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Today is the reveal of the new Hero Arts Monthly Kit. This month’s kit is so appealing to me because it has a lake, a dock, a forest and mountains. All of these images describe my life for many years, so I am anxious to have this arrive in my mailbox in the near future.
In the meantime though, I am also taken by the June kit which has already arrived in my mailbox. It has a jungle theme, which clearly does not depict my life in Canada, but it is equally appealing. I started out intending to make a card with the Leopard image, but in the end, opted for a few of the smaller images, and made the card more of a Hawaii card. I am always happy when I am able to use something from my “new” drawer as well. In this case, it was both my small and large Wreath Builder Templates from Gina K.
I think the card turned out well, even though there is no Leopard anywhere in sight.
I am also contemplating making a card with the snake that is in the June kit, but I hate and fear snakes almost as much as I hate and fear “dust bunnies”! (Really, “dust bunnies” totally creep me out and I can’t touch them without a paper towel in my hand). I could give the snake card to my granddaughter as she actually has a snake as a pet. Ok, it is settled………………………..my next card will have a snake, a leopard and maybe a “dust bunny” on it. I will face all my fears in one go! LOL.
I wanted to use the June 2019 My Monthly Hero Kit. The card I came up with does not resemble the card I had in my head when I started out. Truth be told, I now have about ten background pieces made with Tonic Shimmer Powder none of which ended up on this card. They are very nice backgrounds, just not the look I was going for in a jungle theme.
In the end, I opted for a savannah sunset using oxide inks and blender brushes. I stamped the grasses using Versamark. This resulted in a faded image of the grasses on the green background. I liked this look as it made the grasses appear further back in the scene. The tiger was painted with Arteza real brush markers and embossed with clear embossing powder.
I used thin strips of foam tape to attach the jungle border to add more dimension and depth to the card.
Today’s card is a variation of the one I posted a day or two ago. I just received my Hero Arts Monthly Hero Kit and it occurred to me that I could combine my Falling from the Clouds die from My Favorite Things with the Jungle Border from the Hero Arts add-on die and make it rain in the rainforest.
Originally I was going to make a “Save the Rainforest” sentiment, in honour of my so environmentally responsible friend Michelle K., but I opted in favour of the less noble but highly useful Happy Birthday.
Just so you know………………….stringing those little beads late at night with my Expired Best Before eyes was no easy feat. I will be vacuuming up seed beads until July. But hey, the card is so cute.
It has been a while since I saw a die set that was just too clever not to buy………………………………….in spite of its rather high price.
Such is the case with this die from My Favorite Things. It is just so clever. I just have to figure out how to add a video to my post to do it justice.
Take a look:
OMG, it has been a day of technology snafu’s, but I think that worked.
Being someone who absolutely loves to travel, this month’s Hero Arts Kit was calling loudly to me. The images of Venice transported me back to that wonderful place. The laundry line reminded me of Naples and the background building reminded me of the view of Florence from a viewpoint over the city. I was done for when I saw the add on die set called European Village. It reminded me so much of Canterbury in England with its’ cottages and cobblestone streets, it had to go in my cart.
The card turned out well. Once more my Dirty Sand embossing powder from Emerald Creek came in hand to give the cobblestone road some texture.
I have a couple more examples of foiling for the foil challenge at Simon Says Stamp. This is an interesting post (maybe to me only 🙂 ) as it and the next post show examples of being able to use regular dies as foiling plates. Additionally, the two posts show that it is possible to successfully use both the positive and negative pieces of the hot foil on cards. You will note, I didn’t say it was easy. It is actually easy to use the positive piece. It foils just like any of the foil plates that you can buy. Foiling the negative (part you would normally throw away) is a bit trickier as it requires some experimentation to get the right combo of heat and pressure, but my second post today shows that it can be done.
The card uses Bubbles and Fishes cover plate from Lawn Fawn as the hot foil plate. Take a look:
The Monday challenge on Simon Says Stamp this week is foiling. They are featuring Gina K Designs and I have lots of her great products. Sadly, I did not bring any of her foil products to Phoenix. I did, however, acquire quite a few “hot foil” products while down here so I am going to enter the challenge using those.
I think that foiling is particularly suited to sympathy cards. On sad occasions, it is not “about the card”, it is about the person we are missing and foiled cards always manage to look elegant without taking over.
The dandelion in this card is from Picket Fence and the sentiment is from Spellbinders.
I had a boo boo on this card as I hovered the Heidi Swapp gold spray over the card one second too long after dripping on some dandelion fluff. This resulted in a spot of faint gold where I did not want it, but the card was too nice to throw away.
I had said that I wanted to try another Riverbank Collection card so that I could showcase the wonderful paper in the collection a bit better than I did in the last froggy card. Well, as usual, “a funny thing happened on the way to the forum” and it didn’t really go as planned. Just so you know, that quote is from a 1966 movie of the same name, so I am really dating myself. Usually, crafters quote the more modern, “I was distracted by something shiny” when describing why something didn’t go as planned. Now, back to the cards.
I had a problem with the swan card. I had decided to use Copic markers…………but wait………….we are talking about a white swan here. It didn’t take long to colour! I did use light grey markers to provide shadows, but I still didn’t think it stood out enough to look like a focal image. I decided to cover the whole swan with glossy accents to make it stand out more. The problem was that my bottle of Glossy Accents had turned quite yellow with the Arizona heat. Interestingly though, I found that the yellowish shine matched the yellow-green in the background paper quite well, and I decided to go ahead and use it.
Here is the card:
On the second card, I was also distracted a bit from my mission to show off the beautiful paper. I had just bought a set of rectangular dies from Penny Black and it occurred to me that they would work really well for a stacked mat style. That is a style where the image is continuous over three different sized mats with varying degrees of depth. Sounds confusing but you will understand when you look at the card. I love how the squiggly lines in the mats provide interest without overpowering the image. Anyway, it turned out really well and the background paper did provide a nice enhancement by repeating some of the elements.
Take a look:
Scraps of Love (scrapbook store) here in Phoenix recently moved to their new location. It is only a couple of blocks from their old location but is much larger. I went there bright and early on opening day wearing my Scraps of Love T shirt. This qualified me for a 20% discount which I used with gusto.
Amongst my many purchases was a pad of patterned paper from a UK company that was new to me. The collection is called The Riverbank and I bought it along with two matching stamp sets. The company is called the Craft Consortium. Anyway, the paper is thick and double sided which is wonderful. I think this may be the first time that I ever bought a pad of paper where I loved every page.
I made my first card using one of the stamp sets and one of the papers. I had to make the card larger than the usual A2 size to have any of the background paper visible. I am thinking the images are sized for a typical UK sized card which is bigger than A2. In any case, I am about to try again with a second card designed to showcase the wonderful paper better. In the meantime take a look at this card.