Featured Company: Verve 09 23 2015


We are happy to bring you this week’s Featured Company: Verve Stamps.

Verve Stamps was started by Julee Tilman in August 2007 out of a desire to pair her passions for stamping and graphic design. Often used in the performance world, the word Verve (rhymes with curve) means “creative enthusiasm” and that’s just what we try to bring to everything we do at Verve. Our line of high quality clear stamps and coordinating steel dies feature timeless elegance, meaningful sentiments and a hint of modern whimsy. Each stamp is designed with the purpose of uplifting and encouraging others because we believe that kindness really does matter.

This week we are giving away a $25 gift code to Verve Stamps. (Details at the end of the post.)


Verve Stamps Designer – Julee Tilman

Today we welcome Julee Tilman. We are so excited to have her showcase her work today on Paper Crafter’s Library. You can see Julee’s fabulous project below, but first, here is a little more about her:

Aug15_JuleeColor250Hi, I’m Julee Tilman, a dabbler in many arts, mama to 3.5 year old twins and Owner/Illustator/Wonder Woman at Verve Stamps. I’ve been stamping for 20+ years and love a good card layout.  I offer up free card sketches every Monday on my long running Mojo Monday sketch challenge and the first Friday over every month on the Viva La Verve Sketches blog.

I absolutely adore mixed-media, distressing and lots of layers, but also thrive on trying new things and blurring the lines between styles.  On any given day it’s anyone’s guess which stamping style I’ll be sharing on my blog, Poetic Artistry.

Blog: www.poeticartistry.blogspot.com
Instagram: https://instagram.com/vervegirl/

Floral Notes

In this rustic card for fall, the luscious background paper does most of the work, drawing the eye to the crisp, white focal point.  A few elegant touches of copper embossing and randomly stamped flowers lightly dusted with Perfect Pearls powder kick this simple go-to layout up a notch.  The Floral Notes poppies are embossed in copper, then water colored with Zig Clean Color real brush markers in orange-ish hues and die cut with the coordinating Floral Notes Die Set.  A bit of vintage lace trim breaks up the background, and the card is finished off with some tea dye sponging and distressing around the edges.




Stamps: Floral Notes (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Back to Back Basics (BoBunny), crumb cake (SU!), distress watercolor paper (Ranger)
Ink: VersaMark (Tsukineko) tea dye distress ink, Perfect Pearls & Perfect Medium (Ranger), Clean Color Real Brush Markers (Zig)
Accessories: Floral Notes Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), Stitched Circles Stax (MFT), vintage lace trim, paper distresser, copper embossing powder

We hope you have enjoyed today’s feature. We want to extend a sincere thank you to Julee Tilman for her fabulous project and Verve Stamps for sharing their company with us. Be sure to visit Verve Stamps to see more of their products and their blog for some inspiration!

In order to enter the give-away to win the prize shown above, please leave us a comment in the comments section of this post. The winner will be announced next Wednesday.

Happy Crafting!

Trend Watch – Bible Journaling

Our trend watch for today is a little bit different. No cards to share with you: it’s all about Bibles. And yes, it’s very creative!

Maybe you’ve already heard of Bible journaling. To keep it short; it’s a creative way to read the word of God and to doodle or write in the margins of your Bible. While it’s more about the process, the reading and to think about the message, there are some great artists in the Bible journaling ‘area’. So this week I want to show you a couple of beautiful pages.

Bible pages are very thin and everyone has their own way of working on them. A lot of people use gesso or multi medium to prepare their pages, others use colored pencils (which won’t harm you pages) or they don’t mind the bleed that happens when you work in your Bible without preparing the pages. The fun part is, that you can use a lot of supplies that you already have from paper crafting, like stamps and stickers.

So let’s have a look at the pages! It’s a very personal way of journaling and that makes each page really unique. I love the colorful and detailed way Melissa from Fisch tale designs journals (she shares even more images on her Instagram feed).

Proverbs 4:23 by Melissa Fischer, image source Fisch Tale Designs

A person that uses a lot of different techniques in her journaling is Rebekah Jones. She manages to get great pages with various materials. For this page she used Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens.

