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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Neat & Tangled May Release Day 3 + GIVEAWAY

Welcome to Day 3 of the May release from Neat & Tangled. Today we are featuring the Quilted Background stamp set. This is beautiful red rubber stamp that will give you amazing stamping results!

Don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered into the GIVEAWAY! You can read more about it over on the Neat & Tangled Blog.

I went for bright and colorful with my card today. I stamped my background onto some Bristol Smooth card stock with Embossing Ink. Then heat embossed with White embossing powder.

Next, I used a rainbow of colors from my Zig Clean Real Brush markers and scribbled on some color. I took a water brush and brushed over the scribbles to spread out the color and blend into the next.

Once my panel was dry, I trimmed it down to 4″ x 5 1/4″ and attached foam to the back. I then added my panel to a white A2 size notecard.

For a little added interest, I die cut a heart from white card stock using the Love Mail die. Then stamped this beautiful script sentiment in the middle with Versafine Black ink. This sentiment comes from the Foliage Frame stamp set which you will be seeing soon!

Don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered into the giveaway and head over to the Neat & Tangled Blog for more inspiration! Release goes LIVE on Friday, May 17, 2019.

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Gina K Designs Blog Hop Day 2

Hello everyone and welcome back to Day 2 of the Gina K Designs Blog Hop. We are showcasing the January 2019 release and today focusing on the All Star, Love Is All You Need and Lovely Words Incentive. 

Be sure to leave some love along the way for the design team. There is a $50 gift certificate up for grabs EACH day! The winner will be announced on Friday on the Gina K Designs blog. 


I have a quick video to share showing how I created my rainbow card featuring the All Star stamp set. When I say quick, I mean quick lol. It’s sped up to some fun music. Unfortunately,  I didn’t have a quiet moment to voice over the video but hopefully you can still get the jist of the process. 

You can view the video down below or HERE on my Youtube Channel.


The All Star stamp set is such a perfect set. I adore all the different ways to tell someone how awesome they are. 

I’m going to start off my card but taking a piece of Bristol Smooth card stock measuring 4″ x 5 1/4″ and prepping the entire things with an anti static powder tool.  Then I’m taking the outline star stamp and solid mini stars and adding them to clear blocks. I’ll ink them up with Versamark ink and stamp onto my card stock. I like to sprinkle with the white embossing powder after a few times stamping so I can see where I have already stamped. Then, I’ll emboss with my heat gun.

Next, I’m digging out my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers in Carmike Red (#22), Scarlet Red (#23), Yellow (#50), Light Green (#41), Persian Green (#33) and Violet (#80). I’m just going to start at the top and scribble color on all the way down creating my rainbow. This does not have to perfect coverage. Then, I take a water brush and go over those areas. I’ll drag one color into the next just a little for a seamless blend. Every now and then I swipe my water brush onto scrap card stock to clean off the brush. The red is pretty intense and I didn’t want to drag it through the whole card.

I speed up the drying process with a gun heat but don’t overheat the embossing powder. Next, using my Misti tool and Black Onyx ink I stamp my sentiment in the bottom corner. 

I finish off the card by attaching craft foam to the back with Terrific Tape and then adhering to an A2 size white card base. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. 

My next card is also using the All Star stamp set. This time I’m starting off with a 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of Ocean Mist card stock. I’ll prep my background with an anti static powder tool and then using acrylic blocks and Versamark ink, stamp my stars around the outer edge of the card. I’ll sprinkle with Silver Embossing Powder and melt with my embossing gun. I’ll also go ahead and stamp the sentiment in the middle and heat emboss that with Silver as well.

Next, I’m going to ink blend my outer edges. I want to keep it dark on the edges and light in the middle of the card. I start with my lightest color which is Blue Denim, making sure to lighten my pressure as I get towards the middle. Then I come in with In The Navy around the edges. You can use a paper towel or cloth to white the ink away from the embossed ares to leave bright silver stars! 

I attach craft foam to the back of the ink blended panel using Terrific Tape and then attach to a white A2 size card base.

