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!


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…


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.


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.


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.


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.)


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.)


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)…

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814 thoughts on “Die Impression Backgrounds + Product Release Close-UP + Giveaway”

  1. Love to learn how to use older tools, stamps, dies in a new way. Thanks for all of your experimenting!

  2. Jennifer, I must say you knocked it out of the park again with these unique die impression tech cards!! The new HA stamps are gorgeous, as ever, too! Love the cardinal….thx for sharing:)!!!!

  3. Oh, my goodness! Where do I start? So many good ideas, but I really like the cardinal one, and I already have that stamp on order from my local store. The Peace card and the snowflake tag are also very stunning. I could go on, but you get the idea!

  4. Absolutely love the paper layering snowflakes. Thanks for all your great tips. Love the die indentations for backgrounds and ideas for envelope flaps. Thanks for all you do!

  5. My favorite is the Holiday Florals Bold background stamp. But it is really hard to choose. There are so many great stamp and die sets being released. Have a great day.

  6. What great cards, tags and techniques. So many great products in this release. I love the layered dies, the nesting dies and the background stamps. I think my favorite is the layered tree die.

  7. So many great stamps and dies… I can’t choose just one favorite! Love the layering cardinal and deer sets, and i also love that paper layering tree set. Thanks for the great video!

  8. So much information… Love your videos always and thankful for your time and efforts for making videos…
    From new release of HA i love the stacked dies…

  9. Thanks for sharing all this information and so many incredible projects. My favorite from what I’ve seen so far is the Holiday Florals Bold Print background – so beautiful.

  10. These are two beautiful cards for the season. Love the layered dies and love the technique used for the background. Thank you for sharing.

  11. Every year I tell myself no more new Christmas stamps – rats! I have got to have that deer set as I can imagine using him/her in the landscapes I love to create. I think I’ve got to retire some of my old Christmas stamps, that’s a wonderful idea, thank you x

  12. Ok Jennifer hit me with your amazing work…oh hell I think I can do that, oh what am I thinking I can’t do that. Mabey? well we will see. once again Jennifer great job.


  13. I am really impressed with the deer card. I think it will be a perfect card for this Christmas. Here in Ohio the cardinal is our state bird so I love the cardinal card also.

  14. Wow there are so many wonderful things to try out in your videos. I am going to have to bookmark this so that I can revisit the techniques:) Love the Hero arts new collection especially the snowflake dies and the gorgeously cute multi step stamping deer. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us!!!

  15. I always appreciate your videos about product releases because you always include great ideas. The only “problem” is that you make me want to buy them all. Love the embossing idea using the infinity die sets.

  16. I will have to say that the layered tree die knocked my socks off. Great job Hero Arts and great video Jennifer.

  17. Now that you’ve shown us how to make such a great impression with the stacking dies, those have to be my new favorite! I love so many Hero Arts stamps, it is truly hard to pick just one. 🙂

  18. Since I am new to crafting all of the products are amazing and I wish I could afford them but I think crafting is like everything else , take one thing at a time.
    I love watching all of the videos .

  19. How could you ever pick just one favorite? I do love all the stamp layering stamps and that deer is very sweet.

  20. Ivabdolutely love the lsyering pibe tree and snowflake. I am so in the Christmas mood. Thanks for your inspiration and Hero Arts fabulous products.

  21. I love the cardinal as its my grandmothers favorite bird and the deer because it reminds me of my father….everything is to i.e. For thanks always for sharing

  22. The layered deer is adorable as is the tree. Great idea using the nesting shapes for the background. Thanks for the inspiration.

  23. Hello… thank you for a chance to win, I think my favorite would be the Holly leaf stamps and dies. They look like you could do soooo many things with them.
    Carole Lovill

  24. I am in love with the layering cardinal stamp set, but the paper cut Santa from your video has grabbed my heart, oh and the poinsettia was just elegant.

  25. I seem to gravitate to the critter stamps so I really like the color-layering deer. It looks so life-like. I also like several of the background stamps, my fav would be the rings bold print. I always enjoy your new release presentations. Thanks for keeping us up-to-date!

  26. I love your Product Release Close-Up videos because you always give awesome tips on how to use them! Thank you!! And I love the Origami Happy Holidays stamp set. So not traditional! I can’t wait to have my own.

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