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.
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.
Today I am posting cards three and four from the Hero Arts March Monthly Kit.
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.
I am loving the Monthly Hero Arts Kits. The large stamp set, that is just one part of the kit, provides a lot of inspiration. When you add in the dies and the add on selections that are available, the possibilities are endless.
I have a goal of making at least 10 cards in quick succession from each kit. While I haven’t finished yet, the first two cards turned out quite well. Take a look:
Sometimes in life, we get a surprise. When I began to work with the contents of the December Hero Arts, it was one of those times. At first glance, I was thinking “yuck” ………………fairies…………..mice………….and dandelions as the theme for the kit. Clearly, none of these is on my favourites list. I ended up being surprised to find that I liked the images and the ideas for cards just kept flowing. I had been watching a few tutorials that were of the “10 cards 1 kit” variety and I decided to see if I could replicate this. You are going to think that I can’t count as there are only seven cards in this post. Truth is, I had to stop, not because I was out of ideas, but rather because I needed to clean up and pack up my stuff for the trip to Phoenix.
I ended up being very happy with the cards. They are all different and yet all seem to evoke smiles and happy thoughts. Enjoy!