Hero Arts May Challenge – Celebrate!

A Blog named Hero, Cards, Hero Arts, Watercolor

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Hi all! Its the 15th of the month and a new challenge starts over at “A Blog Named Hero”, Hero Arts official challenge blog. This month, we are celebrating Hero Arts 45th Anniversary so our theme reflects this. In addition, if you want to use an old Hero Arts favourite stamp, please do! You have till the 10th of June to enter your projects and be in the chance to win either a $25 or $50 gift voucher to the Hero Arts store!Stamp you own plant products.jpgFor this card, I used the very first Hero Arts stamp set I ever purchased, called “Stamp Your own Plant”. As I only started crafting with stamps 3 years ago, its not very old and comes from their 2015 Spring collection. They are perfect for creating a watercolour leaf bouquet, which is exactly what I did, by painting my stamps using the Watercolours dot palette from Daniel Smith specially chosen for Hero Arts. Yes, I added my watercolour paints directly onto the stamps with a damp brush and stamped it onto a 250g watercolour card base.Stamp you own plantOnce my paints were dry, I stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts December 2018 kit using Hero Arts black ink, onto a stitched circle diecut from Crafters Companion Gemini Happy Birthday die set and adhered it in the middle of my leaves bouquet. A few paint splatters and my card was done!

Well, thanks for stopping by and I do hope you will join us in this month’s challenge, and celebrate Hero Arts 45th anniversary! Do pop over to our challenge blog page and see what my amazing fellow design team members have created just to inspire you to join in! I look forward to seeing your cards in the challenge gallery.

Have a great day doing what you love!

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A Touch of Texture

Altenew, Altenew Academy, Cards, Watercolor

Hi all, its Friday so the beginning of the weekend! Yippee! It’s been a rather strange hectic week for me as I settle into my new role as Brand Ambassador for Spectrum Noir and trying out all their colouring products. At the same time I’m trying out a new way to learn German as typical classroom methods don’t work for me and I realised that all the words I know today are those I’ve heard people say often. I’ve also decided to become a Business English trainer and I’m attending courses to learn the methods used. So whew! All in all a very busy week and it’s just the start! BUT I still had the time to do an online course with the Altenew Academy called “A Touch of Texture” with Svitlana Shayevich.Wood grain bgI’m not used to adding texture to the background of my card as I normally prefer one layer cards, but Svitlana’s cards, which she made during the course, using different woody backgrounds were so beautiful, along with all the tips I learnt, that I had to try it too. I decided to try and make a white woodgrain background, like the one I see people use as card backdrops.Wood grain bg productsI first embossed my card with a woodgrain embossing folder by Darice and then lightly swiped a grey ink pad over the top of the embossed areas. I then added leftover die cut flowers from Altenew’s Fantasy Floral 3D die which came from my previous project here but gave it a branch from the Vintage Flowers die set, to rest on.Wood grain bg cuFor the sentiment, I decided to write a quote from Rumi, as I remembered that before I started making cards, the only reason I bought a card was that I liked the sentiment written on it, the image was secondary. Now that I’m a cardmaker, I focus so much on the image that the sentiment is secondary, but it’s not that way with non-cardmakers and as I give all my cards away, I decided to start making cards for the people who receive them too.

Well thank you for stopping by and I hope you liked my card. Thank you for your comments, each one really warms my heart!

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I’m sharing this over at:

