Hero Arts, Pinkfrech Studios

Ink Blending Die Cut Words

Hello and Happy New Year! I’m starting the year out with some simple cards and new to me products. For this card, I got to try out my new ink pads.

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1. Die cut “Hope” from the December 2020 My Monthly Hero kit 4 times from white cardstock. Leave both pieces of the die attached so all the die cuts line up.

2. Blend ink on one die cut word. Using a blender brush, blend on Coral Reef ink from Pinkfresh studios at far left.

3. Switch to Peach Fuzz ink and blend until just inside the “O”. Make sure to overlap a bit with the first color.

4. Blend Lemon Whip ink over the “O” overlapping with the previous color.

5. Return to the Peach Fuzz ink ink then Coral Reef ink to finish.

6. Set aside to dry. The colors will even out. I loved how well they worked together.

7. On an A2 card base, decide where the “O” will land. Blend on Lemon Whip ink from that spot out just past the letter for a glowing effect.

8. Using liquid glue, adhere all four die cuts together.

9. Place die cut on card base and line up sentiment stamp placement. Stamp sentiment in Apricot ink.

10. Adhere die cut with liquid glue.

11. Add small heart embellishment in center of “O”.

Quite a simple card, but I love how it turned out. And my first time using Pinkfresh Studio inks was a great success!

What a beautiful My Monthly Hero kit from Hero Arts! It sold out quickly that’s why I subscribe. I can’t stand to miss one of their amazing kits! A new one goes live today and the sneak peeks are gorgeous!

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Assembly Line Die Cut Cards

Hello! I try to make sure I can use a stamp or die set for multiple cards before I get a new product. Even with monthly subscriptions like the December Small Die of the Month from Spellbinders.

This die set is pretty straightforward but I wanted to make multiple cards with it. Multiple cards with die sets like this can get really time consuming but assembly line style card making helps a lot.

Here are some tips I find helpful and how I assembled the cards. Supply list is at the end of this post.

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1. Use colored cardstock instead of coloring pieces. The small tree was the only piece I colored.

2. Make the design similar. Use the same colors for each card when appropriate. I used white for the frames on each card and for the background.

3. Die cut as many pieces as possible at once. I even put the small cloud die inside the window die to cut them.

4. Complete all of one step at a time.

5. Die cut all pieces. Use scrap paper whenever possible.

6. Divide the pieces up for each card.

7. Add Darice thin foam strips to window frames. I placed a small piece at the center of the large window for stability.

8. Adhere all frames to a 4 1/4” x 5 1/2” piece of Whisper Cardstock from Gina K Designs.

9. Adhere inner window pieces. I stamped birds on the blue ones before adding them.

10. Add the cats with foam tape. This helps determine placement for clouds.

11. Adhere clouds, tree, moon, raindrops.

12. Die cut sentiments from wood paper and back with white cardstock. Adhere with foam tape.

13. Add white gel pen to cats.

14. Add shimmer pen to clouds.

15. Add Nuvo Glitter Drops to rain drops.

16. Adhere white hearts below sentiment. Add one red heart above the two cats.

17. Adhere to white A2 card bases.

I felt like it went quicker this way. It certainly went smoother. It was much easier to keep things organized. I hope you’ll give assembly line card making a try!

If you want to get this die set, subscribe by December 31.

Thanks for visiting and happy new year!


Colorado Craft Company, Spellbinders

Top Five Posts of 2020

This has been a tough year for all of us in so many ways. I thought I’d look back on something that worked very well for me. This blog. Who Stole My Glitter?

I started it almost two years ago in order to apply for design teams, specifically A Blog Named Hero. That worked out for me. In 2020, my viewers and visitors have increased nearly 400%! I’m truly blessed with wonderful viewers. So here’s a look at five of your favorite posts.

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1. Framed Images One Layer Card Featuring New Colorado Craft Company

This is really no surprise. This is an amazing stamp collection that just keeps getting better. I love that so many of you got that I was going for a wall full of family photos.

