Shine Brightly

April 24th, 2014 by sally

Hi star lovers! It’s Sally here with a couple of cards, including this quick  irregular shaped card using our Big Star. I stamped the star in several colors, then trimmed. I thought it would be fun to use our pool card turned inside out, so a little of that color shows from the inside! You’re a Star makes a great greeting. If you want, add some gems or glitter to jazz it up!


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

Here’s another astrological birthday card… do any of our blog readers have a birthday today, April 24th? If so, this card’s for you! ;-) I used several stamps to make this collage-type card, including our fun new Astrology Signs set. In the background there’s an actual newspaper clipping with the Taurus horoscope! The “shine brightly” and “love” are from Written in the Stars - I really love the font in this new set!


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

Thanks for stopping by!


Astrology Signs (AC038) Black Ink Pad (AF101) Soft Pool Shadow Ink (AF146) Butter Bar Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF207) Orange Soda (AF224) Lemon Yellow Mid-Tone Ink (AF261)
Lime Green Mid-Tone Ink (AF262) Ultra Pink Mid-Tone Ink (AF263) You're a Star (C5921) Tiny Star Background (CG616) Written in the Stars (CL772) Shoot for the Moon (CL773)
Stylish Stars (DI095) Glue Tape (GW222) Big Star (K5931) Printer's Type Alphabet (LL761) Birthday Icons (LP342) Sunshine Mixed Folded Cards (PS569)
Pool Mixed Folded Cards (PS639) Constellation Background (S5922)

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Soft Vanilla ink technique!

April 23rd, 2014 by lisa

Hey hey and happy Wednesday! It’s Lisa here with a technique that I stumbled on while working on the Hero Arts 2014 catalog. Have you seen the bird on the cover?

The Littlest Birds by Lisa Spangler for Hero Arts

I’ve had so many questions on how I made this journaling page! I’ve so wanted to share my secrets. But, I no longer had the page as it went to the Hero Arts booth at CHA back in January.

So when my niece had a baby boy over the weekend I just had to use this technique again! It’s just perfect for soft details. Check it out:

A Star Is Born by Lisa Spangler

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

The BIG secret? Hero Arts Soft Vanilla ink! Turns out it changes color when you go over it with daubers. :)

For today’s card, I first stamped the BasicGrey Astronomy Background with Soft Vanilla on cream letterpress paper, then die cut it with the new Star Background Fancy Die. It doesn’t look like much at first…

Soft Vanilla ink technique by Lisa Spangler

But when you go over it with daubers the magic happens! Love.


Here I used:

  • Tide Pool Dauber
  • Pastel Blue Dauber
  • Pastel Mint Dauber
  • Pastel Yellow Dauber

And I gotta say that I love the cream letterpress paper — it adds a soft, subtle texture, but it’s smoother than watercolor paper so you can still get a good impression.

A Star Is Born Soft Vanilla ink technique by Lisa Spangler

Then to finish off the card, I white heat embossed A Star is Born on pool paper. Then I did a little trick that I’ve been waiting to try ever since I saw this die: using the leftover stars as embellishments! It’s like a two-for-one kinda thing. I just grabbed some of the stars, colored them with a gold marker, and then added some gold glitter for extra golden goodness. Added some gems and that was that!

Welcome to the world sweet baby Dominic! You are a star in our family already.

Oh and that bird? I just inked the Tiny Flags Background with Soft Yellow and Soft Vanilla, stamped the Bird in black, then traced around the outside with daubers. Easy!

Thanks so much for joining me today, and hope you give this Soft Vanilla ink technique a try!


Tide Pool Ink Dauber (AD010) Pastel Yellow Dauber (AD028) Pastel Mint Dauber (AD030) Pastel Blue Dauber (AD031) Unicorn Pigment Ink Pad (AF249) Soft Vanilla Shadow Ink Pad (AF275)
A Star is Born (C5929) Astronomy Background (CG633) Assorted Crystal Gemstones (CH117) Star Background (DI093) Memories Pigment Ink Reinker in Unicorn (NK026) Snow Layering Paper (PS610)
Pool Mixed Layering Paper (PS640) Letterpress Paper, Cream (PS701) Embossing Powder - White (PW110) Embossing Gun (PW200)

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To the Moon and Back

April 22nd, 2014 by kelly

Hi, it’s Kelly here and today I’m playing along with the Sketch Challenge and featuring some new products from the Starry Nights catalog.

I used two awesome brand new products on this card — the Starry Nights Stencil and the Shoot for the Moon clear stamp set.

I Love You by Kelly Rasmussen 1

I used white embossing paste for the moon on the tag and translucent embossing paste for the stars on the white panel. Embossing paste gives such great texture and dimension to a card and is so simple to use!

And the background on the tag was created with Ink Daubers. I just put some ink on my craft sheet, spritz on some water and paint a quick watercolor background. I love to create backgrounds with this simple technique — you can see two other cards I used this same technique for here and here.

