Hero Arts challenge blog Design team

Card Challenge, Cards, Heat embossing, Hero Arts


Hi all! I’m soooo excited to announce that I am now on the design team for the official Hero Arts challenge blog called A Blog Named Hero! Did you know that Hero Arts have a challenge blog and that there are two gift vouchers worth $25 and $50 to their store to be won every month, just by entering your craft project using Hero Arts products? You didn’t? well, you do now!

Marble bold embossing products

The challenges start on the 15th of every month and the current challenge theme is “Embossing”. You have until the 10th to enter your project, so hurry up and get crafting!

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So hop on over to the A Blog Named Hero blog and see my first post for them and discover how I made my card using Hero Arts Marble Bold Print background stamp… and tons of embossing!

I look forward to seeing you in the challenge gallery here. Have a great week!



I’m also sharing this over at:
Wow embossing powder.pngWow Embossing powder Facebook challenge
lemon shortbreadLemon Shortbread – Anything Goe
thru the craft roomThrough the Craftroom door – Anything Goes



AECP – Impressive Heat Embossing

Altenew Academy, Cards, Heat embossing, WoW embossing powder

The title of my post today is what I hopefully accomplished on my card after watching the 6 videos at Altenew Academy’s “Impressive heat embossing“course, today. I used to be known for my heat embossing when I started making cards but just the basic heat embossing to use as a resist for watercolouring or ink blending.

Ombre embossing products

But after this course, I now know so many other ways of heat embossing. Like the 2 techniques I used today; ombre heat embossing and water splashes heat embossing. For the ombre look, I stamped my “Floral Shadow” stamp from Altenew with Versamark clear embossing ink and added the “Heart Throb” red/gold powder, shook the excess off and added the Tafetta pink, shook the excess off and with the same method, added Emerald City and then Primary Lemon embossing powders from Wow Embossing Powder. I then used my heat gun to melt the powders and set them.

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For the glittering splatters around my ombre flower, I followed the method by Svetlana Marchenko and splattered clear water on my card, added the embossing powder & melted it with my heat gun. Unfortunately it didn’t work for me as I didn’t realise my embossing powder, called “Santorin”, is actually Sparkles premium glitter which means it needs glue. So I added spots of glue and added the glitter powder, pressed them in and shook off the excess.

For the sentiment, I heat embossed a strip of paper in gold embossing powder and then diecut the “Thanks” sentiment from Stamplorations and adhered it onto this panel. I then cut it with Simon Says Stamp rectangle stitched die and added a yellow rectangle border on foam adhesive around the diecut panel to finish.

Well I hope you liked my card and I really do appreciate you taking the time to stop by my blog and leave me a comment. Wishing you a wonderful creative weekend!

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I’m sharing this with:

Southern GirlsSouthern Girls challenge – Use metal. I added gold embossing on my sentiment

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Anything Goes

stamplorationsStamploration cutplorations challenge – Anything diecut Goes

Wow embossing powder.jpgWow Embossing Powder – Metallics challenge

Vielen Dank

Cards, Colour pencils, Heat embossing, Stamplorations, WoW embossing powder

While I was away, my kind neighbours looked after some Roses I recently bought when I was at a recent Rose fair here in Ulm, so I made a card with a rose on it to thank them for taking care of them so well.

Thats the Ulmer Munster in the background, the cathedral which has the tallest steeple in the world! The yellow and pink rose in the photo gave me the inspiration to colour my roses for this card.

Stamplorations rose on red

The beautiful stamped rose comes from Stamploration’s “About a Rose” set, and its surprisingly the first time I’ve used it! As I was inspired by the challenges at AAA Cards and Less Is More to create a one layer card on a coloured card base, I wanted everything I stamped on it to stand out. So I first stamped the rose with Versamark clear ink, sprinkled Wow embossing powder over it and then melted it with my heat gun. I coloured in the rose with my Prisamacolor pencils as I knew they work well on the dark base. You have to use a sharp pencil though to really get in right beside the embossed areas but as my eyesight isn’t that good, I still missed some areas! Lol! But don’t those colour pencils just pop?!

