Saturday, August 13, 2011

Two More Hero Arts Cards from CHA

A few days ago I shared a couple of the cards that we made in the Hero Arts workshop at CHA.  If you missed it you can find that post HERE.  Today I have the other two cards - I think these two are my favorites but all of the cards were really nicely designed.  Once again - these are cards I made in a workshop and they were designed by Jennifer McGuire who led a great workshop with the Hero Arts team.  If you have never seen Jennifer's scraproom you should visit her blog and look under the organization label HERE - it is amazing and so well organized!  Scroll down to see several posts and videos that show her space in detail.

 This card was so much fun to make.  We started by creating the background.  The swirl image was heat embossed in white on watercolor paper before we started the class.  We dabbed distress stain in two shades of blue (Broken China and Faded Jeans) all over the background, sprayed it with some Perfect Pearls mixed in water and set it aside to dry.  It looks like a mess at first but dries to create this wonderful pearly, swirly background.  The stamp used for the background was the Flower Dot Pattern.

Here is a closer view of the background - I definitely want to try making more of these (first I need to get this stamp - it really appeals to me and is so versatile).  This is one of the stamps from the Basic Grey collection.  Hero Arts has teamed up with Basic Grey to produce a coordinating line of stamps and paper.  If you want to see the stamp used on another card with very different colors, check out Jennifer McGuire's blog at THIS POST.

We stamped the sentiment on white cardstock and tore it to create the snow edge.  The sentiment is from the Snowflake Ornament set of clear stamps.  The wood grain circle behind the snowman is from the My Happy set stamped in Soft Pool Shadow Ink.  This stamp set is part of the Hero Arts/Studio Calico collaboration.  The little clouds are stamped with a stamp in the Hooray set and the clouds were punched for us before class with a Fiskars punch. The little snowman is from the CG364 Smiling Snowman clear stamp set.  We hand cut the snowman and added the gems for his eyes, buttons and the top of his hat.  The carrot nose is also hand cut.

The second card made use of a non-holiday image to create a holiday card.  The large stamp is from the Artistic Fern Sizzix Textured embossing folder and stamp set - yet another partnership that Hero Arts has made.  These will be available in October.

In this photo you can see how perfectly the stamp and the folder line up (you would stamp first and then emboss the stamped image).

There were two holes punch in the embossed card front and we threaded a ribbon through to tie a bow on the front.  The card kit included a layer to go between the card base and the stamped image but I chose to leave it out so more of the red base would show on my finished card.

The ornament image had been stamped on the patterned paper and heat embossed for us.  The stamp is from the Decorate Your Holidays set and we simply added some pearls at the centers of the designs on the ornament.

I completed the assembly of this card at home and added some foam dots to raise the ornament from the surface of the card.

The fern is a very pretty alternative to a Christmas tree.

For the finishing touch we added some clear rounded gemstones.  These give the card a lot of sparkle.

We are having beautiful weather here in Massachusetts - a little cooler and much less humidity.  It is birthday celebration weekend #1 so things will be pretty busy around here! I hope you have a great weekend!

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  1. Beautiful cards! The Snowman is my favorite. The detail is amazing! Also coming out of lurkdom ( I am here every morning :-) ) to tell you there is a great deal on Creative Charms at !

  2. Nice cards! I really like the fern on the 2nd card. I will be buying that folder when it comes out. Enjoy your weekend!

  3. Fun cards and love the techniques. Have a fabulous week end.

  4. I love the snowman card! The embossing is awesome!

  5. I LOVE the background on the snowman card. Great technique I want to try now. :-)

  6. Beautiful cards!! I love the cute snowman and the embossing is fantastic! great job:)
    Sherrie K

  7. These are great looking cards! I've used the fern stamp on another project but I really like the look the embossing folder provides. TFS


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