Thanks Shaker Card

April 1st, 2015 by lucy

Hello. It’s Lucy here with another shaker card to share with you. This one is created with the Thanks Stamp & Cut set, one of my current favourite products. I just love the combination of Kelly’s handwriting with the simple typed sentiments - and having the matching die adds so many more options. For my card today, I decided to die cut the ‘Thanks’ and layer it on top of the acetate to create a pretty shadow behind.


I love the way it looks like the word ‘thanks’ is floating above the card.


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

Shaker cards are so much fun - I am still addicted!

Thanks for visiting, I hope you have a great day,


Black Ink Pad (AF101) THANKS STAMP & CUT (DC152) Acetate Notecards with White Cards And Envelopes (5) (PS454) Black Notecards (PS688)

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BasicGrey Inspiration + Giveaway

March 31st, 2015 by hero


Today we’re teaming up with our friends at BasicGrey! Two of our designers, Kelly Rasmussen and Cheiron Brandon, have made some fabulous projects using a combination of coordinating stamps, stencils, papers and embellishments from the BasicGrey Prism and Adrift collections. Two more designers are doing the same over on the BasicGrey blog. And we’re BOTH offering full collection giveaways! Ready to be inspired and enter for a chance to win? Here we go!

First up is Kelly with the Prism collection. She shares:

I love the all the pretty colors of the Prism Alphabet Stickers, but for this card I decided to use in them in a non-traditional way — as a mask! I masked off a 3/4-inch opening across the middle of a grey piece of cardstock and used a t-ruler to perfectly line up the letters and spell out my message. Then I applied VersaMark ink over the entire strip and white embossed the area. Once it was completely cooled, I very carefully removed the alphabet stickers and was left with a unique message to take center stage on my card. Next, I covered my sentiment area with a strip of masking paper and began stamping the flower borders. I used images from both the Spending Time With You and Shine Bright clear stamp sets along with various Hero Arts Mid-Tone Shadow Inks.



This card features one of the gorgeous Printed Kraft Tags from the Prism collection. To enhance the message a bit, I traced over the letters with a Sakura Clear Glaze Gel Pen, which gives it an embossed look. Behind the tag, I stamped the Triangle Background with black pigment ink on a strip of white cardstock and clear heat embossed the image. Then I used a Squeezed Lemonade Distress marker to color in a few of the open triangles and bring in some of the yellow color from the tag. To finish off the card I brought in a couple of transparency embellishments and a strip of blue patterned paper from the Prism 6×6 paper pad.



And next we have Cheiron with the Adrift collection:

This card features the Fish Background stamp, I just love it stamped in a gradient of blues. The Hero Arts Mid-Tone Shadow Inks in Pool, Soft Pool and Cornflower coordinate so well with colors in this collection. The ship’s wheel from the Chipboard Shapes used as a sentiment is the perfect accent for the Fish Background. To give it even more dimension, I added a little foam tape behind the chipboard accent. To add contrast to the chipboard, I added some of the coordinating papers from the Adrift 6 x 6 pad. The bright orange strip is a wonderful contrast to the sentiment and the tiny strip of blue patterned paper makes the whole card pop.


What’s more fun than making a wish? Wishing upon a starfish! I mixed some of the fun papers from the Adrift 6 x 6 pad. I first cut a panel of the blue patterned paper and then layered on a piece of the orange stripe paper. The Make a Wish on A Starfish die cut tag is such a fun sentiment for my sea loving friends. Instead of threading the tag with some twine or ribbon, I attached it with a little starfish brad from the Brad and Resin Combo Pack. Isn’t just the cutest?


Thanks to Kelly and Cheiron for the awesome inspiration today!

GIVEAWAY: How would you like to win the complete Prism collection including papers and embellishments galore, clear stamps, cling background stamps and stencils?


For a chance to win, leave a comment on this post by 11:59pm PST on Friday, April 3. The winner will be randomly selected and announced here on the blog, so be sure to check back to see if you’ve won. Good luck!

