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Flashback Friday Part 1: The 1970s

by Hero Arts April 19, 2019 258 Comments

Hero Arts is celebrating 45 years in business this year! What an incredible journey it has been. YOU are a wonderful part of our history, and now that our anniversary is here, we'd like to invite you to celebrate this milestone alongside us! In the next several weeks, join us for fun, contests, behind-the-scenes content, lots of giveaways, new products, and more. Let's get this party started, friends!

The start of it all? Flashback Fridays. Over the course of five Fridays, we'll be sharing the story of our five decades as a company.

The setting: Berkeley, California, mid-1970s. Let's hear about the earliest days of Hero Arts from our CEO, Aaron Leventhal:

"Hero Arts was founded in May of 1974, near the end of the school year, when my mother (Jackie) decided she would try out her hobby at local craft fairs. Early designs included funky cartoon images, irreverent messages, and drawings from friends and family, including Betty Boop, cartoon monkeys, a cow by 4 year-old Aaron, and more. Most of the stamps were handmade in our bathroom, where our vulcanizer sat, that pressed rubber. The rubber was then cut and assembled in Jackie's bedroom, before being sent out via mail or sold at fairs."

Wondering what the first catalogs looked like? Well, they were actually fold-out posters...

Here's a closer look at the inside and back of the 1978 Hero Arts product poster.

Aaron even found this photo showing an early craft show booth from the late 1970s!

If you're interested in hearing more of the Hero Arts story, grab a beverage and enjoy this interview from a few years ago, when Aaron sat down for an Online Card Classes Crafty Chat. We think you'll enjoy hearing this story directly from him!

When did you start stamping? Let us know in a comment below and we will pick one winner at random to receive a $25 Hero Arts gift card! Comment by Thursday, April 25 at 11:59pm PT and you'll be entered to win.

Tomorrow we'll begin sharing peeks from our upcoming 45th Anniversary Summer Catalog! That's right, this year's Summer Catalog is one big anniversary celebration that we can't wait to share with you.

Thank you for joining us today!





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Edda Tan
Edda Tan

August 15, 2019

I started paper crafting in order to cut costs for my wedding 👰🏻 🤵🏻 Just over ten years ago. Now I love making cards!

Kerri A Markey
Kerri A Markey

May 16, 2019

I was a folk art painter and a friend went to a garage sale and found all these rubber stamps, she called me and told me to come check out this wonderful selection of crafts for sale, she forgot to mention that it was stamps. Afraid I would miss out on a great bargain I went down to join her and she helped me load up my car and I helped her load up hers and the rest is history. Have enjoyed stamping ever since, going on 12 years.

Karen L K
Karen L K

May 02, 2019

Such fun to see all the things from back in the day.

Anna Mahtani
Anna Mahtani

April 26, 2019

I’m fairly new to the stamping /cardmaking community (just three years) but Hero Arts was immediately one of my favorite stamp companies!! ❤️ Happy anniversary Hero Arts!

Heidi varden
Heidi varden

April 26, 2019

Happy 45 th Anniversary! I have stamped occasionally though out the years, never for card making purposes. I used stamps for walls, and cakes believe it or not. I have been stamping to make paper products since about 2016.

Dee Ann Matthews
Dee Ann Matthews

April 26, 2019

Oh I’m not sure when I first stated stamping- a friend started me when she was selling them! I think it was about 35 years ago!

Anita in France
Anita in France

April 26, 2019

Congratulations on such a successful, innovative and contributory 45 years in business … what a wonderful legacy you have created for our crafty world … here’s to the next 45! I started creating properly with stamps about six years ago … needless to say my collection has grown a little since then! Anita :)

Lindar C
Lindar C

April 25, 2019

I started stamping about 40 years ago, although at the time I had no idea about card making. I just used to stamp my envelopes to make them pretty for the people I was sending them to. I still have all those stamps, but I had to remove them from the wooden blocks because my hands don’t work so well anymore and have a hard time holding on to things. I started making cards about 2 years ago.

