Red, White and Blue for YOU!

July 3rd, 2015 by sally

It’s almost Independence Day in the USA, so I created a few quick cards for a last minute greeting! These three cards use basically the same Fourth of July stamp set, but they look completely different! First - the fireworks. You cannot have July 4th without fireworks!


I added the tiny stars from the Thanks Stamp & Cut set to all of these cards. I also love incorporating dies with stamping, so I used our pennant from Flag Stamp & Cut on this next card. A bit of gold stitching made it more festive!


This next card borrowed the heart die from Hearts Stamp & Cut. I also borrowed the fun squiggle line from our new baby set called Little One for the dangling hearts. A girl has to have a few basics like stars and hearts and squiggle lines, because they go with anything!


Before I go, I get to share some happy news for a couple of you! Earlier this week we asked which sentiments you’d like to see in stamp form. We’ve loved reading through all of your fabulous ideas, thank you for sharing them! The two lucky random winners of $25 Hero Arts gift cards are Vinita Jain (Comment #30 on June 30th, 2015 at 6:31 am) and Shona Chambers (Comment #91 on July 1st, 2015 at 8:02 pm). Vinita and Shona, please email to claim your prize.

Have a safe, fun-filled and festive 4th!! Happy Birthday USA!!!


Ruby Ink Pad (AF150) Navy Mid-Tone Shadow Ink (AF234) Sparkle Gems Small Blossoms (CH140) Sea Mixed Accents (CH213) Little One (CL854) Stamp & Cuts® Alpha Tabs (DC136)
Stamp & Cuts®  Hearts (DC143) Stamp & Cuts® Thanks (DC152) Fourth of July (LP343) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Blush Mixed Layering Paper (PS620) Sea Mixed Layering Paper (PS623)

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Guest Artist Maya Isaksson!

July 2nd, 2015 by hero

We’re happy to have another talented guest joining us on the blog today! Maya Isaksson shared today’s technique on her blog a while back, and we loved it! So we asked if she would share the same technique with a card here. We absolutely love what she created for today’s post!

Hello! My name is Maya and I am very happy to be a guest here at the Hero Arts blog today. I have been a Hero Arts fan since I started making cards and never imagined I would write a blogpost here on the blog. I hope you like my card!


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

I used the Kelly’s Background Stars stamp to heat emboss the pattern with white embossing powder on watercolour paper. After heating the powder I added water with a brush to the middle area where I wanted the focal image to be. I added some soft watercolours in turquoise and pink to the wet area and let the colours blend with each other. After letting it dry I took some printer paper and put on top of the watercolored piece and ironed it. When the embossing powder heats up it transfers to the printer paper and you can remove it. Keep ironing until all the powder is removed, just use a new part of the printer paper each time and be careful not to get powder on your iron.

Now to the fun part. If you own some of the Hero Arts dies you can use them instead but I didn’t, so I used my Silhouette Cameo with a Hero Arts cut file from the Silhouette Design Store. I used a PixScan cutting mat to make sure I got the design where I wanted it, but you can eyeball it too. I cut out the Today is a New Day cut file from the watercolour paper and also four more of the same shape from kraft coloured cardstock. It’s important to keep all the little pieces from the watercolored die-cut because you are going to use them too. You can toss all the smaller pieces from the kraft cardstock. I glued down the watercolour background that surrounded the cut out shape on a card front, added one of the kraft coloured cut outs in place of the original piece and added the letters from the watercolour piece inside the Kraft shape. I glued the other three kraft coloured cut outs on top of each other and finished off with the watercolour piece on top. The last thing to do was decorate with some clear sequins.

If you liked this you are very welcome to visit my blog, I would love to see you there!

Thank you Maya, we sure liked it! What a great technique, we’re going to have to give it a try!


Kelly's Background Stars (CG655) Watercolor Wheel (PD101) Cream Watercolor Paper (PS625) Kraft Paper (PS627) Embossing Powder - White (PW110) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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Hello Card + Sketch

July 1st, 2015 by kelly

Hi everyone, it’s Kelly here. One of the most time-consuming parts of making a card for me is the layout. So today I’m making it easy on myself and starting with a sketch. And I’m including it here for all of you to use!

