Pattern Stamping + Sparkle Coloring + Hero Arts Love + Blog Hop + Giveaway!

Hi! Today’s video shows pattern stamping and sparkle coloring… and much more! Along with a Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen Color Chart, I also share the story of how Hero Arts made this stamping community so great. And one more thing… this post is part of a fun coloring challenge hop.


[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.]

In this video, I tell the story of how I feel Hero Arts has made a great and positive impact on our industry and many artists. I also show how you can use your MISTI for pattern stamping and Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens for shiny coloring.


I will be honest – the pattern stamping technique is best understood by watching it in action in the video. I used the Hero Arts Friends by Lia Stamp Set for the gold embossed sentiment in the center, and the Hero Arts Just for You by Lia Stamp Set for the flowers radiating from the center.


I made several examples (you can never have enough cards to send!), changing the design and colors each time.


This technique works with pretty much any stamps. It is a great way to use many images from one set, too.


On some of the cards, I filled the space with pattern stamping. In others, I left lots of white space.

By the way, if you don’t have a MISTI, check out THIS video on doing this technique with an acrylic block.


You could color this with any markers you have. I used the Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens because I thought the added shimmer would be fun with the gold embossing.


I tell ya – I had such fun creating these. Not sure which my favorite is!


I put together a FREE color chart download for the Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens. These pens have color and shimmer and are fun for taking on-the-go. (I still really like the Wink of Stella Shimmer Pens – whose tip I actually like better – but these have a touch more shimmer.)

Click HERE for the free download.

Here is the color chart filled in. I have all but one color and am hoping I didn’t miss any! Oh – and below the color name I put which 3-color pack it is from. (You can find the markers HERE.)


Remember – you can mix these colors together as you use them! You can learn more about these pens in THIS video.


Like my last post, this post is part of “The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge” Blog Hop… this time celebrating Hero Arts. Kathy Racoosin from The Daily Marker is hosting her FIFTH 30 Day Coloring Challenge. The idea is to color something every day – even if just for a few minutes!You can find more info in THIS video. #TheDailyMarker30Day!

The next stop on the hop is the blog of the gal responsible for turning me into a stamper – the wonderful Shari Carroll. You can always head back to Kathy’s blog, too.


At the end of the hop you will find an awesome GIVEAWAY from Hero Arts. 2 shopping sprees of $25.00 each! Winners will be randomly picked from the blog comments of the blog hop. For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 7/18/16 telling me if you have ever used Hero Arts products. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected, emailed and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)


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 with an asterisk. As always, this post was NOT sponsored.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), Hero Arts (HA), etc.

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714 thoughts on “Pattern Stamping + Sparkle Coloring + Hero Arts Love + Blog Hop + Giveaway!”

  1. I have never used Hero Arts products but your beautiful projects and telling that story has convinced me I need to check them out. Thanks for all you do!

  2. Sweet story about Hero Arts, and refreshing to hear of someone encouraging others in the industry rather than trying to tear them down.
    I’ve owned/own a few Hero Arts stamps, and honestly got rid of one that I wish I hadn’t, I regret it, but I have no one to blame but myself!
    Have a wonderful day, and I loved all your cards–such a great technique!

  3. Another helpful video, thanks! The color chart is great and will definitely come in handy! Also, thank you for the giveaways on these hops- informative and a chance to win something nice. I have used a lot of Hero Arts’ products before on mixed media works- very pleased with their products and my results πŸ™‚ (mostly ink, stamps and tools)

  4. One of the reasons I love stamping is because of the supportive nature of everyone involved. I enjoy hearing the “rah-rah”s from one blogger to another. Some of my very first purchases were from HA and they have only gotten better. You did a beautiful job showcasing their stamp sets (just like you always do). The cards are gorgeous. I really like the off-center ones. Kathy is amazing, isn’t she?

  5. I too started with scrapbooking! My store in Kettering, OH was a big supporter of Hero Arts and sponsored many wonderful classes. It was through those classes and the people I have met (you, Shari and all the wonderful helpers you brought along) that hooked me on stamping and card-making. I just bought the Just for You stamp set with the same idea in mind — thanks for showing me a way to do it even better!

  6. Too bad, I’ve never used Hero Arts products. They’re not readily available in Johor, Malaysia where I live. Didn’t know they’re pioneers either. Thanks.

  7. I started using Hero Arts stamps in my classroom as a kindergarten teacher many years ago! They were always the cutest designs! I still have many of those stamps as well as newer ones! Your story was wonderful and love the cards!

  8. Jennifer, I always look forward to your posts and this one is no exception. Thanks for taking the time to make the videos for us. Enjoying the blog hop.

