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Kids Week Day 2 - Art Journaling

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

It’s Day 2 of Aaron and Laura’s teenage nieces visiting Hero Arts HQ and letting their creative juices flow…

Hey everyone! It’s Morgan and Lexi, here to show you what we have been doing. After we had success with the iPhone cases, we moved on to something completely different: art journaling!

At the beginning, we had a lot of difficulty. Not a lot of inspiration was there; we were just coming up with simple pages with a decorated background, and words. Then we saw just a few of the many ideas on the internet, on Pinterest and such sites, and learned how many different ways we really can decorate a piece of paper. We each had so many creative ideas, ranging from simple one worded art to complex novel-like work. So, let’s get started!

We began by decorating the journal cover! There were tons of these pretty flowers available, so we just covered our entire notebook!

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The centers of the flowers have pearls and gems added. We used different shapes and sizes of flowers to make it more interesting.

Next is the “Spotted Background Concept” from Morgan!

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

To begin, find a blank spot in your journal, or use a plain piece of white cardstock.  Cover the Tiny Ink Spots stamp with the neon pink ink, making sure that every part of it has the same coverage. Stamp it in the top left hand corner or your paper. Repeat until the spotted design is covering the entire sheet.

Next, get a ruler or something straight. Use a marker to make eight lines throughout the page, starting a little down from the top. The lines can be close together or really spread out. It all depends on your writing style. At the top of the page, which has no lines, you write the opening “Dear Diary” or “To Mom” or some sort of opening. To finish off the letter, you say “Love” or “From” and sign your name.

Now, we go to the writing. Using another color of marker, write whatever you want in the letter. If this is to a friend or family member, write what you want to say to them. If this is a diary, write what you feel. Because I love being precise, I had the writing finish off right at the last line but, of course, you can write as much or as little as you want!

To finish the page, get creative with some stamps. I used the Calendar stamp, as well as some cute little stamps from My Travels and other sets. And that is how you make the “Spotted Background Concept”.

Next, we got creative with watercolors! This design is more about what you want to do personally as an artist, but we are here to show you what we did.

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

To begin, put ink on the Old Letter Writing stamp, but make sure there is a lot of ink. I tried this design twice and I liked the darker color better than the lighter color, but feel free to choose either one. Stamp it in the left hand corner and fill the page with this stamp.

Next, using a water brush or paintbrush with watercolors, write the word/phrase you want the piece to be about. I wrote “inspire others” in blue, but there are so many words that can be here like “be creative” or  “desire”. Then, add swirls with red, green, yellow and pink ink.

To finish off this look, take the same blue that you wrote the letters in and splatter the page randomly.

We really had fun and got our creative juices flowing, and created a bunch more pages! Here’s a journal page from Lexi, where she wrote about the iPhone cases we made yesterday.

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And here’s a sampling of some of our other pages.

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We had a great time playing with all of these wonderful supplies. We’ll definitely be continuing our journals once we’re back home!

Lexi and Morgan will be back again tomorrow! Until then, have a wonderful day!

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19th Century French Script (AC015) Time (AC029) Neon Pink Ink Dauber (AD001) Neon Blue Ink Dauber (AD006) Pastel Pink Dauber (AD026) Neon Chartreuse Dauber (AD034)
 ArtPrint Brown Dye Ink (AF120) Neon Pink (AF218) India Black Ink Pad (AF248) Will Be Okay Script (C5648) Art Flowers White and Cream (CH165) Floral Mixed Accents (CH210)
Blush Mixed Accents (CH211) Foliage Mixed Accents (CH212) Sea Mixed Accents (CH213) Sunshine Mixed Accents (CH216) Pool Mixed Accents (CH283) Calendar (D5791)
Route De Luxe (LL681) (E2233) Paint Spots (E5783) Color the Tree (H5833) Days of the Week & Numbers (LP316) My Travels (LP337) Mini Glue Dots (MI004)
Aqua-Flo Brush Set (MW012) Dual-Tip Markers Floral (MW015) Dual-Tip Markers Blush (MW016) Dual-Tip Markers Foliage (MW018) Watercolor Wheel (PD101) Pool Designer Papers (PS641)
Old Letter Writing (S4878) Starburst Lace (S5317) Tiny Ink Spots (S5637) Painted Canvas (S5782) Stazon Silver Ink Set (SJ254) Gold Shimmer Spray (WM116)
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Kids Week Day 1 - iPhone Cases!

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Hi everyone! It’s “Kids Week” here on the blog! Our CEO Aaron’s nieces came for a visit this past week, and were inspired to create with the stamps and other products available in the warehouse. We hope you enjoy their creations!

