The Monogram Collection is Here!

January 23rd, 2015 by lucy

Look what’s just arrived in the Hero Arts Online Store — it’s the Monogram Letters Collection!

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In addition to individual lowercase and uppercase letter stamps, the collection includes symbols, punctuation, and frames. Oh, and have we mentioned the three coordinating stencils? Everything mixes and matches beautifully. Check it all out right HERE and put a personal touch on cards, stationery, home decor, and special event DIY projects!

Now we’re going to turn the blog over to Lucy, who’s here to share a clever monogram project that you’re sure to love! Take it away, Lucy…

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Hello. It’s Lucy here today, with an idea for using the new monogram stamps. Monogram stamps are great for creating personalised stationery and gifts, and when I saw the Swanky L stamp, I knew I wanted to create something fun for my daughter Lily. So, I grabbed the new Playful Animals (CL832) stamp set, the Printer’s Type alphas, and a Snow folded card and made this fun little colouring book in minutes.

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

I added some silver stitching to the stamped letter for some extra texture and sparkle. And the glitter tape at the edge hides the stitching that holds the book together.

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Inside there are six pages of cute animals for her to colour and embellish.

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It didn’t take my Lily long to get going… she created a rainbow hedgehog straight away. She thinks everything is better in rainbow colours.

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It’s amazing what you can create with a Hero Arts notecard! I think I will be making a lot more of these in the coming months! Plus, by adding lined paper instead of colouring pages, you could easily create a cute personalised notebook. Wouldn’t that be a sweet gift for a friend?

Thanks for visiting today - I hope you have a great weekend,

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Black Ink Pad (AF101) PLAYFUL ANIMAL (CL832) SWANKY L ALPHA (F6040) Printer's Type Lowercase Alphabet (LL762) Snow Folded Cards (PS566)

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Valentine Coaster Cards

January 22nd, 2015 by tami

Hi everyone! Today I’d like to introduce you to a fun new Hero Arts product that can be found at the tail end of the 2015 Spring Catalogcoasters! These are sold in packages of 15 and are offered in two fun designs that you can further decorate with stamped touches. They’re perfect for parties, of course, but can also be used in lots of other creative ways. For today’s project, I’ll actually be using the Dotted Design Coaster Pack (below left) to create some quick and easy Valentine’s Day cards.

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I’m a big fan of shaped cards and thought these pre-printed coasters would make cute card bases when glued together. The coasters are nice and heavy in weight, but not so heavy that they can’t be scored and folded. To create a hinge, simply score a line approximately 1/2″ from the top of one coaster and fold. Apply adhesive above the fold and attach it to a second coaster. Voila! A heavy duty circle card, ready to embellish. The inside is a lovely cream, since the back of the coaster is that color.

Here’s a look at the back side of the card showing the hinge…

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I stamped the “love you” heart from this Stamp & Cut set onto white cardstock with pink and red inks, then popped them onto the cards along with a few gold embossed accents. To create the gold arrow and the extra dots around the edges, I used a Versamark pen and gold embossing powder. Super simple!

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

The coasters, along with the rest of the 2015 Spring Catalog products, begin shipping to stores in early February. Grab a pack or two and you’ll be able to create cute mini cards for any occasion in a matter of minutes!

Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by!



Red Royal (AF225) Pale Tomato Mid-Tone Shadow Ink (AF233) Ultra Pink Mid-Tone Ink (AF263) STAMP & CUTE YES (DC132) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) DOTTED DESIGN COASTER PACK (PS747)
Embossing Powder - Gold (PW100) Embossing Gun (PW200)

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Veggie Good Friends

January 21st, 2015 by hero

Hi everyone! How about we stamp a friendship salad today? Here’s a very simple card I made using one of the new Hero Arts stamps from the Spring 2015 catalog called Stamp Your Own Salad.

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I used an onion image and created a simple repeating pattern for my card. I used a different color of ink for my main image and stamped a sentiment in black on top. To highlight the main onion I colored the top part using a green marker to give it a more natural, sweet look.

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

So what do you think? Are we veggie good friends?

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Black Ink Pad (AF101) Soft Lilac Shadow Ink Pad (AF134) Grape Juice (AF227) STAMP YOUR OWN SALAD (CL833) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Floral Mixed Layering Paper (PS619)

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Sending Love

January 20th, 2015 by hero

Hi! It’s Mariana here today sharing two lovely cards that feature products included in the Valentine’s Day 2015 with Basic Grey Catalog

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

For my first card, I used the Amore Background, Love and Hello Fancy Dies, and Untitled Heart cling set. It is always fun to combine different elements on a card, especially when you have papers, stamps, inks, and die cuts that perfectly coordinate with each other.

