Nutcracker Joy

October 31st, 2014 by libby

Hi, it’s Libby here today and I’m sharing a new Nutcracker set that you can find at Paper Source stores and in their online store.

I absolutely love nutcrackers, and I love The Nutcracker ballet. So this set is right up my alley!


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

I combined a colored and trimmed nutcracker with a Snowflake die-cut coated in glitter.


The set also includes images of Clara, the Mouse King and the Sugar Plum Fairy. I’ll definitely be using the entire set on a scrapbook page documenting my annual trip to see The Nutcracker with my daughter soon!


Thanks for stopping by today,


Tide Pool (AF223) Earth Mixed Accents (CH214) Peace Poinsettias (CL796) Stamp & Cuts® Fancy Cuts Holidays (DC117) Snowflake (DI064) Nutcracker (LP374)
Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Pool Mixed Layering Paper (PS640)

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Mad about Metallics with Social Club

October 30th, 2014 by lucy


Hello and welcome to Social Club. Our current contest is all about holiday cards, and one of the categories is Mad About Metallics. This category is super fun for Christmas - gold and silver are classic for the season, and sequins and glitter are right on trend at the moment. So, today we thought we would inspire you with a selection of three older holiday cards that we found in our Flickr pool, each featuring beautiful metallic elements of some kind.

First up today is Stripey Fish (Jean M). Jean has combined beautiful silver embossing on her snowflake and stamped sentiment with our gorgeous Smooth Gemstones. We think her card is simply breathtaking.


Next, a fun card in non traditional Christmas colours by GPA Handmade. Our Merry Christmas Tree has been heat embossed in silver then coloured with distress inks. The addition of metallic sequins makes for a very festive and sparkly card.


And finally, Virginia L, with this fabulous set of one layer cards featuring our Newspaper Skyline stamp. The metallic detailing is subtle and beautiful, a definite mastery of less is more.


Aren’t these cards beautiful? Thank you for sharing them with us all. Today’s Social Club prize is our Retro Holiday digikit:


Winners, please send an email to and we will send you your digit. We hope you enjoy playing with it.

We hope we have inspired you to try out some metallic elements on your cards. Be sure to upload any creations on our contest page to be in with a chance of wining one of five fabulous $40 Hero Arts shopping sprees.

Happy stamping,


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Decorate a Tree

October 29th, 2014 by hero

Hello, it’s Wida and today I made a fun Christmas card using just plain stamping and die cutting basics!


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

I took out a few colors that I thought coordinated well using this image as inspiration.


(Image source)

Using the Decorate a Tree set, I just started stamping and stamping and grabbing another stamp and another color and stamping some more. Periodically, I would lay the Circle Christmas Tree die cut over the stamped area to see if I was getting a good result and what area needed to be filled in more. I started with the larger images and then filled in the sparse areas with the smaller images.

I popped up the die cut and adhered the star on top for a dramatic effect. I love the dimension it gives. Just let Hallmark try that!!


For something different and festive, I thought a green sentiment would be something in keeping with the holiday theme. It’s rare to see a card with NO BLACK stamping! Even those little differences can make a big impact on the card.

Thanks for stopping by!


Spread Joy (331232) Green Dye Ink (AF105) Ruby Ink Pad (AF150) Red Royal (AF225) Neon Chartreuse (AF267) Decorate a Tree (CL805)
Circle Christmas Tree Die-Cuts (DI103)

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Bird & Branch - Two Ways!

October 28th, 2014 by hero

Hello! It’s Mariana here today sharing two cards that I created using a versatile set called: Bird & Branch Christmas.

My first card is quite simple, and features one of the branch images included in this set, as well as an Autumn sentiment.  After I gold-embossed the images, I simply added gold cord loops on some of the branch endings to create the foliage! I also gold-embossed some circles above the tree, to add a bit of movement to it. I really like how it looks! ☺


Here you can see how easy is to add the gold thread loop and sequin using the same glue dot.


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

My second card shows another branch image included in the set, a bird and a winter sentiment.  I added a bit of dimension by gold-embossing the bird on a piece of Punch colored cardstock. Then I just carefully trimmed around the image with my scissors, and added the bird image with foam tape.


I love that by adding a bit of gold details, you can make your holiday projects stand out!


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

Thank you so much for joining me today, I hope you have found some inspiration with me today!


Ruby Ink Pad (AF150)

BG: Leaves, Berries, & Branches (CG646)

Red Sparkle Gems (CH159)

Bird & Branch Christmas (CL801)

Snow Layering Paper (PS610)

Blush Mixed Layering Paper (PS620)

Earth Mixed Layering Paper (PS624)

Pool Mixed Layering Paper (PS640)

Embossing Powder - Gold (PW100)

VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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Video: Sparkle Star

October 27th, 2014 by lucy

Hello. It’s Lucy here today with a fun and sparkly technique for you. Glitter is one of my favourite craft products. I use it all the time. However, there is a less fun consequence… however careful and tidy I try to be, the glitter always seems to end up everywhere. So today I have a video for you showing how to create your own super sparkly glitter paper. And the best part - it is non-shed!

Here is the card I created with my handmade glitter paper.


A clean and simple design, but with a huge amount of sparkle and shine. Perfect for Christmas. And just right for our Mad About Metallics category from our current contest. Yay!


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

Watch the video to see how I created my glitter paper. I hope you enjoy it.

