Thursday, August 9, 2012

I Love Color and my Love Affair with Hero Arts Continues!

I love patterned papers.  I love to mix patterned papers but I have learned to love working with white paper and "doing your own thing".  Darlene at Darlene Designs has certainly been an inspiration in that respect.  When asked her favorite patterned paper or just paper, in general, she says she likes white paper because she can make her own patterns and colors.  She just does wonderful things with inks and do it yourself ways of making your own patterns and prints and I get so inspired by her.

And I love Hero Arts.  No surprises there....

So here's my card for today and I really had so much fun making it!  Interestingly to me it started out as a vertical card but at the last minute spoke to me to be horizontal!
I used 3 (count 'em THREE) Hero Arts sets.  But first I used summer limited edition Distress Inks: Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean and Mowed Lawn and used a water color brush with a touch of water to paint directly to some watercolor paper.  When it was dry I stamped it with the small flower from Hero Arts Blossom Art. with some Archival Ink.  Then I used Kelly's TECHNIQUE at the Hero Arts blog to make my own buttons.

I've done this technique a long time ago but like many things these days had forgotten about it was great to see a refresher.  I painted a few small pieces of watercolor paper with the Distress Inks and then stamped them with a little wavy looking stamp from the Hero Arts Untitled Postmark set.  Then embossed them with about 4 layers of clear embossing (the first time I accidentally used white embossing powder....well, duh....the watercolor was covered up!) and then tied some cotton floss through and adhered to the top of the flowers.

 I punched the butterfly out with a Martha Stewart punch and then painted it with the same colors giving a little "Op Art" effect.  I also embossed it with about 4 layers of embossing powders.
And last I stamped the sentiment with the awesome Hero Arts Live and Laugh set.

I'm happy with this little card because I used a few techniques I haven't used in a while...I love the color was so much fun to do!

I'm entering this in the following challenges:

Happy Crafting!


  1. LOVE this card---I have a call over at Scrapstreet e-magazine for pages and cards made with watercolors--I'd love it if you would submit this or anything else you have in this category. You can check out the submission calls and instructions, here---

  2. Love this card, the bold colors and using the color blocks. I'm working on a card today with some color blocking as well. Love it!

  3. Like the artsy look to this card. Especially like the bold bright colors & homemade/colored buttons. Thanks for entering MFP Simple Salutations Ch#6 Butterfly.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"
    MFP Simple Salutations

  4. What a lovely card! Love the simplicity of it! It's so cheerful! Very nice! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Hugs, Sandra

  5. LOVE the bright colors! Such a striking card!!!

  6. Wow! Fantastic card. I'll be saving this one to scraplift at some point. Very nice!

  7. Really lovely 'Happy' card, thanks for joining us at Digi Doodle Shop Challenges.

  8. Lovely card. Love the use of the bright colours and card layout. Thanks for joining in with this weeks Challenge at Digi Doodle Shop Challenges. Jenny x

  9. Such a pretty card! I love your 3 bright and fun color blocks. And you used a ton of techniques! I saw that HA video about making your own buttons and I'm dying to try it! Your embossing turned out fabulous! I adore Darlene's tutorials as well. That woman can color! Thanks for playing with us at A Blog Named Hero!

  10. Fab card Hun I love the butterfly it's gorgeous :)

    Thanks for joining us at Digi Doodle Shop Challenges this week

    Hugs Mandy DT xxx


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