9.20.2017

Toile de Jouy

I'm over on the CardMaker blog today with a Toile de Jouy inspired card! Don't know what that means? Head on over to the blog to find out!


Thanks for stopping in today and God bless!

9.19.2017

Chatty Owls

I'm over on the Hero Arts blog today with some chatty owls...


Head on over to the blog for more details, and thanks so much for stopping in!

9.13.2017

The Reach of Kindness

I'm a creature of habit. When I find something I really like, I usually stick with it. Examples:
  • Chik-fil-a original sandwich. Nothing else on the menu is as good...(not that I've really explored)
  • McDonald's mocha frappe. Or just mocha frappe by any other name at any other coffee-selling vendor.
  • My mom's Italian meatballs (everything else is 😝)
Hm, well, upon reflection, it appears I'm mostly a food-based creature of habit...but it does extend a bit to my card making!

Case in point: this background.
When I was on a roll making it, I was on a ROLL.

So when I got my hands on the August My Monthly Hero add-on, Astronomical, I just knew the pair were a match made in heaven.


Because the background is so utterly gorgeous (if I do say so myself), I decided to keep it simple with the images. I colored them lightly with Light Gray and Gray Brown, and then die cut them with the coordinating die cuts.

I adhered them to the background using Scrappy Glue, my favorite kind of glue for smaller, delicate pieces and also slicker surfaces, such as this embossed background.


HERE'S a video showing how I made the background, but here's a quick overview:
  1. Blend Hero Arts Grape Juice, Ultra Pink, Soft Apricot, and Navy. You could play around with other pinks and oranges, but it's really the Grape Juice and the Navy that really ties everything together for me.
  2. Cover dried inks with Versamark, and heat emboss using Hero Arts clear Sparkle embossing powder (aka, the best stuff EVER invented!!). I feel like this is the most essential, as it seems to really blend the background together.
  3. Die cut using the Hero Arts Star Confetti die. (you could do this step last and get two cards - check the video for details!)
You can really get a lot out of this project - the video itself shows how to get two backgrounds from this process, and you could even get three projects, if you used the die cut stars as confetti.


I die cut a shimmery navy panel using the Rectangle Infinity dies, and then tucked a white heat embossed vellum sentiment behind it.

Thanks for much for stopping in today and God bless!

SUPPLIES


Cardstock: Michaels
Stamps: Hero Arts Astronomical
Ink: Versamark, Hero Arts Grape JuiceUltra PinkSoft Apricot, and Navy, ZIG Light Gray and Gray Brown
Other: Hero Arts White and clear Sparkle embossing powder

Tools: heat gun, Cuttlebug, Hero Arts Astronomical Frame CutsStar Confetti and Rectangle Infinity dies

9.12.2017

Subtle Die Cut Background

Hi all! Today I'm participating in a blog with CardMaker Magazine and Spellbinders.

The card today uses one of the dies from the September Spellbinder XL Die of the Month. Today is my parent's 35th wedding anniversary, so I wanted to make a clean and simple card for them using the dies.


I die cut one of the borders three times in white cardstock, then adhered the strips to a white card base. I topped off the die cuts with some blue gems from my stash.


The sentiment is from the Happy stamp set by Hero Arts, and was embossed in Copper powder on vellum. I cut one short edge of the strip into a banner edge, and adhered it to the card base. I used a little bit of vellum adhesive on the right short edge, and also used some Scrappy Glue directly behind the embossing (so it wouldn't show behind the vellum).

I really like using Scrappy Glue - it's a little less flimsy (funny word to describe adhesive, I know ;)) then Multi Matte Medium, and it also dries matte.

Thanks so much for stopping in and God bless!

PRIZE


Spellbinders is hosting a giveaway on their blog of a one-year kit subscription.

BLOG HOP


For lots of inspiration, follow this hop:

Clare Prezzia < you are here!

