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Getting into the Christmas spirit with Hero Arts


Erica back on the blog today with a card to get into the Christmas spirit. I’m always stressing a little bit about my Christmas cards so I am trying to get ahead a little bit. Being European, we don’t do Thanksgiving so November is all about getting prepared and planning for Christmas. Not that I need an excuse to get crafty.

You might have noticed that I have used a lot of texture paste or embellishment mousse on my recent projects in the last month or so and I couldn’t help myself, I got it out again. Eh, what can I say? Once the texture paste beast has got you in its grips, it is hard to get away.

Before I added the texture paste, I made an ink smooched background using Distress Oxide in Twisted Citron and some Hero Arts Moss Hybrid ink

I also used one of the striped stamps from Hero Arts Happy Mail which I stamped along the side of the card panel. To keep with the colour scheme I used a Hero Arts dark green ink which came in one of the monthly kits, I think it was Hero Arts Thanksgiving Letter Layering ink cube set but don’t hold me to that.

To add some texture to the card, I got a stencil and some BoBunny Glitter paste (you could try Nuvo Golden Crystal Glimmer paste for a similar effect) and got to work. Instead of adding it all over the card, I kept it to one single line of leaves. Or well, I tried. I strayed a little and didn’t want to risk ruining the whole card by wiping it off so there are a few little rebellious bits there. Anyway, I thought it ended up looking a bit like a pine needles which is exactly what I wanted. Yay!

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I found this really, really old HA Christmas tree stamp set (it’s so old it’s been retired but you could use Hero Arts Classic Christmas Tree and the coordinating frame cut ) and I stamped it up on Copic friendly paper and then got my markers out to colour it in. I used loads of different ones to give it a realistic look. I have a coordinating die for this but forgot where I put it so I used my scissors to fussy cut it out. I added the tree to the card using foam tape, it is my go-to adhesive. Then I stamped a ‘Merry Christmas’ sentiment on white card stock with VersaMark ink and I heat embossed it with Ranger Ink Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder before adhering it to the card too.

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This card ended up very green and it’s not my favourite colour to be honest but it works very well with gold accents I think.

One Christmas card done, about 50 to go…

Happy crafting from


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Encouragement for Anyone

Hello Crafters!

It’s Kelly here and I’m sharing three cards with you today!

Let me tell you how I ended up with these guys. First , I was thinking Thanksgiving . . .hmm  . . .Grateful . . Thank you . .no . . .leaves . . .been done . . .oooh feathers. Yeah, feathers. I pulled out the Feathers set by Hero Arts.

Now how do I use these feathers differently? They were super trendy last year. People did a million things with feathers. I decided to really challenge myself and go gender neutral. I struggle with anything that isn’t flowers or rainbows. You’ve seen my posts, you know. Ha!

This happened as it usually does for me. I made one card and then two others to coordinate. I can’t help but make them match 🙂 I chose the Hero Arts Be Happy set for my sentiments because not only are they bold enough to carry a card they are appropriate for anyone.

Here we go!


I lightly traced a circle onto my card base. I stamped one of the smaller feathers into a wreath by lining up the quill along the edge of the circle. I stamped one in Memento Black ink full strength then the next in second generation. I chose this ink for two reasons: 1. I wanted to color with copics. 2. It’s not a bold black. After I was done stamping I colored the feathers with my copics and stamped my sentiment. The sentiment was stamped in Jet Black Archival ink because it’s really bold. It’s my favorite for sentiments 🙂


One of the best things about timeless sets like these feathers is you can color them however you want. Whatever design whether simple or intricate carries well. I masked the scrolls off the sentiment for a cleaner look. It’s awesome how you can get a different look just by doing a little masking.


I went a little bolder with my design here because the feather is so big it can hold all those colors without looking busy. Again I masked the scrolls off the sentiment to keep it all CAS. I think this one is probably my favorite. What about you?

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Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with many blessings!


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Feathers Stamp Set

Be Happy Stamp Set


Memento Tuxedo Black

Ranger Jet Black Archival 

Pool Layering Papers