Showered with Love

July 30th, 2015 by hero

Hi! It’s Mariana here today sharing a simple card that I created using a fun clear set called Sun Showers and its matching Frame Cuts.

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Find out how to make this card — click for complete supplies and instructions.

To make this card I simply created a watercolor background with Cornflower and Bubble Gum ink daubers. I love the effect of the ink dauber colors over the watercolor paper. :) Then, I die cut the falling hearts, and I added a couple of white clouds to complement the scene…

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In this case, I chose a blue card base, but it is always up to you to choose the color combo that you like. I stamped one of the sentiments included in this set, as well as a little birdie. At the end, I embellished the card with some gems and bakers twine.

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Thanks for joining me today!

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Cornflower Dauber (AD036) Bubblegum Dauber (AD037) Black Ink Pad (AF101) Gemstones (2mm) Adhesive Crystals (CH112) Clear Gemstones (CH181) Sun Showers (CL869)
Sun Showers Cutting Dies (5) (DI137) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Sea Mixed Layering Paper (PS623)

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A Trio of Cute Animal Notecards

July 29th, 2015 by libby

Would you believe in my neck of the woods, school starts up again this coming Monday?! I can hardly believe it, I’ll tell you that! My daughter is going into the 2nd grade, and she has left me a few not-so-subtle hints that she’d really like me to start leaving little notes in her lunchbox. In fact, she has said “Mom, why don’t you ever put little notes in my lunchbox?” See, not so subtle. :) What she doesn’t know is that I’ve already made a little stash of them to surprise her with every now and then!

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Find out how to make these cards — click for complete supplies and instructions.

These notecards are only 3″x3″, which fits into tiny envelopes I already had in my stash. My daughter is a huge animal lover, so I decided the Cute Animal Trio of woodblock stamps would be perfect. And I wanted quick and easy cards, so the matching dies made it that much easier!

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I die-cut the tags from watercolor paper, and created a quick watercolored background. Then I stamped and die-cut the animals, which I added with a bit of foam tape. The “i love you” message from Hello Stamp & Cut set was perfect to add for my sweet girl.

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Next on my list, I’ll be making more little notecards for her with the Playful AnimalsAnimal Messages and matching dies! Fun fun fun! :)

Thanks for stopping by!

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Black Ink Pad (AF101) Butter Bar Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF207) Pool Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF212) Soft Cantaloupe Shadow Ink (AF242) Stamp & Cuts® Hello (DC151) Long and Cute Tags (DI046)
Animal Trio Frame Cuts (3) (DI134) Cute Animal Trio (LP383) Watercolor Wheel (PD101) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Sunshine Mixed Layering Papers (12) (PS621) Sea Mixed Layering Paper (PS623)
Cream Watercolor Paper (PS625)

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Rainy Day Thanks

July 28th, 2015 by hero

Hello there! Today I’m going to show you how I “stretched” a background stamp and used it in a completely different way. I love the ink distressing technique and Hero Arts Mid-Tone Shadow Inks are the perfect inks to use for this.

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Find out how to make this card — click for complete supplies and instructions.

After gold embossing the Rainy Day Bold Prints, I used an ink blending tool and applied two different inks in ombré fashion. I love how ink blending makes gold embossing pop and shine.

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I added the sentiment and thought about adding some embellishments but left it as is to keep the focus on the background.

I had so much fun inking up the background—I think I’ll try it with some other Bold Prints designs!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Butter Bar Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF207) Bubble Gum Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF208) Rainy Day Bold Prints (CG669) Stamp & Cuts® Thanks (DC152) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Kraft Paper (PS627)
Embossing Powder - Gold (PW100) Embossing Powder - White (PW110) Embossing Gun (PW200) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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Video: Double Sponge Coloring Technique

July 27th, 2015 by hero

Hi everyone! I am back today to share a card that I created using a fun technique called Double Sponge Coloring. :)

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Find out how to make this card — click for complete supplies and instructions.

To create this card I used a few different products by Hero Arts, including the Swirl Stencil, Unicorn white ink as well as some of the pigment inks by Lia. You will see on the video how easy is to create a fabulous background with this technique.

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For the card shown on the video, I used only pigment inks, but I have to confess that I also had the time to play combining pigment ink along with Shadow inks, and the results are great too. Here you can see both combinations:

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Well, I hope you enjoy this video and find inspiration to start creating fabulous backgrounds with this technique. :)

If you are having problems viewing the video, please try watching it HERE on YouTube.

