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United As One: Product Release + Videos!

by Hero Arts July 20, 2020 21 Comments

Hello and welcome! Today we are celebrating two special new releases, and kicking off a week dedicated to sharing creations using these stamps. We invite you to join us in celebrating, encouraging and lifting up togetherness, diversity and inclusion.

First, we'd love to introduce you to United As One.

Dana Joy, Pocono Pam and Hero Arts are excited to partner in a conscious effort to be intentionally diverse and inclusive. Crafters and cardmakers of color need to feel support, appreciation, and respect when expressing their values, experiences and skin tone in their work. We are celebrating this spirit through unity, and this collaboration is a pathway for everyone to see themselves in their art. We hope the United As One stamp set will encourage makers to become interested and committed to listening and learning from and about each other, and recognize we are all one, united creative community. 100% of net profits from this 6" x 8" stamp set will be donated to racial justice charities selected by Dana and Pam.

The United As One set is just the beginning. More stamps and dies will be added to our new Unity collection in the very near future!

Next, we have We Stand With You from The Stamping Village.

As a group reflecting our larger community, The Stamping Village believes speaking up and speaking out is required when racial, social, and economic injustice exists. Standing up is a vital part of supporting all members of society and the only path towards healing. Standing together, we are committed to listening, learning, and change. As part of a pledge by The Stamping Village to donate $10,000 for racial justice, 100% net profits from every We Stand With You  6" x 8" stamp set sold will be donated to the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Hero Arts Creative Team member Daniel West is here today to introduce you to both of these sets...

Hey there everyone! Daniel here to introduce these two exciting stamp sets to you! How exciting to see two of the most fantastic ladies, Dana Joy and Pocono Pam, designing a stamp set with Hero Arts! And what a huge heart Hero has for unity and healing, evidenced through this effort. 

You can catch all the details for my cards in the videos below. I do want to just share some extra tidbits about them that I want to highlight here!

For the first stamp set, working with Hero Arts inks, I used Soft Vanilla and Cup O' Joe inks. The Soft Vanilla ink actually dries back a lot less yellow than it may appear at first. I recommend trying it out! The Cup O' Joe works beautifully for a darker skin tone, and can be combined with Caramel for a different look altogether. 

It's fantastic that this stamp set has provoked a conversation about skin tone inks. As we work to intentionally include people of many different colors, a set of inks reflecting this effort could go a long way in representing the diversity of our community, and is being worked on for a future release.

(If you are having trouble viewing this video, please try watching it HERE on YouTube.)

For the second set of projects, I used Hero Arts' contribution to The Stamping Village We Stand With You stamp set. The image doesn't take up a lot of real estate, so I created two different television screens with the people. One scene harkens back to the 60's protests for racial justice and the other to 2020.

Check out the video I did for all the details.

(If you are having trouble viewing this video, please try watching it HERE on YouTube.)

Thank you for joining me today on the blog and YouTube! I hope you enjoyed these projects and invite you to stand with Hero Arts and The Stamping Village to highlight the need for unity, intentionality and healing. I hope you have a fantastic week!

Thanks Daniel! For even more inspiration using these stamps sets, check out these artists (including our wonderful collaborators Dana Joy and Pocono Pam!):

Hero Arts (you are here)
Dana Joy
Pocono Pam
Channin Pelletier
Daniel West
Debi Adams
Ilina Crouse
Janette Kausen
Jennifer McGuire
Libby Hickson
Michelle Short

Be sure to come back tomorrow when Dana will be joining United As One week here on the blog, sharing lots of information and ideas for using the stamps!

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AF224 Orange Soda Shadow Ink - Hero Arts
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21 Responses

Art_of_albara
Art_of_albara

July 22, 2020

I absolutely lost those stamp sets. It’s great to finally see some good change to include everybody. Thank you Hero Arts ! Beautiful cards done with them. 😘

Jen pope
Jen pope

July 22, 2020

The cards are EVERYTHING. Thank you for all of your talents! I am a white woman with two mixed race children. This stamp set means a lot to all of us! I have been coloring black mermaids and black batmen since they were babies because no one else was producing crafts that they identified with. Thankfully progress, education and change can be made. The future looks bright.

