hero arts 2016 catalog blog hop


Hello and welcome to the Hero Arts 2016 Catalog Blog Hop! If you’re here from Clare Prezzia's blog, then you’re in the right place. If not, you may want to backtrack to the Hero Arts blog and start from the very beginning.

All of the stamps, dies, stencils and inks you've been seeing during this hop are officially available in the Hero Arts shop as of today, and shipping is free on all US orders over $50! Here's a look at a few of the fun new products I'll be using on my cards today...

Neon Red to Purple Ombré Ink • Neon Chartreuse to Blue Ombré Ink
Pearl Strings Bold Prints Cling Background (CG688)

I started by inking the large 6x6-inch Pearl Strings background with the neon ombré pads and stamping onto white cardstock. Because the stamp is large, you'll be able to repeat the ombré gradation a couple of times. I just love these bright, happy colors!

These backgrounds would be perfect for birthday cards and invitations, but today I decided to make some simple "hello" cards using another new stamp I love -- the Dotted Hello.

The sentiment panel is mounted flat against the card base, while the stamped background pieces are cut and raised with foam tape. To create the solid ombré look, I simply blended each of the three colors from the inkpad with a sponge dauber onto white cardstock. Once that was dry, I white heat embossed the Dotted Hello on top. A couple of thin gold strips finish off the cards. So easy!

There are many great 6x6 Bold Prints background stamps in this release. Here's a peek at some of the others you may be interested in...

BLOG HOP GIVEAWAYS! Hero Arts is giving away four $25 shopping sprees, drawn from comments left across all blogs in the hop. Comment by 11:59pm PT on Sunday, February 14, and they will announce the winner on the Hero Arts blog the following week. Hop along and comment for more chances to win!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Your next stop on the hop is the sweet and talented Libby Hickson.

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hero arts handmade for christmas blog hop


Welcome to my stop on the Hero Arts Handmade for Christmas Blog Hop! If you've followed along from the beginning, then you should be arriving here from the incredibly talented Donna Mikasa's blog.

I've been itching to ink up the new Bold Cheers stamp and thought it might be fun to pair it with some watercoloring and gold embossing. Here are the clean and simple designs I came up with:


One layer card obsession in full effect :)

The watercolored backgrounds were actually created with Hero Arts Sprays. I pre-wet the watercolor paper with clean water using a paintbrush, creating the area where I wanted the color to go. Then I sprayed the inks onto my craft sheet, picked the color up with a fairly wide, flat brush, and let the colors spread onto the paper. It's so cool to watch them move -- and stop right at the edge of where the water was applied. Like magic.

Make sure the backgrounds are completely dry before you stamp and gold emboss the message, otherwise you'll end up with powder in places you don't want it. If that does happen, you can always sweep it away with a fine tipped paintbrush before embossing.

The Hero Arts Sprays are also perfect for adding little dots here and there. Simply unscrew the bottle and tap the end of the spraying mechanism onto the paper. Here I used both the white and gold shimmer sprays.

BLOG HOP GIVEAWAYS! Hero Arts will be giving away one GRAND PRIZE that includes an assortment of stamps, inks, stencils and dies valued at over $75. Two $10 Hero Arts Online Store gift cards will also be awarded. The three prize winners will be randomly selected from all comments received on the participating designers' blogs, so the more comments you leave along the hop, the better your odds of winning! Comment by 11:59pm PST on Thursday, October 2 for a chance to win. The winners will be announced on the Hero Arts blog on Friday, October 3.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Your next stop on the hop is the amazing Cheiron Brandon.

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Tami Hartley <-- you are here! 


digital blog hop with hero arts & a2z scrapbooking


Hey there! Today I'm honored to be participating in the Hero Arts & A2Z Scrapbooking Digital Blog Hop along with a handful of very talented designers. A2Z now offers a selection of Hero Arts digital goodies, and in the coming weeks, they will be adding even more to their collection. What better way to celebrate the new collaboration than with a blog hop with a whole host of inspiration and fun? And oh yes...a giveaway too!

Hero Arts has just released this sweet Bottle Brush digi kit and I couldn't resist using it for today's card. Check out the kit preview -- so many fun options with this one!

And here's the personalized Christmas card I came up with. The bottle brush trees bring a touch of nostalgia to an otherwise modern design. This one would be ideal for assembly line cardmaking and is also mail-friendly.

The assembly line steps:
  1. Print the main panel onto textured paper (I used watercolor paper.)
  2. Trim panel to 4 x 5.25" and adhere to a colored 4.25 x 5.5" card base.
  3. Embellish with gold stars, gold marker dots, and baker's twine.
  4. Optional: Add a photo inside. 
Simple as that!

