Hero Arts + Pinkfresh Studio Collaboration: You Make A Difference

August 15, 2019


Hi there, crafty friends! Today I am super excited to be part of a collaboration blog hop between Pinkfresh Studio & Hero Arts!

We at Pinkfresh Studio have designed a new stamp set called "You Make A Difference" in celebration of Hero Art's 45th Anniversary. What an amazing accomplishment, and we are so thankful to Hero Arts for being a pioneer in this industry that we love. I'm super proud of how this stamp set came out, as I had a lot of input in the design process & it was wonderful to see it come to life!
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This special stamp set is available in both the Pinkfresh Studio & Hero Arts stores today!

I did create a video sharing my creative process today for the Hero Arts YouTube channel. You can see that video embedded in my post below - it seems silly to put a video with the same exact content on my channel, so I'm not going to add it at this time. But, I would still love for you to subscribe to my YouTube channel if you'd like to see my future videos! You can subscribe HERE.


I've created three cards using the same watercolor smooshing technique with the Pinkfresh Studio liquid watercolor for all three. It is really hard to explain this process in word format, so I would highly suggest watching the video to see how I did it! I also mixed some custom colors, and I think it is always helpful to watch someone do that to better understand the process.

All three cards were created using the same technique with different colors of embossing powder. I've used my three favorites: Avery Elle rose gold, Brutus Monroe gilded, and Wow! Embossing opaque bright white (they are all linked at the end of the post to both SSS & EH). These tend to be the embossing powders I reach for most frequently. I especially love the shine of the two metallic powders. 

As I mentioned, I had a hand in helping bring the You Make A Difference stamp set to life. THIS sentiment is one that I practically BEGGED to be included! It's my favorite in the set, and so I've used it on my favorite background. I really love how this version of the card turned out.

My friend, Caly Person, also helped illustrate this stamp set. She hand lettered all the scripted words on this set, and they just turned out so beautifully. Caly is on both the Pinkfresh Studio & Hero Arts creative teams, so having her help illustrate this stamp set was also very special.

The watercolor panels were cut out using the Pinkfresh Studio Essentials: Stitched Rectangles die set, and I just love the added stitched border around the floral image! I've also accented the cards with the Essentials: Jewels mix, which are iridescent and include three sizes in each container. I LOVE these jewels, and I use them on almost every card I create these days.

In the video, I take some scraps of watercolor paper and use up the rest of the liquid watercolor by doing some "smooshing" to them. I then created some tags with them using our Essentials: Classic Tags with Fillable Elements die set. I don't like to waste anything, and this is a GREAT way to have some extra tags on hand for gifts, etc.

I even created a tag from the scrap of watercolor paper that I tested out my custom colors on. I love the fresh & modern look of the brush strokes, and this smaller sentiment from the set would be perfect for a birthday. Wouldn't this look great adorning a colorful & fun gift box or bag? Once again, Arches watercolor paper is a bit expensive...and I try not to waste any of it!

Those are all the projects I have to share with you today - I hope that you've enjoyed them. And I hope that you enjoyed the video if you watched it!

PRIZES
There are three amazing prizes up for grabs!

(1) You Make A Difference Stamp Set (shown above)

(1) $25 gift card shopping spree to the Pinkfresh Studio Shop
(1) $25 gift card shopping spree to the Hero Arts Shop

All you have to do enter to win is leave comments along this fun blog hop! The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to win!

You have until Sunday, August 18th to leave your comments, and the winners will be posted to the Hero Arts blog the next week.

BLOG HOP LINK LIST
Wow! That is an insane line up of talent! I know that I am super excited to grab a cup of coffee this morning, and just be inspired.

Before you move on to Libby's blog, I wanted to invite you to follow me on social media. I would love to be crafty friends online! I've been adding a lot more to my IG Stories lately, and have plans to keep that up. I hope you will join me!

Happy hopping, crafty friends!