Psalm 42 by Rebekah R Jones, image source Rebekah R Jones

If you don’t like to work directly on the pages you could work on separate papers and add them to your Bible later. Patter used a tag to add some doodles to her pages.

John 16:33 by Patter Cross, image source Triple the Scraps

When you’re good at drawing, you could design your own pages with pen and pencil. Karla Dornacher makes beautiful illustrated pages. (if you’re not an illustrater at all, you can comfort yourself with the thought that Sweet ’n Sassy Stamps sells a stamp set with her drawings too ;)).

Luke 2 by Karla Dornacher, image source Karla Dornacher

I can’t skip the Illustrated Faith community when I’m talking about bible journaling, so of course I’m going to share a page from their blog too. Shanna Noel started the Bible journaling ‘trend’ and started this community too. Most of the Bible journalers can be found in the Facebook group they started or on the blog. They share a lot of ideas on their blog, like this colorful page from Tai Bender.

Abide by Tai Bender, image source Illustrated Faith

It’s a bit hard to make a supply list for this trend. It’s too versatile to put into just a couple of items. So I decided to share a couple of products a lot of people use and a few stamp sets that fit well with this theme.

ESV single Column Journaling Bible at Crossway

Pigma Micron pen by Sakura

Multi Medium Matte by Ranger at Simon Says Stamp

Stamp Sets

New Creature stamp set by Sweet ’n Sassy stamps
(the stamp set from Karla Dornacher was sold out at the time of writing but I’m sure it will be back in stock soon. For now, I found you another great journaling stamp set from them :)).

Faith stamp set by Dare 2B Artzy

Light of the World stamp set by Illustrated Faith

I hope you enjoyed this different type of trend watch and that you’ve been inspired to create!


Winner of the Hero Arts Give-Away! – 09 02 2015

I’d like to extend a HUGE thank you to Hero Arts’ guest designer Kelly Rasmussen for sharing such a wonderful project and to Hero Arts for their generous give-away of a free clear stamp set of your choice.

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for…….the winner is……Tess Hackett!!!


Congratulations Tess Hackett! Be sure to email us at customerservice@papercrafterslibrary.com to claim your prize. Please be sure to put “Hero Arts Winner” in the subject line of the email, and then in the email itself, be sure to include your full mailing address and phone number. Also please mention which  Hero Arts Clear stamp you would like.


Technique Talk: “I Love You Watts & Watts” Card Video Tutorial

Happy Wednesday everyone! Today I would like to share with you another card in the “Technique Talk” series of videos. The purpose of this feature is to spotlight a variety of different stamping and card making techniques and demonstrate how to incorporate one or more of them into a finished card.


Today’s “I Love You Watts & Watts” card is once again jam-packed with techniques! Here’s an overview of the techniques I incorporated into this card:

Using a MISTI

For those of you that are not familiar with the tool called MISTI – it stands for the “Most Incredible Stamping Tool Invented” – a stamp positioning  tool invented by My Sweet Petunia – and it is indeed incredible.  However you do pay for that as it is not an inexpensive tool.  That said, if you stamp a lot and struggle with stamp alignment, or if you have issues with fine motor skills etc it’s a worthwhile investment.

Double Embossing over Dye Inks

The beauty of working with dye based inks for stamping is that they are quick drying. The downside is that because they dry so quickly you can not heat emboss with dye inks.  To solve this problem I stamped the light ray image first in dye ink, and then stamped over it again  using VersaMark ink (a watermark ink that is slow drying and ideal for embossing) and then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. The MISTI was critical for helping me achieve perfect placement when stamping the second image directly over top of the first.

Coloring with Copic Markers

Of all the alcohol markers on the market, Copics are still my favorite by far.  I like that you can buy them in individual colors, they already come with a brush time (Spectrum Noir do not – you have to buy the brush tip separately), and they don’t dry out. I have had my Copic markers for 10 years and I have never had a marker dry out.  I bought the Spectrum Noir markers, never used them (other than to try out the colors) and when I went to use them a year later – they were completely dry!  So in my opinion, it’s worth the extra to but the Copics.

