One Layer Watercoloring

August 8th, 2014 by lucy

Hello! It’s Lucy here today with a simple watercolored card that fits in with our current one layer challenge. One layer cards are hard for me; I just love to add more and more paper! Sticking to a single sheet was pretty tough going… but once I’d decided to try out some watercoloring, I actually found it pretty easy. I chose to work with a butterfly stamp from the Three Artistic Butterflies set, then added a simple sentiment from the Art of the Card Forever set. I embossed both with clear embossing powder before adding the watercolor.

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To add a little more detail and texture, I flicked the final piece with some softly shiny mist then added Rock Candy Stickles to the butterflies.

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

Have you had a chance to create something for the One Layer Challenge yet? The deadline for entries is fast approaching. You have until Sunday 10th August to upload your projects to our contest page and be in with a chance of winning a $30 Hero Arts shopping spree. I hope you get a chance to play along!

Have a happy day,

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Forever (AC037) Black Ink Pad (AF101) Ranger Rocky Candy Distress Stickles (GW219) Three Artistic Butterflies (LP215) Watercolor Wheel (PD101) Snow Folded Cards (PS566)
Embossing Powder - Clear (PW104) Embossing Gun (PW200) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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Holiday Sneak Peek #5 + Giveaway

August 7th, 2014 by hero

Guess what time it is! That’s right, time for another holiday sneak peek! Today we are excited to show you stamps and stencils from the gorgeous new Evergreen collection from BasicGrey and Hero Arts…

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Let’s begin with that lovely pattern in the background. Tami stamped the Leaves, Berries & Branches cling background stamp onto a Punch notecard with white ink. And that sweet dove? It comes from from the new Merry & Bright Holidays clear set, along with lots (13 to be exact!) of wonderful images and messages that you’ll be able to combine in a number of creative ways. We think you’ll agree, this collection is perfect for Christmas and winter stamping!

All stamps (2 clear, 2 cling) and stencils from the Evergreen collection will be available for purchase at participating stores mid to late August, along with the rest of our NEW holiday catalog products. Have you started your wish list? Read on, because YOU could be a lucky winner of a Hero Arts Online Store gift card to put towards your favorite items!

For a chance to win a $10 Hero Arts Online Store gift card, simply leave a comment on this blog post by Thursday, August 14th at 11:59pm PST. We’ll pick a random winner from all of the comments and announce it on the blog on August 15th.

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

Enjoy the day!

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One Layer of Kindness

August 6th, 2014 by sally

Hi everyone, Sally here! Today is the day I decided to write out my many thank you notes from my recent trip out east. The hydrangeas were in full, glorious bloom on Cape Cod while I was there, so they inspired me to use Night And Day Flowers to mimic their colors and blossoms. I used my go-to Snow layering paper and several daubers to add color to the image. When the inks were dry, I added a few colored pencils for depth. One layer card making is easy and fast. One of my favorite quotes sums it up…

It’s a gift to be simple. - The Shakers

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

And speaking of one layer cards - how about creating one yourself for our One Layer Challenge? But hurry, this contest ends this Sunday, August 10. You can find all of the details HERE!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Holiday Sneak Peek #4 + Giveaway

August 5th, 2014 by hero

Hello, stampers! What do you say we beat the August heat with another cool peek from the upcoming Handmade for Christmas catalog? (And…there is a giveaway at the end of this post so be sure to keep reading!)

Here we go with sneak peek #4…

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Julie created the peaceful watercolored tree card at left with the new Tree Landscape stamp as the focal point, finishing it off with a greeting from the Winter Wonders set. Click here to see all of the messages in this great 4-piece woodblock set! Tami’s elegant Christmas card at right features the Merry Christmas Filigree stamp, white embossed and watercolored with cool blues and greens. Gold or silver embossing on top of a rich red would suit this stamp beautifully too, don’t you think? There are loads of creative possibilities with all of these new woodblock stamps — and we can’t wait to see what YOU create with them!

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 Thursday, August 14th at 11:59pm PST. We’ll pick a random winner from all of the comments and announce it on the blog on August 15th. Good luck!!

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Watercolor Background with Spray Inks

August 4th, 2014 by jennifer

Hi! It’s Jennifer here today. I don’t know about you but I am LOVING summer! The long days…the sunshine…the kids home…I just love it all.

