A Very Merry Christmas

October 9th, 2014 by hero

Hi everyone! This is Yana and today I’d like to share an easy to make holiday card using a non-holiday stencil.


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

To create a background for my card I used the Two Way Arrows Stencil from Hero Arts and BasicGrey and made an embossed background.

I used a stencil as an embossing plate and ran it through my die cutting machine using a Spellbinders Tan Embossing Mat (and an embossing sandwich). This way I was able to create an unexpected result - a very cool embossed background. You can also have a letterpressed look by inking your stencil before using it to emboss cardstock.


Next I stamped my sentiment from the Naughty or Nice set using Wet Cement shadow ink and added that to my card. I usually like to use black ink, but I felt that black would be a bit too dramatic for this card, so I went with my second favorite color - wet cement.


Finally, I embellished the card with a few gems - simply scattered them around the bottom part of the card and my sentiment.


Wet Cement Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF213) Assorted Crystal Gemstones (CH117) Smooth Clear Gemstones (CH153) Star Gems (CH193) Naughty or Nice (CL712) Snow Layering Paper (PS610)
Pool Mixed Layering Paper (PS640) BG Two Way Arrows (SA030)

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A Merry Pink Christmas

October 8th, 2014 by hero

Hi! It’s Donna here, wishing you a Merry Pink Christmas! I love using nontraditional holiday colors and probably pushed it a bit when I decided to go pink.


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

I white embossed the larger snowflakes and sentiment from the new Let It Snow Stamp & Cuts and ink distressed in ombré fashion using mid tone and neon inks. It was the first time that I ink distressed with mid tone inks and I love how they appear streaky at first, and blended evenly after it dried.


I lightly spritzed the surface with Unicorn White ink spray and added a few smaller snowflakes and some bling. I’ll use the matching snowflake die in the future, but today I kept it a one layer card.

So have I inspired you to try a nontraditional color theme for the holidays? I’ll be checking the Hero Arts Flickr Group to see if you did!

Thanks for stopping by!


Bubble Gum Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF208) Neon Pink (AF218) Ultra Pink Mid-Tone Ink (AF263) Smooth Clear Gemstones (CH153) Winter Sparkle (CL798) Stamp & Cuts® Let It Snow (DC113)
Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Embossing Powder - White (PW110) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250) Unicorn White Spray (WM118)

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Chalkboard Thanksgiving Card

October 7th, 2014 by julie

Hi, it’s Julie with a departure from the traditional Thanksgiving cards we might usually make!


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

I love the bold pops of color that the flowers and leaves provide against the chalkboard pumpkins — such a terrific look!


Thanks for joining me today!

Field Greens Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF210) Unicorn Pigment Ink Pad (AF249) Red Neon Ink (AF259) Thanksgiving Banner (C5955) Holiday Petals and Leaves (CL787) Thankful for You (CL799)
Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Blush Mixed Layering Paper (PS620) Sunsine Mixed Layering Paper (PS621) Foliage Mixed Layering Paper (PS622) Midnight Mixed Layering Paper (PS697) Embossing Powder - White (PW110)
Embossing Gun (PW200)

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Special Guest Video!

October 6th, 2014 by hero

Happy Monday! Today we have the very talented Shari Carroll returning to the blog to share a video with you. Her gorgeous fall card featuring the Winter Trees Pattern stamp will take your breath away.

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

Joyful Thanksgiving by Shari Carroll 1Joyful Thanksgiving by Shari Carroll 2

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

And she also made a bonus tag using the same technique. Check out the awesome plaid pattern you can create just by rotating the stamp 90 degrees for your second impression.

Thanksgiving Tag by Shari Carroll

A huge thanks to Shari for being our guest today — you always inspire us with your gorgeous creations!


Just Rust Mid-Tone Shadow Ink (AF256) Medium Accent Pearl (CH137) Classic Frame (DI003) Winter Trees Pattern (K5814) Joyful Thanksgiving (LP319) Mocha Layering Paper (PS607)

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World Card Making Day + a giveaway!

October 4th, 2014 by hero


Hello stampers! Today we are celebrating one of our very favorite holidays on the crafty calendar each year - World Card Making Day! We plan to spend our day getting inky, and we hope you will too! There are so many great places to join the card making party online today, but the best place to start (once you’re done here, of course!) is the Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking blog. We are proud to be one of the many sponsors of their incredible WCMD giveaway!


We also always love to join our friends at Operation Write Home for their WCMD celebration! This year’s theme is “love” - visit their blog and consider creating a card or two to send to our heroes overseas! A few of our fabulous design team members are here today, sharing love-themed cards. First up is Donna, with a beautiful card featuring Written in the Stars!

