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Coffee Bag Tag

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Hi, it’s Kelly here to give you a look at one of my projects featured in the new Starry Nights Catalog.

I used the A Little clear stamp set that features interchangeable messages to create this fun coffee bag tag.

Coffee Bag Tag by Kelly Rasmussen 1

I white heat embossed the label and then used Tide Pool and Lime Green Ink Daubers mixed with a little water to color in the image.

I also used the White Dauber to create those awesome polka dots on the vellum — perfect polka dots every time!

Coffee Bag Tag by Kelly Rasmussen 2

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

I love how versatile this set is and that there are messages appropriate for any gift you might be giving!


Tide Pool Ink Dauber (AD010) White Ink Dauber (AD017) Lime Green Dauber (AD024) A Little (CL758) Embossing Powder - White (PW110) Embossing Gun (PW200)
VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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Blossom Love

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Hello! It’s Lucy here, and I have a Spring themed card to share with you today. Spring is my favourite season; there’s nothing more wonderful to me than watching nature come alive again after the cold winter months. The Cherry Blossoms digital cut file for the Silhouette is perfect for the season, and I was especially inspired to use it after spotting this fabulous dress on Pinterest the other day:


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So I chose pink, cream and brown as my colour combination, adding a little bird from the Birds on a Wire digital cut file, a sentiment from the What’s Up stamp set and lots of shiny mist.


Here’s a close up so you can see all the shimmer. I really love the texture watercolor paper adds to a card.


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

Have a fabulous day, thanks for popping by,


Wet Cement Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF213) What's Up (LP330) Blush Mixed Layering Paper (PS620) Earth Mixed Layering Paper (PS624) Cream Watercolor Paper (PS625)

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Trapped Embossed Watercolor

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Hey, it’s Kelly here with a fun technique to share using the Triangle Background Fancy Die. I’m not sure if there is already a name out there for this technique, but I’m calling it trapped embossed watercolor.

I started out by die-cutting the triangle background from a piece of masking paper and adhering it to a piece of watercolor paper. Then I used the Pool and Green Hills Spray Inks mixed with a little water to paint in the triangles. These water-based sprays are great for creating a watercolor look!

Hero Arts Big Hugs by Kelly Rasmussen 1

Once it was completely dry, I covered the entire piece with VersaMark ink. Then I removed the mask and embossed the triangles with clear embossing powder. This resulted in a gorgeous shine over each triangle!

Hero Arts Big Hugs by Kelly Rasmussen 2

Then I die-cut a window using the Classic and Ornate Frame Cuts to create an opening for my sentiment. The sentiment was first heat embossed on watercolor paper and then I used the Green Hills Spray Ink once again to create a watercolor effect.

I also used the iron-off technique on the sentiment to remove all the embossing resulting in a completely smooth image. (Check out Jennifer’s card and video HERE for more information on the iron-off embossing technique.)

Hero Arts Big Hugs by Kelly Rasmussen 3

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

Thanks for joining me today — I hope you will give this technique a try!


Happy Birthday Scroll (CL760) Classic and Ornate Frame (DI048) Triangle Background (DI089) Pool Mixed Folded Cards (PS639) Embossing Powder - Clear (PW104) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)
Mid-Tone Pool Spray (WM110) Mid-Tone Green Hills Spray (WM111)

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A Bit of Birthday Bling

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Hello! Lucy here today, with a card that’s so bright, you may need sunglasses.  I am guessing that many of us would like a bit of bling on our birthdays… however, with my husband, that’s never going to happen. :) If you know someone who would love some birthday shimmer, here’s my advice… add a ton of gold glitter to their card!

My card today features the fabulous Bubble Confetti Stencil. To make my glitzy background, I adhered the stencil to some white watercolour paper, then misted it with Neon Pink Spray. After removing the stencil, I misted a little more, then re-adhered the stencil at a different angle and smeared it with some translucent embossing paste. Once I had taken away the stencil, I sprinkled it with chunky gold glitter and voila, a bling background for a super bright birthday card.


I love the new line of Sprays - I can see I am going to have a lot of fun with them. :)


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

And since this card features a LOT of gold, it fits in with the Metallic theme of our current birthday challenge. If you’ve not yet entered, you still have a week and a half to create and upload your birthday creations to be in with a chance of winning a Hero Arts shopping spree. Check out all the challenge details here on the challenge page.

