One Stencil, Two Ways

December 19th, 2014 by hero

Today two of our artists, Donna Mikasa and Mariana Grigsby, were each asked to create a card featuring one of our new stencils from Hero Arts + BasicGrey - Floral Vines. It’s one of two gorgeous stencils from the J’Adore Collection, part of the new Valentine’s Day 2015 release. It’s interesting to see how the designers used the stencil in very similar ways, but each with their own unique flair. First up is Donna…

The new Floral Vines Stencil is so pretty and ornate that I decided to use it simply as a stencil. To keep it a one layer card, I masked two sides of the stencil and added strips of cardstock to frame the panel.


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

You can switch up the colors or even use several colors, depending on the occasion. I used a thank you sentiment, stamped with the darkest ink color and added some pearls as a finishing touch.


Now let’s take a look at the next card. Donna mentioned using several colors, and Mariana must have been listening… :)

For my card featuring the Floral Vines Stencil, first I created the background of my card by using the stencil along with different ink pad colors.


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

I simply sponged them over the open area using daubers. Simple yet fun!


It is great when you can make your very own color combination using Hero Arts inks, because then, you can easily coordinate your creation with matching layering papers. ;)


I also made a small panel to stamp a “Thank You” sentiment. Then, I used some white paper flowers to which I applied color on them to match the colors of my card. You can rub the flowers directly onto the ink pad, or you can also add color by using another great product: Ink Spray. No matter what you choose to do, it is always fun. Finally, I complemented my card with burlap string and some yummy light green pearls.

Thanks for stopping by today,


Black Ink Pad (AF101) Bubble Gum Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF208) Green Hills Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF209) Orange Soda (AF224) Red Royal (AF225) Raspberry Jam (AF228)
Pale Tomato Mid-Tone Shadow Ink (AF233) Ultra Pink Mid-Tone Ink (AF263) Soft Vanilla Shadow Ink Pad (AF275) Art Flowers White and Cream (CH165) Pale Pink Accent Pearls (CH170) Light Green Accent Pearls (CH174)
Year Round Sentiments (CL582) Thanks a Bunch (CL663) Sponge Dauber With Cap (MI002) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Blush Mixed Layering Paper (PS620) BG: Floral Vines Stencil (SA040)
Mid-Tone Pale Tomato Spray (WM113)

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Christine Herrin creates with Clearly Kelly

December 18th, 2014 by hero

We have one more Clearly Kelly preview for you today! Christine Herrin documented a recent trip using some of the new Clearly Kelly stamps and we’re excited to share her creations here on the blog. Her pages are filled with so many great little stamped details that we just love! Take it away, Christine…

“The fun challenge I had working on these pages was the fact that I was doing them *as* I was traveling - I packed only a couple of ink colors and Kelly’s stamps and set off to London for a wedding. The stamp sets were so. adorable. Since I forgot to pack any other paper besides these generic grid cards that I had on hand, I ended up creating my own using all the fun colors of the Hero Arts ink + Kelly’s stamps! I used the ink to completely color some of the cards and stamped a central image on top, and for some, like the numbers stamp (my favorite!), I ended up using to create a pattern.”




Supplies: Stamps - CL816 Kelly’s Live Big (clear), CL820 Kelly’s Destinations (clear); Ink - Hero Arts; Labels - Kelly Purkey, Studio Calico; Other - washi tape, paper clips, grid notecards

Take a closer look at the two 3″ x 4″ clear sets she used…


We hope you’ve enjoyed the Clearly Kelly peeks this week and we look forward to seeing how you use the collection once it becomes available in February! We’ll be sharing more products from the line soon — including cling background stamps, stencils, stamps with coordinating dies, a wallet system, paper pad, and even sticky notes…all with Kelly Purkey’s signature style. Super fun stuff!! Stay tuned.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

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Geralyn Sy creates with Clearly Kelly

December 17th, 2014 by hero

Hi everyone! The Clearly Kelly inspiration continues as we welcome the oh-so-talented Geralyn Sy to the blog today. We’re excited to share two food and travel themed projects she created with the new Clearly Kelly stamps shown below. (Each of these clear sets measure 3″ x 4″ so they’re perfectly portable!)


Here’s Geralyn with more…

“Kelly’s food-themed stamps were perfect for all the delicious eats I had in Japan! To create one of my filler cards, I stamped ‘food coma’ several times on a 3×4 card to create a repeating pattern. Then I used a white pen to color in a pair of the stamped words to make it stand out. On another filler card, I stamped the ‘big bite’ circle on a 2″ circle. Since there was a lot of white space around the stamped image, I used Kelly’s alpha stamps around the circle to stamp the name of the place I visited. It adds a fun and bold pop of color to my spread.”


