Hi there stamping friends! Happy Valentine's Day! Hope you and your sweetie have some fun and festive plans for today! We are going to a sweet Valentine's Party tonight at one of my friends' homes. She has treats for us to share and it's a good time to hang out with friends. I already have my cute red heart t-shirt ready to wear! But, the real reason we're here today is to celebrate the official launch of the 2017 Hero Arts Spring Catalog! Wahoooooo! Yes, we have an awesome blog hop planned for you today with lots of your favorite crafters. The full list of blogs is at the bottom of my post. You can start at the beginning on the Hero Arts Blog. Maybe you've arrived from the wonderful blog of my sweet friend Laura Bassen?
I was lucky enough to get all the new products way back last summer to make cards for the catalog. And, now, I can finally share my cards with you! I had the best time with this great group of new products. Hero Arts is hitting it out of the park with all their new kits and releases. So fresh and on trend. Loads of new Layering Stamp Sets for those of you (like me) who love to layer color to create beautiful images. Also, some pretty new florals, new destination stamps, and a new kitty cat set! Let's take a look!
This first card was made using the Layering Croissant Stamp Set. I 'picked' the strawberry image and randomly stamped a pattern for the lower half of my card, Then I used the beautiful sentiment to create a warm greeting.
Next up is the beautiful Birds and Blooms Layering Stamp Set. How sweet are these images? I just love this one. I made a 'hello' card, but this stamp set is perfect for Easter and Spring cards. You can make all the elements whatever color you like. I made some soft pink cherry blossoms.
The new large wood block Hydrangea stamp is just perfect for watercoloring! To make this card, I used Distress Inks directly on the stamp and then spritzed the stamp/ink with water before stamping the image onto watercolor paper. Then I used a paint brush and clean water to move the color around a bit. I added paint splatters too! It's so artsy looking! I used the butterfly from another stamp set to add a pop of blue to the card. This hydrangea stamp also comes with matching dies. (All supplies are listed below in this post)
Oh man! This Koi Layering Stamp Set is wonderful! These images are beautiful and serene and classy. After stamping my layers I added my sentiment on a strip of vellum. The sentiment was gold heat embossed for a bit of shimmer and shine. This would make a nice masculine card or a get well card. Seriously so pretty!
More beautiful and classy images are in the Water Lilies Layering Stamp Set. I chose to stamp one simple blossom in the center of my card and then added some pretty green leaves around it. Pink and green are such a nice color combination. I added some black paint splatters to lend an artistic flair. My sentiment is stamped in rich black ink too.
You know I had to use the new Purr Stamp Set! I colored the kitten to look just like my sweet Buddy sleeping on a pillow! I started with a Kraft card base and made my own background paper by stamping the small images in Versamark Ink. The images are all watercolored with Distress Markers. I added a pretty strip of blue gingham because orange and blue always look good together.
PRIZE ALERT PRIZE ALERT PRIZE ALERT!
We will be giving away three $25 shopping sprees, drawn from comments left across all blogs in the hop. Please leave a comment by Tuesday, February 21st at 11:59pm PT and we'll announce the winner the following week on the Hero Arts Blog. The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to win! What is your favorite new product?? Are you excited to get stamping? I hope you are!
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