Monday, June 8, 2020

Layered Pigment Inks Tutorial + Giveaway + Recipe

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I missed the big strawberry moon the other night - it's intense mosquito season here, so being outside for even a few minutes at the end of the day is pretty unpleasant.

Apparently, I'm like bacon to mosquitos, too, which doesn't help. I've always wondered why someone hasn't come to me to extract whatever it is that attracts mosquitos, and then construct a mosquito trap with it. They could make it very concentrated, so that I could hold this trap when I am outside, and the mosquitos would choose the trap over me and be lured to their final end, while I continue to enjoy the outdoors without getting a mosquito-borne illness.

So I missed the moon. But my cats did not. They've done their normal, insane routine they do whenever there's a full moon - breaking into zoomies all night, fighting on their cat tower at 4 AM, etc. 

The new Hero Arts Kit and June release are out today, and they are SO perfect for a month with so many unusual celestial events, because there's a space theme running through all of them. Did you know you can check this site for each month's celestial events? I use it often. 

So I was thrilled to see all these fun stamps. The first one is so freaking cool - a color layering wolf! I will never forget when I went to the Fossil Rim Lodge and heard the Mexican timberwolves howling at a full moon.

This set is an add-on this month, so it will stay in the store - check him out in blue! I put him on an ink blended and splattered background, and for the moon, I just stamped the second layer and cut it and the wolf out with the matching dies. The sentiment is from the same set, and I used the edge of the beautiful frame die cut I used below - the cut out part that creates the negative space - I just trimmed it to ground the blue wolf. 


But let's talk about this amazing kit before you see my card and technique video! The kit comes with a stunning aurora background stamp in cling (you'll see me using a photopolymer prototype in the video - but that was just a workaround during the manufacturing shutdown - the kit has the cling as shown below), a second clear stamp set with matching dies, 10 coordinating dies, a glow in the dark lacquer pen, star embellishments and BLACK HANDMADE WATERCOLOR PAPER! This paper is also available separately here. So freaking cool. As always, this kit is available only while supplies last. And as Hero is still impacted by the phased in plan in California, please be patient on shipping time - it's worth the wait! 


I instantly had a flashback when I saw the background stamp in the kit - and you'll hear me tell the story in my video! I so enjoyed making this card, using Unicorn Ink, and Hero Hues, Luminance Pencils and a little scissor work. I created a moon by cutting my card front with the Circle Infinity Dies and stamping the sentiment from the kit into the opening on the card base.



Back in the olden days of stamping, when dinosaurs roamed the earth, and I was starting to stamp, woodcut-style stamps were very popular, and still some of my favorite images. So I decided to recreate that look with masking, dies and a background stamp.

First, I stamped the adorable sun from this set onto both my card front and a piece of masking paper. It's a very easy shape to cut out, so I cut the mask and masked the stamped sun. Then I used my Circle Infinity Dies to cut a mask out of more masking paper. I centered that over the masked sun, and ink blended yellow ink onto it with Life Changing Blender Brushes. Leaving both masks in place I then stamped the Waves background stamp over the whole image, pressing at the edges to be sure there was no halo around the edge of the circle. 

I removed all the masks, and colored the sun image with Copic markers. The sentiment is from the same set. So cheery and fun, and the woodcut background gives it a retro feel. This set does have matching dies



As a die-hard X-Files fan, I couldn't resist making an alien card. This is SUCH a fun, large space-themed stamp set  - designed to coordinate with the fun Peek-A-Boo dies - they keep coming out with more stamps for these - and the hip little alien is too fun. I first used the Cut-Align and a Pitt pen to draw a horizontal line across my card front. Then I stamped him so that his bottom border blended into that line, and hung the greeting from the line on the other side - love that font. I used the same circle mask as above to give him a little un-stenciled space, and then masked that and the bottom of the card and ink blended gray ink above him with this new stencil


Finally, I used this fun background stamp to emboss a design on a card front and then I ink blended Blueprint Sketch and Wilted Violet inks over it. I die cut this gorgeous frame, and then carefully centered it so that I could center my greeting, cut with Infinity Dies, over that little sunburst in the background. Easy, but dramatic.


So how about a technique video? And my aurora story! If you don't see the video player below, click HERE for the video.


