Monday, June 20, 2022

HERO ARTS: Color Week Kickoff! New Color System, Blog Hop, and Giveaway!

Hey everybody! Today is a most amazing day because today Hero Arts is launching a brand new color system! The CORE INKS are getting a makeover (lids will have a new look as well as a built-in palette), there are new colors and some of our old favorites (some which have a new name), new CARDSTOCK colors that match inks, and drumroll please..... INKERS for every single color so that we can ink up our ink pads and use them for techniques! So. Cool! There will also be BUNDLES available!

BASIC COLOR INFO:
There are 57 Core Ink pads and Inkers in this line.
6 brand new to Hero ink colors.
12 brand new to Hero cardstock colors.
Bundles are available for all 57 Core Inks - an ink pad + inker
Bundle is available for purchasing all 6 new Core Ink pads & Free Color Labels

Since we are talking Color we need to touch on color organization for a second... Hero will be selling color labels that you can use to label your products and keep everything organized! I cannot wait to get my hands on them! These color labels will also be included with the bundles mentioned above as well as with the following...

COLOR ME ORGANIZED PROMOTION:
Between June 20-26 you will receive Free Index Labels with your purchase of any 6 ink pads or ink+inker bundles!

Here is a link for you to check out the new collection. Here you'll be able to see old and new colors as well which colors have been renamed. You can also see which inks have a matching color of cardstock.


Last but not least here is a link to the FREE COLOR CHART! 
And, if you already have a favorite new color you can SHOP BY COLOR HERE!

Ok, let's get on to my card! So, my goal was to find a technique that worked well for all of the new inkers and would yield some consistently cool results. I came up with this Paper Towel Printing technique (I am sure someone has done this before but I did figure it out for myself while I was playing). 

I started by adding drops of both Ultra Pink and Summer Sky Inkers to my glass mat. Then I sprayed them with rubbing alcohol until they started to spread and blend together. I laid a piece of paper towel that had a cool, textured pattern to it on top of my colorful, alcohol mess. The paper towel absorbed the color and I removed it and placed it on a dry part of my glass mat. Next, I placed a piece of white cardstock (regular, not watercolor cardstock) on top of the paper towel and rubbed my fingers across the back to transfer the ink from the paper towel onto my cardstock. I lifted the cardstock up and it was left with this gorgeous, textured background that held the design of the paper towel. I set this aside to dry and it dried quickly since the alcohol evaporated much faster than water would have.
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Once my background was dry I heat embossed part of my sentiment on it using Onyx Pigment Ink and Clear Embossing Powder. Next, I added the "Big Hugs" die cut sentiment using liquid adhesive. I wanted these die cuts to have some dimension so I glued together three layers of black die cuts and one layer of white to create a "shadow."
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To finish my card off I added a Pitch Black mat and glued it all to a card base.
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Well, that is it for today you guys! I hope you will join in our giveaway and keep on hopping for tons of inspiration! For more information you can head over to the Hero Arts Color Page, or, if you want to hit the shop right away you can SHOP BY COLOR HERE.
Have an awesome day!
Maria



GIVEAWAY!! 
We will be giving away one set of the six NEW colors of ink - Core Ink Pads and Inkers - to one lucky commenter. We encourage you to comment on every blog in the hop - the more blogs you comment on, the more chances to win! Comments for contest entry close Sunday, June 26 at 11:59pm PT, and the winner will be announced on the Hero Arts blog the following week.




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Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Gina K. Designs June 2022 Release!

Hey everybody! I hope you're having an awesome day! I'm back with my second post of the day and this time we are checking out a stamp set from Gina K. Design's spectacular new release. Today I will be featuring the new stamp set, Window on the Water, illustrated by Melanie Muenchinger. My sentiment is from the Spring Floral Background by Hannah Drapinsky.

For today's card I made a 3.25". 5.75" mini slimline card. I started with a 3" x 5.5" piece of white Hammermill cardstock and I stamped the beach images and sentiment onto it using GKD Onyx ink. I stamped the image three times (once centered and once more on each side) so that the image would stretch across my panel.
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Once my image was stamped, I used a combination of ink blending and copic coloring to add color and shading to my scene. I watered down some white acrylic paint and splattered the background to give the effect of stars.
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The final step was to add a black mat to my card and call it done!

