Hi there! Are you ready for some Christmas spirit today? Hero Arts is officially unveiling their Winter 2020 Catalog today, and we are celebrating all of the gorgeous new products with a blog hop and giveaway! You should have arrived here from Debi Adams’s blog, and your next stop is Ilina Crouse. I have two non-traditional holiday projects for you today, both an homage to my favorite shade of ink from Hero Arts: Raspberry Jam. (It’s just the perfect shade of pinky red, and something so fun and different for holiday cards!) Let’s get started with the details on my projects.
For my first project, I combined the new Christmas Rose Bold Prints background stamp with the beautiful Color Layering Poinsettia Tree and dies. I began by stamping the Christmas Rose background on a panel of Peony Hero Hues cardstock using Soft Blossom ink. I then used a blender brush to blend some Unicorn White ink in the center to soften the pattern a bit and create a more solid background for my floral Christmas tree!
I stamped the beautiful new Color Layering Poinsettia Tree on some more Peony cardstock using Raspberry Jam, Bubble Gum, and Unicorn White inks, as well as some gifts. I cut everything out with the coordinating Frame Cuts. For the greeting, I heat embossed the “Happy Holidays” on a strip of Plum cardstock using white embossing powder. I trimmed down the floral, tone-on-tone background panel and matted it on an A2 panel of Plum cardstock, then mounted the tree and gift die cuts in the center using foam adhesive.
For my second project, I used the fabulous new Snowflake Swirl Bold Prints for my background, doing some ombre inking using the Hero Arts branded MISTI. To achieve this look, I first stamped the top third of the Snowflake background using Rose Madder ink, softening the edges of it a bit with a microfiber towel. I stamped it on my white cardstock and repeated the process again to get a good saturation of color. Next, I did the same thing across the center segment of the stamp using Raspberry Jam ink, softening the edges at top and bottom to create a seamless blend between the two cards. Finally, I added Grape Juice ink on the bottom, creating a lovely, non-traditional snowflake ombré on my white cardstock! The formulation on the Hero Arts inks make techniques like this so much easier, because the formula actually spreads and smooths as it dries, so the colors change smoothly, as well.
To create the shaker window, I die cut the new Joy Ornament Fancy Die from the center of the snowflake card front, as well as from some white cardstock. I backed the circular cutout on the card front using acetate, then inlaid the Joy die cut on the acetate using liquid adhesive. I added foam adhesive around the shaker opening, then added some fun iridescent sequins, finally backing it with a full A2 panel of Plum cardstock.
Well, that’s all for my projects today! These new holiday products are absolutely marvelous. Totally will get you in the holiday cardmaking spirit, even if it is super hot outside haha! Now, for some fun giveaway information:
Hero Arts will give away three $50 gift cards, drawn from the comments left across the hop. Enter by leaving a comment between now and Sunday, September 6th at 11:59pm Pacific, and the winner will be announced on the Hero Arts blog the following week. The more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win!
Your next stop is Ilina Crouse. Thanks so much for stopping by today, and happy hopping!
Kristy Tyra says
Wow! This is really getting me in the mood to do my Christmas cards! I love the shaker card!
Maria Nadeau says
I love your choice of Rasberry Jam! Non-traditional, and so pretty!
Michele W says
Beautiful cards. Love your non-traditional color choices. Thanks for sharing!
The Christmas rose stamp reminds me of Hawaii. Love color choices.
Love these designs and the color palette you have chosen. Striking!
Mary Holshouser says
Love the poinsettia tree against
the Christmas rose background.
Not in one of my favorite colors,
but I think these cards are great.
May have to re-think my grudge.
thanks for sharing
Beautiful! Love the non-traditional colors you used.
Susie Sonnier says
The pink and purple Joy card…YES!!!!
Lori Jones says
What a nice change of colors. I like the blending and the snowflakes.
Patt H. says
Love your use of pinks & purples for these awesome cards! The new Snowflake background is right up my alley!
I love the shaker card. The embellishments are perfectly subtle.
It’s never told early for me to look at homemade Christmas cards! I love your use of pink and poinsettias!
Christi C says
Beautiful!! I get so tired of the traditional holiday colors, your cards are like a breath of fresh air 🙂
Linda Rodgers says
The background you created is beautiful.
Love that pinky red tree!! Absolutely gorgeous!
So very pretty. I just love the Christmas Rose background stamp.
Love your choice of colours
Ann Ito says
The colors you used in your cards just bring a smile to my face! So festive without being so traditional! Thank you for sharing!
Super cute cards. Stamps and layouts used have the winter appeal for lot of options.
Beautiful shaker card!
Really like the colors you chose in the tree card. The background stamps are fabulous!
Isabel Z says
LOVE the colors that you used!