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


Silver Shadow Ink (AF257) Mixed Pool Buttons (CH278) Peace Poinsettias (CL796) Snowflake (DI064) Stylish Stars (DI095) Pool Mixed Folded Cards (PS639)

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Thanksgiving Petals and Leaves

October 24th, 2014 by hero

Hello there! It’s Cheiron here and today I have a fun fall take on the Holiday Petals and Leaves set. There are so many things you can do with this set for the holidays…decorate place cards, envelopes, or even make your own “patterned paper”.  I think this set could be used well into the spring and summer by using more of the floral images from the set combined with brighter ink colors. I’ve made my own patterned paper panel here with some not so traditional Thanksgiving colors, but I think they make a wonderfully modern and playful Thanksgiving card.


The wet cement panel was stamped with Navy, Dark Quartz, Butter Bar, Forever Green, Cup O’Joe and Unicorn inks. To give my Thanksgiving Banner a bit more playful feel, I kept the corners rounded while I was fussy cutting it:


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

Thanks for stopping by!


Butter Bar Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF207) Cup O' Joe Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF214) Forever Green (AF229) Navy Mid-Tone Shadow Ink (AF234) Unicorn Pigment Ink Pad (AF249) Dark Quartz Mid-Tone Ink (AF260)
Thanksgiving Banner (C5955) Holiday Petals and Leaves (CL787) Midnight Mixed Layering Paper (PS697)

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Golden Winter Wishes

October 23rd, 2014 by hero

Hello! It’s Donna here sharing a new-to-me stencil technique. See the reindeer? It was gold embossed from a stencil. I wanted to try something different other than sponging it or dry embossing and was so happy that it worked!


After securing the Merry Christmas Reindeer stencil off center, I tapped a Versamark pad over the open area, then gold embossed it. I was pleasantly surprised with how crisp the image turned out.


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

The sentiment and a few small snowflakes were also gold embossed. I stamped a background design for a bit of texture and finished off the card with some gold sequins and a strip of gold foil cardstock.

With all the gold that I used, this card would fit nicely in the new Holiday Challenge under the “Mad About Metallics” category.

I hope that you try this technique with your stencils!


Tide Pool (AF223) Snow Dots (CG465) Winter Sparkle (CL798) Stamp & Cuts® Let It Snow (DC113) Pool Mixed Layering Paper (PS640) Embossing Powder - Gold (PW100)
Embossing Gun (PW200) Merry Christmas Reindeer (SA032) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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Enjoy Your Holidays

October 22nd, 2014 by hero

Hi everyone! This is Yana and today I’m sharing a one layer window card using holiday goodies from Hero Arts.


I love using Hero Arts Layering Papers to create colored card bases for my cards. But did you know, that you can fold the paper colored side in and have a white card on the outside and colored on the inside? How cool is that?


This is exactly what I did for today’s project. I used Foliage papers and folded colored side in so a little bit of green is showing through my die cut window. It complements the darker green leaves on my card front nicely.


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

I also used both negative and positive pieces of my die cut. To create a fake shadow for the word “holidays” I adhered the die cut slightly offsetting it to the left. This way I was also able to attach it to my card base.

Finally, to complete this clean & simple look I stamped a few leaves and berries from this set in Forever Green and added three red gems to each.


Black Ink Pad (AF101) Forever Green (AF229) Red Sparkle Gems (CH159) Stamp & Cuts® Fancy Cuts Holidays (DC117) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Foliage Mixed Layering Paper (PS622)

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Branching Out for Christmas

October 21st, 2014 by sally

Hello Everyone! I’ve brought you another quick and simple card with dies, punches and stamps! This very versatile Spring Branch die can be used for many things. Here I have turned it into a holiday branch! Simply die cut it from Foliage layering paper. The red flowers were made with a punch that’s been in my stash for a while - then over-stamped in red with the little flower from Holiday Petals and Leaves. I added a touch of basket weave “binding” to the card edge with the Five Line Background stamp.


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

If you create a holiday card with a tag on it, even a small tag like mine, be sure to enter it in our Holiday Challenge (”Tag It” category) for a chance to win a Hero Arts shopping spree! Find all the details HERE.

Thanks for stopping by,


Black Ink Pad (AF101) Red Royal (AF225) Holiday Petals and Leaves (CL787) Spring Branch (DI087) Tiny Christmas (LP306) Blush Mixed Layering Paper (PS620)
Foliage Mixed Layering Paper (PS622) Earth Mixed Layering Paper (PS624) Five Line Background (S5885)

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Peace Poinsettia Tag

October 20th, 2014 by hero

Happy Monday! Today we are thrilled to have one of our favorite artists joining us on the blog. If you know Vicky Papaioannou, you know how wonderfully talented she is. Take it away, Vicky!

Hi everyone, it’s Vicky and I am happy to guest design here today! Isn’t the Christmas Hero Arts release just amazing?

Today I am sharing a Christmas gift tag I created using the Peace Poinsettias stamp set along with the matching dies.


I had tons of fun as I assembled my card, using lots of techniques including die cutting, paper piecing, shading with distress inks and white embossing!


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

You can watch the video below to find out how I created my tag.

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

Thank you all for visiting, have a great day!

And a big thanks to Vicky being our guest today!


Small Accent Pearls (CH136) Neutral Mixed Accents (CH215) Peace Poinsettias (CL796) Large Tag (DI058) Poinsettia Die-Cuts (DI108) Kraft Paper (PS627)
Embossing Powder - White (PW110) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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