SUPPLIES


Cardstock: Michaels
Stamps: Hero Arts Happy Stamp and Cut
Ink: Versamark
Other: Hero Arts Copper embossing powder, blue gems from stash

Tools: Cuttlebug, September Spellbinder XL Die of the Month, heat gun

9.07.2017

Enjoy the Last of Summer

Fall is always so bittersweet for me, as I am a huge fan of summer, but I guess if you have to leave the greenness and sunshine of summer, what better way to go out then the beautiful colors of fall?

Before my musings take me to winter (ugh! and I'm a winter baby, too!), let's have a nice summery card, shown in the Hero Arts 2017 Summer catalog.

This simple card features my first stamp set, Enjoy the Journey.


First, I heat embossed some of the waves in white on watercolor cardstock, and loosely colored around them with my ZIG Cobalt Blue pen.

I heat embossed the main ship in white on black, and trimmed that out (I didn't have the super handy-dandy die on hand at the time). With the boat adhered to the dried out waves, I topped the panel off with a cheeky sentiment stamped in Black and some Ocean Ombre sequins.


I adhered the panel to a card base, along with a strip of gray cardstock, and finished the card off with some string.

I love how this card can be used for anyone, for almost any occasion!

Thanks for stopping in and enjoy the fourteen (!!!!) days left of summer!

SUPPLIES


Cardstock: Canson watercolor, Bazzill Licorice Twist, gray cardstock from stash
Stamps: Hero Arts Enjoy the Journey
Ink: Versamark, ZIG Cobalt Blue, Hero Arts Black
Other: Hero Arts White embossing powder and Ocean Ombre sequins, string

Tools: heat gun, water, paintbrush, Cuttlebug, Hero Arts Enjoy the Journey die

9.06.2017

Squirrelly Thanks // Hero Arts

I'm over on the Hero Arts blog with Amy today, sharing some cards that use add-ons from this month's My Monthly Hero.
Here's a peek at what I made...


Check out the Hero Arts blog for more details, and thanks for stopping in!


9.05.2017

Misprinted Stationary Style

Hello all! Today I'm participating in the Hero Arts September 2017 My Monthly Hero Arts blog hop!

My card today was inspired by pretty misprinted stationary, and stars the one of the monthly add-ons, the adorable Color Layering Squirrel.


I stamped the three layers in Fresh Peach, Pale Tomato, and Mulled Wine, respectively.

I purposely didn't try hard lining up the stamps and getting crisp impressions, so that I could achieve the misprinted look. It's also a great excuse when you want to be lazy, which is definitely not me. Ever. ;)


I used some of the small elements from the same stamp set to create the little scene around the squirrel, but I used more elements from one of my favorite Hero Arts stamp sets ever, Let Love Grow. I used Passion Flower and Soft Purple for the purples, Soft Pool and Pool for the blues, Soft Apricot and Pumpkin Pie for the oranges.

The top sentiment was stamped in black, and the bottom heat embossed in white on black cardstock. I die cut the squirrel panel using the Rectangle Infinity dies, and then layered it on the card base, finishing off the card.

Quick, easy and cute!

GIVEAWAY


The supplies included in this months kit:
  • 1 6" x 8" Color Layering Clear Stamp Set
  • 8 Coordinating Frame cuts
  • 5 Ink cubes (Butter Bar, Cup O’ Joe, Orange Soda, Pumpkin Pie and Tangerine)
  • 3 Brass sunflower charms 
  • 3 Brass leaf charms
  • 2 5.5" x 8.5" Pumpkin Vellum 30lb
  • 2 5.5" x 8.5" Moonrock Cardstock 80lb
The kit value is $70, an amazing deal at $34.99
The kit is available for a limited time only - once it's gone, it's gone. However, you can now subscribe to receive the kit monthly and never miss one!

BLOG HOP


For loads of inspiration and a chance to win a prize, follow this hop! Here's the entire list:

  May Park 

GIVEAWAY


Hero Arts is giving away one kit as a prize to one blog reader - selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. (Hero will reimburse the winner if they have already bought the kit) Giveaway closes Monday, 9/4 at 11:59pm, and the winner will be announced the following week.

