Showing posts with label Manuf - Hero Arts. Show all posts
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Sunday, January 11, 2015

MIXED MEDIA TUTORIAL - Mini Art Journal #3

Hello friends and Happy New Year!  It's been a year since I have posted.  I plan to get back to blogging this year and will be posting Mixed Media projects, Cards, and Scrapbook Layouts.  Hopefully I will have time to throw a few Altered Arts projects in there as well.  

So I thought I would kick off the year with a layout from my Mini Art Journal.  The pages in this little book measure 3 1/4" x 5 1/4".  I created the book years back in a book binding class.  The pages were thin so I glued some of them together to create a thicker pages /  sturdier surface to work on and then covered all the pages with gesso. 

I also like the size because they are perfect for some of my stamp images.

I like to "build" my backgrounds.  Often I don't know what the end result will be.  I just keep layering until I get a look I like.  And if you do something you don't like, just cover with gesso and start all over.  I started this back ground by stamping a music note background in brown ink, adhering book paper, and then creating that "dreamy" look by dabbing on gesso. 

With this particular background I ended almost completely covering the first couple of layers as I continued to add more layers.  But sometimes that is what gives it great depth.

Next I applies some blue spray ink with a brush and stamp polka dots (Rollograph Wheel with Simple Dots pattern) with green ink.  Anytime I use a product I think might smear with the next layer I either spray with Workable Fixative or add a coat of Mod Podge.

I added more book paper because you could not really see the original paper I added.

I sponged on some gesso to blend and soften the layers then dripped on green spray ink.

More gesso.

I stamped the left page with grid background stamp (Off the Grid - Stampin Up) and the tape measure image.  To get a random look with a background image I either apply all over and the blot some off with paper towel or randomly apply the ink heavily and then stamp it off on waste paper first and then on my project.

I stamped the right page with a bird collage image by Hero Arts ( Timely Bird ).  But I didn't like how faded the bird turned out ... so I stamped the image again on paper and colored just the bird and clocks and cut them out.

I used Lyra Water Color Crayons to color flower, leaves, and branch directly on the page.  Then adhered the trimmed bird and clocks.

Hero Arts Timely Bird (I think I got this one at Michaels)

Thanks for stopping by!

You can check out more Mini Art Journal Projects HERE.
You can check out Mixed Media Background Tutorials HERE.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Shabby Chic Christmas cards and tag

Well I hope you didn't wait til today to do your shopping for Thanksgiving.  It's going to be crazy in the grocery stores.  We actually celebrated Thanksgiving on Halloween this year while my daughter and boyfriend were visiting from Colorado.  It doesn't matter what day you do it on.  For us it was about recapturing some of that family time cooking in the kitchen together, singing Christmas carols, and just enjoying being together.  I treasure those moments even more since my children are grown now.  We stopped at putting up the Christmas tree though.  It was just way too early for that.  I miss having my girl with me every Thanksgiving, it's just not the same with out her.  I hope you enjoying your family's as well this year!

Today's project ...

LOVE this color combo and I'm hoping to make lots more of these cards to mail out while I'm on my trip to Georgia this week.  Here's the problem.  I don't have any more of that lace, trim or the sentiment.  So if I can find suitable substitutes .... some of you may be seeing this one show up in your mail box.  This one is designed using Hero Arts "Branch and Flourish".  I think I picked this one up at Michaels a few month's ago.

I love sending cards.  I can't make any promised because I'm not sure how many cards I will get done on my trip ... but if I don't already have your address and you would like to receive a Christmas card from me :
Email me your address and birthday to

I design this one using a retired set by Gina K. Designs.  But another image I can see on this layout is a large deer in green ink, leaping across, above the sentiment.
Like these :
"Christmas Silhouettes" (I've seen this one at local craft stores)

Or even better .... look what I found :

Waltzing Mouse's "Vintage Ornaments"

and here is a Christmas tag using "A Very Merry Christmas"

Check out all the details below.

