Hero Arts | Heart Shaped Tags + Cards. Video. January My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. You're my tweetheart card by Yana Smakula #heroarts #mmh #stamping

Hero Arts | Inlaid Heat Embossing + Heart Shaped Tags + Cards. Video. January My Monthly Hero Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello everyone and thanks so much for stopping by to help celebrate the launch of Hero Arts December My Monthly Hero Kit (more about the kit, blog hop and giveaway below). I have a lot of cards to share using the add-ons only, I didn’t use the monthly kit for any of these cards.That being said – today’s post is a super long one, so grab a cuppa!

Hero Arts | Heart Shaped Tags + Cards. Video. January My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. You're my tweetheart card by Yana Smakula #heroarts #mmh #stamping

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I mentioned this last time and I’ll say it again – every month Hero Arts has very unpredictable and super fun products and designs in their kits. This month kit is all about Valentine’s Day and there are many fun and quirky stamps and images that work well for any love themed cards. I got a bit distracted and made a card for nearly every add on stamp this month. Many of them are similar and use similar techniques, but all are easy and fun to make.

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VIDEO TUTORIAL

As always, I filmed a video tutorial showing how to create this project from start to finish. I’m hoping you’ll enjoy it. Watch it below or on my Youtube channel.

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CARDS DETAILS

My favorite product this month is not a stamp set, but a set of pre cut heart shaped tags. These tags are fantastic – they are great for those who might not have a die cutting machine or don’t have a heart shaped die. The size of these is perfect to take center stage of an A2 card. There’s 20 in a pack – 10 white and 20 kraft, so you get plenty of shapes to play with. I used these for every card I’m sharing today, I messed a few up as I was stamping and I still have lots left.

These shapes can be used in variety of ways – like a regular heart shaped die cut, or they can be adhered together to house a secret message for your card. This is exactly what I did for this You Always Have My Heart card with a raccoon you see below.

Hero Arts | Heart Shaped Tags + Cards. Video. January My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. Racoon cards by Yana Smakula #heroarts #mmh #stamping

I started working on this card by creating a background – I stamped raccoon holding flowers in gray ink repeatedly onto a white cardstock panel cut to 4 x 5 1/4″. Next, I foam mounted panel onto an A2 card base made out of Fog cardstock.

Hero Arts | Heart Shaped Tags + Cards. Video. January My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. Racoon cards by Yana Smakula #heroarts #mmh #stamping

I stamped and cut out raccoon image, colored using Copic markers using C5, C3, C1 to color raccoon and Polychromos pencils to color the heart); stamped sentiment onto a heart-shaped tag, foam mounted racoon and sentiment bubble. Finally, I stamped secret sentiment on another tag, added a score line about 1/4″ from the edge on the left hand side, adhered top tag onto bottom one and foam mounted onto the card. I also embellished this card and many other cards I’m sharing today using Nuvo Drops.

Hero Arts | Heart Shaped Tags + Cards. Video. January My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. Racoon cards by Yana Smakula #heroarts #mmh #stamping

Hero Arts | Heart Shaped Tags + Cards. Video. January My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. Racoon cards by Yana Smakula #heroarts #mmh #stamping Hero Arts | Heart Shaped Tags + Cards. Video. January My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. Racoon cards by Yana Smakula #heroarts #mmh #stamping

I made a few additional cards following this color scheme and idea (minus the secret message). Here’s another card using You’re a Bandit stamp set with the raccoon. I love this image of a the critter peeking from the dumpster. Very clever and different from other traditional images.

Hero Arts | Heart Shaped Tags + Cards. Video. January My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. Racoon cards by Yana Smakula #heroarts #mmh #stamping

The You Stole My Heart sentiment was heat embossed in white on black, I foam mounted it onto the heart tag and next trimmed it to follow the shape of the tag and also added pink enamel dots made using Nuvo Drops.

Hero Arts | Heart Shaped Tags + Cards. Video. January My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. Racoon cards by Yana Smakula #heroarts #mmh #stamping

Hero Arts | Heart Shaped Tags + Cards. Video. January My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. Racoon cards by Yana Smakula #heroarts #mmh #stamping Hero Arts | Heart Shaped Tags + Cards. Video. January My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. Racoon cards by Yana Smakula #heroarts #mmh #stamping

And here’s another card – this one was done using Stealing My Heart stamp set – I used exact same approach to create the focal point and the background. The sentiment here was stamped in black and I heat embossed it in Sparkle embossing powder.

