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Die Impression Backgrounds + Product Release Close-UP + Giveaway

Hello! Today I have TWO videos for you. The first shares several card ideas using a die impression technique and stamp layering tips. The second? It is a Product Release Close-Up showing the newest Hero Arts collection. Yay!

First, let’s share the technique video…

Die Impression Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

Let’s start with the die impression technique. It is a great way to get more use out of stacking dies!

I started by taping together several dies from the Hero Arts Nesting Infinity Circle Dies. (This set is a GREAT deal – 18 sets for a low price.) To impress the circles onto cardstock, all you need is an inexpensive embossing pad. I simply put my cardstock between the dies and pad and ran it through my die cut machine as I would an embossing folder. The results? A fun embossed look on my background…

Die Impression Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

On the cardinal card, I used the Hero Arts Cardinal Stamps and Dies and a sentiment from the Hero Arts Merry Christmas Messages Clear Stamp Set. I added a bit of shimmer with my All Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens and a dimensional eye with Black and White Enamel Accents. (For all the ink colors used, check the thumbnails below.)

For a matching envelope, I gold heat embossed the Hero Arts Holiday Florals Bold Prints Stamp on the flap of a Hero Arts Kraft Envelope. That envelope just makes the card even more fun in the mail!

Die Impression Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

For the deer card, I used the Hero Arts Deer Stamp Set and a non-holiday “i miss you” sentiment from the Hero Arts You’re So Lovely Stamp Set. Instead of the circle background, I used the Hero Arts Nesting Infinity Rectangle Dies.

I am impressed with how realistic that deer looks!

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My next couple of cards are very simple. I used my Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens to color images from the Hero Arts Holly Days Stamp Set. The sentiment? It is actually from the Hero Arts Dapper Dad Stamp Set. And – again – the background is impressed with the Hero Arts Nesting Infinity Circle Dies.

For matching smaller envelopes, I again gold heat embossed the Hero Arts Holiday Florals Bold Prints Stamp.

Die Impression Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Next up… I used the Hero Arts Nesting Infinity Rectangle Dies at a fun angle with a bit of blue ink on the cutting edge. (See the subtle color in the rectangles?) The die cut and stamps are from the Hero Arts Peace Stamp and Cut set.

Die Impression Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

The fastest way to add color to die cuts is definitely with gorgeous colors of Distress Inks…

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And finally… a couple holiday tags. I created the tags using the Hero Arts Nesting Infinity Tag Die Set and impressed the circles with the Hero Arts Nesting Infinity Circle Dies. 

Die Impression Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

These tags also feature Hero Arts Paper Layering Dies. These dies are unique in that they offer incredible dimension with little effort.

To create the tree, I applied Distress Ink over the Hero Arts Paper Layering Pine Tree Die Cut. I embellished the tree with a Tim Holtz Idea-ology Mirrored Star and Your Next Stamp Gumdrops. The little heart sentiment is from the Hero Arts Christmas Messages Stamp Set. You can see the fun dimension the tree has!

Die Impression Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

The other tag has sparkly snowflakes made with the Hero Arts Paper Layering Snowflakes Dies… and a sentiment from the Hero Arts Christmas Messages Stamp Set.

Die Impression Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Yes – I got carried away! But this technique was too fun to stop.

PRODUCT RELEASE CLOSE-UP VIDEO

I also wanted to share a closer look at the *many* new products from Hero Arts. I am hoping this helps you in deciding if you want to invest in any of the products. You can find all of the new Hero Arts products HERE at Hero Arts and HERE at Simon Says Stamp.

[To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

Again, you can find all of the new Hero Arts products HERE at Hero Arts and HERE at Simon Says Stamp.

BLOG HOP

This post is also part of the Hero Arts 2016 Winter Catalog Blog Hop. This holiday collection is fantastic and I am happy to be celebrating the lots of fun cardmakers.

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The next stop on the hop is the blog of my wonderfully wonderful friend, Kathy Racoosin. (You can always start at the hop’s beginning on the Hero Arts Blog.)

GIVEAWAY

Hero Arts is giving away THREE $25 shopping sprees, drawn from comments left across all blogs in the hop. For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmPT on 8/28/16 telling me your favorite from the new Hero Arts collection. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on the Hero Arts Blog.)

SUPPLIES

Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Compensated Affiliate links used at no cost to you. Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those from Hero Arts. As always, this post was NOT sponsored.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), and Hero Arts (HA)…