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

Simon Says Stamp Cosmos Bloom Background

Howdy! I have some more flowers for you today. Flowers are one of my favorites to create with.

Simon Says Stamp Thank You die

To create my card I started with stamping the flowers on some watercolor paper. I heat embossed using a sparkly copper embossing powder.

I used Hero Arts liquid watercolors to color in the flowers and leaves.

For the sentiment I die cut the background piece from a thick vellum. The sentiment itself is cut from a foil paper.


  • Simon Says Stamp Cosmos Bloom Background
  • Hero Arts watercolors – Indigo, Moss and Dandelion
  • Simon Says Stamp/CZ Design Thank You die set
  • Vellum
  • Judikins Copper Twinkle embossing powder
  • Daiso metallic paper

Sizzix Tim Holtz Feathered Friends Birthday Card

Howdy! I am happy to say I think this wraps up my January cards. I have another Tim Holtz bird card for you. I love how this one came out. It may just a bit brighter here in the photo than it is in person.

Sizzix Tim Holtz Wildflowers die set

For the background I used the Tim Holtz woodgrain paper. Below you can see the panel before I added all the die cuts on top. That is probably closer to the real color of it. I ink blended Peacock Feathers and Gathered Twigs on that woodgrain paper. I went over the knots with a Distress Crayon to highlight them. I inked around the edges of the panel also.

I die cut some things from the Wildflowers die set and colored them with Lucky Clover and inked a tad around the edges with a brown. I glued those to the background and over the pot.

I die cut the pot from some woodgrain patterned paper and ended up going over it with ink.  I added a few highlights with a dark brown Distress crayon. The band was also die cut and I used Hickory Smoke and Black Soot Distress Oxide ink on it.

The birds were die cut from watercolor paper. I like using for it’s watercolor properties of course and it also gives some texture. I watercolored the birds using Rusty Hinge & Wild Honey inks for the bigger bird and Milled Lavender & Seedless Preserves for the smaller bird.

I just love how the woodgrain paper looks with whatever color on it and the knots highlighted. So here is a view before it got covered up.


  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Wildflowers die set
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Potted BigZ die
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Feathered Friends die set
  • Tim Holtz Woodgrain paper
  • Tim Holtz Watercolor paper
  • Distress Inks
  • Distress Crayons

Watercoloring with Stampendous Daisy Thanks

Today I have a watercolored daisy thank you card I made for my hubby.

I did some watercoloring and I cannot remember what I used to watercolor. My guess is either Distress Crayons or Distress Reinkers. I am getting better about taking notes while creating but sometimes I do not. My hubby got me this stamp set so I wanted to use it for this thank you. I was trying to keep it low key so it was ok for a masculine card. And the ladybug was so cute I had to add it. The sentiment is stamped and from the same set.


  • Stampendous Daisy Thanks stamp set

Simon Says Stamp Sketched Flowers Watercoloring

Ok this does it for August.

To start off my card I gold heat embossed the flower bunch from the SSS stamp set.

I watercolored the image using Distress reinkers. The background I first tried going around the image only with a bit of watered down green. It wasn’t looking right to me so the whole background got watercolored.  I splattered a little gold all over the card. I am new at trying the background watercoloring. I need some practice on that one. I like the organic look but my brain wants uniform.

The sentiment is heat embossed with the same gold embossing powder.


  • Simon Says Stamp Sketched Flowers stamp set
  • Simon Says Stamp Birthday Messages stamp set
  • Ranger Queen’s Gold embossing powder
  • Distress Reinkers

Watercoloring with PSX Azalea

Karen Burniston Word Set 1 - Greetings

Here’s a little watercoloring for you. This image is an old stamp I found at a thrift store and they can get a little pricey online in the aftermarket sales. I have many flowers from this company which is no longer in business.

I watercolored the flower and leaves. At the moment I can’t remember what I used. Possibly Distress ink.

The sentiment is die cut.


