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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Hero Arts 2018 Catalog Release Blog Hop + Giveaway!

(This is my second post today - please click HERE or scroll down to see a fun post about making Christmas card throughout the year!)

 Hello and welcome! Today is an exciting day over at Hero Arts! The new 2018 Catalog products are launching in the Hero Arts store! I'm part of a giant blog hop to celebrate - you should have arrived here from Kelly Latevola's blog (and I'm sure if you did, you are still swooning - can't wait to see what she colored today!). If this is your first stop, go ahead and head back to the Hero Arts blog to start from the beginning!

Today I'm sharing a few of the cards I made for the printed catalog. I had so much fun playing with these products!


For my first card, I created a little scene by combining the Make a Fountain set with the Trellis Fancy Die. First, I stamped the parts of the fountain and colored it with my Copics. The path leading up the fountain was drawn by hand and colored. The little bushes along the path are another new set, Layered Topiary - I stamped them without worrying about lining them up perfectly. When I added the trellis to the card, I only partially adhered it, so the doors can open. Another detail that you can't really see in my photos - I added some of the new Crystal Clear Lacquer Pen to the water of the fountain, to make it look "wet".


The next card was a little bit of a labor of love, but I really do love it! There are several fun new Color Layering sets in this release, which I love. But one thing I especially love is that with most of them, the final layer is an outline image, so you can use that line image for coloring! Here I used the Color Layering Elephant set.


I stamped and masked the elephant several times to create my "herd". To give the gray elephants some variation, I colored them with three different "families" of gray Copics - toners (T1, T3, T5), neutrals (N0, N3, N5) and cools (C1, C3, C5). For my stand out ellie, I went with violets (V04-06). I had to add a little pink (R20) to their cheeks, because that's what I do!


The message I used is from a set called Weird and Wonderful. There are so many great messages in this set - I love all the weirdness!


For my next card, I used another favorite from this release - Support Prayers Love. This stamp set was developed as we were all reeling from the natural disasters that struck last fall - the multiple hurricanes, the fires in California, the earthquake in Mexico. Hero Arts has a long tradition of giving back - it's one of the many reasons I am proud to work with this company. You can learn more about their efforts on their Giving Page. All profits from this stamp set are donated to charity. There are four new Destination woodblock stamps for fundraising as well - Destination Puerto Rico, Destination Napa Valley, Destination Mexico and Destination Florida. They go along with the Destination Texas stamp, which already existed but was designated as a giving stamp last fall.


For the card above, I used a combination of Copic markers and Bold Inks. A great thing about the Bold Inks - they are Copic-friendly, so I can color and not worry about bleeding. The hands are a solid image, so I stamped them in Caramel, using second generation inking, the added E00 Copic coloring right over them. The Earth images in the background were stamped in Moss ink, and then colored with BG11, while the heart-shaped Earth was stamped in Intense Black and colored with G24 and BG13.


And finally, my last card - for this one I played with a GORGEOUS new woodblock stamp called Flowering Nasturtium. I heat embossed it in gold on black cardstock, then colored with my colored pencils. I love the vibrant look you can achieve when doing this! I added a few sequins from the Champagne mix to finish the card. The gold matting was done by painting with Kuretake Gansai Tambi Starry Colors gold paint on Kraft paper. It's so shimmery and pretty in real life. The gold embossed message is also from the Weird and Wonderful set that I used above. The Flowering Nasturtium stamp also has a matching die available, which is super handy!


Alrighty! That was a lot of card info! Now it's time to hop. The hop is both huge and AMAZING - I'm so honored to even be associated with this talented list of stampers! Be sure to visit everyone along the hop and leave comments - Hero Arts will be giving away THREE $50 gift certificates to lucky winners drawn from the blog comments across the hop. You have until Thursday, February 22 at 11:59 pacific to leave those comments!

The Hero Arts Blog
Jennifer McGuire
Kristina Werner
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Yana Smakula
Cathy Zielske
May Sukyong Park
Nichol Spohr
Michelle Short
Wanda Guess
Amy Tsuruta
Lydia Fiedler
Heather Ruwe
Laurie Willison
Clare Prezzia
Iliana Myska
Emily Midgett
Janette Kausen
Jenn Shurkus
Sean Fetterman
Simon Hurley
Joan Bardee
Megan Hoeppner
Lisa Stein
Ilina Crouse
Amy Kolling
Rubeena Ianigro
Kelly Latevola
Libby Hickson (you are here!)
Lucy Abrams

Be sure to visit Lucy Abrams next - she is a longtime friend of Hero Arts and is so sweet and so completely amazing - we're absolutely thrilled she's part of our hop today!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Hero Arts Make a Fountain
Hero Arts Make a Fountain
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Hero Arts Trellis Fancy Die
Hero Arts Trellis Fancy Die
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Hero Arts Layered Topiary
Hero Arts Layered Topiary
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Hero Arts Crystal Clear Lacquer Pen
Hero Arts Crystal Clear Lacquer Pen
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Hero Arts Color Layering Elephant
Hero Arts Color Layering Elephant
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Hero Arts Weird and Wonderful
Hero Arts Weird and Wonderful
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Hero Arts Support Prayers Love
Hero Arts Support Prayers Love
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Hero Arts Destination Napa Valley
Hero Arts Destination Napa Valley
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Hero Arts Destination Puerto Rico
Hero Arts Destination Puerto Rico
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Hero Arts Destination Mexico
Hero Arts Destination Mexico
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Hero Arts Destination Florida
Hero Arts Destination Florida
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Hero Arts Destination Texas
Hero Arts Destination Texas
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Hero Arts Flowering Nasturtium
Hero Arts Flowering Nasturtium
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Hero Arts Flowering Nasturtium Frame Cuts
Hero Arts Flowering Nasturtium Frame Cuts
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Hero Arts Caramel Bold Ink
Hero Arts Caramel Bold Ink
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Hero Arts Moss Bold Ink
Hero Arts Moss Bold Ink
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Hero Arts Intense Black Ink
Hero Arts Intense Black Ink
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Hero Arts Gold Embossing Powder
Hero Arts Gold Embossing Powder
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Hero Arts Champagne Sequins
Hero Arts Champagne Sequins
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Hero Arts Make a Fountain Frame Cuts
Hero Arts Make a Fountain Frame Cuts
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Hero Arts Layered Topiary Frame Cuts
Hero Arts Layered Topiary Frame Cuts
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Hero Arts Color Layering Elephant Frame Cuts
Hero Arts Color Layering Elephant Frame Cuts
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Get Cracking on Christmas! + Giveaway!