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I hope you guys all love this new stamp set as much as I do and be sure to head over to Gina K. Designs to check out the full release!

Have an awesome day!
Maria


 

Sending Peaceful Vibes Your Way!

Hey everybody! I'm just popping in to let you know that I am up on the Hero Arts blog today sharing a bright and cheerful card. My card showcases the new Mermaid Cove stamp set as well as the Zen Messages stamp set (sentiment). 

I started off by spraying a piece of Luxe watercolor cardstock with my DIY liquid watercolor sprays. Then I heat embossed my images in Onyx Pigment ink and heat embossed them in clear. 

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I splattered the background with White Glimmer Metallic Ink to add a little magic.
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Finally, I heat embossed some of the tall kelp in white onto Pitch Black cardstock and cut it out by hand. I added the kelp using foam tape to give it a little bit of extra dimension and that was it!
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For all of the details please head on over to the Hero Arts blog!

Have an awesome day!
Maria
 

Monday, June 6, 2022

Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Release June 2022: Blog Hop and Giveaway!

Hey everybody! The wait is over! It's time for the Hero Arts June  2022 My Monthly Hero release and this month's kit is an underwater dream! It's got a gorgeous mermaid and other underwater beauties, coordinating dies, an ombre ink pad, a water color paint brush, and pearls (affiliate links may be used at no extra cost to you)!

Before I get to my cards, if you aren't familiar with the My Monthly Hero kit, it's a kit that is released by Hero Arts on the first Monday of every month. It always has a fun, themed, collection of stamps, dies and other goodies. The cost is just $34.99/month and the value is always much greater! This month's kit is valued at $72!

You have the option to subscribe (subscribing now means your first kit will be the July release), or, to buy your favorite kits as one-off purchases. Be aware that once these kits sell out they are gone for good. If you see a kit you like make sure to snatch it up quickly! There are also a ton of amazing add-on products! You can buy the add-ons as a bundle at a discounted rate or just pick up your favorite products. 

For my first project I could not resist coloring the gorgeous mermaid (and some shells and a sea star)! I stamped the mermaid in Onyx Pigment ink and heat embossed it in clear (I also did my sentiment on Mist cardstock at the same time). Then, I colored with my copic markers, die cut my mermaid, and set her aside. 

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Next I took a piece of Hammermill cardstock and sprayed it with sprays I made from Hero Arts Liquid Watercolors. I used Teal, Leaf and Indigo as well as Grape Slush Reactive Spray. I let the background dry before adding to the background using my Cobblestone Stencil, Hero Pearls in Silver and Hero Wax in Gold and Black. Before the Gold Wax could dry I sprinkled some Sand Embossing Powder onto it and heat embossed it to give it a gritty, sand-like texture. Finally,  splattered my background with White Glimmer Metallic Ink.
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I wound some gold thread around the left side of my sentiment piece, stapled it and added a shell and sea star for fun. I attached the sentiment and mermaid with foam tape. Then I used glue dots to attach a sea star to her hair and one on the sea floor. The final touches were made by adding gold to the mermaid using a gel pen and Hero Pearls in gold. I also added some Hero Pearls in Pewter to the background and to give the mermaid some pearls for rings.
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For my next card I used a couple of the new add-ons: Mermaid Wishes and Tide Stencil. Before I go any further I need to let you know that this Tide stencil is uber delicate. If you pick this one up please know that you will need to be very gentle with it and that Pixie Spray is a good idea. Ok, I started this card off by using the Tide Stencil and Hero Wax in Gold to create my background on Mist cardstock. I set it aside so that it could dry.
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Next, I stamped my mermaid image in Onyx Pigment Ink and heat embossed it in clear embossing powder. I colored with my copic markers and had fun adding a lighter shade of green to the bottle trying to show that the mermaid's tail was behind the bottle. I added some extra detail to the image using white and gold gel pens before cutting it out with the coordinating die.
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I attached my stenciled background piece to a black cardbase. Then I heat embossed my sentiment in white on black so that it would match the base. I attached the mermaid and sentiment using foam tape before adding a few enamel dots as a final touch.
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Just in case you missed it here is another card that I made using this month's kit. Instead of focusing on the mermaid I used the fish as my focal point. If you'd like more detail about this card, CLICK HERE.
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Ok, that's it for today you guys! I hope you love this kit as much as I do. If you do, I recommend snagging one now because I'm predicting a quick sell out for this one. Remember to leave me a comment below to enter our giveaway and keep on hopping along with us for a ton of inspiration!

