A Blog Named Hero

Heat Embossing – A Blog Named Hero Challenge

Embossing is the current challenge at A Blog Named Hero. I’ve created this card with three different embossing powders.

1. Using the Sun Background Stencil, blend with Thistle Reactive ink for the inner portion and Taffy Reactive Ink for the outer portion.

2. Heat emboss the sentiment from the One Thing at a Time Stamp and Cut on Pitch Black Hero Hues Premium Cardstock with White Detail Embossing Powder. Cut it out with the coordinating die.

3. Stamp and heat emboss the flowers with coordinating dies from the stamp set in pink and purple sparkle embossing powder. They were included in previous My Monthly Hero kits. Die cut them.

4. Place images on stenciled panel to determine placement of the flowers without dies. Stamp and heat emboss with the same embossing powders.

5. Adhere all die cuts with foam tape.

I hope you like this card and found the tutorial helpful. Be sure to visit the A Blog Named Hero Facebook Page for more inspiration and don’t forget to enter your own projects into the challenge. Thanks for visiting!

Frantic Stamper

Front/Back Die Cut Transparency Card

I’m back with another card from the July release at Frantic Stamper. This time I’m using clever dies that cut the front and back of these safari animals. I’ll also tell you how I made the scene die work with the transparency.

1. Die cut the Front and Back Savanna Animals from white cardstock. Color with copic markers.

2. Die cut the Savanna Scene die four times from white cardstock. Set aside the frame for all for die cuts. For the front ink blend the grass, sun and tree. For the back of the front on the inside of the card repeat this but use the wrong side of the die cut. For the other inside die cut, ink blend all of the details except the white frame. For the back of the card, leave everything white.

3. Cut a piece of acetate to 8 1/2” x 5 1/2” and score at 4 1/4”. It occurred to me after making the entire card that it might have work better if it opened to the side. In that case the acetate would need to be cut to 4 1/4” x 11” and scored at 5 1/2”. If you didn’t have a sheet large enough you could use a strip of acetate as a hinge.

4. Adhere the frame to the inner bottom portion of card with liquid glue. Add all the inner pieces with liquid glue adjusting everything until it fits properly.

5. Adhere the frame and grass to the front of the card, lining it up with the inner frame already placed.

6. Repeat for the other inner scene die cut that is placed backwards. Should be easy to line this one up.

7. Place the front of the animals on the front of the card and the back of the animals on the inside of the card lining them up properly.

8. Stamp and adhere sentiment from the Jungle Frame Stamp set to front of card with foam adhesive.

9. Add shimmer pen to the suns and white gel pen accents to the animals.

I hope you like this card and found the tutorial helpful. This was hard to describe but easy to create so please comment below if you need clarification on anything. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the July release. Thanks for visiting!

A Blog Named Hero

Old and New Die Cut Card

The A Blog Named Hero Old and New challenge has ended but I wanted to share a card using old and new dies today. A new challenge starts soon full of new inspiration.

I began by die cutting the Airplane Fancy Die from Lapis, Pebble and Nautical cardstock. I cut the nautical and pebble pieces off that I wanted to use and adhered them to the plane. I cut off the window part, die cut that part of the plane from vellum and glued it just under the nautical edge. I cut both clouds from the Cloudy Sky Scene Dies from a piece of white cardstock that measured 3 1/2” x 8 1/2” and added Soft Sky ink to the edges. I die cut the love die from the Love Stamp and Cut three times from white cardstock and once from Hero Hues Cherry cardstock and adhered them together with liquid glue.

To assemble the card I adhered the clouds with foam tape to an 8 1/2” x 7” piece of white cardstock scored at 3 1/2”. Next I added the plane on foam tape. I adhered the love die directly to the clouds but I die cut two partial words and adhered them behind the “v” and “e” in the word so it would adhere flat to the card. Next I stamped the “sending you” from the Love Stamp and Cut above the word die. I stamped the sentiment from the Heart Tree Stamp & Cut with black ink and red ink. I used masking to stamp it in both colors. I mounted that on foam tape. Using the Misti, I stamped hearts from both stamp sets throughout the card. To finish things off, I added white gel pen accents and shimmer pen to “love” and the gray parts of the plane.

I hope you like this card and found the tutorial helpful. Be sure to check out the A Blog Named Hero Facebook page for more inspiration. Thanks for visiting!


Two Colorado Craft Company Honey Bee Cards

Today I’m sharing two cards using Big and Bold stamps from Colorado Craft Company. These stamps are my current favorites!

I first stamped the Big and Bold Honey Bee onto white cardstock using Inkon3 Fadeout No Line Coloring Ink. I colored the image with Copic Markers. For the body I used E19, E49, E79, YR21, YR23, YR27. For the legs I used 100, N6, N8. For the wings I used BV0000, B60. I fussy cut the image. I did not try to be too precise around the legs and antenna. I colored in any areas where I didn’t cut close enough.

