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Woodblock Wednesday with Amy Tsuruta + Giveaway!

Jun 14, 2023 Hero Arts

We have a fun feature for you today! Paging our woodblock stamps – please come forward and step into the spotlight. You are timeless classics and your crisp impressions make our red-rubber-loving hearts happy. ❤ It's your time to shine.

Now please join us in welcoming our good friend Amy Tsuruta to the blog, enjoy some lovely inspiration, and learn more about "Woodblock Wednesday"!



Do you have a stash of woodblock stamps? Every month I post projects for Woodblock Wednesday and I’m excited to collaborate with Hero Arts! Today I’m sharing two projects that feature fabulous Hero Arts woodblock stamps. First up, a bit of background regarding Woodblock Wednesday.




I decided to start a monthly feature that would inspire me and others to use their woodblock stamps. The projects that have been shared have been amazing and I always enjoy reading the backstory of stamps that are used. I’d love for you to link up a newly created project that features a woodblock stamp over on my blog.

Today I’m featuring two new Hero Arts woodblock stamps:
   • Go Left
   • Live and Let Love

Here’s how I was inspired:


My first project features:
   • Go Left
   • Designer Woodgrain



My overall color palette for both projects is:
   • Granite
   • Dove White

One of my all time favorite stamps is the Designer Woodgrain. The beauty of woodblock stamps is how they stamp perfect impressions every time. I did tone on tone stamping with the Designer Woodgrain. The Go Left sentiment has been heat embossed in white on Granite cardstock. I cut the sentiment with the Rounded Rectangle Infinity Dies.

My other project features:
   • Live and Let Love
   • Flowering Nasturtium


I wanted to add a pop of color so I used Neon Orange ink (direct to paper) to add another paper panel layer. The Flowering Nasturtium has been stamped with Granite ink on the Granite panel. The sentiment has been heat embossed in white and cut with the Nesting Circle Infinity Dies.

A big thank you to Hero Arts for letting me share the Woodblock Wednesday fun with you!


A big thank you to Amy for sharing her creations with us today, and for continuing to share the love of red rubber woodblock stamps! They will forever have a big place in our hearts at Hero Arts! 

Have you ever wondered how rubber stamps are made? Here's a video overview of the process, explained by our fearless leader, Aaron. We make these beautiful red rubber stamps right at our facility in Richmond, California!

Because we're feeling all the love of woodblock today, we want to share some of that love with you! Please leave a comment telling us whether you've ever stamped with a woodblock stamp. We'll randomly pick one comment to win a prize pack of the stamps Amy featured today! Please comment by Sunday, June 18 at 11:59pm PT, and we'll post the winner here on the blog.

Be sure to visit Amy's post, and participate in Woodblock Wednesday!

Thanks for stopping by,

Click on products to shop:

E6491 Go Left | Hero Arts
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G6490 Live and Let Love | Hero Arts
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S5208 Designer Woodgrain | Hero Arts
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K6269 Flowering Nasturtium | Hero Arts
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DI465 Rounded Rectangle Infinity Dies...
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DI199 Nesting Circle Infinity Dies...
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AF761 Granite Core Ink | Hero Arts
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AF241 Neon 4-Cube Pack | Hero Arts
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PW122 White Detail Embossing Powder |...
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PS342 Hero Hues Premium Cardstock...
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PS325 Hero Hues Dove white | Hero Arts
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46 Responses

Deborah Hellman

Deborah Hellman

June 18, 2023

Great stamps and designs. Love the blog. ❤️

DONNA MIKASA

DONNA MIKASA

June 17, 2023

Woodblock stamps were my introduction to stamping and Hero Arts’ background stamps were my fave! I think I owned almost every background stamp that was produced! I’ve yet to participate in Amy’s WW but hope to very soon!

Cat Lail

Cat Lail

June 17, 2023

Woodblocks? Ha! That’s all there was when I started stamping back in the 90s. And, I still have quite a few woodblock stamps that I’ll never give up. And quite a handful are Hero Arts. I need to pull those out and create!

Thanks for your continued inspiration!

Denise Kasbohm

Denise Kasbohm

June 17, 2023

I love the combination of stamp designs used. Wood stamps are how I started and so will always love them!?

Vikki Hein

Vikki Hein

June 17, 2023

Amy’s monthly challenge is reminding me of all the beautiful woodblock stamps in my collection. Sometimes with clear stamps and dies we forget what great impressions rubber mounted wood block stamps make. Thank you for sponsoring Amy’s Woodblock Wednesday challenge this month.

Kelly Santi

Kelly Santi

June 16, 2023

The joy of crisp new rubber stamps! It such a fun process you shared and I just love them through the years as treasures! Thanks for sharing!

Malin

Malin

June 16, 2023

So fun and creative Amy. I have used blockstamps before when I was new to scrapbooking.

