Thursday, January 23, 2014

{Hero Arts} 2014 Catalog Blog Hop with the Hero Hostesses + Videos!


Welcome to Day 4 of the Hero Arts 2014 Catalog Blog Hop with the Hero Hostesses! I'm delighted to be your first stop today. You should've arrived from the Hero Arts Blog. Hero Arts is giving away three big prize packages and winners will be randomly drawn from all hostess blogs each day as well as the five introductory posts at the Hero Arts Blog. The more comments you leave along the way, the more chances you have to win!


My first card features the Tiny Triangles background, Spring Branch die and Good Luck sentiment set. I used the Pale Tomato, Soft Cantaloupe and Bubble Gum shadow inks.


From start-to-finish, here's how I made the card:



In contrast to the soft and pretty card, I'd like to share a masculine version using the same Tiny Triangles background and Good Luck sentiment set.


To create this background, I die cut circles of various sizes from a piece of scrap paper. Then I inked the background with the stamp facing up, laid the scrap on top and pressed the white cardstock into it so that only the ink coming through the circles would stamp on to the cardstock.


After that, I used the die cut circles and some repositionable adhesive to hold the circles on the stamped areas and protect them from the embossing paste. Then I used the Hero Arts Numbers Background Stencil to apply metallic silver embossing paste. Once the stencil and die cut circles are removed, I end up with a funky mixed media background. After the embossing paste dries, I adhere the panel to a dark grey card base and pop on the sentiment with foam tape.



GIVEAWAYS

In addition to Hero Arts' generous giveaways, I have three of my own!

(1) This first prize consists of two Hero Arts background clings and the winner will be drawn randomly from my blog followers.



(2) This second prize consists of two Hero Arts background clings and the winner will be drawn randomly from my YouTube subscribers.



(3) This third prize consists of two Hero Arts woodblock stamps and will be drawn from all comments left on this post.



If you leave a comment here, follow my blog and are a subscriber to my YouTube Channel, that means you have three chances to win (well, four, since your comment here also qualifies for the Hero Arts giveaways)! You have until 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday, January 26th and I will announce all three winners here on Monday, January 27th. Thanks so much for stopping by and good luck! :)

Your next stop is my sweet and talented friend Anita Recksiedler!

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stamping sue said...

I like the dimension on your cards.
thanks for the chance to win....I'm a follower.
stamping sue
http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

heidi @ ggip said...

What cool background techniques!

Jacqueline said...

Such pretty, delicate cards, Emily!

melania deasy said...

WOW WOW WOW!!!! I love all the cards you made. The first one is so sweet and pretty and the second is so stylist. Your technique also very creative Emily....Thank you for having inspired :)

snappy scrappy said...

Gorgeous, love them both!!!

Jingle said...

Your cards are absolutely GORGEOUS, Emily! I love them!

Nancy said...

Emily, your cards are just so creative! Thanks for the great tutorial too!

Arlene said...

Love the cards - great mixed media background on that second card and the first is so feminine and soft. Great start to today's hop! You rock!

Marty said...

Absolutely gorgeous- love these techniques!

Kanan Pandya said...

Beautiful cards, Emily. Love the gorgeous backgrounds you have created, thanks for the video tutorial. :-)

Shannon Zuklich said...

WOW! What beautiful cards. I'm getting ready to start on my Valentine's Day cards and this is pure inspiration! Thanks!

Carol Perry said...

Beautiful cards Emily. Love the softness and background on the first especially.

Gabby Lou said...

Your cards are sooo amazing.....you come up with the most unique uber fabulous ideas! Thanks for the generous giveaways...I follow you wherever you go...like a puppy on a rope hoping to be as cool as you someday ;);). Gabbylou@live.com

Nana Griffin said...

What a nice job you did on these cards. Very pretty.

Diane Stricker said...

Beautiful cards, love the color combo on the first card. Thanks for a chance to win.

Katie Bolinger said...

Lovely cards. Like the silver embossing on the birthday card. The prize packs look like they would be fun to play with. Thanks for the chance to win.

