Color Week-what could be better, right? As much as I absolutely adore crisp, clean white space on a card, I certainly have lots of love left in my heart for vibrant color, and Hero Arts is adding a bunch of new colors to their store, as well as revamping their ink line! From Hero Arts:
Announcing our new Core Ink line! Adding color to your projects could not be easier. This essential collection is the ideal ink for your everyday stamping and cardmaking. It includes fresh new colors and popular existing formulas to create a tightly designed color system. Each Core Ink pad features a new look with a palette on the underside of the lid. By popular demand, we are excited to now offer matching Inkers for every color! The Hero Hues line is rounded out with cardstock, specifically selected to work well with the Core Ink spectrum.
I am so excited about the inkers, especially; I think it will be great to be able to freshen up an ink pad after it’s seen a lot of love rather than buying a new one! (I don’t know about you, but I hate throwing so much plastic away!) There are coordinating inkers for every single color, and I have a video to show you just how easy it is to freshen your ink pad right up! Watch below or HERE on YouTube.
So simple, right? And super economical, particularly when you take into consideration how many times you can rejuvenate your ink pad from just one small bottle of Inker!
The project from the video features the beautiful new Amethyst ink as the first step of an ombré butterfly! I used a MISTI, three different shades of ink, and blending brushes to create this smooth blend on the butterfly. I inked up the stamp with one color on just part of the stamp, then used the coordinating blending brush to soften the edges of the ink on the solid stamp before closing the lid of my MISTI and inking up the first third of the stamp set. I repeated the process on the middle and bottom sections of the butterfly with Raspberry Jam and Ultra Pink inks and coordinating blending brushes.
For the greeting, I used the Celebrate Words Fancy Dies with the new Iris cardstock. Using the handy little Compact Cutter, I die cut the words three times, once from the gorgeous new Iris cardstock and twice from white cardstock, then layered them together using Precision Glue to create a dimensional die cut sentiment.
I die cut the Butterfly Confetti cover plate die from some white cardstock, then backed it with some white glitter paper for lots of sparkle peeking through the openings on the cover plate die. I reserved a few of the butterfly confetti pieces to use on the finished card. I adhered the ombré butterfly using foam adhesive, then added the dimensional die cut greeting with some more foam adhesive for lots of height and texture. The bright purple really pops beautifully from the crisp white background! Finally, I creased the butterflies down the center of the die cuts to make them look 3D and adhered them to the card front. So much texture and dimension on this card, with all of that bright white allowing those vivid new ink and cardstock colors to shine!
My second card goes to the opposite end of the spectrum with tons of saturated, intense color using the new Eggplant, Pine, and Passion Flower cardstocks! Eggplant is the deep, rich purple cardstock that I never knew that I needed but now can’t get enough of. I just want to pet it. I can’t wait to try it with colored pencils or gouache! Perfect amount of tooth and gorgeous color saturation=perfect backdrop for coloring medium. To start my card, I trimmed down two A2 panels of Eggplant cardstock, then die cut the Through the Woods Fancy Die from the center of one of the panels.
To fill my window, I die cut several daisies from the Bees and Flowers die set using Passion Flower cardstock, as well as a few sprigs of greenery using the Mushrooms and Ferns dies from some Pine cardstock. I arranged the blooms and foliage both inside and popping out of my window, adhering some with foam tape and some with liquid adhesive for lots of dimension. I love how it looks like the flowers are bursting from the window!
Once I had arranged all of the floral die cuts, I die cut the simple hugs sentiment from the Peace Words Fancy Dies once from some gold glitter cardstock and twice from some plain white cardstock. I adhered it to the base of the window. Next, I added some Gold Hero Wax to the centers of the flowers using a small paintbrush. The opaque wax was the perfect way to add a touch of shimmer to the flowers! Finally, I dabbed some Gold Hero Pearls on the finished card. I think the pearls look like fireflies or those magical glittering dust motes that you see floating around in movies like Avatar and Fern Gully!
Well that’s all for my projects today! Now for some fun giveaway information!
GIVEAWAY!! We will be giving away one set of the six NEW colors of ink – Core Ink Pads and Inkers – to one lucky commenter. We encourage you to comment on every blog in the hop – the more blogs you comment on, the more chances to win! Comments for contest entry close Sunday, June 26 at 11:59pm PT, and the winner will be announced on the Hero Arts blog the following week.