The Big and Bold Daisy and Bee Background was stamped onto white cardstock using Warm Sunshine ink from Altenew. I then stamped just the edges, first with Caramel Toffee and then a little less with Paper Bag ink. Using a blending brush, I blended on the same colors to the same areas. I then splattered on those colors along with gold metallic watercolor.

I stamped the sentiment then adhered the bee. I used liquid glue for the legs and foam tape for the body. I did not adhere the wings. Then I added white pen detail, shimmer pen to the wings, Nuvo Drops in Mustard and sequins to finish it off.

For my second card, I stamped and heat embossed the bee image in clear powder on black cardstock. I used Kuretake Metallic Watercolors to color in the bee. I then fussy cut it. This one was a bit easier because of the embossing.

The background was stamped in Antique Gold Pigment ink from Altenew. I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment with gold embossing powder. This bee is also adhered with foam tape on the body and liquid glue on the legs. The wings are loose. I adhered the sentiment with foam tape and added some sequins.

I hope you like the cards I’ve shared today and found my tutorial helpful. Go check out all the amazing stamps at Colorado Craft Company. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments. Thanks for visiting!


Giraffe Partial Die Cut Card

Frantic Stamper has a new release for July and it is amazing! My first card involves partial die cutting with a scene that carries on to the inside.

I began by cutting a card base to 4 1/4” x 11” and scoring it at 5 12”. I lined up the Peek Around Giraffe close to the edge and taped it in place. All edges of the die cut so I hung the back edge of the giraffe and card base, unfolded, off the end of the die cutting plates. I then used a paper trimmer to cut off the excess paper on either side of the giraffe. I die cut a second giraffe to use on the inside. I kept the cut pieces in place with purple tape.

The giraffe was colored using Copic markers. I used YR21, YR23, YR27, E19 and 100. I colored the full die cut giraffe on the wrong side so it would be a mirror image. I then adhered them together with liquid glue.

I die cut the new Savanna Scene die from white cardstock and colored it with Copic markers. I used Y11, Y15, Y17 for the sunset. The tree was colored with YG67, YG63 YG17, E53, E55, E57. The grass was colored with YG93, YG95, YG97, YG99.

I adhered the white frame first with liquid glue then placed the pieces inside. I added shimmer pen to the sun and white gel pen details to the giraffe. I stamped the sentiment from the Jungle Frame stamp set with green ink. I added a thin strip of green cardstock to hide the die cut edge of the giraffe.

I hope you like this card and found the tutorial helpful. Be sure to check out the rest of the release at Frantic Stamper. Thanks for visiting!


Seas the Day: July Papercraft Business Challenge

This month’s challenge at Papercraft Business Challenge is Ocean/Water. I’ve created this simple mermaid card. You can enter your own projects and possibly win the prize shown at the bottom of this post.

I began by using the My Favorite Things Cloud Mixables Stencil upside down to trace waves onto the bottom 2/3rd of the 4 1/4” x 5 1/2” panel of white cardstock using a pencil. Above the last waveI used a ruler to create a horizon line. I stamped the Mermaid’s Tail just above the fist wave line. I also stamped the sentiment from the same set.

Using a BG15 Copic marker, I drew a line just below the pencil line to create the waves and erased the pencil line. Starting at the bottom I began coloring the waves. I colored the entire section first with BG15, the starting at the top of the wave I used BG49, BG45 and then BG15 again. While I did blend the colors, I did try to leave it a little streaky to add texture to the waves.

Next I colored the mermaid tail using V01, V06 and V09 Copic markers. Again I colored the entire tail with the lightest marker and then added the darkest to both sides to make it appear rounded. I blended that out with the medium color and then the lightest.

For the sunset, I used YR00, YR04, YR31 and YR15. I started at the horizon with YR00 coloring it halfway up but not filling it in entirely. I left this area very streaky. Next I used YR31 to fill in some of the some of the open areas and add streaky coloring to the remainder of the panel. I then added in YR04 about 2/3 of the way up and Y15 to the top 1/3. I continued to apply color until there was no white showing through, attempting to leave some of the streakyness throughout.

To finish the card I added white gel pen to the tail and shimmer pen pretty much everywhere. I the. Added dots of the the BG markers throughout the waves along with glimmer pen and white gel pen. I added Nuvo glitter drops in white blizzard to the tops of the waves.

I hope you like the card and found the tutorial helpful. Don’t forget to enter your project for a chance to win the prize shown above. Thanks for visiting!

