Holiday Challenge Winners

November 21st, 2014 by lucy

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Hello, and welcome to the winners’ post for our Holiday Challenge. With over 350 stunning entries, this challenge proved to be a very popular one, and we had a really tough time judging. But, we had to choose winners… and here they are!

First up is the Mad About Metallics category, and our winner is Maria Doricheva. The stunning inked background, the gold embossed Tiny Stars, the way the eye is drawn perfectly to the nativity scene… everything about this card is perfection. We just love it!

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Next is Yoonsun Hur, who entered this beautiful card in the White Out category. The softly watercolored Holiday Petals and Leaves look gorgeous set against a white background and the gold embossed sentiment is perfection.

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For our Tag It category, the winner is Heather Doran. Heather adhered her beautiful Lattice Background stamped tag to a card, adding a stunningly lifelike Peace Poinsettia to which she added Crackle Accents. Head over to her blog to see an amazing close up photo. It really is incredible.

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This striking card by Nicole Parmentier really caught our eye. We just love the way she has customised our Winter Sparkle Background. So clever! And a perfect winner for our Anything Goes category.

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And finally, our random winner, chosen from all 362 entries… and it is Lai Yoke.

Congratulations to our five wonderful winners. Ladies, please contact us at winner@heroarts.com with your address and phone number by Friday, November 28th, including your list of $40 worth of products. Please include “Holiday Challenge Winner” in the subject line.

Thank you to everyone who entered this time. We hope you have enjoyed getting a head start on your holiday cards!

Happy stamping,

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Metallic Cheers

November 20th, 2014 by hero

Hi everyone, Yana is here and today I’d like to share a modern Bold Cheers card with double colored embossing.

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

If you look closer, you will notice that two colors of embossing powder were used for this card - gold and silver. I wanted to make something special so I just combined the two and created this modern look.

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It took me a moment to figure out how I can easily achieve this double colored embossing and after a few trial and error moments I found that its best to use a piece of thin printer paper as a mask and just place it on top of the stamped image (without adhering it down). I kept moving my mask and adding embossing powder alternating colors until I had the entire stamped area covered. Next I added some heat with my heat gun and moved on to embellishing my card.

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I used a few gold and silver sequins and also added a couple pewter metallic decor pieces and scattered them going diagonally on my card.

Thank you for stopping by today! Hope you have a great day!

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Pewter Metallic Decor (CH202) Bold Cheers (H5953) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Midnight Mixed Layering Paper (PS697) Embossing Powder - Gold (PW100) Embossing Powder - Silver (PW101)
Embossing Gun (PW200) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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Joy & Love

November 19th, 2014 by hero

Happy Wednesday, all! It’s Donna here sharing another way to use your stencils. Can you guess what I used? Water!

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

After ink distressing watercolor card stock, spritz your stencil with a liberal amount of water and lay it on top. Press down with a dry paper towel and when you lift the stencil, you have a subtle imprint of the stencil design.

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I added a bold sentiment that was gold embossed on vellum, and finished off the card with spatters of gold ink and a few gold embossed stars.

This technique works well with stencils that have large openings so the water can seep through and help remove the color. The new Deco Pattern stencil I used today works great!

You can find your favorite stencil in the Hero Arts Online Store and I hope you’ll try this technique!

Happy crafting,

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Christmas Crystals (CL802) Joy & Love (CL809) Embossing Powder - Gold (PW100) Embossing Gun (PW200) BG: Deco Pattern Stencil (SA039) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)
Water Mist Bottle (WM101) Gold Shimmer Spray (WM116)

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Joyful Poinsettia

November 18th, 2014 by lucy

Hello! It’s Lucy here, and I have a bold and bright Christmas card to share with you today.

We always get a poinsettia at Christmas. They are so cheery and colorful, and match perfectly with my red themed Christmas decorations. When I saw the lovely Peace Poinsettia set, I knew I wanted to make something rather traditional with it, and chose to add watercolors for a soft, realistic feel.

