Hero Arts | Summer 2016 Release Blog Hop. Masculine cards - Father's Day. Video

Hero Arts | Summer 2016 Release Blog Hop. Masculine cards. Video

Hello friends and welcome to Hero Arts Summer 2016 Release Blog Hop, thanks so much for joining us! This hop marks the launch of new catalog products in Hero Arts Store! New catalog is filled with amazing products you don’t want to miss, lots of which are must haves!

I’ve already shared a number of projects using new stamps and dies (and you can check them out by following this link) so for this post I decided to create masculine cards, Father’s Day card to be specific using Dapper Dad stamp set.

Hero Arts | Summer 2016 Release Blog Hop. Masculine cards - Father's Day. Video

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The video I am sharing today is slightly different. While I do show how to make these masculine cards I also share a lot about my creative process and the difficulties during it. Its a fun video, a little longer than my usual videos, but I really wanted to share it and show you that cardmaking isn’t always super easy. Enjoy (and please do let me know what you think)!

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If you’d like to re-create these cards begin by mounting several clear stamps from the Dapper Dad set onto a long clear block to create a strip made up of various images. I used a pair of shoes, a hat, a comb, glasses, watch, bow tie and another paid of glasses. You can add more images or use less if you like. Use Unicorn White ink, its a pigment ink, to stamp this design repeatedly onto kraft paper to create one large pattern.

Hero Arts | Summer 2016 Release Blog Hop. Masculine cards - Father's Day. Video

To add some color to the background select another vibrant dye ink color you’d like to have over white, ink up your images (make sure to keep the images on the stamp and not re-mount them) and stamp in color over white, be sure to slightly offset the top layer creating a shadow (for some reason I call it a drop shadow, is that correct?). I used Hero Arts Hybrid Aquatic ink for my top layer, but I have also discovered that Forever Green looked nice.

Hero Arts | Summer 2016 Release Blog Hop. Masculine cards - Father's Day. Video

Stamp the round sentiments onto white cardstock and cut them out. I used Pool to Navy ombre ink pad to stamp mine as Aquatic didn’t look quite the same as it looked on kraft. Adhere your stamped patters onto a card base, foam mount a sentiment, decorate with glitter tape and a few wood veneer stars.

Hero Arts | Summer 2016 Release Blog Hop. Masculine cards - Father's Day. Video


Come join us for a huge blog hop! Find loads of creative inspiration and win prizes! Hop start on The Hero Arts Blog, if you arrived from the amazing Wanda Guess, you are on the right track! I am the last stop on the hop. If you got lost or found a broken link, please start over on The Hero Arts Blog.


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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 Clear Stamps DAPPER DAD CL948
Hero Arts Pigment Ink Pad UNICORN White AF249
Hero Arts Hybrid Ink Pad AQUATIC AF339
Ombre AF308 Pool to Navy
Hero Arts KRAFT PAPER 65# Card Stock ps627
Hero Arts Snow Layering Papers PS610
Darice Sparkle Tape SILVER 121713
3L Scrapbook Adhesives - EZ Runner Grand - Permanent
3L Scrapbook Adhesives - EZ Runner Grand - Permanent - Refill
Scrapbook Adhesives 3D 217 White Foam Squares



    1. Thanks for the great video. It’s always nice to know that I’m not the only one who struggles with designs. 🙂 Great card, too. The shadow stamping on kraft looks great. Thanks for sharing!

    1. love the video, it shows that card making isn’t always easy, i have a hard time comming up with designs when i craft, so its awesome that you show it in a video. btw love your cards, and i have wanted to try white on craft for a while but haven’t gotten around to it yet.

    1. Great combination of color with kraft white and the aquatic blue! Also thanks for the information filled video! I’m a huge fan of this release and as always of Hero Arts!

    1. Such an interesting video Yana, I love how your card came together in the end, but I totally get the difficulties when creating a card from an idea in your head – not always easy. This happened only the other day for me and ended up with me announcing dramatically “I hate my hobby”!!!!! And then 5 minutes later, I am back to creating again.

    1. Love your cards! I have been making cards for just over a year. I’m not on your level, and end up with a messy table. It is good to know that it can take days for you to make a card. Some time I need to wait and come back the next day, and then I start to play again. Loving the process! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Oh Yana thank you for being honest. IT is something we all struggle with only you have to come up with something new and we can copy it…..in our own way of cardmaking.

    1. Love the cards you made and thanks for putting your process video as well.

    1. Great inspiring video and an amazing card. I needed to watch the video to understand how you made it! White ink rules!

    1. Thank you for your honesty. I spend a lot of time doing cards also. Sometimes I wonder if it’s worth it but in the end it usually is. Thanks.

    1. Great cards, always short on masculine cards in my stash!

    1. I appreciate your honesty and transparency, Yana. Makes me feel normal! Great job on the card. Thanks so much for sharing with us and for participating in this fun hop.

    1. Wow, I love the texture you got by stamping a color over white.. It looks like you used texture paste. Very cool technique. I love the cards. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you for the video – it helped understand your card so much more! Fun design!

    1. Yana, I loved, loved your video and your card! I am fairly new to the card crafting world and your video provided a release of inadequacy in my own process. The background peek of your thoughtful tried and true process was endearing and impactful! Thank you for your honest take on the not as easy as looks in my video! You are my hero! Plus– I loved your final creation combining white pigment ink followed by layered color. Your background was fun and the perfect backdrop to your special sentiment message!

    1. Fantastic card! I will have to give this technique a try – thanks for the inspiration and video!

    1. The Father’s Day cards are adorable! Enjoyed the video!

    1. Wow, the images look so dimensional using the white ink behind the ombre blue. Thank you for Sensational ideas:)

    1. Great card. Double stamping gives cards such an interesting look.

    1. Very nice cards, and I like the white and blue mixed color you dis, it Works great !!!

    1. Love the cards, and the mix of white and blue are great!!!!

    1. I really enjoyed your video! It’s nice to know that a real artist has the same troubles I have coming up with an idea and executing it. My craft table is a mess by the time I get done too!…and usually I have to clean it off before I begin from stuff I’ve parked there. I loved your card and the instruction on how to make the background out of small pieces and the things you learned along the way. Thank you!

    1. The colors on these cards are just great, and I love how you made the rows of the images – it all looks terrific together!

    1. Your card makes me want to pack my duffle bag and explore the unknown. I like the way you placed everything on your cardfront.

    1. Cool masculine card! So hard to think of designs for men and I love how you shared your design process.

    1. Always love to see masculine card ideas and these cards are terrific! Love the double inking.

    1. Thank you for including your process. It helps. Especially appreciate the masculine cards.

    1. I LOVED your video. I can totally identify with your points. Of course it takes a while to create a design from scratch! It’s a process and if we didn’t try different things along the way, we wouldn’t end up with a final product that we love! Recently I started making several cards at the same time – simply because it takes me a long time to “design” an original card; so why not make several and benefit from all that trial and error. These two cards are adorable. . . I love the color over white off-set look! Thanks for sharing your “process” with us!

    1. Such a cute and unique card! Love the new ideas!

    1. SQUEAL!! SUPER SWEET Card!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Design and the New Products!! THANKS SO MUCH for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!! =)

    1. I loved this video and the cards of course. Thanks for keeping it real, and I didn’t mind a bit looking at your desk. 😉

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