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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Hero Arts 2017 Wintertime Fun Catalog Blog Hop


Hey, foxy! That's right, I'm talking to you. I'm so glad your foxy self made it to my blog today. I'm hopping with Hero Arts, as the fabulous new Wintertime Fun Catalog products are released in the Hero Arts Store. You should have found me by way of May's wonderful blog - but if you didn't, hop back to the very beginning at the Hero Arts blog.

So why did I call you foxy? Well first, because you totally are! And also because this blog post is all foxes, all the time! There are several awesome new foxes in this release, and I couldn't resist playing with alllllll of them! First up - the adorable woodblock Fox Family.


This card was inspired by my friend Lydia Fiedler. She likes to do a technique she calls "stamp etching" - taking a pen and adding extra black lines to the image. She does some amazing, detailed work. I just did a little bit on these guys, and more of a doodle - but I love how it looks! The foxes were watercolored, and allowed to dry before I began doodling. Then I trimmed around them by hand, and put them on a card base which was also watercolored. The snowflakes are from Winter Silhouettes, and the message from Off-Beat Holiday Messages. I thought the black snowflakes went with the etchy/edgy look of my foxes!


Next up are the fabulous foxes from the Color Layering Cool Fox set. The first pair of cards were designed for a tradeshow class last month. I used a technique I learned from the one and only Jennifer McGuire - second generation stamp layering!


The first card was stamped "full strength", using the coordinating Ink & Emboss Fox pack. The ink colors in the pack are tangerine, caramel and black - perfect for a fox! The really cool thing is this idea to have Ink & Emboss packs for the color layering sets - this makes it super easy to add a bit of embossing to your project. In this case I used the white embossing powder in the pack to add little snowflakes to the background - but for some of the other new combos, you add the embossing right as the final layer of stamping - cool!


The card above also used a bunch of masking. I used masking paper with the postage stamp die to create a mask for the background, and also created a mask to go over the fox as I inked the background. With masks in place, I used the Sea Aquas ink cubes to create a gradient of color in the background.

While I stamped the layers in the above card, I immediately stamped them again on the cardstock for the card below - where the "second generation" comes in. I love the softer look you achieve by doing this. The black layers were stamped full strength to make them pop. The fox mask was used again on this card, and this time ink was added through the Pop Pattern stencil. I finished the card with a few sequins from the new Frost mix.


The other fox in the Color Layering Cool Fox set is this sweet little baby fox! Once I started stamping him, I couldn't stop. So I ended up with a Warhol-esque-pop-art-style baby fox card! The cute little "hi" bubble is from Holiday Cheer - I cut it out with the matching die.


I wanted to show in this post that it's really easy to use these products for more than just holiday cards. The previous two cards were examples, but this last card is even more so! There's absolutely nothing winter or holiday about it!


This time I used the beautiful Paper Layering Fox die. I cut her out with watercolor paper, and painted. For the background, I was inspired by Debby Hughes and her mad watercoloring skillz (she is so amazing!). I love how thoese watercolored circles look! The sweet little message is from Dress Up Stamp & Cut. Just a bit of glitter paper and a heart sticker to finish it off.



And now it's time to hop!! Hero Arts will be giving away three $25 shopping sprees, drawn from comments left across all blogs in the hop. Be sure to get your comments posted by Wednesday, 8/30 at 11:59pm PT, and they'll announce the winner the following week on the Hero Arts blog. Commenting on every blog in the hop gives you more chances to win!

The Hero Arts Blog
Jennifer McGuire
Cathy Zielske
Wanda Guess
Kathy Racoosin
Ilina Crouse
Clare Prezzia
Yana Smakula
Lydia Fiedler
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Amy Tsuruta
Michelle Short
May Park
Libby Hickson (you are here!)

You've made it to the end of the line - mine is the final stop along the hop. Thanks so much for spending a little time with me today. Be sure to check out the entire release - there are so many amazing new goodies!! If you have any questions about anything you've seen in the hop, please ask in the comments or shoot me an email (find the email icon under my photo on the sidebar) - I'm happy to help you!

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Space in my Heart

I'm popping in today to share another card I made with the awesome August Monthly Release from Hero Arts! I love all of the space-themed stuff so much. Today I played with the gorgeous Milky Way Window Fancy Die.