That’s all for now - I hope you have a lovely day.

Black Ink Pad (AF101) Large Tag (DI058) No One Like You (H5899) Bright White Watercolor Paper (PS626) Bubble Confetti (SA016) Neon Pink Spray (WM103)

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Birthday Inspiration with Social Club

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014


Hello, and welcome to this month’s Social Club. As our current challenge is all about birthdays, we thought it would be fun to showcase some beautiful birthday cards spotted in our Flickr Group last year.

First up today is Virginia L. with this super cute card that “owl” of us at Hero Arts just love! Virginia used the Howl Are You stamp set to create an adorable Polaroid photo. Such a clever card.


Next, a stunning floral card by Vera Wirianta Yates. Vera heat embossed our Flower Medley Background stamp in white then colored with Distress inks. This card makes us long for summer…


And finally, a clever card by Cheiron Brandon featuring our Round Calendar stamp. Here, Cheiron shows us how to use this stamp to create a personalized card, highlighting the recipient’s birthday with cool wood veneer pieces. Oh, and we love the watercoloring too!


Ladies, your cards are fabulous. Thank you for sharing them with the Hero Arts community. As a little thank you, we would like to send the three of you our new Special Birthday digikit which we hope you enjoy.


Winners, please send an email to and we will send you your digikit.


We hope this has inspired you to create some birthday cards of your own. Upload your entries by March 15th on our challenge page to be in with a chance of winning one of five Hero Arts shopping sprees.

See you tomorrow for the blog hop with BasicGrey! The fun starts right here at 5am PST.


Have a wonderful day,


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It’s Your Birthday!

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Hello! It’s Lucy here today with a fun shaped birthday card that’s perfect for a mini travel enthusiast and fits in with the Kids’ Birthday Cards theme of our current challenge.

This card features three of our Silhouette cut files all of which are available here in our online Silhouette store. To create my car, I first stamped the Tiny Star Background in Silver Shadow Ink on Azure Layering Paper, then used the car cut file from the Mixed Silhouette Shapes. I adhered some acetate behind the windows, then added a cute Alien as the driver and a sentiment, both of which I cut from glitter cardstock.


Such a sparkly card…


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

Shaped cards are perfect for kids and such fun to make. I hope I have inspired you to have a go. And if you do, don’t forget to upload it on our challenge page as you could win a Hero Arts shopping spree. Yay!

Bye for now,


Silver Shadow Ink (AF257) Tiny Star Background (CG616) Azure Layering Paper (PS604) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Charcoal Layering Paper (PS692)

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A Rainbow Kind of Day

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Hello to all my Hero Arts friends! It’s Sandy Allnock, founder of Operation Write Home, visiting the blog here to bring you a little rainbow of sunshine for your day. With the crazy weather across the United States recently, I know a lot of folks could use a dose of sun!

Both of my cards today use the newly released stamp set called “You’re My Rainbow!” It’s an OWH fundraiser set in the supplement that came out at CHA…so it’s REALLY new! It will be available in the online shop, along with the rest of the CHA release products, February 17th.


On this first card, I went totally pastel…I started with four pastel daubers to create the color band, and swiped the daubers under the place where I stamped the sentiment. You’ll never guess that the sentiment was stamped in Soft Pool - stamping on top of white or pastel dauber inks totally lightens colors! What a delightful surprise that was. I did the same to create the rainbow colors and sunshine (the sun is stamped with Soft Cantaloupe)…I love that we can get another tint of our inks by stamping over dauber ink!


I also was playing with neon ink sprays - and if you haven’t tried them yet, go get some! Make sure you spray inside a box to keep the mess to a little of a minimum. I sprayed a number of pieces of scrap white paper, then punched and die-cut a variety of circles. I made a pattern of them on the front and inside of an acetate card - the circles on the front will hide the open spot on the insert where the note will be written. The “hello” sentiment from the “You’re My Rainbow” set is colored with Copic markers.