SUPPLIES


Cardstock: Michaels
Stamps: Hero Arts Color Layering Squirrel and Let Love Grow
Ink: Hero Arts Fresh PeachPale TomatoMulled WinePassion FlowerSoft PurpleSoft PoolPoolSoft ApricotPumpkin Pie and Black
Other: Hero Arts White embossing powder

Tools: heat gun, Hero Arts Rectangle Infinity dies, Cuttlebug

8.29.2017

Selective Sentiment Adjusting // Hero Arts

This little number appeared on the Hero Arts blog yesterday, with a video...


Check out the blog for more details, and thanks for stopping in!

8.23.2017

Step Up Card Set + VIDEO // Hero Arts

Hello all! Today I'm participating in the Hero Arts 2017 Winter Catalog blog hop!

There are so many awesome new stamps from this release that it was difficult to choose which one to feature, but in the end, the fun and versatile Winter Silhouettes stamp set won.

I made three cards, same design, different color combos, and each a "step up" from the previous.
First off...


The jar comes from an older Hero Arts set, Winter Scene, and is stamped in Silver.
The trees are stamped in Passion Flower and Soft Lilac for the purples, and Navy for the boy, dog and sentiment. The sentiment comes from a fun new clear set, Poster Christmas Carols.


The panel is adhered to an A4 card base, and first one is done! This could be even faster if you have a stamp positioning tool.

For the second card, the same process as the first card is repeated, except using Cotton CandyBubblegum, and Grape Juice  This one has a little extra something though, in the form of glitter. 


I stamped the snow (from the Winter Scene set) using the Essential Glue pad. It's been forever since I've used this, but it's so fun! I have an old video on how to get it to work well, but essentially, you add a little drop of the glue refill onto the pad, squish it around, ink, and stamp! 


To make sure the glitter stays on for more than one day, give the glue some time to set and then add the glitter. This will make sure the glitter stays on - I know I have some really old cards where I stamped the glitter, and that glitter is still holding on to this day! The finer the glitter, the better the hold.

Finally, the shaker card...


For this card, you're actually stamping on the card base, instead of the panel. To get the stamped base and die cut panel to align perfectly, first die cut the panel using the Jar die  Then use some washi tape to hold in place on the base, and stamp the jar.


The rest of the stamping is per usual, in CornflowerDusty Blue, and Charcoal . Some chunky Martha Stewart glitter and clear sequins complete the shaker card and this little card set.

VIDEO


Here's a video of the process...


GIVEAWAY


Hero Arts is giving away three $25 shopping sprees, drawn from comments left across all blogs in the hop. Hoppers, please comment by Wednesday, 8/30 at 11:59pm PT and Hero Arts will announce the winner the following week.

BLOG HOP


Cardstock: linen cardstock
Other: Martha Stewart glitter

Tools: Cuttlebug, Hero Arts Jar die

8.19.2017

10 Minute Card // CardMaker Magazine

This is a little late, but I have a post on the CardMaker blog up, showing how to make a cute little card in less than ten minutes...


Check out the blog for more details!

8.11.2017

Modern Ami // CardMaker Magazine

Hi all! Today I'm participating in a blog with CardMaker Magazine and CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.

The kind folks at CAS-ual Fridays sent the team some stamps to play with. Today, I used the bold Mon Ami to make a bright, modern card.

I created a pattern by stamping the beautiful bloom in Hero Arts Indigo over a white card base. I then colored the blooms in with a Chameleon pen from the Cool Tones set. I was feeling pretty lazy, so the blending is definitely not as smooth as the markers can be, but I'll chalk the look up to "artsy." ;)


I stamped the sentiment in Versamark on some blue scrap paper, and then heat embossed it in white. Two of the corners were punched using a good ol' office hole puncher, and then the sentiment was adhered to the card base. Pretty simple and retro!

PRIZE


CAS-ual Fridays Stamps is offering four prize packages, each with a value over $40 - check out their blog for more details.

