Hot Air Balloon – Hero Arts

Welcome everyone! I’m still experimenting with liquid watercolors and this one was super easy! I’m also playing around with the Hero Arts Reactive Inks. I broke down and got all of them. They are so vibrant which is right in my wheel house.

In this card, I’m using the Hot Air Balloon stamp/die set. I stamped my images onto watercolor card stock with embossing ink. Then heat embossed black embossing powder.

Using my Waffle Flower Media Mat, I watercolored the flowers with Leaf and Purple Liquid Watercolors from Hero Arts.

When my images were dry, I used the coordinating die to cut them out.

My background was created by ink blending Thistle and Pool Party Reactive Inks using Blending Brushes. Then I sprinkled on water and dabbed with a paper towel.

I stamped this beautiful sentiment towards the bottom of the card panel using Obsidian Ink from Altenew. This would make a great graduation card!

I finished off the card by adding my smaller balloon and the clouds with a tape runner. The large balloon I added with foam tape for dimension.

I hope you enjoyed this card and found some inspiration!

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Flower Cover with Pink & Main

Welcome everyone! I’m excited to be guesting over on the Pink & Main blog with this beautiful Flower Cover die from the May 2019 release.

I love cover dies because there are so many things you can do with them. I like to create backgrounds behind mine. I have a rainbow watercolor background that I created using Dr. Ph. Martin’s watercolors on Canson Watercolor card stock.

I die cut the Flower Cover die from white card stock and added to the watercolor panel with liquid glue. I trimmed the panel down to 4″ x 5 1/4″ with my Tim Holtz trimmer and added to an A2 size white card base.

I die cut the word Hello from black card stock and attached to the center of the card front. For some sparkle, I added Nuvo Shimmer Pen over my die cut word.

I hope you enjoyed today’s inspiration! Thank you Pink & Main for inviting me!

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Pink & Main Bright Side

Welcome everyone! I’m excited to be guesting with Pink & Main and their May 2019 release! I fell in love with this Bright Side stamp set!

I normally like to create bright, bold backgrounds but in my watercolor experimenting, I thought it would be fun to try and create a pastel background for my rainbow.

VIDEO DETAILS

I have a video showing you my process down below or you can view HERE on my Youtube channel.

I started by stamping my images out onto Neenah Solar White card stock with copic friendly ink. Then colored with copic markers and die cut out with the coordinating dies that you can purchase separately.

For my background, I’m using Liquid Watercolors from Hero Arts on the Waffle Flower Water Media Mat. I’m using the colors Pink, Orange, Dandelion, Leaf, Deep Ocean and Purple. I’m going to add about 3-4 drops of water to each color to tone the colors down and help create the pastel look.

To do my watercoloring, I’m adding water to a piece of Canson Watercolor card stock. This is the wet-on-wet technique which is the easiest for me to work with right now. I apply each of the colors across my card stock and dry with my heat tool. I was very tempted to go back over the colors but held myself back.

Once the panel was dry, I trimmed it down with the Stitched Rectangles die. I layered this to a piece of white card stock using foam tape and then added to card base made from Mermaid card stock.

I attached the rainbow and sun to the front of my card with foam tape for more dimension. My sentiment is also from the Bright Side stamp set in which I heat embossed with White embossing powder onto Mermaid card stock to coordinate with the card base. I trimmed this piece down and added to the card front with foam tape.

I hope you enjoyed today’s inspiration ! Thank you so much Pink & Main for having me!

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Hero Arts May Kit

Welcome everyone! So happy you’re joining me today. I’m sharing some cards I created using the Hero Arts May 2019 Kit. These kits are jam packed with product for an amazing price! There are also coordinating Add-ons that you can purchase which I’ll also be playing with today. If you enjoy this kit, be sure to head over and grab it! Once it sells out it’s gone. The Add-ons will always get restocked but the kits are limited.

VIDEO DETAILS

I have a tutorial on how I created these cards that you can view down below or HERE on my Youtube channel.

For my cards today, I’m playing with some of the Liquid Watercolors from Hero Arts. I really enjoy liquid watercolors because I feel like I have a little more control over the colors. They come in glass bottles with a dropper.

I start both cards by stamping the Crafting Tools Bold Prints Add On in Versafine ink onto Canson Watercolor card stock. Then, I add clear embossing powder and heat set.

I’m using the Waffle Flower Water Media Mat to do my watercoloring. It has a nice work area and off on one side are little wells that help contain your watercolors. It’s pretty easy to clean up too!

I used Strawberry, Orange, Dandelion, Leaf (my fav!), Deep Ocean and Purple watercolors from Hero Arts. These are super vibrant! I didn’t really water them down except for the water I added to my card stock for a wet on wet technique. The brush I’m using today is a Simply Simmons #12 Round Brush. I couldn’t find it online but I did link to a similar one.

You’ll have to check the video for a fun picture I shared of how messy it can and how wonderful it comes clean with some water, a rag and baby wipes.

I used the Nesting Infinity Rectangle dies to cut out my watercolored card panels. I layered them on top of white card stock with foam tape and then attached to a A2 size notecard made from Fog card stock.

These fun sentiments are from the Crafty Messages stamp set which is also an Add On. My rainbow card has a sentiment from the kit. There are tons are great messages there!

This next card is a little bonus in my video. I have previously stamped these images from the kit onto Neenah white solar card stock in copic friendly ink. Then colored with copic markers and used the coordinating die to cut them out with my Gemini Jr.

I attached each of the images to a white card base using foam tape. A little tedious but love the look! Using the new Hero Hues Black card stock, I stamped a sentiment from the Crafty Messages stamp set in the Embossing Ink that is also in the kit. Then heat embossed White Satin Pearl Embossing Powder.

Playing with watercolors is tons of fun! I love the wet on wet technique because it’s fascinating watching the color spread on its own. Very therapeutic.

I hope you enjoyed this inspiration using the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit for May 2019.

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Vibrant Watercolor Receding Background

Welcome everyone! I have a very vibrant card to share today so you better grab your sunglasses

VIDEO DETAILS

I also have a video to share on how I created this card that you can view down below or HERE on Youtube. 

I’m starting to dabble into liquid watercolors. I have the Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi set but I just wasn’t “feeling” it. Then a friend gifted me a set of Dr. Ph. Martin’s Liquid Watercolors and I’m in love! They come in a plastic bottle with a dropper applicator. This is perfect for me because I can control how much of one color when mixing colors.

Now this card got a little out of control on me but it was still fun to make! I created a background using the Dr. Ph. Martin’s Liquid Watercolors on Bee Paper Company watercolor paper. I would paint a layer of colors, dry with my heat tool and reapply color for more vibrancy. I layered it three times to really make it pop. 

I wanted to add a subtle background using the Receding Background stamp. As you can see, it didn’t come out too subtle. I heat embossed White Satin Pearl Embossing Powder onto my background and I didn’t realize how white it would really be. I would have been better stamping the Receding background in the Embossing Ink and letting it dry. That would have given me the subtle background I wanted. I still love how this came out as I love vibrant cards. 

I trimmed down the panel to 4″ x 5 1/4″ and added to a white card base. 

I die cut the word Awesome three times  from white card stock and layered using the E6000 spray adhesive. This gave my word some dimension when adding to my card front.

Next, I die cut one of the Skinny Strips from Black card stock and heat embossed the sentiment in white embossing powder. This sentiment is from the Typed Sentiments stamp set. Once embossed, I just cut off the word awesome and added to my card front right above my die cut word.

Yes, a little vibrant and busy but I absolutely adore it ! I can’t wait to play with these watercolors some more and create more amazing backgrounds! 

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