Chopped: Card Edition #2 // Hero Arts

I'm here today with another "edition" of my card series, Chopped! I know, I'm surprising myself by actually continuing this "series," especially after #cardmakerprobs died so pitifully. ;)

I was experimenting with the Color Layering Hydrangea stamp for THIS blog hop months ago, and that's how today's card came to be.
First I tried a lot of different combinations with the Hero Arts Ombre ink lineup, but wasn't really feeling anything. Then I decided to play around with some Distress Inks, and I don't remember why this unusual color combo came into my mind, but I combined Shaded Lilac and Tea Dye to get a rather vintage stained hydrangea look.

I used the rock'n'roll stamp technique: I inked up the second layer of the hydrangea in Shaded Lilac, and then rolled the edges of the stamp in Tea Dye. I think this technique works best with rubber stamps, but it turned out fine here. It was a little tricky though, since I only had mini ink pads in the colors. ;)

I then lightly spritzed the stamp with water, and stamped a whole border full on some watercolor cardstock.

To top it off, I die cut a black frame using the Hero Arts Rectangle Infinity dies, and die cut my sentiment from the Luggage Tag Alphabet die set. Everything was doubled on another piece of cardstock, and adhered to the base.

Why didn't this card make the cut? I wasn't sold on the colors (again), and I also had the darndest time trying to photograph this card. The colors just really washed out in almost every photograph! It took me several photography "sessions" to just get the pics for this post. ;)

Thanks so much for stopping in and God bless!


Cardstock: Canson watercolor, Bazzill black
Stamps: Hero Arts Color Layering Hydrangea
Ink: Distress Inks Shaded Lilac and Tea Dye

Tools: water bottle, Cuttlebug, Hero Arts Rectangle Infinity dies and Luggage Tag Alphabet die set


Color Card Set // Hero Arts

I'm over on the Hero Arts blog today with a video and a card set that I had SO much fun making!

Head on over to the blog for more details, and thanks for stopping in today!


Chopped: Card Edition #1 // Hero Arts

Things have been pretty mum around here, I realize - this summer has been crazy so far! My oldest brother is getting married a week from today, I'm visiting Ireland with four of my siblings at the end of July for ten days, retreat soon after coming back, working with my brother and dad on marketing and graphic design for their business, a flight down to Denver - these are just some of the crazy things happening! And amidst it all, most of my eight siblings and their families are making their way in and out of the family house for the celebrations. :)

So, that's what I'm up to!

Now, for the card stuff...

Between all the usual craziness, a full-time job and freelancing on the side, I don't have a whole lot of time to card making. I usually only have time to make projects that I need to make for an assignment, and no extras for blog fun.
However, while I make projects for assignments, things don't always turn out the way I want them to right away. Actually, this is usually the case. Lots of experimenting with layout, colors, techniques, etc. Sometimes the experiment looks cool, but doesn't really display what I particularly want to focus on for a blog post.
Instead of throwing it away, I'll finish it up quickly. I don't usually post these cards, but I thought it'd be fun to share some cards that I made for an assignment, and just didn't make the cut.

Welcome to Chopped: Card Edition!

For this first edition, here's a card I worked on for THIS Hero Arts blog post. I needed to try to make the lovely Wallpaper Pattern bold prints shine, so I tried heat embossing it in white and then coloring in little bits and pieces with my ZIG pens.

If I have a really pretty background, I really want it to shine, so I usually end up white heat embossing a sentiment on a small black cardstock panel, adhering it to the base, and calling it a day. However, I do that so often, that I wanted to try spicing things up.

I decided to die cut a navy panel (big stretch from black, I know ;)) with the Rectangle Infinity Dies, and then use a smaller rectangle die to cut two small windows in the panel. I left space in the middle to heat emboss a sentiment from Color Layering Graphic Flowers in white, and then used clear sequins to "shake" things up. (ha!)

So why didn't this card make the cut? Honestly, I wasn't particularly happy with how either of my cards turned out, but I decided to nix this one because I wasn't loving the colors. 

What about you? Do you often have great ideas in mind that just won't translate well to paper? 


Stamps: Hero Arts Color Layering Graphic Flowers
Other: Hero Arts white embossing powder, Simon Says Stamp clear sequins

Tools: heat gun, Cuttlebug, Hero Arts Rectangle Infinity Dies, water and paintbrush


Colorful Safari // Hero Arts

Hello all! Today I'm participating in the Hero Arts June 2017 My Monthly Hero Arts blog hop!

For my first card today, I used the silhouette images from the main kit to create a super colorful birthday card....

I stamped the animals in Distress Oxide inks - this was my first time using them, and after this card, I feel like they should be called Distress Neon inks! They're so bright and bold! For the animals, I used Worn LipstickSpiced MarmaladeBroken China and Wilted Violet.

