9.29.2014

hero arts handmade for christmas blog hop

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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:
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388 comments:

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LauraJane:) said...

Lovely watercolored BG. Simply splendid card:)

Libby Hickson said...

Love it, Tami! I love all the subtle dots and little stars, too. Perfect!

Jeannette Friesen said...

I want to try this technique. Love the card.

Susan Penswick said...

Love how you did the backgrounds!

Tammy Mohr said...

Wow! So simple and yet so beautiful.

ScrapaDiddle said...

Love your use of gold!

Sue said...

Beautiful cards - I'm now inspired to get crankin' on my cards for this holiday season!

stamping sue said...

simple but effective. simple devine!
stamping sue
http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

Barb said...

Great for any time of the year!

Robin Grossbier said...

Cute CHEERS card!

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Pretty embossing with the sentiment & stars.
Melissa
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

bonami2b said...

This style could be used for multiple events.

Scrapthat said...

The watercolor is PERFECT for this!! TFS they are simple and yet elegant!
Dolly

Lastochka said...

Very cute cards!

Betty Heisler said...

I love this look! Simple yet striking cards! Thanks for sharing how you did the watercolor background.

Gerrina said...

Sometimes one colour added is perfect...

Talitha Wright said...

I like the combination of techniques on this card. Good idea.

KT Fit Kitty said...

Simple but gorgeous! Love how you made the background!

Wida said...

this simple design could have gone wrong in so many ways but you nailed it! love :)

Kailash said...

Very pretty and artistic with the watercolored background!

TenSGal said...

Very pretty! Love that gold embossing!

Susan

Sheila H said...

So simple and elegant!

Thalia said...

I love seeing easy to make, yet beautiful cards! Thanks!

Tammy J said...

Cute and easy. 2 things I like.

iLikeCrafts said...

Thanks a clean and simple idea. Amazing to reproduce. Thanks for sharing.

Nancy said...

Beautiful cards! Love the artsy background. I will have to give this a try!

Faye Smith said...

So simple, yet beautiful!

Dafne Guasch said...

What a pretty card to recreate! Love this big and bold Cheeers Stamp! Thanks for sharing!

KimP said...

This sounds like fun. I think I will try it very soon! Thank you for the ideas, your cards are bright and pretty!

joy said...

So trendy and so pretty! Love these cards, Tami!

LvMyMedic said...

Very Pretty cards. Would be great for the New Year as well. TFS Denise

Kathy H said...

Really love these cards!

Charlotte C said...

I thought at first it was a resist technique, but you've done a great job just stamping over the watercolor. TFS this beautiful card.

cheryl l. said...

WOW...super simple! I love easy cards!

Linda T said...

What sweet cards. Those spray colors make a beautiful background. I just LOVE the gold embossing. It makes a card look so much richer.

Debbie said...

Beautiful card. Love the water color technique.

Shelley C said...

Love the watercolor and the bold sentiment!!

Cindy C. said...

Tami these watercolour CAS cards are delightful!!

Sue McRae said...

This is a great design to mass produce!

BJY said...

Simple and brilliant. Love the vibrant colors.

chera said...

WOW I love this clean simple look!!! Just beautiful!

judy said...

I love the watercolor background paired with a bold sentiment!

Efrat said...

Beautiful. Those would be such a great gift as a set with different colors.

Dee Ann Matthews said...

Simply beautiful! Great watercoloring technique and application.

NatQuebec said...

What beautiful card ! It's very nice with the watercolour .

Ava said...

Tami, I am loving the simple watercolor effect. Really lovely.

Noreen said...

A great simple technique and lovely cards!

Ariana Garber said...

So simple and lovely!

Brenda Evans said...

A simple card and quite beautiful - could be used for so many stamps. Love it.

Natasha said...

Such a simple card with such a great impact! Beautiful!

Far North said...

Fabulous watercolor and inspiration!

Betty Keefe said...

wonderful classy cards, Tami - am loving doing watercolored backgrounds lately and this is a good idea for making lots of cards.

Beastybunny said...

Great cards! I can see doing this with die cut words as well as the embossing! Fabulous!

Casey Ward said...

A very nice card! I love the use of the gold. Not too much and not too little.... Way to go!

rubbergranny said...

Simple and effective. This is a festive idea. Thanks.

Christine R. said...

Cool use of a single word stamp! I love the watercolored background.

Haley Cross said...

This looks like such a fun and simple card to make! Thanks for the inspiration!!

MMSacca said...

Tami, love the simple but yet bold card you created.. I'm a lover of watercolor anything...

Beth H. said...

This is a great card! It would be a nice one to mass produce. TFS!

Scrapperdipper said...

Love these simple but wonderful cards. The stars add the perfect touch.

Fay Salkus said...

Cool simple and beautiful.

Amber McGary said...

This card is so simple but yet, very pretty.

Joan Smith said...

Your cards are so pretty I love how you did your water color and your stamping is fabulous. Super great ideas thanks for sharing all of your tips and techniques so eloquently You really are so very talented.

