Hero Arts Anniversary Blog Hop – Day 3

Welcome to Day 3 of the Hero Arts 45th Anniversary Blog Hop!!! I’m honored to be a part of this hop and so proud of Hero Arts for their accomplishments!

I’m taking it back old school to shadow stamps and real flowers. Hero Arts released several “From the Vault” images for their anniversary. Theses stamps were some of my favorites to work with. 

I stamped this first card using Smoke Ink with the Aged Shadow Stamp and also used the Hero Arts Dandelion die for my focal point. I’ve kept it clean and simple. This is such a quick card to make! 

This next card features a technique I developed when I was with Hero Arts called Stamp Layering. I used the “From the Vault” Real Poppy with Butter Bar and Soft Yellow ink on the blossom portion and Field Greens for the stem. 

The technique is simple, stamp with the darker inks first and without cleaning the stamp, ink it up with the lighter colors and stamp once more. The residual color from the darker inks stay on the rubber and will mix with the lighter ink giving you fresh new color tone between the two. 


There are amazing prizes offered by some fabulous sponsors!!  Leave a comment by Sunday, June 2 at 11:59pm PST on all 3 days of the hop for a better chance to win!  Winners will be announced on the Hero Arts blog next week.

Ready to hop along? Your next stop is to the amazing Tasnim Ahmed!!

Thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic crafty weekend!!!


Hero Arts Rubber Stamp FROM THE VAULT…
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Hero Arts Rubber Stamp FROM THE VAULT…
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Hero Arts Fancy Dies DANDELION Paper…
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Hero Arts Clear Stamps MANY EVERYDAY…
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Hero Arts Shadow Ink Pad BUTTER BAR…
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Hero Arts Shadow Ink Pad FIELD GREENS…
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Simon Says Stamp Premium Dye Ink Pad…
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Prima Marketing MELANGE DIAMOND…
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Simon Says Stamp White A2 TOP Fold…
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Neenah Classic Crest 110 LB SMOOTH…
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Simon Says Stamp CRAFT TACKY GLUE…
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Tim Holtz Tonic Craft MINI SNIPS…
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  1. Was so excited to see your participation in Hero Arts 45th Anniversary Celebration. You amazed me as always with what you came up with. I loved your choices of stamps/dies. You HAD to have lots of choices and fond memories to sort through in your decision process. Thanks for helping shape Hero Arts all thru the years and your continued shaping and inspiration for all stampers at SSS. You are a true treasure. Happy Birthday Hero Arts!

  2. thank you for such pretty cards .. i now wish i had some stamps .. two great companies coming together with other to celebrate 45 years so nice to see

  3. Thanks so much for sponsoring such a wonderful hop. I love the first card as it reminds me that hubby & I just celebrated our Silver Anniversary!

  4. So elegant, so simple, beautiful colours, great design. Two more cards I love in this amazing blog hop !
    Thank you for the making-off-video.
    And thanks for sponsoring this great 45-anniversary-celebration.

  5. Shari, I love your simple tone on tone designs. The splash of yellow is awesome. Sometime simple is the best. Very elegant.

  6. Two of my very favorite cards in this whole three day blogging event. I see the background stamp is out of stock, but I WILL get one!!! They are absolutely gorgeous. I love the sweet simplicity of them. Thanks for your creativity, and for sharing.

  7. These cards are beautiful. I also like that these wouldn’t take long to make. Simple but elegant look to them.

  8. I absolutely love this simple and sophisticated card. It’s totally my favorite kind of card to make. So beautiful! Thank you for the lovely inspiration!

  9. Hero Arts was my first company to get red rubber wood block stamps. I still use and love them today. Your process on these cards is so cool. Simple but stunning. Thanks for your dedication to the paper arts. Your a force to be emulated…..

  10. This must be a trip down memory lane for you and it’s so wonderful you are creating the cards to celebrate Hero Arts 45th for SSS. I still have my Hero Arts stamps and I am pretty sure the shadow stamp and the poppy stamp are in my collection! Both cards are so elegant and beautiful with just that touch of edginess that only you can create. Thanks to Hero Arts and to you for all the inspiration!

  11. These are so simple, yet elegant. Thanks for the inspiration and for being one of the wonderful sponsors for Hero Arts 45th.

  12. CAS & softly elegant. That sums them both up best for me. I’d like to have the Aged Shadow stamp as well as the Dandelion die. You are such a big part of the stamping community, as is SSS & both you & the company are an inspiration. Love Hero Arts too & wish them all the best in the years to come. 45 years – wow!

  13. These cards bring back such memories! Shari, you’ve always been an inspiration. Many thanks to you for teaching me so much! Happy Anniversary, Hero Arts!

  14. I love that “simple” doesn’t have to mean boring. These cards are gorgeous! I just love the artsy look you get with these HA stamps and the technique you used. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Happy 45th anniversary to Hero Arts! Great products and great company!
    Love your coloring design – thanks Shari for sharing!

  16. Your cards are so beautiful and elegant. Thanks for sharing your tutorial and thank you for partnering up with Hero Arts to celebrate their 45th Birthday ❤️

  17. Shadow stamping!! What a blast from the past from the beginning of my stamping days! Wonderful technique that I haven’t done in years!! Beautiful cards! Happy 45, HA!!

  18. Wow those are beautiful cards and I specially love the poppy one
    it has such a vintage look lovely concept!

  19. I love the poppy stamp and how you used it. I’m glad Hero Arts brought it back, because I have to have it. Congratulations to Hero Arts!

  20. Awesome creations! Happy 45th Anniversary Hero Arts! These cards are awesome! Thanks for the video!

  21. Goodness! I haven’t used my shadow stamps in ages! These are beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration.

  22. The yellow and gray look good together but that monotone multi textured card with dandelion is my fave.

  23. I just love the cards you shared today for this hop. I love Hero Arts and Simon Says Stamp! Thanks for the inspiration. :D

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