My Monthly Hero Kit June 2020
[ HA ]
June Addons
[ HA ]
Color Layering Howling Wolf
[ HA ]
Color Layering Howling Wolf Frame Cuts
[ HA ]
You're my Universe
[ HA ]
You're my Universe Frame Cuts
[ HA ]
DI199 Nesting Circle Infinity Dies...
[ HA ]
CG757 Ocean Waves Bold Prints - Hero...
[ HA ]
Galaxy Peek a Boo Parts
[ HA ]
Fancy Dies - Hero Arts
[ HA ]
Cut Align
[ MSP ]
Shooting Star Stencil
[ HA ]
Music in the Night Window Die
[ HA ]
Shine Bright
[ HA ]
Shine Bright Frame Cuts
[ HA ]
June Word Fancy Die
[ HA ]
Milky Way Bold Prints
[ HA ]
Black Watercolor Paper
[ HA ]
Pre-Cut & Scored Cardstock
[ CTC ]
AF249 Unicorn Pigment Ink Pad - Hero...
[ HA ]
Reactive - Hero Arts
[ HA ]
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad BLUEPRINT...
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad...
[ SSS ]
Life Changing Blender Brush: 2-Pack –...
[ PFS ]
Caran d'Ache LUMINANCE 20 Colored...
[ SSS | BLIC ]
Cretacolor Monolith Pencil Holder and...
[ BLIC ]
Avery 6465 Removable Multipurpose...
[ AMZUS ]
Art Anthology BIG CRAFT MAT 24x36 311473
[ SSS ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSP | HA | SSS | ELH | MFT | UNT ]
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC ]
LightView 2in1 LED Magnifier for...
[ BRG ]
Teflon Bone Folder - Ellen Hutson LLC
[ ELH | SSS ]
Crafter's Companion GEMINI...
[ SSS ]
Scor-Pal MINI SCOR-BUDDY Scoring...
[ SSS ]
Essentials by Ellen Storage...
[ ELH ]
Die Storage - Clear Storage Pockets...
[ CHC ]
XL Stamp Storage Pockets
[ ELH ]
Mermaid tidy towel case and glue...
[ ETS ]
Airtable: Organize your stamps & dies
[ ART ]

I know I've been quiet - so I hope you enjoy seeing multiple projects today - I had fun making them!

I have tons of video content coming - it just takes so long to edit it all that I have a little backlog. Also cooking three meals a day cuts into my crafty time! I am doing one hour lives daily in my class group - free for the duration of the pandemic, so you can join those here. On Tuesdays, I co-host Color & Connect with Kathy, and you can access that group and join us here. I'm just trying really hard to keep everyone connected during this strange time, so that means a little less creative time. But I have a really fun new project launching soon, which will be part of my YouTube channel and is completely different! So stay tuned.

But - the good news is that cooking so much means I have more recipes to share with you! Today's is a bean recipe, which is a ringer for the OLD Ranch Style beans - they used to be so good out of the can, but they've changed over the years and aren't quite as flavorful now, so I have been working on recreating what I remember. The latest modification is really the closest! SO delicious. And, if you've never had anasazi beans - find them. You don't need to soak them, and their flavor and texture are a million times better than pinto beans, which I love - so that's sayin' something! :)

Anasazi Charro Beans (my original recipe - normally I find a recipe & tweak, but beans are my jam)

1 lb. dried Anasazi beans, washed and sorted
1 sweet onion, chopped into large chunks (1015 or similar onion)
8 C. Vegetable Broth (I make it with this base my friend Mel uses) + water as needed
2.5 TBS chili powder (I use Ft. Worth Light)
2.5 TBS cumin
3 TBS Mt. Olive diced pickled jalapenos
Bacon grease
8-10 stalks fresh thyme, stripped from stem
2 tsp. salt

Saute the onions in the bacon grease until carmelized and brown to your liking. Add the beans and saute for a moment. Add the broth, thyme, jalapenos and spices, and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, and simmer for 3-5 hours, depending on the age of your beans, adding water as needed. When they are done, there won't be much broth, so when they start to get tender, be judicious adding water. Add more salt at the end, if needed, but it probably won't be. I use Real Salt, which is much less salty than table salt, so adjust the starting salt if using table salt. And if you can't find Anasazi beans (people have been hoarding beans along with toilet paper), use pinto or black beans. 

Such yummy beans. So great with chilaquiles or rice or in a Buddha bowl with roasted sweet potatoes and your favorite veggies.

Now as usual, the team has inspiration for you, and every comment you leave increases your chance to win a $50 shopping spree at Hero Arts. 

Stay safe and well.

Loveyameanitbye.


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64 comments:

  1. Great cards! The products are quite nice! Hero Arts has done well!

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  2. Arrived here after purchasing this month's kit and viewing your wonderful video! Really Enjoyed your Maine story as I miss going there as I did when young. Now I wish I had added a few more things to my cart - thanks to viewing your wonderful projects!

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  3. Fabulous video and I love this new Hero Arts kit! Thanks so much for sharing your video and process--the Northern Lights are on my bucket list!!

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  4. I love all these tips!! Your card is very cool, just ordered mine

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  5. WOW, love the sky you created behind your beautiful wolf, very creative and artistic. This has to be one of the best kits Hero ARts has done

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  6. Awesome Kit Release! Awesome creations!

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  7. I feel like my this entire post was written for me. Moon, wolf, stars, sun, ocean... and a delicious looking recipe!?! For real. Thank you!

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  8. Really love the cards you made from this fab kit. Can't wait to get my kit.

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  9. LOVE the peek a boo set!!! Oh my GOODNESS!

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  10. Your wolf design is just perfect. I love it.

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  11. Love all the cards you have made for the release and it looks like an awesome kit.

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  12. These are incredible! I LOVE your lighthouse! So creative!