SUPPLY LIST
For your shopping convenience, all products are linked below, including affiliate linking when possible - this allows small compensation for me at no cost to you. I typically link to 2-3 sites, in hopes that your preferred retailer will be among them. I only support legitimate retail sites, that are true partners to stamp, die and scrapbooking wholesalers.

86 comments

  1. You are such a talented artist!

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  2. I love the soft look you created with this stamp set. I am going to have to give swooshing a try. I love the look.

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  3. You make watercoloring look so easy! I have not been that fortunate! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. The soft pastel palette with the gold is stunning. I love all the cards and tags.

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  5. I love the soft colors, these are gorgeous! I have the Pinkfresh watercolors and I think it's time to try them out.

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  6. I love your cards....they are always so beautiful. The pastels with this set are so pretty.

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  7. What a gorgeous new set, Lea ... and beautiful cards you created with it ... so soft and dreamy! Loved the tags you made with the 'leftovers' ... especially the sampling piece, what a cool look! Great video, thank you! Anita :)

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  8. Love these projects, but the gold embossed flowers are my favorite. Just beautiful.

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  9. This are GORGEOUS! I love the embossing on vellum and the little gem accents!

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  10. wow your cards are so ELEGANT = love the softness of the colors

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  11. Love the pastel effect of this technique.

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  12. I absolutely love your cards!! The colors are soft and dreamy. I do love the sentiments on this set, I would buy it just for them!! But I love the flowers too!! You must be proud to get these statements out there. I admire anyone that can accomplish such a big step like that.

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  13. These cards are so dreamy! Stunning!

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  14. Beautiful collaboration and your cards are so pretty! Love the softness of your color palette!

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  15. The vellum makes the card look elegant.
    Thanks so much for sharing.

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  16. I find it amazing how soft the Liquid WaterColors are on your cards, So Pretty Lea!

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  17. Super soft and beautiful set of creations! Love them all! :)

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  18. Thanks for sharing these gorgeous cards--love the soft colors you've used.

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  19. One stamp set - but so, so many different ways to use it. I just love this blog hop. Your cards are truly inspirational. Thank you!

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  20. The gold looks wonderful with the soft colors. I LOVE THAT STAMP!!

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  21. Love the softer colors with the embossing. Stunning inspiration with this awesome stamp set.

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  22. Simply stunning! Loving the embossing!

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  23. The soft colors are beautiful

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  24. Stunning and so lovely! I love the ink smooshing with the soft tones, embossing and vellum sentiment.

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  25. Your video was perfect and I love the fact that you have included the little elements you made with this new set! What great ideas!

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  26. Love all your beautiful inspiration! This stamp set is awesome and I love all the sentiments! Gorgeous cards and I love the collaboration!

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  27. Lovely cards. Such a wonderful stamp set--both the flowers and the sentiments are incredibly versatile and lovely.

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  28. Oh I love your gorgeous
    cards and tags! The vellum
    belly bands are fabulous
    with the embossing.
    Carla from Utah

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  29. Your cards and your tags are lovely!

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  30. I just love your cards...so beautiful! Thanks for sharing your video!!!

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  31. Great cards. You can't help but love this stamp set.

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  32. The stamp set is wonderful and you have created amazingly beautiful cards, Lea.

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  33. Still love your cards! They are so soft and beautiful! Thanks!

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  34. The rose gold embossing makes such a soft difference.

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  35. I loved the idea of a more controlled smooshing technique. I will have to try this. The cards are gorgeous. great idea to use the ink and not waste it, I especially loved the tag you made out of your testing colors, so clever! This stamp set is awesome, I can't wait to get it. One of my favorite stories is You make a difference.

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  36. Love your fabulous designs. The colors and vellum are beautiful. The tags are fantastic, too.

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  37. Love the tags! Wouldn't have thought of that. And the cards are just elegant!

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  38. I love the pastel colors you used on your cards.

