10 Cards, 1 Kit |Hero Arts May Card Kit 2019

Happy summer, everyone! I can finally say that! Yay! I have a really fun collection of cards to show you all today! I adore Hero Art’s May 2019 card kit. It’s filled with darling little images of scissors, a paint brushes, yarn and knitting needles, (just to name a few of my favorites)–there’s something for almost every type of crafter. Personally, I am a crafter-of-all-trades; I love to paint and color and sew and knit and crochet–I love it all!

I must admit that even though I love these stamps and dies, it sat on my desk for a while. All of the small images kinda overwhelmed me; I’m more comfortable designing cards with larger images. However, once I got started playing with this kit, that overwhelming feeling floated away. Below you’ll find pictures of all my cards, my video tutorial, and links to the supplies I used.

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Cards 1 & 2: Stripe of Craft Supplies

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Card #3: Rainbow Craft Supplies

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Card #4: Bouquet of Craft Supplies

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Cards 5 & 6: Heart Knitting Yarn & Needles

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Cards #7, 8, 9 & 10: Crafty Cards Set

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Here is the video tutorial! You can watch it here or over on my YouTube channel in HD.

Thanks for visiting my blog! Have a fabulous and crafty day!!

Supply Links:

Hero Arts May Card Kit 2019: https://heroarts.com/pages/mmh-may-2019-kit

Knitting Stamp Set: https://heroarts.com/collections/mmh-may-2019/products/cm364-knitting

MFT Extreme Black Ink Pad: https://mftstamps.com/products/extreme-black-hybrid-ink-pad


















5K Subscriber Giveaway! | 10 Cards 1 Kit | Simon Says Stamp June Card Kit 2019 | Leafy Frames

Hello fellow card crafters! Welcome to my blog! I’m celebrating 5K subscribers on my YouTube channel. As a thank you I’m giving away 2 chances to win a Simon Says Stamp $30 gift card! For your 1st chance to win, leave a comment here on my blog telling me what your favorite holiday is to create cards for. For you 2nd chance to win, go over to my YouTube channel, hit the thumbs up button and leave a comment telling me your favorite art medium to use on your cards.  Check back on my blog on Friday, June 14, 9am Chicago time to see if you won. I’m going to randomly select a winner. International subscribers are welcome to enter the giveaway.

Thank you for your support, the lovely comments you send me, and your kindness!! I’ve been creating videos for over 3 years, and I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of it. I love sharing with you the cards I create! It’s a hobby that involves a lot of fun products, some basic tools and–my favorite–art supplies. As I’ve mentioned before, I love creating these tiny works of art to mail out and brighten someone’s day!

Also, at the beginning of my video I show of few pictures of my craft room, aka my dining room. I don’t have an extra room in my house to use as a craft room, but the dinning room works out great–I have a really big table, I can work on my cards in between cooking in the kitchen, and I get to be near my family. The down side is we don’t eat in there anymore except on major holidays. I try to keep it tidy because it’s visible when company stops by. I’ve mentioned in my past video’s about the gorgeous peonies blooming outside of my craft room windows, and I wanted to share a little glimpse of those too since they are blooming now! The two book cases on either side of my windows house all my supplies, and in my opinion, there’s nothing prettier to look at than art supplies–well, it runs a close second place to my peonies.

The cards I’m showing you today are from Simon Says Stamp’s June card kit. It’s called, “Leafy Frames.” I love the stamps from this kit, and I had so much fun using the products from this kit to design these cards. Links to most of the supplies I used are listed below.

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Card #1: Hand-Stamped Pattern Paper Card

Polychromos colored pencils: Deep Scarlet Red 219, Rose Carmine 124, Chrome Oxide Green 278, Permanent Green Olive 167, Earth Green Yellowish 168

Inks: MFT Poppy, Memento Cottage Ivy, Memento Bamboo Leaves

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Card #2: Watercolor Heart Card

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Card #3: Coral Patterned Paper Birthday Card

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Card #4: Gelly Roll Pens on Kraft Cardstock

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Card #5: Golden Frame Card

Copic Markers: E40, E41, YG00, YG03, G07

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Card #6: Antique Gold Frame Watercolor Card

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Card #7: Distress Oxide Ink Blending & Colored Pencil Card

Distress Oxides: Squeezed Lemonade, Abandoned Coral

Polychromos Colored Pencils: Phthalo Gree 161, Permanent Olive Green 167, Chrome Oxide Green 278, Earth Green 172, Earth Green Yellowish 168, Rose Carmine 124, Deep Scarlet Red 219

Stickles on the berries: Lime

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Card #8: Colored Pencil Frame Card

Polychromos Colored Pencils: Phthalo Gree 161, Permanent Olive Green 167, Chrome Oxide Green 278, Earth Green 172, Earth Green Yellowish 168, Rose Carmine 124, Deep Scarlet Red 219, Mauve 249, Light Chrome Yellow 106

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Card #9: Paper Flowers Tag Card

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Card #10: Pressed Flowers Hello Card

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Here is my process video! You can watch it here, or over on my YouTube Channel in HD.

Thank you for stopping by today!!

 

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10 Cards, 1 Kit | Simon Says Stamp May Card Kit 2019 | Delicate Flowers

Hello and welcome to my blog! I want to show you the fun cards I designed using Simon Says Stamp’s May card kit–it is a beauty! I love the floral stamp set included called Delicate Flowers and the Moda Scrap pattern papers–these were my favorite items in the kit. In designing these cards I was all over the map; I used a lot of my favorite techniques to create them. (Also, the lilac and tulip you see in these pictures are fresh from my garden! I’m loving the spring weather! Now, if it would just stop raining. Lol!)

