Tags for my Girls

May 22nd, 2015 by libby

Hello! It’s Libby here, and I’m continuing the fun this week, playing with the new Lia Griffith line. I adore every.single.thing in this collection, and especially fell in love at first sight when I saw these cute little critters! And my immediate thought when I saw the cute little Oscar Cut-Outs by Lia was “scouts!”


I decided to use these little cuties to make some fun tags for my daughter and her fellow Daisies.


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

I love the cute little vest in the Oscar set! Although not exactly like the one my girls wear, I gave the impression by stamping a little flower (from another awesome new set - Garden Flowers by Lia!) and handwriting our troop number onto the vest. And the bear footprints in the set were a sweet little addition to the background.


I happen to be a big-time bunny lover, so I had to add Millie to the mix as well!


The “you are awesome” message was the perfect thing to finish off the tags, because these girls ARE awesome! :)

I love these little critters, and all of the other little elements in the Oscar set - I plan to use them on a scrapbook layout about a recent troop camping trip, too! And if you haven’t looked through the Lia Griffith collection yet… well, you really really should!! Be sure to check out the other critters Pierre and Avery! SO STINKIN’ CUTE!! :)

Thanks for stopping by today,


Black Ink Pad (AF101) Soft Sand Shadow Ink (AF144) Neon Blue (AF231) Ultra Pink Mid-Tone Ink (AF263) Garden Flowers by Lia (CL874) Stamp & Cuts® Thanks (DC152)
Avery Cut-Outs by Lia (DC155) Millie Cut-Outs by Lia (DC156) Oscar Cut-Outs by Lia (DC157) Pierre Cut-Outs by Lia (DC158) Large Tag (DI058) Snow Layering Paper (PS610)

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Friends by Lia

May 21st, 2015 by hero

Hello! Today I’m sharing a card using the new Lia Griffith stamp set, Friends by Lia. This set has a total of twelve images that can be mixed and matched to create a variety of cards for all occasions.


I thought the two owls were adorable and created a friendship card with them.


I masked and stamped them together so they looked like “buddies”.  They were colored with Copics, and fussy cut by hand.


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

The wreath image was gold embossed, and I colored in some of the flowers with Copic markers. The owls were popped up with dimensional adhesive and the sentiment was added under the wreath.

You can find all of Lia Griffith’s new designs in the Hero Arts Online Store. She has something for everyone–from cute to trendy and everything in between.

Thanks for stopping by today!


Cup O' Joe Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF214) Friends by Lia (CL875) Embossing Powder - Gold (PW100) Embossing Gun (PW200) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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Discover Bookmark Tag

May 20th, 2015 by hero

Hello! It’s Mariana here, happy to be sharing some bookmark tags that I created for today. I used two products from the new Lia Griffith CollectionFloral Bold Prints and Discover. The Lia Griffith Collection arrived in the Hero Arts Online Store yesterday, be sure to check them out if you haven’t already!


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

These bookmark tags are very easy to make. I used Floral Bold Prints as the background for some white medium tags, and I used different colors of ink. Then, I simply stamped the tower image and the sentiment with Soft Granite to create the shadow image.


The same image and sentiment were also white-embossed on vellum. Then, I placed  the vellum over the tag a little bit offset from the image below to create the shadow effect.


I love the effect and how easy you can achieve it . :)


Before I go, I would love to say that I really like the versatility of these new products. For example, the size of the Floral Bold Prints cling stamp is 6” x 6” is - perfect to stamp backgrounds for your cards, or if you are a scrapbooker, this size is very convenient to stamp a 12” x 12” paper and create your own patterned papers. :)  The Discover 6” x 4 “ clear stamp set  is another great product that can also be used in your scrapbooking  pages or card projects. :)


Please be sure to see the complete Hero Arts Lia Griffith Collection, which is full of amazing new products. Thanks for joining me!


Soft Apricot Shadow Ink (AF145) Soft Pink Shadow Ink (AF168) Soft Granite (AF226) Mint Julep Mid-Tone Shadow Ink Pad (AF246) Floral Bold Prints by Lia (CG678) Gemstones (2mm) Adhesive Crystals (CH112)
Gemstones (3mm) Adhesive Crystals (CH113) Pale Pink Gemstones (CH138) Sparkle Gems Small Blossoms (CH140) Sparkle Gems Blossoms (CH143) Discover by Lia (CL873) ClearDesign: Ultra Clean Spray (NK202)
Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Embossing Powder - White (PW110) Embossing Gun (PW200) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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New in the Shop: The Lia Griffith Collection!

May 19th, 2015 by hero


The Lia Griffith Collection by Hero Arts has arrived! Sophisticated crafting and elegant cardmaking, Lia Griffith lives her own motto: “Handcraft your life.” Everything shown in the catalog can now be found right HERE in the Hero Arts Online Store.

