Oh Baby

June 17th, 2015 by tami

Hi everyone! It’s Tami and Lisa here, teaming up to bring you a double dose of baby card inspiration today!

Tami: “My daughter’s crib bedding included an elephant similar to the Hero Arts Baby Elephant, so this adorable stamp had my heart from the moment I saw it. I repeatedly stamped the elephant with three ink colors to create a clean and simple design. You could use various shades of pink, or an assortment of colors would be fun too! Add a bow behind the elephant’s ear for extra cuteness.”

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

Lisa: “Hello there! First off, I just gotta say that I love Tami’s card so much! I must admit that I let out a little squeal when I first saw it. :) For my card, I had fun playing with daubers. For the plaid strip, I inked the Drippy Lines Bold Print with daubers, gave it a light mist with water and stamped it. Then I did the same thing and stamped it in the other direction to make a plaid. Love doing that with these big 6×6 cling stamps and the Drippy Lines is especially great for this technique. I also used the same daubers as watercolors to tie it in — I just tapped them out on a non-porous surface, picked up color with a water brush and that was that. Some pearls, glitter paper and twine finished off the card.”

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

And there you go — two fun card designs you can easily create to welcome those sweet bundles of joy. Thanks so much for stopping by and happy stamping!


Baby Elephant (A6087) Butter Cup Ink Dauber (AD008) Orange Soda Ink Dauber (AD015) Lemon Yellow Dauber (AD023) Ultra Pink Dauber (AD025) Bubblegum Dauber (AD037)
Black Ink Pad (AF101) Tide Pool (AF223) Cornflower Mid-Tone Shadow Ink (AF235) Mint Julep Mid-Tone Shadow Ink Pad (AF246) Drippy Lines Bold Prints (CG670) Blush Mixed Accents (CH211)
Sunshine Mixed Accents (CH216) BABY ANIMALS (CL860) Earth Mixed Folded Cards (PS572) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Pool Mixed Layering Paper (PS640) Embossing Powder - White (PW110)
Embossing Gun (PW200)

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I Love You Dad!

June 16th, 2015 by kelly

Hi there, it’s Kelly here! Today I’ve got a Father’s Day card idea for you featuring some fabulous new background stamps from Lia Griffith. Both the Irregular Arrow Bold Prints by Lia and Woodgrain Bold Prints by Lia are perfect for masculine cards!

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I created a multi-colored background using the Irregular Arrow background and pigment inks from Lia. I used colors from each of the three sets available and they coordinate perfectly!

The message is from a great wood set called Father’s Day. I love when sets also have non-holiday related messages that I can use on a card any day of the year.

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

Thanks for joining me today!

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Unicorn Pigment Ink Pad (AF249) Color Lights by Lia (AF316) Color Brights by Lia (AF317) Color Jewels by Lia (AF318) Woodgrain Bold Prints by Lia (CG675) Irregular Arrow Bold Prints by Lia (CG677)
Father's Day (LP281) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Embossing Powder - Clear (PW104)

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Color Layering with Embossing Powders

June 15th, 2015 by jennifer

Hello! It’s Jennifer here with a video sharing a fun way to create bold colors on dark cardstock. And the new Color Layering stamps bring this technique to a whole new level! Check it out…

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

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Here are three tips that I found helpful in making this technique successful:

  1. Use a powder tool between each stamp layer. This will help eliminate any stray embossing powder sticking in unwanted places.
  2. Make sure your heat tool is nice and hot before you bring it to your paper. This will help to avoid your paper warping.
  3. Press firmly when you are stamping the different layers. The more ink on the surface of the paper, the better the embossing powder will stick and completely cover the dark cardstock.

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

Thank for stopping by today!

___jennifer

COLOR LAYERING GRAPHIC FLOWERS (CL862) COLOR LAYERING BIRD AND BRANCH (CL866) COLOR LAYERING BUTTERFLIES (CL867) Embossing Powder - Silver (PW101) Embossing Powder - White (PW110) Embossing Gun (PW200)
VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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What’s the word, bird? A giveaway!

June 12th, 2015 by hero

Hey hey, it’s a giveaway kind of day! We have TWO $25 Hero Arts shopping sprees up for grabs over on Instagram

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We want to see your Hero Arts Color Layering stamps and/or projects. Share your original photos on Instagram along with the hashtag #herocolor. It’s that simple! Any of our six current Color Layering sets qualify:

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For those of you who are already following Hero Arts on Instagram, we look forward to seeing your #herocolor photos this weekend! Not yet one of our followers? We invite you to click here to join in on the fun.

Winners will be drawn June 15 and announced on Instagram. Good luck!



