Hero Arts vintage is totally cool

Hi everyone! Happy Sunday! It’s October 1st and that means a new challenge over on the a2z Scrapbooking blog! I’ve been playing with the Hero Arts Irreverent Birthday Messages (again!) and the Hero Arts Feathers Cut File, and I’m super stoked to share my DT inspiration project for our October Watercolor challenge!

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I created a fun birthday card with a little ‘vintage’ humor. I chuckled mercilessly while I was putting this together, lol! As I mentioned the last time I used the Irreverent Birthday Messages stamp set, it is unfortunately sold out in the a2z Scrapbooking store. I always work ahead and had this card made when the set sold out, however, you can special order it at no extra cost when you order your other Hero Arts stamps from a2Z Scrapbooking!


I created the background with several layers of distress oxides on water color paper. I then used the Hero Arts Leaf and Flourish stencil with Dreamweaver translucent embossing paste to get a subtle pattern over top of the distress background. when that was dry, I splattered slightly-watered-down walnut stain distress ink and Picket Fence distress stain over the background, inked the edges in walnut stain distress ink and adhered the panel to the card base.


I cut the feathers using the Hero Arts Feathers Cut File from white cardstock and inked them with walnut stain and vintage photo distress inks. I carefully curled the edges a bit and affixed them to the water colored panel. I also stamped the front sentiment on a white cardstock scrap, cut it into a banner on one end and tucked it under the ends of the feathers. I inked a tiny pre-tied bow with worn lipstick distress oxide ink and when dried, adhered it to the bottom of the feathers and sentiment banner. I finished the front with a few scattered sequins.


I stamped the inside sentiment in distress inks and embellished the panel with a leftover strip of brown cardstock.


I’d love to enter this card into the following challenges:
Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog: October Challenge
Dragonfly Dreams: Fully Loaded
Happy Little Stampers: October Watercolor Challenge

a2z Scrapbooking products used:
Hero Arts Irreverent Birthday Messages (special order at no extra cost)
Hero Arts Feathers Cut Files

Cardstock/Paper: Spectrum Aqua Watercolor Paper, Stampin’ Up Early Espresso cardstock, GKD White cardstock
Ink: Ranger Distress Oxides- Fossilized Amber, Broken China, Worn Lipstick, Wilted Violet, Peeled Paint, Faded Jeans, Cracked Pistachio, Fired Brick; Regular Distress Inks- Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo; Distress Stain- Picket Fence
Accessories:  Hero Arts Leaf & Flourish Stencil, Dreamweaver Translucent Embossing Paste, tiny pre-tied bow, Pretty Pink Posh Espresso Sequins

I hope you’ve enjoyed this card and will link up a project with us! Remember, our challenge is Watercolor this month and we’d love to see your watercolor project! Please note that we’ve changed our rules a bit and participants are no longer required to use Hero Arts products to enter our challenges. Each month we will feature a ‘Digi of the Month’ which will be the prize offered to our randomly-chosen challenge winner. And to sweeten the pot, if you are the randomly-chosen winner and you have used Hero Arts products on your project, you’ll ALSO win a $20 gift certificate to the store! Be sure to check out all the amazing crafty goodies in the a2z Scrapbooking storeAND if you use the code Leslie15 you’ll get 15% off your order of $25 or more! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you soon!

Scrappy hugs,

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