Jan
Jan

April 25, 2019

I did catch part of your video and now cannot locate it but wanted to tell you it was interesting to me. I loved hearing how your mother began…she was such a pioneer to the craft world. I would love to see how stamps are made etc. I think that should be a contest ( A day with Hero Arts).
One thing I must tell you I so appreciate your price points on the matching dies you are never unreasonable and that makes me happy when you can get the stamp and matching die lol. Thank you for all the beautiful stamps you bring us, embossing powders, inks and inspiration. Thanks for sharing the bathroom to make rubber stamps possible. Please tell your Mom how much we love her company and what she did for the craft world. Best wishes on your anniversary, all the best!!!

Anna Rodgers
Anna Rodgers

April 25, 2019

I began stamping in September 2017. I was hooked as soon as the inked stamp touched the paper! 😍

Becky Partan
Becky Partan

April 24, 2019

I inked my first stamp in 2001, after seeing a heat embossing demo.. I believe it was a Hero Arts stamp. Shortly after, I stamped my wedding invitations. I’ve been hooked ever since.

Susan
Susan

April 24, 2019

Happy Anniversary! I started stamping in 2006 some of my favorite stamps are wood block stamps, I still use them today!

Beverly Perdue
Beverly Perdue

April 24, 2019

Happy 45th Anniversary! Wow! I have been stamping since 2006. Most of the stamps I bought at that time were rubber block stamps.

Lynn
Lynn

April 24, 2019

I began stamping sometime in the early 80s. The daughter of a friend of mine, who taught in Las Vegas, came home to Oklahoma with a wooden postcard she had stamped. I have never stopped. I remember some of the earliest stamps I bought were Hero Arts stamps.

Jane Hawkins
Jane Hawkins

April 24, 2019

Seeing the Hero Arts product poster brought me right back to my high school days when I first began rubber stamping! (That gives you an idea how old I am!) I’m quite sure I still have a few of the old stamps, though dry and maybe a bit cracked I could not part with them! How far stamping had come from those humble beginnings!
Here’s to another 45 (and more)!

Julie L
Julie L

April 23, 2019

I started stamping in 2005. My first stamps were Hero Arts, purchased at Creative Cards in Grass Valley, Stampers Corner in Elk Grove, and a place in Berkeley. Sadly all 3 stores are gone now. Can’t believe how many stamps I’ve added to my collection.

Rae Culak
Rae Culak

April 23, 2019

I started rubber stamping when I decided to make a scrapbook for a friends baby shower. She could just add in images and write fun memories. I had so much fun I was hooked

Marie
Marie

April 23, 2019

My best friend gave me my first rubber stamp in the 70’s, with the standard blue office ink pad back then – nothing like your new reactive inks! I still have that stamp with hundreds, dare I say 1,000’s, more now!

Bertha
Bertha

April 23, 2019

What an interesting story! I will listen to the interview.

I started stamping about 5 years ago and my first Hero Arts stamp was a wood-mounted background stamp called “A Village” that I hunted down on ebay! Still have it today. Love it!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari)
Linda W. (ScrappinBari)

April 23, 2019

Congrats on 45 years! What an amazing journey you’ve had and still going strong! I’d stamped off and on as a scrapbooker but consider the advent of Hero Arts clear stamps the start of my card-making “career”. Really love your stamps and cherish my collection!!

Elena
Elena

April 23, 2019

I started stamping in 1988, and ironically, my first stamp set was by Hero Arts. I loved your products then, and I still do. Thank you all for your hard work and artistic talent. Elena

Susan Bainbridge
Susan Bainbridge

April 23, 2019

Love Hero Arts. Always have and always Will! Started stamping 10 years ago. I was introduced to Hero Arts by my stamping sister. Thankful for this.

Kathy H
Kathy H

April 23, 2019

I started collecting stamps back in the early 80s but probably had some earlier. I worked in Berkeley and people would stamp the inter office envelopes. Vendors sold stamps on Telegraph Avenue. Some of my earliest ones are Hero Arts.

Miriam Prantner
Miriam Prantner

April 22, 2019

How fun to look back at those old catalogs! I started stamping in 2011. Thanks for the chance to win!

Annie
Annie

April 22, 2019

I started stamping in 2009 and have been hooked every since! I love learning new techniques and seeing the wonderful inspiration Hero Arts puts out on a regular basis!

Linnea Sundstrom
Linnea Sundstrom

April 22, 2019

what a success! I’m glad you didn’t give up! I first got a set of those black hard foam stamps in the eighties and was not a successful stamper! :D

Barbara-Jean
Barbara-Jean

April 22, 2019

There was a Hero Arts demo at Jerry’s Artarama in West Hartford CT. I bought a butterfly stamp then. Wow, have my crafting purchases taken flight after that!