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  13. I love wolves so your card with the howling wolf holds a special meaning for me. Also like the colors you used. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  14. All five cards are absolutely amazing! I’m so excited now...can’t wait to get my kit and the add-ons that I ordered! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!

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  15. Oh man! That lighthouse card is awesome! And, your Northern Lights story is one I would love to live out in my life! Thanks for sharing it.

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  16. All are lovely! Especially love the lighthouse

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  17. Love that gorgeous wolf card!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  18. Outstanding... as always. I would have put money on you breathing life into the wolf!! I have missed your videos and enjoyed this one so much! Beautiful!

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  19. I love the scene you created with the lighthouse and the beautiful colors of the northern lights. Such a precious memory of seeing them in real life!

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  20. I love the moon and wolf!!!!!!!! I would like to make a card with the wolf stamp. I just taught my grandson the phrase--were you raised by wolves? He cracked up!

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  21. Wow, thanks so much for sharing how you colored the northern lights. It is beautiful!

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  22. Great cards, love the lighthouse

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  23. Your beacon card is very striking and the wolf card is outstanding. Plus I love the sun card makes you smile.

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  24. The wolf scene is so perfectly blue. Loved your cards and the video. Thank you.

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  25. Wonderful video! I really liked your Maine northern lights story!

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  26. So much variety in these cards! The little alien cracks me up :D You really stretched the possibilities of this month's already wonderful kit. Thank you so much for sharing and keep crafting!

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  27. So many beautiful cards! My favorite is the lighthouse.

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  28. Lydia...your cards are INCREDIBLE and so creatively inspiring!! The techniques, color palettes, and card designs are AMAZING!! I LOVE them all...

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  29. Love them all but that wolf card has to be my favourite

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  30. We must be relatives as I am the bacon also for the mosquitos.

    Lovely cards. The wolf makes me want to howl. [Bunny]

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  31. I absolutely love all of your cards Lydia! But ... the little alien guy is just the cutest!! Thank you so much for sharing -

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  32. Your cards are wonderful. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  33. Absolutely love what you did with the lighthouse. Beautiful.

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  34. Lydia, you don't have a single card here that I don't absolutely love. I have to tell you though, my favorites are the blue wolf and your auroras card with the Luminance Pencils!!! GORGEOUS!!! Also, thanks for the bonus of the Anasazi Charro Beans. Where do you purchase the beans? I love beans, but I've never heard of Anasazi beans.

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  35. Love all of these! Overtime I see that little alien I have to laugh. I knew I had to have him when I saw him.

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  36. stunning samples - LOVE the howling wolf card

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  37. I Love this kit, can't wait to get mine! Love the Northern Lights!

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  38. Stuning cards love the great designs and wonderful backgrounds. My favourite card is your amazing wolf.

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  39. Your cards are lovely. Thanks for the video. I enjoyed watching how you used the ink pads to color the Northern Lights.

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  40. Love your cards especially the wolf and the moon. Beautiful!

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  41. Such wonderful cards! Love the colors and designs.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  42. You have showcased this new set beautifully!

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  43. I love your cards! I was waiting to see a card using the wolf. Thank you for sharing the video. I hope to see the Northern Lights someday.

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  44. Thank you for sharing your cards, they are wonderful! Loved your video for explaining the white pigment ink and over stamping. First time I saw the northern lights and heard them crackle, I too was a tad bit ...worried.lol. I am totally in love with your wolf card, and may have overlooked it as an ordering option, but your card showcased it beautifully!

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  45. All the cards are attractive, the first one is my favorite, though! Like you, I like blue!

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  46. Great cards, love this new kit from HA. Thanks for the inspiration and the beans receipe!

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  47. Such a wonderful card and kit. Thank you for the inspiration!

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  48. So in love with this kit. I couldn't stop myself this month and ordered it. Can't wait to use it!!!

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  49. Wow! What an amazing group of cards! They are all stunning. This is an incredible release. I chuckled at your alien, swooned at your wolf and enjoyed all of your projects!

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  50. Awesome scenes with these beautiful designs!

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  51. Wonderful cards, Lydia! I love the colours and clever designs. The first card is so special! Thanks for inspiring me! Take care! :)

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  52. Thanks for the amazing cards. The only problem is now I need the add ons.

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  53. Thanks for sharing all your pretty creations with this new kit!

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  54. All of your cards are great but I really love the first one!

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  55. You achieved such a variety of card styles from this one release! Nice work.

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  56. I love the colors you chose for the cards! The layered wolf was beautiful.

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  57. Wow, all these cards are beautiful. Great use of the add-ons

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  58. Beautiful cards! I love how you made the light shining out from the lighthouse. :)

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  59. Beautiful, fun cards. There is no end to the possibilities with this wonderful kit and its add-ons -- something for everyone.

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  60. Amazing cards - such a variety and so many wonderful techniques! Thanks for a great video and all the extra special tips! Will check out the link to the celestial sky events and the bean recipe looks so yummy! Anasazis are the best!

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