Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Hero Arts Summer 2016 Release Hop + Giveaway


Welcome to the Hero Arts Summer 2016 Release Hop! Now is your chance to order all these beautiful new products from the Hero Arts Online Store!


Hero Arts never disappoints with its releases! Since I began stamping back in 2000, they have always been one of my favorite companies! I was thrilled to be able to join in this hop and share some of the great new stamps being released!

The first stamp I am sharing today is Destination Washington, D.C. It is a wood-mounted, red-rubber image that I had waaaaay too much fun stamping and coloring! We have made two trips to D.C. and we love it there! I know it won't be long until we are back again. This image was perfect for me to create cards for a mini album.


On each of the cards the image was stamped with a grey ink and heat embossed with clear powder. Knowing I wanted to watercolor the images, the heat embossing made things much easier. The raised lines created from the heat embossing keeps the water and color from running all over the project. 


I love how I was able to fussy cut out these images and foam mount them to my card for added dimension. It will also be fun to able to use the small cut-out images along side photos of the historic landmarks. Don't forget that you can also cut away the words, or any part of this image! So fun!


I love all the water and reflecting pools in D.C. What a better way to use this stamp than to create the look! Masking off the words at the bottom of the stamp, I stamped and heat embossed the image. Then I stamped the image onto a piece of plastic (from my stamp-a-ma-jig) and pressed it into the paper. The straight line on the bottom of the buildings made it easy to line up. When you stamp this way, the image will be unclear and sparse, which is exactly the look you want to achieve!


I colored the top image the same as before. The bottom, I colored loosely, with a lot of water. Once that dried, I added several blue layers over the top, starting with the darkest blue at the base of the buildings. I love the effect!!!!


Spending the evening, while the sun sets, at The Mall is one of my favorite activities! In fact, I make my family go down there almost every night! :D Using one of my photos as color inspiration, I created a sunset look.


Starting with red, moving to orange, and then two different blues, I was able to create a sunset sky. These are going to be great in my mini album!


The second image I am using today is US Map Background. This image ties in perfectly with all the travel-themed images releasing today! I have a geography nerd. He is the school champion. In fact, he qualified for the state National Geographic Bee. Which is amazing because its 4th-8th grade students. He scored in the top 100 of all those students in the state. One of only three 4th graders! Anyways, geography is a big deal in this house! 

So, it seemed fitting to create a notepad of the United States, perfect for the License Plate Game! We play the game often. Basically you keep track of the license plates you see while on a road trip. Having a map to keep track notches the nerdiness up quite a few levels. Educational and fun. This teacher-momma approves!


I stamped the US Map Background image onto trimmed standard printer paper, a lot. A piece of cardboard was trimmed to size and placed behind the stack of stamped papers. Clipping the layers together, I added a special glue, called padding compound, to the top edge. Once dry, you have a custom notepad!


I thought it would be fun to color the states in with pencils. My son thought it would be more fun to check them off, or write the postal abbreviation. However it works, this is a great way to keep track of the plates you see on a road trip!


Be sure and visit the blogs of these truly talented card makers!! Seriously, can you believe all the talent listed there? How did I get here?! 

Hop List: 

Giveaway: Leave a comment on the blog posts for a chance to win one of 3 - $25 shopping sprees! Winners will be drawn from comments across all the blogs! You have until Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 11:59 PT. Winners will be announced on the Hero Arts Blog.


thanks for stopping by!

kimberly

Supplies: stamps are available at Hero Arts Online Store

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NanW said...

Great ideas today! Thanks for the tip on creating a reflection and the license plate game is genius!

Fiona Dickinson said...

those washington stamps are amazing, it just makes me think of the west wing :)

~amy~ said...

These are all AMAZING.

Kristie Maynard said...

Great job on all your pieces. Love that map stamp, could really use that for my scrapbook layouts. TFS

L. Webb said...

Oooh! I never thought of using stamps for games- but now I'm thinking of a whole bunch of things! Thanks for the great ideas and beautiful cards- love this blog hop!

Sandy said...

I love all the different looks you got with a single stamp - amazing!

Cindy C. said...

Delightful cards!!! I especially like the one with the reflection!! Thanks for sharing!

brunzybruce said...

Fun ideas! Nice work.

Lisaerica said...

Kimberly, such great cards! I love all the dimension and the mirror effect. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

Cece H said...

I love the new release. Your cards are awesome.