“It’s easy to send LOVE across the miles using Written in the Stars with its fun constellation images and sentiments. I chose the heart and white embossed it on watercolor paper, then went over it with several watered down Distress inks. The sentiment was double stamped—first with Archival ink, and then white embossed for a “shadow” appearance. As a finishing touch, I added some gems and star sequins.”


Next is a pretty card from Mariana. She used one of our sets which benefits Operation Write Home!

“From start to finish, it’s always fun to create cards for our loved ones. To create the background for my card, I used two different colors of ink daubers (Pale Tomato and White). I simply put a little bit of the ink on an acrylic block, added a little bit of water, and then used a paint brush to splash the ink on the card front.  I love that even though I have diluted the ink a little bit, the colors are still bright and perfect! I also created a cluster of different elements as the focal point using two pretty sets: Year Round Sentiments and Airmail. I like when you can play with layers and dimension!  The final touches were some gems and pearls, as well as some Glossy Accents details.”


And finally, a fun and versatile card from Cheiron. We love how the letters of the message inspired the letters of her background!

“I wanted to make a simple love card that would work for a variety of recipients. This card could be romantic, for a family member, friend or even a kiddo!  The background was made using letters from the Stencil Alphabet (except the “U” of course!). I took a large acrylic block and arranged the letters randomly on it and stamped with Green Hills ink. Then I took a few of the letters off the block and stamped them separately to fill in the pattern. This simple design would be an easy one to recreate…perfect to create a few for friends and family while creating one to send to Operation Write Home!”


And what’s a card making holiday without a giveaway, right? We have a prize pack up for grabs, featuring a few of the supplies our team used today. Just leave a comment by Monday, October 6 at 11:59 PST, and we’ll announce our winner next week.


Happy stamping!


Airmail (331069) Pale Tomato Ink Dauber (AD007) White Ink Dauber (AD017) Black Ink Pad (AF101) Ruby Ink Pad (AF150) Green Hills Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF209)
Soft Granite (AF226) Ultra Pink Mid-Tone Ink (AF263) Canvas Stripes (CG196) Assorted Crystal Gemstones (CH117) Light Blue Gemstones (CH125) Light Blue Accent Pearls (CH169)
Clear Gemstones (CH181) Year Round Sentiments (CL582) Stencil Alphabet (CL612) Written in the Stars (CL772) Large Tag (DI058) GLOSSY ACCENTS (GW221)
Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Blush Mixed Layering Paper (PS620) Foliage Mixed Layering Paper (PS622) Embossing Powder - White (PW110) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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Handmade for Christmas Blog Hop Winners

October 3rd, 2014 by hero

Big thanks to everyone who hopped along with us during the Handmade for Christmas Blog Hop this week! We had such fun and hope you did too. We’re back today to announce the names of our three blog hop giveaway winners, randomly selected from all of the stops along the blog hop.

Our grand prize winner is…

And the two gift card prizes go to…

Congratulations, ladies! Please claim your prizes by emailing us at the winner’s address located in the sidebar (subject line “Holiday Blog Hop”.)

Thanks once again for making the blog hop a success, and thanks for stopping by today. Be sure to come back tomorrow for some World Card Making Day inspiration — and while we’re at it, more prizes! :)

Have a great day,

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Holiday Cheer

October 2nd, 2014 by kelly

Hi everyone, it’s Kelly here. Yesterday we announced a new holiday contest that will be going on through November 15th and today I’ve got a card to share that fits in the “white out” category.

Holiday Cheer by Kelly Rasmussen 1

The new Under the Mistletoe stamp set features this gorgeous mistletoe image that I white heat embossed onto vellum. I used a green marker to color the vellum from the backside, which give it a more muted soft look.

The mistletoe looks tedious to cut out, but actually wasn’t too bad. Vellum cuts much smoother than cardstock, so going in and out of those leaves was a breeze.

Holiday Cheer by Kelly Rasmussen 2

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

And I’m always on the lookout for messages with fun font combos and this set has some good ones!

Thanks for joining me today!


Ruby Ink Pad (AF150) Under the Mistletoe (CL797) Ranger Diamond Stickles™ Glitter Glue (GW216) Dual-Tip Markers Foliage (MW018) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Embossing Powder - White (PW110)
Embossing Gun (PW200) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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New Holiday Challenge!

October 1st, 2014 by hero


October is here and the holiday season is drawing near. You know what that means — time for holiday crafting fun! To add to the fun of the season, we’re kicking off a new contest here at Hero Arts, complete with some awesome prizes. There are three different categories for entry, plus an all-encompassing “anything goes” category:

  • Mad About Metallics - Brighten up your holiday creations with touches of gold, silver, copper, or bronze. Embossing, gems, sequins and glitter are just a few of the ways you can incorporate this hot trend.
  • White Out - Use a white card base and keep the card mostly white. (We won’t measure, but 60-70% white is a general guideline.)
  • Tag It - Either make a holiday gift tag or add a tag to your card creation.
  • Anything Goes holiday cards and projects - Catch-all category for ANY holiday cards/projects not in the categories above. DIY projects welcome!

