Coffee Is Always A Good Idea!


Trust me – the title of this post is my mantra! And that of a few friends of mine as well (Susan L., Buffy, Pam…). That just shows their good taste – and why we’re good friends! In today’s post I’m sharing a stamp bundle that I’ve had for a while, but hadn’t used. Only because I put it away, and forgot about it! Have you ever done that? I can’t believe I actually did it. But – here it is, and like it says ‘coffee is always a good idea’!


This was the My Monthly Hero Kit for August of this year; unfortunately this Kit is sold out (they often sell out right away, just in pre-registrations), but you can still get a lot of the add-ons.  Personally, I need to get the super-cute Foam Animals stamps and die add ons. They’re adorable! For this card, I used the coffee cup and the fun textured embossing powder for the foam design.

Coffee Is Always A Good Idea!

The Monthly Kits always come complete with the matching dies, a ton of stamps and accessories to help you create fun & fabulous cards! The August kit came with a 6×8 clear set packed with cups, foam art, messages and more; coordinating dies, and a fabulous café scene window die make up the core of the kit. A lacquer pen, some puff embossing powder and coffee & tea dyed paper were also included. So I’m all set for some caffeine fun!


Start with a card base – I used SU! Soft Suede cardstock. Add a panel cut from the kit’s coffee & tea dyed paper – it even feels like coffee filter paper! Next, cut 2 panels of cardstock; one Whisper White and another 1/4″ larger again in Soft Suede.

On the white panel, use the retired SU! stencil with Distress ink in Spiced Marmalade. Hold the stencil in place with Thermo Web purple removable tape. Apply the ink with your favourite blending tool, and then remove the tape.

On a separate piece of white cardstock, stamp the sentiment from the stamp set Distress Tea Dye ink. Stamp the coffee cup & saucer image with SU! Balmy Blue ink. Use the Big Shot with the retired Tags & Labels Framelits to die cut the sentiment and Balmy Blue cardstock layer for behind it. Also die cut the cup/saucer using the dies included in the kit.

To colour the cup/saucer, use  a Blender Pen with the Balmy Blue ink pad.  Next, stamp the foam design in Versamark ink in the middle of the cup, and then cover it with the Hero Arts puff embossing powder from the kit. Set the embossing powder with a Heat Tool. (The good news is you can buy this really cool Puff embossing powder without the kit!)

Colour in the coffee with the Distress Tea Dye ink, and an Aqua Painter. First, stamp down onto a clear block with the ink pad, then pick up the ink from the block with the aqua painter. Colour in the ‘coffee’ until you’re happy with the depth of colour. Learn from my mistake – the Balmy Blue ink is also water based, so be careful colouring – the blue ink will run a bit if brought into contact with the aqua painter!

Here’s a close up picture so you can see the Puff Embossing powder, and the fun coffee/tea dyed paper!

Coffee Is Always A Good Idea!


Now that your colouring is done, you can add the images to the stenciled panel. Layer the sentiments together with Stampin’ Dimensionals or foam squares, and attach at the top left of the panel. Add foam tape to the back of the cup, and attach it to the bottom of the panel.  Now, attach the  stenciled panel to the Soft Suede cardstock panel, and add it on top of the dyed paper panel.

Coffee Is Always A Good Idea!


Well, now that I’ve found this kit again, you can look forward to some more caffeine fueled sharing! At least more caffeine related cards, anyway. It’s been a nice little break away from Christmas cards, anyway.


I’ve included the links below if you’re interested in subscribing for the monthly Hero kits. Or, just order the supplies you want! To order the Stampin’ Up! supplies I’ve used on this card, please click the blue coloured product names.

For the other supplies, I’ve added the links below.

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Thanks for spending some quality coffee time with me today! When in doubt, remember – coffee is always a good idea!

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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

4 thoughts on “Coffee Is Always A Good Idea!

  1. Even though I don’t drink coffee (I Know. I am crazy or so I have been told), this is a very cute card. I like those Hero Arts Kits. They have so much product in them for such a good price!

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