Karen D said...

the cards are gorgeous, I love the colors and dimension. This is an awesome release and I can't wait to get mine! The map and coloring as you go is a great idea for kids too, something to look forward to if you are in the car on a long drive.

Katy said...

Love the idea of the mini album. The cards are wonderful!

Tricia Kennedy said...

Great ideas!

C.D. Blair said...

Great idea to use for license plate game.....ever see a Hawaii plate?

Christine Canfield said...

the reflections are so neat!

Megan Harp said...

Love what you've done!!!

joy said...

Super cute projects! Love the way you created the reflection of the buildings.

Elaine said...

Reminds me of my trip to Washington, D.C.....nice card.

Susie Sonnier said...

Such a cute idea. Great use of these stamps

Nikki said...

Beautiful cards. Love all the different coloring. That game sounds like fun. My granddaughter would love that.

Smee Jones said...

Lovely card! Brings back happy memories 😄

Verna Angerhofer said...

Beautiful cards and love how you did the reflection.

Rema said...

These are all fabulous!!

Isabel Z said...

Your cards are little works of art--love them!!!!

Trina P. said...

Lovely cards.

Louanne said...

These destination stamps are too fun! I will be travelling next week to Seattle and am thrilled to see their is a set for Seattle! Thanks for sharing!

Stacy said...

Really nic

Mary Marin said...

Gorgeous creations!

Traci said...

Love the reflection on your card and the "pop" of the sites in D.C. - gorgeous job!

Geri Stuart said...

Too terrific! Love the reflection card!

Dorothy Crosbee said...

Great cards thanks for sharing.

Kimberly Crawford said...

Yes! Believe it or not, in our town in eastern Iowa! :D
And my brother-in-law has family in Alaska who visit occasionally. :D

Barb Somerson said...

Love the cards of Washington D.C. The reflection card was great.

g said...

these are all super cool projects! love the poped up pieces & your reflecting pool is awesome!! These DC stamps make me miss home- I grew up 30 min away in Maryland and spent every weekend possible down on the mall or in the museums and art galleries. thanks for the chance to win!

Sue R said...

Great job, thanks for sharing with us.

eliza said...

What a great variety of color for one stamp! Love it!

Kathy White said...

Love your Washington, D.C. cards! Especially the one with the monuments and reflecting pool. So creative!

Iris Esther Lopez said...

Wow! Great cards. Love the one with the reflection. Lovely coloring.

Joela Pascoe said...

Very nice cards

Anouk said...

beautiful cards

Egghead Creations said...

Luv, Luv, Luv the reflection idea. Thanks for sharing the tip. Those are going to be some really cute pages!

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Like the Wash DC stamp. Enjoyed a mini vacation to Wash DC end of Mar. Enjoyed seeing & photographing the Panda cub Bei Bei. Have a BEE-utiful day!
Melissa
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

Nancy said...

The reflection card is fabulous! Thanks for sharing the technique.

Deeps said...

What a great stamp set. I love the Map too.

Sue D said...

Great card set; all three are unique and beautifully done.

loceanjo said...

Amazing creativity oh the Washington, DC card with the reflection. Also, the sunset one is beautiful!

bev p said...

Gotta love a kid who loves maps! I was 8 when my mom handed me a map and showed me how to follow along where we were going as we went from California to Indiana. I still do better finding things if I have the map in my head! Thanks for showcasing these fun stamps.

Karen B. said...

Love your scenic cards!

Barbara Green said...

I like your card great job of shading.

Angelique Vela said...

Love the license plate game! That brings back memories!

A Tad Bit Off said...

Nice colors.

scrapBugz said...

Awesome projects. Loved the cards!

Mandy B

Ashley Wells said...

gorgeous cards! Love how you included different media to create different, unique looks!

Lisa Beck said...

Your cards are lovely!

Lindar said...

love the fireworks in the stamps

Sandi Wells said...

The 3-D effect of your Washington monuments is a Capitol idea!

Andrea1702 said...

Love the card with the reflections! So cool!

Kathy H said...

Great cards for July 4th! I love all the variations!

Agata Dagmara Pfister said...

I love that trick with mirror stamping, excellent look!

Nina B said...

I really love the reflecting pool card. That was very clever.

Julie Wexler said...

What do u mean- "how did I get here amid the list of blog hop talent?! It's my first time on your blog and seems obvious to me you belong here! Hero Arts has chosen its release enthusiasts well.

