Hello Butterfly

April 9th, 2014 by kelly

Hi everyone, it’s Kelly here. There are so many different mediums out there that you can use to achieve a watercolor look, but for my card today I’m using Hero Arts Ink Daubers.

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I created a palette of color on my craft sheet using Lemon Yellow, Orange Soda, Dark Quartz and Ultra Pink Daubers. Then I spritzed the colors with some water and started painting my background onto watercolor paper. You can create more depth by drying areas of your background with a heat tool and then applying more color over the top. The heat tool also helps with creating those fun pools of ink!

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

The butterfly and sentiment were stamped and white embossed on vellum creating a light and airy feel.

Thanks for joining me today — I’d love to hear your favorite way to create a watercolor look!

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Orange Soda Ink Dauber (AD015) Dark Quartz Dauber (AD022) Lemon Yellow Dauber (AD023) Ultra Pink Dauber (AD025) Butterfly (CL750) GLOSSY ACCENTS (GW221)
Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Embossing Powder - White (PW110) Embossing Gun (PW200) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250) Water Mist Bottle (WM101)

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Preview #5 + a Giveaway!

April 8th, 2014 by hero

Hi stampers! We’re back with for our fifth and final preview before the big catalog reveal on Friday. This one certainly shines bright…

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Lisa’s card is packed full of fun new products! Let’s start with the stamp, Big Star (K5931), a basic shape with sketchy flair. Doesn’t it look great inked up in multiple colors? This versatile stamp is well suited for a variety of techniques, and a coordinating die will be available (part of a three-piece set of Frame Cuts.)

Now moving onto the smaller stars on the card…Lisa used the new Starry Night (SA019) stencil along with new Gold Ink Spray (WM16) in two different ways. First she used it the traditional way, misting the metallic spray through the stencil onto white cardstock. Then to create the gold background, she turned around and used the already-inky stencil as a stamp. The shimmer is just gorgeous in real life!

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.

Miss any previews? You can check them out by clicking the images below. (Don’t forget to enter the giveaways if you haven’t already!)

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A big thank you for stopping by and sharing your feedback with us. We appreciate it!

Have a terrific Tuesday,

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Preview #4 + a Giveaway!

April 7th, 2014 by hero

Hello, hello! Are you ready for more Starry Nights catalog previews? More opportunities to win Hero Arts gift cards? You’ve come to the right place! What do you say we start off the week with a floral beauty…

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Here, Lisa used Night & Day Flowers (CL779) to create a lovely thank you card. This clear set includes coordinating outline and solid floral images that you’ll be able to use either together or separately for awesome stamping techniques — the best of both worlds in one set! Smaller individual blossoms will allow you to build countless arrangements. Did you spy the new message too? It comes from another great new set called Hello Sunshine (CL776).

It’s no secret we love flowers and we’re happy to let you know a full FOUR pages of the catalog are devoted to new floral stamps and dies. We’re so excited to share them all with you on Friday!

We hope you enjoyed today’s peek 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 Starry Nights catalog reveal.

If you haven’t already…don’t forget to enter the drawings HERE, HERE, and HERE as well. Tomorrow brings another preview and another chance to win a gift card!

Have a wonderful day,

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Preview #3 + a Giveaway!

April 4th, 2014 by hero

Hello and happy Friday! We’re back to share another Starry Nights catalog preview and today we’re shifting gears from stamps to stencils…

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Top card: Say hello to our new Zig Zag Pattern (SA021) stencil! Here, Lisa inked through just a portion of the stencil to create a cool multi-color backdrop for the elegant stamped feather.

Bottom card: To create the colorful feathers on this card, Lisa gently tapped ink daubers through the new Four Feathers (SA020) stencil, overlapping to create beautiful colors that go together like birds of a feather. One neat thing about this stencil is that it’s packaged with feather cut outs. Great for masking techniques!

These are just two of eight new versatile, on-trend stencil designs you’ll find in the Starry Nights catalog. Check them all out when the digital version of the new catalog is revealed one week from today.

We hope you enjoyed the peeks today and to thank you for stopping by, we have another gift card 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.

Thanks so much for visiting and commenting! We always love hearing your feedback and appreciate you taking the time to share it with us.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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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…

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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!

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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…

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Enjoy!


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…

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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.

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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.)

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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.

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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. ;)

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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.

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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…

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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!

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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.

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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,

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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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