10 Cards 1 Kit • My Monthly Hero • April 2022

Hello Folks! Scott here with this month’s 10 cards featuring the My Monthly Hero April 2022 Kit! We are back from the museum and tending to the garden with this kit featuring springtime flowers just in time for Mother’s Day!  This kit features a big 6″ x 6″ cling background stamp with flowers and bees. Three layering stencils make the coloring process easy; simply pair them with the inks and blending brush included in the kit, and you’ll quickly have cards in fresh spring colors. Combine the “amazing” word die with the mix and match messages in the stamp set for expressing thanks, celebrating birthdays, sending Mother’s Day greetings, and more. There are also 3 dies for highlighting select images from the background, and a sheet of enamel embellishments that complement the ink colors perfectly.

KIT INCLUDES:
• 3″ x 4″ Clear Stamp Set
• 6″ x 6″ Cling Stamp
• 3 6″ x 6″ Color Layering Stencils
• 3 Frame Cuts
• Word Fancy Die & Frame
• 3 Ink Cubes (Rose Madder, Green Apple, Cotton Candy)
• Ink Blending Brush (size may vary)
• Spring Enamel Dots

Obviously this is all about that big cling stamp. I figured I’d try coloring that stamp using a variety of different mediums. I’d stencil one as recommended, try some no-line watercoloring with one, maybe colored pencil on Kraft card stock for another. I recently got some new TomBow Dual Brush watercolor markers so let’s try those out on some Bristol Smooth card stock, and, of course, some simple gold on black embossing should work well! That might cover 10 cards!

This card is stamped on some Neenah Solar White 110# card stock using HA Intense Black ink and colored using the three stencils with the included inks and blending brush. I colored in the bees with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, die-cut the panel with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die, and glued that to a white card base. I did add just a touch of light blue to the background using my Pebbles Chalks – light enough to tint the background but not interfere with the inking. I stamped the sentiment with Intense black ink on a scrap of card stock, embossed that with some Clear embossing powder, trimmed it to size and mounted it with foam tape. A few of the enamel dots add a touch of shine!

That is a really nice background cling stamp! So many options to color it with the stencils or by hand or just emboss it!

Gold on black is always a classy combination! I stamped this on some Pitch Black card stock with Embossing and Watermark ink and embossed it with HA Gold embossing powder. I did add a little white colored pencil to the flowers to soften the black just a touch. I cut out a 2 7/8″ square and added a 3″ square mat behind that for our centerpiece. The vertical band is cut to 1 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ and I added a thin (1 7/8″) mat before gluing them down to a white card base. I added two 1/4″ strips of Gold card stock down the sides and mounted the square with foam tape.

I die-cut the “Amazing” from the same gold card stock and the shadow from more Pitch Black card stock and glued them together and then down to the square. I stamped and embossed the sentiment on a scrap of Pitch Black, trimmed it to size, and mounted it with some foam tape. I just might use this one for my Mother’s Day card this year! Amazing!

I stamped the cling stamp on some watercolor paper using HA Contour ink and tried a little no-line watercoloring using my Gouache watercolors… I kept vacillating between wanting a soft, watercolor-y feel and my inherent desire to color everything realistic… and then I went and added black to the bees… big mistake… Let’s try the die-cuts on this one!

Okay… I think this is a fairly decent example of no-line watercoloring… This card grows on me every time I look at it! The leftmost flower is die-cut from the panel with the matching frame die, and I just fussy cut the other two flowers (and one extra leaf) to complete my arrangement. I added the flower centers using a black Pigma pen and a White gel pen. I used a blending brush to add a little Cotton Candy ink to a white card base, stamped and embossed the sentiment, and mounted the flowers with foam tape. A few of the enamel heart embellishments tie everything together and we have a nice flower-y Valentine!

I think this was my favorite coloring adventure with this cling stamp. Intense Black ink on Kraft card stock colored with my Prismacolor colored pencils.

Though the coloring took me about an hour, this one makes me quite happy! I stamped the cling stamp on a white card base with Contour ink lining up the left edge of the stamp to the left edge of the card front. That made it easy to trim off the left half (2.5″) of the colored Kraft panel and match it to the pattern on the card base. I stamped and embossed the sentiments in gold and die-cut the “Amazing” four times from Kraft card stock and glued them all together. I added some of the new Tim Holtz Gilded Foundry Wax to the bottom of the stacked die cuts and applied some heat for a shine that almost matches the gold embossing (in a “distressed” sort of way!). I die-cut the shadow from some 40# vellum, glued the “Amazing” on top of that and glued those flat to the card front. I love my colored pencils more every day!

I still have the other half of the colored pencil stamping and I’m not going to let that go to waste!

There was just over 3″ left of the colored pencil cling stamp so I split that in half (close!) and glued both panels to a white card base with a half inch gap between them. I stamped the sentiment using Walnut Stain Distress Oxide ink and embossed it with some Clear embossing powder. Some Love From Lizi Brown Mirror peel-offs edge the panels and add some terrific shine while a green enamel heart highlights the sentiment. If there can possibly be such a thing as a masculine card that features flowers, then I think this one just might foot the bill!

I also stamped a 4.5″ x 6″ piece of Bristol Smooth card stock with Intense black ink and used my new TomBow Dual Tip markers to do the coloring. The TomBow markers moved beautifully on the Bristol Smooth card stock and I was brave enough to go for some vibrant colors on this background.

Another Mother’s Day card with a bit of a riff on an eclipse card…! I die-cut the colored background with a 3.75″ x 5″ Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die making sure I could die-cut the “Amazing” in the center without any purple flowers. I die-cut the word right from the center of the background, and added a 4″ x 5.25″ black mat behind the panel and glued both to a white card base. I die-cut the word shadow from more Pitch Black card stock, glued that to the back of “Amazing” and glued those back in place taking care to match up the background pattern. I stamped and embossed the sentiments on some scrap white card stock, trimmed them to size and added them to the card front with foam tape. I did experiment with vellum for the shadow but the busy pattern made it hard to read so I went with the black. Now I can’t decide which card to sent to Mom this Mother’s Day!

One of the sentiment stamps inspired this card. I’ve never done a legit 4Bar (A1) card before… this is 3 1/2″ x 4 7/8″.

Just a little card…! Cut your card base to 7″ x 4 7/8″ and score at 3 1/2″ to make a 4Bar card. I cut a piece of mustard yellow linen textured card stock to 4 1/2″ x 3 1/8″ and added a thin mat (4 5/8″ x 3 1/4″) using some Black mirror card stock. This is Tim Holtz Metalliques card stock and the black color has a slight purple-ish tint when reflecting the light just right. I glued those to the card base, stamped and embossed the sentiment, and die-cut the “Amazing” twice from Pitch Black card stock and once from the Black mirror card stock. I glued those three layers together and down to the card front. A few clear enamel dots anchors the sentiment, and this becomes all about that Fancy Word Die! Amazing!

I still have some of the gold on black background, and some of the watercolor background, but I thought I’d try using the stencils one more time… but this time without the stamp!

I was pleasantly surprised at how nice this turned out! I did take care to do some detailed ink blending – taping off areas on the main stencil to get three colors of flowers and a little dark to light ink blending. The yellow flowers are HA Lemon Drop Reactive ink and Wild Honey Distress Oxide ink. The Blue flowers are HA Splash and Blue Hawaii Reactive inks, and the pink flowers are Cotton Candy with a touch of Rose Madder. The leaves are just a couple layers the Green Apple ink. This is definitely worth the extra time devoted to detailing these stencils. I cut a 2 3/4″ strip of the background, matted that on a 3″ strip of Hero Hues Kiwi card stock and glued those to a White card base.

I stamped the sentiment using Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide ink and embossed that with clear embossing powder. I die-cut this “special” die from my stash four times from some plain blue card stock, stacked and glued those together and added some light glitter to the top with a Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen. I guess I was getting a little tired of the “Amazing” die…! I glued the chunky “special” to the card front and I am completely taken by this soft spring-y card! I just might like this better without the stamping – especially those big flowers! They are really pretty like this!

I simply have to use the other half of that no-line stenciling – and there is enough left to do a Mini-Slimline card!

This is a standard 3 1/4″ x 6 1/4″ Slimline card. I cut the background to 2 3/4″ x 5 3/4″ and added a thin mat of Hero Hues Canary card stock and glued both to a White card base. I stamped the sentiment using Blue Hawaii Reactive ink and embossed that with some embossing powder. Who needs to be amazing when I am thankful that you simply exist?! This abbreviated sentiment really makes me giggle while also being slightly profound and a little bit thoughtful!

After all those busy backgrounds, I was starting to pine for some vast expanses of white space to let some air in!

I stamped the bees on scraps of Bristol Smooth card stock and colored them with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and die-cut them all with the matching frame die. I ink blended a little ombre on some White card stock using Lemon Drop Reactive ink and Wild Honey Distress ink and die-cut the “Amazing” from that. I glued that to the shadow die-cut from more Pitch Black card stock and glued that to a white card base. I bent up the bees’ wings a little bit and mounted them on the card front with foam tape… looks like they’re all buzzing around…!

I think the pun here is pretty obvious, but I did print this accompanying sentiment on the inside of the card using the Black Jack font. More than an admiration card, this is a great encouragement card for anyone!

And that wrap up my 10 cards using the My Monthly Hero April 2022 Kit. The cling stamp is lovely and quite versatile… you could emboss that stamp in multiple colors for simple backgrounds or the stencils make it a breeze to color!

We have a bright colorful assortment of cards this month – I only used the “Amazing” die on five cards… the cling stamp got quite a workout from me appearing on all but one of my cards, and I had a great time playing around with different ways to color those flowers. And we even managed to get a little bit of a pun this month!

I hope I’ve managed to pique your imagination or inspire some fun coloring from you with this post. This kit is still available at Hero Arts…! If you’d like to grab one for yourself, please use my links listed below… it is always appreciated!

My Monthly Hero April 2022: http://shrsl.com/3hm9s

Hero Arts April 2022 Collection: http://shrsl.com/3hmg3

It was a bit of a push to get 10 cards out of this kit, but I think I managed a good variety of looks and I only doubled-up on that cling stamp twice…! I suppose I should always expect some flowers in our MMH Kits this time of year, and it was nice to get back to some basics after a couple months of uncommonly “artistic” offerings!

