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

Hero Arts Christmas Folks Shaker Card

Hero Arts had a fun Nordic style Monthly Kit for October this year. I got that and the Christmas Folks. Love the look of it all.

When I first saw this I thought monochromatic. I colored Mr. and Mrs. Claus with Copic pens. Some of the details that are hard to see is the silver trim, the shimmer over the white areas and Mrs. Claus has clear Nuvo drops on her glasses. I hand cut these out.

Then I decided to do a window and shaker which is pretty rare for me. I stamped the snowflakes and heat embossed them on an inked background. I die cut the trees and added a star on top with a metallic pen. The snowflake stamp and tree die is from the main MMH kit.

I die cut the window and the sentiment.


  • Hero Arts Christmas Folks stamp set
  • Hero Arts October 2020 My Monthly Hero set
  • Penny Black Happy Holly Days die set
  • Spellbinders Label One die set
  • Copic markers
  • Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
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