Kids Week Day 2 - Art Journaling

July 22nd, 2014 by hero

It’s Day 2 of Aaron and Laura’s teenage nieces visiting Hero Arts HQ and letting their creative juices flow…

Hey everyone! It’s Morgan and Lexi, here to show you what we have been doing. After we had success with the iPhone cases, we moved on to something completely different: art journaling!

At the beginning, we had a lot of difficulty. Not a lot of inspiration was there; we were just coming up with simple pages with a decorated background, and words. Then we saw just a few of the many ideas on the internet, on Pinterest and such sites, and learned how many different ways we really can decorate a piece of paper. We each had so many creative ideas, ranging from simple one worded art to complex novel-like work. So, let’s get started!

We began by decorating the journal cover! There were tons of these pretty flowers available, so we just covered our entire notebook!


The centers of the flowers have pearls and gems added. We used different shapes and sizes of flowers to make it more interesting.

Next is the “Spotted Background Concept” from Morgan!


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

To begin, find a blank spot in your journal, or use a plain piece of white cardstock.  Cover the Tiny Ink Spots stamp with the neon pink ink, making sure that every part of it has the same coverage. Stamp it in the top left hand corner or your paper. Repeat until the spotted design is covering the entire sheet.

Next, get a ruler or something straight. Use a marker to make eight lines throughout the page, starting a little down from the top. The lines can be close together or really spread out. It all depends on your writing style. At the top of the page, which has no lines, you write the opening “Dear Diary” or “To Mom” or some sort of opening. To finish off the letter, you say “Love” or “From” and sign your name.

Now, we go to the writing. Using another color of marker, write whatever you want in the letter. If this is to a friend or family member, write what you want to say to them. If this is a diary, write what you feel. Because I love being precise, I had the writing finish off right at the last line but, of course, you can write as much or as little as you want!

To finish the page, get creative with some stamps. I used the Calendar stamp, as well as some cute little stamps from My Travels and other sets. And that is how you make the “Spotted Background Concept”.

Next, we got creative with watercolors! This design is more about what you want to do personally as an artist, but we are here to show you what we did.


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

To begin, put ink on the Old Letter Writing stamp, but make sure there is a lot of ink. I tried this design twice and I liked the darker color better than the lighter color, but feel free to choose either one. Stamp it in the left hand corner and fill the page with this stamp.

Next, using a water brush or paintbrush with watercolors, write the word/phrase you want the piece to be about. I wrote “inspire others” in blue, but there are so many words that can be here like “be creative” or  “desire”. Then, add swirls with red, green, yellow and pink ink.

To finish off this look, take the same blue that you wrote the letters in and splatter the page randomly.

We really had fun and got our creative juices flowing, and created a bunch more pages! Here’s a journal page from Lexi, where she wrote about the iPhone cases we made yesterday.


And here’s a sampling of some of our other pages.


We had a great time playing with all of these wonderful supplies. We’ll definitely be continuing our journals once we’re back home!

Lexi and Morgan will be back again tomorrow! Until then, have a wonderful day!


19th Century French Script (AC015) Time (AC029) Neon Pink Ink Dauber (AD001) Neon Blue Ink Dauber (AD006) Pastel Pink Dauber (AD026) Neon Chartreuse Dauber (AD034)
 ArtPrint Brown Dye Ink (AF120) Neon Pink (AF218) India Black Ink Pad (AF248) Will Be Okay Script (C5648) Art Flowers White and Cream (CH165) Floral Mixed Accents (CH210)
Blush Mixed Accents (CH211) Foliage Mixed Accents (CH212) Sea Mixed Accents (CH213) Sunshine Mixed Accents (CH216) Pool Mixed Accents (CH283) Calendar (D5791)
Route De Luxe (LL681) (E2233) Paint Spots (E5783) Color the Tree (H5833) Days of the Week & Numbers (LP316) My Travels (LP337) Mini Glue Dots (MI004)
Aqua-Flo Brush Set (MW012) Dual-Tip Markers Floral (MW015) Dual-Tip Markers Blush (MW016) Dual-Tip Markers Foliage (MW018) Watercolor Wheel (PD101) Pool Designer Papers (PS641)
Old Letter Writing (S4878) Starburst Lace (S5317) Tiny Ink Spots (S5637) Painted Canvas (S5782) Stazon Silver Ink Set (SJ254) Gold Shimmer Spray (WM116)
Silver Shimmer Spray (WM117)

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Kids Week Day 1 - iPhone Cases!

