Friday, February 14, 2020

Stamp Everything Backwards and Amuse Everyone + Hero Arts Giveaway

*Compensated affiliate links used where possible at zero cost to you. No posts are ever sponsored or paid.*

I am not a person who reads instructions. You know this about me.

This is true in every part of my life - stamping is no exception.

I don't watch many videos or tutorials, because I don't want to be influenced by someone else's design style. I will seek out a video if I'm trying to learn something technical, but I really try to shield myself when I'm creating.

So what that means is I do a LOT of things wrong!

And you know what - sometimes that means I can create something other than what the artist intended.

So I have committed two offenses against the artist behind the first stamp set I'm using today, both of which amused us, one of which was an accident, and they both turned out to be cool in the end!

First - when I looked at this stunning layering lavender set, even though I knew it was supposed to be lavender, my prairie loving bird brain saw a field of wheat. So I ventured out on my own and tried what was in my head and I LOVE it as wheat!!! I used my Life Changing Blender Brushes to make a beautiful blue sky with Indigo and Ocean inks, and then I positioned what in my head was an empty barn from the same set on the right, letting the light shine through onto the field with the help of a white gel pen. The inks I used for the wheat are: Soft Vanilla, Cup o Joe, Pumpkin Pie and Soft Brown. I created the barn shadow with a warm grey Copic.

I thought the whole thing had an Andrew Wyeth look. Maybe that was the little arty angel sitting on my shoulder.
Now when I went to Creativation, I helped Libby with an event before the show and she asked me to use that same set with their new Hero Hues pigment inks, and I had an idea to layer the Amethyst ink with Unicorn ink to lighten it up and get multiple shades from one ink pad. Now keep in mind, when we are working on catalog products for the show we usually get a prototype set, often without the index sheet with the printed images and haven't seen any samples yet, so remember that when I tell you what I did and give me some grace.

Sorry for the terrible cell phone pic, but this is what I texted her:



We both loved the layering of the inks with white to change their color, BUT we later learned I had done the image backwards - put the purple where the green should be, and the green where the purple should be!! We got a good cackle out of that, and so did the designer!

But at the end of the day - it looks great both ways - one field just has more lavender than the other! The lesson is, of the new layering scenes, this is an incredibly versatile one! Inks used here: Emerald, Amethyst, Unicorn, Tiger's Eye.

The others are just as lovely, and I think the sentiments are incredibly well matched! I LOVE the name for this series of stamp sets - HeroScapes.

This is the tulip set, and it's so timeless - I think it could pass for poppies as well - but it contains a beautiful Dutch windmill image too. I used this beautiful little Congrats word stamp and die (it comes with a Happy stamp and die too), and the sentiment is from the same set. Inks used here: Red Royal, Lime, Forever Green, Moonstone.
Now I think I've told you this before, but my great grandmother lived for a time on a relative's farm in North Dakota, with a ginormous sunflower crop. She was a fantastic needle worker, and she would embroider pillowcases, etc. like a lot of women did then, but I remember one fantastic piece of embroidery she did in sort of a Van Gogh style, of the sunflower fields with the crows rising up off them. I'm not sure where this piece is now - I'd love to see it again.

Anyway, that is what this beautiful layering sunflower scene brought to mind, so I recreated what I remember. Inks used here: Tangerine, Lemon, Lime, Forever Green, Moonstone.
These are all so much fun to use and such a fun new style for Hero Arts. They were definitely creating a buzz at the show! Extremely easy to align, and though extremely colorful and detailed, they are also naturally suited to clean & simple cards - my favorite.

You know what else created a buzz at the show? The new black, Hero Arts branded MISTI! It's SO cool and sharp looking and people were freaking out about how great the black looks. It comes in all three sizes. It will show out of stock on the site, but you can sign up to be notified - it should be in around March 15th. Here's a sneak peek!



I have all the ink colors I used today listed again below, including the new Hero Hues - I listed the full line of colors, and if you want to grab their latest catalog - you might see some familiar cards in there - you can do so here.

And the rest of the new releases revealed at the show can be found here!

