Embossing with Die Cuts

July 14th, 2014 by kelly

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.

Sending Smiles by Kelly Rasmussen 1

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.

Sending Smiles by Kelly Rasmussen Step 1

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.

Sending Smiles by Kelly Rasmussen Step 2

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.

Sending Smiles by Kelly Rasmussen Step 3

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.

Sending Smiles by Kelly Rasmussen Step 4

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

Sending Smiles by Kelly Rasmussen 2

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!

Sending Smiles Blue by Kelly Rasmussen 1Sending Smiles Blue by Kelly Rasmussen 2

Thanks for stopping by today!


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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Painted Flower Card Set

July 11th, 2014 by libby

Hi everyone! It’s Libby here today. First of all - if you saw yesterday’s post - I have to say, I miss you too, Lisa!! That was such a sweet post. And as much as I was tempted to make a bicycle card today, too, I resisted the urge and pulled out some of my favorite Hero Arts flowers to make a quick and easy card set!


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

Hero Arts has several gorgeous flower stamps that are really perfect for a watercolored look. I’ll link them all below in the supplies at the end of this post.


To stamp the flowers on these cards, I colored directly onto the stamps with my markers. Then I lightly spritzed with a mister, and stamped. You can achieve different “levels” of watercolor depending on how much water you add. I just wanted a slightly watery look.


The vibrant blue on the card above makes me swoon! Love! And by the way, that stamp is called Petals of Beauty. How appropriate! :-)


Poppies are some of my favorite flowers, so I was happy when I saw this Poppy stamp! These cards came together so quickly. I simply did the stamping, cut them out with the Frame die, added one of my favorite messages and finished them up with a bit of twine and burlap. Easy peasy!

Of all the new flower stamps I’ve linked up below, which is your favorite?

Have a wonderful weekend!


Black Ink Pad (AF101) Frame (DI084) Poppy in Wind (G5905) Painted Poppy (G5906) Puff Flower (H5903) Poppy (H5904)
Flowers on a Stem (H5935) Painted Flower (K5767) Petals of Beauty (K5897) What's Up (LP330) Dual-Tip Markers Blush (MW016) Dual-Tip Markers Foliage (MW018)
Dual-Tip Markers Sea (MW019) Sunsine Mixed Layering Paper (PS621) Water Mist Bottle (WM101)

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Missing You, Libby!

July 10th, 2014 by lisa

Hey hey, Lisa here today. It’s July, and that means its Tour de France time! What’s the Tour de France, you ask? Well, it’s a bike race that goes around — yep, you guessed it — France — plus this year it includes some of England, Belgium and Spain, too. It’s 21 days of racing, with 22 nine man teams starting the 2,272 mile course. It’s been called chess on wheels as there are races within the race. Some say it’s a metaphor for life, with all the ups and downs and twists and turns. I think it’s poetry in motion.

Love of le Tour is also how I happened to meet Libby! She tweeted about the race one day and the rest was history. She’s the first stamper that I ever met who liked cycling. Better yet, at that time we were both living in Austin, TX. So we met up for cupcakes and talked le Tour and stamps. It was awesome. Soon after she started working for Hero Arts. She has since moved away but we still talk all the time. But I really really miss her.

So when I saw my assignment to make a one-layer card I knew just what stamp I wanted to use: the Bicycle, of course! And I didn’t want to make just any one-layer card. I decided to make a postcard with the Postcard Collage set!

Missing You postcard by Lisa Spangler for Hero Arts

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

I wanted to make the postcard and lines black but the border in color, so I performed a little surgery on the stamp. :)

Stamp surgery

Then I inked up the outside with various colors, misted and stamped on a sheet of watercolor paper. I cut it out, then stamped the inside in black.

Missing You postcard by Lisa Spangler for Hero Arts

Next it was on to the front of the postcard.

Missing You postcard by Lisa Spangler for Hero Arts

I wanted to make it seem like there were flowers flying out of the basket, so I went to town with watercolors. This was so fun! I didn’t try to concentrate too hard, just listed to le Tour and colored away.

I decided to add some matching flowers to the back of the postcard, too.

