Sticky Post: Nature Challenge

February 7th, 2015 by hero

Looking for the link to our current challenge? Click HERE for all the details! We will keep this post at the top of the blog so that you can easily find the challenge when you are ready to link up your projects for a chance to win. New blog content will continue each weekday right below this post — be sure to scroll down so you don’t miss a thing. Happy stamping!

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Happy Butterflies

March 3rd, 2015 by hero

Hello! Donna here with a card featuring the Stamp & Cut Butterflies set, as well as the Happy Stamp & Cut set.


The dotted butterfly was inked up with various colors of Distress inks, sprayed with water and stamped on watercolor paper.  I stamped the “happy” and added the remainder of the sentiment, stamped in Dymo label fashion.


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

“Mother’s Day” was used on my card, but this could be easily replaced with any of the other sentiments in the set for other happy occasions. Or even happy SPRING!

This card also fits the theme of the current Nature Challenge! Why don’t you pull out your butterflies, or any other nature-inspired stamping, and play along? The contest ends on March 20!

Thanks for stopping by today!


India Black Ink Pad (AF248)



Earth Mixed Layering Paper (PS624)

Bright White Watercolor Paper (PS626)

Embossing Powder - White (PW110)

Embossing Gun (PW200)

VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

Water Mist Bottle (WM101)

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3-D Cactus Card

March 2nd, 2015 by hero

Hi! It’s Mariana here today sharing a video showing how I made a card using the Stamp your Own Cactus set, the 3-D Cactus Pair frame cuts and some other great Hero Arts products. It is always fun to get out of your comfort zone and make something different. You will see in this video that creating a 3-D card can be very easy and fun.

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



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

Thanks for joining me!


Butter Cup Ink Dauber (AD008) Dark Quartz Dauber (AD022) Cornflower Dauber (AD036) Soft Sand Shadow Ink (AF144) Green Hills Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF209) Brown Bark Dye Ink (AF245)
Just Rust Mid-Tone Shadow Ink (AF256) TROPICAL BACKGROUND (CG659) STAMP YOUR OWN CACTUS (CL838) 3-D Cactus Pair Frame Cuts (DI112) Cactus and Flower Frame Cuts (DI113) Foliage Mixed Layering Paper (PS622)
Kraft Paper (PS627)

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Sympathy Card

February 27th, 2015 by kelly

Hi, it’s Kelly here! Today I’ve got a card to share that fits in with our current Nature Challenge.

Sympathy cards are the one type of card that you never know when you’ll need. They can also be the hardest ones to make because the normal cheery messages and images we tend to use just don’t work. I like to always have a couple on hand, so I don’t have to rush and make one last minute.

Hero Arts With Deepest Sympathy by Kelly Rasmussen 1

For me, a lot of white space and a clean and simple style work best for sympathy cards. The Stamp You Own Plant set has some great leaf images that are perfect for these types of cards. And by adding some shading to the leaves with watercolor paints, I was able to really make the images pop.

Having a stamp dedicated to creating sympathy cards can also help a lot! And our new With Deepest Sympathy stamp fit just perfect!

Hero Arts With Deepest Sympathy by Kelly Rasmussen 2

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

Thanks for joining me today — have a great weekend!


Ocean Dye Ink (AF216) Lime Green Mid-Tone Ink (AF262) STAMP YOUR OWN PLANT (CL834) STAMP & CUT BUTTERFLIES (DC134) WITH DEEPEST SYMPATHY (G6072)

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Miss You

February 26th, 2015 by hero

Hi! It’s Mariana here today sharing a card that I created using a new product called Baby Animals Stamp & Cut.


For this card, I created a subtle watercolor background using two colors of ink daubers (Green Hills and Cornflower). I watered down the colors with a water brush, and then applied them over watercolor paper. After the colors were dried, I splattered a little bit of more ink over them.


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

The adorable baby rabbit was colored with markers, and I die cut it with its matching die. To finish, I added Glossy Accents details over its eye and nose. This adorable set is included in the new 2015 Spring Catalog… have you checked out all the new products, yet?

I also want to mention that the current Hero Arts Nature Challenge is underway, so please be sure to keep your creative juices flowing, and have fun playing along.

Well, that’s all from me today. Thanks for joining me!


Green Hills Ink Dauber (AD016) Cornflower Dauber (AD036) Bubble Gum Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF208) Brown Bark Dye Ink (AF245) BABY ANIMALS STAMP & CUT (DC148) GLOSSY ACCENTS (GW221)
Foliage Mixed Layering Paper (PS622)

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Mariko’s Travel Album

February 25th, 2015 by hero

Please join us in welcoming special guest Mariko Brown to the blog today! We’re thrilled to have her here to share some scrapbooking inspiration. Take it away, Mariko!

