Countdown to My Monthly Hero May 2021

Welcome everyone! It’s the final day of the countdown to the new My Monthly Hero Kit from Hero Arts! One more day to go until you can pick up this amazing kit!

I am loving this large image from the kit! I have never been deep sea diving but if I did, I imagine it would be so colorful.

I started by creating some depth to my card by ink blending Navy ink onto Adriatic cardstock. After that was completely dry, I stamped this large reef image in Embossing Ink and heat embossed with Sparkle embossing powder.

On white cardstock, I stamped the reef image in white pigment ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder. This is a new little trick I picked up and really helps fill in any little gaps and make this especially white.

Then using blending brushes I ink blended Lemon Drop, Fruit Punch, Taffy, and Blue Hawaii Reactive Ink. I love how these colors blend together and make such a beautiful underwater focal point.

Once I had an idea where my image would go, I heat embossed a sentiment in Silver embossing powder onto the card front. Then I added my ink blended image to the front with foam squares.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Are you ready for tomorrow?


Be sure to head on over to the Hero Arts blog to check out more inspiration from Day 1 & 2 of Sneak peeks. Leave comments on the Hero Arts blog to be entered to win a kit before you can buy it.


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  1. Beautiful!

  2. So gorgeous! I’m loving this huge image❣️ Can’t wait for the full reveal😍 Awesome inspiration!

    1. Lovely!

  3. I love the colorful reef against the dark background! So pretty!

  4. The background looks like the deep deep sea. Wonderful card! Gorgeous blending on the coral and sea life.

  5. Oh WOW! Love the blended colours on your card.

  6. so, bright and colorful.

  7. Beautiful card! Those colors really pop against that lovely background. I’m sure looking forward to the reveal.

  8. I love the subtle rainbow you created with the darker colors at the bottom and lighter at the top. The dark background really makes the bright images stand out. Absolutely beautiful!

  9. Mindy….so BEAUTIFUL!

  10. This is my favorite card so far. What a wonderful way to use ink blending.

  11. Love your tone-on-tone background and that little fish peeking out beside the coral! Love the blended colors on your coral. Amazing card!

  12. This is beautiful, Mindy. Love the multi-colored coral. Great technique for this image!

  13. I love how you used the large coral image here, both in the colored image and then how you used it again a a shadow image behind it. I am really excited about this new kit,

  14. Fabulous blending of colours on that glorious blue background card base.

  15. Pastel coral against a deep blue shaded ocean…great idea.

  16. Hi,
    It feels like a long time since I have left you a note. Have been super busy… Anything to do with sea life is a “go” with me! I love your card, the punny sentiment, the beautiful background with the shadow layer of stamping, the embossed resist ink blending… just all of it! You’re a papercrafting genius, Mindy E!!!
    L in PA

  17. Oh wow, I didn’t realize the coral was one large stamp until I read your post. I love it and how you used it as the background and a layered image. Pretty card,

  18. I just love the ink blending on the coral! So gorgeous, this new release is amazing 🙂

  19. Gorgeous card ! This is my favourite cardstock color and I love this theme. Your color combo is perfect ! Love it 🙂

  20. This card is so gorgeous I don’t even know where to begin! Thanks so much for the tip about using Sparkle embossing powder with pigment inks – just ordered some!

  21. This is a beautiful card. I love the way your reef colors show off against the blue ocean background. I can hardly wait to see the whole set reveal.

  22. So beautiful! The colors are gorgeous! Looking forward to seeing the entire kit!

  23. I really like the embossed image in the background, it is a very nice touch.

  24. Stunning card. Colors are eye catching and I love the design you created. Looks like a great kit this month

  25. Great card! I like how the most colorful image is on the front, just as it would be if you swam up on it, and behind it in the darker water, objects are harder to visualize. Very realistic.

  26. Great card. Thanks for sharing..

  27. Beautiful card! I love the bright colors of the corals. Thanks for the tip about the white cardstock and the white embossing powder.

  28. Such a pretty card! I can’t wait to see the whole kit tomorrow.

  29. I love the colors of your beautiful coral card.

  30. So beautiful, Mindy! Gorgeous colors!

  31. FAB colors! Love this!

  32. Beautiful color blending and use of the reef image.

  33. L❤VE THIS card. The colors are exquisite. Really love that base card. Absolutely GORGEOUS!!!

  34. I love the whimsy feel of your ocean scene very pretty.

  35. Oh, Mindy, this is so beautiful! I can’t wait to order my kit!

  36. GOSH, Mindy, I am a scuba diver. You have captured this underwater scene so beautifully. It brings back memories of my deeper dives when I was in my 20’s. Thank you so much for sharing your amazing creativity with us.

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