After stamping the animals, I took the new Tribal Prints background, misted it with water, and stamped the watery background onto the animals. After I took the stamp away, it left a cool watermark impression.

The sentiment was stamped from Birthday Celebration.

Now for my second card today, using the super fun add-on, Color Layering Brave Lion stamp set. This stamp set has so many great little accompanying images as well, like a layered crown and some bows.

For today though, I wanted to make a watercolor lion inspired by one of my best friends, who loves to watercolor. She's a bit colorblind, so most of her projects end up with lots of blue and purple hues, which make for some really neat looking projects!

I used my ZIG's to color directly onto the second layer image of the lion, misted it lightly with water, and stamped onto watercolor cardstock. To help the ink spread a little more, I misted the stamped image a bit, at an angle, for a looser look.

The sentiment is from another great add-on stamp this month, Color Layering Bengal Tigers. I heat embossed the image in gold on black, cut it out and adhered it to the card base. I tied the card off with some gold string, and a mix of purple sequins.


The supplies included in this months kit:

  • 1 6" x 8" clear stamp set
  • 9 coordinating Frame Cuts
  • 1 Fancy Die
  • 3 ink cubes (Just Rust, Mulled Wine, Moss)
  • 0.5 oz. black embossing powder 
  • 2 4" x "6" Portuguese eco-friendly cork sheets
  • 2 sheets of 5.5" x 8.5" metallic bronze paper (81 lb. text weight)
  • 2 sheets of 5.5" x 8.5" metallic quartz cardstock (105 lb. cover weight)
The kit value is $70, an amazing deal at $34.99.
The kit is available for a limited time only - once it's gone, it's gone. However, you can now subscribe to receive the kit monthly and never miss one!


For loads of inspiration and a chance to win a prize, follow this hop! If you've been following the blog hop, then I'm your last stop, but if you haven't, here's the entire list:

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Hero Arts is giving away one kit as a prize to one blog reader - selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. (Hero will reimburse the winner if they have already bought the kit) Giveaway closes Sunday, June 11 at 11:59pm, and the winner will be announced the following week.


Cardstock: Canson watercolor
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade, Broken China and Wilted Violet, Versamark, ZIG
Other: Hero Arts gold embossing powder and Ombre Purple sequins

Tools: heat gun, water mister


Sunset Thanks // Hero Arts

I'm over on the Hero Arts blog today with a pair of sunset themed cards...

Head on over to the blog for more details! Thanks for stopping by and God bless!


Oh Ship! + WINNER // Hero Arts

One last quick post for May! Today's card features Enjoy the Journey, fresh from the Hero Arts Summer 2017 catalog.

I started the card of by stamping the bottle, then stamping a wave in Indigo, masking off the sides. I colored in the card with some of the same blue ink that I stamped the wave with.

I love the boldness that comes from watercoloring with Hero Arts Bold Dye inks, but I will warn you not to use any fancy brushes if you try it yourself, as the ink will leave the brush with a coating.

The ship was then stamped in black and colored in with some black ink, as well as the sentiment. The sentiment is one of my favorite things about this card - with this phrase on the front, you have a lot of options for what to put in the inside.

I stamped the cork on some kraft paper, and adhered it to a kraft card base that was stamped with the String Background bold prints in Versamark.

Thanks so much for stopping in and God bless!

ETA: I am way late posting this, but the winner from the Hero Arts Summer Catalog blog hop is...


Congrats! Please contact me at ctprezzia15@gmail.com with your name and address, and I'll get your prize mailed out to you lickety-split!

The winner from my Instagram giveaway will also be announced soon, so keep a lookout for that!
Thanks so much to all who left comments, stopped by, etc - it really means so much!!


Cardstock: Hero Arts kraft cardstock, Canson watercolor
Stamps: Hero Arts Enjoy the Journey and String Background bold prints
Ink: Hero Arts Black and Indigo, Versamark


A Slothful Pair // Hero Arts

I'm over on the Hero Arts blog today, with a slothful pair of animals....(ha, I know, it's awful)

Pop on over to the blog for more details!


Many Blessings // Hero Arts

Part of the fun of making projects for assignments is that it usually takes me a couple runs to get a project I'm completely happy with, which inevitably leads a trail of stamped scraps behind. Using these scraps is a fun, relaxing little challenge for me.

For today's card, I was trying to focus on the beautiful Wallpaper Pattern stamp for THIS blog post, but I didn't end up using the background because it didn't stand out enough on it's own for me.
However, it still looked pretty stunning, stamped in Butter Bar, and topped with flowers from Color Layering For You Flowers.
The flowers were stamped in Soft Apricot, Navy, Green Hills, Fresh Lawn, Soft Purple, and Ultra Pink.

For the sentiment, I heat embossed the beautiful Many Blessings in Versamark with clear powder.  The sentiment doesn't stand out as much as I usually like to make my sentiments stand out, but I like how it works with the bright background.