VARedGem said...

What a great job on the background and a wonderful technique I will have to try. I love the color combination on your Love card.

judkajudi said...

Emily, your cards are fantastic! The technique you used on the second one is incredible and adds so much fun to the card! Love hopping with you!!

Jayne said...

Wonderful samples with the new stuff.

Mary said...

I love both your cards but especially the masculine version with it's interesting background. That's an idea I need to try out.

Kelly Booth said...

AWESOME AWESOME Cards Emily You Rocked it!! xoxoxoxox

Barb said...

Both cards are so beautiful, Emily! Love the combination of colors and stamps! The vellum branch looks amazing on your first card! The masculine one is so cool with the silver embossed background! Wonderful video too! Way to kick off day #4!

cheryltownley said...

I learnt so much from watching your video Emily. I loved the inking technique for your background stamp, and the way you took it to another level with the second card and combined it embossing paste and stencils. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

Betty said...

love all the wonderful backgrounds you created and the colors & designs are all so great on 3 cards!

Tammy J said...

Awesome cards and I love the pink background . TFS

jenway9 said...

Love these cards and their background especially.

steph l said...

The cards are so pretty with the pops of color. Love it. Thanks for the chance to win!

cutiephinphin said...

Ur cards are so pretty! Especially love the bubble gum and soft cantaloupe one. Love how you layered the focal point. Thanks for sharing.

Jocelyn Olson said...

I LOVE that you did a feminine and masculine version of the same stamps, and they look completely different. The backgrounds are fantastic!! You are amazing!

Glenda Lee Nutting said...

The cards are gorgeous, and I love the video. I learned best by watching.

Celine Blacow said...

Wow!!! I adore the numbers in the embossing paste. I had looked at those templates before and wondered how they'd be used and now I can see!! Love it. Already subscribe to your You Tube channel (you make everything look effortless!) and am subscribing right now to your blog! Thanks for the giveaway, that is very generous of you! x

Larissa Heskett said...

WOW!! LOVING your AMAZING Card and Video for today!! SO beautiful!! LOVE the pretty colors and the layers!! THANKS for sharing and for the chance to win!! Have a Fabulous Week!! ;)

adele holcomb said...

I love your trick with the background and will definitely try that. Pretty card!

Robyn said...

Lovely cards! I like the techniques you used on the backgrounds.

Brenda in IN said...

What an impact that tiny triangle background stamp makes! I love the inks you used and thanks for showing us how to ink up the stamp. The embossing paste is a great idea. These cards are great.

Claire Boyd said...

The background on your second card was great. I learnt a lot here today, thank you

Torrie said...

I love the layers and colors on your first card, although they are all fantastic.

grandmato19 said...

Thanks for the video on how to do the background with the large stamp -- such great results!

Kailash said...

Love your stunning designs Emily and all the layers and dimension is just fabulous!!!

Torrie said...

I just subscribed to your YouTube channel and via email. Thanks for your extra giveaways.

Kathy (krolski) said...

Beautiful cards Em! Love your video too and the generous giveaways. Love hopping with you this week. :)

Maureen Morton said...

Loving what you did, Emily! Those shiny numerals are the coolest! Thanks for sharing.

joy said...

Love these cards, Emily! The new stamps and dies are so nice. I am a follower, and also a You Tube subscriber.

Harriet Skelly said...

I love how you used the background stamp in different ways - thanks for the video!

Tiffany Ervin said...

Oh Emily! Love what you did with both cards, so delicate and utterly beautiful, what a feast for my eyes first thing this morning! xoxo Great hopping with you!

conil said...

Aren't you clever...the "feminine" card is just lovely and sweet with the vellum leaves and the "masculine" card is dynamic and funky. Both are outstanding.

Patricia said...

Love both of your cards but especially the 2nd one! I have never seen the metallic paste before. Awesome! Definitely a must have for my stash. This blog hop has introduced me to new designers that I have never seen before such as yourself. You have a new follower on your blog & YouTube. Thanks for the additional giveaway too.

