Papercraft Business Challenge

Rainbow Easter Egg Card – April Papercraft Business Challenge

There’s a new challenge at Papercraft Business Challenge for April. We are creating Easter projects! Scroll to the bottom to see what you could win by entering your Easter themed project.

This gorgeous Filigree Oval Wafer die is one of my absolute favorites from last year. I began by die cutting it from a rainbow of colors. I did my best to keep all the inner pieces in place by placing cling wrap or painters tape on the back of the die cuts. I then centered the die on a piece of Neenah Solar White 110lb cardstock cut to 4 1/4”x5 1/2”. I popped out all the inner pieces and used liquid glue to adhere the panel to the front of an A2 card base. I then began inlaying the colored cardstock pieces in rainbow order using liquid glue. I have enough colored die cut pieces that I could make six of these cards if I want to. Finally, I stamped the Happy Easter sentiment in Soft Navy dye ink.

I hope you join us for this challenge. You could win the die shown above! Some days it’s been hard to keep going but making cards helps me to get through this difficult time. Please stay safe, stay healthy and stay home!


A Dog Gone Good Spinner Card – Frantic Stamper March Release

My last card to share from the March Release at Frantic Stamper. Please let me know if you’d like to see step by step photo tutorial video of how I made it. I had several requests when I made a Santa spinner card last year.


Frantic Stamper Precision Die – Cute Dog in a Bed

Frantic Stamper Precision Die – My Dog’s Stuff

Frantic Stamper- 6×6 Stencil – Paw Prints

Frantic Stamper Clear Stamp Set – Dog Happiness

A Blog Named Hero

Stamped Envelopes – Anything But A Card Challenge

Anything but a Card is the current challenge at A Blog Named Hero. I decided to create two simple envelopes for the challenge.

For this first card I used the Props Turnabout Stamp. I die cut the third smallest Rounded Rectangle Infinity Die from masking paper. I centered it on the envelope. If I were adding an address to this envelope I would probably use a larger die.

I stamped the turnabout stamp using a variety of Hero Arts Dye Inks. When finished, I used a white gel pen to fix any areas that bled when I stamped them. Before removing the mask, trace around the mask with a black pen. I put a scrap piece of cardstock in the envelope and added a shadow on the white center area using C1, C3, C5 Copic markers.

To finish off the card I stamped a sentiment from Mail Delivery By The Stamping Village stamp set using Creamsicle Reactive Ink.

My second envelope using only one stamp from the Stamped Just For You stamp set repeatedly across the bottom of an A2 Sand Envelope. I colored them in rainbow order with colored pencils.

I placed a scrap piece of cardstock in the envelope and created my shadows as above. I also used YR31 around the candles for a glow. I used a glitter pen on the confetti.

On the back of the envelope I stamped an image from Mail Delivery By the Stamping Village stamp set in Blue Hawaii Reactive Ink.

I hope you liked these envelopes and found the tutorial helpful. I don’t normally decorate envelopes but I’d like to do it more regularly. I hope you and your family are staying healthy and finding activities like the A Blog Named Hero challenge to occupy yourselves during this difficult time.

Thank you for visiting. Stay safe, stay positive and stay home!


Perfect Companions Card – Frantic Stamper March Release

These cute dog and cat dies are another fun addition to the March release at Frantic Stamper. I can also see this card panel die being used a lot in the future.


Frantic Stamper Precision Die – Wacky Windows Card Panel

Frantic Stamper Precision Die – Front & Back Cats

Frantic Stamper Clear Stamp – Dog Happiness

Frantic Stamper Clear Stamp – Cat Happiness

Frantic Stamper Precision Die – Stitched Primitive Heart


Die Cut Cake Birthday Card

The February challenge at A Blog Named Hero has ended but we always need more birthday cards so I’ve got one more for you today. I’ve used the February 2020 kit for my card which is sold out but this idea can be easily adapted to other Hero Arts products.

I began with an 4 1/4” x 5 1/2” panel of white cardstock. I ink blended over it with reactive inks starting with Blue Raspberry on bottom and Pool Party on top. I spritzed it with water and set it aside to dry.

I die cut the cake from white cardstock and used Copic markers to color it. For the cake stand I used C1, C3, C5. The cake itself uses RV00, RV23. The decorations and candles use RV19, RV14, RV11, BG000, BG11, BG15, YR07, Y15, Y17. I added white highlights with a gel pen.

Once the ink blended panel was dry, I stamped the background stamp on it using the same colors as I did for ink blending. I stamped Surprise from the Surprise Gift stamp set with embossing ink and heat embossed with white detail embossing powder. I added foam tape to the cake and the sentiment strip and adhered them to the card panel. I placed the panel on an A2 card base.

I hope you like my card and found the tutorial helpful. Don’t forget to visit and follow the A Blog Named Hero Facebook Page. There’s always great inspiration there! A new challenge will be starting soon. Thanks for visiting!

Altenew Educator Certification Program

AECP Level 1- Easy Ink Blending Techniques

I am continuing to work my way through the Level 1 classes for the Altenew Educator Certification Program. This month I completed Easy Ink Blending Techniques. Though I am not as new to ink blending as I am to layering stamps, the class was both informative and a good refresher for me.

I began by stamping the tulips and leaves from the Triumph Tulip Build-a-Flower using Summer afternoon Mini Cube inks. I die cut everything and began playing around with arrangements. After I settled on the above arrangement, I used a piece of press and seal to pick up the flowers and leaves, keeping them how I wanted them.

