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Making a Curio Cabinet

Anyone that knows me is aware of the fact that I have a fascination for little drawers.  I love them in furniture and in home decor items, so imagine my delight when a Curio Cabinet was the focal stamp image in the September Monthly Hero Arts Kit.

I am not going to lie.  It took forever to put this card together.  There was lots of Copic blending to make the wood cabinet.  There was lots of picky arranging of the handles on the cabinet and then the time-consuming embossing of the handles.   After that there was the job of deciding what to put in the Curio cabinet.  I had decided that I was going to find “real” little treasures to place in the cabinet rather than just stamping images, so that gobbled up more time.  This also necessitated that the cabinet be turned into a shaker type card to manage the dimension of the “treasures”.  Then the tiny sentiments had to be lined up with the cabinet doors which was also time-consuming.  Then the little cards in the door pulls were painted white and some teeny tiny black writing was put on the cards.

In the end, I loved the resulting card.

More Fantasy Cards

The August Monthly Hero Arts kit is all about Fantasy and Fairytales.  The theme is fun to work with as your imagination can run wild.  After all, no one is going to insist that your dragon be a particular colour, or that it has scales of a certain shape or indeed scales at all.

The Paper Layering Dragon is even more versatile than I first

thought.  You can add dimension just by using your flower moulding tools while keeping the overall shape in the card front.  You can take the dragon out of the background entirely, and poke up the scales for dimension.  You can die cut it out with or without the matching border die.  I ended up doing all of these techniques and liked all of the results.

Here are some of the other dragon cards that I came up with.

 

Hero Arts Monthly Kit August 2019

The images in the main kit of the Hero Arts Monthly Kit August 2019 are great but pretty tiny.  If colouring teeny tiny images is not your thing, then this kit might drive you crazy.  I don’t mind as I am more interested in scene building cards than in getting three shades of Copic colours on one image.

The castle die on this card is a Fancy Die and is included with the main kit.  What I really like about this die is that it is not a closed die.  This means that you can make the bottom of your die cut as long or short as you wish.  In this card, I left the bottom quite long so that the castle looks like it is in the distance and it also allows for adding several small images in the foreground.

I love the sentiments in this kit as well.  My co-blog partner Sandra would say that this is because of my love of Shakespeare.

Welcome to the Middle Ages

Sadly, the Middle Ages have come and gone for me, but I loved this sentiment so much that I just had to make a card with it.

This card is one of few that actually turned out how I imagined it in my head!  I usually get distracted (by something shiny, perhaps) before I finish the card that is in my head,  and go off in a new direction.

It is made with a sentiment from the August 2019 Hero Arts Monthly Kit and the Paper Layering Dragon from the available add on products.

Hero Arts also has a scroll die in the available add ons, but I had a similar one from Penny Black so I used that.

The dragon is done on watercolour paper with Ken Oliver’s Colorburst.  I think it is pretty cute!  Take a look:

 

Snakes on a card?

Well, I said I was going to make a card with a snake on it…………………I am truly scared witless of snakes.

If a card with a snake on it can even be thought of as cute, well then, I guess this card is it.  Take a look:

 

 

You’re My Paradise

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.

A Walk on the Wild Side

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.

I think the card turned out quite well.

 

 

 

 

 

A New Take on my Rain Die

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.

 

Hero Arts – Monthly Hero Kit Add on

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.

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Hero Arts Monthly Kit

Today I am posting cards three and four from the Hero Arts March Monthly Kit.

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I was reminded of the best crafting advice I ever received, while I was making card four.  The late great Christy Riopel once told me, “If you don’t like it, it just isn’t done yet.”  I can tell you that card four in its’ original 6 X 6 size was a hot mess…………….. I thought it was just plain “done” and destined for the big round file.   Just like Christy predicted though, it just “wasn’t done YET.”  When I trimmed it to a narrow panel and added a  complementary background, it was a keeper.

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