Hero Arts 2016 Catalog Blog Hop + VIDEO

Hello everyone, I'm part of an amazing hop today - the Hero Arts 2016 Catalog Blog Hop! You should have arrived here from Wanda Guess' blog, but if you didn't, no worries! The full line-up is listed at the bottom of this post, so you can start from there. We are celebrating the release of the new products in the Hero Arts store. They're also available at your favorite retailers, online and in store!

I have a video and two cards for you today, showing off the fabulous new Color Layering For You stamp set, with some tips on how to get crisp impressions on vellum. 

And the how to...

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

Mmmm, peach and mint - my all time favorite color combo! I stamped the background in the new Confetti Bold Prints in Mint Julep. I know this background is going to become a favorite, it's just so versatile! If you're not sick of making winter cards yet, it would be perfect for snow!

For both cards, I stamped the sentiment from the Love by Lia stamp set. The brush script of this sentiment is so gorgeous!

This card was so hard to photograph, but really showcases the stamping on the vellum. Are you ready for my top secret tip on getting crisp impressions on vellum?
Here it is...
Ink up your image, then wave it back and forth in the air like a crazy woman, about 15-20 times, depending on how juicy your ink pad is.
This "airing out" of the stamp helps the ink dry a little on the stamp (not harming the stamp), and makes it easier to stamp on the vellum, since it's not quite so slick.

You could totally stamp the second layers of these images, but I decided I liked the bold look of this.


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 we'll announce the winner on the Hero Arts blog the following week. Hop along and comment for more chances to win!


Clare Prezzia (you are here!) 

Thanks so much for stopping in! Now pop on over to Tami Hartley, and enjoy the rest of the hop! God bless!


Cardstock: Hero Arts Pool Layering paper
Stamps: Hero Arts Color Layering For You, Confetti Bold Prints and Love by Lia
Ink: Hero Arts Black, Fresh Peach, Mint Julep and Strawberry
Other: sequins (Lucy Abrams), vellum (Joann Fabrics)

Tools: heat gun, Cuttlebug, Hero Arts Color Layering For You frame cuts, My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangles die


Flying Dog // My Favorite Things

Today I'm popping in with a fun shaker card for the MFT Color Challenge #38 and the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge (Ray of Sunshine).

To start off, I blended a background for the two pink colors in the challenge, using some Distress Inks. I made it a shaker using some Martha Stewart star confetti, and Darice sequins.
Making shaker cards with My Favorite Things stamps has definitely become a thing for me recently. I'm not exactly sure why, but I'm totally blaming Melania Deasy. ;)

The rest of the card finished simply off with an adorable colored pup, a bunch of balloons (created from the one balloon in THIS cute stamp set), string, an embossed sentiment and vellum clouds.

I colored the dog with my Zig's, and for the balloons, I only had a rather bright shade of yellow. To tone it down and get a gradient look, I used my Wink of Stella pen to blend it out, which had the added bonus of adding some nice shimmer. The Zig's actually blend really well with the Michael's brand cardstock (which is also nice and heavy, at 110 lb) - at least, their newer cardstock.

I found some cardstock I bought this past summer noticeably different from cardstock I bought in December. The older, summer cardstock was a little creamier in tone (which I prefer), but was kinda horrible when it came to coloring. The more recent cardstock is dreamy with Zig's, and more pasty white.
I'm playing along with the fun 30 Day Coloring Challenge.

Thanks so much for stopping in today and God bless!


Cardstock: Michaels
Stamps: My Favorite Things Top Dog and Birthday Bears
Ink: Distress Ink, Versafine
Other: sequins (Darice), confetti (Martha Stewart), vellum and string (stash), Zig Clean Color brushes

Tools: Cuttlebug, My Favorite Things Top Dog die, Avery Elle Double Pierced Rectangles die, Paper Smooches Quote Tag die


Hello Gorgeous! // Hero Arts

There's a new challenge over at the Hero Arts blog!

How easy is this?!
Here's a card I made for the new catalog, using the brand new and lovely Antique Rose Stem and Hello Gorgeous stamps. These stamps will be available in a week, February 8th!

I stamped the flower in Soft Pink, and covered a small strip of cardstock with the same ink, to adhere to the bottom of the color.

I love this sentiment - the font is gorgeous, and it's going to be so fun to send out cards with this sentiment.
I also stamped a strip of vellum with the Candy Stripe Bold Prints background, and then breached the gap between the two strips with some gold glitter tape.

Thanks so much for stopping in today, and I hope you'll play along with the challenge!


Cardstock: Hero Arts Snow Layering papers
Stamps: Hero Arts Antique Rose Stem, Hello Gorgeous and Candy Stripe Bold Prints
Ink: Hero Arts Black and Soft Pink
Other: vellum, glitter tape (American Crafts), gems (Hero Arts - Neutral Mixed Accents)


Abstract Painted Background // Hero Arts

Whenever I have an assignment for the Hero Arts blog, I usually take a couple tries before I figure out exactly what I want to post. That's because I want to have the very best for the blog - certain cards may not be executed cleanly enough, illustrate a technique as well as I'd like, etc. However, I still want to share with you my experiments and the cards that didn't quite make the cut, and that's what today's card is.

I shared the technique of creating your own custom colored acrylic paints with ink on the Hero Arts blog awhile back, and today's card utilizes that technique. This card was more of a total relaxation sort of card if anything - I pretty mindlessly brushed these colors on. The inspiration for this painting was my friend Lisa - this girl is amazing when it comes to painting. ;)

It's hard to tell in the picture, but the painted panel has a pretty sheen to it, since I used white Martha Stewart pearlescent paint.

I wanted to let the background shine, but had to have a bold enough sentiment to pop out, so I used the fun Love by Lia stamp set, and heat embossed it in gold.

Some string given to me by a friend and enamel dots finish off the card - short, simple and sweet. I'm planning on dropping this one of in my friends mailbox later this week. ;)

Thanks so much for stopping in today and God bless!


Cardstock: Canson, Bazzill
Stamps: Hero Arts Love by Lia
Ink: Hero Arts Soft Apricot, Tide Pool, Mint Julep, Fresh Peach and Soft Vanilla, Versamark
Other: enamel dots (My Minds Eye), gold embossing powder (Hampton Arts), string (stash)

Tools: paintbrush, water, heat gun, Fishers 1" circle punch


Quick Card Set // Hero Arts

While birthday cards might be my most request type of card from family and friends, encouragement cards are the ones that I use the most often. Today's cards are a quick set of just that - encouragement.

I used to underestimate the impact a simple handmade encouragement card could have, but after a couple years of friends telling me how much one card brightens their day, I've started trying to not only make the cards more often, but to also send them out more often.

I used some brand new, lovely Hero Arts stamps from the 2016 catalog. Hello Gorgeous and Dare to Dream are sentiment sets full of fun, quirky sentiments in some modern fonts - perfect for these cards!

Inspired by THIS pin, I used the Butterfly Pair Stamp and Cut set to create the butterflies.

And the set together...

All the stamps I used today will be available in the Hero Arts store February 8th - some are available right now in your local stamp store!

Thanks so much for stopping in today and God bless!


Cardstock: Hero Arts Snow Layering Papers
Stamps: Hero Arts Dare to Dream, Hello Gorgeous and Butterfly Pair Stamp and Cut
Ink: Hero Arts Mint Julep, Tide Pool, Fresh Peach, and Soft Apricot
Other: Hero Arts Pool Mixed Accents