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  39. This is such a beautiful stamp set and how could your creations be anything but beautiful too! I love the extras you created too! It is heart warming to see wonderful companies lift up and support one another in the same field of endeavor. I've always loved Hero Arts and I'm loving Pinkfresh Studio too! I was on board from the first 6x6 pack of printed paper that I ordered from this company!

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  40. Thank you for introducing me to this smooching technique! Absolutely beautiful on each card! This collaboration stamp set and encouraging sentiments is outstanding!

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  41. All of these are just stunning! This stamp set is lovely and I like the tag dies also. Thanks for the video. It is easier for me to learn by watching rather than try to figure things out by just reading.

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  42. Gorgeous, delicate and fabulously feminine.  Fantastic cards!

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  43. Nice stamp set. Definitely would to win to add it to my stamp collection. Thanks for the chance to win. : )

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  44. Lovely embossed color and great sentiments for the tags. Thanks for the inspiration

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  45. Your beautiful soft, delicate set of cards are wonderful, Lea! The super CAS tag is so clever yet so eye-catching! Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring our creativity.

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  46. Love the softness of your cards and I need to try stamp using white ink.

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  47. Lovely projects! Thanks for sharing.

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  48. you have outdone yourself! This stamp set is amazing and I love your projects!!

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  49. Love you video showing how you created these gorgeous cards, also love your tags. It is certainly a beautiful stamp set.

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  50. Your light washes of color are perfect for these cards and tags - they're gorgeous, Lea!

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  51. I love all of your cards! I definitely need to try the ink smooching again.

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  52. Such delightful projects!! And the stamp is so very pretty, it just jumped onto my wish list.

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  53. All three cards are beautiful with the ink smooching technique and love the different embossing colors. The tags are so cute.

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  54. Oooh, I just got some watercolors - can't wait to try them with this stamp. Your cards are stunning!

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  55. Love seeing the use of different embossing powders side by side. They are all pretty, but different. Really like the use of the jewels too.

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  56. The cards are beautiful.
    Embossing with "metal"
    colors makes such a
    difference. Great
    coloring. thanks for
    sharing
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  57. I love the soft, subtleness of your cards, and I'm also impressed that you use your test scraps to make tags and such. The different embossing powders also compliment each of your cards in their own unique, gorgeous way. Thanks so much, and congrats on the honor of being involved in creating this beautiful stamp set. Its stunning!

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  58. I love this collaborative stamp set! Beautiful creations! I like the idea for the vellum band for the sentiments!

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  59. I love your cards.. so pretty! I can't wait to use this set!

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  60. So pretty with the watercolors and the embossing.

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  61. Looooooooove this stamp set and the way you have used it 😍

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  62. This set looks very beautiful embossed and I also really like the soft pastel colors you chose.

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  63. How awesome to have worked on this project! Set is so pretty!!

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  64. So beautiful!!! THe watercolors with the gold embossing is absolutely gorgeous!!

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  65. What a gorgeous stamp set and an awesome collaboration hop! Beautiful cards and tags! Love the colors and embellishments!

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  66. That stamp set is SO pretty. I really love it.

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  67. Ack! I'm in love! These colors are stunning together with Rose Gold Embossing!

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  68. So fine inspirations! Thanks for sharing them!

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  69. One of my all-time favorite stamp sets--LOVE it! Your cards are elegant & gorgeous!

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  70. The stamp set is so delicate, the colors you use compliment the look!

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  71. The softly blended background behind the stamp is so pretty and delicate. This stamp set is so versatile!

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  72. Thanks for sharing the awesome technique video for these cards.

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  73. Loved seeing the watercolor technique on acetate. Loved the sentiments on vellum

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  74. Super pretty, love the gold embossing powders, makes everything pop!

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  75. Your cards are absolutely gorgeous. I love the soft coloring and they styles are so elegant. Beautiful stamp set with wonderful sentiments.

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  76. Stunning cards! I love how you highlight the sentiments. This is a beautiful stamp set.

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  77. Beautiful cards! Love the rose gold embossing powder.

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