Hi! It’s Morgan and Lexi here! We’re on vacation with our aunt and uncle, Laura and Aaron, and decided to spend some of our time here at Hero Arts. We have stolen the blog for the week to share our adventures! Ha ha, good thing we are so CRAFTY!

Once we arrived at Hero Arts, we had a tour of the warehouse, meeting all of the workers. (We really wanted there to be donuts in the kitchen but no such luck!) Then, we took a look at all of the stamp supplies. There are so many more stamps than we had thought! It inspired us to begin our first new project: using stamps to decorate iPhone cases!

Picking out our favorite stamps, we began by tracing the phone cases and sketching out some ideas on scratch paper. We found this really helps because some colors looked better than others and if you make a mistake, you can just try again! We had countless ideas, inspired by all of the different types of stamps, from woodblock, to clear, to clings.

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In the end, we settled on our designs and created two different iPhone cases. We’ll share the instructions for both. First, this flower design!

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Find out how to create this iPhone case — click for complete supplies and instructions.

To make the first design, you will need a black phone case. We found ours on Amazon for an okay price - you may find them at dollar stores, or do a Google search.  There are lots out there for low prices! If you are using a soft case (silicone or rubber), like we did, cut out a piece of cardboard in the shape of your phone and put it in the case. This makes the phone case stiff and flat, which allows the stamp to go on evenly. Once you have done that, ink your stamp and decide what part of the stamp you want to put on the iPhone case, if the entire stamp will not fit. We thought the Large Petal Background stamp would make a great design on the case! And we found that StazOn ink worked best.

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Once you stamp it very carefully, it will dry within seconds. Unfortunately, we found out that once you put it on, it will not come off unless you use the StazOn Cleaner, which will remove it.

When we first did this, we noticed that it was really faded and had a vintage look. This was not our original idea but we really grew to love it! We also thought gems would go great with the design. We placed them around the sides and a single one in the middle. Finally, some Glossy Accents all over the case gave it a finished look. To make it not look as streaky, we misted on a tiny bit of water, then rubbed the glossy accents on with a sponge to finish it off. If you are having troubles putting the gems on, be patient. They come off easily but you should keep putting them back in place. Eventually, they will stay, especially once the Glossy Accents dry. And that is how you make the first design!

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

For the second design, we worked with the Rain Dance stencil rather than a stamp, and added lots of glitter!

Just like the first case, begin by putting cardboard in the phone case to make sure that it stays flat. Then, lay the stencil on the phone case, making sure that it is secure and will stay in one place. To hold the stencil very steady, you might need to grab a friend or a family member because it tends to shift a lot!

Put the Silver StazOn on a little more than half of the phone case. Then, put the Platinum StazOn on the other half of the case, but overlapping with the silver a little bit. This gives it the “ombre” sort of look that we were going for. We used a sponge, but you can also use a sponge dauber to apply to ink.

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Then, coat with Glossy Accents and put glitter all over the design. Just as a warning, the glitter gets EVERYWHERE so put down some newspaper or do this part outside. Also, the glitter likes to clump in places.  To avoid this, put a little in your hands first, and then rub them together over the case.

And, there you have it! Two awesome designs and many ideas that you can do on your own. Thanks and we will see you tomorrow!

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Large Petal Background (CG638) Neutral Mixed Accents (CH215) GLOSSY ACCENTS (GW221) Sponge Dauber With Cap (MI002) StazOn Stamp Cleaner (NK201) Ultra Fine Prisma Glitter (PG104)
Rain Dance Stencil (SA022) StazOn Cotton White Ink Set (SJ250) Stazon Platinum Ink Set (SJ251) Stazon Silver Ink Set (SJ254) Water Mist Bottle (WM101)

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Organization Ideas: Kelly’s Craft Room Part 1

Friday, July 18th, 2014

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Hey there! Today I’m excited to start a new mini series on the blog about organization ideas. I love getting peeks into other craft rooms, so I thought I’d share mine with all of you.

Now, I am going to start off by saying that my room won’t be gracing the pages of a magazine anytime soon, but I’ve found a system that works great for me and I hope you enjoy the tour. It’s still a work in progress and probably will be for a long time. Lately, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect stool and some artwork for the walls.

About a year and a half ago I finally ditched all my mismatched college furniture and upgraded to some Martha Stewart Craft Space furniture. And I totally love it! Below is a view of the main wall of my room with two drawer units on the outside and my desk in the middle. These three pieces fit into to that space with only an inch to spare on each side — so I think it was meant to be! ;)

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I’m going to break up the tour into several posts, so today I’m going to give you a closer look at the middle desk area and what I have close by when I’m crafting.

