Wishing You Peace

November 7th, 2014 by hero

Hello and Happy Friday! It’s Donna here sharing how you can literally stretch your stamps to create an entirely new image.

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Night Snowflakes is a small rectangle image with distressed edges that works great for tags, but I wanted to use it on a card. To do this, I double stamped the image, overlapping it slightly before gold embossing it.

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

The sentiment was also gold embossed and I stamped a few smaller snowflakes for a bit of dimension and added some spatters of gold paint.

You can mass produce your holiday cards using different embossing or ink colors and add your desired embellishments, too. Whether you stamp the image once for tags, or twice like I did, be sure to enter your project in our Holiday Challenge, happening now until November 15th.

I hope you’ll try stretching your stamps. Thanks for stopping by!

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Gold Shadow Ink (AF258) Winter Sparkle (CL798) Night Snowflakes (E5960) Winter Wonders (LP359) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Embossing Powder - Gold (PW100)
VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250) Gold Shimmer Spray (WM116)

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Sweet Tidings Treat Jar

November 6th, 2014 by kelly

Hi, it’s Kelly here. If you like to give baked goods during the holidays, then our Season’s Sweetings clear stamp set is a must-have for you! Today I’ve created a sweet and colorful tag to decorate a jar of cookies that would be perfect for a neighbor or teacher.

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The “made with love” message in the set is a favorite of mine! I think I’m going to leave it out on my desk permanently to stamp on the backs of all my cards.

The cute snowflake tree is from the Stamps & Cuts Holiday Tree set, which comes with two other patterns of trees and a matching die.

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And I like to include a separate small tag with the “to” and “from” information, so the recipient can save the main tag to use again next year.

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

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Ruby Ink Pad (AF150) Bubble Gum Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF208) Tide Pool (AF223) Lime Green Mid-Tone Ink (AF262) Season's Sweetings (CL804) Stamp & Cuts® Holiday Tree (DC112)
Frames Die-Cuts (DI106) GLOSSY ACCENTS (GW221) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Pool Mixed Layering Paper (PS640) Embossing Powder - White (PW110) Embossing Gun (PW200)
VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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Holiday Tags

November 5th, 2014 by hero

Hi everyone, Yana is here. Have you seen the Hero Arts Holiday Challenge yet? It’s a great place with tons of creative inspiration and some fantastic prizes too! You can quickly get inspired by just looking at all of the amazing entries our readers have submitted!

One of the challenge categories is all about holiday tags. So I thought I’d share a few easy tags that I made using some of my favorite supplies from Hero Arts.

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

I started by making a traditional tag - I die cut a tag shape out of Blush layering paper from Hero Arts, stamped Winter Sparkle Background in red for a tone on tone look and simply added a die cut word Holiday with a felt poinsettia.

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If you don’t have a holiday background stamp you can easily use an everyday one. For my next tag I used the Vintage Constellation background stamp and stamped it in Soft Vanilla ink. Next I added a sentiment in green and another poinsettia.

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Now, not every tag has to have a tag shape. How about a rectangle tag or a tag shaped like a star? I have a few of those as well! Just like for my previous tags I stamped a background, added a felt embellishment and a holiday sentiment.

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I hope you feel inspired to create a tag or two and enter our Hero Arts Holiday Challenge! You have until November 15th to enter.

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Pale Tomato Ink Dauber (AD007) Red Royal Ink Dauber (AD013) Forever Green (AF229) Pale Tomato Mid-Tone Shadow Ink (AF233) Soft Vanilla Shadow Ink Pad (AF275) Medium Accent Pearl (CH137)
Sparkle Gems Hearts (CH142) Smooth Clear Gemstones (CH153) Olive Gemstones (CH155) Felt Poinsettia and Leaves (CH161) Felt Snowflakes (CH162) Naughty or Nice (CL712)
Merry Christmas Message (CL722) Christmas Crystals (CL802) Stamp & Cuts® Christmas Tags (DC115) Stamp & Cuts® Fancy Cuts Holidays (DC117) Stylish Stars (DI095) Pen & Ink Christmas Tree (H5806)
Winter Trees Pattern (K5814) Big Star (K5931) Music Star (K5958) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Blush Mixed Layering Paper (PS620) Vintage Constellation (S5932)
Winter Sparkle Background (S5951)

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Fancy Nautical Hello + New Products!

