How to make Colorful Backgrounds for handmade cards in Minutes with Hero Arts NEW Hero Hues Reactive Ink | Watch the video tutorial for how-to.

Colorful Backgrounds in Minutes with Hero Arts Reactive Ink | Video | Blog Hop + Giveaway

Who doesn’t like COLOR? Or should I say who doesn’t like colorful backgrounds that are easy to make? Well, these can’t get any easier or any more colorful! Keep on reading to learn about the new Hero Arts Hero Hues Reactive Inks, why you need them in your stash (if you are anything like me you better start making room for these beauties) and what they can do on paper.

How to make Colorful Backgrounds for handmade cards in Minutes with Hero Arts NEW Hero Hues Reactive Ink | Watch the video tutorial for how-to.

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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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HERO ARTS HERO HUES REACTIVE INKS – WHAT ARE THEY?

Don’t be fooled, these aren’t just same old inks in new packaging, these are new formula inks entirely. These are called Hero Arts Hero Hues Reactive inks and at the moment they come in 15 beautiful colors. These are ideal for stamping and creating colorful backgrounds.

For the first background, I wanted to try and create solid color ink coverage and ink blend a sunset scene on a card. Using masking technique, Ranger ink blending tools and Spellbinders blending foams I quickly ink blended this non-traditional sunset:

How to make Colorful Backgrounds for handmade cards in Minutes with Hero Arts NEW Hero Hues Reactive Ink | Watch the video tutorial for how-to.

Colors used: Fruit Punch, Taffy and Lemon Drop.

This ink will react to water when sprayed, dripped or misted. You can also use it without water. In fact all of the backgrounds I’m showing today were made without the use of water.

You can also use this ink direct to paper, this is how I made the sun’s reflection in the water (above), and how I created the next background (below). I started be applying Pool Party ink in the center of the panel making an impression using my ink pad alone. Next, using the technique, I added Lemon Drop, Taffy, and Key Lime Fizz color.

How to make Colorful Backgrounds for handmade cards in Minutes with Hero Arts NEW Hero Hues Reactive Ink | Watch the video tutorial for how-to.

Next background is an ombre one featuring brush stroke like impressions on the paper using ink pads alone.  I used Blue Raspberry, Key Lime Fizz, Pool Party and Blue Hawaii inks to complete this look.

How to make Colorful Backgrounds for handmade cards in Minutes with Hero Arts NEW Hero Hues Reactive Ink | Watch the video tutorial for how-to.

Next one is my favorite. I die-cut some clouds using masking paper and cloud dies from the Color Layering Sea & Sky set and ink blended the entire background using Pool Party, Splash and Blue Hawaii inks for an ombre looking sky. Then, I re-applied the masks, the negative, and gave a soft ink blending to the clouds using lightest ink color to make them appear a bit dimensional.

How to make Colorful Backgrounds for handmade cards in Minutes with Hero Arts NEW Hero Hues Reactive Ink | Watch the video tutorial for how-to.

All of the cards were completed with the help of black ink stamping or white heat embossing, I trimmed each panel to 4 x 5 1/4″ and foam mounted on A2 white card bases.

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!