  • Karen Burniston Word Set 1 – Greetings die set
  • PSX Azalea stamp

Hero Arts Beautiful Day Agapanthus Birthday

Howdy! I have a card for the Hero Arts July Scramble in Facebook for you today! The Scramble theme this time was coloring so I watercolored the flowers.

I started out by stamping one group of the flowers on each corner of the card. Then I used a single flower to fill in the top and bottom. I heat embossed using brass powder. I then used some Distress Reinker to paint the flowers.

The sentiment is heat embossed using the same embossing powder.

I got to use my new Tonic Studios Tim Holtz glass mat for the first time while making this. Pretty sweet!


  • Hero Arts Beautiful Day Agapanthus
  • Hero Arts Many Birthday Messages
  • Ranger Watercolor Paper
  • PSX Brass Embossing Powder

Watercoloring with Hero Arts Artistic Dahlia

I am on a roll again in June. Several birthdays to make cards for.

Papertrey Ink Harlequin Cover Plate Die

For the background I used a cover plate die and then glued the die cut over a white card base.

I stamped the dahlia on watercolor paper and used Hero Arts liquid watercolors to color it. Then used the die to cut it out. Next time I want to try stamping the flower several times and coloring since the die has several pieces so you can layer the flower.

The sentiment is die cut.


  • Hero Arts Artistic Dahlia wood block stamp
  • Hero Arts Artistic Dahlia die set
  • Cas-ual Fridays Catherine Pooler die set
  • Papertrey Ink Cover Plate Harlequin die
  • Hero Arts Liquid Watercolors


Watercoloring with Hero Arts June 2019 My Monthly Hero

Hello to you all. I have another card I created for Libby’s Challenge in the Hero Arts Fanatics group in Facebook. This time it is for the all time favorite My Monthly Hero kit. But.. truth be told I can’t pick an absolute favorite kit. There are many that I love. I tend to like the animal ones. There is safari, jungle (this one today), under the sea and aquarium.

Distress Oxide Inks

To create this card I chose the June 2019 My Monthly Hero kit. As you can see it has a jungle theme. Lot’s of fun animals and plants. I decided to use the Daniel Smith watercolor palette that came with the kit which I have not used up until now. So I stamped the images and watercolored them and then used the dies that came with the kit to cut them out. I enjoyed the watercoloring.

The sentiment is from the kit and got a little goofy when I stamped it but sometimes you just have to go with it.

The background was created after watching one of the Tim Holtz demos. It is the wrinkle and ink technique. I used mixed media paper and crumpled it up. Then lay it out and put a couple of green Distress ink pads direct to paper. I then sprayed some water on it. After it dried I ran it through my Big Shot to flatten it back out. It is a fun technique. It may a bit busy for this scene but I think the colors are great for a jungle scene.


  • Hero Arts June 2019 My Monthly Hero kit
  • Distress Oxide ink

Hero Arts My Monthly Hero August 2018 Coffee Cafe

Hello I still have coffee on my mind. Lets face it I do every morning. I enjoy my cup! Here is one I was making for the Coffee Lovers Hop but I lollygagged to much and didn’t get to post it. I am really pleased with how it came out.

First I die cut the cafe from watercolor paper. I watercolor painted everything using Distress Oxide ink. There is a tiny bit of white shimmer ink on the coffee steam.

Then I created the blue background using Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide ink. I smooshed watercolor paper on my mat where the watered down ink was. For the awning I painted the sections red then glued a strip of watercolor paper on the underside of the die cut for the other awning stripes. I cut a piece of the blue background and glued it behind the window above the awning. For the gray above the awning I painted pieces of watercolor paper with gray and a tiny bit of black Distress Oxide ink. The heart on the sign in the kit is an outline heart but I painted it in solid.

The sentiment is just stamped.

I also entered this over at the Die Cut Divas May challenge of make it a beverage.


  • Hero Arts August 2018 My Monthly Hero kit
  • Distress Oxide inks
  • Hero Arts White Metallic ink
  • Distress Watercolor Paper
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