Mixed Media with Hero Arts
Hello friends! We have some exciting news to share with you today. We've created a Mixed Media with Hero Arts group on Facebook. This group is all about incorporating Hero Arts products into your mixed media creations. We had such a great time at the Mixed Media Stamp-Along, we wanted to keep the creativity going! In this group we encourage you to participate - post your projects, ask questions, watch demos, try new techniques and join our monthly challenges. We are there to help you learn more about incorporating Hero Arts mixed media products into your art, and we hope you will have fun in the process! Will you come over and join us?
To help get the mixed media creative juices flowing and show you the sort of things we might be doing in the group, Libby is here to share a couple cards she created...
For this first card, I did one of my favorite things - stamping into wet paste! I began by spreading a thin layer of Gold Hero Paste onto some Luxe White Watercolor Paper with my Palette Knife. While the paste was still wet, I spritzed Positive Script Bold Prints with a little water, pressed it down into the paste, then lifted it back up. I then waited for the paste to dry thoroughly on my panel before adding more color. In the meantime, I made sure to wash my stamp right away, before the paste hardened.
Once the paste was set, I added some bold colors to the edges of my panel with Neon Brights Liquid Watercolors in Pink and Purple. At this point I decided a bit of shimmer was needed, so I spritzed on some Fuchsia + Gold Two Tone Metallic Spray. I made sure to mostly avoid the paste - but I love where it did hit the paste, the spray sat on top and added color, despite the nonporous medium present. I wish you could see the gold shimmer of the spray in person, the photos don't really capture it.
The final element was to add some words - I chose the Encouragement Sentiment Strips, which I stamped in Pitch Black Core Ink and die cut with the Sentiment Strips Fancy Die. I added a bit of black ink around the edges of the strips I used to help them stand out, and also along the outer edge of the card front.
I created the background for this next card while I still had my Pink Neon Brights Liquid Watercolors out - but this time I played with ink smooshing. Just like you might do with an ink pad, you can do the same technique with liquid watercolor. I just put a few drops down on a nonstick craft surface, sprayed with some water, then tapped my Luxe White Watercolor Paper panel down into the ink. I dried it thoroughly with a heat tool, and dipped again. I kept doing this process until I had the amount of layered splotches I liked, then dried it again. To add an extra subtle detail to the background, I inked up the Positive Script Bold Prints with Taffy Reactive Ink, not caring if I had full coverage, spritzed with a little more water, and stamped.
To embellish the card, I die cut the larger circle from Circle Set Fancy Dies from a Clear Card Panel and attached it to the background panel with tiny staples (Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher). The message is from Together Stamp & Cut - one of my favorite message sets from our CommUnity line. I had done a strip of pink watercolor wash on some watercolor paper - I die cut the "together" so that part of it had the strip of wash but with just a little bit of white peeking at the bottom. I die cut a few more words from scrap cardstock, then stacked & glued them together for dimension before attaching it to my panel. The "let's get" from the same set was stamped in black. I attached the entire panel to a Passion Flower card base.
We hope you enjoyed this look at a couple of fun mixed media-style cards, and you'll join us over in our new Mixed Media with Hero Arts Facebook group!
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