On a personal note… we did install all the IKEA cabinets around the desk/bed in our Office/Guest Room/Craft Room this month! I will put together a quick tour of our cabinet install and a little look at the new organization in my craft room as soon as possible, so.. Stay Tuned!!

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10 Cards 1 Kit • My Monthly Hero • March 2022

Hello Folks! Scott here with a new 10 Cards 1 Kit video featuring the March 2022 My Monthly Hero Kit. Looks like we’re going to the Art Museum this month! I suppose all the Surrealist art last month, was just a harbinger of more art!

Looks like we’re turning to some Jackson Pollock abstract expressionism with this trip to the museum! The 4″ x 6″ stamp set features two paint splatter stamps and four complimentary sentiment stamps. To give the paint splatters some dimension, we have four embossing powders in bold colors of Goldenrod, Orange, Blue, Purple and an Embossing and Watermark ink cube to get us started! The Fancy Window die is the star of this show with museums patrons gazing up at a large piece of framed art. We also get two 4.25″ x 5.5″ pieces of extra thick canvas texture paper and one 5.5″ x 8.5″ piece of regular canvas texture paper. Everything you need to start making your own works of art!

I couldn’t wait to die-cut this window die… in fact, I figured I’d start by using almost everything in the kit!

I die-cut the cover plate die using 110# card stock and did a second die-cut of the patrons and floor in the same White card stock. It was easy to trim out the patrons, bench and floor from the die cut, and I glued those on top of the original (full) die cut – that gives them both a touch of dimension and pulls them away from the painting. I stamped the bigger splatter stamp with the Embossing ink cube and embossed it with the Purple embossing powder. I stamped and embossed the smaller splatter using the Goldenrod powder. I thought those looked great together, so I trimmed the stamped piece to size and glued it behind the frame.

The more I looked at this card the more I realized that the two-color splatter needed some help… but I had already glued the “painting” to the frame. Aha! I grabbed a Versamarker pen and added the Orange (looks red to me!) and the Blue embossing powders with a little freehand splatter drawing. That filled in our art piece perfectly. And those four colors go together brilliantly.

I did stamp the “You’re a masterpiece” sentiment on the inside of the card. The embossing powders gives the painting great texture and shine – actually kind of looks like paint!

So lets see how many pieces of art we can come up with using this kit… I think a better picture frame may be called for!

Well! This is inherently more dramatic than the first card. I die-cut the cover plate die using some 110# Neenah Solar White card stock and started coloring the frame with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. That’s all okay… but of course I couldn’t color the thin strips on the edges without making a mess… so I colored the inner thin “mat” the same as the frame, and ended up completely trimming away the outer thin edge.

I die-cut two more pairs of patrons (w/bench), stacked them together and glued them in place on the card front and added touches of shading with a light grey alcohol marker (on the floor as well) I stamped and embossed the big splatter stamps in Orange (red) and Goldenrod, and the smaller splatter in the Blue and Purple on some Pitch Black card stock.. I do think the more colors the merrier…! Go ahead and fill up that space! I glued the “painting” in the frame, trimmed the die cut panel to 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8, and glued that to a 4.25″ x 5.5″ panel of Pitch Black card stock. That gives us the black outline on the frame!. I reached for some Love From Lizi Black peel-offs from my stash to line the inner edges of the frame as well.

I did stamp the “I see so much in you” sentiment on the inside – I just couldn’t come around to putting a sentiment on the front of these great scenes yet! The frame details and the black background really make this card pop!

How about some other colors of embossing powders? I have some fun colors in my stash… let’s experiment!

This “painting” embosses the big splatter with HA Red and Yellow Prisma embossing powders, and the smaller splatter is HA Green Gold (MMH 11/18 kit) embossing powder. The Yellow Prisma (from the MMH 12/20 kit) is a bit translucent and adds a little sparkle as well! The cover plate is die-cut from some Grey card stock and I cut a second pair of patrons from slightly darker grey card stock and added some shading on them with my alcohol markers and glued them in place. Everything is glued down to a Grey card base. I stamped the sentiment on a scrap of matching Grey card stock using Intense Black ink and embossed that with some clear embossing powder. I fussy-cut the sentiment and added it to the front of this card with some foam tape. I think those splatter stamps will work with any colors you’d like!

That’s a good idea… let’s get away from embossing and do some good old-fashioned stamping!

I die-cut the frame die from 110# Neenah Solar White card stock and stamped the splatter stamps all over the place using HA Reactive inks in Lemon Drop, Creamsicle, Fruit Punch, Green Apple, Blue Hawaii, and Grape Slush.I glued a piece of the thin canvas paper in the picture frame, and die-cut our pair of patrons (and the bench) two more times from 110# White card stock. I stacked and glued our museum-goers to the card front and added some LFL peel-offs in White to the outer edge of the frame – just to break it up a bit. I printed the sentiment on the inside of the card using my Silhouette Software and the Dream State and Times New Roman fonts. This card makes me very happy!

Now ANYONE can make a splatter painting! When I first moved away from my hometown, (1,000 miles away..!) money was tight and in order to communicate with hometown friends, (way before computers and smart phones) I’d grab a sheet of poster board at the drug store and use whatever paints were available (yes, even house paint) to do a big splatter painting covering the whole poster board. When the paint dried, I cut the poster board apart into postcard-sized pieces and would get a bunch of “original art” postcards for very little money! I used Arteza acrylic paints for this splatter art…

I used similar colors to the embossing powder we got in the kit to splatter paint this art on a piece of the thin canvas texture paper. I did add a little gold ink splatter as well…! The great thing about splatter painting is you can let the splatters fall where they may (to coin a phrase) or you can get a little controlling and paint your splatter on dot by dot..!

Cover plate-die cut from 110# Neenah card stock, the frame is also die-cut from some textured grey card stock in my stash, then trimmed away and glued over the white frame. I noticed a lot of folks on the inter-webs were coloring their museum patrons so I thought I should color at least one couple – I die-cut and trimmed out the pair two times, colored one layer with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, and glued all three layers together on the card front. I’m not very thrilled with that… the patrons seem to compete a little with the art…! However, I think the size of the splatters on this “art” feels a little more in line with the scale of the frame and the patrons. I think it has a nice Jackson Pollock feel!

Of course you don’t have to use the cover plate die to use the splatter stamps. One advantage to these stamps is you can create something seemingly random in no time at all! These stamps should come in handy for some arty backgrounds.

This is stamped and embossed with Peony Purple embossing powder (from Love From Lizi) on Pitch Black card stock and the sentiment is embossed in white. That panel is die-cut with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die (3.25 x 4.5), glued to a thin white mat and then to another black mat cut with a LFSRdie (3.75″ x 5″) and glued to a white card base. Now here’s a hot pink I can actually live with! Nice touch of purple in there!

Due to the simple fact that we have a “You’re a Masterpiece” sentiment meant I HAD to do one of these cards…

I created my own frame for this card using two HA Infinity Square dies cut from some textured grey card stock and then filled in with my new plastic mirror sheets – I’m loving those mirror sheets! I die-cut and trimmed away the patrons and the floor from 110# card stock, added two more 110# layer of patrons and bench, and slipped my framed mirror in behind them. That left me with enough space to stamp the sentiment over the “painting”. HELLO!! You can see how nicely that plastic mirror works! This one seemed a little like a no-brainer to me… and I LOVE it!

When was the last time you were searching for something on the internet and this suddenly comes up on your screen:

In the context of an Art Museum this tickles me SO MUCH! I don’t think you can get any simpler and say quite so much!

Only one 110# cover plate die for this card, and I printed the sentiment on the thin canvas texture paper. I printed the inside sentiment on a white card base using my Silhouette Software. As you probably know by now, I have spent my life working in the Arts. Theatre Arts specifically, but ALL Arts need as much support as they can get! SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL ART INSTITUTIONS! And there’s our lecture for today! Thank You!

That card got me to thinking about the new ways we interact with art – especially in the last couple of years…!

This is my Black counterpoint to my previous White card! I do love the simplicity of this! And the QR Code works too! Cover plate die-cut from Pitch Black Card stock – the QR Code and sentiment were printed on the canvas texture paper and all is glued to a white card base. The gold frame highlights are Love From Lizi peel-offs again – clear with gold outlines – those thin black pinstripes are SO classy! The patrons are die-cut and trimmed out of more gray card stock and highlighted using HA Sea Salt reactive ink applied with micro-applicator brushes. Let me know if you decide to take the plunge and follow the QR Code! I hope so!

As you can tell, I was die-cutting A LOT of “patrons with bench” for this batch of cards. In an effort to conserve card stock, I would cut them out of either end of a 4.25″ x 5.5″ panel of card stock using partial die-cutting to preserve the second half of the panel. Without planning for this at all, I suddenly got a panel that was double cut PERFECTLY.

This one was a complete surprise for me, but when I saw it, I knew I had to make a card from it! Now, granted, you could view any of the splatter paintings right-side-up or upside-down, but my “staircase to nowhere in two directions” card from last month was still fresh in my mind, so I naturally thought of MC Escher! This, of course, is probably his most famous piece – “Relativity” with staircases goin in all directions as well as the people traversing them. And some Silver Love From Lizi peel-offs give some perfect definition to the frame

The title of this piece obviously influenced my sentiment printed on the inside of the card in the Brady Bunch Remastered font. Makes me laugh!

Now… there’s a bit of a secret to this card as well – if you turn the card upside down, it still opens to the exact same sentiment! This tickles me to no end! A perfect encouragement card with lots of humor to cheer up anyone’s day! LOVE THIS!

And just like that, we have wrapped up all 10 of my cards created using the My Monthly Hero March 2022 Kit. Those splatter stamps are perfect stash-builders, and the cover plate die is just as versatile and I’m sure will get lots of use!

It kind of looks like I went into a deep depression as I worked on this card kit… everything’s bright and colorful to begin with, but it soon devolves into blacks whites and grays! I promise I’m okay! I think this is a terrific set of encouragement cards with a couple thoughtful notes along the way! It’s been a long time since I’ve had all ten cards from a kit all in the same portrait orientation! I do really like keeping the museum patrons monochromatic and really focusing on whatever art you might like to showcase! I did consider using many different images as the “art” on these cards – from last months’ Dali rip-off to my colored City Cling stamp from the December kit, to actual pieces of recognizable art – how about a card with the Mona Lisa that says “Smile” on the inside!! The possibilities are almost endless! I easily used all the stamps in this kit as well as all the embossing powders… and I gave that die quite a work-out!

