Happy Easter

March 18th, 2015 by hero

Hi! It’s Mariana here today sharing a very easy to make Easter card that features a pretty woodblock stamp called Easter Egg.


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

Lately I have been craving Spring, so it was very easy to select some yummy colors to create this card. I used another pretty woodblock stamp named Leafy Frame as a background frame for the eggs.


The eggs were simply stamped on Snow Layering Paper with three different colors of ink, and then trimmed with scissors.


The sentiment was white-embossed over a strip of layering paper, and I used this strip as the base for the eggs. I have to confess that the Pool Layering Papers are my favorite colors, because you can combine them with so many other colors to create cards for almost any occasion!

Before I go, a reminder that the Nature Challenge is still underway, so you have until March 20th to submit your creations! :-)

Well, that’s all from me today. Thanks for joining me!


Butter Bar Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF207) Tide Pool (AF223) Ultra Pink Mid-Tone Ink (AF263) Gemstones (2mm) Adhesive Crystals (CH112) Light Blue Gemstones (CH125) Pink Accent Pearls (CH171)
Celebrate Everyday (CL498) Easter Egg (D6011) LEAFY FRAME (K6077) 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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Ombre Birthday Fun!

March 17th, 2015 by sally

Hi Everyone! I am here today to show you a really quick idea with our new ombre ink pads. The pads have three similar shades of one color to blend together for the popular ombre look.

For my card, I chose the large, mostly solid Birthday Blackboard stamp to really let the ombre shine! I stamped it with the Ombre Pink to Red pad two times - top and bottom - to achieve this blended monotone look. I think stamping them on crisp white really enhances the color.


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

I made a slit on both sides to accommodate a pale pink ribbon and then tied a bow. Of course no card is complete with some sparkle, so I added a giant gem! You could make lots of these cards in minutes in all the various new shades we have. Then when you are ready to send it, add an appropriate gem, charm or tag for the person that is lucky enough to be receiving it!

But wait, when I was all finished I got ANOTHER idea…(what a surprise!). I inked the stamp again, after cleaning it of course, with the Ombre Butter to Orange, only this time I turned the pad the long way. After trimming the white off, I found a golden yellow to mount it on in my vast stash of papers. Next for the icing on the cake, pun intended, I die cut the platter and cake from Birthday Stamp & Cut out of various colors, added pearls and gems, for a completely different look.


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

I know you cannot wait to try these fun ombre ink pads! They have been extremely popular, and are flying off the shelves. They are currently out of stock, but we will have more available very soon!

Happy Day!


Blush Mixed Accents (CH211) BRITHDAY STAMP & CUT (DC125) Birthday Blackboard (K5872) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Blush Mixed Layering Paper (PS620) Sunshine Mixed Layering Papers (12) (PS621)

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Butterfly Wreath

March 16th, 2015 by libby

Happy Monday everyone! It’s Libby here with a little home decor project to put you in the mood for spring! I was recently visiting Lia Griffith’s blog (which I happen to *love*) and found an idea for a butterfly wreath. Right away the little polka-dotted butterfly from Stamp & Cut Butterflies came to mind, and I knew it would look adorable all over a wreath. And bonus! My daughter’s 1st grade class nickname is “The Butterflies”, so this made a perfect thank you gift for her amazing teacher.


Find out how to make this wreath - click for complete supplies and instructions.

I stamped the butterflies in three different shades of ink - Mint Julep, Tide Pool and Soft Pool. The bodies are stamped in Charcoal. I had found an inexpensive little grapevine wreath in the bins at Target, so I was happy to put it to good use! But you can usually find them at any of the big craft stores. I hot glued a bit of moss onto the wreath to create a pretty background for the sweet butterflies.


I definitely don’t consider myself the queen of DIY projects, but I’m pretty happy with how this one turned out!

And don’t forget about our Nature Challenge! It ends this Friday, March 20. A little DIY butterfly wreath would be an excellent way to play along! Find all of the challenge details right HERE.

Thanks for stopping by,


Soft Pool Shadow Ink (AF146) Tide Pool (AF223) Charcoal Mid-Tone Shadow Ink (AF236) Mint Julep Mid-Tone Shadow Ink Pad (AF246) Butterfly (CL750) STAMP & CUT BUTTERFLIES (DC134)
BUTTERFLY AND FLOWER STAMP & CUT (DC147) Butterfly (DI078) Flower and Butterfly Set (DI090) Three Artistic Butterflies (LP215)

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New Hero Arts at Jo-Ann Stores!

