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.
There are 57 Core Ink pads and Inkers in this line, with 6 brand new to Hero ink colors and 12 brand new to Hero cardstock colors.
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.
Your next stop on the hop is Maria Willis. You can find the whole hop list HERE. Thanks so much for stopping by today, and happy hopping!
Simply gorgeous…just so beautiful!
Meghan Kennihan says
These are gorgeous! I LOVE the purple! What great colors!
What beautiful cards! The butterfly one is so fun. 🙂
I love those purples! The second card has so much drama 🙂
Melissa Leftrick says
Beautiful cards! Love the colors and the dimension
Kelly W. says
Stunning cards Emily! The Iris cardstock is gorgeous and I love glitter paper peeking through all the tiny butterflies. All the white space really make the ink blended butterfly pop. Your 2nd card is perfect with all the pretty layers and mix of purple and green. Love those daisies!
Mary Holshouser says
Love the red/purple combo.
The butterfly pops off the card.
The second is gorgeous.
thanks for sharng
Alexandra Y says
Such a beautiful pair of cards! Love them both!
Jean marmo says
Eleanor Chua says
Love the Eggplant card, Beautiful!
Pretty purple colors.
Sue D says
Pretty butterfly card and love the colors on the hugs card.
Sharon Gullikson says
The purples and green look so pretty with the gold. What a great combo.
Marisela Delgado says
Girl, you had me at purple! Gorgeous cards! 😍😍😍
Sharon Lyons says
Both cards are gorgeous, purple is my jam and butterflies are always needed!
Exquisite cards that showcase the new inks and card stock! Well done!
Gillian Smith says
Such pretty colours and gorgeous use of them – perfectly suited!
Christyane Dorssers says
I was really drawn to your second card since purple is my favourite colour. Your card really pops with using your eggplant cardstock. I like how you used your Through the woods die cut to punch through the centre of your card , how clever. The gold hero pearls took your card over the top for me.
Gorgeous cards! The butterfly one s so striking!
Love all the purple, glitter, butterflies & flowers. Soooo pretty!
Renee VanEpps says
Gorgeous cards, love the purpley plum colors!
Jeanne Rice says
Blown away by both cards! Love the amethyst color and the crazy butterflies background. It is perfect. Love the intense color of the second but it was done in a way that didn’t make it seem heavy and dark. Love them.
Sherry Spencer says
A beautiful pop of color on a background of butterflies. Very pretty. A delight.
Patricia E Wilson says
Loving the purple cards, so elegant. Thank you.
Gorgeous card – gold and purple are so elegant together!
KATE L says
Your cards are absolutely beautiful! Thank you for the detailed instructions!
Amy Cooley says
Beautiful cards showing off all those pretty purple hues!
Lauryne Cunningham says
Your cards are beautiful! I love the glittery butterflies and the dimension and colors on the floral card!
Gorgeous cards and colors! Thank you for sharing.
Kimberley Jackson-Brown says
STUNNING card and the colors are GORGEOUS!!! Thanks for sharing your talent w/us!!!
Gayle P says
Love this beautiful violet spectrum. Gorgeous cards
Marilyn Haselbauer says
Thanks for sharing your designs and talent.
Jeanne Beam says
Gorgeous cards! Love the colors.
Thanks for sharing.
Karen L K says
Wow both of your cards are so nice! Love those colors blended for the butterfly. The second is very cool with those rich deep colors of cardstock.
RoGina M says
The second card reminds me of a Midsummers Night Dream. So creative!
Amy Solovay at the Knitting, Crochet and Crafts Blog says
These cards are creative and wonderful! Love them!
Amy Reed says
Such beautiful cards and beautiful colors! Thanks for sharing!
LINDA FILLDS says
WOW I absolutely love both of your cards but the purple one is STUNNING…. I wish I could do that.. tyfs 🙂