Holiday Sneak Peek #2 + Giveaway

July 30th, 2014 by hero

Hi everyone! We’re back to share another holiday sneak peek and today we’re giving you a look at a brand new product! Can you guess what it is…?

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Introducing Stamp & Cuts! These creative combos feature dies and clear stamps in one convenient package — you’ll receive a Frame Cut die along with a coordinating 3″x4″ clear stamp set with multiple images. Lisa used DC112 Holiday Tree and DC113 Let It Snow on the fabulous cards shown above.

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These combos lend themselves to so many fun techniques. To create the tree card, Lisa turned a Pool notecard inside out and used the die to cut trees on the front, then put additional cut out trees on the front and inside. Love that!

There are eight Stamp & Cut combinations in the new catalog, two of which include intricate Fancy Dies with script-style holiday messages. We can’t wait to see what you create with these! Check them all out when the digital version of the Handmade for Christmas catalog is revealed on August 15th.

We hope you enjoyed the peeks today and to thank you for stopping by, we have another gift card giveaway! For a chance to win a $10 Hero Arts Online Store gift card, simply leave a comment on this blog post by Thursday, August 14th at 11:59pm PST. We’ll pick a random winner from all of the comments and announce it on the blog on August 15th.

Thanks so much for visiting and commenting! We always love hearing your feedback and appreciate you taking the time to share it with us.

Enjoy the day!

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Organization Ideas: Kelly’s Craft Room Part 2

July 29th, 2014 by kelly

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Hi there! It’s Kelly here and I’m back with my second organization post and today it’s all about inks! If you missed my first post with a peek at my craft room you can check it out here.

One of my biggest struggles in the past with ink storage was having to stack too many ink pads on top of each other. It was a pain to try and find the color I was looking for and was not very functional. So I was thrilled when I found this storage unit with shallow drawers that are perfect for storing inks.

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I have two drawers that hold all my inks. The drawers are deep enough that I could stack three ink pads on top of each other, but most of them are only stacked two high.

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On the right side of this drawer I have my most used black inks and Versamark Ink. They are within an arms lenth when I’m sitting at my desk, so after I use them they go right back in the drawer and I can keep my desktop free of clutter. In the middle section are some miscellaneous inks and my Memento Luxe Pigment inks. And on the left I have my washi tapes and a storage bin that holds sequins. If my ink collection grows much more, the washi tape and sequins might need to find a new home. ;)

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The second drawer might be my most favorite sight in my craft room! Hero Arts Shadow Inks and Distress Inks are by far my most used inks and I love having them spread out and easy to grab. Most of the Distress Inks are in a single layer and the Hero Arts inks are stacked two or three high. I use the inks so much that I have memorized which ink colors are below and they are still quick to grab.

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Another ink product that I quickly came to love and needed storage for are Ink Daubers. I found this cute storage box on clearance at Target for only a couple dollars and it’s a perfect fit. My kids also love to use my Daubers, so I like that it is easy to pick up and move to the kitchen, rather than being stored in a drawer.

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On top of one of my desks I have a shallow shelf unit that holds my spray inks and small bottles of glitter glue and enamel accents. It also holds a couple of small bowls for water or small pieces that I don’t want to get lost on my desk while making a card.

On the left side of the photo you can also see that I have a hook on the side of the cabinet for my ink swatch ring. I have been using this system for almost two years and I still love it!

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I like that is is compact and easy to grab. I can quickly flip though all the colors and compare them next to each other without even having to remove them from the ring. Each tag is labeled on the back with the brand, color and type of ink (dye, pigment, shadow, etc). I highly recommend this system if you are looking for a cheap and functional way to catalog your ink colors.

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you back here soon with more organizational ideas!

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Holiday Sneak Peek #1 + Giveaway

July 28th, 2014 by hero

Hello and happy Monday! Perhaps we should we say merry Monday, because today we have something very merry to share with you — the first sneak peek from our upcoming Holiday catalog! Hero Arts Handmade for Christmas includes 80 original new products that will begin shipping August 15th to retailers. From stamps and dies to stencils and inks, there’s something for every crafter and every project. Get ready to create amazing gifts, tags, cards, ornaments, decorations and more for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the Winter season.

Without further ado, we present sneak peek #1!

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Our first peek features everyone’s favorite Christmas flower — the poinsettia! Lisa created the gorgeous yarn-wrapped wreath on the left using the new Peace Poinsettias set, with the flowers watercolored on felt. Cutting out all of the poinsettias was a snap with the matching die! Julie’s beautiful card is also watercolored, but with a completely different look. And we love that this versatile set includes both an outline poinsettia and a solid flower — whether you love to color, paint, or simply stamp a solid image, there’s something for everyone!

