Welcome - Suzanne Dahlberg!

August 28th, 2015 by hero

Today we’re rounding out our team with a stamper whose talent often leaves us in awe. She is a master of clean and simple style. Please help us welcome Suzanne Dahlberg. We cannot wait to see what she’ll do with our stamps over the coming months!


Hi! I am a native Bostonian who is lucky to be married to her best friend. I have a PhD in biostatistics and most of my work focuses on lung cancer research. I’ve been paper-crafting for 10 years, but I also love playing with our dog, cooking new recipes, and running at night. I’m a fan of “app scrapbooking” and Instagram, Sunday football, pretty much anything floral, and old fashioned chocolate brownies. The Hero Arts community is the best and I am so excited to be a part of it!


Welcome to the team, Suzanne!


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Scheduled Downtime

August 27th, 2015 by hero

Hello stampers! In preparation for the launch of our shiny new website next week, we’ll be performing system maintenance on Thursday, August 27 at 5:00pm PDT. The site will be temporarily unavailable. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.


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Welcome - Jayne Nelson!

August 27th, 2015 by hero

Today’s new Creative Team member is an exciting addition to the team. She’s a very loyal member of our Flickr group, and has won our blog challenges countless times. Every one of her creations makes us ooh and aah. We are beyond thrilled that she’ll be contributing regularly to our blog. Please welcome Jayne Nelson. You may know her as paperpicnic!


My name is Jayne Nelson and I am so honored to be part of the Hero Arts team! I was born in Kansas, raised in Iowa and after graduating college with Art and Computer Science degrees, I moved to Minnesota where I had a career in computer programming until I became a stay-at-home mom. I’ve been blessed with a very supportive husband and two amazing sons. I’ve been making cards and scrapbooks for many years. I discovered the online card-making community after taking a card class in 2012. I created an online gallery, entered my first Hero Arts challenge, began regularly posting cards in the Hero Arts Flickr group, and now I spend most of my free time stamping with my cherished Hero Arts supplies.


Welcome to the team, Jayne!


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Welcome - Amy Tsuruta!

August 26th, 2015 by hero

We are back with some more happy news! Our next Creative Team member spreads joy throughout the stamping community - through her kindness, her enthusiasm for stamping, and her passion for… coffee! Please help us welcome the Pacific Northwest’s own Amy Tsuruta!


Hello! My name is Amy Tsuruta and I live in the lovely state of Washington. I’m absolutely thrilled to be a part of the Hero Arts Creative Team!  I’ve been blogging for almost 8 years and love every minute of it.  I’m happy to be a part of an awesome paper crafting community filled with wonderfully talented & kind people. This month we become empty nesters, both of my kids are college students. I work part-time at a Seattle start up biotech company. My free time is spent in my craft room or flying with my fiance in a RV-9a airplane.


The stamp Amy used on this card was an exclusive we made for a class Kelly Purkey taught at Impress in Seattle. You can see a photo of Amy and Kelly together on Amy’s blog.

Welcome to the team, Amy!


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Welcome - Clare Prezzia!

August 25th, 2015 by hero

Excitement is in the air these days at Hero Arts! Next week we’ll be launching our brand spankin’ new website (which we know you’re just going to love!). And to keep our new blog filled with creative ideas, this week we’re expanding our team! We’re thrilled that Yana Smakula and Mariana Grigsby will continue to inspire us with their beautiful creations! And four amazing new stampers will join them on our new Hero Arts Creative Team!

Today we introduce the wonderfully sweet and talented Clare Prezzia! We’ve been wanting Clare on our team for quite some time now. We’ve loved all of her creations she’s shared in the Hero Arts Flickr Pool, and she’s no stranger to winning our challenges! We initially invited her to join us a year ago, but she was off to study abroad in Europe. Now she’s back, and we’ve kept her seat warm!


I’m a pretty silly Catholic lady with awesome parents, eight nutty siblings, two practically perfect in-laws (going on three!), one adorable nephew and two nieces. Family is a BIG part of my life - it’s actually really hard for me to talk to new people without 89.43% of the conversation on my part being about my family’s crazy exploits. I’m currently studying Communication Arts at Franciscan University of Steubenville, and when I’m not studying or making cards, I’m either procrastinating, baking delectable morsels of deliciousness, playing the ol’ geetar, or messing around with a few of my siblings.


Welcome to the team, Clare!


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Video: Using Die Cuts as Masks

August 24th, 2015 by hero

Hello! I am back today to share a video showing how you can use your metal dies to create masks.

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

The sample cards that I did for this video are simple, but they show you the basic steps of how to use negative and positive masks to create backgrounds and how easy it is to also emboss with them.

Die Cut Masks by Mariana Grigsby for Hero Arts

My first card shows how to create a simple floral background with a mask, and how to add a little bit of more interest to it by embossing the images.

Die Cut Masks by Mariana Grigsby for Hero Arts

Find out how to make this card — click for complete supplies and instructions.

The second card shows a fun background that you can easily make in just a few minutes.


Find out how to make this card — click for complete supplies and instructions.

This last background was kind of addicting :) so I made some more backgrounds that are ready to create more cards.