Missing You postcard by Lisa Spangler for Hero Arts

A little washi tape, and that was that!

By the way, have you entered our One Layer Challenge yet? Postcards like this are totally allowed! Find out more and enter right here.

One more thing before I go — just wanted to let you know that the Postcard Collage set and select other stamps that are perfect for simple summer stamping are 15% off, now through July 15th. Check ‘em out.

Miss ya tons, Libby. And vive le Tour forever!


Postcard Collage (AC023) Black Ink Pad (AF101) Bicycle (F5293) Water Mist Bottle (WM101)

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Blossom Window Card

July 9th, 2014 by sally

Hi! It’s Sally here today. As many of you know, I love flowers! I’m honestly a bit of a flower fanatic. And I really love that several flower stamps now have matching dies! And while I know I’ll use the Blossom Cuts dies many, many times with the coordinating Hello Flowers stamps, today I thought it would be fun to play with the dies in a unique way. So I created this window card!


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

I cut out the large flower shape by die-cutting on the front of my card. The small flower from the die set was die-cut on a bit of scrap patterned paper. Then, using gold metallic thread, I ran them together through my sewing machine, creating a “floating” flower in the center of the window. A small flower gem finishes it off.


This is a fairly quick and easy way to create an unusual card that your recipient will love! And speaking of unusual ways to use this die set - I’ll be back next week to share another Blossom Cuts project!

And a quick fyi before I go - the flower stamps that coordinate with this die set - Hello Flowers - are part of our Simple Summer Stamping Sale! They are currently 15% off in the Hero Arts Online Store! The flowers in the set are really pretty, and it has some great sentiments, too, including the “for you” message which I used on this card. Get yourself this set while it’s on sale!

Thanks for stopping by today!


Black Ink Pad (AF101) Sparkle Gems Small Blossoms (CH140) Hello Flowers (CL774) Blossom Cuts (DI096) Glue Tape (GW222) Glue Tape Refill (GW223)
Floral Mixed Folded Cards (PS567) Sunshine Designer Papers (PS630)

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Birthday Wishes Shaker Card

July 8th, 2014 by lucy

Hello! It’s Lucy here, and today I have  a sparkly birthday shaker card to share with you. I love the Star Background die, and can see so many possibilities for it. However, today I thought I would create a card using just the negative of the die. It’s such a lovely bubbly shape, and I thought it would make a fun shaker card when combined with lots of sparkly bits and pieces.


Along with sequins and glitter, I added some silver stars to my shaker, cut with the same Star Background die. And that birthday sentiment… it’s one of my favourites. I embossed it too for even more shine! Can you see the Tiny Star Background here? I stamped it tone on tone for a bit of extra detail.


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

Shaker cards are so much fun - I hope I have inspired you to have a go. They are so easy when you get the hang of them.

I hope you have a great day,


Black Ink Pad (AF101) Soft Pool Shadow Ink (AF146) Tiny Star Background (CG616) Star Background (DI093) Come True (G5662) Acetate Notecards with White Cards And Envelopes (5) (PS454)
Snow Folded Cards (PS566) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Pool Mixed Layering Paper (PS640) Embossing Powder - Clear (PW104) Embossing Gun (PW200) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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Colorful Backgrounds with Neon Sprays

July 7th, 2014 by julie

Hi, it’s Julie today with a video! You’re gonna get all “misty”-eyed over how fun Hero Arts’ sprays are to use! They come in super fun colors PLUS Unicorn White and metallics! *fist pump*

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

These neon colors are brighter and more vibrant than I was able to capture with my camera but they are deliciously punchy — I kinda went bananas and wanted to spray *everything* in reach!



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


  • Place project in a cardboard box to catch overspray/protect work surface.
  • Test spray before proceeding with project to determine distance needed for intensity of color desired.
  • Spray with conviction (don’t hesitate while depressing the nozzle button) to achieve the most consistent spray pattern; hesitating tends to cause a lot of drips/drops instead of a misting.
  • Avoid heavily saturating with spray to avoid “seeping” underneath stencils.
  • Choose colors that blend well with each other to avoid muddying of colors.