However! It’s time to think about Christmas! Hero Arts has some great new holiday products that I know you will love. Today I used one of the new stamps for a very quick “watercolor” card. You will be amazed how easy it is!

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

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

I love the shimmer that the silver and gold mists offer. Perfect for the holidays!

Thanks for stopping by! Happy summer!

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Soft Pool Shadow Ink (AF146) Tide Pool (AF223) Silver Shadow Ink (AF257) Snowflakes (CL562) Merry Christmas Tree (K5948) Midnight Mixed Folded Cards (PS698)
Embossing Powder - White (PW110) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250) Mid-Tone Pool Spray (WM110) Mid-Tone Green Hills Spray (WM111) Silver Shimmer Spray (WM117)

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Holiday Sneak Peek #3 + Giveaway

August 1st, 2014 by hero

Happy Friday and Happy August, friends! It’s time for the next sneak peek from our upcoming holiday catalog. Peek #1 and Peek #2 were all about Christmas, so today we thought we’d flip the calendar back to Fall. It will be here before we know it! Here’s a first look at some fun new goodies coming out for Halloween and Thanksgiving…

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Julie and Sally created these cards with a mixture of new clear and woodblock stamps, pictured below. (Keen-eyed readers may notice a few other new stamps as well…stay tuned to see the full reveal of those on August 15th!)

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What do you think? If you have a favorite, we’d love to hear! Let us know — CL799 Thankful for You, CL788 Spooky Halloween, or K5950 Eeek Background?

And how about 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 Thursday, August 14th at 11:59pm PST. We’ll pick a random winner from all of the comments and announce it on the blog on August 15th.

See you next week for more holiday peeks and inspiration. Have a wonderful weekend!

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A Sweet Treat

July 31st, 2014 by tami

Hi everyone! It’s Tami here today with a fun birthday “card” you can create for a teenager. It’s actually a card and gift all in one. Forget about the envelope for this sweet treat…

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

It starts with two things — candy and a clear box. You can purchase clear boxes from a number of online sources, or you can do what I did and repurpose some product packaging. The clear box shown here formerly housed a 3-piece Hero Arts woodblock stamp set! Fill it up with candy. Eat the ones that don’t fit. :)

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It may look complicated at first glance — truth is, the construction couldn’t be simpler. Stamp the phone from the LOL set onto gray cardstock and heat emboss the image with white embossing powder. (A colored phone would be fun too!) Using a craft knife, cut out the screen portion, creating a window. Back the window with vellum. I stamped silver stars onto the vellum to tie in with the Starburst candy, which will peek through the window.

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Add a fun text message from the LOL set and a bit of bling if desired. Once the phone panel is complete, simply adhere it to the lid of the clear box. Scor-tape or Glue Dots along the perimeter work well for this.

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And here’s my favorite part. To turn this into a gift, add a store gift card to the bottom of the box! Cell phone + candy + gift card = a trio of teen favorites guaranteed to bring a smile.

Speaking of smiles, we’re hoping to make two blog readers smile with our next announcement! We have randomly selected two winners from the Kids Week Giveaway:

  • The Original Mix Ink ‘n’ Stamp goes to Melissa SunshineHoneyBee (July 25th at 4:54 pm)
  • The Birds and Branches Ink ‘n’ Stamp goes to Marsha D (July 26th at 8:11 am)

Winners, please email the winner’s account located in the sidebar to claim your prizes.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a sweet day!


Ultra Pink Mid-Tone Ink (AF263) Diamond Gems (CH236) LOL (CL737) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Charcoal Layering Paper (PS692) Embossing Powder - White (PW110)
Embossing Gun (PW200) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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Holiday Sneak Peek #2 + Giveaway

July 30th, 2014 by hero

Hi everyone! We’re back to share another holiday sneak peek and today we’re giving you a look at a brand new product! Can you guess what it is…?

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Introducing Stamp & Cuts! These creative combos feature dies and clear stamps in one convenient package — you’ll receive a Frame Cut die along with a coordinating 3″x4″ clear stamp set with multiple images. Lisa used DC112 Holiday Tree and DC113 Let It Snow on the fabulous cards shown above.

