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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. heather mcgrath says…
    12/11/2010

    Great pictures, I love how you linked them together with a texture!

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  2. Jenny B says…
    12/11/2010

    Just great!!!

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  3. Amy K says…
    12/11/2010

    Just had to stop by and say that your new class looks AWESOME! I am definitely signing up for it - can't wait - something to look forward to in 2011.

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  4. Celia says…
    12/11/2010

    Love what you did with the fabric stamp - lovely.

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  5. Ujjwal says…
    12/11/2010

    The technique is just fabulous!! and you have created a very beautiful vintage layout!!love it!!

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  6. Missy says…
    12/11/2010

    I had to take a double take - they look like twins!

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  7. Judy S says…
    12/11/2010

    Your stamping technique is beautiful! And those two little girls look like twins.

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  8. Chantal says…
    12/11/2010

    Oh, they look so cute!

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  9. Kathy H says…
    12/11/2010

    Beautiful layout! I love the way you used the Lg. Fabric Design-it's my favorite after seeing it used so many times. I can't wait to get one.

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  10. Diane Hover says…
    12/11/2010

    Darling layout...such a sweetie!!

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  11. Mary H says…
    12/11/2010

    Love this layout Ali, beautiful!!

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  12. Melissa H says…
    12/11/2010

    I really love how you used the background stamp to make your own patterned paper and tag. It is fun to see how scrappers use these stamps on layouts. Inspiring...

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  13. Cheri says…
    12/11/2010

    I just love how you scrapbook. Love the hero arts stamping.

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  14. rach says…
    12/11/2010

    thanks ali, such a brilliant idea, can't wait to have a go!

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  15. abaker says…
    12/11/2010

    Great layout. Love the new Classic Fabric Design stamp. Gotta get that one.

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  16. Jenn Stewart says…
    12/11/2010

    I love your layout.

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  17. Newfie Princess says…
    12/11/2010

    Great technique, I'm really liking the old school wall paper. It reminds me of my childhood. My friend's mom had a similar print in her living room - deep red flocked velvet.

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  18. Gill says…
    12/11/2010

    You are so creative!

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  19. Karen from Ontario says…
    12/11/2010

    What a delightful page....great memory.

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  20. Pam Merwin says…
    12/11/2010

    What a great layout and wonderful use of the background stamp. Amazing texture that you created!

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  21. Tammy Davis says…
    12/11/2010

    This is wonderful! Lucky Anna! You are right, they are identical!

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  22. Lisa S says…
    12/11/2010

    Beautiful layout. I love the use of the fabric stamp! Adorable little Anna too! Such a cute smile.

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  23. Judy G says…
    12/11/2010

    Wow, neat technique. Off to the next blog.

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  24. Karen Heisler says…
    12/11/2010

    Ali, you are awesome! A photoshop question: I recently switched to a Mac with a newer version of photoshop elements, 8 I think. For whatever reason, I cannot figure out how to put 2 or more photos on a canvas. Recently purchased your December Daily templates and overlays and can do those fine. Can you post a link to a tutorial or give me any hints? I spending way too much time on such a little problem and not nearly enough time creating! Thanks, Ali!

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  25. Kim C. says…
    12/11/2010

    I can't say that if I tried to double stamp the backgound it would look like vintage paper. It would most likely look like one hot mess. Yours turned out beautiful

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