Hello everyone and thank you for visiting me today.
Yes, I know it’s been a while, but, I have been very busy. For all of you who do not know this is the busiest time of the year for us card makers; the holidays are right around the corner and orders are coming in.
Speaking of orders, if you have any special requests, personalized greeting cards, card sets, gift tags, etc, please send all your requests directly to my email at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the form HERE. There are more cool personalized things that will be coming to my shoppe soon, so stay tuned for that! I will be announcing it in the next post!
Today, I am dedicating this post to one of my favorite stamp companies: Hero Arts!
Hero Arts is a small, family owned company located in Richmond, CA. They are right across the bridge from where I live and I was so lucky to have gotten a chance to meet the owners and some of their incredibly creative team members on several occasions. All crafting supplies are made in their factory in Richmond, which was pretty cool to see.
Hero Arts is well known for their monthly kits. These kits are filled with goodies and inspirations. Every month they come up with a interesting theme and you never know what’s coming the following month. I guess that is part of the fun! One thing that is unique about these kits is that Hero Arts only make so many of them and once they are sold out, Hero Arts will not make them again. Most of these kits do sell out pretty quickly, and by subscribing you are guaranteed a kit.
This is the HA September Kit and as you can see, there are a lot of goodies inside: a beautiful sunflower stamp with a matching die, layering stencils, a couple of stand alone dies and inks. Most kits come with paper which is also limited edition and something that is not available to purchase. Every kit is so different and always has a lot of unique card making supplies. But these supplies are not just for card makers, they are wonderful for scrapbookers, art classes, or even as a gift for someone who just likes to craft.
Today I will be casing this wonderful kit and I wanted to mention that is still available and you can click HERE to check it out.
So let’s dive into it!
As usual, I cleared my desk, gathered my supplies, cut paper and started with my project
First, I created I mask. For this I used Avery Removable Labels (click HERE) . These labels are wonderful for creating masks and I have been using them for a while now. These particular labels are thin and durable. They will not damage your paper and ink will definitely not seep through onto your paper. I simply stamped the image and fussy cut out the image. Yes, I was definitely able to use the die that was included in the kit I just did not want a “halo” around my image. But you can definitely use the die provided in the kit and just fill in the lines later.
Now, it was time to stamp. For stamping big stamps I often use my Misti Stamping Platform. You definitely saw me using this tool many times in the past and this tool is a definitely a “must have” if you are a card maker or thinking of becoming one. I simply stamped once, then I put my mask on my image, cleaned the stamp throughly, arranged it on my paper and stamped again. And my image was created.
Coloring! Yay, it was time to bring this image to life! I used the stencils to help me speed up the coloring. This part was so easy and effortless! One thing that I would like to mention is, if you are using the same technique of masking and stencil layering, jut keep your masks on until you are done with coloring the first part of your image. That way you can just take the masks off once! This saves so much time!! And make sure to dry your inks in-between each layer.
Once the coloring was done, I picked several Copic Markers that match the inks well and filled in the white spots. I then added some embellishments and attached it to the card base. And the card was completed!
Saying that I love this card design is an understatement! One thing I love about this design is that this can be either horizontal or vertical card, this is totally up to you…
And that is all for today!
Thank you so much for stopping by and I will see you soon with another new things from LBL Design.