Happy Day!

May 8th, 2015 by lisa

Hi everyone, it’s Lisa here today, sharing a card I created for the 2015 Summer Catalog. I really love this Cross-Hatch Bold Prints background! A little “behind-the-scenes” info — I just may have drawn the design for the stamp. (Yeah, I’m blushing over here!)


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

I white heat embossed it and then used daubers to color it — I tapped them out in a palette (the one that’s on the cover of the catalog, lol!) and used a waterbrush to paint on the colors, overlapping them a little. From top to bottom, they are: Lemon Yellow, Orange Soda, Bubble Gum, Cornflower and Navy Blue.


I can’t wait to combine this background with the sweet little kitty in the Baby Animals set - the “x” in the design is like the kitty’s belly button! So cute, am I right?


Thanks so much for joining me today, and hope you have a happy weekend  – with time to get inky!

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Orange Soda Ink Dauber (AD015) Lemon Yellow Dauber (AD023) Cornflower Dauber (AD036) Bubblegum Dauber (AD037) Navy Dauber (AD038) Black Ink Pad (AF101)
Cross-Hatch Bold Prints (CG673) Sunshine Mixed Accents (CH216) Pool Mixed Accents (CH283) COLOR LAYERING HAPPY DAY FLOWERS (CL864) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Embossing Powder - White (PW110)
Embossing Gun (PW200) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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It’s the Little Things + Giveaway Winner!

May 7th, 2015 by tami

Hello! It’s Tami here today to share a “1 stamp set 2 ways” feature with the new Little One clear set that Kelly Rasmussen designed. There’s so much goodness packed into this one, including words that you can easily mix and match and lots of great graphic elements.


For this first card, I cut the message stamps apart so that the words could be repositioned. This is one of the things I love about clear stamps! It’s easy to do and doesn’t harm the stamps. Detail scissors are your friend when performing stamp surgery. :) Partial inking is another alternative if you’re not feeling like cutting them apart. Once the message was stamped, I surrounded it with rows of dots, a cute bear from the Baby Animals set, and a sprinkling of gold die cut stars.


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

This next mini card shows how the Little One set can extend beyond new baby cards. While the sweet A.A. Milne quote is perfect for baby cards, it’s also a great one to simply say “thank you.”  Here, I painted a pink heart onto watercolor paper and stamped the quote right on top. Dots of Soft Cantaloupe and a bit of baker’s twine finish off this clean and simple design.


Now it’s time for an announcement…


We loved reading about all of your favorite spring flowers on our National Scrapbooking Day giveaway post! We’ve selected our random winner, congratulations to…

  • Janis in ID (Comment #170 on May 4th, 2015 at 12:28 am) - “Oh, my… your creations are just stunningly beautiful!!! My favorite spring flower is a daffodil… unerringly hardy and reliable and so cheery!!! <3 J”

Janis, please claim your prize package by emailing winner@heroarts.com.

Thanks so much for stopping by, hope you have a great day!


Black Ink Pad (AF101) Cornflower Mid-Tone Shadow Ink (AF235) Soft Cantaloupe Shadow Ink (AF242) Brown Bark Dye Ink (AF245) Mint Julep Mid-Tone Shadow Ink Pad (AF246) LITTLE ONE (CL854)
BABY ANIMALS (CL860) Star Background (DI093) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Kraft Paper (PS627) Bubblegum Spray (WM120)

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Happy Mother’s Day

May 6th, 2015 by kelly

Hi there, it’s Kelly here! This coming Sunday is Mother’s Day and I think a handmade card is the perfect way to show your love and appreciation.

Today I used the Stamp and Cut Happy set along with the new Sun Showers Cutting Dies to create my card.

Hero Arts Happy Mother's Day by Kelly Rasmussen 1

I just love the tiny little hearts die that comes in the Sun Showers set and decided to use it in a different way by repeatedly die cutting the hearts until my circle was completely filled. It turned out to be such a great backdrop for my message adding both texture and a bit of love to the card.

For the message, I die cut the word “happy” three times and glued them together to create a  more sturdy embellishment. Then I used the Bubble Gum Spray mixed with a bit of water to paint the word pink.

Hero Arts Happy Mother's Day by Kelly Rasmussen 2

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

As a final touch I added a coat of Glossy Accents to the word “happy” and I think it really makes the card shine.

Thanks for stopping by today!


Soft Cantaloupe Shadow Ink (AF242) Stamp & Cuts® Happy (DC150) Sun Showers Cutting Dies (5) (DI137) GLOSSY ACCENTS (GW221) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Midnight Mixed Layering Paper (PS697)
Embossing Powder - White (PW110) Embossing Gun (PW200) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250) Bubblegum Spray (WM120)

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New Summer release just added to the shop!

May 5th, 2015 by hero


Over 50 stylish new products for summer stamping have just arrived in the online shop and we couldn’t wait to share them with you! Click HERE to shop for the latest from the 2015 Summer Catalog. You’ll find:

We could go on and on, but we’d rather spend time getting inky with the new summer collection! :) Stay tuned to the blog for plenty of summer stamping inspiration in the weeks to come.

