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!


You can win one of three $25 gift certificates to the Ellen Hutson shop! Winners will be drawn from commenters along the blog hop so make sure to comment at each stop before Friday, June 28th at 11:59pm PST. Winners will be notified by email.

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. These are such great cards … love the rainbows of bright colours

  2. Please do post the card(s) you make with the stripe ends. The minute I saw them I thought there must be SOMETHING one could do with such cool shapes. I love the cool graphic nature of your Happy Birthday card. Thanks for a great idea for when time is short and the need is upon you!

  3. Gorgeous cards.. you have created a wonderful design..

  4. I love your cards! They are so bright and fun.

  5. Nana Griffin says:

    Love all of these backgrounds. Great cards.

  6. Super colorful and cool! :)

  7. These are two wonderful cards & the bright bold colours just pop off the page! Thanks.

  8. WOW! I just LOVE your fun cards! Just my style. CAS and bright. Thanks for the inspiration and chance to win. :D

  9. Brinkleyboy says:

    Such great names for the inks! Your colorful cards would brighten anyone’s day. I love the first one just for the simplicity of it, but both are so fun.

  10. Love both of these cards, so bright and cheery!

  11. Theresa Todd says:

    I love Hero Arts and your cards are so bright and cheerful.

  12. Kathy Dippner says:

    Wonderful cards! The reactive sea salt ink looks like it would be fun to use. Thanks for sharing.

  13. joy meadows says:

    Such happy colors and your card designs are great!

  14. Debbie Rumpza says:

    I LOVE all the happy stripes!

  15. Very pretty colors! I agree that this would be great for a teenage boy. Thanks for the inspiration!

  16. Dee Earnshaw says:

    stunning work – thanks for the inspiration

  17. Such fun cards! Very colorful.

  18. Amy Lombardo says:

    Lisa, what fun bright colors! I love your cards!!!

  19. Love, love love your colorful stripes! How upbeat and fun to do!

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