Hot Air Balloon – Hero Arts

Welcome everyone! I’m still experimenting with liquid watercolors and this one was super easy! I’m also playing around with the Hero Arts Reactive Inks. I broke down and got all of them. They are so vibrant which is right in my wheel house.

In this card, I’m using the Hot Air Balloon stamp/die set. I stamped my images onto watercolor card stock with embossing ink. Then heat embossed black embossing powder.

Using my Waffle Flower Media Mat, I watercolored the flowers with Leaf and Purple Liquid Watercolors from Hero Arts.

When my images were dry, I used the coordinating die to cut them out.

My background was created by ink blending Thistle and Pool Party Reactive Inks using Blending Brushes. Then I sprinkled on water and dabbed with a paper towel.

I stamped this beautiful sentiment towards the bottom of the card panel using Obsidian Ink from Altenew. This would make a great graduation card!

I finished off the card by adding my smaller balloon and the clouds with a tape runner. The large balloon I added with foam tape for dimension.

I hope you enjoyed this card and found some inspiration!

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Fairy Window & Reactive Inks – Hero Arts

Welcome everyone! I hope you are having an amazing weekend! I spent some time catching up on new and previously purchased products that have been begging to be used.

I’m starting with creating a background using the newly released Reactive Inks from Hero Arts. I ink blended Key Lime Fizz, Splash and Blue Hawaii onto Neenah white card stock with a Life Changing Blender Brush. Then I spritzed down some White Iridescent Shimmer spray onto my craft mat and flicked onto the background. I also flicked on some clear water too.

While my background is drying, I’m going to die cut this gorgeous Fairy Window Fancy Die from some Black Glitter card stock from Simon Says Stamp. I also die cut two more from white card stock and adhered together with spray adhesive, slightly off-setting my pieces.

I lined up my die cut background with my ink blended panel to figure out where to put a sentiment. This sentiment from the Celestial stamp set fit perfectly into my window. I stamped the sentiment and small stars using Versafine ink.

Once the ink was dry, I attached my die cut panel, again using spray adhesive.

There are so many possibilities with this Fairy Window die and reactive inks. I could make tons more just playing!

I hope enjoyed today’s inspiration! Thanks for stopping by and have an amazing weekend.

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Hero Arts May Kit

Welcome everyone! So happy you’re joining me today. I’m sharing some cards I created using the Hero Arts May 2019 Kit. These kits are jam packed with product for an amazing price! There are also coordinating Add-ons that you can purchase which I’ll also be playing with today. If you enjoy this kit, be sure to head over and grab it! Once it sells out it’s gone. The Add-ons will always get restocked but the kits are limited.

VIDEO DETAILS

I have a tutorial on how I created these cards that you can view down below or HERE on my Youtube channel.

For my cards today, I’m playing with some of the Liquid Watercolors from Hero Arts. I really enjoy liquid watercolors because I feel like I have a little more control over the colors. They come in glass bottles with a dropper.

I start both cards by stamping the Crafting Tools Bold Prints Add On in Versafine ink onto Canson Watercolor card stock. Then, I add clear embossing powder and heat set.

I’m using the Waffle Flower Water Media Mat to do my watercoloring. It has a nice work area and off on one side are little wells that help contain your watercolors. It’s pretty easy to clean up too!

I used Strawberry, Orange, Dandelion, Leaf (my fav!), Deep Ocean and Purple watercolors from Hero Arts. These are super vibrant! I didn’t really water them down except for the water I added to my card stock for a wet on wet technique. The brush I’m using today is a Simply Simmons #12 Round Brush. I couldn’t find it online but I did link to a similar one.

You’ll have to check the video for a fun picture I shared of how messy it can and how wonderful it comes clean with some water, a rag and baby wipes.

I used the Nesting Infinity Rectangle dies to cut out my watercolored card panels. I layered them on top of white card stock with foam tape and then attached to a A2 size notecard made from Fog card stock.

These fun sentiments are from the Crafty Messages stamp set which is also an Add On. My rainbow card has a sentiment from the kit. There are tons are great messages there!

This next card is a little bonus in my video. I have previously stamped these images from the kit onto Neenah white solar card stock in copic friendly ink. Then colored with copic markers and used the coordinating die to cut them out with my Gemini Jr.

