Hi there! We are hopping along today to celebrate the latest My Monthly Hero release from Hero Arts. You should have arrived here from Dana Joy, and your next stop is Jessica Frost-Ballas. You can also check out the full hop list over on the Hero Arts Blog. We’re diving down under the sea today with the new Classic Kit, Premium Kit, and coordinating Add-On products.
The June 2023 My Monthly Hero Classic Kit includes: Clear Stamp Set, 6″ x 8″, 14 Coordinating Dies, Beach Window Fancy Die, 4 Reactive Ink Cubes (Splash, Taffy, Lemon Drop, Creamsicle), 6 Sheets of Watercolor Paper, 5.5″ x 8.5″. The Premium Kit, pictured below, contains all of the items in the Classic Kit, as well as 3 Color Layering Seashells Stencils, 6″ x 6″, Sea Dot Enamel Stickers, Bahama Bliss Sequins, Iridescent Embossing Powder, .25 oz.
The individual components for the Classic Kit retail for $75, but you can purchase your kit for only $36.99! The individual components for the Premium Kit retail for over $100, but you can purchase the Premium Kit for $49.99! Both kits have a savings of 50%…. such an incredible deal! If you love these kits, you should consider subscribing to be guaranteed that you receive one each month, because once they’re gone, they’re gone for good! Find out more information about how to subscribe HERE.
I have created a trio of cards with today’s release, channeling the incredible turquoise water and bright white sands of the Caribbean. Let’s get started with the details!
My first card features components from the Classic Kit. I began by die cutting the beautiful beachy window die from the center of some white cardstock. I placed this die cut over the top of an Arctic card front to get an idea of where the openings were, marking the outline lightly with a pencil.
Once I knew approximately where the window would be open, I used the layering water stamps included in the Classic Kit with Mist, Paradise, and Bermuda inks. I also blended Mist and Paradise inks towards the top of the card front to create an intense turquoise sky, adding in the cloud stamp from the Classic Kit with Unicorn White ink, orienting them toward the top so that they were peeking out from behind the die cut frame. I popped up the white die cut frame with foam adhesive, then added a greeting from the Classic Kit. I heat embossed the greeting on a small piece of Arctic cardstock, then blended lightly around the edges with Mist and Paradise inks to enhance the colors a bit more. I popped up the greeting piece with a double layer of foam tape for lots of extra dimension!
My second project uses the beautiful layering stencils from the Premium Kit combined with some of the coordinating Add-On products for this month’s release! I blended the three layers of the stencils on a panel of white cardstock using Mist, Paradise, and Bermuda inks. I love this combination of inks and can’t wait to try this combo again with other stencils!
In order to lightly soften the colorful background pattern, I trimmed down a panel of Hero Arts’s Vellum Layering paper so that there was 1/2″ border around the edge. I stamped a greeting from the new Sea Quotes bundle, stamping it first with Bermuda using my MISTI, then again in the same spot with Embossing Ink and adding some White Satin Pearl embossing powder over the top. (I love doing this technique when I don’t have just the right color of embossing powder but still want the look of an embossed greeting!) I also die cut some undersea elements from the new Sea Creatures Fancy Dies. I clustered the die cut components together and adhered them to the vellum with foam adhesive, then hid the liquid adhesive behind the solid die cuts to keep the vellum nice and clean.
My final card uses several of the new Add-On products for the June 2023 Release. I began by stamping the new Aqua Texture Bold Prints background stamp on an Arctic card front using Mist ink, then blended Mist and Paradise inks lightly around the edge, intensifying the colors a bit. I also splattered some shimmery teal watercolors to create some extra texture and mimic the bubbles and flotsam floating about in the water.
I die cut three sparkling white jellyfish from the new Sea Creatures Fancy Dies to create a little pod of jellyfish gracefully drifting in the water. I also white embossed another greeting from the Sea Quotes bundle on Arctic cardstock, lightly blending around the edges of the die cut with some more Paradise ink. I popped up the die cuts on the watery background panel using foam adhesive, arranging the jellyfish around the greeting. (How perfect is that greeting for use with jellyfish that are at the mercy of the ocean currents?) I love how the sparkly white jellyfish pop so beautifully from the turquoise background!
Well, that’s all for my projects today! Now for some fun giveaway information:
We will give away a $50 gift card, drawn from the comments left across the hop. Enter by Sunday, June 11th at 11:59pm Pacific, and the winner will be announced on the Hero Arts blog the following week.
Your next stop is Jessica Frost-Ballas. Thanks so much for stopping by today, and have a marvelous day!