Hi everyone! Happy Blog Hop Day! Wowza, are you in for a treat today - this is a huge blog hop with many fabulous designers. I'm very excited to be part of the fun and merriment. Welcome to the launch of the Winter 2016 Hero Arts Catalog! I have to admit I've been keeping these awesome products under wraps at my house for months already! Dang! Finally so happy to share projects with you. Be sure to read all the way to the bottom of my post (I am sharing loads of cards today) to find the Blog Hop Link List, information about prizes, and Product Links. I can't wait to see everyone else's cards today. To start at the beginning of the hop, CLICK HERE to go to the Hero Arts Blog!
Before I start sharing cards, I really want to say something from my heart about being part of this fun Hero Arts Catalog launch. I hope you'll indulge me for just a little bit. I started stamping in 1994! My best friend and I thought it would be fun and cost effective (LOL) to make our own Christmas present tags! I lived in the Bay Area back then and we had many awesome local stamp stores. Most of the very first stamps I owned were from Hero Arts. I clearly remember stalking the stamp stores to find out when when when would all the new stamps be arriving?? We literally could not wait for new products and also the new Hero Arts catalogs! I used to obsess over the card photos in the catalogs and try to figure out how the designers made everything. I would tab my catalog, put x's next to the stamps I already had and refer back to it over and over. I have such wonderful memories of being a beginner stamper when it was all new and so exciting! No blogs back then and no Pinterest!! We were old school! So, fast forward 22 years...and this year I was asked to contribute cards to the Hero Arts Winter 2016 Catalog! Things came full circle for me in that instant and I had a bit of a tug on my heart strings about it. HOW cool and amazing that now I get to be part of this all these years later? BLESSED!! It is never lost on me how blessed I am to be a member of our stamping community. Dreams do come true. In this new catalog, you'll see these cards I'm sharing today...and a couple are even on the cover! I feel like I need to buy a bunch of copies! Creating in the company of other designers that I admire is awesome. Thanks very much to the Hero Arts family for the opportunity!
Now, on to some card ideas! I made several cards, in several different styles. I'll just write a little bit before each card. If you need or want more information, please email me and I'll be happy to talk to you! Click on the email button to the left here.
First up is a watercolor card made using the gorgeous new Holiday Floral Background stamp. I used Distress Markers and colored directly onto the large stamp. Then I misted the stamp with water and stamped it on watercolor paper for a nice flowy effect. I used the same technique for the sentiment stamp. Both of these stamps are wood mounted and they give such a nice impression. I trimmed the card down and gently distressed around the edges. A twine bow completed the card.
Next up is a bright and cheerful red and green traditional card made using the Christmas Tree Trimmings stamp set. I stamped all the images in shades or red, green and pink and then trimmed my panel. I cut the corners with a corner rounder and added a few pearls.
So I love coffee and I love Christmas! This coffee cup stamp set is entirely too fun! I stamped and cut out my focal images. Then I stamped some snowflakes for the background paper. Some sparkly glitter finished off the whole look!
This next card is very classic Christmas and vintage too. Pretty shades of red and green and kraft. I used the Vintage Post stamp set and layered stamps onto the different panels and card base. My main layer is cream cardstock instead of white for a softer look. This is a beautiful stamp set.
These guys are toooo cool and hip! I think they are hipster animals! This trio is the Winter Fox, Winter Bear and Winter Bunny stamps. I made my own background paper using clear stamps - the trees and snowflakes. Then I layered some die cut circles. I colored the animals with Copic Markers.
Oh, Layering Cardinal, how I love thee.... I inked and stamped this lovely bird onto a square card for a classic look. Just a few enamel dots and a twine bow to finish it off.
Lastly is this cute and fun Holiday Mittens card. I kept a clean card layout and stamped in vivid red, green and aqua for a fresh look. The snowflakes on the kraft paper were stamped in Versamark Ink for a watermark effect. This would be a great Christmas card to mass produce for your mailing list. (I need to get started on that)...
Thank you for stopping by! Hope you have a great time hopping and shopping today! See you soon!
PRIZES!!! Hero Arts will be giving away three $25 shopping sprees, drawn from comments left across all blogs in the hop. Please comment by August 28, 2016 at 11:59pm PT and they will announce the winners the following week!
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