Preview #2 + a Giveaway!

April 3rd, 2014 by hero

It’s time for our next Starry Nights catalog preview! We couldn’t wait another day to show you this…


Nope, not a star in sight here. Beneath the sky, loads of beautiful floral images grace our Starry Nights catalog. Lisa used a stamp from the new Hello Flowers (CL774) clear set on the breathtaking cards above. This set allows you to build your own flowers with three separate blossoms, a stem, and a leaf included. Four versatile script messages complete the set. With the coordinating five-piece Blossom Cuts (DI096) dies, you’ll be able to cut each blossom, stem, and leaf. The combination is blooming with so many creative possibilities and is just perfect for Spring and Summer stamping. Who’s ready?!

We hope you enjoyed today’s peek. To thank you for stopping by, we have another giveaway! For a chance to win a $10 Hero Arts Online Store gift card, simply leave a comment on this blog post by Wednesday, April 9th at 11:59pm PST. We’ll pick a random winner from all of the comments and announce it on the blog on April 11th, the day of the Starry Nights catalog reveal.

We’ll be back tomorrow with preview #3 and another chance to win a gift card. See you then!

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We’re in the Spotlight at Paper Crafter’s Library

April 2nd, 2014 by hero

Hi there! We have a treat (or two) for you today over on the Paper Crafter’s Library blog, where Hero Arts is in the spotlight. Kelly Rasmussen is sharing an awesome project over there and we get to dish out a little sneak peek…take a look!


There’s also a Hero Arts giveaway so be sure to head on over to Paper Crafter’s Library and enter to win these lovelies…



White Ink Dauber (AD017) Lime Green Dauber (AD024) Ultra Pink Dauber (AD025) Happy Birthday Grid (K5924) Thank You Grid (K5926)

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Preview #1 + a Giveaway!

April 1st, 2014 by hero

Hello and Happy April, stampers! We’re super excited to kick off a NEW month with previews of NEW stamps from our upcoming catalog. It’s called “Starry Nights” and is packed with new products — stars, flowers, and so much more! After a long winter, we think you’re going to love this breath of fresh air. The catalog will be revealed in full next Friday, and products will begin shipping to retail stores mid-April.

In the meantime, let’s plunge right into the previews with not one but two “stellar” creations from Lisa and Sally…


Top card: Lisa created a super cool galactic background with ink sprays and coupled it with the new Written in the Stars (CL772) clear set. In addition to several starry images, this set offers eight versatile messages you’ll be able to use for birthday, thank you, love, friendship, and everyday cards. The sky is the limit with this one! And it goes perfectly with the Constellation Background, which Lisa stamped onto an Azure notecard.

Bottom card: Sally used the same message as Lisa, this time combining it with stamps from the new 6×8 cling set called Astrology Signs (AC038). From Aries to Pisces, this set provides a fun new way to personalize your projects. With the twelve signs of the Zodiac at your fingertips, you’ll be able to create custom birthday cards, one-of-a-kind notecard sets, and more — so many creative options with this one.


We hope you enjoyed the peeks today and to thank you for stopping by, we have a giveaway! For a chance to win a $10 Hero Arts Online Store gift card, simply leave a comment on this blog post by Wednesday, April 9th at 11:59pm PST. We’ll pick a random winner from all of the comments and announce it on the blog on April 11th, the day of the digital catalog reveal.

Join us on Thursday for another preview and another chance to win a gift card!

Have a wonderful day,

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Video: Iron Off Embossed Background

March 31st, 2014 by jennifer

Hi! It’s Jennifer here. A few weeks ago I showed how to do an iron-off embossing technique (you can check out the video HERE). And today I am back with another example, but this time using a background stamp.

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

Hero Arts Hello by Jennifer McGuire 1

This technique works so very well with this new BasicGrey Highline background stamp. When I am done, it looks like I watercolored all those greetings myself! I used the Hero Arts Watercolor Wheel, but any watercolor or inks mixed with water would work.

Hero Arts Hello by Jennifer McGuire 2

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

Hope you give this technique a try. For me, it is the only time my iron gets any use. ;)


Black Ink Pad (AF101) Chalkboard Background (CG635) Life is Good (CL743) Watercolor Wheel (PD101) Bright White Watercolor Paper (PS626) Black Notecards (PS688)
Embossing Powder - Clear (PW104) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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Springy Stenciled Thank You

March 27th, 2014 by tami

Finally…Spring is here! Even though the grass is still brown where I live, brighter and more colorful days are just around the corner. So it’s time to bring the colors of the season into the paper crafting palette as well. Today’s card is a Springy thank you note created with the gorgeous Night Flower stencil.