July 21st, 2014 by hero

Hi everyone! It’s “Kids Week” here on the blog! Our CEO Aaron’s nieces came for a visit this past week, and were inspired to create with the stamps and other products available in the warehouse. We hope you enjoy their creations!

Hi! It’s Morgan and Lexi here! We’re on vacation with our aunt and uncle, Laura and Aaron, and decided to spend some of our time here at Hero Arts. We have stolen the blog for the week to share our adventures! Ha ha, good thing we are so CRAFTY!

Once we arrived at Hero Arts, we had a tour of the warehouse, meeting all of the workers. (We really wanted there to be donuts in the kitchen but no such luck!) Then, we took a look at all of the stamp supplies. There are so many more stamps than we had thought! It inspired us to begin our first new project: using stamps to decorate iPhone cases!

Picking out our favorite stamps, we began by tracing the phone cases and sketching out some ideas on scratch paper. We found this really helps because some colors looked better than others and if you make a mistake, you can just try again! We had countless ideas, inspired by all of the different types of stamps, from woodblock, to clear, to clings.


In the end, we settled on our designs and created two different iPhone cases. We’ll share the instructions for both. First, this flower design!


Find out how to create this iPhone case — click for complete supplies and instructions.

To make the first design, you will need a black phone case. We found ours on Amazon for an okay price - you may find them at dollar stores, or do a Google search.  There are lots out there for low prices! If you are using a soft case (silicone or rubber), like we did, cut out a piece of cardboard in the shape of your phone and put it in the case. This makes the phone case stiff and flat, which allows the stamp to go on evenly. Once you have done that, ink your stamp and decide what part of the stamp you want to put on the iPhone case, if the entire stamp will not fit. We thought the Large Petal Background stamp would make a great design on the case! And we found that StazOn ink worked best.


Once you stamp it very carefully, it will dry within seconds. Unfortunately, we found out that once you put it on, it will not come off unless you use the StazOn Cleaner, which will remove it.

When we first did this, we noticed that it was really faded and had a vintage look. This was not our original idea but we really grew to love it! We also thought gems would go great with the design. We placed them around the sides and a single one in the middle. Finally, some Glossy Accents all over the case gave it a finished look. To make it not look as streaky, we misted on a tiny bit of water, then rubbed the glossy accents on with a sponge to finish it off. If you are having troubles putting the gems on, be patient. They come off easily but you should keep putting them back in place. Eventually, they will stay, especially once the Glossy Accents dry. And that is how you make the first design!


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

For the second design, we worked with the Rain Dance stencil rather than a stamp, and added lots of glitter!

Just like the first case, begin by putting cardboard in the phone case to make sure that it stays flat. Then, lay the stencil on the phone case, making sure that it is secure and will stay in one place. To hold the stencil very steady, you might need to grab a friend or a family member because it tends to shift a lot!

Put the Silver StazOn on a little more than half of the phone case. Then, put the Platinum StazOn on the other half of the case, but overlapping with the silver a little bit. This gives it the “ombre” sort of look that we were going for. We used a sponge, but you can also use a sponge dauber to apply to ink.


Then, coat with Glossy Accents and put glitter all over the design. Just as a warning, the glitter gets EVERYWHERE so put down some newspaper or do this part outside. Also, the glitter likes to clump in places.  To avoid this, put a little in your hands first, and then rub them together over the case.

And, there you have it! Two awesome designs and many ideas that you can do on your own. Thanks and we will see you tomorrow!


Large Petal Background (CG638) Neutral Mixed Accents (CH215) GLOSSY ACCENTS (GW221) Sponge Dauber With Cap (MI002) StazOn Stamp Cleaner (NK201) Ultra Fine Prisma Glitter (PG104)
Rain Dance Stencil (SA022) StazOn Cotton White Ink Set (SJ250) Stazon Platinum Ink Set (SJ251) Stazon Silver Ink Set (SJ254) Water Mist Bottle (WM101)

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Organization Ideas: Kelly’s Craft Room Part 1

July 18th, 2014 by kelly

organization ideas header

Hey there! Today I’m excited to start a new mini series on the blog about organization ideas. I love getting peeks into other craft rooms, so I thought I’d share mine with all of you.

