14 December 2017

Hero Arts 2018 Valentine's Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello there, today we are celebrating the release of the 2018 Valentine's Collection from Hero Arts. You can purchase the new products in the Hero Arts shop today, as well as from your favourite retailers. Well of course, we had to have a blog hop to celebrate! If you are following along in the hop, you should have arrived from the fabulous Ilina but if you get lost along the way, I have the full list of participants below.
 
 
I generally do not have a need to send out Valentine's Day cards. I am not sure it is celebrated to same the same extent here in the UK compared to other countries. Generally, you would just send a card to your partner/husband/wife/significant other so I thought I would try and use the stamps for different occasions.
 

For my first card, I thought I would make an anniversary card. I used the beautiful new Loving Swans stamp (wood mounted) and stamped it using Intense Black Ink on to a panel of white cardstock. The image was then coloured using Copic Markers, adding a little light blue-green behind the swans for a background. The panel was adhered to a light grey card base with foam sheet and DST.
 
 
I took the 'happy anniversary' sentiment from the Many Everyday Messages set and stamped this using Versamark Ink on to black cardstock. I applied white embossing powder and heat set. This was then cut in to a strip and added to the card with foam tape. To finish off, I added a little sparkle pen to the water lilies and Ebony Black Nuvo Drops to the swan's eyes.
 
SUPPLIES:

Here are the links to what I have used on the card. Affiliate links are used on some products. This means that if you make a purchase after clicking on my link, I receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support when using these links. Please click on the logo below the product to shop at your favourite store. Products marked with an asterisk (*) were kindly sent to me to use.
 
 
COPIC MARKERS: Swans - C8, C6, C5, C3, C2, C1, C0, YR31, YR30. Water Lilies - YG43, YG40, R85, R83, R81. Water - B01, B00, B000, B0000. Sky/background - BG000, BG0000, 0.
 
My next card uses two new sets to create a funny/silly masculine card. I think this card could be used all year round to send to a friend or loved one, or of course, for Valentine's Day!
 

I started off by taking a panel of Cerulean paper from the Sea Mix Layering Papers collection and cut this using one of the Rectangle Infinity Dies. I then took the pizza image from the We Go Together Stamp Set and stamped this repeatedly over the panel using Versamark Ink. I applied Sparkle Embossing Powder and heat set. I then took Pool Ink and using blending tool, blended ink all over the piece. This ink resists the embossing and shows the colour of the cardstock underneath. For some added depth, I used a little Black Hero Hues ink around the edges.
 
 
I took the sentiment from the I Love You More Than Pizza Stamp Set and stamped this using Versamark Ink on to a piece of vellum. I added white embossing powder and heat set. I then adhered this to another piece of vellum using Stick It adhesive and then added another layer of Stick It on to the back. This was then cut out using a Hearts Infinity Die. I wanted to layer up the vellum to make it a little ore opaque and using Stick It means the adhesive does not show through as it covers the entire piece. This was added to the panel and the side of the heart cut off. The panel was adhered to a black card base with foam tape. To finish off, I added black pearls around the sentiment.


SUPPLIES:

Here are the links to what I have used on the card. Affiliate links are used on some products. This means that if you make a purchase after clicking on my link, I receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support when using these links. Please click on the logo below the product to shop at your favourite store. Products marked with an asterisk (*) were kindly sent to me to use.


VALENTINE’S RELEASE:
 
 
 
Here is a look at the entire new release:
 
 
BLOG HOP:

Here is the full list of participants in the hop today:
 
Michelle Short - you are here!
 
GIVEAWAY:

Hero Arts are giving away three $25 shopping sprees, drawn from the comments left across all blogs in the hop. The more you comment, the more chances you have of wining. Comments close Thursday 21st December at 11.59pm PT and the winners will be announced on the Hero Arts blog the following week. Good luck!
 
Next on the hop is the fabulous Clare. Thanks so much for visiting me today, I hope you have a great rest of the day!

80 comments:

  1. I love you more than pizza...I see a trend here and I need all the food stamps!!

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  2. Beautiful cards! I especially like the anniversary one.

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  3. I love that you made an anniversary card with the Loving Swans. It shows it is versatile. My favorite is the pizza card. Now, that's amore! [Bunny]

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  4. I love the card especially the More than Pizza. Perfect for my son!

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  5. Great cards! Love that pizza sentiment, now that's a lot of love!

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  6. The swan anniversary card is delightful, but the pizza one really hits a home run. So cute!

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  7. I LOVE your beautiful swan card! it's so pretty and very, very sweet! beautiful!

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  8. The swans are so beautiful and peaceful, and I love that they are monogamous their entire lives. SO SWEET.

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  9. Lovely swan card
    and the pizza one
    is cute!
    Carla from Utah

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  10. Now I have no choice but to get this swan set! Your ideas are so incredible - thanks!

