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


GIVEAWAY:
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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27 comments:

  1. Wonderful cards! I love the olive card with the gold accents and splatters! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Has wonderful variety inspiration. How did Hero Arts know I remodeled my Kitchen.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  3. Wonderful cards! I like how you added your own personal touches to make a baby card. LOVE your olive card!!

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  4. Melissa LeftrickMay 2, 2022 at 12:40 PM

    Beautiful cards!!! The florals are my favorite!

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  5. Fabulous cards! Just ordered my kit after see all the designers inspiration using it!

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  6. Love the colors! Especially the rainbow one!

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  7. Love the psychedelic card!

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  8. LOVE your kitchen scene, Maria! The lacquered window die is perfect.

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  9. Maria, you are a genius!! I did not even think of using the oven part of the die for a "bun in the oven." So clever!! I love your olive branch card as well. Finally, the rainbowesque b-day sneak peek card is really pretty.
    Love your work, Maria!
    Lori S in PA

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  10. You're a genius, Maria!! A baby announcement card! Duh... of course! So smart! I also love the olive branch card - it's stunning! Finally, the sneak peek card with the rainbow background is simple but really striking! TFS -
    Lori S in PA

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  11. Beautiful cards! I absolutely love the vintage antique look of your olive branch card!

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  12. Melissa LeftrickMay 2, 2022 at 6:40 PM

    So beautiful!

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  13. I am LOVING the olives! Your coloring of them is incredible.

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  14. What beautiful cards! I love the olive card. The background is quite lovely. I don’t know how to sign up with google. Lol sorry. I’m a bit tech ignorant. But I want to let you know your cards are pretty. Thank you.

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  15. Yuppers, that's the 1st thing I thought of, perfect for bun in the oven. Need to look up that pen, super great window. Now that Olive branch card. Wow...just WOW.

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  16. Gorgeous Cards! I love this Kitchen theme release from Hero Arts, they really outdid themselves this time.

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  17. Marisela Delgado said: Gorgeous cards, Maria! mariandmonsterd@yahoo.com

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  18. WOW you are very very busy. I love this kit. It looks like so much fun. Great job and tyfs :)

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  19. FAB cards! I do love a window in the kitchen! Your olives are so yummy looking! And that HB one is so cheerful and colorful! TFS!!!

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  20. Cute, pretty and colorful cards.
    Sue D

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  21. your cards are beautiful! if I had to pick just one it would be the olive branch it is awesome

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  22. Awesome cards! Love the kitchen design and the olive branch.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  23. Wonderful cards! I really love your olive branch!

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  24. Wow! I LOVE what you did with the olive branch. So beautiful and artful!

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  25. Wow! Fantastic cards! I love the rough edges on the olive branch card- so stunning!

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  26. I'm not brave enough to go turquoise for my kitchen, but I can go for the entire rainbow on my cards! Love the olive branch design as well.

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  27. Loving the extra touch with the glossy window glass!

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