2017 Hero Arts Catalog Blog Hop

*ETA: This is the second hop for today. If you’re looking for the Katy’s Kindness Blog Hop, click HERE.

Hello there and welcome. I’m honored to be joining the Hero Arts Blog Hop celebrating their 2017 Catalog release that is available HERE. I fell in love with THIS Koi Fish Layering Stamp Set and created this card with it…

I started with a Google search on Koi fish for coloring. I was surprised with all the beautiful colors that popped up. I didn’t go for 100% realistic, but I had fun experimenting and choosing colors that I like. Remember, you don’t have to follow any rules when creating…just have fun.

I used an acrylic block to stamp each layer. The MISTI tool would be perfect for lining up each layer, but I wanted to show that if you don’t have the tool, you can still achieve great results. Here’s the color combo of inks I used for each layer (all Hero Arts). I used a lighter shade for the base color and a darker shade for the next layer. The number one represents the first layer and the number two represents the second layer.

Red Fish     
1.Bubble Gum     
2.Raspberry Jam
Orange Fish
1.Butter Bar        
2.Orange Soda
Green Fish 
1.Green Hills   
2.Lime Green
Blue Fish   
Purple Fish
1.Passion Flower
2.Grape Juice

I stamped the eye layer with black and then stamped the base layer again on top with VersaMark ink and added clear embossing powder. This adds shine and a realistic wet look…

After cutting out each fish with THIS coordinating die, I applied THIS Distress Ink on to a piece of watercolor cardstock. I applied water drops on top to give a realistic water look and cut a large oval out of the center using THESE dies. I adhered the fish inside the oval and stamped some bubbles from the stamp set in the center. I finished off the card by adding a sentiment from THIS stamp set and adhering a few of THESE clear drops.

I also stamped on the inside of the card using a sentiment from the Koi stamp set

I plan to add a scratch off lottery ticket inside to tie along with the theme of the card.

There’s lots more inspiration to check out. Click HERE to go to the next stop on the blog hop and visit the wonderful, Libby Hickson.

Here’s the complete Blog Hop order…
The Hero Arts Blog

Jennifer McGuire

Laura Bassen

Wanda Guess

Amy Tsuruta

Clare Prezzia

Yana Smakula

Kathy Racoosin

Debby Hughes

Kelly Purkey

Lydia Fiedler

May Park

Jessica Frost-Ballas

Heather Ruwe

Libby Hickson

Michelle Short

Jana Millen

GIVEAWAYHero Arts will be giving away three $25 shopping sprees, drawn from comments left across all blogs in the hop. For a chance to win, leave a comment by Tuesday, February 21st at 11:59pm PT.

Click HERE to see the 2017 catalog. Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day.


  1. dianasdragon
    February 21, 2017

    Great colors, love the card!

  2. stamper
    February 21, 2017

    Very colorful card Heather!

  3. Linda Kunsman
    February 20, 2017

    GORGEOUS vibrant colors for the koi fish!

  4. NicoleN
    February 20, 2017

    Beautiful card. Just love the Koi fish. Brilliant colors

  5. Jean
    February 20, 2017

    So very cool!

  6. Karen Judy
    February 20, 2017

    I love the colorfulness of the koi and the way you've placed them as if they are shouting Happy Birthday collectively to the recipient of this beautiful card.

  7. Nox
    February 20, 2017

    A gorgeous pondfull of fish! Lovely card.

  8. Denise Bryant
    February 20, 2017

    Awesome color variations on the koi! 'Fin'tastic card!

  9. brenda
    February 20, 2017

    Such a colorful card! I love the color combos you used for the koi!

  10. Kelly Flaherty
    February 20, 2017

    Such a vibrant and lovely card.

  11. Laura Litzinger
    February 19, 2017

    I love that you used so much color with the layering koi stamp. Very clever card.

  12. Irene
    February 19, 2017

    Wow! Fantastic card…love the colors that you used!

  13. mtscrapgal
    February 19, 2017

    Beautiful fish. So many lovely colors.

  14. Linda
    February 19, 2017

    Gorgeous card and colors. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

  15. Judie
    February 19, 2017

    Amazing card!!! Wow!


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