Diana N. said...

Great color combination for both cards. Interesting background for both cards.

Barbara said...

I love both cards and thanks for sharing the techniques for creating them. The color combinations for both are especially nice as well.

Lysa said...

Your cards are FABULOUS Emily! I love the way you did the backgrounds.

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Like the variety, dimension & layers of your cards.
Melissa
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

donna mikasa said...

Love both versions of your card and I thank you for enabling--that is such a versatile must have set!

Barb said...

I love the card you made with the color combination and the stamp set. the vellum addition was a nice touch. Great Job!

Linda T said...

Such beautiful cards. I love the background techniques. The silver embossing paste is lovely. I am working on backgrounds and different techniques. Thank you for sharing you're ideas. I follow you're utube under 499 faith. I am following you're blog by email. Thank you for a chance to win such lovely prizes.

Chark said...

what a great video--loved seeing how you created that beautiful card (the bg esp I couldn't tell until I saw the video). And I love that you used a stencil with stamping. Tfs!

gabriella said...

I love the first card and the way you layered the colors.

Kelly Massman said...

Your cards are quite lovely!!!! I'm following your blog through GFC and your you tube... kmassman (gmail) Thanks for sharing your wonderful work, the tutorial and for the chance to win!! :-)

GrammySue's Creations said...

Beautiful card--love the soft colors. Thanks for sharing your video.

Casey-Diane said...

I just love your creations!!!! Thanks for sharing them with us!

Gloria Reynolds said...

Beautiful cards, LOVED the video.

Ava said...

Emily, these cards are so well designed. I watched your video and really appreciated your explaining the how and why of each design element!

Casey-Diane said...

I just love your creations!!!! Thanks for sharing them with us!

ThePurplePlace said...

Emily,
Love your cards, especially that gorgeous Valentine's card! I also love that you took the time to share a great video.

Thank you for your time and also for your very kind and generous prize! Someone will be very lucky and happy to win!!

Happy Crafting,
Lisa

Agnes Dobek said...

I love how you used the backgrounds to make your cards. Very pretty.

Jackie Parkins said...

Those are beautiful! I love the way you inked the background in the first card, very creative.

Deborah Nolan said...

Love these cards - and that embossing paste - you are a pro!!! Thanks for making the video - I am officially inspired!!!

Laura Norris said...

Wonderful cards Emily! Great idea to show how to use the same stamp in different styles!

Sue McRae said...

You created such cool backgrounds Emily and thanks for sharing your video!

Heather Maria said...

Wow Emily, both of your cards are fantastic! I love your designs and the wonderful techniques you've used! Thanks for the brilliant video too!

jamie said...

Love the idea with the circles cut out! Can't wait to try it. Thanks!!!

Laura said...

I love this use of background stamps. I think I'm going to follow you anywhere.

jeannine said...

Lovely cards! Those backgrounds look fabulous! Thanks for sharing your creative process in the video!

Mildred Mildew said...

Thankyou for the great video showing how you created the wonderful bg on your card!

Amy C. said...

Beautiful cards! So many ideas..so little time!

Virginia L. said...

Beauitufl work, Emily! I love the gorgeous background that you created for both cards! Way to start today's blog hop!

Maeghan M. said...

Love the soft pinks and oranges in that first card! TFS!!!

Mandee Teel said...

Beautiful!

Skraperella said...

Gorgeous cards Emily! I love your video and the stamping technique you used on the background is brilliant! Thanks for sharing and the chance to win :-)

Donna said...

Great cards, great ideas for the backgrounds.

Em said...

The cards are beautiful and I am so happy to learn the techniques. You have such clarity in your video that I am hoping to find more videos from you. Thank you.

Scrapthat said...

Two Awesome card and more than that...two AWESOME techniques to go with!! TFS!

Efrat said...

Beautiful cards!

CinnamonSally said...

Gorgeous cards Emily and great video too!!

Angelnorth said...

Two great cards, love the masculine one especially, the silver paste looks great through that stencil!