I'm going to take a break from the daily inspiration for Thanksgiving but will be back with more to share Nov. 30th.  See ya then!
hugs, Melisa


Christmas Blessings - 4.25” x 5.5”

Stamp : Hero Arts
Ink : Glimmer Mist “Piece of My Heart”, Momento “Bamboo Leaves”, Tsukineko “Pearlescent Chocolate”
Dies : Spellbinders, Cheery Lynn Designs
Embossing Folder - Cuttlebug
Punch : Martha Stewart
Sentiment : Flower Soft
Flower : Offray

Trim cream cardstock, emboss, ink and adhere to card front. 
Die cut doily from tissue paper and spray with ink.  Die cut label,
emboss, and ink.  Stamp tree, trim and ink.  Adhere doily, lace
trim, label, and tree to card front.  Punch snow flakes and ink. 
Spray trim.  Adhere trim, snow flakes, sentiment, and flower
to card front.

Merry Christmas - 4.25” x 5.5”

Stamps : Gina K. Designs
Ink : Glimmer Mist “Piece of My Heart”, Momento “Bamboo Leaves”, Tsukineko “Pearlsecent Chocolate”
Dies : Spellbinders, Cheery Lynn Designs
Embossing Folder : The Paper Studio
Sentiment : Flower Soft 
Flower : Offray

Trim cream card stock a little smaller than card front, emboss,
and ink. Die cut doily with tissue paper and spray with ink. 
Die cut label from cream card stock, emboss, and ink edges. 
Adhere card stock panel, doily, label, lace trim to card front. Stamp ornament images, trim, and ink edges. Adhere images, inked trim, sentiment, and flower to card front.

Season’s Greetings Tag - 2 ¼” x 4 ¼”
Stamps : Gina K. Designs
Doily : Joann’s Fabric
Ink : Tsukineko “Pearlescent Chocolate”, Glimmer Mist Spray Ink, Momento “Bamboo Leaves”
Dove Blender Pen     Ribbon and Flower : Offray
Punch : Martha Stewart          Sentiment : Flower Soft
Embossing Folder : Cuttlebug

Cut tag from cream card stock, emboss and ink.  Spray
paper doily.  Stamp image on book paper, color with inks
and Dove Blender Pen, and trim.  Punch snow flakes and ink. 
Layer all elements.  Tie ribbon and adhere.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Hero Arts "Just Saying"

Today I'm sharing cards created using "Just Saying" by Hero Arts.  I combined it with "Dear Lizzy 5th and Frolic" patterned paper I picked up at Joann's.  I love the little clipboard images I was able to trim from the patterned paper.

Have a great week!!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Rainbow Ink Pads

I've had several of these multi-colored ink pads for a few years but recently got them out and started playing with them again.  On the card above I brayered on the ink (Kaleidacolor Blue Breeze by Tsukineko) over vellum, stamped the floral image with black Staz-On ink, then layered the panel over patterned paper.  You can see the honeycomb pattern in the background.  The stamp image above is by Hero Arts - "Silhouette".

For this card I applied the ink with a brayer to regular paper, stamped the floral image and then layerd the blooms over the cut out of the leaves / stem.  I used "Hydrangea" by Hero Arts.

thanks for stopping by!



Let's Craft and Create (tues) - ink technique
Top Tip Tues - flowers
Simon Says Stamps (wed) - use rubber stamps
Brown Sugar (fri) - Anything goes

Thursday, February 7, 2013

3 ways to use paint on your backgrounds ...

Hello friends!  I'm so excited to share these today.  I have several different idea's for ways you can use acrylic paint on your projects.  I have used them on cards, but they could be used for scrapbooking, artist trading cards, and art journals / mixed media as well.  

All of the projects today feature Hero Arts stamp images as well.

