Hero Arts | Color Layering Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hero Arts | Color Layering Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello, friends! Thank you so much for stopping by today as we celebrate the launch of Hero Arts Color Layering Catalog and  new ink pad sets.

This is what Hero Arts says about Color Layering:

Color Layering uses the technique of stamping progressively, building color and detail, resulting in an elegant, dimensional look. We’ve asked our talented group of artists to recommend their favorite colors to best highlight each Color Layering stamp set. The results have been developed into 4-cube ink packs, featuring the championing artist’s name. While the inks were developed with a specific stamp set in mind, the packs offer wonderful and rich versatility; you’ll find they work well with most any set and often produce stunning and unexpected results.

We’ve also introduced a fabulous new Color Layering stamp set with this release – the Color Layering Pineapple and coordinating Color Layering Pineapple Frame Cuts. There’s also an ink cube pack for this set, Hero’s Pineapple.

I was so thrilled to contribute to this catalog and even more trilled to work with two my favorite Color Layering stamp sets from Hero – Gold Fish and Flamingo. It was not an easy task to pick up the right colors for these images, I did a TON of test stamping to see what colors would work best and also what colors I would like best for these sets. I also included a technique for each of my cards (and ink cube packs) that really lets you get more out of your inks.

GOLD FISH COLOR LAYERING & YANA’S BOLDS INK CUBE SET

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I’ll start with Gold Fish and my Yana’s Bolds Ink Cube Set (its so weird to see my name on a product! but good weird for sure). The colors of ink in the set are Dandelion, Strawberry, Green Apple (all 3 are new hybrid inks) and Unicorn White (pigment ink).

The white ink is used to “mute” the bright yellow and red. By using this technique I’m able to reverse where the bright colors are on the fish. See THIS card example (and video) to see how you stamp these images differently.

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Here’s the step-by-step breakdown of the stamping process:

  • Step 1: ink the fish bottom layer (first layer) using Dandelion. Ink the tail using Strawberry. Mix the colors on the stamp with your fingertip or a q-tip. Stamp the image. When mixing ink with a fingertip you’ll get visible fingerprints on the image, but after you add next layers they will become invisible.
  • Step 2: Stamp again with Dandelion only (this helps to mix the colors even more), use MISTI stamping tool for precise stamping.
  • Step 3: Ink the fish detail layer (second layer) with White Pigment ink, stamp. Heat set or set aside for ink to dry on its own.
  • Step 4: Die cut using a matching die or cut out with scissors.
  • Step 5: Ink up the die cut with embossing ink, heat emboss with Sparkle embossing powder to make the fish look wet.

I also included Green Apple ink in my ink set – I love to use this color to stamp sea grass, although its a great option to try for the fish too, it works beautifully with Dandelion.

To create my card I stamped & die cut fish, sea weed and sea floor; to create the background I did ink smooshing with watercolors over watercolor paper and finally I heat embossed “Just Keep Swimming” in white embossing powder.

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You’ll notice I added quite a lot of clear droplets, these are from Pretty Pink Posh – I think they work beautifully here adding faux air bubbles to the card.

FLAMINGO COLOR LAYERING & YANA’S SUNSET INK CUBE SET

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My second card and set is using Flamingo and Yana’s Sunset ink cube set. The colors of ink in the set are Soft Cantaloupe, Ultra Pink, Unicorn White and Red Royal. All but Unicorn are dye inks, Unicorn is pigment.

Whenever I think about flamingos I picture a vibrant sunset background and lots of bright colors, so that picture in my mind inspired this card. I also have another card HERE using Flamingo stamp and slightly different ink colors.

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Here’s the step-by-step breakdown of the stamping process:

  • Step 1: Stamp bottom layer + legs of flamingo in Soft Cantaloupe.
  • Step 2: Stamp middle layer in Unicorn White. Stamp middle layer again in Ultra Pink.
  • Step 3: Stamp top layer in Red Royal.

You can also use black or another dark color to stamp the beak, but I skipped this step. To create the background I did some more ink smooshing with my watercolors and also stamped grass in black ink. My sentiment, I’ll stand by you, was heat embossed in white right next to the flamingo.

Hero Arts | Color Layering Blog Hop + Giveaway

GIVEAWAY

Hero Arts | Color Layering Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hero Arts will give away a Color Layering Bundle of the winner’s choice to FIVE lucky blog readers – selected from comments left across all blogs in the hop.

Comments close Sunday June 19 at 11:59pm pt, Hero Arts will announce winner the following week.

BLOG HOP

Hero Arts | Color Layering Blog Hop + Giveaway

If you arrived from Kelly Rasmussen (and her gorgeous Kelly’s Flower set), the next stop on this hop is Amy Tsuruta (and her amazingly unexpected Shades of Green’s set). If you get lost, start over at The Hero Arts Blog.

SUPPLIES

I’m listing the products I used below. Click on the link to go directly to the product. Where available I use compensated affiliate links which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you so much for your support!

