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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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Karen L Hetherington
Karen L Hetherington

May 23, 2019

I enjoy making pop up cards. Yours is very nice.

Josmary
Josmary

May 23, 2019

So much fun to see all the new re releases

Kerry G
Kerry G

May 23, 2019

I love all the floral images! So pretty!

Mary-Anne V
Mary-Anne V

May 23, 2019

Wonderful use of floral images especially with the pop up.

Patricia Sparks
Patricia Sparks

May 23, 2019

Congratulations hero arts

Michelle Bylaw
Michelle Bylaw

May 23, 2019

What a pretty card!! Love the way the tulips pop!

Fran Oldaker
Fran Oldaker

May 23, 2019

I love all the new Hero Arts stamps and the new ink pads, so many pretty colors.

Luci
Luci

May 23, 2019

Great inspiration! Thank you! Congratulations!

Laura S
Laura S

May 23, 2019

Love the pop up, such a fun design!

Debbie F.
Debbie F.

May 23, 2019

I too love that pop up card! What a great idea and a surprise (I’m sure) to open a card and see a “field” of tulips (which are one of my favorite flowers). And thanks, Hero Arts, for the flash back on ink colors. I’m blown away these days by the varieties of inks as well as their colors and what can be done with them. The industry has come a long, long way!!

Jo Anne Malicoat
Jo Anne Malicoat

May 23, 2019

The tulip card is great, but I am a huge fan of the shadow stamping – just love it!

Lisa B. Reber
Lisa B. Reber

May 23, 2019

Congrats on your 45th Anniversary! I have been with you for about 20 of those 45, lol!

Martha Herrera
Martha Herrera

May 23, 2019

Love the tulips card. You can use that stamp all year round. Love it.
Thanks for sharing.

Debbie Alderson
Debbie Alderson

May 23, 2019

Beautiful cards! ❤️Hero Arts!

JulieL
JulieL

May 23, 2019

I have, a d still use, my HA botanical woodblock stamps. Love the detail and crisp impression from red rubber stamps.

Gabriella Bell
Gabriella Bell

May 23, 2019

Oh my goodness, I am loving your blog lately. So fun to read and learn about the history

Lynn Conlon
Lynn Conlon

May 23, 2019

All of these cards are just so creative and bright. I love the You Touch My Heart. It is simple but so heartfelt.
Thanks for sharing.

Jodie L.
Jodie L.

May 23, 2019

I love that you are making old stamps “new” again! Happy 45th anniversary Hero Arts. I am so happy for you and for those of us who love your products!

Karen
Karen

May 23, 2019

The tulip card gave me the desire to look back through my older stamps and pull out some to create new cards. A fun time using new products to make my older stamps come alive again.

Nancy
Nancy

May 23, 2019

Happy 45th anniversary, congrats on this huge milestone. All your products are amazing, I am loving the 3d tulips card

Dee Earnshaw
Dee Earnshaw

May 23, 2019

sweet designs

Bonita Reyes
Bonita Reyes

May 23, 2019

Amazingly retro🥰

Karen Sanville
Karen Sanville

May 23, 2019

Congrats on 45 years. Love the tulips

Cynthia O.
Cynthia O.

May 23, 2019

I’m really enjoying the “trip” down memory lane with you all! Love the pop up design. Thanks for sharing.

Jeanne Beam
Jeanne Beam

May 23, 2019

Beautiful cards! Love the new inks.
Great release…
Thanks for sharing.

Teena
Teena

May 23, 2019

Love the summer release!

Isabel Z
Isabel Z

May 23, 2019

I love Hero Arts and blog hops because they inspire me to create—thank you! This card is stunning!

Retta Lutte
Retta Lutte

May 23, 2019

The impact of a pop up card is hard to beat and this one is just gorgeous, too!

Patricia Wilson
Patricia Wilson

May 23, 2019

The pop up cards are so pretty. I made one that was Christmas themed and it is very labor intensive but with beautiful results. Loved your Tulip stamps and dies. Keep up the good work.

Kailash
Kailash

May 23, 2019

Love the tulip pop up design, a very creative idea!

Chris Handy
Chris Handy

May 23, 2019

Love the 3D tulip card. Congratulations on 45 years. Love Hero Arts.

Lisa A creations
Lisa A creations

May 23, 2019

Happy anniversary! Congrats!

Circe
Circe

May 23, 2019

Yay! This sounds fun.

El Ivens
El Ivens

May 23, 2019

Love those tulips. Spring is finally here!!

Sheri D
Sheri D

May 23, 2019

So fun to see these retro stamps again!

Debbie Walter
Debbie Walter

May 23, 2019

Happy Anniversary! I am a big fan of your stamps. Thank you for such fantastic art!!

Linda Kepler
Linda Kepler

May 23, 2019

Simply beautiful! I love the tulips . . .

Jackie S
Jackie S

May 23, 2019

Love the flower stamps, and learning more of the history. I think the tulips are especially beautiful.

Deb Selby
Deb Selby

May 23, 2019

Love Tulips and you pop up card is so perfect to showcase multiples of them.

