Posts Tagged ‘Hero Arts’

Christmas Town

Wednesday, December 9th, 2020

I’ve been looking forward to using my newest die set, and today is the day! They are from Hero Arts, called Tri Fold Edge Village Fancy Dies. I saw a great video on the Hero Arts blog on how to create a unique fold with these dies, which is how I created my Christmas Town card.


If you’re playing along with the Scrap ‘N Stamp Daily Challenge, you’ll know that today’s word prompt is ‘town’. Coincidence? No! First, let’s have a look at the front of the card.

Christmas Town

Looks like your standard slimline card, right? Except – wait for it!

Christmas Town

It opens up twice! The photo above shows the first, top-most layer opening to the left. The second layer, with the 3 line sentiment then opens to the right, leaving you the very middle to write your own message.


You could make your card so that it has the flat base, then the 3 front panels. I decided to make my card base a regular opening card base, because I like to write a lot in my cards to family! To do it this way, your card base measures 7″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 3 1/2″. Set this aside for now, while you create the layers.

Cut 3 pieces of white cardstock, one at 3 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, and 2 that measure 4″ x 8 1/2″.  Use your Big Shot with the die set, and die cut one of each.  If you like, you can use your markers to add colour to the evergreen trees and light the windows. Next, on the 1st die cut that is 4″ wide (this will be your middle piece) score it at 1/2″ on the right hand side. Now, take the final 4″ wide die cut piece, and score it at 1/2″ on the left hand side.  Fold back & burnish the score lines.  On the inside of the scored pieces, attach a strip of double sided adhesive tape.


Now you need to create your background. On a piece of 3 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ white cardstock, blend on Distress Oxide inks for a night sky. I chose Broken China, Dusty Concord and Chipped Sapphire. Add some falling snow by flicking on watered-down white paint. Now, cut the length of your 1st die cut (the 3 1/2″ wide piece) down to about 6 1/2″ tall. Attach it to your ink blended background with liquid glue. Decide on how you want to layer the next 2 pieces, and trim them down as needed.

Next, remove the backing from the tape on your 2nd layer, and attach that to the right hand side of the card front. Repeat this with the final piece, attaching it to the left hand side.  You can now attach your card front to the card base.  Add sentiments to the front and middle layers, in a dark blue ink. I chose sentiments from the Penny Black Peaceful Season stamp set.

Christmas Town

The photo above shows how your card looks, with both front ‘flaps’ open.


Of course you can skip the double flap openings, and simply attach each layer on top of the other! However you choose to do it, have fun, and make it your own creation.   To play along with the Scrap ‘N Stamp Daily Challenge, share a picture of your card on the Facebook challenge page HERE. Be sure to use the hashtag #SNSchallenge there, and on your other social media sharing sites. At the end of the month, one lucky person is randomly chosen to WIN a $50 GIFT CARD to shop at Scrap ‘N Stamp!


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Christmas Town

Carved Ornaments Die

Sunday, November 1st, 2020

Hello, my friend! It’s Deb here, for the Design Team. Are you like me, and start stressing over your holiday cards as soon as the calendar flips to November? Maybe it’s because I have to mail to family overseas, but I always start to panic. Well, today I’m going to share a holiday card that you can easily ‘mass produce’, if you’re short on time. It uses the Tim Holtz Carved Ornaments Die for 2 fabulous ornament shapes.


This die is one of the Sizzix ‘Bigz’ dies, which means you can die cut 2-3 sheets of cardstock at a time, as well as being able to cut other heavier substrates, as well. So if you’re into stitching or sewing, you could die cut fabric or felt ornaments for your tree, or as gifts! I, however, stick to what I know – which is paper!

Carved Ornaments Die

I love the large size of these ornaments!


I just HAD to decorate these ornaments with my alcohol inks! First, I die cut the ornaments from Yupo – the perfect substrate/base for alcohol inks. Next, I chose my colours. I decided to be ‘traditional’, and use red and greens. For the green ornament, I first dropped Citrus and Meadow alcohol inks, added some Alcohol Blending Solution, and then use the Tim Holtz Air Blower to move them around on the Yupo. Next, I added some Gold Mixative, with more Blending Solution, and moved it around. I continued to do this, until I was happy with the result. For the red ornament, I repeated the same steps, this time I used just Poppyfield aclohol ink with the Gold Mixative. It’s super easy to do this technique, and fun, too!

If you were going to mass produce the ornaments, I’d suggest doing a whole sheet of Yupo at once, and then doing the die cutting. You can even stack 2-3 sheets of Yupo on top of the die to cut at once. Your card making would go really fast!

Set aside your ornaments – they will be dry before you know it. Use the Big Shot again with the Hero Arts Snowflake Cluster die and Lawn Fawn sparkle paper.  Use a sentiment from the Poppystamps Christmas Quotes stamp set, and stamp in Versamark onto green cardstock. Cover it with gold embossing powder, and set with a heat tool.  Use the coordinating dies that come with the Christmas Quotes set to die cut the sentiment. Now you’re ready to put your card front together!


Snip the Snowflake Cluster die cut in half, placing it in the bottom left and top right corners of a piece of brushed gold cardstock. Next, glue the green ornament to the left side. Attach the red ornament with foam tape or squares to the right & overlapping the green ornament.  Next, attach the sentiment die cut at the bottom right, under the red ornament.  Finally, attach the card front to a green card base, using foam tape.

Carved Ornaments Die

The shine of the alcohol inks is so pretty in real life – hard to photograph without a glare, though.


Today’s prompt for the Scrap ‘N Stamp daily challenge is – you guessed it – ‘ornaments’! If you’re not playing along, you really should! All you need is a Facebook account, and the ability to share a photo of your project. You can find the group page HERE, Play along with as many days as you like, posting your project with the hashtag #SNSCHALLENGE there, and on your other social media accounts. At the end of the month, one lucky person is randomly drawn to WIN a $50 GIFT CARD to shop at Scrap ‘N Stamp!  A new list of daily prompts is posted at the beginning of each month, so you can keep playing along.


All you need to re-create my card, and create your own, is available in the Scrap ‘N Stamp online store. Have fun creating! I’ll be looking for your projects in the challenge group.

Carved Ornaments Die

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Heart Shaped Card!

Sunday, August 30th, 2020

Hello and welcome back! It’s Laurie with you today to share a simple, heart shaped card. I love getting the most out of my nesting die sets and making shaped cards is one of the best ways to use them.

You can use pretty much any shape you’d like but today I chose hearts. I’m using an older die set from Hero Arts called the Infinity Hearts Nesting Dies. I started by cutting two hearts out of white cardstock using the largest die in the set.

Next, take one of the dies and score along the top. In this case, I score 3/4″ which came to the dip.

Adhere the two pieces together using a double sided adhesive. Obviously, this card will not stand upright but there’s an easy fix. simply cut off the point of the heart on the back panel.

And now it will stand!

To decorate the front of my card, I used the second largest die in the set along with a piece of patterned paper from the Woodgrain Whimsy Paper Pad from MFT. I adhered that to the card base. And to keep with the die cutting theme of this card, I used the Freshly Picked Die Set (also from MFT). I used a bunch of scrap cardstock from my stash and created the bouquet.

The bouquet ended up being larger than I had anticipated but it worked out in the end. I adhered it towards one side of the card with the vase handing over the end. This didn’t interfere with the way the card stood up.

The sentiment comes from the You Make Me Smile Set from Gina K Designs. To make it fit on the card, I snipped the sentiment into individual words.  A few pearl accents, some white pen details, and I called this card finished!

Thank you for stopping in! I hope you found a little inspiration here today!

Until next time!!