This kit is still available at Hero Arts! I hope I was able to inspire the artist in you and give you some fun ideas on how to use these stamps and dies! If you’re ready to start framing your artwork, and want to grab a kit for yourself, please use my links when you order from Hero Arts. It helps support this channel and keeps me stocked with paper! Thank you!!

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Thank you so very much for sharing your time with me here! I hope I was able to bring a smile to your lips and share a little inspiration as well. Please remember to Like me, List me, Pin me, Post me, Share me with all your crafty friends (and enemies!) remember don’t run with scissors… and I send you and yours love and laughter, warm days and restful nights, and as always… Happy Crafting!

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10 Cards 1 Kit • My Monthly Hero • February 2022

Hello Folks! Scott here with another 10 Cards 1 Kit post featuring the My Monthly Hero February 2022 Kit. This kit is inspired by the art of the Surrealist masters and the magical imagery of dreams. We have stamps reminiscent of the surrealist artists Dali and Magritte with lots of dream-y sentiments and assorted bits and pieces.

The 6″ x 8″ clear stamp set has windows and doors and stairs to nowhere with an umbrella, a mirror and a melting clock (Dali). Nine sentiments and assorted small images round out this imaginative stamp set. Of course we also get 15 coordinating frame cuts for all the stamp images, and this month we are treated to a New Daniel Smith Dot Palette card – the Dream Palette with a bunch of pearlescent colors. Perfect for coloring on the included 2 sheets of Black Watercolor paper (5.5″ x 8.5″), and a Water Flow brush! Dreamy!

Though I am pretty familiar with some of the Surrealist Masters – my Alma Mater has an original 30′ x 50′ Joan Miro mosaic decorating the front of the art museum – and I once did a children’s show exploring the art of Magritte – I was a little intimidated at the prospect of making 10 cards with this kit. I figured the DS watercolors were a good place to start.

I took a half sheet of the Black Watercolor paper and painted some spacey cosmos using the DS Dream Dot card. I did use some Permanent White Gouache from my stash to get some brighter highlights and spatter in some stars. The pearlescent watercolors on the Dot card worked quite well on the black watercolor paper!

I stamped the door on a 110# White card stock A2 panel in the middle of the upper portion and colored it with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. I thought I would just put the night sky in the open doorway (in place of the stamped clouds) but decided that the cosmos should come through the door and towards us. I fussy-cut the door out and continued the cut from the door opening to the bottom corners of the panel.

I took a matching A2 card panel and masked off the bottom ‘floor’ portion and ink blended that with HA Berry Smoothie Reactive ink and a little Vintage Photo Distress oxide ink at the seam, reversed the mask and ink blended the sky with Broken China Distress Oxide ink with a little more Berry Smoothie at the seam. I spattered the background with some water for a little reactive texture, and I took the cut-away (negative) portion of the door and used that to cut the opening in the background leaving a little extra around the doorway to glue the fussy-cut door onto.

I die-cut the ink blended background with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Die and glued that to the water colored galaxy panel and trimmed all the edges to match. I added a plain Black mat behind the assembled backgrounds and glued all to a White A2 card base. Then it was a simple matter of gluing the fussy-cut door in place. I did add some thin foam tape to the right edge of the door for a little touch of dimension.

I stamped the sentiment on a scrap of Black card stock with HA Embossing and Watermark ink and embossed that with fine White Embossing powder. When it was cool, I fussy-cut the sentiment and added it to the card front with some foam tape. Something was missing, so I stamped, colored and fussy-cut the apple from the stamp set and added that with some foam tape in the middle of the doorway. That’s what we needed here… a little something to focus on… and the apple helps reinforce the “seeds” aspect of the sentiment. This feels pretty surrealist to me!

I noticed that the melting sky stamp was the same width as the umbrella, so I decided to pair them up with this card.

On some Bristol Smooth card stock, I stamped the umbrella and melting sky together using HA Intense Black ink and colored them with my Zig Real Brush markers. The moon is painted with the DS Iridescent Gold. I did some partial die-cutting on both the ‘sky’ (not cutting the top edge) and the umbrella (not cutting the bottom) to make the two images a single piece.

I grabbed an old Darice Cloud embossing folder and added Broken China ink to the background side of the folder using a brayer and ran that through my die cutting machine for our background. I was very pleased a how using a brayer really helped me get a fairly even layer of ink on that embossing folder! I cut that panel down to 4″ x 5.25″, added a thin black mat and glued those to a White A2 card base. I added the umbrella piece with some foam tape.

I st amped the sentiment on a scrap of white card stock and, using a MFT Mini Cloud Edges stencil, sketched a cloud outline around the sentiment, fussy-cut that out and mounted that to the card front with more foam tape. If you notice, this sentiment is not in the stamp set. I cut apart the “beautiful things await you” and the “you’re magical” sentiments to come up with “magical things await you” which seems a little bit more appropriate for this card! Fun!

I was enjoying the Black watercolor paper in our kit and thought I’d try one more bit of spacey cosmos for this next card.

I painted another cosmos on the Black Watercolor paper using the DS dot card and a little Permanent White Gouache. This is a little more subtle that the galaxy on the first card. I die-cut that cosmos with a LFSRdie, added a thin white mat and a thin black mat and foam-taped those to a background made from the Altenew Galaxy Washi Tape and die-cut with another LFSRdie. The four layers are glued to a White A2 card base.

I stamped the ribboned moon and the eye on some Bristol Smooth card stock and colored them with my Zig markers. I fussy-cut the moon and die-cut the eye, gluing the eye flat to the card front and adding the moon with foam tape. (there’s some tiny slivers of foam tape behind those trailing ribbons!) I stamped and embossed the sentiment directly on the watercolor background… the iridescent paints do not provide the best surface for embossing – probably a little too slick – but I was able to get a decent embossing after several tries. I wasn’t too sure about the “surrealist” thoughts behind the ribbon-wrapped crescent moon, but I thought adding the eye pulled them both into the same surrealist realm. I love the eye and the moon together!

The staircase stamp caught my eye, and I could only think about M.C. Escher and his never-ending staircases. Now, Escher was probably considered more of an existentialist than a surrealist, but I thought this was perfectly appropriate!

I stamped the staircase(s) on some Stonehenge card stock (very easy to match up the bottom of the steps), then masked around the top opening and stamped the clouds from the door stamp inside the opening. I colored this with my Prismacolor colored pencils and stamped the sentiment with Intense black ink. I die-cut that panel with a LFSRdie, added a thin black mat and glued them down to a White A2 card base. I thought this was the perfect marriage of image and sentiment! I did use a White gel pen for some stars in the galaxy, and this card feels very M.C. Escher-like! I did consider stamping the sentiment upside down as well so the card could be read from any direction..!

As long as we’re talking about artists, I started thinking about one of Magritte’s most famous paintings “The Treachery of Images” which features a painting of a pipe and the words “ceci n’est pas un pipe” or “this is not a pipe”.

We didn’t have a pipe stamp in our set, but we did have this bowler hat which Magritte used in some of his paintings, so I figured a chapeau would have to suffice! I stamped the hat on Bristol Smooth card stock and colored it with Zig markers and fussy-cut it out. I printed this sentiment on a scrap of Ivory card stock using my Silhouette software and the Arabella font, die-cut that with another LFSRdie, inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink, and die-cut a frame from a scrap of Brown card stock. I looked through my patterned paper for some appropriate background paper and finally found this “art-y” background in my image files. I printed that on more of the Ivory card stock, trimmed it to 3.75″ x 5.5″, ink blended the top and bottom edges and glued that to a White card base. I added the frame and sentiment pieces with foam tape and mounted the hat with foam tape as well.

SO… if this is not a hat… what is it? I got a big kick out of this overly elaborate (I was channeling Steven Colbert) definition of a greeting card! I thought this was a fun way to justify this silly art rip-off. Makes me giggle!

I turned my attention to the window stamp for this next card. This is one of the more truly versatile stamps in this kit.

I spent way too much time on this card… this is actually the third background I created for these three windows… a galaxy background didn’t work, nor did an ink-smooshed background…! Finally I just stamped a big sweep of stars across the card front. I stamped the windows on Bristol Smooth card stock and colored them with my Zig markers and fussy-cut them out. I started trying to color the stars in the windows but some of them are so small I wasn’t having much luck with coloring them… so I reached for a Lawn Fawn Starry Skies die which just happens to have stars (and dots) perfectly sized for the stars in this kit. I die-cut a bunch of stars from some silver holographic card stock and glued those over the stamped stars on the background and in the windows.

Now the stars were thicker than the window frames so I stamped six more windows, fussy-cut them and their panes out, glued two together and glued a pair on top of each of the painted stamps. That helps the stars recede a bit and gives our windows some real dimension! I colored the fish to match the windows, die-cut them with the matching dies and glued them to the card front. I stamped the sentiment with Intense Black ink and mounted the windows with foam tape. I really like the white on this card… it really makes those windows pop and the holographic stars are extra sparkly!

I was at a bit of a loss over what to do with the butterfly covered oval frame (mirror?) in our stamp set. There’s the Alice in Wonderland sentiment but I don’t really equate Alice with surrealism (and I do happen to have a dynamite Alice in Wonderland stamp set that has this same quote!). After careful consideration, I realized I could fussy-cut a number of those butterflies away from the stamping and possibly make this a ‘real’ mirror!

A Mini Slimline size seemed appropriate for this card! I stamped the frame on Bristol Smooth card stock and colored the fame with my Zig markers. I die-cut the whole mirror with the coordinating die and fussy cut the opening deleting five butterflies and leaving the two that were touching the frame. I stamped, colored and fussy-cut the single butterfly and glued it to the frame to round out the few butterflies that were left. I used some flexible plastic mirror in the opening which actually gives a terrific reflection – you can see me (and a touch of my phone) in the mirror!

This is a 3″ x 6″ Mini Slimline card – a 6′ x 6″ white card base scored at 3″. I took my homemade sunburst stencil and ink blended a little HA Lemon Drop Reactive ink in the middle and added a touch of shiny highlights with the DS iridescent gold watercolor paint. This sentiment is stamped using the cut away portions of the sentiments I used to make the umbrella card – perfect for a card where you can actually see yourself!! I like this plastic mirror stuff… great reflection without the distortion some mirrored card stocks have. And I DO think you are ALL beautiful!!

