Hero Arts 45th Anniversary Blog Hop + Amazing Giveaways

Cathy ZielskeCards, Tutorials329 Comments

Today I’m part of a special 3-day blog hop celebrating Hero Arts’ 45 years in the creative industry.

45 years. That doesn’t happen lightly in any industry, especially one built around crafting, small businesses and people seeking a creative outlet and the urge to create handmade things. Truly amazing.

Hero Arts is also celebrating the release of their Summer Catalog, as well!

This blog hop is all about celebrating creativity and fun and, oh yeah, AMAZING sponsor prizes. First, my card project:

I decided to create a birthday card featuring a gorgeous (and HUGE!) script-y birthday die, along with a circle confetti die I used to create my own stencil.

I have been on a bit of an oooh, shiny! kick of late and for this card project, I created my own paper stencil (learned how to do that from Jennifer McGuire!) and applied Deco Foil Transfer Gel + a gorgeous Summer Rainbow Deco Foil to create that fun, colorful, dotted background.

I die cut that ginormous birthday greeting from some glitter cardstock that was mounted onto some Fun Foam for a little extra dimension. Here is the video showing you how I created this card project:


Thanks so much for watching, now onto the hop good stuff…

BLOG HOP PRIZES: So many amazing prizes are being given away as part of this blog hop. The full list of prizes is below! It’s a lot of swag, people! Winners will be drawn from people who leave comments along the blog hop over the three days—comment all three days for more chances to win! Comment by Sunday, June 2 at 11:59pm PST, and Hero will announce the winners on the Hero Arts blog the following week.

HOP PARTICIPANTS: Here are the designers in today’s hop! Be sure to also check out Day 1 and Day 2, as well! More chances to win!

Amy Tsuruta
Art Impressions
Cathy Zielske
—you are here!
Debby Hughes
Gina K Designs
Jenn Shurkus
Jennifer McGuire
Kristina Werner
Lawn Fawn
Lisa Stein
Megan Hoeppner
Sandy Allnock
Simon Says Stamp
Tasnim Ahmed
Wanda Guess


ONE LAST FUN THING: Save 20% off all Hero Arts branded products at Simon Says Stamp until May 27 at 11:59 EDT! Be sure to use the code at checkout! HA455.


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Cathy ZielskeHero Arts 45th Anniversary Blog Hop + Amazing Giveaways

329 Comments on “Hero Arts 45th Anniversary Blog Hop + Amazing Giveaways”

  1. #3
    Lisa Byers

    I love your shiny card!! Jennifer always has such cool techniques!! The rainbow effect is fabulous!! Great card!!

  2. #8
    Megan Hoeppner

    A birthday card for a 45th birthday celebration seems just the ticket, Ziel! And this card couldn’t be any cuter. It’s a joy to be celebrating the hop along with you today!


  3. #11
    Patricia Wilson

    Loved your card making your own stencil and using the thermal gel for foiling. Think that will be my next purchase as a result of the videos I have seen. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

  4. #12

    This is my favorite so far on the blog hop. I don’t think about using dies as a stencil often enough

  5. #15
    Kathy Meredith

    Love the big swirly birthday and your shiny goodness ! You made the stencil part look so easy! Thanks for sharing.

  6. #27
    Claudia Anderson

    Happy Anniversary, Hero Arts! I love the shiny! I have been thinking about foiled cards and need to pull my foil out and make the day shine!

  7. #30
    Kim Collins

    I love the card! I may have to sorta copy it… using some of my imagination too.. it’s great though!

  8. #37
    Cheryl S

    Love all the sparkle and terrific colors!! This card would put a big smile on the recipient’s face!

  9. #39
    sherry butcher

    Happy 45th Hero Arts! Love the card and the colors with sparkle is just great.
    Thanks for sharing with us.

  10. #43

    I can not have enough birthday card ideas and this one is perfect to make someone feel special. Thanks for all you do to continue this craft community thriving!! I am going to use this idea for sure!!

  11. #50
    Laura P.

    This card is so cute! Love all the colors and the sparkle, along with the simple details like rounding the corners of the focal piece. Such an easy thing to do that sets it aoart! Love what you said about Stick It…that you have it and you’re not afraid to use it, haha!! I will take that as good advice!

  12. #54
    Debbie Rumpza

    Wow do I love that background! I’m dying to try out Jennifer’s technique also. Your version is perfect!

  13. #55
    Nina Houghton

    Cathy – I love this card. The fun jumps right out from the card! Thank you for your detailed video.

  14. #56

    I’m just learning to foil, so I am really glad you included it in your card. Happy anniversary to Hero Arts!

  15. #58
    Agnes L

    This is so pretty! Great idea of making your own paper stencil. I’m adding that to my list of things I want to try.

  16. #61

    I will be using foil confetti on everything. Thanks for the great ideas! Can’t wait to get the supplies and start making cards.

  17. #64
    Lynn Hill

    I loved your video tutorial. It was a good project and you have such a positive, pleasant voice. I clicked subscribe to your channel when I was done! Thanks.