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And the Gold Shimmer Mist is perfect for adding a bit of soft sparkle to Christmas cards. I love it.

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

This card pretty much sums up my house at Christmas. Red, gold, white and sparkly.

I hope you have a lovely day, thanks for stopping by,

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Black Ink Pad (AF101) Peace Poinsettias (CL796) Under the Mistletoe (CL797) Large Tag (DI058) Snow Folded Cards (PS566) Snow Layering Paper (PS610)
Embossing Powder - Clear (PW104) Embossing Gun (PW200) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250) Gold Shimmer Spray (WM116)

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Quick Christmas Gifts // Home Decor!

November 17th, 2014 by lisa

Hi! It’s Lisa here today with a video sharing techniques for using the new DIY Message Blocks. These wood blocks come three in a pack and make great last minute gifts or home decor. Watch and see:

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

Here’s a closer look at the projects from the video. First up, the JOY blocks. For this one I used the Subway Alphabet stencil and these sponge daubers to apply black ink. Then I stamped the ornament from the Fancy Christmas Stamp & Cuts.

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I added a gem to the ornament and that was that.

Now on to the Peace & Joy blocks. These are just as easy to do, and look so pretty with the tide pool and white daubers.

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Hope this gave you lotsa ideas for using DIY Message Blocks to make quick Christmas gifts and home decor! The grooves in the ornaments are also perfect for tying with twine and turning a block into an ornament. Fill a tree with the initials of everyone in the family!

Thanks so much for joining me today,

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Neon Green Ink Dauber (AD004) Tide Pool Ink Dauber (AD010) White Ink Dauber (AD017) Neon Red Ink Dauber (AD021) Black Ink Pad (AF101) BG: Leaves, Berries, & Branches (CG646)
BG: Waves Background (CG651) Diamond Gems (CH234) Christmas Crystals (CL802) BG: The Good Stuff (CL822) Stamp & Cuts® Fancy Cuts Christmas (DC116) Sponge Dauber With Cap (MI002)
Subway Letters Stencil (SA033)  DIY Message Blocks (3 pack) (WD101)

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Happy Holidays

November 14th, 2014 by sally

Hi Everyone, it’s Sally and I am back to show you a holiday card designed for easy card making.  I normally make my Christmas cards red and green, but something inspired me to try this color combo. The process was simple - first, I used Circle Christmas Tree to die cut my trees from preprinted green card stock. Next, I over-stamped with many of the images from Decorate a Tree in greens and pool colors.  The From Our Family To Yours message was stamped at the base of a Snow Folded Card in Tide Pool ink. I finished decorating the tree with images from the stamp set cut out on circles and added it to my card.

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

This card falls into the “Anything Goes” category of our Holiday Challenge. Have you entered yet? Hurry! The contest ends tomorrow, November 15!


Thanks for stopping by,

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Soft Pool Shadow Ink (AF146) Field Greens Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF210) Pool Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF212) Tide Pool (AF223) Lime Green Mid-Tone Ink (AF262) From Our Family to Yours (C5963)
Teal Gemstones (CH129) Pool Mixed Accents (CH283) Decorate a Tree (CL805) Circle Christmas Tree Die-Cuts (DI103) Snow Folded Cards (PS566)

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Mixed Metallic Embossing

November 13th, 2014 by hero

Hello, it’s Wida and today I am showing you how to make a card look mixed metallic using multiple embossing powders. This idea can be used with any combination of embossing powders and works best with a larger stamp.  I enjoy using metallics on a holiday sentiment best though, makes it look FANCY. ;) Making Spirits Bright works very well for this technique!

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For the embellishments around the sentiment, I like odd numbers. Usually a cluster of 2 together and then 1 somewhere else in order to frame the image.  For sequins, I hold a few up in the air and drop them onto the card. They typically land exactly in the right place! Try it!

