Happy Monday! Today I’ve got a simple holiday gift idea to share that would be great for a party host, neighbor or friend.
There is no need to buy one of those specially designed gift bags for holding a wine bottle when you can make the bottle look festive with a stamped label.
This first one has an elegant feel with the gold embossing on black cardstock. And the Making Spirits Brights stamp is a perfect fit and message for the label.
This second design is a bit more fun and playful. I white heat embossed the Bold Cheers message and then applied Peacock Feathers and Mowed Lawn Distress Inks over the top. I adore the alphabet letters in the Stamp and Cut Flag set — they are great for adding a personal touch to your projects!
Hello, and welcome to the winners’ post for our Holiday Challenge. With over 350 stunning entries, this challenge proved to be a very popular one, and we had a really tough time judging. But, we had to choose winners… and here they are!
First up is the Mad About Metallics category, and our winner is Maria Doricheva. The stunning inked background, the gold embossed Tiny Stars, the way the eye is drawn perfectly to the nativity scene… everything about this card is perfection. We just love it!
Next is Yoonsun Hur, who entered this beautiful card in the White Out category. The softly watercolored Holiday Petals and Leaves look gorgeous set against a white background and the gold embossed sentiment is perfection.
For our Tag It category, the winner is Heather Doran. Heather adhered her beautiful Lattice Background stamped tag to a card, adding a stunningly lifelike Peace Poinsettia to which she added Crackle Accents. Head over to her blog to see an amazing close up photo. It really is incredible.
And finally, our random winner, chosen from all 362 entries… and it is Lai Yoke.
Congratulations to our five wonderful winners. Ladies, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your address and phone number by Friday, November 28th, including your list of $40 worth of products. Please include “Holiday Challenge Winner” in the subject line.
Thank you to everyone who entered this time. We hope you have enjoyed getting a head start on your holiday cards!
If you look closer, you will notice that two colors of embossing powder were used for this card - gold and silver. I wanted to make something special so I just combined the two and created this modern look.
It took me a moment to figure out how I can easily achieve this double colored embossing and after a few trial and error moments I found that its best to use a piece of thin printer paper as a mask and just place it on top of the stamped image (without adhering it down). I kept moving my mask and adding embossing powder alternating colors until I had the entire stamped area covered. Next I added some heat with my heat gun and moved on to embellishing my card.
I used a few gold and silver sequins and also added a couple pewter metallic decor pieces and scattered them going diagonally on my card.
Thank you for stopping by today! Hope you have a great day!
After ink distressing watercolor card stock, spritz your stencil with a liberal amount of water and lay it on top. Press down with a dry paper towel and when you lift the stencil, you have a subtle imprint of the stencil design.
Hello! It’s Lucy here, and I have a bold and bright Christmas card to share with you today.
We always get a poinsettia at Christmas. They are so cheery and colorful, and match perfectly with my red themed Christmas decorations. When I saw the lovely Peace Poinsettia set, I knew I wanted to make something rather traditional with it, and chose to add watercolors for a soft, realistic feel.
And the Gold Shimmer Mist is perfect for adding a bit of soft sparkle to Christmas cards. I love it.
Now on to the Peace & Joy blocks. These are just as easy to do, and look so pretty with the tide pool and white daubers.
Hope this gave you lotsa ideas for using DIY Message Blocks to make quick Christmas gifts and home decor! The grooves in the ornaments are also perfect for tying with twine and turning a block into an ornament. Fill a tree with the initials of everyone in the family!
Hi Everyone, it’s Sally and I am back to show you a holiday card designed for easy card making. I normally make my Christmas cards red and green, but something inspired me to try this color combo. The process was simple - first, I used Circle Christmas Tree to die cut my trees from preprinted green card stock. Next, I over-stamped with many of the images from Decorate a Tree in greens and pool colors. The From Our Family To Yours message was stamped at the base of a Snow Folded Card in Tide Pool ink. I finished decorating the tree with images from the stamp set cut out on circles and added it to my card.
Hello, it’s Wida and today I am showing you how to make a card look mixed metallic using multiple embossing powders. This idea can be used with any combination of embossing powders and works best with a larger stamp. I enjoy using metallics on a holiday sentiment best though, makes it look FANCY. ;) Making Spirits Bright works very well for this technique!
For the embellishments around the sentiment, I like odd numbers. Usually a cluster of 2 together and then 1 somewhere else in order to frame the image. For sequins, I hold a few up in the air and drop them onto the card. They typically land exactly in the right place! Try it!
I think this Making Spirits Bright stamp is so dynamic, it COULD have stood on it’s own. It could have even been stamped on vellum or in black against patterned paper. The possibilities are endless! But embossing with metallics makes it a perfect fit for the Hero Arts Holiday Challenge category - MAD ABOUT METALLICS! Play with your own metallic embossing powders and enter the contest: HERE! Saturday is the last day and there are prizes to be had!
Hello and Happy Veterans Day! On behalf of Hero Arts, I’d like to say THANK YOU to all of the brave men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. We are thankful for you every single day of the year!
When I think of veterans, of course I think of my own favorite veteran, my dad. He served in the Army during the Vietnam War. As I was growing up, he was an active member of our local VFW. And one of the main things I remember about the VFW were the paper poppies they’d sell. While poppies are a symbol of fallen soldiers and probably more appropriate on Memorial Day, they were my inspiration for an art journal page in honor of Veterans Day.
As I looked through my stamps to figure out what I wanted to play with, the Hello Flowers set caught my eye. I love the pretty flower on it, but also the message “live thankfully”. It is very fitting to honor our veterans!
I used the stamp in a different way - for me, anyway! I stamped the solid flower image in permanent ink, and then colored right over it using Faber-Castell Gelatos. I just scribbled on a little color and then blended with my finger. I really love the look of this! I was inspired to try it after watching many videos by our recent guest designer, Vicky Papaioannou. She does amazing things with gelatos!!
Have you ever tried art journaling? I love it, especially when I’m experiencing creative block - it just gets me playing. I never know how it will turn out! But the technique I used today with the flowers could also be used on a card.
So… be sure to say thank you to any veterans who cross your path today. Or perhaps spend your crafty time stamping for Operation Write Home? Either way, remember to live thankfully.
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