Saturday, March 2, 2024

My Monthly Hero March Kit Countdown!

The March My Monthly Hero Kit by Hero Arts is going to blow you away! The images are so stunning, and make sure you check out the incredible add-ons on release day... there is some serious inspiration coming your way by the rest of the team.

I'm using the March Premium kit for my card today. The premium kit has a beautiful cherry blossom themed stamp and die set, along with the fun pink embellishments you see on my card. 

First I stamped the background (Dove White Cardstock) with a single cherry blossom image using Peony ink. I then die cut that panel with the Scallop Infinity Die

The cherry blossom stamps were heat embossed in Gold onto watercolor cardstock. I then used the Waterflow Brush to watercolor the images with Taffy, Fruit Punch, and Key Lime Fizz Reactive Inks. The centerpiece of my card features 4 different cherry blossom stamps that I glued together for a longer branch. All images were cut in the Compact Cutter once they were dried.

I glued the panel onto Kiwi Cardstock, added the sentiment which is stamped in Kiwi Ink, and topped it all off with those cute enamel embellishments in the premium kit.

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Sunday, February 25, 2024

ATC Cactus

 It was so much fun to get inky in creating these ATCs! I had just returned from my trip to Phoenix, so obviously there were cacti on my mind :)

I started with Strathmore Mixed Media Paper cut to 2.5" x 3.5". With Distress Watercolor Pencils, I painted the base orange and blue. Then I used Hero Arts Paste over the Stripes stencil and the Nordic stencil.

Next I loosely painted parts of each ATC with Distress Paint in Twisted Citron. Later, I sort of covered up this color with Cracked Pistachio because the green cactus blended in too much.

Next I added some of the new Hero Arts Transfers Collage Backgrounds.

Now it's time for the cactus! With Strathmore Mixed Media Paper I die cut the saguaro and the prickly pear dies from the Sizzix Funky Cactus collection. I painted them with various shades of green Distress Watercolor Pencils, glued together with Precision Glue, then inked over the edged with Walnut Stain.

Then I pulled out some Dina Wakley stamps, Text and Scribbles, and stamped those with Distress Watercolor Pencils in pink and blue shades. I did this to help break up all the Twisted Citron in the center of the ATCs.

As mentioned earlier, I then covered up the green with Cracked Pistachio paint...

The final step of the background is here... Gold Leaf! I used some gold leaf from the Hero Arts March Kit... this is my first time using it and I held my breath the whole time :) 

The finishing touches - I used foam tape to adhere the cactus pieces. The sentiments were stamped with Versafine Ink from the Tiny Text stamp set.

Are you team saguaro or team prickly pear?

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Monday, February 19, 2024

Spread Kindness - Sending Peace

Today I have a couple of groovy cards to share featuring the February releases from Hero Arts. It's all about peace and love today!

This card starts by creating the background. I lightly spread Hero Arts Paste over a panel of Watercolor Paper. While the paste is still wet, I pressed the Words of Peace bold print rubber stamp on top. Lightly lift up the rubber stamp and allow the entire background to dry completely. I then sprayed the background with Fuchsia + Gold metallic spray and Yellow + Copper metallic spray. I set that aside to dry and then lightly inked the Peace Daisy stencil in similar colors of Plum and Papaya ink.

I used the same Words of Peace bold print to stamp the entire card base in the same ink colors again - Papaya and Plum. Then I die cut the Dove and Olive Branch fancy die and very lightly colored it with copics.

The 'sending peace' sentiment is from the "Sending Peace" mini stamp set and stamped in Granite Ink. The finished panel is die cut from Scallop Infinity Dies and popped on the card base with foam tape.

My next card was a fun one and continues the super rad theme!

I started by cutting a Tag Infinity Die from watercolor paper. First I randomly stamped the peace sign and dove (also from the Sending Peace mini set) with Embossing Ink and heat embossed in White. Then I loosely watercolored the tag with Hero Arts liquid watercolors in Bright Yellow, Bright Pink, and Dark Teal.

Then I grabbed another piece of Watercolor cardstock and sprayed it with Ocean Blue + Gold and Blue + Shimmer Metallic Sprays. Once completely bone dry, I heat embossed the heart image and "spread kindness" sentiment in white - these stamps are from the Peace and Love Bundle.

Finally, the black card base is dry embossed with the Peace Daisy Stencil by just running the cardstock and stencil through my die cutting machine. I then very lightly inked the embossed panel with Unicorn Ink to help the pattern pop out.

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