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Hero Arts 45th Anniversary Blog Hop - Day 2

May 16, 2019 Hero Arts

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!

375 Responses

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!

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