Hero Arts Winter 2020 Release Blog Hop

Is it too early for Joy & Comfort? I think not!

I’m thrilled to be on the Hero Arts 2020 Winter Catalog Blog Hop today. This hop celebrates a beautiful holiday collection from a company that everyone loves! I think when you’ve had a chance to see all of the beautiful projects, you’ll agree that it’s time for Joy & Comfort!

I loved working with Stocking Bouquet from the new catalog. Loads of beautiful Christmas springs and florals to color and arrange. I had a car ride this week, so I packed up stamped images and my Polychromos Pencils for the long haul.

Then, I spent an afternoon mixing things up and adding them to a blended ink background for my first Joy & Comfort card.

Tip: my ink blended background is on Bristol Smooth cardstock. When I cut the scalloped white layer to frame, I also used Bristol Smooth. I do this so that the tone-on-tone of the papers is the same. Continuity in paper tones and texture gives your finished card a polished look!

I love sending Christmas cards, and usually send quite a few. So, one thing I try to keep in mind is design ideas that keep them flat for mailing to avoid the need for extra postage and/or damage in transit.

Christmas Rose Bold Prints was an instant winner in my book! Lots of beautiful, (but open!) detail for easy coloring. These panels quickly transition to full card front panels. With 6″ by 6″ of stamped space, there’s plenty of beauty to cut up for tags or smaller card elements, too!

First, I stamped the full background in Versamark on white cardstock and embossed with gold embossing powder. Then the image was colored with Polychromos Pencils and blended with Gamsol.

After trimming the colored panel down to allow for a slight mat to frame the images, I centred the panel on a white cardstock base. Finally, I added a small vellum banner with Merry Christmas embossed from Stocking Bouquet to complete the card front.

I appreciate you swinging by my blog today. It’s an honor to participate with this company and these incredibly inspiring artists. I hope you enjoy the hop, and I hope your day is full of Joy & Comfort!

See many other projects from the wonderful winter stamp collection and find lots of inspiration from the amazing artists below.  Be sure to leave as many comments along the hop as you can – Hero Arts will give away three $50 gift cards, drawn from the comments left across the hop. Enter by leaving a comment between now and Sunday, September 6th at 11:59pm Pacific, and the winner will be announced on the Hero Arts blog the following week.


85 responses to “Hero Arts Winter 2020 Release Blog Hop

  1. Your beautifully colored Christmas rose is inspiring. Thanks for sharing your talents with both cards.

  2. Such beautiful cards!!!!

  3. Your coloring is amazing. I will definitely try the gamsol. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Amazing – I need to work on my colored pencil coloring 🙂 That Christmas Rose stamp is SO pretty!

  5. What beautiful coloring! I just love that Christmas Rose background stamp!

  6. Karen L Quigley

    Those blues and greens are lovely together. The rose background has so many possibilities. As always, thanks for sharing

  7. I love your coloring! It’s absolutely beautiful!

  8. I love the softness of your colors.

  9. Maribel Monsalve

    Love your use of florals for these Holiday / Winter cards

  10. Meghan Kennihan

    Love your coloring! The stocking is darling!

  11. The first card is just adorable! Love that you just made a bunch of the images and colored them. The second card is beautiful! I love using color pencil for my images. Thank you for sharing!

  12. Beautiful cards and with pencils! I need to practice more with my pencils, these look great.

  13. Like framing. Like embossing look. Wonderful style.
    “Sunshine HoneyBee”

  14. Lovely cards, really enjoyed this BHop. So many creative designers and cards to inspire. The floral coloring looks awesome. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Your cards are very bright and cheery!!

  16. Such sweet cards, love your coloring!!

  17. Beautiful cards. I really like the stocking bouquet.

  18. Oh my goodness is the pink unexpectedly beautiful… I would think embossing is a must with this background!! The stocking stole my heart. We do blue at our house and Love this card so much! This catalogue is filled with surprises that can be used year round!

  19. beautiful cards and coloring!

  20. I love your colorful cards. You have so much talent.

  21. Gorgeous card designs, love your coloring too!

  22. Marisela Delgado

    So beautiful!

  23. Love the coloring that you did on both of these cards it’s really pretty

  24. Sandra Baggarly

    Both of your cards are gorgeous!

  25. Beautiful cards!

  26. Such a fun and festive release. Thanks for all the inspiration!

    Carol B

  27. Wonderful!!! You inspire me more to color, color and color.❤️

  28. These are so pretty, great designs!

  29. Joanne M Hoffmann

    Lovely coloring and I’m amazed that you colored while in the car??? I’m so jealous!! LOL Beautiful projects!!