In the video you’ll hear me talk about how I like to color with Copics – from dark to light. There is no right or wrong way – a lot of people like coloring light to dark. I just find that with dark to light you use less ink (hence less seepage through the cardstock) and your colors don’t darken as quickly. What do I mean by that? With each layer of color you apply, it deepens the orginal colors slightly.  When you color from light to dark, you tend to apply more layers.

Adding Glitter with Wink of Stella

In order to complement the gloss from the heat embossed rays without embossing over the image (which I could have) I decided to brush on some glitter using my clear Wink of Stella glitter brush pen.

Highlighting an Image with Clear Lacquer

So as I mentioned above – I added some shine to the card with heat embossing and the Wink of Stella. The final way I wanted to jazz up my card was to make the heart glossy. For this I used a clear crystal lacquer (clear drying glue that dries with dimension). I used a new product from Stampin’ Up! for this which comes in a needle tip applicator – awesome!  I just loved it. It made precision application super easy, and the tip is no clog. There are companies that make precision tips and sell them separately so that you can add them to your own clear drying glues – which means you don’t have to buy the exact one I did.

So now that I have given you an overview of the techniques incorporated into this card, here is a video tutorial for those of you that are visual learners and like to see it demonstrated.

Please leave me a comment letting me know what you though of today’s “Technique Talk” Feature – would you like to see more? If yes, what types of techniques would you like to see?

Here is a list of the main supplies I used:

Trend Watch – Slice it up and show your Fringe

Was anyone else super excited when Martha Stewart’s fringe scissors first came out?  I couldn’t wait to buy them to make my shredding easier.  I thought I would make scenes and have realistic looking grass and so many other projects that required little pieces of the same size.  I thought they would be a great time saver.  They turned out to do all I hoped, but I didn’t do much with them beyond making a few grass-based scenes.  Maybe I just didn’t have my mojo set right.  But I have noticed more manufacturers are making fringe dies and punches and  I found so many fun things you can do to them and with them, that I am inspired again to try some projects with fringe and the fun it can create.  So come along with me and get inspired.  You can even break out your scissors if you don’t have a die cutting machine.


This first project is a great example with a tutorial on how to make your own 3D flowers out of paper.  Ann uses quilling paper to create the look of these beauties.  These are so cute, I would wear them in my hair!

flowers by Ann Martin photo courtesy of All Things Paper

Clever Mayuri created a flower focal point with the fringe pieces.  Notice how she rounded the edges of the petals.  She die cut the fringe die cuts with an oval die cut!  I forget sometimes that you can alter a shape even after you die cut it to suit your needs.  This opens up even more possibilities.


Card by Mayuri photo courtesy of Candles in the Garden

JJ also used a die to create this look and cut off the edges to make it more resemble sun rays.  I just love how hopeful this card looks.


card by JJ Bolton photo courtesy of Handmade Card by JJ Bolton

Can’t get enough of rainbows and need a new way to create this iconic color blend?  Try this cool fringe look by Valerie.


Card by Valerie Moody photo courtesy of Stamping with Val

How awesome is this explosion box card by Becky?  There is a serious celebration happening in this card.  She wrapped the fringes to create the look of  a party noise maker.


card by Becky Roberts photo courtesy of Idaho Inking One Stamp at a Time

Angie created a tassel look at the end of some pencils and pens with washi tape.  These are so fun.  I am very tactile and I would love to make a pencil with these tassels on them to play with when I am thinking of what to write next.


pencils by Angie Juda photo courtesy of Chic n’ Scratch

Diane gives us another take on a flower with this cool award ribbon look.  Layering the fringe a little off centered can make the flower look fuller.


Card by Diane Payne photo courtesy of Color Me Happy

I’m totally in love with the ombre look Jocelyn created with tissue paper.  The edge she sewed on with sequins finishes off the card so well.