2. Catherine Pooler & Colorado Craft Company Fall Blog Hop

Again, not exactly a surprise. As soon as I saw this stamp, I knew this was the card I wanted to make. I love when my vision comes to life. But do you know, I never realized that her socks were supposed to be blue? I’ve watched this movie hundreds of times and even referenced photos for this card and never noticed it.

3. Die Cut Fall Bouquet Anniversary Card

I loved putting this bouquet together. The card was sent to my parents in New York for their 51st anniversary in September. It was in a box with other cards and gifts. The box arrived ripped and open but luckily everything was in it and the only damage was a little sprig that fell off.

4. Tri-Fold Christmas Card with Anita Jeram & Colorado Craft Company

This is one of those cards where I need to step back and see the whole picture instead of dwelling on the flaws. The smudges of black on the beige stripe because I didn’t clean the stamp. The uneven margins. But as a whole, this card is great. I gave it to my daughter for Christmas. She said “Oh! I get this card!” She’s generally standing at my shoulder telling me what to add to cards. Usually it’s glitter but she’s always a great help.

5. Spellbinders October Small Die of the Month

What fun I had using all these fall colored glitter and shimmer papers. it was fairly easy if a bit time consuming. Totally worth it!

I hope you’ve enjoyed a look back at 2020’s most popular posts. I have plans for this blog in 2021. I want to do giveaways. I want to post more regularly here. I want to feature topics instead of always focusing on the product.

What are your favorite giveaways? What would you like to see here?

Thanks for visiting!

Tonic Studios

Tonic Studios Shoot for the Moon Stamp Club Blog Hop & Giveaway

Hello! I’m excited to be part of a blog hop for Tonic Studios December release. This month they are releasing the Shoot for the Moon Stamp and Die Bundle which was inspired by Maria Willis. Read to the end for a chance to win! Let’s get some basic info out of the way first.

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The monthly stamp release happens on the last Friday of every month unless there’s a holiday. It’s not a club or subscription based program but a small monthly stamp release. There’s a 6×8″ stamp and die set that contains 15 stamps and 11 dies, including 2 embossing plates. There’s limited stock available, so once it sells out, it gone for good.

These products are exclusive to Tonic Studios so you can’t get them anywhere else. They come in high quality plastic envelopes with a tab for labeling and binder holes on the side are compatible with the A5 Ringbinder Die Case in Duck Egg Blue and Orange.

1. Cut a large piece of watercolor paper into quarters or use pre cut pieces. Mine were 4 1/2” x 6” after cutting.

2. For each of three pieces, rub Distress Oxides on Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat. Spritz with water. Place one piece of watercolor paper on it.

3. Pick up paper and heat with a heat gun. Repeat this process several timesuntil you start to get a nice texture on your paper.

4. Splatter on some water then some of the distress oxide colors, white gouache and perfect pearls mixed with water. Allow to dry completely.

Distress Oxide Inks

Panel 1 used Seedless Preserves, Faded Jeans, Hickory Smoke and Black Soot. Panel Number 2 was Black Soot and Hickory Smoke. Panel 3 used Fossilized Amber and Wild Honey.

4. Once dry, cut panel one to 4 1/4” x 5 1/2”. Die cut panel 2 from the taller mountains. Die cut panel 3 from the large quarter moon.

5. Run panel 3 back through machine with an embossing mat to get the texture from the open circles. Blend a little Wild Honey Distress Oxide on the raised areas. You can see it in the photo above.

Quality Dies

These dies come already separated so none of those annoying burs here! They cut very well too.

6. Add a little distress oxide color to the die cut edges.

7. Cut spare paper from panel 3 to place behind the openings in the moon. Add Nuvo Glimmer Paste in Moonstone to the remaining portion of panel 3. Die cut the stars from this panel once dry. You may need a metal shim and to run it through your machine a few times.

8. Determine placement of sentiment. Stamp with Embossing and Watermark Ink, sprinkle on White Detail Embossing Powder and heat set.

9. Adhere the moon with one layer of foam tape and the mountains with two layers.

10. Add stars throughout with liquid adhesive.

11. Add Nuvo Glitter Drops in White Blizzard throughout the background and along edges of mountain and moon.

12. Place panel on an A2 card base with a strong adhesive since it will be pretty warped.

You might also want to check out the Happy Mail Envelope Stamp Set and the Banners and Strips Die Set.