For the last touch, I mixed a little bit of Sparkle embossing powder with some Martha Stewart glitter, and then heat embossed the mixture on a scrap of Sunshine layering paper. Mixing glitter with Sparkle embossing powder is a great way to get a custom color sparkle embossing powder.
I won't lie, it doesn't mix quite as well as legitimate glitter embossing powders, but hey, it works!


Cardstock: Hero Arts Sunshine layering paper, Canson Bristol
Stamps: Hero Arts Color Layering For You Flowers, Many Blessings
Ink: Hero Arts Butter BarSoft ApricotNavyGreen HillsFresh LawnSoft Purple, and Ultra Pink, Versamark
Other: Hero Arts Clear and Sparkle embossing powder, Martha Stewart glitter

Tools: heat gun


Something Magical // Hero Arts

Hey everyone! I'm here today participating in the Hero Arts Summer Catalog 2017 Release hop!

Today's hop is a special one for me, since I'm sharing two projects using stamps from the catalog that I designed. Absolute craziness!

My first card today is from the catalog, and uses the woodblock stamp I designed, Something Magical (pretty fitting title for one of my first ever stamps, eh? ;))...

I first die cut the Star Confetti die die out of scratch paper, and used this to make a mask on some Pool layering paper  I covered it with Versamark, pulled away the mask, and heat embossed the stars in clear Sparkle embossing powder.

Then, I heat embossed the sentiment in Gold on some white cardstock, and adhered some sequins.

Finally, aren't this new Unicorn Stamp and Cut so much fun? I think I'm gonna have a hard time not using these unicorns on every other project for the foreseeable future. ;) I heat embossed the unicorns in Gold, then colored them with light pink and grey ZIG's. While I hand cut them out, the set does come with coordinating dies - I just didn't have them on hand.
I adhered the unicorns to the card base, and that finished off the card!

Here's a video of the process...

And for my second card, using a 4x6 clear set I designed, Enjoy the Journey, which was totally inspired by the ending of the animated Peter Pan (one of my favorite films all time)...

This card was literally made last minute, using leftovers from THIS project, so I'll probably revisit it later, as I love the idea, just not particularly the execution.

I just posted a video on the Hero Arts blog the other day on how to make the background. It also used the fun Star Confetti die, as well as Fresh Peach, Ultra Pink, Navy and some Grape Juice to really make it pop. It was, of course, also heat embossed with clear Sparkle embossing powder.

The sentiment is a mix from the new Unicorn Stamp and Cut and Birthday Celebration, heat embossed in white. I was really lazy with this banner, but dangit, I needed to stick a sentiment somewhere on that card! The ship felt too lonely without it! Maybe some fish or birds next time....

Gah, I love how this ship die cuts! The sails were topped with Wink of Stella, and because I'm fool enough to be making a project and video in the wee hours of the morning, I went all out and added some more clear Sparkle powder to the bottom of the die cut vellum clouds.

One last design bit: whenever I design anything from scratch, I like to have mood boards on Pinterest. HERE's a link to my mood board for the Enjoy the Journey stamp set - hopefully it will spark your creativity!

Lastly, but not least, I wanna give a huge thanks to Hero Arts for letting me have this opportunity! You guys are the bestest!


Hero Arts is giving away three $25 shopping sprees, drawn from comments left across all blogs in the hop. Hoppers, please comment by Wednesday, 5/24 at 11:59pm PT and Hero Arts will announce the winner the following week.

Also, because I got some duplicates in my last box, I'm also giving away the Color Layering Mangrove with ink set to one lucky commenter. Just comment on this post by Wednesday, May 24 at 11:59 EST for a chance to win! I will also be giving away an Enjoy the Journey stamp set on my Instagram, so be sure to look out there.
Winners will be announced here and on my Instagram.


For loads of inspiration and a chance to win a prize, follow this hop!


Something Magical card
Cardstock: Hero Arts Pool layering paper, Canson Bristol
Stamps: Hero Arts Unicorn Stamp and Cut and Something Magical
Ink: Versamark, ZIG
Other: Hero Arts clear Sparkle and Gold embossing powders, sequins

Tools: heat gun, Hero Arts Star Confetti die

Magical Birthday card
Cardstock: Canson bristol
Stamps: Hero Arts Enjoy the JourneyUnicorn Stamp and Cut and Birthday Celebration
Ink: Hero Arts Fresh PeachUltra PinkNavy and Grape Juice, Versamark
Other: Hero Arts White embossing powder

Tools: heat gun, Hero Arts Enjoy the Journey dies and Raining Fluff dies


Two Backgrounds in One + VIDEO // Hero Arts

Hello! I’m over on the Hero Arts blog today with a sparkly duo…

Check out the blog for more details! Thanks for stopping in!