Now, I am going to start off by saying that my room won’t be gracing the pages of a magazine anytime soon, but I’ve found a system that works great for me and I hope you enjoy the tour. It’s still a work in progress and probably will be for a long time. Lately, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect stool and some artwork for the walls.

About a year and a half ago I finally ditched all my mismatched college furniture and upgraded to some Martha Stewart Craft Space furniture. And I totally love it! Below is a view of the main wall of my room with two drawer units on the outside and my desk in the middle. These three pieces fit into to that space with only an inch to spare on each side — so I think it was meant to be! ;)

Kelly Rasmussen Craft Room 1

I’m going to break up the tour into several posts, so today I’m going to give you a closer look at the middle desk area and what I have close by when I’m crafting.

Kelly Rasmussen Craft Room 2

I work best when things are clean and put away, so everything in my room has a “home” and in between projects I try really hard to always put things away. Lots of things are in drawers and baskets, but I’ve found it easiest to keep some essentials out on my desk at all times.

Kelly Rasmussen Craft Room 3

The long white container along the right side is my trash bin. This really helps in keeping my area tidy while I craft. All those little scraps of paper and foam adhesive backing can create a lot of clutter, so having somewhere close by to put them is great.

Kelly Rasmussen Craft Room 5

This square container holds my tweezers, craft knife, bone folder, embossing powder tool and some of my most used adhesives. And the jar holds my most used pens and pencils.

Kelly Rasmussen Craft Room 4

This white caddy is the one organization tool that I have had for many many years and can’t imagine my desk without it. It holds paintbrushes, water brushes, stamp cleaners, water bottles, scissors, foam adhesive, my Corner Chompers and a few other small tools.

Kelly Rasmussen Craft Room 6

My work desk has two thin drawers. The right drawer (shown above) holds rulers, white and clear embossing powders, baby wipes, scratch paper and acrylic blocks. I use things from this drawer with every card I make and it is so handy to have them right in front of me.

 Kelly Rasmussen Craft Room 7

The left drawer holds all my markers, colored pencils and watercolors. These drawers are very shallow, which allows me to easily see what I have.

I hope you enjoyed this peek into my room. I’ll be back with several more posts on how I store my stamps, inks, dies, paper and embellishments! In the meantime, I would love to see a peek into your room. If you want to share your room or pictures of any organization ideas you have, upload them to the Hero Arts Flickr Group and tag your photos with “organizationideas“. Maybe I’ll feature ideas from some of you in an upcoming blog post!

Thanks for stopping by!


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OWH Missing You with Social Club

July 17th, 2014 by lucy

Hello, and welcome to Social Club. It’s no secret that we at Hero Arts just love our Operation Write Home Missing You stamp set, and it seems that you love it as much as we do! We keep seeing gorgeous projects in our Flickr pool created with this set, so decided it warranted a Social Club all of its own. We have chosen three fabulous creations to showcase, and hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

First in the spotlight is kate.dachovsa, who created these adorable cupcake toppers for her son’s party. We love her brightly colored critters, especially that striking purple bird!


Next is Karin Akesdotter who has used the sheep stamp from the set as the focal point of her card, embellishing it with a tiny die cut heart. How cute!!


And finally, Where is the Camera (Julia Altermann), who designed this oh-so-sweet card set. We especially love that pastel flock of sheep, and the fun coordinating envelopes.


Ladies, thank you for taking the time to share your beautiful creations with us. To reward you, we would like to give all three of you our Chalkboard Messages digikit which we hope you will enjoy.


Please send an email to and we will send you your digikit.

And finally, thank you for helping us support Operation Write Home by purchasing this stamp set. As with all of our Operation Write Home products, 25% of the profits from this set go to support this brilliant organisation. You can find information about their work and how we are supporting them on our Operation Write Home product page.

Thanks for visiting today. Happy stamping,


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Another “Die”-namic Idea!

July 16th, 2014 by sally

Hi friends, it’s Sally here today! I had promised I would be back with another idea for the Blossom Cuts set of dies, so here we go! I thought this would be a good “beginner sewing” idea for my grand girls. Using felt, I simply die cut all of the pieces - the large flower, the flower center and the leaves - with the various dies from this set. I’ll be able to teach them how to do a running stitch around the petal edges and blanket stitch on the center. French knots can be in the middle, holding all the pieces together. This can be turned into a pin or used on the front of a card. Or they could even create a cute hair clip!


Project by Sally Traidman. Click for complete supplies and instructions.