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

I did some layered inking with the stencil. First I created a blue background by scribbling a marker onto a clear acrylic block, misting with water, and stamping it onto white cardstock. Once dry, I laid the stencil over the blue background and inked it with Unicorn White pigment ink. I went back in with the stencil once again and inked over the top of the white with Ultra Pink ink. Layering the pink on top of the white makes the flower pop a little bit more off of the background and also gives it a sort of soft, velvety appearance.

Here are a couple more tips for creating the card…


Thanks for joining me today…have a great day!

Ultra Pink Dauber (AD025) Black Ink Pad (AF101) Unicorn Pigment Ink Pad (AF249) Lemon Yellow Mid-Tone Ink (AF261) Ultra Pink Mid-Tone Ink (AF263) Cling Block (CL081)
Dauber Bunch (CL751) Sponge Dauber With Cap (MI002) Snow Folded Cards (PS566) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Night Flower (SA012) Water Mist Bottle (WM101)

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Neon Graffiti

March 26th, 2014 by sally

Hi, Sally here. And I must confess something today. I love bright colors! Shocking, I know! ;-) I was in several cities last week that were so overcast I couldn’t wait to get back to my sunshine. And the best source of sunshine in the stamp room? Neon inks!! So I played with Neon Daubers today, combined with our Numbers Background stencil. A tip - I taped the stencil to my paper with washi tape so it wouldn’t move around, and then daubed away!


When I removed the stencil I wasn’t completely thrilled with the look, so I stamped Newspaper Background over it in black after it completely dried (!!). And then I loved it. It also needed something bold and black so I used a blurb from the new What’s Up woodblock set, and one of my favorite graphic alphabets - Sketchbook Letters - to spell out some greetings.


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

Tired of overcast winter? I highly recommend bringing a little neon into your craft world!

Thanks for stopping by,


Neon Pink Ink Dauber (AD001) Neon Orange Ink Dauber (AD002) Neon Green Ink Dauber (AD004) Pastel Mint Dauber (AD030) Neon Sunshine Dauber (AD032) Black Ink Pad (AF101)
Sketchbook Letters (CL699) What's Up (LP330) Snow Folded Cards (PS566) Newspaper Background (S5601) Numbers Background (SA009)

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Trapped Embossed Watercolor

March 25th, 2014 by kelly

Hey, it’s Kelly here with a fun technique to share using the Triangle Background Fancy Die. I’m not sure if there is already a name out there for this technique, but I’m calling it trapped embossed watercolor.

I started out by die-cutting the triangle background from a piece of masking paper and adhering it to a piece of watercolor paper. Then I used the Pool and Green Hills Spray Inks mixed with a little water to paint in the triangles. These water-based sprays are great for creating a watercolor look!

Hero Arts Big Hugs by Kelly Rasmussen 1

Once it was completely dry, I covered the entire piece with VersaMark ink. Then I removed the mask and embossed the triangles with clear embossing powder. This resulted in a gorgeous shine over each triangle!

Hero Arts Big Hugs by Kelly Rasmussen 2

Then I die-cut a window using the Classic and Ornate Frame Cuts to create an opening for my sentiment. The sentiment was first heat embossed on watercolor paper and then I used the Green Hills Spray Ink once again to create a watercolor effect.

I also used the iron-off technique on the sentiment to remove all the embossing resulting in a completely smooth image. (Check out Jennifer’s card and video HERE for more information on the iron-off embossing technique.)

Hero Arts Big Hugs by Kelly Rasmussen 3

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

Thanks for joining me today — I hope you will give this technique a try!


Happy Birthday Scroll (CL760) Classic and Ornate Frame (DI048) Triangle Background (DI089) Pool Mixed Folded Cards (PS639) Embossing Powder - Clear (PW104) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)
Mid-Tone Pool Spray (WM110) Mid-Tone Green Hills Spray (WM111)

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Scenic & Tie Dye Dauber Watercoloring

March 24th, 2014 by hero

Hello there! It’s Sandy Allnock here visiting with some inspiration for you! I’m always excited for the opportunity to visit the blog and YouTube channel…because Hero Arts stampers are so awesome! And of course the stamps are SUPER - today I’ll be using the “You’re a Winner” set with lots of amazingly cool sentiments:

I’ve been playing around with daubers, too…I’ve been asked so many times, “Do you mean, like those little finger things? Or like bingo?” I’m talking about the bingo-style daubers, so I hope you have a few in your collection to play along with me. This watercolor technique is SO much fun, and I’ve got two versions of it to share in the video - artistic types might like to create a scenic painting, while others will want a background to play with.