One lucky winner will win a £50/$50 Giftcard to Tonic Studios and the Shoot for the Moon Bundle! To enter comment on every blog in the hop by 11:59pm PST on January 3, 2021. The winner will be announced on January 5th, 2021 on Instagram and Facebook so make sure you’re following all Tonic accounts!

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Maria Willis

Michelle Short

Mindy Eggen


Amber Rain Davis

Daniel West

Ilda Dias

Jen Kray

Jennifer Kotas

Lydia Fiedler
A Blog Named Hero, Hero Arts

Watercolor Die Cuts – CASE Challenge

Hello! The current challenge at A Blog Named Hero is CASE a favorite card. Recently I saw a YouTube video from Tina Smith of Cards and Coffee Time where she was water coloring die cut flowers and leaves. Tina is also a new member of the Hero Arts Design Team.

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I began by die cutting the flower and leaves from the January 2020 My Monthly Hero kit. Some items in this kit will soon be available as a regular product.

I placed a few drops of iridescent ink from the October 2018 My Monthly Hero kit onto my Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat then added color from the Hero Arts Daniel Smith Watercolor Sample Cards from the June 2019 and September 2018 My Monthly Hero kits. I pressed the die cuts into the watercolors to add the paint. I used two to three colors per image. Once they were almost dry I splattered on some white gouache.

I set the die cuts aside to dry. I stamped the Sunburst Bold Prints cling stamp onto a 4 1/4” x 5 1/2” piece of white cardstock with Soft Sky Ink.

Once the die cuts were dry I arranged them on the stamped panel then picked them up with Glad Press N Seal to keep them arranged. The leaves were adhered with Bearly Art Precision Glue. The flowers with one layer of foam tape and the butterfly with two layers.

I stamped a sentiment from the January 2020 kit from Pool Ink, die cut it with the included strip die and mounted it with foam tape. I added a few sequins around the die cuts and finished them off with Morning Dew Nuvo Drops in their center and a few on the flowers.

Recently there’s been talk in the paper crafting community about using older products that we already own and not having to buy the newest items. I wanted to point out here that I used four My Monthly Hero kits, two of which can still be purchased and one will be available as individual products in January. I didn’t do so because of the discussion but because I frequently use my older kits. I subscribe to the My Monthly Hero Kit so I never miss out but I still love to use my older kits.

While I was inspired by Tina’s card, I didn’t use any of the same products and I achieved a beautiful card anyway! I encourage you to do the same and enter it in the challenge at A Blog Named Hero. We would also love for you to like and follow our Facebook page.

Thanks for visiting!

Colorado Craft Company

Wonderful Time Copic Coloring

Hello! I’m not sharing a tutorial today. Just the supplies I used to make this card. I’ve been sharing video of my coloring on Instagram so be sure to check that out.

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The stamp set is Wonderful Time from Anita Jeram and Colorado Craft Company. There are accompanying dies but I didn’t use those here.

I usually get my Copic markers from either Blick Art Materials or Scrapbook Pal. Both have great discounted prices on them. I used:

  • Tree: E52 E55 E57 E59
  • Nuts (thats what I assumed they were): E94 E97 E99
  • Mice: C1 C3 C5
  • Cheese & Star: Y11 Y15 Y17
  • Leaves & Pot: Y03 Y17 Y67
  • Red Items: R24 R29 R59
  • Blue Items: BG000 BG11 BG15
  • Ground: BV0000 BV00 BV31

Additional Supplies:

If you have any questions or comments, I’d love to hear from you. Thanks for visiting!

Altenew, Altenew Educator Certification Program

AECP Level 1: Easy Die Cutting Techniques

Hello! I’ve just finished the Easy Die Cutting Techniques class with Yana Smakula for The Altenew Educator Certification Program. I was inspired by lesson 1, Stamps and Matching Dies and lesson 4, Embossing with Dies.