March 13th, 2015 by hero


Happy Friday, stampers! Are you a Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store shopper? We have some GREAT news for you – a whole new assortment of Hero Arts products is coming to Jo-Ann stores this month!

Here is some of what you’ll find, just in time for National Craft Month…

  • Stamp & Cut sets (clear stamps with coordinating dies)
  • Monogram letters collection
  • New individual woodblock stamps
  • 2-pack stencil sets

Visit your local Jo-Ann store and look for the new items to hit the shelves soon, if they haven’t already! Many stores have already begun putting out the new products. Based on store layout, assortments may vary.

And how about a burst of inspiration? Here’s a peek at a handful of fabulous DIY projects and cards our own Kelly Rasmussen created with some of the products…


You’ll find project sheets for select projects soon at JoAnn.com.

We can’t wait to see what YOU create!

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Kaleidoscope of Butterflies

March 12th, 2015 by hero

Hi everyone! I’m Sandy Allnock, and I’m excited to share a card made with some awesome fundraiser stamps for Operation Write Home! All of us at OWH are always excited to see what Hero Arts comes up with to help our heroes keep in touch with home - and the Baby Animals and Butterfly and Flower Stamp & Cut sets are just so much fun!

A little about OWH, if you aren’t familiar with us: we send blank handmade cards to deployed service members so they can write home to their families. Lots of you participate, I know, and we’re so grateful! Over 3 million cards have been deployed overseas - and many of them with Hero Arts images and sentiments decorating them! Feel free to visit our welcome page for answers to all your basic questions.

Sandy Allnock Kaleidoscope 1

For my card, I wanted a kaleidoscope of butterflies - that’s what you call a group of these pretty creatures!I stamped all the little butterflies using the little heart in the Butterfly and Flower set, can you believe it! So much fun.

And since a kaleidoscope is full of color, I wanted a ton of them on my card, so I pulled out lots of inks - Green Hills, Butter Bar, Orange Soda, Bubble Gum Pink, Punch, Iris, Pool, and Tide Pool. If you’d like to see a video showing how I did it, check out OWHtv HERE.

Sandy Allnock Kaleidoscope 2

Hope you enjoyed my little spray of sunshine today!

Black Ink Pad (AF101) Chalk Ink: Iris (AF179) Chalk Ink: Punch (AF180) Butter Bar Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF207) Bubble Gum Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF208) Green Hills Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF209)
Pool Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF212) Tide Pool (AF223) Orange Soda (AF224) BUTTERFLY AND FLOWER STAMP & CUT (DC147) Snow Layering Paper (PS610)

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Happy Easter

March 11th, 2015 by kelly

Hi! It’s Kelly here with a springy Easter card! Even though it’s technically still winter, I’m ready to bring some flowers, butterflies and soft colors back into my cardmaking.

Hero Arts Happy Easter by Kelly Rasmussen 1

This butterfly image from the Stamp + Cut Butterflies set is so much fun to color. I used watercolor paints and a Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush Pen to add a layer of shimmer.

The white tone-on-tone background was created with Kelly’s Window Pane Stencil and white embossing paste. I love the pattern and how it draws your attention to the tag on the card!

Hero Arts Happy Easter by Kelly Rasmussen 2

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

The message was made with the Stamp + Cut Flag alphabet set, which I adore! I love the font and it fits in with many different styles.

Easter is early (April 5th) this year, so even though it’s still winter it’s not too early to get started on some cards for the holiday!


STAMP & CUT BUTTERFLIES (DC134) Stamp&Cut Alpha Tabs (DC136) Large Tag (DI058) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Embossing Powder - White (PW110) Kelly's Window Pane Stencil (SA043)
VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250) Mid-Tone Pool Spray (WM110)

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Yay! Spring!!!

March 10th, 2015 by sally

I decided to bring some SPRING into everyone’s long winter with some of MY daffodils! As you know I am the queen of multi-purposing stamps and dies, so here’s MY take on daffodils. It all started when I tried finding a daffodil stamp in my vast collection to make my neighbor’s birthday card. Daffies are her very favorite, so here’s what I did when I couldn’t find one to stamp!


