Welcome to my stop on the OWH Hero Arts Birthday Bash blog skip! You've probably come from the amazingly talented Jennifer. If you arrived from somewhere else, to start at the beginning of the skip, just click here.
Hero Arts were the first cards I discovered when I began stamping and I now realize how lucky I was to begin with such great designs and quality. They're also wonderful partners to Operation Write Home, contributing 25% of the proceeds of the sales of their OWH collection to the organization!
Although I love mixing and layering pretty designer papers, I've never been much for embellishments, especially for cards that are going through the mail, which is why I've found myself becoming more and more intrigued by CAS. Clean and Simple for non cardmakers who might be visiting.
A previous career in journalism taught me the value of white space, and I'll often write a one sentence paragraph in my novels to make the page more appealing to readers' eyes. So, along with the challenge of using Hero Arts, and staying within the OWH guidelines -- definitely no glitter, no heavy embellishments, an A2 size card -- I decided to give myself an additional challenge of embracing the white. Which set me back to the very beginning of my card making learning curve -- probably not the best thing to do when making cards to share for a skip -- but learning new things keeps us young, right? (Can I hear an Amen?)
Here's the stamp set I used for the first card:
Since OWH received an email from a solider asking for more "love cards," I CASED this design from Kim, at Joyful Creations with Kim.
Hopefully the bright and happy colors will make some recipient smile, but next time I'm making the center piece much smaller to show more of the pretty embossed background. (Note to self: Next time you CASE a card, pay more attention to the original design!) I lifted the center and sentiment just a tad for dimension.
I was going to make another, this time with my star embossing folder, gold and blue stars and the sentiment "I thank my lucky stars for you," from another Hero Arts OWH set, but I'm currently changing hundreds of stamp sets from binders to CD cases, and after I punched out my stars, I couldn't unearth the stamp from its hiding place. (Ever notice how you have to mess things up even MORE to get organized?)
This next one is another one of my very favorite sets, which I use for so many different occasions, and not just for OWH cards.
I'm pleased with how this one turned out and think the black and white also makes it gender neutral. The embossing folder is Cuttlebug's Clockworks.
I also decided to share the very first card I made with this set, to show how versatile it can be.
Then, because I couldn't go entirely cold turkey from my pretty papers, I used another sentiment from the first stamp set for this card.
Thanks so much for visiting! Next stop is Lisa, who I know will have some fabulous technique to share with everyone!