Hero Arts July 2015 Sketch

I decided to create a fun background using the Triangle Patterned Stencil and Distress Inks. I laid the stencil over a piece of watercolor paper, rubbed VersaMark Ink into all the openings and clear heat embossed the pattern.  Then I mixed various shades of blue and green Distress Inks with water to paint over the background.

Hello by Kelly Rasmussen for Hero Arts 1

I die cut a circle window from the watercolor panel and adhered a piece of acetate to the back side. This gave me the perfect place to put my delicate die cut sentiment from the Hello Stamp and Cut set. It makes it look like the message is floating!

Hello by Kelly Rasmussen for Hero Arts 2Find out how to make this card — click for complete supplies and instructions.

I’m a big believer in those small finishing touches that really make the card complete. On this card it was the Glossy Accents on the heart and Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Marker on the “hello” die that did the trick.

Thanks for joining me today!


Black Ink Pad (AF101) Stamp & Cuts® Hello (DC151) Sun Showers Cutting Dies (5) (DI137) GLOSSY ACCENTS (GW221) Pool Mixed Folded Cards (PS639) Pool Mixed Layering Paper (PS640)
Ultra Fine Clear Embossing Powder (PW111) Embossing Gun (PW200) Triange Patterned Stencil BG (SA059) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250) Water Mist Bottle (WM101)

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Winner + Two More Giveaways!

June 30th, 2015 by hero

Hello stampers! Today we have a double dose of goodness for you — a winner to announce, plus TWO more Hero Arts Online Store gift cards to give away!

First, please join us in a drumroll and big “woohoo” for the winner of Sally’s giveaway last week: Kris in Alaska (Comment #85 on June 25th, 2015 at 6:15 pm.) Kris, please email to claim your prize.

Now for our next two $25 gift card giveaways, we’d like to have a word…about words! Which sentiments would you like to have in stamp form? Is there a certain message you’ve been wishing for? One that you think we should make? Let us know by sharing a comment below and you’ll be entered to win one of two Hero Arts Online Store gift cards. The winners will be randomly chosen from all comments received by 11:59pm PST on Thursday, July 2nd.

As we say goodbye to June, we also want to remind you that today is the last day to enter the Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge. Wondering what that’s all about? Click HERE for complete details. We’d love to see your projects amongst the pool of entries!

Have a great Tuesday,

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Retro Phones

June 29th, 2015 by hero

Hello everyone! Do you remember the times when there were no cell phones? You only had one or two phones in the house and a very long cord so that you could carry it to the other room? We had one ugly green phone that rung every time someone fell asleep, lol! The Friends by Lia stamp set has just the phone image I am talking about! The minute I saw it I remembered our old phone, all the fun teenage conversations I had with my girlfriends, all the gossip and chit chat.


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

I was inspired by the phone image and wanted to create a fun custom background. Ended up making a few, you know me, I simply cannot stop at just one.


I stamped a few patterns in one color and also did one diagonal pattern using several colors of ink. I filmed a video to explain how I create grids for patterns that require stamping in multiple colors of ink. I also shared a bit about embossing on both sides of vellum for a fun look. Enjoy!

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

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


Butter Bar Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF207) Green Hills Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF209) Tide Pool (AF223) Soft Cantaloupe Shadow Ink (AF242) Mint Julep Mid-Tone Shadow Ink Pad (AF246) Yellow Gemstones (CH126)
Friends by Lia (CL875) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Embossing Powder - Gold (PW100) Embossing Gun (PW200) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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Scrapbooking Summer Adventures

June 26th, 2015 by hero

Hello, everyone. This is Mariko here today to share with you my love for Kelly Purkey and her products through the pocket-style scrapbook pages I made last week.

I just can’t stop loving everything Kelly creates! In her current collection, Clearly Kelly, I am particularly pleased with the colors she used for the Designer Paper Pad and the Sticky Notes. I live in San Diego, California, and the photos taken in harsh midday light during summertime could often have extremely high contrast. Papers with soft and feminine colors and designs don’t go well with such photos. Kelly’s bold and vivid color scheme is just perfect for the images I captured on the day I spent in a hot and sunny park all day long with my husband.


Kelly’s workshops have taught me a great deal of the use of tabs and labels in scrapbooking. I am happy now that I have her Documented Stamp & Cuts. I can make my labels any time in any color!