On the card above I used Hero Arts "Design Block : Flourish" and "3 Artistic Butterflies".  I watered down some acrylic paint just a little (mine was very thick) and patted it on the background stamp with a foam brush.  I spritz the water color paper lightly with water and then stamped the background.  I think it would be fun to try multiple color paints as well.  Next I splattered on some watered down pink paint using a small round paint brush.  

For the second card I spritz the water color paper lightly with water and then "stamped circles" on the background with the cardboard centers from toilet paper and paper towels.  Again the paint was watered down a little.  Then I spritz again with water so that the paint would run and the background would become mottled.  I did some smaller pieces for ATC's using some small plastic lids from my chapstick and an hand sanitizer bottle.  The green paint was splattered on.  The stamp for this card is "Classic Bloom".

The background on this one was stamped like the first one using "Cling Dots".  I used "Dictionary Greetings" and "Cupcakes" as well.

I also created by own washi tape for all of these cards as well.  You may remember I did this last year on some of my Pink Persimmon Artist Trading Cards.  Adhere masking tape to wax paper (so you can pull it back up later and adhere it to your project).  Paint masking tape then stamp with patterned images.

A few general tips ...
Watercolor paper paper comes in different weights and textures.  Doesn't matter what kind you use, but keep in mind that the thinner the paper, the more it will warp.  Mine was thinner that I usually use.  After the panels were dry I ironed them to flatten them by placing the panels between 2 paper towels.

Acrylic paints vary in viscosity as well.  Just practice til you get the feel for how much to water yours down.

I hope you are inspired to use acrylic paint on your projects.
Have a fabulous day!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Hero Arts Stamps - "Three Artistic Butterflies"

Good morning card makers!  I'm crazy about butterfly images and as soon as I seen the Hero Arts "3 Artistic Butterflies", I had to have them.  So pretty!  I also used their "Cling Dots" .  And the best part is that I got them at local craft stores with my 40% off coupons.   I got the blue floral trim from Joann's.  They had it in several different colors.

That's it for today!
Hope you have a great weekend!



Rogue Redhead - dots
Cupcake Craft Challenge - 2 is company
A Gem of a Challenge - flowers
10 Minute Craft Dash - color challenge (7 minutes)


Project Details

All Stamps : Hero Arts
Patterned Paper : Basic Grey  6 x 6
“Basic’s White” paper pad
Ink :  Palette Orangerie, Cote D’ Azure,  and Claret
Trim : Joann’s Crafts
Deckled Scissors : Fiskar

Stamp polka dot background image.  Trim patterned paper 3 ¼” x 4 ½” and stamp   butterflies / sentiment.  Adhere trim.  Adhere  panel to orange cardstock and trim   around edges with deckled scissors.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

You + Me = Love

Hello paper crafters!  Today I'm sharing a layout designed with a photo of my in-laws, Chris and Fred Waldorf.  Married 48 years!  You don't hear that very often these days.  2 very special people with hearts that overflow with love, kindness, and the spirit of giving.  They are a blessing to all of us!


Project Details

Patterned Paper : "Happy" from "The Good Life" line by Fancy Pants
Stamps : Hero Arts "Friendly Flags", 7 Gypsies "You + Me = Love", Gina K. Designs "Lovely Labels 2", Hampton Art (love heart), Technique Tuesday (script heart)
Dies : Cheery Lynn Designs (Nautical Wheeler doily)
Punch : Marvy Uchida (small butterfly)
Paper / flower embellishments : Dear Lizzy "Neapolitan" Emphemera Flowers
Smaller doily's and white butterflies : Martha Stewart
buttons : Jenni Bowlin Studio Vintage Style Buttons


Scrappin' Happy - Use a one word title - "Love"
Scrap Fit - bows or buttons
Bearly Mine - pearls and swirls  (I have a swirly pearl embellishment extending from the top of the "you + me = love" image and one along the bottom under the love and butterfly, but I realized it's diffictult to see)
Top Tip Tuesday - things with wings
Word Art Wednesday - "kindness"
Let's Craft and Create - borders (lace border below photo)
Simon Says - dies or punches (doily die and small butterfly punch)
The Paper Shelter - love beats all
Fairytale - use a photo


And here is another layout with a photo of my daughter Nicole and her cousin Adrienne.  They were at the end of a tunnel slide.  I used lots of old chipboard elements and buttons on this one.  And I"m linking it to the October challenge over at "Scrap It Girl".  She wanted us to use 12 or more buttons.  If you need challenge inspiration to get some of your photo's scrapped ... then you can check out my Scrapbook Challenge Blog List HERE.