Michelle said...

I love your style, Emily. I really like the backgrounds on both. People who will be taking the upcoming stencil class will all appreciate your masculine card. Thanks for sharing your video too.

Greta said...

Oh my goodness--you are so talented, Emily! Love these cards & you've shown me I clearly need some of these new HA stamps! I'm becoming a follower.

Iris said...

Beautiful cards - love the colors.
isoscia@aol.com

Michelle Tercha said...

Really pretty backgrounds. I love the ink choices and how you used the stamp 2 different ways. Awesome cards. Thank you for a chance to win. Michelle t

judy said...

Beautiful cards-- I love the backgrounds that you created on both the masculine and feminine cards!

Dana Joy said...

You are so talented. I love how you come up with ideas that keep inspiring me.

Hugs
Dana

Kristie Goulet said...

Amazing cards! Love both of them!

steph said...

Love both cards.

kaoby said...

Really love both cards! These are my favourites so far.

Annelies said...

Lovely cards Emily! Thanks for the interesting video! I'm subscribe to your Youtube and I'm following your blog! Greetings from Belgium, Annelies

Karla said...

Really think you are creative with colors and use of stamps!! Love it! Thanks for a chance to win!

Gail said...

Your video is fab! Thanks for showing us how you created the card - I am loving the woods background stamp! Hoping I win that one - have a lovely day and thanks for the hop - I am a follower and subscribed to you tube

Jennifer said...

Love both your cards, the second one is uber cool!

lunersilver said...

Love how you made the backgrounds for your cards :) Thanks for making a video to demonstrate!

Unknown said...

your cards and techniques make me want to buy the stamps so I can make them! love both cards
thanks
Holly

marcar said...

I learned so much from your post. Lots of great new ideas. Thanks

Rachel K said...

Both of your cards are awesome! I love your background treatments, so fun! :)

Amy Pjura said...

i love the technique you showed with the background stamp! beautiful!

arleen said...

Love both cards! Thanks for the chance of winning...

Scrapycandy said...

I am now a member to everything. I have to say that using multiple die cuts is such a good idea! Thank you!

Deborah said...

Holy cow I love both of these cards but especially the first one thanks for the video have a great day

Lucille K said...

Beautiful cards Emily, especially like the first card. TY :)

Jeanie Gregory said...

Very nice card. Thank you for sharing.

Unknown said...

Thanks for the great video - I never would have guessed how you did that background! Lovely cards. TFS!

Barb Ghig said...

So happy to see you on the hop! I love the clever way you played with the triangle background stamp, Emily...your cards are amazing! Thanks so much for the video, too!

Miriam Prantner said...

These cards are so cool Em! I love the inking that you did on the background in the video and the masking with circles is SO COOL on the second! Now I need silver embossing paste! Thanks for the chance to win all the giveaways too!

Gail said...

Two very classy cards - I love the stamped background on the first card - I might give it a try.

brenda said...

Love your cards and how you made the same stamp seem completely different for the feminine and masculine cards!

Daša said...

Beautiful cards. I love second card!

Janet a.k.a. swanlady21 said...

Simply wonderful! Thanks for the technique tips.

Joyce Casaldi said...

Can I just say Love!

Leni said...

Your cards do have an artsy look, beautiful!!,

Shelly said...

WOW! Both cards are simply, GORGEOUS! :) Love the colors and layers of each. Thanks for sharing!

Donna Cala said...

LOVE your cards and the video was great. I will try using two inks on my BG stamps.

Valerie Wood said...

Sooo pretty. Love the color choices. Thanks for the tutorial. I get overwhelmed with background stamps... that was perfect.

Leni said...

Super sweet cards! Love the felt elephants!

Gina said...

Oh I'm in love with these cards!!!

Deeps said...

I love the techniques on your cards. Those are all fun ways to use a background stamp.

Mary-Anne V said...

Wonderful cards Emily...love the graphic nature of the last with the embossing and the circles.

Anita Rex said...

