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:
Tami Hartley <-- you are here! 

388 comments:

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Mary-Anne V said...

What a pretty yet simple card...the watercoloured background around the gold embossing looks great.

Di said...

Such a lovely simple card, looks great!

Glittered Paws said...

Love one layer cards although I usually don't do it too well - I always think it needs more but these are stunning, especially with the little stars. Great job.

Alla Simonoff said...

Love the cards, simple and unique. The watercolor idea is great. I can see this technique used in many ways.

Barbara-Jean said...

Cheers to you, too, Tami. A great card for many occasions!

Michelle Simone said...

Love a simple one layer card. Great job!!

Karen King said...

Perfect background to pop that great sentiment!

Sharon said...

Sweet little holiday cards xx

Jane&Spencer said...

Your cards certainly make me cheery!

Barbara said...

Simply beautiful and perfect if you're making lots of cards. I will use this idea in my quest to finish my Christmas cards soon!

jc said...

Love the addition of the stars…this sentiment can be used in lots of different ways!

CHEERS!

Ellen S. said...

Lovely cards. I'll have to try the watercolor background technique. Thanks for the inspiration.

Elizabeth garcia said...

Love the gold lettering.

Jana said...

SO pretty Tami!

Deb said...

These would be so easy to mass produce for Christmas!

Nancee Purdum said...

What a great technique! Thanks for sharing! Nancee :)

Brenda said...

Like the simplicity of your card and the added details are very festive.

jcobb said...

Simple...splendid...simply splendid!!

Patti Krauss said...

Interesting technique.

Beverly A said...

Pretty and simple. Would be an easy card to make multiples.

Yoonsun Hur said...

Tami, your card is really amazing. I love your watercoloured background!

CraftyPaws said...

CAS and classy. Love that gold embossing! tfs hugs, Kristina

Nora N. said...

These cards are so FUN. They would be so easy to make a ton too. Love the stars and how you created the background on these cards!!

BeckyR71 said...

I love the simplicity of this card. And it could be easily mass produced!

Chark said...

perfection!

l rekroc said...

Very cool!

Michele said...

Love your cards!

Jan G said...

So simple, but beautiful

Arlene said...

This is fantastic! Simply marvelous. Great for any happy occasion.

Teresa Kannenberg said...

Really nice n simple cards.

Virginia said...

Love the simplicity.

Erin Gengo said...

Very pretty and versatile. Could be used for many occasions.

Sheila_G said...

Really cute card!

nancy said...

Love the embossing on top of the watercoloring! Great cards!

Vickie Reiss said...

Love one dimensional cards.

Jessica Frost-Ballas said...

Cute cards!

Cynthia Jackson said...

Clean, simple and beautiful. I want to try it out. Thanks!

Patt H. said...

A great technique & gorgeous cards! Love the colors.

Loly Borda-Towery said...

One layer wonder! I love that the sentiment is the focus of the card. TFS

Lynndee Georganas said...

Great card! I love the bold CHEERS stamp, and the embossing over the watercolor is simply beautiful!

Lyn Roberds said...

Can't wait to try the technique - thanks for the ideas.

Dan DePasquale said...

Can't wait to try this technique. Thanks for sharing.

Ann Kulseth said...

Love the watercolors - so pretty

Annabelle said...

Love the look you got from the sprays!

MJ said...

Love the cards! So easy but and pretty!

Heidi May said...

Love the simplicity of this card. Thank you for sharing

Beth Medich said...

Wow - looks super complex but really very easy! thanks!

Monica P said...

I love simple. This is great.

Charity Chamberlain said...

Fantastic cards!

Nandini said...

Both these cards are so gorgeous! And they are perfect when you needs to make lots of cards!

Torrie said...

What a simple but lovely card. Thanks for the tip on using the beautiful spray ink as watercolor medium.

Reusing Cards & Quilling said...

Gold Embossing looks Stunning on watercolored bg :)

olenka said...

Simply beautiful!

Karenladd said...

Love the CAS design with the pops of color and heat embossing!

Jaya Christina said...

love love love the watercolour technique...

Alice Loke said...

Simple yet beautiful card! Love the clean crisp look! The gold embossing makes it stand out!

Darlyne Wagner said...

Tami, two of my best techniques are on your cards: watercoloring and one layer. It may be simple but it doesn't look simple. Anyone would be happy to get one!

Becs Attwood said...

Gorgeous cards - love the vibrant watercolor with all that gold goodness. Thanks for the inspiration.

EverBloomingCrafts said...

Very cute and cheerful card! Love it!

Dawn Turley said...

what a pretty set of cards.

~amy~ said...

Wow, the colors are so vivid! Awesome design!!

My Paper Epiphany said...

Very on trend! I love it and the fact it could be used for so many occasions!

Pam said...

Wow! These are stunning! Love the gold embossing over the watercolor backgrounds1

Christine Kosmak said...

Love this idea, It's simple and you can use a different colour and make several cards. TFS!!!

Shirley said...

Love the simple one layer card - beautiful

Betty Meyskens said...