Sooo thrilled with your reflection idea using the new destination products, and can't wait to give it a try..... after I've finished the rest of these amazing blog hops of course! Thanks!

Betty Keefe said...

loveyour D.C. cards - especially the reflectin card!

Donna Phelan said...

GREAT cards, love that Destinations Stamp line, so FUN!

Renee M said...

Great cards and an especially fabulous idea to make the notepad!

Skrater said...

Oh these are so amazing!

Psychomak said...

Love the cards and the water color.

Teri W said...

Wow love how you colored the cards

Rose said...

Love all the variations using the same stamp. Great job!

Alice H said...

Each of your Washington, DC cards looked and felt so different from one another! A trait of a great stamper!

Scraplea 1 said...

Love your ideas! The DC cards and colors are beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Donna said...

Our Capitol buildings never looked so good

Kim Daniel said...

Great variations on the cards.

Sande said...

Fantastic cards. Love all the stamps so far.

Susangail Powell said...

I love how you made the card 3D - it looks great!

Leslie said...

Love the use of watercolors in the background!

SouthernMrs said...

Very nice cards!

Annie K said...

Alright, I love the genius of using the DC stamp to replicate the Reflecting Pool! Love. It. Ugh.
We are frequent visitors to the nation's capital (hub works in-and-around DC) and are often enlisted as tour guides by visiting family and friends. Your fam might enjoy a trip through the National Building Museum with its interactive exhibits :)
One of my favourite things about this stamp is the kite: kites flying over the National Mall are a sure sign of good weather!

Love the license plate game pad!!! Inspiring!

Helen Kalb said...

I live across the river in Arlington, I shall have to get this stamp - I'll use it for my Christmas card this year, that's a plan!

Michele Henderson said...

BEAUTIFUL cards and great inspiration ideas too! I am going to try one of these!
Take Care!
Michele

Martha Harris said...

How I love these destination stamps--great for travel journaling. Love your coloring.

Jan & Eric said...

Thank you for sharing the three ways of coloring Washington D.C.
jlingraham@hotmail.com

Nana Griffin said...

Nice cards.

Angie Williams said...

These cards are awesome! Love them.

Donna Baker said...

The card with the reflection pond is terrific... I am going to have to practice that idea even though you made it look so easy.

Kim Faucher said...

Amazing coloring. They have a striking vintage vibe that is so classy!!

Dana Joy said...

Awesome awesome awesome. You guys are rocking this release v

TenSGal said...

I love DC too....what a great use of that stamp! Love how you created the reflection!

Diana Jepsen said...

I love the way you popped out some of the building. What a great idea and one I am going to use with my Chicago stamp. Thank you for sharing.

Linda said...

Great city scape stamp and card. Thanks for sharing.

Linda D.

Sally Ann Bird said...

Great destination cards and ideas! Perfect timing for these stamps.

Sally Ann Bird said...

Great destination cards and ideas! Perfect timing for these stamps.

CathyL said...

Love the variations you made with the destination stamp!

judy said...

I love the way you made the stamp come alive with your coloring and the addition of dimension!

Bunny said...

I like the Washington stamp but I really love the U.S. map stamp. Very nice destination stamps.

Gloria P said...

Thumbs up for coloring in the state as each plate is seen during a road trip. 👍 That's a great way to help know state locations!

Terribly Great said...

Wow so many great tips from this post! Love how you made the reflection and using the US stamp for license plate bingo!

Liz Gessner McAllister said...

love the note pad idea! Fun!

Carolee McCaslin said...

your cards are awesome!!!

Jennifer Bishop said...

Brilliant!

Mary Alice Varallo said...

Great cards...I really like the map of the U.S.A.. I can think of so many ways to use it

Gail said...

What beautiful cards!

Kathy Thisted said...

thanks for the totally fun cards you made with these two stamps.

bbunch said...

Loved the coloring on your cards.

Beth H. said...

Great examples. Love how you did the reflection on the Washington card.

Diane said...

Your cards are gorgeous.

Debra Rumpza said...

Nice cards...

Debbie Selby said...

Love the travel stamps! Love Washington. Love your cards!

Sue D said...

Love all of your creations with these stamps.

Maureen Chandler said...

Great card - love Washington and love your colors! The map stamp is a wonderful idea no matter how it is colored or labeled! Thanks!

Barbara said...

Love your cute cards and the story with the map stamp. Hero Arts is still one of my favorite companies and I still have every one of their stamps that I purchased or that was given to me. :) For fun, I go back and use an "oldie but goodie" from time to time! They are timeless!

