Monday, November 2, 2020

Hero Arts My Monthly Hero November Release and a Giveaway!

Hello everybody! I hope you all had a great weekend! I'm glad you're here because we are kicking Monday off with a bang! Today is the launch of the new Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit and it is a fun one! In case you aren't familiar with the My Monthly Hero Kit... It's a kit that comes on the first Monday of every month (unless there's a switcheroo) and has an incredibly high value but is offered at a discounted rate. This month's kit is valued at $86 but you can pick it up for just $34.99. There is a catch though... Once the kit is sold out it's gone for good. You can put dibs on a kit of your own by subscribing to receive the kit each month. Each month there are add-on products that match the theme of the kit too and subscribers get the perk of being able to add those extra products for no additional shipping costs. You can check out the entire release HERE.

This month's kit is really unique because the dies are masking dies. They cut out the coordinating images like a normal die but these dies cut right on the edge of the stamped image so there is no white border around the die cut image. This means that you can also use the dies to cut shapes out of masking paper, cover your stamped images and easily ink blend your backgrounds. I did that in the second card I'm sharing today.

I had so much fun making this first card and it still cracks me up to look at it. Can you guess what just happened beneath the mistletoe (which might actually be holly but for this card I'm calling it mistletoe)? Hahahaha! Mr. Snowman has been stealing kisses and obviously he took his snow lady by surprise. To make the snowpeople on this card I cut them both out using the dies (no stamping) and colored in all of the details with copic markers. To get the reverse image I flipped  one of them around before coloring.
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I ink blended the background using my reactive inks. To create the hill I cut a stencil out of a piece of white paper and used both the positive and negative pieces to build the scene. I created a stencil using the tree die and ink blended trees on top of the blue background. Then I sprayed the upper part of the background with white irridescent shimmer spray and splattered it with white metallic ink. It's so pretty and sparkly in real life!
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I heat embossed the sentiment in white on black cardstock and adhered it with foam adhesive. Then, I stamped, colored and die cut the mistletoe and adhered that so it looked like it was hanging from the sentiment strip. I adhered the snowmen below the mistletoe and used a gray copic marker to add shadows below them. The final touch for this card was to add some highlights with a white gel pen.
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My second card was incredibly easy and fast to make. I started out by using my owl die to cut a mask from masking paper. If you've never used masking paper before it's a sticky paper with a backing. When you are ready to use it you peel the back off of it and stick it to your paper to create a mask. When you are done using the mask you simply peel it off. It will come up easily without leaving behind and adhesive residue. After heat embossing my owl and sentiment onto my card face in black I stuck my owl mask on top of it. This completely covered my owl image. Next, I stamped the branch so that it appeared that my owl was standing on top of it. 
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I placed a piece of purple tape below the owl so that I could ink blend only the top of my card. Using my reactive inks I ink blended above the tape and on top of the mask I had stuck over my owl image. I used my lightest color behind the owl and my darkest color on the outer edge. 

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When I was done ink blending I peeled the mask off of the owl and then removed the purple tape as well. This left behind a clean image of the owl that popped off the background. The last thing I did was to add color to the branch image with my copies.

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Ok, that is it for me today but before we go I want to make sure you know about the giveaway...

GIVEAWAY: Hero Arts will give away one $50 gift card, drawn from the comments left across the hop. Enter by Sunday, November 8th at 11:59pm pacific, and the winner will be announced on the Hero Arts blog the following week. All you need to do to enter is leave me a comment below.

To continue on the hop you can head over to Michelle's blog to see what beautiful things she's made with this kit. If you prefer to see the whole list of blog hoppers I've got that listed for you below.

Have an awesome day!
Maria


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51 comments:

  1. Such a great kit. Thanks for participating and sharing your cards!

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  2. Sooo cute! Love the great ideas of using the masking dies - Thanks!

