Hi there! Hero Arts is celebrating their August 2021 My Monthly Hero release today with a blog hop, and we’re all about loving all of the colors this month! You should have arrived here from Debi Adams, and your next stop is Ilina Crouse. This month’s kit is so much fun, great for use with so many different coloring mediums, color schemes, and techniques!
This month’s kit features 4″ x 6″ Clear Stamp Set, Coordinating Fancy Dies, 5.4″ Square Cling Stamp, 5.25″ x 6.5″ Stencil, three Liquid Watercolors (Pink, Indigo, Dandelion), and six 5.5″ x 8.5″ Sheets Watercolor Paper. The contents are valued individually at $70, but the kit is for sale for $34.99! If you love the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero kits, you can always subscribe to ensure that you get your own kit every month. I have two projects to share with you today, so let’s get started with the details!
My first card today features several elements from the main kit, focusing on the cling background stamp and die cut letters included with the stamp set. I began by stamping the cling background on some white cardstock using Embossing Ink, then added some clear embossing powder and heated it. I then blended the rainbow using different shades of ink and blending brushes, using one shade of ink for each circle in the patterned background. Ink colors (in ROY G BIV order, of course): Pale Tomato, Fresh Peach, Soft Vanilla, Mint Julep, Soft Pool, Passion Flower, Soft Purple, and Bubble Gum. Once the blending was complete, I spritzed some White Iridescent Shimmer Spray over the top to add some extra shimmer and shine to the card base.
Next, I die cut a vellum heart using the Heart Infinity Dies to place in the center of the blended background on top of which I placed my sentiment. The vellum provides a grounded area for the sentiment die cuts to rest, so that they’re not just floating out on the front of the card. For the greeting, I die cut the “love” included in the main kit from some Pitch Black cardstock, as well as white embossing the “sending” on a strip of Pitch Black cardstock. I used my gridded craft mat to line up the die cut letters, then adhered them to the vellum heart. I love the crisp black die cuts on that bold, colorful background!
I adhered the sentiment die cuts on the vellum heart using foam adhesive for lots of dimension. Adhering the die cuts to the vellum first also gives you a spot to hide the foam tape so that it’s not visible through the vellum! Sneaky sneaky. 😉 I added a few black adhesive gems to help finish off my rule of threes for the black accents!
My second project features the new Rainbow Heroscape. I don’t love primary colors as a general rule, so I was very specific in choosing non-primary colors for my rainbow, and I just love the result! I began by stamping all of the stripes of the rainbow using Bubble Gum, Orchid, Dusty Blue, Mint Julep, and Soft Vanilla. I then stamped the clouds using Soft Sky, and using my Misti, added a layer of Embossing Ink over the top, then sprinkled Sparkle Embossing Powder over the top and heated it up to create sparkly, iridescent clouds! Such a fun effect with this technique. I also stamped a couple of single clouds using the same technique and fussy cut them all out using some sharp scissors.
Next, I die cut some white and vellum clouds using the Cloudy Sky Scene dies. After determining their placement on my Periwinkle card base, I blended some Passion Flower ink so that it would just peek out of the corner where the clouds would be adhered. I added the vellum cloud with some liquid adhesive, then added the white cloud over the top with some foam adhesive.
I added one of the several curved greetings to the rainbow, then stamped a “happy birthday” (I just love that typewriter font included on the sentiments in the Rainbow Heroscape!) on a thin strip of white cardstock. I adhered the rainbow, clouds, and sentiment using lots of foam adhesive for tons of dimension on the card front. It’s so cheerful and sparkly!
To celebrate this release, Hero Arts is hosting a giveaway!
We will give away one $50 gift card, drawn from the comments left across the hop. Enter by Sunday, August 8th at 11:59pm Pacific, and the winner will be announced on the Hero Arts blog the following week.
Your next stop on the hop is Ilina Crouse. Thanks so much for stopping by today, and happy hopping!