I hope you enjoyed today’s inspiration on the All Star stamp set. Here’s a look at the other stamp sets being showcased today.

Get this great incentive stamp set Lovely Words when you spend  $75 or more!

Now it’s time to hop for more inspiration! 

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Cherry Blossoms – Pretty Pink Posh

Welcome back! Today I’m showcasing this beautiful Cherry Blossoms stamp set from Pretty Pink Posh that I colored with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. See end of post for a video and supplies used.

To start my card, I’m using some Canson Watercolor Paper. I heat emboss the flowers and leaves onto the cardstock with white embossing powder. This will “contain” my water so it doesn’t spill to the rest of my card. I find this is the easiest way for me to break into coloring with Zig markers since I plan on watercoloring with them. Canson is a great paper to start with because it’s affordable and will with stand the water.
Next, using a Light Green for the leaves and Violet for the flowers, I add a little color to the centers. Using a fine paint brush, I dip it in water, dab off on a paper towel and pull the color from the center towards the outside of the image. This will have the color be darker in the middle and lighter towards the edges. I’m not worried about perfect blending because I was going for the watercolor effect and wanted it to be a little inconsistent.
Once all the images were colored, I fussy them out but there is a coordinating die set that I wish I would have purchased. 
I’m using Fog cardstock for my base which is an A2 size. I also have a piece of Neenah white cardstock measuring 4″ x 5 1/4″ that I trimmed once side off of with the Scallop Borders 1 die for a beautiful scallop edge.  The sentiment is from the Woodland Critters stamp set and stamped on the white panel with black ink. Then I arrange my floral bouquest and adhere to the front panel. 
To add some more interest (and sparkle!) I’m adding some Ivory Jewels which I thought complimented the card wonderfully.
I also have a video available that shows you my process. You can view it down below or HERE on my Youtube channel.
Here is a Pinterest board you can save for future reference.
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Watercoloring with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers

Welcome everyone! I dusted off my Zig markers and started putting them to work. If you follow me on social media you know I love my copics. Although they are amazing, I have been loving some of the other mediums as well and I am finally taking the plunge to share with you. Off screen, I’ve been playing with them. So I’ll be sharing little tips along the way.
The inspiration for this card came from Debby Hughes. She used watercolors on hers but I thought Zigs would be a nice easy way for me to start out. 
I’m going to use the Center Cut Flowers stamp set from Simon Says Stamp Fluttering By release. This is a 6×6 red rubber stamp where the center pops out and that is the piece I’ll be using today.
I’m going to start with a piece of Tim Holtz Watercolor Cardstock – the smooth side- and stamp the floral image onto the cardstock with Simon Says Stamp Clear Ink. Be sure to prep your cardstock first with an antic static powder tool!
Next, I’ll heat emboss with white embossing powder and let cool for a moment.
I’m keeping this very simple and will only be using one color for my actual flower images which is Light Carmine. I start out by brushing some color onto a petal starting closest to the center. Then, I take a small paintbrush, dab it in some water, lightly dab the excess off on a paper towel and drag the color out towards the edge of the petal. Depending how much water you add to the petal will determine how much of a highlight you will have towards the outer end of the petal.
I have found that I like using a paintbrush for this versus a waterbrush pen because I feel I have more control. That is just my own personal choice. I’ll continue coloring this way throughout the card doing small sections at a time. 
For the leaves, I tried adding some blue with the green just to change things up a little. 
For the outer edge of my card, I’m taking the Light Blue and adding color around the edge and pulling that color out with the brush as well.
Once everything was colored and dried, I diecut this piece out from the Wonky Stitched Rectangle and added foam tape (heavily) to the back of the watercolor piece. Then added to a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ Key Lime cardstock piece. My sentiment is from the Kind Flowers stamp set and heat embossed onto black cardstock with white embossing powder.

Colors Used
Persian Green
Light Blue
Light Green
Light Carmine

I really enjoyed creating this card and trying out my Zigs. I have a video down below where you can check out my process or you can view HERE on my youtube channel.