Hi, everyone. It’s Mariko here. Today I am sharing some of the travel album pages that I made using the photos from my trip to San Francisco and the Bay Area. I finished a 50-page, 6×8 inch, pocket-style scrapbooking album entirely with the Clearly Kelly collection.

Kelly Purkey has been my idol as long as I’ve been scrapbooking. I love everything she designs. Her choice of colors, fonts, words and phrases… everything is inspiring! I am particularly happy about her new collection because it well features her specialty, food and travel.

Here’s the title card I made with her Outline Letters, Destination, and Daily Life clear stamp sets.


Outline letters are so fun to play with. I used them to spell the names of the places I visited during the trip along with the border from Super Cool and the geo tag from Happy Place throughout the album.


The cute little car is a must-have stamp for a road trip album.


This is my favorite background stamp, Kelly’s Background Stars, of all three in the collection. I am very pleased with the crispness of the lines with white ink on dark colored cardstock.


The shape of the heart in the Happy Place wood stamp set is so cute that I couldn’t resist using it throughout the album.


The hearts are everywhere!


Another favorite background stamp of mine, Kelly’s Background Squares, is used here. I love Pale Tomato Shadow Ink on Carnation Layering Paper. And more hearts!


The “good morning” stamp from Live Big is perfect for a breakfast page. Making a pattern from a small phrase by stamping repeatedly is a technique that I learned from Kelly.


It’s a tedious job, but it worth the effort! “Food coma” is layered with a circle stamp found in Outline Letters — another technique Kelly taught in her class.


Thanks Kelly for a great collection, and Hero Arts for partnering with her!


Butter Bar Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF207)

Tide Pool (AF223)

Orange Soda (AF224)

Soft Granite (AF226)

Pale Tomato Mid-Tone Shadow Ink (AF233)

Charcoal Mid-Tone Shadow Ink (AF236)

Unicorn Pigment Ink Pad (AF249)

Chalkboard Mid-Tone Ink (AF272)

Kelly's Background Squares (CG654)

Kelly's Background Stars (CG655)

Sunshine Mixed Accents (CH216)

Kelly's Food Coma (CL814)

Kelly's Super Cool (CL815)

Kelly's Live Big (CL816)

Kelly's Take Note (CL818)

Kelly's Daily Life (CL819)

Kelly's Destination (CL820)

Kelly's Outline Letters (CL821)

Kelly's Happy Place (LP373)

Floral Mixed Layering Paper (PS619)

Blush Mixed Layering Paper (PS620)

Sunsine Mixed Layering Paper (PS621)

Earth Mixed Layering Paper (PS624)

Kraft Paper (PS627)

Pool Mixed Layering Paper (PS640)

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Lots of winners!

February 24th, 2015 by hero


Hi there! We’re back today to announce the lucky winners of our blog hop and Clearly Kelly giveaways. Thank you to everyone who entered! We really enjoyed reading through all of your comments and can’t thank you enough for your feedback and support. If you see your name/comment below, please email and we’ll get you all set up with your prize.

Blog Hop Winners:

  • Kimberly Eddy (February 17, 2015 at 3:40 am on Donna Mikasa’s blog) - “Love the background Donna!! I agree with you this sentiment is one that is ‘needed’! So glad you are on the Hero Arts team!!”
  • Karen L K (February 20, 2015 at 2:14 am on Emily Leiphart’s blog) - “What a cute card. You just made those cactus come alive! Interesting background too.”
  • Sarah Ashley Posch (February 21, 2015 at 4:12 pm on Sue McRae’s blog) - “I always love watercolor, but your gilding as well really makes it stand out.”

Clearly Kelly Winner:

  • Brenda Lee (February 13th, 2015 at 12:34 pm) - “I am in the process of getting supplies to make my own planner/art journal. I’m so glad to see this post…love Kelly Purkey goodies! I would love to give the wallets a try. Thanks for the chance to win. :)”


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Clearly Kelly is Here!

February 24th, 2015 by hero


Hello everyone! We’re super excited to let you know that the new Clearly Kelly products are now available right here in the Hero Arts shop!

Hero Arts + Kelly Purkey

Click HERE to browse the entire Clearly Kelly collection, including:

  • Clear stamps
  • Woodblock stamp sets
  • Cling stamp backgrounds
  • Stamp & Cut sets
  • Stencils
  • Paper pad
  • Sticky notes
  • Wallet system

So. Much. Goodness!

