Magic of the Season

September 3rd, 2014 by kelly

Hi, it’s Kelly here with a fun holiday card using the new and adorable Frosty Wishes stamp set. I love that all the pieces of the snowman are separate and you can completely customize the colors and accessories you want your snowman to wear.

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I created the snowy chalkboard background by first stamping the Chalk Background image with Unicorn ink. I wanted a really soft look, so I blotted some of the ink away with a dry cloth and smeared the ink in several places to give it a realistic look.

I love how the white embossed greeting pops off the black background and the mix of fonts on this sentiment are so fun! To finish off the background I added a few stamped snowflakes and tiny dots with my white gel pen.

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

And whenever I have time I enjoy decorating envelopes, too!  I love just some simple tone-on-tone stamping with a fun handwritten address. The stamping isn’t too distracting, but adds that extra handmade touch. And almost every envelope I send gets sealed with a piece of washi tape on the back. :)

Handwritten Stamped Christmas Envelope by Kelly Rasmussen

Thanks for joining me today!


Black Ink Pad (AF101) Tide Pool (AF223) Unicorn Pigment Ink Pad (AF249) Chalk Background (CG623) Frosty Wishes (CL800) Family and Friends (CL803)
Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Pool Mixed Envelopes (PS638) Pool Mixed Folded Cards (PS639) Embossing Powder - White (PW110) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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Shop Handmade for Christmas 2014!

September 2nd, 2014 by hero


The new Handmade for Christmas 2014 release is now available and we couldn’t be more excited! We’ve just finished adding a sleigh full of new stamps, stencils, dies, tags and more to the Hero Arts Online Store. And it’s all just a click away — shop the Handmade for Christmas section right HERE! Made by the elves at Hero Arts, there are 80 new products…truly something for everyone!

Have you started making your wish list? Are you already planning your holiday projects? We can’t wait to see the cards, gifts, tags, ornaments, and decorations you create for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the winter season!

Happy holiday stamping,

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Video: Layered Bottle Brush Trees

September 1st, 2014 by hero

Happy Monday! We’re kicking off this first week of September with a festive card and video, courtesy of our incredibly talented friend Jean Manis. Enjoy!

Hi everyone, it’s Jean Manis here today sharing a holiday card that features stamps from the Hero Arts Handmade for Christmas 2014 Catalog.

I’ve created a trio of bottle-brush trees with the Family and Friends stamp set, which I’ve showcased on a card base stamped with the Winter Sparkle Background stamp. The open design of the tree stamp works well for layering the trees on top of each other.



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

In the video, I describe how I chose the ink colors for the trees. I also go step-by-step through the construction process of the card, including how to use a portrait-oriented background stamp on a landscape-oriented card base.

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

Thanks for joining me today!


 ArtPrint Brown Dye Ink (AF120) Soft Leaf Shadow Ink (AF123) Silver Shadow Ink (AF257) Family and Friends (CL803) Pine Layering Paper (PS601) Snow Layering Paper (PS610)
Embossing Gun (PW200) Winter Sparkle Background (S5951) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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Packaging Idea: Sweet & Petite!

August 28th, 2014 by tami

Hey there! It’s Tami, popping in today to share a simple yet special way to package small gift items. I think pillow boxes are the perfect solution! Aside from the cute factor, the best part is you can use most any stamp or stencil to dress them up. Add a name, an embellishment or two, and you have a sweet (and petite) package the recipient is sure to love. Here’s one I created using goodies from the new holiday catalog


To begin with, you’ll need to find a basic pillow box template. An online search will yield lots of results. Here is one to get you started! TIP: Enlarge or shrink the template to create custom sizes.

I love the look of white-on-kraft, so I stamped our brand new Winter Sparkle Background with Unicorn White pigment ink onto the base. A stamped and die cut ornament clipped on with a wee clothespin adds a pop of color as well as a holiday greeting.


These boxes are great for packaging jewelry and gift cards. Come to think of it, small stamps and embellishments for your crafty friends would fit too! What crafter wouldn’t love that?