Thanks for joining me today!

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Cup O' Joe Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF214) Unicorn Pigment Ink Pad (AF249) Color Lights by Lia (AF316) Pale Pink Accent Pearls (CH170) Stamp & Cuts® Thanks (DC152) Sponge Dauber With Cap (MI002)
Blush Mixed Layering Paper (PS620) Kraft Paper (PS627) Swirl Stencil (SA060) Silky Stamping Sponge (SS100)

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Hello Friend

July 24th, 2015 by hero

Hello everyone! It’s Yana here today, I have a simple graphic card to share. I always love to use geometric prints on my cards and the new Zig Zag Bold Prints by Lia has become my instant favorite. Its perfect for stamping quick and easy backgrounds for your projects. I’ve stamped mine in pink using Bubble Gum ink for a softer look.

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Find out how to make this card — click for complete supplies and instructions.

To dress up this card I added a large dimensional flower created using Color Layering Graphic Flowers stamps and matching dies. I stamped the flower layers using Soft Vanilla, Butter Bar and Bubble Gum inks and also used the latter for the leaves. One has to have everything pink from time to time, right?

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To add some movement to this project I added drops of ink using Bubblegum Spray and a small paint brush. Finally I embellished this simple project using a few silver gems.

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Thank you for stopping by today! Have a great weekend!

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Black Ink Pad (AF101) Butter Bar Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF207) Bubble Gum Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF208) Soft Vanilla Shadow Ink Pad (AF275) Zig Zag Bold Prints by Lia (CG674) Neutral Mixed Accents (CH215)
Color Layering Graphic Flowers (CL862) Graphic Flowers Frame Cuts (DI126) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Bubblegum Spray (WM120)

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Two Ways Thursday

July 23rd, 2015 by sally

When I got the assignment to use a new 6×6 Bold Prints background in two ways, I quickly thought about making a “freestyle” palm tree. I inked the Forest Floor Bold Prints in brown on brown for the trunk, and repeatedly in greens on greens for the palms. The water was pool on pool. Who needs printed paper when you can make your own, right? The message was from Color Layering Happy Day Flowers and the sun is from Sun Showers. Who CAN’T have a happy day with palm trees?

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Find out how to make this card — click for complete supplies and instructions.

For the second idea, I again used Forest Floor Bold Prints. I stamped just the edge of a folded card for a fun accent stripe, and then double stamped it on a Snow panel to create a nice background for my Mum Cutting Set by Lia felt flower. But that’s not all! Did you notice the leaf on my flower? The same background is there. And even more fun - try lining an envelope with the large Bold Prints backgrounds!

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Find out how to make this card — click for complete supplies and instructions.

Thanks for stopping by,

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Black Ink Pad (AF101) Butter Bar Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF207) Bubble Gum Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF208) Field Greens Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF210) Cup O' Joe Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF214) Tide Pool (AF223)
Light to Dark Peach Ombre (AF312) Forest Floor Bold Prints (CG671) Color Layering Happy Day Flowers (CL864) Sun Showers (CL869) Mum Cutting Set by Lia (DI129) Snow Layering Paper (PS610)
Sunshine Mixed Layering Papers (12) (PS621) Foliage Mixed Layering Paper (PS622) Earth Mixed Layering Paper (PS624) Pool Mixed Layering Paper (PS640) Kelly's Designer Paper, 4x6 Pad (PS745)

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Ink Smooshing Technique

July 22nd, 2015 by kelly

Hi there, it’s Kelly here. Today I’m experimenting with a fun technique called “ink smooshing”. This technique is great for creating colorful backgrounds using supplies every stamper has on hand.

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First, tape a piece of watercolor cardstock down to a hard surface with painter’s tape — this will keep your paper from warping when adding the water. Then swipe various colors of Distress Inks on a slick protected surface and spritz them with water. Next, use a piece of acetate or any type of clear plastic to pick up the colors and smoosh them on the watercolor cardstock. To get the best blending, use colors that are next to each other on the color wheel — complementary colors won’t blend well and will create muddy results.

I wanted really vibrant colors for my background so I let the first layer of color dry completely and then came back and added another layer of “smooshing”. I also added some water droplets to add even more dimension!

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Find out how to make this card — click for complete supplies and instructions.