Thanks for joining me today and I hope this inspires you to try the Hero sprays and stencils on your next project!

India Black Ink Pad (AF248) Good Times (CL744) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Midnight Mixed Layering Paper (PS697) Embossing Powder - White (PW110) Zig Zag Pattern Stencil (SA021)
VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250) Neon Pink Spray (WM103) Neon Orange Spray (WM104) Neon Yellow Spray (WM105)

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Simple Summer Stamping SALE!

July 2nd, 2014 by lisa

It’s summer, and that means it’s time to kick back, relax and do some simple stamping! We’ve put together a great selection of stamps that are perfect for simple summer stamping. Better yet? They are 15% off, now through the 15th! Check them out!

Simple Summer Stamping Sale!

We’ve got travel/vacation stamps, summery flowers, and several postcards. Speaking of postcards, these stamps are perfect for our One Layer Challenge. We’ve got some great submissions so far! Have a look and be inspired. Hope to see yours too.

Happy summer!


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Blog Vacation

June 30th, 2014 by hero


Hi everyone! We’re taking a short blog vacation. Enjoy the week and the upcoming holiday weekend and we’ll see you back here next Monday, July 7. As always, we appreciate it when you stop by. See you soon!

P.S. - Scroll down or click here for all the details on our new One Layer Challenge and enter for a chance to win one of five Hero Arts shopping sprees!

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New One Layer Challenge!

June 27th, 2014 by hero


Summer has arrived and along with it, a new contest here at Hero Arts! Get ready to let your stamps and inks really shine — we’re going back to the basics and embracing summertime simplicity with a one layer challenge!

Here’s how to play along:

  • Create a one layer card. Use one piece of cardstock as your card base with no additional paper layers. Sponge, mask, emboss, glitter, and color to your heart’s content — so many techniques lend themselves to one layer cards! Embellishments ARE allowed for this challenge.
  • Please use at least one Hero Arts stamp on each project you submit.
  • Enter as many times as you like now through August 10, 2014, by sharing the link(s) to your creation(s) via the InLinkz tool below this post. Look for the blue “Add Your Link” button.

BIG PRIZES! At the conclusion of the challenge, we will select five winners (four of our favorite projects; one randomly chosen) and award each a $30 Hero Arts Online Store shopping spree with free shipping. Winners will be able to select any products offered in the online store.

Here’s to a “ONE-derful” summer and lots of stamping fun! Enjoy!

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3-for-1 Cardmaking

June 26th, 2014 by tami

Hi everyone! It’s Tami here, and today I’m going to show you how you can create three colorful cards in one sitting, using the same basic supplies. To get started you’ll need two bottles of ink spray (I used Neon Pink and Neon Orange) and a stencil (Zig Zag Pattern shown here.)


  • For the more intense background on the left, I simply taped the stencil down onto white cardstock and misted the two colors diagonally, with orange in the middle and pink on either side.
  • Then for the softer background on the right, I was able to make use of the spray that was left behind on the stencil. After untaping the stencil, I gave it a light mist of water and used it as a stamp on another piece of white cardstock. It’s good to let the stencil sit on the paper for a while so that the ink spray can really soak into the paper. Once the stencil was removed, I painted a light wash of pink (using Neon Pink spray mixed with water) over the top to further soften the look.

With the backgrounds created and accent colors of navy and gold chosen, the cards come together in no time…




This last one makes use of the “overspray” — the part of the cardstock outside the stencil borders that would have otherwise been thrown away. I cut strips of various widths and glued them onto a card. Love using up those scraps!


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

You know what else I love about these cards? They’re flat and can be mailed without extra postage. Bonus!

I hope these ideas might inspire a fun 3-for-1 cardmaking session of your own. Thanks so much for stopping by. Happy creating!

Navy Mid-Tone Shadow Ink (AF234) Ultra Pink Mid-Tone Ink (AF263) Gold Metallic Decor (CH187) Life is Good (CL743) Good Times (CL744) OWH Dude (CL754)
Star Background (DI093) Snow Folded Cards (PS566) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Zig Zag Pattern Stencil (SA021) Neon Pink Spray (WM103) Neon Orange Spray (WM104)

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