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Hero Arts 45th Anniversary Blog Hop - Day 2

by Hero Arts May 23, 2019 375 Comments

Hello and welcome to Day 2 of our 3-day anniversary event! We hope you enjoyed Day 1! We are celebrating 45 years in this amazing, creative industry with the release of our 2019 Summer Catalog. This release is extra special to us, as we've brought back some of our very favorite, and best selling, stamps from across the decades for a special "From the Vault" release. Not only that, we've introduced a fabulous new line of Reactive Inks! Here's a fun side note - did you know during the first decade of our existence, ink was limited to only a handful of colors - black, brown, red, blue, green. In the 1980s, "exciting and new" colors like hot pink and purple hit the industry by storm! Look at us now - the ink possibilities are truly endless!

Keep reading this post for information about Day 2 of our blog hop, and the incredible, generous friends who have sponsored our celebration with prizes for you! But before we get to that, our longtime friend and artist Sally Traidman is here with a card idea. Sally is a cornerstone of this company, she has shared so many fun, simple, inspiring ideas over the years! We are so happy to have her sharing with you today. Take it away, Sally!

How time flies… It seems only a few years ago that I used the original woodblock versions of the stamps I'm using today to make catalog cards. But it was actually 1994!! So I decided to recreate the tulip card for those of you that have never seen it. Pop-up cards were big then (and coming back again now!), so I made this smaller version. We never had die cuts then, so everything was hand cut.



I used From the Vault Flowers and the matching dies to create the card. Oh! And OF COURSE, a shadow stamp (From the Vault Aged Shadow Stamp) for the background. Do you know that I was the Queen of Shadow Stamps at Hero Arts? I inked the shadow with Soft Vanilla on a white card for the top and bottom. Next, I made slits for the tulips that will be in the foreground. The tulips were stamped five times, colored (I used markers here, but you could also paint) and then die cut. To finish: Pull tabs forward and mount with foam tape. Mount tulips in background. Add message in black. Adhere to yellow card. Voila!

Here's a photo of my original project from long ago! The original card was embossed in gold, but the tiny lines in today's version of the tulip look better stamped.

Another stamp in the From the Vault Flowers set is familiar! Check out my business card from long ago! I just had to mimic it in a card, using the stamp in this new set! I also love this 45th Anniversary Seal Enamel Pin - what a great memento!

So many stamps, so little time...! Thanks for being a leader in this industry for all of these years. Happy Anniversary, Hero Arts!

Thanks so much Sally! You are the Queen of Hearts, Queen of Flowers, and now a reminder that you were the Queen of Shadow Stamps! 

Now let's get to the hopping! First, another look at the amazing sponsors we've pulled together for this event! So many great prizes are up for grabs. Make sure and comment at every stop along the hop for a chance to win!

And now today's artists, sharing their inspiration and stories with us! We are so thankful that these incredible designers love and use Hero Arts products - we are honored when anyone purchases our products and creates art from the heart!

Hero Arts
A Blog Named Hero
Amy Kolling
Cheiron Brandon
Clare Prezzia
Donna Mikasa
Jana Millen
Jenn Shurkus
Kathleen Graumüller
Laurie Willison
Lisa Spangler
Lydia Fiedler
Nichol Spohr
Scrapbook & Cards Today
Scrapbook.com

Commenting on all of the blogs within the hop will give you more chances to win! Comment by Sunday, June 2 at 11:59pm Pacific, and we will announce the winners on the Hero Arts blog the following week.

One more day left in the celebration - we'll see you tomorrow for Day 3!





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Donna Sicafuse
Donna Sicafuse

July 26, 2019

such a great idea for your pop up tulips, neat shadow background and thanks for showing

Katherine oler
Katherine oler

June 17, 2019

Fun to see stamps and the changes made for today’s cards!!

Lillian T Conradi
Lillian T Conradi

June 04, 2019

When I was little, I have a very special memory of Easter: my FAVORITE dress (for Easter Sunday church) was this yellow sleeveless dress that poofed out at the waist, with a white apron that had embroidered tulips from the bottom hem on it. Tulips are my favorite flower. (I love nature/flowers). This card (stamp) brought back these wonderful childhood memories. Thank you.

Mary J
Mary J

June 02, 2019

Happy Anniversary. Thanks for the chance to win.

Patricia Piper
Patricia Piper

June 02, 2019

I love the tulips.

Susan Wickstrom
Susan Wickstrom

June 02, 2019

I can not believe it has been 45 years. I too still pull out my wooden blocks. Thanks for creating such great quality merchandise.