I haven’t used the door stamp with the clouds yet, so I thought the “have a beautiful day” sentiment would work well.

On a piece of plain grey card stock, I ink blended the clouds using the MFT Mini Cloud Edges stencil and Hickory Smoke Distress oxide ink. I cut that pane to 4″ x 5.25″, added a thin orange mat and glued those to a white card base. I stamped and embossed the sentiment with White embossing powder. I stamped the door using Intense Black ink on some Bristol Smooth card stock and colored it with my Zig markers. I fussy-cut the door (no white borders please!) and added it to the card front with foam tape. Looks like it’s going to be a beautiful day out there!!

I had an idea for that melting sky stamp and thought it would be another fun image to color with my colored pencils.

I stamped the melting sky in the center of an A2 panel of Stonehenge White card stock and sketched a couple of lines from the end of that stamp to the top corners of the panel. I stamped more stars in the triangle (and more by the moon) and colored all with my Prismacolor colored pencils. I LOVE how well colored pencils work with the Stonehenge card stock. When all was colored, I cut that panel to 3.75″ x 5″. I cut another panel of plain white card stock to the same dimensions, laid it over the colored panel and lined up the matching die with the colored image in the back. I partially die-cut the plain white panel (not cutting the top) and extended the two sides of the die-cut straight up to the top of the panel.

I created this sentiment (gotta love Carl Sagan!) using my Silhouette software, the Goudy Old Style Font and the Arabella font. I had to print that sentiment before I roll the edges! I glued the colored panel to a Black Glitter mat and then down to a White card base. I rolled the edges of the front panel to match the angle of the coloring and glued that on top of the colored panel. I did glue the rolled edges down as well.

I did add some sparkle to the colored sky with a Sakura Stardust Gelly Roll pen. Now here’s some melting sky for you! Love the dimension the rolled paper gives this card, and I did add an extra sentiment on the inside to make this a true encouragement card. SHINE ON!!

You may notice that I haven’t used the melting clock stamp yet – that is patterned directly after Dali’s “The Persistence of Memory”, so… I chose to throw caution to the wind and try my hand at a full-on surrealist painting…!

I stamped everything using Intense Black ink on some watercolor paper. I sketched in a horizon line (matching the top step) and added the box for the clock to lay on. You may notice I also added 3 more steps to the bottom of the staircase. All of this is water colored with the DS dot card included in this kit. I have to admit I was a little intimidated when I started water coloring the first layer over all these large spaces – but I just took my time and added layer upon layer till I achieved the desired effect. I am loving this! I added the perfect Shakespearean quote on the front using my piggy-back printing method and the same two fonts. Those are really good matches to the fonts in the stamp set!

Nothing makes you hyper-focus quite as much as printing something on a panel you have spent hours coloring!! I thought this quote from The Tempest matched up beautifully with this sentiment from the stamp set which I stamped on the inside of the card. I trimmed the watercolored panel to 3.5″ x 4.75″, added a shiny black mat and glued those down to a White Card base. I think Dali would be proud!! I know I am!

And that wraps up my 10 Cards created using the My Monthly Hero February 2022 Kit. I was a little flummoxed with this kit at first, but after digging in and working with everything, I came to appreciate the quirky nature displayed here.

I tried to stay true to the surrealist nature of this kit, and I think everything but the mirror sticks close to the theme. I guess all of these cards are basically kind of encouragement cards… I did manage to use every stamp in the stamp set with the exception of the Alice in Wonderland quote. WOO-HOO! It seems I spent most of my time with the water color dot card, Zig markers and colored pencils – certainly a colorful bunch of cards! There are a number of versatile stamps in this set – the window, umbrella, hat, eye, apple, etc. that can be used on a variety of different layouts. Truly a unique batch of cards from a very imaginative kit!

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10 Cards 1 Kit • My Monthly Hero • January 2022 Kit

Hello dear folks! Scott here with my 10 cards inspired by the MMH January 2022 kit. According to the Hero Arts website, this kit was “inspired by a visit to Paris and the locks left by lovers and dreamers on the bridges there.” Hmm. I guess they are referring to Pont des Arts which is arguably the most popular “love lock” bridge in the world. Nice! Though I do understand you can no longer add a “love lock” on Pont des Arts due to the architectural danger that all the added weight could actually compromise the bridge… in fact, Paris has had to remove a number of the locks on Pont des Arts already. And though we have a key and keyhole in this kit, we don’t get any locks… those are in the add-ons…!

The focal point of this kit is a gorgeous cover plate die with ornate detail surrounding a keyhole. It can be used alone or layered over any number of beautiful scenes. The 6″ x 8″ stamp set includes a lovely Color Layering stamp set featuring a rope swing covered in inviting greenery. There are also ink cubes which work well with the stamps (Green Apple Reactive, Key Lime Fizz Reactive, Taffy Reactive and Cup O’ Joe dye ink). We get three coordinating frame cuts and a Key Fancy die, and the kit is rounded out with some iridescent red gems. We have some nice sentiments in the stamp set that could be used for valentine wishes or simple friendship and encouragement cards.

I’m not always terrific at getting my layering stamps to line up correctly, so I did take a moment to practice lining up these stamps. I used Caramel and Cup O’ Joe inks for the branch and swing, and Key Lime Fizz and Green Apple for the branch foliage and Key Lime Fizz and Taffy ink for the greenery on the swing… I think I kept wanting this tree to be a wisteria, but I’m not sure that’s exactly what the designer had in mind…! Other than some small stones, butterflies and grass, this image uses up all the stamps in this kit… coming up with 10 cards might be a bit of a challenge!

I wasn’t thrilled with this bi-colored image, so I thought I’d see if I could get a little more flowers going on in this tree… I’m still stuck on the notion of a wisteria!

This branch and swing is stamped with Cocoa and Cup O’ Joe ink (alas, too close in color to show much detail). The solid greenery is stamped with Taffy, and the detail foliage is stamped with the Green Apple. Now, that’s quite interesting! Almost starting to feel like a wisteria to me! The Green Apple ink got very dark on top of the Taffy ink… I didn’t allow the Taffy ink much time to dry… perhaps if I had, the Green Apple might have stayed lighter? I used the matching frame dies to die-cut the branch and swing.

I ink blended Lemon Drop, Key Lime Fizz and Green Apple reactive inks on a 4″x 5.25″ panel of White card stock, and sprinkled some water droplets on top for a little added texture. The sentiment is from the Hero Arts Many Everyday Messages Stamp set, stamped with Caramel and Cup O’ Joe inks and embossed with Clear Embossing powder. That panel is glued to an A2 card base, the swing is glued to the back of the branch, and the combined die-cuts are added using foam tape. I didn’t think any of this kit’s sentiments really embellished this image… nothing seems quite so lonely to me than an empty swing… this is one of my favorite “miss you” sentiment stamps… it’s gotten a lot of use lately…!

The Cover Plate Keyhole die is beautifully ornate, with hearts, vines and leaf embellishments. Fortunately, Santa was pretty good to me this year and I have some new Metallic Gilding Polish to experiment and play with!

I die-cut the Keyhole from a piece of Pitch Black card stock, and top-coated the die-cut with Creative Expressions Metallic Gilding Polish in Silver Dream, Gold Treasure, and Rich Red. That gilding polish is quite fun, and really brings a metallic look to the die cut! I die-cut the key twice from more Pitch Black card stock, glued them together and used the gold and silver polish on the top. I started out with a black keyhole, but that seemed too flat with this metallic die-cut, so I finally settled upon a piece of Silver mirror card stock behind the keyhole.

I stamped (Watermark and Embossing ink) and embossed (Gold Embossing powder) the sentiment on more Pitch Black card stock and fussy cut around the sentiment. I glued all down to a White A2 card base, glued the key to the center and added the sentiment with some thin foam tape. Those Gilding Polishes are kind of stunning and so easy to use, and add a real sense of antiqued metal to this cover plate die. And the hearts in the die cut are more than enough to carry this sentiment!

Let’s get back to the layering stamps and try stamping them as intended. But you know me…!

I thought this mirror stamping worked quite well! This branch is stamped in HA Sand Stone ink and the detail branch stamped in Cup O’ Joe. The solid foliage is stamped with Key Lime Fizz with Green Apple for the detail. I stamped this all on an A2 card panel using my MISTI, and just rotated the card stock ninety degrees to stamp the branch in the same spot on the top and bottom. I stamped the butterflies in Taffy and added a little detail with a Pigma Micron pen.

I ink blended the Taffy on the edges of the panel and stamped the sentiment with Green Apple ink before embossing it with some clear embossing powder. I die cut the panel with a Rounded Rectangle Infinity die and glued it down to a White card base. A few of the iridescent red gems highlight the sentiment. This feels like a big green hug to me!

I was also the pleased recipient of a bunch of different colors of Sizzix Texture Rolls this Christmas! These are kind of like leather paper… you can get them wet and distress and crinkle and emboss and die-cut and it just won’t tear!

I took a piece of Rose Gold Texture roll cut to 4″ x 5.25″ and crumpled it up and twisted it around and tried to give it as many creases as possible. Then I ran it through my die-cutting machine to flatten it all out, and then ran it through with a We R Memory Keepers Next Level Heart Embossing folder (unavailable anymore). Love those puffy hearts! And that texture roll does look like leather and holds that embossing perfectly! I added a thin black mat behind and glued both to a White A2 card base.

I die-cut the Keyhole along with the Key in the center from Pitch Black card stock, added Gilding Polish to the key and the heart, and inlaid those back into the Keyhole. I die-cut another Keyhole from normal Rose Gold card stock and cut away the keyhole frame. I inlaid the black Keyhole/Key with the Rose Gold frame and added the whole assemblage to the card front with thin foam tape. The sentiment is stamped on more black card stock and embossed with Silver Embossing powder, trimmed down to size and mounted with foam tape. I thought this was a nice way to illustrate this sentiment.

I try to remember to make Slimline cards part of my 10 Cards videos and I thought this was a fun encouragement card.