After you’ve left your comment, we encourage you to pop over to the BasicGrey blog for even more project ideas from their talented designers and chance to win the Adrift collection.

We hope you’ve enjoyed today’s inspiration. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Soft Pool Shadow Ink (AF146) Butter Bar Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF207) Pool Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF212) Tide Pool (AF223) Orange Soda (AF224) Cornflower Mid-Tone Shadow Ink (AF235)
Ultra Pink Mid-Tone Ink (AF263) Fish Background BG (CG661) Triangle Background BG (CG662) Spending Time With You BG (CL843) Shine Bright BG (CL844) Snow Layering Paper (PS610)
Embossing Powder - Clear (PW104) Embossing Powder - White (PW110) Embossing Gun (PW200) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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Video: Fun with Ombré Inks

March 30th, 2015 by jennifer

Hello, it’s Jennifer here. Today I went a little crazy using the new ombré ink pads and created a bunch of cards to share with you!

There are so many uses for these inks, from creating stunning backgrounds to coloring in stamped images. Take a look at video below for some tips and tricks that I use to get smooth results.

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

Rainbow Ombré (uses Pink to Red, Butter or Orange and Pool to Navy ink pads):

Hero Arts Ombre Rainbow by Jennifer McGuire

Mint to Green Ombré:

Hero Arts Mint to Green Ombre by Jennifer McGuire 1

Hero Arts Mint to Green Ombre by Jennifer McGuire 2

Pink to Red Ombré:

Hero Arts Pink to Red Ombre by Jennifer McGuire

Pink to Orange Ombré (uses Pink to Red and Butter to Orange ink pads):

Hero Arts Pink to Orange Ombre by Jennifer McGuire

The cha-cha move (as I like to refer to it) is really the key to blending the colors and ending up with a smooth transition from one color to the next.

Happy stamping!


Kelly's Background Squares (CG654) Kelly's Background Stars (CG655) Kelly's Background Tile (CG656) Waves Background BG (CG660) STAMP & CUT BUTTERFLIES (DC134) Stamp&Cut Anchor (DC144)
Sponge Dauber With Cap (MI002) Embossing Powder - White (PW110) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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Get Your Ink On!

March 29th, 2015 by hero


Spring is here, so now’s a great time to add an extra burst of color to your projects! Have you met our two newest inks? Say hello to Bits of Color and Ombré! Both are now available here in our online shop.

  • BITS OF COLOR: • Mini pops of vibrant color • Pigment ink formula • 4 colors in each 1.25″ x 1.25″ cube • Perfect for taking on the go and stamping in planners • 6 color combinations available
  • OMBRÉ: • Achieve a gradation of color with one pad • 3 colors in each pad blend from light to dark • Mid-tone Shadow dye ink formula gives smooth results • 5 colors available

In this quick tip video from Kelly Rasmussen, you can see the Mint to Green ombré in action:

a quick video showing how to ink a stamp with @heroarts ombré inks and get a smooth blended result.

A video posted by Kelly Rasmussen (@kellyrasmussen) on Mar 23, 2015 at 9:34am PDT

We encourage you to check out Jennifer McGuire’s video HERE to see how she does “a little cha cha” with the ombré inks for perfect blending. Love that!

Be sure to come back here on Monday for even more ombré inspiration and techniques from Jennifer. You are in for a treat. We’ll all “cha cha” together!

Happy inking and stamping,

Happy Ink Cube (AF300) Basic Ink Cube (AF301) Cake & Coffee Ink Cube (AF302) Formal Ink Cube (AF303) Spring Ink Cube (AF304) Baby Ink Cube (AF305)

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Nature Challenge Winners

March 27th, 2015 by lucy


Hello, and welcome to our Nature Challenge winners’ post. We had close to 300 gorgeous entries for this challenge, and it was hard work choosing our favorites. But we eventually narrowed it down, and here are our four winning creations.

First up, it’s Anja, with this beautiful floral card created with our Floating Blossoms stamp. The gorgeous yellow tones are perfect for the lovely Spring days that are starting to arrive.