Emily your cards are AMAZING! Such cool and creative techniques you used! Way to wow!

Gail Mc Nerney said...

Love your cards and creativity!! Your first card is like WOW......and the masculine card is is WOW....nice to see masculine cards. Love the video!!! Thank you.

Deborah Montgomery said...

Beautiful cards Emily! Thanks for the video as well...that always helps jumpstart my crativity :)

CathyL said...

Such creativity, Emily!!!

Fiona said...

Love how you did the two colours on the background, I would never have thought of that. I love all the background stamps in your giveaway too,such possibilities. Thank you so much for sharing and the chance to win.
Fiona

Anita in France said...

Fabulous dimension and texture, Emily ... very cool!

cghundley said...

Your cards are so
lovely and I like
how you made the
two alike but different.
Carla from Utah

Kim Potts said...

Awesome video and card. Thank you for posting... I love to watch and learn how the experts make cards :)

Sarah Thomson said...

Love how you made the background on the second card. The different textures look great.

Linda said...

I am a follower of your blog and love your work. Your projects today are awesome, especially the pink one. The background stamp is a must have. Thanks for sharing.

Linda D.

Jeanie said...

I am loving your cards. So pretty. I also started following your blog.

Graciellie CH said...

Emily you got my attention with the very first card and the tutorial video... Then the second card, aww, and then the giveaways! LOL I was going to subscribe anyways dear! jejeje...

Thanks for sharing!

http://gracielliedesign.blogspot.com/

Debra said...

You are very creative...love the designs.

Dottie J said...

Love these cards and the layering techniques, and I love how similar techniques made both a masculine and feminine card. Really great work!

Annmarie Demotto said...

I just loved the heart card but they are all beautiful
TFS your inspiration and love for card making

Annie Wills said...

Love your unique backgrounds...beautiful cards!

Linda E. said...

Great cards. Thanks for sharing these new-to-me techniques.

Suzi said...

Yes! I learned so much! I have to follow you now! I signed up to follow by email and your you tube. You are a great teacher and talented artist! Thank you!
suzimetatyahoodotcom

nancy said...

Thank you for making the videos showing the steps to make your wonderful cards! I find that making masculine cards is always a challenge, so I appreciate the card you made.

Cat Craig said...

I love that inking technique. Thanks so much for sharing. Wonderful cards. I enjoyed seeing a feminine and masculine version.

stlbarb said...

Lovely card--I like all the layers.

Bev Hill said...

Both cards are awesome and I'm so glad you did the videos. I am a follower

Colorado Crafter said...

Fabulous cards!! I love great background stamps and Hero Arts always has so many to choose from. I'm afraid to count how many HA background stamps I already own! :)

JanLee said...

Wow your cards are fantastic. Your first card is so pretty and sweet. I love the background on your birthday card. I follow your blog!

jp said...

Great backgrounds! Love those new stamps!

Moid Ali said...

Love the hero arts products

Jona Moughty said...

love your techniques - also love your color combos - thanks for the chance to win!

karenelr said...

How fabulous your techniques! Thank you for video taping them, too! Your cards are always pleasers!! Thanks for your giveaway opportunities, too!

Memories by Manda said...

Your first card is so pretty! I follow your blog. Thanks for the extra giveaways! I Neeeeeeeeed to win the ROMA stamp as I am heading to Italy in May and it would be perfect for documenting my time there.

Barb said...

love the cards but the second is my favorite. awesome.

Vera Yates (Ling) said...

Goodness... Emily, you are genius! Love the idea of masking for the background. I need to CASE this idea. Simply brilliant. :)

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Wow Em - great videos, soooo professional! Love your cards - both the feminine and masculine versions! Especially love the vines cut in vellum!!

Judy Tuck said...

Gorgeous cards. Love the soft, pretty colours you've chosen!

Nancy Carroll said...

Love the videos! Learned so much, became follower on both blog & youtube!

Elizabeth Garcia said...

Love these cards and techniques.

