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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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Melanie Barrett
Melanie Barrett

May 24, 2019

Simply delightful!

Caroline
Caroline

May 24, 2019

Congrats to HeroArts and best wishes; congrats & thanks to you for taking us back to the vault — beautiful cards!

Sue
Sue

May 24, 2019

I love those florals. I just picked up a set of old Hero Arts stamps at a consignment shop yesterday. The quality just lasts and lasts.

Melanie Barrett
Melanie Barrett

May 24, 2019

I love the look back on the only colors of ink Hero Arts had in the beginning, and now look at the plethora of hues you have! And they are absolutely beautiful! Love the new Reactive Inks!

Sandy
Sandy

May 24, 2019

I love fancy fold cards! And the tulips are beautiful.

debbie d
debbie d

May 24, 2019

love all those beautiful ink colors. Happy Anniversary. so fun to look back at some of the older stamps

Debbi Smith
Debbi Smith

May 24, 2019

Hero Arts is one of the greatest stamp companies around so it is no surprise that they are celebrating 45 years! Love Sally’s pop-up cards!

Bonnie King
Bonnie King

May 24, 2019

I really love these tulips. Stunning!

Jenrescuemama
Jenrescuemama

May 24, 2019

I’m so happy for this anniversary, and I can say I’ve gotten lots of Hero Arts merchandise over the years!

Marianne Huber
Marianne Huber

May 24, 2019

I like how the tulips from day one were made to stand out when the card is opened It may not be the same card, because I don’t see the string.

Karrie Lasater
Karrie Lasater

May 24, 2019

I remember those original tulips! Beautiful then and now!

Renee Heib
Renee Heib

May 24, 2019

I love my old Wood mounted Hero Arts stamps, especially the flowers!

brenda west
brenda west

May 24, 2019

OOOh! Those tulips are so pretty! Thank you for sharing. Brenda

Sara
Sara

May 24, 2019

Wow! So generous! And what lovely cards!

Judy Inukai
Judy Inukai

May 24, 2019

I love the tulip pop up card. Beautiful coloring.

karenladd
karenladd

May 24, 2019

Oh my gosh, those pop up flower cards are so fun and sweet! I’ve been stamping long enough to remember when the ink colors and types were very very limited. Now it’s an explosion of color!

Amy Reagan
Amy Reagan

May 24, 2019

Happy anniversary! Love how many people in the industry are loving on you too!

Gail Young
Gail Young

May 24, 2019

The aged shadow stamp is remarkable. I know that it is sold out and I hope it will be back in stock soon!

Amy Cairns
Amy Cairns

May 24, 2019

What special memories to look back on and what a special card :) Sally has used that tulip stamp so beautifully and with the addition of dies these days it would definitely be a card I would like to make.

barbara lassiter
barbara lassiter

May 24, 2019

Always loved seeing what Sally Traidman created in the past and I still love her design style. The designers from Hero Arts inspired us all and are still doing so. Imagine that….45 years of inspiration!

Pamela Klingensmith
Pamela Klingensmith

May 24, 2019

The classics never go out of style. Beautiful cards.

Beverly Sizemore
Beverly Sizemore

May 24, 2019

Pretty cards! I remember the days of few ink colors but look at us NOW!!! I LOVE the new
Hero Arts ink pads and colors! :) You keep wowing us even after all these years! ;)

Sandy Groneberg
Sandy Groneberg

May 24, 2019

I love the simple but elegant cards that can be made with your stamps. It is also nice to have dies with the stamps.

Lindarub
Lindarub

May 24, 2019

Love the card!

Pam H.
Pam H.

May 24, 2019

I just love hopping on all the artist’s links…such inspiration! Giving me some great ideas. Thank you, what a wonderful concept.

Cindi Lynch
Cindi Lynch

May 24, 2019

Pretty, pretty tulips

Terrie D.
Terrie D.

May 24, 2019

What beautiful cards! I love how you recreated the tulip card from 1994. :)

Cyndi Morris
Cyndi Morris

May 24, 2019

Great projects. I love that tulip pop-up card. I remember making those years ago, and you’ve inspired me to try it again.

Erin Glenn
Erin Glenn

May 24, 2019

Cute little floral stamps!

Diane T.
Diane T.

May 24, 2019

I love that from the vault Flower set. I need to get that. Such beautiful cards. Love the gold embossing tulips card and also the pop up card. The business card is so nice too! So pretty!

Betty
Betty

May 24, 2019

remember those tulips so well and still have my shadow stamps – your card is lovely, Sally!

Karen R.
Karen R.

May 24, 2019

Oh I can’t wait to see all the “From the Vault” stamps….. So fun!!