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I work best when things are clean and put away, so everything in my room has a “home” and in between projects I try really hard to always put things away. Lots of things are in drawers and baskets, but I’ve found it easiest to keep some essentials out on my desk at all times.

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The long white container along the right side is my trash bin. This really helps in keeping my area tidy while I craft. All those little scraps of paper and foam adhesive backing can create a lot of clutter, so having somewhere close by to put them is great.

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This square container holds my tweezers, craft knife, bone folder, embossing powder tool and some of my most used adhesives. And the jar holds my most used pens and pencils.

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This white caddy is the one organization tool that I have had for many many years and can’t imagine my desk without it. It holds paintbrushes, water brushes, stamp cleaners, water bottles, scissors, foam adhesive, my Corner Chompers and a few other small tools.

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My work desk has two thin drawers. The right drawer (shown above) holds rulers, white and clear embossing powders, baby wipes, scratch paper and acrylic blocks. I use things from this drawer with every card I make and it is so handy to have them right in front of me.

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The left drawer holds all my markers, colored pencils and watercolors. These drawers are very shallow, which allows me to easily see what I have.

I hope you enjoyed this peek into my room. I’ll be back with several more posts on how I store my stamps, inks, dies, paper and embellishments! In the meantime, I would love to see a peek into your room. If you want to share your room or pictures of any organization ideas you have, upload them to the Hero Arts Flickr Group and tag your photos with “organizationideas“. Maybe I’ll feature ideas from some of you in an upcoming blog post!

Thanks for stopping by!

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OWH Missing You with Social Club

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Hello, and welcome to Social Club. It’s no secret that we at Hero Arts just love our Operation Write Home Missing You stamp set, and it seems that you love it as much as we do! We keep seeing gorgeous projects in our Flickr pool created with this set, so decided it warranted a Social Club all of its own. We have chosen three fabulous creations to showcase, and hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

First in the spotlight is kate.dachovsa, who created these adorable cupcake toppers for her son’s party. We love her brightly colored critters, especially that striking purple bird!

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Next is Karin Akesdotter who has used the sheep stamp from the set as the focal point of her card, embellishing it with a tiny die cut heart. How cute!!

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And finally, Where is the Camera (Julia Altermann), who designed this oh-so-sweet card set. We especially love that pastel flock of sheep, and the fun coordinating envelopes.

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Ladies, thank you for taking the time to share your beautiful creations with us. To reward you, we would like to give all three of you our Chalkboard Messages digikit which we hope you will enjoy.

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Please send an email to winner@heroarts.com and we will send you your digikit.

And finally, thank you for helping us support Operation Write Home by purchasing this stamp set. As with all of our Operation Write Home products, 25% of the profits from this set go to support this brilliant organisation. You can find information about their work and how we are supporting them on our Operation Write Home product page.

Thanks for visiting today. Happy stamping,

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Embossing with Die Cuts

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Hello, it’s Kelly here! I love to find uses for products other than their intended purpose. So today I’m going to show you how to create an embossed image using the Triangle Background die.

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I use a Cuttlebug for all my die cutting, but any machine will work. You just need to find the right “sandwich” of plates that works for embossing on your machine.

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I start out by setting up my machine as if I were using an embossing folder. Then I replace the embossing folder layer with the die, cardstock and tan embossing mat. I also had to add a metal adapter plate for an additional layer of thickness. The tan embossing mat is the key! It is what keeps the cardstock from actually being cut when you run it through your machine.

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I used watercolor paper because I knew I was going to be adding color with watercolor paints, but any cardstock would work for this technique.

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Next up I used a paintbrush and watercolor paints to create the gradient background. And whenever I used watercolors I like to have a dry cloth close by to blot up areas of color to create more variation.

While the watercolor panel was drying, I white heat embossed a sentiment on vellum from the Shoot for the Moon clear stamp set. To adhere the vellum I applied tiny dots of liquid glue behind the embossed sentiment and then sewed down the left side.

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Then I used a very thin paintbrush to color in a few of the triangles with Unicorn White Spray Ink.

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

And because I loved creating the first card so much, I did another bonus card for you in a different color combo. I just love how the color settles into the embossed areas creating lots of dimension and texture!

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Thanks for stopping by today!