Eva N
Eva N

April 22, 2019

What a fun look back at how Hero Arts got started! My stamping obsession started in 2016, anc Hero Arts, especially with the Monthly Kits, has been a big part of my crafting.

Bonita Reyes
Bonita Reyes

April 22, 2019

Hero was one of the first stamps I ever bought…and so began the obsession

Bonita Reyes
Bonita Reyes

April 22, 2019

I love these ideas!

Janet Sisk
Janet Sisk

April 22, 2019

I started stamping in December of 2001. A friend of mine needed help getting his wife introduced to people at our workplace. He asked me if I would have a stamping party for her so she could meet some of our teaching coworkers. I reluctantly agreed, but told her that I am NOT crafty so I am just doing this to help her out. LOL Well, I am STILL stamping and loving every minute of it. :D Thanks for the chance to win.

Denise Kitts-Wadlow
Denise Kitts-Wadlow

April 22, 2019

Happy 45th Anniversary HA!!! So happy for you and hope you’ll enjoy many more years. I started playing AT stamping when I was invited to a Stampin’ Up! party about 20+ years ago? My sister and I started with just a couple of images and 3 or 4 ink pads, because that was all we could afford. Although we were beginners, we were pretty proud of our first attempt. My first craft room was larger than a bathroom, but shared space with my home office. When my husband got tired of trying to get around my growing collection of craft supplies, he said I needed to move it to the master bedroom, and since we were empty nesters by that time, we would move the bedroom to the other end of the house. So I have a huge bedroom that I call my craft room now, but still, I have so much, that even after donating a bunch of stuff to our crafting group, my sister says I need a basement. Lol!!! Currently, we don’t have one of those, but maybe in the next house. Until then, I’ll make due and be happy with the space I have. Thanks for 45 great years of contributing to my papercrafting collection HA—looking forward to many more!!!

Toni C
Toni C

April 22, 2019

So cool!! :) I’ve always loved paper craft but started stamping about 7 years ago when my cousin and a friend held a card making workshop. It’s an addiction now!

Ruth Southorn
Ruth Southorn

April 22, 2019

What a fantastic milestone! 🙌
I got hooked on stamping thanks to a Hero Arts set I found in a small shop selling gugts and craft supplies. I remember that place vividly, it was a day trip we went on whilst I was visiting family. And I still have (and use) that stamp set, dated 2003!
Trends have come and gone but Hero Arts quality is here to stay. Here’s to many more happy stamping times! Thanks for the chance to win x

Denise from NZ
Denise from NZ

April 21, 2019

I have always loved creating handmade cards. I went to a craft expo held in Auckland NZ about 20 years ago and stopped at a booth selling stamps and some craft tools…..and the rest is history! I have converted my garage to a craft studio and create cards in pack for my friend at Christmas. Love stamping and love your brand

karenajo
karenajo

April 21, 2019

Congratulations on 45 years! I started stamping in 2007 after being invited to a stamping party by a friend. When I say how embossing powder was used with the stamps, I was hooked. Thanks for all your great products !

Stacey Kowbel
Stacey Kowbel

April 21, 2019

Such a fantastic flashback! I have been stamping now for about 10 years – got interested when I saw the scrapbooking my sister-in-law was doing, and then a friend was selling stamps, so I dove right in!

Sue Rodriguez
Sue Rodriguez

April 21, 2019

I used to have a thing for rocking horses. One day at a craft section in a local food faire, I spotted a rocking horse stamp and had to have it. Then of course, I started stamping that little rocking horse onto everything; letters, cards, envelopes and even patient appointment cards at work. From that little stamp, purchased in the late 70’s, I am now a full blown stamper/paper crafter, 40 years strong!

Sue D
Sue D

April 21, 2019

I think I have been stamping about 15 years now.

Joanne Williams
Joanne Williams

April 21, 2019

It must be 20+/- years and truly is my passion. I’m so thankful to instruct cardmaking classes at our local store. I so enjoy the time together. Thank you, Hero Arts!