Megan H
Megan H

May 24, 2019

Wow! Beautiful flowers. Love the pop up card! Happy Anniversary, HA!

Carol H
Carol H

May 24, 2019

Love these cards. The tulips idea is great!

Elizabeth B
Elizabeth B

May 24, 2019

Beautiful cards! Congrats Hero Arts on 45 years of making great stamps!!

Darlene DeSario
Darlene DeSario

May 24, 2019

Congratulations! 45 years is amazing! Heres to another 45! Its so generous of you to do this give away for all of us in celebration of your special day! Good luck everyone!

Susan McRae
Susan McRae

May 24, 2019

Gorgeous floral cards! Love the pop-up card!

Sherri Little
Sherri Little

May 24, 2019

Ahhh, the memories!

Kerry Nicholas
Kerry Nicholas

May 24, 2019

Gorgeous card

KRYSTAL OVERBY
KRYSTAL OVERBY

May 24, 2019

Love this pop up card! So beautiful!

Tracy
Tracy

May 24, 2019

I love these flower stamps! Great design on the pop-up card! Congrats on your anniversary – A really great company and quality products.

elaine
elaine

May 24, 2019

I have and still use the daffodils stamp. I even created a stamp pad using the different yellow/oranges and the different green/browns for the bottom. just have to stamp it and it is colored! I’ve been a HERO fan since 1983, and Hero continues to be my No. 1 favorite. Thanks Hero for making us look good and helping our creativity.

Debbie Christensen
Debbie Christensen

May 24, 2019

So many wonderful ideas, love your products

Marsha Stehle
Marsha Stehle

May 24, 2019

Happy 45th Anniversary! Love the tulips card!

Dayle Schenk
Dayle Schenk

May 24, 2019

Happy 45th Hero Arts! Thanks for all you have brought to the industry!

Theresa Williams
Theresa Williams

May 24, 2019

The card is beautiful! Love the tulips!

Rachelle Arcaro
Rachelle Arcaro

May 24, 2019

Wow those are some awesome tulips!

Gail O'Keefe
Gail O'Keefe

May 24, 2019

Hero Arts is my favorite! So many cards to try!

Viola Leary
Viola Leary

May 24, 2019

I love the tulips on the inside of the card and all the depth you created. You’ve inspired me to make a card like this too. That is, as soon as I’m finished with the hop.

Lacey Morken
Lacey Morken

May 24, 2019

I love your cards! So pretty!

Shasteen Murphy
Shasteen Murphy

May 24, 2019

I’ve had many floral Hero Arts stamps over the years. They always make beautiful scenes.

Rachelle A.
Rachelle A.

May 24, 2019

Again another beautiful card! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

Nana Griffin
Nana Griffin

May 24, 2019

Very pretty. I especially like the tulip card.

Michele W
Michele W

May 24, 2019

Love the tulip pop-up card. A touch of spring with a touch of fun. Thanks for sharing!

Nina Houghton
Nina Houghton

May 24, 2019

I LOVE the pop-out tulips idea. Thank you so much for sharing.

Susan Allen
Susan Allen

May 24, 2019

Love all those delicious color ink pads

Bonnie Eng
Bonnie Eng

May 24, 2019

Fabulous tulip card and I can’t wait to see the “from the vault” collection. I only got into paper crafting a few years ago and have seen gorgeous things made with retired products – so here’s crossing my fingers that I can get some of them in the new releases! Happy anniversary and many more years of creativity and inspiration to come!

Marie
Marie

May 24, 2019

So fun to see the comparison of the original and today’s version! Makes me want to go back and re-do some of my own, but alas, since I actually do remember the days of just a few color inks (and no phone cameras!) that may not be possible! :)

Kathy J in Ellicott City
Kathy J in Ellicott City

May 24, 2019

I am loving the blog hop! Wonderful products and ideas.

Melissa Schreifels
Melissa Schreifels

May 24, 2019

Beautiful cards! I especially love the clean and simple one based on your business card.

Margie
Margie

May 24, 2019

Beautiful…love the pop up

Gina McCarty
Gina McCarty

May 24, 2019

Lovely tulip card. Really like the stamped background too.

Amy Peacock
Amy Peacock

May 24, 2019

The tulip card is beautiful. Congrats on your anniversary!

Stanlee Runner
Stanlee Runner

May 24, 2019

Loving the blog hop, so many amazing cards.

Nancy V
Nancy V

May 24, 2019

Happy Anniversary Hero Arts! I have always loved your stamps!

Nadine M
Nadine M

May 24, 2019

Another amazing card!

Mirella Rogan
Mirella Rogan

May 24, 2019

Fantastic hop, and so much inspiration! Thank you for sharing your celebrations with us!