Supplies: Stamps - CL814 Kelly’s Food Coma (clear), CL818 Kelly’s Take Note (clear), CL821 Kelly’s Outline Letters (clear); Inks - Versafine, Hero Arts, Studio Calico; Patterned paper - Studio Calico, Crate Paper; Printables - In a Creative Bubble; Pen - Uniball, Muji

“I decided to use Kelly’s awesome new stamps for a travel themed spread. I stamped directly on a few of my photos and created the title on a 3×4 card using the alpha stamps. The layered look is really fun to do with various colors of inks. I also stamped ‘this is seriously cool’ diagonally with yellow ink on a striped patterned paper to create a tone-on-tone look. To emphasize one of the phrases, I stamped it in black for some contrast. Kelly’s stamps are so versatile while I used them for this travel spread here, the phrases work well for everyday pages too - I really love that about them!”


Supplies: Stamps - CL818 Kelly’s Take Note (clear), CL821 Kelly’s Outline Letters (clear); Inks - Versafine, Hero Arts, Studio Calico; Patterned paper - Studio Calico, Basic Grey; Printable - In a Creative Bubble; Washi tape - MT; Sequins - Studio Calico; Pen - Muji

Thanks to Geralyn for the awesome inspiration today!

Like what you see? Be sure to let your favorite stamp store know you’d love to get your hands on the Clearly Kelly collection. Pre-orders have begun and the full line will begin shipping February 1, 2015!

See you tomorrow,

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Lexi Bridges creates with Clearly Kelly

December 16th, 2014 by hero

Hello and welcome back to our week of Clearly Kelly previews! Today we are joined by Lexi Bridges, who’s created two fabulous projects with some of the new Clearly Kelly stamps — a Project Life spread and a mini layout. Here’s Lexi to tell you all about them!

“I love the versatility of these stamp sets! I can see them becoming a staple in the documenting of my everyday, whether in layout from or mini album. On this spread, I stamped everything from patterned paper, photos and even created a background by simply repeat stamping the same sentiment. I used ten different stamps, but the color scheme and repeating ink color keep it all cohesive.”



Supplies: Stamps - CL819 Kelly’s Daily Life (clear), LP372 Kelly’s Real Life (wood); Ink - Hero Arts; Paper, vellum, labels, wood veneer - Studio Calico December kit; Frame - Crate Paper; Heart sticker - American Crafts; Pen - Staedtler; Black tag - Ikea; Adhesive - American Crafts; Other- paper clip, tag, thread

“Having two little guys, I am always on the lookout for a stamp set that is boyish and cool. This is it. I gave the robot some metal dots and chipboard to make him stand out and added a few lighting bolts. I can see myself using this set over and over for documenting their everyday antics. I mean, you have to love a stamp set that includes lyrics from Styx and Salt-n-Pepa.”



Supplies: Stamps - CL815 Kelly’s Super Cool (clear); Ink - Hero Arts; Metal embellishment - Hero Arts; Paper, sticker, wood veneer tag, chipboard - Studio Calico December kit; Foam adhesive - American Crafts; Alphabet stickers - Elle’s Studio; Other - thread, staple

Here’s a look at some of the stamps used. If you’re wondering about sizes, the wood set measures 3″ x 3″ and the clear sets measure 3″ x 4″.


Big thanks to Lexi for sharing these awesome Clearly Kelly projects! We’ll be back tomorrow with more.

Have a great day!

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Valentine’s Day 2015 Collection Now Available!

December 15th, 2014 by hero


Feel the love this year with a creative collection of Hero Arts stamps and stencils, including the new J’Adore collection from BasicGrey. Click HERE or on the image above to see what’s new in the shop for Valentine’s Day and beyond!

The new Stamp & Cut Hearts set, included in our recent Hello You release, is also perfect for Valentine’s stamping.

Enjoy and stamp something from the heart!

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Video: Introducing Clearly Kelly!

December 15th, 2014 by admin


Hello there, it’s Kelly Purkey here to share something very special with you on this Monday morning! Hero Arts and I have been working on a new big & exciting project called Clearly Kelly! We’ve put together a product line filled with stamps, stencils, and other fun products all with the topic notch quality and heart that you’ve always loved from Hero Arts.