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  11. WOW! Beautiful Loving Swans Anniversary card! Love the coloring! Great Job!

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  12. The pizza card is so cute! And those swans are just
    lovely. I think even I could color that pretty stamp
    (my coloring skills are akin to a kindergartener! lol).

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  13. I really love those swans! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  14. I love the swans, but the hearts are getting to me too.

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  15. Very sweet cards. Beautiful coloring.

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  16. Lovely cards-love the swans!

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  17. sweet cards - love the fun sentiment on the second:)

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  18. These are wonderful. Thank you for showing a different occasion to use these stamps.

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  19. Awesome cards! I especially like the pizza card!

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  20. Love, love, love the swans. And, the pizza sentiment and images are so fun. Thank you for sharing.

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  21. i am in love with the Loving Swans stamp. Such cute cards.

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  22. Love the I love you more than Pizza stamp set and your card is great.

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  23. Your cards are beautiful and funny. Love what you did with the stamps. Thank you for sharing.

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  24. I love your swan card and the pizza one is fun! Thanks for sharing on the blog hop!!

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  25. LOVE your cards, the swans are beautiful - such a wonderful anniversary card! The We Go Together set is my favorite, love the pizza background and the sentiment!

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  26. You are right we don't go so big about valentine's in UK, we should though .
    Great cards, fun colours, great multi uses, loving the pizza card especially x

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  27. Fabulous cards. Love the colors you chose for your second one... fun sentiment too. TFS

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  28. Your swan card is so beautiful.

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  29. oh those swans are my favorite in the new release, you made a lovely card with them

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  30. I'm scared to heat emboss on vellum...but your project may make me brave enough to try!

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  31. Great cards with this release.

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  32. I love the pizza one!! That is great for my teenage son! LOL!! The swan one is pretty!!!

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  33. Lovely cards! I especially love the swans!!! Our anniversary is coming up in 4 months, I must get the swan stamp! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  34. I love the Pizza card.. I LOVE pizza, so this would really say a lot to someone! The swans are just gorgeous as well.

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  35. Pizza card = AWESOME! You are speaking my language with that one!!!

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  36. Both cards are gorgeous, Michelle! I adore the swan anniversary card!

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  37. Oh oh oh! Now I need the swans and the - oh heck - I want them all!

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  38. Your cards are darling especially the I love you more than pizza. The swans are very elegant. Thanks for sharing!

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  39. Love the coloring of the swans!

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  40. Super sweet darling cards!! I love the swan one :)

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  41. I love all of these cards: the classical one with the swans and the more humorous one with "I love you more than pizza". Is there also a background stamp with bars of chocolate? This would be more matching for me.

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  42. Those swans are so gorgeous and your card is just lovely! The pizza card is super fun too!

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  43. I love this swan stamp. It's so versatile and I'm glad you don't have to mirror image them!

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  44. Two lovely cards Michelle. I agree Valentines Day is just note the same here as it seems to be elsewhere. I like how you stretched the stamps for other occasions - the swans are really elegant and the soft colouring is perfect. And always looking for ideas for masculine cards - pizza is such a fun background. Good for me too! Lisa x

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  45. Love the pizza card! Thank you for the inspiration!

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  46. Great cards Michelle. Especially love the one with the swans

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  47. the swans are elegant.
    Love the pizza.
    thanks for sharing.

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  48. Wonderful projects shared using this new release!

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  49. Awesome cards! Love those beautiful swans!

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  50. I love your two cards, they’re equally beautiful ! And it’s great to have examples of other usages than Valentines. margessw@icloud.com

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  51. Your anniversary card is so pretty and the pizza card made me laugh. So much variety and fun!

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  52. Awww!!! Love your Valentine's cards!!! They're adorable!!!

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  53. Both cards are way too cute!

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  54. These are awesome, those SWANS!

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  55. Lovely cards, your pizza background is great!

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  56. Sweet and fun! (SAF?) Love your cards!

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  57. These are gorgeous, I love the beautiful swans image.

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  58. Both cards are just great... but I love the Pizza one... nothing is better than a punny Valentine card!

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  59. Your swan card is so pretty, I loved how you added those extras to the card.

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  60. Love both cards, the swan card is lovely and the pizza card is so cute. Thanks for sharing...

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  61. Wonderful cards! I love the blue on the pizza card.

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  62. Your cards are beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  63. Gorgeous cards! The pizza one is adorable!

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  64. Beautiful cards! Love these new Valentine products.

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  65. What a great range you demonstrated with these cards. I love the pastel, almost vintage feel of the colors on the swan card. I always try to do pastels and they just end up...not. And then the pizza card is just pure fun (and good choice to go with the blue and not a tradition pizza color like yellow or red or brown; I just love blue, so that might be why, but I'm here for it). Thanks for sharing such great ideas and beautiful art.

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