Valerie Hayden
Valerie Hayden

April 21, 2019

I started stamping in late 1969 or early 1970, there was a large article in the LA Herald Examiner featuring, Kids Stamps, Leavenworth Jackson and
Stamp In The Hand. I went nuts sending for catalogs immediately….still got the bug. Seen so many come and go, owned my own stamp store for seven years and loved it. Glad to see Hero Arts continuing on, always made a quality product with a broad range of stamps to appeal to everyone.

Here’s to another 45!!!

Diane Backus
Diane Backus

April 20, 2019

I love, love , LOVE Hero Arts! your selections are unique, flexible, and priced fairly. when did I start stamping? i have a photo of me, about 8 months old, where i am teething on a wood stamp, it looks like a tree stamp. so i literally cut my teeth on them! My mom was a big crafter and her mom before that. I’m happy to say I passed it down to my daughter and my grandsons. they were thrilled with the Safari kit! happy anniversary to you all! xoxo

Kris Reeves
Kris Reeves

April 20, 2019

I started stamping in about 2007 or so. I was an acrylic painting teacher and we painted greeting cards but when I went to put a greeting on the card by painting it, my handwriting looked horrible! So I saw stamps with greetings and decided to use them instead. I started with sentiment stamps and they are my favorite still!

D.Ann C
D.Ann C

April 20, 2019

Huge congrats on 45 years!!
I started stamping about that same time! My first stamp was a little lined kit that I could spell out anything. It wasn’t until I became disabled about 15 years ago that I really got into stamping and card making, tho. One of my biggest stamp collections are my Hero Arts stamps!!! Love ’em!!😍

Priscilla Bade
Priscilla Bade

April 20, 2019

I started stamping in 1992 when I had my first job after finishing my training. I bought a set with 56 miniature rubber stamps mounted on foam cubes. I still use them! I have old Hero Arts stamps too, including A1228 Star Angel Postage and the set LL614 Musical Instruments (still in the decorative paper box). I love reading your blog for inspiration.

Helen
Helen

April 20, 2019

I think I was introduced to stamping in the 60’s when our art class did some simple cuts to explore various art techniques…but after a significant lull, I discovered a local craft store in the mid 90’s. So glad Hero Arts was one of the companies the store carried. Their wooden stamps are among my earliest purchases.

Eileen Peters
Eileen Peters

April 20, 2019

I started last year. I bought a cuttlebug an da few dies. Then i started watching youtube videos and saw some cards created by a hero arts kit. I though it was nice to have some direction since I didn’t exactly know what to do with what I bought. I got the October 2018 Christmas kit and I have been stamping and making cards ever since.

Georgie
Georgie

April 20, 2019

I started stamping over 30 years ago. It has always been a fun and creative outlet. I have made thousands of cards over the years and continue to do so.

Jenn Shurkus
Jenn Shurkus

April 20, 2019

I started stamping in 1999 with a few wood mounted stamps from hero arts and all night media ❤️

Jackie S
Jackie S

April 20, 2019

I started stamping about two years ago. Love Hero Arts and use it as a way to keep calm in a busy world.

Teresa Wang
Teresa Wang

April 20, 2019

I start stamping in the early 90’s. I walked in to a local stamping store and was in awe of all the beautiful hand made cards. I was hooked and started making all the Christmas cards every year since then.

Marisela Delgado
Marisela Delgado

April 20, 2019

I started stamping about 27 years ago. I am a letter writer (hand written letters) to friends and I always wanted to decorate my envelopes somehow, but didn’t know how. I had seen stamps, but was hesitant. I went to a flea market with my mom and a vendor was selling dozens of stamps. I went wild and from then on I have been addicted…..oops….a stamper. ha-ha Hero Arts was one of my first and favorites. Still is.

Kathy Marsh
Kathy Marsh

April 20, 2019

I can not remember when I was not crafting. But I began stamping about 15 years ago at my first Stamp In Up party. Have been addicted since

Henriétte
Henriétte

April 20, 2019

I totally forgot to say that I love this looking back to the history and glad you still have a lot things from the early days to share with us.

Henriétte
Henriétte

April 20, 2019

Congratulations on the 45 Aniversary. What a great interview, thank you for that Aaron, what a great story and a awesome lady was your mam.