  30. I feel the same way about Christmas cards.. I send so many and I need them flat and easy to mass produce so this beautiful background stamp is definitely going into my collection! Love both of these cards!

  31. Love how you colored the stocking. Such beautiful cards.

  32. Beautiful coloring!

  33. Love your coloring. The stocking one really caught my eye. Great job and so darn cute.

  34. Lovely cards! I didn’t think I needed any more Christmas stash, hahah!

  35. I really like the non-traditional colors of the blues and green for the stocking card. That would be the center of anyone’s Christmas card display! So pretty.

  36. Beautiful!

  37. You’ve made such darling cards with those bits from Stocking bouquet stamp set!

  38. YAY, you used colored pencils. I love it. People don’t use those enough. It’s so relaxing and my kids can join in. Thanks for showing something that was family friendly

  39. The framing on the stocking card really makes it special. I am really wanting the background stamp rom your second card!

  40. Love your cards!!! your coloring is amazing!!!

  41. Your cards are beautiful! You did a great job!

  42. Amazing cards!

  43. I love the blue in the first card and the pinks in the second. So pretty!

  44. lovely cards, love the first one with the stocking xx

  45. Both the cards look so beautiful. The soft ink blended background looks gorgeous with stocking bouquet.

  46. Amazing coloring! 🙂

  47. Great cards! Your coloring with colored pencils is really amazing. Wish mine was half as good. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  48. OMG what sweet creations Lori! Love your coloring … fabulous! Awesome inspiration … thanks!

  49. Beautiful cards. I especially love the second one — the Christmas Rose Bold Prints stamp is definitely one of my favorites from this catalog, and you’ve colored it beautifully.

  50. Love your fabulous projects today.

  51. I love your beautifully colored Christmas Rose card!

  52. Nice cards. Love all the flowers.

  53. Your cards are happy looking — for the season of joy! The rose background is beautiful.

  54. Cherry Robinson

    Lori your cards are so pretty. You put so much thought and detail into them and it really shines through. Thank you for sharing with us! 💗

  55. These are both lovely cards.

  56. wow you can tell they took a long time to make, but worth it.

  57. You made beautiful cards, keep up the great work!

  58. Gorgeous cards! I love your colouring and that cute little Christmas stocking! Thanks for sharing this great inspiration! Take care! 🙂

  59. I adore stockings, so I also adore your cute stocking card! And that Christmas Rose card is just beautiful.

  60. Beautiful cards, but now I have to get that beautiful background stamp.

  61. Wonderful cards. Your layering all those little die cuts in the stocking is darling. And your coloring with pencils is great in the 2nd card.

  62. CraftyDesertGirl

    Beautiful cards! Hope to be as good as you at coloring some day. Thanks for sharing!

  63. You make it look so easy! Gosh I wish I had a car ride to color things but I would probably get carsick.

  64. Lauryne Cunningham

    I love your cards! Your pencil coloring is fantastic!

  65. I love the Christmas Rose Bold Prints card! I really need to add that stamp to my collection!

  66. Nice color samples. Good layers.

  67. Such pretty Christmas cards!
    Thanks so much for sharing.

  68. Your cards are beautiful! I love coloring with colored pencils too. And I agree that using the same papers when layering does give it a more polished look. Thanks for your gorgeous inspiration! ♥️

  69. Your cards are so beautifully done. Gorgeous!

  70. Darling cards! Such a wonderful release!

  71. Such pretty cards! I love that stocking and really the whole Stocking Bouquet set. You did such a beautiful job on the Christmas Rose card!

  72. Your using non-traditional colors really added a great dimension to your cards! Thanks for that inspiration!

  73. Gorgeous coloring on these pretty designs! Love the cards you created!

  74. Love the stocking card colors, so different. Thanks for sharing your cards.

  75. Your cards are so cute with their soft coloring.

  76. You did a great job coloring all of these!

  77. Denise Kitts-Wadlow

    Love your cards! That Stocking Bouquet is such a sweet set, and looks to be very versatile. Love your color combo choices in both cards.

  78. Cute stocking and pretty flowers.

  79. Your stocking is so adorable and I appreciate your choice of border layer. Very polished!

  80. Hi Lori 🙂 Your cards are bright and cheery!!! Terrific! Thanks for inspiring me 🙂

  81. Oh, my goodness. So many good things here. Lots of inspiration. Thank you!

  82. Love the stocking bouquet – the elements are super and love the colors! That lovely background stamp along with your amazing coloring makes such a beautiful card! Thanks for the inspiration!

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