Birthday card with recycled design

Is anyone else's summer blowing by like mine is? This has been the busiest season I've had in a long time - between moving two apartments (mine and my boyfriend's), planning my wedding, travel for work coming up, amidst all the usual summer craziness, I haven't had much time to craft (and most of my supplies are still in boxes right now) ... so my advice to you, if you're also really busy this summer, is to recycle a card design that you've already made before and loved! Since you've already done it, you don't have to spend time trying to come up with a new design, but you still get to destress with some fun inks and stamps - which often is exactly what we need when our lives are so busy.

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Here is a photo of the card that I recreated based on an old favorite! Ink blending over stencils is one of my favorite things to do because you get an awesome, colorful background and you don't have to think too much about it - it will almost ALWAYS come out beautiful! The stencil I used today is from an older My Monthly Hero kit, and I also used a bunch of mini ink pads from previous kits - which shows that this works with dye inks too (not just Distress Inks), if you use a light hand!

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The card was really easy to finish off by layering a vellum heart and a heat embossed birthday sentiment for this month's Birthday challenge.

Hope you enjoyed this recreated card, and thanks for stopping by today!

SUPPLIES USED:

Hero Arts My Monthly Hero - December 2017
Hero Arts My Monthly Hero - December 2017

HA
Hero Arts Heat Gun
Hero Arts Heat Gun

HA
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder

HA
Classic Vellum Layering Paper
Classic Vellum Layering Paper

HA
Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink

HA

A Blog Named Hero - Birthday Challenge 🎈

Hello! A new challenge starts at A Blog Named Hero today! This month's challenge is another great one - birthdays! You can never have too many birthday cards, and I love challenges like this that help you to build up your card stash - and giving you a chance to win a gift card at the same time! ;)

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For some reason, I love including rainbow color schemes into my birthday cards. I think there's just something about it that screams, CELEBRATION! For my card, I used supplies from the March My Monthly Hero kit - which, I'm sure you've realized, has been one of my favorite kits ever (and somehow, it's still in stock!!). I've use different parts of it on a lot of my recent projects.

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I picked out some stamps, and repeatedly stamped one of the images in rainbow order, overlapping by a bit each time. My MISTI was really helpful for this, because I kept it in the same spot, but slid it up or down for each next stamping so that everything lined up perfectly.

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This card design is great, because you get to play with your collection of ink pads and customize it with whatever colors you want! Other than the inks, it really doesn't take many supplies, either. I finished the card by mounting it on some color patterned paper, then on a bright aqua card base. The finishing touch was some of the sequins that came in the March kit, which have found their way on many, many of my projects.

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I hope you'll join the challenge this month! Can't wait to see what you create!!

SUPPLIES USED:

Hero Arts Black Dye Ink
Hero Arts Black Dye Ink

HA
Mini MISTI
Mini MISTI

HA | MFT
Ranger Multi Medium Matte - Mini
Ranger Multi Medium Matte - Mini

MFT
Scor-Tape 1/8
Scor-Tape 1/8"

MFT
Hero Arts My Monthly Hero - March 2018
Hero Arts My Monthly Hero - March 2018

HA

Summer Cacti 🌡

Hello! Hope your summer is going well! Have you entered the Summertime Challenge at A Blog Named Hero yet? (Psst... you could win a gift card!)

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For today's card, I thought that the cacti I colored during The Daily Marker challenge would be perfect for the summer theme! I used both of the "cat-cus" images ;) because it went well with the sentiment.

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For the background, I used a background piece I had created a while ago using alcohol inks in water. Then I once again pulled out my butterfly background die to create a stencil, and applied some silver embossing paste through this stencil to end up with a fun background of scattered silver butterflies!

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Then, I embellished with a few of the butterfly die cuts and some pearls. I love how all these layers work together! What do you think? Hope you join in with our challenge if you haven't already!