Kelly’s Sticky Note is partially used here and treated as a label. Some of my favorite stamps, like this one from Kelly’s Live Big, fit right in the blank.


We have visited this park numerous times but never walked from one end of the complex to another (and back). It is quite an accomplishment for an inactive couple! To show off, the geo tag icons from Kelly’s Happy Place are stamped, hand cut, and adhered to the places we visited on a photo of the downloaded map.


The top of the clipboard-like card is a tab I made using Kelly’s Scored Tabs Stamp & Cuts and Kelly’s Daily Life.


White heat embossing powder is used here for brightness and texture.


This is one of my favorite stamps from the latest addition to Kelly’s collection called New Adventures. It has a set of six framed sentences that begin with “we.”


I think the “we” stamps tell a story.


Can you tell what I did here? I used the sticky notes as a border.


Color splash!


I am not very good at layering pieces of paper, but Kelly’s Planner Clips Stamp & Cuts allow me to do so because the dies create a perfect slit.


The ‘we” stamps also help bring unity to a series of travel album pages.


It was my birthday. I was born in 1974, the same year that Hero Arts was born.

Another color splash!


Kelly is a great writer. I love the way she plays with words. “Just be your selfie”? That is fun!


I had such a good time in the park and in my craft room making these layouts. Next time I would like to be physically fit enough to climb the California Tower with 125 steps!


Thank you very much for stopping by.

Black Ink Pad (AF101) Butter Bar Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF207) Orange Soda (AF224) Red Royal (AF225) Forever Green (AF229) Navy Mid-Tone Shadow Ink (AF234)
Kelly's Food Coma (CL814) Kelly's Super Cool (CL815) Kelly's Live Big (CL816) Kelly's Take Note (CL818) Kelly's Daily Life (CL819) Kelly's Destination (CL820)
Kelly's Outline Letters (CL821) Kelly's 100% Me (CL852) Kelly's New Adventures (CL853) Kelly's Documented Stamp & Cuts® (DC145) Kelly's Scored Tabs Stamp & Cuts® (DC146) Kelly's Planner Clips Stamp & Cuts® (DC153)
Kelly's Happy Place (LP373) Dual-Tip Markers Blush (MW016) Dual-Tip Markers Foliage (MW018) Dual-Tip Markers Sea (MW019) Kelly's Designer Paper, 4x6 Pad (PS745) Kelly's Sticky Notes, 4x6 Pad (PS746)
Embossing Powder - White (PW110)

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New Baby Girl + a giveaway!

June 25th, 2015 by sally

Hello! It’s Sally a.k.a. Ms. Pink here today with my version of a Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge card. We recently had a new grandbaby girl join our family, so I am still thinking pink. (Ok, who am I kidding, I’m always thinking pink, but my sweet grandbaby is an extra good excuse!) I made a baby girl card combining the Floral Bold Prints by Lia background with our older onesie die. The sweet message is from Little One. I love the fun little swirls and embellishments in this set!


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

Because I’m still in a celebratory mood, how about we do a little giveaway? Just leave a comment here on this post by Monday, and I’ll choose one random winner to receive a $25 shopping spree in the Hero Arts Online Store! We’ll announce the winner on Tuesday, June 30.

Thanks for stopping by,


Soft Blossom Shadow Ink (AF147) Bubble Gum Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF208) Floral Bold Prints by Lia (CG678) Small Accent Pearls (CH136) Neutral Mixed Accents (CH215) LITTLE ONE (CL854)
Onesie (DI056) Blush Mixed Folded Cards (PS568) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Embossing Powder - White (PW110) Embossing Gun (PW200) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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Sending You Sunshine

June 23rd, 2015 by hero

Hi! It’s Mariana here today sharing a card that I made using a pretty Color Layering set called Graphic Flowers.


One of the things I like about this particular set is that you can layer the different sizes of the flower images, and you don’t really have to be very precise to achieve great results. :) For this card I stamped three of the flower images included in this set, layering them one on top of the other using different colors of ink.


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

It’s hard to see in the picture, but I stamped the smallest  flower twice; one with ink and the second one was clear-embossed. I did that just to give it a shiny finish to the flower, and I did the same with the sentiment. :)

I want to point out that you can also buy the matching frame cuts for this set, and with them you can get a dimensional look for your cards.


Thanks for joining me today!