BLOG HOP


For lots of inspiration and a chance to win a prize, follow this hop:

Clare Prezzia (you are here!)

SUPPLIES


Cardstock: Michaels
Stamps: CAS-ual Fridays Mon Ami
Ink: Hero Arts Indigo, Versamark
Other: Chameleon Cool Tones, Hero Arts white embossing powder

Tools: office hole puncher, heat gun

8.09.2017

Manly Mangrove // Hero Arts

I realize that it might seem like there is a disturbing lack of card making going on around here, and I'm here today to inform you that that's not the case! Lots of cards get made, but I just forget to post them.
Such as the case with today's card, which was part of the Hero Arts Summer 2017 catalog.


For the card, I started off by stamping the Color Layering Mangrove stamp in its various layers, using Green Hills and Forever Green for the foliage, and Cup O' Joe and Soft Brown for the trunk. There's more little images you can add to the tree, like little creepers, but I opted not to.

Then, for a very subtle touch, I dry embossed a frame on the panel, using the Rectangle Infinity dies. I used a larger rectangle die to then cut the panel out.


The sentiment was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in white on a black piece of cardstock, and then I die cut it using a die from Number It Stamp and Cut set.
Finally, I adhered the stamped panel down to a Kraft card base that I had stamped in Versamark with the Scribble Bold Prints background stamp.

Thanks so much for stopping in and God bless!

SUPPLIES


Cardstock: Michaels white, Hero Arts Kraft
Stamps: Hero Arts Color Layering Mangrove and Scribble Bold Prints
Ink: Hero Arts Green HillsForever GreenCup O' JoeSoft Brown, and Versamark
Other: Hero Arts white embossing powder

Tools: Cuttlebug, Hero Arts Number It Stamp and Cut die

8.08.2017

Easy Painted Background // Hero Arts

I'm over on the Hero Arts blog today with a fun background-starring card...


Check out the blog for more details, and thanks for stopping in!

7.21.2017

Favorite Cardmaking Tip // CardMaker Magazine

I'm over on the CardMaker Magazine blog today, with one of my favorite card making tips. I've picked up a lot over the course of my "lofty" card making "career," and today's is one of my favorites.


Head on over to the blog to see what it's all about!

Cards for Kids // Hero Arts

I'm over on the Hero Arts blog today, with some fun kid cards...(this is only one ;))


Head on over to the blog for more details and to see the other cards!

7.14.2017

Tidal Background // CardMaker

Hi all! Today I'm participating in a blog with CardMaker Magazine and Craftin’ Desert Divas.

The kind folks at Craftin’ Desert Divas sent the team some stamps to play with, and for today's card, I used a little mermaid from the new July stamp set, Summer Vibin'.

If you follow my blog at all, then you might know that I am not what I call a "colorist." Copics scare the death out of me, and I only rarely use my ZIG's to color in images. I think "people" images are the scariest for me, but I just had to give this little mermaid a try.
Because the coloring itself was overwhelming for me, I decided to make it easy on myself and use the colors from THIS pin.


I stamped the mermaid in Hero Arts Black ink, and colored in with Cobalt Blue, Blue, Persian Blue, Orange, Mustard, and Bright Yellow. I then trimmed her out, and saved her for later.

For my background, I was pretty lazy and just mashed Oxide Faded Jeans and Chipped Sapphire together. It's my second time playing with the Distress Oxide inks, and I think I learned a little more this time - they blend easier for me. The whole "oxide" water effect isn't a huge make-or-break for me, as I like how the normal Distress Inks blend as well, but the ease of blending was definitely a plus.

I then flicked some water on, removed it with a paper towel, and once the cardstock was dried, I used the Hero Arts Waves stencil to smoosh a bunch of Versamark. I then heat embossed it with some Clear Sparkle embossing powder.

That finished up my background!



