Hero Arts Blog Hop

Welcome to the 2011 Hero Arts Catalog Blog Hop!

If this is your first time here, welcome! You can read more about this site and watch a video tour here.

If you're a regular reader your might remember seeing these photos from my recent Thank You Mom post. I wanted to create a layout that showcased just the image of my Grandma Cathy and Anna because they look so much alike!

Here's a peek at the process and how I used the new Hero Arts stamps:

I started out by stamping the Classic Fabric Design (CG245) with cream paint onto kraft cardstock. The stamp measures 4.5 x 5.75.

After letting it dry I re-stamped (trying to get it close to the same spot but knowing it would not be perfect) using Versamark embossing ink. I poured Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel on top and cooked it with a heat gun. The result looks and feels similar to vintage wallpaper.

I had already printed my photos (both photos on one canvas in photoshop), rounded the top corners, and trimmed a sheet of white cardstock to give myself a border. I adhered the stamped/embossed piece right below the photos on the left side.

In the spot on the bottom right corner I trimmed a really lovely piece of Pink Paislee pattern paper. On top of that section I added a shipping tag on which I had typed "Your Great-Grandmother Cathy and you, 2010." I wish I knew the date of the photo of my Grandama - I'll probably call my Mom to get that information.

I did a straight stitch on my sewing machine all the way around and then used a zigzag stitch in between the photos and the pattern papers.

Next I used this Thank You Definition (CG268) stamp to put a light text print right on top of the shipping tag. I slipped a piece of scratch paper under the tag and stamped on top (ideally I would have stamped before stitching it to the page but that's the way it goes).

Here's what the tag looked like after stamping:

The love border is handdrawn using a new metallic pen from Faber-Castell. The butterfly is from Jenni Bowlin Studio.

Along the other edge I added three little word stickers from Cosmo Cricket.

Journaling goes around the edge of the white cardstock and says: Amazing to see the similarities here between you and your Great Grandmother Cathy. Especially the smile. Oh that smile. She would have just loved you so much Anna. She was such a cool Grandma for me. I miss her.

SUPPLIES : Hero Arts Classic Fabric Design (CG245), Thank You Definition (CG268); Kraft Cardstock; Versamark embossing ink; Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel; Pink Paislee Sweetest Day Pattern Paper; Jenni Bowlin Vellum Embellished Butterflies With Jewels; Cosmo Cricket Yellow Tiny Type; staple; machine stitching; cream paint; black pen

Up next on the Blog Hop: Jennifer McGuire (she's always got very cool stuff on her blog).

Remember, if you find a link that doesn't work, you can always hop back to the Hero Arts Blog for a list of direct links to all the blogs in the hop.

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  1. Joan Petty

    2010-12-13 19:09:45 -0500

    Lovely work.
    Hero Arts are always the trend setters when it comes to what is going to be fresh and new in the stamping world.

  2. Sandy Mullenix

    2010-12-13 19:11:39 -0500

    Absolutely gorgeous. Love the technique

  3. Chris B

    2010-12-13 19:39:19 -0500

    This page is truly a treasure. Very beautiful

  4. Cathy E.

    2010-12-13 19:50:31 -0500

    what a wonderful tribute and design. Love your GG's name too!

  5. julie m

    2010-12-13 20:31:44 -0500

    such a nice lacy look. adorable little one too.

  6. dustypenny (aka Joy)

    2010-12-13 21:11:11 -0500

    Great layout!

  7. Lynne Ingram

    2010-12-13 21:16:54 -0500

    The "vintage wall paper look" is very special.

  8. Donna Potter

    2010-12-13 21:26:08 -0500

    Such a wonderful layout. I love these stamps!

  9. Ruth

    2010-12-13 21:39:45 -0500

    Very Nice, Ali!

  10. Spike

    2010-12-13 22:20:08 -0500

    There's that fabulous background stamp once again!! I see that it's everyone's favourite as it is mine! Now that technique to make it look 3 dimensional sooo rocks. That's one technique that I'm adding to my to do list! Fabulous layout too!


  11. DeniseB

    2010-12-13 22:26:33 -0500

    Great techniques!

  12. Fika

    2010-12-13 22:28:31 -0500

    fantastic background Ali!! LOVE it :)

  13. J. J.

    2010-12-13 23:18:34 -0500

    neat neat neat technique

  14. Wendy Orme

    2010-12-13 23:41:29 -0500

    Gorgeous layout! Can't believe how much they look alike.

  15. Liz

    2010-12-13 23:46:24 -0500

    Just beautiful. Thank you!

  16. marianne adam

    2010-12-13 23:59:14 -0500

    love the new background stamps.

  17. Karen

    2010-12-14 00:39:20 -0500

    What a beautiful scrapbook page. I love the paint on the fabric background stamp. It really gives it a great texture.

  18. Message Keeper

    2010-12-14 03:52:23 -0500

    What a lovely layout! Thanks for sharing the techniques as well and it really look vintage! What a nice remembrance for generations to come!

  19. Carla

    2010-12-14 07:55:14 -0500

    What a wonderfull page.
    I like how you used the photo's together

  20. Mary

    2010-12-14 12:42:38 -0500

    Oh Ali, I am sure you NEVER disappoint anyone with your pages or cards...you are the BOMB! I loved the double stamping and embossing, and your discription of it being like old wallpaper is so right. Thank you for your creation, for sharing and I'll be watching for MORE.

  21. holly*

    2010-12-14 13:53:19 -0500

    what a completely lovely layout! great stamps & great technique!

  22. RobynC

    2010-12-15 18:45:12 -0500

    Ali - your work is always so lovely. The technique you used with the Classic Fabric Design stamp is amazing! Thanks for the inspiration!

  23. Aline

    2010-12-30 15:17:32 -0500

    j'adore !!!!!

  24. Tami Mayberry

    2011-01-06 11:01:16 -0500

    Great layout! Thanks for sharing :)

  25. Irene

    2011-12-09 04:28:10 -0500

    Wow! Stunning use of a fantastic HA stamp...can't wait to try that technique...thanks for joining the hop!

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