To celebrate the arrival of the summer catalog, we have a special offer for you during the month of May — enjoy FREE shipping (US domestic ground) with your $75 order from the Hero Arts Online Store! No code needed.

Thanks for stopping by and happy summer stamping!

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Video: Hibiscus Thanks with Color Layering

May 4th, 2015 by lucy

Hello! It’s Lucy here, and today I’m sharing a video about combining Color Layering stamps with Ombré Inks. I really love the new Color Layering stamp sets - they create beautiful results really quickly. And thanks to the awesome Ombré Inks, the process of selecting coordinating inks to use with the stamps becomes a whole lot easier! In today’s video, I share some tips on how to use the Ombré Inks for Color Layering. I hope you enjoy it!

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

And here’s the card I created. I used the Color Layering Hibiscus stamp set for my flowers - they’re so pretty! This stamp set, along with the rest of the 2015 Summer Catalog products, will be available in our online shop tomorrow.


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

The Ombré Inks work perfectly, giving a completely smooth finish.


Thanks so much for joining me today.


Black Ink Pad (AF101) Butter to Orange Ombre (AF309) Sunshine Mixed Accents (CH216) COLOR LAYERING HAPPY DAY FLOWERS (CL864) COLOR LAYERING HIBISCUS (CL868) Spring Branch (DI087)
Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Sunshine Mixed Layering Papers (12) (PS621)

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Celebrating NSD + a giveaway!

May 1st, 2015 by libby

Hi everyone, it’s Libby here, and I’m celebrating NSD - a.k.a. National Scrapbooking Day - one day early! Our family took a trip to Washington, D.C. for spring break last month, and I’ve been itching to scrapbook some of the photos. And when my box of new Hero Arts goodies arrived, including products from the Summer Catalog and the Lia Griffith Collection, I had to dig right in and play with them!


Our days in DC were a bit gray and gloomy with rain and cold, but we were also there just as the cherry blossoms were beginning to bloom. It wasn’t even planned, we just completely lucked out! They were so incredibly beautiful, and we were probably a day or two before seeing them at their peek! We enjoyed walking around the Tidal Basin, over to the Jefferson Monument, taking in all of the beautiful blooms. It completely made up for the gloom!! *happy sigh*

I used the little blossoms in Garden Flowers by Lia as my cherry blossoms on my title and journaling cards. Pink to Red Ombre Ink made it super easy to get a lovely array of shades of pink! In honor of the gloom :) I pulled out my Rainy Day Bold Prints cling background - I absolutely LOVE these new 6×6 backgrounds, they are perfect for making 4×6 cards when you’re doing pocket-style scrapbooking! And of course they are also wonderful for achieving full coverage on a greeting card, too!


The little cherry tree stamp is actually an oldie but goodie from my stash - it was in the Hero Arts + BasicGrey collaboration set called Japanese Garden. It was just too perfect for this layout! And that adorable little heart?? It’s from a new die in the Summer catalog that I’m completely in love with - the Sun Showers Frame Cuts. It cuts a bunch of teeny tiny hearts, and I used them as little bits of dimension and love throughout my layout!


Now how about a giveaway!? We have LP370 Kelly’s Shadow Letters, CL820 Kelly’s Destination, CG671 Forest Floor Bold Prints and CG669 Rainy Day Bold Prints in today’s NSD prize package! If you’re a scrapbooker and haven’t checked all of the fun Clearly Kelly products, you really MUST. I used her Shadow Letters in my title card, and her sets are full of fun phrases and images for scrapbooking both your travels and your daily life!


Just leave me a comment and tell me what’s your favorite spring flower (or in my case, flowering tree!). I’ll choose a random comment, and announce the winner next week. Please leave your comment by midnight EST on Wednesday, May 6, 2015.

Will you be doing any scrapbooking for NSD this year? I hope to spend hours with my photos and stamps tomorrow… :)


Butter Bar Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF207) Bubble Gum Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF208) Tide Pool (AF223) Pink to Red Ombre (AF306) Rainy Day Bold Prints (CG669) Japanese Garden (CL597)
Plan (CL847) KELLYS 100% ME (CL852) KELLY'S NEW ADVENTURES (CL853) Create by Lia (CL872) Garden Flowers by Lia (CL874) Stamp & Cuts® Alpha Tabs (DC136)
Sun Showers Cutting Dies (5) (DI137) Kelly's Shadow Letters (LP370)

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Color Layering Let Love Grow - 3 Ways!

April 30th, 2015 by hero

Hi everyone! Yana is here and I have 3 cards to share with you using the new Color Layering Let Love Grow stamp set. I am so excited about this one as it provides the option of building/stamping custom floral images. And we all love flowers, right?


There are several individual stamps which can be combined in many-many different ways to create fun and unexpected flowers! You can look on the back of the packaging of your stamp set for some ideas or you can create your own combinations. You can stamp all of these in one color or use several different colors of ink for cool results. The possibilities are endless here!