Here's a look at how I created the trees. (I use GIMP, a free image editing program.) After opening the bottle brush tree stamp, I recolored it green using the "Colorize" feature. Then I dropped the solid circle image from the kit onto the tree, colored it white, and duplicated it several times in various sizes like so...

Once the green tree was complete, I saved it and added it to a new blank canvas three times. I recolored two of the trees -- one red, one pool. You can see in the screenshot below how I used guides to make sure everything was lined up. Once the trees were in place, I dropped in the message (recolored gray) and added "from the Hartley family" to personalize the card. The font I used for that part was F25 Executive.

At this point I merged the layers, saved the image, and printed it onto white watercolor paper. If you were mass producing the cards, you could fit four of these onto a standard piece of 8.5 x 11" cardstock.

Now about that giveaway! To add extra fun to the hop, A2Z Scrapbooking will be giving away a $50 gift certificate to one lucky commenter. Prize winners will be randomly selected from ALL comments received on the participating designers’ blogs. The more comments you leave along the hop, the better your odds of winning, so be sure to comment on every blog, starting with this one! You have until Sunday, August 31st at 11:59pm EST to leave your comments and the winner will be announced on September 3rd on the A2Z Scrapbooking blog.

To continue the hop please click over to the blog of the fabulous Kelly Latevola. If you encounter a broken link while hopping, you can always head back to the beginning for links to everyone who's participating.

Thanks so much for hopping by! Hope you have a fantastic day!


hero arts + basicgrey grand bazaar blog hop


Hello and welcome to the Hero Arts + BasicGrey Grand Bazaar Blog Hop! If you’ve arrived from Audrey Pettit's blog, you’re in the right spot. If not, you may want to click back to the Hero Arts blog to make sure you don't miss a thing!

Inspired by the fabulous colors and patterns in the Grand Bazaar collection, I created a pair of "hello" cards. Here's a peek at both...

Grand Bazaar is the first BasicGrey collection to include stencils! To create the background on the first card, I sponged Unicorn White pigment ink (best white ink ever) through the Leaf and Flourish stencil onto black cardstock. After removing the stencil, I softened the look by rubbing the sponge in a circular motion all over the stenciled piece. It reminds me of a very dusty, well-used chalkboard.

A stamped greeting from CL782 Small Things, a printed chipboard flower, and a strip of patterned paper complete the card.

For the second card, I created a multicolor background using the Diamond Background cling stamp. Instead of trying to precisely apply various inks directly to the stamp, I stamped it separately using four different ink colors, cut out each strip, and then adhered them to the card. The ink colors were pulled directly from the "Hello There" chipboard piece shown below.

I like the added dimension the cut-out strips bring to the card -- it almost looks like it could have been die cut.

GIVEAWAY! Hero Arts and BasicGrey have generously offered up TWO Grand Bazaar prize packs that include loads of paper, embellishments, clear and cling stamps, and stencils...

Two lucky winners will be randomly selected from all comments received on the participating designers' blogs. Comment by 11:59pm PDT on Wednesday, June 11 for a chance to win, and be sure to comment at each stop along the hop to increase your chance of winning!

Like what you see? Hero Arts has all of the Grand Bazaar stamps and stencils on sale now through June 13. Woohoo!


Thank you for stopping by today! It's time to hop along to the final destination of the blog hop -- the BasicGrey blog.

*** If you happen to find a link that doesn't work, you can hop back to the Hero Arts blog for a list of direct links to all the blogs in today's hop. ***


hero arts + basicgrey spice market blog hop

Hi there! Today I have the honor of joining the Hero Arts + BasicGrey Spice Market Blog Hop. If you’re here from Audrey Pettit's blog, then you’re in the right place! If not, you may want to backtrack to the Hero Arts blog and start from the beginning.

Today we are highlighting the beautiful Spice Market collection. Swoon. It's a little exotic, a little ornate...and a LOT gorgeous.

For the first card, I stamped the Flower Symbol Background with white pigment ink onto kraft cardstock. Then to add some extra color and interest, I stamped dots with a pencil eraser as shown. It's a quick and simple way to give a background stamp a different look.

I cut a piece from the Snippets Pad for the focal message and popped it onto the card with adhesive foam. I also stamped a matching liner for the envelope, using the same background stamp as before. Hero Arts Dark Quartz ink is a really nice color match for the line.

For the second card, I created my own background with the lacy border stamp from the Best Time Ever clear set, stamping it diagonally onto patterned paper from the Spice Market Collection Pack.

