Monday, January 11, 2016

Just Because with matching Hero Arts envelopes

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Who still has out their Christmas stash?  I've been struggling with putting away everything Christmas (because I'd rather create than clean up).  Since I had a bunch of my Hero Arts Christmas sets out I decided to go ahead and make another card set (trying to keep to my goal of making more than one card at a time). Today I'm playing with the Hero Arts Sparkle Borders set.  A very versatile and fun set that can be used year round!

I stamped the lanterns with Versamark ink and used Hero Arts Gold and Silver Embossing Powder and Tombow markers to color in the lanterns.  To create the background colors I used the Fineline Masking Fluid Pen over each lantern and allowed to dry.  The blue background was created using ink smooshing (Tombow marker scribbled on craft mat, spritz a few times with water and then smoosh the watercolor paper into the ink).  The yellow background was brushed on using Tombow yellow marker, spritzed with water than using a flat paint brush.  Once dry, I was able to peel off the masking fluid with ease to reveal the perfectly preserved lanterns.

And just for fun I went with Distress Inks and Hero Arts India Ink Black (this ink doesn't bleed with watercolors).  This time I didn't mask the lanterns.  Instead I used a clean brush dipped in water and took away color with just water and a paper towel to each lantern.  The background color lightened enough to color in with a yellow Tombow marker.

For Christmas I got the awesome Hero Arts colored envelopes and I'm in love.  There's something about colored envelopes that takes your card to a whole other level!  I love that there are different shades for each color and they go with matching Hero Arts Shadow inks as well to give a sweet tone on tone look if you feel like stamping them.

So that's it for me today!  There's a fun challenge going on over at A Blog Named Hero.  Create a one layer card and link it up for your chance to win a prize by their sponsor for the month!

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  1. Wow wow wow! These are just gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. So clever, these are delightful!!!

  3. Such a pretty set of cards! Love the matching envelopes!!

  4. love the different colors and the lanterns on each card! very pretty!

  5. These are just SOOO cute! You really made those lanterns look like they are glowing with your artful sponging!


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