Today I want to show you more ideas for using the Heartfelt Creations Everyday Heroes Collection. My focus here is on a single stamp set, “My Anchor” and the anchor die from the Everyday Heroes die set. I used these to create three very different cards —
My first card, the navy and silver one, features a fun product called “Vertigo” by Imagine Crafts. Vertigo is a plastic material that comes in different finishes, each giving a different texture or impression. I used “Rattlesnake” here — this is the one that I think most looks like water. I thought it would be fun to stamp the image on using Mediterranean Blue Brilliance Ink (you need to use pigment inks with Vertigo). While the ink was still wet, I added some Ranger Super Fine Clear embossing powder and heat embossed the image to give it a little more sheen. It is very easy to heat emboss with the Vertigo, you just need to be careful to not get it too hot or it will melt (similar to the burns that you begin to see when you over-emboss paper). I trimmed the Vertigo close to the stamped image, and cut a blue layer the same size to go behind it. I cut the base layer 4.25″ x 5.5″ from blue cardstock, and a second layer 4″ x 5.25″ from a silver hammered cardstock. I used the anchor die in the Everyday Heroes die set to cut an anchor from the hammered silver cardstock. I attached all of the pieces with Angel Craft 1/4″ adhesive. I added a little embellishment at the bottom by tying three half-hitch knots and staggering them at the bottom of the stamped image. Very easy, but the Vertigo adds a fun new dimension.
My second card is stamped using Hero Arts Ombre Ink in Pool to Navy. This is a fun ink to use, although it takes just a little practice to achieve a nice ombre effect. (My video shows the special techniques you’ll want to use with this ink.) This is probably the simplest of the three cards in that it is just the stamped image layered on two colors of cardstock, but I like the cool ombre look. Also, I stamped the image on a textured cardstock, and I like how the cardstock texture adds a little interest to the card too. I finished the card by adding one half-hitch knot at the bottom. The twine that I use here is by Maya Road. It is thicker than most bakers twines, and so only one or two layers is sufficient to make a statement on a card. The color I used is “blue corn”, and I think it is a good match for the ombre ink.
My last card uses some vintage techniques. I stamped the image twice on ivory cardstock using Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Once the ink dried thoroughly, I took one of the stamped images and trimmed it close to the lettering, and I fussy cut the ship from the other. I used the anchor die from the die set to also cut the anchor from the second image. I colored the ship and the anchor using Antique Linen Distress Ink. I added a few shadows and details to both images using Tea Dye Distress Ink. I used a foam pad and just a little of my Broken China Distress Ink to add some blue to the ocean areas of the card (I tried just leaving it cream/brown, but I didn’t like the look). I really think the subtle blue water adds a lot to this card. I used fussy cutting scissors to trim the image in a sort of random way, trying to set up my vintage look. Once I was happy with the basic appearance, I used my Prima distressing tool to distress each of the edges and notches, etc. Once I was satisfied with that look, I added some ink to the edges — first Antique Linen and then Tea Dye. Once the inks dried, I made one more light pass around with the distressing tool (a perfect ink job on a distressed object just doesn’t seem quite right to me). I cut a base layer from brown cardstock. I attached the distressed piece with Angel Crafts 1/4″ adhesive, and the ship and anchor with a low dimensional adhesive. I tied another half-hitch knot (this time using Ginger Root Maya Road twine), and added it to the bottom of the card. Another very easy card, but what a cool result!
Please be sure to watch the short video for additional information on the techniques that I used for each card.
I hope you won’t mind if I come back in a week or two and show you more ideas featuring the Heartfelt Creations Everyday Heroes collection. I just love it, and each time I look at the stamp and die sets I am just so inspired. I hope that you will also have an opportunity to work with this awesome collection.
Supplies from Cut @ Home:
Sizzix Big Shot (SKU 657900)
Angel Craft Tape 1/4″ (SKU ACT-1414)
Supplies from my stash: assorted solid cardstock, hammered silver cardstock by Hot Off the Press, Maya Road Bakers Twine (Ginger Root and Blue Corn); generic navy twine; glue dots; Rattlesnake Vertigo by Imagine Crafts, Mediterranean Blue Brilliance Ink, Hero Arts Ombre Ink in Pool to Navy; craft marshmallows; Ranger Super Fine Clear Embossing Powder; Heat tool; Prima Ingvild Bolme distressing tool
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!