Card by Jocelyn Olson photo courtesy of Red Balloon Cards

The party continues on with Kimberly’s number 2, pinata-look card  She layered paper bottom to top also with an excellent ombre effect.

wish big 2 Kimberly Crawford

Card by Kimberly Crawford photo courtesy of For the Love of Paper

Tassels are ever so hot right now and you can make your own a few different ways.  Yoonsun used such awesome colors and wound her tassels so thick, they look a little like lanterns.  Very pretty.


Card by Yoonsun Hur photo courtesy of Rejoicing Crafts

And the party is still rockin with this fabulous tassel card.  Kathy used a different die and created a flat tassel perfect for mailing on a card.


card by Kathy Martin photo courtesy of Card Blanc

So what I have learned is that yes, you can make awesome grass in no time, but there are so many more possibilities.  So use scissors you already have, a time saving pair from Martha Stewart or any of the brand new dies, punches or machines and see what type of party you can create with fringe.  Grass not necessarily included.

So go ahead… make something pretty.

I found a few product starters to help you in your creative discovery.


My Favorite Things Metal Fringe die from My Favorite Things

paper smooches

Paper Smooches Metal Fringe die from Paper Smooches


Martha Stewart Crafts Fringe Scissors from Michael’s Stores

fringe maker

Martha Stewart Crafts Fringe Maker from Michael’s Stores


Little B Fringe Punch from Scrapbook.com


Jillibean Soup Party Garland from Scrapbook.com

Featured Company: Graphic 45 – 09 11 2015


We are happy to bring you a spotlight from one of our regular Featured Companies: Graphic 45.

Graphic 45 Designer – Maggi Harding

Our Graphic 45 Guest Designer for this week is Maggi Harding who is part of the 2014 Graphic 45 Design Team. You can see Maggi’s fabulous project below, but first, here is a little more about her.

MaggiHardingProfilePic-250W-09112015Hi, I am Maggi Harding and I’m a southern gal living in North Carolina with my husband and two standard poodles. We love to travel and do so mostly in our RV so that our sweet fur babies, Nika and Tisha, can be with us.   We have been from Key West, Florida to Fairbanks, Alaska and from the Pacific shores of California to the Atlantic shores of North Carolina in our well travelled motorhome!

I discovered scrapbooking in 2005 when I decided to make scrapbooks for my two best friends from college. It quickly became my passion and something that I spend hours doing and never grow tired of my efforts.

My style is eclectic as I do a little bit of everything. One day it’s mixed media and the next day its classic layered papers on a layout or tag.  Then some days I like to think in 3D and make boxes, hats, shoes, dresses for dress forms, doghouses, etc. Two things I really love are vintage styling and bright bold colors so Graphic 45 is perfect for me. When I get a new paper collection I always ask myself, what can I create, how can I make this piece of paper come to life?   I am drawn to this hobby by the challenge of combining beautiful patterned papers to create cohesive art pieces.

Rare Oddities Witch’s Boots

I love making and altering 3D items.   Things that have a purpose really excite me, like this fun container for Halloween treats.   This boot would easily hold a couple bags of chocolate and yum, wouldn’t that be fun to fill and keep on your desk and maybe share with your co-workers? You could also use it as a centerpiece for a Halloween party!






I started with a Silhouette Witch’s Boot cut file enlarged to 200%. Then I added paper in the center such that the boot cut-outs attached to each side come together forming a boot toe. This allowed me to add the fun lacing that really makes it look like a boot. Now just fill it up with chocolate and you’ve got an art piece that everyone will want!


Graphic 45
Rare Oddities Collection Random Relics (12 x 12) 4501146
Rare Oddities Decorative Chipboard 4501154
Rare Oddities Journaling Chipboard 4501155
Rare Oddities Stickers 4501156
An Eerie Tale Collection Gone Batty (12 x 12) 4500937
Time to Flourish Collection October Flourish (12 x 12) 4501048

