Hero Arts April 2022 My Monthly Hero Birthday Card

Howdy! I have a birthday card for you today. I made this with one of my favorite My Monthly Hero kits.

Elizabeth Craft Designs

As I said this was made with the Hero Arts April 2022 My Monthly Hero kit. You stamp the flowers and then use the stencils to put the colors on the flowers and leaves. I always like how the flowers come out when I use this kit. The inks I used are also from the kit.

I cut an oval behind the sentiment from vellum to tone down the flowers just a bit.

I die cut the sentiment from some mirror paper. It looks kind of purple but it isn’t really.


  • Hero Arts April 2022 My Monthly Hero kit
  • Hero Arts Nested Frame Cuts Ovals
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Happy Birthday die
  • Sizzix Opulent Cardstock – Mirror paper

Hero Arts April 2022 My Monthly Hero Make-Along

A couple of cards I forgot to post from May. I made these during a fun make-along that Hero Arts did. We used the April 2022 My Monthly Hero set. Love this set!

Libby and Seeka each made a card and they are so nice! Here are the ones I made. I love how these came out.


Hero Arts April 2022 My Monthly Hero Card

Hello! I am trying to get back to my card making and posting. It has been a busy couple of months. Here is a card I created for the Hero Arts Stay Crafty with A Blog Named Hero May Challenge. The theme is use scraps.

Hero Arts September 2021 My Monthly Hero

For my “scraps” I made a panel for another card using the April 2022 MMH kit and cut that colorful yellow flower strip off. Of course I didn’t just toss it. So here it is! I used the background stamp and the stencils to color the flowers.

For the background I used the background flower stamp from the April 2022 MMH kit and stamped with gold pigment ink.

I cut the sentiment out using the September 2021 MMH kit using gold and black paper.

I like how it turned out and I was struggling to come up with something that worked with my scraps.

Entered in the Hero Arts Stay Crafty with A Blog Named Hero May challenge.


  • Hero Arts April 2022 My Monthly Hero kit
  • Hero Arts September 2021 My Monthly Hero kit
  • Tim Holtz Metallic Kraft-Stock paper
  • Delicata Golden Glitz ink
  • Hero Arts ink

Hero Arts Spring Stamp-Along 2022

Hold on folks here comes a bunch of cards I made during the Hero Arts Spring Stamp-Along. I need to make a couple more to make all of them so I will add them later.

Class 1 – Rainbow Stencil Warmup

Removing ink with water using a stencil, Stenciling over ink blending and Stenciling.

Class 2 – Birthday Party Tri-Fold Card – A fun trifold card using a Looking Glass die.

I did not have the birthday one so I used the Canyon Lands and Day or Night Looking Glass die sets.

Hero Arts Looking Glass Day or Night

Class 3 – Best Wishes Tulip Card – One of the things on this card is embossing with a stencil.

No this is not a tulip but it is a Hero Arts stamp. It is called Artistic Dahlia.

Class 4 – Beautiful Magnolia Card – Two layers of the cover plate cut, the bottom one from glitter paper and then offset.

Not a magnolia but this is the cover plate I used. Maybe not the best choice for this technique but I learned the fun technique.

Class 5 – Glitter Paste Daisies Card – Using glitter paste with a stencil.

I didn’t have the daisy stencil or the glitter paste. I used paste and sprinkled glitter over it. That glitter really sparkles! That is what’s great with these classes you don’t have to order a bunch of supplies. You can use what you have.

Class 6 – Watercolored Looking Glass Card

I used a different Looking Glass set and I didn’t get the memo about using bright cheery colors. Ha. The mountains are also die cut which is a little hard to see.

Class 7 – Celebrate Tulip Card – Fun techniques – dragging the ink pad down the paper and etching (coloring technique).

I also used a different stamp and die. That is just fine to find something in your stash to use if you don’t have some of it. And.. I want to get that tulip stamp and die.

Class 9 – Birthday Party Shadow Box Card

I also used a different Looking Glass die on this. It is really cool in person with all the layers.

Class 10 – Celebrate Daisy Card

Two for one using stenciled panel.

Hero Arts Coffee Christmas

Today I have a interesting themed card for the Caffeinated Christmas Card Challenge for April. The challenge is coffee, Christmas and rainbow. Kind of a challenge for a Christmas card for me anyway.

Here is what I came up with using the Hero Arts August 2018 My Monthly Hero card kit. It is a good one, full of coffee stuff!

Ciao Bella Coffee Stains

For the background I ink blended using Distress Oxide ink. I then used a coffee stains stencil over that also using Distress Oxide ink.

The coffee cups were cut out using the dies from the Hero Arts MMH set and I inked around the edges using you guessed it Distress Oxide ink. Merry was die cut using a Momenta die set and Christmas was die cut using a MFT die.


  • Ciao Bella Coffee Stains stencil
  • Momenta Alphabet dies
  • Distress Oxide ink
  • MFT Merry Christmas die
  • Hero Arts August 2018 My Monthly Hero


Paper Layering Christmas Card

And one more Christmas card for now.. Happy to be getting some done.

I got this paper layering scene maybe 4-5 years ago. It is a European product. I have one more set to put together.

I die cut a couple rectangles for the background. For the snowflakes on the white mat I used a stencil and did some heat embossing. The fancy mat is ink blended with Iced Spruce Distress Ink.

The scene has several layers which are kind of hard to see in the photo. I used foam to pop up about 3 layers beyond the base. I added some glitter to the rooftops and trees.

The sentiment is stamped.


  • European paper layering set
  • Hero Arts Color Layering Christmas Tree (sentiment)
  • Art Impressions Rectangle A2 Double Stitched die set
  • Memory Box Tiny Snowflakes Stencil
  • Spellbinders Romantic Rectangles die set
  • Distress Oxide Ink – Iced Spruce

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

Tim Holtz Feathered Friends Wedding Card

Here is a wedding card that I made for my son to give to his good friends. I know them also so it was fun to make this for them. My son married them at their ceremony. Very cool in my book.

I love how the card came out!

Avery Elle Loads of Wishes

The background is ink smooshed using Distress Oxide inks. I stamped over it in places and also inked over a stencil some places.
The branch was die cut using a die that came from the Arthur die set and was inked with Distress ink.
For the two birds I flipped a bird so that they could face each other. They are die cut from panels that were ink smooshed.
The sentiment is stamped.
  • Feathered Friends die
  • Arthur die
  • Burlap stencil
  • Music & Advert stamp
  • Avery Elle Loads of Wishes stamp set
  • Distress Oxide ink – Background – Ripe Persimmon, Dried Marigold, Frayed Burlap, Brushed Corduroy, Antique Linen. Birds – Vintage Photo, Salvaged Patina, Faded Jeans, Brushed Corduroy.
  • Distress ink – Branch – Ground Espresso, Walnut Stain. Background – Tea Dye
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