Stretch Your Stamps

A Blog named Hero, Cards, Hero Arts

56242592_10156068469251156_4734648518340247552_nHi all! Its the 15th of the month which means another challenge starts at “A Blog named Hero”, the challenge blog of Hero Arts. The theme this month is “Stretch your Stamps”. This means we would like to see you use your stamps in another way than it was meant to be used.Hydrangea embossedI have to admit I wasn’t very original but I wouldn’t normally use a stamp this way so its different for me! I used Hero Arts Color Layering Hydrangea stamp set, but only the detailed stamp as it also comes with a full coverage stamp for the background of the flower. I stamped them randomly on my card using Hero Arts clear embossing & watermark ink, covered them with clear embossing powder and then heat embossed it.Hydrangea embossed product I then sponged in Hero Arts Grape Slush Reactive inks and sprinkled a little water over my card. The sentiment was stamped on clear acetate using Stazon ink and glued onto my card with ScrapPerfect “Best Glue Ever”, which it truly is, as it dries transparent and is great for acetate!

Well, I hope you liked my card and that you will be inspired to join in our challenge over at A Blog Named Hero. There are 2 prizes of $25 and $50 gift vouchers to Hero Arts to be won! I look forward to seeing your wonderful creations in the link up and you have till the 10th of September to do so.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

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Clean and Simple Encouragement card

Addicted to Stamps and More, Cards, Spectrum noir, The Ton stamps

addicted to stampsHi all! Its Wednesday so another challenge starts at Addicted to Stamps and More and this week’s challenge theme is “CAS” – Clean and Simple. So lots of empty spaces on your card and not too many layers! I know its not simple for most, me included, so I hope my attempt will inspire you to create a card for our challenge!The Ton resistThis card was created using the beautiful background rose stamp from The Ton and coloured with the amazing new pigment inks from Spectrum Noir called Harmony Opaque inks and some heat embossing using clear Wow embossing powders. If you’re interested in the method I used to make this card,  come back to my blog on the 12th of September, for a very special event that Spectrum Noir is hosting! There will be loads in store for those joining in this event, so stay tuned! The Ton resist cuIn the meantime, I do hope you’ll join in our Clean and Simple challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More. I look forward to seeing your cards in the link up!

Thanks for dropping by and have a great day!


I’m also sharing this card over at:

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Midsummer Blues

CAS mix up.jpgCAS Mix Up Card challenge – Paper Towel ( I used them to remove the inks to create this effect) – heat embossing +stamping

wordartWord art Wednesday – Anything Goes

CRAFT STAMPER_TIMI CHALLENGECraft Stamper Take it Make it challenge – Anything Goes

New Inks from Spectrum Noir

Cards, Spectrum noir

Hi all! Its been a while I know, but I’m finally finished with my German certification exam (I’ll know my results in September…) so I now have a little more time to craft. In 2 weeks time, when the kids go back to school, I’ll have even more time, in-between my new job, of course, but after having daily german classes, work and my kids at home, just working will seem like a holiday!Blue Crocus inksIn today’s post, I want to share some new inks from Spectrum Noir. They are called Harmony Opaque pigment inks and are amazing fade-free colour inks with a rich, slow-drying consistency, giving you time to manipulate the shades.

What makes these inkpads unique is their “sticky”, slow-drying texture, which will allow you to take your time adding embossing powders to give them a shiny enamel-like finish. These water-based, acid-free and fully archival ink pads are available in 36 colours, ready to co-ordinate and combine.

I ordered just three to test how they were and I now regret I didn’t buy more in the beginning. They glide onto paper really easily and give so much coverage…and they’re so juicy!Blue Crocus productsI made a little video to show you how I made my card, which you can find at the bottom of my post. I used Crafters Companion Crocus Collection layering stamp, which is a beautiful set of 3 stamps, each adding a fabulous dimensional effect to the stamped image. I love this stamp set and will definitely be using it again with my watercolours and alcohol markers.Blue Crocus shiny.jpgHere you can see the shine and enamel look my card has after I heat embossed it with Wow embossing clear powders. My daughter said it had a very “royal” look to it!