This is a standard 3.5″ x 8.5″ Slimline card. I cut a panel of white card stock to 3″ x 8″ and one blended the background with Key Lime Fizz, Green Apple, and Splash reactive ink. I stamped the branch with Sand Stone and Caramel ink and the foliage with Lemon Drop and Creamsicle ink. The falling petals are a stamp from the MMH March 2020 kit. I like using this layering stamp as autumn leaves! I stamped the stones with Hickory Smoke Distress oxide ink and added a little detail with Black Soot Distress Oxide ink. I drew in a touch of a shadow under each stone with a Light Grey Zig Watercolor marker. I also stamped the tufts of grass using the Green Apple ink.

I masked out the seat of the swing and stamped it with Cup O’ Joe ink and then drew in the “rope” lines with a Brown Pigma Micron pen – along with the help of a T-square ruler! I printed this sentiment on the front panel using my Silhouette software and the Shorelines Script Bold font. The thought of swinging on this rope swing gives me a little tough of vertigo, so this sentiment seemed like the perfect fit. Very unique encouragement card!

Since this kit encouraged us to make some Valentine’s, I thought I would try a heart shaped card just for the season!

I am very pleased with the results! The branches are Sand Stone and Caramel ink, the foliage is Lemon Drop and Green Apple. The right end of the branch is stamped on the left side of the heart and the left side of the branch is stamped on the right side of the heart – I did mask off the end of the branch on the right stamping and filled in the missing foliage with some disposable micro applicators and the matching inks. I stamped the sentiments with Fruit Punch Reactive ink and embossed them with Clear Embossing powder. I also added a little blue to the sky using my Pebbles Chalk Pallet. I do find those chalks are terrific when I want to add some soft colors to a background that’s already been stamped. Finally, I die-cut the stamped panel with the largest HA Infinity Heart die.

I took the same die to a folded A2 card base and die-cut the heart card base by not cutting the very top of the heart on the two sides. Then, when I glued the inked heart to the front of the card base, the card hinge is hidden. Now I had the challenge of finding flowers for this bountiful bower. I couldn’t find any die-cuts in my stash that were tiny enough to work with these trees, but finally remembered I have an American Crafts Knock Outs border punch that punches out tiny hearts. Those would work perfectly! I punched out a number of hears from some red glitter card stock and glued the hearts upside-down on the greenery. I did trim a couple hearts to appear as if they are partially behind the branch, and covered as much real estate as I thought plausible! Lastly, I trimmed off a little of the point on the back panel of the card so it will stand up for display. I really like this! The sentiments work perfectly arranged together like this, the flowers add just the right pop of color and sparkle, and a shaped card is always fun! Happy Valentine’s Day!

The “You Make Me Smile” sentiment made me think of one thing… a shaker card always makes me smile! Back to the Keyhole die again, but this time I wanted to try some pearlescent watercolors on black card stock.

This feels very Folk Art to me! I die-cut the Cover Plate die from 4.25″ x 5.5″ Pitch Black card stock and used my Yasutomo Pearlescent Watercolors to paint all the details. This is an extremely inexpensive set of pearlescent watercolors and I think they work terrifically well! Plenty of color on top of this black card stock! I stamped and Gold embossed the sentiment on a scrap of black card stock glued to the front of a White card base. I added a piece of acetate behind the keyhole, added a double layer of foam tape behind the whole card front, added some colorful sequins in the opening, and glued it all together. Maybe shaker cards engender smiles because we still identify with a child’s rattle!!

Okay… I have used this pun before (it’s been a few years) but I simply couldn’t resist!

I die cut this key two times from some distressed Silver Sizzix Texture Roll and glued both die-cuts together. That looks an awful lot like a metal key! The background is an image file that I had in my stash which I printed out with the sentiment in the Brady Bunch Remastered font. I trimmed the background down to 3.25″ x 4.5″, added a black mat and glued those to a White card base.

I die-cut a small black panel with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die and added that to the card front with foam tape. The key is then glued onto that panel. Naturally, I continue this pun on the inside of the card…! If you’d like a copy of this card front and inside you can download the PDF here or if you’d like the Silhouette file just send a request to me at cardcutups@gmail.com. A good giggle to go along with your Valentine!

I have to admit, the conceit of looking through a keyhole, bugs me a little… makes me feel like I’m eavesdropping on someone or something… but I did keep imagining the possibility of seeing the cosmos through the keyhole.

I just happen to have these two Altenew Wide Washi tapes in my stash. I kept going back and forth over which one to use in the keyhole when I realized it would be fun to use BOTH of them together. This reminds me of the opening to The Twilight Zone!! I used the Galaxy Washi Tape to cover the front of an A2 card base. I covered a scrap of White card stock with the Watercolor Nebula Washi Tape and die cut the keyhole from that. I went back and forth over what color to use to frame this card, and finally settled on simple White – it matches the stars on the washiest tapes! The outer frame is cut twice from two LFSRdies, and the keyhole frame is cut twice and glued together for a touch of dimension. The sentiment is printed on some scrap White card stock using the Copperplate Gothic Light font, and die-cut (twice!) with a LF Everyday Sentiment Banners die. I glued the two banners together and glued all down flat to the card base. Talk about an expansive encouragement card!

Now I haven’t actually used the Cover plate die and the layering stamps together yet… How about a fun-fold card?

I die-cut the Cover plate die from some of my new Gold Sizzix Texture roll and covered the front with VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I let that dry for a bit and then took a dry rag and buffed off a lot of the black ink leaving this nicely antiqued finish on the front. I think this one looks the most like real metal. I die-cut the keyhole from some White card stock and ink blended some Splash ink for the sky. I stamped the branch a couple of times using Sand Stone and Caramel ink, and stamped the foliage with Lemon Drop and Fruit Punch Reactive inks. I added a few floating leaves using the stamp from the March 2020 kit and stamped the birds using a stamp from the MMH July 2019 kit. Inviting!

I took a gate-fold card base (5.5″ x 8.5″ scored at 2 1/8″ and 6 3/8″) and did a light ink blending of Splash ink on the left gate fold, and glued the gold cover plate die on top of the left gate fold. I cut another piece of white card stock to 4 1/8″ x 5 1/2″, fussy-cut the keyhole opening in the center and glued that behind the cover plate die and the left gate fold. I closed up the card and glued the stamped keyhole piece to the exposed left gate fold. An interlocking gate-fold! That was fun!

I stamped the sentiment on the inside using Intense Black ink and added one of my leftover gold hearts from the Key Fancy die. This is a friendly, thoughtful card with an inviting image behind the keyhole, and a fun interlocking gate-fold design. I grew to love this layering stamp set and the giant keyhole Cover Plate die is certainly unique and ornate!

That wraps up my 10 cards 1 kit post featuring the My Monthly Hero January 2020 kit. I think we have a pretty good variety of cards this month – and I did manage to use every stamp except the “hello” sentiment.

That cover plate die gives us a wide range of uses, and a Fancy Key die is always handy (though I don’t believe I’ve ever lost my keys)! I do like the ease of trimming away the keyhole frame from the cover plate die, and the layering stamps can be used in a variety of ways. I really like them stamped in autumnal colors. All in all a very useful stash builder!

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10 Cards 1 Kit • My Monthly Hero • December 2021

Hello Folks! So nice to be here and share my 10 card creations using the My Monthly Hero December 2021 kit.

This MMH kit is a reminder that no matter where we live, near or far, in cities or in neighborhoods – through it all we’re here for each other. The kit includes a lively 6″ x 6″ cityscape cling background stamp, a beautiful new cover plate die, and a 4″ x 6″ clear stamp set containing useful messages for welcoming new neighbors, or letting friends and family know you are thinking of them. The images in the clear set have coordinating dies as well. Rounding out the kit is our popular Pitch Black cardstock, ink cubes (Lemon Drop, Fruit Punch and Berry Smoothie Reactive inks) and (just for fun) mini clothespin embellishments.

That is an amazing cityscape cling stamp and the cover plate die is absolutely stunning. As a city dweller, I really appreciate this kit – I don’t have anything quite like it in my stash! Let’s go to town! (pun intended!)

Naturally I started with the Cling stamp and the cover plate die! I stamped and embossed the cling stamp on Pitch Black card stock with HA Embossing and Watermark ink and HA White Detail embossing powder. I die cut the cover plate die three times from some 110# white card stock and glued those layers together. I ink blended the top of my A2 White card base using the included Reactive inks, and stamped the sentiment with HA Intense Black ink and embossed it with some Clear Embossing powder. I fussy-cut the top edge of the cling stamp and trimmed it down to glue on top of my card base. I added the stacked die-cuts on top of that and we have a fun “reverse silhouette” card. That city stamp is incredibly detailed and I have to admit I LOVE this cover plate die!

I just happened to have a piece of Pearlescent Blue card stock hanging out on my desk… that inspired this card.

That die works perfectly well all on it’s own! I covered an A2 White card base with the Pearlescent blue card stock and embossed the sentiment with HA embossing ink and Fine Detail White embossing powder. The die is cut twice from that Pitch Black card stock (I swear this is the absolute BEST black card stock out there – LOVE IT!) and the two pieces glued together before gluing them to the card front. Some Nuvo Simply White Crystal Drops on the die-cut ‘lights’ brings another touch of white to our card and pulls it all together. Love the beautifully detailed embossed sentiment and the simple shimmery sky on this card! And I think the Nuvo Drop “lights” really make this card pop!

I also love the fact that the Cover plate die doesn’t have a square outline frame cut – that presents us with LOTS of possibilities! Top of my list was the possibility of a Slimline card that might enhance the vertical aspects of a city.

This is an 8.5″ x 3.5″ Slimline card (8.5″ x 7″ white card base). For some reason, I was totally enamored with the “guy leaning on his fire escape” portion of the cover plate die. So I die-cut the cover plate die in the middle of one of the Pitch Black card stock sheets, and fussy-cut all the extraneous bits away to leave me with just the one fire-escape on a long black edge.

I stamped the cling stamp on a piece of plain grey card stock using Intense Black ink, fussy-cut the top edge, trimmed it to 2.5″ wide, and ink blended some Pumice Stone Distress Ink from the bottom edge. I took another 2.5″ piece of the same grey card stock and ink blended the Berry Smoothie ink along the top where it will show behind the city stamp. I glued both grey pieces together to make a 7.5″ background and added some thin foam squares behind the fussy-cut edge. I glued that to a 3″ x 8″ Pitch Black mat and glued those to center of the card front. I stamped the sentiment with Intense Black ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder.