I Love You by Kelly Rasmussen 2

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

I absolutely love this sentiment and so many others in the set as well — they are perfect for quick notes to tuck in my kids’ lunchboxes.

Be sure to check out the sketch challenge details and be entered for a chance to win one of five Hero Arts shopping sprees!


Have a great day!


Neon Blue Ink Dauber (AD006) Tide Pool Ink Dauber (AD010) Lime Green Dauber (AD024) Shoot for the Moon (CL773) Large Tag (DI058) Snow Layering Paper (PS610)
Pool Mixed Layering Paper (PS640) Embossing Powder - White (PW110) Embossing Gun (PW200) Starry Night Stencil (SA019) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250) Water Mist Bottle (WM101)

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Faux Metal Embellishments

April 21st, 2014 by jennifer

Hi! It’s Jennifer here with a fun way to take a plain die cut and turn it into a faux metal embellishment. Check it out:

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

I used the new Blooming Flower Fancy Die and gave it a not-so-flowery-look with this technique.

Thank You by Jennifer McGuire 1

After layering four of the die cuts together and cutting it in half, I covered the two pieces with a thick layer of silver and gold embossing powder. Instantly, I have the look of a metal embellishment! So easy to do and you can use any embossing powders. Oh! And I even embossed the edges of the notecard to match.

Thank You by Jennifer McGuire 2

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

Hope this inspires you to give a new look to a die cut. Enjoy!


Merci Bouquet (CL580) Blooming Flower (DI092) Snow Folded Cards (PS566) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Embossing Powder - Gold (PW100) Embossing Powder - Silver (PW101)
VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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Coffee Bag Tag

April 17th, 2014 by kelly

Hi, it’s Kelly here to give you a look at one of my projects featured in the new Starry Nights Catalog.

I used the A Little clear stamp set that features interchangeable messages to create this fun coffee bag tag.

Coffee Bag Tag by Kelly Rasmussen 1

I white heat embossed the label and then used Tide Pool and Lime Green Ink Daubers mixed with a little water to color in the image.

I also used the White Dauber to create those awesome polka dots on the vellum — perfect polka dots every time!

Coffee Bag Tag by Kelly Rasmussen 2

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

I love how versatile this set is and that there are messages appropriate for any gift you might be giving!


Tide Pool Ink Dauber (AD010) White Ink Dauber (AD017) Lime Green Dauber (AD024) A Little (CL758) Embossing Powder - White (PW110) Embossing Gun (PW200)
VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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Blossom Love

April 16th, 2014 by lucy

Hello! It’s Lucy here, and I have a Spring themed card to share with you today. Spring is my favourite season; there’s nothing more wonderful to me than watching nature come alive again after the cold winter months. The Cherry Blossoms digital cut file for the Silhouette is perfect for the season, and I was especially inspired to use it after spotting this fabulous dress on Pinterest the other day:


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So I chose pink, cream and brown as my colour combination, adding a little bird from the Birds on a Wire digital cut file, a sentiment from the What’s Up stamp set and lots of shiny mist.


Here’s a close up so you can see all the shimmer. I really love the texture watercolor paper adds to a card.


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

Have a fabulous day, thanks for popping by,


Wet Cement Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF213) What's Up (LP330) Blush Mixed Layering Paper (PS620) Earth Mixed Layering Paper (PS624) Cream Watercolor Paper (PS625)

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Some Bunny!

April 15th, 2014 by sally

Hi there, it’s Sally here today! I just couldn’t resist making these cards. I saw an Easter egg plate at a friend’s house and it gave me an idea…


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

The little stamp that looks like a fingerprint in our Graffiti woodblock set makes a great bunny head! I stamped it in all the Easter colors, and spelled out my greeting.


This idea can also be used on a gift card, place card and more. Just add eyes, a nose and whiskers with a fine lined black marker. A little sparkle in the ears can be added with glitter glue!


Kids would have a lot of fun with this idea, too! What other critters could be made with that little fingerprint stamp? What fun!

Thanks for stopping by today,


Black Ink Pad (AF101) Soft Lilac Shadow Ink Pad (AF134) Soft Green Shadow Ink (AF142) Soft Pool Shadow Ink (AF146) Soft Blossom Shadow Ink (AF147) Butter Bar Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF207)
Celebrate Everyday (CL498) Ranger Diamond Stickles™ Glitter Glue (GW216) Glue Tape (GW222) Printer's Type Alphabet (LL761) Graffiti (LP338) Blush Mixed Folded Cards (PS568)
Sunshine Mixed Folded Cards (PS569) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Floral Mixed Layering Paper (PS619)

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Starry Nights Catalog Techniques Video!

April 14th, 2014 by lisa

Hey hey and happy Monday! It’s Lisa here with a video, where I’m sharing the many — many! — techniques in the just-released Starry Nights Catalog! We wanted to make this catalog about more than just the products — it’s more like an idea book!  Check it out and see:

(Note: If you’re using an iPad or iPhone you’ll need to click HERE to watch the video on YouTube.)

