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Journaling Cards with Ink Daubers

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Hi everyone, it’s Libby and I’m happy to be here today sharing a scrapbook layout I made with the photos from my daughter’s birthday party! I love to do pocket style scrapbooking (I used Becky Higgins’ Project Life pocket pages today) and I especially love making my own cards to fill those pockets! There are endless ways to decorate journaling cards, but today I pulled out my ink daubers. This is a technique that can be done on a kraft sheet - but a little tip if you don’t have a kraft sheet - head to your kitchen and grab some wax paper! It works too! :-)


I chose four colors of ink dauber to use which coordinated with my photos - Tide Pool, Field Greens, Neon Pink and Neon Purple. I just randomly daubed them onto my wax paper.


Next, I used a spray bottle to make the ink nice and wet.


I had precut some Snow paper to 3″x4″ and 4″x6″ - the sizes that fit in those pockets. I set them down into the wet ink.


You could set them aside to dry, but being the impatient person that I am, I hit them with my heat tool.


And here are my finished cards, after adding a bit of stamping and rounding the corners. I used the same daubers for all of my stamping, just rubbing the stamps directly with the dauber ink. It gave it more of an imperfect, watercolored look, which I actually liked with the backgrounds I had created. Unfortunately the banner stamps I used were in an exclusive set for Archiver’s stores (sorry about that!) but F5895 Dauber Garland would have given a similar look. I stamped the little heart from CL729 Be Happy Today onto each flag. And finally, I added some journaling lines to a couple of the cards by partially inking up K5731 Notebook Paper - a very easy thing to do when you’re using ink daubers!


Find out how to do this technique — click for complete supplies and instructions.

And finally, my finished layouts with all of my photos and journaling added! I created the title block by cutting out a number “6″ freehand, and spelling out “Courtney’s Birthday” with DI061 Alphabet Uppercase dies.



I hope you’ll raid your kitchen and play with a little wax paper! I accidentally found that if you wrinkle it up, you can get some really cool patterns, too! My roll is still on my stamp desk - I think I need to keep playing! :-)

And by the way, if this layout put you in the birthday party mood - why not visit our Birthday Challenge and play along?? You have until March 15!

Thanks for stopping by,


Neon Pink Ink Dauber (AD001) Neon Purple Ink Dauber (AD005) Field Greens Ink Dauber (AD009) Tide Pool Ink Dauber (AD010) Family Vacation (CL716) Be Happy Today (CL729)
Alphabet Uppercase (DI061) Notebook Paper (K5731) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Water Mist Bottle (WM101)

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Monday, September 30th, 2013

Hello. It’s Lucy here, and I have a couple of Halloween cards to share with you today, both featuring products from our digital lines.

First, a card created with our newest digikit ‘Spooky Labels’. This was an easy and fun card to make. For the background paper, I created a black text box in Word, added the ‘Boo’ stamp on top which I had recolored to white, copied and pasted it lots of times  and printed onto white woodgrain cardstock. I just love the woodgrain texture shining through.  The bat was cut with my Silhouette, using the cool Bat Swarm cut file.


Find out how to make this card. Click for full supplies and instructions.

And next… well, I had this amazing Bat Swarm cut out from my previous card, and I could not let it go to waste. :) So I simply layered it over some glitter cardstock, added some wiggle eyes, and voila! This card is super shimmery and textured in real life.


Find out how to make this card. Click for full supplies and instructions.

Have you created any Halloween cards yet? If not, I hope my cards have got you into the Halloween sprit.

Have fun, and we will see you again tomorrow.


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It’s Dauberpalooza!

Monday, August 5th, 2013

dauberpaloozaHi! It’s Jennifer here and we are dedicating this week on the blog to our fabulous Ink Daubers! There are currently 12 of our most popular ink colors available as Ink Daubers and 7 new colors were just introduced in our 2013 Holiday and Stamp Your Story Catalog.

Today I’m kicking things off with a video showing you two fun ways to use your Daubers. Check it out…


Having trouble viewing this video? Try watching at YouTube.



Find out how to make this card — click for complete supplies and instructions.

Thanks for joining me today! Be sure to check back every day this week for lots of creative ways to use Ink Daubers!


