Jump Start the Holidays with Hero Arts

Today we are hopping to celebrate all things fall and winter - and to rev up your holiday cardmaking motors! We are also joining Lea Lawson during her month-long Crafty Comeback Party. Lea is an amazing designer, and we are thrilled to support her! Tune into her blog every day this month - she began the party on October 7, and there have been many beautiful cards and fabulous giveaways along the way!  To make this party extra fun, Hero Arts has invited along the team at A Blog Named Hero! Lots of inspiration on this hop today.


I used the new Color Layering Holly stamp set from Hero Arts for this card - I used the Lime to Forever Green ombre ink pad to selectively ink up the different layers of the holly leaves before cutting them out. I then decided that it was easier to do the die cutting first, because that makes it easier to line up some of the layers (especially the ones with the leaf stalk).
I took a Neenah Solar White card base and inked a circle of Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide Ink in the middle. I stamped the Merry Christmas sentiment on a leftover scrap of white cardstock, before spending approximately 3 hours deciding how to arrange the sentiment and the leaves on the card!
I was planning on stamping out the holly berries from the same stamp set, but I changed my mind and added some red Ranger Enamel Accents to the card - I made the big mistake of putting the drops directly onto the card, and two of them melded together into a big ugly mess! I managed to fix it by making some enamel dots on my craft mat, waited for them to dry, then added them on top of the mess I had created. Problem solved!

Hero Arts will be giving away a $25 gift certificate, randomly chosen from all of the comments left at averry stop along the blog hop. To enter, leave a comment on any of the blogs by Friday, November 10 at 11:59PST, and the winner will be announced on Lea Lawson's blog on Sunday, November 12. 

The next step on this hop is Swapna Patil - here's the complete list of participants, too!



Thanks for visiting

Jeanne said...

Very pretty card, Michelle. I really like the red ink blended background. It really helps the holly pop. So sorry about the oops, but you did a great job disguising it! :)

Kristie Goulet said...

SO very pretty! Love the pink in the background!

Purple Princess said...

Very pretty card!

Jess said...

I love the vintage feel of your card. So beautiful

Annette:) said...

So beautiful! Love the soft background.

Brooke Shull said...

I love the Berries...

Betty Keefe said...

beautiful card Michelle - totally understand spending hours arranging!

Rebecca Yahrling said...

Wow, I really love this; it's a beauty! Gorgeous design.

Debbie Selby said...

Like the colour in the background. Really enhances the diecuts.

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

Ohhhh, I love it.

Dee Earnshaw said...

stunning festive card:)

Lea Lawson said...

This is SO pretty! The enamel dot berries look SO great, and I love how you arranged it! {I giggled at your 3 hour comment - only because I do that ALL the time. Lol!}

Thank you so much for being part of my crafty comeback party - I appreciate it SO much!! ♥

Jeanne Beam said...

What a beautiful festive Christmas card. Thanks for sharing...

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

This is SO beautiful!

Sue LD said...

So pretty. I like the inked background.

Trina P. said...

So pretty. Love the pink background shading.

Marjorie DUMONTlER said...

This is a gorgeous card !! You made me laugh with your : " after spending 3 hours to arrange the sentiment and the leaves..." !!!

Francine D said...

Love the unique idea of the red behind the main image. lovely.

Christy Q said...

Stunning! This has been pinned to my CASE inspiration board as I just bought this set earlier this week. The soft blended background really brings the card alive!

Nana Griffin said...

Gorgeous! Lovely background for the focal image.

Debra Rumpza said...

Beautiful card!

Michelle H said...

I really like the design on this card. The way you tucked the sentiment into the holly, looks great.

JmB said...

This card is gorgeous. You are like me spending hours on sentiment placement. This is perfect. Thank you for sharing.

Lisa Buchanan said...

I love this card and your ideas (and fixes for boo-boos!).

Karen H said...

What "oops", I just see a beautiful card. Thanks for sharing.

Rose W said...

Love your card. Colors are just right. Thanks for sharing a good idea.

Tracy A said...

Beautiful design and coloring. I had to laugh when you said you spent “3 hours deciding how to arrange the sentiment and the leaves.“. I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who obsesses about things like this. It was well worth it though, your card is beautiful.

Cindy C. said...

So pretty!! Regardless the time you spent it's just worth it!!

Samantha Coleman said...

I don’t normally like holly cards but yours is beautiful .

Robin Platt said...

You have created a very pretty and festive card. Love it!

Annie LaVallee said...

Love the soft pink backdrop!!

RitaMaria Castillo said...

This card is stunning! I like the background with the leaves and sentiments, you can´t imagine how long I usually spend arranging elements in my cards. LOL!

Denise Bryant said...

Love those holly leaves and the berries! Pretty card!

Christy Malone said...

So pretty! Thank you!

Deborah Kaye said...

Gorgeous card! Love the holly!

Judie said...

What a lovely card! The berries are lovely!

Angie Wylie said...

Beautiful card!

Jenny said...

Lovely card! Thanks for sharing

Alaska .Kris said...

I love the enamel dots! Nice save!

Karthikha said...

Such a pretty card!! Beautiful!!

brenda said...

Love your card especially the way the design is on a diagonal

Lonya Mathys said...

Beautiful card. Your work is lovely.

Kim Faucher said...

The design and that pink/red in the background is just perfect!!

Karen @ Misplaced Mojo said...

Beautiful layout and I appreciate knowing I'm not the only one who agonizes for way too long over the placement of elements!!! Thanks for sharing that tidbit :-) I'm glad you salvaged the berries, they look awesome and you would never know there had been an issue! Just the same, I always make mine off the project because I worry I'll mess up everything with that final step.

Valerija said...

What an amazing card. Love the image.

Denise Ward said...

I love the subtle background while having a bright pop of color as the main focus. The poinsettias look so beautiful in your design!

Martha Berry said...

The background is just the ticket to make the holly and berries stand out. Very nicely done!

Stacey Kowbel said...

Fantastic Christmas card! I love the sentiment banner through the holly leaves.

Starr Patrick said...

Stunning card thank you for sharing

Denise Kitts-Wadlow said...

Beautiful holly & berries card!

Nandini said...

So pretty! Love the soft background.

Janis said...

The classic holly motif with the sweet pink background looks fabulous!!
<3 J

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