COLOR LAYERING GRAPHIC FLOWERS (CL862) COLOR LAYERING HAPPY DAY FLOWERS (CL864) COLOR LAYERING LET LOVE GROW (CL865) COLOR LAYERING BIRD AND BRANCH (CL866) COLOR LAYERING BUTTERFLIES (CL867) COLOR LAYERING HIBISCUS (CL868)

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Bear Hugs

June 11th, 2015 by libby

Hi, it’s Libby here today, sharing a card for Father’s Day. In my house, the kids are elementary-aged, and the father is still called Daddy. With this in mind, I wanted to create a sweet Father’s Day card that would be perfect for Daddy. Lia’s cute little animal sets immediately came to mind! This card features the adorable little guy called Oscar. And for this special occasion, Oscar borrowed Millie’s hair bow and used it for his bowtie. :)

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

The card’s message was spelled out using Vaulted Letters by Lia. I love this alphabet, and I think it has a bit of a sporty look to it that’s perfect for guy cards. The Happy Stamp & Cut set has a bunch of great messages to go with the word “happy”, including “father’s day”. I paired it with Polka Dot Bold Prints by Lia to create a fun background for my card.

I had fun spelling out my own message for this card, but if you’re looking for a more traditional set for making your Father’s Day cards, I really love the woodblock set called Thanks Dad!

Thanks for stopping by today,

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Black Ink Pad (AF101) Wet Cement Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF213) Red Royal (AF225) Mint Julep Mid-Tone Shadow Ink Pad (AF246) Polka Dot Bold Prints by Lia (CG676) Vaulted Letters by Lia (CL877)
Stamp & Cuts® Happy (DC150) Millie Cut-Outs by Lia (DC156) Oscar Cut-Outs by Lia (DC157) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Pool Mixed Layering Paper (PS640)

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Wonderful Birthday Wishes

June 10th, 2015 by hero

Hello everyone! Have you seen new Hero Arts Tic Tac Toe challenge? Its not just fun, it’s playful! I myself have participated in Hero Challenges a couple times and I have to say - you do not want to miss it!

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I created a card following the middle horizontal line: Background stamp + Birthday Theme + Die Cutting. I have a bit of everything on my project.

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

The background stamp is an all time favorite Designer Woodgrain. It’s timeless and works with everything! I heat embossed it in white for a soft and feminine look.

For the birthday theme I chose a birthday cake from the Birthday Stamp & Cut set as well as a sentiment from Many Birthday Messages. I also heat embossed my cake and dressed it up using flowers from the flower wreath from the Friends By Lia set.

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And finally for the die cutting part I cut the cake, the cake stand and the little candle out using matching dies. Super easy!

Be sure to join our challenge! I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Unicorn Pigment Ink Pad (AF249) Lavender Gemstones (CH128) Many Birthday Messages (CL611) Friends by Lia (CL875) Stamp & Cuts®  Birthday (DC125) Floral Mixed Layering Paper (PS619)
Kraft Paper (PS627) Embossing Powder - White (PW110) Embossing Gun (PW200) Designer Woodgrain (S5208)

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Paper Flower and Pine Tree Tutorials

June 9th, 2015 by hero

Hi! It’s Mariana here today sharing a tutorial of how I created a paper flower and a pine tree using the new Umbrella Fancy Die Set by Hero Arts.

You will see how easy and fun it can be to create them. :-) Here is what I used to make the flower…

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I began by die cutting three canopy shapes using pink cardstock. I cut out four, two and one sections of the shapes. Then, I folded and glued the two ending sections of each canopy to create the three layers of the flower.

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Next, I made the center and stem of the flower with a bead and floral wire. I twisted the wire several times to secure the bead and make the stem thicker. After that, I inserted the stem into the narrower canopy shape.

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Then, I inserted the other two layers putting hot glue between them to secure the layers in place. At the end, I wrapped the stem with floral tape and I also put some paper leaves.

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I made some more flowers using different colors of cardstock to create a colorful floral arrangement…

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Find out how to make these flowers - click for complete supplies and instructions.

The pine tree is very easy to make as well. Here is what I used to create it…

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In this case, I cut out three sections of three canopy shapes.

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Then, I punched a hole in the middle of two of the shapes.

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After that, I used hot glue to affix a lollipop stick into the top layer of the pine. Then, I slid in the second and the third layer using hot glue to secure them in place. You can use this pine shapes as part of your holiday decorations this year!

Before I go… we also have a giveaway winner to announce! The winner of the $25 Hero Arts shopping spree from last Friday’s post is Amy Cooley (comment #46 on June 5th, 2015 at 4:12 pm). Congratulations Amy! Please email winner@heroarts.com to claim your prize.

I hope you enjoyed these tutorials. If you have another ideas on how to use this die set, please be sure to share them with us. Thanks for joining me!

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UMBRELLA FANCY DIE SET (2) (DI123)

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Video: Cute Critter Coloring with Debby Hughes

June 8th, 2015 by hero

Hello stampers! We’re pleased to kick off this week by welcoming the wonderful and talented Debby Hughes to the blog. And joining her today? Some cute-as-can be critters. Yes, Monday just got better. Enjoy!