I started stamping when I was quite young, I had older sisters and brothers and they had stamps that I used. But I think I was 8 years or so, I then received a special stamp box called Newspapers. The box had all small rubber letter stamps that you could slide into a special control slot and create your own words and sentences. This way you stamped your own newspaper messages. At the same time, I received all kinds of small stamps from flowers and butterflies in order to be able to make entire stories with pictures. All stamps were made of rubber at the time. I stamped a lot with that box. Now more than 50 years later I still love stamping.

Jan
Jan

April 20, 2019

I started stamping as a child but didn’t continue. I started again one year ago and am hooked! I love Hero Arts and am going to be adding more to my stash!

Ang
Ang

April 20, 2019

I’ve been stamping since the early 90’s. Card making is my creative outlet. Congrats on 45 years of great products!

Renee Thompson
Renee Thompson

April 20, 2019

I started stamping somewhere around 2003… haven’t stopped since!

Donna
Donna

April 20, 2019

Other than stamping PAID or my Aunt’s date stamp on everything as a child, the first art stamp i had was a goose. I think i had it in my mid 20’s. Every envelope that left my house had a goose on it.

Grace Enriquez
Grace Enriquez

April 20, 2019

Your story is very fascinating. I will definitely read more about it.
I started paper crafting almost summer in 2017. At first it was an interest in planners but realized later on the I enjoy making cards. I forget about stress at work and just love being in my own world. I am learning and hearing more about local companies like yours. I don’t have many Hero Arts beauties yet but I k own it will change :-) Happy 45th ❤️❤️❤️

Hannah Parnell
Hannah Parnell

April 20, 2019

I started stamping 19 years ago. I first started scrap-booking but found it was not the right fit for me. I took a stamping class at my local Joann’s store and have been hooked ever since. I am a fan of the Hero Arts products and have accumulated quite a collection over the years. Thank you for producing a quality product that lasts.

Kortney Wilson
Kortney Wilson

April 20, 2019

1997 💌

Cherrie Maranan
Cherrie Maranan

April 20, 2019

I started stamping last year in May and I am loving and enjoying it so much. Being a stay-at-home mom to 3 little boys, crafting like card making is my time for myself. I have used stamps in making cards for family, friends and my sons’ class. I have tried using stamps on a canvas, too. My boys love stamping and coloring and making their own cards as well. Guess, I’ll continue to stamp as long as I live. Thanks to your beautiful stamps and Happy 45th Anniversary, Hero Arts!!! You live with your name, truly a hero to everyone. Cheers to more years in the business! 🥂❤️

Liz Ford
Liz Ford

April 20, 2019

I started stamping back in grade school. That would have been in the late 1970’s. Probably when I was nine or ten: so that would have been 1978 or 1979. I loved doing craft projects and would go to Ben Franklin and check out all the markers, pencils, oils, stamps, needle point; anything on display and try to figure out how I could get my Mom to buy it for me if I did not have enough allowance to buy it myself. I found one of my first stamps a few years ago, it was a teddy bear sitting next to a striped ball.
Now I stamp mostly and used to scrapbook but have not really been consistently scrapping. Cards are my real main focus now, so I buy a lot of stamps and dies! From you guys lately! Happy Anniversary Hero Arts!

Glorie
Glorie

April 20, 2019

Happy Anniversary Hero Arts! I started stamping in 2002 with a Hero Arts stamp set. It was a set of flowers and I made mother’s day cards. I need to see if I still jave that set.

Sharon Suske
Sharon Suske

April 20, 2019

In 1974 I was a sophomore in high school! Wowza! I started stamping when I started card making—maybe about 15 years ago. I really got active with it when I got my MISTI. Thanks for the chance to win! Happy 45th!

Natalie Winterstein
Natalie Winterstein

April 20, 2019

I started stamping around 2009, I think it was. I started papercrafting by scrapbooking and then transitioned to cardmaking and stamping.

MandaLJ
MandaLJ

April 20, 2019

Love the “Parts of a rubber stamp” explanation! I can remember buying stamps while on holiday in Hong Kong in 1991 so I probably started stamping then!

Evette Rodriguez
Evette Rodriguez

April 20, 2019

I started stamping in October of 2018. Prior to that I was using stickers and digital art purchased online to decorate my planner. Honestly, I was afraid to learn to stamp, I resisted learning something new that I might love and further reduce my retirement fund 😊. But here I am, absolutely loving this newfound card making hobby that also translates to my planning life. Your stamps are unique and exceptionally made. I am happy to have joined the party. Congratulations on your anniversary.