Have an awesome day!
Maria


GIVEAWAY:
We will give away a $50 gift card, drawn from the comments left across the hop. Enter by Sunday, June 12th at 11:59pm Pacific, and the winner will be announced on the Hero Arts blog the following week.


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Saturday, June 4, 2022

Hero Arts Countdown to Creativity: June 2022 Release

Hey everybody! It's almost time for the May 2022 Hero Arts My Monthly Hero release and this month's kit is a super fun kit packed with... well, I'm not telling you because my card doesn't give the theme away!

If you aren't familiar with the My Monthly Hero kit, it's a kit that is released by Hero Arts on the first Monday of every month. It always has a fun, themed, collection of stamps, dies and other goodies. The cost is just $34.99/month and the value is always much greater! 

You have the option to subscribe (subscribing now means your first kit will be the July 2022 release), or, to buy your favorite kits as one-off purchases. Be aware that once these kits sell out they are gone for good. If you see a kit you like make sure to snatch it up quickly!

Today is Day Two of the Countdown to Creativity and I've got a sneak peek of this month's kit to share with you... and this month's kit is one of my absolute favorite themes! I can't spill all of the beans yet because this is just a sneak peek so stay tuned because the full release is on Monday!

For today's card I started out by stamping the fish and the seaweed in Onyx Pigment ink and heat embossing it in clear. Next, I colored the images with my copic markers and die cut them out. I also die cut a circle frame in gold using my circle nesting dies and cut the center out of a piece of 4"x 5.25" piece of cardstock.

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Next, I ink-blended Pool Party and Blue Hawaii Reactive Inks onto a cardbase making sure that the color was placed so that it would line up with the hole I cut in the smaller cardstock piece. I sprayed the color with White Iridescent Shimmer Spray and allowed that to dry. While that was drying I glued the gold frame to my front panel and heat embossed my sentiment using Sapphire Pigment Ink and Clear embossing powder.
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I added foam tape to the back of my front panel and adhered to my cardbase. Then, I used foam tape to adhere my seaweed and my fish. The seaweed is tucked behind the front panel so it looks like it's growing out from the circle. The final touch for this card was to add a bunch of bubbles using the new Hero Pearls in White. 
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Well, that is it for today you guys! If you'd like a chance to win this kit before you can buy it then head on over to the Hero Arts blog to enter. I'll see you back here on Monday for the full release (it's amazing so make sure to come back!)!

Have a great weekend!
Maria


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Thursday, May 19, 2022

Butterfly Dreams Mixed Media Card with Hero Arts

Hey, everybody! I'm over on the Hero Arts blog today sharing this fun, and easy to make, mixed media card but I wanted to share it here too. Let me know if you decide to make it on your own!

Directions:
1. Make DIY liquid watercolor sprays by adding water and liquid watercolor to water mist bottles. 

2. Spray 4.25” x 5.5” panel of Luxe watercolor cardstock with DIY watercolor sprays in Pink, Dandelion and Indigo. Allow to dry.

3. Use the Taco Stamping technique to stamp the Abstract Ceiling Bold Prints stamp using Watermark and Embossing Ink.

4. Apply White Puff Embossing Powder and use an embossing tool to activate and heat set it.

5. Splatter the background with both White and Gold Glimmer Metallic Ink.



6. Add a 1.5” x 4.25” strip of Woodgrain Vellum about one third of the way up from the bottom of the card using a tape runner. 

7. Use Onyx Pigment Ink and Clear Embossing Powder to heat emboss the “Hello” Sentiment from the Art Journal Messages stamp set onto the right side of a .5” x 4.25” strip of classic layering vellum (it may be easier to cut the strip after heat embossing). Use a tape runner to adhere this on top of the Wood Grain Vellum (centered).

8. Heat emboss the butterfly from the Critter Silhouettes stamp set in Brass Embossing Powder onto Mist cardstock. Fussy cut the butterfly and adhere it to the card on the left side of the vellum strips.