Hilde Larsen aka Tindaloo
Hilde Larsen aka Tindaloo

June 02, 2019

I love the new reactive inks! Awesome card samples from the team ~ Such a fun and creative inspirational blog hop ♥ Many congratulations on your 45th anniversary :)

Lisa Norstrom
Lisa Norstrom

June 01, 2019

Wow – love how Sally did a recreation of one of her past cards – her tulips come to life as they literally pop up on her card! Love the card she made mimicking her old business card as well!!!

Robin Buchholz
Robin Buchholz

June 01, 2019

That pop up card is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing and for the fun blog hop.

Kris Reeves
Kris Reeves

June 01, 2019

Way to go Hero Arts!

karenajo
karenajo

June 01, 2019

Love the tulips – then and now. Pop-up cards are so fun ! Thanks for sharing ! Congrats on 45 years of crafty goodness HA!

Kimberly
Kimberly

May 31, 2019

Love the tulips lovely cards dementional is so nice. Congratulations on 45 years strong.

Stacey Kowbel
Stacey Kowbel

May 31, 2019

Beautiful! Love the pop out tulips!

Robyn Ikemoto
Robyn Ikemoto

May 31, 2019

Love these oldie but goodie images! Sally gave them a fresh new look!

Arianna Barbara
Arianna Barbara

May 31, 2019

Wow! Wonderful set of floral cards!!! Tulips are amazing!!!

Mary
Mary

May 31, 2019

The tulips are lovely. I love pop-up cards.

Andrea B.
Andrea B.

May 31, 2019

Thank you for the walk down memory lane and for your modern update of your tulip card. Very pretty.

Sandy M
Sandy M

May 30, 2019

I love the card made with Sally’s business card. I have had this one a long time and use it often. It goes with a lot of other flower stamps

Marianne
Marianne

May 30, 2019

So fun to see old techniques reappearing, and the tulips cards are so pretty!

Connie
Connie

May 30, 2019

Hi Sally :) Your tulips are amazing…then and now!!! I also love the card mimicking your business card and the enamel pin is powerful! I’m just starting on my paper crafting journey and am thinking about using ATCs for my business cards :) Thanks for the wonderful industry you’ve helped to create for us :)

Rene
Rene

May 30, 2019

Oh yes, I do remember the pop-up cards and those beautiful shadowy flower stamps. I still have mine, I think it is time to use them again. :)
The cards are beautiful!
Happy 45th anniversary, I enjoyed the DAY 1 Hop, looking forward to DAY 2 (even if it is a few days late )
Hugs
Rene

Denise Mlady
Denise Mlady

May 30, 2019

Happy 45th Anniversary! The tulip card is so pretty.

Debbie Parke
Debbie Parke

May 30, 2019

Happy Anniversary! Love the pop up tulip card and your new Hero Hues inks. I can’t wait to get my hands on them.

Shirley Wallen
Shirley Wallen

May 30, 2019

I’m glad to see some of the old stamps coming back .

Laurie
Laurie

May 29, 2019

Love the tulip card!! So pretty!

Evelyn Larson
Evelyn Larson

May 29, 2019

oh my I remember back in the 1990’s all stamps were out line in gold first then water color in. Your new version was beautiful just as the original one was.

DeAnn O
DeAnn O

May 29, 2019

I love seeing the older stamps being featured so beautifully.

Lani Wilson
Lani Wilson

May 29, 2019

Congratulations to Hero Arts on your 45th Anniversary! I have been a MMH subscriber for over a year now and I am just tickled pink whenever I get my kit every month and play with them. Such amazing products! Kudos to the designers and the company that make it happen. May you continue to give people like me many more years of fun and ideas for creativity. God bless you all!

Nina
Nina

May 29, 2019

What a neat look back! Congrats to 45 years!!

Elisa
Elisa

May 29, 2019

Congratulations Hero Arts! Thanks for the great projects and the give away.

Noreen
Noreen

May 29, 2019

A wonderful anniversary celebration! May you have many more!

Dawn Skene
Dawn Skene

May 28, 2019

I love your pop-up tulip card! It’s fun to recreate a card that was made years ago.

Karen L K
Karen L K

May 28, 2019

Thanks for all the fun on Day 1. Yes Sally creates some super nice cards. Thanks for sharing the “old” and new cards with the vault stamps. Very nice.

Alma Dirpaul
Alma Dirpaul

May 28, 2019

Thanks for the great giveaway

Nancy Y
Nancy Y

May 28, 2019

I love the comparison before the original and today’s!

Roni
Roni

May 28, 2019

I love the tulips on the aged shadow stamp background. I’m so happy Hero Arts brought these back from the vault.

Sue D
Sue D

May 28, 2019

Beautiful recreations of past projects. I agree—So many stamps, so little time…!