You can check out all my Scrapbook Layouts HERE

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Seize the Cupcake by Hero Arts

Hello Stampers!  Today I'm sharing another card I created for the Hero Arts monthly challenge.  If you want to join my, the deadline is 4/26 and you can read all the details HERE.  There are 3 sketches to choose from and a couple of other catagories as well.  I used "Seize the Cupcake" stamp set for this one.  You have to have a Flickr account to play along. 


thanks for stopping by!
hugs, Melisa

You can view all of my Hero Arts projects HERE.


Projects Details
Stamps : Hero Arts
Patterned Paper : ColorBok (yellow), MME Sunshine (blue polka dots), MME Portobello Road (blue floral), MME Madison Ave (pink for scalloped circle)
Deckled Scissors
Spellbinders : Lacey Circles, classic circles
Ribbon MME



Stampin' Sisters in Christ (sun) - soft pastels
Love to Create  (mon) - anything goes
Creative Card Crew (tues) - ribbon
Flourishes (tues) - ribbon, diecut, pink BINGO
Fussy and Fancy - dies and punches
Mark's Finest Papers (sat) - stitching

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Hero Arts Challenge

Hello Stampers!  Today I'm sharing a card I designed using a sketch for the Hero Arts April Challenge.  There are 3 sketches to choose from as well as 2 catagories.  The catagories are Sunshine and Showers and Shaped Cards.  Hop on over and check it out.  5 people will receive $50 in product.  The patterned paper is from a new pad I got at Joann's this week.   It's an 8 x 8 paper pad by Colorbok.  There are lots of really cute matching embellishments as well.
Hope your having a great week!

You can view all of my Hero Arts projects HERE.


Project Details
Stamps : Hero Arts
Patterned Paper and Embellishments : Colorbok
Spellbinders : Scalloped Rectangle
Neocolor II Crayons : #20 (Golden Yellow), #59 (brown), #249 (olive), and #171 (turquoise blue)
BrusH20 Pen by EK Success (there are 4 sizes)
Distress tool : Making Memories
Trim green cardstock and blue patterned paper and adhere to card front.  Trim 4 strips of patterned paper, distress edges, and sew on to card front horizontally.  Cut scalloped rectangle using Spellbinders die.  Trim rectangle from watercolor paper slightly smaller than scalloped rectangle.  Stamp tree from Creative Trees set.  Use watercolor crayons to color leaves, grass, and sky.  Stamp owl using Tiny Owl.  Color with watercolor crayons.



Sentimental Sunday (sun) - frame it
Paper Sundaes (sun) - anything goes
Craft Your Passion (mon) - die cuts
Papertake Weekly (tues) - stitching
Crafty Catz (fri) - animals
Crazy 4 Challenges (sat) - buttons
Cupcake Inspiration (sun) - photo inspiration

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Thank YOU !

This Hero Arts thank you was designed for a challenge over at the ABC Design Team Blog.
 I stamped it on watercolor paper in VersaFine Onyx Black and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  Then I began coloring with H2O watercolor paints.  I lightly applied water before adding color so that it went on smoothly and dabbed with a paper towel when I applied too much.  I used my Label 5 Nestabilities and then distressed the edges with black ink an eyeshadow applicator.  I used a background stamp by Great Impression Scroll and Leaf on purple cardstock.  I really like how lavender and olive green look together.
Thanks for stopping by!
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