If we’re just meeting for the first time, I’m a scrapbooker who has worked in the industry for almost 10 years and have been lucky to be a part of amazing companies & teams in the industry. When I finally put down the scissors and stamps, I like to spend my time traveling, hanging out with friends, eating good food, and just relishing all of the small details in life that sometimes get missed. The Clearly Kelly line represents those parts of me and has been designed to help you document your own life, whether it is through scrapbook page, mini albums, pocket pages, or however you want to record your memories. We’ve also made sure that this product line helps keep things real - life can be full of challenges and growth spurts. It’s always been important to me to document the good along with the bad, and in this line you’ll find stamps and sentiments for both the sunny and rainy days.

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

I hope you enjoy your first look at the new Clearly Kelly products and there’s more to come! We’ll be sharing a look at how some of my friends have used the products to document their own lives and hopefully inspire you do to the same. Stay tuned.

Thanks, everyone!

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Deck the Halls Challenge - Winner!

December 14th, 2014 by hero

A big thanks to all of you who participated in our Deck the Halls blog hop and mini challenge! We loved looking at all of the handmade ornaments and home decor projects you entered into our contest.


We randomly chose lucky entry 17 as our winner - congratulations to Ria Montefalcon! Her little snowmen featuring Frosty Wishes were adorable!


Ria, please contact us at, and we’ll get your prize package out to you.

Thanks for stopping by!


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For the Love of Hearts!

December 12th, 2014 by sally

Happy Friday! It’s Sally here. Most of you know that I am obsessed with hearts of any kind, so I just loved when we came out with these Stamp & Cut Hearts - heart stamps with matching dies! Today I am showing you some plain, some stamped and some cut from printed paper. Easy, right? Just add a few little bling things and you’ve got a card not only for Valentine’s Day, but all year. I mean really, you can send me a card with hearts ANY time. Want my address???? :-)


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

Since I never throw away any scraps (yikes), I have an ample supply of choices for cards like this. AND, you can die cut these shapes ahead of time and store them in a file for future cards.

Have a great weekend!


Black Ink Pad (AF101) Butter Bar Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF207) Bubble Gum Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF208) Tide Pool (AF223) Orange Soda (AF224) Red Royal (AF225)
Sparkle Gems Hearts (CH142) Hearts Accent Pearls (CH173) Stamp&Cut Hearts (DC143) Snow Layering Paper (PS610)

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Hello, love!

December 11th, 2014 by lisa

Hey hey, it’s Lisa here today. Have you all heard the news? Pantone announced their 2015 color of the year: marsala. Love it when they announce the new color, it’s like Christmas comes early. Have a look:


(Image source: Pantone.)

While I’ll always love my gold metallic, marsala looks like a nice rich copper color — I couldn’t wait to play! It also made me want to dig out my Hero Arts Artprint Brown ink — haven’t played with that in forever. Last but not least, my assignment was to use some of the new stamps from the BasicGrey + Hero Arts J’Adore collection from the Valentine’s Day 2015 release.

Here’s how it all came together! I wanted to keep it simple to keep the focus on the colors.

Hello Love by Lisa Spangler for Hero Arts

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

I started out by stamping the Deco Flower Background (CG657) on a pool notecard with pigment ink and then I heat embossed it with copper powder. Next I stamped “hello love” from the Hello Love set (CL828) in cornflower, fresh peach, ocean, artprint brown and ultra pink. I got the idea for the colors from the Pantone site — they have some great color pairings HERE. (Looks like they even recommend gold! yay!)

I thought it needed a little something, so copper embossed another hello love, then trimmed one that I’d stamped in artprint brown and used the copper one as a frame. Here’s a closeup so you can see it better:

Hello Love by Lisa Spangler for Hero Arts

So, what do you think of marsala? I’d love to hear! xo


 ArtPrint Brown Dye Ink (AF120) Ocean Dye Ink (AF216) Cornflower Mid-Tone Shadow Ink (AF235) Fresh Peach Mid-Tone Shadow Ink Pad (AF247) Ultra Pink Mid-Tone Ink (AF263) BG: Deco Flower Background (CG657)
BG: J'Adore Hello Love (CL828) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Pool Mixed Folded Cards (PS639)

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Deck the Halls Challenge Reminder

December 10th, 2014 by hero


Quick reminder, stampers! You still have a couple of days to enter our mini Deck the Halls Challenge. There are no product restrictions or rules — just have fun creating an ornament or holiday home decor project! The winner will be chosen randomly. Click HERE for complete details and link up your project (below that post) by Friday night for a chance to win.

Happy holiday stamping!

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