Monday, March 8, 2021

VIDEO: Hero Arts My Monthly Hero March 2021 Release, Blog Hop and a Giveaway!

Hey everybody! The My Monthly Hero release is finally here and this month we've got a super fun book themed kit. 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 $73! You have the option to subscribe (subscribing now means your first kit will be the April 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! Oh! Also, don't forget to check out the add-ons! Every month there is an offering of add-on products that coordinate with the monthly kit theme. You can check out this month's add-ons here.

Today's post is part of an amazing blog hop with tons of inspiration. So if you'd like to see some really great projects please make sure you check out everybody on the hop. There's also a great giveaway from Hero Arts! Details for both the blog hop and giveaway are at the bottom of my post so make sure to check that out.

Today I've got a mixed media card and video to share with you. I used images from the main kit as well as stamps from some of the add-on sets to create my card...

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If you'd like to watch how I made this card here's the video I made for you...

 
If you are having trouble watching this video click HERE to view it now.


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I started out by using my copic markers to color the focal point of my card which is the girl sitting in the chair. I show how I like to color and share some tips for adding shadow and texture in my video. I also have all of the colors that I used listed in a graphic at the end of my video.


After I colored the main image I worked on my background. I started with a base of Dina Wakley gloss sprays. Then, I added ink, acrylic paint, embossing powder and gilding flakes.
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I stamped out some extra images from the following add-on stamp sets: Novel Prose Bold Prints, Bookworm Messages, Literally the Best and Library Card Stamp & Cut XL. Then I heat embossed a sentiment from the Literary Quotes stamp set and put my card together using foam adhesive for some good dimension.
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My second card is the one I shared for day two of the countdown on Saturday. To create this card I started out with a piece of watercolor cardstock. I stamped the tree image from the main kit using the rainbow ink pad that also comes with the kit.
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After I stamped the tree I swiped the ink pad across my glass mat. I used this ink and a paint brush to water color the image.
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For some extra detail I used my colored pencils and added shading to the image (but most of the color is from the watercoloring I did using ink from the ink pad). I added a heat embossed sentiment and that was it for this card!
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Here's a look at this month's kit. It's packed full of fun goodies! Here's what is included:
-6" x 8" Clear Stamp Set
-7 Coordinating Frame Cuts
-Reactive Palette Ink Pad
-Water Flow Brush
-6 Bookmarks, Pure White Cardstock
-Rainbow Hemp Cord, 6 meters



Ok, you guys! That is all I've got for today. I hope you enjoyed my video and this fun look at this month's Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit. I hope you'll keep on going with the blog hop and remember to check out the giveaway details below.

Have an awesome day!
Maria




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Hero Arts will give away one $50 gift card, drawn from the comments left across the hop. Enter by Sunday, March 14th at 11:59pm pacific, and the winner will be announced on the Hero Arts blog the following week.


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Saturday, March 6, 2021

Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Countdown and a Giveaway!

Hey everybody! It's that time again when we are counting down the days until the next My Monthly Hero kit release from Hero Arts... and you had to wait an extra week this month which is so torturous! Thank goodness it's almost Monday (release day) and today is the second day of sneak peeks.  

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 $73! You have the option to subscribe (subscribing now means your first kit will be the April 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!

Ok, on to my card! I used this fun tree stamp and the rainbow palette ink pad that's included in the kit to create this card. I started out by stamping the image on watercolor paper. I stamped a couple of times to make sure I had a crisp image.
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Next, I smeared my ink pad onto my glass mat. I used a paintbrush and the ink from the pad to watercolor the image in rainbow order. I made sure to leave the small images in the tree uncolored. Then, I went back through and colored all of the little images in different colors to make them stand out. I used colored pencils to add shading where it was needed.

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To finish my card off I heat embossed my sentiment in white onto Pitch Black Cardstock (it's back in stock!!!). 

SIDENOTE: If you don't know about this black cardstock and it's amazingness then I'm here to tell you that it is super thick, the darkest black, and my favorite black cardstock ever. I have been rationing scraps of it for months now and I am so happy it's back in stock!

Then I added a strip of black cardstock onto the side and glued the whole thing onto a top-folding, white card base.
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That is all I've got for today but make sure to come back on Monday because I've got a fun mixed media card and a video to share with you when the kit goes live. For now, make sure you head over to the Hero Arts blog for a chance to win this kit before you can buy it! 


See you back here Monday for the full kit release and more inspiration. Have a great rest of your weekend!

Maria



Friday, February 26, 2021

Tonic Studios Stamp Club Release, Video and Giveaway: Compassion and Poppies

Hey everybody and welcome to the release of Tonic Studios newest Stamp Club release! This month's release is called Compassion and Poppies and it is a beauty! The stamps are packed with gorgeous florals and heartfelt sentiments and the dies add a ton of extra versatility to the bundle! If you like what you see you'll want to head to the shop (Tonic Studios USA  or Tonic Studios UK) now and pick up a bundle because once they are sold out they are gone for good.  

I've got ten different cards and a video to share with you today so let's get to it! For my first card I stamped the largest floral image in Black Shadow ink and watercolored it.

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I used the rectangular frames from the coordinating dies to cut my panel. Then I used the larger rectangle to cut a black mat to easily frame out my image piece.

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I added this to a lightly watercolored card front and finished it off with a heat embossed sentiment.
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If you'd like to take a closer look at how I put my cards together here's a video to show you in more detail...

