Fun and Simple Valentines


Welcome to the Hero Arts 2018 Valentine’s Day Catalog Release blog hop! Thank you so very much for stopping in today!

This release contains one of my favorite stamps from the year – the adorable Otter Family Stamp and Cut.


Aren’t they just so darn cute?! I stamped them in Black and colored them with ZIG Dark Brown, Mid Brown, Oatmeal, Mustard, and then a touch of Light Carmine for the cheeks. I cut little slits in them (lol, that sounds horrible!) so that I could tuck in some little hearts I had free-hand cut from some Blush scraps.

I stamped the background using the curly waves from Enjoy the Journey in Mint Julep, and adhered the little rascals on top. I then heat embossed the sentiment (from Otter Family Stamp and Cut) in White on some Black cardstock, cut it into two strips, and adhered it to the card base.

Finally, I added some little black waves (a little stamp from the Otter set) in Black to fill in the areas.

There are so many lovely goodies in the catalog, and so I couldn’t stop at one card. There’s a lot of tiny little messages in this release that would fit perfectly in-between the new Loving Giraffes, but they also look pretty darn cute on their own.


Here, I used Love You Message, XOXO, Be Mine Message, and Hugs and Kisses. I stamped them each once in Navy on Blush, Pool and Sunshine layering paper scraps, and then die cut them with a die from the Hearts Infinity die set.

I didn’t measure to align everything, but instead lightly adhered the bottom three hearts, and then stacked three on top, without adhesive. This gave me an idea of how high the hearts would go when stacked, so I readjusted the bottom three as necessary, and then adhered the rest of the hearts in rows. It helps that the bottom point of each nestles well on the top curve of another.

To top it off, I heat embossed a sentiment from the classic Love Stamp and Cut in White on Black cardstock. I cut it into a strip and adhered with dimensional adhesive.


I’ve linked all supplies at the end of this post.


Hero Arts is giving away three $25 shopping sprees, drawn from comments left across all blogs in the hop. Comment by Thursday, December 21st at 11:59pm PT and Hero Arts will announce the winner the following week.


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Michelle Short
Clare Prezzia
Libby Hickson


You can find links to the supplies I’ve used below; where available I use compensated affiliate links which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you!

Otter Family card

Cardstock: Michaels white, Hero Arts Black cardstock
Stamps: Hero Arts Otter Family Stamp and Cut and Enjoy the Journey
Ink: Hero Arts Black and Mint Julep; Versamark; ZIG Dark Brown, Mid Brown, Oatmeal, Mustard, and Light Carmine
Other: Hero Arts White embossing powder
Tools: heat gun

Mini Heart Messages card

Cardstock: Michaels white, Hero Arts Black cardstockBlush, Pool and Sunshine layering paper
Stamps: Hero Arts Love Stamp and CutLove You Message, XOXO, Be Mine Message, and Hugs and Kisses
Ink: Hero Arts NavyVersamark
Other: Hero Arts White embossing powder
Tools: Cuttlebug, heat gun, Hero Arts Hearts Infinity die set







87 thoughts on “Fun and Simple Valentines

  1. Clare, I love the whimsical humor of your cards; the otters are so adorable and sweet, and the candy hearts remind me of my childhood. You’ve reminded me of happy childhood memories. Thanks.

  2. The otters are really cute. I love the card with messages in the hearts and need to get some of these sets now to make my own card!

  3. My husband would love the otters. 1) They are his all time favorite animal 2) they remind us both of our NUMEROUS trips up the coast of California. We even got married up there…..

  4. Those otters are so cute. The expression on their faces is priceless. Very cute. And I like the hearts card because it could be masculine or feminine.

  5. When I toured the west coast of the US I totally fell in love with the otters. This card captures their playfulness. Thank you for your modern ideas.

  6. Beautiful cards! Love the Otters, my favorite set, and the Mini Hearts card is soft and pretty with those cute lil’ sentiments.

  7. Both are fantastic cards, the otter one is great colours & so Otterly cute ! I especially like the mixed bright hearts card with the lovely mini sentiments, x

  8. How sweet are those little otters. I love them… and that sentiment…Perfect. Thanks for sharing your projects today

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