  • Six 4×6″ clear stamp sets
  • Six woodblock stamps
  • Five 6×6″ Bold Prints cling background stamps
  • Four playful clear sets with matching dies
  • Four floral cutting die sets
  • Three pigment ink cube sets

The new stamps, dies and inks are perfect for cardmaking, gift wrapping, tags, parties, and so much more. And now is a great time to shop, as we’re offering FREE shipping in May! That’s right. Now though May 31, enjoy free shipping (US domestic) with your $75 order from the online shop. No code needed.

Now for a giveaway! All you need to do is answer one question and you’ll be entered to win a $10 Hero Arts Online Store gift card. That question: Of all the new goodies from the Lia Griffith collection, which is your favorite? Let us know by leaving a comment on this post by Friday, May 22 at 11:59pm PST. One reader will be randomly selected and announced on the blog next week. Good luck!

Be sure to stay tuned this week as our design team shares what they’ve been creating with the new collection!

Here’s to handcrafting our lives,

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Baby Trio

May 18th, 2015 by hero

Hello everyone! It’s Yana here with you today sharing a couple adorable baby cards featuring the Baby Animals clear stamp set and the coordinating Baby Animals Frame Cuts.


We recently had an addition to our family - a precious little niece Sophia and as I needed to make a baby card to celebrate her birth I created a few that I’m sharing today (I honestly couldn’t stop heat embossing, die cutting and coloring these adorable little piggies, rabbits and kitties).


I kept my projects rather simple - first I heat embossed animal outlines in gold embossing powder, I didn’t want to have a black outline for these so I went with gold. Cut out using matching dies (and also scissors) and colored with alcohol markers.


You’ll notice pajamas on a few of the animals have a bit of dotted texture - I thought it would be fun to add little dots to these to diversify the “fabric” on them. I love the way it turned out! I’ll have to try stripes and little hearts too.


Next I created 3 cards bases using Hero Arts Layering papers in light yellow and light green. As I wanted these to have a stamped background I used matching inks and stamped “welcome” and “little one”  from the Little One set for a tone on tone look.


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

Finally I added the little animals on top and embellished my cards with gems.

By the way - as I was editing photos of these projects I realized the little pigs reminded me of the piggies from the “Three Little Pigs” fairy tale. I bet these would be so fun to use for themed cupcake toppers or even do an entire themed baby party with these.

Thanks for stopping by,


Butter Bar Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF207) Green Hills Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF209) Forever Green (AF229) Chalkboard Mid-Tone Ink (AF272) Sunshine Mixed Accents (CH216) LITTLE ONE (CL854)
BABY ANIMALS (CL860) The Best Things by Lia (D6094) Baby Animals Frame Cuts (6) (DI131) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Sunshine Mixed Layering Papers (12) (PS621) Foliage Mixed Layering Paper (PS622)
Embossing Powder - Gold (PW100) Embossing Gun (PW200) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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Design Team Rewind - May!

May 15th, 2015 by hero


If you follow our blog regularly, you know that we have an absolutely AMAZING design team! We are constantly swooning over their creations for this blog. And as you can imagine, their personal blogs are full of crafty gems as well! And we’d really hate for your to miss them. So… today we’re starting a new feature here on the blog - Hero Arts Web Design Team Rewind! We’ll share a sampling of our favorite projects created for the designers’ personal blogs.

First up is Donna, with this gorgeous card featuring Stamp Your Own Cactus. Donna loves to combine gold embossing with watercolors, and the result is always stunning!


The Amor woodblock stamp from the Spring Catalog is front and center on this fun card from Cheiron. If you love the look of this stamp, you will also love the Papel Picardo Banners clear set, and the Papel Picardo Love Fancy Die!


Yana had a lot of fun playing with the Color Layering Butterflies, discovering a new favorite color combo in the process. We also love how she combined it with several messages from the Tassels set.


The final card is from Mariana, and it is an adorable little baby card. She pulled together a couple new sets from the Summer Catalog - Baby Animals and Little One. So sweet!


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.

Have a wonderful weekend!


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Color Layering Butterflies

May 14th, 2015 by hero

Hi there! It’s Cheiron here today and I finally got to play with the Color Layering Butterflies stamps and they sure are fun. There are so many ink combinations that can be used to make bright beautiful butterflies and I loved them all so much, I decided to make a swarm of them in all the colors of the rainbow.


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

To pick my color combinations, I pulled out all my mid-tone shadow inks and picked the lightest of each color family as the base color for all of the butterflies, and finished them by using layers of darker inks to make the butterflies come to life.


I love that there are different sizes of butterflies in this set, too.


Have you visited the Hero Arts Online Store lately? For the month of May, we’re offering FREE SHIPPING with any orders over $75! No special code is needed at checkout. It’s a great time to nab some of the new Summer Catalog goodies!

