Hi there! Today is the first Monday of the month, so that means that the new My Monthly Hero kit is available for purchase! This month’s kit is just plain fun, featuring a unique Art Deco theme, and an absolutely gorgeous cover plate die included in the kit itself, along with lots of fun add-ons. You should have arrived from Caly Person’s blog and your next stop is Julee Tilman’s blog.
This month’s kit features a Mediterranean theme, with really beautiful intricate dies and a lovely English and Italian sentiment set, as well as some great basic supplies, including a sampler of some of the gorgeous new card stock that Hero Arts released in the latest catalog!
The add-ons this month are particularly great, too!! These kits frequently sell out, and once they’re gone, they’re gone… so don’t wait and miss out! You can also subscribe to make sure that you get first dibs every month. The kits will begin shipping from the warehouse on Friday, April 5th. I have a couple of projects to show you today, so let’s get started!
For my first project, I used one of the dies included in the main kit and combined it with a rectangular die cut frame to create a little village on the Mediterranean coast. You know the photos of those bright white villages where the buildings almost seem stacked on each other up the hillside? I was trying to create that same look by staggering the multiples of the same die cut within the frame. I die cut one of the dies included in the kit four times from white card stock, then used the Picket Fence Studios blending brushes to lightly blend Soft Vanilla ink along the top of each die cut to help age the white buildings a bit. I also die cut a frame using the Rectangular Infinity dies from some more white card stock.
Next, I masked off the edges of a white card base and blended some Soft Sky ink to create a sky background using the same blending brushes. I adhered the die cuts to the frame, staggering them to create a unique line for each row of buildings. I adhered the die cuts on the blended card base using foam tape. I also added a greeting on a white strip using foam tape.
For my next project, I wanted to use one of the beautiful add-ons to make a quick, colorful card. The Carnevale stamp set has a variety of gorgeously detailed images, and I gold embossed the traditional Carnevale mask and coordinating sentiment onto some Adriatic card stock (which is one of the colors included in the sampler in this month’s kit). I then used my Luminance pencils to add some quick color to the mask and its feather.
After I’d trimmed the edges of the dark teal panel, I splattered some Glimmer paint on the panel to add some sparkle and whimsy, also stamping some little stars from the Carnevale stamp set using gold sparkle ink. I used the Life Changing Blending Brushes to add some subtle tone-on-tone blending on two corners of the card front to help draw the eye down towards the mask and sentiment. I mounted the panel on some gold metallic card stock that I had left over from a previous My Monthly Hero kit for a gold frame on the edge.
Well, that’s all for my projects today! Now for some fun giveaway information!
Hero Arts is giving away one kit to a lucky commenter (and if you’ve already purchased one, they will reimburse you!). All you have to do to be eligible is leave a comment on each stop on the blog hop. The more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win! Here’s the full lineup in case you got lost:
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Luly G says
The mask card is stunning with the jewel toned blue and the gold embossing!
Melissa Smith says
Your cards are gorgeous! I love the scene you described for your first card and you created it beautifully! I also love your second card. The colors are wonderful!
I really like the way you used the die from the main kit… I had to do a double take to figure out which die you used! It is AWESOME! Thanks for sharing!
Kelsey Thomas says
Eva N says
Your Mediterranean village is fantastic & now I can also imagine using this kit for Christmas cards! Lovely designs.
I just love what you did with the village diecuts! So pretty!! Love the colors in the 2nd card!
Julie L says
The Medit village and blended sky is beautiful—reminds me of Greece.
Ellie S. says
In what a creative way you used those dies from the kit, simply amazing how you layered them!! And loving the gold embossed Venetian mask with the rich colors!
Mary Holshouser says
Fantastic release. Reminds me of the
trip my daughter and I took many years ago
The cards are wonderful. thanks for sharing
Karen Ba says
Beautiful cards! Especially the first one!
Love your cards!
Karthikha Balasubramanian says
Two totally different, unique and awesome cards!! Love the first one a lot, it is so elegant and CAS! 🙂
Helen Kalb says
I love architectural stamps and dies and your card is gorgeous!!!
Elizabeth Roberts says
The first card is spectacular!
Laurelin Whitfield says
I just love the layering you did with these dies. What a creative interpretation!