To set the stage, I die cut a window using the Oval Infinity dies, and then die cut a frame using the same die set. I adhered the navy frame to the front of the window, and then created my shaker card using some of the Craftin’ Desert Divas Carnie Sequin mix  I took all the red sequins out of the mix - that's what I love about mixes! You can totally pick which colors you like, or use the entire bunch!

I finished the card off with a bow and a matching sentiment stamped in Indigo ink.

PRIZE


Craftin’ Desert Divas will be hosting a giveaway on their blog of a $75 CDD Shop credit.

HOP


For loads of inspiration, follow this blog!

Craftin’ Desert Divas: http://www.craftindesertdivasblog.com

SUPPLIES


Cardstock: Michaels
Stamps: Craftin’ Desert Divas Summer Vibin'
Ink: Hero Arts Black and IndigoVersamarkOxide Faded JeansChipped Sapphire, ZIG
Other: Craftin’ Desert Divas Carnie Sequin mix, string, Hero Arts Clear Sparkle embossing powder

Tools: water, Cuttlebug, Hero Arts Oval Infinity dies and Waves stencil

7.11.2017

Destash for Charity

Hello all! I've had some great responses to my destashes, and I thank you all! This round will be a little different - the stamps and dies are mainly from Hero Arts. Also, since I was given all of this product for creative team work, I can't sell it. However, so that this destash is a win-win-win, I thought I'd introduce a benefactor, Mary's Meals.


Here's a short blurb (from their website) if you're not familiar with them:

Mary’s Meals is a global movement supported by people from many walks of life and different backgrounds.
Our vision is that every child receives one daily meal in their place of education and that all those who have more than they need, share with those who lack even the most basic things.
Working together with those who share our vision, we believe there is no good reason why this cannot be realized.
Our mission is to enable people to offer their money, goods, skills, time, or prayer, and through this involvement, provide the most effective help to those suffering the effects of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest communities.
We welcome all into the Mary’s Meals family and we believe everyone has something important to contribute to the realization of our vision.

I have some friends with close ties to the organization, I love it, and it's honestly one of the few charities I feel totally and completely confident in, so I thought this would be a great way to spread some stamping love! ALL the proceeds will be going to Mary's Meals.

UPDATE:
Yay! All the bundles sold, and the donations made! Visit THIS page for more details.


Here's the goodies bundled up:


Now, here's the box/envelope values:

#1: over $100, yours for 50 - SOLD
#2: over $150, yours for 65 - SOLD
#3: over $200, yours for 80 - SOLD
#4: over $200, yours for 80 - SOLD

I'm pretty sure I managed to stick one exclusive My Monthly Hero stamp in each package, if that's any incentive. ;)

Payment must be received within twenty four hours of confirmation, using Paypal friends and families. Once everything has sold, I will make the donation and post a screenshot or receipt of the donation to THIS fundraiser since I don't have a fancy button to do it for me haha.

E-mail me at ctprezzia15@gmail.com if you'd like one! First come, first serve.

7.07.2017

CardMaker Magazine Blog Team Announcement

I am still catching up from vacation, but I am excited to announce that I will be part of the CardMaker Blog Team for the next six months!

It is an honor to be a part of this team of talented ladies! Check out their blogs and other social media accounts for oodles for creativity and inspiration!


And a big thank you Brooke and Tanya for this opportunity!

7.06.2017

African Daisy Style // Hero Arts

I'm over on the Hero Arts blog today with a bright, colorful card...


Head on over to the blog for more details and thanks for stopping by!

6.29.2017

Chopped: Cards Edition #3 // Hero Arts

In an unprecendated turn of events, Clare is actually continuing on with one of her many card series, beyond two posts! Crazy, I know. ;)

Today's Chopped card was made for yet another blog hop, months ago. This is a super simple and easy one layer card, using minimal supplies and featuring the super cute Raining Cats and Dogs stamp set.


I think this cat and dog are just the cutest things! I stamped my sentiment first in my favorite black ink, and then the critters in Soft Granite and Charcoal. I filled in the rest of the space by stamping clouds and rain drops in Soft Pool.