Thanks for stopping by,


Butter Bar Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF207) Bubble Gum Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF208) Stone Wash Mid-Tone Shadow Ink (AF211) Wet Cement Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF213) Tide Pool (AF223) Orange Soda (AF224)
Grape Juice (AF227) Raspberry Jam (AF228) Passion Flower Mid-Tone Ink (AF243) Mint Julep Mid-Tone Shadow Ink Pad (AF246) Fresh Peach Mid-Tone Shadow Ink Pad (AF247) Dark Quartz Mid-Tone Ink (AF260)
Lemon Yellow Mid-Tone Ink (AF261) Lime Green Mid-Tone Ink (AF262) Ultra Pink Mid-Tone Ink (AF263) COLOR LAYERING BUTTERFLIES (CL867) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Midnight Mixed Layering Paper (PS697)

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Sweet Baby

May 13th, 2015 by kelly

Hi there! It’s Kelly here with a couple of sweet baby card ideas using the new Little One clear stamp set.

First up is a baby girl card that features several images and how I envisioned them working together when designing this set.

Hero Arts Sweet Baby Girl by Kelly Rasmussen 1

I think the handwritten word is what really makes this card stand out, but having elements that work together to build around that focal point brings everything all together.

I used the heart image to hang from the strings, but the set also includes a cloud, star, moon and button. And a coat of Glossy Accents over the hearts add some extra texture and dimension to the card.

Hero Arts Sweet Baby Girl by Kelly Rasmussen 2

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

Next up is a baby boy card featuring that same clear set along with the fox image from the Cute Animal Trio. The fox is stamped with the Butter to Orange Ombré Ink and sits upon a watercolor tag made using Tide Pool Spray Ink.

Hero Arts Sweet Baby Boy by Kelly Rasmussen 1

The white panel behind the tag was created using the BasicGrey Triangle Patterned Stencil and white embossing paste. I love the texture and interest it adds to the card!

Hero Arts Sweet Baby Boy by Kelly Rasmussen 2

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

I hope you enjoyed these baby cards and take away some ideas for using the new Little One clear stamp set in the Summer 2015 Catalog.

See you soon!


Ruby Ink Pad (AF150) Bubble Gum Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF208) Ocean Dye Ink (AF216) Tide Pool (AF223) Fresh Peach Mid-Tone Shadow Ink Pad (AF247) Butter to Orange Ombre (AF309)
LITTLE ONE (CL854) Large Tag (DI058) GLOSSY ACCENTS (GW221) CUTE ANIMAL TRIO ARTISTIC IMPRESSION (LP383) Sunshine Mixed Folded Cards (PS569) Snow Layering Paper (PS610)
Pool Mixed Folded Cards (PS639) Embossing Powder - White (PW110) Triange Patterned Stencil BG (SA059) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250) Mid-Tone Pool Spray (WM110)

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Panda Thanks

May 12th, 2015 by hero

Hi there! Today I’m sharing a card that came together exactly as I’d planned. Don’t you love when that happens? I paired Shy Panda, a new furry friend, with a 6×6 Bold Prints cling background stamp, both from the 2015 Summer Catalog.


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

Forest Floor has an organic look to it—a perfect background for the panda. I clear embossed the design, and ink distressed it with two mid tone inks. To add a bit of foliage behind the panda, I created faux bamboo branches with Spring Branch Frame Cuts.


The panel was trimmed and mounted to a black layering card, and I die cut the sentiment in black to tie in the colors from the card base and panda. The branches, panda, and sentiment were adhered to the panel and finished off with a few green gemstones.

Shy Panda is a fun addition to the Hero Arts family. I can see him on bookmarks or cards for kids, or even on baby cards–such a versatile guy!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!


Green Hills Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF209) Lime Green Mid-Tone Ink (AF262) Chalkboard Mid-Tone Ink (AF272) Forest Floor Bold Prints (CG671) Foliage Mixed Accents (CH212) SHY PANDA (D6088)
Stamp & Cuts® Thanks (DC152) Spring Branch (DI087) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Foliage Mixed Layering Paper (PS622) Midnight Mixed Layering Paper (PS697) Embossing Powder - Clear (PW104)
Embossing Gun (PW200) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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Video: Umbrella Fancy Die Ideas

May 11th, 2015 by hero

Hi! It’s Mariana here today sharing a video tutorial showing how to assemble the new Umbrella Fancy Die Set. This die set along with all the rest of the 2015 Summer Catalog products are already available for purchase at the Hero Arts Online Store.

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


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

With this set I created a summer umbrella that I used as a cupcake topper. This is a good idea for a summer theme party! :)


The umbrellas look very cute, and you will see in the tutorial, how easy it is to make them. :)



I hope you enjoyed the video. Thanks for joining me!


UMBRELLA FANCY DIE SET (2) (DI123) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Blush Mixed Layering Paper (PS620) Sunshine Mixed Layering Papers (12) (PS621) Foliage Mixed Layering Paper (PS622) Sea Mixed Layering Paper (PS623)
Earth Mixed Layering Paper (PS624)

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