I mounted the die-cut piece on the card front using foam tape (double thick behind the fire escape) and now we have what appears to be a little context for why our character is gazing out over the rooftops…! Maybe it’s that graceful arch under the fire escape that I am so enamored with… LOVE the sense of height this card conveys!

I thought of another way to give our gent something tangible to be gazing at… yet another way to trim out this die!

I took two HA Square Infinity dies (3.25″ and 3″) taped them together to die-cut two Pitch Black frames. I ink blended a 3.25″ square of white card stock with the included inks and glued one frame to the background. I die-cut another cover plate die from Pitch Black card stock and fussy cut the two occupied fire escapes leaving just enough of an edge to glue to the frame. I stamped and embossed the sentiment as usual, and added a few birds (from the MMH April ’19 kit) to help round out this “meet cute” vignette.

I glued those to an A2 card base, and finished off the edges by gluing the second frame over the top. That makes everything seem like all one piece. There are so many sentiments in our stamp set that I went ahead and added an inside greeting as well for this card… a tiny bit of a joke there…! This arrangement satisfied my urge to give this fellow something to look at! That die is SO versatile!

I’ve been neglecting the rest of the stamps in our stamp set, and, though I have every intention of coloring that City Cling stamp, I am still putting that apparently immense chore on the back burner… Maybe just ONE house!

And here we have a Mini-Slimline card! This card is 3.25″ x 6.25″. I stamped, colored and fussy-cut one of the houses from the bottom of the cling stamp on white card stock using Intense black ink, and colored it with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. Using the Infinity Square dies, I cut a 2″ square from white card stock and a 2.25″ square from Kraft card stock and glued them together.

I stamped and embossed the sentiment as usual, and glued those down to my card front. I stamped the silhouettes directly on the card front with Intense Black ink and mounted the fussy-cut house with foam tape. And, because it’s included in our stamp set, I did add the “new address:” sentiment on the inside of the card. I wish I was moving into this nice house!

Some of the sentiments in this stamp set were more oriented towards friendship – this makes sense to me!

I stamped and embossed the silhouettes and sentiment as usual on a scrap of white card stock and die-cut it with a 2.25″ Hero Arts Infinity Circle die. I die-cut the next three larger circle dies from more white card stock and the fourth circle from Pitch Black card stock. I ink blend the three middle circles with the inks form the kit, glued them all together and down to an A2 card base. I rounded the corners of my card base with my Corner Chomper and we get a nicely colorful and graphic friendship card!

We have another set of silhouette stamps in our set with our cat and dog in profile – basically looking at each other.

A fun vignette using the cling stamp and another friendly sentiment! I stamped the cling stamp on three shades of purple card stock from my stash (Recollections (Michael’s) Purple Passion Card Stock Pack) using the Berry Smoothie Reactive ink, fussy-cut the front and middle layers and ink blended more Berry Smoothie on the bottoms of the middle and top panels. I lined those panels up together and die-cut them all with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die. I glued all the layers together with thin foam tape along the fussy cut edges and stamped the silhouettes with Intense black ink, and stamped and embossed the sentiment as usual.

I took two of the Stitched Rectangle dies taped together and cut two frames from Pitch Black card stock and glued them together before gluing everything down to a White A2 card base. I really like this little scene… THROUGH IT ALL (the big, crowded, scary city) I’m here for you (dog and cat). This makes me smile..!

I was looking at that cover plate die and trying to figure out if there was yet another way to cut it that I hadn’t thought of.

Some partial die-cutting gave me this terrific landscape die cut using just the top third of the die – I stopped the die-cut right at the top of the seated woman’s head and then hand cut the bottom edge of the frame. I ink smooshed the background using the inks from the kit – keeping the smooshing fairly light, and glued that behind my die-cut. I stamped and embossed the sentiment as usual, and added a dark purple mat. I also added a couple of “racing stripes” to the top left and bottom right when I glued everything to a White A2 card base. Some tiny yellow gems brings some sparkle (and light) to this scene, and again, I LOVE that guy on his fire escape! You CAN use that die on a landscape card!

You may know that one of my goals with these kits is to try to use every stamp in our stamp set… that’s eight cards already and I haven’t really spent much time with the stamps… Let’s remedy that now!

Eight stamps used on one “congrats on your new home” card! I stamped the two flower arrangements on the left in a repeating pattern on top of my White A2 card base, and colored them with my Zig markers. I stamped the repeating sentiments on the right with Intense Black ink, stamped and embossed the key stamp with Silver embossing powder, stamped the heart with Fruit Punch Reactive ink and embossed the hearts with clear embossing powder. I stamped the speech bubble on scraps of Pitch Black card stock, embossed those with Detail White embossing powder and die-cut three with the matching die. I mounted those with foam tape and added two tiny little keys (from the MMH September 2019 kit) to finish out the pattern. A couple of Red Glitter peel-offs pull this card together and add a little more sparkle! This would be the perfect card to accompany a gift of a potted plant to someone moving into a new home! Very graphic!

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you probably saw the post of my watercolored City background cling stamp.

Oh my heaven’s I love this! This took me three evenings to paint this stamp (using my giant Daniel Smith watercolor dot card (thank you, Pat) and my Zig watercolor markers for fine details) and I believe it was worth every minute I spent! I’m particularly proud of the stained glass on the church, and the big picture windows (and awning!) on the shops in the lower center. Initially, I thought that I could simply cut this in half and make two cards from it, but I was extremely hesitant to chop this up in any way. Not after I spent so much time coloring it! I solved that problem with this card.

Joel is the one who actually suggested the possibility of using the entire image on the inside of a card… and I realized that by simply folding the 6″ x 6″ panel in half, it would give me a Mini-Slimline card! Fortunately, the back of my watercolor card stock was nice and clean (no idea how I managed that!) so I stamped the left side of the cling stamp on the right side of the back of the image using HA Contour ink – the lightest grey ink I have in my stash. I found this Thoreau quote on-line and printed it over the stamping using my Silhouette software and the Lucida Grande font. My piggy-back printing method helps my printer (Canon Pixma MX922) handle this 140# watercolor card stock with no problem! Then it was a simple task to score and fold the watercolor card stock to make a 3″ x 6″ Mini-Slimline card!

“I’m so lucky to have you” is the absolute PERFECT sentiment to go along with the Thoreau quote from the front of the card. I cut the “”in my life” portion away from that stamp and stamped the remaining sentiment on a scrap of White card stock using Intense black ink, and stamped the heart with Fruit Punch ink. I trimmed that to 3″ x 5/8″ and fussy-cut the right edge of the heart to make this simple pop-up greeting. I folded the strip at the center of the heart and 1/4″ from the end of the right side (that leaves us 1/2″ from the center of the heart to the 1/4″ fold.) and folded a 1/2″ from the left end of the strip. The 1/2″ fold on the left gets glued to the left side of the card at the fold, and the right 1/4″ fold is glued down at the appropriate space on the right side. I absolutely love this card!

(I actually scanned this painted scene into my computer before assembling this card… now it’ll always be in my stash!)

And that completes my 10 Cards 1 Kit post featuring the My Monthly Hero December 2021 Kit! When I first looked at this kit, I was a little concerned that there was enough variety here to make 10 cards, but soon discovered how versatile the cover plate die and cling stamp are!

I LOVE that cover plate die and the City Cling stamp! There are lots of moving / new house / welcome to the neighborhood sentiments that will prove very useful in the long run, and I love the fun variety of cards this month. A couple of Mini-Slimline cards, a full size Slimline card, friendship, miss you, welcome cards in a fun variety of colors, sizes and styles!

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I must take this time to offer you all my love and supreme appreciation for your support and encouragement. I have pared my postings back a little this fall, and am touched by your patience and humor. It’s not getting any easier at work here in NYC, but we are healthy and safe and looking forward to the holidays! I send you and yours my most sincere wishes for a delightful holiday and hope you can spend time with your families and friends and all the people who are important to you! Remember, YOU are important to me, and I”m send everyone Best Wishes for a thrilling New Year!

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10 Cards 1 Kit • My Monthly Hero • November 2021 Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here with a fun batch of cards created with the new My Monthly Hero kit for November 2021. It wasn’t surprising that his character-building set sold out so quickly… another unique kit from Hero Arts with real versatility!

This kit is all about the dies this month! We get we a 4″ x 6″ clear stamp set with polka-dot and striped pattern stamps with a bunch of smaller holiday themed sentiments, and 13 Fancy dies to mix and match to create a Santa, a Snowman, an Elf and a Reindeer. To round out this kit we get ten 5.5″ x 8.5″ sheets of Snow Card stock (I’ll use those for my card bases!), One 5.5″ x 8.5″ sheet of White Glitter paper, a Sparkle Clear Lacquer pen, a half ounce pot of Puff Embossing powder, and a yard of red and white holiday twine. Everything you need to create adorable handmade tags and/or gift toppers for all of your Christmas gift-giving!

My goal is ten cards… I’m not much of a decorative tag person, so I’ll look at some fun ways to make cards with this kit! A snowman seems like the perfect place to start!

Is this snowman adorable or what!? I do enjoy paper-piecing, and these dies are perfect for that! The head is cut from White card stock, and I cut a smaller oval of black to glue behind that for the eyes. I die-cut the hat from Pitch Black card stock, the hat band from red card stock, and just hand-cut a couple thin White strips for the highlight. I cut away the tag loop on the top of the hat, glued the hat to the top of his head, and added the Holly decoration cut from a blue-green and red card stock.

I die-cut the scarf from some pattern paper, and cut a second one in a different orientation to give the top wrap of the scarf some distinct definition from the tails of the scarf. That works really nice… it also helps that I took a black marker to the cut edges of the scarf. I free-hand cut the carrot and glued that in place and added two pink “eyes” to his cheeks for some blush! White gel pen highlights his eyes, and we have a dapper snowman with a coy little smile!

I die-cut some HA Arctic card stock with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die and stamped the sentiment using Hero Hues Blue Hawaii Reactive ink and embossed that with some clear embossing powder. I glued that to a Snow card base from the kit, added my snowman with foam tape and embellished the card with some HA Mini Clay Snowflakes. Nothing particularly fancy or labor-intensive, but this is SO CUTE! Surely an indication of the other characters too!

Santa has got to be next on the list!