Amber Scholtz
Amber Scholtz

April 20, 2019

I am fairly new to stamping. I just started getting into it about a year ago. Some of my favorites are from Hero Arts. I love the layering stamps. I recently bought the caterpillar layering stamp. Happy 45th Anniversary Hero Arts! Wishing you many more years of success!

Kelly W.
Kelly W.

April 20, 2019

Wow, what great memories Hero Arts! I love reading about your story, so interesting! I started stamping in 1999 when my sister invited me to a stamping party. I made my first card and was hooked! I love your products, giving outreach, and brilliant design team! Wishing you many more years of continued success in the future.

Joan W
Joan W

April 20, 2019

Congratulations Hero Arts! I started stamping about 1979. Very few companies around back then but it opened up another whole way to enjoy my love of paper crafts. Still having fun and going strong after all these years.Wishing Hero Arts another 45 years (at least) of continued success.

Mindy Drummond
Mindy Drummond

April 20, 2019

This time last year was when I started getting interested in Mixed Media which in turn led me to stamping. I quickly fell in love with everything to do with papercrafting. It’s become so much more than a hobby and I love it! I am very excited to go back to the beginning of Hero Arts and learn all about the history, the people, and the products that I enjoy so much – 45 years….WOW, Congrats!
mardy14@bellsouth.net

Tanya Perrin
Tanya Perrin

April 20, 2019

I began “stamping” about 16 years ago but it was grounded in scrapbooking. I dont think I really caught onto card making until 5 years ago. The photos you shared are great!!!! Happy anniversary!

Leni
Leni

April 20, 2019

Congratulations on your anniversary Hero Arts! I am involved in stamping already for 15 years now. And I Love it so much! The reason I liked the idea of stamping is that it was my desire to be an artist, I would like to be a painter. But I misses the talent for it, so stamping was THE possibility to Create Art or something like that. Hero Arts was my first Love! One of the first Hero Arts stamps I bought was F3045 “Elegant Poppy” from 2004. In the summer of 2017 I was able to visit the Hero Arts store at their factory in Richmond; a highlight of my time in California! Thank you so much Hero Arts for all you do!

Kristina Gentle
Kristina Gentle

April 20, 2019

I started scrapbooking with scrap paper and magazine clippings when I was 14, maybe 15. But really scrapbooking in highschool with real albums, stuff from creative memories. Sooooo 21 years ago! Seems like I’ve always done some sorta crafting. Now I find myself doing more cards and design!

Doris
Doris

April 20, 2019

I started stamping in the early 80’s. My sister had a rubber stamp party where we learned to color the stamps with Markers. My stamps fit in a shoe box back then.

Jean Heming
Jean Heming

April 20, 2019

Ive been stamping over 20 years, My first start was a wooden christmas santa claus stamp , I came across in a kiosk in the middle of a mall… It was years after that that I got a few hand made from a printer company on wooden handles…stamps sure have come along way and i now own several hundred!!! Love stamping nearly everyday!!!

Rose Hackman
Rose Hackman

April 20, 2019

I started stamping back about 2008. Unfortunately, I didn’t discover Hero Arts until some time later. I guess good things really do come to those who wait! Congratulations on your Anniversary Hero Arts! May you celebrate many, many more.

Carla Hundley
Carla Hundley

April 20, 2019

I started stamping in
1986 or so! Happy
45 years!
Carla from Utah

Connie Myers
Connie Myers

April 20, 2019

I don’t remember the exact year, but it was toward the end of high school/beginning of college (1970-1974). I guess you could say I grew up with Hero Arts!

Valerie
Valerie

April 20, 2019

Congratulations on the 45 years! That’s amazing and proof that focusing on quality in products is a real strength. I’m fairly new to stamping, only a year!

Leanne in Cali
Leanne in Cali

April 20, 2019

Congratulations on your wonderful anniversary! Such a long time to be in this business. I started stamping in 2000 when my oldest child was 2. Love your quality, kits and fun ideas and am looking forward to more!!

Dena
Dena

April 20, 2019

I started around 10 years ago.

