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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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Linda BL
Linda BL

May 23, 2019

Really enjoyed seeing the new and old tulip cards. I just looked through my wood mounted rubber stamps. Many Hero Arts stamps. I do have photopolymer stamps, but the stamp I use the most is a Hero Arts wood mounted stamp which is a script stamp saying Handmade for you. I have it right on my desk and never put it away, as use it all the time.

Neha Mahajan
Neha Mahajan

May 23, 2019

This is a very cute card. Love the tulips.

Denise Bryant
Denise Bryant

May 23, 2019

Love these Vault designs! The tulips are so pretty, and so is the wildflower stamp design that Sally used on her card and business card! Can’t wait to try out these new inks!

ROSALIE JOHNSON
ROSALIE JOHNSON

May 23, 2019

What a lovely tulip pop up card! Congratulations on your 45th anniversary , Hero Arts!

Amy Lombardo
Amy Lombardo

May 23, 2019

Sandy, I love your cards! Happy anniversary hero arts!!

Judy
Judy

May 23, 2019

I love the pop-up tulip card and the second one with the Real Heartbuds stamp from 2004, which happily, I own!!

Beverly boyles
Beverly boyles

May 23, 2019

Happy 45th anniversary to you Hero Arts!!! My very first rubber stamp was Hero Arts 1983 and I have been a fan ever since!!! Thank you for your quality…your imagination…your green business!!! You are a class act!!!

Joan
Joan

May 23, 2019

Good to know the pop up cards are coming back! Your, tulip card is beautiful, as is the daffodil card. Glad to see your work again, Sally.

CathyL
CathyL

May 23, 2019

Such pretty tulips! And I have always liked the shadow stamps!!

Renee VanEpps
Renee VanEpps

May 23, 2019

So fun to take a trip down memory lane! Love your cards!

Tami B
Tami B

May 23, 2019

I am enjoying the look back at some of the old stamps and the “old look” of stamping from back in the early days.

Connie G
Connie G

May 23, 2019

Tulips are my favorite flowers and the pop ups make me smile!

Susan Carlson
Susan Carlson

May 23, 2019

Love these pop up cards! Beautiful tulips & daffodil! Thanks for the story & the recreation!!!

Barbara-Jean
Barbara-Jean

May 23, 2019

Fantastic flowers and coloring!

Sandra Bonagura
Sandra Bonagura

May 23, 2019

Love the pop up tulips – very nice

Maryjo L Monterosso
Maryjo L Monterosso

May 23, 2019

Happy Anniversary! What beautiful cards. Elegant, clean and simple. Gorgeous!

Lisa Byers
Lisa Byers

May 23, 2019

Happy Anniversary Hero Arts!! Here’s to another 145!!!

Carolyn Keierleber
Carolyn Keierleber

May 23, 2019

It has been fun to see the stamps from the vault. Pop-up tulips cannot go wrong. Love the then and now.

Patricia Rand
Patricia Rand

May 23, 2019

W O W !!!! Love your tulip card !!! Thank you Hero Arts for making those amazing floral stamps…they are timeless.

Geri S
Geri S

May 23, 2019

The tulip ad daffodil are in my sash! I’m so excited to see new takes on the old stuff I still have! Great job! Thanks HA!

ionabunny
ionabunny

May 23, 2019

Love these realistic flowers. The pop up tulips are delightful. Hugz

Lindsey
Lindsey

May 23, 2019

Happy Birthday Hero Arts!!

Sandra Larson
Sandra Larson

May 23, 2019

All of the cards look beautiful to me. Very nice stamp.

Carol L.
Carol L.

May 23, 2019

Beautiful cards. Happy anniversary Hero Arts. Love the pop up tulips.

LISA M KINGSLEY
LISA M KINGSLEY

May 23, 2019

I love that ❤️ flower stamp. So cute to match your business card. Happy Anniversary Hero Arts!

Cathi Thorpe
Cathi Thorpe

May 23, 2019

45 years! What an achievement! I have loved using your products for many years and know this will continue for many more!!

Marisela Delgado
Marisela Delgado

May 23, 2019

Still fabulous cards! They bring back memories of when I first started stamping. Awwwwww……..group hug. ha-ha

Paola Sing
Paola Sing

May 23, 2019

What a beautiful release! Great way to celebrate your anniversary!

Julie
Julie

May 23, 2019

O, soooooo pretty!

Carmela Hubler
Carmela Hubler

May 23, 2019

Love the pop up card with the tulips! So cute.

Meghan Kennihan
Meghan Kennihan

May 23, 2019

I love the tulips! What a cool way to display them! Happy 45th!

