Wednesday, September 18, 2013

OWH/Hero Arts Blog Skip!

Did you skip in from Mariannes? Welcome!

Hello again, everyone! Wow, the Birthday Bash just keeps on going with another Blog Skip this week.This time, we are celebrating with Hero Arts! If you'd like to start at the beginning, you can sure do that here at the Stars & Stamps blog.

Today I'll share something that I made with one of my favorite stamp sets from Hero Arts. You can get yours here, if you like! 


I wanted to try something different with this cute set, and I think that it was successful.


I kept my base clean and simple and stamped using black, and white embossing powders. Then, I stamped the balloons again using StazOn ink. I stamped onto some scraps of foil paper that I had in my scrap stash.


There are a few things that are helpful when stamping on foil... don't try heat embossing, it will melt the foil. Ask me how I know. :) Don't use too much ink when stamping on the foil... it makes the stamp and ink too squishy and the image comes out smeared very easily - since the foil surface is pretty slick. I made sure to run around the edges of my pieces with a black marker after fussy cutting, since the foil paper has a white core. Marking the edges made them look much nicer.


Getting photos of foil on cards is pretty tricky. I either got too much glare, or the foil didn't show well. I guess that these are one of those cards that look better in person. The foil is really vibrant, I especially like how it looks on the black paper. It feels like a nice way to bling up a card without glitter!

I sure do thank you for stopping by today. Be sure to continue the skip by stopping over at Julie's next. She's always got something beautiful to share! 

Just in case you need some more of this stamp set, here are some old balloon cards from this set that I made last year. Hopefully, they are floating around somewhere in the hands of one of our heroes' loved ones now. I just love these balloons!







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42 comments:

Shirley A. said...

Nice job great cards for a great cause!

Laura Turcotte said...

WOW!! The foil does really pop on a dark background! these all turned out great!

Betty: Reflections with Coffee said...

Gasp! That black background is stunning especially with the foil.

JoAnn Ross said...

Oh, wow! Those foil balloons are the most amazing thing! Can I just come live with you for a while, sit at your feet,and learn? Btw, I scrolled down and looked at your pixel images. You are sooo talented!

Kathy S said...

Wow - you've been very busy Nancy. TFS and celebrating with OWH.

Sharon Roselli said...

love the foil balloons! Thanks for the tips I will try this at home. Your support of Our Troops is so appreciated.

Tami B. said...

These are all wonderful!

Isabelle said...

lovely cards and balloons, lol
great
they fit for a lot of occasions;
PS: my name is isabelle Kellner... lol again

Ann said...

Wow! I love these! I really like how you did one white and one black, you can really see how the same card can take on 2 completely different looks.That would make a great OWH challenge.

Julie said...

Oh I love these, Nancy! I have some foil paper in my stash too that I never know what to do with. I'll be CASEing this, thank you very much, lol! Thanks for participating in our skip today!

madamewong said...

Those balloons are one of my favorite stamps from that set - I love paper piecing them but never thought of using a metallic paper. Great job!

Debbie Caldwell said...

The foil accents are super good ..what a great idea. Your cards are so nice. Thanks for sharing and being a part of OWH

Dixie Cochran said...

You rocked the balloons today!

Daria Z. said...

Love the foil balloons - thanks for all of the great tips, too!

Darlene Satkewich said...

Love how you used the balloons! Thanks for the tips on stamping on foil!

Barbara said...

The balloons are amazing. Thanks for the tips!

Verna Angerhofer said...

What awesome balloon cards. Who doesn't like balloons? I just can picture all the smiles when someone receives a card like this.

Sandy Allnock said...

Foil! Fun!!! What a great way to add safe shine! :)

Jen R said...

Using foil would certainly be cheaper than buying the silver paper!!! Thank you for the tips! Love the cards too.... radloffjen at cableone dot net

Cyndee Scholet said...

Love the paper pieced balloons

conil said...

Great paper (foil) piecing. Really pops on your card. Those balloons are gorgeoous too.

Marsha said...

Wow, Busy Girl. Each of your cards are lovely. Really like the shiny balloons. Beautiful paper piecing.

Sarah said...

Awesome cards Nancy! LOVE the idea of tin-foil-- super idea!

Lucy Schmidt said...

"Trying something different" paid off in a BIG way. Love the foil and the color choices. The cards from last year provide great inspiration as well.

Lucy Schmidt said...

"Trying something different" paid off in a BIG way. Love the foil and the color choices. The cards from last year provide great inspiration as well.

rscholz said...

Love the CAS cards. Thanks for the tips and for sharing your cards.

Karen said...

Thanks for sharing all your gorgeous cards and the tips on using foil - love those shiny balloons!

SJ Carsten said...

love your cards. thanks for sharing

Paula S. said...

Photographing shiny stuff is so hard and these look nice in your photos so I KNOW they are amazing in real life! I can always count on you to do something a little different that stretches my imagination Nancy. Great work as usual!

GrammySue's Creations said...

These cards are beautifully done--love all of the designs. That hot air balloon stamp is one of my favorites.

Diana N. said...

Love you CAS cards using foil. I appreciate the tips for stamping on foil and that's not a type of paper I've ever tried before.

Sue D said...

Great balloon cards and I like the foil paper.

Iris said...

Love those foil balloons!
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Lisa Brooks said...

Great job on the foil. I think I tried it once -a long time ago. Decided that I didn't have the patience for it. Both cards are delightful.

andreea said...

Wow, foil paper! Never thought of using that! Great colors on the balloons! They seem so much fun making them. TFS!

Sabrina said...

OMG!!!! You did a magnificent job!!

Shawnna Silvius said...

What a fun foil technique -- great idea! Thanks for the inspiration.

Melissa T. said...

Thank you for the tips about the foil. I love those balloon cards. :)

coco said...

What a handsome collection of cards! Well done.

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