Sunday, 30 October 2016

Hero Arts - Artistic Circles

The only thing better than getting new stamps in the mail is finding some old treasures in your stash - and that is what I did this weekend. I looked through my shoebox of wood-mounted stamps and found Artistic Circles from Hero Arts. I am pretty sure that this was the first background stamp I ever bought - and I bought it to make Christmas cards even though it isn't expressly a Christmas stamp.

I gently removed the stamp from it's wood mount and temporarily adhered in my Misti to play with it. The first card I made, I stamped in Versamark onto vellum and heat embossed in white. I then coloured the back side of the vellum with Copics in pink, red, yellow and orange to add some soft colours from the front. 
I created an open frame card using a SSS rectangle die, and sandwiched the vellum piece (with another one behind it) between the pieces. I finished the card with a silver glitter W&W die cut and a red strip of cardstock white embossed with a SSS greeting. It is hard to see in the picture - but I love the semi transparency of the vellum to see through to the inside of the card.

For the second card, I stamped the image in SSS Intense Black ink and then coloured the image selectively using a few shades of Copic pink. I then used the rectangles die from the SSS Frames set to inlay the panel with a black border into the card front. I love this die and technique because it creates the look of layers with a flat card front. I die cut the W&W thanks (one of my faves) several times from textures black cardstock and glued them together to create a dimensional greeting across the middle of the card. I finished off with some Wink of Stella on the pink parts and the greeting for a little bit of shimmer. I went back and forth over whether I should also add a few sparkling clear PPP sequins - but eventually decided that the image should take centre stage and left them off,

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  1. Two lovely cards! I love the framed patterns and the bold sentiments. Thanks for sharing with us at Inkspirational!
    - Shauna

  2. Isn't it amazing how different the same stamp can look when stamped in different inks? You made such a great job with these cards and I think you were right to let the stamps take centre stage.
    Thank you for sharing with us at ATSM and I hope you will join us again soon.

  3. Just saw this in the HLS gallery Jill. I LOVE it. and it can so easily be adapted for any occasion. Fantastic! xx

  4. So beautiful embossed on vellum and coloured from the back - love the colours you used! Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers!

  5. Perfectly stamped - stunning! Thank you for joining us at Inkspirational Challenges.

  6. So gorgeous and so pretty!
    Thank you for playing with us at Inkspirational Challenges. Sure hope you'll join us again soon :)
    Pia xx

  7. These are so much fun!
    Thanks for joining us for the Hero Arts Holiday Cardmaking Challenge!