Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Hero Arts Winter Release 2021: Blog Hop and Giveaway!

Hello everybody! Can you believe that the Hero Arts Winter Catalog is finally here?! And, it's absolutely amazing too! I've got eight cards to share with you today but before we dive I want you to know that today's post is part of an awesome blog hop with a ton of inspiration sharing the new holiday products. Head down to the bottom of my post to hop along with us. We also have some really great GIVEAWAYS today so make sure to check the bottom of my post and get yourself entered to win!

In other big news... you can now register for the next Hero Arts Stamp-Along!!! The last one was so much fun and this one packs an even bigger punch because for the same $25 fee you will now get two days of instruction and ten different classes! You can sign up now to join the fun!

And now on to my cards! For my first card I heat embossed the String Dots Bold Prints stamp in white puff embossing powder onto Lapis cardstock.

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I stamped the birds and some branches from the Christmas Robins stamp set and colored them with my copics before cutting them out with the coordinating dies.
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I heat embossed my sentiment using Onyx Pigment ink and clear embossing powder onto Cherry cardstock. I added that to my background with foam tape and then layered my colored images on top. The finishing touch was to add some sequins from the Winter Sequins mix.
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For my next card I heat embossed the Buffalo Check Pattern Bold Prints stamp in clear onto Cherry cardstock. I love how that gave me a subtle yet textured background.
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Next, I colored and cut images from the Christmas Robins set.
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I die cut the sentiment from the Christmas Holidays Stamp & Cut XL in silver glitter paper. Then I added my images and some green sequins.
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For my next card I put the String Dots Bold Prints stamp in my misti so that I could stamp repeatedly. I inked it up with Aegean, Summer Sky, and Orchid inks and stamped my background. I left the background in my misti, added Versamark ink and Clear Embossing Powder and then heat set it for some great shine.
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I cut and stamped my sentiment using the Christmas Holidays Stamp & Cut XL. I love that you can use the die cut sentiments alone or with the shadow die cut background (Nautical cardstock).
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My background is mounted on Paradise cardstock which matches the stamped sentiment strip.
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My next card was made using the Graphic Lines Holiday stamp and coordinating die set. This is a bold, graphic set that I can see being really fun for holiday art journaling as well as for handwritten/ hand decorated holiday cards.
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I heat embossed the stars from the set in gold glitter embossing powder onto Cherry cardstock. Then I sprayed it with Ranger spray in Antique Bronze and splattered it with White Glimmer Metallic ink. I stamped and die cut the tree, star and sentiment. I added my handwritten words to the tree to make it a little more meaningful to me.
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I added my background onto some Pitch Black cardstock before adhering my other pieces with foam tape.
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This next card was so easy to put together! I started out by stamping a piece of Cherry cardstock with the Buffalo Check Bold Prints stamp in Raspberry Jam ink. 
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Then, I cut the Very Merry Christmas Coverplate die out of gold glitter cardstock. 
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I saved the letters for my next card and used Precision glue to adhered the gold die cut to my background. It was so quick and easy to put together and is so bold and eyecatching!
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My next card started out by inkblending Key Lime Fizz, Green Apple and Blue Raspberry inks on white cardstock. 
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I sprayed the background with White Iridescent Shimmer Mist and then splattered it with Gold Glimmer Metallic ink.
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Finally, I added the die cut letters that were left over from my last card. To line them up perfectly I added tape to the front of the die and stuck the letters back into the die. They stuck to the tap and stayed in place allowing me to add foam tape to the backs of all of the letters. Then, I flipped the die over, aligned it with my background and pressed down to adhere the letters in the perfect position.
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This next card is a mini slimline card. I stamped the Snowy Rooftops Bold Print in Soft Sky ink and cut it down. 
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I heat embossed the sentiment from the Christmas Rose stamp in silver onto vellum. I wrapped silver thread around my image piece and layered the sentiment on top. 
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I added layers of silver glitter and Nautical cardstock before adhering the whole shebang to the white card base with some sequins.
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My next card was made entirely by using one single stencil... the Layering Ornaments & Trimmings Stencil. This stencil does coordinate with a stamp and die but it can be fun to see what you can create using only the stencil. 
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I used the stencil to add layers of color and detail to the card before heat embossing each ornament with clear embossing powder.
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I inkblended the background, splattered it, added sequins and glued it to a black cardbase. The final touch was to add some extra detail with a white gel pen.
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And that does it for today you guys! I hope you'll enter the giveaway below and keep on hopping along with us.

Have an awesome day!
Maria



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Hero Arts 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.


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51 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness your really did a lot of cards. Great color combinations too!

