VIDEO: Backgrounds in Minutes! Hero Arts 2021 Catalog Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Welcome everyone! Today we are celebrating the new Hero Arts 2021 Catalog with a blog hop!

All of the blog hop info will be at the end of this post along with a list of supplies used on my cards today.

Buckle up! I have a lot to share with you.

I love to ink blend backgrounds but I know some people struggle with achieving a smooth transition between colors. The technique today is quick, easy and gives you such a smooth blend it appears almost airbrushed!


I have a video for my cards today that you can view down below or HERE on my Youtube channel. It will show you how to create lots of backgrounds in minutes. I’ll take those backgrounds a step further using products from the catalog release.


Since I do have so many cards to share, I won’t go into a ton of detail here on the blog as I explain each one in the video.

Sun and Wave Window Card

Hello There Butterfly Card

Thanks Butterfly Circle Card

You Are Amazing Art Deco Card

Hello There Cityscape Card

You Make Me Happy Butterfly Circle Card

Big Hugs Butterfly Circle Card

Thanks I Appreciate You Card

Through The Woods Window Card

I had so much fun creating these cards!

I have a bonus card to share with you. This is a card I created for the catalog using the Lily Pond Heroscape.


Comment on the hop by Wednesday, February 24th at 11:59pm pst for a chance to win one of three $50 gift certificates to the Hero Arts store. The more blogs you leave comments on, the more chances to win!


If you arrived here from Maria’s blog you are in the right spot.

Your next stop on the hop is the talented Pocono Pam!

Hero Arts
Channin Pelletier
Dana Joy
Daniel West
Debi Adams
Emily Midgett
Ilina Crouse
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Libby Hickson
Lydia Fiedler
Maria Willis
Mindy Eggen ***YOU ARE HERE**
Pocono Pam
Amy Kolling
Jennifer McGuire
Julee Tilman
Laurie Willison
Mariana Grigsby
Nichol Spohr


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  1. Wonderful collection of cards.
    You can’t go wrong with butterflies.
    thanks for sharing

  2. I love your cards- the backgrounds are beautiful! You’ve inspired me to get my gel press and brayer out!

  3. Wonderful creations with backgrounds, colors and attention to focus on detail.
    “Sunshine HoneyBee”

  4. Beautiful cards as always. I just love that lily pond.

  5. Beautiful work – tfs

  6. Love the butterfly stencil and the city scape cards!

  7. Wow – so many great new products. I love all your various blending and techniques with that butterfly circle stencil. It is my favorite new product.

  8. Your ink blending is lovely. I love watching your videos and have learned a lot!

  9. Wow – I am in awe of everything you created.

  10. Wow if those backgrounds don’t scream spring I don’t know what will love all of them.

  11. Stunning cards. Think I may be shopping for that Bold Script background stamp – love how it looked!

  12. The Butterfly circle cards are my favorite – love all your colors too.

  13. Thank you for taking the time to put a video together on how to use the gel plate. I have one, but did not know how easy it is to create backgrounds with.

  14. Love these backgrounds! I like all of your cards but I want to talk about You make me happy butterfly circle. Just wow. This is such a great card. I love the colors, the blend is smooth the stencil is spot on. Wonderful!

  15. Love how many cards you came up with the color blending technique.

  16. Such beautiful cards, and thanks for the video!

  17. Beautiful cards. I must try your color blending technique to create many cards.

  18. Stunning stenciling and backgrounds!!!!

  19. I like your soft, yet rich colors. They are gorgeous

  20. Your cards have showcased so many of the new stamp and cut die sets. Thank you, too for your helpful video!

  21. These are all so stunning. It is amazing how many beautiful cards you created.

  22. All your cards are amazing. Thank you for your tips. Love all the new products.

  23. Love all the new stencils, plan on getting several. I wish Hero Arts would do a dragonfly one like the butterfly one.

  24. Beautiful cards! Love the ink blending and the chosen colors. Really pretty.

  25. GORGEOUS! Such beautiful cards, Mindy! Wow!

  26. Wow, such amazing work – I couldn’t even pick a favorite!

  27. Ok Mindy I have been to keep myself from getting a gel plate, but you finally convinced me that I gotta have one. Can’t wait to try your techniques!

  28. What?! What is this rainbow MAGIC?! 🤩🧜🏼‍♀️🌈

  29. Love the techniques and all the cards! Beautiful.

  30. Be still my heart and all the💜 purple 💜hues!!

  31. I love your cards. Such colorful pieces. Thanks for sharing them all!

  32. I just love your bonus card!! Oh My Gosh! I never thought of making a night scene with that! Genius! <3 <3 <3 Also, so many other cards to love. I am especially in love with the "you are amazing" layout. The soft colors, sentiment and enamel dots are simply beautiful together <3
    PS Your blending does look airbrushed!

  33. Woow! Amazing works!

  34. That lily pad card is gorgeous! I love all the butterfly card, too, so many great ideas! Thanks for sharing

  35. Gorgeous cards! I think you’ve convinced me to finally get my gel press out of the package and play.

  36. These cards turned out fabulous. Thank you for sharing the process video for creating these backgrounds. It was so enlightening to see the gel press used with ink pads and the smooth transitions you achieved between the colours. Thanks for sharing your lovely cards.

  37. Such fabulous cards! I love your cityscape card and those backgrounds are fantastic!

  38. The backgrounds on all these cards are beautiful. Love your creativity. Thank you!

  39. These are all beautiful cards! I love me a good background stamp I can ink up and use with a large sentiment!! And you bonus card is stunning!!

  40. Well now I need to buy that gel thingy lol. Great cards ad video!

  41. beautiful ink blending and thanks for the tips. Love all the designs

  42. Awesome cards! I can hardly wait to watch your video.. thank you so much for all the inspiration!

  43. Your backgrounds turned out amazing! And in no time! Thanks for sharing with s video tutorial!

  44. So pretty! I am especially loving the butterfly designs!

  45. Wowsers! What a great group of designs, Mindy. Love the variety of backgrounds. I especially like the Lily Pond scene… Beautiful!

  46. You may have used the same background technique for most of them, but they are all so different and fun in such varied ways. Great work!

  47. Holy Moly. WOW and absolutely wonderful!

  48. Look at all the FUN you had on these creations. So much inspiration and so much color fun. Love, love and can not stop obsessing about all the new products.

  49. WOWZA! Your color blending and designs are AMAZING! So much inspiration .. thanks so much!!!

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