Monday, November 7, 2022

Winter Black + Giveaway

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I spent the weekend, as did many of you, at the Hero Arts Holiday Stamp-Along, and I was SO excited that the first and last cards were black holiday cards. It’s just oh so elegant! I think black isn’t used enough for Christmas. So I decided to start out today with a black tag with the new kit! The kit is FULL of tag dies for little scenic tag dies, and all of them can be mixed and matched, so that’s what I did. I focused on the critters in the kit because they are so tiny and beautiful, so for the tag, I used the base tag shape in black. There’s a little die that cuts a snowdrift, so I used that and the stars with holographic paper - IT IS SO SHINY AND COLORFUL! I arranged the little shooting star part to be centered over the ribbon hole so that I could slide the ribbon under it. The deer I originally also cut from holographic cardstock, but they needed more contrast, so I re-cut them in white and I love the way this looks. It looks like a super professional high end tag for a fancy present. You know - like a powerball ticket. :)


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Here's what the full kit looks like! Look at all the separate dies!

The rest of the release has more tag dies or tag friendly dies that you can also use on cards. This die set has both a tree and a stocking, so I created a little watercolor forest by cutting the tree from this mixed media paper three times, and smooshing it into three colors of Hero Hues reactive ink. When they were dry, I made little ornament with gold Pearls. I like that you can control the size since it’s a squeeze bottle.


Finally, my little heat map card from my sneak peek yesterday. This is going to be my main Christmas card, so I will make multiples of this to send out - it’s so easy and fun and just uses simple masked ink blending and two of the tiny tag dies - the sweet little fox and a tree. Heat maps are a graphical way to show lots of things - you’re probably most used to seeing them in relation to weather, and particularly hurricanes. But in my job, we use them to analyze what people are looking at and interacting with on a website or an email. Red = high activity and blue = low activity. But I’m always distracted by how beautiful they are with all the mixing of primaries. The sentiment is from the main kit

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Here are all the add-ons - see the little string of lights that goes with the tree die I used?



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24 comments:

  1. Adding the purple to the trees looks really cool. Nice idea.

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  2. Gorgeous tag! Looks like so many great things in this kit and release!

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  3. That's so fascinating about the heat charts! I didn't know they were used for things like web traffic. I've only seen them used for weather-related data. I love your black tag with the white deer and holographic paper!

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  4. I am so in love with that tag - and the rainbow striped card!

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  5. Wonderful artsy look with colors & creation style.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  6. I love the tree card! All your projects are gorgeous!

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  7. I would have never thought of using Black to make tags, BUT it looks so elegant, especially with the holographic paper!
    Thanks for the inspiration and for the chance to win!

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  8. Have to say, I wasn't able to picture where you were going with the black tag (just as I couldn't envision the black Christmas cards at the stamp-along but ended up loving them both...) but I'm a believer now! Just love that tag - and the cards you did as well. Such unique things from the same kit! Fabulous!

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  9. stunning cards, especially the first one! wow!

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  10. So pretty-thanks for sharing your inspiration!

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  11. Delightful projects. I love what you've done with the trees.

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  12. Those are really cool! And the animals and tiny dies are terrific! I can see why this set sold out before I could get to it.

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  13. Fox card, hands down favorite! Love those little critters! But all your stuff rocks!

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  14. Your projects are beautiful! I love the holographic paper!

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  15. Fabulous cards! I really love your rainbow happy holidays card!

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  16. Great tag and cards! I love the holographic tag, so frosty!

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  17. That black tag is indeed stunning! Love the fox & tree card too! Sweet and simple!

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  18. Oh Wow, I love these tags. So beautiful.

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  19. Awesome tag and cards! I love the shooting stars and scene against the dark background! Pretty watercolored trees too!

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  20. I love your black tag--so cool! Your other cards are lovely too. Thanks for the inspiration, this new kit is awesome!

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  21. Awesome projects. Love that gorgeous tag.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  22. Love the rainbow card and the shooting stars tag

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  23. Pretty variety and techniques.

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