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We hope you enjoyed the peeks today and to thank you for stopping by, we have a giveaway! For a chance to win a $10 Hero Arts Online Store gift card, simply leave a comment on this blog post by Thursday, August 14th at 11:59pm PST. We’ll pick a random winner from all of the comments and announce it on the blog on August 15th, the day of the Holiday catalog reveal.

Join us on Wednesday for another peek and another chance to win a gift card!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a merry Monday!

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Kids Week Giveaway!

July 25th, 2014 by hero

It’s been a fun week here on the blog, with Morgan and Lexi sharing their creativity!  In the spirit of fun, how about ending this fun week with a giveaway? What is more fun than that? :-)

While many of our stamps appeal to kids, did you know we have several products created specifically with kids in mind? Our Ink ‘n’ Stamp Tubs, Just for Kids inks and Child Safe Stamp Cleaner are all great choices for the little budding artists in your life. You can find all of these products in the Kids Corner section of the Hero Arts Online Store!

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Today, we have one Origianal Mix kit and one Birds and Branches kit up for grabs! Just leave a comment by Sunday, July 27 by midnight EST, and we’ll announce two winners next week!

Have a great weekend!

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Kids Week Day 4 - Beach Tote

July 24th, 2014 by hero

It’s our last day with Lexi and Morgan! It sure was nice having them around, and watching how their creative minds work. We love this last project, and think you will too!

For our last blog, Lexi and I will be talking about how to decorate a bag! For this project, we used a typical white beach bag that you can find at craft stores, or we found ours on Amazon. For decoration, we used lots of great Hero Arts stencils and a variety of Sharpies.

To begin, color the handles, inside and outside, and the top lining of the bag in a dark pink, making sure it is even. Then, take the light green and line it around the dark pink.

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Then, take the light blue sharpie and the Cloud Pattern Stencil. On the front side of the bag, color in the clouds using the stencil. For uniqueness, change the stencil around after you color in each cloud.

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Next, take the light pink and write in big capital letters “BEACH DAY”. (Tip: you might want to sketch it out in a lighter color or in pencil to get the placement/letters right.) Underneath this, use the Stylish Borders stencil. You can choose any of these, but we chose the helix one to the far left. With the same color, fill in the stencil below the words.

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Taking the Leaf & Flourish stencil and the dark green sharpie, put the pattern under the previous border, overlapping in the slightest.

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

To finish up, put the Stone Circle Pattern on the bottom of the bag in dark blue. Just like the cloudy stencil, keep moving around the pattern to make it more individual, and to fill the space.

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Thank you all for letting us take over the blog! We had a blast! Until next time… stay artsy and creative.

If you want to see more of our work, check out our YouTube Channel, where we post videos about fun DIY’s, highlighting some of Hero Arts’ products!

Thanks so much, girls! We had fun seeing your creations, and we hope you enjoyed your visit to Hero Arts!

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Kids Week Day 3 - A Nail Art Video!

July 23rd, 2014 by hero

Lexi and Morgan continue to have fun creating. Today they used our stamps and gems on their nails! We wouldn’t have thought to do that - but these two are so clever! Take it away, girls…

Today, we explored the world of nail polish!

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We put together a little video tutorial, showing how we did our nails! In the video, we painted the woodblock stamps directly with nail polish. But don’t worry! It came right off with nail polish remover, no problem!

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

We had fun creating this video for the blog, we hope you enjoy it!

Thanks girls! They’ll be here with one more project idea tomorrow, we can’t wait to see what else they’ll dream up!

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Kids Week Day 2 - Art Journaling

July 22nd, 2014 by hero

It’s Day 2 of Aaron and Laura’s teenage nieces visiting Hero Arts HQ and letting their creative juices flow…

Hey everyone! It’s Morgan and Lexi, here to show you what we have been doing. After we had success with the iPhone cases, we moved on to something completely different: art journaling!

At the beginning, we had a lot of difficulty. Not a lot of inspiration was there; we were just coming up with simple pages with a decorated background, and words. Then we saw just a few of the many ideas on the internet, on Pinterest and such sites, and learned how many different ways we really can decorate a piece of paper. We each had so many creative ideas, ranging from simple one worded art to complex novel-like work. So, let’s get started!

We began by decorating the journal cover! There were tons of these pretty flowers available, so we just covered our entire notebook!

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The centers of the flowers have pearls and gems added. We used different shapes and sizes of flowers to make it more interesting.

Next is the “Spotted Background Concept” from Morgan!