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

To make this card, find the brightest yellow paper you can and stamp the large flower from Hello Flowers in Butter Bar ink. Also stamp the centers - I changed some up with various yellows and white, to get a variety. Luckily these flowers have matching dies, so it’s easy peasy to put together. Orange-y flower sequins from my stash made them pop. The stems were a little thin, so I mounted two together. Finally, I stamped “YAY!” from Bits & Pieces in Charcoal ink - because YAY SPRING!!!

So, Mr. Winter, get lost and start the big melt down!!! Happy almost spring!!!


Butter Bar Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF207) Charcoal Mid-Tone Shadow Ink (AF236) Hello Flowers (CL774) Bits & Pieces (CL808) Blossom Cuts (DI096) Snow Layering Paper (PS610)
Sunshine Mixed Layering Papers (12) (PS621) Foliage Mixed Layering Paper (PS622)

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Simple Thank You Window Card + Video

March 9th, 2015 by hero

Hi everyone! Yana is here and today I’d like to share a simple Thank You card with a fun mini-window that also works as a locking mechanism for a card.


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

I love creating window cards and the minute I saw the new Stamp & Cut Flowers set from Hero Arts I knew what I was going to make.

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

I started by stamping a sentiment banner onto a card base created out of Sunshine Mixed Layering paper. I intentionally folded the yellow side in and left white on the outside. This is one of my favorite tricks when using Hero Arts papers.

Next I cut the sentiment out using a matching die and adhered that die cut back in place using foam adhesive.


I wanted to create a visual triangle around the sentiment so I stamped several clusters above and below the window and also at the bottom of the card. To give this card a bit of dimension I used foam adhesive and adhered several stamped and cut flowers on top.


Finally I embellished my card with a few red metallic dots and added drops of silver ink to the background.



Black Ink Pad (AF101) Butter Bar Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF207) Cup O' Joe Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF214) Neon Pink (AF218) Forever Green (AF229) Red Metallic Decor (CH188)
STAMP & CUT FLOWERS (DC130) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Sunshine Mixed Layering Papers (12) (PS621) Silver Shimmer Spray (WM117)

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Cat and Mouse Friends

March 6th, 2015 by tami

Hi everyone! Tami here. One of the things I love about the cardmaking process is deciding which messages to pair with which images, mixing and matching stamps from various sets to give them different meanings. When I saw the cute mouse from the Playful Animals set, I thought of an unlikely friendship…with a cat! All that was needed was a friendship sentiment, which I found in the the Enjoy Today set. And a card was born…


I thought it would be fun to perch the mouse right on top of the cat’s head. A mischievous little critter…maybe a bit like Jerry from the Tom and Jerry cartoon!?


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

This card was quick and easy to make. Here are a few tips:

  • Ink spray diluted with water on a craft sheet makes a great watercolor wash for the background.
  • Don’t feel like coloring? Paper piece instead. I stamped the cat onto polka dot patterned paper and the mouse onto solid cardstock.
  • Easily add a touch of shading to the animals by sponging ink along the outlines.
  • Stamp small hearts as a finishing touch.

Oh, and a little birdie told me there will be dies to coordinate with the Playful Animals set in the next release. Yay!

Thanks so much for stopping by and enjoy the weekend!

Black Ink Pad (AF101) Bubble Gum Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF208) Enjoy Today (CL759) PLAYFUL ANIMAL (CL832) HELLO STAMP & CUT (DC151) Bright White Watercolor Paper (PS626)
Kraft Paper (PS627) Midnight Mixed Layering Paper (PS697) Mid-Tone Pool Spray (WM110)

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Thanks for Being You

March 5th, 2015 by libby

Hi there! Cheiron here with a fun card to send to just about anyone. I love the handwriting on this new Thanks for Being You stamp.  This bold sentiment pairs with almost any large background stamp to make a colorful card.


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

I used the new Kelly’s Background Squares from Kelly Purkey to make this colorful background. This stamp has a lot of solid spaces so I randomly dabbed my daubers on each individual dot, starting with the lightest color and then working my way to the darkest color. Before stamping, I sprayed it with a mixture of perfect pearls and water to give it some shine. It takes a little time to achieve this effect, but it is totally worth it!


Tide Pool Ink Dauber (AD010)

Lime Green Dauber (AD024)

Cornflower Dauber (AD036)

Navy Dauber (AD038)

Navy Mid-Tone Shadow Ink (AF234)

Kelly's Background Squares (CG654)

Sparkle Gems Hearts (CH142)


Bright White Watercolor Paper (PS626)

Perfect Pearls (PW112)

Water Mist Bottle (WM101)

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