This would be an awesome card to mass produce and just think of all the color potential - you could use so many different color combinations. Such a great idea!

Sarah Thomson said...

So simple but so pretty

maureen said...

simply elegant. thank you for it.

Janet said...

I love the way you watercolored the BG and added all the Gold embossed goodness!! Great inspiration!
~God bless~

Grá O'Neill said...

Beautiful card set, love the mix of gold embossing & watercolouring :)

Glenda Lee Nutting said...

I love the combination of water colored background and embossed greetings.

Michele Smith said...

What a huge impact just a little water coloring can have! I have got to get some of those sprays! I love the backgrounds, especially with the gold and white combined! The sentiment font is so perfect for this fun card. Soooooo pretty! Thanks for sharing

Maureen Jones said...

Adorable! I love the sparkle of the gold!

Kylie said...

The watercoloured background looks amazing and the sentiment just pops against it!

Inna Onyschenko said...

Very beautiful card!

cissi said...

Great card, love how you did it!

pcm said...

simple and gorgeous! love!

Deanne W said...

Very pretty - love the striking colours and the gold sparkle of the stars.

Robyn G said...

Nice and simple, but so striking!

jordanbev5@yahoo.com said...

Such a clever way to make a perfect backdrop for a stunning sentiment! Will be using this!

Pam of alwaysartistic said...

Beautiful cards!

marylouh said...

Beautiful. Would be a great card if you were making multiples.
Just change the background color and keep on producing.
thanks for sharing a great card.

Debstamps said...

Stunningly simple design Tami! One could make a large number of beautiful holiday cards yet still personalize them by colors! Beautiful showcase of new Hero Arts holiday supplies!

funkycrafter said...

such cheerful cards. amazing backgrounds using the spray paints. i must get some of these soon.

Dee Miranda said...

The simplicity of this card is so awesome! I love the watercoloring!
-Dee

Cindy Greene said...

Such a nice simple card! Could really make plenty of these at one time for CHristmas! Thanks
CeCe (Cindy Greene)

Amanda said...

Absolutely stunning one layer cards! I love the rich, vibrant watercoloring.

roxej said...

Great use of HeroArts spray. Thanks for the inspiration.

Holly Denghel said...

So pretty!! I love all the spots and the stars.

Mary Meola said...

It's hard to believe it's already time to start working on Christmas cards. Thanks for the inspiration.

Laurie Parente said...

The embossing came out nice and thickand raised. very Nice!

April said...

The watercolors make the word pop. Nice job!

Helen Gullett said...

WOW! WOW! These one layer cards are stunning and gorgeous. I love the colors and the bold gold embossed sentiment. Thank you so much for the inspiration!

saloni said...

What a beautiful card with the bold sentiment! Love it.

Lisaerica said...

Gold embossing powder is the bomb, love it. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win.

Irene Grau said...

So simple yet so lovely! Love the "magic" of watercoloring, too.

Tigger's Mom said...

Simple, yet gorgeous!

Jackie said...

Wow, I would never have thought that such a simple style can be so effective. BOLD AND GOLD rocks!

Rachel C - iHeartTeas said...

How exciting! Never can have to many supplies. Thanks for the opportunity. :)

Milla said...

Oh, perfection!

Lynsey S said...

These cards are simple, but it's a really great technique

Mariëtte said...

Just beautiful

holly zylstra said...

LOVE the color color color AND CHEERS

Anonymous said...

So simple but beautiful. Thank you!

Lin said...

A wonderful design, Tami! Love the gold embossing!

Dena Schaufele said...

like how you did the background!

Leni said...

Just beautiful!

Amy C. said...

These are so pretty and festive.

D. said...

So simple, so beuatiful cards, love watercolour!!!

brenda said...

Great cards!

Marian White said...

I like the simplicity of it. Love one layer cards.

Rose Rogers said...

Lovely cards.

Gail said...

Your card is super lovely - I would like to try this technique- TFS and for the hop

Sandy Berl said...

Simple but elegant!

Valerie said...

Love, love, love your CAS cards!!!

Cheryl L. said...

Pretty script stamp!

Julie Z said...

Love how you did the background accents on these! And I'd love to see the same idea with more than one color for the main watercolor background - I think a gradient would be neat too!

Denise Bryant said...

Pretty backgrounds to feature that lovely Cheers sentiment!

Hannah Means said...

What an interesting technique! I've got to try that!

Robin B. said...

Pretty cards! I love the watercolor background.

Patty said...

Awesome CAS cards!! Watercoloring is all the rage now and you've shown how pretty these techniques can be used!

Jennifer Gayle said...

I love the bold simplicity of these cards!

Kristie Maynard said...

A simple easy way to make a card with a lot of WOW! Thanks for sharing it with us.

Gail said...

Simple -stunning - a project I'm sure we could all manage- love it.

Proverbs 16:33 said...

I recently made a set of 20 cards for a friend, and I learned the hard way that clean and simple is best! This is something I could definitely do on an assembly line. More than that, I could make a bunch of cards with the watercolor background, then later pull one out and stamp and emboss any sort of sentiment! Your card was a super great idea - love it!

