Hi there! Today, Hero Arts is releasing their fabulous new My Monthly Hero collection for February 2022, and we’re celebrating with a blog hop! You should have arrived here from Debi Adams, and your next stop is Ilina Crouse. Here’s a peek at this month’s tribute to the masters of Surrealism:
This month’s kit includes: 6” x 8” Clear Stamp Set, 15 Coordinating Frame Cuts, 2 Sheets of Black Watercolor Paper (5.5″ x 8.5″), Watercolor Dot Dream Palette (18 Dots), and Water Flow Brush. The total retail value is $74, but the kit is yours for only $34.99! These kits frequently sell out quickly, so if you’d like to be guaranteed to receive a kit each month, you can subscribe here! Each of the individual images in this kit are so wonderful and can be used for so many different themes. I’ve chosen to use the lovely beribboned moon to create some shimmery metallic baby cards with a celestial twist. Let’s get started with the details!
The Daniel Smith dot card and black watercolor paper that are included in this kit are absolutely marvelous. I began by gold heat embossing the beribboned moon on some of the black watercolor paper, then used the Duochrome Hibiscus, Iridescent Sapphire, and Iridescent Gold paints to the images. The Duochrome Hibiscus changes shades depending on the angle at which you’re looking at the image! So neat! I die cut the watercolored images with the coordinating dies and turned my attention to the backgrounds. I used the metallic shades included on the dot card to create a celestial aurora borealis sky for one background, then splattered metallic gold “stars” on the background of both A2 backgrounds. Those metallic watercolors pop so beautifully on the black watercolor paper!
For the first card, I used the new Cloud Window Fancy Die to die cut some clouds from Pitch Black cardstock, then trimmed it down to fit only the bottom portion of the metallic watercolored background. I popped it up with some foam tape to help it stand out a bit more, then added the metallic moon die cut and a gold embossed sentiment. (This kit has seriously some of the best sentiments-so many occasions and the fonts are so pretty!) I added a couple of shiny metallic gold jewels for even more added texture.
For the second project, I had the phrase “hung the moon” in my head. I conveyed that by combining the splattered starry night background with a glittering gold frame, cut using the Wood Frame Infinity Dies and some gold glitter paper. I popped the frame up with some foam adhesive and added the die cut moon and gold embossed sentiment. (Seriously, the sentiments in this month’s kit are amazing!!) The metallics pop so beautifully from the black paper. Such a fun and unique kit.
My second card uses the new You Sparkle to create this monochrome birthday card! I began by white embossing several of the images from You Sparkle on to some Pitch Black cardstock, then cut them out using the coordinating Frame Cuts.
Next, I cut the Star Confetti cover plate from some more Pitch Black cardstock and backed it with some white iridescent glittery cardstock. To create a more neutral backdrop for the black and white die cuts, I trimmed down a rectangle of Hero Arts’s Heavyweight Vellum. This semi-sheer paper creates a solid backdrop for the shooting star and clouds, while also softening the busy, glittery star background.
I adhered the You Sparkle die cuts to the vellum rectangle with Precision Glue, then flipped it over and added foam tape to the back of the solid die cuts. This hides the adhesive so that you can’t see it behind the sheer vellum! I adhered the vellum and die cut piece to the starry background, then added a few iridescent jewels to add some more sparkle.
Well, that’s all for my projects today! Now, Hero Arts is sponsoring a fun giveaway to celebrate this new release:
Hero Arts is giving away a $50 gift card, drawn from the comments left across the hop. Enter by Sunday, February 13th 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, and happy hopping!
Meghan Kennihan says
Gorgeous backgrounds! I LOVE the star one!!!
Barbara-Jean Kubik says
What wonderful cards you created!
Hi, Emily – Your cards are all JUST GORGEOUS!! I love the shimmery watercolors on the black paper in the first couple of cards. Your talent is huge.
Lori S in PA
Wendy Dillon says
The black and white stars and clouds card is so unique! What a talent you are!
Sharon Lyons says
Gorgeous cards, especially the galaxy background.
Caitlin Davenport says
I live near Houston, so space is depicted in many places. The night sky die is cool! Your cards seem simple…!
Wonderful glimmer of gold & stylish black/white. I ordered thd Cloud frame die and some other add one.
That night background is amazing!
Carol Wortman says
Love the cloud window fancy die! Did not know the colors were color changing, bet they are gorgeous in person.
Marisela Delgado says
Hola, Emily! 💜 I really like the sentiments in this kit. Awesome cards, my friend.
Gayle Chrvala says
I am loving the You Sparkle card. Gorgeous!
Ohhhh the black and white card is stunning.
Tracy Timm says
Love the cloud window card!
These are STUNNING cards! I especially love the drama of your first two cards. The background on the second card (with the cloud frame die) is magnificent
Wendy Chan says
Love all your beautiful artwork set amongst those gorgeous black backgrounds!
Nicki A. Burke says
These are just so beautiful
Jeanne Beam says
Gorgeous cards! Love the amazing backgrounds…
Thanks for sharing.
Margaret T. says
Love the use of black. So elegant!
Sue D says
Beautiful and unique!
Very fun cards! Thank you for sharing!
Sharon Gullikson says
The colorful sky looks amazing!!
Kim Clark says
Love your cards. Thanks for the inspiration.
Stacey Kowbel says
Oooh, such fabulous cards! I really love the background on the Cloud Window card – so beautiful!
Lauryne Cunningham says
Wow! Awesome cards! I love the gold glittery frame!
Terry Cullan says
Great job! Beautiful cards!
Kristina Gentle says
Everything is stunning but the black and white is creative
Nice project shares. I like the background created for the sky.
An amazing set of cards. I love your use of dark card for your cards. They make such impact!T hanks so much for the great inspiration. Take Care! 🙂
Fritz Onstead says
Such beautiful cards. I cannot wait to get my kit!
Kelsey Thomas says