I hope these designs inspire you to try out some of these super fun techniques!

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Card #1: Colored Pencil on Pattern Paper

Polychromos pencils: 128 Light Purple Pink, 125 Middle Purple Pink, 170 May Green, 167 Permanent Green Olive, 205 Cadmium Yellow Lemon, 169 Mortuum

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Card #2: Die Cut Pattern Paper

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Card #3: Gel Pen Smudging

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Card #4: Focus on Pattern Paper

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Card #5: Spotlight Coloring using Daniel Smith Watercolors

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Card #6: Rosebud Wreath using Colored Pencils and Gamsol

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Card #7: Colored Pencil on Black Cardstock

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Card #8: Alcohol Ink blending and Alcohol Markers

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Card #9: Alcohol Ink Blending and Pattern Paper Focus

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Card #10: Colored Pencils on Colored Cardstock

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Here is my video! You can watch it here or over on my YouTube channel in HD.

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Memorial Day to you!!

 

Heaven & Nature Sing/Christmas Card Series 2017

Hello! Welcome to the 2nd installment in my 2017 Christmas card series!  Lately, I can’t help but create two cards–same layout–with different mediums.  I love my colored pencils, but I’ve been neglecting my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  I decided to use both of them.

For my first card, I found a piece of beautiful cranberry red cardstock.  I only had one piece in my stash, so it must have come in a paper sampler.  I cut it up into four, 5 1/2 by 4 1/4 pieces.  I heat embossed my images with some Simon Says Stamp Antique Gold embossing powder.  I used the same powder for the sentiment.  I could have stamped the sentiment when I was stamping the images, but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with the sentiment at that time.

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I could have called it done at this point–the detailed images looked so elegant with this embossing powder, but, of course, I had to color it in.  I love the look of Prismacolor pencils on dark cardstocks.  I used a heavy hand when coloring with the pencils.  Super easy coloring–no shading.  I then used a frame die to cut out a frame on this panel.

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I used a faux stitched frame die from MFT, and to give it some dimension, I layered four frames under it.  I used Ranger’s Multi Medium Matte glue to adhere them all together.

I kept the thin frame that was left over after I cut out the faux stitched frame.  VersaMark pens are a lot of fun to use to emboss little dots or even write your own sentiment and then pour embossing powder over it.  I used it on this small frame and poured on more antique gold embossing powder.  If you don’t have the pen, you can use your VersaMark ink pad and press that onto your paper.

My last step for this first card was to adhere the three parts of this card panel onto a card base, and for this I used 110 pound Neenah Solar White cardstock.

My second card was much simpler.  I stamped my images onto a piece of Canson XL Watercolor paper with VersaFine Onyx black ink.  When I color with my Zig markers, I prefer to use this paper.  The color moves and blends on this paper very  nicely.

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My coloring was a little more detailed; I used two markers for each element of the card.  For instance, on the holly leaves I used a dark green down the center and a lighter green around the edges.  This helped to make the leaves look curled in in the middles.

After I finished coloring in the images, I went around them with a pale green Zig and then pulled out the color and softened the edges with my water brush.  This helped make the images pop a little more.

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I cut this panel down to 5 1/4 by 4 inches, attached it to a dark green card base and then added a red frame around it using the same frame die.  I also added a bit of sparkle with a Wink of Stella brush.

Here is the video of how I created these cards.  You can watch it here or on my YouTube channel.

Thank you for visiting!!  Have a wonderful day!!

One-Layer Friendship Card using Colored Pencils and Mineral Spirits

Today I thought I’d make a clean and simple one-layer card to get back into the swing of things.  My family and I have been taking turns being sick, but we’re finally starting to feel better.

I’m using a cute stamp set from MFT called Friends Furever, and I’m stamping the images onto a piece of Canson XL Watercolor paper.  I like the rough texture that this paper adds to the little aniamls.

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I used Post-It Notes to mask my images, so the lines didn’t show through when I stamped them one on top of the other.  I stamped the bird first because he was on top and worked my way down.  I used VersaFine Onyx Black Ink because it stamps out nice and crisp onto this rough paper.

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Colored pencils is my favorite medium to use on cards, especially these Faber Castell Polychromos pencils.  After coloring in these images, I could have stopped there, but I decided to use some odorless mineral spirits to blend out the colors.

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I used the masks again to cover up my images so I could add some Distress Inks.  I used Salty Ocean for the sky and Mowed Lawn for the grass the bear is sitting in.  I also went back in with about five different green pencils to add in some grass under the bear.

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I wanted to break up the sentiment without performing stamp surgery and cutting them apart, so I used more Post-It Notes to cover up the words I didn’t want to stamp.  I like how the broken up sentiment on this cards carries the eye downward, as do the images.  I really liked the effect.

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Here’s the video!  You can watch it here or on my YouTube Channel!

Thanks for visiting!  Have a wonderful weekend!

Here’s the list of supplies I used to create this card:

MFT Stamp Set: Friends Furever

Faber Castell Polychromos pencils:

Bear: Burnt Ochre 187, Venetian Red 190, Dark Naples Ochre 184, Raw Umber 180, Pompeian Red 191

Dog: Warm Grey II 271, Warm Grey V 274, Pompeian Red 191

Bird: Deep Scarlet Red 219, Burnt Ochre 187, Dark Naples Ochre 184