Good morning! Today is an exciting event in the Hero Arts family… we are officially debuting the new 2018 Summer Catalog with a fantastic Blog Hop featuring the Creative Team and some utterly fantastical guests! You should have arrived here from Clare’s blog and your next stop is Ilina’s blog. You can find the full hop list here. We have some amazing inspiration for you today using new products that can be found in this beautiful catalog (which you can peruse here in PDF form), as well as two $50 Hero Arts shopping sprees up for grabs!
For my first project, I wanted to use the darling new Cowboy Life stamp and frame cuts set. When I first met my husband, he fancied himself a cowboy…. boots, belt buckle, tight cowboy jeans, multiple hats, weird caped duster thing… (Did I mention we live in Illinois? Not exactly cowboy territory. Anyway.) The new Cowboy Life and Cowboy Adventure sets called to me, which I found interesting since these sets are not my usual style! I’m blaming my 19 year old self, the one who fell in love with a cowboy. 😉 I particularly liked the Cowboy Life set, because it includes some sweet little floral bouquets…. Flowers=instant Emily magnet.
I started by black heat embossing the cow skull and some flowers onto Arches watercolor paper using black embossing powder, then used the Hero Arts Liquid Watercolors to do some soft watercoloring. (Can you believe how soft and subtle you can make those super pigmented colors?? Amazing.) I die cut all of the pieces using the coordinating Frame Cuts and black embossed a greeting from the Cowboy Life stamp set onto a flagged strip of card stock. For the card base, I did some soft tone-on-tone blending using the new Scrollwork Stencil and Soft Purple ink onto some Floral Mix Layering Papers. I popped up all of the components with dimensional adhesive.
For my second project today, you knew I wouldn’t be able to resist the absolutely stunning new Peonies stamp set. It’s unbelievably beautiful… and so big. Gah. I love it. One of my favorite things about watercoloring flowers is that you can get so many different looks with them, depending on which mediums and colors you decide to use. Here, I’ve paired white heat embossing with mauve watercoloring, but I created another project (which I’ll share soon! ;)) using no line pencil coloring and it looks totally different.
I started by white heat embossing one of the new Peonies stamps in the corner of an A2 panel of Arches card stock. I then taped it down to a cutting board, because I knew that I wanted to do a heavy watercolor wash around my peony, and I wanted the panel to stay nice and flat. I watercolored the peony using a combination of Purple, Moss, Black, Dandelion, and Strawberry Liquid Watercolors. I began by watercoloring the peony using only the Strawberry shade, then adding layers of Purple and a Strawberry/Purple/Black mixture to get lots of depth and dimension. I love that you can see undertones of the bright Strawberry but still have the cool, mauve-y overall look from the additions of the Purple and Black watercolors.
After I’d finished coloring the peony, I added some more washi tape to the top so that I could add my black watercolor wash around the edges. I did a “wet-on-wet” technique, first wetting the card stock, then dropped the color in and letting it bloom organically. I did go back in and manipulate the color a bit to cover bare spots, as well as dissipate out into a nice fade. The final step was to add the greeting from the Love Stamp and Cut.
Well, that’s all for my projects today! We have a stellar lineup of inspiration for you today. Here’s the full hop list:
The Hero Arts Blog
May Sukyong Park
Now, for the GIVEAWAY. Hero Arts is giving away two $50 shopping sprees to the Hero Arts Store! All you have to do to be entered win is leave comments on the blog hop stops. The more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win! You have until 11:59 P.M. PST on Sunday, May 20 to leave your comments. The winners will be chosen the following day! Thanks for dropping by, and have a marvelous day!
Love them both Emily, especially the peonies.
I love all of the new ideas!
Tara Prince says
Gorgeous cards! I love the background on the first one!
Tanja S. says
fabulous cards, the peony one is absolutely fantastic!
Great color choices, I especially love the peony card!
Kelsey Thomas says
Gorgeous coloring on that flower! 🙂
Dee Ann Matthews says
Gorgeous peony and decorated cattle Skull!
Both of your cards are so awesome today… but that peony card! Oh my. I really love the black watercolor background paired with the pink petals. So pretty.
Lydia Fiedler says
You amaze me.
Dana M says
Gorgeous cards! Both so wonderfully feminine. Beautifully water colored peony.
Joyce Gilbert says
I especially like the deep colors in the flower.
Becca Yahrling says
Love your gorgeous coloring on both awesome cards.
The cowgirl card is my fave. I think the background is perfect
for the skeleton/flower image.
Lise Mariann says
Oh wow! That flower card is so beautiful. The colors! 😍
joyce mc says
Love the flower card with the gray background. It really makes the flower pop off the page.
