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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Space in my Heart

I'm popping in today to share another card I made with the awesome August Monthly Release from Hero Arts! I love all of the space-themed stuff so much. Today I played with the gorgeous Milky Way Window Fancy Die.


I die cut the frame using watercolor paper, and then just randomly added colors using my Hero Arts Watercolor Dot Palette. I trimmed down a piece of silver glitter cardstock, and die cut again. Then I attached the watercolored galaxy right on top of the glitter one, using foam dots. I like that the silver glitter paper peeks out just a bit to add a hint of shimmer. I also used two die cut stars from the frame die.


The message is from Dream Big, and I embossed it in silver. Speaking of the Dream Big stamp set, have you checked it out? The planet balloons are my favorite thing from the entire release!


If you missed my post yesterday, I shared another project from this month's release.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

August My Monthly Hero - Release + Giveaway!

(Edited to add: I created another card for this release using the Milky Way Window Fancy Die - click HERE if you'd like to see it in action!)

Hello and welcome! The new Hero Arts My Monthly Hero kit is here, and it is fabulous! I think it may be my favorite month ever. There's space and kitties and moons and stars and clouds and little girls flying to their dreams. That's it - it's just plain dreamy!

I haven't made cards in a little while, and when I don't I become kinda.... erm.... rusty! So this month I wasn't feelin' it on the card front - so instead I turned to my art journal. It's always my best friend when I need to send out search party for my crafty mojo! My favorite image in the main kit is the little girl flying. It just reminds me of Peter Pan, or chasing your dreams, or believing anything is possible... I don't know, I just love it. I've also had an idea in my head for ages to make a journal page inspired by Ruth B's song "Lost Boy," which has a Peter Pan theme - so this was just the kit to finally do it!

I began by covering the pages of my art journal (I use this one from Strathmore - I picked it up at Michael's with a coupon) with Daniel Smith watercolor ground. I used a ground with a really pretty shimmer to it. Then I watercolored over it once dry, using Daniel Smith paints. The shimmery ground leaves the background with a slight shimmery feel once painted. So pretty! And of course impossible to capture in photos - sorry - I stink at photographing my art journal! It's much prettier in person - trust me. ;-)

Using Orchid ink, I lightly stamped the "life is but a dream" message from the kit all over the background.

The little girl and the moon were done by covering a panel of cardstock with Versamark, direct to paper, and coating with Black Sparkle embossing powder. Then I used the dies from the kit to cut out the moon and girl. I didn't stamp them at all - just used the dies.

One of my favorite add-ons to this kit are the fabulous Nesting Cloudy Infinity Dies. I love flat-bottomed clouds, and I'm thrilled to have them in a variety of sizes now. Again, I prepped the paper first, then die-cut. This time I painted watercolor paper with more of the same Daniel Smith paint, and also spritzed with the blueberry shimmer ink that came with the kit. I will give you a little bit of a warning - this ink is messy, it sprays far and wide - so be careful when you use it! But I absolutely LOVE how it looks!!

More details were added to the background. The trees are from the Color Layering Snowy Tree stamp set. The fun little star trio from the kit was stamped here and there with gold Delicata ink. I love all of the ways to add stamped sparkle and shimmer with this kit - or "fairy dust", if you'd like!


The lyrics to the song by Ruth B were typed up and printed out on the computer, then cut up and added to the page with Ranger matte multi medium. I doodled little boxes around each word with my black Sharpie, and I also added a black border to the pages using a black acrylic paint marker.

Here's the song by Ruth B if you've never heard it - it was out a while ago, but I love it so! (Find it here on YouTube if it's not showing up on your device!)


And here's a look at this fabulous kit!


Now let's get hopping! Please visit all of the links below, and leave comments as you go! Hero Arts is giving away a kit to one lucky commenter, drawn from the comments left on all of the blogs. You have until Sunday, August 13 at 11:59pm to get your comments in. Check the Hero Arts blog for the winner!

The Hero Arts Blog
Jennifer McGuire
Nichol Spohr
Wanda Guess
Ilina Crouse
May Park
Yana Smakula
Lydia Fiedler
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Amy Tsuruta
Michelle Short
Libby Hickson (you are here!)

And if you didn't see my Countdown post on the Hero Arts blog this past weekend, check it out here. I was thinking outside of the card for this project, too! Do you know about the Kindness Rocks project?


