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What’s up? By Lisa Spangler

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Send a fun “what’s up” with this cheerful card!

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Hero Materials:

  • CH117 Assorted Crystal Gemstones
  • CH151 Art Flowers Spring
  • CH158 Summer Mixed Gemstones
  • K5053 Bird on a Branch
  • CL231 ClearDesign: Happy Hello
  • AF101 Black Ink Pad
  • PS531 Green Apple Notecards with Envelopes

Additional Materials:

  • Foam Tape
  • Text from an Old Book
  • Colored Pencils (Prismacolor)

Instructions:

  1. Stamp Bird on a Branch with baby blue ink on white cardstock and trim, leaving a border.
  2. Stamp flower border from the Clear Design Happy Hello set with red ink on a Strawberry strip.
  3. Stamp “what’s up?” from the Clear Design Happy Hello set with black ink on a white strip.
  4. Trim a Green Apple strip and a text strip, then assemble card as shown.
  5. Stamp owl with black ink on white, color with pencils and cut out. Add to card with foam tape.
  6. Rub chalk inks in coordinating colors on Art Flowers to distress them.
  7. Add smooth yellow gems, smooth clear gems and Art Flowers to card.

Tip:

Mix and match bold and outline stamps for a playful look.

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White Embossed Patterns By Jennifer McGuire

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Make great impact by heat embossing in white on colorful paper.

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Hero Materials:

  • CH137 Medium Accent Pearl
  • CH150 Art Flowers Summer
  • PW110 Embossing Powder – White
  • K5103 Woodgrain Circle
  • S5093 DesignBlock: Birds and Branch
  • S5128 Flower Bursts
  • S5129 DesignBlock: Scattered Flowers
  • S5135 DesignBlock: Outline Flowers
  • S5141 DesignBlock: Four Leaf Grid
  • CL270 Sky’s the Limit
  • VC251 VersaMark Watermark Cube
  • PS544 Blush Notecards with Envelopes
  • PS545 Sunshine Notecards with Envelopes
  • PS546 Garden Notecards with Envelopes

Additional Materials:

  • Circle Punches (EK Success)
  • Sewing Machine

Instructions:

Brighter Scrapbook Layout

  1. Punch large circles from a variety of colorful notecards.
  2. Stamp the Design Block background images as well as the “life is brighter” message from the Sky’s the Limit set with Versamark ink and heat emboss with White Embossing Powder.
  3. Add to a white background. Mat with pink.
  4. Add a photo and Medium Accent Pearls.

Beautiful Day Card

  1. Punch three circles from colored notecards.
  2. Stamp backgrounds with Versamark ink and heat emboss with White Embossing Powder.
  3. Adhere to a Green Notecard that has been cut in half.
  4. Stamp the “have a beautiful day” greeting with Versamark ink and heat emboss with white.
  5. Add an Art Flower and Medium Accent Pearls.

Floral Card

  1. On a Peony Notecard, stamp the Scattered Flower image with Versamark ink and white heat emboss.
  2. Trim and round the corners. Add to Pink Notecard along with a strip cut from a Green Notecard.
  3. Add sewing machine stitching.
  4. Round the corners.

Variation:

Try embossing with clear powder instead for a more subtle look.

Tip:

Due to the large size of the DesignBlock images, they offer a fun way to cover lots of punched pieces at once.

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Thinking of You Tree By Jennifer McGuire

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Pair the Slanted Tree with the Woodgrain Circle to create a simple yet versatile card.

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Hero Materials:

  • CH117 Assorted Crystal Gemstones
  • K5103 Woodgrain Circle
  • CL140 Thinking of You Messages
  • AF101 Black Ink Pad
  • AF124 Soft Stone Shadow Ink

Additional Materials:

  • Color Pencils

Instructions:

  1. Stamp the woodgrain circle in the center of a white card with soft blue ink.
  2. Stamp the slanted tree and the message in black over the circle.
  3. Add color to the flowers and grass with color pencils.
  4. Embellish with gemstones.

Tip:

Challenge yourself to keep it simple by limiting your card to one layer.

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Hi Sally! By Lisa Spangler

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Let a special friend know you’re thinking of them today!

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Hero Materials:

  • CH130 Citron Gemstones
  • CH140 Sparkle Gems Small Blossoms
  • CH143 Sparkle Gems Blossoms
  • K5103 Woodgrain Circle
  • AF120 ArtPrint Brown Dye Ink
  • PS507 Kraft Notecards with Envelopes
  • PS525 Crimson Notecards with Envelopes

Additional Materials:

  • Color Pencils
  • Ribbon
  • Marker

Instructions:

  1. Trim a 1 ¼ inches from the bottom of a Lemon note card making it square.
  2. Tie ribbon and adhere it to the front of the card.
  3. Stamp wood grain circle on Kraft card stock and cut out. Mat with a white scalloped circle. Use a marker to add dots to the center of each scallop. Add to the center of the card’s front.
  4. Stamp Wooden Doll in brown ink on white card stock. Color with color pencils, cut out, and add to the card front.
  5. Stamp the words ‘hi’ and ‘sally’ with the letters from the Small Variety Alphabet.
  6. Embellish with gems and gem blossoms.