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

To begin, find a blank spot in your journal, or use a plain piece of white cardstock.  Cover the Tiny Ink Spots stamp with the neon pink ink, making sure that every part of it has the same coverage. Stamp it in the top left hand corner or your paper. Repeat until the spotted design is covering the entire sheet.

Next, get a ruler or something straight. Use a marker to make eight lines throughout the page, starting a little down from the top. The lines can be close together or really spread out. It all depends on your writing style. At the top of the page, which has no lines, you write the opening “Dear Diary” or “To Mom” or some sort of opening. To finish off the letter, you say “Love” or “From” and sign your name.

Now, we go to the writing. Using another color of marker, write whatever you want in the letter. If this is to a friend or family member, write what you want to say to them. If this is a diary, write what you feel. Because I love being precise, I had the writing finish off right at the last line but, of course, you can write as much or as little as you want!

To finish the page, get creative with some stamps. I used the Calendar stamp, as well as some cute little stamps from My Travels and other sets. And that is how you make the “Spotted Background Concept”.

Next, we got creative with watercolors! This design is more about what you want to do personally as an artist, but we are here to show you what we did.

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

To begin, put ink on the Old Letter Writing stamp, but make sure there is a lot of ink. I tried this design twice and I liked the darker color better than the lighter color, but feel free to choose either one. Stamp it in the left hand corner and fill the page with this stamp.

Next, using a water brush or paintbrush with watercolors, write the word/phrase you want the piece to be about. I wrote “inspire others” in blue, but there are so many words that can be here like “be creative” or  “desire”. Then, add swirls with red, green, yellow and pink ink.

To finish off this look, take the same blue that you wrote the letters in and splatter the page randomly.

We really had fun and got our creative juices flowing, and created a bunch more pages! Here’s a journal page from Lexi, where she wrote about the iPhone cases we made yesterday.

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And here’s a sampling of some of our other pages.

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We had a great time playing with all of these wonderful supplies. We’ll definitely be continuing our journals once we’re back home!

Lexi and Morgan will be back again tomorrow! Until then, have a wonderful day!

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Kids Week Day 1 - iPhone Cases!

July 21st, 2014 by hero

Hi everyone! It’s “Kids Week” here on the blog! Our CEO Aaron’s nieces came for a visit this past week, and were inspired to create with the stamps and other products available in the warehouse. We hope you enjoy their creations!

Hi! It’s Morgan and Lexi here! We’re on vacation with our aunt and uncle, Laura and Aaron, and decided to spend some of our time here at Hero Arts. We have stolen the blog for the week to share our adventures! Ha ha, good thing we are so CRAFTY!

Once we arrived at Hero Arts, we had a tour of the warehouse, meeting all of the workers. (We really wanted there to be donuts in the kitchen but no such luck!) Then, we took a look at all of the stamp supplies. There are so many more stamps than we had thought! It inspired us to begin our first new project: using stamps to decorate iPhone cases!

Picking out our favorite stamps, we began by tracing the phone cases and sketching out some ideas on scratch paper. We found this really helps because some colors looked better than others and if you make a mistake, you can just try again! We had countless ideas, inspired by all of the different types of stamps, from woodblock, to clear, to clings.

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In the end, we settled on our designs and created two different iPhone cases. We’ll share the instructions for both. First, this flower design!

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Find out how to create this iPhone case — click for complete supplies and instructions.

To make the first design, you will need a black phone case. We found ours on Amazon for an okay price - you may find them at dollar stores, or do a Google search.  There are lots out there for low prices! If you are using a soft case (silicone or rubber), like we did, cut out a piece of cardboard in the shape of your phone and put it in the case. This makes the phone case stiff and flat, which allows the stamp to go on evenly. Once you have done that, ink your stamp and decide what part of the stamp you want to put on the iPhone case, if the entire stamp will not fit. We thought the Large Petal Background stamp would make a great design on the case! And we found that StazOn ink worked best.

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Once you stamp it very carefully, it will dry within seconds. Unfortunately, we found out that once you put it on, it will not come off unless you use the StazOn Cleaner, which will remove it.

When we first did this, we noticed that it was really faded and had a vintage look. This was not our original idea but we really grew to love it! We also thought gems would go great with the design. We placed them around the sides and a single one in the middle. Finally, some Glossy Accents all over the case gave it a finished look. To make it not look as streaky, we misted on a tiny bit of water, then rubbed the glossy accents on with a sponge to finish it off. If you are having troubles putting the gems on, be patient. They come off easily but you should keep putting them back in place. Eventually, they will stay, especially once the Glossy Accents dry. And that is how you make the first design!

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

For the second design, we worked with the Rain Dance stencil rather than a stamp, and added lots of glitter!