Brenda Kuder says
Great cards! A very nice kit.
Michele W says
Great cards! Love the way you layered and framed die cuts from the kit to create a village. Thanks for sharing!
Oh I love how you layered it… it could be Greece!! Fab way to extend the use of this great kit… thanks for the inspiration!!
Sharon Gullikson says
I really like how you stacked the buildings. That’s what it really looks like in Italy, in some areas!
Great cards. I like your colors in the Venetian mask card and liked the lighter buildings in the other card. Most of the others have used a dark cardstock so it’s nice to see how versatile the building die set can be!
Natalie Winterstein says
Love your cards, they are beautiful!
Shari Czerwinski says
The kit looks great! Love your cards!
Jeanne Beam says
Thanks for sharing…
Wow! These are both gorgeous! I really love the colors on the second one, but the layers on the first are stunning, as well.
Cheriese H says
Beautiful cards!! Loving all the inspiration!
Leanne in Cali says
Fun and beautiful cards! Thanks for sharing with us!!
Feel like I’m back visiting Greek looking at this fantastic card
Andrea Hastilow says
Mediterranean village in the sun gorgeous look, you really knocked that out the park. I love the stunning colours in the second card too, very fun. Thank you for sharing your inspiration from this new kit x
Wonderful, I love the scene for your first card and you created it beautifully! Thanks for sharing.
Wonderful cards and colouring!!!
Your cards are amazing and I love all of the new ideas!
What a beautiful card! This release is so creative! I would love to take a trip to see these wonders but thanks to all you creative people I feel like I am there now!
Carrie Rhoades says
The card with the Mediterranean scene, transportive!
Cynthia Cole says
Love your first card the best with the white die cuts against that ink blended background!
Linda S. says
I really like both your cards. The stacked white die cuts are such a clever way to use this kit and the colors on your second card are so bright and happy. Thanks for sharing your cards.
Sherri Little says
Love the gold embossing on the blue background.
The white building die cuts are awesome, too!
Teri S. says
Emily, I love the CAS style of both your cards. I like white on white, it’s so classy. The hint of Soft Vanilla on the tops of the buildings was a great touch. And then there is the gorgeous vibrancy of you second one! Love it! I’ve always wondered what it would be like to go to a masked ball, complete with the beautiful gowns. lol
I love the layering you did on the first card so much!! And that Adriatic paper in the second is just a beautiful color. You created a beautiful masterpiece!!
Lori Poffenroth says
The blue and white card reminds me of our trip to Santorini! I love it!!
Brian Poteraj says
The white buildings make me think of Greece–so they can be used for other European countries, too. These look great.
Stacey Kowbel says
Fabulous cards! I love how you framed your city – gorgeous!
Great release! Awesome creations, I love your card designs!
Libby C says
I love your cards! I really like that the first one looks like a gorgeous framed picture.
Janet Durbin says
Your cards are awesome! The designs, the colors…stunning. tfs
Lauryne Cunningham says
Beautiful cards! I love how you layered all the buildings
Annette Reed says
Very pretty designs. The glittery mask looks so fun and pretty.
Jean marmo says
Love how you highlighted this kit!
Kirsty Vittetoe says
I love these!!! How beautiful!
Lauren Z. says
Beautiful cards. I love the simple beauty of the first card and the rich mystery of the second. Thanks for sharing.
A wonderful kit and inspirational cards!
PJ Nusslein says
Emily, I can’t wait for my MMHERO April kit. I love your Mediterranean village and Mask cards. The contrast ..Subtle, dimensional on one, bold colors with glitz on the other.. has inspired me.
Your cards are stunning Emily! I love the depth you have achieved with the die cuts on the first and the gorgeous rich look of the second! Thanks so much for sharing and for your wonderful inspiration!
Sandra Bonagura says
wow! love your style!
Denise K Terry says
You are so right…the add-ons are fantastic! Love that Carnivale card you did. Gorgeous colors!
Marisela Delgado says
Such pretty cards
Heather Mills says
Two beautiful cards! I really love the first one with all the white! It looks very clean and crisp and WARM!!
Sue D says
I like your beautiful cards.
Denise Bryant says
Beautiful cards! Love the dimension you created on your first card! And gorgeous colors on the second one!