Creating with Hero Arts dies and felt is truly a lot of fun, I hope you’ll give it a try!

Thanks for stopping by,


Blossom Cuts (DI096)

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Floral Thanks

July 15th, 2014 by lucy

Hello. It’s Lucy here with a card that combines digital die cutting with watercoloring. Today’s card was inspired by a photo I found on Pinterest while browsing the colour blue. I adore blue - real rich cornflower blue - and the colors in this beautiful photo really caught my eye:


Photo Credit

For my card, I first cut three Striped Flowers from watercolor paper using my Silhouette. Then I coloured them with watercolors, added Rock Candy Stickles, and finally a sequin center. I layered my flowers up, adding a couple of vellum Spring Branches, and adhered them to a tag.


I love all the sugar like texture created by the Rock Candy stickles. It looks extra lovely on watercolor paper.


Find out how to make this card. Click for full supplies and instructions.

Thank you so much for popping by today.

Have a great day,


Enjoy Today (CL759) Large Tag (DI058) Spring Branch (DI087) Snow Folded Cards (PS566) Cream Watercolor Paper (PS625) Embossing Powder - White (PW110)
Embossing Gun (PW200) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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Embossing with Die Cuts

July 14th, 2014 by kelly

Hello, it’s Kelly here! I love to find uses for products other than their intended purpose. So today I’m going to show you how to create an embossed image using the Triangle Background die.

Sending Smiles by Kelly Rasmussen 1

I use a Cuttlebug for all my die cutting, but any machine will work. You just need to find the right “sandwich” of plates that works for embossing on your machine.

Sending Smiles by Kelly Rasmussen Step 1

I start out by setting up my machine as if I were using an embossing folder. Then I replace the embossing folder layer with the die, cardstock and tan embossing mat. I also had to add a metal adapter plate for an additional layer of thickness. The tan embossing mat is the key! It is what keeps the cardstock from actually being cut when you run it through your machine.

Sending Smiles by Kelly Rasmussen Step 2

I used watercolor paper because I knew I was going to be adding color with watercolor paints, but any cardstock would work for this technique.

Sending Smiles by Kelly Rasmussen Step 3

Next up I used a paintbrush and watercolor paints to create the gradient background. And whenever I used watercolors I like to have a dry cloth close by to blot up areas of color to create more variation.

While the watercolor panel was drying, I white heat embossed a sentiment on vellum from the Shoot for the Moon clear stamp set. To adhere the vellum I applied tiny dots of liquid glue behind the embossed sentiment and then sewed down the left side.

Sending Smiles by Kelly Rasmussen Step 4

Then I used a very thin paintbrush to color in a few of the triangles with Unicorn White Spray Ink.

Sending Smiles by Kelly Rasmussen 2

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

And because I loved creating the first card so much, I did another bonus card for you in a different color combo. I just love how the color settles into the embossed areas creating lots of dimension and texture!

Sending Smiles Blue by Kelly Rasmussen 1Sending Smiles Blue by Kelly Rasmussen 2

Thanks for stopping by today!


Shoot for the Moon (CL773) Triangle Background (DI089) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Embossing Powder - White (PW110) Embossing Gun (PW200) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)
Mini Mister Bottles (WM102) Unicorn White Spray (WM118)

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Painted Flower Card Set

July 11th, 2014 by libby

Hi everyone! It’s Libby here today. First of all - if you saw yesterday’s post - I have to say, I miss you too, Lisa!! That was such a sweet post. And as much as I was tempted to make a bicycle card today, too, I resisted the urge and pulled out some of my favorite Hero Arts flowers to make a quick and easy card set!


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

Hero Arts has several gorgeous flower stamps that are really perfect for a watercolored look. I’ll link them all below in the supplies at the end of this post.


To stamp the flowers on these cards, I colored directly onto the stamps with my markers. Then I lightly spritzed with a mister, and stamped. You can achieve different “levels” of watercolor depending on how much water you add. I just wanted a slightly watery look.


The vibrant blue on the card above makes me swoon! Love! And by the way, that stamp is called Petals of Beauty. How appropriate! :-)


Poppies are some of my favorite flowers, so I was happy when I saw this Poppy stamp! These cards came together so quickly. I simply did the stamping, cut them out with the Frame die, added one of my favorite messages and finished them up with a bit of twine and burlap. Easy peasy!

Of all the new flower stamps I’ve linked up below, which is your favorite?

