Hi there! Today is the first Monday of the month, which means we have a new My Monthly Hero kit and coordinating add-on products for you! You should have arrived here from Daniel West, and your next stop is Ilina Crouse. You can also start at the beginning at the Hero Arts Blog! This month’s kit features a ton of fabulous scene building holiday silhouettes, perfect for creating a pristine North Pole scene, forest scene, or a simple winter scene. So much versatility. Here’s a peek at this month’s kit:
The October 2022 kit features: Clear Stamp Set, 6″ x 8″, • 19 Coordinating Frame Cuts, Snow Dots Cling Stamp, 4.625″ x 5.875″, 2 Ink Cubes (White Reactive & Unicorn Pigment), 2 Sheets of Diamond Glitter Paper, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 2 Sheets of Snow Glow Cardstock, 5.5″ x 8.5″, and 2 Sheets of Lapis Cardstock 5.5″ x 8.5″. The kit’s contents retail for $79 individually, but the entire kit is yours for $34.99! If you love these limited edition kits, be sure to SUBSCRIBE to be guaranteed to receive your own My Monthly Hero kit each month.
I have a super easily-mailed Christmas card for you today, using some masking paper, light ink blending, the Snow and Froth technique kit, and the fabulous winter scene stamps from the October 2022 My Monthly Hero kit. Let’s get started with the details!
I wanted to create some snowy drifts to make a scene using several of the different stamps included in the My Monthly Hero kit. I began by cutting a piece of masking paper, vaguely shaped like a hill. I applied the hill mask to a panel of white cardstock, then used Blending Brushes to very lightly blend Granite and Dusty Blue inks to create a hazy background “behind” the snow drifts. I removed the mask, placed it at a different angle up a bit higher on the card front, and blended again. I repeated the process once more, creating three different snow drifts on which to stamp my silhouette images!
I stamped several different images from the My Monthly Hero kit using Intens-ified Black ink, using my MISTI to make sure that I got super clean and crisp stamped images. I also used the Snow and Froth technique kit to add some super realistic-looking snowy texture to the drifts. This kit is great for your wintry cards; you simply apply the clear lacquer wherever you want to add the snowy texture, then sprinkle the white puff embossing powder over the top and heat it up. After I’d heated up the Snow and Froth textures, I splattered some silver Glimmer Ink over the whole card front to add some snowflakes.
After my silver paint splatter “snowflakes” had dried, I added some Silver Hero Pearls to the Christmas tree, creating even more texture and shine on this one-layer-but-super-textured card front. I stamped one of the beautiful calligraphy greetings from the My Monthly Hero kit using Intens-ified Black ink, then cut the sentiment out using the coordinating dies, included in the kit. I popped the greeting up using some foam tape. Other than the greeting, this card is entirely one layer, making it perfect for mailing!!
My second project features the darling new North Pole Express, paired with the new Snow Globe Window Fancy Die. Because I don’t do “cute” very well, I enjoy taking sweet, whimsical illustrations like those in the North Pole Express set and trying to give them a storybook feel. I used Contour Ink to stamp the train and present car from North Pole Express on some Arches Cold Press watercolor paper, then used Daniel Smith watercolors to do some no line watercoloring. I die cut the finished images with the coordinating dies.
I knew that I wanted the sweet penguin and festive holiday train to be encased in a shaker card, so I die cut the Snow Globe Window Fancy Die from some white glitter paper cut the window itself from some Shamrock cardstock, then I traced around the edge of the die cut window onto my card base. I backed the window with some clear acetate to create my shaker window. I used Blending Brushes to very lightly blend Dusty Blue ink around the edge of the traced snowglobe on my white card base. I arranged the Snowflake Stencil so that the snowflakes were dipping over the edge of the traced snowglobe, and used White Pearl Hero Paste and Palette Knife to add some subtle, pearlescent snowflakes around the edge of the snowglobe.
I adhered the train die cuts to the blended, stenciled background using some thin foam tape, then filled my shaker with some glitter and sequins. (I used super fine glitter, which unfortunately stuck to the acetate a bit more than I would have liked, creating a bit more “frosty” look than I intended, but I kind of like the frosted, wintry look. If you want your shaker to be a bit clearer, avoid using superfine glitter!) I added a red foil greeting from the Season Words Fancy Die set, as well as a sentiment strip using the new Holiday Sentiment Strips, heat embossed in white on some more Shamrock cardstock.
Well, that’s all for my projects today! I think the designers at Hero Arts knocked the holiday releases out of the park this year… so many awesome projects that work beautifully together. Now for some fun giveaway information:
Hero Arts will give away a $50 gift card, drawn from the comments left across the hop. Enter by Sunday, October 9th 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!
Dee Earnshaw says
wonderful cards – the penguin on the train is just adorable
Rhonda Miller says
I love your cards.
Bets Greene says
I can usually choose a favorite, but not this time! They both bring back some nostalgia. Excellent!
Isabel Z says
What beauty you have created!
Meghan Kennihan says
LOVE the black and white and how you did the snow! Gorgeous snow globe too!
Mary G says
Love the black and white too! This is a great kit and add ons!
Jayne Haumschild says
Oh my goodness! You brought back so many fond memories with that black and white card. I can just imagine their little faces being so pink from the cold. Thank you and these cards are beautiful
Love the dimensional snow
Linda S. says
Wow. I’m amazed how much texture the “snow” added to your card. Just beautiful.
Cool cards! Loved the snow!
Judy Inukai says
Great cards. Love the snow globe.
Great cards! I really like the shaker snow globe, so cute!
Bunny Hoyle says
I think trains remind a lot of us as a part of Christmas. It’s so cute.
Lori Mach says
Wow! That snow effect is awesome!!
Sharon Gullikson says
The train card is really cute and colorful. You are good at no line coloring…
Jenni King says
The snow effect looks so cool! Great cards!
Deborah Hellman says
Wonderful cards… love the snow globe!
Jeanne Rice says
Beautiful cards. Love the snowy Christmas scene.
I love the snow technique and using silver instead of gold!
Marisela Delgado says
Hola, Emily! Beautiful cards! 😍
Debbie Carriere says
Love your snowy scene and that snow globe is adorable!
Ruth Gauss says
I love all the texture in your wintery scene! It’s such a fun way to add a little dimension and whimsy! Your snowglobe train scene is so sweet! The watercolored images are so cute and soft! Thank you so much for sharing and inspiring with these two cards today!
Adorable cards. Glad I ordered the train add on.
Wonderful snowy texture on 1st card and coloring on the snowglobe on 2nd.
FRANNIE R says
The penguin train snow globe is such a fun card! And I really like the snow drifts.
Stacey Kowbel says
Wonderful cards! I really love the black and white card! The dimension for the snow is fabulous!
Jeanne Beam says
Gorgeous cards! Love the Christmas scene and the snow globe. So creative. Thanks for sharing.
Amy Solovay at the Knitting, Crochet and Crafts Blog says
Your cards are both lovely! LOVE the texture on the first card, and its simplicity. Love the coloring on the second card, too. Awesome work!
Donna Phelan says
Loving that snowy winter wonderland, beautiful and chilly! That Shaker is FUN! The peppermint candies for the ‘train wheels’ are delightful! Merry Merry!
Nancy Knapp says
Wow! You used some interesting techniques to get pretty snow effects. I love the snowglobe! Thanks for sharing.
Denise Bryant says
Awesome cards! Love the texture on your winter scene, and the snow globe card is beautiful!
roxanne tellini says
For snow- that puffy embossing powder is HOT!
Sue D says
I like the snowy scenes you created.