 
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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

More from July's Monthly Release

(If you're looking for my My Monthly Hero blog hop post, please click HERE or scroll down!)

I'm back with a few more cards I created using the July release from Hero Arts. I am so in love with everything this month! Flowers are always my favorite.


I followed the same general theme with this trio of cards - using a watercolor wash for the background, created with Ultramarine Turquoise paint on my Watercolor Dot Palette. This first card features the Daisy and Bugs Stamp & Cut set. I absolutely love daisies, and this great big bloom is just plain gorgeous. Instead of using the dies, I fussy cut this one. Dies would be easier!


My second card uses a flower from Little Florals, and lots of masking. I'm not sure if the flower is technically a poppy? But I used it like it was, watercoloring it orange after stamping it multiple times, masking to create some dimension. I added a little glitter glue to the flower centers once the paint was dry.


For the third and final card, I made a very simple card with the adorable little snail included in Summer Garden. I love this "cheering you on" message with the snail - I think of someone sending it to me if I were to do something like running a race or riding a bike, because I'd be going as slow as a snail...!


I added glitter glue to the snail's body, but my very favorite part? The glitter glue snail trail!


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Monday, July 3, 2017

July My Monthly Hero - Release + Giveaway!

(Edited to add: I've created a trio of cards using some of the other products released this month. You can see them in another blog post, HERE!)

Hello and welcome to another My Monthly Hero release blog hop. You should have arrived here by way of Michelle's blog. If not - head back to the Hero Arts blog to start at the beginning.

This month's kit has some of my favorite flowers - sweet peas and lavender - and a bunch of great containers for holding them. I've created a few cards today, but I wanted to walk you through the process for the background on this first one.


Along with the gorgeous stamps and dies in the kit, they have also included a Ranger Distress Oxide ink pad in the Iced Spruce color! The idea was that you can create a verdigris effect for the metal containers in the kit. Have you tried the oxide inks yet? They are a lot of fun! They react with water like all Distress inks, but they are more of a pigment ink, so the look and effect is a bit different. I've always had trouble getting a smooth blend with regular Distress inks (user error!!), but these blend like butter. I began by blending ink all over cardstock and spritzing with water, adding larger droplets by hand, and then dried it with my heat tool.


Next I added some of the Hero Arts Caramel ink by wiping the ink pad directly onto my craft sheet and spritzing with water. Please note - the Hero Arts inks *do not* behave like Distress Inks with water. Do not go in with that expectation!! But, you can do cool things with them - just different cool things. Embrace the difference! :) I randomly dipped the cardstock panels into the pool of ink then dried it with my heat tool.


Here are my finished panels. The idea was to create a verdigris look - the greenish oxide that forms on copper But don't they look like rusty metal? Either way, I love it!


I used one as a background panel on today's card. For the focal point image, I colored the pot to mimic the background using my Copics. I plan to also stamp the metal containers directly onto another one of these sheets I created, for use on a future card. The message on this card was embossed in copper.


Moving on to my next card... for this one I created a "custom" garden boot by combining the boot and little butterfly images that are included in the kit stamps. I made a reverse mask for this one. I stamped the boot on masking tape, trimmed it out, and then used the negative piece to form the mask around the outside of the boot. Then I stamped the butterflies randomly all over the boot, and colored with my Copics.


I added a little Glossy Accents to the boot to give it a shiny look.


For my final card, I used masking once again. This time I created some jar masks, so I could make it look like some jars were behind others.


I added some lavender to one of the jars, again with masking so the stems look like they are inside the jar. I dug out some oldies but goodies from my stash to finish this one - burlap paper, washi and brads.

Here's a look at the complete kit:


And now it's time to hop! Please visit all of the links below, and leave comments as you go! Hero Arts is giving away a kit to one lucky commenter, drawn from the comments left on all of the blogs. You have until Sunday, July 9 at 11:59pm to get your comments in. Check the Hero Arts blog for the winner!

The Hero Arts Blog
Jennifer McGuire
Wanda Guess
May Park
Yana Smakula
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Kathy Racoosin
Lydia Fiedler
Amy Tsuruta
Michelle Short
Libby Hickson (you are here!)

Thanks so much for hopping along with us today! You can find the kit in the Hero Arts store HERE. There are also a bunch of gorgeous add-ons, you can find all of those HERE.

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