Have a wonderful weekend!


Black Ink Pad (AF101) Frame (DI084) Poppy in Wind (G5905) Painted Poppy (G5906) Puff Flower (H5903) Poppy (H5904)
Flowers on a Stem (H5935) Painted Flower (K5767) Petals of Beauty (K5897) What's Up (LP330) Dual-Tip Markers Blush (MW016) Dual-Tip Markers Foliage (MW018)
Dual-Tip Markers Sea (MW019) Sunsine Mixed Layering Paper (PS621) Water Mist Bottle (WM101)

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Missing You, Libby!

July 10th, 2014 by lisa

Hey hey, Lisa here today. It’s July, and that means its Tour de France time! What’s the Tour de France, you ask? Well, it’s a bike race that goes around — yep, you guessed it — France — plus this year it includes some of England, Belgium and Spain, too. It’s 21 days of racing, with 22 nine man teams starting the 2,272 mile course. It’s been called chess on wheels as there are races within the race. Some say it’s a metaphor for life, with all the ups and downs and twists and turns. I think it’s poetry in motion.

Love of le Tour is also how I happened to meet Libby! She tweeted about the race one day and the rest was history. She’s the first stamper that I ever met who liked cycling. Better yet, at that time we were both living in Austin, TX. So we met up for cupcakes and talked le Tour and stamps. It was awesome. Soon after she started working for Hero Arts. She has since moved away but we still talk all the time. But I really really miss her.

So when I saw my assignment to make a one-layer card I knew just what stamp I wanted to use: the Bicycle, of course! And I didn’t want to make just any one-layer card. I decided to make a postcard with the Postcard Collage set!

Missing You postcard by Lisa Spangler for Hero Arts

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

I wanted to make the postcard and lines black but the border in color, so I performed a little surgery on the stamp. :)

Stamp surgery

Then I inked up the outside with various colors, misted and stamped on a sheet of watercolor paper. I cut it out, then stamped the inside in black.

Missing You postcard by Lisa Spangler for Hero Arts

Next it was on to the front of the postcard.

Missing You postcard by Lisa Spangler for Hero Arts

I wanted to make it seem like there were flowers flying out of the basket, so I went to town with watercolors. This was so fun! I didn’t try to concentrate too hard, just listed to le Tour and colored away.

I decided to add some matching flowers to the back of the postcard, too.

Missing You postcard by Lisa Spangler for Hero Arts

A little washi tape, and that was that!

By the way, have you entered our One Layer Challenge yet? Postcards like this are totally allowed! Find out more and enter right here.

One more thing before I go — just wanted to let you know that the Postcard Collage set and select other stamps that are perfect for simple summer stamping are 15% off, now through July 15th. Check ‘em out.

Miss ya tons, Libby. And vive le Tour forever!


Postcard Collage (AC023) Black Ink Pad (AF101) Bicycle (F5293) Water Mist Bottle (WM101)

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Blossom Window Card

July 9th, 2014 by sally

Hi! It’s Sally here today. As many of you know, I love flowers! I’m honestly a bit of a flower fanatic. And I really love that several flower stamps now have matching dies! And while I know I’ll use the Blossom Cuts dies many, many times with the coordinating Hello Flowers stamps, today I thought it would be fun to play with the dies in a unique way. So I created this window card!


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

I cut out the large flower shape by die-cutting on the front of my card. The small flower from the die set was die-cut on a bit of scrap patterned paper. Then, using gold metallic thread, I ran them together through my sewing machine, creating a “floating” flower in the center of the window. A small flower gem finishes it off.


This is a fairly quick and easy way to create an unusual card that your recipient will love! And speaking of unusual ways to use this die set - I’ll be back next week to share another Blossom Cuts project!

And a quick fyi before I go - the flower stamps that coordinate with this die set - Hello Flowers - are part of our Simple Summer Stamping Sale! They are currently 15% off in the Hero Arts Online Store! The flowers in the set are really pretty, and it has some great sentiments, too, including the “for you” message which I used on this card. Get yourself this set while it’s on sale!

Thanks for stopping by today!


Black Ink Pad (AF101) Sparkle Gems Small Blossoms (CH140) Hello Flowers (CL774) Blossom Cuts (DI096) Glue Tape (GW222) Glue Tape Refill (GW223)
Floral Mixed Folded Cards (PS567) Sunshine Designer Papers (PS630)

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