Just like the first case, begin by putting cardboard in the phone case to make sure that it stays flat. Then, lay the stencil on the phone case, making sure that it is secure and will stay in one place. To hold the stencil very steady, you might need to grab a friend or a family member because it tends to shift a lot!

Put the Silver StazOn on a little more than half of the phone case. Then, put the Platinum StazOn on the other half of the case, but overlapping with the silver a little bit. This gives it the “ombre” sort of look that we were going for. We used a sponge, but you can also use a sponge dauber to apply to ink.

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Then, coat with Glossy Accents and put glitter all over the design. Just as a warning, the glitter gets EVERYWHERE so put down some newspaper or do this part outside. Also, the glitter likes to clump in places.  To avoid this, put a little in your hands first, and then rub them together over the case.

And, there you have it! Two awesome designs and many ideas that you can do on your own. Thanks and we will see you tomorrow!

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Organization Ideas: Kelly’s Craft Room Part 1

July 18th, 2014 by kelly

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Hey there! Today I’m excited to start a new mini series on the blog about organization ideas. I love getting peeks into other craft rooms, so I thought I’d share mine with all of you.

Now, I am going to start off by saying that my room won’t be gracing the pages of a magazine anytime soon, but I’ve found a system that works great for me and I hope you enjoy the tour. It’s still a work in progress and probably will be for a long time. Lately, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect stool and some artwork for the walls.

About a year and a half ago I finally ditched all my mismatched college furniture and upgraded to some Martha Stewart Craft Space furniture. And I totally love it! Below is a view of the main wall of my room with two drawer units on the outside and my desk in the middle. These three pieces fit into to that space with only an inch to spare on each side — so I think it was meant to be! ;)

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I’m going to break up the tour into several posts, so today I’m going to give you a closer look at the middle desk area and what I have close by when I’m crafting.

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I work best when things are clean and put away, so everything in my room has a “home” and in between projects I try really hard to always put things away. Lots of things are in drawers and baskets, but I’ve found it easiest to keep some essentials out on my desk at all times.

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The long white container along the right side is my trash bin. This really helps in keeping my area tidy while I craft. All those little scraps of paper and foam adhesive backing can create a lot of clutter, so having somewhere close by to put them is great.

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This square container holds my tweezers, craft knife, bone folder, embossing powder tool and some of my most used adhesives. And the jar holds my most used pens and pencils.

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This white caddy is the one organization tool that I have had for many many years and can’t imagine my desk without it. It holds paintbrushes, water brushes, stamp cleaners, water bottles, scissors, foam adhesive, my Corner Chompers and a few other small tools.

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My work desk has two thin drawers. The right drawer (shown above) holds rulers, white and clear embossing powders, baby wipes, scratch paper and acrylic blocks. I use things from this drawer with every card I make and it is so handy to have them right in front of me.

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The left drawer holds all my markers, colored pencils and watercolors. These drawers are very shallow, which allows me to easily see what I have.

I hope you enjoyed this peek into my room. I’ll be back with several more posts on how I store my stamps, inks, dies, paper and embellishments! In the meantime, I would love to see a peek into your room. If you want to share your room or pictures of any organization ideas you have, upload them to the Hero Arts Flickr Group and tag your photos with “organizationideas“. Maybe I’ll feature ideas from some of you in an upcoming blog post!

Thanks for stopping by!

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OWH Missing You with Social Club

July 17th, 2014 by lucy

Hello, and welcome to Social Club. It’s no secret that we at Hero Arts just love our Operation Write Home Missing You stamp set, and it seems that you love it as much as we do! We keep seeing gorgeous projects in our Flickr pool created with this set, so decided it warranted a Social Club all of its own. We have chosen three fabulous creations to showcase, and hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

First in the spotlight is kate.dachovsa, who created these adorable cupcake toppers for her son’s party. We love her brightly colored critters, especially that striking purple bird!

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Next is Karin Akesdotter who has used the sheep stamp from the set as the focal point of her card, embellishing it with a tiny die cut heart. How cute!!

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And finally, Where is the Camera (Julia Altermann), who designed this oh-so-sweet card set. We especially love that pastel flock of sheep, and the fun coordinating envelopes.

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Ladies, thank you for taking the time to share your beautiful creations with us. To reward you, we would like to give all three of you our Chalkboard Messages digikit which we hope you will enjoy.

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Please send an email to winner@heroarts.com and we will send you your digikit.

And finally, thank you for helping us support Operation Write Home by purchasing this stamp set. As with all of our Operation Write Home products, 25% of the profits from this set go to support this brilliant organisation. You can find information about their work and how we are supporting them on our Operation Write Home product page.

Thanks for visiting today. Happy stamping,

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