LC Lamothe
LC Lamothe

May 28, 2019

How wonderful to see your recreations! All, both original and versions 2.0, are beautiful!

Cindy Lamazza
Cindy Lamazza

May 28, 2019

Beautiful ink colors, I need to stock up!

Teri W
Teri W

May 28, 2019

Congrats Hero! Gorgeous tulips!

Janet
Janet

May 28, 2019

Those inks are beautiful and I am buying the whole set payday! I am so excited to get them! Thank you for all the wonderful years of stamping you have given me!

Anila Dikay
Anila Dikay

May 28, 2019

Lovely projects

Kara Donato
Kara Donato

May 27, 2019

Hero Arts! Always one of my favorites and love your tulips!

Amy Wazwaz
Amy Wazwaz

May 27, 2019

That is neat your business card matches the stamp. How cool. Love the tulips.

Maureen Wong
Maureen Wong

May 26, 2019

Awesome to recreate old projects!! Love the updated looks!

Mindy Hook
Mindy Hook

May 26, 2019

The tulips are gorgeous! Love the pop-up card.

Mendy Crumpton
Mendy Crumpton

May 26, 2019

Love the card. Will have to try that.

Tami R
Tami R

May 26, 2019

Love the tulip pop up card! Beautiful!

Giselaine Ellison
Giselaine Ellison

May 26, 2019

Lovely cards.Happy 45th Anniversary Hero Arts.

Aimee Phillips
Aimee Phillips

May 26, 2019

I love the tulip stamp set used and dying to try the new inks out. Happy 45th Anniversary Hero Arts!

Karen Walker
Karen Walker

May 26, 2019

It’s so much fun to see the “from the vault” stamps I used so long ago come back again! LOVE your pop-up tulip card!

Henriétte
Henriétte

May 26, 2019

The cards are great Sally, I love to see the original cards you made so awesome. Thank you so much for sharing and also for you Happy Anniversary!

Jean maxwell
Jean maxwell

May 26, 2019

Happy 45th anniversary. Love the three dimensional card
Shawn
Shawn

May 26, 2019

I am inspired…Congrats

Leanne S
Leanne S

May 26, 2019

Beautiful cards! Love how the tulips pop up.

renee milner
renee milner

May 26, 2019

I love seeing the past and present versions of projects—so fun. Happy anniversary!

see mary stamp
see mary stamp

May 26, 2019

It’s been so much fun hearing from people associated with Hero Arts for so many years, and seeing their stamps/cards/business cards. Happy Anniversary Hero Arts and thank you for being an industry leader for so many years.

JoAnneRIL
JoAnneRIL

May 26, 2019

Those pop-up tulips.. so beautiful. Happy Anniversary Hero Arts. I’m seeing so many awesome sets that are from the vault. The talent at Hero Arts remains top notch.

Andrea B
Andrea B

May 26, 2019

I love seeing the original project and the updated version. The pop-up tulips are so fun, and the shadow stamp is the perfect background. Happy anniversary, Hero Arts!

Lagene
Lagene

May 26, 2019

Awesome cards, I really love the way the tulips pop up when you open the card!

Rose Mary Smalley
Rose Mary Smalley

May 26, 2019

What beautiful cards…I love the way that you used the shadow stamp…..was perfect for this card. Love that side view. I do not make enough of the pop up cards….friends really love them….time to do that!
Thank you so much for being such a big part of Hero Arts….I do appreciate your great work. Thank you so much.

Kathy McCluskey
Kathy McCluskey

May 26, 2019

Happy 45th Anniversary, Hero Arts! And here’s to many more!! I so love your products and really LOVE seeing many of the vintage stamps used in many of the projects on this Blog Hop!!

Denise Ward
Denise Ward

May 25, 2019

Who doesn’t love flowers?? These HA stamps are so beautiful and look wonderful in these designs!!
Happy Anniversary, Hero Arts!

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May 25, 2019

I love dimensional cards! It is so fun how you used Hero Arts “vault” tulips to make such a beautiful unique card! Very inspiring:)

Elizabeth Motyka
Elizabeth Motyka

May 25, 2019

Well I always love tulips in cards but these pop-ups are amazing it’s fun to see them making a comeback. Happy anniversary Hero Arts !

L. Young
L. Young

May 25, 2019

I love the 3-D tulips, Happy Anniversary!

Irene
Irene

May 25, 2019

Happy Anniversary Hero Arts, Love that they are bringing back some of the original art with the From the Vault sets…. Pretty cards

Vicki Kroll
Vicki Kroll

May 25, 2019

The Tulip cards are just beautiful especially the gold embossed cards. My favorite is the Daffodil bulb extending off the card. Awesome. Thank you Hero Arts for another day of exploring new techniques with the talented designers.