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

I think this Making Spirits Bright stamp is so dynamic, it COULD have stood on it’s own. It could have even been stamped on vellum or in black against patterned paper. The possibilities are endless! But embossing with metallics makes it a perfect fit for the Hero Arts Holiday Challenge category -  MAD ABOUT METALLICS! Play with your own metallic embossing powders and enter the contest: HERE! Saturday is the last day and there are prizes to be had! :)

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Felt Snowflakes (CH162) Making Spirits Bright (K5962) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Embossing Powder - Gold (PW100) Embossing Powder - Silver (PW101) Embossing Gun (PW200)
VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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Joy & Love

November 12th, 2014 by hero

Hello! It’s Mariana here today sharing a Holiday card that I created using the new Bold Flower Pattern background and Joy & Love stamp set.

It is always fun to use the stamps in a different way. This time, I used the large background to create a tree shape for my card…

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I also used gold and silver embossing powders… I think they are the perfect match to give your creations an elegant touch!

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I love the beautiful pattern of this background stamp, it reminds me of delicate lace! At the end, I added handmade stitches using gold thread, along with some gemstones.

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

Thank you so much for joining me today!

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BG: Bold Flower Pattern (CG653) Assorted Crystal Gemstones (CH117) Star Gems (CH193) Joy & Love (CL809) Blush Mixed Layering Paper (PS620) Kraft Paper (PS627)
Embossing Powder - Gold (PW100) Embossing Powder - Silver (PW101) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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Happy Veterans Day

November 11th, 2014 by libby

Hello and Happy Veterans Day! On behalf of Hero Arts, I’d like to say THANK YOU to all of the brave men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. We are thankful for you every single day of the year!

When I think of veterans, of course I think of my own favorite veteran, my dad. He served in the Army during the Vietnam War. As I was growing up, he was an active member of our local VFW. And one of the main things I remember about the VFW were the paper poppies they’d sell. While poppies are a symbol of fallen soldiers and probably more appropriate on Memorial Day, they were my inspiration for an art journal page in honor of Veterans Day.

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As I looked through my stamps to figure out what I wanted to play with, the Hello Flowers set caught my eye. I love the pretty flower on it, but also the message “live thankfully”. It is very fitting to honor our veterans!

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I used the stamp in a different way - for me, anyway! :-) I stamped the solid flower image in permanent ink, and then colored right over it using Faber-Castell Gelatos. I just scribbled on a little color and then blended with my finger. I really love the look of this! I was inspired to try it after watching many videos by our recent guest designer, Vicky Papaioannou. She does amazing things with gelatos!!

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I also used the Starry Night Stencil with a little embossing paste to add some texture to the sky.

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Have you ever tried art journaling? I love it, especially when I’m experiencing creative block - it just gets me playing. I never know how it will turn out! But the technique I used today with the flowers could also be used on a card.

So… be sure to say thank you to any veterans who cross your path today. Or perhaps spend your crafty time stamping for Operation Write Home? Either way, remember to live thankfully. :-)

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Hello Flowers (CL774) Starry Night Stencil (SA019)

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Merry Christmas Tags

November 10th, 2014 by hero

Hi there! It’s Cheiron here with another video. Today, instead of walking you through a project from start to finish, I wanted to share a bunch of possibilities for Christmas gift tags using the Christmas Small Tag and Merry Christmas Label stamps and the coordinating Tag and Label die cut set. These are just some ideas I had for the folks on my list, and I hope they will work for some of the folks on yours!

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

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

Thanks for stopping by,

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Chalkboard Mid-Tone Ink (AF272) Earth Mixed Accents (CH214) Holiday Petals and Leaves (CL787) Family and Friends (CL803) Large Tag (DI058) Blooming Flower (DI092)
Tag and Label Die-Cuts (DI107) Tree Border (F5820) Christmas Small Tag (F5967) Merry Christmas Label (H5968) Embossing Powder - Gold (PW100) Embossing Powder - Silver (PW101)

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