A big and bold cardstock sticker (also from the Collection Pack) takes center stage. A white embossed message and a few gold sequins finish it off.

GIVEAWAY TIME! Hero Arts and BasicGrey are offering up two amazing prizes. Take a look at the Spice Market goodness...

That's right, they are giving away not one, but two complete Spice Market collections -- including paper, embellishments, clear and cling stamps! The two winners will be randomly selected from all comments received on the participating designers' blogs. Comment by 11:59pm PST on Sunday, March 2 for a chance to win, and be sure to comment at each stop along the hop to increase your odds of winning.

Thanks so much for hopping by! Your next stop on the hop is the fabulous Becky Fleck at Page Maps.

*** If you happen to find a link that doesn't work, you can hop back to the Hero Arts blog for a list of direct links to all the blogs in today's hop. ***


hero arts 2014 catalog blog hop

Hello and welcome to the next stop on the Hero Arts 2014 Catalog Blog Hop! Today I'm so excited to be bringing you a peek at some fun goodies you'll find in the new Hero Arts Catalog, which will be revealed in full tomorrow over on the Hero Arts blog. Always one of the best days of the year! :)

The cards I'm sharing today, believe it or not, are stamp-free. (I know, right?!) I can't remember the last time that happened, but I have to tell you...I sure had fun using two of the brand new Fancy Dies from Hero Arts on these. The Triangle Background (DI089) and Love and Hello (DI088) dies make my heart go pitter-patter! Here's the card set I created with them:

The piece created by the Triangle Background Fancy Die was layered over a darker shade of cardstock on each card, creating a tone-on-tone effect. I thought it would be fun to accent with a few leftover triangles in contrasting colors, so I glued those right into place. This inset die cut technique is super simple to do, and I love that it keeps the layers/bulk to a minimum. The gold hearts are also inset in the same fashion.

I added metallic touches on each card with brushed gold cardstock and a sprinkling of gold sequins. The photo doesn't quite capture the shimmer -- it's so pretty in real life!

Here's a look at the new products I used on my cards. They're already arriving at participating Catalog Debut stores, and will be available in the Hero Arts Online Store on January 3rd, along with lots of fabulous stamps of course...plus dies, stencils, inks, daubers, sprays, and more!

Thanks so much for visiting today! Your next stop on the hop is the blog of the fabulously talented and fun Julie Ebersole. She always knocks my socks off. Click on over to see what she's created with some of the new stamps!

*** Remember, if you find a link that doesn't work, you can always hop back to the Hero Arts blog for a list of direct links to all the blogs in the hop. And don't forget to leave a comment by Sunday, December 22nd for a chance to win some awesome prizes from Hero Arts too! ***


hero arts stamp your story blog hop

Hi there! I'm so happy to welcome you to my stop on the Hero Arts Stamp Your Story Blog Hop!

My mission for today is simple. Clean and simple, that is! I'll be sharing a couple of ideas for using some of Hero Arts' fabulous new Stamp Your Story stamps in a clean and simple way. This release truly has something for everyone -- cardmakers, scrapbookers, mixed media artists, whatever floats your boat! :)

First up is this one layer card I created with nothing but stamps, inks, and white cardstock. "Hello" was stamped with CL697 Journal Letters. Such a fun alphabet. The other elements (heart, dot border, and straight line border) come from the awesome CL696 Notebook Essentials. I adore this set -- don't tell the other stamps but it's probably my favorite from the entire release.

Next I'm sharing a sweet little friendship booklet. I'm not sure if "booklet" is even the right term, but let's go with it. :) The idea is to fill out the pages of the booklet with reasons why your friend (the recipient) fills your life with happiness. I pieced together various words from CL695 My Words to create the phrase on the front. I love that the words in this set can be combined in so many different ways. The sketchy heart comes from CL699 Sketchbook Letters.

Here's a look at one of the inside pages, ready for personalization. All of the pages were stamped using K5731 Notebook Paper, hole punched, and then numbers were added with CL699 Sketchbook Letters. A bit of baker's twine ties it all together.

In case you hadn't heard, the Stamp Your Story products featured in today's blog hop (and even more from the catalog HERE) are currently shipping to local stamp stores and will be available for purchase in the Hero Arts Online Store soon -- May 15th to be exact!

***Would you like to win some new Stamp Your Story goodies? Comment here and on the rest of the hop stops for a chance. Hero Arts will announce the lucky giveaway winner on their blog next Friday, May 10.***

Thanks so much for stopping by! Now it's time to hop over to the amazingly talented Jennifer McGuire's blog and see what fabulousness she's come up with. I can't wait to check it out myself. Happy hopping!