Other Supplies:
Silhouette Witch’s Boot cut file @ 200%
Bazzill black cardstock
EK Success Pointed Flower border punch
Fiskars Threading Water border punch
ColorBox Graphic 45 Decades Antique Moss ink
Ranger Distress Dusty Concord ink
Offray Dashes, Dots & Checks ribbon
Hobby Lobby Black Large Daisy Trim
Hobby Lobby Black Bead Trim
Recollections Faux Pearl Stickers – black
Black feathers
Petaloo Botanica mini flowers – lavender/purple, black, grey,
I Am Roses small purple gardenias
I Am Roses small black roses
I Am Roses daisies
Prima Island Pastel flowers
Creative Embellishments Gone Batty chipboard bats
Stampendous Aged Black Embossing Enamel

We hope you have enjoyed today’s feature. We want to extend a sincere thank you to Maggi Harding for her fabulous project and Graphic 45 for sharing their company with us. Be sure to visit Graphic 45 to see more of their products and their blog for some inspiration!

Happy Crafting!

Featured Artist/Designer: Marcie Sharp 09 10 2015

Welcome to another Featured Artist/Designer Spotlight. Today we’re thrilled to welcome Marcie Sharp. Before we show you Marcie’s project, let’s get to know her a little bit more…

MarcieSharpProfilePic-250W-09102015Thank you so much to Paper Crafter’s Library for asking me back for another Featured Artist spotlight! Just to refresh your memory, I am a momma of two, happily married, fun-loving cardmaker from rural Ontario, Canada. If I’m not making cards I can be found geocaching with my family, curled up with a good book, or happily daydreaming. I enjoy experimenting with many cardmaking styles and although I gravitate towards making clean and graphic creations, I can easily incorporate layers and lots of fun elements into my cards. I love to use white space with pops of bright and bold colours and really like using new and fun products that make cardmaking easier.  Recently I’ve been having loads of fun experimenting with techniques that have found me getting messy with inks, texture pastes and watercolours, and I can’t wait to use them on my creations.  Currently I guest design for Butterfly Reflections, Ink, and I have lots of more fun stuff ahead of me!

Congrats Baby Card

We have had a baby boom in our area recently and I’ve found myself creating new baby cards left and right! I pulled out some of my favourite Waffle Flower Crafts stamps to make two similar cards for today’s feature.




Adding soft watercolours over top of white heat embossing creates such a pretty look! A bold sentiment and some sparkly sequins finish off these cards. Changing up the colours used make it easy to coordinate for the baby’s gender. Pale yellows and soft greens would be perfect for a gender neutral card.


Stamps: (Congrats; Doily Circle) Waffle Flower Crafts
Ink: (Doll Pink, Hot Mama, Smoke, Lucky) Simon Says Stamp; (Fish Tank) Lawn Fawn; (Versamark watermark ink) Tsukineko
Paper: (white cardstock) Papertrey Ink; (watercolor paper) Ranger
Dies: (Inside and Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangle STAX) My Favorite Things
Accents: (Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend sequins) Butterfly Reflections, Ink

We hope you have enjoyed today’s project courtesy of Marcie Sharp. Be sure to stop by Marcie’s blog: Sharp Designs to see even more of her beautiful work (and let her know we sent you). You can also find Marcie on Pinterest: marcies, Instagram: @marciesharp , and Twitter:  @marcie_sharp.

Happy Crafting!

Trend Watch – Pineapples

Do you have a favorite fruit? “Wait. Before you answer that, are you a fan of delicious flavor?” –Shawn Spencer, “psychic” private eye from the hit TV series Psych

Pineapples are kind of a big deal- not only can you find a pineapple hidden in every episode of the TV show Psych, today they are showing up everywhere, and the paper crafting world is no exception! They are such a cheery fruit. Hopefully these cards will help you to hang on to a bit of summer just a little while longer! In honor of the hidden pineapples of Psych, today’s post includes a few great quotes from Shawn and Gus. In the interest of not “being exactly half of an 11 pound Black Forest ham” … let’s get started!

Katie made a gorgeous card with watercolors with a great little sentiment. Her pink pineapple goes with the sentiment just perfectly!

What Makes You Different by Katie Gehring
What Makes You Different by Katie Gehring, courtesy Stamping Lightly

The background on Maureen’s card is so cool! I just love the stitched woodgrain look. The little bows on her pineapples are so cute.

