Video: NEW Hero Arts Shadow Inks + Giveaway!

Boy is it cold! It’s -2 degrees here, but I know some of you have it much worse. Ack!

Hopefully this will brighten your day: a closer look at the new Hero Arts Shadow Inks. I am the biggest fan of their inks, but I tend to reach for the same colors over and over. I was thrilled that they released SIX new colors – Soft Vanilla, Dark Quartz, Lemon Yellow, Lime Green, Ultra Pink and Blackboard – and I LOVE them all. They are a great addition to the Shadow Ink collection. Here is a video showing a closer look:

First, here is a look at the card I did in the video. (The photo is a bit more neon that in real life. Sorry.) Scroll down a bit more for a comparison to other ink colors…

One of my favorite cards to make is an encouragement card. The new Yay! stamp set from Hero Arts is perfect for this type of card… which I am sending to a friend who recently lost 10 pounds. The small stars in the background add to the fun.

Pairing up the new Shadow Ink colors (more on those below) with some Wink of Stella shimmer, I have a card that is sure to make her smile.

I know many people will be interested in how these new Shadow Ink colors compare to the older Shadow Ink colors… and the Simon Says Stamp Ink colors. (Remember – these inks have the same properties as they come from the same ink line from the same manufacturer.) Please forgive these terrible photos – they are just for comparison purposes.

In this photo, the new Lime Green looks a bit more yellow than it is in real life. I love this color. Great for flowers:

The new Lemon Yellow color is the perfect bright yellow – much different than any yellows out there. Perfection. And Soft Vanilla is a lovely ivory-like color. Perfect for any style of card. I will be using this one for backgrounds and for light stamping to trace over:

The new Dark Quartz has won my heart. It is a great dull (in a good way) peach color that will go perfect with neutral or bright colors. It isn’t as bright as the other colors in the peach and orange family:

For pinks, the new Hero Arts Ultra Pink is a little more blue than the old Bubble Gum. Hard to see in this picture, but the difference is there. I think I prefer Ultra Pink:

Finally, the new Blackboard Ink. This color is very unique… it is like a soft black or super dark grey. I will be reaching for this a lot. Swoon:

Hope this gives you a better look at the new inks. Now it’s time to share some…

GIVEAWAY

Want to try out the newest Hero Arts Shadow Inks yourself? Leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 1/10/14 for your chance to win all six! Good luck.

(By the way, the winners of the spots in the Stenciled class are: Roz M, Cara T and Agnieska. I emailed you.)

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Happy New Year!

Hello and Happy New Year! I am trying to get back into the swing of creating. I took many days off to be with my family and also to finish moving into my somewhat-new craft room. (Almost done!)

But now I am back and have lots to share. Today? Today I have a card showing off the newest Paper Smooches products and newest Hero Arts Shadow Inks

Ack! These stamps make me SO giddy! I stamped the new Papers Smooches Botanicals with the new Lime Green (the perfect lime green), Dark Quartz (orange with a bit of a dark peach tone) and Lemon Yellow (the perfect bright yellow) Hero Arts Shadow Inks. I added some shading to the green stamped leaves with a YG25 Copic Marker. I also used a RV55 marker to add pink touches to the flowers. (You could use any pencils or markers for this.)

I then die cut the Paper Smooches Quote Tag Dies “hello” die 8 times from white cardstock and glued them together. I covered the top die cut with the Hero Arts Ultra Pink Shadow Ink (the perfect bold pink!) and also a few coats of clear Wink of Stella. So shimmery…

This was a fast one to put together. Yay!

If you are interested in more of the newest Paper Smooches products, check HERE. I am in love with THIS and THIS die… and THAT and THAT stamp set. :)

Oh – and I will be showing a closer look at these new Hero Arts Shadow Inks next week. Stay tuned.

SUPPLIES

Below are the products featured above. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson, click on EH

Video: Stitching with Stamps

Hello!

I have a video today showing how you can use stamps to help with stitching on cards…

I really like the look of fabric and stitching on a card – it adds to the “handmade” feel of our creations. It does take a bit of time. But many coloring techniques do, too… so it is worth it! Also, you can take it with you and work on it while watching a movie or waiting for the kids at practice. Love that.

The Only Have Eyes for You stamp set from the January Simon Says Stamp card kit worked perfectly for this stitching technique. I also used Sticky Back Canvas – a favorite product of mine. The stitching tools are from the We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy line. I have had these for ages but just finally got around to using them. I am in love! It just makes everything easier and the case keeps it all together.