Karen Z. Bull says
I really love the focal point of the skull (who thought I would type that?!) and the floral card is amazing! Thank you for sharing these with us!
terrie rodrigue says
Two great looking cards…love what you did on the flower card…well done and tfa
jen f says
this is stunning!!! love creative use of black watercolor
Missy V says
These cards are gorgeous. The colors are perfect!
Ericka Strange says
Beautiful cards! Love the background you created for the skull and the peony is gorgeous especially with the black. Beautiful job!
Both so striking!
Diane Stricker says
Pretty cards, love the links and purples you used.
Linda S. says
Love the cow skull with the flowers. What a fun card.
I LOVE how you did the flower, but wow, you totally made me do a double take at those cowboy stamp sets!! SO cool! Love the background stenciling!
The Peonies are just delish!!!!! The black background really was a special additions!
Lisa Nichols says
I love both of your cards Emily – thanks for the opportunity to win!:-)
Nancy R. says
All You Need is Love is a stunning card!
Natalie Godfrey says
OMG! Beautiful cards. Love the design and the colors.
Lynne Dillard says
Very pretty cards!
Anushree Vaish says
Simply Wow…loved it!!
I love your take on the skull with flowers and that background is marvelous. I love the white embossed outline of the flower and that black watercolor background is perfect. Wonderful cards.
Deb Hardy says
WOW! That peony is gorgeous!
Lisa Says says
Lovely cards, very nice choice of colours ! The second one is simply gorgeaous !!
Nandini Karmarkar says
Very beautiful cards. Love the dramatic color combos.
That peony is to die for!
Beverly Jordan says
Love the depth of color on your floral card especially!! So gorgeous!
Laughed at your cowboy story. I grew up in East Texas, so saw lots of faux cowboys! Cowboy boots and a Dooley truck with a gun rack does not a cowboy make! My grandpa was a real one (but wouldn’t have claimed to be) so I knew the difference! Oh, did he look handsome in a Stetson!
But I digress. Love the high drama of the flower card!
Laurie S says
Gorgeous water coloring on the peony! I want to experiment coloring with my Copics since the stamp is so large
Carol Henderson says
The Cowboy Life stamp set is a “must” for me — I live in Montana! You did a fantastic job on both cards.
Sue D says
Wonderful cards. I like the dramatic colors.
I found your blog through the blog hop and wow – what wonderful cards! I’m loving this entire new release line from Hero Arts.
Christina Dauven says
Omg your flower card has so much drama in an image sooooo pretty.
That flower is STUNNING!
Lindar C says
Your flower is lovely, and I love the Cowboy Life set and the card you made with it.
Natalie Winterstein says
Love your cards. Absolutely gorgeous coloring!
So stunning. I especially love your backgrounds. Thank you
Sue D. says
Beautiful cards… love that color combination! Your peony card is awesomely bold and dramatic. Beautifully done.
Dee Earnshaw says
your cards re stunning:)
cyndi morris says
I love the peony set, and your card is gorgeous.
Wonderfully and amazingly dramatic! WOW the color combination is fantastic. Love it, —feel a definite card-lift feeling coming on!!!
It’s hard to beat that pink peony and the charcoal haze!
Donna Billingsley says
Emily, this is one striking card. Job well done!
Phyllis Moulton says
Like the background behind the skull
…must give it a try.
Cindy C. says
Emily this floral card is stunning!! The Peonies stamp is already on my wish list, after seeing your card I want it even more!! 🙂
Joy Meadows says
Love these cards! The peonies are just so gorgeous!!
Cynthia Koop says
I love the colors you used on both cards. The Cowgirl skull is so cool with the stenciling behind it!
Hayley Turner says
I love the black watercolor background. Wow that peony really pops
Renee Thompson says
Wow that black background is just striking!
Retta Lutte says
The black with the peony is so pretty. Not sure I am brave enough to try it myself, but yours is gorgeous!
Love the depth u achieved on the
So beautiful! Now the skull was never something I thought would be in my collection lol having said that I love your card! It is really unique and can go
Both ways either male or female!
juhi khanna says
Gorgeous cards! The floral watercolor card is just stunning!
Jeannie F says
I never thought I would like a card with a cow skull, but you have just proven me wrong! Love it! Wow, that dark wash on the peony really gives it dimension. Thanks for the inspiration.
Love them both! The peonies are my fave, but I am a floral kinda gal 🙂
Kati Caprara says
Skull card is sooo unique!! Love it paired with the background. But the peony is just gorgeous!!! Love the color choices!!!
Crystal Muirhead says
You had me at the title cowboy life but then blew my socks off with your coloring of the peony. Wow, just WOW!
Cynthia Cole says
Both cards are beautiful!
