Hero Arts Winter 2016 Blog Hop

Hello. I’m so excited to be part of the Hero Arts Blog Hop celebrating their winter release launch. I have several cards to share so I’ll jump right in…

The first cards are gift card holders…

THIS stamp and die set is so fun that I had to make two cards with it. I have a lot of coffee loving friends and thought this would be a fun way to present a gift card. This would also make excellent teacher gifts!
For the first card…
I inked up THIS background stamp with VersaMark ink and heat embossed it using clear embossing powder. I love the shine it has and it reminds me of coffee stains/rings. I stamped the cup design using THIS ink and dressed it up by heat embossing a sentiment on to THIS die-cut heart. I used the coordinating dies to cut it out and adhered it to two circles cut with THIS die. 
To create the “pocket” for the gift card to sit in, I adhered a strip of foam tape on the top of the circle and the bottom of the back side of the circle. I left the center open so that the gift card can slip in and out easily…
For the second card…

I kept the design the same just used different elements. I inked up THIS background with THIS ink to resemble bubbles. I also added some of THIS embossing paste to the top of the image to make it look like whip cream…

Moving on to the next set of cards…
I wanted to make another interactive/surprise element like the first set of cards, so I created a “pocket” for the tags to slide into. When they are removed, they reveal additional stamping of “to” and “from” (stamped from THIS set) so the recipient can use them on a Christmas gift…
I applied adhesive to each side of the black strip, leaving the center open so the tags can slide into place without any adhesive. 
Here’s a closer look at each…
I used THIS oragami set and heat embossed three of the images using different embossing powders. I used my watercolors to color them in and die-cut each into a tag using THESE tag dies. 
I used THIS background die for all three cards. You can get a whole different look by rotating the stamp..
I wanted to keep the cards simple but add interest to the background. I flicked water from a paintbrush on to each background, added matching embossing powder, and heat set it…
For the sentiments, I used THIS set (a new favorite of mine!) 
I hope this inspires you to add a fun surprise to your next card. Now for some more inspiration…
KEEP HOPPING
Click HERE for the next stop on the hop, which is the talented Ilina Crouse. Click HERE to start at the beginning of the hop. Make sure to leave comments along the hop for your chance at one of the three $25 gift certificates that Hero Arts is giving away. Thanks Hero Arts!  
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243 Comments

  1. JoAnn Flatt
    August 30, 2016

    Love all of your tags!! Great ideas

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  2. Karen L K
    August 29, 2016

    Very clever on the gift card holder and the tags that can be used by the recipient. Nice looking too! I like that tone on tone background for the tag cards.

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  3. karenajo
    August 29, 2016

    Great projects – love the origami look stamps !!!

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