Heartfelt Thoughts

December 8th, 2014 by hero

Welcome to a sweet week of inspiration featuring products from our Valentine’s release!
- Hero Arts Team

Hello! It’s Donna here and can I share that being “scissors challenged”, I’m a huge fan of stamps with matching dies. Just call me spoiled.


For my card, I used the new Stamp & Cuts Hearts set, and white embossed several hearts on scraps of colored card stock.


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

I die cut each heart and added a bit of extra color for a bit of dimension. The hearts were mounted on a card base and the sentiment was white embossed. A few enamel dots finished off the card.

This card could be a “hello”, sympathy, or to welcome a new baby card. And you can simply change the colors and sentiment for Valentine’s Day.

Be sure to check out the other Stamp & Cuts sets in the Hero Arts store, and thanks for stopping by today!


Green Hills Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF209) Tide Pool (AF223) Raspberry Jam (AF228) Year Round Sentiments (CL582) Stamp&Cut Hearts (DC143) Earth Mixed Layering Paper (PS624)
Embossing Powder - White (PW110) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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Deck the Halls: Blog Hop, Challenge, and SALE!

December 5th, 2014 by hero


Welcome to our Deck the Halls Blog Hop! Today the design team is hopping to share fun, handmade ideas for decking your halls - using Hero Arts stamps!

But before we get started, we have some good news — we’re having a 3-day sale on everything in the online shop, staring today!



Lisa kicks off the hop with this fabulous project — a card and ornament in one! She created an acetate card with an ornament from Winter Sparkle hanging inside. Such a clever idea! She used permanent white ink with our Four Snowflakes Stencil to decorate the acetate card.


Below is the backside of the same card — not another version! Lisa stamped this ornament from the set in green and adhered it to the back of the red ornament. To make it nice and sturdy to hang on your tree, just add another plain white ornament sandwiched in between.


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

Thanks Lisa for getting the ball rolling! The other designers participating in today’s hop are…

Yana Smakula
Mariana Grigsby
Cheiron Brandon
Donna Mikasa
Wida Miller

Now we’d like to invite you to pull out your stamps and get creative…for a chance to win! We’d love to see YOUR “deck the halls” projects. If you are inspired to create an ornament and/or home decor item, please show us by leaving a link using the linkup tool below. Look for the blue “Add Your Link” button. We’ll give you an entire week, until next Friday December 12 at 6pm EST. (Please note - Inlinkz will be down for a few hours Saturday evening for maintenance.) We’ve put together a little “DIY Prize Pack” to randomly award one of you who plays along!


DIY Prize Pack Includes:
Casual Letters & Numbers, Forever Green Dauber, Red Royal Dauber,
Star Tree Stencil, 2 packages DIY Message Blocks

Winners will be announced on Saturday, December 13. Have fun creating!

So let’s get hopping! Your first stop is Yana Smakula’s blog.

Thanks for stopping by. Happy hopping and happy holiday crafting!

Green Hills Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF209) Red Neon Ink (AF259) Smooth Clear Gemstones (CH153) Winter Sparkle (CL798) Ornaments Die-Cuts (DI104) Sponge Dauber With Cap (MI002)
Acetate Notecards with White Cards And Envelopes (5) (PS454) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Four Snowflakes Stencil (SA023)

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Decorating Envelopes

December 4th, 2014 by kelly

Hi, it’s Kelly here and today I’m sharing some fun ways that you can decorate those holiday envelopes. Whether you are sending cards through the mail or attaching them to a gift, a decorated envelope will be sure to get someone to smile before they even see the card.

First, some simple stamping can have a big impact. This design uses the cute ornament image from the Fancy Cuts Christmas set. If you get all your envelopes lined up, you can do each color of ink all at once and save some time! And the frame from the Season’s Sweetings clear stamp set is a great image for creating a block for the address.

Hero Arts Ornament Envelope by Kelly Rasmussen

Another type of stamping that is great for envelopes is tone-on-tone stamping. It give a subtle and elegant look and is great to use on colored envelopes. And a white gel pen is a simple and inexpensive way to add some detailing to your design.

Hero Arts Christmas Tree Envelope by Kelly Rasmussen

Lining your envelope with patterned paper is another great option. I used the Envelope Liner Template along with some BasicGrey Evergreen 6×6 papers to create these liners. The liner makes the envelope a bit more sturdy, which is great if your card happens to be a little bulky.

Hero  Arts Envelope Liners by Kelly Rasmussen

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

I’ve shared this envelope previously on the blog, but it fits in perfectly with my topic today, so I thought it was worth showing again.

Handwritten Stamped Christmas Envelope by Kelly Rasmussen

Some unique handwriting is another fun way to spruce up an envelope!

