hero arts handmade for christmas blog hop


Welcome to my stop on the Hero Arts Handmade for Christmas Blog Hop! If you've followed along from the beginning, then you should be arriving here from the incredibly talented Donna Mikasa's blog.

I've been itching to ink up the new Bold Cheers stamp and thought it might be fun to pair it with some watercoloring and gold embossing. Here are the clean and simple designs I came up with:


One layer card obsession in full effect :)

The watercolored backgrounds were actually created with Hero Arts Sprays. I pre-wet the watercolor paper with clean water using a paintbrush, creating the area where I wanted the color to go. Then I sprayed the inks onto my craft sheet, picked the color up with a fairly wide, flat brush, and let the colors spread onto the paper. It's so cool to watch them move -- and stop right at the edge of where the water was applied. Like magic.

Make sure the backgrounds are completely dry before you stamp and gold emboss the message, otherwise you'll end up with powder in places you don't want it. If that does happen, you can always sweep it away with a fine tipped paintbrush before embossing.

The Hero Arts Sprays are also perfect for adding little dots here and there. Simply unscrew the bottle and tap the end of the spraying mechanism onto the paper. Here I used both the white and gold shimmer sprays.

BLOG HOP GIVEAWAYS! Hero Arts will be giving away one GRAND PRIZE that includes an assortment of stamps, inks, stencils and dies valued at over $75. Two $10 Hero Arts Online Store gift cards will also be awarded. The three prize winners will be randomly selected from all comments received on the participating designers' blogs, so the more comments you leave along the hop, the better your odds of winning! Comment by 11:59pm PST on Thursday, October 2 for a chance to win. The winners will be announced on the Hero Arts blog on Friday, October 3.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Your next stop on the hop is the amazing Cheiron Brandon.

Here is the complete blog hop list:
Tami Hartley <-- you are here! 


digital blog hop with hero arts & a2z scrapbooking


Hey there! Today I'm honored to be participating in the Hero Arts & A2Z Scrapbooking Digital Blog Hop along with a handful of very talented designers. A2Z now offers a selection of Hero Arts digital goodies, and in the coming weeks, they will be adding even more to their collection. What better way to celebrate the new collaboration than with a blog hop with a whole host of inspiration and fun? And oh yes...a giveaway too!

Hero Arts has just released this sweet Bottle Brush digi kit and I couldn't resist using it for today's card. Check out the kit preview -- so many fun options with this one!

And here's the personalized Christmas card I came up with. The bottle brush trees bring a touch of nostalgia to an otherwise modern design. This one would be ideal for assembly line cardmaking and is also mail-friendly.

The assembly line steps:
  1. Print the main panel onto textured paper (I used watercolor paper.)
  2. Trim panel to 4 x 5.25" and adhere to a colored 4.25 x 5.5" card base.
  3. Embellish with gold stars, gold marker dots, and baker's twine.
  4. Optional: Add a photo inside. 
Simple as that!

Here's a look at how I created the trees. (I use GIMP, a free image editing program.) After opening the bottle brush tree stamp, I recolored it green using the "Colorize" feature. Then I dropped the solid circle image from the kit onto the tree, colored it white, and duplicated it several times in various sizes like so...

Once the green tree was complete, I saved it and added it to a new blank canvas three times. I recolored two of the trees -- one red, one pool. You can see in the screenshot below how I used guides to make sure everything was lined up. Once the trees were in place, I dropped in the message (recolored gray) and added "from the Hartley family" to personalize the card. The font I used for that part was F25 Executive.

At this point I merged the layers, saved the image, and printed it onto white watercolor paper. If you were mass producing the cards, you could fit four of these onto a standard piece of 8.5 x 11" cardstock.

Now about that giveaway! To add extra fun to the hop, A2Z Scrapbooking will be giving away a $50 gift certificate to one lucky commenter. Prize winners will be randomly selected from ALL comments received on the participating designers’ blogs. The more comments you leave along the hop, the better your odds of winning, so be sure to comment on every blog, starting with this one! You have until Sunday, August 31st at 11:59pm EST to leave your comments and the winner will be announced on September 3rd on the A2Z Scrapbooking blog.

