Hi everyone! I’m beyond excited to be part of the inspiration team over at the A Blog Named Hero, a challenge blog of Hero Arts. I have been a long time fan of Hero Arts (as some of you can tell from my past blog posts) and I’m not exaggerating when I say, it’s a dream come true to be part of their team. If you are interested in joining this fun challenge, I will link it here. You have a chance to win a US$50 gift voucher to the Hero Arts store!
The challenge for this month of March is FLORAL. My inspiration for you today is a quick and easy technique using background stamps. One of my first stamp from Hero Arts is this cling stamp called Everything Flowers. Its a perfect background stamp for this technique!
I also made a video on this technique which I hope you check out! While you are there, I would really appreciate it if you could subscribe! Thank you so much!
First I white heat embossed the background stamp of watercolor paper. You do not need expensive watercolor paper for this technique. Then I took some Hero Arts reactive mini ink cubes and applied it direct to the card panel. I applied different colors to each flower, by simply using a circular motion to apply the colors in sections.
After applying the ink to the panel, I took a spray bottle of shimmer (filled with a mixture of water and perfect pearls) and sprayed the panel generously with it.
Then after the panel was dry, I trimmed the panel to 4″X5.25″. Then using a paper trimmer, I cut 1″ of the top of the panel, then cut off another 3/4″. I put the pieces I cut off back to its original positions. Then I used some washi tape to temporarily keep them stuck together. I turned the panel over, then added some glue to the upper part of the bottom panel and the lower part of the upper panel.
I took a strip of acetate that was slightly wider than ¾” and gently pressed it onto the area with the glue, covering the piece I had cut out. I gently removed the washi tape that held them together. Then I removed the piece I had cut out earlier and with a paper trimmer, I cut off the excess acetate strip on either side of the panel. This creates a little window and offers some stability to the die-cut sentiment.
I added a generous amount of foam tape to the back of my panel and adhered it on to a 4.25”X 5.5 “ aqua card base. I finished it off by adding my die cut love sentiment and additional stamped sentiments from the same stamp set.
I decided to use a contrasting color and used the white LOVE as a shadow to make it stand out a little more. I stamped the word SENDING YOU with Blue water ink, and adhered it to the left of the love sentiment.
Here is another card I created, this time the widow was cut at the bottom of the panel. The LOVE sentiment is cut from aqua cardstock and the sentiment “YOU MORE” stamped with Thistle ink.
I hope that these projects inspired you to try this technique! I can hardly wait to see what you create with your favorite Hero Arts products. Don’t forget to link to the challenge here!
‘Til next time!
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