Tip:

Connecting the letters is a breeze since the stamps are clear.

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Kathy’s House

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Use your creativity to super size a stamped image.

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Hero Materials:

  • K5103 Woodgrain Circle
  • CL288 Scallop Borders
  • CL389 Mi Casa
  • AF192 Chipped Sapphire Distress Dye Ink Pad

Additional Materials:

  • Grunge Paper
  • Lace

Instructions:

  • Stamp the image on a transparency, place it on a projector and enlarge it to desired size. (Here shown at 4″x5″)
  • Loosely draw the enlarged image, cut the image into different pieces then trace the cut pieces with a ruler to get some nice straight lines.
  • Retrace the new straight images onto the Tim Holtz grunge board and cut them out
  • Paint everything except the dormer white.
  • Add texture by stamping the door with the Woodgrain stamp and emboss the body of the house with a Cuttlebug template.
  • Add color with distress inks. Sand in random places gave the house some more character and glued it all down with Glossy Accents.
  • Add some scraps of stamped paper to serve as wall papers in the window squares.
  • Add lace to the back windows on the house.

Tip:

Add texure to your cards for added interest.

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Great Flourish Messages By Sally Traidman

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Mix and match Clear Design stamps with woodblock stamps for endless variety.

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Hero Materials:

  • CH138 Pale Pink Gemstones
  • CH140 Sparkle Gems Small Blossoms
  • CH148 Card Buttons Spring
  • CH167 Art Flowers Vintage Collage
  • CH168 Art Flowers Meadow
  • K5107 Screen Shadow
  • S5102 DesignBlock: Flower Background
  • CL278 ClearDesign: Great Flourishes Messages
  • AF120 ArtPrint Brown Dye Ink
  • AF147 Soft Blossom Shadow Ink
  • PS507 Kraft Notecards with Envelopes
  • PS544 Blush Notecards with Envelopes

Additional Materials:

  • Ribbon
  • Scallop Border Punch
  • Scallop Circle Punch
  • Zig Zag Edge Scissors
  • Hole Punch

Instructions:

You Mean So Much

  1. Punch out a large scallop from white cardstock and stamp the Screen Shadow image as a background with Soft Blossom Shadow Ink.
  2. Stamp the “You Mean So Much” message from the Great Flourishes Messages set twice in ArtPrint Brown ink. Add an Art Flower with a Sparkle Gem Small Blossom in the middle. Add some Pale Pink Gemstones.
  3. Cut a strip from a Peony Notecard (from the Blush set) and mount onto a strip cut from a Chocolate Notecard.
  4. Mount all onto a Kraft Notecard.

Thank You

  1. Stamp the Flower Background image in ArtPrint Brown ink onto a Peony Notecard.
  2. Stamp the “Thank You” image from the Great Flourishes Messages set in brown ink onto a strip from a Baby Blue Notecard.
  3. Cut a zig-zag edge from a Kraft Notecard.
  4. Adhere all onto the Peony card. Add a scallop circle punched from a Chocolate Notecard.
  5. Add a circle punched from a Crimson Notecard to the center of the scallop circle with a Sparkle Gem Small Blossom in the center of that.
  6. Add Pale Pink Gemstones.

You Are Special

  1. Stamp the “You Are Special” message in ArtPrint Brown onto a beige tag. Stamp “You Mean So Much” on the edges.
  2. Mount onto a piece of a Chocolate Notecard.
  3. Stamp the Flower Background image onto a Kraft Notecard.
  4. Punch a hole and tie a ribbon through it. Adhere to the card. Add an Art Flower and a Card Button.

Thinking of You

  1. Cut out a tag from white cardstock. Stamp the Screen Shadow background in ArtPrint Brown ink on the bottom. Stamp again without inking on top for a muted look.
  2. Punch out a scallop edge from a Kraft Notecard and adhere.
  3. Stamp words onto pieces from a Crimson Notecard. Trim and mount. Add an Art Flower and Pale Pink Gemsstones.
  4. Tie a ribbon and mount the tag to a Pink Notecard.

Tip:

Kraft Notecards will bring balance to many color palettes. They compliment a variety of colors, and are perfect as either a card base or as an accent.

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Smile Tree By Lisa Spangler

Send a smile with this quick card! The Screen Shadow makes it easy to create a background in a jiffy!

