Hopping with Hero!

Hello there! Welcome to my stop on the Ellen Hutson and Hero Arts Blog Hop — I’m so glad you’re here!

I’ve got two clean and simple cards to share with you today, both featuring the Essentials by Ellen Painted stripes set — I use the heck outta this set, it’s so handy. I thought it would be the perfect thing to put the new Hero Arts reactive inks through their paces. Let’s hop to it!

Happy Happy Happy Birthday!

First up, this happy little number! I think this would be a great card for teen aged boy — I plan on giving this one to my 14 year old nephew. :)

The idea for this just popped in my head one day and I HAD to try it — just had to be done. I LOVE how it turned out! I thought about adding a little bling or something and then decided nope, just gonna leave it as-is.

The one thing I did do? I embossed the lemon drop stripe with clear sparkle powder! Hope you can see it, this was super hard to photo, darn it!

This was so easy to do — I just stamped the “happy” from the Hero Greetings Occasions set on a post-it note for sizing, then stamped it on my card, put the stripe stamp in place on my trusty MISTI, popped the post-it in place and then stamped the stripe. What did we ever do before the MISTI?!

I thought I’d run you through the colors right quick — from the top, that’s:

Oh, HELLO there!

Meet my new BFF: Sea Salt reactive ink!

This ink is so cool you all — you can stamp it over any ink and turn it into a muted, soft pastel! For example, see that wide pink stripe at the top? That’s taffy with sea salt stamped over it!

By the way, how do you like the hello die cut? That’s from the Essentials by Ellen Big Scripty hello die set — I use this set alllll the time! For this card I die cut 3 hellos from white cardstock and layered them together to add dimension. I saved the inner die cut pieces and thought about doing a little inlay action but decided I liked it better like this.

Then check out the bottom stripes — that’s grape slush and creamsicle with a wide sea salt stripe over top!

I thought I’d do a another color run-down for ya, but this one is a little more complicated — and some of it may surprise you! So taking it from the top we have:

  • Lemon drop
  • A wide taffy stripe with sea salt
  • Pool party — I overlapped it a bit with the taffy to make a purple stripe — love it when that happens!
  • White of the base cardstock
  • Fruit punch
  • Taffy
  • A wide lemon drop stripe — I overlapped it a bit with the taffy to make an orange!
  • Then I stamped a skinny pool party stripe in the middle of the lemon drop to get that green
  • White stripe from the base of the cardstock
  • Grape slush
  • White of the cardstock again
  • Creamsicle
  • And then I stamped a wide stripe with sea salt as noted above!

Once again I thought about adding a little bling and I couldn’t bring myself to do it!

Oh and! I wanted to mention that Hero Arts reactive inks react with water — my original plan was to splatter water on there to make like a summer pool party kinda card, but I couldn’t bring myself to do that either LOL!

One last tip before I go: I’ve found it’s so much easier to stamp long stripes like this when you cut your paper larger than an A2 card, then trim it down when you’re done. I plan to save these strips for future cards — they look kinda cool, right?

Well that’s it for me! Let’s talk PRIZES!


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Hop On!

Your next stop on the hop is the super talented Julee Tilman — can’t wait to see what she’s made! Here’s the full list in case you’re just starting out or encounter a broken link:


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I’ve listed the Hero Arts reactive inks that I used on my cards below — find the full line right HERE!

And here are the supplies I used on my cards:

79 Replies to “Hopping with Hero!”

  1. barbara lassiter says:

    I just finished a rainbow colored birthday card for my 15 year old great-nephew. I think I was on the right track after seeing your card, but I will use your idea another time, with maybe a variation for a grandson. You always inspire!

  2. Daria Zender says:

    Such fun and color cards! You’ve done a great job showing how versatile those strips are.

  3. Carla Hundley says:

    Love all the colors you
    achieved. Looks cool.
    Carla from Utah

  4. Love these graphic, CAS designs! Great stripe color line up on both cards!

  5. Cute and colorful!!

  6. Love that you showcased the inks! And now I want that essentials set by Ellen! Great cards!

  7. Looks like summer fun!

  8. Such fun colours

  9. Jana Yeager says:

    Love how colorful! This is a beautiful card!

  10. Lauryne Cunningham says:

    I love the CAS look of your cards! The bright colors really make a statement on the white base!

  11. Joanne MacKenzie says:

    What a great idea for your cards!

  12. Terri Emanuel says:

    I agree with your decisions “to leave it as is”. Thanks for sharing the post it trick, very cool.

  13. Super cool cards, Lisa! I have two teen cards to make next month & this design is perfect. Now I just need the inks! Thanks for sharing !

  14. susan babcock says:

    I love the colors you showcased, they really look beautiful on your card!

  15. Cyndi Morris says:

    I love those beautiful, colorful cards. The stripes are wonderful.

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  17. brenda west says:

    Great way to show off all the Hero Hues. Sweet cards. Thank you for sharing.

  18. I love the colors and the simplicity of these cards! Just beautiful!

    1. Fantastic cards! I agree, those ends peices will be great for other cards!

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  20. Lisa Byers says:

    I love the design and the different colors you created. The stripes are a great idea!!

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