November 4th, 2014 by hero

Hi there! Cheiron here today with a fancy nautical themed card using some brand new products! The Hello You release is now available in the Hero Arts Online Store! It includes several new stamps and stencils from our partnerships with BasicGrey and Operation Write Home, woodblock stamps, ink cube packs, and lots of new Stamp & Cut products, including the Stamp & Cut Anchor I used today!

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I also used the new BasicGrey Waves Background on this card. Isn’t it awesome? I stamped and embossed it with gold embossing powder and colored it with watercolors in the calming tones of the sea.

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

The perfect accent for this panel was a gold anchor of course. I used the Stamp & Cut Anchor set to create my embellishment and finished the tag with a sentiment from Enjoy Today stamped in Mint Julep. That little anchor chain? It’s the “hanger” for the ornaments from the Christmas Crystals set. I know it’s no longer summer, but this nautical greeting would be welcome in my mailbox any time of year!

I hope you liked my card using the new Hello You products - shop the complete collection HERE!

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Mint Julep Mid-Tone Shadow Ink Pad (AF246) BG: Waves Background (CG651) Enjoy Today (CL759) Christmas Crystals (CL802) Stamp&Cut Anchor (DC144) Large Tag (DI058)
Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Embossing Powder - Gold (PW100) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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Video: Repeat Stamping

November 3rd, 2014 by jennifer

Hello! It’s Jennifer here today. One of my favorite things to do with my stamps is to use them creatively…stretching them into new uses. Today I use the Christmas Crystals set to form flowers and stars! These crystals are supposed to be ornaments, but I gave them a whole new life…

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

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After heat embossing the images, I added a “shimmery watercolor” with my markers and Wink of Stella pen. However, you can color these any way you want.

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On two of my cards, I used a circle punch or die to create a window for my white heat embossed sentiment.

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The Good Stuff clear stamp set used here for the sentiments, along with the other products from the Hello You catalog, will be available in the online store the tomorrow!

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

I hope you enjoy this idea for stretching your holiday stamps!

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Christmas Crystals (CL802) BG: The Good Stuff (CL822) Embossing Powder - Clear (PW104)

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Nutcracker Joy

October 31st, 2014 by libby

Hi, it’s Libby here today and I’m sharing a new Nutcracker set that you can find at Paper Source stores and in their online store.

I absolutely love nutcrackers, and I love The Nutcracker ballet. So this set is right up my alley!

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

I combined a colored and trimmed nutcracker with a Snowflake die-cut coated in glitter.

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The set also includes images of Clara, the Mouse King and the Sugar Plum Fairy. I’ll definitely be using the entire set on a scrapbook page documenting my annual trip to see The Nutcracker with my daughter soon!

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Thanks for stopping by today,

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Tide Pool (AF223) Earth Mixed Accents (CH214) Peace Poinsettias (CL796) Stamp & Cuts® Fancy Cuts Holidays (DC117) Snowflake (DI064) Nutcracker (LP374)
Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Pool Mixed Layering Paper (PS640)

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Mad about Metallics with Social Club

October 30th, 2014 by lucy

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Hello and welcome to Social Club. Our current contest is all about holiday cards, and one of the categories is Mad About Metallics. This category is super fun for Christmas - gold and silver are classic for the season, and sequins and glitter are right on trend at the moment. So, today we thought we would inspire you with a selection of three older holiday cards that we found in our Flickr pool, each featuring beautiful metallic elements of some kind.

First up today is Stripey Fish (Jean M). Jean has combined beautiful silver embossing on her snowflake and stamped sentiment with our gorgeous Smooth Gemstones. We think her card is simply breathtaking.