Thanks for joining me today!


Black Ink Pad (AF101)

Butter Bar Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF207)

Bubble Gum Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF208)

Tide Pool (AF223)

Midnight Black Accent Pearls (CH172)

Clear Gemstones (CH181)

Color Layering Let Love Grow (CL865)

Mum Cutting Set by Lia (DI129)

Delicate Butterfly Fancy Die (DI132)

Snow Layering Paper (PS610)

Pool Mixed Layering Paper (PS640)

Midnight Mixed Layering Paper (PS697)

Embossing Powder - Clear (PW104)

VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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A Note About Favorites

August 21st, 2015 by hero

Hi everyone! We have some information to share with you as we approach the launch of our new website on September 1st. With this transition, there will be many exciting new features. At the same time, some old features will be going away, and sadly, the accounts used for favorites and wishlists on the current site are not something we can import. We are very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

For those of you who would  like to preserve your favorites from our current site, we suggest any of the following options prior to September 1st:

  • Pin your favorite ideas on a dedicated Pinterest board.
  • Save the photos to a folder on your computer.
  • Print the project page with supplies and instructions (look for the paper icon next to the heart, shown below.)
  • To save paper, you could also screenshot the project page with supplies and instructions and save it to your computer.


We look forward to sharing even more inspiration with you on the new heroarts.com!


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Fall Hello

August 20th, 2015 by kelly


Hi everyone! It’s Kelly here and today I am playing along with our new Makeover Challenge. I had fun rummaging through the Hero Arts idea gallery and when I came across the card below I knew just the stamp set I wanted to use to give it a fresh look. Here’s a look at my (very) old card…

Fall Hello Card by Kelly Rasmussen

I liked the square card size and layout, so I didn’t change much there. But I did want to freshen up the color scheme and decided to do a metallic monochromatic look.

Hello by Kelly Rasmussen for Hero Arts

I used a several new products from the 2015 Holiday Collection. First, that beautiful leaf image from the Autumn clear stamp set is embossed using the new Brass and Copper embossing powders. So gorgeous! And that subtle dotted background is the Dot Moire Bold Prints background, which is a versatile pattern that would work great for any occasion.

I continued with the metallic theme and die cut the word “hello” from some gold glitter paper. Then I added some gold thread and a scattering of sequins and gems to finish off the card!

Hello closeup by Kelly Rasmussen for Hero Arts

Find out how to make this card — click for complete supplies and instructions.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you join in the fun and give one of your old cards a makeover!


Dot Moire Bold Prints (CG682) Earth Mixed Accents (CH214) Sunshine Mixed Accents (CH216) Autumn (CL882) Stamp & Cuts® Hello (DC151) Midnight Mixed Layering Paper (PS697)
Ultra Fine Clear Embossing Powder (PW111) Brass Embossing Powder (PW115) Copper Embossing Powder (PW116) Embossing Gun (PW200) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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Donna’s Makeover!

August 19th, 2015 by hero


Today I’m sharing how I made over a card that I thought could use an update. Since I like incorporating a technique into my cards, I simply changed the elements while keeping close to the original card design. Here’s the original card, previously shared here on the blog:


And here’s the new and improved version! I swapped the Graphic Flowers for die cuts of the Delicate Butterfly Fancy Die, which were colored with daubers. The Drippy Lines Bold Prints stripes were white embossed on the side.


I finished off the card with a few clear sequins.


Find out how to make this card — click for complete supplies and instructions.

Join the Makeover Challenge from now until September 20th to win some awesome prizes! It’s fun and easy because you already have an original card to use—you’re just giving it a makeover! :)

Thanks for stopping by today!


Orange Soda Ink Dauber (AD015) Lime Green Dauber (AD024) Ultra Pink Dauber (AD025) Drippy Lines Bold Prints (CG670) Delicate Butterfly Fancy Die (DI132) Snow Layering Paper (PS610)
Embossing Powder - White (PW110) Embossing Gun (PW200) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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Hello There

August 18th, 2015 by lucy

Hello! It’s Lucy here, and today I am sharing a card that I created to fit in with our current Makeover Challenge. The idea of this challenge is that you choose an old card or project, and recreate it with changes. Fun! So I chose this birthday card I created a little while ago:


I decided to use the same Shy Panda stamp for my focal point, but wanted to change the look of the card to make it really girly as opposed to the more masculine look of the original. I inked up the Starry Night stencil with Fresh Peach ink on some Carnation paper then added a sentiment from the What’s Up set.


Find out how to make this card. Click for complete supplies and instructions.

A little line of stitching created ground for my panda to stand on. And some sequins give the card a little touch of sparkle.


I hope I have inspired you to play along with the challenge - it’s so easy (and fun) to recreate something you’ve already made. The deadline for entries is 20th September and as always, there are shopping sprees to be won. Yay!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a great day.


Black Ink Pad (AF101) Fresh Peach Mid-Tone Shadow Ink Pad (AF247) SHY PANDA (D6088) What's Up (LP330) Snow Folded Cards (PS566) Blush Mixed Layering Paper (PS620)
Starry Night Stencil (SA019)

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