Hero Arts | Heart Shaped Tags + Cards. Video. January My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. Wanted For Stealing My Heart card by Yana Smakula #heroarts #mmh #stamping

Hero Arts | Heart Shaped Tags + Cards. Video. January My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. Wanted For Stealing My Heart card by Yana Smakula #heroarts #mmh #stamping Hero Arts | Heart Shaped Tags + Cards. Video. January My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. Wanted For Stealing My Heart card by Yana Smakula #heroarts #mmh #stamping Hero Arts | Heart Shaped Tags + Cards. Video. January My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. Wanted For Stealing My Heart card by Yana Smakula #heroarts #mmh #stamping

INLAID HEAT EMBOSSING

I also used these pre cut heart shapes for something I call inlaid heat embossing – I seamlessly combined two different images into one using embossing powder on these heart shapes. I really loved doing this and I find it to be a neat trick. The key here is to not overheat the embossing powder as it will “bleed” in a way and might obliterate the image especially if that image is very detailed.

Hero Arts | Inlaid Heat Embossing. Video. January My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. Happily Ever After Cards using Rose Heart stamp. Project by Yana Smakula #heroarts #mmh #stamping

This technique best works if you have a negative sentiment – like this Happily Ever After, the text itself is made up of a negative space and it’s the banner that makes the positive space around the negative sentiment. And you’ll also need any other image that you can inlay this negative sentiment stamp into, I used Rose Heart. Watch my video tutorial above to see how I combined You’re So Lovely and also Sealed With A Kiss.

Hero Arts | Inlaid Heat Embossing. Video. January My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. Happily Ever After Cards using Rose Heart stamp. Project by Yana Smakula #heroarts #mmh #stamping

Start by heat embossing the sentiment. Once you heat set it let it cool for a few seconds and treat the paper with anti static powder again. Ink up the second image you want to use – and stamp it overlapping the sentiment. Add embossing powder once again and cover the entire image. The powder will sit on the sentiment banner so prior to heat setting the powder must be cleaned. You can do this by using a small dry paint brush – just carefully remove the powder from the area you don’t want it on. Since there is sticky embossing ink – the brush will pick up some of that ink and the powder will start sticking to the brush, so you have to clean it from time to time.

Hero Arts | Inlaid Heat Embossing. Video. January My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. Happily Ever After Cards using Rose Heart stamp. Project by Yana Smakula #heroarts #mmh #stamping

OTHER CARD IDEAS USING JANUARY ADD ONS

First up is this Happily Ever After using Color Layering Rose – I’ll be sharing an additional separate video with this Color Layering Rose stamp set soon as a part of my Color Layering with Yana series, so stay tuned.

Hero Arts | Heart Shaped Tags + Cards. Video. January My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. Color Layering Rose cards by Yana Smakula #heroarts #mmh #stamping

To create this card I skipped using the bottom most solid layer of the rose and just stamped detailed layers creating beautiful delicate roses. I cut them out with my scissors and arranged into a cluster on a heart tag – the leaves were stamped directly onto the tag. I also added a scored background panel to this card – I added score lines at 1″ interwars, if you’d like to know how to make these score lines be sure to watch my video here.

Hero Arts | Heart Shaped Tags + Cards. Video. January My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. Color Layering Rose cards by Yana Smakula #heroarts #mmh #stamping

The Happily Ever After banner was stamped in black ink and heat embossed in Sparkle embossing powder so it has a bit of shimmer to it.

Hero Arts | Heart Shaped Tags + Cards. Video. January My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. Color Layering Rose cards by Yana Smakula #heroarts #mmh #stamping Hero Arts | Heart Shaped Tags + Cards. Video. January My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. Color Layering Rose cards by Yana Smakula #heroarts #mmh #stamping

This next card was done using Bouquet stamp – I stamped it in black ink and heat embossed in clear embossing powder – I sometimes like to do this to help me stay within the lines when I color.

Hero Arts | Heart Shaped Tags + Cards. Video. January My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. Happily Ever After card by Yana Smakula #heroarts #mmh #stamping

I colored it with Copic markers (Y19, Y15, Y11, RV13, RV11, RV10, BV08, BV04, BV02, V17, V15, V12, YG67, YG63, YG03, YG99, YG95, YG93), I also added gray stamped images around the main image and finally added Happily Ever After as my sentiment. Here I trimmed it into a strip rather than the banner – just wanted to change things up and show you how you can use solid negative stamps like this differently.