  18. #72
    Jackie Parkins

    That’s gorgeous! I love the foiled background and the color combination is perfect. I always forget to use the Stickit and fun foam for dimension on die cuts like that, it’s such a great idea. Thanks for the inspiration and reminder!

  19. #75
    Liz Ford

    You can not have a birthday with out sparkle and this card is ❇ sparkle-riffic! Great card and really like how you used all the pieces!

  20. #77
    Jan johnson

    This is a cool Idea. Never thought of using a die cut to make a stencil. I guess I don’t think outside of the box too much. Beautiful and yet simple. Thanks

  21. #80
    Cathy Loveless

    I love the shine of foil. I must be part racoon because I am very attracted to glitter, glitz and shine. This card is perfect. Congratulations on your 45th Birthday Hero Arts!

  22. #93
    Connie Pyle

    Love the card, I go through spells of wanting more glitz in my cards and I have to be careful to not get carried away. Thank you for the beautiful and happy creation.

  23. #98
    Barbara Schmitz

    I love making my own stencils too! Your cards are standouts for their color and cleanness. Thanks Cathy?

  24. #100
    Kathy Anderson

    Jennifer McGuire is a genius. I am glad to see she inspires all of us hacks and the experts like you too!!
    Love that birthday card

  25. #103
    Sheri Kempke

    Lovely card, love the use of the foiling and the glitter greeting. Congrats to Hero Arts, industry leader for 45 years!

  26. #105
    Elizabeth B

    Your card is amazing. Who doesn’t love bling!! Congrats Hero Arts on 45 years of making great stamps!!

  27. #112
    Helen Kalb

    I think it’s so fun how many different looks different designers get with the same basic materials – it reminds of people who do not know rubber stamping when they say, “so you always make the same thing then” – no, not really…

  28. #118
    Dana M

    Beautiful card! Bright, happy and perfectly festive – perfect for this celebration of Hero Arts

  29. #128
    Cyndi Morris

    Love this card. The colorful foiling is beautiful and the script “birthday” is gorgeous. I need word dies and this one is perfect.

  30. #134
    Stef Perry

    Oh, yeah, that ooh shiny fascination can become an addiction, just sayin’! LOVE the bright (and shiny) confetti, it makes a gorgeous and festive birthday card for sure!

  31. #137

    I am in awe of your cards. You have mad creative skills and talent. Without a doubt, you could earn some serious coin selling your cards. I’d be the first in line.

  32. #141
    Teri S.

    Love all of the beautiful colours of the foil! Also that large scripty birthday die is fabulous looking. Thank you for the video as well.

  33. #143
    Kathy Dippner

    Beautiful card! So many of the items you used are on my wishlist. Thanks for sharing your idea of adding the foam to the paper before die cutting. Brilliant.

  34. #145
    Susan Carlson

    Fun shiny sparkly card! Thanks for your design ideas & crediting others from whom you’ve learned techniques!

  35. #155

    I’m so glad that HA is still around, as it was one of my very first stamp purchases! Love all the peeks into the history of this company

  36. #156
    Jeanne Ragan

    I am really loving that Birthday die. I love how you used it even more! Very stunning card!

  37. #163
    Kim S.

    HOW can i not have that confetti die? Adding it to the list. These are beautiful cards Cathy. I’ve evidently been living under a rock. I’ve only recently found you, and I”m so glad.

  38. #164

    That birthday die is gorgeous, and the glitter cardstock makes it even better. Happy Anniversary Hero Arts!

  39. #167
    barbara lassiter

    This is a bright and beautiful birthday card, but would be so perfect for other celebrations with the gorgeous confetti theme.

  40. #177

    Beautiful card, Cathy. I haven’t ventured in to foiling yet, but you make it look easy. thanks for sharing your creation.

  41. #187
    Victoria Lynch

    Beautiful sparkly card! I hopped to SimonSaysStamp and spent money on Hero Arts stuff right away. LOL!

  42. #194

    This gorgeous card just make you smile. es. You make it looks so easy, but I know that there must be a lot behind the scenes to pull together (and possibly pull your hair!?!)

  43. #196
    Diane T.

    Thank you for sharing such a beautiful foil card! I need to try it too! That beautiful die cut is a nice one!

  44. #197

    Awesome card. The colours in the foiling are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing your process video.

  45. #198
    Lieve Stoffels

    What a beautiful, festive, happy card; a real eyecatcher !
    I love the birthday die.
    Thank you for making the video and sharing all your great tips.

  46. #200

    If you don’t use confetti and foiling for a 45 year anniversary – when can you use it! Perfect. Thanks for sharing! Happy 45 Hero Arts.

  47. #202

    really like your card and enjoyed your video thank you for sharing .. and congrats to heroarts for 45 years

  48. #204
    Viveca V.

    Such a fun card!
    I have that circle confetti die. Thanks for the idea of creating a stencil with it.
    I am looking forward to trying it. Now I just have to pick up the Deco Foil transfer gel . . .

  49. #211
    Mary Holshouser

    Beautiful card. Love the foil dots
    and the glitter sentiment.
    Fun and happy card. thanks for
    sharing. txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

  50. #212
    Gail P

    I love everything about this card! I especially like the Birthday die and may just have to have it!