  9. Oh my gosh! Those cards are so beautiful! I want to do that right now! I am drooling like I can’t even begin to tell you. I need to watch the video pronto!
    Do I have any Hero Arts anything? I’ve been stamping since the 70’s so you bet I have some Hero Arts stuff. They are a great company! I have seen a lot of stamp stores on line and in person go in and out of business. Some are really great and some are just eh. I am just amazed when I see how people design new stamps and other products for us to have fun with. Now I just have to win the lottery to be able to afford all these goodies!
    Now I am going to hop on my broken foot to the next person on the hop. Thanks for showing us you’re amazing work!

  10. You are so talented! I don’t have any Hero Arts, would love to ! Neat techniques! I enjoy watching your videos.

  11. Yes, I have quite a few stamps sets, ink pads and die cuts and I also have several of their card kits, I love them all.

  12. Thanks for another great video and the Hero Arts backstory, Jennifer!

    I have more Hero Arts stamps than any other brand because there’s a good range of them available here in Australia… unlike many others! I’m happy to learn I’m supporting such a great company by buying them. πŸ™‚

  13. Gorgeous cards! I have used Hero Arts stamps and dies and inks, and it’s all because of you. Seriously, it is. I had never had good luck with clear stamps and I read how you liked Hero Arts on your blog a long time ago , and decided to give them a try again. They worked so well and I bought more and more and grew to love stamping.

  14. Jennifer you made such beautiful cards in the monochromatic ink layering video, so I had to visit the Hero Art’s website. I have never used any of their products, but I hope to try some of the products along with your techniques.

  15. These embossed and colored cards are Stunning, Jennifer McGuire! Love them! I really need a Misti. LOL. Loved hearing the background to your stamping. It’s so neat how you all network. I do have several Hero Arts stamps or Stamp Sets and love each of them. I have wood mount, cling and photo polymer. I’m finding the red rubber to be more sturdy and live longer than the photo polymer. Thanks, great tutorial and I love the chatting. You are Wonderful and then some!

  16. Fun cards. I haven’t used any hero arts products before but I’m still building my paper crafting arsenal. Thanks for the chance!

  17. I love how you made these cards!!! I have used some hero arts stamps but I see I need some new ones!!

  18. Thanks for sharing a great way to use the Misti! Some of the first stamps I purchased were Hero Arts (back in 2003.)

  19. Jennifer, these cards are beautiful. Thanks again for your inspiration. I do not own any Hero Arts stamps but I would love to! I’m always looking for new techniques to learn and have been creating cards for the past year-and-a-half and I strive to be like you πŸ™‚

  20. this is such a brilliant idea!! i can’t wait to go through my stash and try this technique out!! i love hero arts and have several of their background stamps…per your suggestions of course! πŸ™‚

  21. Jennifer, I definitely have used some Hero Arts products. I love their deeply etched stamps!
    Your cards are beautiful, itΒ΄s incredible what you get out of “simple” stamps. Thanks for the detailed video!

  22. Great cards and technique!
    Hero Arts stamps were my first stamps and HA is still my favorite company. πŸ™‚

  23. I have been using Hero Arts stamps for years. Actually, that was the first brand I ever bought to make Christmas cards. I hand made my cards and look back at all that has changed over the years. So much fun!!

  24. First of all, I want to say I absolutely love these cards. They’re so stylish.
    I’ve never used Hero Arts products. I’m hoping to buy a collection of color inks to start stamping with…and I was wondering if the Hero Arts Shadow inks are really versatile? Or do you recommend another collection?

  25. I have used and own my share of Hero Arts products! I just ordered my first monthly kit, and your video is to blame! LOL! Thank you for the inspiration!

  26. I don’t think I have used hero arts products yet. Great to see you posting ideas again. Thanks for the info and the inspiration to get creating.

  27. I love using Hero Arts embossing powders, they are my favorite. I also enjoy their stamps πŸ™‚ Thank you!

  28. I really like the shimmer pens but the price point is a little high at the moment while I am still trying to obtain a decent bone folder. Lol! I love these cards though, they are so pretty! Thank you for sharing this awesome technique!

  29. Enjoyed your story about Hero Arts because Hero Arts was my first purchase many years ago. I was in awe of this company because of the designs and also the quality of the rubber stamps. Your cards are just gorgeous and I will be using my MISTI for this technique. Thank you for sharing your talent!

  30. I really enjoyed this video. The cards are all absolutely fabulous. I couldn’t pick a favourite, they are all super.
    Really enjoyed hearing about Hero Arts too. Thanks

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