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  2. The birdies are tweet sweet, wonderful coloring, background, layout & more.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  3. Love all the different backgrounds on your cards!

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  4. Wow! Fabulous cards! You were busy! I love the red backgrounds!

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  5. Love how you added the handwritten words to the Christmas tree! Beautiful colors on the ornaments too

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  6. great cards. My favorite is the snowy rooftops--have to try that.

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  7. Wow! Great variety of cards. My favorite is the mini slimline. Thanks.

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  8. So many wonderful cards.
    Love the red on red buffalo check.
    thanks for sharing
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  9. The glitter wins the prize! I love these cards as they just bring smiles. Thanks so much for inspiring.

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  10. Your backgrounds are beautiful!

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  11. Gorgeous backgrounds! I LOVE that big bold sentiment die!

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  12. Wow! So many wonderful cards! I love the blue and white polka dot background!

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  13. Loving all your cards - so bright and beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

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  14. Beautiful, colorful and creative cards--thanks for all of the great inspiration!

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  15. That String dots rubber stamp is a keeper. What a wealth of cards you’ve shared!

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  16. Such gorgeous cards! All of them are amazing…
    Thanks for sharing.

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  17. I'm so inspired by all your beautiful holiday cards!

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  18. The birds are so tweet...I mean sweet :) Love them!!

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  19. Wonderful cards. The backgrounds are so interesting that not much is needed to complete the cards.

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  20. You made so many cards! Thanks! I especially love the one with the non-traditional Christmas colors.

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  21. Your Christmas cards are beautiful! So bright and cheerful!

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  22. Wow! Wow! Wow! I just love all these amazing cards! Your backgrounds are gorgeous especially for those sweet little birds! Thanks for the great inspiration! Stay safe! :)

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  23. Wow! So many gorgeous cards. I love how you added your own handwritten words to that Christmas tree.

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  24. Maria! Holy smokes!! I kept scrolling and scrolling.... and scrolling and scrolling! You've outdone yourself. That background stamp with the rows of dots of various sizes (String Dots Bold Prints) was used to excellent advantage in two of the, let's say, earlier (how do I explain where in the very long lineup they were?) cards. I love the bold blue background you chose for card #1. I also like how you used parts of the bird stamp set in different cards. The card that made my breath catch was the Rooftops card. It was so soft and beautiful! I loved the silver thread wrapped around the "Peace" sentiment, too! Lovely! I also thought all the other cards were pretty...the big word coverplate ones are great... and those ornaments (GASP) are "da bomb"! I ordered those myself. I'd love to order the whole release but I do have to pay the electric bill and the mortgage LOL! Love your post!!
    Lori S in PA

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  25. Fantastic cards! I love this release!

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  26. Wow...so many stunning creations!!!

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  27. so hard to choose a favorite all are stunning .

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  28. So many beautiful cards! i love the blue and purple Happy Holidays and how you used different inks and then added embossing powder to make them so sparkly. such a great technique! thank you for sharing your talents with us, Maria :)

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  29. You made a lot! I think my favorite is the purple, blue and teal Happy Holidays card. It just has this joyful energy that speaks of a child's wonder at Christmas time.

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  30. Great cards, Maria! Looks like the Buffalo Plaid stamp is a winner!

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  31. I am so excited to one day make cards as wonderful you and all of those in the hop!

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  32. Beautiful cards! Love all of the sparkle you used. :)

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  33. Beautiful cards! I love the various backgrounds.

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  34. So many great new background stamps. Love the variety of your cards - so many good ideas!

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  35. Amazing!! I love them all, but that green background is so striking to me.

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  36. What wonderful and bold designs. Love the stencils and the buffalo plaid!

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  37. Wow, a lot of creative cards. Thanks for sharing.

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  38. Love these, Maria! Your backgrounds are always so extra!

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  39. The Snowy Rooftops is very pretty. [Bunny]

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  40. Wonderful cards, I'd say you're done for Christmas at this rate. I particularly love the snow top roof card. Peace was the perfect sentiment.

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  41. Fabulous variety of cards. Love the birds.

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  42. So many beautiful cards! The Snowy Rooftops design is a favorite!

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  43. beautiful Christmas cards. I especially like the pale blue sky & rooftops card.

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  44. Wow, so many beautiful and wonderful cards. You inspired my shopping yesterday. Tx!

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  45. super sweet cards - thanks for sharing your wonderful layouts and designs with us

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  46. Great cards! Thanks for sharing!

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  47. So many lovely backgrounds on your cards, love the large sentiments and the winter birds are just darling! Thank you for sharing your creative cards!

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  48. Marisela Delgado said: So pretty. mariandmonsterd@yahoo.com

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  49. So many wonderful card designs, awesome!

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