After my background was dry I stamped and heat embossed the adorable envelope from the Love by Lia stamp set and a message from the Hello Stamp + Cut set. I think the simple black message really pops against this colorful background!

Have a great day!

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Love by Lia (CL876) Stamp & Cuts® Hello (DC151) Black Notecards (PS688) Ultra Fine Clear Embossing Powder (PW111) Embossing Gun (PW200) Water Mist Bottle (WM101)

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Butterfly Party

July 21st, 2015 by hero

Hello everyone! Lets have a summer party! What do you say we have a few cool cocktails, exchange a couple small gifts and just celebrate! I love attending outdoor parties in the summer and I also love hosting them! Nothing better than to hear friends laughing and see children playing. Don’t you agree?

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Find out how to recreate this party - click for complete supplies and instructions.

I’ve used one of the awesome Hero Arts dies to create a bright party ensemble - a simple card, a drink straw and a cute little gift box. I went with one of my favorite color combinations and used bright yellow, hot pink and snow white.

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I started by die cutting the Swallowtail Butterfly out of yellow cardstock; adhered 3 elements together (one on top of the other) and added a wooden peg to create a dimensional clip-on butterfly gift topper for my little gift box; and cut two more butterflies - one for the card and one for the straw. To do my stamping I used one of the Lia stamp sets - Vaulted Letters By Lia and stamped a simple With Love and Special Day using Ultra Pink ink.

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Will you come to my party? Don’t forget to bring a small gift. ;)

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a great stamping week!

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Ultra Pink Mid-Tone Ink (AF263) Vaulted Letters by Lia (CL877) Stamp & Cuts® Christmas Tags (DC115) Swallowtail Butterfly Fancy Die (DI133) Snow Layering Paper (PS610)

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Holiday Sneak Peek Giveaway Winners

July 20th, 2015 by hero

Thank you to everyone who joined us during our week of holiday catalog sneak peeks! Earlier today we unveiled the 2015 Holiday Collection in full — you can see it all right HERE. The new holiday stamps and accessories begin shipping to stores the week of August 3rd. It won’t be long!

Without further ado, onto our giveaway winners! Congratulations to our five randomly chosen winners who will each receive a $25 shopping spree to the Hero Arts Online Store:

  1. Sheryl C (Comment #300 on July 14th, 2015 at 6:19 pm) - “Love the layering stamps. These are going to be fun to work with on making cards. Can’t wait for the rest of the ‘peeks’ this week.”
  2. Tess Hackett (Comment #29 on July 14th, 2015 at 5:40 am) - “That red ombré ink pad looks delicious! I saw the green on Pintrest and had to pin it to my wishlist. They will make fabulous Christmas cards!”
  3. Lanae (Comment #122 on July 17th, 2015 at 8:44 am) - “Can’t wait to see the new release!”
  4. Andi Walsh (Comment #17 on July 16th, 2015 at 4:39 am) - “Uh oh… I am a sucker for all things house related!!!! Gingerbread houses? xoxoxoxoxo!!!! Love these!”
  5. Kelly Flaherty (Comment #94 on July 17th, 2015 at 7:06 pm) - “Anything by Kelly Purkey is sure to be a sellout!”

Winners, please claim your prizes by contacting us at winner@heroarts.com.

Thank you again for commenting on our sneak peeks and for sharing in the excitement of the new holiday release. Have a great day!

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Introducing the 2015 Holiday Collection by Hero Arts

July 20th, 2015 by hero

Welcome to a new week and welcome to Christmas in July! That’s right, it’s that most wonderful time of the year — when we get to share the new holiday catalog with all of you! What better way to beat the heat than with a cold beverage and a flip through the pages of the 2015 Holiday Collection? Click HERE or on the image below to see everything that’s new!

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Inside you’ll find a winter wonderland of stamps and inspiring ideas. With more than 100 new products, there’s something for every stamper and every project, including stamps, dies, inks, stencils, and signature collections from designers Kelly Purkey and Lia Griffith. It’s holiday goodness as far as the eye can see!

The best news of all? It won’t be long before you’ll be able to get your hands on the 2015 Holiday Collection. Products begin shipping to stores the week of August 3rd and will be available in the Hero Arts shop September 1st.

We hope you enjoy browsing the catalog and would love to hear what you think! What’s on your wish list?

Thanks for joining us on this Merry Monday!

P.S.  More excitement coming later this afternoon — check back for the announcement of our five sneak peek giveaway winners!

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