Christine Focke
Christine Focke

April 20, 2019

My supervisor gave me a little stamp and stamp pad for Christmas one year. She was not a stamper.
I noticed stamp classes advertised at my local stamp store and wondered why you needed to take
a class! Shortly thereafter I watched an embossing demo in the store window and I was hooked!
I have been stamping since January, 1997 and I still have that stamp! Your stamps have changed
so much over the years and they keep getting better and better! I loved hearing how Hero Arts
began its journey!

Rosie Lopez
Rosie Lopez

April 20, 2019

June 2014 when 3 incredibly thoughtful families remembered that I had mentioned (on ONE occasion) wanting to try stamping but that it was a investment I couldn’t make at the time. They were parents of my preschool students and the generous gift basket of cards, inks and stamps started my stamping journey. Truly one of the most thoughtful gifts I received as a teacher.

Gina Mongenel
Gina Mongenel

April 20, 2019

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary! I’ve been stamping since the early nineties and some of my oldest and favorite stamps are Hero Arts!

Brandy Jones
Brandy Jones

April 20, 2019

I started stamping in my early teens. I was always on the lookout for stamps of my name since it was a hard one to find. I discovered ones I could
Order in the mail and stamped everything I could!

Dawn Lovett
Dawn Lovett

April 20, 2019

I started Nov of 2018. I was a quilter and had lost the use of my right hand in May of that year. I couldn’t cut fabric or hold it at the machine when I saw a crafters day on hsn. There I saw the electric die cutting machine and I thought I can put paper in that. I made some very simple cards with the products that came with the machine, and the rest is history. On a very good note my hand started improving just by it helping me guide the plates into the machine and placing paper it’s not totally back but I’m on my way.

Lisa A creations
Lisa A creations

April 20, 2019

Oh wow! I love seeing those pictures on how Hero Arts began. It makes me believe that anything is possible. I began stamping around the year 2012 when I was invited to a cardmaking class by a friend who sold Stampin Up products. After that, I was hooked. Been cardmaking ever since.

Brenda
Brenda

April 20, 2019

I started stamping about 6 years ago.

Rema DeLeeuw
Rema DeLeeuw

April 20, 2019

Happy Anniversay Hero Arts! I started stamping ten years ago and bought my very first stamp from your company!

Judy
Judy

April 19, 2019

Congratulations Hero Arts! Your stamps are what led me down the stamping and cardmaking road when I bought my first stamp set in 2000 (Leaf Prints LL568) which I still have today. Stamping, cardmaking and the creativity of paper crafts has enriched my life! Thank you for your wonderful products, inspiration and customer service!

conniecrafter
conniecrafter

April 19, 2019

that was very interesting to hear how the company started up and so neat that Aaron kept it going and has been helpful to so many others along the way. That is what got me into stamping probably about 16 years ago, I wanted to add my own personal touch to the cards I was sending to family and friends and give them a bit of joy along the way!

Lisa Henning
Lisa Henning

April 19, 2019

I started stamping about 30+ years ago when I saw a cute set of Christmas images in some catalog that was delivered to the house and I thought, “I could decorate my greeting card envelopes!”. LOL. I never dreamt the things that are being done with rubber stamps now! Amazing how stamping has evolved!

Vikki H
Vikki H

April 19, 2019

I began stamping in 1978 with two or three Hero Arts stamps. I still have the bottle of silver embossing powder used with those stamps and melted over a hot stovetop burner.

Danielle Dietz
Danielle Dietz

April 19, 2019

Love that we get to learn how Hero Arts started! I can’t wait to learn more.

Cynthia Baldwin
Cynthia Baldwin

April 19, 2019

I started stamping as an extension of my scrapbooking/cardmaking hobby. And although I’ve been scrapbooking since high school (late 80’s), I’d say it didn’t really become a big pastime until I wanted to capture memories of my kids – so that was in the early 2000’s.
The first rubber stamp I ever bought I still have – a bear (our high school mascot) with balloons…and yes, it’s a Hero Arts stamp! Congrats on your anniversary!

Maryjo L Monterosso
Maryjo L Monterosso

April 19, 2019

I first started stamping in 2004 but I’ve been crafting in all kinds of media since high school. I graduated from high school in 1967 so I have been crafting for many years

Rachel W
Rachel W

April 19, 2019

I started stamping at a very young age. I don’t remember exactly how old I was but I remember going to a local store called the Paper Rabbit to get stickers (for sticker trading) and saw the stamps and there was no turning back!

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