9. Add a few sequins from the Icicles Sequins mix using Precision Glue.

10. Attach finished background to a card base.


And, that is it for today you guys! I hope you like the card and that you all have the most amazing day!

Maria


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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Hero Arts Summer Catalog and Mixed Media Release: Blog Hop & Giveaways!

Hey everybody! I'm so glad you are stopping by today because is release day for the brand new Hero Arts Summer Catalog 2021! For this release we have a really cool combination of things to share. We've got brand new products, brand new mixed media products (waxes, pearls, paste and a fabulous palette knife!) and we are even putting a mixed media style twist on some products that you may already know and love. Fun! The new catalog is absolutely gorgeous so if you'd like to get a copy for yourself click here.

Today I'll be sharing some of the projects that I made for the catalog as well as a look at the new mixed media products so make sure to stick around until the end of my post (especially if you want to enter the GIVEAWAY). For my first two projects I used exactly the same products to create two very different looks. I used liquid watercolors (as DIY sprays), the Togetherness Flower Bouquet Stamp, the Newspaper Bold Prints, the Diamond Stencil and the Luggage Tag Alphabet Frame Cuts. For my first piece I tore a piece of Strathmore watercolor paper out of a notebook and left the holes on the left side. I cut the piece down and sprayed it DIY sprays made from both liquid water colors and Reactive Ink Inkers. Then, I stamped the floral stamp repeatedly in Onyx Pigment ink and heat embossed it in clear. 
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On the left side of the piece I added dark shadows behind the flowers using a black watercolor pencil and a sharpie. This made the flowers pop forward more. On the right side of the background I stamped the Newspaper Bold Prints into the background in Splash Reactive Ink. Then I used the Diamond stencil and Unicorn White ink to create more subtle background interest. I heat embossed some of the sentiments from the new Art Journal Messages onto the background in white. 
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After splattering the background with both gold and white Glimmer Metallic ink I added a black sentiment die cut using the Luggage Tag Alphabet dies. I love the bold font of these dies and the fact that I can make any sentiment I want with them. To finish this piece up I add highlights with a white posca pen and a few black enamel dots for accents.
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This card uses the same products for a totally different look. This time I used the Hero Arts watercolor paper (A2 sized) and sprayed it with Liquid Watercolor sprays (Indigo and Pink). Then I stamped Newspaper Bold Prints onto some deli paper with permanent ink. I glued a strip of this stamped paper to my card base before applying Hero Paste over the background using the Diamond Stencil and the NEW PALETTE KNIFE which I absolutely love! While the paste was still wet I sprinkled it with White Puff Embossing Powder and heat set it. While the embossing powder was still hot I sprinkled it with Sand Embossing Powder and heat set that to add more texture. I splattered the background with with both white and gold Glimmer Metallic Ink as well as black acrylic paint and set it aside to dry.
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I stamped the flowers in Onyx Pigment Ink and heat embossed them in clear embossing powder before cutting them out with the coordinating die. Then I watercolored them with liquid watercolors (Pink, Orange, Dandelion, Leaf and Jungle Mist). I added extra detail and shadows with black sharpie and gray copic markers before adhering them to my card with foam adhesive.  
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To finish the card off I added a "HEY" sentiment cut using the Luggage Tag Alphabet dies. I adhered the letters using foam tape and then added some black enamel dots.
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My next three projects again use the same products but combine them in different ways for different outcomes. For these projects I am using the Bug Collections Bold Prints Stamp, the Novel Prose Bold Prints Stamp, and, the Love Stamp & Cut. For this card I started out with an A2 sized piece of Paradise cardstock. I used a MISTI to stamp the Bug Collections BP in Canary Pigment ink and heat embossed it in clear. Then, I ink-blended around the edges of the card using Blue Hawaii Reactive Ink and a blending brush. This darkened up the edges and gave the center of the card a glow. Next, I stamped around the edges again using Versamark ink and the Novel Prose BP stamp. I heat embossed that in gold. To finish the background off I added splatters of black acrylic paint.
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Next, I stamped the Bug Collection Bold Prints stamp onto watercolor cardstock in Onyx Pigment ink and heat set it with clear embossing powder. Then, I cut out a little piece for the top, left of my card and a butterfly for the bottom right. I also cut out a couple specimen labels to add to the background. I watercolored the butterfly with liquid watercolors and outlined the other pieces in black sharpie. I layered the butterfly onto a black banner from the Love Stamp & Cut set. I also created my sentiment from this set. I placed all of my pieces onto the background and when I was happy with the layout I glued them all done and that was all she wrote!
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For my next two projects I used playing cards. There were two extra cards in the deck so I just grabbed those and I added a layer of both white and black acrylic paint as a backdrop to get started. On this first card I stamped Novel Prose randomly into the background using black ink.
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I added circles using bubble wrap and Aquamarine Pigment Ink that I heat embossed in clear. Then, I stamped Novel Prose again, this time using Versamark ink and I heat embossed that in Sand Embossing Powder. I splattered the background with white acrylic paint and Gold Glimmer Metallic Ink before smearing more gold and black acrylic paint around the edges. At some point in this process I also stamped some "XOXO" sentiments into the background.
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To finish this playing card up I added cuttings from the Bug Collections stamp and Love Stamp & Cut that I watercolored and outlined in black. I also added some gold string behind them and some enamel dots to add a little extra texture. 
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For this Love Bug playing card I basically applied the same techniques as on the butterfly playing card. I heat embossed Novel Prose in white and then again with Sand Embossing Powder. 
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I wanted to add more color to the background so I smeared some Leaf and Jungle Mist Liquid Watercolor on with my finger. It worked better than I thought it would and I think it looks really cool.
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When I added the "Love" die cut I covered it in Clear Lacquer so that it would be shiny. I also added Clear Lacquer to the beetle so he looked three dimensional and to the "Bug" sentiment. I did the the "Bug" sentiment by hand since there wasn't one in the set. The final step was to add some white enamel dots.
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Ok! Now let's move on and check out some of the new and super awesome mixed media products that are launching today! We've got two brand new mediums and an addition to one existing product line. Here's what we've got:
   
