Hero Arts Color Layering Blog Hop



Today I am happy to be part of this hop which marks the launch of Hero Arts Color Layering Catalog on the Hero Arts website 😉 Here’re some details about it:

“Color Layering uses the technique of stamping progressively, building color and detail, resulting in an elegant, dimensional look. We’ve asked our talented group of artists to recommend their favorite colors to best highlight each Color Layering stamp set. The results have been developed into 4-cube ink packs, featuring the championing artist’s name. While the inks were developed with a specific stamp set in mind, the packs offer wonderful and rich versatility; you’ll find they work well with most any set and often produce stunning and unexpected results.”


You will see that Hero has even combined the new ink packs with their Color Layering stamp set (and dies in some cases) into bundles 😀  You can find them by clicking >>>HERE<<<

Therefore, today  as part of this release I am sharing the cards and color combos that I created for the Catalog. I want to point out that when Hero Arts gave us this special assignment, I felt so honored! Besides selecting the color combos, creating a project for the catalog,  our names and signature were printed on the packaging too! 🙂 🙂 🙂 As you can imagine, I have been on cloud nine since then 🙂

The color combo ink packs are a great way to get a try of different colors, and give them a go on different projects.  Anyhow, today I am not writing a lot about the cards, because there are a lot of pictures and inspiration waiting for you along the hop. So, I will only briefly indicate the products that I used for each of the cards. You will find the links to these products by clicking on their names 🙂

The first card features the following products:

Color Layering Bird and Branch stamp set
Color Layering Frame Cuts
Mariana’s Cornflower ink pack


“I chose blue tones for this little bird because they are peaceful and they remind me about the freedom of the sky. A hint of a darker color was just perfect to accentuate the bird and floral details.”


My second card features the following products:

Color Layering Seahorse
Color Layering Seahorse Frame Cuts
Mariana’s Pool ink pack


“Imagining the creatures that live in the ocean, makes me think about fresh and light colors. I stamped this pretty seahorse with layers of soft Pool and Purple, with a final dash of a darker blue to tie the combo altogether. “


Prize: Hero will give away a Color Layering Bundle of their choice to FIVE lucky blog readers – selected from comments left across all blogs in the hop. Comments close Sunday June 19 at 11:59pm pt. Winners will be announced  the following week at the Hero’s blog.

Here is the list of participant blogs:
The Hero Arts Blog
Lucy Abrams
Lydia Fiedler
me>>>Mariana Grigsby<<<me
Tami Hartley
Libby Hickson
Nichol Magouirk
Jayne Nelson
Clare Prezzia
Kathy Racoosin
Kelly Rasmussen
Yana Smakula
Amy Tsuruta

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Thanks for stopping by:) Have a wonderful crafty rest of the week!

GOOD LUCK to all!


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260 thoughts on “Hero Arts Color Layering Blog Hop

  1. FAbulous cards, Marianna! I already have the bird set and have only inked it up once so I thank you for the inspiration!

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  3. Just hearing the word cornflower reminds me of when I was much younger and got to use my favorite crayon color. Beautiful cards. Love the colors of course.

  4. Love the different colorswith the birds. When I was a kid we had a few sea horses in a tank, they are sure unique little creatures. Really do love your seahorses. Thank you for sharing.

  5. BEAUTIFUL cards Mariana!!!
    LOVE your inky layers, there is so much dimension in your bird, flowers & leaves and on your seahorse, starfish & shell too, your ink combos are DELIGHTFUL!!!
    … I’m starting to think that I NEED ALL of these gorgeous ink combos 🙂

  6. The cards are very pretty. The colors are so breath taking. I am thinking that I may “need” all of the stamps and inks in the catalog….

  7. Blue is my favourite color and you have come up with two absolutely stunning cards. Just loved the color layering effect. The unusual color combo on the bird gives it a magical feeling…

  8. Love the examples of your ink choices. Right now I’m loving anything related to the beach or water, so that cool seahorse caught my eye. Your color combo for the bird is so different, love it. Thanks for sharing.

  9. I’ve been admiring the seahorse stamp set. What gorgeous cards! The bird looks so sharp in that mix of colours! Very modern.

  10. Being a birdie lover, I gasped at your first card, choosing my favorite bundle to use. So pretty! And I love the seahorse as well … living near the beach, that set is also special to me.

  11. Great card Mariana. I am so happy about the new bundles and coordinating color layering inks. I always struggle with which colors to use with my layering stamps.

  12. Love your card, birds are my favorite creature of all time. I love these bundles, such great stamps and inks. Thanks!

  13. I have the bird set, thanks for the ideas for making a bluebird. And I love love love the seahorse set, that’s the bundle I will pick if I win. Thanks for the opportunity to win it!

  14. Especially like the Seahorse with the wonderful stamp layering & wonderful background. Have a Bee-utiful day!
    “Sunshine HoneyBee”

  15. Love both of your cards. Don’t have the Seahorse stamp & die set. Would love to win that one. Thank you for sharing and being part of the giveaway.

  16. I love the blues and purples on both of these cards. They really go well together and the background stamp used on the seahorse card is gorgeous.

  17. Fun color combos! Some of the stamp sets area little intimidating, no knowing what colors to use. The new combos really make it easier!

  18. Both cards are lovely and especially the colors. I really love that seahorse set and think it will have to come join my collection! Thanks for the beautiful inspiration.

  19. Congrats, love ypur color combos and both sets. The colors on the bird card are gorgeous. I live by the beach so I’m partial to the seahorse set. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

  20. I really liked the 1st card a lot, & then I saw the wonderful 2nd card. Colors are fantastic. Thanks for a chance to win.

  21. Beautiful cards! I love the blue bird which is my favorite bird and the sea horses are fabulous. Tfs and the chance to win.

  22. Beautiful card design and the color palette is awesome. I have the fish set and can’t wait to order the pineapple set.

  23. Love those colors! The only problem I see with these stamps is that I want them ALL! They are just wonderful, and as you have shown, the possibilities are literally endless! Thanks so much.

  24. I’m so excited to see what Hero Arts has to offer in the color layering realm. You’ve done such a lovely job at choosing just the right colors for what you have done. Great job.

  25. Mariana, your cards rock! The Pool inks for the seahorses are just what I would pick and how vivid are the bird colors in Cornflower! Great composition.

  26. Two beautiful cards. I especially like your beach creature card. The new cube ink sets look great too. I have several on my wish list!

  27. MMMMMMMM great choice of colors. Makes me see the bird stamp in a whole new way. I love seahorse no matter what so not really a fair review on my part. Love it.

  28. I love your choice of colors for all the cards and I love both stamp sets. Now which ones do I want? Both of them! I hope I win something because I think I deserve it! LOL You did an amazing job on both cards.

  29. I’m crazy about both of your beautiful designs, Mariana – as I just adore blue! The seahorse is so pretty layered with the purple!

  30. You chose two of my favorite sets! Thanks for sharing your cards, which really showed off the versatility of these stamps.

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