Erin Monahan said...

Love love love. Thanks for the giveaway!

nola said...

Love the destination card ideas

My Kraft Kloset said...

Love the new stamps and Great travel project ideas too!

Deb Kerns said...

My church youth group took a trip to DC when I was 15, and this brought back so many happy memories of our trip. Love the card!

Julie Quin said...

These are lovely cards and colouring

vicenta ghylin said...

What a cool card. Love the reflection one best. The state game is a great idea for kids. They play and learn the states too. Thank you for sharing and being part of this giveaway.

M R Leech said...

I grew up in the D.C. area, so I love the Washington, D.C. cards!!!!!!!

Ann K said...

Love the details on your cards - Washington DC is a fabulous city. And what a great new release from Hero Arts.

Abby said...

great designs!

Fe Orot Mejia said...

Awesome cards. And the game is perfect.

Louise said...

I love how different the cards get, bg just changing a few things. Love your cards.

duchessmel said...

I live outside Washington, DC, and worked there for 30 years. I may just need to have that stamp, and I appreciate the inspiration you gave me for how to use it. Thanks for sharing!

Kelly S. said...

Love that mirror image of Washington, so cool! And I've been looking for a cool USA map stamp, think I found it here :)!

Pam B said...

Wonderful cards!

Amy C. said...

Wow, these are great! Wonderful new releases from Hero Arts!

Dee Ann Matthews said...

Fabulous versions to show off this amazing stamp of Washington D. C.!

Pippa67 said...

Your cards are stunning. Love them.

Birgit said...

Beautiful coloring on this fabulous image! Your project is fabulous!

Cynthia said...

I will be using these stamps, especially the USA, in a travel journal. What a great way to keep track of moments and memories along the way!

Michelle said...

the cards are gorgeous, I love the colors and dimension and how the same stamp can create such different looks! I am loving this release and I can't wait to get quite a few of these!

Leanne said...

Beautiful!!

twinmomstamper said...

What a great card. Thank you for the reflection tip.

Jeannette aka Jnett said...

Gorgeous cards! Hmmmm I see a theme to the cities, might just have to go check and see if our famous city is part of the group.

Oliev said...

Amazing cards, thanks for sharing!

Valgerdur R. said...

Obviously, you got here because you are creatively talented! Your cards prove it! They are lovely and bring together something of yourself to this dynamic Hero Arts summer release! Thank you for sharing your creative gift!

Jennifer Spiller said...

What fun cards! They remind me of the fourth of July!!!And really show the beautiful DC off

Late Blooming said...

Die cuts really add to the effect. Thanks.

Sheila H said...

Awesome projects - so unique!

Shelly Rasske said...

Love both your cards and that Washington DC stamp is fantastic!

Becky said...

I love the destination stamps, and yours are colored beautifully. Thanks for sharing.

Susan Lang said...

I am from Washington DC so that stamp is a must. We have done the license plate game on vacations for years, so much fun.

worrywort said...

Wow! The card with the reflection is brilliant. They are all so cute.

Sandra KM said...

Lovely cards. Your technique for the reflecting pool is ingenious.

Karen said...

I am really staring to love these city stamps.

Dot Freel said...

Love how you added dimension to some of the buildings. Loved my trip to DC. Such a great place and these stamps are awesome!

Cathy Homan said...

What a wonderful idea for using the US Stamp - I should get one as we are going on a road trip this summer. I have actually taken an old road atlas and colored in the states we have been to (38) so far. Marking out license plates would be fun. Thank you for the awesome idea!!!!

Dee Earnshaw said...

These destination stamps are so fun. LOVE how you created dimension on the card and your tips:)

Tifany said...

LOVE the license plate game idea...and we are planning a trip to DC, so that one caught my eye, too.
Thanks for sharing!

- Tifany DeGough
InkBlotsbyTRD.blogspot.com

Jeanne H said...

My grandson loves geography too. He's always playing a game on the computer quickly naming places. Anyway, love the destination stamps and your D.C. cards. :-)

Donna said...

Love how you created the reflecting pool, nicely done!

Ma. Cristina Merino Frias said...

Very nice card, bring me a great memory of my visit to Washington DC, a long time ago.

Jennifer Greer said...

Especially love the reflection card.

Kit A said...

Great cards!

lisa808 said...

Awesome cards! I especially like the reflecting DC card.

Sherrie Johnson said...