Marianna
Marianna

May 25, 2019

Love your tulip card and all the ‘From the Vault’ stamps! Many of my most used an loved stamps are from Hero Arts

Susan Hatfield
Susan Hatfield

May 25, 2019

Still gorgeous! Here’s to you and all you are!

Lindar C
Lindar C

May 25, 2019

Congratulations on 45 years! Looking forward to what you bring us in the coming years.

Lin Brandyberry
Lin Brandyberry

May 25, 2019

I think some of my favorite stamps were designed by Sally, and it’s a real treat to hear from her today! What a wonderful month it’s been to remember the beginnings of my journey. Hero Arts and its artists have made such an impact on so many of us – thank you!

Denise
Denise

May 25, 2019

Happy Anniversary! Hope there are at least 45 years coming.
Best wishes for all of you
Denise from Germany

Autumn Dipert Brown
Autumn Dipert Brown

May 25, 2019

Beautiful cards! Thank you.

Julie
Julie

May 25, 2019

Some projects are timeless! Beautiful!

Sandy Melton
Sandy Melton

May 25, 2019

Love these tulips! Can’t wait to try the new stamp Reactive ink pads. What color to choose?!

Lydia E Hallum
Lydia E Hallum

May 25, 2019

What interesting ways to use a flower stamp. Thanks for sharing your creations.

Carrie
Carrie

May 25, 2019

Tulips! Bring on the spring spirit! Great post. :) i have yet to try the hero art inks, adding it to my wishlist.

Gail Scott
Gail Scott

May 25, 2019

So love this tulip card – it is stunning! TFS

Cindy
Cindy

May 25, 2019

The flowers from the vault are so pretty. They are not over powering, danity.

Elma Unrau
Elma Unrau

May 25, 2019

I am learning so many new techniques by watching your videos online. It’s an inspiration to try new things.

Shelley P
Shelley P

May 25, 2019

This is a beautiful anniversary milestone! Thank you for sharing your inspirations and tips.

Kristin Fritsche
Kristin Fritsche

May 25, 2019

Happy Anniversary! Love your products and the ideas everyone shares.

Kristin Fritsche
Kristin Fritsche

May 25, 2019

Happy Anniversary! Love your products and the ideas everyone shares.

Kristin Fritsche
Kristin Fritsche

May 25, 2019

Happy Anniversary! Love your products and the ideas everyone shares.

Michelle Hackett
Michelle Hackett

May 25, 2019

I love looking back at the older stamp sets, and tulips are my all time favorite flower. This is such a wonderful milestone for you! Happy 45th Anniversary.

MandaLJ
MandaLJ

May 25, 2019

Wow! The original tulip card looks just as fresh as the latest one! Such beautiful images are truly timeless!

Lauryne Cunningham
Lauryne Cunningham

May 25, 2019

The tulip card is gorgeous! What a beautiful surprise when it is opened! Happy 45th Anniversary, Hero Arts! I love your products!

Denise Kitts-Wadlow
Denise Kitts-Wadlow

May 25, 2019

Isn’t it funny how the more things change, the more they stay the same. The product design may change, and even the functionality, but the overall concept and the end result remain true to the industry. HA, this 45 year walk down memory lane with you has so far, been amazing. Thank you. Here’s to you and many more happy years!!! I love you HA!!!

Kim S.
Kim S.

May 25, 2019

Honestly, who doesn’t love tulips? You can’t have too many.

Suebee
Suebee

May 25, 2019

Oh – these beautiful vault stamps bring back such fun memories…. Beautiful….45 years – congrats.

Boryana Y
Boryana Y

May 25, 2019

Beautiful cards! I love the tulips.

Jenny
Jenny

May 25, 2019

Beautiful cards, the tulips are gorgeous. Congratulations Hero Arts on 45 years.

kathleen dumpert
kathleen dumpert

May 25, 2019

Thanks for a bog hop full of inspiration!

PatriciaD
PatriciaD

May 25, 2019

Congrats on 45 years. That’s so exciting and I have to say I love the monthly kit…it’s just wonderful.

Carol B
Carol B

May 24, 2019

I always love seeing what new goodies Hero Arts has come up with. Thanks for sharing these wonderful stamping ideas.

Carol B

K. Eley
K. Eley

May 24, 2019

Love coordinating dies! Such a charming card. Pop-up cards are wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

Nancy Ketcham
Nancy Ketcham

May 24, 2019

I love the tulip card!

michele gauthier
michele gauthier

May 24, 2019

Beautiful cards… WOW!!!

Helen
Helen

May 24, 2019

Thanks for 45 years.

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