Hero Arts | Heart Shaped Tags + Cards. Video. January My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. Happily Ever After card by Yana Smakula #heroarts #mmh #stamping

Hero Arts | Heart Shaped Tags + Cards. Video. January My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. Happily Ever After card by Yana Smakula #heroarts #mmh #stamping Hero Arts | Heart Shaped Tags + Cards. Video. January My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. Happily Ever After card by Yana Smakula #heroarts #mmh #stamping

Here are step by step photos of the coloring. Click to view larger:

Hero Arts | Heart Shaped Tags + Cards. Video. January My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. Happily Ever After card by Yana Smakula #heroarts #mmh #stamping Hero Arts | Heart Shaped Tags + Cards. Video. January My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. Happily Ever After card by Yana Smakula #heroarts #mmh #stamping Hero Arts | Heart Shaped Tags + Cards. Video. January My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. Happily Ever After card by Yana Smakula #heroarts #mmh #stamping Hero Arts | Heart Shaped Tags + Cards. Video. January My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. Happily Ever After card by Yana Smakula #heroarts #mmh #stamping Hero Arts | Heart Shaped Tags + Cards. Video. January My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. Happily Ever After card by Yana Smakula #heroarts #mmh #stamping

My last card for today card uses the Love Birds stamp and cut set – I stamped a little scene onto a heart tag and colored it using Copics (BG18, BG15, BG32, YG03, C5, C3), I coated everything with Tonic Aqua Shimmer pen to add shimmer to my images.

Hero Arts | Heart Shaped Tags + Cards. Video. January My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. You're my tweetheart card by Yana Smakula #heroarts #mmh #stamping

I foam mounted the tag onto a gold glitter background panel made using a stencil from Hero Arts and gold glitter paste from Tonic.

Hero Arts | Heart Shaped Tags + Cards. Video. January My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. You're my tweetheart card by Yana Smakula #heroarts #mmh #stamping

Hero Arts | Heart Shaped Tags + Cards. Video. January My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. You're my tweetheart card by Yana Smakula #heroarts #mmh #stamping Hero Arts | Heart Shaped Tags + Cards. Video. January My Monthly Hero Blog Hop. You're my tweetheart card by Yana Smakula #heroarts #mmh #stamping

MY MONTHLY HERO JANUARY 2017 KIT

The kit is available for a limited time only – once it’s gone, it’s gone. If you love it – better grab it now!

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KIT & KIT ADD-ONS

There are several optional add-on items:

Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit January 2018
Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit January 2018
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Hero Arts DIY Calendar Kit
Hero Arts DIY Calendar Kit
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Hero Arts Stamp You are So Lovely
Hero Arts Stamp You are So Lovely
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Hero Arts Stamp Rose Heart
Hero Arts Stamp Rose Heart
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Hero Arts Stamp Happily Ever After
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Hero Arts Stamp Bouquet
Hero Arts Stamp Bouquet
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Hero Arts Stamps Love Bandit
Hero Arts Stamps Love Bandit
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Hero Arts Stamps Stealing My Heart
Hero Arts Stamps Stealing My Heart
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Hero Arts Stamps Color Layering Rose
Hero Arts Stamps Color Layering Rose
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Hero Arts Color Layering Rose Frame Cuts
Hero Arts Color Layering Rose Frame Cuts
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Hero Arts Love Birds Stamp Cut
Hero Arts Love Birds Stamp Cut
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Hero Arts Love Bandit Frame Cuts
Hero Arts Love Bandit Frame Cuts
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Hero Arts Stealing My Heart Frame Cuts
Hero Arts Stealing My Heart Frame Cuts
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GIVEAWAY!

Hero Arts is giving away one kit as a prize to one blog reader – selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop so be sure to leave a comment for your chance to win! Giveaway closes Sunday, January 14th at 11:59pm, and the winner will be announced the following week.

SUPPLIES

I’m listing the products I used below. Click on the link to go directly to the product. Where available I use compensated affiliate links which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you so much for your support!