Nicki
Nicki

May 24, 2019

Beautiful flowers

Toni McKelley
Toni McKelley

May 24, 2019

The tulips are beautiful Sally. Love them. We have had such a wet cold spring here in MI and I need to see these colorful tulips.
Thank you for the inspiration. Love how they “pop”.

Stephanie B
Stephanie B

May 24, 2019

I’m so excited for all the new reactive ink colors. I may have to get the tulip and daffodil stamps, how perfect for Easter and Mother’s Day.

Sally’s tulip card is fantastic, who doesn’t love a good pop-up card?! Thanks for sharing the memories!

DJ Doss
DJ Doss

May 24, 2019

I’m really enjoying this hop. Happy anniversary Hero Arts!

Dgolly
Dgolly

May 24, 2019

It’s so fun to hop and see all the wonderful product old and new from Hero Arts. Congrats!

Kristie Goulet
Kristie Goulet

May 24, 2019

The ink pad colors are so bright and fun!

Sharon Youngblood
Sharon Youngblood

May 24, 2019

Love the simple heart flower card, it is so sweet,

Shanna
Shanna

May 24, 2019

I love all of the new ideas!

Nels Nelson^
Nels Nelson^

May 24, 2019

Thank you, Hero Arts, for helping our creativity soar!!

Debra Hardy
Debra Hardy

May 24, 2019

Great cards, Queen of Shadows.

Kenzie Higdon
Kenzie Higdon

May 24, 2019

I remember making pop-up card, you needed to fussy cut everything, I am so thankful for stamps with matching die-cuts today!

Ann Hefner-Gravink
Ann Hefner-Gravink

May 24, 2019

Now I have to look at my stamps soon and see what will pop-up! Thank you for so many great ideas!

Janet
Janet

May 24, 2019

I love your pop up tulips! I’ve just been to the tulip show at the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. Simply beautiful!

Cheriese
Cheriese

May 24, 2019

so gorgeous! always love a good pop up!

Pooja
Pooja

May 24, 2019

Wonderful cards ,i specially loved the pop-up card those tulips looks lovely !

Kari VanNoy
Kari VanNoy

May 24, 2019

Wow! Happy Birthday, Hero Arts! I didn’t realize you have been around for as long as I have been on this Earth!! What a company…and now I love you even more. I’ve been searching for my first Hero Arts stamps (wood mount)…and I think the one I have had the longest is the dancing frog. It has longevity….I saw it in a craft store not too long ago. Lol!! Time to make some cards with my earliest stamps. ;)

Cathy Loveless
Cathy Loveless

May 24, 2019

It’s fun to see the then and now pictures to compare. Happy Birthday Hero Arts!

Karen Lingel
Karen Lingel

May 24, 2019

I love the mimicked business card! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

lee
lee

May 24, 2019

Congratulations Hero Arts and thank you for all the years of fun!

Jen F
Jen F

May 24, 2019

Really enjoying this hop and the trips down memory lane! I’ve been a fan for over 20 yrs!

Nina Oelke
Nina Oelke

May 24, 2019

Stunning and beautiful botanical cards ❤️

Dixie Cochran
Dixie Cochran

May 24, 2019

Thanks, Sally! It’s fun reading about your history with Hero Arts. You’ve been an inspiration to me through the years. Thanks!

Jennifer Petersen
Jennifer Petersen

May 24, 2019

Beautiful tulips! So fun to see these from the vault stamps. Congratulations Hero Arts! Happy Anniversary!

Andrea Good
Andrea Good

May 24, 2019

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary Hero Arts!!

Wendy Lambert
Wendy Lambert

May 23, 2019

This hop has been so amazing. Having so much inspiration has been fantastic since I am such a newbie. I love all the ideas.

Connie Pyle
Connie Pyle

May 23, 2019

Congratulations Hero Arts! So many wonderful products. I am new to stamps, dies and all the different inks. It all so amazing. Thank You

Shamela
Shamela

May 23, 2019

I have those Tulips from way back when…..and the shadow stamp! Am I getting old…lol…. so loved using those shadow stamps…have to haul them out again 💕

Amy Cooley
Amy Cooley

May 23, 2019

I’m enjoying all the fun involving your 45th anniversary celebration!

Barbara Lawson
Barbara Lawson

May 23, 2019

I love the tulip, they are beautiful. The ink pad pad colors are amazing.

Angela
Angela

May 23, 2019

Great cards! Pop up tulips are so cute.

Mary
Mary

May 23, 2019

Congratulations!

Francine
Francine

May 23, 2019

Congrats Hero Arts on 45 years! Your name is such a well known name in the industry. I remember you from waaayyy long ago when I started stamping!

Teri Ives
Teri Ives

May 23, 2019

Absolutely a wonderful hop. Great company. Love all the ideas