The Men of Hero Arts - It’s our “Man Week!”

Hello, stampers! We are so very excited about this week - we think it is going to be huge FUN.  We are presenting “Man Week” and are going to be joined by the men in our lives here at Hero Arts. We have lots of fun things in store for you -  sharing some cards created BY our men and some cards created by our artists FOR men.

Today, we are going to share some fun from some the guys who work at Hero Arts. Yep!  We put them to work! :)

First up is Aaron Leventhal, the CEO of Hero Arts - and the best boss in the world!


Aaron’s enthusiasm for the stamping industry is contagious.  So, we got him to put together a little video for us.  About the video, Aaron said, “We were coloring the meeting agenda, which was adorned with blow ups of some potential new designs.  We were using colored pens, pencils, various inks, and clear, cling and wood stamps to make our agendas look more fancy.  It was purely for fun.” Check it out…

(Video includes Tim Urrizola: Accounting, Cornell Gray: Wood and Rubber Production Manager, Lorena Knutsen: Assembly and Fulfillment Manager, Todd “Crazy Man” Mullins: VP of Sales, Jackie Leventhal: Founder and Design Team Leader, Aaron Leventhal: CEO and video taping.)

Next up is Todd Mullins, the VP of Sales and our resident funny-man.  (I think he may hurt me for using this photo…)


Todd decided to create fun “back to school” cards for his two sweet daughters. First, here is his card for Addy. He said, “For this card, coming up with the theme was the easy part. School started on Wednesday and I had taken pictures in the morning. It was Addy’s first day of high school, and it made sense to capture this “once in a lifetime” moment (as long as I didn’t put the picture on Facebook, per her instruction!). Colors came easy too, since her high school colors are blue and white. For the background I selected a big DesignBlock background Flowers Bursts. She can actually draw big bold flowers by hand, so this background seemed perfect for her personality. For messaging, I used the ‘Once in a Lifetime’ message from the Caption Messages, and felt that any number of those messages could have worked well. ‘Remember This’ from Travel Journal set was a perfect image for the handwritten caption that I wanted to add. Then I went back to the archives for the high school initials, using Bold Caps Alphabet to give it that ‘be true to your school’ feeling. Embellishments topped it off - you can never fail by adding sparkling gems and flowers to match your color theme.”



Todd also created a card for daughter Mackenna.  He said, “For Mackenna’s ‘Back to School’ card, I wanted to use fun colors. But I first needed a starting point. So I went with the background idea, and selected the DesignBlock Four Leaf Grid. For messaging, I used the ‘Happy Memories’ message again from the Caption Messages. At this point, I got stuck. I could not figure out what to do next. So thinking about Mackenna’s personality, I thought bright colors would be appropriate, so circle shapes would be a good way to go. I also thought she would approve of utilizing the same pattern in the color background, as consistency is part of her personality too. As a last minute item, I added the When Circle Tag from Travel Journal.  As I was setting the circles in place, I decided to reset one circle, but in doing so, I made a huge tear in my green card base! Ah, dang! I lamented rather loudly, I might add. But then I decided to move the picture over to the left side which covered my mistake! So you would have never known!  That is one of the things I tell my daughters when they stamp, ‘you can never make a mistake!’ Simply cut a new piece, or layer over to cover it up.”



And our last Hero Arts guest today is Lay Luangrath from Customer Service. Actually, he does so much more than that - computers, artist support and much much more.  He is an all around good guy!  Here he is on the right, with Aaron.


Lay must have enjoyed the challenge - he made two GREAT cards for us…

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Supplies for both cards:

Now it is time to share some cards by some Hero Arts artists.

First, here is a card I did, inspired by Todd’s creative card for Mackenna above. I love how he lined up the patterns on the punched shapes with the background. I decided to create a clear card with the same look using woodgrain and stars - perfect for a card for a guy.