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I also used other elements that made this card look a bit more romantic: gemstones, burlap string, and paper doilies. I think a little bit of Shabby Chic style does not hurt for Valentine’s Day. :-)

My second card is a bit simpler. I also used the Amore Background, along with a woodblock message stamp called Sending Love, and a Hero Arts+BasicGrey clear set named Good Memories.

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

The focal point of this card is a tag and flower bouquet. The bouquet was stamped on three different colors of layering papers and then, I trimmed different pieces, and assembled them over the tag, playing a little bit with dimension. At the end, light pink pearls were the perfect embellishments for this simple, but romantic card.

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Well, I hope I have inspired you to create Valentine cards. Thanks for joining me today!

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Untitled Heart (AC002) Black Ink Pad (AF101) Pale Tomato Mid-Tone Shadow Ink (AF233) BG: Amore Background (CG658) Assorted Crystal Gemstones (CH117) Sparkle Gems Hearts (CH142)
Pale Pink Accent Pearls (CH170) Midnight Black Accent Pearls (CH172) BG: J'Adore Good Memories (CL829) Sending Love (D6000) Long and Cute Tags (DI046) Love and Hello (DI088)
Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Blush Mixed Layering Paper (PS620) Black Layering Paper (PS691) Embossing Powder - White (PW110) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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Succulent Garden Thank You Card

January 19th, 2015 by kelly

Hello and happy Monday everyone! Have you had a chance to browse through the new 2015 Spring Catalog? There are so many awesome products I’m excited about and today I’ve got a card to share a couple of my favorites.

I am beyond giddy to have some handwritten message stamps that I designed come out with this release!

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One of those stamps is the 3″ x4″ Stamp + Cut Thanks set (DC152) that features the handwritten word “thanks”, nine coordinating sentiments and a matching die!

If you like the style of this sentiment set, there are three other similar Stamp + Cut sets featuring the words “hello”, “congrats” and “happy”.

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Another set that I’m loving from the catalog is the Stamp Your Own Succulents clear stamp set (CL839).  I stamped all the separate images on watercolor paper with brown pigment ink and clear heat embossed. Then I colored the plants and pot using various colors of Distress Ink mixed with water.

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

I look forward to seeing what you all create with these new stamps! They will be shipped to stores starting in early February.

Have a great day!

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Tim Holtz: Shabby Shutters Distress Dye Ink Pad (AF163) Spun Sugar Distress Dye Ink Pad (AF197) Wild Honey Distress Dye Ink Pad (AF201) Tide Pool (AF223) STAMP YOUR OWN SUCCULENTS (CL839) THANKS STAMP & CUT (DC152)
Pool Mixed Layering Paper (PS640) Embossing Powder - Clear (PW104)

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Catalog Reveal Giveaway Winners!

January 16th, 2015 by hero

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Before we head into the weekend, we have some happy news to share — the winners of this week’s catalog reveal giveaways! Big thanks to all of you who joined in the reveal excitement and shared your comments with us. We appreciate your support and enthusiasm!

Drumroll, please. It’s time to announce those winners!!

First, the 2015 Spring Catalog giveaway goes to…

  • Debbie Lou with comment #264 on January 13th, 2015 at 7:17 am: “This is a great spring catalog! Makes me think spring right now. My favorites are the cactus set and the Operation Write Home stitched animals.”

And the Clearly Kelly giveaway goes to…

  • Tammie Koehnen with comment #111 on January 14th, 2015 at 6:51 am: “Really love the wallet systems stamps, I’ve never heard of that and it looks like something I would really like to try!”

Ladies, please contact us at winner@heroarts.com, and we’ll get you set up with your prizes. Congratulations!

If you didn’t have a chance to check out the two new catalogs, we have provided links below. Just click on the covers to be taken directly to the digital versions. For those of you who have asked about purchasing hard copies, the catalogs will be available in our online store next week. Products from both catalog begin shipping out to stores in early February. It won’t be long!

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Thanks again and enjoy the weekend!

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Masculine Perfect Pear

January 16th, 2015 by hero

Ever see a stamp and it is so inspirational that you don’t want the rest of the card to detract from it? That was my goal with this card and the pear from the new Stamp Your Own Fruit (CL835) set. I wanted people to see that gorgeous font, the cute shape of that pear, and the perfect size of the whole image! I set about making this masculine, image-focused card by stamping the image on white and instead of coloring it, using some splatter to give it color.

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

I had some scraps and put them to good use on the top of the card. And I know buttons are out, but to me, they are timeless. That’s code for I have a lot of buttons and I need to use them ;) Sooo, I placed one on the top of the paper for an embellishment. Now I am going to confess something, I am not so good at coloring. I do OTHER things with stamps that I am better at. Splatter is one of those things. I also do great with distress inking, paper piercing, stamping on patterned paper, well…you get the point. I took the bottle of spray and unscrewed the top. I flicked the tube end of the pump onto the card. No extra equipment, no water, nothing fussy.

