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One Stencil, Two Ways

Friday, December 19th, 2014

Today two of our artists, Donna Mikasa and Mariana Grigsby, were each asked to create a card featuring one of our new stencils from Hero Arts + BasicGrey - Floral Vines. It’s one of two gorgeous stencils from the J’Adore Collection, part of the new Valentine’s Day 2015 release. It’s interesting to see how the designers used the stencil in very similar ways, but each with their own unique flair. First up is Donna…

The new Floral Vines Stencil is so pretty and ornate that I decided to use it simply as a stencil. To keep it a one layer card, I masked two sides of the stencil and added strips of cardstock to frame the panel.

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

You can switch up the colors or even use several colors, depending on the occasion. I used a thank you sentiment, stamped with the darkest ink color and added some pearls as a finishing touch.

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Now let’s take a look at the next card. Donna mentioned using several colors, and Mariana must have been listening… :)

For my card featuring the Floral Vines Stencil, first I created the background of my card by using the stencil along with different ink pad colors.

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

I simply sponged them over the open area using daubers. Simple yet fun!

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It is great when you can make your very own color combination using Hero Arts inks, because then, you can easily coordinate your creation with matching layering papers. ;)

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I also made a small panel to stamp a “Thank You” sentiment. Then, I used some white paper flowers to which I applied color on them to match the colors of my card. You can rub the flowers directly onto the ink pad, or you can also add color by using another great product: Ink Spray. No matter what you choose to do, it is always fun. Finally, I complemented my card with burlap string and some yummy light green pearls.

Thanks for stopping by today,

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Black Ink Pad (AF101) Bubble Gum Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF208) Green Hills Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF209) Orange Soda (AF224) Red Royal (AF225) Raspberry Jam (AF228)
Pale Tomato Mid-Tone Shadow Ink (AF233) Ultra Pink Mid-Tone Ink (AF263) Soft Vanilla Shadow Ink Pad (AF275) Art Flowers White and Cream (CH165) Pale Pink Accent Pearls (CH170) Light Green Accent Pearls (CH174)
Year Round Sentiments (CL582) Thanks a Bunch (CL663) Sponge Dauber With Cap (MI002) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Blush Mixed Layering Paper (PS620) BG: Floral Vines Stencil (SA040)
Mid-Tone Pale Tomato Spray (WM113)

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A “Little” Something + a kid-friendly tutorial!

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Hi, it’s Libby here today, and just like Tami and Sally yesterday, today’s post is a collaborative effort. But I didn’t team up with one of the amazing Hero Arts designers. Nope, I had fun playing with my daughter, Courtney! She is my little budding artist, she absolutely loves getting creative with all of my supplies. And one of the Hero Arts products she loves most are the sweet little Ink ‘n’ Stamp tubs! These sets are fantastic for kids - each one has fun theme, like “Fairy Princess” or “Pirate” or “Animal Prints“, and contains a little inker and eighteen woodblock stamps. The favorite tub in our house is the Sea Life set! But of course, these cute little stamps aren’t just for kids - I love to play with them, too!

Before I get to Courtney’s project, I wanted to share an idea for using these little stamps. I created three inch square notes to tuck into my kids’ lunchboxes. They both love ocean animals! I combined the Sea Life stamps with some perfect sentiments from other Hero Arts sets - OWH Lil Hoot (an awesome set for making cards for kids!) and the pretty Butterfly set.  I kept these very simple - they came together quickly, so I could make a nice little stash to keep in the kitchen cupboard. I think my kids will love the surprise!

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Now on to Courtney’s project! We decided to try an oldie but goodie technique that kids LOVE! Do you remember the shaving cream technique? Courtney thought it was absolutely magical! We thought it was a fun way to create a background perfect for an “under the sea” scene.

To begin, Courtney put some white foam shaving cream on a paper plate. Using the back of a plastic knife, she spread it out smooth (sort of!) then added dots of ink. In the past when I tried this technique, I used reinkers. I didn’t have any on hand this time, so we tried opening up some Sprays and flicking that ink into the shaving cream!

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Courtney used Pool and Green Hills spray inks.

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Next, the ink drops were swirled around using the knife. Or a toothpick, a skewer, the end of a paintbrush - any of these would also work just fine.

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A trimmed piece of paper was then placed into the shaving cream, and gently pressed down.

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After carefully picking the paper back up, the excess shaving cream was scraped off of the paper using the back of the knife. A paper towel was used to clean off the rest.

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Voila! A really fun background! She was so happy with the result.

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After the paper was dry (I hit it with my heat tool), Courtney went to town with the Sea Life tub.

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She was thrilled that she got to use mom’s Prismacolors instead of her own Crayolas. :-)

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And her finished card! She loved this technique, and plans to give this very special, handmade card to a friend at her birthday party this weekend. I think she’s catching the rubber stamping bug. Needless to say, I’m thrilled!