It's hard to see the dimension and shine in the pics, but you can definitely tell the colors on the raindrops are slightly off. Why? I used super old Glossy Accents that had a strange greenish tint to it, as I was using a green-headed sewing pin to keep the Glossy Accents tip from drying up.

Why didn't this card make the cut? Like I mentioned above, the old Glossy Accents had a strange greenish tint to them, which through off the Soft Pool color. However, the main reason was because I just could NOT figure out how to photograph this card without it looking super washed out!

SUPPLIES


Cardstock: Michaels
Stamps: Hero Arts Raining Cats and Dogs
Ink: Hero Arts Soft Pool, Black, Soft Granite and Charcoal

6.27.2017

Chopped: Card Edition #2 // Hero Arts

I'm here today with another "edition" of my card series, Chopped! I know, I'm surprising myself by actually continuing this "series," especially after #cardmakerprobs died so pitifully. ;)

I was experimenting with the Color Layering Hydrangea stamp for THIS blog hop months ago, and that's how today's card came to be.
First I tried a lot of different combinations with the Hero Arts Ombre ink lineup, but wasn't really feeling anything. Then I decided to play around with some Distress Inks, and I don't remember why this unusual color combo came into my mind, but I combined Shaded Lilac and Tea Dye to get a rather vintage stained hydrangea look.


I used the rock'n'roll stamp technique: I inked up the second layer of the hydrangea in Shaded Lilac, and then rolled the edges of the stamp in Tea Dye. I think this technique works best with rubber stamps, but it turned out fine here. It was a little tricky though, since I only had mini ink pads in the colors. ;)

I then lightly spritzed the stamp with water, and stamped a whole border full on some watercolor cardstock.


To top it off, I die cut a black frame using the Hero Arts Rectangle Infinity dies, and die cut my sentiment from the Luggage Tag Alphabet die set. Everything was doubled on another piece of cardstock, and adhered to the base.

Why didn't this card make the cut? I wasn't sold on the colors (again), and I also had the darndest time trying to photograph this card. The colors just really washed out in almost every photograph! It took me several photography "sessions" to just get the pics for this post. ;)

Thanks so much for stopping in and God bless!

SUPPLIES


Cardstock: Canson watercolor, Bazzill black
Stamps: Hero Arts Color Layering Hydrangea
Ink: Distress Inks Shaded Lilac and Tea Dye

Tools: water bottle, Cuttlebug, Hero Arts Rectangle Infinity dies and Luggage Tag Alphabet die set

6.26.2017

Color Card Set // Hero Arts

I'm over on the Hero Arts blog today with a video and a card set that I had SO much fun making!


Head on over to the blog for more details, and thanks for stopping in today!

6.24.2017

Chopped: Card Edition #1 // Hero Arts

Things have been pretty mum around here, I realize - this summer has been crazy so far! My oldest brother is getting married a week from today, I'm visiting Ireland with four of my siblings at the end of July for ten days, retreat soon after coming back, working with my brother and dad on marketing and graphic design for their business, a flight down to Denver - these are just some of the crazy things happening! And amidst it all, most of my eight siblings and their families are making their way in and out of the family house for the celebrations. :)

So, that's what I'm up to!

Now, for the card stuff...

Between all the usual craziness, a full-time job and freelancing on the side, I don't have a whole lot of time to card making. I usually only have time to make projects that I need to make for an assignment, and no extras for blog fun.
However, while I make projects for assignments, things don't always turn out the way I want them to right away. Actually, this is usually the case. Lots of experimenting with layout, colors, techniques, etc. Sometimes the experiment looks cool, but doesn't really display what I particularly want to focus on for a blog post.
Instead of throwing it away, I'll finish it up quickly. I don't usually post these cards, but I thought it'd be fun to share some cards that I made for an assignment, and just didn't make the cut.

Welcome to Chopped: Card Edition!

For this first edition, here's a card I worked on for THIS Hero Arts blog post. I needed to try to make the lovely Wallpaper Pattern bold prints shine, so I tried heat embossing it in white and then coloring in little bits and pieces with my ZIG pens.