I used Turquoise and Sea Breeze from the Deep Blue Seas Mini Cube Set to lightly ink blend from the center fading out to the edges. I added liquid glue to the back flower and leaves and adhered them in place. I used foam tape on the front tulip and two leaves and placed them on the card. I stamped the greeting just under the leaf on the left in Obsidian Pigment Ink.

For the second card I stamped the tulips with the Warm and Cozy Mini Cube Set. I ink blended over the Leaves and Berries Stencil in Silver Stone and Limestone from the Rock Collection Mini Cube Set.

Both cards are beautiful but the second steps things up a bit. I considered adding paint splatters on the ink blending but in the end I decided against it. I like the simplicity of the cards. In addition I wasn’t certain what color to splatter.

I was inspired by the cards in lesson one. I liked the dye cut flower arrangements over the ink blending. I hope you liked my cards and found this tutorial helpful. Thanks for visiting!

Papercraft Business Challenge

Super Happy Birthday Card

The new March Papercraft Business Challenge is a male birthday. I created this one layer card full of classic cars for the challenge. Be sure to scroll to the bottom to see what you could win if you entered!

Decide on sentiment placement and block it out with purple tape. Arrange stamps from the Honey Bee Stamps Car Show stamp set on the 4 1/4” x 5 1/2” panel of white cardstock. The best way to avoid odd gaps is to start with cars close together and framing the sentiment. Stamp the cars in Copic safe ink. Rearrange them being careful not to end up with odd gaps and stamp them until background is full.

Color the images with copic markers. I used the following colors:

BG000, BG11, BG15, BG90, BG93, BG96, B00, B24, B28, B93, B95, B97, B99, N0, N2, N4, N6, N8, R22, R24

When coloring is complete add shadows to one side of each car. I added N4 to left and bottom of each car, then N2, N0 and the blender to fade the gray out.

Stamp the two sentiments from Simon Says Stamp Stop Drop and Party stamp set in Soft Navy Ink. Add highlights with a white gel pen. Use a shimmer pen on the headlights and taillights on the cars.

I hope you like this card and found the tutorial helpful. Visit Papercraft Business Challenge to find more inspiration from the team and to enter your own male birthday projects for a chance to win the stamp set below. Thanks for visiting!

A Blog Named Hero

Dog Gone Good Birthday Card

The new challenge at A Blog Named Hero is birthday! I’ve created an adorable one layer scene card with two new Hero Arts stamp sets.

Place stamps from Birthday Paw-ty and the greeting from the Surprise Gift set on the 4 1/4 x 5 1/2” piece of white cardstock. Mark where table top and legs will be and remove all stamps. Use a t-square and pencil to draw lines for table and legs. I added a table back line and two lines to create the front edge. Add wall trim in same way.

Place all stamps back on panel. Once placement is good remove the sentiments and confetti and stamp remaining images. Repeat the balloon twice.

Using a Copic safe black pen, use t-square to trace over table and trim lines. Be sure not to draw over stamped images. Erase all pencil marks.

Color all images. I used the following Copic markers:

Dog: E53, E55, E57, E59

Cake , Balloons and Dog’s Hat: BG000, BG11, BG15, RV17, RV14, RV11, YR04, Y15

Wall: E42, E44, E47

Trim: C1, C3

To create the tile floor, use W1 copic to draw lines starting from center, angle line towards each corner. Add horizontal lines. Add W5 to add a bit of shading to each square, fill in square with W3. Go over floor with W1 filling in any missed areas. It’s not perfect but it doesn’t need to be.

Once coloring is done stamp and heat emboss both sentiments with embossing ink and white detail embossing powder. Stamp confetti throughout card with Emerald Green Shadow Ink. Add glitter pen to open parts of confetti. Add highlights to images with a white gel pen.

I hope you like my card and found the tutorial helpful. I will be sharing a simpler version of this card on my Instagram page soon. Be sure to visit and follow the A Blog Named Hero Facebook Page for more inspiration. Remember to enter your own creations to the challenge. Thanks for visiting!

Frantic Stamper

Happy Spring Card February Frantic Stamper Release

Right now it feels like Spring will never come here in Colorado but making Spring themed cards using the February release from Frantic Stamper is some relief to all the cold and snow. I paired a few dies from this release with the tri-panel card base released last month. I’ve included a step by step photo tutorial again today.

Die cut the Elements #21 Tri-Panel Card Base die from green cardstock and ink blend the edges with a green dye ink.

Add a generous amount of foam tape.

Die cut bloom, & and grow from Garden Reverse-Cut Words die set from the inner pieces cut from the panel die.

Place the panel on a gray card base. Place the inner pieces back in with tape runner or liquid glue.

Place the negatives of the word dies back in without adhesive.

Place the letters using liquid glue.

Remove the negative section carefully.

I decided on a gray A2 card base but seeing the completed card I wonder if brown would have been a better choice.

Die cut and color the Botanicals Daffodils die. The Copic markers used are listed in the photo. I also used a white gel pen.

Adhere the daffodil with liquid glue and foam tape where needed. Place an acrylic block over it while the glue dries.

Stamp two sentiments from the Happy Spring stamp set with embossing ink and heat emboss with white embossing powder. Cut them with a paper trimmer and add some ink blending to the edges.

Add lacquer pen to letters. Finish things off with a few sequins.

I hope you like this card and found the tutorial helpful. Visit Frantic Stamper to see the rest of the February release. I still have a few more cards to share.

Thanks for visiting!