Thanks for joining me today!


Ruby Ink Pad (AF150) Green Hills Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF209) Tide Pool (AF223) Season's Sweetings (CL804) Stamp & Cuts® Fancy Cuts Holidays (DC117) Tree Landscape (H5952)
Snow Envelopes (PS591) Envelope Liner Template (PS611) Blush Mixed Envelopes (PS614) Foliage Mixexd Envelopes (PS616) Pool Mixed Envelopes (PS638)

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Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Special Thanks Blog Hop

December 3rd, 2014 by hero


Hello friends! Today we are participating in a very special blog hop in honor of Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine. (You should have arrived from Chaitali Narla’s blog…if not, you may want to back up and start from the beginning.)

The Hero Arts team would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved with Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking over the years. The magazine has been such an incredible source of inspiration, and the paper crafting world has been made infinitely brighter as a result. It’s amazing that so many people can come together because of their love for this hobby, and PC&S has been HUGE in fostering that passion within the community. There is no way to measure the number of people the magazine has inspired, or the number of friendships it has sparked — those connections reach around the world and are certain to be long lasting. It is in these connections and friendships that the magazine will endure.

Simply said…from the heart…THANK YOU, Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking.


We wish the PC&S family a fond farewell and all the best in the future.


Here’s to making beautiful things with your hands and your heart. Here’s to Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking.

Please keep the love going by hopping over to the blog of Nadine Perez. (The complete blog list is also posted below.)

Thank you for stopping by and have a great day!

Charcoal Mid-Tone Shadow Ink (AF236) Cupcake Frame (DI009) Thank You Grid (K5926) Snow Folded Cards (PS566) Midnight Mixed Layering Paper (PS697) Embossing Powder - Clear (PW104)
Embossing Gun (PW200) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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Peace & Joy Gift Card Holder

December 2nd, 2014 by hero

Hi there! It’s Cheiron here today with a simple to make card with a gift card holder on the outside. I made this little envelope pocket (I’ve included scoring measurements in the instructions) by folding and punching a 4″ X 5″ piece of paper.  I’ve chosen a very simple design and made my own envelope using the Large Petal Background embossed in gold.


The sentiment was made by embossing a plain white strip of paper with gold powder. I then stamped the sentiment on top of the gold and embossed it in white. This design is great for any occasion, just by changing up the sentiment and paper that you use.


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

Hope you enjoyed this simple yet fun way to present a gift card, I have a feeling I will be making a few of these in the next few weeks!


Large Petal Background (CG638) Christmas Crystals (CL802) Pool Mixed Layering Paper (PS640) Embossing Powder - Gold (PW100) Embossing Powder - White (PW110) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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Holiday Cookie Packaging

December 1st, 2014 by hero

Hi everyone! Yana is here. Every year around the holidays I try to make some time to bake holiday cookies. This has become a tradition in my family and I really look forward to this time every year. I always do a bit of planning for my cookie designs and I absolutely love baking them.


I’m not a professional baker, but this is something I just like to do. I do give most of my cookies away to my parents and my husband’s parents and our family friends, and I always look for fun and easy ways to package them.


Find out how I packaged my cookies — click for supplies and instructions.

Today I’m going to show you how you can easily and creatively package your homemade cookies to give to a friend, to a neighbor, or to a co-worker using stamps from Hero Arts.

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

Your cookies are ready to be given as a gift. Enjoy!


Black Ink Pad (AF101) Ruby Ink Pad (AF150) Forever Green (AF229) Sparkle Gems Hearts (CH142) Season's Sweetings (CL804) Stamp & Cuts® Christmas Tags (DC115)


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Just Add Your Own Embellishments

November 28th, 2014 by hero

Hi! It’s Wida here today, and I’m playing with the incredible new pre-printed Just Tags sets from Hero Arts! They come in chalkboard, kraft, red and green. Not only do they look good but they take all the fuss out of creating something wonderful. Today I am showing you three ways to use them.


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

First I used both the chalkboard and kraft sets together in a traditional card. This card is SUPER easy! I stamped the leaping reindeer from the Stamp & Cuts Christmas set randomly in black ink in the background, then embellished the tag a bit with twine and tape. The basics are there so all you have to do is add your own personal crafty sprinklings. It kind of reminds me of instant cake mix where you just have to add your own egg and water. For those of us who have trouble with things made from “scratch,” this is a great way to feel like you made your own card without too much extra work!


For the bag, I took a small white generic bag and ran it through my good ol’ paper crimper for some texture. Then I added pretty twine to the larger tag in the chalkboard set, which I adhered with a small stapler. I taped it to the bag so that it could still be opened without ruining or ripping the bag.


