Once again I sit here in disbelief that I haven’t done a blogpost since December 8th. At least it adds to evidence that I feel like I have been in a non-stop tornado for weeks. It should be slowing down now, but I am gearing up for my trek south for the winter, so it is still a whirlwind for me.
I wanted to make a few cards as samples for Scrapendipity before I left. It felt good NOT to be making a Christmas Card. I thought I would make a couple of cards with the add ons from the December Hero Arts Monthly Kit. The main kit while lovely, would not be on my personal favourites list. I did like several of the add ons and had a hard time just picking a couple to be sent with my kit.
The one I am showing here is the World Window Fancy Die. I wanted to make a Valentine’s card that wasn’t too “pretty” or mushy. To achieve this, I stuck to earthy colours and reined in the bling (ok just a bit). I really like the outcome.
I finally got caught up enough on things I had to do and cards that I had to make for one reason or another, so I could finally take a look at my Hero Arts kit for November. It is once again a Christmas kit but more traditional than the 50″s theme of last month’s kit.
I started with what appears to be the most scene-stealing piece of the kit, which is the Fancy Die Door Front. Holy intricate Batman…….it took me hours to painstakingly colour all those bricks with my Copic markers. When that was done, the door swag required some fine colouring as well. Then I realized that I had really just begun as the door opens and needs a full scene behind as well. I decided that since I had spent so much time on it already, a few more minutes to pop the whole thing up to add some shadow and dimension seemed to make sense as well.
I am happy with the final result, but it was so much work, that I will find it difficult to actually mail it to someone this Christmas.
Once more, I really like the theme that Hero Arts came up with for the October 2019 My Monthly Hero Kit. The theme is Retro 50’s Christmas.
So far, I have made a few variations of three cards. The first two use the main kit and the third one uses the Television fancy die which is an add-on to the kit.
Note the tin foil on the “rabbit ears” and the RCA test pattern. Only people my age will remember these things. The memories of our first TV brought a smile to my face while making this card.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.