Judy Inukai says
Gorgeous cards. Raspberry Jam is such a yummy color and used with the poinsettia tree is gorgeous. Love the pink and purple joy ornament too.
Meghan Kennihan says
I love the non-traditional colors! These are beautiful! The Poinsettia trees is awesome!
Maribel Monsalve says
I am in love with monochromatic looks. These cards are gorgeous!!
Lisa A says
The poinsettia tree stamp is so cut . You did an amazing job with it.
Raspberry jam, grape juice…yummy colors for great cards!
mary g says
I love the colors that you chose for your cards.
Margot Perry says
I love how you created the shaker window using the new Joy Ornament Fancy die! So fun!
Pat Bethke says
I like the “joy” card.
Anne-Maree Driver says
What a lovely card, and the gorgeous new products are amazing
Talitha Wright says
Love your use of a non-traditional color scheme. Very pretty.
Lisa Premo says
Your pinks and purples are unusual for holiday cards and they are so pretty! It definitely makes them stand out and be memorable!
Amber Morris says
The Christmas tree is my favorite. Love the non traditional color
Wonderful backgrounds that complement & shine.
Gorgeous use of colors with those stamps and dies! So inspirational!
Eleanor Chua says
Love that you used non-traditional colors for the christmas card.
Lindar C says
I like seeing cards with non traditional colors and yours are fantastic!
Rita DeCook says
Love the non-traditional raspberry and plum colors.
art P says
Just ordered the Snowflake Swirl Bold Prints And your shaker card idea is perfect for it! Thanks.
Darcy Shelstad says
Love your use of the Raspberry Jam ink. Very Pretty
Love your choice of background colors.
Awesome!! I too love your color choices!!!
Patricia McMurray says
Pink/purple/plum are my favorite colors and you have used them to great effect for Christmas themed cards. I just love the non-traditional colors. Beautiful card.
Love shaker cards and your’s is especially pretty.
Jeannie Boudet says
like the colors you chose for the cards.,
Raspberry Jam is one of my favorites too & you showcased it beautifully! Great idea to soften background stamp with unicorn ink to showcase central image
Your Jiy card is beautiful!!!
Joy Gainey says
Love all of your cards
I absolutely love the colors -so unexpected! Can’t wait to try this color scheme .
Anne Sturgeon says
WOW, these colors are too gorgeous! That Poinsettia tree is really stunning and the color so rich. Love it!
Emily, what a wonderful use of the Christmas Rose bold print stamp!
Carol Wortman says
Guess I didn’t know there was a Christmas rose… so pretty! Unusual colors, yet so warm.. maybe pink is our next Christmas color. Wonderful catalog!
LOVE your color choices, so creative!
Wow! I love your color choice with the gorgeous fancy ornament die!
Sandra Swayze says
Both are beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing!
Cindy G says
both cards are great – love the rose colored theme
Ashley Cortez says
Just amazing what you done to these cards, I love everything about these cards
Pretty colors and beautiful designs!
Great cards, I especially like how you used the background stamp as a backdrop for the pointsettia tree.
Love the joy card. Delicious!
I love your choice of colours they are just wonderful.
Marisela Delgado says
So beautiful, Emily! Just gorgeous!
Beautiful cards, especially love the pink christmas tree card.
Carol B says
Such a fun and festive release. Thanks for all the inspiration!
Nancy Knapp says
Love your colors! These cards are great!
Love these, specially the ornament one…just can’t get my eyes away from that card.
Shawn Harcrow says
I love your color choice and the snowflake swirl stamp. This is another Christmas card with purple so thinking it will be the color of the year.
The ink color is so pretty…your cards are beautiful!
Debby Green says
Fabulous cards! Great background color choice!
Melinda D says
Love the ombré colors!
Chantal S says
Such a great cards. Love the colors.
Such creatively inspiring color palettes and project designs! We don’t need to stick to the traditional green and red colors…you’ve demonstrated that perfectly!!
GLenda M Sultan says
Wow! Those vivid rose & plum colors woke me up this morning. I love the card. Thanks for reminding us to get started on Christmas cards.
Alice Zimmer says
Lovely cards. Again, I love the non-traditional colors for Christmas!
These are simply gorgeous!
I’ll sound like a broken record I’m sure but I have to echo the others – these *are* GORGEOUS! OMG!
Renee VanEpps says
Super pretty, love the ink blending !!! Definitely inspiring color combos!
Linda R says
So pretty, thanks for sharing!
Debra K Vidal says
Love the pink in your cards. Very pretty.
Jean G says
Love the non-traditional colors. Thank you for sharing.
Tammy S. says
Love everything about your cards. Thank you for sharing!
Sidelle Menon says
wow, such pretty cards! Love the theme going on xx
Love that joy ornament!
Dana M says
Gorgeous cards! Wonderfully elegant and beautiful colors.