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I hope you enjoyed this blast from the past technique, and the peek at these fun Ink ‘n’ Stamp tubs. What are some of your favorite oldie but goodie, kid-friendly techniques? I need to think of something for Courtney’s next stamping lesson. :-)

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Black Ink Pad (AF101) Foliage Mixed Accents (CH212) Pool Mixed Accents (CH283) Butterfly (CL750) OWH Lil Hoot (CL755) Ranger Diamond Stickles™ Glitter Glue (GW216)
Ink 'n' Stamp® Sea Life (LL389) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Foliage Mixed Layering Paper (PS622) Pool Mixed Layering Paper (PS640) Mid-Tone Pool Spray (WM110) Mid-Tone Green Hills Spray (WM111)

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Kids Week Giveaway!

Friday, July 25th, 2014

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 Original 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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O’Dauber Go Green

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Top o’ the morning to you! It’s Sally here today. St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, and I think it’s way too much fun to let it slip by without making a card! So I let loose with my daubers! I gathered all of the shades of  green I have and went wild. This is a quick and easy technique - I just randomly sketched a giant shamrock with each dauber, layering the color. Once it was completely dry, I sketched “hearts” for each leaf of the shamrock with a wide Sharpie, as well as the stem. The message is from CL498 Celebrate Everyday - a perfect set of messages that covers many holidays. Jazz up the card with some glitter and you are good to go!

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

A quick reminder before I go - if you haven’t played along with our Birthday Challenge, do it now! The contest ends tomorrow, March 15. There are five categories to choose from, and a $30 shopping spree available to the winner of each category. Join the fun!

Happy Green Day everyone!!

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Neon Green Ink Dauber (AD004) Field Greens Ink Dauber (AD009) Green Hills Ink Dauber (AD016) Lime Green Dauber (AD024) Pastel Green Dauber (AD029) Neon Chartreuse Dauber (AD034)
Black Ink Pad (AF101) Celebrate Everyday (CL498) Ranger Diamond Stickles™ Glitter Glue (GW216) Snow Folded Cards (PS566)

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Stamping fun ahead

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Smile…it’s Friday! :)

We have three fun events to let you know about today.

First, we’re so excited to be a part of this next Thursday…

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Hero Arts & BasicGrey designers will be coming together for one inspiration-filled day of blog hopping. We’ve been playing with the gorgeous Spice Market collection and can’t wait to share!! We hope you’ll join in the fun — and enter to win some fantastic giveaways too!

Next, we wanted to share two upcoming Make ‘n Take opportunities for our creative friends in the Pacific Northwest:

  • Emily Cates/MILLSREPCO will be hosting a Hero Arts - Operation Write Home Make ‘n Take on Saturday, March 15th from noon until 2 pm at Impress in Tukwila, Washington. (206-824-1174) Attendees will make a fabulous card using the new Hero Arts - Operation Write Home stamps and there will be oodles of door prizes. All customers will receive 10% off Hero Arts and customers spending $50 or more on Hero Arts products will receive a free gift. A little birdie told us Sandy Allnock of Operation Write Home will also be making an appearance!

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  • Emily Cates/MILLSREPCO will also be hosting a Hero Arts Make ‘n Take on Saturday, March 22nd from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at Artco Crafts & Frames in Tacoma. (253.759.9585) There will be many door prizes, and all customers will receive 10% off Hero Arts special orders. Customers spending $50 or more on Hero Arts products will receive a free gift too. Be sure to join in the fun during this Northwest Paper Chase promotion! Take a peek at the awesome card you can create using one of our new chalkboard stamps…

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Have a great weekend, everyone! Will you be doing any crafting or stamping?

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Sharing the Love

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Happy Valentine’s Day, friends! Today is all about LOVE, and we at Hero Arts are most certainly feeling the love…

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Pictured above is a bundle of kindness, straight from the hands and hearts of our dear Hero Hostesses. During the Hero Hostess Blog Hop in January, they hatched a plan to send thank you cards to the entire Hero Arts team. Yes, every single employee. How amazing is that!? These beautiful cards made their way to Richmond and were distributed last week. It was truly a wonderful moment — smiles were evident all around, and each card made a huge impact.

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So on this day of love, we would like to send our love and appreciation to the Hostesses for this joyous gift. Your cards and notes mean so much. Heartfelt thanks to all of you from all of us. ♥

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

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Stenciled Giveaway!

Friday, January 10th, 2014

There’s no doubt about it — we love stencils! And we were super excited to hear about the new class on the horizon over at Online Card Classes called Stenciled. Check it out…

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Stencils are very popular in the crafting world right now and there are SO many fun ways to use them! Join us for a cardmaking class focused on using stencils creatively. Stenciled is overflowing with stencil-love inspiration and features some Hero Arts products!