A Blog Named Hero

Old and New Birthday Card: A Blog Named Hero Challenge

Using old and new Hero Arts stamps is the current challenge at A Blog Named Hero. I have been a collector of Hero Arts stamps for about 20 years, even if I did only really start stamping with them three years ago. So, I went through my older, wooden stamps to see what I was inspired to use and pair them up with something new.

I decided to use the three solid flower stamps shown above. I stamped them randomly throughout the 4 1/4 x 5 1/2” panel of white cardstock using Ombre Tidepool to Navy ink pad and Flower Petals Bold Ink Cue Set on their respective cards. I often placed my head parallel to the paper to make sure the stamps would not overlap.

When the ink was dry I used C1, C3, and C5 Copic Markers to add shadows to the left and bottom of the flowers. I start with C5, making the line narrow and up against the image. I then go over the C5 with C3 making this line a bit wider. I repeat this with C1 and then use the blender to smooth out the C1 edge.

I stamped the heart from the Surprise Gift stamp set and colored it in with Copic Markers that closely matched the flowers. I added shadows to those as well. I stamped and heat embossed the sentiments from the same set onto black cardstock and cut them out. I fussy cut the word “birthday” and added them to the panel with foam tape.

Using the same markers I used to color the hearts, I added small dots throughout the background. I also added a black marker. Lastly, I added lacquer pen from previous My Monthly Hero kits and Nuvo drops.

I hope you like the cards and found this tutorial helpful. Be sure to submit your own projects for a chance to win. You should also check out the A Blog Named Hero Facebook Page for more inspiration. Thanks for visiting!


Nautical Shaker Card

I love shaker cards and there are several dies released from Frantic Stamper this month that work to make great shakers.

I die cut the largest wreath from the Rope Wreath die set from white cardstock as well as from the striped paper. I adhered acetate behind the striped cut out. Then I colored the rope and bow with copic markers and adhered them into the opening.

I die cut images from the Porthole Scenes die set and colored them along with the images from the Rope Wreath set. I next created a background with brown and blue die inks. I adhered the images and a few gems to the background.

I added a double layer of foam tape around the opening and to the rest of the panel. I then filled the background with sequins and placed the front panel over it. I always add glue to the foam tape after one of my favorite shaker cards started leaking. Lastly I heat embossed the sentiment from the Deep Ocean stamp set and adhered it.

I hope you like the card and will check out these and other items released this month from Frantic Stamper. Thanks for visiting!

A Blog Named Hero

Sending Love Card

I’ve got one more card for the hugs from a distance challenge at A Blog Named Hero. The challenge has ended but a new one will start in a few days.

Everything I used on the card is from the July 2019 My Monthly Hero Kit. You could also use Color Layering Pier at the Lake or Color Layering Mountains at the Lake. I stamped and die cut all the pieces.

I cut a card panel from Arctic cardstock to 3 1/2” x 8 1/2” and placed a 2” piece of Meadow cardstock flat on the panel. I stamped the sentiment and birds on the Arctic cardstock and the waterlines and monster on the Lapis cardstock using navy dye ink.

I then added two layers of foam tape to the bottom of the dock piece but one layer on the rest. I attached the dock to the Lapis cardstock with the bottom hanging off. I added foam tape to the Lapis cardstock, the mountains and the trees and adhered them all to the panel. I adhered the remaining die cuts to the panel. I added white gel pen throughout and shimmer pen on the water.

I hope you like this card and found the tutorial helpful. Make sure to check out all the inspiration at A Blog Named Hero Facebook Page. Thanks for visiting!

Frantic Stamper

Steampunk Octopus Card

I was so thrilled to see several steampunk dies in the June release from Frantic Stamper. I’m sharing the first of two steampunk cards with you today.

I used yupo paper and several brown shades of alcohol inks to make a panel to cut the dies from. I also added a little green for an old copper look.

While that was drying I die cut the Porthole die from blue glimmer paper, silver mirror paper and twice from white cardstock. The silver rings were adhered flat. The center circles were adhered together to raise those pieces up. I also added the silver paper to the inner parts of the circle. I added blue paper behind everything and adhered it all to an A2 card base.

Once the yupo paper was dry, I die cut the Steampunk Octopus from it. I added foam tape at different levels to make it appear it was coming through the porthole and cut parts of it down to fit the opening. I added black nuvo drops to the holes in the legs and eye and a gold metallic pen to highlight the lines on it.

I used the top hat from the Happy Leprechaun die set released in January. I added shimmer pen and gold nuvo drops. I’d have liked to use black metallic paper but I don’t have any.

I stamped the sentiment in navy from the Deep Ocean Stamp set. I got a smudge of blue ink on the paper and when I couldn’t get it off I decided to ink blend some navy ink on the edges.

I hope you like this card and head over to Frantic Stamper to check out these amazing dies! Thanks for visiting!