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Shoot for the Moon (CL773) Triangle Background (DI089) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Embossing Powder - White (PW110) Embossing Gun (PW200) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)
Mini Mister Bottles (WM102) Unicorn White Spray (WM118)

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Missing Ewe

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Hello. It’s Lucy here, and I have a fun card to share with you created with the Missing You stamp set. I love the cute critters in this set, especially this sweet sheep, and thought she would look just dandy with a shiny, glittery fleece.

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After stamping the sheep on some white card and cutting them out, I temporarily adhered them to some scrap paper before adding liquid adhesive and glitter to the fleeces.

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

And now the Missing You set has matching dies, you could make this card without any time consuming fussy cutting! Yay!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a great day,

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Black Ink Pad (AF101) OWH Missing You (CL756) Snow Layering Paper (PS610)

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Watercolor Love with Social Club

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

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Hello, and welcome to Social Club. Watercoloring is a hot trend right now in the paper crafting world, and we at Hero Arts just love it. So today we thought we would share some beautiful cards we spotted in our Flickr pool that feature watercoloring as a key part of the design.

Our first card is by Rosemary D and features a beautiful watercolor background. Rosemary used a stamp from our Sweet Threads Thank You set to create her soft emboss resist background, a perfect complement to her simple sentiment.

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Next, Rachel Izakowicz, with this striking watercolor floral creation. We love the mix of green and kraft on this card, and Rachel’s Puff Flower looks fabulous.

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And finally, we have a stunning card by Barb Engler. Her pink and blue stenciled watercolor background make the Hello Sunshine daisies just pop off the page!

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Ladies, thank you for sharing your beautiful cards with us. The three of you have won our fun new Rain or Shine digikit.

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Please send an email to winner@heroarts.com and we will send you your digikit.

Thanks for stopping by, and happy stamping,

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Hello There

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Hello! It’s Jennifer here and I have a card share that combines two of my favorite things: stamping and die cutting!

One creative way to use dies is to include the negative space on your card instead of the die cut itself. (You can save the die cut for another card!) Here, I stamped the cardstock background with Lime Green Shadow Ink and the Flower Symbol Background. I then added a pool cardstock strip before die cutting the fern. I love the look of the negative space on the card!

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After I added the piece to a white card, I white heat embossed the Hello There greeting and added pearls. Easy and fun!

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

I hope you have a great day!

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Lime Green Mid-Tone Ink (AF262) Flower Symbol Background (CG640) Small Accent Pearls (CH136) Medium Accent Pearl (CH137) Palm (DI086) What's Up (LP330)
Snow Folded Cards (PS566) Foliage Mixed Layering Paper (PS622) Pool Mixed Layering Paper (PS640) Embossing Powder - White (PW110) Embossing Gun (PW200) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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Social Club loves Embossing on Vellum

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

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Hello, and welcome to Social Club. Recently, we have been noticing a lot of gorgeous cards in our Flickr pool that feature heat embossing on vellum. And we love it! So today we thought we would share a few of these beauties which we hope will inspire you as much as they have inspired us!

Our first card is by paperpicnic (Jayne). Her gold embossed flowers from our Gather Love set give a real touch of elegance to this stylish card, and we are super impressed by her black and gold Tweed Pattern background.

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Next, a pretty rainbow creation by Melania Deasy. The gold embossed message looks gorgeous against her stunning watercolor background, and we love the water droplets.

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And finally, crisbj82 with this gorgeous floral card. Her clever layering of vellum over cardstock makes the blooms on our Large Flower Background stand out beautifully.

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Ladies, we are very grateful to you for sharing your talent with us. And to say thank you, we would like to send the three of you our Go Wild digikit:

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

Finally, just a reminder about our current challenge. We have three fun sketches which we hope will inspire you in your card making over the next few weeks. Don’t forget to upload your entries on our challenge page by May 25th and you could win a $30 Hero Arts shopping spree. We hope you get a chance to play along, and look forward to seeing your entries.

Have a wonderful day, and happy stamping,

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Faux Metal Embellishments

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Hi! It’s Jennifer here with a fun way to take a plain die cut and turn it into a faux metal embellishment. Check it out:

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

I used the new Blooming Flower Fancy Die and gave it a not-so-flowery-look with this technique.

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After layering four of the die cuts together and cutting it in half, I covered the two pieces with a thick layer of silver and gold embossing powder. Instantly, I have the look of a metal embellishment! So easy to do and you can use any embossing powders. Oh! And I even embossed the edges of the notecard to match.

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

Hope this inspires you to give a new look to a die cut. Enjoy!

___jennifer

Merci Bouquet (CL580) Blooming Flower (DI092) Snow Folded Cards (PS566) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Embossing Powder - Gold (PW100) Embossing Powder - Silver (PW101)
VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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