Combining Die Cut and Heat Embossed Sentiments | Heffy Doodle's Birthday Blog Hop + Giveaway!


Hi everyone! Today I am very excited to back on the blog to share two cards and a video that I made to celebrate Heffy Doodle's first birthday! Whohoooo! I really love Heffy Doodle stamps and dies and I am absolutely thrilled to join the celebrations! And there are some treats for you too, so make sure you read this post until the end! 😉



For now, though, let's talk about the cards. I was so excited to play with some of the goodies from the June release (check it out here, it's amazing) that I decided to create two cards. For the first one I used the Wingman Stamp set, the new UnbeLEAFable stencil, and the Thanks Heffy Cuts. For the second one I used the Yappy Happy Mail stamp set and the Sending Heffy Cuts. On both cards I also used the previously released Clover Frames Dies, a very unique and versatile set. 


For the background on my first card I used Distress Inks in Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon and Blueprint Sketch to create an ombre effect, with the lighter colors in the center and the darker ones towards the edges. The background panel is some Bristol Smooth cardstock by Strathmore that I cut with the largest die in the Clover Frames Dies. I then used Nuvo Mousse in Citrus Green and the UnbeLEAFable stencil to create a shimmery leafy background, and, once the mousse was dry, I darkened the edges of the background with Distress Ink in Black Soot.



I then stamped my images on Neenah Solar White 110 lb cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored them with Spectrum Noir Markers. I show some of the coloring in the video tutorial, but here's the color chart with all the markers I used for these images in case you want to have it as a reference.


For my sentiment I combined the Thanks Heffy cuts with some of the sayings in the Wingman stamp  set, which I embossed with white embossing powder on black cardstock. I stacked three "thanks" die cuts on top of each other to create some dimension, and I glued them to the background. 
I popped up my parrots on some foam square and adhered everything on a top folding A2 card base.





For my second card I started by cutting some white cardstock with two of the dies in the Clover Frames Heffy Dies, in order to create my front window panel. I then used Memento Dew Drops in Toffee Crunch to repeatedly stamp some of the smaller images in the Yappy Happy Mail stamp set and created my own patterned paper. 


I then blended some Distress Oxide in Peeled Paint and Broken China on some Bristol Smooth cardstock to create the background for my little scene. I did some very quick ink blending and added some water droplets with my Distress Sprayer.


I used again Memento Dew Drops in Toffee Crunch to stamp one of the Poodles, some of the letters and the mailbox that come in the Yappy Happy Mail stamp set, and colored them with Spectrum Noir markers, using a more muted palette. And here's the color chart with all the markers I used for these images as well. Do you like this new feature on my blog?


For the sentiment I used some brown cardstock and die cut the word "sending" using the Sending Heffy Cuts. I also heat embossed the "a card full of hugs" saying from the Yappy Happy mail set with white embossing powder from the same brown cardstock. 
I adhered all the elements to a white, top-folding A2 card base and, for a finishing touch, I added three colored in postcards on my custom pattern paper to add some colorful accents to the main panel of my card. 



And these are my cards for today. If you'd like a closer look at the cardmaking process you can watch the video I created down below, or directly on my YouTube channel.


And now it's time to talk about giveaways! We are having a blog hop to celebrate Heffy Doodle's first birthday, and you can enter for a chance to win one of TWO 50£ vouchers to the Heffy Doodle store by commenting on each stop in the hop. 
And there is more! Starting today, and through June 17th, you can use the coupon code HeffyBirthday2u to get a 20% discount off your order! It's a wonderful chance to get your hands on some great Heffy Doodle products! ^_^

So...ready to hop? Here is the complete list, and remember: you have to comment on all the stops in the hop to qualify to win. Happy hopping!

Laura Volpes ⟵ You are here

And that's it for today! I really hope you enjoyed this post and I hope you will join us in this amazing celebration! Thank you all so much for stopping by, and have a great day! 

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62 comments:

Crystal Thompson said...

Your projects are fabulous!

Joela Pascoe said...

Awesome cards, I like the colours on screen as I don't always get to the blog post. Love that you use SN markers too.

Keiren Dunfee said...

Wonderful cards and colors! Thanks for the inspiration!

Deanna said...

Beautiful cards

Janet D. said...

Whoa these are wonderful cards, love them!

Lise Mariann said...

Beautiful cards. I really love them both.

Rebecca Yahrling said...

I really love the awesome backgrounds you created for
each card. And I love the frame die used with the puppy;
it's really unique!

Arianna Barbara said...

Laura, entrambe le tue cards sono semplicemente adorabili. Colori mozzafiato!!! Love them!!! 😍

Karthikha said...

Wonderful set of cards :) Lovely! :)

My Crazy Craft Life! said...

Awesome card! Thank you for the inspiration!

Barbara Rokke said...

Soo adorable! I love the backgrounds of both cards. I thought the leaves were die cut!!

Lori said...

Beautiful cards Laura!

Judy Kilgore said...