Lastly the tag. This is a show stopper with very little work. I used two die-cut snowflakes from my stash, and strung the pretty smaller tag from the chalkboard collection on top. Having a sentiment already in the tag saved me from having to think about how to include it in some other way.

Thanks for stopping by,


Black Ink Pad (AF101) Stamp & Cuts® Fancy Cuts Christmas (DC116) Just Tags Red (LP353) Just Tags Green (LP354) Just Tags Solids (LP355) Just Tags Craft (LP356)
Snow Layering Paper (PS610)

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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 27th, 2014 by sally

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I hope your turkey is in the oven and you are enjoying some family time! I made this card for some of my dear friends and wanted to share it with you today. As you probably remember, I love lOvE LOVE using our dies with old scraps of paper. So, I started thinking… which ones could “make a turkey”?? And I came up with this! Pretty DIE-lightful, huh? Can you guess what I used?


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

Who knew our Snowman Die-Cuts could double as a turkey?? Or that Snowman arms could be feet, a nose and the crown of his turkey head!? Our leaf die makes a great wattle. Use black pearls or gems for eyes - and add a feather just for cuteness. :-)

Here’s a peek at all the various dies I used. Isn’t it fun to see products in a whole new light?


Have a fun-filled turkey day everyone, and don’t eat too much!!


Red Royal (AF225) Thanksgiving Banner (C5955) Midnight Black Accent Pearls (CH172) Neutral Mixed Accents (CH215) Season Of Giving (CL361) Flower and Butterfly Set (DI090)
Elegant Feathers (DI094) Snowman Die-Cuts (DI105) Harvest Die-Cuts (DI109) Blush Mixed Layering Paper (PS620) Sunsine Mixed Layering Paper (PS621) Earth Mixed Layering Paper (PS624)

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Thanksgiving Memories

November 26th, 2014 by libby

Hi everyone! On the day before Thanksgiving here in the US, I thought I’d share a fun way to document those precious Thanksgiving family photos. For me, it all began by playing with my ink daubers! I created a bunch of background cards by cutting down plain white cardstock to 4″x6″ and 3″x4″ and rounding the corners. Then I just added lots of dauber ink in fall colors to my craft sheet. After spritzing with a little water, I just placed my card down in the ink and let the magic happen! I love the way this “homemade patterned paper” turns out!


Once my backgrounds were completely dry, I got busy embellishing! Since gold is everywhere lately, I immediately pulled out my gold embossing powder and added some Real Leaves. For an extra touch of shimmer I sprayed a bit of gold ink. And the Thankful stamp set had a perfect message to add another subtle bit of dimension to the background.


I love the new letters from the Stamp & Cut Flag set, so I spelled out “nom nom nom” to go with a photo of our delicious Thanksgiving dinner! :-) And the Gratitude Design stamp is one of my very favorites for fall.


Here’s a bit of a peek at my finished pages, pulling together all of the cards I created with my photos into pocket pages.


It always feels so good to finally get these precious family memories documented into my album!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving,


Neon Orange Ink Dauber (AD002) Neon Yellow Ink Dauber (AD003) Pale Tomato Ink Dauber (AD007) Butter Cup Ink Dauber (AD008) Wet Cement Ink Dauber (AD012) Red Royal Ink Dauber (AD013)
Orange Soda Ink Dauber (AD015) Neon Red Ink Dauber (AD021) Black Ink Pad (AF101) Orange Soda (AF224) Soft Vanilla Shadow Ink Pad (AF275) Real Leaves (CL457)
Gratitude Design (D5821) Stamp&Cut Flag (DC136) Notebook Paper (K5731) Thankful (LP295) Embossing Powder - Gold (PW100) Embossing Gun (PW200)
VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250) Water Mist Bottle (WM101) Gold Shimmer Spray (WM116)

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Pretty Purples

November 25th, 2014 by libby

Hi! It’s Mariana here today sharing a card that features a beautiful new set from Hero Arts & BasicGrey called Good Day.


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

One of the things I love about flower images is that you can make them any color that you want. For this card I chose purple tones and I combined them with silver embossing. The background is stamped with Bold Flower Pattern. I really like how the darker ink looks over the lighter color of the card base, it makes the background stamp stand out.


To add a little bit more interest to the embossed floral image, I simply added color with soft colors of markers, as well as some shiny details here and there.  This is a card design that you can select any color combo to work with, and it will always look perfect!


Thanks for joining me today!


Grape Juice (AF227) BG: Bold Flower Pattern (CG653) Assorted Crystal Gemstones (CH117) Lavender Gemstones (CH128) BG: Good Day (CL824) Long and Cute Tags (DI046)
Floral Mixed Layering Paper (PS619) Embossing Powder - Silver (PW101) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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