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Hero Arts Stamp You are So Lovely
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Hero Arts Stealing My Heart Frame Cuts
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Hero Arts Snow Layering Papers
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Hero Arts Heat Embossing Gun PW200
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Faber-Castell Polychromos Colored Pencils 12 Piece Set
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Spellbinders Platinum Die Cutting Machine
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Tsukineko VersaFine Onyx Black Ink
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Versamark Watermark Emboss Ink Pad
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Simon Says Stamp Black Cardstock
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Scor-Pal Mini Scor-Buddy Scoring Board
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Simon Says Stamp Fog Dye Ink Pad
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Simon Says Stamp Fog Gray Cardstock
Simon Says Stamp Fog Gray Cardstock
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ScraPerfect Crafting Pouch
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Tonic Golden Crystal Nuvo Glimmer Paste
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Tonic Carnation Pink Gloss Nuvo Crystal Drops
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Scor-tape 2 1/2 Inch Crafting Tape
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166 Comments

    1. Such pretty cards! I especially like the background behind the parrots.

    1. Such stunning cards!! I’m always amazed with the fabulous card ideas that you come up with!!

    1. All of the cards featuring Hero Arts January add on products are fabulous. The parrots look awesome on the background you chose. The stencil has a peacock feather feel to it. Thanks for all of the inspiration.

    1. Beautiful and fun cards there. You always share amazing cards and thank you for your techniques. A very pretty kit by Hero Arts.

    1. Love the inlaid embossing trick – it looks amazing! Thanks for sharing all these gorgeous cards and for the tips! xx

    1. Gorgeous and fun cards. I can’t wait to try your heat inlay embossing technique!

    1. Wow, these cards are spectacular. I want to just keep looking at them.

    1. Your cards are always stunning! I really love your inlaid heat embossing–just beautiful! Your raccoon cards are so adorable!

    1. I am glad I watched your video. I appreciate learning how you layered the embossing. What a great technique, Thank you for sharing.

    1. I love those heart shaped gift cards. So many great projects. I’m inspired!

    1. Yana – love your cards, as usual!! It’s so motivating to see all your clever design ideas & ways to create them – thank you! Great release – my favorite is the parrot stamp set!

    1. I LOVE all your cards so cute and pretty! Thank you for sharing the embossing technique, what a great idea!

    1. Love all of the beautiful inspiration on today’s hop. Thanks for sharing

    1. You’ve shared an amazing range of cards today, as well as some fabulous techniques in your video. I don’t have a die cutting machine, so those pre-cut shapes will be very useful. Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. These are beautiful, I especially like the card with the little secret note, very sweet.
      Thank you for sharing your ideas with us xx

    1. Yana, A fantastic set of very different set of Valentines cards using this Month’s add on stamps and dies. I love the way you have used the little critters on the cards too. I love the heart shapes too. :O)

    1. All your cards are always so beautiful! Love all the embossing you’ve done on these.

    1. Wow! So many incredible cards! I’m completely in love with that gold glitter background!

    1. The products in this release are adorable.. If I had received them all I think I’d go crazy too, making lots of adorable things.. Thanks so much! Lovely ideas!

    1. So many great cards! I love that sparkly gold embossing paste and the raccoon cards are just too cute, love the surprise heart that opens!

    1. I do believe this is my first visit to your blog. I’m hopping through and I admire your designs using the various elements! I also love the scored background! Thank you for the excellent instruction on inlaid heat embossing! Great post!!!

    1. Wow, you made a ton of cards! Talk about being busy. All of your cards are so beautiful! Those birds are colored so beautifully and the background is so sparkly, which is how I like it. Those raccoons are adorable and all those flowers are colored so beautifully. I love flowers and if it was up to me, I’d have a big beautiful flower garden. However, it’s not up to me because its up to the mutant ninja squirrels who lately have been ruining my garden, vegetable and flower. I also love your embossing. I had to buy a new embossing gun because of a freezer incident that blew out my original gun but I haven’t had the chance to use it yet. I want to make some beautiful cards like you did.
      Thanks for showing us your numerous, beautiful cards and for giving us the chance to win something. When I win, I want to make some beautiful cards like yours.

    1. Wow! Always love your cards. I’ve been doing a lot of Copic Marker coloring lately. Will definitely use your background embossing ideas with Copic colored die cuts in front. Thanks Yana!

    1. Your cards are always so beautiful and your videos so informative and inspirational! Thank you for sharing with us… The Hero Arts kit and release is amazing! Love the love birds… I appreciate being able to enter the giveaway and getting so inspired along the way! Diana O

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