Butter Bar Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF207) Cup O' Joe Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF214) Orange Soda (AF224) Soft Cantaloupe Shadow Ink (AF242) Lime Green Mid-Tone Ink (AF262) Orange Sparkle Gems (CH154)
COLOR LAYERING GRAPHIC FLOWERS (CL862) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Sunshine Mixed Layering Papers (12) (PS621) Embossing Powder - Clear (PW104) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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Pattern Layered Stamping with Guest Artist George Panayiotou

June 22nd, 2015 by hero

Today we have George Panayiotou returning to the blog to share a wonderful technique for layered stamping. And what a clever way to use this stamp set!


Hi everyone! It’s George here and I am over the moon for being a guest artist again on the Hero Arts blog! Today I am sharing a fun technique I call “pattern layered stamping,” and it shows you how to use clear stamps in unexpected ways and how to layer inks to create unique patterns.

For these cards I am using the new Color Layering set Let Love Grow, along with Forest Floor Bold Prints (the new 6×6 stamps are amazing by the way!).


The idea behind this technique is to use basic shaped images and stamp them repeatedly in order to form a pattern. I used the Forest Floor Bold Prints with Unicorn pigment ink (which is the best white ink on the planet!) to stamp on smooth white cardstock.  Any simple and small patterned background stamp works for that technique.

Then I simply stamped some of the flowers and the leaf from Color Layering Let Love Grow with several ink colors - Ocean, Soft Pool, Soft Sky, Mint Julep and Tide Pool - patiently to form a pattern. By stamping with color ink on top of the white it creates a new softer color and a fun texture.  You can also stamp the Forest Floor Bold Prints on top of the finished stamped pattern with light color ink and get similar results.

It is so nice and unique how the shadow inks and the white pigment ink layer on top of each other!






Find out how to do this technique — click for supplies and instructions.

You can use colors for the same color family (like I did) or use different colors to create a different look.  A fun way to use your stamps and stretch their life! Clear stamps also make it so easy to line up the images next to each other in order to create a pattern.

Feel free to give it a go, and use any background stamp you have along with images from clear sets to recreate this technique. Since this technique is so addictive, I couldn’t stop to one card so made a lot!

Thanks so much for the great idea, George!


Soft Pool Shadow Ink (AF146) Ocean Dye Ink (AF216) Tide Pool (AF223) Soft Sky Shadow Ink (AF244) Mint Julep Mid-Tone Shadow Ink Pad (AF246) Unicorn Pigment Ink Pad (AF249)
Forest Floor Bold Prints (CG671) Small Accent Pearls (CH136) Medium Accent Pearl (CH137) COLOR LAYERING LET LOVE GROW (CL865) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Kraft Paper (PS627)
Pool Mixed Layering Paper (PS640) Embossing Powder - White (PW110) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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Design Team Rewind - June!

June 19th, 2015 by hero


Hello and welcome to another Hero Arts Web Design Team Rewind, where we share a sampling of our favorite projects shared on the designers’ personal blogs over the past month!

Let’s start with Mariana, who created this gorgeous card using our Floral Vines Stencil - click on over to her blog if you’d like to learn how she did it, she shared a helpful tutorial! The gold flower cut with Daisy Cutting Set by Lia is a beautiful accent.


It wasn’t a surprise that our fabulous designer from Hawaii would be eager to try out the Color Layering Hibiscus! We love the card Donna made, as well as the matching pillow box.


Yana used kraft cardstock like a pro on this elegant, romantic card. The lovely flowers are from Love by Lia.


This Pierre card is way too cute not to share - and if you want a little chuckle, you really must head over and read the blog post Yana shared! Silly monkey. :)


And one more card from Mariana, who played along with our current challenge while creating this happy little card!


To create her card, she combined heat embossing (Color Layering Happy Day Flowers)+ die cutting (Congrats Stamp and Cut)+ her favorite color (Mint). Easy as that!


We hope you’ll play along with the Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge if you haven’t already. We’re giving away $30 shopping sprees to five lucky winners! You have until June 30 to get your card submitted - visit the contest page for full details!

And, we hope that you’ve enjoyed today’s summary! Be sure to visit all of the artists’ blogs regularly for more ideas and inspiration! You can find all of the links over in the sidebar.

Happy Stamping!


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