Mixed Metallic Embossing

November 13th, 2014 by hero

Hello, it’s Wida and today I am showing you how to make a card look mixed metallic using multiple embossing powders. This idea can be used with any combination of embossing powders and works best with a larger stamp.  I enjoy using metallics on a holiday sentiment best though, makes it look FANCY. ;) Making Spirits Bright works very well for this technique!


For the embellishments around the sentiment, I like odd numbers. Usually a cluster of 2 together and then 1 somewhere else in order to frame the image.  For sequins, I hold a few up in the air and drop them onto the card. They typically land exactly in the right place! Try it!


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

I think this Making Spirits Bright stamp is so dynamic, it COULD have stood on it’s own. It could have even been stamped on vellum or in black against patterned paper. The possibilities are endless! But embossing with metallics makes it a perfect fit for the Hero Arts Holiday Challenge category -  MAD ABOUT METALLICS! Play with your own metallic embossing powders and enter the contest: HERE! Saturday is the last day and there are prizes to be had! :)


Felt Snowflakes (CH162) Making Spirits Bright (K5962) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Embossing Powder - Gold (PW100) Embossing Powder - Silver (PW101) Embossing Gun (PW200)
VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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Joy & Love

November 12th, 2014 by hero

Hello! It’s Mariana here today sharing a Holiday card that I created using the new Bold Flower Pattern background and Joy & Love stamp set.

It is always fun to use the stamps in a different way. This time, I used the large background to create a tree shape for my card…


I also used gold and silver embossing powders… I think they are the perfect match to give your creations an elegant touch!


I love the beautiful pattern of this background stamp, it reminds me of delicate lace! At the end, I added handmade stitches using gold thread, along with some gemstones.


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

Thank you so much for joining me today!


BG: Bold Flower Pattern (CG653) Assorted Crystal Gemstones (CH117) Star Gems (CH193) Joy & Love (CL809) Blush Mixed Layering Paper (PS620) Kraft Paper (PS627)
Embossing Powder - Gold (PW100) Embossing Powder - Silver (PW101) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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Happy Veterans Day

November 11th, 2014 by libby

Hello and Happy Veterans Day! On behalf of Hero Arts, I’d like to say THANK YOU to all of the brave men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. We are thankful for you every single day of the year!

When I think of veterans, of course I think of my own favorite veteran, my dad. He served in the Army during the Vietnam War. As I was growing up, he was an active member of our local VFW. And one of the main things I remember about the VFW were the paper poppies they’d sell. While poppies are a symbol of fallen soldiers and probably more appropriate on Memorial Day, they were my inspiration for an art journal page in honor of Veterans Day.


As I looked through my stamps to figure out what I wanted to play with, the Hello Flowers set caught my eye. I love the pretty flower on it, but also the message “live thankfully”. It is very fitting to honor our veterans!


I used the stamp in a different way - for me, anyway! :-) I stamped the solid flower image in permanent ink, and then colored right over it using Faber-Castell Gelatos. I just scribbled on a little color and then blended with my finger. I really love the look of this! I was inspired to try it after watching many videos by our recent guest designer, Vicky Papaioannou. She does amazing things with gelatos!!



I also used the Starry Night Stencil with a little embossing paste to add some texture to the sky.


Have you ever tried art journaling? I love it, especially when I’m experiencing creative block - it just gets me playing. I never know how it will turn out! But the technique I used today with the flowers could also be used on a card.

So… be sure to say thank you to any veterans who cross your path today. Or perhaps spend your crafty time stamping for Operation Write Home? Either way, remember to live thankfully. :-)


Hello Flowers (CL774) Starry Night Stencil (SA019)

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Merry Christmas Tags

November 10th, 2014 by hero

Hi there! It’s Cheiron here with another video. Today, instead of walking you through a project from start to finish, I wanted to share a bunch of possibilities for Christmas gift tags using the Christmas Small Tag and Merry Christmas Label stamps and the coordinating Tag and Label die cut set. These are just some ideas I had for the folks on my list, and I hope they will work for some of the folks on yours!

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


Find out how to make these tags — click for complete supplies and instructions.