Denise Kitts-Wadlow says
Stunning non-traditional color combo for your gorgeous cards! Great choice…beautiful cards!
Peggy D. says
What fun colors! I especially like the shaker card!
So pretty in pinks! Love the tone on tone look. Fabulous creations!
MaryG Zell says
Joy is one of my favorite words, and I Love your ornament card!
Peg Frushour says
Your cards are so pretty! Love the joy card!
Jennifer Tatham says
I LOVE the colours that you used in your cards. The ink blending is most effective and can’t wait for the exact same Hero Arts stamps and dies to arrive. Ordered yesterday, even though I repeatedly told my self that I had enough Christmas supplies!!! I’m sooooooo weak when it comes to Hero Arts.
Both of your cards are beautiful. I love how you chose an unexpected colour!
I am dreaming of a pink and purple Christmas (I put up pink ornaments every year) and I just love how you’ve colored your creations!
So gorgeous! Christmas Rose wasn’t on my list, but..after seeing 2 different cards made with it. It is now! I love both cards I’ve seen. And I really love your color choices!! Stunning!
Carol H says
Love the raspberry colouring on these. Such a great idea for a different Christmas colouring.
Kimberley Jackson-Brown says
The cards are SO FUN & PRETTY!!
Thanks for the inspiration!
Kelsey Thomas says
These are gorgeous!
Festive, fun and beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration.
Darlene Pavlick says
OH WOW … LOVE the color! Beautiful inspiration … thanks!
Cyndi Morris says
Gorgeous projects. The colors are amazing.
Beautiful cards–I especially love the second one with the colorful and vibrant background!
These are so pretty. The colors are non-traditional, but so pretty.
Karen L K says
Very nice cards with very nice colors! Love that poinsettia tree and that snowflake background. It’s great to see what folks do with the stamps and your card made me notice that poinsettia tree.
Betty Giles says
I never think to use white to soften a background stamp, great idea! Beautiful work.
I love that purple/pink color scheme. Beautiful.
Love the colours. Thanks for the inspiration.
I love your plum color story! And the rose background stamp. Your cards are very pretty.
I love your cards Emily 🙂
Cherry Robinson says
Emily!!!! I love your non traditional cards especially since I love pink and I was trying to think of a way that I could use pink this year for my Christmas colours. Your cards have come to me at a perfect time. Thank you for the inspiration. They really are gorgeous by the way 💗
Ida P. Krause says
Both cards are really pretty. I really like the Poinsettia tree stamp.
Carol Jones says
Oh Emily, your cards are so pretty! And I love all the pink!
Nancy T. says
I love the new bold background. It reminds me of the birthday one.
Carol McCready says
The tree is gorgeous!
Jeanne Beam says
Beautiful cards! Love the shaker card…
Thanks for sharing…
Cy Lee says
Love the tree card
i love these gorgeous cards, Emily! My favourite is the Joy shaker card! Wonderful vibrant colour! Thanks for sharing this great inspiration! Take care! 🙂
Bonnie King says
Pinky-purple-y colors don’t usually scream “Christmas” to me, but I love the way you’ve used the colors on both your cards. Might have to try this combo myself. Very festive!
Love the colors you used, especially love the 2nd card!
Karin Adkins says
Lauryne Cunningham says
Wow! I love these beautiful colors on your Christmas cards- so unique and festive!
Beth Merrill says
Gosh, that Christmas tree card is SO pretty! Love the non-traditional monochromatic color!
I love the use of non-Christmas colors. Makes it look very modern.
I like the color mix for the designs. Nice idea for a change up in the usual holiday colors.
Mary Bee says
Emily, your coloring is beautiful. Thank you for the inspiration.
Wendy Falk says
Gosh!! I am in LOVE with your non typical colors! Both cards are so beautiful, but I really love the saturated colors and beautiful little snowflakes in the second card.
Sue D says
Pretty cards. I like the pinky red colors.
Julie Wexler says
What fun colors for the holidays! Your joy shaker is particularly stunning. Thanks so much for the inspiration and sharing your creative talents!
Darling cards! Such a wonderful release!
Denise Bryant says
Love these pretty cards! The ornament shaker card is a favorite!
Love the colors you used on your cards. That snowflake background is very pretty.
Maria B says
Pinks, purples, and raspberry colors are so refreshing for winter cards. It’s inspiring how you used them in your cards.
Dean H. says
I’m not usually a fan of the pink color spectrum, but as long as it comes with a name like Raspberry Jam, I’m good. Great use of color. Nice!
Sherryl Shelton says
Cute cards! I have ordered the Christmas tree set, waiting for it to arrive to start playing.
Connie Johnson says
Hi Emily 🙂 Love your non traditional color palettes!!! Gorgeous cards! Thanks for inspiring me 🙂
Love the pretty cards and non-traditional colors! Especially like your shaker card !