Thanks by Maureen Merritt

Thanks by Maureen Merritt, courtesy Mama Mo Stamps

JJ used a sentiment from the Avery Elle set to create a background for her pineapple. I like how the vellum helps make the watercolored (or is that watercoloured? “I’ve heard it both ways.”) pineapple the centerpiece.

Hawaiian Pineapple by JJ Bolton

Hawaiian Pineapple by JJ Bolton, courtesy handmade cards by jj bolton

This little hula girl on Kay’s card is adorable. She’s got a welcoming pineapple outside her fantastic tiki hut! My Favorite Things recently came out with a die to cut out the tiki hut; so cool!

Warm Wishes by Kay Miller

Warm Wishes by Kay Miller, courtesy My Joyful Moments

Erin used the rock and roll technique (which she might have learned from ‘international rock icon Curt Smith, of Tears for Fears’) to produce the pineapple on her card. I love all of those happy green leaves on the top! She used the Pineapple Glasses set from Studio Calico, which allow you to add a cute face (and trendy bow tie!) to the already cute pineapple.

Hello by Erin Taylor

Hello by Erin Taylor, courtesy Erin Taylor Desgins

Pineapple Glasses Stamp and Die set by Studio Calico

This cute little book by Kim is all ready for last summer’s memories to be added! It’s the perfect shape for those summer memories and certainly will get anyone’s interest when sitting on a coffee table (or on the dashboard of Burton Guster’s Blueberry!).

Hello Summer Book by Kim Watson

Hello Summer Book by Kim Watson, courtesy Kim Watson Design & Paper Crafts

Gina used a cut file from The Cut Shoppe and some watercolors to create this beautiful framed art. Wouldn’t this make an easy gift?

Prickly Pineapple Art by Gina Lideros

Prickly Pineapple Art by Gina Lideros, courtesy Gina Lideros Design, cut file courtesy The Cut Shoppe

Little B has some great craft products, including this pineapple washi tape and these pineapple 3D embellishments.

Little B Pineapple Washi Tape

Little B Washi Tape

Little B Dimensional Pineapple Stickers

Little B 3D Pineapple Stickers

Paper Smooches sells this great vacation set with a pineapple mixed drink with some fun sentiments.

Paper Smooches Get Outta Town Clear Stamps

Get Outta Town Clear Stamps by Paper Smooches

Thanks for sticking out this sweet, fruity post and for tolerating my Psych references! Hopefully you have some pineapples in your stash or have added some to your wish list! Did you know that pineapples can be used as a sign of welcome and hospitality? This tradition came about because pineapples were usually a part of ships returning from far off travels. (Thanks, Wikipedia!)

Featured Artist/Designer: Maureen Merritt 09 03 2015

Welcome to another Featured Artist/Designer Spotlight. Today we’re thrilled to welcome Maureen Merritt. Before we show you Maureen’s project, let’s get to know her a little bit more…


Hi, I’m Maureen Merritt, a mom of two tween boys and a wife to Douglas for 15 years. I live in Northeastern Pennsylvania in the beautiful Delaware State Forest surrounded by nature. My papercrafting journey began back in 2003 when I started scrapbooking. Stamping and cardmaking soon followed and the rest is history! When I’m not stamping I enjoy hiking, photography, reading, Netflix and spending hours on Pinterest. If only I had the free time to put all of those pins to use!  What an honor to be featured on Paper Crafters’ Library, thank so much for having me!

With Much Gratitude

The Fall season is quickly approaching.  Life speeds up this time of year with school work, sports and holidays, so today I thought I’d share a simple one layer note card that is quick and easy to mass produce.  Make one if you need a card now or make a bunch to have on hand, or to give to friend or co-worker as a gift.




I started this card by masking off one inch on all sides of an A2 card base.  Next I placed a stencil over the masked area and added distress ink to the background.  Once the mask is removed, you have a beautiful frame in which to place the rest of your stamping. The leaves were stamped using a Kaleidacolor ink pad (these ink pads are great for CAS stamping!).  Lastly, I stamped the sentiment and embellished the note card with thread and sequins.
Layering all of your images over a masked frame is a nice technique for one layer cards.
I hope this idea kick starts some of your creativity this Fall!


