Last month I posted an article about the Hero Arts 2012 debut, and now I am back with a closer look at some of the stamps, as well as two new projects. The new collection includes a lot of newsprint, hearts, and birds as well as a variety of background stamps, new sets with Sizzix, and stamps made with card makers in mind as well.
I think that this release finds a great balance between trendy looks and useful designs. Newsprint seems to be re-emerging as a hot trend in 2012, as are hearts. I consider both of these to be staples, so it’s nice to see some fresh looks and new takes on the classics.
What is perhaps the highlight of this collection in my mind are the fantastic background stamps in this collection. Whether used as a background or as an accent, punched or die cut, applied onto cardstock or patterned paper, these designs are exceptionally useful ones. I have created two projects which both feature some of the background (and other) new stamps to share in this article.
I started by making a tag featuring three of my favorite new stamps. I think the gear parts stamp will be great layered and used partially as a flourish on a scrapbook page as well as used as a featured image like on the tag I created here. Steampunk continues to be a hot trend, but with the flourishes and hearts added to this design the stamp gains added usefulness. I could see it being utilized as I would a flourish stamp as well as being utilized as a focal point image.
For my background, I stamped the dot flower stamp with distress ink on a tag that had been treated with the same color of distress stain. The result is similar to using a versamark (watermark) pad, and it’s one of my favorite techniques right now.
Being a scrapbooker at heart, I think my favorite thing about this new collection is that many of the images are perfect for my layouts. I used the leaf & flower background with a versamark pad on my textured cardstock for some subtle addition of pattern, as well as some paint on my zig-zag background stamp to make the perfect patterned paper for my photos with Donald Duck. supplies:
Also: Core’dinations Spotted Dot Color Core Embossed Cardstock – Jillian Dot, Studio Calico Classic Calico Cardstock Alphabet, Martha Stewart Crafts Tags Die Cut Lace By The Pack .
Several other stamps came into play on this page, including the newsprint wood mounted stamp that I used on my alphabet stickers with the same paint that I used on the zig-zag stamp. To do this, I set the alphabet stickers onto my non-stick craft mat and stamped them. Once dry, I used a craft pick to lift them and transfer them to my page.
Hero Arts now has “frame cuts”, thin dies that will match up with some of their stamps. If you hand cut-out a lot of stamped images this might be well worth investigating. The packaging on select stamps will show which (if any) dies coordinate. New Sizzix stamp and die (and embossing folder) sets are also now available.
A number of new sentiment and cardmaking focused stamp sets were released, as well as a new line called “Art of the Card” which is described as a themed collection that is richly artistic. I have found use for some of those stamps already in my scrapbook layouts and other projects, so it’s good to note that they are definitely versatile beyond cards. If you are looking for extremely masculine stamps, or designs with a very grungy or urban feel, you will not find what you are looking for with Hero Arts. The company has never been known for that style of stamps, so the abundance of card and sentiment stamps, florals, and hearts featured in many of the new products should not come as a surprise.
I have used Hero Arts for a decade now, and still have my original alphabet stamps. For their quality and customer service, not to mention how they continue to release designs that are useful and fun, Hero remains at the top of my favorite stamp companies list. Knowing Hero Arts, this release is just the beginning of what we will see in 2012. For more information about Hero Arts or to view the full catalog visit their website.
Most of these products are now in stores, and all are available for purchase or pre-order at Simon Says Stamp.
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