Now here’s Kelly herself with a video — take it away, Kelly!

Hi everyone, it’s Kelly Purkey with a video to share. This is a quick look at the different pieces in the Clearly Kelly Wallet System, including the inserts and the 4×6 paper pad. I hope that it will help give you a better idea of how it all fits together and will be the perfect way for you to document and get things done in a quick + easy way!

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

Here’s a closer look at the Wallet System and the sticky notes. You can see how well they go together! Use the sticky notes to mark pages in Kelly’s Weekly Wallet Calendar like so:

Clearly Kelly Wallet System & Sticky Notes

Oh yes, please!

Now for a closer look at Kelly’s Designer Papers. As Kelly mentioned, these are super high quality, thick 4×6 papers with a pattern on one side and a solid color on the other that’s perfect for stamping:

Kelly Purkey Papers & Stamps

We can’t wait to share even more Clearly Kelly projects with you here on the blog in the weeks to come. There are some awesome cling background stamps and stencils in the line that are perfect for cardmakers too!

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Dauber Backgrounds

February 23rd, 2015 by hero

Hi there! Cheiron here today with a video for you showing a quick and easy way to make backgrounds for your cards using daubers, and creating coordinating sentiments to match.  These backgrounds are so fun to make and can be done in a multitude of color schemes. Today I worked with the Triangle Background from the BasicGrey Prism collection, and added the Happy Birthday to You message. You will see how easy it is to color your sentiments to match your backgrounds using daubers and a water brush.

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


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

Thanks for stopping by,


Butter Cup Ink Dauber (AD008) Charcoal Ink Dauber (AD018) Dark Quartz Dauber (AD022) Charcoal Mid-Tone Shadow Ink (AF236) Triangle Background BG (CG662) Ticket Frame (DI001)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU (F6068) Charcoal Notecards (PS689) Embossing Gun (PW200)

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Enjoy the Journey

February 20th, 2015 by hero

Hi everyone! Yana is here and today I want to share a simple, almost-one-layer card using products from the new Adrift Hero Arts and Basic Grey collection. It’s a beautiful line with great nautical images that can be used on their own or combined into a pattern.


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

For this card I used the anchor image and created a partially stamped pattern on my card base. I used brown ink and stamped the image several times. I could have kept stamping to fill out  the entire front of my card, but I only wanted to have a partial pattern on this project.


To embellish my card I heat embossed the whale image onto vellum using gold embossing powder. I cut it out with my scissors and added to my card using foam adhesive.


To finish my project I adhered several gold gems and added a short stamped sentiment - Enjoy The Journey.

Thank you for stopping by today!



Black Ink Pad (AF101)

Brown Bark Dye Ink (AF245)

Yellow Gemstones (CH126)

Set Sail BG (CL842)

Discover the World (E5997)

Pool Mixed Layering Paper (PS640)

Embossing Powder - Gold (PW100)

VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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Day 3: 2015 Spring Catalog Blog Hop

February 19th, 2015 by hero

Welcome to the third and final day of the 2015 Catalog Blog Hop! Coming your way today — more inspiration and more chances to win new stamps! Just wait until you see the fabulous projects the Hostesses have created. You’re in for a treat!


Late to the party? Fear not. The extended format of this blog hop will allow you plenty of time to catch up and enjoy the projects bit by gorgeous bit. In case you’re just joining in:

  • Every comment you leave along the hop (including this post) gives you a chance to win Hero Arts prize packs! Comments must be received by 11:59pm PST on Sunday, February 22 to be entered. Three giveaway winners will be randomly selected and announced here on the blog next week.
  • If you’ve missed any days, you can go back to view and comment at the following links:  DAY 1DAY 2
  • All of the new 2015 Catalog stamps and dies you’ve seen showcased this week are now available HERE in the Hero Arts Online Store.

Before we send you on your way, we’d like to extend a huge thank you to the Hero Hostesses for the wonderful inspiration they’ve provided this week. It’s been an amazing display of creativity! Thank you, Hostesses, for generously sharing your time and talents, and for being such a special part of the Hero Arts community.

We’re ready to HOP…how about you? Click over to Virginia Lu’s blog to begin and then follow the links to each of the Hostesses participating today. Remember to comment for a chance to win those prize!

Thanks for joining us and sharing in the excitement of the 2015 Spring Catalog release!

Happy stamping,

P.S. - If you happen to come across any broken links, you can always come back to this post and find links to all seven of today’s participating bloggers: Virginia LuHeather DoranSue McRaeMarcy KaminskiAnita RecksiedlerCheiron BrandonBarb Engler

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