        -Gold
        -Black
        -White (Pearlescent finish)
        -Buy them in a Bundle!

        -Gold
        -Silver
        -Pewter
        -White (Pearlescent finish)
        -Buy them in a Bundle!

        -Pearl
        -Buy them in a Bundle!

Now, here's a look at what we've got. These are swatches of all three colors of the new HERO WAXES. The waxes are a wax based product that dries permanent on most surfaces. They are great for doing a variety of techniques with. On these swatches I show that they can be applied smoothly with a palette knife (top left), textured (bottom left), heated with a heat tool to bubble them (top right), and applied with a dry brush to add texture (bottom right). They are amazing to burnish over texture on your projects, for use with stencils and for many other techniques. You can buy these waxes individually or as a bundle.
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Next up we have the new HERO PEARLS in four gorgeous colors! All four of these of a striking, metallic finish that is very eyecatching. As you can see from the swatches they can be applied in a variety of ways-here, I've used my finger, used the tip to draw a squiggle, and then made some pearls as embellishments. The colors all look stunning on both dark and light cardstock and are easy to make beautiful "pearls" with (no hershey's kiss look with these drops as they are self-leveling). You can buy these individually or as a bundle.
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Finally, we have the newest addition to our Hero Paste line with this gorgeous, new HERO PEARL PASTE. This paste is similar to others in our line (currently we have our original paste, glitter paste and now Pearl paste). It is white with a pearlescent finish and had great coverage on both light and dark cardstocks. You can add color this paste by adding a few drops of either liquid watercolor or Inkers. If you already have the two existing pastes you can pick up the Pearl paste by itself, or, if you want all three pastes you can grab the bundle. 
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Here's a look at all of the swatches for the new mediums together... Aren't they fun?!
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Before I go there are two new tools that I have to tell you about because you are going to need them!

First we've got the new stamp Scrubbing Block! This is a block that is easy to hold in your hand and allows you scrub your stamps clean while they are in your MISTI! This tool makes it easy to clean your Bold Print stamps too! Check it out HERE!

We've also got a brand new Palette Knife! I absolutely love because it's made out of metal and wood. I love tools made of natural materials so much more than plastic tools. This palette knife is also really great because of the shape of the knife. It is shaped like an elongated diamond and has a narrow tip that is easy to dip into your product containers to pick up your product. Check out this awesome, new Palette Knife HERE!