  51. #213
    Lindar C

    I love HA Fancy background dies, I own just about all of them. I am going to make stencils with them now! Gorgeous card.

  52. #214
    Carolyn Keierleber

    I like the stencil-making idea and the use of the deco foil for the cool confetti background. Your design of the card is inspiring! Pretty and shiny is always good!

  53. #219

    Wow!! Love your card!! If Hero Arts didn’t make such amazing products they would not still be around!! Everyone knows they are the BEST!!!!

  54. #221
    Bonnie King

    I’m so glad you’re on a shiny kick – I’m right there with you! I love watching your videos and seeing your cards – they’re awesome!

  55. #228

    Happy 45th anniversary to Hero Arts! Great product and great company!
    Love your card design – thanks for sharing!

  56. #232
    Elizabeth Gonzalez

    Wow! Great card! I also get many ideas and tutorials from Jennifer McGuire Ink. Congratulations to Hero Arts! Thanks for sharing.

  57. #235
    paula hyman

    This card really caught my eye! It is so pretty and really not hard to make. Thanks for showing how easy it is to make a beautiful card.

  58. #236
    Elizabeth Motyka

    Wow that is a beautiful eye-catching card I love the way the rainbow foil looks and the birthday sentiment is perfect ,happy birthday hero arts

  59. #239
    Gina Gibson

    What a fun & clean looking card, suitable for anyone. Loving the bright shiny rainbow colors. ❤????? Thank you for sharing your creation. ?

  60. #244
    Karen Walker

    That background is fantastic! I have foils, and have never used them. That’s about to change.

  61. #249
    Kathy McCluskey

    What a FUN birthday card, Cathy! I love that shiny confetti background with that big beautiful birthday die! Thanks for making a video showing us how you made this fabulous card!

  62. #250
    Stanlee Runner

    Beautiful card, I can’t wait to try one of my background dies to make my own stencil. I love the foiling in the background.

  63. #259
    Beth Buss

    Beautiful card for this occasion. Happy 45 Hero. Loved the video about foil web paper. Inspiring.

  64. #260
    Annette Gordon

    This is such an amazing card. I love using dies as stencils however, I have never used it for foil and I love the results! So so pretty. I am going to have to try this on my next card. I love blog hops and all the amazing ideas and products that I get to see! And Happy birthday hero arts and for creating this awesome blog hop!

  65. #263
    K. Eley

    Another fun use of the confetti die!!! Love the colors of the foil and the card altogether!! Thank you for sharing!

  66. #270

    Wow.. 45 years! Simply amazing! I have to say, aside from fabulous products, you have great customer service. That is soo important to me. Thanks for everything!

  67. #272

    That JMcGuire! I am recently loving shiny things as well. I love how she shows a zillion ways to use foil. Your card is awesome. So sparkly!

  68. #273
    Rose Mary Smalley

    Kathy, your card turned out just beautifully. Just the sparkle you want to see on a Birthday…I really liked it….thank you so much for sharing.

  69. #275

    Absolutely fell in love with this card the second I saw it. Is there any other way to add foil besides with laminator? Love foil projects, but no laminator, and don’t think I’ll be obtaining one in the near future. But I just have to make this card somehow. Amazing job!

  70. #278

    Happy 45th Hero Arts! I Especially love the sense of COMMUNITY they foster!!!!! I love your Awesome creation! I especially love that confetti die.

  71. #294
    Wendy Lambert

    Love, love this card. The foil is just so fun and I love how you used the die to create a stencil.

  72. #296
    Karrie Lasater

    Cathy, your card designs are the good stuff! I love your creativity and willingness to try different things! Thank you for sharing another lovely card! I love the scripty birthday die cut.

  73. #299

    Stunning card Cathy, I love the colours and the background you made for the awesome sentiment. I am always looking for cards for teens and this could be a great one!
    Thank you so much for showing and for the stunning inspiration.

  74. #303
    Surekha Galagoda

    Dear Cathy
    what a beautiful and cool idea. The card is really elegant
    I want to do something like this for my grand- daughters 7th Birthday. I have foil. I am going to figure out a way. Thanks for the inspiration. Love and hugs

  75. #306
    Lisa Says

    Wow, this is MAGIC !! I must try this 🙂 Beautiful card and thanks for the video, I always love them !

  76. #317

    Hi Cathy 🙂 What a bright, cheery and fun birthday card!!! And how appropriate! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  77. #320

    You’re very creative. While this is fun and bright the delicate design of the die and the small confetti foil turns it into an elegant card. I love it!

  78. #321
    Karen L K

    This is so much fun! I just love all the dots with fun shiny colors! Great idea to make a stencil and do that.

  79. #324
    Andre M.

    Love this bright and happy card. Thanks for sharing this inspiration with these fun products.

  80. #325
    Andrea B

    I love the sparkle, and the foil, and the rainbow, and everything! Great idea to use a die to make a stencil.

  81. #326

    Such an awesome card- love the big script and all the glitter! Thanks too for sharing the idea to create a stencil from a die !

  82. #328
    S Jameson

    Watching your videos along with Jennifer McGuire’s have had me on my own foil kick! Love your fun card — thank you for sharing!

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