A new, colorful challenge!

Hello!  Welcome to another colorful week here on the Hero Arts blog.

I remember as a kid, I just loved to color. And things haven’t changed for me after all these years. I adore creating cards that require coloring, whether it is with markers, pencils, ink or paint.  So each day this week, we are going to focus on a different way to color in stamped images. It’s gonna be fun!

I thought I would start the week off today with some coloring with markers. On this one, I used Momento Markers from Tsukineko. These markers are inexpensive and great quality. They have two tips, including a brush. For me, a brush tip is a must. I then added a bit of highlighting with a glitter pen - a great way to spice up any card.  I just love how this new Antique Flower Background stamp goes with any style card.



When I saw this Bouquet in a Vase cling stamp, I just couldn’t wait to color it. And I knew my Copic Markers would be perfect. And notice the little dots of color on the notecards background.  I used my Cuttlebug to dry emboss the Hero Arts notecard. I then sanded the surface, revealing the white core. Finally, I used my markers to change the color on some of the dots. This is a fun way to liven up a simple background.



A great eye-catching touch that can be added to a card is with acetate (aka. transparency).  After stamping on it and adding it to a card with foam dots, acetate creates a great shadow behind it.  I love this effect.  Here, I cut the center of the Thank You Cling image out and replaced it with stamped acetate.  Another great tip with acetate: you can color it with any permanent pen, such as Copic markers or Sharpies.  And, if you stamp on it and smears, no worries!  Hero Arts Ultra Clean will clean it right off so you can start again. Love that.




Want a fun tip for gemstones and pearls?  They can be colored with any permanent pen, such as Copic markers or Sharpies.  (This idea comes from our very own Tami Hartley.  Love it!)


I hope you are ready to do some coloring of your own, since that is our challenge for this week.  Simply create a project with some colored-in stamped images and upload to the Flickr group before 11:59 pm PST on Sunday, August 30. Please include at least one Hero Arts stamp (or digital element) on your cards and tag them with the word “colorit”. By entering, you could win a shopping spree of your choice of Hero Arts products from the NEW Hero Arts Online Store! (Shipping charges apply.) Winners will also receive a 2009 Hero Arts catalog, sent separately. The prize amounts are as follows:

  • NEW! Digital Winner! (create something using a Hero Arts Digital Kit): $50
  • Scrapbook Page Winner: $50
  • Fresh Face Winner (someone who has not yet won a contest): $50
  • 1st Place: $50
  • 2nd Place: $25
  • 3rd Place: $15

And I can’t think of a better way to start a week than with a giveaway. Just leave a comment here by Wednesday at 11:59 pm PST telling us your favorite way to color and we will pick a lucky winner of these great new stamps for coloring…


Be sure to come back tomorrow for some more coloring fun.  Until then, have a great day…

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    DeniseB said:

    I’m liking my Copic markers…. such beautiful vibrant colors available.

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    bzyPTmom said:

    I love these new stamps! My favorite way to color is with water color pencils, love the muted shades and how easy to blend with water. I also love to use chalks and pastels.

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    elizabeth wilson said:

    My head is too full of ideas and I don’t have enough time. What’s a girl to do?

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    Michelle Leming said:

    My favorite coloring technique is colored pencils. For me, their shading is the easiest to control. I also really enjoy shimmer paints such as liquid shimmer or the new drier ones (the name of which has left me at the moment.) I love both the effect and the feel of being “an artist” when holding a paint brush.

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    Marge E said:

    Copic markers are my favorite. Love to colors and the effect.

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    C. Stebner said:

    I love the watercolor pencils and I don’t always use water. The colors are great either way.

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    Louise Bell- Fairbairn said:

    I Love using watercolor. You can shade easily and it takes time and patience to get everything just right. Click HERE to see the card I created for the challenge



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    kristina said:

    I loved trying the Copic markers! I want to collect every color. I also want to get the refills!!

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    CHERYL L. said:

    GREAT cards, as always, Miss Jen! I must admit, I’m not much of a “colorer” - never have been - but when the urge (or need) strikes, I use markers. I really should do more coloring especially since I love what you do!

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    Flo D. said:

    I love coloring with markers. My new favorite way is to color a few lines on an acetate block and then, using a Tombow blending pen, add the color to the stamped image with whatever intensity I want to achieve. Thanks for all your great tips.

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