I love the DC card. Simple yet perfect. I especially like the buildings reflected in the water. Very nice!

Sabrina said...

Fabulous cards and I love the dimension!!

Andrea @TwiceTheFun said...

Wow, that reflection technique is amazing!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

lost art cards and designs said...

Your watercoloring is very nice. Thank you for the instructional tip about padding compound.

cassie said...

Wow wow wow! Those city cards are incredible! I want to color like that :)

Marcie Lovett said...

Love the map stamp, but I must have the DC!

conil said...

I'm gaga over these destination stamps. Clearly, I need a couple...especially after seeing the magic you worked with them. Brilliant. What else is brilliant are the ideas you had for using the map stamps. Clever girl.

stampyra said...

Your Washington, D.C. cards are great. I grew up near D.C. & loved to visit that the sites. Your night sky is beautiful. I love your license plate game idea. Jil

Judie said...

The Washington cards are amazing! Love the reflection in the water!!

KimC said...

Such a great card and a wonderful map idea for summer travel. Thinking the Washington DC stamp would be perfect for an Independence Day card. Thanks for sharing.

Marcia said...

Great project ideas. Love the DC card with fireworks.

Jeanne Jordan said...

Cool cards, Kimberly. I love all the ways you used the stamps on them. Very creative.

Melissa Friedrich said...

Beautiful watercolored cards and projects, love the reflecting pool effect, so clever!

Rosy Newlun said...

Your watercolor DC cards are awesome! I too love the reflection you created, like after a rain. That looks like a clever game using the states map. Thank you for the inspiration!

Staci Earl said...

Cute idea for the United States stamp!

Mary Holshouser said...

The cards are wonderful.
I love the shading.
This will be a great stamp set to
have on hand.
thanks for sharing.

Linda Rubarski said...

Cute card to show off your travels.

Amanda Sheldon said...

Love the reflecting pool technique

Dena Schaufele said...

great ideas

Vickie said...

Love the way you used the reflection technique. You are very talented!

Mary-Anne V said...

Awesome card I absolutely love how you depicted DC. I love the reflecting image what a unique idea. Great road trip idea to do with a map of the United States thanks for the inspiration.

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

These are so fun! Love the reflection card!

Miriam Prantner said...

Love these! The one with the reflection is my favorite, look wonderful!

Lori S said...

Thanks for sharing!

Patt H. said...

Love the cards! Thanks for the tip on the reflection stamping. Your idea for the license plate game is genius! Kids will love this one!!

LDomroes said...

Love that you shared several ideas for the same stamp. I liked them all!

Denise Bryant said...

Awesome set of cards! Love the added dimension!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Awesome set of card!

cindybearj said...

I love these cards. I think my favorite is the reflection one...so awesome!

Melody Wu said...

Thanks for sharing the way to make water reflection ! And the destination stamps are a must have !

Sandy Small said...

What a great way to use the USA stamp! I also like how you layered the DC stamp!

Rebecca Ednie said...

These look like fun stamps!

Janet said...

Awesome projects and release!
~God bless
😍

Satori said...

Love the destination stamps!

nzillingworth said...

lot of detail to these stamps makes it look like you spent hours on them, fab job.

Laura Joyce said...

Great watercolor background.

Deb said...

I really like your DC cards but the license plate game pad is just the BEST! I love that game and play it by myself when traveling. :)

mtscrapgal said...

You gave us 3 variations of the Washington, D.C. stamp. They all are fabulous.
Terrific way to use the map of the US. Happy traveling. I remember the days when it was a challenge to keep 2 kids happy while traveling.

Cherri B said...

Hi Kimberly, I love the way you did the reflection in the water! I have a lot of beach pictures I'm dying to try it on along with the Beach stamp set! I'm not totally understanding how you did it. Did you stamp it on acetate first? Thank you for sharing!

DruW said...

Great cards!

Diane Bakehouse said...

Really love the reflection of the stamp image idea. Fun ideas for traveling games too.

Laceysocks said...

I love your reflection card! Beautiful!

Ashley said...

Great coloring job! I'll have to try that!

Super Stick Chick said...

Your card are just wonderful. Love the 3-D look and the reflected pool image too. Wonderful.

Rose Santuci-Sofranko said...

Your cards are so sweet! Thanks for sharing them. God bless! ILuvTheEucharist (at) aol.com

Marialice Klein said...

Never thought of DC as so inviting and your creativity is inspiring.

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