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

The scenics were so very much fun…and I wish you could see them in person, the colors are just so soft and lovely!



The second way to use this watercolor technique is a little tie-dye looking! I have to fess up, I didn’t like my entire sheets of background enough to make a whole card base with just this technique…but hopefully I’ll improve over time and get to that point. Instead, I took my circle punches and cut out the best parts to use on these designs - how FUN! (Lisa Spangler is always telling us to use our leftover scratch paper to use as background pieces…so I expect I might try this with some of those sheets too!)


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

At the end of the video, I linked you over to today’s quick OWHtv episode (we do short daily shows!) - I hope you’ll click over to see it. It’s a letter from a service member that just filled my heart with joy…knowing that Operation Write Home is having such a powerful impact!

Neon Orange Ink Dauber (AD002) Neon Yellow Ink Dauber (AD003) Butter Cup Ink Dauber (AD008) Field Greens Ink Dauber (AD009) Tide Pool Ink Dauber (AD010) Cup O' Joe Ink Dauber (AD011)
Wet Cement Ink Dauber (AD012) Red Royal Ink Dauber (AD013) Dark Quartz Dauber (AD022) Neon Chartreuse Dauber (AD034) You're a Winner (CL764) Cream Watercolor Paper (PS625)

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Upcoming Hero Arts Workshops

March 22nd, 2014 by hero

Spring has sprung and the Collins Group Spring Education and Trade Show is coming soon! Hero Arts will be hosting two workshops with brand NEW stamps, sprays and stencils and lots of great techniques during the March 28-31 event in Framingham, MA. This event is open to retailers who have Collins Group reps. Click HERE to find out more and register.


A Class to Inspire
Instructor: Lisa Spangler
Saturday, March 29: 3:00pm-4:30pm
Looking for new designs and techniques to inspire your customers? Look no more! Join Lisa for a class featuring trendy new stamp designs, dies, stencils and MORE! You will create five cards that are sure to inspire. Use them for classes and make and takes in your store!

Hero Techniques
Instructor: Lisa Spangler
Saturday, March 29: 1:15pm-2:45pm
Come join Lisa for a fast paced, technique driven class using new stamps, stencils, dies, sprays and daubers! You will create a sturdy display board to hang in your store, with all of the techniques clearly labeled so stampers will ask for them by name! Place with the featured products and boost your sales.

While this retailer-focused show is not open to the public, we are super excited to begin sharing more sneak peeks right here on the blog. Stay tuned — those will be coming soon!

Happy stamping and happy weekend,

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Birthday Challenge Winners!

March 21st, 2014 by lucy


Hello, and welcome to our birthday challenge winners’ post. We were so excited to see so many fabulous entries for this challenge and had a very tough time narrowing down our favorites. The quality of stamping was super high, and it was wonderful to see so many different birthday cards all in one place. But we could only choose five winners, and here they are…

In the Metallic category, our winner is paperpicnic (Jayne). Jayne’s gold embossed bird, sentiment and Prism background are beautiful, as is the softly stamped birdcage in the background.


Our Rainbow winner is Marion Vagg, with this stunning one layer card featuring our Flower Dot Pattern stamp. Marion’s clever masking and striking inking left us speechless.


Next, the Kids category, where we chose this adorable card by Isha Gupta. The owls from our Lil Hoot set look so cute against the shimmery ink splattered background.


Check out this fabulous ensemble by Yana Smakula, our Floral category winner. Our Six Petal Flower looks fantastic in a banner and as a cupcake topper, don’t you think? And on the beautiful matching card…


And finally, our Anything Goes category where our winner is Heather Doran with this pretty little gift pocket card featuring our A Little stamp set. We think her embossed Leopard Print background complements her bling theme perfectly.


Congratulations to our talented winners! Ladies, please contact us at with your address and phone number by Friday, March 28th, including your list of $30 worth of products. Please include “Birthday Challenge Winner” in the subject line.

Before we go, we’d like to send huge thanks to everyone who entered our challenge! We loved browsing through all your wonderful cards.

Have a great day,


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