One day I was going to the Hero Arts website for something and up popped a cardmaking event. I live about 40 minutes from Hero Arts and thought I am not passing this one up. It was very reasonably priced. Hero Arts is one of my very favorite stamping companies and they are really what got me going on cardmaking in a big way. You could also order ahead of time so your order was ready for you.
They had lots of nice cards on display.
The first thing we did was make 4 cards. Just a few notes about each one.
We cut strips of colored paper, glued them to the black and stamped over that with a background stamp. The sentiment and the paint tray are raised with foam tape. A bit of coloring with Copics.
Ink blending on the background with reactive ink. We used the new poinsettia stencil over the background and spritzed with water and then dabbed it off. The happy has some of the new Icicle Pure White glitter on it and the other part of the sentiment is heat embossed.
For this card we used a From the Vault stamp. We colored with water based pens onto the stamp and then stamped. Water down some ink and splatter it on the card. Stamp the sentiment.
This is a fun little card. You stamp the scene on the circle. I added some Nuvo Glitter Drops at home to the rooftops. I also stamped all the snowflakes in Frost Versamark on the gray panel. It was too much “white” space for me.
The fun part is here in the inside of the card. A pop up type thing which I have never done. So we stamped the cobblestone pattern using the Cobblestone Bold Prints stamp on the house shape. Color the critters, stamp the sentiment. You folded up some paper to make the pop up part behind the house.
It was fun to be able to talk about card making with all the other card makers too!
After that they brought in lunch. Sandwiches, chips, pasta salad, drinks and a cookie. Generous for sure.
After lunch they did a giveaway. You got a ticket with something stamped on it. First was the gingerbread stamped tickets. That was me. Here is what I got. This is the set we used to make that last card. Such cute critters. So there were other things given to folks and everyone got something. Nice!
Then you could shop, tour the factory and/or work on projects or finish your cards. I’ve been wanting to tour their facility so it was fun to learn about some things that go on behind the scenes and the tour was given by the owner of Hero Arts. When I went to pick up my goodies I ordered I managed to find a few things in the little shop they have also.
Here are a couple extra goodies that were in my bag of things I purchased.
I already love Hero Arts but this just added to it. Such a fun day.
To finish off the day my hub and me took out our boat and cruised around San Francisco Bay.
In the evening we listened to our favorite band The Mark Banning Band at Taste of Rome in Sausalito.