Hero Holiday 2021 Stamp-Along

I did the Hero Arts second stamp-along and really enjoyed it. So many great looking cards. They use current/newly released stamps but you can always substitute.

You pay a small fee for all the classes but get/use your own supplies. There was 10 cards made by 10 different people and all were such fun and great looking cards.

Most of the supplies needed are pulled and ready to go.

The red basket is nice to keep all the stamps sets and different papers that you cut ahead of time.  I also have supplies in the little trays by my glass mat. It is really a good idea to get most everything pulled and on your table and get the homework done.

So nice of Hero Arts to give away prizes too! I happened to win one and this is it. I really like their Reactive Inks so I was happy to fill out my collection.

I will write just a brief little bit about the fun things on each card or other tidbits of info..

This was just a cool design and great color scheme. The holly wrapped to the front which is a unique design. I wasn’t going to do it exactly like the teacher made it but that is the point that I thought try all the things. And I love this card!

With the flap open.

On this one the technique is to ink each stamp using 3 colors and a couple times stamping over to get down plenty of ink. Then spritz and use a air blower to move the ink around.

I got a little to ambitious with the die cut card panel part. I cut it out with fun foam that had paper over it to give it dimension. So much for any kind of short cut. It took me forever to get it all apart and I had to do a little altering. This was not part of the original card from the class.

For this one I did a substitution since I didn’t have the ornament set by Hero Arts. I die cut the ornaments instead of stenciling. The die is not by Hero Arts and I decided I am not that crazy about the huge ornaments so I am going to pass on this die. I substituted the pine bough using an older Hero Arts woodblock stamp that I had.

Another one that I just love the overall look a lot. Again the holly is a great image. The color combo is so nice. The stamping of the sentiment is supposed to be a second shadow stamp. I may need to practice that one.

This is a shaker card and came out so pretty. I substituted the whole card panel on this one too. The background is ink blended and has some clear embossed snowflakes over it.

This is an extra card where I substituted the ornaments they used with other Hero Arts ornaments. The silver poinsettias are done with a stencil.

This was a fun one creating the blustery day look. The things I learned on this one is how to bend the light post to get the bent look, the swirls that create movement on the background and the wind lines created with a white gel pen. So cute!

For this cool background I learned about the bokeh look. So very cool.

One more ornament substitution card. For this one I used some Hero Arts dies from awhile back to make stencils and then inked thru them to create the solid ornament background. Then I used mostly background stamps to add the patterns on the ornaments. As you can see this is a z-fold card.

This is an overall love the look card. Layers of stamping, splattering and ink around the edges for the background. The holly is watercolored and just a great image. I am glad I got the holly stamp and matching die sets.

What a super cool technique for this one! It is all about the trapped ice pond. You use two pieces of acetate and use either a lacquer pen with glitter or clear glue and add glitter in between them. Such a great look!


  • Hero Arts Holly Berries stamp and matching die sets
  • Hero Arts Merry Snowmen and matching die sets
  • Hero Arts Buffalo Check Bold Prints stamp (love this)
  • Hero Arts Reactive Ink
  • Hero Arts Unicorn Pigment ink
  • Hero Arts Glimmer Metallic ink
  • Hero Arts Embossing Powder
  • Copic Markers
  • Hero Arts Merry Christmas Cover Plate die
  • Hero Arts Big Pine Bough wood block stamp
  • Hero Arts October 2020 My Monthly Hero set
  • Hero Arts various snowflakes
  • Older Hero Arts Background Stamps
  • Impression Obsession French Text stamp
  • Hero Arts Sparkle Clear Lacquer Pen

Rainbow Hello

I created this card for a card exchange in the Hero Arts Fans Scramble Group in Facebook. Such fun to exchange with people all over the world. Mine came from New Zealand and this one went to Australia.

I made some fun rainbow cards recently during the Hero Arts Summer 2021 Stamp-Along. So.. I was in a rainbow mood. I applied some ink to the background using Hero Arts inks. I then used a stencil and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

The butterfly and sentiment are die cut. The sentiment has multiple layers and is offset a little.

I added a little to the inside too which I don’t usually do. I needed the die cut rectangle to write on and I had to add a little fun too.