Thanks for stopping by,


Chalkboard Mid-Tone Ink (AF272) Earth Mixed Accents (CH214) Holiday Petals and Leaves (CL787) Family and Friends (CL803) Large Tag (DI058) Blooming Flower (DI092)
Tag and Label Die-Cuts (DI107) Tree Border (F5820) Christmas Small Tag (F5967) Merry Christmas Label (H5968) Embossing Powder - Gold (PW100) Embossing Powder - Silver (PW101)

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Wishing You Peace

November 7th, 2014 by hero

Hello and Happy Friday! It’s Donna here sharing how you can literally stretch your stamps to create an entirely new image.


Night Snowflakes is a small rectangle image with distressed edges that works great for tags, but I wanted to use it on a card. To do this, I double stamped the image, overlapping it slightly before gold embossing it.


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

The sentiment was also gold embossed and I stamped a few smaller snowflakes for a bit of dimension and added some spatters of gold paint.

You can mass produce your holiday cards using different embossing or ink colors and add your desired embellishments, too. Whether you stamp the image once for tags, or twice like I did, be sure to enter your project in our Holiday Challenge, happening now until November 15th.

I hope you’ll try stretching your stamps. Thanks for stopping by!


Gold Shadow Ink (AF258) Winter Sparkle (CL798) Night Snowflakes (E5960) Winter Wonders (LP359) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Embossing Powder - Gold (PW100)
VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250) Gold Shimmer Spray (WM116)

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Sweet Tidings Treat Jar

November 6th, 2014 by kelly

Hi, it’s Kelly here. If you like to give baked goods during the holidays, then our Season’s Sweetings clear stamp set is a must-have for you! Today I’ve created a sweet and colorful tag to decorate a jar of cookies that would be perfect for a neighbor or teacher.

Hero Arts Sweet Tidings by Kelly Rasmussen 1

The “made with love” message in the set is a favorite of mine! I think I’m going to leave it out on my desk permanently to stamp on the backs of all my cards.

The cute snowflake tree is from the Stamps & Cuts Holiday Tree set, which comes with two other patterns of trees and a matching die.

Hero Arts Sweet Tidings by Kelly Rasmussen 2

And I like to include a separate small tag with the “to” and “from” information, so the recipient can save the main tag to use again next year.

Hero Arts Sweet Tidings by Kelly Rasmussen 3

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

Thanks for stopping by today!


Ruby Ink Pad (AF150) Bubble Gum Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF208) Tide Pool (AF223) Lime Green Mid-Tone Ink (AF262) Season's Sweetings (CL804) Stamp & Cuts® Holiday Tree (DC112)
Frames Die-Cuts (DI106) GLOSSY ACCENTS (GW221) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Pool Mixed Layering Paper (PS640) Embossing Powder - White (PW110) Embossing Gun (PW200)
VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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Holiday Tags

November 5th, 2014 by hero

Hi everyone, Yana is here. Have you seen the Hero Arts Holiday Challenge yet? It’s a great place with tons of creative inspiration and some fantastic prizes too! You can quickly get inspired by just looking at all of the amazing entries our readers have submitted!

One of the challenge categories is all about holiday tags. So I thought I’d share a few easy tags that I made using some of my favorite supplies from Hero Arts.


Find out how to make these tags — click for supplies and instructions.

I started by making a traditional tag - I die cut a tag shape out of Blush layering paper from Hero Arts, stamped Winter Sparkle Background in red for a tone on tone look and simply added a die cut word Holiday with a felt poinsettia.


If you don’t have a holiday background stamp you can easily use an everyday one. For my next tag I used the Vintage Constellation background stamp and stamped it in Soft Vanilla ink. Next I added a sentiment in green and another poinsettia.


Now, not every tag has to have a tag shape. How about a rectangle tag or a tag shaped like a star? I have a few of those as well! Just like for my previous tags I stamped a background, added a felt embellishment and a holiday sentiment.


I hope you feel inspired to create a tag or two and enter our Hero Arts Holiday Challenge! You have until November 15th to enter.