PS020 Spring 2020 - Hero Arts
[ HA ]
Lavender Field HeroScape
[ HA ]
Sunflower Field HeroScape
[ HA ]
Tulip Field HeroScape
[ HA ]
Congrats Happy Stamp & Cut
[ HA ]
Hero Hues Citrine
[ HA ]
Hero Hues Amethyst
[ HA ]
Hero Hues Sapphire
[ HA ]
Hero Hues Emerald
[ HA ]
Hero Hues Aquamarine
[ HA ]
Hero Hues Tiger's Eye
[ HA ]
Hero Hues Ruby
[ HA ]
Hero Hues Moonstone
[ HA ]
AF261 Lemon Yellow Mid-Tone Shadow...
[ HA ]
AF333 Tangerine Bold Ink - Hero Arts
[ HA ]
AF262 Lime Green Mid-Tone Shadow Ink...
[ HA ]
AF229 Forever Green Mid-Tone Shadow...
[ HA ]
AF249 Unicorn Pigment Ink Pad - Hero...
[ HA ]
AF345 Intense Black - Hero Arts
[ HA ]
AF214 Cup O' Joe Mid-Tone Shadow Ink...
[ HA ]
AF170 Soft Brown Shadow Ink - Hero Arts
[ HA ]
AF341 Indigo Bold Ink - Hero Arts
[ HA ]
AF216 Ocean Dye Ink - Hero Arts
[ HA ]
AF275 Soft Vanilla Shadow Ink - Hero...
[ HA ]
AF255 Pumpkin Pie Mid-Tone Shadow Ink...
[ HA ]
AF225 Red Royal Mid-Tone Shadow Ink -...
[ HA ]
MISTI - Hero Black
[ HA ]
Sakura CLASSIC WHITE Fine Line 05...
[ SSS ]
Art Anthology BIG CRAFT MAT 24x36 311473
[ SSS ]
Heavy Base Weight Card Stock- White
[ GNK ]
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC ]
LightView 2in1 LED Magnifier for...
[ BRG ]
Teflon Bone Folder - Ellen Hutson LLC
[ ELH | SSS ]
Crafter's Companion GEMINI...
[ SSS ]
Scor-Pal MINI SCOR-BUDDY Scoring...
[ SSS ]
Essentials by Ellen Storage...
[ ELH ]
Die Storage - Clear Storage Pockets...
[ CHC ]
XL Stamp Storage Pockets
[ ELH ]
Mermaid tidy towel case and glue...
[ ETS ]
Lawn Fawn STAMP SHAMMY Cleaner LF1045
[ SSS | CST ]
Airtable: Organize your stamps & dies
[ ART ]
Hero Arts Blog
[ HA ]
Life Changing Blender Brush: 2-Pack –...
[ PFS ]


And as usual, there's more inspiration for you from the Hero team & guests below - and leave me a comment for your chance to win one of three $50 shopping sprees! The winners will be announced on the Hero Arts blog - leave your comment by February 19th.




Loveyameanitbye.

93 comments:

  1. Wowza!! Those fields are stunning! Your happy accident simply showed how versatile they are. Your reverse piece reminded me of Wizard of Oz.
    I must have the sunflower field for my daughter!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I believe we learn so much from our mistakes... I am so in love with these new Heroscapes. The sunflowers definitely, lavender also. Your take on the sunflower field is so wonderful. Big thanks to your grandmother!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Love your cards! They would be great for a gift set to someone special. Thanks for a chance to win and Happy Crafting Everyone!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Ack! I need them all! Love these cards!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Love your cards. The scenic building stamps are great.

    ReplyDelete
  6. pretty cards! bold and bright!

    ReplyDelete
  7. I loved the wheat field! I, too, like to do the unusual.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Those heroscapes stamp sets are really stunning, and I love your cards, especially the twist with the wheat field!

    ReplyDelete
  9. I think they all came out wonderful. And the wheat really is fabulous.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Beautiful cards, I love seeing how alternative colors change the look of these gorgeous stamp sets.

    ReplyDelete
  11. That lavender field still looks amazing, I love the layer of white. The black MISTI is gorgeous, but my sad old eyes couldn't handle it.

    ReplyDelete
  12. I was over the moon happy when I saw the sneak peek of these new HeroScapes! They're ah-may-zing!! Thanks for sharing how to experiment with them, too :)

    ReplyDelete
  13. Wow - I love your cards. The "wheat field" with the lavender stamp is so cool and just shows - you can make almost anything - just give it a try. I love the sunflowers the best.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Love all these landscape backgrounds in your cards. Love the wheat field. Thank you.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Great shadow on the house. Nice touch!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Oh! I am with you on the prairie! That's probably what I would see. Your lavendar fields are gorgeous and I would have never guessed you reversed the coloring. Fabulous cards!

    ReplyDelete
  17. That is an interesting way to use the stamp. It looks like a wheat field. Brings me back home.

