Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

December 10, 2010

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.


  • 1.

    ali ali ali ali! thank you so much for playing on this hop. and OH MY! that technique is fabUlous! thank you so much for sharing!

  • 2.
    kath said…

    wow wow wow ali….love your technique with that gorgeous cling…thanks for sharing your inspiration on the blog hop hugs kath xxx

  • 3.

    Great stuff, Ali! You make a technique-y layout, and manage to make it look elegant and beautiful — love it. :)


  • 4.
    Barb :) said…

    It’s so fun to see stamps done on a layout! Fabulous technique! Wonderful results!

  • 5.
    Jennifer Roach said…

    Awesome technique and nice layout. That is a fantastic backgrounder stamp :)

  • 6.
    Kelly Booth said…

    LOVE this Ali….such Perfect Creations!!!!

  • 7.
    Allison Cope said…

    Simply gorgeous Ali! Love the depth of the stamped image… it looks just like a rich fabric! Great use of the new stamps!

  • 8.
    judy jung said…

    That layout is precious! Stunning resemblance between generations! That bg stamp is so versatile!

  • 9.
    {vicki} said…

    oh Ali,

    What a Treasure!!!!!!!!

    I can’t believe how much they look alike—when I first saw the photo I thought it was Anna in both.

  • 10.
    Laura said…

    So pretty! And amazing family resemblance in your photos!

  • 11.
    Trish said…

    Happy Holidays Ali,
    What a beautiful LO and technique. I can’t wait for these new stamps!

  • 12.
    Elise said…

    Absolutely beautiful! Seriously one of the best layouts I’ve ever seen♥

  • 13.
    Deb said…

    What a lovely texture you created! I enjoyed all the details of your layout!

  • 14.
    christine said…

    Thanks for sharing. Amazing how Anna looks like her great grandma. This card is just in time for your Big Picture class.

  • 15.
    Libby Hickson said…

    What a fun technique, I love it!! And your finished page is absolutely adorable!

  • 16.
    Anna D. said…

    WOW Breathtaking. Thanks so much for the info. Love it.
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    annadowdy at gmail dot com

  • 17.
    Rosemary D said…

    what a lovely layout!

  • 18.
    kryssi said…

    what a beautiful technique on the vintage brocade! lovely lovely lovely!

  • 19.
    Lin said…

    What a special layout! I adore how you treated that big background stamp to make it look like actual fabric – thanks so much for your inspiration!

  • 20.
    Pia said…

    Love the technique and the texture you created. What a gorgeous layout!! Very inspiring!

  • 21.
    Sue McRae said…

    I love the depth and texture you got from the Classic Fabric stamp. This technique looks amazing!

  • 22.
    Sandy said…

    Your pages are inspiring! Thanks.

  • 23.
    Cathy A said…

    love the richness nand texture you have created with the classic fabric design stamp

  • 24.
    jaemom said…

    Wow, that was really impressive how you used the Fabric background… and this layout is just darling! It really is surprising how much they look alike! What a sweet keepsake to treasure.

  • 25.
    Torri said…


  • 26.
    Elaine said…

    Great technique – thanks for sharing. Cute baby too!!

  • 27.
    Natalie said…

    wow, this is just beautiful!!!

  • 28.
    Sheri Crowley said…

    Lovely! Can’t wait to buy these stamps!

  • 29.
    Tracey Kuzniak said…

    WOW!! What an amazing LO Ali!! LOVE your technique using that background stamp!!

  • 30.
    Shaparak L. said…

    Your work is always inspiring!! thanks for sharing

  • 31.

    Ali, quick question: What is the different between embossing ink & watermarking ink? Can you use both w/UTEE? I’m just now playing around w/ UTEE and really love the effects it gives!

  • 32.

    What a lovely layout and how wonderful to showcase their similarities. The antiques vintage touch is perfect.

  • 33.
    Kathy (krolski) said…

    Gorgeous layout and precious photos! Very pretty!

  • 34.
    Isha said…

    Just one word…GORGEOUS. Love your description of the Technique. Thanks for taking the time to share that.

  • 35.
    Deb said…

    What a great technique! I am going to have to give that a try!! Thanks for sharing this layout with us!!

  • 36.
    jenlynnie said…

    such a nice layout.

  • 37.
    Janet said…

    Great ideas here Take Care

  • 38.
    mary w said…

    oh that vintage wallpaper technique is a keeper!!

  • 39.
    Virginia L. said…

    Absolutely sensational! Love love love your use of the frabric stamp and Thank you Definition!! STUNNING layout, Ali!

  • 40.
    Nichol Magouirk said…

    This is INCREDIBLE, Ali! simply incredible. Totally digging how you used the stamps for a layout.

  • 41.
    dawn said…

    It reminds me of my grammy, too!

  • 42.
    Sharon D. from Canada said…

    Gorgeous page!!! I love the beautiful and amazing result you got with the Classic Fabric Design stamp! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • 43.
    Meghan said…

    Fantastic! I love that I’m learning so many new things during this Blog Hop – gotta find me some UTEE!

  • 44.
    Linda aka Oz said…

    the warmth and depth are amazing. I am off to the next stop. Oz

  • 45.
    Linda said…

    Love seeing the process of how you put this great layout together. I learn new things all the time seeing the process of how others do things. It’s the little things that make the difference. Thanks, Ali.

  • 46.
    rkokes said…

    LOVE what you did with that fabric background stamp! Gorgeous!

  • 47.
    joy said…

    What a fabulous technique for that background stamp! And the layout is so sweet – Anna will love this page so much. Great use of the thank you definition stamp, too.

  • 48.
    sally Sherfield said…

    Wow what a fabulous effect with the wallpaper stamp!!

  • 49.
    Tanya C. said…

    Awesome technique! Love that stamp!

  • 50.
    Cindy C. said…

    Wow! Beautiful layout, a very special page! I am left in awe!

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