Ok, you guys! That is it for today so I hope you'll keep hopping along with us to check out the new goodies and tons of creative inspiration from the Hero Arts Creative Team. Remember to enter our giveaway too (details below)!

Have an awesome day!
Maria


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Monday, May 2, 2022

Hero Arts My Monthly Hero May 2022: Blog Hop and Giveaway!

Hey everybody! The wait is over! It's time for the Hero Arts May 2022 My Monthly Hero release and this month's kit is a kitchen-loving dream! It's got a gorgeous fancy die, coordinating  small dies, a sentiment stamp set and a fun background stamp (affiliate links may be used at no extra cost to you)! It's also got a bunch of other fun supplies like cardstock, ink, embossing powder, and baker's twine!

Before I get to my cards, if you aren't familiar with the My Monthly Hero kit, it's a kit that is released by Hero Arts on the first Monday of every month. It always has a fun, themed, collection of stamps, dies and other goodies. The cost is just $34.99/month and the value is always much greater! This month's kit is valued at $70!

You have the option to subscribe (subscribing now means your first kit will be the June release), or, to buy your favorite kits as one-off purchases. Be aware that once these kits sell out they are gone for good. If you see a kit you like make sure to snatch it up quickly! There are also a ton of amazing add-on products! You can buy the add-ons as a bundle at a discounted rate or just pick up your favorite products. 

For my first project I made a bright and happy, "Bun in the Oven" card. This card would be such a fun way to announce that a baby is on the way. The oven door opens so it would be easy to add a due date or a gender to the inside. I started out with an A2 sized piece of white cardstock and I masked off the window panes from the Open Windows Fancy die using masking paper. Then, I stamped the background stamp from the kit in Soft Granite Shadow Ink. Then I lightly ink blended the whole background with Soft Granite Ink to give it a little color. After that, I peeled the masking paper away and that left me with clean white, windows. I added some blue color using my copic markers to make it look like their was an outdoor view.

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To finish off the window scene I adhered the Open Window Fancy die cut out of white cardstock. It perfectly framed out the windows that I had colored in blue. Once I had the window frame glued down I decided to make the windows look glossy and I filled them with a layer of Crystal Clear Lacquer Pen. You may want to do this step last, or, be very careful not to smear the lacquer before it dries properly.
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Next, I cut the fancy die from the kit out of Paradise cardstock. I cut off the sides and top of the die cut leaving only the fruit bowl sitting on top of the counter. I added detail to the oven and fruit using a gold gel pen and some posca paint pens. I also stamped the sentiment onto the oven door using Onyx Pigment ink and then heat embossed it in clear embossing powder. Once that was done I glued the whole thing down using tape runner (I didn't want liquid adhesive to ooze through the gorgeous details of the die) except for the oven door which I propped slightly open with glue dots.
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For my next card I used the gorgeous new Olive Branch stamp and die set. I heat embossed the large olive branch in gold and watercolored it using my Hero Arts Liquid Watercolors (Leaf, Jungle Mist, Purple, Art Print, Black). Then, I used the coordinating dies to cut out the image.
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I used Jungle Mist Liquid Watercolor to quickly watercolor a background onto some handmade watercolor paper. Then I roughed up the edges with my fingernail and added some Gold Glimmer Metallic ink by rubbing it on with my fingers as well as splattering it with a paintbrush.
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I created a gold circle frame with my Circle Infinity Dies by stacking three layers of white cardstock behind one layer of gold metallic cardstock. I heat embossed the sentiment in Onyx Pigment ink and clear embossing powder and then cut the sentiment strip out and flagged it with scissors. I glued all of the pieces to my card front using liquid adhesive and foam tape. Then I finished the card off by adding gold drops.
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Here's a quick look at a card that I shared on Friday as a sneak peek for this kit. You can see more pictures and check out all of the details HERE.
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Ok, you guys, that is it for today! I hope you all love this kit and will continue hopping along with us for even more inspiration. The full blog hop list is below and make sure to leave a comment here to get yourself entered into our giveaway!

Have an awesome day!
Maria


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We will give away a $50 gift card, drawn from the comments left across the hop. Enter by Sunday, May 8th at 11:59pm Pacific, and the winner will be announced on the Hero Arts blog the following week.

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