If I have a really pretty background, I really want it to shine, so I usually end up white heat embossing a sentiment on a small black cardstock panel, adhering it to the base, and calling it a day. However, I do that so often, that I wanted to try spicing things up.


I decided to die cut a navy panel (big stretch from black, I know ;)) with the Rectangle Infinity Dies, and then use a smaller rectangle die to cut two small windows in the panel. I left space in the middle to heat emboss a sentiment from Color Layering Graphic Flowers in white, and then used clear sequins to "shake" things up. (ha!)

So why didn't this card make the cut? Honestly, I wasn't particularly happy with how either of my cards turned out, but I decided to nix this one because I wasn't loving the colors. 

What about you? Do you often have great ideas in mind that just won't translate well to paper? 

SUPPLIES


Stamps: Hero Arts Color Layering Graphic Flowers
Other: Hero Arts white embossing powder, Simon Says Stamp clear sequins

Tools: heat gun, Cuttlebug, Hero Arts Rectangle Infinity Dies, water and paintbrush

6.05.2017

Colorful Safari // Hero Arts

Hello all! Today I'm participating in the Hero Arts June 2017 My Monthly Hero Arts blog hop!

For my first card today, I used the silhouette images from the main kit to create a super colorful birthday card....


I stamped the animals in Distress Oxide inks - this was my first time using them, and after this card, I feel like they should be called Distress Neon inks! They're so bright and bold! For the animals, I used Worn LipstickSpiced MarmaladeBroken China and Wilted Violet.

After stamping the animals, I took the new Tribal Prints background, misted it with water, and stamped the watery background onto the animals. After I took the stamp away, it left a cool watermark impression.


The sentiment was stamped from Birthday Celebration.

Now for my second card today, using the super fun add-on, Color Layering Brave Lion stamp set. This stamp set has so many great little accompanying images as well, like a layered crown and some bows.

For today though, I wanted to make a watercolor lion inspired by one of my best friends, who loves to watercolor. She's a bit colorblind, so most of her projects end up with lots of blue and purple hues, which make for some really neat looking projects!


I used my ZIG's to color directly onto the second layer image of the lion, misted it lightly with water, and stamped onto watercolor cardstock. To help the ink spread a little more, I misted the stamped image a bit, at an angle, for a looser look.


The sentiment is from another great add-on stamp this month, Color Layering Bengal Tigers. I heat embossed the image in gold on black, cut it out and adhered it to the card base. I tied the card off with some gold string, and a mix of purple sequins.

THE KIT


The supplies included in this months kit:

  • 1 6" x 8" clear stamp set
  • 9 coordinating Frame Cuts
  • 1 Fancy Die
  • 3 ink cubes (Just Rust, Mulled Wine, Moss)
  • 0.5 oz. black embossing powder 
  • 2 4" x "6" Portuguese eco-friendly cork sheets
  • 2 sheets of 5.5" x 8.5" metallic bronze paper (81 lb. text weight)
  • 2 sheets of 5.5" x 8.5" metallic quartz cardstock (105 lb. cover weight)
The kit value is $70, an amazing deal at $34.99.
The kit is available for a limited time only - once it's gone, it's gone. However, you can now subscribe to receive the kit monthly and never miss one!


BLOG HOP



For loads of inspiration and a chance to win a prize, follow this hop! If you've been following the blog hop, then I'm your last stop, but if you haven't, here's the entire list:


  May Park 


GIVEAWAY


Hero Arts is giving away one kit as a prize to one blog reader - selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. (Hero will reimburse the winner if they have already bought the kit) Giveaway closes Sunday, June 11 at 11:59pm, and the winner will be announced the following week.

SUPPLIES


Cardstock: Canson watercolor
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade, Broken China and Wilted Violet, Versamark, ZIG
Other: Hero Arts gold embossing powder and Ombre Purple sequins

Tools: heat gun, water mister