Hello it’s Debby here today and I’m delighted to be joining you at Hero Arts for a little hedgehog love with the Playful Animals set combined with a couple of the new Lia Griffith Collection stamps; Woodgrain and Friends.

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I fell in love with the Playful Animals set as soon as I saw it and the hedgehog stood out to me as so fun to colour. Here’s a video showing how I made the card.

If you are having problems viewing the video, please try watching HERE on YouTube.

The hedgehog is stamped on a scalloped label cut from white card with the Tag and Label die and coloured with Copics (see the supplies list for colours). The label is mounted on a Stitched Square cut from patterned paper and in turn mounted on Fog card white heat embossed with the Woodgrain Bold Prints By Lia. The hello circle is from the Friends By Lia set and is stamped with the Ombré light to dark peach ink pad. Finally the panel is accented with Pale Pink Accent Pearls and a twine bow before being mounted on a card base covered in toning paper.

Once I’d made the card and had all the supplies out I had to make a tag too.

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Here’s the two together. Cute right?

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But I couldn’t stop there and before you knew it I had a whole family of hedgehogs!

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Find out how to make these projects — click for more information.

Thanks for joining me and my little hedgehog family today :D

Raise your hand if you’re suddenly feeling inspired to stamp and color this week. We encourage you to give it a go…and while you’re at it, enter our current Tic-Tac-Toe challenge for a chance to win one of several Hero Arts shopping sprees.

BIG thanks to Debby for being our guest, and to you for stopping by. Have a great day!


Light to Dark Peach Ombre (AF312) Woodgrain Bold Prints by Lia (CG675) Pale Pink Accent Pearls (CH170) Playful Animals (CL832) Friends by Lia (CL875) Tag and Label Die-Cuts (DI107)
Embossing Powder - White (PW110) Embossing Gun (PW200) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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Stenciled Pair + Giveaway

June 5th, 2015 by tami

Hi everyone! Who’s ready for another round of Tic-Tac-Toe and a giveaway thrown in for good measure? I couldn’t resist playing along in the new challenge going on throughout the month of June. Read all about it here and join in the fun!

With the gorgeous new Glorious Petal Stencil in hand, I went about creating a pair of cards using the top row on the Tic-Tac-Toe board (circle, stencil, heat embossing) as a guide.

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

I sponged Soft Vanilla Ink through the stencil onto white cardstock, and then concentrated even more ink in a circle towards the top center of the card. This was the perfect area to stamp the floral wreath from the Friends By Lia set. Heat embossed sentiments, also from the Lia Griffith Collection, finish off the designs.

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And there you have it…a clean and simple card that’s flat for mailing and quick to create.

GIVEAWAY! How would you use the Glorious Petal Stencil? Leave a comment below and share a technique or card idea for this stencil and you’ll be entered to win a $25 Hero Arts shopping spree. Easy as that! The commenting deadline is 11:59pm Pacific time on Sunday, June 7th. Good luck and have a great weekend!


Ocean Dye Ink (AF216) Unicorn Pigment Ink Pad (AF249) Ultra Pink Mid-Tone Ink (AF263) Soft Vanilla Shadow Ink Pad (AF275) Blush Mixed Accents (CH211) Pool Mixed Accents (CH283)
Friends by Lia (CL875) Find Beauty by Lia (E6090) White Opal Liquid Pearls™ (GW218) Sponge Dauber With Cap (MI002) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Midnight Mixed Layering Paper (PS697)
Embossing Powder - Clear (PW104) Embossing Gun (PW200) Glorious Petal Stencil (SA064)

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Birthday Butterfly

June 4th, 2015 by hero

Hi there! Donna here, and I hope you’re playing in the new Tic Tac Toe Challenge, happening all this month here on the Hero Arts blog. Get all the details HERE, for a chance to win one of several $30 shopping sprees in the Hero Arts Online Store!

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For my card, I chose the middle horizontal row: background stamp, birthday theme, and die cut. Easy peasy, right?

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

I chose the new 6×6 Drippy Lines Bold Prints stamp and stamped a tone on tone background. The butterfly was white embossed on watercolor paper, and I used Zig Kuretake Clean Color markers to color it in, then die cut with the matching die and adhered it to the card.

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The final step was to stamp the birthday sentiment, then add a few sequins for a festive touch.

Now it’s your turn! Join the fun and help spread the word, too, and we hope to see you linked in the gallery! Thanks for stopping by today!

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Lime Green Mid-Tone Ink (AF262) Chalkboard Mid-Tone Ink (AF272) Drippy Lines Bold Prints (CG670) Many Birthday Messages (CL611) Stamp & Cuts® Butterflies (DC134) Foliage Mixed Layering Paper (PS622)

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