To continue the hop please click over to the blog of the fabulous Kelly Latevola. If you encounter a broken link while hopping, you can always head back to the beginning for links to everyone who's participating.

Thanks so much for hopping by! Hope you have a fantastic day!


hero arts + basicgrey grand bazaar blog hop


Hello and welcome to the Hero Arts + BasicGrey Grand Bazaar Blog Hop! If you’ve arrived from Audrey Pettit's blog, you’re in the right spot. If not, you may want to click back to the Hero Arts blog to make sure you don't miss a thing!

Inspired by the fabulous colors and patterns in the Grand Bazaar collection, I created a pair of "hello" cards. Here's a peek at both...

Grand Bazaar is the first BasicGrey collection to include stencils! To create the background on the first card, I sponged Unicorn White pigment ink (best white ink ever) through the Leaf and Flourish stencil onto black cardstock. After removing the stencil, I softened the look by rubbing the sponge in a circular motion all over the stenciled piece. It reminds me of a very dusty, well-used chalkboard.

A stamped greeting from CL782 Small Things, a printed chipboard flower, and a strip of patterned paper complete the card.

For the second card, I created a multicolor background using the Diamond Background cling stamp. Instead of trying to precisely apply various inks directly to the stamp, I stamped it separately using four different ink colors, cut out each strip, and then adhered them to the card. The ink colors were pulled directly from the "Hello There" chipboard piece shown below.

I like the added dimension the cut-out strips bring to the card -- it almost looks like it could have been die cut.

GIVEAWAY! Hero Arts and BasicGrey have generously offered up TWO Grand Bazaar prize packs that include loads of paper, embellishments, clear and cling stamps, and stencils...

Two lucky winners will be randomly selected from all comments received on the participating designers' blogs. Comment by 11:59pm PDT on Wednesday, June 11 for a chance to win, and be sure to comment at each stop along the hop to increase your chance of winning!

Like what you see? Hero Arts has all of the Grand Bazaar stamps and stencils on sale now through June 13. Woohoo!


Thank you for stopping by today! It's time to hop along to the final destination of the blog hop -- the BasicGrey blog.

*** If you happen to find a link that doesn't work, you can hop back to the Hero Arts blog for a list of direct links to all the blogs in today's hop. ***


hero arts + basicgrey spice market blog hop

Hi there! Today I have the honor of joining the Hero Arts + BasicGrey Spice Market Blog Hop. If you’re here from Audrey Pettit's blog, then you’re in the right place! If not, you may want to backtrack to the Hero Arts blog and start from the beginning.

Today we are highlighting the beautiful Spice Market collection. Swoon. It's a little exotic, a little ornate...and a LOT gorgeous.

For the first card, I stamped the Flower Symbol Background with white pigment ink onto kraft cardstock. Then to add some extra color and interest, I stamped dots with a pencil eraser as shown. It's a quick and simple way to give a background stamp a different look.

I cut a piece from the Snippets Pad for the focal message and popped it onto the card with adhesive foam. I also stamped a matching liner for the envelope, using the same background stamp as before. Hero Arts Dark Quartz ink is a really nice color match for the line.

For the second card, I created my own background with the lacy border stamp from the Best Time Ever clear set, stamping it diagonally onto patterned paper from the Spice Market Collection Pack.

A big and bold cardstock sticker (also from the Collection Pack) takes center stage. A white embossed message and a few gold sequins finish it off.

GIVEAWAY TIME! Hero Arts and BasicGrey are offering up two amazing prizes. Take a look at the Spice Market goodness...

That's right, they are giving away not one, but two complete Spice Market collections -- including paper, embellishments, clear and cling stamps! The two winners will be randomly selected from all comments received on the participating designers' blogs. Comment by 11:59pm PST on Sunday, March 2 for a chance to win, and be sure to comment at each stop along the hop to increase your odds of winning.

Thanks so much for hopping by! Your next stop on the hop is the fabulous Becky Fleck at Page Maps.

*** If you happen to find a link that doesn't work, you can hop back to the Hero Arts blog for a list of direct links to all the blogs in today's hop. ***