In Stenciled, an all-new, all-video, mini class from Online Card Classes, you’ll learn over sixteen exciting techniques for this inexpensive and popular tool, including embossing paste, layering, masking, embossing, and more! Class will cover a range of cardmaking styles from our all-star lineup of favorite Online Card Classes instructors - Kristina Werner, Jennifer McGuire, Laura Bassen, Shari Carroll, Julie Ebersole and Debby Hughes.

To discover for yourself all the creative possibilities in stencils, head over to Online Card Classes to sign up!

Would you like to win a free seat in class? The generous folks at Online Card Classes are giving away three spots just for the Hero Arts blog readers! Leave a comment on this post by Monday, January 13th at 11:59pm Pacific for a chance to win. We’ll randomly draw THREE lucky winners, to be announced on the blog next week. Good luck!!

Happy weekend,



Large Lotus Pattern (SA001) Tweed Pattern (SA002) Borders (SA003) Irregular Checkerboard Background (SA004) Circle Tree (SA005) Elegant Pine (SA007)
Stylish Borders (SA008) Numbers Background (SA009) Stone Circle Pattern (SA010) Arrows and Messages (SA011) Night Flower (SA012) Weeks and Months (SA013)
Zebra Stripe (SA014) Tile Work (SA015) Bubble Confetti (SA016)

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Rudolph Gift Tags

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Hello, and a very happy Friday. It’s Lucy here, with some Christmas gift tags created with one of my favourite Silhouette cut files - Baby Reindeer. I had a blast creating these tags - and they were so quick to make, you could create enough for all your Christmas gifts in a very short time.

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To make the tags, I used Silhouette Software to resize the reindeer to 4 1/4″ tall. This way I could fit 8 reindeer onto 1 piece of Mocha Layering Paper. Here you can see how I rotated them about to squeeze as many as possible onto one piece of paper.

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This gets you lots more tags for your buck! :)

And here are my reindeer - complete with winter scarves, red noses and wiggle eyes. Some of them I embellished with stamping, mist and glitter. The possibilities are endless. And it would be such a fun project to complete with kids too.

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Find out how to make these tags. Click for full supplies and instructions.

And here is one of my Rudolphs on a gift… I used a Glue Dot on the scarf to hold him in place - this way I can write the recipient’s name on the back of the tag.

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But I could not stop there… I could not quite resist adding one of my reindeer to a card. :)

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That’s all - what a lot of pictures!

Before I go - just a quick reminder that our Holiday Challenge ends in just a few days. You have until December 1st to add your card to our Inlinkz collection here on the challenge page. Looks like we already have a LOT of fabulous entries!!! Be sure to add yours too and you could win one of four $50 Hero Arts shopping sprees! Yay! Find out all the details, including the categories, here.

I hope you have a very happy weekend,

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Mocha Layering Paper (PS607) Cup O' Joe Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF214) Tiny Ink Spots (S5637) Merry Christmas Message (CL722) Black Ink Pad (AF101) Red Sparkle Gems (CH159)

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A Krafty Christmas with Social Club

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Here at Hero Arts we love kraft cardstock. It looks good with any color and works for any occasion. So today we thought we’d take a look at some Christmas projects that feature kraft card as a key part of the design. We turned to our talented and willing Flickr friends to see what we could find…

First, how about this simple stamped beauty by laurelbeard1975. We love the way she has embellished our Vertical Arrows stamp with Christmasy colored sequins and white pen accents, both of which look fab on the simple kraft background. So elegant and stylish.

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Next, a FABULOUS Christmas decoration by Heather Maria D. We think our Gingerbread Wishes man looks good enough to eat when stamped on kraft! Wouldn’t this be a fun addition to any Christmas door or mantelpiece?

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And finally, we love the non-traditional sentiment from Heartfelt Messages that thingie-wingie has used on her sparkly and pretty Christmas card. It has certainly reminded us to look at our sentiment stamps in an out-of-the-box way!

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Ladies - your krafty creations are just stunning. Thank you for the inspiration. As a reward, we would like to send the three of you our Tree-Mendous Digikit. Try printing these trees on kraft - they look great!

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Winners, please send an email to winner@heroarts.com and we will email you your digikit.

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And just before we go, don’t forget that our current challenge is well underway. We are looking for holiday creations that feature Hero Arts embellishments, Neon inks or your favorite techniques. The choice is yours! You can find all the details and upload your entry here on the challenge page. We look forward to seeing what you create!

Back again soon!

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Three Trees Giveaway

Friday, October 18th, 2013

It feels like a good day for a giveaway! And what do you say we make it a “tree-o” by giving away THREE fabulous tree-themed products?

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Up for grabs is the Circle Tree Stencil, Shari’s Tree No.3, and Winter Trees.

Would you like to add these goodies to your collection? Simply leave a comment on this post by 11:59pm PST on Sunday, October 20th and we’ll select one winner at random, to be announced on the blog next week.

A quick reminder before we go — a new contest has begun! Check HERE for all the inky details and find out how you could win one of four $50 Hero Arts shopping sprees!

Have a “tree-mendous” weekend,

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