Speaking of embellishments, I have a sweet deal to let you know about…


Right now ALL purchases from the Hero Arts Online Store are eligible for a free bling pack. Manually enter the code BLING upon checkout and you’ll receive a free pack of bling with any order!

Here’s to a great day,

Ruby Ink Pad (AF150) Unicorn Pigment Ink Pad (AF249) Little Clothespins (CH114) Assorted Crystal Gemstones (CH117) Winter Sparkle (CL798) Ornaments Die-Cuts (DI104)
Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Kraft Paper (PS627) Winter Sparkle Background (S5951)

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Happy Autumn (with a SPRING die cut)!

August 27th, 2014 by lisa

Hey hey, can you believe autumn is on it’s way? I sure can’t — it’s still in the 100’s here in Texas! So today I’m sharing a fall card that I actually made with a SPRING die cut LOL! It’s the Spring Branch, to be exact. Only here I watercolored it to look like fall leaves. :)

Happy Autumn by Lisa Spangler

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

I just die cut the branch out of regular white cardstock, then watercolored away. Here’s a closeup so you can see it better:

Happy Autumn by Lisa Spangler

I made the background by tapping a tide pool dauber on an acrylic block, misting it with water, and then placing a piece of cardstock over top to pick up the color. I love how it looks like a sky with clouds! Then to give it that extra little something I made some splats with gold spray, added some sunshine mixed accents and that was that.

The “happy autumn” sentiment is from the NEW Bird & Branch Christmas (CL801). This set is so very versatile — I can’t wait to play with it more! It is arriving at participating stores now and will be available in the Hero Arts shop starting September 2nd. Check out the whole Christmas catalog right HERE!

Thanks so much for joining me today,


Tide Pool Ink Dauber (AD010) Black Ink Pad (AF101) Sunshine Mixed Accents (CH216) Bird & Branch Christmas (CL801) Spring Branch (DI087) Snow Layering Paper (PS610)
Sunsine Mixed Layering Paper (PS621) Gold Shimmer Spray (WM116)

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Social Club loves COLOR

August 26th, 2014 by lucy


Hello, and welcome to Social Club where today we are celebrating color! We have chosen three stunning cards from our Flickr pool that simply explode with color… and each is truly awe inspiring. So sit back, and enjoy a celebration of our wonderful and colorful hobby!

First in our lineup today is RejoicingCrafts who has created a beautiful rainbow of Artistic Butterflies. Her inking is rich and gorgeous, and the water droplets are the perfect finishing touch.


Next we have Vera Rhuhay with a more muted but equally striking color palette. Her faux watercolored Classic Fabric Design looks so pretty set against a simple white background.


And finally, vdutchr. We love this colorful celebration of our Floral Blossom stamp - isn’t her coloring just delicious?


Thank you talented ladies for sharing your ideas with us. We really enjoy seeing how you have used our stamps. Your prize today is ‘The Firmament’ digikit which we hope you will have fun with.


Winners, please send an email to and we will send you your digikit.

Have a wonderful day,


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A2Z Scrapbooking Digital Blog Hop

August 25th, 2014 by hero


Hello, and a very happy Monday to you. Today we are excited to be hosting a blog hop with A2Z Scrapbooking, our new digital retailers. Currently, A2Z Scrapbooking offer a selection of our digital goodies, but in the coming weeks, they will be adding to their collection and stocking our entire range. To celebrate our new collaboration, a number of artists from A2Z and Hero Arts have teamed up to provide you with a whole host of inspiration and fun. Just hop along and see how our digital products can be used.

And to add to the excitement, A2Z Scrapbooking will be giving away a $50 gift certificate to one lucky commenter. The prize winner will be randomly selected from ALL comments received on the participating designers’ blogs. The more comments you leave along the hop, the better your odds of winning, so be sure to comment on every blog, starting with this one! You have until Sunday August 31st at 11.59EST to leave your comments and the winner will be announced on the 3rd September on the A2Z Scrapbooking blog.