Aviva Christie

Aviva Christie

June 15, 2023

I love the simple, graphic designs of these cards! Thank you for the inspiration to use my dozens of wood block stamps!

Barbara Kohn

Barbara Kohn

June 15, 2023

Thanks for showcasing woodblock stamps Amy. I adore the zillions of woodblock stamps in my collection, and yes they take up a lot of real estate in my craft room, but the are part of my card making journey and many remain favorites—mostly Hero Arts brand. The quality can’t be beat! I’ll be following along for inspiration!

Jennifer Ingle

Jennifer Ingle

June 15, 2023

I love Amy’s work and I love Woodblock Wednesday! Thanks for this amazing giveaway! Hero makes such fantastic woodblock designs!

Margery C

Margery C

June 15, 2023

I do have lots of woodblock stamps but they don’t get used much. This blog may inspire me to pull them out.

LindaRubarski

LindaRubarski

June 15, 2023

Yes, I have a lot of wood block stamps that I still use.

Barbara Sokollek

Barbara Sokollek

June 15, 2023

Woodblock Wednesday is a brilliant idea! I love to participate and ink up my vintage woodblock stamps ☺️

Amy Solovay

Amy Solovay

June 15, 2023

Lovely cards, Amy! Thank you so much for the wonderful inspiration.

I used to own many, many woodblock stamps. Most of them were made by Hero Arts. I sold off my entire wood-mounted stamp collection before I moved aboard a sailboat and went cruising (along with everything else I owned; the stamps weren’t the only casualty of that adventure). I really and truly miss my wood-mounted stamps, which I far, far, FAR prefer over clear stamps. I would like to buy more of them, but I still don’t have enough space for them even though I’m not living aboard a sailboat any longer. So for now, I will try to be content with my small collection of clear stamps.

Thanks for the fun giveaway and also for making amazing old school wood-mounted stamps available. I am glad to know I’ll still be able to get them when I am able to buy more of them.

Bonnie Lynn Schroeder Ratzloff

Bonnie Lynn Schroeder Ratzloff

June 15, 2023

Fabulous projects Amy!!! I’m so glad this challenge was started.

Cynthia Olheiser

Cynthia Olheiser

June 14, 2023

Love Amy’s projects. Simple but elegant! I have tons of woodblock stamps (many from Hero Arts) and only found Amy’s challenge recently. Thank you Hero Arts for the generous giveaway!

Kayla Hesseling

Kayla Hesseling

June 14, 2023

I have TONS of wood block stamps but need to use them more for sure! This blog and video has my creative juices flowing. I think I know what I’ll be doing on my day off and just in time for Father’s day.

Geri S

Geri S

June 14, 2023

P.S. Still have a stash of woodblocks I won’t unmount just cuz I love them as they are.

Geri S

Geri S

June 14, 2023

Love your cards! The sentiment are the best and I’m glad to see they’re still available. I’ve been stamping so long and had so many wood block stamps that I had to dismount them for storage purposes. I just ran out of room! I have a couple woodgrain backgrounds as they are one of my favorite! When I fall in love with a woodblock stamp, I’ll still buy it. Happy HA are still making them.

Debra Davison

Debra Davison

June 14, 2023

I love woodblock stamps and many are from Hero Arts !! I’ve been stamping since the late 80’s and woodblock stamps will always be my favorites .. Thank you for joining Amy this month for Woodblock Wednesday ..

Sue D

Sue D

June 14, 2023

Wonderful cards. I like the woodgrain and flowers. I like using wood block stamps.

Stephanie A Severin

Stephanie A Severin

June 14, 2023

Always fun to break out 20 years of woodblocks in my studio … love Amy T.

Linda Wetterlin

Linda Wetterlin

June 14, 2023

Such a fun challenge, Amy & I’ve been meaning to play along some Wednesday! Thanks for the inspiration!! And yes, Hero Arts – I have oodles of woodblock stamps, mostly Hero Arts. I especially love the big background stamps and was taught to lay them face up and put the paper down on them – worked like a charm!!

Tabatha Ainsworth

Tabatha Ainsworth

June 14, 2023

I have a lot of woodblock stamps. I have been stamping for about 30 years now. Some of my favorite stamps are woodblock style. I love the Hero Arts goddess stamps (lotus lady, moon lady, mermaid…)!

Michael A Trent

Michael A Trent

June 14, 2023

I’ve been stamping and using Hero Arts woodblock stamps for over 20 years. When I started stamping, woodblock stamps were the only stamps around and nothing beats a good rubber stamp on wood. Thanks for showcasing Amy’s work and the love of woodblock stamps.

Sandi Pressley

Sandi Pressley

June 14, 2023

I love Amy’s monthly challenge and have been playing along for the last few months. Thank you Hero Arts for this giveaway. I have several Hero Arts Wood block stamps that I will be using in future Challenge entries.