Stamps:  Autumn Leaves, Grateful Greetings – Card 1, Doodle Buds – Card 2 (Wplus9 Design Studio)
Ink:  Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger) Vineyard Kaleidacolor (Tsukineko) Early Espresso (Stampin’ Up)
Paper:  Very Vanilla (Stampin’ Up)
Accessories:  Zigs & Zags Stencil (Penny Black)  Linen Thread (Stampin’ Up) 4mm & 6mm Gold Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

We hope you have enjoyed today’s project courtesy of Maureen Merritt. Be sure to stop by Maureen’s blog to see even more of her beautiful work (and let her know we sent you). You can also find Maureen on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mamamostamps, and Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/maureenmerritt/.

Happy Crafting!

Featured Company: Hero Arts 09 02 2015

We are happy to bring you this week’s Featured Company: Hero Arts.

Hero Arts is a top brand in the crafting market with almost 40 years of experience making premium stamps, papers and inks. Hero Arts is a family-run, green-certified, solar-powered, manufacturing company that continues to hand-make a majority of its products here in the USA. The company is well known for its industry-leading website, high-quality products, and stylish designs. For more, visit www.heroarts.com.

Hero Arts Give-Away

For today’s feature, Hero Arts is giving away a free clear stamp set of your choice. To enter to win please leave us a comment in the comments section below.

Hero Arts Designer – Kelly Rasmussen

Today we welcome Kelly Rasmussen. We are so excited to have her showcase her work today on Paper Crafter’s Library. You can see Kelly’s fabulous project below, but first, here is a little more about her:

kellyrasmussenProfilePic-250W-09022015I began making cards over 15 years ago when I was in college and have been addicted ever since. I switched out my day job as a graphic designer to become a stay-at-home mom and have been working with Hero Arts since 2009. Besides making cards I also enjoy shopping, photography, graphic design, baking and spending time with my family and friends. I live in a small town in Nebraska with my husband Lee and three children Halle, Gage and Lexi.

Instagram: kellyrasmussen
Blog: krcreations@blogspot.com

Color Layering Fall Trees

Today I’m excited to feature a new stamp set from Hero Arts called Color Layering Fall Trees. This set consists of a trunk, five dot patterns to make up the leaves on the tree as well as three sentiments. I used various colors of Distress Inks to create the beautiful fall leaves on the tree. I’m anxious to experiment with this set to to see if I can also make a Spring, Summer and Winter tree!




The tree is matted on a piece of watercolor cardstock that I lightly painted with with my Sakura Koi Water Colors. For the bottom layer of the card I white heat embossed the Woodgrain Bold Prints by Lia background on to some kraft cardstock. I love how delicate the lines are on this stamp — it looks great embossed or stamped tone on tone!

I finished off the card with a white heat embossed sentiment and some Glossy Accents drop on the tree.


Hero Arts Color Layering Fall Trees
Hero Arts Woodgrain Bold Prints by Lia
Sakura Koi Water Colors Pocket Field Sketch Box
Canson Watercolor Paper
Neenah Desert Storm Cardstock
Bazzill Marshmallow Cardstock
Bazzill Circus Peanuts Cardstock
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Gathered Twigs, Dried Marigold, Barn Door, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade
VersaMark Ink
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
Provocraft  Cuttlebug Herringbone Embossing Folder
Provocraft Cuttlebug Die Cutting Machine
Ranger Glossy Accents
embossing heat tool
foam adhesive
brown string

We hope you have enjoyed today’s feature. We want to extend a sincere thank you to Kelly Rasmussen for her fabulous project and Hero Arts for sharing their company with us. Be sure to visit Hero Arts to see more of their products and their blog for some inspiration!

In order to enter the give-away to win the prize shown above, please leave us a comment in the comments section of this post. The winner will be announced next Wednesday.

Happy Crafting!