    ReplyDelete
  18. stunning cards - love the gorgeous sky you created on the first card !!

    ReplyDelete
  19. LOL...I love the wheat field! Gorgeous sky background. Awesome cards.

    ReplyDelete
  20. Those are beautiful, I love these new stamp sets.

    ReplyDelete
  21. Absolutely stunning landscapes and skies!

    ReplyDelete
  22. Beautiful sky and wheat. You're right about it looking like and Andrew Wyeth. I can all most see Christine out in the field.

    ReplyDelete
  23. They are all wonderful. The brighter days are ahead is so needed...

    ReplyDelete
  24. Well..first of all...I have to say that your post is hilarious! And second...I was thinking of wheat when I saw the lavender field also! Third...I actually like the look of it backwards rather than forward!! Awesome cards!

    ReplyDelete
  25. Awesome creations! I love them all, I definitely saw wheat when I saw the first card!

    ReplyDelete
  26. yep ... might just need another MISTI

    ReplyDelete
  27. Your lavender blooper sounds exactly what I would do. And you're right. It works.

    ReplyDelete
  28. I knew it was wheat the minute I saw it, loved it, never thinking it was the lavender scape stamp. Genius. I love your thought process and all your design creations!

    ReplyDelete
  29. I like the sunflowers and how you turned the lavender into wheat - it really does look like a field of wheat.

    ReplyDelete
  30. Love the beautiful cards and various colour combinations. "Accidents" what accidents? Just creative way to use the stamp sets to get different looks, love, love, love!! Hoping your weekend is fabulous. Cheers Donna Z :)

    ReplyDelete
  31. Your cards are wonderful, Lydia! The flower field cards are so effective with the colour layering! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

    ReplyDelete
  32. Beautiful cards!! Love the scene that you built, so pretty!

    ReplyDelete
  33. These are lovely, unique stamp sets and cards. Thanks for sharing about how you made them.

    ReplyDelete
  34. I like the happy accidents of the field stamps. It's a great way to show that the stamp can work in other ways. I was wondering myself if the flowers could be changed to show less.

    ReplyDelete
  35. Beautiful cards and beautiful layering stamps. I’m very intrigued by these! Love how you showed their versatility!

    ReplyDelete
  36. These are such gorgeous cards. The wheat is too brilliant, that barn idea SO sweet. All your cards here are stunning. P.S. I don't think I can survive the wait till the 15th of March for that black Misti. I have issues with being a neutral freak & though I bought new white tape for my misti it's an original one with the pink graph vinyl sticker front intead of the etching. I even sent a pesky email to ask if they sold new neutral vinyl sheets lol. Time for a sleek new upgrade! You made my month.

    ReplyDelete
  37. I love how the Heroscapes are so conducive to embracing the white space. The resulting cards are simple and spectacular.

    ReplyDelete
  38. I really like your lavender fields as a wheat field. I live in a rural area where wheat is grown here, so I identify more with wheat than lavender. The sunflowers are my favorite, as it's also seen here.

    ReplyDelete
  39. Love the lavender fields.
    Visited a lavender farm a few
    years ago and bought some of
    the wonderful soaps they had.
    The cards are fantastic.
    the house in the field is great.
    thanks for sharing
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  40. Love these beautiful scenes you have created!

    ReplyDelete
  41. I LOVE your lavender field as a wheat field! What a why to come up with something completely new! I love lavender, but the unique twist to your card is inspiring!

    ReplyDelete
  42. Such beautiful landscape cards! Love the colors.
    Thanks so much for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  43. I love it all. I know that wheat grows over my head but I still buy it as some kind of crop! I am wondering what the tulips would look like in rows of colors like they are in the fields there...and I totally love the sunflower story! I wish she could see your card.

    There was an interesting comment made about embracing the white...I can have trouble with too much white but I agree. This is so color dense that the white balances well.

    hugs Margot

    ReplyDelete
  44. Your cards are absolutely gorgeous. Beautiful colors. I love the HeroScapes sets.

    ReplyDelete
  45. The Heroscapes sets are my favorite from the new catalog and your cards are lovely!!

    ReplyDelete
  46. I love the wheat field and the shadow cast by the barn!

    ReplyDelete
  47. Fantastic cards; thank you for the inspiration. I'm loving the layering scenes stamps.

    ReplyDelete
  48. Love them all, backwards or not! Great idea to try something new, Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  49. Love your cards and your great story! These HeroScapes are so cool, and I think your wheat field is incredible.