Pale Tomato Ink Dauber (AD007) Red Royal Ink Dauber (AD013) Forever Green (AF229) Pale Tomato Mid-Tone Shadow Ink (AF233) Soft Vanilla Shadow Ink Pad (AF275) Medium Accent Pearl (CH137)
Sparkle Gems Hearts (CH142) Smooth Clear Gemstones (CH153) Olive Gemstones (CH155) Felt Poinsettia and Leaves (CH161) Felt Snowflakes (CH162) Naughty or Nice (CL712)
Merry Christmas Message (CL722) Christmas Crystals (CL802) Stamp & Cuts® Christmas Tags (DC115) Stamp & Cuts® Fancy Cuts Holidays (DC117) Stylish Stars (DI095) Pen & Ink Christmas Tree (H5806)
Winter Trees Pattern (K5814) Big Star (K5931) Music Star (K5958) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Blush Mixed Layering Paper (PS620) Vintage Constellation (S5932)
Winter Sparkle Background (S5951)

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Fancy Nautical Hello + New Products!

November 4th, 2014 by hero

Hi there! Cheiron here today with a fancy nautical themed card using some brand new products! The Hello You release is now available in the Hero Arts Online Store! It includes several new stamps and stencils from our partnerships with BasicGrey and Operation Write Home, woodblock stamps, ink cube packs, and lots of new Stamp & Cut products, including the Stamp & Cut Anchor I used today!


I also used the new BasicGrey Waves Background on this card. Isn’t it awesome? I stamped and embossed it with gold embossing powder and colored it with watercolors in the calming tones of the sea.


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

The perfect accent for this panel was a gold anchor of course. I used the Stamp & Cut Anchor set to create my embellishment and finished the tag with a sentiment from Enjoy Today stamped in Mint Julep. That little anchor chain? It’s the “hanger” for the ornaments from the Christmas Crystals set. I know it’s no longer summer, but this nautical greeting would be welcome in my mailbox any time of year!

I hope you liked my card using the new Hello You products - shop the complete collection HERE!


Mint Julep Mid-Tone Shadow Ink Pad (AF246) BG: Waves Background (CG651) Enjoy Today (CL759) Christmas Crystals (CL802) Stamp&Cut Anchor (DC144) Large Tag (DI058)
Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Embossing Powder - Gold (PW100) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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Video: Repeat Stamping

November 3rd, 2014 by jennifer

Hello! It’s Jennifer here today. One of my favorite things to do with my stamps is to use them creatively…stretching them into new uses. Today I use the Christmas Crystals set to form flowers and stars! These crystals are supposed to be ornaments, but I gave them a whole new life…

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

Hero Arts Repeat Stamping by Jennifer McGuire 1

After heat embossing the images, I added a “shimmery watercolor” with my markers and Wink of Stella pen. However, you can color these any way you want.

Hero Arts Repeat Stamping by Jennifer McGuire 2

On two of my cards, I used a circle punch or die to create a window for my white heat embossed sentiment.

Hero Arts Repeat Stamping by Jennifer McGuire 3

The Good Stuff clear stamp set used here for the sentiments, along with the other products from the Hello You catalog, will be available in the online store the tomorrow!

Hero Arts Repeat Stamping by Jennifer McGuire 4

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

I hope you enjoy this idea for stretching your holiday stamps!


Christmas Crystals (CL802) BG: The Good Stuff (CL822) Embossing Powder - Clear (PW104)

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Nutcracker Joy

October 31st, 2014 by libby

Hi, it’s Libby here today and I’m sharing a new Nutcracker set that you can find at Paper Source stores and in their online store.

I absolutely love nutcrackers, and I love The Nutcracker ballet. So this set is right up my alley!


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

I combined a colored and trimmed nutcracker with a Snowflake die-cut coated in glitter.


The set also includes images of Clara, the Mouse King and the Sugar Plum Fairy. I’ll definitely be using the entire set on a scrapbook page documenting my annual trip to see The Nutcracker with my daughter soon!


Thanks for stopping by today,


Tide Pool (AF223) Earth Mixed Accents (CH214) Peace Poinsettias (CL796) Stamp & Cuts® Fancy Cuts Holidays (DC117) Snowflake (DI064) Nutcracker (LP374)
Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Pool Mixed Layering Paper (PS640)

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