SUPPLIES USED:

Mini MISTI
Mini MISTI

HA | MFT
Hero Arts Heat Gun
Hero Arts Heat Gun

HA
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder

HA
Alcohol Inks - Dockside Picnic
Alcohol Inks - Dockside Picnic

MFT
Alcohol Inks - Farmers Market
Alcohol Inks - Farmers Market

MFT
Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink

HA
Ranger Multi Medium Matte - Mini
Ranger Multi Medium Matte - Mini

MFT
Precision Tip Glue Bottle
Precision Tip Glue Bottle

MFT
Copic Markers
Copic Markers

MFT
Butterfly Confetti Background Die
Butterfly Confetti Background Die

HA
Hero Arts Cactus Animals
Hero Arts Cactus Animals

HA
Nuvo Silver Glimmer Paste
Nuvo Silver Glimmer Paste

MFT

A Blog Named Hero - Summertime Challenge

Hello! I hope the first half of June has been going well for you! Today, a new challenge starts over at A Blog Named Hero, and this month it is a SUMMER theme!

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It is no secret that summertime is my favorite thing of all time, so this challenge was so fun for me. I decided to pull out some summery colors of pink and sky blue, and made a cute little animal scene with a stamp layered flamingo and some butterfly die cuts.

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For the base of my card, I went with a technique that I used to do all the time in my scrapbooking days: layering! Creating layers with patterned paper is such a quick and fun way to create a unique background and bonus - you can use up whatever scraps you have laying around! A couple of the papers I chose are from the January My Monthly Hero kit.

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I just love this fun stamp layering flamingo! It comes together so easily, and I love how it looks like you spent so long making it.

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To finish off my card, I used a few butterfly die cuts that are from the negative of my butterfly background die, and also scattered some pink pearls around. I then die cut a "hello" sentiment from the March My Monthly Hero kit and gold heat embossed the die cut.

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I hope you will enter the challenge this month! Can't wait to see all your creations! :)

SUPPLIES USED:

Hero Arts My Monthly Hero - January 2018
Hero Arts My Monthly Hero - January 2018

HA
Hero Arts Black Dye Ink
Hero Arts Black Dye Ink

HA
Mini MISTI
Mini MISTI

HA | MFT
Hero Arts Heat Gun
Hero Arts Heat Gun

HA
Hero Arts Gold Embossing Powder
Hero Arts Gold Embossing Powder

HA
Color Layering Flamingo
Color Layering Flamingo

HA
Color Layering Flamingo Bundle
Color Layering Flamingo Bundle

HA
Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink

HA
Ranger Multi Medium Matte - Mini
Ranger Multi Medium Matte - Mini

MFT
Precision Tip Glue Bottle
Precision Tip Glue Bottle

MFT
Hero Arts My Monthly Hero - March 2018
Hero Arts My Monthly Hero - March 2018

HA
Butterfly Confetti Background Die
Butterfly Confetti Background Die

HA

Keep up with my latest creations and adventures on Instagram:

Watercolor with a straw

Hello, friends! I have a card today to give you some more inspiration for the Watercolor challenge at A Blog Named Hero. This is another really easy technique that is great for those of you who think you aren't good with watercolor. This is also really fun to do with kids!

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For this technique, I pulled out my trusty, well-loved $5 set of watercolors - you don't need anything fancy here (especially for the kiddos) ;) I got some of the pallets nice and wet, dabbed a big wet blob onto my watercolor paper, and then used a straw to blow at the puddle to create streaks. This might make more sense in video form - you can see a quickened video of the process over at my Instagram post.

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This technique creates these really fun, free-form and organic streaks to create a cool pattern. I made all my streaks radiating from a center point, but you can also do this all over your card for something like an abstract Jackson Pollock look! At the end, I also flicked my paintbrush to create splashes of paint for more interest.

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I finished off the card with a sentiment from the Art Deco Thank You Kit.

I had so much fun trying this technique out, and I hope you try it too! If you do, make sure to share it on our challenge. And tag me on Instagram (@michelleyuen_) because I'd love to see your projects! If you missed my last watercolor technique card and video, you can check it out here.

SUPPLIES USED:

Hero Arts Black Dye Ink
Hero Arts Black Dye Ink

HA
Ranger Multi Medium Matte - Mini
Ranger Multi Medium Matte - Mini

MFT
Memory Box Stitched Circle Dies
Memory Box Stitched Circle Dies

Simon
Hero Arts My Monthly Hero - March 2018
Hero Arts My Monthly Hero - March 2018

HA
Hero Arts Art Deco Kit
Hero Arts Art Deco Kit

HA