Want to know more about some of the techniques? Just ask your questions here, and please let us know if you’d like to see future videos with more details on anything shown!

The NEW stamps will start shipping to participating stores starting tomorrow — woo! Just can’t wait. You may want to pick up a copy of the catalog when you shop — it’s a great addition to your stamping toolbox. You can always browse it right HERE, or click on the catalog image below.


Watch for the NEW stamps to show up in the Hero Arts online shop starting April 29th. In the meantime, we’ve listed some current products that were shown. :)

Thanks so much for joining me today,


Dark Quartz Dauber (AD022) Lemon Yellow Dauber (AD023) Ultra Pink Dauber (AD025) Pastel Pink Dauber (AD026) Pastel Peach Dauber (AD027) Pastel Yellow Dauber (AD028)
Black Ink Pad (AF101) Stone Wash Mid-Tone Shadow Ink (AF211) Tide Pool (AF223) Cornflower Mid-Tone Shadow Ink (AF235) Mint Julep Mid-Tone Shadow Ink Pad (AF246) Fresh Peach Mid-Tone Shadow Ink Pad (AF247)
Dark Quartz Mid-Tone Ink (AF260) Chalkboard Mid-Tone Ink (AF272) Soft Vanilla Shadow Ink Pad (AF275) You're a Star (C5921) Ironwork Background (CG636) Blush Mixed Accents (CH211)
Sea Mixed Accents (CH213) Sunshine Mixed Accents (CH216) A Little (CL758) Hurray! (CL767) You Are a Star (D5915) Constellation Star (G5920)
Go With the Flow (H5914) Hero (LP344) Azure Folded Cards (PS560) Azure Envelopes (PS585) Azure Layering Paper (PS604) Constellation Background (S5922)
Neon Blue Spray (WM107) Mid-Tone Pool Spray (WM110) Mid-Tone Passion Flower Spray (WM115)

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Starry Nights Reveal Day!

April 11th, 2014 by hero


We hope you’ve enjoyed all of the wonderful cards the team shared during our Starry Nights catalog sneak peeks this past week! Today we’re bursting at the seam, we’re so excited - we finally get to show you everything! The Starry Nights catalog is now available to view online! Head off to do a little stargazing, you can find it all right HERE! We hope you love it just as much as we do. It is positively packed with new products — stars, flowers, and so much more!

Products will begin shipping to your favorite stores next week. Don’t see Hero Arts at your local store? Ask them about our products and let them know you’re interested! And of course, we’ll have all of the goodies right here in the Hero Arts Online Store beginning April 29th!


We’ve also picked our winners! We have a $10 gift card for one lucky comment from each sneak peek post!

  • Sneak Peek 1 - #317 Iris Soscia, who said So pretty - love the heart.”
  • Sneak Peek 2 - #37 Sharon Bottini, who said I love the stamps, dies and the water coloring on the flowers. Keeping my fingers crossed.”
  • Sneak Peek 3 - #164 Mindy, who saidThe zig zag Stencil is amazing! Must have it!”
  • Sneak Peek 4 - #179 Kathie B, who saidWhat a beautiful card! Wonderful colors, design, and technique…I look forward to getting this set and playing with it until late in the night.”
  • Sneak Peek 5 - #247 Tasha, who said I’m loving the sneak peeks! Anything star themed is a weakness of mine, they are great for my cards and scrapbook pages. Especially since I scrapbook my son and niece, it always works!”

If you see your name above, send us an email at and we’ll get you set up with your gift card. Congratulations!

Thanks for stopping by today! Take a look at the Starry Nights catalog and let us know what you love most! And as always - we thank our lucky stars for all of YOU! ;-)


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New Sketch Challenge!

April 10th, 2014 by hero

It’s time for a brand new contest here at Hero Arts! Are you ready to get your SKETCH on?


Sketches can provide the fresh spark you need when you feel like you’re in a creative rut. They’re also great time savers. No deliberating about composition — just pick a sketch and move onto the fun part (stamping, right?!)

Are you up for the challenge? Here’s how to play along:

  • Create a project using any of the three sketches provided above as inspiration. (Click HERE for a printable PDF.) Get creative! Sketches are provided as a general guideline and are open to your own interpretations. Flip them, rotate them, simplify or add elements. We encourage you to give them your own creative spin — there is no right or wrong!
  • Please use at least one Hero Arts stamp on each project you submit.
  • Enter as many times as you like, using as many sketches as you like, now through May 25th, 2014, by sharing the link(s) to your creation(s) via the InLinkz tool below this post. Look for the blue “Add Your Link” button.
  • For each project, please mention the sketch you used — #1, #2, or #3.

Let’s talk PRIZES:

  • At the conclusion of the challenge, we will select five winners and award each a $30 Hero Arts Online Store shopping spree with free shipping. Winners will be able to choose from the incredible assortment offered in the online store, including the new Starry Nights Catalog products which will be available soon.

Have fun and enjoy the process!

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