As promised, the video of the making of my card. I hope you enjoy it! If you do try the inks, I would love to know what you think of them. I have already put in my second order for more of these inks!

Thanks for dropping by and have a great day!

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You can get these amazing inks from:

Crafters Companion UK
Crafters Companion Europe
Crafters Companion USA

I’m also sharing this card with:

the flower challengeThe Flower Challenge – Use your favourite flower

Yes VirginiaVirginia’s Show and Share

Mod squadModSquad challenge – Layer me not

International Art and Soul – Embossing





Black is the new… Black

Cards, Imagine Design Create, masculine cards, Shimmerz Paints, Stencil

Today’s cards are 2 of the cards I made yesterday after learning so many ways to create masculine cards from Altenew Academy’s “For the Guys” course. One of the inspiration cards in the course was a pop art card, which led me to think of making this card.

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I  used my Shimmerz “Licorice Stick” Dazzlerz paste through the “Diamond Pattern” stencil from Imagine Design Create. I love this paste as its so creamy and smooth and so shiny once it dries!  The sentiment comes from Altenew and was heat embossed using gold Wow Embossing powder.


I had alot of paste still left on the negative part of my stencil and I didn’t want it to go to waste, so luckily I had watched the videos over at CAS Mix up challenge about Stencil monoprinting, and I just pressed another card over my stencil to pick up the leftover paste. I really like the mix media effect it gave to my card! For the sentiment, I used the leftover foil I had from yesterday’s post to give it a colourful shine! I first stamped the sentiment onto a black circle diecut, using iCut’s Transfer Gel, let it dry before running it through my laminator.

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Isn’t that shine awesome? I even love the leather texture the paste gave to my card! These cards were so simple to make, which one do you prefer? Let me know in the comments below.

Well, I hope you have a great weekend and do lots of things that make you happy. I’m off to Munich for the day with my teenage son… to bring him shopping of all things…or rather he’s going clothes shopping with his friends while I hit the museums!

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I’m sharing the first card with:

color throwdown.jpgThe Color Throwdown

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Make your own background

the male roomThe Male Room – My 2nd entry to their Birthday challenge

And the second card with:

moving along with the timesMoving along with the times – For the Boys

stamps n stencilsStamps & Stencils – Industrial/Grungy

CAS mix up.jpgI went with stamping, diecut & foiling

just add ink.jpgJust Add Ink – Photo inspiration


For the Guys

Altenew Academy, Cards, masculine cards

After all the flower cards I’ve been making this week, it was good to do the “For the Guys” course in Altenew Academy’s Educator Certification Program today & make some masculine cards. Like many of you, I find it hard to do cards for the men and boys in our lives, but after finishing the 6 classes in the course, I now have tons of ideas to make masculine cards…and I made tons! I’m not sure if its because I’m working the old brain cells by learning new things each day and creating daily, but the ideas just seem to flow now!

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Now I don’t haven many masculine stamps, but I took the tip from Jennifer Rzasa to be imaginative, and just used the stem from the Altenew “Tulip” stamp set, to create those colourful sticks! I used the foiling technique I learnt here and used iCraft’s deco foil & transfer gel to give them a really striking look.


This is the foil I used and it is on top of my card,  in the “sandwich”, ready to be put through my laminator. Isn’t that foil gorgeous?! Its called rainbow Arcoiris. I also followed Jennifer’s advice and added more shine by heat embossing the sentiment from Altenew’s “Birthday Bash” stamp set with my WoW metallic gold rich embossing powder. See it in action in the little video below.

So that’s my first masculine card I made from the tips I learnt during the “For the Guys” class today. I made 3 more but you’ll have to come back tomorrow to see them as I don’t want to overload my posts! 😉

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great day!


I’m sharing this card with:

the male room.jpgThe Male Room – Birthday as they’re celebrating their 5th year as a challenge blog. Congratulations!

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp – Make your own background

Wow embossing powder.jpgWow Embossing powder – Rainbow

crafty addicts.jpgThe Crafty Addicts – Anything Goes/All about boys and men

AAAcardsAAACards challenge – My 2nd entry to their Rainbow challenge