OH YES! Just as cute as the snowman! Pink head, red hat (and nose)(tag loop trimmed away), white trim and beard, and another smaller black oval glued behind the head for the eyes. I took a Versa-Marker pen and drew in some sketchy swirls in Santa’s beard and the trim on his hat, and used the White Puff embossing powder to add some fun texture. I think that White Puff embossing powder works better when used sparingly instead of trying to use it to coat something completely. Really nice texture from that!

I die-cut the background from Black Tie Glitter card stock from my stash and a frame from the White Glitter card stock in the kit using an old LDRS Fancy Rectangles and Layers die. I stamped the sentiments on a Snow card base using Intense Black ink and embossed them with clear embossing powder. I glued the frame in place and added Santa with some foam tape. A little white gel pen for the highlights in his eyes, and some glitter on his hat using a Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen and Santa is ready to spread some love around! Love the die-cut details on his beard and his mustache!

Let’s tackle the Elf next! He actually has some hair and ears and a collar and a hat!

Head and hair/ears cut from some textured beige card stock, hair/ears cut from textured brown card stock, ears trimmed away and hair glued on the beige piece. Black oval cut for eyes and glued behind the head. Hat and collar cut from plain green and dark green card stock (I trimmed the tag loop away again), and paper-pieced together. Pink nose from the Santa die-cut. I did cut out the jingle bell at the tip of the hat from some silver mylar sheets I had laying around. I glued everything together and added a White gel pen highlight to his eyes, and used some Pebbles Chalk to add a little blush to his cheeks!

I stamped the polka-dot pattern on opposite corners of a 4.25″ x 5.5″ panel of white card stock using Candied Apple Distress Oxide ink, and die-cut that panel with a LFSRD and added a thin red mat behind that. I glued those to a Snow card base and mounted the elf with foam tape. Those points on his hat and collar were begging for some extra embellishment, so I added silver crystals to all the points. I stamped the sentiment on a scrap of White card stock with Lucky Clover Distress Oxide ink, embossed that with clear embossing powder, and die-cut it with a HA nesting oval die. I added the sentiment with foam tape and used a few red crystals to pull everything together. Love his pointed ears!

One more character to go… the Reindeer! So clever to have a “muzzle” die to change the whole shape of the head!

Head and ears/antlers cut from plain brown card stock with a smaller black oval glued behind for the eyes (and the tag loop trimmed away). I die-cut the ears from some pink card stock and fussy cut the bottom edges and glued the pink to the center of the ears, and glued the whole piece to the back of the head. The muzzle is cut from textured beige card stock, the nose from red, the scarf from blue-green card stock and the holly cut from plain green and red. Everything is paper-pieced and glued together. I did use the Sparkle Lacquer pen on his nose – lots of sparkle there!

The oval frame is cut from Dark-Brown textured card stock using a HA Oval Woodgrain Frames Infinity die and backed that with more Hero Hues Arctic card stock. I stamped the sentiment on the Snow card base using Walnut Stain Distress Oxide ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder. Then I glued my frame flat to the card front and added our reindeer with foam tape. More white gel pen highlights for his eyes and our cute reindeer is complete. I seriously was thinking of this as a portrait of a beloved reindeer, but soon realized that it kind of looks like his head has been mounted on someone’s wall! Truly not intended but it does makes me giggle! A good card for your favorite hunter?

I was seeing so many of the HA designers and followers using felt to make these characters, but I don’t have any felt in my stash. I did remembered that I have some Inkadinkado Flocking Powder in my stash. I bought this stuff on sale a long time ago and never spent any real time figuring out how to work with it. I figured this was as good a chance as any!

I fiddled around with that flocking powder for a while and finally arrived at some really great results. 1. You do want to flock on matching colored card stock. 2. I used Scor-tape as my adhesive – since the powder is SO fine, it will transfer any glue textures or irregularities directly into the flocking. 3. Instead of sprinkling the powder on to the Scor-tape, I dumped out a little powder on some wax paper and pressed (fairly hard) the adhesive into the powder. Once everything was adequately covered, I used a semi-stiff paintbrush to brush the excess away. Santa’s hat is completely flocked and, though you may not be able to see it in the picture, it is really nice and even and I can’t help but touch it! Excellent fuzzy flocking texture…! Now that I know how to use it, I will certainly be using it to add more fun texture to other cards!

This Santa is die-cut and assembled just the same as my first card with the addition of the flocking on the hat. And his nose is not quite so red here…!

I left the tag loop on the hat so this can be removed from the card front and used as an ornament! Once everything was glued together, I took the hat die and partially die-cut the top of the hat on a scrap of white card stock, then matched that up with the back of the hat and traced the rest of Santa’s head to give me a full piece to glue on the back. I fussy-cut the rest of the head, stamped a Merry Christmas on that (wrote in the year) and glued it to the back. Some of the bakers twine make a perfect hanger for your ornament.

I stamped the striped pattern on the center of a Snow card base using Candied Apple Distress Oxide ink, and added some large snowflake sequins to the sides of the card front. Finally, I attach the ornament to the card front using ZOTZ removable clear glue dots – they hold the ornament securely, but can be removed quite easily! This is my favorite way to include a decorative ornament along with a lovely card. No tags needed! And I am loving that flocking!

Naturally, I have to try that flocking on the one truly furry character in our kit – the reindeer!

The head die-cut from dark brown card stock and flocked (I didn’t flock where the muzzle would be glued on). Antlers / ears cut from dark brown card stock with scor-tape on the front. I removed the liner paper from the outside of the ears by fussy-cutting the liner away from the antlers and the insides of the ears. I flocked the ears in dark brown, brushed away the excess, removed the liner paper from the center of the ears and flocked those with some pink embossing powder. I cut one more set of antlers from brown card stock and glued those on top of the flocked ears piece, and glued the whole assembly behind the reindeer’s head. I think you can actually SEE the flocking in this picture! Very furry!

I die-cut the muzzle from pain brown card stock and cut the nose from some red card stock and (of course) flocked the nose before gluing it to the muzzle. I die-cut the scarf (twice from more pattern paper (I LOVE that there are Santa’s on his scarf), and glued all the head pieces together. The background is three Hero Arts Wood Frame Infinity dies all cut together from some Auburn pearl card stock and glued to a blue-green mat and then down to the Snow card base with a little jaunty angle.

I printed this sentiment on a scrap of white card stock using the Lucida Bright font, die-cut that with a HA Nesting Oval die, did a little ink blending on the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Oxide ink, and attached the sentiment and reindeer to the card front with foam tape. A couple of tiny copper gems add a little sparkle to the sentiment. And what about those eyes!? His eyes are the dark brown die-cuts from his head with drawn-in black pupils. I just put a piece of scrap white card stock behind his eye openings, and glued the eyeballs (just the eyeballs) to the white card stock. When dry, you can move the white card stock around behind the eye holes to make your character look in almost any direction! And a dot of white gel pen highlights his eyes and brings this fuzzy fellow right to life!

Wouldn’t you know it… I actually found a little White felt in my stash – crappy acrylic felt, but felt nonetheless!

This one seemed like a no-brainer for me! I glued a piece of my white felt to a piece of white card stock using more Scor-tape, and die-cut the head from the felt. I did add a light touch of pink chalk on his cheeks. I put scor-tape on the front of some Pitch Black card stock and flocked the hat (minus the band) with black. I die-cut the band from a practice piece of red flocking, and cut the white highlights from the white felt and glued those to the hat. I even flocked his carrot nose with orange flocking powder (it came in the set!). For his eyes, I clear embossed some Pitch Black card stock and die-cut his eyes from that – very shiny but still begging for some white gel pen highlights! I cut out a “collar” by hand, and tied a bow tie with some 1/4″ ribbon. I made the cane (about 3/8″ wide x 4.25″ long) with black glitter card stock and the white glitter card stock in the kit for the tips.

On a panel of Hero Hues Nautical card stock, I Deco-Foiled a simple snow stencil using transfer gel, Silver Shattered Glass foil and my laminating machine. I trimmed that panel down to 3.75″ x 5″ and added a Brushed Silver mat before gluing this to a Snow Card base. I printed the sentiment (Lucida Bright font) on a scrap of white card stock and die-cut it with a HA Circle Infinity die. The sentiment, cane and snowman are all attached to the card front with foam tape. I do think I actually like the flocking better than I like the felt! Fun and quite theatrical!!

I did have an interesting idea about maybe using Santa’s beard for something else… how about Mrs. Claus’ hair?

This makes me smile! Their heads are die-cut from that same beige textured card stock (Mrs. Claus is the back (smoother) side) and Pebbles chalk for their blush again. The hat and collar (part of the scarf die) are cut from Red Glitter card stock, and all the white pieces are cut from the card stock-backed white felt. That cheap felt was a little difficult to die-cut, but I love the detail it retained. I trimmed Mrs. Claus’ hair/beard from the smile to the sides for a smooth hairline, and rounded all the points into gentle curls. I colored white eyeballs with alcohol markers, added black pupils and white highlights for their eyes. The holly is accented with red gem berries, and I added some eyelashes and eyebrows to Mrs. Claus with a pencil.

The sentiment is printed on more Arctic card stock die-cut with a LFSRdie and matted on more Red Glitter card stock. That is glued to another Snow card base and the happy couple is mounted with foam tape. More Clay snowflakes add a little more embellishment, and this is a terrific Christmas card for a special loved one! You almost can’t tell that Mrs. Claus’ hair is actually Santa’s beard!

I was eager to try and get a little ethnicity going on at least one card this month. These kids worked perfectly!

Round off the elf’s pointed ears and they’re just normal kids! Very basic paper-piecing here, but I did do some partial die-cutting on the brown hair with the beard die – that works just as good as Mrs’ Claus’ hair! The packages are stamped with the pattern stamps using Candied Apple Distress Oxide ink and die cut with HA Square Infinity dies. I glued two squares together for each present so I could actually tie the ribbons around them. Sentiments are stamped with Intense Black ink and embossed with clear embossing powder on some old snowflake pattern paper which is die-cut with a LFSRD and glued to a Snow Card base. The kids and the presents are mounted with foam tape, and, since this is about “not peeking” I did do the fancy eyes for both! Darn near adorable!!

The simple fact that the Reindeer ears/antlers die were connected by a band inspired this wacky card from me.