Donna Whitten said...

Lovely cards! Thanks for sharing your technique, gotta give it a try!

jamie vanskiver said...

I've got to try these sprays! love your cards.

rcwidow (Linda) said...

Love the gold embossing with the watercolor!

Kathy M. said...

Very cool idea for watercolor background. I never would have thought to use spray inks this way.

Dorothy C. said...

The gold embossing looks beautiful on the blue background. Great idea if you have lots of Christmas cards to make.

cosmictwirling said...

I love this card. Perfect for New Years! Thanks for the inspiration.

Laurie Jonas said...

Simple, but elegant!

Immi said...

The embossing is really striking against the watercolored background!

Patty said...

Very pretty...yet so simple!

Viktoriya said...

very beautiful cards! Thanks for the inspiration!

snazzyjj said...

Love the bright starry colors.

Donna said...

Really like the clean and simple! Very nice cards!

Metty Fredricks said...

Great CAS cards. Great inspiration. Thanks for cutting my card list down to size!!!

Murtuza said...

Cool idea lovely background and also can be mass produced tfs

Nicole Parmentier said...

Great idea for making a whole lot of christmas cards! Beautiful!!

Dee said...

I love your cards, they are so cheerful and elegant. I am going to have to case these TFS!!!!

grandmato20 said...

Love the embossing!

Chris Archuleta said...

Simple yet elegant. Looks like this is a great way to have cards on hand....love it thanks...

Renee M said...

Gorgeous card--makes me wish I could leave work to go watercolor like you described!

Angelique Vela said...

I love a great one layer card and this qualifies.

Casey-Diane said...

I love love love the blue cheers card!

Diana N. said...

What a great idea for a very simple card! You really could do this technique with any bold sentiment.

cghundley said...

Cute and simple
cards, love the
style of them.
Carla from Utah

conil said...

Thank you for showing how to make a gorgeous card that can be made in multiples.

Barbara said...

Love water color, very pretty!

Kristie Goulet said...

Love the watercolored backgrounds! Very pretty.

Joanne Rosario said...

Thanks for teaching me this wonderful technique! I'm going to try it on my next set of cards! Your card is wonderful.

staceylovespaper said...

very cute mini cards! They scream New Years!!

Kathy W said...

What a great technique! I'll have to try it. Thanks for sharing.

Rebecca said...

What great cards! I love the watercolor backgrounds.

NanW said...

I love gold with the watercolor effect.

Purvi said...

Liked quick and simple card idea!

Cheryl said...

Simple yet...what a standout! Thanks.

Stephanie Noyer said...

So sweet and simple! I love it!

Tami Babcock said...

Very pretty! Nice color choices!

Dana said...

Gorgeous!! Perfect for mass producing!!!

Marilyn said...

Beautifully designed...so classy!!

Gloria Reynolds said...

Great technique...I just LOVE your blue and gold card!

Miriam Prantner said...

These are so pretty! Festive and fun and perfect for mailing and mass producing!

Amyjzs said...

This looks like a fun way to make a Christmas card!

Kaylin Krawczyk said...

great simple card. very lovely

Pam W Merwin said...

What beautiful embossing over the watercolors!

Virginia Lu said...

So simple yet so perfect! Love the water-color and gold embossing, Tami!

Renee said...

These couldn't be prettier! Two of my most fave things right now - watercoloring and gold embossing!!! GAWGOUS!

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

love the watercolored background!

Katie said...

Perfect one layer card!

Maeghan M. said...

SO CUTE! TFS!!!

sharon l-s said...

Love the embossing over the colored background. Also like that the background doesn't cover the entire front. tfs

Anne said...

This card could be used for many different occasions and I like to get more mileage out of my stamps. I like the idea of using different colors. It may be the same stamp but it looks different with each color used.

Carmen said...

Your cheers message it is just perfect and fun

Petti said...

Simple and beautiful cards!

Karen Wade said...

I love CAS cards!!!! So pretty

Mike and Sam Jasch said...

Brilliant, clean and simple! Adore!

LesLee said...

Cute and simplistic. much love

Michelle said...

Beautiful color and sparkle.... so perfectly CAS!

Diana Johnson said...

Quick & easy, thanks for sharing!

Kelly Booth said...

LOVE these so much Tami!! Great Inspiration.....

Deborah Carr said...

I love the simplicity with such wow factor!

Madeline Rains said...

Beautiful and fun to make!

bzyPTmom said...

Great job! Love the C and S style.

BMG said...

I love it Very simple and I can get it done in a snap! Love it, Thank You.

Peggy Fitzmaurice said...

I will definitely try this technique.

clavell said...

Another great background technique!!

jeb said...

Very simple and yet soo pretty and cheerful. Thank you.

Mary Locke said...

Wow these are so pretty!

Barbara M. said...

Nice simple cards, love the background.

Amy Acord said...

So simple and yet so beautiful!!! Great work!!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Just love the sprayed color around that bold Cheers stamp, Tami!

Barb Ghig said...

