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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. Pam Loris says…
    12/10/2010

    What an amazing 3-D effect!!

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  2. Tona says…
    12/10/2010

    Love this layout & I really like how you used that one stamp to create a wallpaper look...amazing.

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  3. Jessica ML says…
    12/10/2010

    You never fail to amaze me with your wonderful layouts!

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  4. Arabella says…
    12/10/2010

    This is such a gorgeous layout! The 'vintage wallpaper' effect with the Classic Fabric Design stamp is fabulous! The similarity between Anna and her great grandmother is amazing! I thought they were the same baby when I looked at first!

    Arabella

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  5. Marty says…
    12/10/2010

    Ali, your little one is just darling. Love your work and the personal touch you always add.

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  6. Shari Carroll says…
    12/10/2010

    Amazing Ali!!! Love the depth you've created.

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  7. Lori Pena says…
    12/10/2010

    I will be trying that technique today! Thank you!

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  8. Norma J says…
    12/10/2010

    WOW!! Beautiful page, I love it and the wallpaper stamp looks great!!

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  9. Scrapper43 says…
    12/10/2010

    Hi Ali! This is the first time ever to your blog and you have so much going on here. Wow! I am so happy to see you taking part in this hop and I am in love with your page layout. Your technique with using the background stamp is wonderful and I am gonna try it. I so love you used the Thank YOu Def. on your tag, another must on my list. Your page is beautiful and the similarities between your daughter and grandma are amazing. She is such a beautiful girl and will so appreciate looking at this page when she is older. Thanks for the inspiration and encouraging me to step outside of cardmaking and use my Hero Arts stamps in my scrapbooking. Hugs.

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  10. Melissa L. says…
    12/10/2010

    Love your stamping technique, Ali! I'm going to have to try that. Beautiful page. Your work is always so very inspiring. Thank you.

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  11. Bambi says…
    12/10/2010

    WOW - love all the details and it doesnt hurt to have such cute photos. Thank you for inspiring.

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  12. Sarah Belgium says…
    12/10/2010

    Absolutely love that technique! How did you ever discover that?
    I'll have to keep that layout theme in mind, I looked a lot like my mom when I was a kid, maybe someday my daughter will aswell!

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  13. Sonja says…
    12/10/2010

    Can't wait to see all the new goodies!

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  14. Brenda Urbanik says…
    12/10/2010

    I really love the effect and dimension that the double stamping made to your layout! Very beauiful!

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  15. craftygirljen says…
    12/10/2010

    Beautiful layout! They look so much alike! Thank you for sharing.

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  16. Sam F says…
    12/10/2010

    The Classic Fabric Design has got to be my favorite 2011 stamp so far! Love this layout!

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  17. Marie / Legojenta says…
    12/10/2010

    What a great use of those stamps! TFS =)

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  18. Christine says…
    12/10/2010

    Very elegant layout, Ali, thanks for sharing!

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  19. Margaret K. says…
    12/10/2010

    I love how you used the background stamp for your layout. It does look like embossed wallpaper. MargaretK.

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  20. Pat Castillo says…
    12/10/2010

    I'm loving the new fabric background stamp--it's great! And I love how you included it on a scrapbooking page!

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  21. wendy says…
    12/10/2010

    Love the layout, and what a fascinating technique! Thanks for sharing.

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  22. Stephanie Muzzulin says…
    12/10/2010

    What a gorgeous layout!!!TFS!!!

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  23. KathyFL57 says…
    12/10/2010

    Love the textured cardstock and the scrapbook page is awesome!

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  24. slammie says…
    12/10/2010

    beautiful layout!

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  25. Clare says…
    12/10/2010

    Wow, what an AWESOME technique! I love the LO!

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