Branching Out for Christmas

October 21st, 2014 by sally

Hello Everyone! I’ve brought you another quick and simple card with dies, punches and stamps! This very versatile Spring Branch die can be used for many things. Here I have turned it into a holiday branch! Simply die cut it from Foliage layering paper. The red flowers were made with a punch that’s been in my stash for a while - then over-stamped in red with the little flower from Holiday Petals and Leaves. I added a touch of basket weave “binding” to the card edge with the Five Line Background stamp.

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

If you create a holiday card with a tag on it, even a small tag like mine, be sure to enter it in our Holiday Challenge (”Tag It” category) for a chance to win a Hero Arts shopping spree! Find all the details HERE.

Thanks for stopping by,

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Black Ink Pad (AF101) Red Royal (AF225) Holiday Petals and Leaves (CL787) Spring Branch (DI087) Tiny Christmas (LP306) Blush Mixed Layering Paper (PS620)
Foliage Mixed Layering Paper (PS622) Earth Mixed Layering Paper (PS624) Five Line Background (S5885)

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Peace Poinsettia Tag

October 20th, 2014 by hero

Happy Monday! Today we are thrilled to have one of our favorite artists joining us on the blog. If you know Vicky Papaioannou, you know how wonderfully talented she is. Take it away, Vicky!

Hi everyone, it’s Vicky and I am happy to guest design here today! Isn’t the Christmas Hero Arts release just amazing?

Today I am sharing a Christmas gift tag I created using the Peace Poinsettias stamp set along with the matching dies.

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I had tons of fun as I assembled my card, using lots of techniques including die cutting, paper piecing, shading with distress inks and white embossing!

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

You can watch the video below to find out how I created my tag.

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

Thank you all for visiting, have a great day!

And a big thanks to Vicky being our guest today!

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Small Accent Pearls (CH136) Neutral Mixed Accents (CH215) Peace Poinsettias (CL796) Large Tag (DI058) Poinsettia Die-Cuts (DI108) Kraft Paper (PS627)
Embossing Powder - White (PW110) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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Organization Ideas: Kelly’s Craft Room Part 4

October 17th, 2014 by kelly

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Happy Friday, everyone! Over the past few months I’ve been sharing some peeks into my craft room and the way I organize my supplies. (Here is Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.) And today I’ve got a few more organization ideas to share including the big one — stamps!

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I store all the clear stamps I have in this deep, divided drawer. Two months ago this drawer was overflowing with stamps and had no organization whatsoever. I desperately needed to downsize my stamps and organize them into categories. After clearing out over half of the stamps that I probably would never use again, I am now left with extra room to grow!

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I’ve always loved Jennifer’s pocket stamp storage method, so I decided to try it out. The stamp pockets are from Avery Elle and I made the dividers from laminated pocket folders.

Since I cleared out so many clear stamps, I had room to move my woodblock background stamps to this drawer, too.

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On the other side of my desk I have a unit with four shallow drawers where I store my inks that I have previously shared. These drawers are also great for woodblock stamps. I love that I can see at a glance what I have and I could even double up and do two layers of stamps if I need to down the road.

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And this drawer below holds more wood stamps…mostly bigger ones that can easily be stacked up similar to the background stamps.

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Next up, I wanted to share about a container that I think is wonderful for so many things! I have these all over my house and use them for several things in my craft room.

This clear storage bin is only $1.00 and can be found almost anywhere (Target, Walmart, Dollar Store, etc.). It is the perfect size to hold 6×6 paper pads. It’s easy to grab off my shelf to flip though and I am able to fit 25-30 6×6 pads stored in just one container.

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I also have my Hero Arts notecards and envelopes organized in these containers. Again, a perfect fit!

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I love that this container is a very affordable option for anyone and works great for a variety of supplies!

Thanks for joining me today!

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One Die 2 Ways

October 16th, 2014 by hero

Hello, It’s Wida and today I am showing you how to use one die 2 ways for an easy modern holiday themed card. It is my humble opinion that glitter makes everything better. SOOO…for the first card, I die cut the Star Background die in silver glitter paper.  **I saved the negatives of the stars to use for the second card, they could also be used for shaker cards!** Then I die cut the sentiment from Fancy Cuts Holidays using the same color card stock as the card base. Under the sentiment I placed a red banner with a snowflake from the same set. To jazz up the snowflake a bit I placed a pretty pearl in the center.

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

For the second card I used white card stock and die cut the Star Background die in the same color. I inlaid the glitter stars that I saved above in the center of some of the die cuts. For some color, I trimmed red card stock and stamped a sentiment from Under the Mistletoe to place at the bottom of the card. I THOUGHT I WAS DONE, but I WASN’T. I stared and stared at it for about 48 hours. Then started looking in my stash of “somethings” when I found this pretty pin. It was the perfect little touch!

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

Thank you for stopping by and taking a look! I am enjoying creating holiday cards using nontraditional products! How about you? Ever try to make something holiday with a non holiday element?

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Black Ink Pad (AF101) Neutral Mixed Accents (CH215) Under the Mistletoe (CL797) Stamp & Cuts® Fancy Cuts Holidays (DC117) Star Background (DI093) Snow Layering Paper (PS610)
Blush Mixed Layering Paper (PS620)

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New from OWH: Stencils and stamps and dies (oh my!)

October 15th, 2014 by hero

Hey there and a happy Wednesday to you! Today we are excited to bring you three fun new products that we’ve created in partnership with Operation Write Home.

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That awesome Forest Stencil is the very first stencil in the Operation Write Home line. Want to see it put to amazing use? Check out this video that OWH’s own Sandy Allnock shared a few weeks ago. So cool! The adorable foxes make an appearance as well.