Both cards are outstanding! Love the colors and your beautiful backgrounds! Thank you!

Nora N. said...

I am in LOVE with the bright colors on the first card and the lovely soft background on the second. FABULOUS design!!

Stacey Palmer said...

Love your cards. Fabulous coloring! Always inspired by your work. Tfs!

Jeanne Beam said...

Both cards are awesome. Love the bright green on the leaf stencil, it make blue background stand out. Love the dogs at the mailbox. So cute.
Thanks for sharing

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

I love all of the details you added to make them so fun!

Wendi Jarvis said...

Both cards are so cute. Great coloring. Thanks for the video.

justMarie said...

Love the colors of your cards!

Amy C. said...

Beautiful cards! I'm especially loving the bright colors of your bird card. It's such a fun set!

Gab said...

These are just fantastic cards!!!

Nunzia Carusio said...

Beautiful cards. Few elements for a great result.

julie-anne hoffmann said...

What lovely stamp set. Your cards are really beautiful. I love the different techniques you used. Thanks for sharing.

Deepti Aggarwal said...

Beautiful cards..Love the background in both the cards..simply wow!!

Tara Clarendon said...

Love the backgrounds

cm said...

Your cards are amazing, Laura! I'm especially smitten with your adorable parrots and the overall tropical vibe of the scene! WOW x two!
Hugs~carol

Brenda G. said...

Love these, great colors! Backgrounds are awesome! :)

K . Shuster said...

Both of your cards are wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

mariella said...

bellissime cards!

Sarah Louise Baker said...

Wow absolutely love these cards especially the wingman one ��

Amanda Stevens said...

Wow, these are so cute! I really love the green Nuvo Mousse on the blue background! The colors really pop!

Ksenija @Sweet Kobylkin said...

These are very sweet cards, Laura. I love the blue one with yellow stencilled leaves and red parrots, so cheerful and unique. - Sweet Kobylkin

Cynthia Cole said...

I adore both of your lovely cards!

Iris said...

Super cute cards - love the birds and the little dog.

Meghan Kennihan said...

Your backgrounds are incredible! I love the dog one best!

Darnell said...

I saw this on FB and had to come by to meet you and follow you! I didn't realize it was a hop, so don't know if you'll see this, but I wanted to say your designs and blending are sensational! Hugs, Darnell

Amante del Papel said...

I love the background of your cards, there are so beautiful and amazing!!!

aquablues said...

Laura, I really like your cards. You knocked me out with the Wingman card. Those adorable little birds looks amazing on your background! Thanks for making a video.

Andrea MacTrinh said...

Stunning cards, and love the backgrounds. Thanks for the inspiration.

Lady Joyful said...

Fantastic cards! I especially love the parrot one - so bright and happy.

Allene said...

Love these cards! Both backgrounds are great!

Angie Wylie said...

Beautiful cards! Thanks for the inspiration.

Sue D said...

Cute card designs. I like the colors.

Heather said...

Both are so adorable!! I love these cute parrots and the bright colors you used are perfect!

Karen @ Misplaced Mojo said...

Super fun cards! I especially love the Oxide background on the bird card!

Noga Shefer said...

So so pretty!!!

Indy's Designs said...

Oh wow! These are so cute! Love the white, bold sentiment!

Annalisa Young said...

These are so lovely! I think my favorite is the puppy mailbox card. The toffee crunch color gives such a nice feel to the images and your coloring. And I love the patterned paper you created with the envelopes to help frame your scene. Thanks for sharing with us and helping celebrate HD's first birthday!

Dana M said...

Amazing cards! So wonderfully vibrant and tropical and adorably sweet.

Di said...


Two really fantastic cards, first one very vibrant and second one soft colours. Great backgrounds. Di.

Angeline Choo said...

OH WOW! LOVe both your cards. It's so very stunning . I love the mail stamp you stamped in the bacground and the oxide background is so vibrant!!

~amy~ said...

These are both perfect!

Ruth Shanahan Allmart said...

Laura I love your cards. They are so amazing! Your coloring is fantastic, you are quite talented :) Thanks for sharing with us.

Sue Smith said...

I love both of your cards. The bright, colorful birds and background are out of this world, and the soft background for the darling dog and mailbox is super. TFS

Olga Fink said...

Both your cards are fabulous! and the backgrounds amazing!

Marjorie DUMONTIER said...

Oh wow !! How amazing are your two cards !! This background on the first one is simply stunning !!
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btstar said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the sending hugs card. Love how it is designed like you are looking out a window. Beautiful shading and I love that you give us the colors you used to at least help us create something close to your perfect coloring.

Stacey Kowbel said...

Beautiful cards! Love your designs!

F. Andre said...

The colour palettes are gorgeous on these cards. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

StarSpry said...

Your cards are so fun! I love you you used the Yappy Happy Mail stamp set :)

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

I'm really loving your backgrounds!

Maria :) said...

Oh you created sone awesome projects. Good job