Hero Arts The Italian Table
I’m hoping you all have had a lovely Easter or Passover if you celebrate either! I spent some time this past week stamping with new goodies I ordered from Hero Arts, including new set The Italian Table. Hero Arts is celebrating 45 years in business this month, did you know? I started stamping in 1997, and I still have many of the Hero Arts stamps I have bought since then, including many wood-mounted stamps.
I’m also playing in the current challenge on A Blog Named Hero!
Hero Arts has been on my mind a lot since I heard about the lawsuit that Ellison/Sizzix has brought against them and four other stamp companies. You can read more about it here. I ordered directly from HA this time because that was the most tangible way I could support their business. I also made the decision to stop using Sizzix’s products (except for the Tim Holtz products I have already purchased) and leave their affiliate program.
I’m a sucker for food-themed sets, and so this set, released with the latest My Monthly Hero release, was the first one that went into my cart. I had a ton of fun playing with it. Lookie:
I put all the image stamps at once into my MISTI and stamped them with Versafine Onyx ink on Strathmore Bristol Smooth. I then pulled out my Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens and got busy. I decided to make a whole set of cards because why not? I actually had a few images left over that I can use for another card.
I wanted to keep all these cards really clean and simple. I painted all the images then die cut them using my new Gemini .
I cut some rectangle pieces from the Bristol and arranged my die cut shapes on the cards. On this one, I added some shadows underneath and the enamel dots up in the corner to help balance the images.
I stamped the greetings on the card fronts after I adhered the die cut images, some with adhesive, some with thin foam squares to pop them up a bit. For the last card, I stamped more of the pizza, napkin, and coffee cup images so I could cover the whole card with images, because this is a PARTY I’m inviting people to, right?
Below is my list of products that I used, and I have used compensated affiliate links where they were available, as I now participate in affiliate programs for Simon Says Stamp, Amazon, Ellen Hutson LLC, Scrapbook.com, Gina K, My Favorite Things, Ranger Ink, and Blick Art Supplies.