Tsukineko VersaFine Onyx Black Ink Pad
Tsukineko VersaFine Onyx Black Ink Pad
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Hero Arts Snow Layering Papers PS610
Hero Arts Snow Layering Papers PS610
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Ranger .5 Oz. Multi Medium Matte Adhesive
Ranger .5 Oz. Multi Medium Matte Adhesive
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Scrapbook Adhesives White Foam Squares
Scrapbook Adhesives White Foam Squares
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ScraPerfect Perfect Crafting Pouch Multi-Purpose Craft Tool
ScraPerfect Perfect Crafting Pouch Multi-Purpose Craft Tool
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Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles Dies
Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles Dies
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Versamark Watermark Emboss Ink Pad
Versamark Watermark Emboss Ink Pad
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Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer Die Cutting Machine
Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer Die Cutting Machine
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Hero Arts White Embossing Powder PW110
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder PW110
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Hero Arts Sparkle Embossing Powder PW105
Hero Arts Sparkle Embossing Powder PW105
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Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi 24 COLOR SET
Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi 24 COLOR SET
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Arches COLD PRESS WATERCOLOR PAD 9x12 inches 012852
Arches COLD PRESS WATERCOLOR PAD 9×12 inches 012852
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Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequins Mix
Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequins Mix
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Pretty Pink Posh 4MM Clear Droplets (small)
Pretty Pink Posh 4MM Clear Droplets (small)
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Hero Arts Color Layering Gold Fish Stamp Set CL945
Hero Arts Color Layering Gold Fish Stamp Set CL945
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Hero Arts Color Layering Gold Fish Dies DI176
Hero Arts Color Layering Gold Fish Dies DI176
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Hero Arts Color Layering Flamingo Stamp Set CL962
Hero Arts Color Layering Flamingo Stamp Set CL962
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Hero Arts Color Layering Flamingo Dies DI183
Hero Arts Color Layering Flamingo Dies DI183
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Mini MISTI Stamping Tool
Mini MISTI Stamping Tool
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Hero Arts Color Layering Yana's Bolds Ink Cube Set AF357
Hero Arts Color Layering Yana’s Bolds Ink Cube Set AF357
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Hero Arts Color Layering Yana's Sunset Ink Cube Set AF361
Hero Arts Color Layering Yana’s Sunset Ink Cube Set AF361
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Hero Arts Color Layering Yana's Flamingo Bundle
Hero Arts Color Layering Yana’s Flamingo Bundle
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Hero Arts Color Layering Yana's Gold Fish Bundle
Hero Arts Color Layering Yana’s Gold Fish Bundle
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269 Comments

    1. Your cards are gorgeous! I love your use of colors and your dimension is awesome.

    1. Great vibrant colors! like the watercolor background, too.

    1. I have the goldfish set, now I know just the right colors to use! Thanks ever so much.

    1. Two beautiful cards. I especially like your flamingo card. The background is stunning; love the colors all blending together. I think the HA layering sets and all their ink cube sets are just great!!

    1. Fantastic cards Yana. The fish are amazing and I love the color combo! the flamingo is so pretty. The rich colors look great.

    1. No secret why your colors were chosen. You have such an eye for beauty.

    1. Wow!!! What a fantastic background and I love the colors you chose for your set, Yana!! So amazing to create those gorgeous early morning sunrises or summer sunsets.

    1. The color sets are wonderful. I love the clear embossing with sparkle idea. And using white to tone down colors and make them go farther.

    1. These are great new sets from HA! i love what you did with them. You are so talented. I love your projects!

    1. Really nice. Particularly liked the colors that you used with the flamingo

    1. Yana, I just love your cards and I love the colours on the flamingo.

    1. Fabulous colors and dimension on these beautiful cards!

    1. Beautiful color combos – really love your fish and the card design !!!

    1. Your colors and your cards are just amazing! Love the tip about the white ink.

    1. The fish scene is so realistic! It reminds me of my dad’s aquarium.

    1. Great, fun cards! Love the HA inks, great colors and coverage.

    1. Your flamingo card is awesome! Makes me think of my nieces first trip to the zoo and her look when she saw the “pink birds!” HA! thank you for the memory

    1. Your cards are awesome. Thanks for sharing the process. You are very inspiring.

    1. Once again, I’m speechless! LOVE these beauties so much! I’m inspired!

    1. These color layering sets are wonderful! I love those fish!!!

    1. Your cards and the ink combos are very beautiful. Thanks for sharing your expertise.

    1. I love those goldfish!! And the little bubbles are just too cute!

    1. I love the goldfish because they look real. I also love all your colors especially the yellow color which is my favorite color. The Flamingos are so cool and I have a flamingo stamp that I love. I so want those colors for my stash! I hope I win! Wish me luck!

    1. Love both of your cards, the colors are bright yet somehow soft at the same time. The sentiments you chose are great too. Thanks.

    1. Incredible cards and coloring. I love the glitter look and bubbly on the fish card and the sequins you added to the flamingo are a lovely touch. I like to add a bit of bling to all my cards!

    1. Oh, wow! These cards are wonderful and you got the colors just right!

    1. I love your cards and the colour combinations you have used.

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