Flo said...

Love the gold and the pretty stars.

karenajo said...

Love the elegance of these CAS cards - very pretty !!

Lu Lajueness said...

You've inspired me to try some watercolor techniques! Thank you!

Debi said...

Really into "word" cards this year. Stamped, die cut, embossed....whatever. lovely card

ivy said...

so pretty! i'll need to try this technique!(and get some gold embossing powder!)

Ying said...

Love how cute and simple it is!

Larissa Heskett said...

Totally LOVING the AMAZING Inspiration and looking forward to the rest of the Blog Hop!! =) THANKS SO MUCH for sharing your AWESOME Cards and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

Halina said...

Beautifu cardl! Great watercoloring technique and application.

Monique said...

Love the clean and bold look of your card, Tami!

Heather B. said...

One can never have enough sentiments stamps--- Love the gold and stars.

Rhonda R said...

Very nice

loulou said...

Great CAS design with such wonderful results.

Heather Maria said...

Fabulous one layer cards, Tami! I love the pretty backgrounds you created and the gold embossed sentiment and stars look wonderful against them!

Celeste Goff said...

What beautiful cards! I love that wonderful thick embossing powder over the pretty water colored backgrounds!

jenn shipley said...

What a simple and beautiful card. Love the stars. thank you for sharing.

not so sleepy/beauty said...

What a cute idea. Love it.

paperpicnic said...

Tami, I love this watercolored and gold embossed card! The gold stars are the perfect detail! Such a lovely way to ring in the new year or celebrate a special occasion!

Dottie J said...

love the backgrounds and that you let the embossing take front and center.

Camilla said...

Nice and "simpel".

Michelle Liimatainen said...

I love this one layer card. It's perfection. You do one layer so well.:)

Jean Lamb said...

You made these cards look simple yet I know a lot was involved. I really like how you said you made the dots.

Amante del Papel said...

I love how looks like!!! both cards are so beautiful!!!

Thordis said...

Great Christmas cards! Super fun and different.... LOVE it :)

Kari V. said...

Gorgeous! I adore the watercolored background with the stars and mist.

Simply AJ said...

Love this look! Such vibrant colors and adds a unique to the cards. Thanks for the inspiration!!

Kristen V said...

Your cards turned out beautiful and I love the gold embossing. These cards look easy to mass produce. Probably the hardest things is waiting for everything to dry. Thanks for sharing!

bartokmd said...

Love the clean and simple look along with some sparkle!

mtscrapgal said...

Neat technique Tami. Tks.

Sue Rose said...

Love this "Cheers" stamp! So pretty!

Lisa said...

Such a beautiful card. I love the simplicity.

Bethany Lau said...

Great card! I love the water coloring.

Memories by Manda said...

Love the watercolour background with embossed image.

Janet Mack said...

Very simple and bold. I love it.

Tina Kloepfer said...

Very cheery simple cards :)

Lost Mermaid said...

So simple and so beautiful!

Lorell said...

I love clean and simple card ideas, so thanks for this!

Anonymous said...

Dianne K.
Absolutely gorgeous! What more can I say.

Sherry Butcher said...

great card.








tfs.

LindaDB said...

Love the background technique!

LindaDB said...

Love the background technique!

Suzan L said...

Your cards are so cute! I love the watercolored background!

Some Lucky Dog said...

What a simple idea and what a fabulous result!

Lagene said...

WOW! These are so bright & beautiful!

Linda K said...

Wow – great background technique and one I will be trying. Cards are very cheery indeed and brought a very wide smile to my face. Wonderful idea and thank you so much for sharing.

Christine said...

Love the one layer, gorgeous background colors!

Julie said...

great CAS cards

Paper Therapy Ponderings said...

the simplicity of the card makes it gorgeous - and it is also high impact in the wow factor

thanks for sharing

Barb Housner

Lori Kobular said...

I love the look of the watercoloring with the gold embossing! It really makes the embossing stand out!

Heather said...

Love the texture of the watercolor paper!

wilson.marie65 said...

The card is perfect and I love that it is clean and simple.... beautiful :)

Kelly Sroka said...

Very cute! I love the gold embossing.

Sarah Gray said...

Love the watercoloured background and bold sentiment - great for making in lots of colours :)

Alexia Misso said...

Lovely!! Love the embossing and background, simple yet elegant!

Beth Buss said...

I like this simple design. I can
envision it on my table...

bjmartin said...

Simple and beautiful - I love the embossing on the watercolor background!

Cynthia J Faulkner said...

What a great way to use only one word to make an elegant card!

Daria Z. said...

Such beautiful CAS cards, Tami! Love the technique you used for the bg.

yillyleon said...

Clean and simple, i love it!

Lori Wachtel said...

When I do that technique it does NOT come out that beautiful.hmmmm

Katie Kinde said...

Thanks for the idea of how to use this!

kathyc said...

Cute cards! :)

Ruth said...

I just love these one layer cards!

Linda Gorman said...

Love the colors! Great background stamp!

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