I die cut the frame using watercolor paper, and then just randomly added colors using my Hero Arts Watercolor Dot Palette. I trimmed down a piece of silver glitter cardstock, and die cut again. Then I attached the watercolored galaxy right on top of the glitter one, using foam dots. I like that the silver glitter paper peeks out just a bit to add a hint of shimmer. I also used two die cut stars from the frame die.


The message is from Dream Big, and I embossed it in silver. Speaking of the Dream Big stamp set, have you checked it out? The planet balloons are my favorite thing from the entire release!


If you missed my post yesterday, I shared another project from this month's release.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

August My Monthly Hero - Release + Giveaway!

(Edited to add: I created another card for this release using the Milky Way Window Fancy Die - click HERE if you'd like to see it in action!)

Hello and welcome! The new Hero Arts My Monthly Hero kit is here, and it is fabulous! I think it may be my favorite month ever. There's space and kitties and moons and stars and clouds and little girls flying to their dreams. That's it - it's just plain dreamy!

I haven't made cards in a little while, and when I don't I become kinda.... erm.... rusty! So this month I wasn't feelin' it on the card front - so instead I turned to my art journal. It's always my best friend when I need to send out search party for my crafty mojo! My favorite image in the main kit is the little girl flying. It just reminds me of Peter Pan, or chasing your dreams, or believing anything is possible... I don't know, I just love it. I've also had an idea in my head for ages to make a journal page inspired by Ruth B's song "Lost Boy," which has a Peter Pan theme - so this was just the kit to finally do it!

I began by covering the pages of my art journal (I use this one from Strathmore - I picked it up at Michael's with a coupon) with Daniel Smith watercolor ground. I used a ground with a really pretty shimmer to it. Then I watercolored over it once dry, using Daniel Smith paints. The shimmery ground leaves the background with a slight shimmery feel once painted. So pretty! And of course impossible to capture in photos - sorry - I stink at photographing my art journal! It's much prettier in person - trust me. ;-)

Using Orchid ink, I lightly stamped the "life is but a dream" message from the kit all over the background.

The little girl and the moon were done by covering a panel of cardstock with Versamark, direct to paper, and coating with Black Sparkle embossing powder. Then I used the dies from the kit to cut out the moon and girl. I didn't stamp them at all - just used the dies.

One of my favorite add-ons to this kit are the fabulous Nesting Cloudy Infinity Dies. I love flat-bottomed clouds, and I'm thrilled to have them in a variety of sizes now. Again, I prepped the paper first, then die-cut. This time I painted watercolor paper with more of the same Daniel Smith paint, and also spritzed with the blueberry shimmer ink that came with the kit. I will give you a little bit of a warning - this ink is messy, it sprays far and wide - so be careful when you use it! But I absolutely LOVE how it looks!!

More details were added to the background. The trees are from the Color Layering Snowy Tree stamp set. The fun little star trio from the kit was stamped here and there with gold Delicata ink. I love all of the ways to add stamped sparkle and shimmer with this kit - or "fairy dust", if you'd like!


The lyrics to the song by Ruth B were typed up and printed out on the computer, then cut up and added to the page with Ranger matte multi medium. I doodled little boxes around each word with my black Sharpie, and I also added a black border to the pages using a black acrylic paint marker.

Here's the song by Ruth B if you've never heard it - it was out a while ago, but I love it so! (Find it here on YouTube if it's not showing up on your device!)


And here's a look at this fabulous kit!


Now let's get hopping! Please visit all of the links below, and leave comments as you go! Hero Arts is giving away a kit to one lucky commenter, drawn from the comments left on all of the blogs. You have until Sunday, August 13 at 11:59pm to get your comments in. Check the Hero Arts blog for the winner!

The Hero Arts Blog
Jennifer McGuire
Nichol Spohr
Wanda Guess
Ilina Crouse
May Park
Yana Smakula
Lydia Fiedler
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Amy Tsuruta
Michelle Short
Libby Hickson (you are here!)

And if you didn't see my Countdown post on the Hero Arts blog this past weekend, check it out here. I was thinking outside of the card for this project, too! Do you know about the Kindness Rocks project?


 
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