Next, Kreative Kymona, who created this stunning clean and simple butterfly card with our Stamp and Cut Butterflies set. We love the ink splatters and soft blues.


Our third winner is Yoonsun Hur who entered four gorgeous cards. This one, created with our Stamp Your Own Cactus set, features incredible no-line watercoloring.


Finally, we have Clare, with this striking and colorful card. Her beautiful blooms pop against the slate grey background. Just lovely.


And let’s not forget our random winner, chosen from all of the entries. This time, it’s Andrea’s Paper Antics.

Ladies, congratulations! Please contact us at with your address and phone number by Friday, April 3rd, including your list of $30 worth of products. Please include “Nature Challenge Winner” in the subject line.

A big thank you to all who entered. We hope you had as much fun creating as we did judging.

Thanks for stopping by today and happy stamping!


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Watercolor Wreath with Flowers

March 26th, 2015 by hero

Today we have a very special guest joining us - Linda Trace, owner of A Blog Named Hero! Linda is a great friend to Hero Arts, we’re thrilled to have her here.

Hi everyone, it’s Linda here and I’m beyond excited to be sharing a project with you on the Hero Arts blog today—what a dream come true!!

I’ve made a sweet spring-colored wreath card for you today using the new Hero Arts Stamp and Cut Flowers set, from the 2015 Spring Release.

When I was a young child, we always had lots and lots of books. Picture books, story books etc., and I have a memory of them being slightly odd in the coloring style. The illustrations were thick lined and the colors very bright and colorful, lovely to look at but not overly refined and technical looking. Sort of like this:


This Stamp and Cut Flowers set is so fun and the style of the flowers reminded me of those books.

I wanted to make a wreath since I’m slightly obsessed with them and I’ve been thinking about making one for our front door. This card perhaps is the easier version.


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

I’ve made a video to go along with the card, so I hope you enjoy!

Thank you so much for stopping by and taking a look at my little card, I hope you liked it! See you again soon I hope.

And thank you, Linda, for sharing your card with us today!


Black Ink Pad (AF101) STAMP & CUT FLOWERS (DC130) Daffodil Layering Paper (PS600) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Midnight Mixed Layering Paper (PS697) Embossing Powder - Clear (PW104)
Embossing Gun (PW200)

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Celebration Time!

March 24th, 2015 by hero

Hi everyone! Yana is here and I have a new card to share! I have been recently playing with the Papel Picado Banners stamp set and matching dies and created a fun and colorful project you can see below.


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

I started by stamping several dotted garlands onto a white panel, I used bright colors of ink as I wanted to create a very cheerful card. I used Neon Pink, Orange Soda, Green Hills and my favorite Butter Bar.


Because this stamp set also has a set of matching dies I was able to stamp several banners and quickly cut them out with the help of my die cutting machine. I used the same colors of ink plus a light blue Cornflower one. I wanted to have a bit of dimension on my project so I used foam adhesive and popped each of the little die cut banners up.


I used a different stamp set for my sentiment - a Many Birthday Messages one and stamped “It’s your day to celebrate” using black ink. The colorful panels at the bottom left corner were created using direct to paper technique, I simply applied ink from my ink pad right onto white paper and was able to achieve that result. So easy!

Thank you for stopping by today!



Black Ink Pad (AF101) Butter Bar Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF207) Green Hills Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF209) Neon Pink (AF218) Orange Soda (AF224) Cornflower Mid-Tone Shadow Ink (AF235)
Small Accent Pearls (CH136) Many Birthday Messages (CL611) PAPEL PICADO BANNERS (CL845) PAPEL PICADO FRAME CUTS (3) (DI121) Snow Layering Paper (PS610)

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Planner Stamping

March 23rd, 2015 by hero

Hello, everyone. It’s Mariko here today to show how I use my beloved weekly planner.

I have been a stamper for many years, and I have also used some type of planners for as long as I remember, but it was only last year that I discovered the world that combines the two. Stamping in planners? Yes, please!


Stamps and inks certainly bring more colors and playfulness to my planner. Look how I use a camera icon stamp to indicate “photo shoot”!