Entered over at the August Challenge at Die Cut Divas.


  • Hero Arts Reactive Ink
  • Hero Arts January 2020 My Monthly Hero set (butterfly)
  • Lawn Fawn Scripty Hello
  • Hero Arts Swirl Stencil

Hero Arts 2021 Stamp-Along Fun

Hello! Today I have several cards that I made during a craft along event that Hero Arts did on July 17. It was an all day event and many different design team members made cards that you also made at the same time. They have another one coming up and I would highly recommend it.

Are you ready? Get something to drink and maybe a snack…

This is a spotlight card taught by Daniel West. I used a stamp from Simon Says Stamp to make this. There is vellum covering the stamping on the base of the card. I colored with Copics.  The sentiment is heat embossed.

Supplies: Simon Says Stamp Sketched Flowers and I think the sentiment is from Hero Arts It’s Your Day set.

This card was done by Maria Willis. It is a gatefold card and also includes some vellum. Heat embossed flowers on vellum and cut out by hand. The background is Hero Arts Reactive ink blending with stenciling and shimmer mist over it. The sentiment is heat embossed and raised with foam.

Supplies: Simon Says Stamp Sketched Flowers, Hero Arts Reactive ink, Tim Holtz stencil, Spellbinders circle die, Hero Arts It’s Your Day birthday stamp set

A One Layer Looking Glass Card designed by Lydia Fiedler. You stamp the background with a text die. For the scene you use the Looking Glass die and then paper piece it back in to make a one layer card. I added the frame as an extra little thing which I cut out with a square die and the Looking Glass die. The sky is ink blended and the tree is colored with Copics.

Supplies: Hero Arts Canyon Lands Looking Glass die, Memory Box Stitched Square die, Impression Obsession French Text background stamp

Hero Arts Sun Ray Bold Prints

Looking Glass Window Card. This was done by Nichol Spohr. This was fun because part of the scene is on the inside of the card.

I ink blended the front panel first using Distress Oxide ink. For the front of the card I stamped with the Sun Ray stamp and lightly stamped some text over that. Cut out a square which give you the piece for the inside of the card. Color the tree with Zig Clean Color Pens.

For the inside cut out the grass/frame and the mountains. Color with Zig Clean Color Pens.  Place those on the square with the sun rays along with the frame which the grass is part of.

Supplies: Hero Arts Canyon Lands Looking Glass die, Memory Box Stitched Square die, Impression Obsession French Text background stamp, Hero Arts Sun Ray Bold Prints, Zig Clean Color Pens.

Hero Arts It's Your Day

Color Layering Sea horse birthday card. Jessica Frost-Ballas designed this card.

Ink blending on the background. School of fish and bubbles heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

Seahorses stamped and die cut.

The sentiment is heat embossed with white powder.

Supplies: Hero Arts Color Layering Seahorse, Hero Arts It’s Your Day stamp set

Color Layering Jellyfish with “waves” background. This is a Mindy Eggen card design. For the background I ink blending through a stencil and then ink blended over that fading as it went across. I am not super great at blending like this but it came out ok.

Two jellyfish are stamped right on the background and the big one is layer stamped and die cut.

The sentiment is stamped right on the background.

Supplies: Hero Arts July 2016 My Monthly Hero, Hero Arts Swirl stencil

Rainbow Watercolor Backgrounds. These are by Channin Pelletier. I am going to start by saying this was the most fun for me. Why? I have never done this before and it is just so happy! These are similar but a few different ways of doing them. To start each card you heat emboss on bristol paper using white powder.

For this first card I kind of scribbled lines across the card all the way down the card in the all the colors using water based pens. Then I used a brush and some water to spread the color out and blend the colors.

The sentiment is die cut.

For this one you color the different colors in pie shapes, douse it with water and use a blower to send the color out to the edges from the middle. The word celebrate is die cut (1 black and 2 white) and layered slightly offset. The other part of the sentiment is heat embossed and hand cut.

For this you color along vertically but only about half way down, douse with water and then blow towards the bottom of the card. The sentiment was done the same as the card above.

