Monday, October 3, 2022

Hero Arts My Monthly Hero October 2022 Release: Blog Hop & Giveaway!

Hey everybody! The wait is over! It's time for the Hero Arts October 2022 My Monthly Hero release and this month's kit is a gorgeous, wintery, Christmas bundle! It's got a large 6"x8" stamp set filled stamps that are perfect for scene building or for using individually. There are also sentiments in a most beautiful font. The coordinating die set cuts out all of the images including the sentiments! The kit also includes a cling background stamp of falling snow, two different white ink cubes, and some gorgeous papers (affiliate links may be used at no extra cost to you)!

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 $79!

You have the option to subscribe (subscribing now means your first kit will be the November 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 share today I wanted to show how easy it is to make gorgeous holiday tags with this kit. I started out with a piece of Mist cardstock. I selected two of the images from the kit to build a scene. I stamped one with Granite ink and the second with INTENS-ified Black ink. The lighter gray ink helped the first image to fade into the background and made it look further away. The black ink brought the second image to the foreground and also allowed me to overlap the two images without losing any of the detail. After stamping the images I used my Tag Infinity Dies to cut out a tag in the size that I wanted.

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I used some post-it tape to create a mask for the bottom portion of my tag. Then, I used a blending brush and some Blue Hawaii Reactive Ink to ink around the edges to darken up the sky before heat embossing the falling snow background stamp in White Satin Pearl. I used white and yellow Posca pens to snow and light to the windows on the images. Next, I heat embossed my sentiment in white onto Cherry cardstock, die cut it with the coordinating die, and adhered it to my tag with foam tape. A couple of rhinestone gems and some twine added the finishing touches to my tag.
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For my next card I decided to use the Gingerbread House Fancy Die which is an add-on to this month's kit. I left the die set connected and ran it through my die cut machine twice, once with Luxe watercolor paper (I didn't end up watercoloring so white cardstock would've been fine), and again with Sand cardstock. I started by ink-blending the edges of the gingerbread house with Sand ink to add a little depth. Then I used my red and yellow Posca paint pens to color in the windows and sash on the house as well as the stripes on the candy cane. I added Gold Hero Pearls to sash on the house to fancy it up a little bit. I colored the gingerbread cookie and tree with my copic markers and set them aside.
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I wanted to have some really great, textured snow on this card so I used the Snow & Froth Technique Kit (lacquer pen and white puff embossing powder) to add snow to the roof top and the door of the gingerbread house. To do this, just squirt the lacquer pen everywhere that you want snow, cover it with white puff embossing powder, and heat set it. You will end up with most wonderful snow!
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For the background I started out with a piece of Mist cardstock and I inkblended the edges with Blue Hawaii Reactive ink. Next I grabbed the Sprinkled Dots stencil, taped it to my background (add tape to back of cardstock to prevent tearing). and applied Glitter Paste with my palette knife. I hit the glitter paste with my heat tool to dry it quickly and then I adhered my assembled gingerbread house and accessories to the card using foam adhesive. I stamped the Holiday Sentiment Strips in black ink on Cherry cardstock then cut all of the sentiments out at once using the Sentiment Strips Fancy Die. This combination is so awesome bc you end up with so many perfect sentiment strips at once and anything you don't use immediately can be saved for another project. Anyhow, I added my sentiment strip using foam tape and that was it for my card.
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Here is another card that I made using the October 2022 kit. If you want all of the details for this card then over to this blog post HERE.
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That is it for today you guys! I hope you love this month's kit as much as I do. Please check out the details for the giveaway below and make sure to check out the rest of the blog hop for some incredible inspiration!

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, October 9th at 11:59pm Pacific, and the winner will be announced on the Hero Arts blog the following week.


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24 comments:

  1. sweet projects!!! the ginger bread house is too cute - thanks for sharing

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  2. First, love the name CardBomb! Each of you cards are so beautiful. Great work. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Lovely cards.

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  4. Love the gingerbread house! Great tag too!

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  5. What fun cards. The gingerbread house is darling.

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  6. Lovely cards! I really like your ink blended backgrounds.

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  7. Love the tag & rainbow background!

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  8. I want a bite out of that gingerbread house. It's so yummy looking.

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  9. Your last card is extra special. I'm not into Santa, but this is really great!

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  10. Beautiful! My favorite is the last card with the beautifully blended background.

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  11. Marisela Delgado said: These are so beautiful! mariandmonsterd@yahoo.com

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  12. I really like the detail in the tag and how you 'lit up' all of the windows!

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  13. Fabulous designs! I love your lovely tag (that needs to be re-gifted for sure) and the gingerbread house is so awesome with the dimension from the snow and the wonderful shading you've added! Thank you so much for sharing and inspiring!

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  14. Fantastic tag and cards! I really love your background with Santa's sleigh - so beautiful!

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  15. Jennifer Jane MillsOctober 4, 2022 at 4:50 PM

    Super cute cards and tag. Great job.

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  16. Gorgeous cards and tag! Love the Christmas scene.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  17. LOVE the vibrant colors on your cards! Your gingerbread man is adorable!

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  18. Love your Tag, love your gingerbread house, love that pretty little silhouette scene--your ink blending looks marvelous! Merry Merry!

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  19. Great cards! I love how you used the granite ink to make the buildings fade into the background! And I just love the gingerbread house!

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