I used one color combo and created 3 similar but slightly different cards. For the first one shown above I stamped the entire background panel using the flowers and leaves. For the second one (shown below) I first heat embossed a sentiment onto a small black square, used it as a guide and stamped several flowers and leaves behind it.


Lastly, for my 3rd card shown below I did a bit of masking. I first stamped a sentiment, masked it using a piece of paper and added a couple of small florals and leaves around it.


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

Each of my cards was embellished with a few black pearls which turned out to be fabulous little accent pieces.

Thank you for stopping by today!



Black Ink Pad (AF101) Butter Bar Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF207) Green Hills Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF209) Tide Pool (AF223) Forever Green (AF229) Soft Vanilla Shadow Ink Pad (AF275)
Pool to Navy Ombre (AF308) Midnight Black Accent Pearls (CH172) COLOR LAYERING LET LOVE GROW (CL865) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Midnight Mixed Layering Paper (PS697) Embossing Powder - White (PW110)
Embossing Gun (PW200) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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And the winners are…

April 29th, 2015 by hero


We have the winners for last week’s Lia Griffith Preview Giveaways! Congratulations to our three randomly chosen winners who will each receive a $10 gift card to the Hero Arts Online Store:

  • Gift Card #1: Diana Nguyen (Comment #92 on April 24th, 2015 at 5:04 pm) - “Okay…. WOW! Love love love the flowers - especially the orchid! I don’t think I’ve seen an orchid die and and I love orchids!”
  • Gift Card #2: Cindy C. (Comment #42 on April 24th, 2015 at 5:04 am) - “I like small stamps!! Can’t wait to see the whole reveal!!”
  • Gift Card #3: Kelly Latevola (Comment #28 on April 25th, 2015 at 3:55 am) - “So excited for the new release. Beautiful sneaks!!”

Winners, please claim your prizes by contacting us at winner@heroarts.com.

Thank you to everyone who joined us during our week of Lia Griffith previews! The full catalog is now available for viewing HERE and products begin shipping to stores May 5th.

Stay tuned for another giveaway soon in celebration of National Scrapbooking Day!

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Good Times

April 29th, 2015 by hero

Hi! It is Mariana here again sharing the card that I created for the new 2015 Hero Arts Summer Catalog.  Have you checked it out, yet? I love all the new products, and my card for today features two sets that belong to the Tea Garden Hero Arts-BasicGrey Collection: Tea Flowers and You’re Pretty Sweet


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

Lately, some of my favorite Hero Arts products are Ink Daubers. They are versatile and so much fun to play with. To create the background of my card, I applied ink dauber colors directly over a craft sheet, and I sprayed a little bit of water. Then, I picked up the color by placing a watercolor paper rectangle over the watery mix. After the colors were dried, I splattered ink dauber colors diluted with water and a thin brush, just to add random details. :)


The pretty flowers image was colored with markers, and trimmed with scissors. I stamped the sentiment over a circle panel and I used it as the base for the flowers. I also used one of my ink daubers to ink the edge of the circle pretending it was a marker. :) At the end, hemp, gemstones and pearls were the final touches for this card.

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


Green Hills Ink Dauber (AD016) Cornflower Dauber (AD036) Bubblegum Dauber (AD037) Cup O' Joe Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF214) Tide Pool (AF223) Navy Mid-Tone Shadow Ink (AF234)
Blush Mixed Accents (CH211) Foliage Mixed Accents (CH212) Sea Mixed Accents (CH213) TEA FLOWERS BG (CL858) YOU'RE PRETTY SWEET BG (CL859) Snow Layering Paper (PS610)
Pool Mixed Layering Paper (PS640) Newspaper Background (S5601)

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Enjoy the Journey

April 28th, 2015 by hero

Hi there! It’s Cheiron here today sharing a card using stamps from one of the newest BasicGrey collections, South Pacific. This collection is featured in the new Summer Catalog for 2015. These stamps from a set called Enjoy the Journey have such a great tropical theme, and today I’ve used some of the smaller flower and leaf stamps in the set to create a pretty stamped pattern.


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

These flowers and leaves look great stamped in mid-tone shadow inks of pool, mint, fresh peach. I think the colors look great with brown, so I stamped the sentiment in cup o’joe. This would be a super pretty and easy card to recreate for any occasion just by changing up the sentiment. Sometimes I make a few of these patterned panels at once and leave the sentiment off until I have a specific occasion, and I can quickly add a Happy Birthday or Thank You.


The new summer products, including the new lines from BasicGrey, are currently shipping to your local stores, and will be available in the Hero Arts Online Store starting on May 5th!

Thanks for stopping by,


Cup O' Joe Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF214) Mint Julep Mid-Tone Shadow Ink Pad (AF246) Fresh Peach Mid-Tone Shadow Ink Pad (AF247) Lime Green Mid-Tone Ink (AF262) ENJOY THE JOURNEY (CL857) Snow Layering Paper (PS610)
Earth Mixed Layering Paper (PS624) Pool Mixed Layering Paper (PS640)

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