Besides adding visual effect, stamping in a planner also has a more functional and practical purpose. I feel the act of stamping helps me visualize and memorize what is coming up in a given week more than just jotting down.

This is what I have been longing to do ever since I became a planner stamper. Making a set of customized monthly tabs!


A handmade acetate dashboard is another element that I wanted to incorporate in my planner.


And here’s my dream come true. A collection of handmade dividers using my favorite designers’ patterned paper and customizable stamped tabs!


All this can be achieved with Hero Arts’ new Planner Page Cut-out and Planner Tab dies. I am so thrilled that they will be mine to keep. Now, whenever my lifestyle changes, new year comes, or cute papers are obtained, I can modify my planner set up with these convenient dies.


With the planner page and tab dies, a bookmark is also easy to make.


You can make it scalloped or zig-zagged by using the border dies slightly longer than the length of the planner page die.


How fun!


Thank you for stopping by today. Happy stamping & planning!

Happy Ink Cube (AF300) Cake & Coffee Ink Cube (AF302) TABS (CL846) Plan (CL847) To Do List (CL848) My Week (CL849)

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Fruity Thanks

March 20th, 2015 by hero

Hi there! Today I’m sharing a thank you card using the new Stamp Your Own Fruit set. My daughter is a teacher and always needs thank you cards for gifts and goodies that her students give her throughout the year. This set features several different types of fruit—some with punny sentiments—but I thought that apples were appropriate for a teacher thank you card.


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

The apples were colored and fussy cut. I wanted to create an abstract background - Hero Arts ink daubers to the rescue! I dabbed the Graph Background with a Butter Cup dauber and stamped it onto a watercolor card that was sprayed lightly with water. I was pleased with how it turned out! I chose an older background stamp from my stash to use for this technique, but there are many it would look great with. Next I want to try Lines Background and Triangle Background!


And a heads up that tonight is the deadline to enter the Nature Challenge! Five winners will be awarded a $30 Hero Arts Online Store shopping spree. Hope to see you in the gallery!

Happy crafting!


Butter Cup Ink Dauber (AD008) Black Ink Pad (AF101) STAMP YOUR OWN FRUIT (CL835) Sunshine Mixed Layering Papers (12) (PS621) Graph Background (S5435) Water Mist Bottle (WM101)

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Gift Card Organization

March 19th, 2015 by hero

Today we’re excited to a have a very special guest joining us - Lisa Stein! She’s contributes to the A Blog Named Hero challenge blog, and she’s as much fun as she is talented. Take it away, Lisa!

Hi! It’s Lisa Stein, and I am so happy to be guest blogging for Hero Arts today. I’ve used a few of the new Planner stamps today and am just so happy to have found a way to organize my gift cards. We all get a lot of these and I used to just keep them in an envelope in one of the zippered compartments of my purse. After a while that envelope got pretty beat up, and wasn’t containing the cards anymore. More importantly, if I had the gift card because I returned something to the store and that was the only way to get money back, I often had no idea how much that gift card was worth. I’m certain a lot of people have that same issue.

I had these clear envelopes on hand for a little organization project I did for my husband. I would recommend using the Clearly Kelly 3×4 Pocket Inserts. They’d be perfect for this little project.


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

I used the two background stamps (City Map and  Dots Background) to just make the cardstock into some fun patterned paper. I wanted to use bright colors and bold, graphic patterns, just so I can smile every time I use one of these gift cards.

Usually I would come up with this idea and use my computer and printer, and make this as neat and straight as possible. Since I had these awesome stamps I decided to embrace the crafty side of organization, and am so glad I did. I hope you do something fun and unexpected with your planner stamps.

We love it! Thanks so much, Lisa!


Black Ink Pad (AF101) Wet Cement Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF213) BG: City Map (CG649) BG: Dots Background (CG650) Kelly's 3x4 Wallet Pocket Inserts (2) (CK280) Plan (CL847)
To Do List (CL848) Sunshine Mixed Folded Cards (PS569) Sea Mixed Folded Cards (PS571) Embossing Powder - White (PW110) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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