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Next, a fun card in non traditional Christmas colours by GPA Handmade. Our Merry Christmas Tree has been heat embossed in silver then coloured with distress inks. The addition of metallic sequins makes for a very festive and sparkly card.

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And finally, Virginia L, with this fabulous set of one layer cards featuring our Newspaper Skyline stamp. The metallic detailing is subtle and beautiful, a definite mastery of less is more.

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Aren’t these cards beautiful? Thank you for sharing them with us all. Today’s Social Club prize is our Retro Holiday digikit:

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Winners, please send an email to winner@heroarts.com and we will send you your digit. We hope you enjoy playing with it.

We hope we have inspired you to try out some metallic elements on your cards. Be sure to upload any creations on our contest page to be in with a chance of wining one of five fabulous $40 Hero Arts shopping sprees.

Happy stamping,

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Decorate a Tree

October 29th, 2014 by hero

Hello, it’s Wida and today I made a fun Christmas card using just plain stamping and die cutting basics!

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

I took out a few colors that I thought coordinated well using this image as inspiration.

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Using the Decorate a Tree set, I just started stamping and stamping and grabbing another stamp and another color and stamping some more. Periodically, I would lay the Circle Christmas Tree die cut over the stamped area to see if I was getting a good result and what area needed to be filled in more. I started with the larger images and then filled in the sparse areas with the smaller images.

I popped up the die cut and adhered the star on top for a dramatic effect. I love the dimension it gives. Just let Hallmark try that!!

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For something different and festive, I thought a green sentiment would be something in keeping with the holiday theme. It’s rare to see a card with NO BLACK stamping! Even those little differences can make a big impact on the card.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Spread Joy (331232) Green Dye Ink (AF105) Ruby Ink Pad (AF150) Red Royal (AF225) Neon Chartreuse (AF267) Decorate a Tree (CL805)
Circle Christmas Tree Die-Cuts (DI103)

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Bird & Branch - Two Ways!

October 28th, 2014 by hero

Hello! It’s Mariana here today sharing two cards that I created using a versatile set called: Bird & Branch Christmas.

My first card is quite simple, and features one of the branch images included in this set, as well as an Autumn sentiment.  After I gold-embossed the images, I simply added gold cord loops on some of the branch endings to create the foliage! I also gold-embossed some circles above the tree, to add a bit of movement to it. I really like how it looks! ☺

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Here you can see how easy is to add the gold thread loop and sequin using the same glue dot.

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

My second card shows another branch image included in the set, a bird and a winter sentiment.  I added a bit of dimension by gold-embossing the bird on a piece of Punch colored cardstock. Then I just carefully trimmed around the image with my scissors, and added the bird image with foam tape.

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I love that by adding a bit of gold details, you can make your holiday projects stand out!

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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, I hope you have found some inspiration with me today!

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Ruby Ink Pad (AF150)

BG: Leaves, Berries, & Branches (CG646)

Red Sparkle Gems (CH159)

Bird & Branch Christmas (CL801)

Snow Layering Paper (PS610)

Blush Mixed Layering Paper (PS620)

Earth Mixed Layering Paper (PS624)

Pool Mixed Layering Paper (PS640)

Embossing Powder - Gold (PW100)

VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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Video: Sparkle Star

October 27th, 2014 by lucy

Hello. It’s Lucy here today with a fun and sparkly technique for you. Glitter is one of my favourite craft products. I use it all the time. However, there is a less fun consequence… however careful and tidy I try to be, the glitter always seems to end up everywhere. So today I have a video for you showing how to create your own super sparkly glitter paper. And the best part - it is non-shed!

Here is the card I created with my handmade glitter paper.

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A clean and simple design, but with a huge amount of sparkle and shine. Perfect for Christmas. And just right for our Mad About Metallics category from our current contest. Yay!

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

Watch the video to see how I created my glitter paper. I hope you enjoy it.

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

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Silver Shadow Ink (AF257) Mixed Pool Buttons (CH278) Peace Poinsettias (CL796) Snowflake (DI064) Stylish Stars (DI095) Pool Mixed Folded Cards (PS639)

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