Stretch your stamps at A Blog Named Hero

The challenge theme at A Blog Named Hero this month is Stretch Your stamps. I use a lot of background stamps, and one way to stretch them to get a different look is to only use a portion of them.


I used the Flower Garden Bold Print stamp from Hero Arts, white embossed and coloured with Zig markers and water. I cut it into four 1.5-inch-square panels, and then added a sentiment from Mouse Tea Party. I finished with some clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.


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Purple flowers on yupo

I have so many panels of Yupo with alcohol inks and alcohol pearls, I have a problem!


I embossed some flowers from Uniquely Creative over the alcohol inks (it is do-able, but not easy to do - you have to keep the heat tool moving at all times so that the yupo doesn't melt) and I added a sentiment from Clearly Besotted.


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You are awesome

I love making background panels with colour and pattern all over, but then when I add them to cards, it's just TOOOOO MUCH!! I need my white space!! So cutting the panel in half is a win-win - I get my white space, and I get two cards for the price of one! Yay!


The panel has a white embossed stamp from Catherine Pooler, coloured with Zig markers and sprayed with Perfect Pearls. I added a white embossed sentiment from Simon Says Stamp and fussy cut the sentiment for some extra interest.


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Doodled lace birthday

I have so many panels of yupo with alcohol ink, I hardly know what to do with them all! I don't know what I would do without gorgeous cover plate dies like this one from Altenew.


The cover die is called "doodled lace" and the sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp.


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Nuance powders

This card started as a panel of white watercolour cardstock. The first step was to spray it with water.


I then added colour using Nuance powder by Magenta. After drying it with my heat tool, I then stamped the floral border from Ink Blot Shop, and a sentiment from Hero Arts, and white embossed them both.


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Fusion: Family

Welcome to a new challenge at Fusion!









I stamped and white embossed a gorgeous stamp called Floral Garden from Studio Katia and watercoloured it with Zig markers. The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted.



Make sure you check out all the rest of the inspiration at the Fusion challenge blog, and play along with your own creation!

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Rainbow kaleidoscope

Still using up panels of alcohol ink on yupo.


I used a coverplate die from Catherine Pooler, and a sentiment die from Simon Says Stamp.


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One layer stenciled card

A simple one-layer card to share today.


I used a stencil from Funky Fossil Designs, inked in a rainbow of Distress Oxide inks, and added a stamped sentiment from Simon Says Stamp.  Some sequins finished the card.


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Pink hugs

This card has an image stamped over alcohol inks and alcohol pearls using Alcohol lift ink. It's not the easiest to see, though.


I used a floral image from Studio Katia, with a die from Pink and Main and a sentiment stamp from Clearly Besotted.


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Christmas at A Blog Named Hero

I have a card on the A Blog Named Hero Facebook page today for the latest challenge, Christmas in July (yes, I know it's not July anymore, but it's still a great opportunity to get a head start on your Christmas card making!)

 
I started with a yupo panel with alcohol inks, added die cut glittter paper using the Snowflake Edge fancy die, and a sentiment from Winter Holiday Messages. 


 Make sure you visit the A Blog Named Hero Facebook page - we have heaps of cardmaking inspiration!

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Blue floral on Yupo

Embossing on Yupo - not easy, but doable if you take your time and keep the heat tool moving.


I embossed a floral image from Wplus9 over a panel of Yupo witth alcohol inks and alcohol pearls, and then added a sentiment from Clearly Besotted.


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Rainbow pearls

Rainbows and alcohol pearls and Yupo!


The dies are from Simon Says Stamp and the stamp is from Birch Press.


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Damask background

I made this background by inking up a background stamp with multiple Distress Oxide inks, spraying with water and some Perfect Pearls and then stamping onto watercolour cardstock.


I don't use this technique very often, mainly because most of the background stamps I own have outline images, with not much solid space on the stamp. This stamp is from Simon Says Stamp, and the birthday die is from Create a Smile.


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Seahorses from Simon Says Stamp

I have a third card to share with you using the Seahorse Background stamp from the latest release from Simon Says Stamp!


I stamped the seahorse background in my MISTI using Mermaid Lagoon and Cracked Pistachio Distress oxide inks in the bottom 2/3 of the stamp. I then cleaned the stamp, inked the whole thing with Versamark, stamped again over the top of the coloured stamping, then clear embossed. I then used ink blending tools to add colour over the top in the opposite direction to the stamped ombre (ie ink blending Mermaid lagoon over the versamark, ink blending cracked pistachio over the cracked pistachio, and then leaving the bottom third clear.

I added a die cut and stamped happy birthday sentiment (both also from Simon Says Stamp).


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Fusion: Kindness

Welcome to a new challenge at Fusion!




I made a panel of watercolour cardstock with Gelatos and blended them with a baby wipe. I added some flowers from Altenew and a sentiment from Hero Arts. I coloured the flowers with white pigment ink.



Make sure you check out all the rest of the inspiration at the Fusion challenge blog, and play along with your own creation!

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Believe in You release from Simon Says Stamp

The new "Believe in you" release from Simon Says Stamp is now live! Yay! The lovely people at Simon Says Stamp sent me the Seahorse Background to have a play with, and here are two of the cards I made:



I made a watercolour background by white embossing the seahorse Background onto watercolour cardstock, and watercoloured it using Zig markers. For the first card, I cut a circle from the middle, and added a die cut and stamped sentiment from Simon Says Stamp (I gold embossed the bottom half of the thanks die.)


I used the circle from the first card to make this second card - I added a gold die cut sentiment from Simon Says Stamp and some gold faux stitching.



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Falling leaves

I have So. Many. Yupo, Panels. With alcohol inks, obvs. Keep trying to come up with different ways to put them onto cards so that I don't end up with a heap of cards that are same same.


This is a coverplate die from Lil Inkers Designs, with a sentiment die from Mama Elephant, and a stamp from Birch Press.


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Pink and salmon Beautiful Day

I've been on a kick of making alcohol inks with foil - I've made a pile of Yupo panels, and this is how I used one of them.


The sentiment is from "Beautiful Day" by Altenew.


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Sending Hugs

I recently bought a stamp set and stencil from Sarah Gray at Funky Fossil Designs -and as soon as they arrived, I totally CASEd  card by Sarah!


I stamped the wreath image onto some coral coloured cardstock and white mbossed it, then coloured the flowers with red and pink Copic markers. I added a white embossed sentiment from Simon Says Stamp, some Distress Oxide ink around the edges and some Wink of Stella over the flowers.


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Christmas in July at A Blog Named Hero

The new challenge at A Blog Named Hero is Christmas in July!


I used these cute little elves with the matching die, and added a sentiment from Winter Holiday Messages from Hero Arts.


Make sure you visit the A Blog Named Hero Facebook page - there's heaps of inspiration there!

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Guest Designer for The Flower Challenge part 2

I am very excited to be a guest of The Flower Challenge for July!
You still have a bit of time to join in!


The challenge this month is "Pretty Pastels"


This is what I came up with:


I white embossed a flower from Fantastic Flowers from Sweet n Sassy Stamps, and I coloured it with Zig markers and water. I then used the Splash layering stencil from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous to add some texture around the floral image. I stamped and clear embossed a sentiment from Gina K onto vellum and wrapped it around the panel, and finished with some white enamel dots.


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Leafy border die

I recently bought this border die from Altenew - great  for making two cards for the price of one!
I started with a panel of Yupo coloured with green alcohol inks.


I finished this card with stamps from Simon Says Stamp.


Then I made this card with the positive die cut.


 The sentiment stamps are also from Altenew.


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