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To get the ombre look for the sentiment from Efco, which means “Thank you very much”, I stamped it in Versamark too, then first poured the white Wow Embossing powder on the bottom half, heated it, then poured the gold embossing powder over the top half. To make it pop even more, I added Spectrum Noir clear sparkle brush over the rose. See how it shines in the light!

Stamplorations rose on red shine

I added a few clear sequins to it and the card was finished. I do hope you liked it and I would love to hear what you think of my card!

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Weekend!


I’m also playing along at:

stamplorations CAS.png Stamplorations CAS – Its an “Anything CAS Goes” while they’re on Summer

the flower challenge The Flower Challenge – My 2nd entry to their Embossing heat/dry challenge and I’m going with heat embossing again!

Wow Embossing Powder – Multicolour embossing



Wishing You Happiness

Brushos paint powder, Cards, Heat embossing, Watercolor

I made this card for my kids favourite teacher, who left the school to further her studies at Harvard. I wanted to make a card that  resembled her, bright, cheerful, young and enthusiastic about teaching! So Ms Martinez, I hope you liked it!

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I first stamped the pretty lotus from CAS-Usual Fridays Mon Ami set with Versamark clear ink, sprinkled white Wow embossing powder over it and heated it with my heat gun until it melted and created a resist for my water colouring.

I took my beloved Zig Clean Clear Real Brushes, that are already filled with water based dye inks, and work really well on water colour paper, and started colouring the Lotus itself, blending with a clear Spectrum Noir sparkle brush.

casfridays watercolour shine

Don’t you love the shine! To create the background, I first took Goosebumps texture spray from Tsukineko and flicked some liquid on the card to create resist spots. This spray is also very good to create a starry sky. I let it dry before I started to colour my background

I then took my Brushos paint powders, another of my favourite ways of water colouring, and sprinkled lightly around the flower, sprayed water on them and helped moved the colour around with my water brush. I stamped the sentiment from Stamplorations with Versafine, cut the panel with the scallop die from the MFT Blueprint 20 and adhered it onto a yellow card from Hero Arts.

casfridays watercolour

So I hope you liked the card and I look forward to your comments! Thanks for stopping by!


I’m playing at:

ssswchallenge Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Anything goes
 Happy Little Stampers

Classic DT Challenge  Classic Design Team Open challenge – Anything Goes as long as you belong to a Design Team

the flower challenge The Flower Challenge – Embossing, I chose heat embossing

double d.jpg Double D Challenge – Pastel Party. Not sure if my colours are too dark for pastel but i wanted to join in the party anyway!

Be your own kind of Beautiful

Cards, Heat embossing, Stencil

Just a quick post today as I’m actually on the road, in France, on our way to see some friends, who have a beach house in the South west of France, where we’ll stay for a week. Its actually our first long vacation together as a family this year and we’re already having a lot of fun!

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As I made this card before I left, I wanted to share it, especially over at Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge where the theme is Stencil It, which is exactly what I did! I first die cut a scallop hole on the card. I then placed the beautiful stencil from Hero Arts called Spiral Petals, (which was one of my prizes from winning a challenge over at a2z scrapbooking), over another card stock and proceeded to sponge in some distress inks through it. I removed the stencil and went over the inks with my clear Spectrum Noir sparkle pen.

hero arts swirl stencil shine

Don’t you just love that sparkle? I then added this stencilled piece behind the scallop. To finish, I stamped the sentiment from Altenew in Versamark, then heat embossed it with Wow embossing powder, twice, so it would be bolder!

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I finished by cutting the bottom of the card with one of my fancy scissors.

So I hope you liked it and let me know what you thought, as I always love reading your comments!


a2z a2z scrapbooking – Anything Goes

work it wednesday Anything Summer

thats crafty Keep it Simple