And, the fabulous Shari Carroll created this awesome masculine card, inspired by Lay’s snowman card above.



And now it is time for our challenge for the week. Simply create a masculine project and upload to the Flickr group before 11:59 pm PST on Sunday, September 6. Please include at least one Hero Arts stamp (or digital element) on your projects and tag them with the word “manweek.” By entering, you could win a shopping spree of your choice of Hero Arts products from the NEW Hero Arts Online Store! (Shipping charges apply.) Winners will also receive a 2009 Hero Arts catalog, sent separately. And, in honor of our “man week”, we will give an extra prize away for a creation from one of the men in your life!  The prize amounts are as follows:

  • THIS WEEK ONLY! A card created by a guy in your life. (Husbands, brothers, kids, friends - any guy - ages 0 to 99 years): $50 ***Please include the additional tag “manmade” for any creations submitted by these great guys!***
  • Fresh Face Winner (someone who has not yet won a contest): $50
  • NEW! Digital Winner! (create something using a Hero Arts Digital Kit): $50
  • 1st Place: $50
  • 2nd Place: $25
  • 3rd Place: $15

And I can’t think of a better way to start a week than with a giveaway. Just leave a comment here by Wednesday at 11:59 pm PST telling us one of your favorite stamps to use on masculine projects. We will pick a lucky winner of these great stamps - the Designer Woodgrain and Galaxy of Stars - perfect for masculine cards…


A big thanks to our Hero Arts guys for playing along today. Can’t you tell they are the best? And thanks to YOU for stopping by! You won’t believe who our guests are tomorrow…


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417 Responses to “The Men of Hero Arts - It’s our “Man Week!””

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  1. 408

    katie said:

    Love the Woodgrain. Love so many of your background stamps.

  2. 409

    Chrissie said:

    Jennifer….I love that your husband thinks you’re hot and isn’t afraid to tell the world!!! That is so sweet. Ok, so I absolutely adore that woodgrain stamp and my honey is a carpenter, so I could definitely get some mileage out of that one. Speaking of woodgrain…I’ve been searching in vain I think for a woodgrain embossing folder or brass template….anyone know of such a thing?


  3. 410

    Kristin said:

    The Men did great! I love the Back to School Cards, those are really cute. I can never pass up a snowman either, they rocked!

    Great job Dudes!

  4. 411

    Sally Sellke said:

    I am loving the projects the guys created. I always tend to use blue, brown and beige coloured cardstocks and patterned papers when creating masculine layouts and cards.

  5. 412

    Patty Wu said:

    I totally loved seeing what the guys came up with - can I request that they do cards for the blog more often?

    For masculine cards I like to use trees, fish, or a grid stamp. I unfortunately don’t make many guy cards, but the wood grain stamp would be great for that!

    Thanks for the fun entry today and the giveaway!

  6. 413

    Jennifer said:

    The cards by the guys are great. Don’t think I’ll be seeing my hubby using my rubber stamps. The woodgrain stamp is fantastic. I would love to have it.

  7. 414

    jaemom said:

    no way, this is such an incredibly fun challenge, so glad I got a chance to read it! I’m not terribly great with masculine cards, but like using the Three Ferns, Woodgrain and Four Leaf Grid.

  8. 415

    Becky Miltenberger said:

    Oh man! LOL These guys did an awesome job on all their projects!!! If only I could get my man to craft along with me, we’d see each other a whole lot more! LOL He just says “uh hmm” to everything I show him… ugh, oh well. You gals are very lucky to have guys who aren’t afraid to show their crafty side! :)

  9. 416

    margaret said:

    I like to use plain background stamps on my “boy” projects — dots, woodgrain, stripes, then embellish with something in which they’re interested: sports equipment or books (for the readers) or letters.

  10. 417

    Jessica said:

    I love to use sentiment stamps and then a lot of masculine embellishments. Most of my image stamps are feminine-ish, so I go safe with just the sentiment.

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