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  3. Hi, Maria - I love both the cards you showcased! I love the blending behind the owl (you could have ended your narration with "that's 'owl' I have time for..." hahaha) and I adore the snowpeople one at the start of your blog entry. I just love the coloring you did on the snowfolks.
    You are "supertalentosa" in Spanish (I'm a language teacher).
    Lori S in PA

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  4. Especially like the festive snowman & snowwoman. Owl background coloring is wonerful. Ordwonderful.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  5. Love both of your cards. The first one is amazing coloring.

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  6. Love your color combos. Those snow people are so cute! Great kit!

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  7. I really like your CAS style cards.

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  8. Oh my gosh your cards are just so precious! I think my absolute favorite one would have to be the snowmen card!

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  9. Wonderful cards; love your owl card especially!

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  10. Cute surprise kissing snowmen and wonderful owl card.

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  11. i love your cards especially how you did the snowman one...also how you halfed the owlcard beautiful!!!the snowmen look real!!!

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  12. Love your cards! The snowmen card is adorable!

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  13. Super cute cards! The snowman couple is so sweet! Owls are my favorite so I love the second card. The ombre background is beautiful too!

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  14. The coloring on your snowman card is amazing
    Each has its own personality.

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  15. Marisela Delgado said: Such beautiful cards! mariandmonsterd@yahoo.com

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  16. How cute are the snowmen! I love how you did the background for the owl too!

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  17. Love your cards the snow couple is adorable..made me laugh when I first saw it..that surprised look on the lady snow person is soooo cute...

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  18. I especially love the sweet little round tummy snow couple! Cute colors and warm card!

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  19. Such cuteness! (Love your blog logo, too. )

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  20. Love your gorgeous cards Maria but your snow people card is just too precious and so creative. Wonderful festive scene!

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  21. LOL, I love the faces on the snowmen!

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  22. LOVE your idea with the snow people!! Absolutely wonderful!! CAS cards!! So easy to mass produce, too...your color palettes and card designs are awesome!!

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  23. Beautiful cards. I love them both! Thanks for sharing them.

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  24. Beautifully designed! Love the expression on the red snowman's face. lol

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  25. Gorgeous cards! Love the colors and designs...

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  26. I think your first card is absolutely adorable & I love the expressions you added to the snow persons. Your colour blending on both cards is superb. This is my favourite kit & I'd like to be able to purchase every add-on, but that's not possible. Here's hoping...

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  27. The expression on the snowwoman's face made me laugh!! Your color combinations are really pleasing!! Beautiful cards and techniques.

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  28. The little snow people are so sweet and I love that little owl, too.

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  29. Such a cute card with the snowmen!! Love it, and love this kit!

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  30. so cute. I love the couple santa's

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  31. Such a cute snowmen card! And I love your design and ink blending on your owl card!

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  32. These are the most adorable cards..LOVE both of them!

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  33. Such cute cards! The owl is precious.

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  34. Wonderful cards. Love the expression on the lady snowperson! Wonderful coloring.

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  35. oh your snowman card was just featured on the FB LIVE. love how you made them so cute and unique! thanks!

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  36. Oh my gosh, your snowmen are super adorable! Love your colouring!

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  37. Your cards are adorable! I love how the snowmen pop against the purple snow!

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  38. Maria, both of your cards are ADORABLE! Thanks so much for the inspiration! This new set of HA is the bomb!

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  39. I just love your sense of humor!! Those snowmen are adorable!!!

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  40. What great cards! I just adore your little snowman card! Your colouring is so beautiful and gives the whole scene a wonderful soft, snowy look! Thanks so much for the inspiration! Take care! :)

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  41. Absolutely adorable snowman card! I learned so much from your tutorial and have lots of ideas for my own crafting. The owl card is just as special and is a great design for making cards when you don't have a lot of time!

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  42. Oh wow, that snow couple is adorable! And your owl card is just gorgeous - love the color on the background.

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  43. I like the snowmen and owl. Great shares.

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  44. Your snowmen card is so darn cute and of course I love the owl! Such a great kit!

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  45. Awesome cards & wonderful Kit! I especially love your owl card!

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  46. Beautiful cards! I love the snowy effect and colors.

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  47. Hi Maria :) Love your owl card and your snowmen are so adorable too!!! TFS :)

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