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I began by stamping the outline stamps in the Begonia Build-a-Flower with embossing ink onto vellum. I added white embossing powder and heat set. I repeated this twice more and then die cut the images.

Using Altenew Dye Inks and sponge daubers I added color to the back of the images. I used these inks: Coral Bliss Volcano Lake Orange Cream

While the ink dried, I embossed Whisper cardstock using the Spring Shower Cover Die and my Gemini Jr die cutting machine. I followed the instructions in the manual for how to set up my plates. I cut the panel to 4” x 5 1/4” and added it to an A2 card base with foam adhesive.

I stamped the sentiment on Black Onyx cardstock with embossing ink and added white embossing powder. I fussy cut the word “you”and cut the second portion into a strip. I adhered them with black foam adhesive.

I used tiny dots of Bearly Art Precision Glue on the back of the embossing to adhere the vellum. The glue is not visible at all.

To finish things off, I cut the overhanging vellum and added Nuvo Vintage Drops in Saddle Bag, Postbox Red and Bohemian Teal.

I really love how the inking on the vellum turned out and how it pops against the Whisper cardstock. I’ve never really known how to use the Spring Shower Cover Die but this was perfect!

Easy Die Cutting Techniques was a great class and Yana, as usual, was a great teacher with wonderful ideas. I have only one more class to finish in Level 1 before my final challenge.

Thanks for visiting!

A Blog Named Hero, Hero Arts

Adhering Loose Glitter

Hello! There’s a few more days to submit your project for the glitter and sparkle challenge at A Blog Named Hero. Here’s a glittery card to inspire you!

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Add Stick It adhesive sheet to a piece of cardstock and die cut the ornament. The one I used is discontinued but Hero Arts has many ornament dies to choose from. Peel back the other backing paper. Shake on eco glitter from the December 2019 My Monthly Hero kit.

Using the backing paper and a bone folder, burnish the glitter into the adhesive. It might help more to run it through a die cut machine but make sure your plates are protected from all that glitter!

Cut Hero Hues Cranberry cardstock to 4 1/4” x 5 1/2”. Blend on Gina K Designs Cherry Red ink from edges, leaving a highlight in center. Add Hero Arts Cup O Joe ink, but don’t blend in as far. Repeat with Intense Black Ink blending even less.

Once panel is dry, cut it down to 4” x 5 1/4”. Stamp with Embossing and Watermark Ink, add White Detail Embossing Powder and heat set. Adhere ornament with foam tape.

Loop thin white ribbon through top of ornament. Fold over back of panel and adhere. Tie a small bow with ribbon and adhere with liquid glue. Add panel to white A2 card base.

Head over to the A Blog Named Hero Facebook Page for more inspiration. Don’t forget to enter your project by December 10 for a chance at a Hero Arts gift certificate.

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Die Cut Only Card Plus a Freebie Die

Hello! Who doesn’t love a freebie? The Sizzix Pretty Flower Thinlits die is free with a purchase at Scrapbook.com today and tomorrow. Here’s how I created this card.

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Die cut the Sizzix Pretty Flower Thinlits die:

Cut green flowers apart to make leaves. Add shading to flowers and leaves with Copic markers. Adhere flowers together with Bearly Art Precision Glue.

Die Cut Sizzix Thinlits Thank You Banner die twice from Hero Hues Adriatic Cardstock. Cut off ends of one and adhere over the second with foam adhesive.

Die cut words from Waffle Flower Special Delivery Paper Pack and adhere over banner with liquid glue.

Add Nuvo Vintage Drops in Yellow Brick Road and Chocolate Chip to flowers. Set aside to dry.

Cut Waffle Flower Special Delivery Paper Pack to 4” x 5 1/4”. Adhere banner to center of panel. Adhere flowers clustered top left and bottom right, some with foam adhesive and others with liquid glue.

Add Hero Hues Gems for embellishment. Add shimmer pen to flowers and words.

Use foam tape to adhere panel to A2 card base.

Here’s a Christmas tag I made that also uses the Sizzix Pretty Flower Thinlits die. Right now, it’s a freebie with any purchase at Scrapbook.com, today and tomorrow. But only while supplies last so don’t wait!

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