Journal Letters (CL697) Tide Folded Cards (PS660) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Tide Pool Ink Dauber (AD010) Wet Cement Ink Dauber (AD012) Butter Cup Ink Dauber (AD008)
Aqua-Flo Brush Set (MW012) Black Ink Pad (AF101) Smooth Clear Gemstones (CH153) GLOSSY ACCENTS (GW221)

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Dry Embossing with Stencils

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Hi everyone and welcome back to the blog! It’s Shari here to show you my latest technique.  I’m always looking for ways of getting the most of my products and had a “light bulb” moment when thinking about the stencils… it was worth a try and here is what I came up with!


My thinking was… how can I dry emboss using a stencil?

The result gave me a nice, crisp, shallow impression. Viola!


You can find the instructions and supplies HERE.

I’ve also put together a video showing the entire process.

Thanks for joining me today… I hope you’re having a fabulous Monday!!!


Large Lotus Pattern (SA001)

Tide Pool Ink Dauber (AD010)

Pale Tomato Ink Dauber (AD007)

My Favorite (AC030)

Brush Strokes (AC026)

VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

Embossing Powder - White (PW110)

Classic and Ornate Frame (DI048)

Charcoal Mid-Tone Shadow Ink (AF236)

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Birthday Tag Card

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Hello, and a very happy Monday to you. It’s Lucy here, with a glittery, girly, tag-shaped birthday card. I love to make shaped cards, and our Frame Cut dies make it so easy. Die cut 2 of the same shape and score one 1/4″ from the top. Then attach the scored card to the reverse of the other card and voila! Simple.

My card today uses the Large Tag Frame Cut, along with some cute birthday stamps.


Find out how to make this card — click for complete supplies and instructions.

Don’t you just love the impact that a little bit of Glossy Accents adds to a card?

Well, that’s all for today. We’ll see you here again tomorrow, when Lisa will be sharing a card and the final sneak peek from our upcoming catalog!

Bye for now,


Large Tag (DI058) It's Your Day (CL661) Fantastic Birthday (CL677) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Black Ink Pad (AF101) GLOSSY ACCENTS (GW221)

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Sneak Peek #4 + Inky Card

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Hello! It’s Jennifer here and I have another sneak peek for you from our upcoming Stamp Your Story catalog, which debuts on May 1. These stamps are great for fun inking techniques…


I had such fun creating that inky card for the peek that I decided to create another with some of my favorite current stamps! This one looks complicated but is quite simple… thanks to the fabulous Distress Inks. I just inked the Painted Flower stamp with Distress Inks and stamped it on watercolor paper. I then “painted” it with a brush and water, causing it to blend and give a hand-painted watercolor look. (Distress Inks react with water and blend amazingly well!)


I added the look of texture by adding little dots to the flower’s center with markers.


Find out how to make this card — click for complete supplies and instructions.

Thanks for stopping by. See you soon!


Painted Flower (K5767) Celebrate Everyday (CL498) Tweed Pattern (S5654) Bright White Watercolor Paper (PS626) Pool Folded Cards (PS659) Tide Layering Paper (PS654)
VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250) Embossing Powder - White (PW110) Tide Pool (AF223) Tim Holtz: Broken China Distress Dye Ink Pad (AF160) Tim Holtz: Faded Jeans Distress Dye Ink Pad (AF161) Tim Holtz: Peeled Paint Distress Dye Ink Pad (AF157)

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Mother’s Day Tag Card

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Hello and Happy Monday everyone, it’s Kandis here! Mother’s day always reminds me of flowers. It seems like that’s when all my tulips start to bloom and it puts a smile on my face. I love the idea of using this large tag for a card base! It’s super easy too — just stamp it up close to the fold line on your favorite color notecard, cut out around the edge and decorate. I even hole punched mine and added some twine!


Find out how to make this card — click for complete supplies and instructions.

Each of the flowers was stamped onto colored cardstock and cut out by hand — it took a little time, but I love how each petal is bent at a different angle and gives the flower so much dimension.

The Tag Collage set I used here also happens to be our Stamp of the Week! Today through Sunday, you can get this “super sized” 6×8 inch Cling set at 25% off right HERE in the online store.


This card was so fun to make I hope you get a chance to make one too!