Paper Therapy Ponderings said...

gee now I want some embossing paste - two very different cards - loved both of them thanks for sharing

Barb Housner

Cindy C. said...

Awesome projects! You came up with such clever and cool technique Emily! Thanks for the fab video tutorial!!

rcwidow (Linda) said...

Love these! Look forward to seeing the video!

Diana said...

Wow. Beautiful cards. Love the colors!

Bunnyfreak said...

Love the unique look of these cards.

Daphne said...

I love the triangle background stamp, especially with your use of colors.

Maye M.L said...

Great techniques. Love your feminine and masculine versions. Cheers!

craftymom205 said...

Love your cards.

craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

maureen said...

thanks for the video on stencil technique- I've been laying it on too thick!

Amante del Papel said...

thanks for showing this amazing technique, you are really kind! and thanks for this amazing giveaways!

Vera Rhuhay said...

Awesome cards,Emily! Love...LOve the video tutorial, so inspiring ♥

Sue D said...

Great backgrounds on your cards. I am a follower and a YouTube subscriber.
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

Kelly Flaherty said...

I am fascinated with your mixed media background - WOW~ it looks so complicated. I think I'm going to try it! Thank you, not just for the great ideas, but for your generous prize packages.

no blog post said...

I liked both unique background techniques. I am a first time visitor to your blog, but will definitely come again. That is one of the things I like best about blog hops, you find new talent and inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

stamplover2011 said...

So much talent! Awesome cards! Love the texture!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Wonderful cards. The backgrounds are so neat on both. Great techniques!

Carol L said...

These cards are beautiful, but I'm especially loving the background on the first! Gorgeous trio of colors as well :)

BeeJay said...

Awesome background techniques! Thanks for the videos.

Pat said...

Love both of your cards.....they are gorgeous! Thanks for your very clear videos of instructions. And I like your giving both a feminine and masculine card.

Judy1223 said...

Emily, I really like your graphic, cool cards!

pcm said...

these cards are gorgeous!

Amber said...

Gorgeous cards, love the backgrounds you created!

Neesey said...

Following your YouTube, blog and am so glad to see your talents. Your cards are beautiful.

lynda said...

I begin an online stenciled class tomorrow. Maybe I'll learn to make something as pretty as yours!

Joyce said...

These are both fantastic.

Alison said...

Gorgeous cards - fab colours and I love the backgrounds - so ethereal!

Pat said...

Thanks for the 2 videos...LOVED them!

ScrapaDiddle said...

Love the embossing and the circles! Really special card!

Kim van Putten said...

Wow; what a unique way of making cards!

Kim Hall said...

Love your cards, they have a lovely softness to them!!

Amy L said...

I love how you have created the backgrounds for both cards!

Little T said...

Beautiful cards! Thanks for including the videos and another giveaway.

Anna-Karin S said...

I love the way you used the background stamp! Thanks for the ideas!

beaverphyllis said...

Love both of your cards! You always have such great ideas! As always, thanks for sharing your cards with us!

Carolyn said...

Thanks for making videos for your beautiful cards.

Karen L K said...

Wow both of your cards are really nice looking. The Love card is so pretty with it's layers and leaves. The masculine card is really interesting with the paste you used and the circle.

Prachi Tripathi said...

Liked both your cards, but especially liked your 2nd card. Loved the metallic ink.

Lynn said...

I enjoyed both videos. The circle technique with the silver embossing paste was new to me and very interesting. I will definitely have to give it a try. Thank you for being my favorite blog video teacher.

Karenladd said...

Oooh, love the gorgeous cards you made. The framed sentiments look so beautiful! I already follow your blog!

Reusing with Quilling said...

I loved the backgrounds you have created for both the cards ! First one is very pretty with delicate vellum leaves and second one is fab masculine card !

Sarah Gray said...

Amazing cards, Emily! Love the way you have created the textured background on the masculine card - it looks so cool! Love the look of that stencil. Thanks for the great videos and extra giveaways too :)

Samantha F. said...

Love the way you used the background stamp. Wonderful cards!

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