Today I'm so excited to be joining some crafty friends to GET CRACKING ON CHRISTMAS!! I'm hoping that joining these ladies will keep me working on holiday cards throughout the year, so by December I'll have a big stash all ready to go! Have you ever done this? I'm usually the Queen of Procrastination, so my Christmas cards start to happen mid-December, which typically means photo cards. But I'd be so thrilled to actually send out handmade cards this year. Because, you know, it's just a wee bit pathetic that I don't, working for a stamp company and all....!!

For this post, I'm sharing a slew of bear cards I've made. One of my absolute all-time favorite dies from Hero Arts is this Paper Layering Bear!


Isn't he gorgeous? I love pairing him with watercolors. He can be whichever kind of bear you'd like! Perhaps a black bear?



Or a brown bear?



Or a polar bear?



Maybe next I'll make him a purple bear, just because I can.

On all of these cards, I paired him with messages from the Off-Beat Holiday Messages set. There are so many funny sayings in there!! I love the "filthy animal" message with him - it cracks me up! And I have to admit, Home Alone is one of my family's favorite Christmas movies...!

For the polar bear, I also used a gorgeous stencil called Pop Pattern, which I combined with Nuvo glimmer paste that I tinted purple with the same Orchid Bold Ink I used for the message.

I just happen to have an extra of both the stencil and the message set, so I'll give them away to one lucky person who comments. I'll throw in a Color Layering Baby Penguin set too - I wish I had another bear die to give away, but hopefully those happy penguins will do.


Please leave your comments by next Friday, February 23 and I'll announce the winner soon after.

Now let's see what my friends Jenn, Cheiron, Chari and Caryn came up with today! And a huge thanks to Jenn for letting me play along, I'm so happy to be here!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Hero Arts Paper Layering Bear
Hero Arts Paper Layering Bear
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Hero Arts Off-Beat Messages
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Hero Arts Pop Pattern Stencil
Hero Arts Pop Pattern Stencil
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Hero Arts Orchid Bold Ink
Hero Arts Orchid Bold Ink
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Hero Arts Watercolor Dot Palette
Hero Arts Watercolor Dot Palette
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Monday, February 5, 2018

February 2018 My Monthly Hero - Release + Giveaway!

It's Hero Arts My Monthly Hero time!! This month is for the birds. Or for the bird lovers, anyway!

For my first project, I played with one of the optional add-on stamp sets, called Come Fly With Me.


I really love this beautiful stamp set. It has wonderful, inspiring messages - which is the focus of my card. I used the new Sunburst Bold Prints for the background. I didn't actually do a perfect job stamping and embossing the background, but I didn't mind - I'm liking the somewhat "distressed" look. I added lots of watercolor - I used our gorgeous new Liquid Watercolors, which will be in the Hero Arts store on February 15!


Here's a look at the Come Fly With Me stamp set I used:
This is the Sunburst Bold Print:


And this is the full February 2018 My Monthly Hero kit. It's so much fun!

Now it's time to hop! I am the last stop on the hop today, but if you haven't visited the other blogs yet, you'll want to. Hero Arts is giving away one February kit to a lucky reader, picked from the comments left across all blog in the hop!

The Hero Arts Blog
Jennifer McGuire
Yana Smakula
May Park
Emily Midgett
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Wanda Guess
Lydia Fiedler
Amy Tsuruta
Janette Kausen
Michelle Short
Ilina Crouse
Clare Prezzia
Libby Hickson (you are here!)


Thanks for stopping by today!

Here's a look at the entire release. Affiliate links are used at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting my blog!
February 2018 My Monthly Hero
February 2018 My Monthly Hero
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Hero Arts Come Fly With Me
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Hero Arts Sunburst
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Hero Arts Hummingbirds
Hero Arts Hummingbirds
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Hero Arts A Little Bird Told Me
Hero Arts A Little Bird Told Me
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Hero Arts Swirl of Starlings Bold Prints
Hero Arts Swirl of Starlings Bold Prints
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Hero Arts Chirp Stamp & Cut
Hero Arts Chirp Stamp & Cut
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Hero Arts Cardinal Stamp & Cut
Hero Arts Cardinal Stamp & Cut
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Hero Arts Bird and Banner Fancy Die
Hero Arts Bird and Banner Fancy Die
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Hero Arts Bird Branches Fancy Die
Hero Arts Bird Branches Fancy Die
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Hero Arts Starling On Branch
Hero Arts Starling On Branch
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Hero Arts Paper Layering Feather
Hero Arts Paper Layering Feather
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Hero Arts A Little Bird Told Me Frame Cuts
Hero Arts A Little Bird Told Me Frame Cuts
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Hero Arts Hummingbirds Frame Cuts
Hero Arts Hummingbirds Frame Cuts
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February 2018 Get Them All Bundle
February 2018 Get Them All Bundle
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