Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Hero Arts: June My Monthly Hero Kit & Add-ons

Hi guys! I hope you all are doing well and getting lots of crafting time in. I have been a wild woman this past week. My son got out of school and got his first job! We've been so busy with paperwork and meetings and shopping for his work uniforms (among other things) that I haven't had much time to craft or even to blog the things I made weeks ago. I do have some AWESOME  news though! 

I started out the month playing along with Kathy Racoosin's 30 day coloring challenge (and fell off the bandwagon when life struck but that's ok!). A while back I realized that her Coloring Challenge Road Trip would be at Hero Arts which is only a couple of hours away from me! I was so excited at the possibility of attending and then so bummed when I realized that I was too late and the event was full. I decided to message Kathy to see if there was a waiting list. Today I heard back from Hero Arts and there is room for me to attend! That means that this coming Saturday I will be spending the day at Hero Arts with an amazing group of crafty people. We will just color all day long and apparently eat turkey sandwiches for lunch. Woohoo! So, this is the perfect chance for me to share some of the projects I've made recently using Hero Arts products.

This card features the June My Monthly Hero kit and one of the add-on sets called Seal of Approval. This card was custom ordered for a boy (Ethan) who was turning ten. 
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I sponged the sand and stamped the ocean with Distress Oxide inks. I wanted a softer look to the ocean so before stamping the second and darker layer of water, I spritzed the inked up stamp to oxidize the ink. I was happy with the way it blended into the larger body of water. Instead of stamping the third layer of water with the finest detail in ink... I decided to use my White Puff Embossing Powder from Wow Embossing to add some sea foam to the top of the water. I love how that embossing powder adds life and texture to the card. I watercolored the sky with Distress Oxides and stamped the clouds in white pigment ink. The clouds weren't bright enough for me so I used a white gel pen to outline the tops of them. Last, I stamped the birds in gray archival ink. 
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Now, since this card was for a ten year old I decided to make it interactive and I rigged a little mechanism on the side to make the ball bounce around a little. Here's what it looks like when it's in motion...




It's pretty basic but apparently Ethan loved it and that is all that matters. It was pretty simple to make but I wanted to share a picture of the guts of the card so that you could see what I did. After coloring the ball with Copic markers I used a hole punch to punch out a hole that was smaller than the ball. I wanted the ball to have room to move without the hole being visible from the front of the card. I put a small piece of foam adhesive on the back of the ball and fit the adhesive through the hole that I had punched. Then I used a 1/4" strip of cardstock to connect two circles that I had punched out with punches (but you could also dies or cut by hand). I attached the larger circle to the foam adhesive on the back of the ball and placed it so the smaller circle would stick out the side to move the ball around. Then I used foam adhesive to create a channel for the mechanism to sit inside, added adhesive to the rest of the card and attached it to my card base. 
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My seal was also colored with Copic Markers. Ethan's name was created by die cutting the letters out of paper that was sponged with color. I taped off the bottom half of the letters and used the Sand Embossing Powder that came in the kit to heat emboss the top of his name. You can't see it in the photo but the sand EP has quite a bit of copper in it and it gleams like Fool's Gold. It's a really cool product!
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This set made it so easy to create a gorgeous beach scene that I am sure I'll be using it often in the future.
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I'm going to enter this card into the A Blog Named Hero monthly challenge. The theme for this month is Summertime Fun and I think this card fits the theme.

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Alright, y'all. It is late in my neck of the woods and I need to head off to bed now. Thank you so much for stopping by and I will see you back here soon.

Have an awesome day!
Maria

















1 comment:

  1. This is Karen Bull, A Design Team Member with A Blog Named Hero. You did such a wonderful job with the background - very nice! The seal with the ball is super cute and colored brilliantly! Thank you for playing along with us during this month's challenge!

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