I did some raised tone-on-tone stamping for a subtle background. Just stamped the Tiny Hearts Background with Versamark and clear heat embossed. I also made my own felt embellishments by die cutting my favorite felt (from My Favorite Things) with the new Paper Smooches Hearts die. And the fake needle? That is foil cardstock cut with a Memory Box die.

(By the way, you can get 25% off site-wide (excluding brand new December products) at My Favorite Things through 12/31/13 using code SCS25. I recommend cardstock and felt!)

Here is one more color combo…

See you soon. Thanks for stopping by.

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Video: Iron-Off Embossing with New Hero Arts

Hello! I am back with another card and video using the newest Hero Arts stamps. Remember – Simon Says Stamp has offered a discount code for my readers:

Use the code “JMHA13″ for 15% off ALL Hero Arts products – new and old – over at Simon Says Stamp. You can see the newest products HERE. (Code is valid from 12/17/13 to 12/21/13.)

This was a video I shared over on the Hero Arts Blog, but I wanted to share it here, too.

This technique is so very fun. After white heat embossing the fabulous Leave A Trail stamp on watercolor paper, I added dots of Distress Inks with Sponge Daubers. I then used a waterbrush to give them a watercolor look.

After everything dried, I ironed-off the embossing powder. Love love love the results…

Enjoy and thanks so very much for dropping by.

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Video: Stamp Tracing with New Hero Arts… 2 Cards

Hello! As promised, I am back with more cards using new Hero Arts stamps. And remember – Heidi from Simon Says Stamp has offered a discount code for my readers:

Use the code “JMHA13″ for 15% off ALL Hero Arts products – new and old – over at Simon Says Stamp. You can see the newest products HERE. (Code is valid from 12/17/13 to 12/21/13.)

Today I have a video sharing a technique I call “stamp tracing” and two cards…

(Supplies are listed in the thumbnails at the end of this post.)

(Sorry – forgot to warn you these were bright!)

After stamping the new Hero Arts Many Blessings stamp with a very light ink, I traced over the letters with markers – the Wink of Stella Fine Tip Markers. These give great shimmer! But then I decided to emboss with sparkle for even more bling.

Be sure to watch the video above to see how I used a stamp positioner to help with this card…

I also embossed with the sparkle powder on the background using the Hero Arts Tiny Flags background stamp

This next card is a bit less in-your-face. LOL..

After stamping the Hero Arts Thank You With Flourishes stamp with light ink, I again traced over it with my Wink of Stella Fine Tip Markers. This gave me the perfect amount of shimmer. I then traced over the image with my Versamark pen and clear embossed it. I love the results in person…

Hope you give this technique a try! It is fun. Enjoy.

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NEW Hero Arts + Discount Code, Video and Giveaway!

Hello!

This week I will be sharing lots of projects with stamps and such from the new Hero Arts 2014 Catalog! And guess what? Heidi from Simon Says Stamp has offered a discount code for my readers:

Use the code “JMHA13″ for 15% off ALL Hero Arts products – new and old – over at Simon Says Stamp. You can see the newest products HERE. (Code is valid from 12/17/13 to 12/21/13.)

Fun, huh? Maybe you can find a little holiday treat for yourself there. :)

So, today’s video shows how to take a die cut and give it fun texture and shine… and also create a window…

(Supplies can be found in the thumbnails at the end of this blog post.)

I am head over heels in love with this new Hero Arts Palm Die. I love the detail and size! And by adding the Distress Inks and Croco Clear Crackle, you can achieve such fun texture.

Here is a better look at the clear crackle finish on the die cut. I wish you could see it in real life. Such a cool, shiny texture

The Five Lines Background stamp is great for just about any card… especially masculine ones. Works great tone-on-tone, too.

And the greeting is a classic one in a classic style

Hero Arts’ newest release includes stamps, dies, inks (new Shadow Ink colors!), daubers and mists. You can find then all HERE. Don’t forget the code up above!

Here are the new dies and stencils – some good ones here:

And new inks! Love that there are new Shadow Inks. (Notice that some colors are only available in the cube sets. The Black is a soft black that gives a solid look when stamped. Great for the look of chalkboard or for a background.) Also, new pastel daubers (great for soft wash backgrounds) and mists:

Now for the new stamps! A good mix of clear, wood and cling:

See you soon.

GIVEAWAY

How would you like some new Hero Arts products? Just leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 12/21/13 for your chance to win three of my favorites!

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