Hero Arts AF420 Taffy Reactive Ink
Hero Arts AF420 Taffy Reactive Ink
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Hero Arts AF421 Fruit Punch Reactive Ink
Hero Arts AF421 Fruit Punch Reactive Ink
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Hero Arts AF422 Creamsicle Reactive Ink
Hero Arts AF422 Creamsicle Reactive Ink
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Hero Arts AF423 Lemon Drop Reactive Ink
Hero Arts AF423 Lemon Drop Reactive Ink
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Hero Arts AF424 Key Lime Fizz Reactive Ink
Hero Arts AF424 Key Lime Fizz Reactive Ink
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Hero Arts AF425 Green Apple Reactive Ink
Hero Arts AF425 Green Apple Reactive Ink
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Hero Arts AF426 Pool Party Reactive Ink
Hero Arts AF426 Pool Party Reactive Ink
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Hero Arts AF427 Blue Raspberry Reactive Ink
Hero Arts AF427 Blue Raspberry Reactive Ink
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Hero Arts AF428 Splash Reactive Ink
Hero Arts AF428 Splash Reactive Ink
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Hero Arts AF429 Blue Hawaii Reactive Ink
Hero Arts AF429 Blue Hawaii Reactive Ink
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Hero Arts AF430 Berry Smoothie Reactive Ink
Hero Arts AF430 Berry Smoothie Reactive Ink
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Hero Arts AF431 Thistle Reactive Ink
Hero Arts AF431 Thistle Reactive Ink
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Hero Arts AF432 Grape Slush Reactive Ink
Hero Arts AF432 Grape Slush Reactive Ink
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Hero Arts AF433 Fog Reactive Ink
Hero Arts AF433 Fog Reactive Ink
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Hero Arts AF434 Sea Salt Reactive Ink
Hero Arts AF434 Sea Salt Reactive Ink
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Hero Arts CM361 From the Vault Beach and Sea
Hero Arts CM361 From the Vault Beach and Sea
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Hero Arts Color Layering Frame Cuts Sea and Sky Dies
Hero Arts Color Layering Frame Cuts Sea and Sky Dies
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Hero Arts Hero Hues Cardstock - Dove White
Hero Arts Hero Hues Cardstock – Dove White
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Neenah 80LB Solar White Cardstock
Neenah 80LB Solar White Cardstock
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Hero Arts Black Ink Pad
Hero Arts Black Ink Pad
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Hero Arts White Detail Embossing Powder
Hero Arts White Detail Embossing Powder
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Hero Arts Heat Embossing Gun
Hero Arts Heat Embossing Gun
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Ranger Mini Round Ink Blending Tools
Ranger Mini Round Ink Blending Tools
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Spellbinders Circle Replacement Foam
Spellbinders Circle Replacement Foam
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EK Success Powder Tool Applicator
EK Success Powder Tool Applicator
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Judikins Eclipse Art Masking Tape
Judikins Eclipse Art Masking Tape
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Mini Misti Stamping Tool
Mini Misti Stamping Tool
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White Fun Foam 12 Pack 9 x 12
White Fun Foam 12 Pack 9 x 12
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Scor-tape 2 1/2 Inch Crafting Tape
Scor-tape 2 1/2 Inch Crafting Tape
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HOP ALONG FOR MORE INSPIRATION

I’m the last stop on this hop. You can start on the Hero Arts blog.

GIVEAWAYS!

We have gathered some fabulous prizes from our industry friends and partners for this hop.

Hero Arts: 3 $145 Gift Certificates, 3 $45 Gift Certificates | Altenew: $50 Gift Certificate | Art Impressions: $25 Gift Certificate | Ellen Hutson LLC: $50 Gift Certificate | Gina K: $100 Gift Certificate | Jennifer McGuire Ink: $100 Hero Arts Gift Certificate, 5 Share Handmade Kindness goodie bags | Laurie Willison: 2 Card Hanger Dies | Lawn Fawn: $50 Gift Certificate | My Sweet Petunia: 1 Prize Bundle (Original MISTI, a set of Creative Corners, a Cut-Align, and a bar magnet) | Online Card Classes: 5 spots in the Stamp Happy In Good Company: Hero Arts class | Pink Fresh Studio: $45 Gift Certificate | Scrapbook & Cards Today: 3 copies of Scrapbook & Cards Today Summer 2019 Issue | Scrapbook.com: $50 Gift Certificate | Simon Says Stamp: $50 Gift Certificate

Winners will be drawn from people who leave comments along the blog hop over the three days – comment all three days for more chances to win! Comment by Sunday, June 2 at 11:59 pm PST, and we will announce the winners on the Hero Arts blog the following week.

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373 Comments

    1. Love coming to your blog, its such an inspiration! I love that background stamp. Every card I see with it I love! And these cards with the bright colours and scenery stamps are sooo pretty! Happy Birthday Hero arts! Many you have many many more birthdays in the years to come. You are one amazing stamp company.

    1. Brilliant!! Those inks are incredible! Love all those backgrounds!

    1. What lovely creations!
      I really like how you used the same stamps and varied the background/colours and created different cards.
      Thanks for the inspiration.
      Hugs
      Rene

    1. Love that sentiments. What a wonderful set of cards. You have made an amazing showcase of Hero Arts stamps and products.

    1. Yana, your cards are always so beautiful. Thanks for sharing your talent and time. Congrats Hero Arts, I’m a big fan!

    1. Your cards are so beautiful! I love the way you used the bright colors. Thanks for sharing.

    1. The reactive ink colors are so bright. I wasn’t sure how to use them together but thanks to your post / video you have given us great inspiration!! Thanks Yana

    1. What wonderful summer colors, so bright and vibrant! If this is how good they look on my tablet, I can’t wait to see how they look in real life!

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