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)!

Watch video below or on Youtube:


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.


Hero Arts is giving away three $25 shopping sprees, drawn from comments left across all blogs in the hop. Please comment by Sunday, May 15 at 11:59pm PT and Hero Arts will announce the winner the following week.


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. At first glance, I thought this was embossing paste! Gorgeous cards and fab video – thank you 🙂

    1. Thank you very much; I appreciate the video. It supports that it can be a process and take time to create. Your creations are wonderful. thank you.

    1. Very helpful to share about the creative process. Wonderful creations. Thanks.

    1. Hi Yana! I appreciate seeing your process. I understand all the trial and error until you feel like success at last. I do the same. It is seldom that I “copy” or CAS another cardmaker’s design. Cardmaking for me is to see the stamp, the colors, then come up with my own ideas. It is very similar to your steps. And mess? Don’t even start me on talking about my mess lol. I try to clean up after I am finished with a card so that I can find my supplies again later. Cardmaking is such a fulfilling artform – small scale art, making others smile, and feeling accomplishment often without someone breathing down my neck or punching a time clock. It is for us, for friends. I wish I had found this years ago. When I first saw your card, I thought you used paste and colored it with a touch of blue after it dried. It has so much dimension! Thank you so much for sharing ♥

    1. I love this technique for stamping on kraft and perfectly stamped backgrounds!

    1. Thank you so much for sharing your process. It is good to know that even card designers take a lot of time to make a card.

    1. What a cute card. This blue is so great for a Dad’s card. I love all the little images, and especially that it’s on kraft paper!

    1. Thanks so much for sharing your process – it’s reassuring that even someone who produces such beautiful results struggles at times to do so! Lovely cards too!

    1. Thank you for showing us the real process of making cards ! I will feel less frustrated next time when I mess up again. I like the blue one the white ink. It is very special.

    1. Really helpful to see your creative process. The end result is so good. Thank you.

    1. The colors, layout, and elements are perfect! Great Father’s Day card!

    1. Thanks so much for the video. It’s nice to know the “experts have moments of hesitation and indecision too. I spend several hours on each card I make it seems. I like your color choice for the images. Great cards.

    1. I already commented on your YouTube video before I realized it was part of a blog. Thanks for showing part of your creative process. Fascinating to watch.

    1. Love your clever color choices for this one! Thanks for all the great info in your video!

    1. Love the kraft background and think your cards are just fantastic. This has been a blog hop filled with fun and great information and techniques. Thank you and everyone!

    1. Loved your card and video, Yana. Thank you for the candid acknowledgement of how much creative work and emotional investment are involved in card making. Since I started in 2000 with my first stamp set (one of the Ink ‘n’ stamp tubs) from Hero Arts, my creative cardmaking has had a lot of ups and downs, many more of these ones, though. It is the inspiration from designers like you that get me through these road blocks. Thank you for sharing the fun as well as the reality of this journey. Cheers!

    1. Такий крутий ефект, на перше враження ніби ембосінг, але такий об’єм завдяки чорнилам – вражає, дякую за мк!))

    1. I am glad you showed everything you go in your process through in the video. You’re right, it is difficult to come up with a card from the start sometimes. It’s funny how it could be very quick one time and take days another. I love how this card turned out in the end with all your trials.
      Oh and my desk is as messy (if not worse) than yours!

    1. Hi Yana! Aren’t we funny as card makers? We are many times too critical of our card art. I know that in the moment, I don’t like some things, but if I take a break it’s much better than I thought it was. Haha! I love your card. And I love the 3 tones you get when stamping over white pigment ink. This stamp set did catch my eye. The men in the generation before my dad wore bow ties. And where’s that messy desk? I didn’t see it. 😉

    1. Love the inking technique you used. Great ideas for some fun cards. Thanks for sharing and thanks to HERO ARTS for this great summer release!

    1. Love the tip of using white ink on Kraft and stamping over it with colour to get a more vibrant colour. The drop shadow you achieved is really great also. Great card.

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