To start things off, Lucy has created a card with the new Bottle Brush digikit. Here’s what she has to say: One of the great things about Hero Arts digital kits is that the stamps in the kit can be used as cut files too. This is a great way to get more from your supplies. To make my card, I took a star stamp from the Bottle Brush kit, opened it in Silhouette software, traced it and then cut it from gold glitter paper.


To complete the card, I added a punched glittery heart, some gold thread and a digital sentiment also from the Bottle Brush kit.


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

So now it’s time to get hopping. Here is the full line up just in case you get lost along the way.

Hero Arts <—- You are here
Tami Hartley
Kelly Latevola
Kymona Tracey
Lisa Spangler
Michelle Liimatainen
Kathy Wade
Lucy Abrams
Chitra Nair
Char K
Ruth Bonser
Jocelyn Olson
Zoey Scarpelli
Stephanie B
Kelly Rasmussen
A2Z Scrapbooking

Have fun!

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Jingle All the Way - Two Ways!

August 22nd, 2014 by sally

What? How did it get to be the end of August already?? Which means Christmas is around the corner, right? Well, here’s a little idea for you using some of the new Hero Arts Handmade for Christmas stamps.

I just love the new Jingle Script stamp, so I wanted it to be the focal point of my card. After creating a background which combined the new BasicGrey Dotted Grid with the little dots from Holiday Petals and Leaves, I stamped the sentiment smack-dab in the center. Then I had a little fun with some homemade jingle bells - I just punched out some circles from gold matte cardstock, added smaller circles and hand cut the “slits”. I love getting creative like this with my supplies!


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

I sent my card to Lisa, who was helping put together the new catalog. And she hacked it up!! Ha ha ha ha! My sweet little jingle bells were no more, Lisa had the real deal so she added them to the card and took her “glamour shot” photograph. It’s fun to see two ways for the same card idea, don’t you think? (But personally I think my idea is more mail-friendly!) ;-)


Are you loving all of the new Handmade for Christmas goodies as much as I am?? A reminder, all of these fabulous holiday products have begun shipping to retailers, and will be available in our own online store beginning September 2!

Have a nice weekend,


Black Ink Pad (AF101) Bubble Gum Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF208) Gold Shadow Ink (AF258) Lime Green Mid-Tone Ink (AF262) BG: Dotted Grid (CG648) Blush Mixed Accents (CH211)
Foliage Mixed Accents (CH212) Holiday Petals and Leaves (CL787) Jingle Script (G5956) Snow Layering Paper (PS610)

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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

August 21st, 2014 by hero

Thank you to Mama Elephant, Shari Carroll, and others for naming Hero Arts in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. We accept, and will donate $100 for each challenge we received. Aaron, on vacation at the Grand Canyon, will now perform the ritual as seen on video. And we now challenge April or Greg Foster of Studio Calico!

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One Layer Challenge Winners

August 21st, 2014 by lucy

Hello, and welcome to our One Layer Challenge Winners’ post. We had over two hundred entries to this challenge, and each and every one was inspiring and creative. It was a tough call selecting our favorites, but we finally narrowed it down, and here they are!

Our fist winner is Lysa, with this spectacular one layer wonder which features stamping, masking, distress inking, stenciling, embossing paste and embossing powder! Wow! That’s a lot of techniques on one card… incredible work Lysa!


Next up, Clare, with a beautifully clean and simple watercolored creation. Our Typewriter looks so pretty in grey, and we love the sweet little explosion of flowers.


Chitra’s beautiful, colorful card is our next winning entry. We love the way she has embellished our Tweed Pattern Stencil by adding polka dots over her inking. Genius.


Our fourth winner is Zoey with this one layer masterpiece that is full of dimension. The sentiment from our Fancy Basics set looks stunning against that inky background, as does the carefully placed ‘never forget’ portion of our Thank You Definition.


Finally, we have our random winner, chosen from all of the entries to the challenge. This time, the winner is Maria Giselle.

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

Thank you to everyone who joined in with our challenge, we hope you had as much fun creating as we did judging!

Happy stamping,


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