If you are having trouble viewing this video please CLICK HERE to watch it now.


For my next card I used alcohol markers to color three of the poppies from the main image. One of the cool things about the dies in this set is that they cut the large poppy stamp into two flower groupings. I used this group of three as a focal point for this card.
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I used paper from the Winter Wonderland pack and created a frame using the rectangle dies.
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To finish my card off I stamped a sentiment in blue and put everything together using foam adhesive.
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I used the second flower grouping from the main stamp along with another poppy strip to create my next card which happens to be a shaker card.
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I used the medium rectangle to cut the center out of some white cardstock. Then, I used the medium and large rectangles to create a black frame and glued that on. I added acetate to the back of the panel and then glued my flowers to the front.
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I ink blended a panel for my background so that inside of my shaker card would be blue. I splattered it with Glitter Gloss for some added detail. 
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Next, I added sequins and glitter on top of my background and then I adhered the front panel on top using foam tape. If you do this make sure that you completely seal all of the gaps so that none of the shaker guts fall out. Here's a picture to show you what the card looks like when you can see the guts through the acetate window.
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For my next two cards I did the same technique for each but used different background colors for totally different looks. I used the two leaf frond dies to cut out a bunch of die cuts from some ink-blended paper. I also cut out a bunch of die cuts in white. I glue two white ones underneath each colored die cut to create thick pieces.
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I die cut a heart from white cardstock and layered the colorful die cuts on top. I had to cut some of them to make them fit. Once they were arranged I glued them down.
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I added a sentiment and glued my heart to a watercolored background piece.
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This next card was created exactly the same way. This time I used a square layout and a darker color scheme.
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I used the same sentiment because I thought it was perfect for the heart shape.
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I added sparkle to the die cuts and flecks of black to the background for some added detail.
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This next card uses another of the stamp images to create a focal point. I stamped the image in black and colored it using alcohol markers.
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I placed a piece of low-tack tape below the image and used a blending brush to gently ink blend some blue onto my cardstock. I added a very light layer of ink so that it didn't affect my colored flowers.
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I stamped my sentiment below the flowers and used a deckled die to cut out my panel. You could also use the Tim Holtz deckle trimmer to do this.
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This nest card uses a bunch of the twig looking dies cut out in both white and silver. 
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I arranged them over a gray background that was splattered with glitter gloss and added some of the smallest flowers from the stamp set.
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I added a sentiment and put the whole thing on lighter gray cardstock to finish it off.
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This card is a really simple one but sometimes that's just what you need when you have to send a sympathy card. I started out by masking a circle off on my card panel.
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Then, I used a blending brush and Nuvo Hybrid ink to blend the background. I stamped my flowers and removed the mask.
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Finally, I colored in my flowers with gray markers and added a sentiment.
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The large poppy stamp can very easily be used to create a slim-line card. All you need to do is to stamp it repeatedly from one side of the cardstock to the other. I show how to do this in my video above.
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I stamped my poppies repeatedly onto watercolor paper using black shadow ink.
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Then, I watercolored using Karin markers and a paint brush.
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I added a heat embossed sentiment....
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...and some sequins to finish off my card.
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My last card is probably the easiest one of the bunch. Like I said before, sometimes you just need an easy (but pretty) card when someone's heart is hurting.
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I heat embossed the poppies in white onto some textured, gray cardstock. The image is so pretty that it didn't need coloring for this type of card but I did add some dream drops to the centers of the flowers.
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I added a pop of color to my card by using colored cardstock for my sentiment strips and added them with foam adhesive for dimension.
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Now that you've had a look at all of the cards I made, here's a look at both the stamp and die sets that are included in this bundle. It's an incredible value for $34.99!





Ok, you guys, that is it for today. I hope you enjoyed my cards and will love playing with this bundle as much as I have. Check out the giveaway below and keep on hopping along with us for more amazing inspiration using this bundle!

Have an awesome day!
Maria



GIVEAWAY:
-One lucky winner will win a £50/$50 Giftcard to Tonic Studios and the Compassion & Poppies Bundle!
-To enter comment on every blog in the hop by 11:59pm PST on March 3, 2021/ 7:59am GST on Feb. 4, 2021
-Winner will be announced on March 5th, 2021 on IG and FB so make sure you're following all Tonic accounts!


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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Hero Arts: Black History Month Blog Hop

Hi everybody! The crew from Hero Arts is celebrating Black History month with an Instagram Hop! To head to instagram and check that out CLICK HERE. We are using the Unity line of products and I decided to use this gorgeous Color Layering Flower Power stamp set. I started out by ink-blending my background using Splash, Blue Hawaii and Grape Slush. Then I used the Script Bold Prints stamp to heat emboss the background using Sand Embossing powder. I wanted this to have a grungy, mixed media style look so I did not use an anti-static tool and I allowed a lot of powder to stay stuck to the edges.
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I decided to use the outline stamps only from the Color Layering Flower Power set and watercolored them with the Hero Arts Liquid Watercolors. I used Cocoa, Art Print Brown and Strawberry for the skin and lips.
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I used the coordinating dies to cut this beautiful lady out and adhered her to my card using foam adhesive. To finish my card off I heat embossed a sentiment in white on black cardstock and popped that on with foam adhesive as well.
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Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope you'll head over to Instagram to check out the whole hop. 

Have an awesome day!
Maria


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