Lyhnn Hill
Lyhnn Hill

May 23, 2019

I love the Hero Arts ink color choices! I also love pop-up cards because I didn’t do them “back in the day” but definitely do them now!!

Sue Baker
Sue Baker

May 23, 2019

The simplicity of this pop up card is what makes it so attractive- thank you for the inspiration!

Claudia
Claudia

May 23, 2019

I am in love with spring and I adore all flowery themed cards.

RENITA SANDERS
RENITA SANDERS

May 23, 2019

Your lilac card is my favorite, clean, simple and full of meaning

Anushree Vaish
Anushree Vaish

May 23, 2019

I just love Pop up cards…this one is beautiful!!

Kelsey Thomas
Kelsey Thomas

May 23, 2019

I really love those tulips! :) They are so pretty!

Em
Em

May 23, 2019

Funny but I’ve been eyeing my shadow stamps lately. Guess I’ll dust them off and give them a spin…still love those vintage hero stamps. And a pop-up card looks like fun.

susie sonnier
susie sonnier

May 23, 2019

The pop up Tulips so pretty

Sherried
Sherried

May 23, 2019

Love the tulips and the card you made with them.

Catharina Worthington
Catharina Worthington

May 23, 2019

As always thanks for sharing your wonderful card makers handmade cards and ideas. I learnt so much from your blogs. Again thanks for given me ideas to try at home.

Karthikha Uday
Karthikha Uday

May 23, 2019

I love interactive and popup cards!! This one is awesome! :) Thank you for another day filled with amazing inspirations! :)

Joyce Soo Hoo
Joyce Soo Hoo

May 23, 2019

I am still stamping since my twenties and I am turning 60 this year. Grew up with your stamps. Love Hero Arts. Thank you from across the bay.

Debbie Rumpza
Debbie Rumpza

May 23, 2019

Happy Anniversary! I love the Tulip card!

Stacy K
Stacy K

May 23, 2019

So many stamps, so little time is so TRUE! Thank you Hero Arts for 45 years! Thank you Sally for sharing your card, so pretty!

Lisa
Lisa

May 23, 2019

SALLY!!! Love your cards!!!! And don’t forget about being the Queen of pink + orange too lol!!! Happy anniversary, Hero!!!

Joyce Soo Hoo
Joyce Soo Hoo

May 23, 2019

I am still stamping since my twenties and I am turning 60 this year. Grew up with your stamps. Love Hero Arts. Thank you from across the bay.

Jackie Parkins
Jackie Parkins

May 23, 2019

Happy Anniversary Hero Arts! These cards are beautiful and I’m looking forward to another day of inspiration on the blog hop.

Laura P.
Laura P.

May 23, 2019

Sally, Your cards are beautiful and timeless! I want to go make a pop up card NOW!! Thanks for sharing the new and the old!

Karen L.
Karen L.

May 23, 2019

Happy anniversary!!! Thank you for so many wonderful products and amazing inspiration.

Louise
Louise

May 23, 2019

So many hours of enjoyment creating cards with your products.
I always have fun using them.
Congrats!!!

Julia D.
Julia D.

May 23, 2019

Look at all those yummy inks! The sample cards are very pretty – love the pop-up tulips. Thank you for the chances to win!!

Sharon O
Sharon O

May 23, 2019

Such lovely memories and beautiful cards! Happy Anniversary and many more!

nancy f
nancy f

May 23, 2019

Awesome pop-up card. Happy 45 years!

CosmeaGardens
CosmeaGardens

May 23, 2019

Awesome article keep it up in future and thanks for sharing with us.

Laurie Worthy
Laurie Worthy

May 23, 2019

Love the tip toeing through the tulips.

SHARI CZERWINSKI
SHARI CZERWINSKI

May 23, 2019

Love those tulips! Maybe because I started crafting before die cuts, I still find myself fussy cutting more than I have too!

Beth Harple
Beth Harple

May 23, 2019

Very pretty cards, the flowers look like they are growing right out of the card

Faye Smith
Faye Smith

May 23, 2019

Love this card!

Andre M.
Andre M.

May 23, 2019

Thanks for sharing these “blasts from the past” and your newer versions, so much fun to look back.

Amber Scholtz
Amber Scholtz

May 23, 2019

The tulips really “pop” on that card. Great idea for a layered look.

Teri Wilson
Teri Wilson

May 23, 2019

Congrats Hero Arts! The tulip card is incredible! Love the pop up feature!

Victoria Banaszak
Victoria Banaszak

May 23, 2019

I love seeing the new and old. I remember the shadow stamps very well and probably have them in my stash somewhere. BTW I forgot to say have a very happy anniversary! You deserve it!

Gail
Gail

May 23, 2019

I love the flowers popping off the page!

Olga Vassilenko
Olga Vassilenko

May 23, 2019

Happy 45th anniversary, Hero Arts! You are amazing, keep on rocking! Love your products and inspiration!!!

Nola
Nola

May 23, 2019

Love the colors and these cards. I’m just a beginner, love what others here have done. Thanks for sharing. Gives me casing ideas.

Cheri Johnston
Cheri Johnston

May 23, 2019

I love pop up cards! They are so unique and surprise the recipient❗