I love how you used your water colors for the background on your sentiment! Gorgeous cards, Tami!!!

Teresa said...

Pretty colors. Thank you for a chance to win.

Karen Lingel said...

Nice watercolor. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

Tammy Rubarts said...

Water coloring with spray inks. LOVE IT!!

Liz Lumsden said...

So pretty! the bright watercolored background really makes the gold sentiment pop!

Rita said...

Love the cards.......very interesting way of putting color on the background.

Valerie Gee said...

This looks amazing! I am always impressed with single layer cards, and how some artists are able to give them such depth, dimension, and interest! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us, and of course for the chance to win!

Skraperella said...

I love your cards Tami! Thanks for the chance to win :-)

Rufred said...

Love the simple, yet glam, idea of your cards.

Kazumi Edwards said...

Love, love, the colors

Nancy K said...

Such a fun design, Tami! Love that bold stamp; looks great gold embossed with the watercolor background!

Sherri said...

Thanks for sharing!

lindagrady said...

What a fun set of images; like the look you gave them.

Barbara said...

What a cheery card. Fun!

REGINA G said...

SIMPLE AND ELEGANT CARD, LOVE THE WATERCOLORS AND GOLD EMBOSSING

Lanie Weathers said...

I'm a huge watercoloring fan!

Joyce said...

So simple yet so pleasing.

Lucinde said...

Great CAS card for Christmas :)

Merethe Arstein said...

Clean and elegant. Hopping by and saying HI, excited for the New Christmas Stamps comming. :)

Kathy M said...

Simple but striking

Vicki Milyard said...

quick and easy cards are great and this one looks good!!

Nana Griffin said...

Nicely done!

Adrienne Crist said...

Sweet CAS card, live the blue one, just beautiful!

{VICKI} said...

pretty card
CHEERS! to you

donna mikasa said...

Oh, I just know I'll be CASEing this CAS design! Love it!

Alyson H said...

Such gorgeous one layer cards! Thank you for sharing :-)

Fran said...

Great card.

Teresa W. said...

So pretty with the bold gold embossed sentiment on watercolor.

lj1225 said...

Simple, but lovely cards ... thanks for the clear directions!

Olga Direktorenko said...

Great starry sky!

TangledBlueRose said...

Love the stamp and watercoloring! Gorgeous, thanks so much for sharing!~kim

OracleGaia said...

These cards are gorgeous in their simplicity with the gold embossing. Wonderful work. Tfs!

Ina Good said...

This card would cheer anyone up!

Debbie said...

Ilove what you dud with this simple stamp

Margarita Navarro-Rivera said...

Love the colors!

Mojamm said...

I am definitely trying this watercolor technique - gotta see that magic for myself!! Love the twist in using the spray bottle stem to add dots of color!

wimzcl1 said...

Quick and easy - great for mass
production!

Grace said...

Love the emboss water color look. The card is gorgeous.

Verna Angerhofer said...

Clean and simple but bold and beautiful! Wow! I love this design!

susieqhersh said...

Really nice..the little stars you added make all the difference.

susieqhersh said...

Really nice..the little stars you added make all the difference.

Michelle N said...

I love one layer cards! and yours are gorgeous!

Debra said...

Simple. Fun. Beautiful, love the colors.

Sacy said...

This is my kind of card! Yours is beautiful!! TFS

Vera Yates (Ling) said...

Simply beautiful!

sueymem said...

The blue card is lovely.

Sherry said...

I'm loving the look of gold embossing on watercolor.

Anonymous said...

Awesome cards. Love the gold!!!
Laurie B

Tammie said...

Such a pretty card, love the watercolor technique.

Jeannine Douglas said...

Simple and beautiful cards. Love the use of watercolor on them.

Deni(se) said...

I am really loving the gold embossing and watercolors! This is a nice do-able card when I need multiples!

kathy s said...

I think I need these sparays- the colours look amazing and with that sentiment wow- fab cards-thanks for sharing

Carolee McCaslin said...

What a fun card!!

idonails said...

Love this card!

Ger said...

Gorgeous technique! I have to try this! Ger x

Joyously Noelle said...

Oh what lovely cards! Simple yet stunning!

Cynthia said...

One layer cards are a big time saver if you need to make one up in a hurry. Glimmer mist spray adds a nice touch too!

Jeanine said...

Simple but beautiful!

Ruby N said...

wow!!!!

Colorado Crafter said...

Love your cards!! Very pretty!!

Keely said...

Great idea for a New Yeras card.

Cyndee Scholet said...

Love how the gold embossing pops. Great idea to use it with the watercolor paper.

Sandra Schroeder said...

Nice card. Good for any time of year. I love that. Cheers!

jonim52 said...

Fabulous card!

Carol Doggett said...

That is the perfect font!! Love this stamp!

Sue D said...

Very pretty watercolored background and love the gold embossing.

Tanya McAlexander said...

these cards are very cute and I Love this stamp.

Mary Sikes said...

Easy, simple and cute

jintyoo7 said...

FABULOUS, Tami - love the the little stars :-)

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