Friday, April 2, 2021

Happy 9th Anniversary "A Blog Named Hero!"


I'm back again with yet another anniversary card!  This is part in conjunction with an Instagram Hop celebrating "A Blog Named Hero's" 9th anniversary on April 1st-April 2nd.  There is a gift card drawing so visit as many stops as you can both days for more entries and please follow your favorite designers too!  (I'm @darbycreekdiaries)

Here is my project: (Supplies linked below AFIL-Thank you!)

The butterfly was die cut from leftovers from an earlier project.  Here is the link to that Youtube tutorial with supply list (it was done with alcohol inks/foil):

The background is the water ripples stamp.  It was a happy accident as I inked it up with a few distress inks, then sprayed it with too much water for the image to be crisp.  But I kept it in my background pile and it's perfect for this!

I die cut the art deco cover out of gold card stock then stacked it on four white ones for dimension.  I laid it on the blue background, added it to a card base, then added the butterfly and sentiment.

The lesson here?  Save those scraps and imperfect backgrounds!

Here are the supplies I used:

Once again, Happy Anniversary "A Blog Named Hero!"  I'm proud to be a small part of your history.  Here's to many more years!  Don't forget to hop over to IG and comment to enter in the drawing!

Happy Easter,

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Easy Vellum Copic Coloring-- "A Blog Named Hero's" 9th Anniversary Celebration!

 Hello again!

In April, "A Blog Named Hero" turns 9!  I'm so happy to be in my third year of participating to inspire folks to create and enter our monthly challenges!

April's challenge is anniversary cards.  Here's an "old-timey" way to use vellum that is very forgiving for us coloring-challenged folks.  

The supplies are linked below (AFIL-thank you!)  I started with a piece of Hero Arts heavy vellum and heat embossed the image.

Next, I flipped it over and colored it on the back.  This is great as it's not a big deal to stay within the lines.  You must use alcohol inks for it to dry.  They are easy to blend on this slick surface too!

Since even the clearest of glues may show through the vellum, I folded it over the top of a metallic silver background and glued it.  Then I glued that panel to a top folding card that is larger than I normally do--approximately an A7 (ish).  I will have to make an envelope to send it, but I hated to cut off any of the flowers!

Stay tuned to Instagram (I'm @darbycreekdiaries if you'd like to follow me) as April 1st and 2nd we are having a giveaway hop with tons of Hero Arts folks participating!  Then we'll have another giveaway as usual with the anniversary themed challenge on the blog.

Supply list--

Take care, Happy Spring and I'll see you again soon!