Friday, July 2, 2021

Hero Arts Countdown to Creativity: You're One of a Kind!

Hey everybody! It's almost time for the July Hero Arts My Monthly Hero release and this month's kit is like gnome other... Sorry, that was awful but I couldn't help it!

But first, 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! 

NOTE: This month's kit will go live on Tuesday, July 6th because of the Fourth of July holiday here in the US.

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!

Today is Day One of the Countdown to Creativity and I've got a sneak peek of this month's kit to share with you. I picked a few different stamps from the kit and did a little bit of masking, coloring and inkblending to build a fun little scene.
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The tree stump and flowers are stamped onto the card face and the little house and gnome climbing the ladder were colored separately, die cut and and then adhered onto the card face. 
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The trickiest part was the gnome on the ladder. After I die cut him and added him to the card there was a lot of white space between the ladder rungs that blocked the tree stump. Since I had masked the first images onto the background and there was no white space I thought the ladder's white space looked off stylistically. I got out my fine tip sharpie and went to work drawing in the lines of the tree stump onto my ladder die cut. When I was done I colored the hand-drawn scene between the ladder rungs in with matching copic markers. It was easier than I thought it would be and I was happy that it pulled the card together for a more cohesive look.
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To catch more sneak peeks of this month's kit head on over to the Hero Arts blog where you can find the rest of the Day One sneaks as well as enter the giveaway to win a kit before you can buy it!

We will catch you on Tuesday, July 6th for the full release!

Have an amazing day!
Maria


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37 comments:

  1. Maria, your card is very pretty, gnomes are one of my favorite themes and I love that you didn’t make it as a holiday card. To me, it can be used for any occasion. Tfs

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  2. Maria, your card is very pretty, gnomes are one of my favorite themes and I love that you didn’t make it as a holiday card. To me, it can be used for any occasion. Tfs

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  3. Maria, your card is very pretty, gnomes are one of my favorite themes and I love that you didn’t make it as a holiday card. To me, it can be used for any occasion. Tfs

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  4. Hello from Malta, New York. Great card. I really hope to see a video on how you made this card. You have some mad talent. Looking forward to another Hero Art kit.

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  5. Gnomes are one of my passions, and they can be used year round in different ways. I love the look of this card and all the colours you used. It's so inviting!

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  6. Your card is adorable! Love your coloring talent!

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  7. You card is so stinkin' cute, the colors just pop.

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  8. That is a great card and thanks for the tip on the white space. It looks really good now.

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  9. Such a cute card! Great idea to color in the white spaces...made it all look cohesive.

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  10. Absolutely adorable! Love it all!

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  11. You did a great job in hiding the white space. Thanks for sharing your cute card.

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  12. You did a great job in hiding the white space. Thanks for sharing your cute card.

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  13. Adorable card! You did a great job coloring white space. If you hadn't told me I don't think I would have noticed. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  14. Super cute scene with the gnome climbing the ladder. Love all of the colors too.

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  15. Happy bright colours & that little whimsical leaf roofed house sitting on the stump make this card so very cute. You did a great job with the ladder.

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  16. Your card is both sweet and magical!

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  17. Your card is both sweet and magical!

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  18. You sure are one of a kind. Cute card.

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  19. This is so pretty and I love this background!

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  20. Great job trouble shooting your details while scene building your card! This is terrific!

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  21. This card is absolutely adorable. Your colors are amazing. You are right - this is a kit like gnome other!!

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  22. Oh, this is so cute! I love it!

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  23. Your card is darling! I love the little house and gnome, so bright and cheery.

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  24. Love your color choices as always, but I especially appreciated reading about the extra effort that went into the ladder placement. You definitely got it all perfect! To me, that’s the type of thing that makes (traditional) stamping fun and challenging!

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  25. Love your color choices as always, but I especially appreciated reading about the extra effort that went into the ladder placement. You definitely got it all perfect! To me, that’s the type of thing that makes (traditional) stamping fun and challenging!

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  26. Love your color choices as always, but I especially appreciated reading about the extra effort that went into the ladder placement. You definitely got it all perfect! To me, that’s the type of thing that makes (traditional) stamping fun and challenging!

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  27. Such an adorable card! Beautiful scene you made.

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  28. This card is so cute. I can't wait to get the kit

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  29. I love the cute scene with the blue gnome and blue flowers. You did a great job of harmonizing the die cuts with their background.

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  30. So cute - love the fact that you see the gnome from the back, climbing the ladder. Cute!!!

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  31. What a charming scene...I just can't get enough of the adorable gnomes and their cute homes!

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  32. looking forward to this kit. And your Ladder and background skills are amazing!

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  33. Super cute card! How creative coloring the ladder white space!

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  34. Wonderful card - love the cute scene you created. Anxious to see the rest of the release! Thanks for sharing!

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