D Idlet
D Idlet

July 21, 2020

Beautiful cards and stamp sets! Everyone’s creations were very inspiring.

Candace
Candace

July 20, 2020

Very cool. Love the use of the TV and the simplicity of the holding hands.

KerrynM
KerrynM

July 20, 2020

2 fabulous stamp sets. Love them ❤️

Barbara Cooke
Barbara Cooke

July 20, 2020

A thoughtful and beautiful pair of sets. I did notice, however that there are no Asian faces.

Jeanne Jordan
Jeanne Jordan

July 20, 2020

I am thrilled to see this collaboration which brings us much needed stamp images, but more importantly the message which needs to resonate in all businesses, not just the crafting world. We REALLY are all in this together, equally, and standing up for each other is the right course of action. THANK YOU!

Margarita Navarro-Rivera
Margarita Navarro-Rivera

July 20, 2020

I am so glad that hero Arts and the stamping village (with all of its great company participants) have stepped up to the plate in trying to be more inclusive and add diversity to the stamping community! Daniel your cards are fantastic! Thank you for the video showing how you created them!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari)
Linda W. (ScrappinBari)

July 20, 2020

Wonderful collaborations and just another example of how Hero Arts supports the stamping community!! Thank you!!

Debbie F.
Debbie F.

July 20, 2020

I really appreciate — and like — the stamp set by Hero Arts and agree that having a collection of inks that reflect various skin tones would be a great idea. Looking forward to when that comes out. THANK YOU, Hero Arts for expanding into a more diverse line. Listening to the recent conversations in the crafting community, I attempted to modify a couple of stamp sets and color people in the images with color. These are Christmas cards that will be donated and distributed to people I don’t know. It didn’t dawn on me before that a card might be received by a person of color who would prefer to see an image that more reflects him/her. I’m hoping some upcoming Christmas stamps will be more reflective of diversity as well. Again, thank you, Hero Arts.

Libby
Libby

July 20, 2020

Love this release so much! Great projects, Daniel. Thankful for you, Dana & Pam!

Lisa M luluvision
Lisa M luluvision

July 20, 2020

These are wonderful!!

Carol Wortman
Carol Wortman

July 20, 2020

No words… just feelings… prayers… and faith for tomorrow. These cards are beautiful Daniel, the vintage is a perfect suggestion for tomorrow! Heartfelt, beauuriful stamp set. Thank you.

Rachel
Rachel

July 20, 2020

It’s heartening to see the theme of these sets as “unity” & “all as one” – we don’t have to be the same across the board to support & love each other. No ‘one’ should be promoted above all. Dana & Pam thank you for making your voice heard respectfully and your artwork is outstanding, thank you for sharing! Looking forward to seeing future collaborations :-)

Kaylene
Kaylene

July 20, 2020

Such awesome stamp sets. Love the inclusivity encouraged with the stamps are cards.

Sharon Fritchman
Sharon Fritchman

July 20, 2020

I absolutely love these stamp sets! Thank you, Daniel for sharing your talents with us. These cards are amazing and beautiful. Thanks also, Pocono Pam and Dana Joy for designed these wonderful stamp sets!

Jennifer Spiller
Jennifer Spiller

July 20, 2020

Dana, congratulations! I am so excited and happy for you and Pam! This stamp set is awesome!! I absolutely cannot wait to have it in my hands!! Happy day with many happy dances for you!!! You are awesome!

Dana Joy
Dana Joy

July 20, 2020

LOVE this card and the tutorial Daniel. You are truly amazing and I’m thrilled you are working with this stamp set. I adore you so much!!!

Patricia Fairclough
Patricia Fairclough

July 20, 2020

I love these stamps and need them. The videos are great. X

Sheila H
Sheila H

July 20, 2020

Wonderful cards! I liked how you used the inks on the hands to create the shadows. And the two tv cards are great fun with your then and now concepts.

Pocono Pam
Pocono Pam

July 20, 2020

So excited for these sets! Great cards and videos Daniel! XOXOXOXO