Nicole S
Nicole S

May 23, 2019

I love how you made the tulips stand when the card is opened! How cool!

Miriam Prantner
Miriam Prantner

May 23, 2019

Love that interactive card with the tulips! Another great day of hoppoing!

Kimberly McField
Kimberly McField

May 23, 2019

These cards are beautiful! I love anything floral, as you can use flowers for just about every occasion.

Linda Kunsman
Linda Kunsman

May 23, 2019

It has been , and continues to be, an amazing ride! Thank you ALL for all the years of dedication to bringing us the best products!

Deepti Aggarwal
Deepti Aggarwal

May 23, 2019

Gorgeous cards Sally… Love all your cards.. both old and new…

Lindsey Lim
Lindsey Lim

May 23, 2019

Love this card!

Maureen Reiss
Maureen Reiss

May 23, 2019

Really Beautiful!! I love the pop up tulip cards!!!

LISA M KINGSLEY
LISA M KINGSLEY

May 23, 2019

Congratulations on your anniversary Hero Arts!

Amy Martin
Amy Martin

May 23, 2019

Beautiful pop up card!! Halpy Anniversary Hero Arts!!!

Ruth Smith
Ruth Smith

May 23, 2019

Stunning cards. ❤️ Hero Arts

JoAnn Girimonte
JoAnn Girimonte

May 23, 2019

Love the layers on this card.The flowers are so pretty!!!

Kathy Dippner
Kathy Dippner

May 23, 2019

Love the flower stamps! Looking forward to today’s hop.

Robin Keith
Robin Keith

May 23, 2019

I had that little bear stamp, too! But HA is not twice as old as I am. I am still older. HA!

Cindy Graham
Cindy Graham

May 23, 2019

Love the simple flowers – they can be used to create fun or elegant cards!

Robin Keith
Robin Keith

May 23, 2019

I am loving this stroll down Hero Arts memory lane! Many of my first stamps were from the HA line.

GLenda M Sultan
GLenda M Sultan

May 23, 2019

I just love the tulip pop-up-card. You made such a unique card.Great choice of colors too!

Susan Babcock
Susan Babcock

May 23, 2019

Another day of beautiful inspiration! Thanks Hero Arts!

jill
jill

May 23, 2019

thank you for this giveaway ,, im in aww of the pretty cards being made and also all the tool being used happy 45 th anniversary hero arts

Solvangirl
Solvangirl

May 23, 2019

This are wonderful! I do remember some of these stamps.

Ellie S.
Ellie S.

May 23, 2019

Sally’s cards are wonderful! Love the style of those flowers from the 80’s! And how fun and useful is that shadowstamp! Such beautiful creations!

Kelly Booth
Kelly Booth

May 23, 2019

Gorgeous cards Sally!!! xoxo

Sharon Gullikson
Sharon Gullikson

May 23, 2019

The Daffodil stamp is just wonderful! One of my favorite flowers.

Cynthia Cole
Cynthia Cole

May 23, 2019

Loving Sally’s updated floral pop up card!

Sue Rosa
Sue Rosa

May 23, 2019

Love the popup card. Great inspiration.

Arlene Plastine
Arlene Plastine

May 23, 2019

What beautiful cards and memories from someone who has seen almost all of it. And no I am not referencing age in anyway. Congratulations and Happy Anniversary to Hero Arts!!

Erica Loscalzo
Erica Loscalzo

May 23, 2019

Beautiful card

Nan M
Nan M

May 23, 2019

Just lovely. Beautiful work.

littlen44
littlen44

May 23, 2019

Love how vibrant these ink colors are.

Janice
Janice

May 23, 2019

This is a beautiful card. Retro rules!

Kim Klinkovsky
Kim Klinkovsky

May 23, 2019

Love the tulips. Love the stamps from the vault. Just beautiful cards. Thanks for the inspiration!

Lisa Says
Lisa Says

May 23, 2019

Beautiful article and story ! Happy anniversary Hero Arts ! You’re incredible !

Artconquers
Artconquers

May 23, 2019

Lovely Tulip card.. this pop up card is just wowww.. Happy 45th anniversary Hero arts.. Thsnks for the blog hop..

Kelly Kennedy
Kelly Kennedy

May 23, 2019

Beautiful cards! I love them! I really like how the flowers in the first card pop out!

Lynn Lahti
Lynn Lahti

May 23, 2019

I love how the stamps are timeless. The projects using the vault stamps are as beautiful today as the original ones were.

Nancy May
Nancy May

May 23, 2019

I love this!