Before I go - I thought I’d share the crazy mess I had while working on these cards - am I alone in working like this? *grin*


Please leave a comment and tell me I’m not the only one! :)

White Ink Dauber (AD017) Pastel Pink Dauber (AD026) Pastel Yellow Dauber (AD028) Pastel Mint Dauber (AD030) Pastel Blue Dauber (AD031) Smooth Clear Gemstones (CH153)
Gold Metallic Decor (CH187) You're a Rainbow (CL765) Acetate Notecards with White Cards And Envelopes (5) (PS454) Snow Folded Cards (PS566) Neon Pink Spray (WM103) Neon Orange Spray (WM104)
Neon Yellow Spray (WM105) Neon Green Spray (WM106) Neon Blue Spray (WM107) Neon Purple Spray (WM108)

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Stenciled Checkerboard Background + a Valentine Steal

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Hello! It’s Jennifer here. Can you believe Valentine’s Day is just around the corner? Today’s card is one I will send to a friend to remind her I love her…


After inking over the stencil with Bubble Gum Ink and a Sponge Dauber, I shifted the stencil and inked it with Fresh Peach Ink. I then stamped hearts with Punch Ink to create my own pattern. So fun! You could change up the colors for a completely different look.


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

Next, I have a sweetheart of a deal to let you know about! We have a Valentine Steal that is available now in the Hero Arts Online Store.

Hero Arts Valentine's Day Steal 2014

The steal includes these items:

  • 2 woodblock stamps - Be Mine Script (C5670) and True Love (H5669)
  • An exclusive to Archiver’s Stamp & Cut Set - Cute Heart (DI066)
  • A pack of Blush Memento Markers (MW016)
  • A pack of Carnation Folded Cards (PS553)
  • A pack of Carnation Envelopes (PS578)

That’s a $40+ value for only $30! What a perfect combination of products to create your own Valentine’s cards!

Happy stamping,


Black Ink Pad (AF101) Chalk Ink: Punch (AF180) Bubble Gum Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF208) Fresh Peach Mid-Tone Shadow Ink Pad (AF247) XO (CL586) Sponge Dauber With Cap (MI002)
Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Irregular Checkerboard Background (SA004)

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CHA 2014 Part 4: Inks and Sprays

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

We’ve saved one of our favorite parts of the CHA release for last — the colorful part!


First, we’re excited to bring SIX new Mid-tone colors to the ink spray lineup! Popular Shadow Mid-tone colors of Pool, Pale Tomato, Green Hills, Cup o’ Joe, Butter Bar, and Passion Flower will join the neon sprays currently offered. The sky’s the limit with this well-rounded palette!

Next up is something completely NEW (and completely awesome.) Introducing Unicorn White Pastel Ink Pads — pigment ink pads with a hint of lovely pastel color. We can’t wait for you to try them! In the photo below you can see the new pastel ink pads in prototype form on display in our CHA booth. They’re so new they don’t have labels yet. :)


The new inks and sprays will begin shipping to stores at the beginning of February — just in time for Springtime stamping!

Thank you for joining us for CHA coverage the past few days. We hope you’ve enjoyed hanging out with us and learning about the latest products! We always love hearing your feedback.

Happy stamping,

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CHA 2014 Part 3: BasicGrey

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

The CHA show has come to a close and even though we’ve packed up our booth until next year, the fun isn’t over because we’re back today to share more of what’s new! How about a look at some of the fabulous stamps from BasicGrey’s five new collections?

Each collection will include two clear sets and three cling backgrounds that coordinate beautifully with BasicGrey’s patterned papers and embellishments. Love that!


  • The first collection pictured, Fresh Cut, is already available right HERE!
  • Spice Market and Capture will be released next, in early February.
  • Herbs & Honey and Highline will follow in April 2014.

Do you have a favorite collection or stamp?

Lisa paired the CG627 Raindrops background from the BasicGrey Fresh Cut line with our new CL758 A Little clear set to create this sweet card that’s featured on the cover of the CHA supplement. She used Daubers to ink up the raindrops and added a touch of sparkle with Stickles. We love how the background works with the message — a perfect combination!


Before we go, here are a few snapshots from the show. Thanks to everyone who stopped by the Hero Arts booth! It was a pleasure to connect with customers and friends from all over the world during the past few days. We appreciate you all so much!


See you tomorrow for one more day of CHA 2014 coverage. Things are about to get inky! :)

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