Hero Arts Everything Flower Background

This believe it or not was the technique where you blow out from the middle. It was my first attempt and I had a little to much water so all the color went past the edges so you don’t have any streaks. This stamp might be a little to solid in places too for this technique to really shine. However I like how it came out. A nice background.

Whew.. I love all these rainbow cards and you should give it a try.

Supplies: Hero Arts Jelly Fish Party Bold Prints stamp, Hero Arts Everything Flower Bold Prints stamp, Hero Arts Birthday Stamp & Cut XL (love the font for the dies in this set), Reverse Confetti Thanks Square die, Simon Says Stamp Hello Dies, Local King Rubber Stamp water based markers

Now we have a Tri-fold stand up card. The teacher for this card was Debi Adams. Here is the jelly fish background stamp again. I was lucky to win this from Hero Arts.

For the stamping.. I stamped the jelly fish on a piece of paper that was cut in half to put on the side panels. Then I stamped again and colored in the jelly fish with Copics and a shimmer pen and cut the piece that goes in the middle of the frame and then hand cut a couple jelly fish to put on the side of the frame. The sentiment is heat embossed.

Supplies: Hero Arts Jelly Fish Party Bold Prints, Hero Arts July 2016 My Monthly Hero (sentiment), MFT Pie

Die Cutting with Hero Arts Looking Glass Canyon Lands

I have a couple of cards to show you that I made using one of the Looking Glass dies by Hero Arts. I made Fathers Day cards for my Dad and hubby. They are similar but I am one that cannot make the exact same card twice or more for the most part.

This one I made for my Dad and it was the first time using the die. The tree cuts out with the square opening. It is colored with a Copic marker. The mountains are cut from a panel that I had around with Distress ink smooshing on it. The grass I colored with some Distress ink. The grass is part of a die that cuts out a square but I cut the grass strip off of the square. The sky I ink blended using Distress ink.

On the kraft surrounding the scene I stamped with Versamark. It is very hard to see that.

The sentiment is heat embossed.

Hero Arts Celebrate Everyday

This one I made for my hubby. I did the same coloring the tree, grass, mountains. The sky is different as you can see and I added the birds to this. When I stamped on the kraft cardstock surrounding the scene I used some Distress Oxide ink this time so it would show up better and also a different background stamp.

The sentiment is heat embossed on this one also.

I entered this one over at Love Handmade Cards in Flickr for the June Challenge.

Also entered over at the Hero Arts Stay Crafty Challenge For The Guys.


  • Hero Arts Looking Glass Canyon Lands die set
  • Distress Ink
  • Copic Markers
  • Hero Arts Mud Cloth Bold Prints stamp
  • Rubbernecker Cobblestone background stamp
  • Hero Arts My Monthly Hero June 2017 stamp set
  • My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangles Stax die set

Hero Arts February 2021 My Monthly Hero

Hello… Today I have a card with a gift card pocket on the front. This is for the Stay Crafty with Hero Challenge #20 with a theme of gift card holder. This is a mini slimline card. Kind of odd in the photos it looks like there is a spot on the background in front of the bird but there isn’t.

Hero Arts Long Leaves stencil

I checked in on the Stay Crafty with Hero Challenge with a few hours until it ended. An idea just popped in my head quickly. Not the usual.

I decided to use a tag to make the pocket (card holder) to slip a gift card behind on the front of the card. It is a bit of a tight fit but it works.

For the background I ink blended some Distress Oxide ink on Bristol paper. I laid a stencil over the top and blotted over it with a baby wipe to remove some of the ink. It left a subtle pattern which I think is just right for the card. I had something else going but it was to much!

I die cut a tag and did some ink blending on it to create a sand and sky background. I stamped several of the images from the Hero Arts February 2021 My Monthly Hero kit and colored them with Copics. I then die cut those images and glued them to the scene. This is my first time using this kit and there are so many fun images. I wasn’t going to get it but then did and boy I am happy about that.

I then glued the assembled tag to the card front. I just barely glued the widest edges down the side and a bit at the bottom so I could slip a gift card behind it.

The sentiment is stamped and it is from the kit.

Entered over at Stay Crafty with Hero Challenge #20. The theme is gift card holder.