Beth A Myers
Beth A Myers

May 23, 2019

that daffodil stamp is still a favorite I return to around spring

Barbara Schmitz
Barbara Schmitz

May 23, 2019

Shadow stamps! I am sooooo sorry that I sold mine a few years back. They were so useful for creating wonderful “canvases”.

Pat McMULLIN
Pat McMULLIN

May 23, 2019

I love the tulip card! Happy Anniversary!

Lisa Says
Lisa Says

May 23, 2019

How beautiful ! I have to try this !!

Dana M
Dana M

May 23, 2019

Gorgeous and fabulously creative projects!

Jeanne H
Jeanne H

May 23, 2019

It is so much fun looking at the “old” stamps. And the tulips old and new are wonderful.

Janet Sisk
Janet Sisk

May 23, 2019

So many great new products and so much inspiration!!!

Heidi Macy
Heidi Macy

May 23, 2019

So fun to see the older projects and the newer one!

Cyndy R
Cyndy R

May 23, 2019

Really enjoy your trip[ down memory lane. The tulips are lovely.

Janet Durbin
Janet Durbin

May 23, 2019

Happy 45th Anniversary! Love the beautiful tulip cards!

Nancy Wilcox
Nancy Wilcox

May 23, 2019

Love the look back! Happy 45th to Hero Arts!

Kathy H
Kathy H

May 23, 2019

Happy Anniversary to you Sally! I think you are the only one of the original designers that remain from the group I first got to know. I’m so glad that you’re still with Hero so I can see your wonderful cards!

JenniferPetty
JenniferPetty

May 23, 2019

Boy time does fly fast. 45 years is so cool. Looking forward to many more years.

Sheri Kempke
Sheri Kempke

May 23, 2019

Beautiful card, love those new inks, such great colors! Congrats on 45 years.

Pam Boedeker
Pam Boedeker

May 23, 2019

New stampers can’t believe we made such beautiful cards with no die cuts, no stamp press and a limited supplies. (And we walked to school eight miles in the snow.)

Amanda
Amanda

May 23, 2019

Happy anniversary hero arts! 🎉

Jennifer Roach
Jennifer Roach

May 23, 2019

Can’t wait to see more great projects and products.

Georges Gentry
Georges Gentry

May 23, 2019

Neat blast from the past. Cool to see the old & new versions of a pretty card. TFS!

Alma Dirpaul
Alma Dirpaul

May 23, 2019

Congratulations on your 45th Anniversary!

Carole
Carole

May 23, 2019

Happy Anniversary Hero Arts, here’s to more wonderful crafting years! I always look forward to your MMH Kits.

Beverly
Beverly

May 23, 2019

Such a beautiful card, Sally. It is easy to see why you are the Queen of so many things.

Alma Dirpaul
Alma Dirpaul

May 23, 2019

Congratulations on your 45th Anniversary!

Becca Yahrling
Becca Yahrling

May 23, 2019

So fun to see the older stamps.

Lieve Stoffels
Lieve Stoffels

May 23, 2019

I loved Day 1 off the Blog Hop; and I’m sure Day 2 will be as good !
What a great idea to recreate the cards from years ago ! They are beautiful !
Thank you for sharing them.
Off to find some more inspiration in today’s hop, thanks in advance to all of you.
And thank you for the generous give-away. Good luck to all of us.

Lisa K
Lisa K

May 23, 2019

Fun blog hop today. Love the trip down memory lane. The tulips are so lovely both in the older set and the newer set.

Stef Perry
Stef Perry

May 23, 2019

Lovely to see Sally’s original card and her new version, both beautiful with that classic stamp!

Sharron Gregory
Sharron Gregory

May 23, 2019

Beautiful tulips! Love how you used them for a pop-up card!

Yasmine Omar
Yasmine Omar

May 23, 2019

Congrats on your 45th Anniversary, Hero Arts! Such beautiful cards! I love Pop-up cards and enjoy making them.H

Colette
Colette

May 23, 2019

Beautiful card! Love your shadow stamping! Thank you!

Victoria Davis
Victoria Davis

May 23, 2019

Simple but beautiful!

Dawn
Dawn

May 23, 2019

Pop-ups are so much fun to receive (and make) for people of all ages.

Elisa O'Neal
Elisa O'Neal

May 23, 2019

Just love all Hero Arts. Started 14 years ago card ideas.

June Swart
June Swart

May 23, 2019

Congratulations of 45 years!!!! Love these spring flowers from the vault!

Kelly Massman
Kelly Massman

May 23, 2019

Tulips are so pretty