Hi there! I am so excited to be hopping along with Hero Arts today to help introduce their Winter 2021 Catalog! It’s always such fun to work on the catalog projects, and seeing the finished printed product is such a thrill. The glossy pages are so beautiful and colorful and full of inspiration! You should have arrived here from Debi Adams, and your next stop is Ilina Crouse. I have two frosty, wintry cards to share with you today, so let’s get started with the details!
The new Color Layering Snowflake set is so. much. fun. There are so many things that you can do with these snowflake stamps: you can layer them on the big die cut, you can die cut them individually and layer them (as I’ve done here), you can use the individual stamped die cuts to create a fun background, you can stamp them by themselves for a beautiful snowy card base…. so many fun possibilities! I began by stamping the main snowflake die cuts- I cut one of each size snowflake then stamped them each once in an ombré color scheme. Once they were stamped, I layered them together using foam adhesive for tons of dimension. So much depth and dimension when you layer them on top of each other!
I wanted to let that big, dimensional Color Layering Snowflake die cut be the star of the show, so I created a background with the individual stamps using the stamp-off method. I didn’t want the snowflakes in the background to be the same strength of color as my snowflake die cuts, so I inked up my stamp (I used an adhesive block for this technique so that I could move quickly between the stamp sizes) with Aegean ink, then stamped once on a piece of scrap paper and then stamped on my card front. To create my swirling pattern down the front, I began with the largest stamp and worked my way down to the smallest stamp, filling in gaps with the teeny snowflakes included in the Color Layering Snowflake stamp set.
Once I’d finished my stamped background, I used one of Hero Arts’s new Blending Brushes to blend some Tide Pool ink along the sides of the card to really highlight the swirled shape of the background stamping. I adhered the dimensional snowflake die cut with even more foam tape (this one would take extra postage, ha!) and added a greeting from the Color Layering Snowflake stamp set, stamped in full strength Aegean ink and adhered to the card front using more foam tape. I wanted a touch of sparkle (can’t have a snowflake card without some sparkle!), so I dabbed some Crystal Lacquer on the card base, then added some Snowfall Glitter and spread it out with the tip of my finger.
My second card features more white space to help highlight the new Merry Snowmen stamps and dies! I began by stamping the lamppost and winky snowman using Intens-ified Black ink on some white cardstock, then colored them with my Copic markers. I used some pale gray, lavender, and aqua Copic markers with the Colorless Blender marker to add some shadows to the snowman, but still allow for plenty of white space to keep my snowman “white.”
Next, I die cut some white trees using the Tri-Fold Edge Winter Pine Fancy Die. I also blended a soft wintry sky with the blending brushes using Soft Sky, Soft Purple, and Soft Blossom. I adhered the trees on the blended background using foam adhesive for lots of dimension, then added the snowman, lamppost, and a sentiment strip.
The final touch was to add some Sparkle Clear Lacquer pen to the trees to add some snowy sparkle!
Now, to celebrate this new release, Hero Arts is sponsoring a giveaway!
We will give away THREE $50 gift cards, drawn from the comments left across the hop. Enter by Sunday, August 29th at 11:59pm pacific, and the winner will be announced on the Hero Arts blog the following week.
Hero Arts is also running a great promotion to celebrate their new catalog:
Receive a free printed catalog with your order of $50 or more through the end of the month (or while supplies last). You can have a glossy catalog of your own! 😉
One more fun piece of information to share: Hero Arts is hosting a Holiday Stamp-A-Long!
Join us for a day of “LIVE” card classes, hosted in a private Facebook group! During this virtual event, you will have the opportunity to create ten beautiful cards from start to finish, learning tips and tricks from some of your favorite cardmakers. The event will take place in a private Facebook group – you must use Facebook to participate. You can watch everything live as it happens and “stamp-along”, or you can choose to view when it is convenient for you. There will be giveaways throughout the event – everyone who registers will be eligible for the drawings, you need not be present to win. The event will take place over two days. Saturday, September 18 and Sunday, September 19, 2021 (all times are EST) 10:00am – 5:30pm – Our artists will lead five card demos each day, with breaks in between. 5:30pm – Wrap-up and giveaways both days! Once you purchase this event, you will be sent an email with details regarding how to join our private event Facebook group. Please keep an eye out for this email with Stamp-Along in the subject line. It is critical that you request membership in the Facebook group, linked in this email. Please be sure to ask to join the Facebook group AT LEAST 24 hours before the LIVE event begins. It may take time to be approved into the Facebook group as this is a manual process – please allow 72 business hours. The sooner you join the group, the sooner you can join the conversation and find your bearings! We will be there to help answer any questions. All of the LIVES will be available for replay in the private Facebook group if you are unable to attend the event live on September 18 & 19. Also included in the class: Downloadable project sheet with step-by-step instructions. Supplies listed per card so you can plan your day. Images of all the cards, including detailed shots. A short list of homework to prep prior to the event. Did we mention giveaways??
Class Supplies: We will not be shipping kits for this event. We know many of the necessary supplies will already be available in your crafty stash, but we are featuring newer released stamps and dies as well. Take a look at the supply list HERE, and consider supporting a local stamp store with your event-related purchases (check out our STORE LOCATOR)! Or find Hero Arts products here in our shop.
Your next stop is Ilina Crouse. Thanks so much for stopping by today, and happy hopping!