***Please use at least one Hero Arts stamp on each project you submit.***

BIG PRIZES! For each of the four categories above, we will give away a $40 Hero Arts Online Store shopping spree. And that’s not all! We’ll also pick one random winner from ALL of the entries for another $40 shopping spree. That’s a total of FIVE $40 shopping sprees up for grabs!

Ready to play along? Enter as many times as you like, in as many categories as you like, by November 15th, 2014, by adding your project links below via the InLinkz tool. (Look for the blue “Add Your Link” button.) For each project, please mention the category/categories you wish to enter — Mad About Metallics, White Out, Tag It, or Anything Goes.

Most of all, have fun! We can’t wait to see your entries.

Happy holiday stamping!

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Love in the City

September 30th, 2014 by admin

Hello! It’s Wida and today I am showing you how to stretch your stamps by stamping directly on chipboard (or other ephemera you might have at home). I am using this cool set from Hero Arts and BasicGrey called Totally for this demonstration. To create some interest in my skyline, I stamped it in 3 different colors and fussy cut.


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

To get the skyline perfectly straight, use this tip: A ruler ;) I just arranged the skyline right on top and that helped keep it straight while I tried to figure out how I wanted it to look! To create more interest, I popped up some of the skyline.


Next I found this chipboard set from October Afternoon in my stash and looked for a complimentary color and size to my card. I settled for that one in the center. Luckily, the “LOVE” sentiment from the stamp set fit perfectly inside. I stamped directly on the chipboard with Memento ink and punched the top.


Lastly, I tied the ephemera at the bottom with twine and in the center of my bow, I punched out a small heart from the Darling Sentiments set and adhered it to the center with a pop up.

This card would be great for a vacation or trip to the city!


Darling Sentiments (331371) Ruby Ink Pad (AF150) Bubble Gum Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF208) Wet Cement Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF213) Cup O' Joe Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF214) Brown Bark Dye Ink (AF245)
BG: Totally (CL793) Snow Layering Paper (PS610)

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Hero Arts Handmade for Christmas Blog Hop + Prizes!

September 29th, 2014 by hero


Hello and welcome to the Handmade for Christmas blog hop! Today our design team has assembled to share loads of inspiration with you for the upcoming holiday season. With October knocking at the door, it’s time to start thinking about those holiday cards and projects!

Sally Traidman is here to kick things off…

Happy Fall everyone! Our Christmas blog hop can’t start without celebrating Halloween first, right? I totally love our new Fright Night pumpkins and Jack-O-Lantern matching die, so I wanted to show you what I made with them, as well as my favorite new Halloween background.

I decided the black words would show up better with a pure white background, so I masked the “word area” on my card before stamping the background in Soft Granite ink. Then I went in and stamped the messages in black. Next the fun stuff! I played around with my pumpkins, stamping the solid pumpkins with various oranges and yellows and then die-cutting. The black faces and solid lines were added, and the stems colored brown with a colored pencil. I mounted them on the card with foam tape.


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

And what would a blog hop be without prizes? Three, to be exact…!

  • One GRAND PRIZE that includes an assortment of stamps, inks, stencils and dies valued at over $75
  • Two $10 Hero Arts Online Store gift cards

The three prize winners will be randomly selected from all comments received on the participating designers’ blogs (including this one!) The more comments you leave along the hop, the better your chance of winning. Please leave your comments by 11:59pm PST on Thursday, October 2 to be entered to win. Then check the Hero Arts blog on Friday, October 3 for the announcement of the winners. Good luck!!

Hero Arts <– YOU ARE HERE
Lisa Spangler
Kelly Rasmussen
Donna Mikasa
Tami Hartley
Cheiron Brandon
Jennifer McGuire
Mariana Grigsby
Lucy Abrams
Libby Hickson
Yana Smakula
Wida Miller

Now, who’s ready to hop?! Click over to Lisa Spangler’s blog for your first dose of stampy goodness.

Thanks for joining us. Happy holiday hopping!

Black Ink Pad (AF101) Field Greens Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF210) Orange Soda (AF224) Soft Granite (AF226) Pale Tomato Mid-Tone Shadow Ink (AF233) Just Rust Mid-Tone Shadow Ink (AF256)
Thankful for You (CL799) Fright Night (CL807) Harvest Die-Cuts (DI109) Jack-O-Lantern Die-Cut (DI111) Eeek! Background (K5950) Snow Folded Cards (PS566)
Sunsine Mixed Layering Paper (PS621) Foliage Mixed Layering Paper (PS622)

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