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These combos lend themselves to so many fun techniques. To create the tree card, Lisa turned a Pool notecard inside out and used the die to cut trees on the front, then put additional cut out trees on the front and inside. Love that!

There are eight Stamp & Cut combinations in the new catalog, two of which include intricate Fancy Dies with script-style holiday messages. We can’t wait to see what you create with these! Check them all out when the digital version of the Handmade for Christmas catalog is revealed on August 15th.

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 Thursday, August 14th at 11:59pm PST. We’ll pick a random winner from all of the comments and announce it on the blog on August 15th.

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

Enjoy the day!

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Organization Ideas: Kelly’s Craft Room Part 2

July 29th, 2014 by kelly

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Hi there! It’s Kelly here and I’m back with my second organization post and today it’s all about inks! If you missed my first post with a peek at my craft room you can check it out here.

One of my biggest struggles in the past with ink storage was having to stack too many ink pads on top of each other. It was a pain to try and find the color I was looking for and was not very functional. So I was thrilled when I found this storage unit with shallow drawers that are perfect for storing inks.

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I have two drawers that hold all my inks. The drawers are deep enough that I could stack three ink pads on top of each other, but most of them are only stacked two high.

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On the right side of this drawer I have my most used black inks and Versamark Ink. They are within an arms lenth when I’m sitting at my desk, so after I use them they go right back in the drawer and I can keep my desktop free of clutter. In the middle section are some miscellaneous inks and my Memento Luxe Pigment inks. And on the left I have my washi tapes and a storage bin that holds sequins. If my ink collection grows much more, the washi tape and sequins might need to find a new home. ;)

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The second drawer might be my most favorite sight in my craft room! Hero Arts Shadow Inks and Distress Inks are by far my most used inks and I love having them spread out and easy to grab. Most of the Distress Inks are in a single layer and the Hero Arts inks are stacked two or three high. I use the inks so much that I have memorized which ink colors are below and they are still quick to grab.

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Another ink product that I quickly came to love and needed storage for are Ink Daubers. I found this cute storage box on clearance at Target for only a couple dollars and it’s a perfect fit. My kids also love to use my Daubers, so I like that it is easy to pick up and move to the kitchen, rather than being stored in a drawer.

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On top of one of my desks I have a shallow shelf unit that holds my spray inks and small bottles of glitter glue and enamel accents. It also holds a couple of small bowls for water or small pieces that I don’t want to get lost on my desk while making a card.

On the left side of the photo you can also see that I have a hook on the side of the cabinet for my ink swatch ring. I have been using this system for almost two years and I still love it!

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I like that is is compact and easy to grab. I can quickly flip though all the colors and compare them next to each other without even having to remove them from the ring. Each tag is labeled on the back with the brand, color and type of ink (dye, pigment, shadow, etc). I highly recommend this system if you are looking for a cheap and functional way to catalog your ink colors.

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you back here soon with more organizational ideas!

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Holiday Sneak Peek #1 + Giveaway

July 28th, 2014 by hero

Hello and happy Monday! Perhaps we should we say merry Monday, because today we have something very merry to share with you — the first sneak peek from our upcoming Holiday catalog! Hero Arts Handmade for Christmas includes 80 original new products that will begin shipping August 15th to retailers. From stamps and dies to stencils and inks, there’s something for every crafter and every project. Get ready to create amazing gifts, tags, cards, ornaments, decorations and more for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the Winter season.

Without further ado, we present sneak peek #1!

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Our first peek features everyone’s favorite Christmas flower — the poinsettia! Lisa created the gorgeous yarn-wrapped wreath on the left using the new Peace Poinsettias set, with the flowers watercolored on felt. Cutting out all of the poinsettias was a snap with the matching die! Julie’s beautiful card is also watercolored, but with a completely different look. And we love that this versatile set includes both an outline poinsettia and a solid flower — whether you love to color, paint, or simply stamp a solid image, there’s something for everyone!

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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 Thursday, August 14th at 11:59pm PST. We’ll pick a random winner from all of the comments and announce it on the blog on August 15th, the day of the Holiday catalog reveal.

Join us on Wednesday for another peek and another chance to win a gift card!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a merry Monday!

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