Nadine Dunker

Nadine Dunker

June 14, 2023

Like the idea of woodblock Wednesdays. The stamps used in today’s example are adorable. The cards made by Amy T. are lovely and certainly stirs the imagination.

Mardi R

Mardi R

June 14, 2023

Yes! Woodblock stamps were the only stamps I owned when I first started making cards many years ago. Nothing stamps as nicely as red rubber stamps! Thanks for making amazing products and for the chance to win.

Bo Gilmore

Bo Gilmore

June 14, 2023

Hi Amy and Hero Arts. I am so happy you are featuring Woodblock Stamps. I love the tone-on-tone look of your cards. In 1997 I started stamping. I have a wonderful collection of woodblock stamps. Most of which are Hero Arts. I love how beautifully they are displayed in my craft room. I always enjoyed the pretty boxes Hero Arts put their collections in. I had to stop stamping for a while and restarted about a year ago. It was a shock to my system to see how the stamping industry had changed. It saddened me to see most woodblock stamps and punches had been eliminated from the mainstream. I am so happy Hero Arts has kept them alive and well. Along with my woodblocks I use photopolymer, but they will always be my one true love.

Denise Bryant

Denise Bryant

June 14, 2023

Such beautiful designs on Amy’s cards! I love using my woodblock stamps and it’s been fun to participate in her Woodblock Wednesday challenges!

Cathy  Maxwell

Cathy Maxwell

June 14, 2023

I do have lots of woodblock stamps from various companies including Hero Arts. I need to start using them again and thanks to Amy, I will do just that!
Thanks for a great giveaway!!!

Jean R

Jean R

June 14, 2023

Hero Arts woodblock stamps Jeremy first for stamping, and I still use them. Great quality!

Phyllis Freese

Phyllis Freese

June 14, 2023

When I began stamping over 20 years ago, we only had wood block stamps. I kept most of them and still enjoy using them. I still feel that nothing stamps better than red rubber and they look pretty on display, too.

Dawn V.

Dawn V.

June 14, 2023

I use my woodblock stamps every day, but I love the idea of Woodblock Wednesday!

Maureen Morton

Maureen Morton

June 14, 2023

Wood? I LOVE them!!! I use mine quite often and I have several treasures from the very early days of Hero Arts (I’ve been with them since the very beginning in the Bay Area).One of my favs is "Manuscript Background – 2001.

Maria Giselle B.

Maria Giselle B.

June 14, 2023

Thank you for sponsoring. I have several Hero Arts Woodblock Stamps. This challenge is a great inspiration to use these again.

Lucy Evans

Lucy Evans

June 14, 2023

I love Amy’s cards and enthusiasm for this craft! I started using woodblock stamps back in the late 1980’s-early 1990’s when my daughters were young and liked to do crafts. We even used embossing powder! I still have most of my woodblock stamps and even have a set of Hero Arts woodblock leaf stamps that my mom had bought years ago. Thanks for sponsoring Woodblock Wednesday!

Mary Holshouser

Mary Holshouser

June 14, 2023

I’ve been stamping for over 17 years
so – Yes, I have lots of wood block
stamps and I still use them. Good
to see somebody bringing back
attention to them. thanks for
sharing.

Gaby C

Gaby C

June 14, 2023

Woodblock stamps will forever be my favorite for so many reasons! They forever remind me of opening the drawers in my grandma’s home office as a kid and finding her (now vintage) Hero Arts stamps which are now part of my huge collection!

Meghan Kennihan

Meghan Kennihan

June 14, 2023

I love woodblock stamps! I just stamped up some Hero Arts ones for the challenge! Thanks so much for the chance to win these beauties!

Von Marie

Von Marie

June 14, 2023

I love all the cards you created Amy. Yes, I love that I have been participating in Amy’s Challenges and have been giving love to my Woodblock stamps.

Donna K Baes

Donna K Baes

June 14, 2023

Two fantastic cards, Amy. I love the “pop of color” and the great sentiments for both cards. Paired with the perfect background stamps these cards are just so happy.

Kim Heggins

Kim Heggins

June 14, 2023

Wow….so excited to see Amy’s Woodblock Wednesday here. I love her beautiful creation and love playing along each month.

Helen Budzik

Helen Budzik

June 14, 2023

When I first started crafting, there were only woodblock stamps and most of the ones (I still have them all) were by Hero Arts. I’ve used them three ways. First to create all sorts of cards. Second to embellish scrapbook pages. Third to use outline stamps as a basis for zentangling.

amy tsuruta

amy tsuruta

June 14, 2023

Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity!

Jean Marmo

Jean Marmo

June 14, 2023

Love these cards and stamps!

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