Ranger TDW36159
Ken Oliver Color Burst in Pthalo Green

Smooch Spritz in Mixed Berries

Luster Mica Powder in Hawaiian Orchid

McGill Paper Blossom Tool Kit

McGill Paper Blossoms Molding Mat

Mariposa Matstack by DCWV

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers

Tim Holtz Cling Stamp Set Phrases 1 ( I couldn’t find my stamp set since it’s old, but I found one with this same stamp)
Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps WAY WITH WORDS cms165
Glossy Accents in a syringe (worked great to control the flow of glue!)
Ranger Inkssentials GLOSSY ACCENTS Glue Dimensional Adhesive GAC17042

Black Brads (from a local craft store)

Pretty Pink Posh Clear Droplets OR Glass Dome Seals from http://www.8seasons.com. The ones I used are actually 10mm and 15mm, so they are much larger than the Pretty Pink Posh ones. 8seasons.com is overseas and the shipping is not usually worth it unless you place a large order. The 10mm Glass Domes are only $2.83 for 100. The 15mm Glass Domes are $2.83 for 50. If you click the pictures below you can get 200-225 4mm clear droplets for $3.00 or 75-100 6mm clear droplets for $3.00. Not a bad deal.
Pretty Pink Posh 4MM CLEAR DROPLETS (small)Pretty Pink Posh 6MM CLEAR DROPLETS (medium)
ATG Gun
3M Scotch PINK ATG ADVANCED TAPE GLIDER 1/4 Inch Adhesive Glue Gun
Sizzix Big Shot

Card Bases and Envelopes
DoCrafts CREAM A6 Cards & Envelopes 150101

“Stronger” Orchid Encouragement Card

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This card came together after I was left with a beautiful watercolored orchid from my last blog post and video. To see how I made the watercolored image using Prima Water Soluble Oil Pastels head over to that blog post.

After cutting out the orchid, from the Stampendous Orchid Greetings Stamp Set, I misted it with some spray mist in a nice light tan color to make the paper look aged and add some shimmer.

I adhered it to a piece of brick patterned paper from Authentique’s “Accomplished” collection. I proceeded to put the orchid image on my background paper with the bricks vertical rather than horizontal (oops!). I didn’t realize this until the very end when I was looking at my card and by then it was too late to remove anything. We’ll just pretend I was trying to be edgy and different!

The sentiment is from a 12×12″ piece of paper that is supposed to look like newspaper ads but has all these awesome sayings. It says “Everyday Moments” at the top. Sadly I threw away the strip with the information and I have no idea who makes it or where I bought it from. I think I may have got just this single piece of paper at one of my local scrapbook stores so who knows what company it was (sorry!). I popped that up with some thin foam tape for a tiny bit of dimension. I sprayed this cardstock with the light tan spray mist to match the background of the orchid.

Lastly, I inked the edges with some Donna Salazar Mix’d Media Inx in the color “Vintage”. These inks are by Colorbox and they are sooooo juicy! I don’t really ever see them for sale at the online craft stores or brick and mortar stores but they are really nice. I was able to find this color and many others on Amazon though.

I always forget to make encouragement cards for my stash so I am glad I have one ready to go now. When you have a friend in need you want to be there for them right away and that means no time to make a card. Now I’ll be ready the next time I need a card for this. Even if it’s just a friend trying to get a raise or save money! It doesn’t always have to be a sad situation to get a card like this.

Thank you for stopping by!

Prima Water Soluble Oil Pastels Review and Techniques

I recently ordered some Prima items and among them were the Water Soluble Oil Pastels. Since one of the boxes came dented up I decided I would keep that one for myself (since the contents were likely damaged- and they were) and write a review about it. 



These pastels come in a box of 24 and retail for $20.00. Simon Says Stamp sells them. We also sell them but by the time this blog post goes up we’ll probably only have a couple left



Once I opened my box I got right to work seeing what these worked well for and maybe not so well for. 



First technique was general coloring. The pastels are very creamy and would even draw on the tip of my finger. I tried scribbling on a thin sheet of non primed paper and it easily took the pastel. I added some water with my paint brush and it easily made the numbers I had written disappear. They are very soluble even on a non primed surface. 



Second technique was mixing with a gel medium. I chopped off the end of one of the pastels with my palette knife and smashed it into some Prima 3D Gloss Gel Medium . It’s not as creamy as a gelato so it took quite a bit of smashing to get it mixed in. I used the red color and you can see the result of me applying it through a star stencil on the picture below on the right. 

On the left side of the picture you will notice some light green dots over a purple wash of color. The purple wash of color was added on top of some dried Prima 3D Gloss Gel to see how it would react. I wanted to see if the water soluble oil pastels would stay on that medium or if it would act as a resist. It dried and stayed on it just fine. Then I was able to scribble the oil pastel on a non porous surface and mix in some Liquitex Gloss Gel Medium to create another colorful mixture to put through a stencil. This blended much easier than chopping off the end of a pastel. 



For my next technique I thought it would be fun to see how they worked on enhancing texture. I added some Golden Molding Paste to my journal and dried it with a heat tool to create some bubbles and get a lunar type of texture. Then I lightly scribbled on top of the texture, squirted some water on it, and blended it out with my finger. Here’s the effect: 

It really gets into all of those small nooks and crannies and really accentuates the texture! 
 
Next I wanted to see how these worked for stamping. This one of my favorite techniques with these pastels and it’s enough to make me happy to own them! All you do is scribble on the back of a stamp and give it a few mists of water and stamp down. You can then use a waterbrush to draw some of the color from the edges to the inside or even grab color directly from the oil pastel to add to your image. Here’s how it came out on 140 lb watercolor cardstock using a photopolymer stamp: 
 
Lastly I tried it on a rubber stamp with 3 different colors to see what would happen and that came out nice too. Here’s what that looked like with a woodgrain stamp: 
 

If you like these techniques then I definitely recommend checking out the Prima Water Soluble Oil Pastels



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Here’s a video I put together showing all of these techniques in action!