I attached each of the images to a white card base using foam tape. A little tedious but love the look! Using the new Hero Hues Black card stock, I stamped a sentiment from the Crafty Messages stamp set in the Embossing Ink that is also in the kit. Then heat embossed White Satin Pearl Embossing Powder.

Playing with watercolors is tons of fun! I love the wet on wet technique because it’s fascinating watching the color spread on its own. Very therapeutic.

I hope you enjoyed this inspiration using the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit for May 2019.

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Flower Garden Copic Colored

Welcome back! I’ve been meaning to color up the Flower Garden Bold Print from Hero Arts and today I finally sat down to play. I really didn’t have a particular design in mind just yet. I just wanted to color these whimsical images. When I had finished coloring, I watched Jennifer McGuire’s new video and I knew that design would be perfect for my card!

For this first design, I stamped the Flower Garden image onto Neenah Solar white 80 lb with Gina K’s Amalgam Ink. Then colored with copic markers. I used Y38, Y15, Y11, YG17, YG23, YG21, RV29, RV 25, and RV23. When I started coloring, I started with all the leaves. It felt kind of like a word search book which I love those too! Once I finished all the leaves I moved onto the pink flowers and then the yellow. I did go over the little sprouts with a BV00 just to add a touch of color to them.

I had left my stamp in Misti and stamped it again onto white card stock with Gina K Design’s Whisper Ink.

Using Jennifer’s Eclipse technique, I die cut a heart using the Nested Hearts from Simon Says Stamp from the center of both panels. I also die cut a heart from white card stock six times. Then I could layer the hearts 3 pieces each using liquid glue.

I flipped hearts so my faint background had the colorful heart and vice versa. I love this design and it was such perfect timing the Jennifer’s video came up just as I finished coloring the image.

For my sentiment, I’m using the Typed Sentiments from Neat & Tangled. I stamped them in Gina K Designs clear embossing ink and then heat embossed with white embossing powder.

I trimmed the sentiments down using the Sentiment Labels die from Simon Says Stamp.

Each notecard was created using Passionate Pink card stock. I was going to go with Whisper, but decided for bright and bold and I thought it made the pink really pop from the flowers.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card. This was such a beautiful background to color up.

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My Monthly Hero Kit – March

Welcome back everyone! I had a chance to create some cards using the March My Monthly Hero Kit that I wanted to share today.

This kit is filled with fun aquatic elements. What I was really excited to play was the Reactive inks included in the kit. I ink blended both of the inks onto Bristol Smooth card stock and sprinkled with water. The inks react to create these water splashes. Very much like the Distress Inks or Distress Oxide inks from Ranger.

The kit also comes with this super cool frame die. I die cut one piece from white card stock and another from Black Glitter card stock. On the white one, I colored in the aquatic elements with copic markers. With the frame cut from Black Glitter card stock, I trimmed all of those aquatic features out so I was left with just a frame. Then I attached the glitter frame to my colored frame.

I stamped multiple images from the large stamp set that comes in the kit using various ink colors from Gina K Designs. I used the coordinating dies to cut them out with my Gemini Jr. Before attaching all of my elements, I stamped my sentiment in the middle of the background using one of the Blue Reactive inks from the kit. I also added a few schools of fish to my background.

Then I could attach my frame to the top using Lawn Fawn Liquid Glue. Totally loving scene!

My next card is featuring the Bubbles Background stamp which is not a part of the kit but thought it worked well with everything. I stamped it onto some Tranquil Teal card stock cut to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ using the darker blue Reactive Ink for a tone on tone look. I trimmed 1/2″ off of the side and then trimmed again at 1 1/4″ so I could have a strip missing.

Using a full notecard measuring 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″, I trimmed the same measurements off of one side of the card that will be my card front. I will start putting this together by adding double sided tape to the white card front and the small 1/2 ” strip I cut off. Using a strip of acetate I add this on top of the white card front to connect my base with my small strip.

I had previously stamped images from the stamp set and die cut out so I can start adding them to my window. I use my sticker maker from Xyron to add adhesive to the entire back of the images. Next, I’ll add some foam tape and attach my blue panels to the front of the card. This gives the illusion of a window and no adhesive will show on the other side.

It really is amazing how much value is packed into these kits for such a reasonable price. There’s more in the kit that I didn’t even use yet! Here’s a look at the entire kit. Be sure to pick yours up because there are only a limited number of them. Once it’s gone – it gone!

I hope you enjoyed today’s inspiration!

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