I stamped the Canvas Background in Cup O’ Joe ink before placing the stamped portion on top with pop ups. It is my favorite background stamp of ALL time.  It’s an easy way to give your cards some texture.  In the end, I accomplished my goal in making a masculine card for my guy.

Thanks for stopping by,

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Black Ink Pad (AF101) Cup O' Joe Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF214) Canvas Background (CG621) STAMP YOUR OWN FRUIT (CL835) Glue Tape (GW222) Snow Layering Paper (PS610)
Kraft Paper (PS627) Neon Blue Spray (WM107)

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Bokeh Love

January 15th, 2015 by hero

Hi there. Cheiron here with a Valentine “bokeh” just for you. I just love the bokeh effect that you see in photography, it’s such an easy and fun technique to recreate using paper and stamps.

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

To make this card, I used one of the tiny round stamps from the Basic Grey J’Adore Hello Love set and repeatedly stamped it around the space where the word love would go to create the bokeh effect. I die cut the word love and embossed it with gold embossing powder to create a fun embellishment. If you want to make multiples of this card, I would recommend doing all the stamped panels at once, since you will be switching inks a few times!

Thanks for stopping by,

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Raspberry Jam (AF228) Unicorn Pigment Ink Pad (AF249) Dark Quartz Mid-Tone Ink (AF260) Ultra Pink Mid-Tone Ink (AF263) BG: J'Adore Hello Love (CL828) Love and Heart (DI081)
Floral Mixed Layering Paper (PS619) Blush Mixed Layering Paper (PS620) Embossing Powder - Gold (PW100) Ultra Fine Embossing Powder (PW111) Embossing Gun (PW200) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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Critter Notecards

January 14th, 2015 by hero

Hello! Donna here and I’d like to share some fun little cards I made with the new Playful Animals (CL832) clear set.

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

I chose some animals, colored them with Copics, fussy cut them, and attached them to smaller sized notecards I cut from Kraft Paper. I like how the colors pop against kraft. A few enamel dots were added for a bit of playful fun.

For a closer look, say hello to the adorable kitty. I think these would make great lunch box notes. And how cute would these critters look on some bookmarks or Valentine cards? These critters would also make adorable tags.

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The images are cute yet simple, so they weren’t too difficult to trim. And no animals were harmed in the production of the cards. (Wink!)

The Playful Animals set, along with the rest of the 2015 Spring Catalog stamps, will begin shipping to stores in early February.

Thanks for stopping by today!

P.S. - Don’t forget to comment on our two catalog reveal posts HERE and HERE for a chance to win some great prizes! Comments must be received by 11:59pm PST tonight.


Butter Bar Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF207) Green Hills Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF209) Tide Pool (AF223) Big Hugs (CL456) PLAYFUL ANIMAL (CL832) STAMP YOUR OWN FRUIT (CL835)
Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Sunsine Mixed Layering Paper (PS621) Foliage Mixed Layering Paper (PS622) Kraft Paper (PS627) Pool Mixed Layering Paper (PS640) Designer Woodgrain (S5208)

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The Clearly Kelly Catalog is Here…Along with a Giveaway!

January 13th, 2015 by hero

Welcome back! Yesterday we showed you our new 2015 Spring Catalog and today we’re following it up with another treat — the full reveal of the Clearly Kelly line! Hero Arts has collaborated with Kelly Purkey to bring you this collection that’s perfect for use in Project Life albums, pocket style albums, traditional scrapbooks, mini albums, planners, and more!

You can see everything in the catalog by clicking HERE or on the image below.

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Highlights include:

  • 8 Clear stamp sets (3″x4″)
  • 6 Woodblock sets
  • 2 Stamp & Cut sets
  • 3 Cling background stamps
  • 2 Stencils
  • Wallet system
  • Paper pad (4″x6″)
  • And even sticky notes!

Noell Hyman from Paperclipping stopped by the Hero Arts booth at CHA to view the new collection. Would you like a closer look? Check out the video below (or here at Paperclipping) to hear all about it from KP herself. We just love the mini album she created with the wallet system — so innovative and fun!

What are your favorites from the Clearly Kelly line? We’d love to hear! Leave a comment below and we’ll pick one lucky winner at random and send her/him two of the new Clearly Kelly stamp sets! The giveaway is open until 11:59pm PST on Wednesday, January 14th. The winner will be announced here on the blog on Friday. Good luck!

The Clearly Kelly collection begins shipping to your favorite local stamp stores February 2nd, and will be available in the Hero Arts Online Store February 24th. (Local stamp stores fulfill your orders from the online store, so we allow time for them to get them in stock.)

We want to thank you all for sharing your time and your comments with us during the past week as we’ve revealed our brand new collections. Knowing how much you enjoy seeing the designs makes us that much more excited. We can’t wait to see what you do with them. 2015 is going to be amazing!!

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