    ReplyDelete
  50. This was a fun post and your cards turned out beautifully.

    ReplyDelete
  51. love these scenes and how you turned lavender into wheat.

    ReplyDelete
  52. Wow, these new stamps create the most beautiful scenes!

    ReplyDelete
  53. Stunning cards. Your idea to create fields of different plants is wonderful, and makes these stamps more useful.

    ReplyDelete
  54. They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder and you saw the beauty in the stamp sets a little differently than the designer intended but still you created a beautiful image and your field of wheat card is wonderful. Your reverse colored image is also quite nice and maybe represents a field earlier in the season. thank you for sharing your talent and creativity.

    ReplyDelete
  55. Shielding yourself from videos etc seems to work very well for you! Love that you came up with a field of wheat!! Beautiful cards all of them!!

    ReplyDelete
  56. Thanks for showing us different ways to use the stamps. You are very creative.

    ReplyDelete
  57. Your happy accidents turned out amazing, as I'm sure you know! Great post and cards :) I'm really excited about these Heroscapes.

    ReplyDelete
  58. I truly love the inspiration. Good job!

    ReplyDelete
  59. Love, love the sunflowers! It is so vibrant and absolutely gorgeous!!!

    ReplyDelete
  60. There are never mistakes in stamping. I liked seeing the backwards lavender. It's great too!

    ReplyDelete
  61. I love how your mistakes turned into stunning pieces of Art! That is what Art is all about, playing, experminting, going your own way! Love the lavender/wheat!! :o)

    ReplyDelete
  62. Just love all the delightful Heroscapes products, they make fabulous cards!

    ReplyDelete
  63. The Heroscapes line is just amazing! And I love your "happy accident"--it looks great to me, especially the wheat fields.

    ReplyDelete
  64. Thanks for sharing your lovely "mistakes". I must admit that I'm not partial to wheat, as I MUST live gluten free. But I still think both your cards are beautiful.

    ReplyDelete
  65. I love them all, Lydia!! The lavender fields look fabulous as wheat & really fit well here in Nebraska. I NEED that stamp set!!

    ReplyDelete
  66. Beautiful and creative! I love that you put your own spin on your designs. Gorgeous cards!

    ReplyDelete
  67. Love your interpretations of the color layering stamps. I'm with you on the wheat idea. I'm from North Dakota and my family produced a lot of wheat over the years! Now I live in North Carolina but my heart is always back in the golden fields of wheat, the blazing fields of orange sunflowers and the calming blue flax fields. That's what I see in these stamps. TFS and for the chance to win.

    ReplyDelete
  68. Gorgeous cards Lydia. Those HeroScrape images are amazing! Great layers! I love the sunflowers the most. :) Pretty colors!

    ReplyDelete
  69. Love these new heroscapes sets. Such a great idea to use the lavender for wheat fields!

    ReplyDelete
  70. Very creative! Love the switch from lavender to wheat. The colors you used are amazing.

    ReplyDelete
  71. Such cool cards! These scenes are amazing!

    ReplyDelete
  72. Love how you stamped the scene backwards! It is still beautiful! I thought I was the only one that made those kinds of mistakes! :-)

    ReplyDelete
  73. Fantastic cards! I love the wheat field!

    ReplyDelete
  74. I have seen thousands of wheat fields while biking through Holland last summer. I thought I loved the Tulip Heroscapes and now I can't decide because you showed me the versatility. Either way, I sure hope Hero Arts keeps making these Heroscapes because I adore them all, just can't afford them all! Thank you so much for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  75. These are all fantastic. Honestly, I really like your "backwards" field stamping. Makes it more like a young field that just hasn't fully bloomed yet....perfectly Spring ;-)

    ReplyDelete
  76. Thanks for sharing all your creative cards. I like that you just let your creative self go at it and not let other things influence you to much. The sunflowers is the set that keeps catching my eye.

    ReplyDelete
  77. What wonderful cards, I love the scenes you have created, brilliantly stamping too.
    Valerija xx

    ReplyDelete
  78. Sometimes when we use things not as they are intended we create amazing new things and I don't think this means we did it wrong - just added our own twist! I love your creations and always enjoy your dialog that goes with each piece! Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete

Every time you leave a comment, a new LOLcat is born. ALSO - don't panic if you don't see your comment right away - I moderate my comments to keep those spammers out, so your comment will show up in short order. Unless you're linking me to Russian brides or Nigerian princes.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...