May 2019 Brand of the Month: Hero Arts!!

Hero Arts Brand of the Month

SURPRISE! Our second ever brand of the month is none other than the amazing Hero Arts who not coincidentally are also turning 45 this month! WOW! Check out the stellar projects by their design team member Michelle Short below and keep scrolling for a pretty awesome free gift with purchase this month!

May 2019 Brand of the Month: Hero Arts!!

As soon as I saw the dolphins in the From The Vault Beach and Sea set, I thought of dolphins jumping up in the sea with the moon in the background. I thought it would be fun to make two cards using the same design but with different supplies. My first card uses Copic Markers. I stamped the dolphin image with black ink on to a panel of white cardstock. I masked off below the dolphins to create a horizon line. I mapped out where the moon would go and then colored the sky, adding a darker color towards the top and outer edges. I used various blue and purple shades for this. I then colored the moon with light greys, adding in some light purples and blues too. For the water I used various shades of blue Copic Marker, again adding darker color towards the bottom and edges. I added the color more in stripes for this, to try and create the look of ripples in the water. I made sure to keep some areas white for the reflection of the moon. The dolphins were colored with blue-grey markers and then the panel added to a top folding card base with foam tape. To finish off, I added a white heat embossed sentiment on black cardstock to the front and added dots of white Gelly Roll pen for the stars in the sky.

SUPPLIES:

Hero Arts Clear Stamps FROM THE VAULT…
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Hero Arts Ink Pad INTENSE BLACK AF345
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Copic Markers
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Hero Arts Hues DOVE WHITE Top Folding…
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Hero Arts Hues Premium Cardstock Pack…
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Simon Says Stamp Embossing Ink Pad…
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Hero Arts EMBOSS WHITE DETAIL…
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3M Scotch DOUBLE-SIDED FOAM TAPE…
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Simon Says Stamp SENTIMENT LABELS…
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May 2019 Brand of the Month: Hero Arts!!

My second card uses the same design but instead of Copic Markers for the coloring, I used ink blending. I first stamped the dolphin image and created a mask for it from masking paper. I then cut two masks from masking paper for the moon too. I placed another mask below the moon for the reflection. Using blender brushes, I first added a light layer of light blue around the moon shape and then blended on darker blues around the edges. I also added some black to the very edges for some added depth. For the sea, I first added a layer of color with mid-tone blue shades before removing the mask for the reflection of the moon. I then blended color on top of the reflection but tried to keep it lighter than the rest of the sea. Using the Mermaid Sea Waves Stencil and also the Woodgrain Stencil, I added lines into the sea to create waves. I removed the moon mask and blended on grey ink. The dolphin masks were then removed, and the dolphins colored using Copic Markers. The panel was adhered to a top folding card base with foam tape. I added the same heat embossed sentiment as the first card, as well as stars in the sky with white Gelly Roll pens.

SUPPLIES:

Hero Arts Clear Stamps FROM THE VAULT…
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Hero Arts Ink Pad INTENSE BLACK AF345
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Hero Arts Stencil WOODGRAIN SA117
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Copic Markers
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Hero Arts Stencil MERMAID WAVES SA110
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Hero Arts DYE Ink Pad BLACK AF101
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Hero Arts Shadow Ink Pad NAVY Blue…
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Hero Arts Shadow Ink Pad SOFT GRANITE…
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Hero Arts TROPICAL WATERS Bold Ink…
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Hero Arts SHADOW Ink Pad SOFT POOL…
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Hero Arts Shadow Ink Pad MINT JULEP…
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Hero Arts Nesting CIRCLE DIES DI199
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Hero Arts Hues DOVE WHITE Top Folding…
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Hero Arts Hues Premium Cardstock Pack…
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Simon Says Stamp Embossing Ink Pad…
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Hero Arts EMBOSS WHITE DETAIL…
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3M Scotch DOUBLE-SIDED FOAM TAPE…
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Simon Says Stamp SENTIMENT LABELS…
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Picket Fence Studios LIFE CHANGING…
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May 2019 Brand of the Month: Hero Arts!!

Thanks so much for stopping by and thanks to Michelle for being our special guest! 

BOTM Free Gift with Purchase

The awesome folks provided us a limited supply of a super cool 45th Anniversary pin paying tribute to their start in rubber stamps! While supplies last you can receive this special anniversary pin FREE with any Hero Arts branded purchase with code HER45 at checkout! (an $11.99 value!) Enjoy!

Stay tuned~ more fun Hero Arts themed inspiration and surprises to come!!!

  1. Awwww Michelle, these are adorable. The dolphin is so sweet and you did an amazing job creating your scenes. So much talent!

  2. Both your cards are fabulous Michelle – it’s great to see the different looks with two mediums. I especially love the second one where you have the wave stencilling and the moon reflection in the water – looks so so tranquil and beautiful! Lovely to see you here as a special guest too!

  3. That is amazing colouring shading. With the reflection of the moon. Love the blues and the beautiful dolphins.

  4. Love Hero Arts. They always have such a wide array of stamps and dies and great ideas on how to use them.

  5. I love both of these, but maybe the second one a little bit better. As for Hero Arts….what a great company! I have kept all mu Hero Arts stamps from years past and still use them! Congrats Hero Arts on a job well done for 45 years! (amazing) :)

  6. Both card are fabulous! I love that using the same stamps the coloring medium made them so appealing! TFS

  7. Thanks for sharing these gorgeous cards made using Hero Arts stamps–the first stamp I purchased was from Hero Arts! What a terrific company!

  8. Hello. Congratulations on being the brand of the month!!!

    I love that dolphin.. ❤❤❤🐬🐙

  9. Wow! Beautiful cards! I just love the dolphins! The darker background that you colored with the Copics looks so realistic!

  10. I guessed it correctly, Hero Arts is the May 2019 Brand of the month! Great company, one of my first stamps was a Hero Arts one! Great Simon that you put them in the spotlights.
    So awesome Michelle, your cards are real beauties! The dolphin stamp set is so lovely.
    Great idea to use also the Woodgrain stencil for the sea, I don’t have waves but I have woodgrain.
    Thank you so much for this awesome inspiration.

  11. Happy Anniversary and they have been around for so long because they adapt to the market and continue to have a quality product!

  12. These are such lovely cards. I have a variety of Hero Arts products, bought over many years and I enjoy working with both the “old” and the new. There’s always something to catch my crafty eye. tfs

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