Marisela Delgado says
Terrie D. says
Beautiful cards! I really love the peony 🙂
Love them both, but the peony card is stunning!
barbara lassiter says
It’s kinda like Christmas when Hero comes out with new designs. Love your cards, especially the peony one, ’cause I love the peony stamp so much! 🙂
Rema DeLeeuw says
That flower card is stunning!
Teri S. says
Wow cards, both of them! Hero Arts has done it again!
Sharron Gregory says
Fabulous cards! Your peony is stunning!
Isabel Z says
I love blog hops because they inspire me to create! Thank you.
Cindy Holmes says
Love your cards! Especially the Peony flower one! The colors are so AMAZING together!
Such a sweet story about meeting your DH! Love this sweet card, too! Especially the watercoloring—-I must try these new Hero Arts paints! Thanks for the inspiration!
pat smith says
I love both cards, but the Peony is a real winner! Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent.
Two great cards. Love the colors.
Lucy E. says
Your cow skull card is somehow, really pretty (considering we’re talking skull!). I love that background! The peony card is stunning-fabulous
Jeanne Beam says
Wonderful cards. Love the peony on the dark background.
Thanks for sharing…
Sharon L. says
Great cards, love the subtle coloring on the first one.
Naama E says
Love these! Especially the first one, I just find it so original and looooove the colors! Thanks for sharing!
Nancy Vondra says
The first card is cowboy cool! The peonies are my favorite with all that super blending and shading! Thank you!!!
Sherry Lowmaster says
love, love, love that peony card!
Erin McKenzie-Christensen says
Your cards are lovely, i like the peony card the best its beautiful
Laura callies says
I love the dark background. So beautiful.
What lovely and soft and pretty cards combo these are!!
Love the peony card, great use of colour!
Stef Perry says
Stunning watercoloring on the peony! Love the depth of contrast you were able to achieve.
Wow! Both your cards and colors are simply gorgeous!!!
Jane McGill says
the mauve peony card is beautiful.
Pat Gasko says
WOW great cards
Kristi H. says
Oh my goodness; I love these cards! I definitely need the cowboy life set for card making for my Texas relatives, and I can’t get enough of the peonies. Thanks for sharing.
Kelly Santi says
Wow – such a different take, very edgy and I LOVE them!!! Superbly creative! TFS ♥
Peggy M says
Beautiful cards! Thank you for sharing!
Jane S says
The peony is just beautiful. By the way, there are sooo many people in this blog hop!
Nana Griffin says
A beautiful flower and on the other I love the use of the stencil.
Just lovely! The scrollwork stencil was the perfect background for your cowgirl card. And I love what you did with the peony. You got amazing depth from the watercolors. Thank you so much for sharing!
Patricia Brown says
Awesome coloring! Thanks for the chance to win .
Lynn Pressler says
Oh that peonie! Love it!
Karen 'Kari' says
Oh Emily! Both cards are lovely…. But that Peony with the black background. Oh my! Just gorgeous!
Patty Eifert says
Wow! Your cow girl card is really cool! I love that stencil! And your peony card is stunning.. you color beautifully!
Viveca V. says
I never thought to do a black watercolor wash. I’ll have to try it when I get that peony stamp set.
Both of your cards have very nice color schemes. Thanks for sharing!
Eileen Mikos says
That peony is just gorgeous.
WOW! That peony card is gorgeous.
Miriam Prantner says
Such a unique image on the first card, love how you made it is both feminine and masculine at the same time and I cannot get enough of those flowers!
Korey McCormick says
especially like the peonies! it is a beautiful card.
Jennifer Archambault says
So lovely! Thanks for sharing!
Dawn H. says
Peony stamp on my wish list. Very beautiful!
Marjorie DUMONTIER says
Oh my goodness !! These are two fantastic cards ! But, the floral one is even more !! It’s fabulous, magnificent, breathtaking !!!
Karthikha Uday says
Wonderful cards! The floral one is just gorgeous!!
Sandy S. says
The watercolor peony is gorgeous, and I love the small touch of the second white border, creating a “bleed” effect for the flower.
Jackie Porter says
Great cards. Your floral card is stunning!
Love your color choices…especially with the floral design. tfs
Your peonies are simply stunning. I’m like you, I love flowers.
Laura Jean Dreher says
Wow! I never knew I loved purple so much until I saw your use of it in these two cards. I am really drawn to the peonie card. It’s delicate and bold at the same time. Thank you.
Great new release and your creations are wonderful !
Cathy Lillie says
Wow! Gorgeous cards! That purple background is stunning – I need that stencil! The watercoloring on the peony is beautiful. I love the colors you used!
Lady Joyful says
Great cards! The flower is absolutely stunning.
Kim Marie Leach says
Stunning! I would never have thought to use black as a background but it really makes your image pop! Thanks for sharing this!
What fun the first card is and the 2nd card is absolutely gorgeous.