Also entered over at Die Cut Divas for the March Challenge of make a slimline card.


  • Hero Arts February 2021 My Monthly Hero kit
  • Hero Arts Nesting Tag dies
  • Hero Arts Long Leaves stencil
  • Distress Oxide ink
  • Copic pens

Snowman Snowglobe Christmas Card

And one more card using the sketch from Build You Stash in Facebook.  I enjoyed using this sketch!

The cute snowman in the snowglobe is a peel off sticker. Easy coloring that I did long ago with Copics.

The base of the card is shiny and silver which is kind of hard to see in the photo.

The two snowflake panels are stamped and heat embossed using silver embossing powder. I love seeing red and lighter blue together.

The sentiment is also stamped and heat embossed.


  • Snowglobe peel off sticker
  • Copic markers
  • Hero Arts November 2020 My Monthly Hero – sentiment
  • Snowflake stamp
  • Silver embossing powder

Hero Arts November 2020 MMH Valentine Card

Hello! Today I have a Valentine card I made for my hubby using the November 2020 Hero Arts kit. One of my very favorites.

Altenew Treble Love Die

I am discovering after several years that my husband might prefer a more clean and simple card so here we go. Not my usual type but I love how this turned out.

For the heart I stamped the leafy circle that comes in the November 2020 kit and then die cut it to a heart shape.

I colored a piece of paper with the same red I used on the heart. I die cut the sentiment out from that.

I stamped the two owls and branch also using the November 2020 kit and die cut them using the dies from the set.

Entered over at Love Handmade Cards in Flickr for the February Challenge.


  • Hero Arts November 2020 My Monthly Hero kit
  • Altenew Treble Love die set
  • Sizzix Basic Shapes Bigz die

Hero Arts November 2020 My Monthly Hero

Here is another card using the November 2020 My Monthly Hero kit. Such a good one!

This was a fun one to create. The background is embossed using an embossing folder. I stamped the sentiments directly on it.

For the snowy image behind the owls I stamped and heat embossed with sparkly embossing powder. The owls are also heat embossed with gold and silver embossing powder. I used the die from the set to cut out the owls.


  • Hero Arts November 2020 My Monthly Hero kit
  • Hero Arts January 2020 My Monthly Hero kit
  • Hero Arts Celebrate Everyday
  • Hero Arts White Sparkle Embossing Powder
  • Gold and Silver Embossing Powder

Hero Arts June 2020 My Monthly Hero Birthday Card

And off I go posting my January cards. First off a card for my brother for his birthday. You know the ones right after Christmas that kind of sneak up on you.

The theme of the June 2020 kit is Northern Lights. You can get some really great sky looks depending on how you do the inking. I used some Distress inks that I inked blended on the background. A little thing I do when ink blending the sky is have the stamp image that is on the plastic sheet in the kit and try to blend while looking at the pattern of the sky. I then heat embossed using clear embossing powder over it using the 6X6 stamp in the set.

I stamped the whale spout which is in the kit. I die cut the light house piece and the bird. The sentiment is stamped also.


  • Hero Arts June 2020 My Monthly Hero kit
  • Hero Arts It’s Your Day – sentiment
  • Distress Inks

Hero Arts November 2020 My Monthly Hero Birthday Cards

I used the cool November kit to create two birthday cards. The look of carved wood in this set is one of my very favorites. I just took the one photo of both the cards together since they are fairly similar. These went to friends from high school whose birthdays are just a few days apart, same age and we were all close friends in school.

One friend that had a birthday lives in the mountains where it snows.  The other has a cabin so I thought these worked nice for them. The wood look strips are from a paper pad. The washi tape on the left card I think I colored with brown but it kind of looks red in the photo.

Oh boy now to remember what else… I think I did the two snow backgrounds differently. One is just stamped I think and the other I put clear embossing powder over the stamped image. I stamped the cabins, snowman and tree and colored them with Copics. Then they were die cut with the sets matching dies. The snowflakes are stamped and die cut.

The sentiment is stamped.


  • Hero Arts November 2020 My Monthly Hero Kit
  • Copic pens
  • Hero Arts Reactive Ink
  • Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder
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