Forest Sunset – Hero Arts

Welcome everyone! I’m finally getting to playing with some of the goodies from last month’s release from Hero Arts. July was a little crazy for me especially with my hubby and daughter taking a trip to St. Thomas for a week. Then it was just me and Dalton and needless to say I did not get a lot done.

So when I found a couple minutes today, I played with the Forest Sunset die. Such a beautiful and simple die. It makes gorgeous cards in minutes!

The Forest Sunset die cuts out the center of your card stock. Pictured below I used Black card stock. For the background, I ink blended Blue Hawaii and Key Lime Fizz Reactive Inks. Then spritzed with water.

I stamped a sentiment on the front using Embossing Ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder. The sentiment comes from the Celestial stamp set which I thought fit beautifully with this card.

My next card is using white card stock as my front panel and die cutting the Forest Sunset window from it.

I ink blended Grape Slush and Taffy Reactive Inks and spritzed with water.

Magical right?

My sentiment comes from the Camp in the Wild stamp set.

I still have tons more ideas for last month’s release. It just felt good to finally dig in and this was one of my most anticipated from the release.

I hope you enjoyed today’s clean and simple inspiration!

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Hero Arts & Gina K Designs

Welcome everyone! I have a super amazing stamp set to share with you today. Hero Arts & Gina K Designs have partnered together to bring you this beautiful new stamp set Friendship Blooms. This is in celebration of Hero Arts 45th Anniversary.


For my first card, I’m going to be using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. I have a video that you can view down below or HERE on my Youtube Channel.


Friendship Blooms is beautiful 6″ x 8″ stamp set designed by Hannah, illustrator over at Gina K Designs, and has a large floral image with 8 sentiments.

I stamped my image onto a piece of Bristol Smooth card stock with Gina K Designs Embossing ink. Then heat embossed with Champagne Embossing Powder.

I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and a water pen to color in my image. I used the colors Lemon Yellow 051, Pink 025, Marine Green 400 and Light Carmine 021.

The sentiment is heat embossed with Champagne Embossing Powder onto Black card stock. I fussy cut the sentiment out and added to the front of my card with Black Foam squares.

I forget how easy Zig markers are to blend and need to dig them out more.

This is such a beautiful image I couldn’t do just ONE card. I stamped my image again but this time onto Neenah Solar White card stock with Amalgam Ink. I then colored in copic markers using a rainbow of colors.

I love this image in rainbow!

You can pick up this amazing stamp set over at the Hero Arts website.

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To A Wonderful Friend – Hero Arts

Welcome everyone! I’ve been down with a horrible head cold that sucked the mojo right out of me. As I’m easing back into it I thought I would start with something fun and familiar.

I ordered the Tree Arch die from Hero Arts a few weeks ago and thought I’d dig that out to play with. Something real easy? I die cut it from Black card stock to create a silhouette. For a little shimmer, I sprayed the Tree Arch with White Iridescent Shimmer Mist.

One of my new favorite techniques with the Hero Arts Reactive Inks is ink smooshing. Since I wanted to cover an entire card front, I smooshed Fruit Punch, Creamsicle and Lemon Drop Reactive Ink onto my Tim Holtz Glass mat. Then I sprayed with water and smooshed my paper into the ink.

I didn’t move the paper around, just pushed it into the ink and let it sit there for a moment. Then I lifted it up and I had this gorgeously blended background. It really is seamless and vibrant!

Once the background was dry, I added my Tree Arch with spray adhesive. I stamped a sentiment from the Layered Dragonfly set in Obsidian Black ink.

So simple and so beautiful and eye-catching!

Hope you enjoyed today’s card!

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Essentials by Ellen July Blop Hop + GIVEAWAY!

Welcome back everyone! I’m so thrilled to be joining in today in the Essentials by Ellen July Blog Hop! There are some fantastic new products that are now LIVE on the website!


If you are here from Adelina’s blog you are on the right track! I will have a full hop list at the end of the post in case you get lost along the long. Your next stop will be Elena Roussakis.


We’ve got super fun prizes!!! One random & lucky commenter will win $25 to the EH shop and one will win the whole July Essentials by Ellen release!!! To enter for a chance to win, make sure to leave comments at each stop along the hop! Comment before Thursday, July 18th at 11:59pm PST. Winners will be notified by email.


I have a quick process video that you can view below or HERE on my Youtube channel. I do apologize I had to set it to music as I have a horrible head cold right now and had difficulty doing a voiceover. I hope you still enjoy the video.


My inspiration today is using the new Subbing In stamp set. I’ve mad a lot of underwater cards before but these critters are so unique looking! I don’t have a stamp set quite like it! I think my favorite is the Octopus.

I stamped the images onto Neenah Solar White card stock 80 lb and colored with copic markers. Then used the coordinating die to cut them out with my Gemini Jr.

For my background, I ink blended Blue Raspberry, Pool Party and Key Lim Fizz Hero Hues Reactive Inks.

I took the Snow Flurry stencil, spritzed it with water and laid it down on top of my background. I placed a piece of paper towel over the top and held it there for a minute. Since this ink is reactive with water, when I removed the stencil it left this textured look behind that looks like bubbles.

Once the panel was dry, I trimmed it down and stamped the sentiment in Obsidian Black ink. Then I added craft foam behind my blended panel and added to an A2 size notecard.

I arranged my images onto the card front and attached with liquid glue.

Be sure to head over and check out the amazing new release! There are a bunch of super awesome sets available. I’ll link the release and my supplies below.



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