Apr 23, 2014

Hero Arts Soft Vanilla Ink Technique!

Hey hello! I’m on the Hero Arts blog today, sharing a nifty technique using Soft Vanilla ink. It’s just like magic!

Here’s a look at the card, using the new Star Background Fancy die from the just-released Starry Nights catalog:

Hero Arts Soft Vanilla ink technique by Lisa Spangler

Hero Arts Soft Vanilla ink technique by Lisa Spangler

Hero Arts Soft Vanilla ink technique by Lisa Spangler

I just stamped the BasicGrey Astronomy Background on cream letterpress paper using the Soft Vanilla ink, then went over it with daubers (see list below).

The Littlest Birds

I first stumbled across this Soft Vanilla ink trick while working on this journaling page for the Hero Arts 2014 catalog. Here you can really see the magic!

The Littlest Birds by Lisa Spangler for Hero Arts

I just inked the Tiny Flags Background with Soft Yellow and Soft Vanilla and stamped it. Then I stamped the Bird in black, and traced around the edges with daubers and watched the magic happen. So cool, right?

Join me over on the Hero Arts blog for more! Oh and if you’re looking for these new stamps, they’re arriving at participating stores as I type! :)


Apr 14, 2014

Starry Nights Technique Video!

Hey hello! I’m over on the Hero Arts blog today, sharing a video tour of the awesome techniques in the Starry Nights catalog! I’m so excited that I just had to include the video here, too! Check it:

If you’d like to see more about any of the techniques or have any questions please be sure and leave a comment over on the Hero blog.

By the way, the mug that I’m using in the video? I got it at a Starbucks while I was at CHA in Anaheim. It’s also used in the photo of Kelly’s awesome tag on page 18!

Can’t wait for this collection to show up in stores! I feel like this is one of the best releases ever. xo

Apr 1, 2014

A Blog Named Hero is Two + Giveaway!

Today we’re celebrating A Blog Named Hero turning two with a blog hop! Yay! If you’ve been following along with us, you’ll have arrived from Vicky Papaioannou’s blog. If you’re just joining us or you encounter a broken link you can click on back to the start at ABNH.

There are two great prizes up for grabs, one from Hero Arts and one from Simon Says Stamp, woo! Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win! The more comments you leave, the more chances you’ll have.

ABNH is Two!

So happy to be a part of this celebration! I’m doing a little celebrating myself as I just got back yesterday from a show in Boston where I taught two Hero Arts classes using NEW stamps from the catalog that debuted at the show called Starry Nights. It has great new constellation stamps plus flowers — because after the winter we all had it’s time for spring! Find previews on the Hero Arts blog all this week! :)

In the meantime, I thought I’d share one of my new favorite messages that Hero came out with — I was thinking of my husband J when I suggested it — and made this card thinking of him, too! Are you ready?

I Love You More Than All the Stars by Lisa Spangler

This is really meaningful to me because J and I love to go to star parties at the McDonald Observatory out in the mountains of Fort Davis, Texas. Can’t wait to go there again! It’s so beautiful. And so romantic.

So back to the card! It uses the awesome Reverse Constellation Background stamp that came out at CHA, plus  the Tree for Life that came out in the 2014 catalog, plus some distress inks. (Find all supplies below.)

I Love You More Than All the Stars by Lisa Spangler

I Love You More Than All the Stars by Lisa Spangler

I just inked up the background with the distress inks, misted with water and stamped. Love. Then I trimmed a piece of paper to make a mask for the hill and sponged on some more inks. Easy!

To finish off the card, I added some gold + silver star sequins from the Studio Calico Magical pack and some tiny crystal gems from Hero Arts. Gotta say I love how you get a variety of sizes in this gem pack!

Can’t wait to share more cards I made with this release — I think it’s one of the best yet. And I’m not the only one — so many stamp stores who attended the show in Boston felt the same! You’ll be seeing the new stamps at stores soon — they start shipping to stores on April 15th. :)

Now, on with the hop! Your next stop is Sarah Gray – cannot wait to see what she’s made!

Happy Birthday ABNH! And thanks to Linda and Mary Dawn for inviting me on the hop! Here’s to another great year! xo


Mar 28, 2014

Clean and Simple Stationery Set

Hey hey and Happy Friday! Today I have a set of cards I made for my last project as the March guest designer at Neat & Tangled. I can’t tell you what an honor it has been to be the guest designer, or how much fun I’ve been having! Thanks so much again to Danielle for having me.

Now on to today’s project that uses the super versatile Just Hello set. As soon as I spied the sweet little envelope in the set I knew just what I wanted to do: make a clean and simple stationery sets with matching real-life envelopes!

Neat & Tangled stationery set by Lisa Spangler

Just love how these turned out — and can’t wait to make some more so I have a bunch on hand to send!

I started by taking apart an existing envelope that I had handy and tracing it around some sheets of BasicGrey Fresh Cut papers. Oh my aren’t these papers just so pretty and springy? Since they are double sided, you get your envelope liner built right in. Bonus.

Neat & Tangled stationery set by Lisa Spangler

I think if I was going to make a bunch of these I’d pick up an envelope liner template, or make my own from chipboard (I like to use cereal boxes for things like this.)

I stamped the envelopes on paper and cut them out — so easy! I picked the pattern based on the size — the large polka dots were kinda hard to see.

Dauber edges by Lisa Spangler

Then for a little bit of added interest I colored the edge of the card with a coordinating dauber, then added some splats with mists.

The last little touch was to stamp the envelopes twice to make kind of a shadow. I used the same black ink that I used to stamp the envelope on the paper, but I stamped it off on scratch paper before stamping it the card to make it lighter.

Neat & Tangled stationery set by Lisa Spangler

Oh and here are some tricks for the envelope! I used a regular old gluestick to glue the envelope together. For the flap, I used my Tombow Mono multi liquid glue — this stuff is so great — I just put a line around the flap and then smeared it with my finger. Don’t know if you know, but if you put the glue on paper without sticking it to anything and let it dry it becomes reposition-able — like a post-it note! So cool. I added a bit of washi tape to the flap for a little extra security in mailing. Plus any excuse to use washi tape is a good one, right?

This awesome Just Hello set is available here at Simon Says Stamp or here at Neat & Tangled. By the way, Danielle just added some new sequin mixes to her shop — be still my heart! Check them out.

Hope you have a good weekend! I’ll be in Boston teaching two workshops, cannot wait. Follow me on instagram to see some pics. xo


Mar 21, 2014

Hero Arts summer release sneak peeks + workshops!

Hello hello and happy Friday! I’m super excited to share some sneak peeks from the Hero Arts summer catalog with you, live from Hero Arts HQ where it’s a beautiful day in the Bay Area! I know it’s been a long, cold winter for all of you up north — in fact, it’s been pretty cold even for me in Texas! These stamps are like a welcome breath of fresh air. Just love! I know I say this every release — but these are some of the best stamps yet.

Are you ready? Here are the peeks!

Hero Arts summer catalog sneak peeks!

I’ll be teaching two workshops with these NEW stamps, sprays and stencils and lots of great techniques at the upcoming Collins Group Spring Education and Trade Show event near Boston! Find out more right here. Hope to see you there! Hurry because one of the workshops is almost full. So sorry this show is not open to the public — but for all of you out there, watch the Hero Arts blog for MORE sneaks soon.

Have a great weekend,


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