The two new Stamp & Cuts each include a 3×4-inch clear stamp set plus two dies. From foxes and arrows to versatile messages, these sets have it all and can be combined in all kinds of creative ways. Sandy created an interactive arrow pull tab card and an acetate forest card with the Stamp & Cut sets for a recent Hero Arts class.

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The good news is these new items are ready to ship now! You can find them HERE in the Operation Write Home section of our online shop, along with a host of previously released OWH stamps and dies. Hero Arts donates 25% of the profits from the sale of these items to Operation Write Home. Thank you for helping us support this wonderful organization!



OWH Stamp&Cut Arrow Messages (DC141) OWH Stamp&Cut The Fox Says (DC142) OWH Forest Stencil (SA035)

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Watercolored Thanksgiving

October 14th, 2014 by hero

Hello! It’s Mariana here today sharing a card that I created using two beautiful sets: Scattering Leaves and Joyful Thanksgiving.

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Watercolor backgrounds are always fun, because there is no way you are going to fail creating one! To create this card, I first white-embossed the leaves on watercolor paper, and then, I added all those beautiful colors using three different colors of paint daubers, and water onto a craft sheet. I simply picked up the colors by placing the stamped panel on the watery colors (one color at a time), and letting them dry between each color. The effect is wonderful. Then, I splattered some of the colors with a paintbrush.

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I have to point out that, this is the first time I am using a gold thread to create the loops, and it was super fun! :)  I placed an orange vellum strip, and on top, I put a glue dot to create the loops. The sentiment was stamped on a strip of Eggshell colored cardstock and then, placed onto the orange strip with foam tape.

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

At the end, some gold sequins were the perfect final touches. It seems to be a complicated card, but once you have defined the idea… is quite easy to create.

Thank you so much for joining me today!

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Forever Green Ink Dauber (AD014) Orange Soda Ink Dauber (AD015) Dark Quartz Dauber (AD022) Scattering Leaves (CG625) Joyful Thanksgiving (LP319) Sunsine Mixed Layering Paper (PS621)
Bright White Watercolor Paper (PS626) Embossing Powder - Gold (PW100) Embossing Powder - White (PW110) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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Music Star Art Journal Page

October 13th, 2014 by hero

Hi there! Cheiron here to share a page from my art journal. I just love how easily Hero Arts stamps can be incorporated into my journal pages. On this page I’ve used the Music Star stamp that I’ve die cut from both card stock and tissue paper to give my page added dimension. To add quotes and words, I just love the look of the Typewriter Letters set… it’s one of my go to sets for stamping in my art journal.

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

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

Thanks for stopping by,

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Ultra Pink Dauber (AD025) Typewriter Letters (CL492) Stylish Stars (DI095) Music Star (K5958) Bubble Confetti (SA016) Zig Zag Pattern Stencil (SA021)
BG Triangle Pattern (SA031) Silver Shimmer Spray (WM117)

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And we have a winner…

October 10th, 2014 by hero

On World Card Making Day, our design team shared some fabulous cards, and we offered up a fun prize to one lucky commenter!

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Would you believe that random.org generated lucky #1 as our winning comment? That doesn’t happen very often. :-) A big congratulations to theCook, who said Love the splatters on the second card, and the pun on the third!”. Please send us an email with your address to winner@heroarts.com, and we’ll get your goodies out to you!

Happy stamping!

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Sending Love

October 10th, 2014 by lucy

Hello and happy Friday! One of the things I like to do when I get any new holiday stamps and supplies is see how they can be repurposed to create non holiday projects. When I first saw the Under the Mistletoe stamp set, I saw flower petals… specifically rudbeckia daisies which grow in abundance in my garden…

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Aren’t they gorgeous? So I challenged myself to create a rudbeckia themed non holiday card using just the Under the Mistletoe stamp set. I love the fact that this set comes with this all occasion ‘Sending Love’ sentiment - it was just the perfect accompaniment for my flower.

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I added some Gold Shimmer Spray to my tag for a bit of extra interest. It adds a lovely subtle shimmer.

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

I hope I have inspired you to take a look at your holiday supplies and see how you can use them all year round. It’s such a great way to get more for your money.

Have a great day,

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Black Ink Pad (AF101) Neutral Mixed Accents (CH215) Under the Mistletoe (CL797) Long and Cute Tags (DI046) Snow Folded Cards (PS566) Earth Mixed Layering Paper (PS624)
Gold Shimmer Spray (WM116)

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A Very Merry Christmas

October 9th, 2014 by hero

Hi everyone! This is Yana and today I’d like to share an easy to make holiday card using a non-holiday stencil.

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

To create a background for my card I used the Two Way Arrows Stencil from Hero Arts and BasicGrey and made an embossed background.

I used a stencil as an embossing plate and ran it through my die cutting machine using a Spellbinders Tan Embossing Mat (and an embossing sandwich). This way I was able to create an unexpected result - a very cool embossed background. You can also have a letterpressed look by inking your stencil before using it to emboss cardstock.

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Next I stamped my sentiment from the Naughty or Nice set using Wet Cement shadow ink and added that to my card. I usually like to use black ink, but I felt that black would be a bit too dramatic for this card, so I went with my second favorite color - wet cement.

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Finally, I embellished the card with a few gems - simply scattered them around the bottom part of the card and my sentiment.

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Wet Cement Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF213) Assorted Crystal Gemstones (CH117) Smooth Clear Gemstones (CH153) Star Gems (CH193) Naughty or Nice (CL712) Snow Layering Paper (PS610)
Pool Mixed Layering Paper (PS640) BG Two Way Arrows (SA030)

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