Hi there! Today, Hero Arts is releasing their April My Monthly Hero Kit and the coordinating collection, and the whole collection is a thing of beauty! You should have arrived here from Daniel West, and your next stop is Ilina Crouse. This month’s kit is just beautiful, with a gorgeous floral background stamp, coordinating stencil set, versatile sentiment stamp and die set, inks, small blending brush! Here’s a peek at this month’s kit:
The contents of the kit retail for $75, but are available to purchase for only $34.99. These kits sell out frequently very quickly, so you can make sure to receive one each month by subscribing here. I have a few projects to share with you today using the April kit and some of the add-ons, so let’s get started with the details!
The beautiful background stamp included in the April kit just begs to be watercolored! I started by heat embossing the background stamp using gold embossing powder onto some watercolor cardstock. Then, I used the Daniel Smith Hero Arts watercolor dot card to paint the background in a lovely feminine color palette, perfect for Mother’s Day!
Once I had finished watercoloring, I trimmed the panel down slightly smaller than A2 and matted it on a piece of Amethyst cardstock, leaving a deep purple frame around the edge.
For the greeting, I die cut the amazing die from gold glitter cardstock and the outline from some more Amethyst cardstock and layered them together with liquid glue. I also heat embossed the sentiment strips using some more gold embossing powder, then adhered them to the card front using foam adhesive. A fairly simple card that allows the beautiful background image to be the star of the show!
My second card uses the April kit‘s background stamp with the coordinating dies to cut out some individual little floral sprigs and bee. I began by stamping the background using Intens-ified Black ink onto some white Copic-friendly cardstock, then used the dies included in the April kit to cut out a large bloom and smaller bloom, then used my scissors to fussy cut a few more smaller blooms. I colored the images with my Copic markers.
Next, I created my background panel by die cutting the Floral Border Fancy Die from some white cardstock. I backed it with some Pitch Black cardstock to allow little pops of black to peek through at various angles. I die cut another amazing die cut (love the font used for this die!) from some more Pitch Black cardstock, as well as white embossed a coordinating greeting on some strips of black cardstock. I adhered all of the components on the card front using a combination of liquid and foam adhesive for lots of dimension. This kit looks great colored with any medium and in so many different combinations!
For my next project, I used the beautiful new Floral Mandala stamps and dies. I began by stamping the images in a variety of pastel ink colors, including Soft Pink, Soft Sky, Soft Apricot, and Mint Julep onto some white cardstock, then die cut them using the coordinating dies. The soft pastel colors are perfect for springtime and Mother’s Day!
For the greeting, I die cut the beautiful new Mother’s Day Window die from some more white cardstock, then trimmed out just the greeting die cuts. I used the words by themselves for this project, but the window image is absolutely gorgeous and would be such fun to create with using a variety of techniques, styles, and mediums!
I arranged all of the die cuts on a white A2 card front, creating a kind of cluster of the beautiful and colorful floral mandala die cuts, and adhered them using lots of foam adhesive. I used a double layer of adhesive for the white die cut greeting to help it stand out even more on the bright white background. The final touch was to add some shiny iridescent white pearls for some shimmer and shine.
Well, that’s all for my projects today! Now, for some fun giveaway information!
Hero Arts is giving away one $50 gift card. The winner will be selected from comments made across the hop before 11:59 pm on April 10th. The more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win! 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!