Have a great week,

Kraft Notecards with Envelopes (8) (PS507) Colorbox White Frost Ink Pad (MS210) True Love Paper Pad (PS717) Tag Collage (AC024) ClearDesign: Happy Mom's Day (CL334) Colorbox Chalk Queue - Misty Meadow (MS201)
Colorbox Chalk Queue - Rose Petals (MS203) Colorbox Chalk Queue - Primary Elements (MS205) Eggshell Folded Cards (PS565) Black Ink Pad (AF101) Diamond Gems (CH234) Designer Twine (CH264)
Carnation Folded Cards (PS553) Lilac Folded Cards (PS550) Celadon Folded Cards (PS559)

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Clean and Simple

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Hello! It’s Jennifer here to share a simple spring flower card - perfect for Mother’s Day.

I absolutely love the Etched Daisy stamp, but really wanted it to have a stem in order to be work with a design idea I had in my head. So, I took matters into my own hands and added stems with a marker!


Using the fine tip of Memento Markers, I just drew a sketchy stem to match the style of the flower. I also used the markers to add shadow lines to the flower and color to the flower’s center.


Find out how to make this card — click for complete supplies and instructions.

This card is quick and simple to do and great for mass-producing for any occasion. Hope you will give it a try!


Butter Bar Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF207) Soft Cantaloupe Shadow Ink (AF242) Bubble Gum Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF208) Dual-Tip Markers Earth (MW020) Dual-Tip Markers Foliage (MW018) Dual-Tip Markers Sunshine (MW017)
Dual-Tip Markers Blush (MW016) Celebrate Everyday (CL498) Etched Daisy (F5741) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Black Ink Pad (AF101)

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New contest for April + a birthday card

Monday, April 1st, 2013


Hello, Kelly here! It’s the first of the month which means it is time for a new monthly contest — yay!

The themes for our April Monthly Contest are:

  • Just For Her - We want to see projects for females of all ages! Mother’s Day, birthday, hello, thinking of you….any theme works here!
  • Sketch Challenge
  • Technique: Creating with Printables - You can find the Hero Arts Digital Printables in our online store.

All the details and deadlines for our monthly contest can be found HERE!

And now onto the card that I’ve created for today. I decided to create a bright and cheerful birthday card that would work for almost any female!


I white embossed the Looped Flower image on kraft cardstock and used a craft knife to cut out some of the petals to create openings for five flowers. I wanted some bright colors behind these flowers, so I inked up some pieces of cardstock with various Hero Arts Shadow Inks and adhered them to the back side of the tag. To finish it off, I filled in each of the petals with Glossy Accents and topped them off with a coordinating pearl. The shine and texture on this card is very striking in person!


Find out how to make this card — click for complete supplies and instructions.

I look forward to seeing all your fabulous new creations for our April contest. Thanks for joining me today!


Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Looped Flower (CG504) Large Tag (DI058) SC SUNDRIFTER PAPER PAD 6X6 (PS722) Pool Layering Paper (PS653) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)
Embossing Powder - White (PW110) GLOSSY ACCENTS (GW221) Blush Mixed Accents (CH211) Sunshine Mixed Accents (CH216) Bubble Gum Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF208) Soft Apricot Shadow Ink (AF145)
Butter Bar Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF207) Soft Cantaloupe Shadow Ink (AF242) Pale Tomato Mid-Tone Shadow Ink (AF233) It's Your Day (CL661)

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Hello Butterfly

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Happy Monday! It’s Kelly here with a springy hello card to start off the week!

I finally got a chance to play around with the gorgeous Butterfly Fancy Die and here’s the card I made…


I die cut the butterfly from a piece of Snow Layering Paper and inked it up with some orange Distress Inks. Then I die cut the butterfly again from a piece of Shallows Layering Paper to use the negative portion of the die cut. I inset the orange butterfly into the Shallows piece and carefully secured it with little pieces of tape around the edges on the backside.


Find out out to make this card — click for complete supplies and instructions.

Then I added a sentiment and a Pinstripe stamped vellum strip to this panel and popped it up on a Tide Folded Card. I love this technique and can’t wait to try it using the Floral Lace Fancy Die!

Thanks for joining me today…have a great day!


Butterfly (DI078) Pinstripes (CG503) Claire (331237) Sunshine Mixed Accents (CH216) Memories Pigment Inkpad in Unicorn (AF217) Embossing Powder - White (PW110)
Shallows Layering Paper (PS655) Tide Folded Cards (PS660) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Orange Soda (AF224)

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