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Hero Materials:

  • CH117 Assorted Crystal Gemstones
  • CH140 Sparkle Gems Small Blossoms
  • F5108 Smile Tree
  • K5107 Screen Shadow
  • AF123 Soft Leaf Shadow Ink
  • AF146 Soft Pool Shadow Ink
  • MS202 Colorbox Chalk Queue – Chocolates & Blueberries
  • PS507 Kraft Notecards with Envelopes
  • PS525 Crimson Notecards with Envelopes

Additional Materials:

  • White Silk Ribbon (Creative Impressions)
  • Foam Tape
  • Distress Tool (Tonic for Tim Holtz)
  • Foam Tape
  • Color Pencils (Prismacolor)

Instructions:

  1. Ink part of the Screen Shadow image with Soft Pool Shadow ink to create a sky, and Soft Leaf Shadow ink to create a hill. Stamp on white cardstock.
  2. Stamp the Smile Tree image with dark brown ink.
  3. Use color pencils to define the hill, add grass, and color the leaves of the tree.
  4. Distress the edges of the stamped piece with a paper edge distress tool, or use scissors.
  5. Adhere the stamped piece to a Crimson Notecard and trim.
  6. Stamp the edges of a Kraft Notecard with the Smile Tree and brown ink.
  7. Tie on the ribbon, then adhere the stamped piece with foam tape.
  8. Add Assorted Crystal Gemstones and Sparkle Gems Small Blossoms.

Tip:

Use Shadow Inks to create soft backgrounds.

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Tree of Life by Linda Metteer

Hero Hostess Linda Metteer used background stamps in a fun & unexpected way!

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Hero Materials:

  • K5107 Screen Shadow
  • K5175 Houndstooth Background
  • S5101 DesignBlock: Raindrop Background
  • CL351 ClearDesign: Friends
  • CL371 Essential Messages
  • AF184 Chalk Ink: Latte

Additional Materials:

  • EK Success Scallop Punch
  • Misc Colorbox Chalk Ink Colors

Instructions:

  1. Mask off the front of your card base with re-positionable notes and sponge in a blue chalk ink for sky.
  2. Stamp the sentiment all around the sky using Hero Hues chalk ink in Latte.
  3. Stamp the Hounds tooth, Raindrops and Screen Shadow in 3 different colors on card stock, then punch a scallop out of each.
  4. After sponging the edges of the scallops with the same ink colors they were stamped in, adhere them to card with foam dots.
  5. Stamp a wood-grain texture using Hero Hues chalk ink in the Latte color. Cut out 3 tree trunks and sponge Latte on the edges.
  6. Adhere these to card with foam dots also.
  7. Tuck in a few critters around here and there as an unexpected surprise.

Tip:

Use message stamps to create a unique border or frame.

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Congratulations by Lucy Abrams

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Hero Materials:

  • K5107 Screen Shadow
  • CL389 Mi Casa
  • CL414 Classic Messages
  • AF101 Black Ink Pad
  • AF180 Chalk Ink: Punch
  • AF182 Chalk Ink: Grass
  • AF184 Chalk Ink: Latte

Additional Materials:

  • Ribbon
  • Punch
  • Copic Markers
  • HA Polky Dots
  • HA Papers

Instructions:

  1. Recolour, resize and print the digital papers. Create the green card base.
  2. Use a border punch to create edging on the blue paper, then stitch to the card base. Stamp the sentiment with black ink.
  3. Stamp the tree and house images multiple times and colour using various techniques – stamp over the house image with Screen
  4. Shadow stamp, sponge green ink onto the tree leaves, and colour the trunks with Copic marker.
  5. Cut out and paper piece the trees and house, adhering to the card with dimensional adhesive.
  6. Add ribbon to finish.

Tip:

Try sponging ink onto your stamped image to achieve a different coloring effect. Hero Arts Silky Stamping Sponges are perfect for this.

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Sweet Fleurs By Shari Carroll

Colorful flowers are a favorite for any occasion.

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Hero Materials:

  • K5164 Sweet Fleurs
  • AF101 Black Ink Pad
  • AF146 Soft Pool Shadow Ink
  • PS533 Summer Mixed Notecards with Envelopes

Additional Materials:

  • Color Pencils
  • Ribbon

Instructions:

  1. Stamp the Sweet Fleurs image onto a Lagoon Notecard with Soft Pool ink.
  2. Clean the stamp and ink with black ink. Stamp onto a white panel.
  3. Color the image with pencils.
  4. Back the panel with a Wisteria Notecard and trim. Affix to the card.
  5. Add ribbon tied in a bow.

Tip:

Cut a slice into the spine of the card to thread the ribbon through.