Good morning! Today, the Hero Arts Creative Team and some incredibly talented guests are taking part in a blog hop to help officially welcome the new Season of Wonder Catalog to the Hero Arts store! You may have noticed these products at your favorite retailers over the last few weeks, but they’re now officially available in the Hero Arts store. You should have arrived here from Ilina Crouse’s blog, and your next stop is Clare Prezzia’s blog. Today, I have two projects to share with you using the new products from the catalog, one holiday card (who doesn’t need to get moving on their holiday cards these days, amirite?) and one more generic, happy card using some of the new woodblock stamps. Make sure you read all the way to the end to get all of the information for the generous giveaway from Hero Arts! Let’s get started with the details!
For my first project, I decided to use the new Home For the Holidays stamp set. I love the homespun feel of the cabins… totally remind me of something out of Little House on the Prairie. I was invoking the feelings of reading The Long Winter when I created this card, with this lonely cabin on a snowy wilderness. I began by stamping one of the cabins from Home For the Holidays on some watercolor paper using Hero Arts Intense Black ink, then used the Hero Arts liquid watercolors in Artprint Brown, Black, and Strawberry to watercolor the cabin. I also created a blended winter sunset (sunrise? Is the sunset pink?) background using my Clarity Stencil Brushes and Soft Pink and Soft Sky inks.
I hand cut a snowdrift from some white card stock, placed my cabin die cut approximately where I wanted it, then removed them and stamped some wintry trees and smoke from the chimney using Soft Granite ink. I used Soft Granite to keep them subtle and in the background, allowing the detail of the cabin to really shine through. I also stamped the greeting from Home for the Holidays onto the bottom corner of the snow drift. The final touch was to add some glitter accents from Nuvo to create some sparkly snow around the cabin’s base, while also helping to hide that the watercolor paper around the edge of the die cut is not the same shade of white as the crisp white snowdrift. (Yes, I’m that persnickety and care about things like that.) Well, does it make you think of homesteaders out on the prairie, snowed in for the long winter? 🙂
For my second project, I wanted to do something a bit more bright and colorful with the beautiful new Sunflower Woodblock stamp and Sunflower Stem Woodblock stamp. I began by stamping both stamps onto some watercolor card stock using Intense Black ink. I then used Dandelion, Artprint Brown, Black, and Moss Liquid Watercolors to watercolor these lovely floral images. I love how deep and saturated the liquid watercolors are when fully concentrated, but they really can be quite light and subtle with the addition of just a few drops of water!
For the background, I did a loose wash of the beautiful Indigo Liquid Watercolor onto a panel of A2 watercolor paper. That bright blue created a perfect “sky” behind the bold sunflowers. I fussy cut the sunflowers, then stamped the greeting on a strip of white card stock, finally adhering the flowers and sentiment to the card front using foam adhesive.
Now, for some fun giveaway information! Hero Arts is generously giving away TWO $50 shopping sprees to the Hero Arts store! All you have to do to be eligible is comment on the stops on the blog hop. The more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win!
The Hero Arts Blog
May Sukyong Park
Emily Midgett<— you are here
Thanks so much for dropping by! I hope you’re enjoying the hop and getting some great inspiration for both holiday and all year round crafting! Happy hopping!