altenewAltenew May Inspiration

Yes VirginiaVirginia’s show and share

the flower challengeThe Flower Challenge – Embossing heat or dry

DiesRUsDies R Us – Flowers

Paper Crafting & Beyond

Altenew, Altenew Academy, Cards, Die cuts, Watercolor

Hi all! Today I am here to share with you a card I made after I attended another excellent online course over at the Altenew Academy, called “Paper Crafting and Beyond”. This is part of my Altenew Educator’s Certification course and I’m already on the last level, Level 3! I have just 2 more classes to take, do the last assignment and hopefully be certified.Fantasy Floral product pinterestThis course was all about how to use our designer papers in many innovative ways to create beautiful house or party decorations, cards and scrapbooking projects. My card today was inspired by her very first lesson where she showed us how to make a flower wreath using Altenew’s beautiful watercoloured paper and their 3D dies.
20190502_160304.jpgUnfortunately, I didn’t have any of their paper, but I did have tons of my own watercolour pieces from my (failed) attempts to create loose florals. So in the true spirit of the origin of Scrapbooking, I used my scraps to create the flowers using Altenew’s Fantasy Floral 3D die set. I just love how they look once cut out from my failed paintings! I layered them and arranged them around the Sweet friend frame die from Altenew, which I had stamped and heat embossed with Rose Gold Wow embossing powder.Fantasy Floral cuThe sentiment comes from Altenew’s Beautiful Quotes (I love every one of them!) and even though I used a stamp positioner to stamp it, it still came out bleary because I moved the card before I stamped it a second time 🙄. I tried to rectify it by filling in the double letters with a black pen but please forgive me if it still looks a little blurry. To finish, I added splatters with liquid watercolours and a little blue bauble.Fantasy Floral die pinterestI really enjoyed this class and I’m going to use the other ideas in this course to create party decorations and scrapbook layouts. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my post. Let me know your thoughts in the comments, I look forward to reading them.

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I’m also sharing this card over at:

altenew.jpgAltenew’s inspiration challenge 

DiesRUsDies R Us – Flowers

the flower challenge.jpgThe Flower challenge – Embossing

Crafty friends.pngCrafty Friends challenge – use more than one die

Altenew Academy Watercolor Basics and Beyond / Video

Altenew, Altenew Academy, Cards, Watercolor

Hi all, today I’m excited to share a card I created after taking the “Watercolor Basics and Beyond” course at the Altenew Academy. I made a video to show you my painting process and you can find it at the bottom of my post.

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As I passed my Level 2 assignment and went up to Level 3, this is the first of the last 5 courses I have to take before hopefully becoming certified as an Altenew Educator! I was eager to take this class even though I have been watercolouring for the last 2 years, as I know I always learn something new during the courses at the Altenew Academy, and this course was no exception. I learnt that you can use your watercolours like inks and create beautiful loose watercolour cards!

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I have been meaning to paint this loose watercolour bouquet ever since I got it as an assignment during a watercolour course at my local community centre, but I never got round to it as it was too loose and messy and I didn’t know where to start! But watching Jennifer Rzasa create those loose watercolour cards during her course inspired me to finally create the bouquet, using stamps as guidelines. In fact, I think using stamps is a great way to learn how to watercolour for those afraid to start with a blank page.

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I used Altenew Versatile Vases for the vase and Altenew Majestic Bloom, Wallpaper Art and Perennial Beauty for the flowers and leaves. My watercolours are from Daniel Smith and I painted on Arches 300g cold press watercolour paper.

As promised, the video tutorial where I share how I painted this loose bouquet using the stamps from Altenew. If you like it please give me a thumbs up over at Youtube and subscribe to my youtube channel if you want to see more of these videos.

Thanks for popping by and have a great day!

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I’m sharing this over at:

altenewAltenew Inspiration challenge – I went with the colours

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge

stamping sensationStamping Sensations – April showers bring May flowers

Crafters Castle challenge – Anything Goes

Happy Little Stampers – Watercolour challenge DT

Cards, Happy Little Stampers, Home decor

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Hi all! I’m so excited to announce that I’m now on the Happy Little Stampers Watercolour challenge design team! Most of you already know that I love using watercolours to colour my cards, so being on this team is just amazing for me! I am also very lucky to be able to design among such talented watercolourist in this team.

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The challenge each month is “Anything Goes”, using watercolour of course, with an optional twist, and the twist for April is “Bright”. I’m making watercolour coasters at the moment so I’m sharing one I made for this challenge using the beautiful poppies from The Ton. I painted clear gesso over the thick paper pulp coaster before doing a no-line water-colouring on it and then sprayed it with transparent gloss varnish once it dried so that it would be water resistant and keep its colour.

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I hope I’ve inspired you to create something with your stamps using watercolours too and I look forward to seeing them in the challenge gallery at Happy Little Stampers! Have a great start to the week!

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