A Blog Named Hero Challenge, Hero Arts

An Oldie But Goodie! A Blog Named Hero Challenge

Hi! I’m back with another technique for our A Blog Named Hero Challenge. If you don’t already know, our ABNH challenge has now moved to Instagram. All you will need to do is post your card on your Instagram feed and tag #abnhaugustchallenge so we can see your beautiful creations.

This month’s challenge is all about backgrounds and my inspiration is a card design using a technique which I’ve done several times before but with some variations. It’s one of those oldie but goodie techniques of emboss resist to create stunning backgrounds.

I created two cards using this technique. The second card has a video linked below.

For the first card, I ink blended a panel using the an ink blending tool and Hero Arts dye inks – Strawberry, Lemon Drop and Creamsicle. I ink blended these in random order on different parts of the panel.

Then I took some images from the Tie-dye stamp set and heat embossed them with clear embossing powder . I only stamped those images where I wanted to trap the colors of yellow, orange and red.

After clear heat embossing those areas, I took HA Splash ink and ink blended on top of the areas that were left. This created some areas to turn green. Then I stamped the rest of the images and proceeded to heat emboss those areas with clear embossing powder trapping the green color.

Then once the panel was dry, I ink blended the rest of the open areas with red then took Deep Ocean ink and swiped the ink pad direct to paper, covering the whole panel with ink.

Then I used an clean, damp microfiber cloth and wiped the surface of the embossed areas to remove the excess ink and to reveal the colors underneath.

I matted the panel with a panel ink smooshed with Strawberry and Ocean Ink but not before I die-cut the word, Happy Birthday from the Birthday Stamp & Cut XL. I added additional plain cardstock matting in Cranberry.

I created a video demonstrating how I created this next card so you can see the technique in action!

Here are close up photos of the card I created on video. I used Lemon Drop, Creamsicle, Splash & Deep Ocean inks, much less than my first card but I just love this monochromatic look.

I hope this inspired you to create backgrounds using your favorite Hero Arts products! All you need to do is upload your creations on your instagram account feed and tag @ablognamedhero and use the hashtag #abnhaugustchallenge. I look forward to seeing what you create!

I am also entering my first card in the Hero Arts Stay Crafty challenge – Rainbows!

‘Til next time!


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