Happy Birthday, Beautiful // Hero Arts

Today I'm popping in with a sweet and simple card, using some fun colors!

For the centerpiece, I stamped the lil' gal from Dress Up Stamp and Cut, and colored her with some ZIGs. I ornamented her with some of the smaller images from the same stamp set, using Rose Madder, Soft Pink, Soft Granite, and Indigo for my colors.

I love how the Indigo, stamped using the beautiful Wallpaper Bold Print, pops off the blue layering paper!

For the sentiment, I mixed stamps from Birthday Animals and Let Love Grow, and heat embossed it in white. Mixing stamp sentiments is one of my favorite things to do. I usually like to mix a simple font, like a serif or sans-serif font, with something a little fancy or scripty.

Thanks so much for stopping in and God bless!


Cardstock: Hero Arts Sea Mix Layering papers
Stamps: Hero Arts Dress Up Stamp and CutWallpaper Bold Print, Birthday Animals and Let Love Grow
Ink: Hero Arts Rose MadderSoft PinkSoft GraniteIndigo and Versamark
Other: ZIG pens, Hero Arts White embossing powder

Tools: heat gun


Flippin' Awesome // Hero Arts

Hello all! I'm here today participating in the Hero Arts May 2017 My Monthly Hero blog hop!

I'm gonna be honest - as pretty as the little mermaids from the main kit are, mermaids have never really been my thing. Ariel from The Little Mermaid always annoyed me, though I do enjoy the soundtrack. ;)

So, for today's cards, I used the super versatile and fun Manatee Stamp and Cut, as well as some of the fabulous fancy dies from the main kit.

To start the card off, I blended a background using Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon and Salty Ocean, on watercolor cardstock. I'm not gonna lies, I totally picked those colors out pretty much because their names fit the occasion. ;)
I added some water droplets, then picked the water up with a paper towel, for a little ghosting.

I also blended a second background, using Navy and Grape Juice, then covered it with Sparkle embossing powder. I heat set the powder, then die cut a bunch of seaweed, using the main kit Fancy Dies. The sparkle embossing adds such a nice touch!

Setting the stage for the manatee, I die cut an oval out of a piece of cardstock I had die already die cut using the Rectangle dies. I adhered a piece of acetate behind it, then tucked the die cut seaweed between the acetate and cardstock.
Next, to create my shaker, I die cut a piece of one-sided adhesive foam, using the a slightly larger oval die and a slightly smaller rectangle die, then adhered it to the back of the die cut cardstock. I added a dash of Ombre Blue sequins, and then added the cardstock to the front of my blended background.

Finally, I stamped the manatee in Charcoal, colored the manatee simply with Light Gray and Light Pink ZIG pens, and blended it out using some water. Then I quickly colored a present from Irreverent Birthday Messages - a perfect example of using one of those little images often included in sentiment stamps sets.
I cut out both the manatee and present and adhered them to the card front, adding a little bit of clear Stickles to the present for some extra pizzaz.

Finally, I used the sentiments from the Manatee Stamp and Cut, but I did some creative masking to arrange the words the way I wanted, then heat embossed in white, cut the sentiment out, and adhered to the card.


The supplies included in this months kit:
  • 1 4” x 6” clear stamp set
  • 18 coordinating dies (5 Fancy Dies & 13 Frame Cuts)
  • 1 6” x 6” stencil
  • More than 2.5 teaspoons cyrene sequins 
  • 3 ink cubes (Deep Blue, Aqua, Amethyst)
  • 5 5” x 6” acetate sheets
  • 1 bottle of turquoise silk liquid ink (iridescent)
  • 3 sheets of 6” x 6” lightweight paper (Ice blue, Marble Tissue and Swirl Tissue)
The kit value is over $70, an amazing deal at $34.99.

The kit is available for a limited time only - once it's gone, it's gone. However, you can now subscribe to receive the kit monthly and never miss one! Kits begin shipping from Hero Arts on Friday, March 10th.


For loads of inspiration and a chance to win a prize, follow this hop! If you've been following the blog hop, then I'm your last stop, but if you haven't, here's the entire list:

Hero Arts is giving away one kit as a prize to one blog reader - selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. (Hero will reimburse the winner if they have already bought the kit) Giveaway closes Sunday, May 7 at 11:59pm, and the winner will be announced the following week.


Cardstock: Canson watercolor cardstock, gray scrap cardstock
Stamps: Hero Arts Manatee Stamp and Cut
Ink: Hero Arts Grape Juice, Navy, Charcoal, Tim Holtz Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon and Salty Ocean
Other: Hero Arts Sparkle embossing powder and White embossing powderOmbre Blue sequins

Tools: Cuttlebug, water, paintbrush, paper towels, Hero Arts May 2017 My Monthly Hero Fancy DiesRectangle Infinity dies, Oval Infinity dies, heat gun