Heaven knows my family is not above donning some silly reindeer antlers over the holidays! This whole character is die-cut from 80# Ninah Solar White card stock and colored with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. I partially die-cut the antlers and continued the “band” following the outline of the head. I added some brown baker’s twine for the chin tie and rounded this chap’s ears as well. The reindeer nose makes this fellow super-silly but it kinda grows on you!!

I printed the inside sentient on the last Snow card base, and added a stamped Merry Christmas from the HA Merry Snowman stamp set. I printed the reindeer names on a panel of White card stock, trimmed that to 4″ x 5.25″, ink blended a little Walnut Stain ink around the edges, added a dark brown mat and glued that to my last Snow card base. One more set of fancy eyes and these have small black gems for the pupils – AND a tiny white highlight. I drew in some eyebrows with a pencil and mounted him to the card front with foam tape. Definitely a Bad Dad Joke card!! Love it!!

That wraps up my 10 cards using the My Monthly Hero November 2021 Kit. Already! Boy, that was fast! I think I could keep playing with these character dies all season! It seems like the possibilities are truly endless! I didn’t even get into much ornament or tag making..!

I did manage to use every die in this kit but didn’t use every single sentiment stamp. I used all the Snow card stock, a little of the lacquer pen and White Puff embossing powder and even a small piece of the baker’s twine. All in all, I think I gave this kit a pretty good work-out! Everything is pretty Christmas-y, but I think that’s the point this month!

And yet again, we have a My Monthly Hero Kit that sells out almost instantly! Hero Arts releases the My Monthly Hero Kits on the first Monday of each month, so if you’re hesitant to become a subscriber, at least subscribe to the Hero Arts blog for sneak peeks and that all important Kit Reveal!

Thank you so much for sharing your time with me here today! You inspire me and I hope I continue to inspire you! Remember to Like me, List me, Pin me, Post me, Share me with all your friends… don’t run with scissors… and I send you best wishes for a happy, healthy and hilarious holiday with your family and friends! And as always, Happy Crafting!

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10 Cards 1 Kit • My Monthly Hero • October 2021 Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 cards inspired by the My Monthly Hero October 2021 Kit. I’m a little late with this post this month… my old Cuttlebug die-cutting machine decided to give up the ghost right in the middle of this kit. I was actually a little surprised how that broken tool seemed to stifle my motivation and creativity this month!

This month’s kit includes Victorian Christmas-inspired imagery in a large 6×8 stamp set and a gorgeous window die that will set the stage for a variety of holiday scenes. I LOVE the Victorian font on those larger sentiments! We get 12 coordinating frame cuts as well as that nifty Window Shop Cover Plate Die. For our extras this month, we get seven 8.5″ x 5.5″ sheets of assorted Holiday Jewel Tone card stock, six 4.25″ x 5.5″ sheets of acetate (biodegradable!) and a half ounce pot of Prisma Glitter. And everything now comes in the new Hero Arts reusable 8″ x 10″ zipper pouch! It’s not Halloween yet, but Christmas has already started!!

The Window Shop Cover Plate Die comes in two pieces – the windows / architectural elements and a 4.25″ x 5.5″ outline die. I’m not sure why I chose to start this way, but I decided to use the light brown card stock for my card base and I cut the window die directly on the front of that colored card base.

I was definitely winging it with this first card…! I took a piece of acetate and glued that to the back of the card front. I stamped the “Merry Christmas” sentiment using HA Intense Black ink, and embossed that with some clear embossing powder. I used a Spectrum Noir alcohol marker and white gel pen to add some shadows and highlights to the decorative elements of the die cut. Now I have a window on the front of my card… what to put behind that?

I was particularly intrigued by how nicely the angel tree-topper fit in the center of the arched window frames, so I stamped the Christmas Tree with Intense Black ink on some Neenah Solar White card stock, and colored the tree up using my alcohol markers. I often complain that my Spectrum Noir markers don’t have as fine a point on them as Copic markers do, so I sometimes have a hard time coloring small images – like the ornaments on this tree! I took extra care with this image and was able to color all the tiny bits with no extraneous bleeding. I die cut the tree with the matching die, and cut one more layer from white card stock to glue behind the tree for a little bit of dimension.

Now I had to decide whether to put the tree on the inside of the card base – effectively limiting space to write a message – or figure out a way to attach that tree to the front panel of the card. I cut a piece of Kraft card stock from my stash slightly smaller than the card front, and I glued some simple snowflake pattern paper to the front of that card stock. I did some distress ink blending on the sides of the pattern paper with Pumice Stone ink. I glued my stack of trees to the pattern paper and glued the whole piece to the back of the card front. For a final touch I added some of the Prisma Glitter to the bottom right corners of the windows to suggest a bit of sparkly snow. I guess this is kind of a reverse-engineered shaker card front – there is some nice dimension to the tree but this is certainly much thinner than a standard shaker card! A perfectly framed Christmas tree on prominent display.

I did notice that a lot of our stamp images in this kit were items that you would put on a table – obviously that lovely three-legged table included in the stamp set. But there’s not much room for more than one item on the table at a time.

I stamped three tables, the champagne, fruit bowl and croquembouche (stack of profiteroles) on more Neenah card stock and colored all with my alcohol markers. I die-cut everything with their matching dies and glued the treats on top of the three tables. I did trim away the white border on the treats where they overlapped the tables before gluing them together – I think that makes it look more like one complete stamp instead of two pieces glued together.

I stamped the sentiment on a white card base using Intense black ink and embossed that with some clear embossing powder. I added a pre-cut silver glitter frame from the Altenew Fine Frames Cover die, and glued the back two tables flat to the card front and mounted the center table with foam tape. Just having three tables feels very abundant to me – not to mention the treats on top! Looks like it’s party time! And I really do love the font used on these bigger sentiments.

And we have a candelabra stamp in our stamp set too… something else to put on a table!

This feels like a vignette from a Liberace Christmas! I ink smooshed this background using Twisted Citron and Bundled Sage Distress oxide inks. When that was dry, I stamped the sentiment using Intense Black ink and embossed that with some clear embossing powder. I cut that panel to 4″ x 5.25″ and added a thin black mat and glued it down to a white card base. I also added some white gel pen to the background for a little more texture.

I stamped these images on some Bristol Smooth card stock and colored them with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers – now those markers have extremely fine points! I glued the candles to the table taking care to fussy cut the white border away from the bottom of the candelabra. The table and the tricycle are glued directly to the card front and the presents are attached with foam tape. Some star shaped sprinkles add more sparkle and I think it’s interesting how well the candelabra and trike go with the sentiment. Love that font!

I’ve used the Shop Window die from the outside looking in… let’s try one from the inside looking out..!

This is the card that killed my Cuttlebug! LOL! I die-cut the window die from some 100# white card stock and trimmed off the top “signage” section and replaced that with plain white card stock on the bottom – you got to have a floor to put the tree on! I trimmed that whole die cut panel down to just smaller than 4.25″ x 5.5″. I took a full size piece of blue card stock and did some ink blending from the top down using Hero Hues Blue Hawaii reactive ink, and Blueprint Sketch and Black Soot Distress Oxide inks. When that was dry, I spattered some “stars” using some Permanent White Gouache watercolor paint. I glued the sky and the window together – leaving a thin outline of blue around the die cut – and glued this to a plain white card base.

The tree and hobby horse are stamped on Bristol Smooth card stock and colored with Zig watercolor markers. I die cut both with their matching dies, glued the horse to the tree and mounted them both with foam tape. I couldn’t bring myself to clutter the front of this card with a sentiment, so I stamped the “Merry Christmas” sentiment on the inside. This scene feels classically victorian and is perfectly reinforced with that great sentiment on the inside!

I was so surprised how the death of my Cuttlebug really crushed my creative mojo…! It’s one layer cards for now…

Here’s a big fancy spread in one-layer with almost no masking! I stamped everything on a panel of Neenah Solar White card stock and sketched in the surroundings as I went. I sketched out the table before stamping the garland and table legs, and colored everything with my alcohol markers. I was about to try some kind of a wallpaper pattern on the back, when I realized I could use the window die to create our background. I lined up the die and traced the arched openings with a pigma micron pen. I traced over my pencil sketches with the same pen, and added some of the stamp flourishes around the “windows”. I shaded the wall with a light grey alcohol marker, and it kind of feels like some grand rotunda! I filled in a simple wood floor beneath the table and stamped and embossed the sentiment as usual. Very little masking needed on this card – just the ends of the garland and the table legs. The scale here may be a little off… When paired in this arrangement, that’s a very large croquembouche! Big enough to be cream puffs instead of profiteroles!!

And how about something for Halloween?

The candelabra stamp reminded me of the floating candelabra in Disney’s Haunted Mansion – in the middle of a long hallway with no visible means of support. I stamped the th with HA Unicorn White pigment ink on a Hero Hues Pitch Black card base. I lightly sketched a vague representation of a hallway with a white colored pencil, and ink blended the edges with Blueprint Sketch and Black Soot Distress Oxide ink. I don’t think I could draw a convincing “endless hallway” to support the illusion, so I just drew in a pair of disembodied eyes! There’s the creep factor! The sentiment is from the September 2018 Love From Lizi card kit stamped with Embossing and Watermark ink and embossed with off white powder. Finally, I framed the scene with some Black Glitter peel-offs and a couple of spider sequins in the top corners. Halloween is coming!

Still waiting for my new die-cutting machine, so how about a simple gold embossed card!

I stamped the star from the stamp set in a pattern on a piece of the dark green card stock from the kit, and used a VersaMarker pen to add the connecting dots. I first thought of drawing the dots with a gold gel pen, but then realized that the VersaMarker would make everything match perfectly. I stamped the sentiment and covered everything with HA Gold embossing powder. When that was melted I trimmed the panel down to 4″ x 5.25″, glued that to a thin Red mat (from the card stock in our kit) and down to a white card base. A few gold gems from my stash add a little more bling. Clean and simple, yet very effective!

I thought the “Cheers” sentiment and the stack of champagne glasses were a natural pairing just waiting to happen!

I stamped and embossed the sentiment in Gold, then stamped and embossed the glasses in Silver on a white card base and thought that was going to be the whole card, but suddenly, those two stamps seemed awfully lonely on a big card. AND my new Platinum 6 die-cutting machine showed up! I stamped the garland twice on some Bristol Smooth card stock, colored them with my Zig markers and die-cut them with their matching die. I added a touch of color to the champagne with alcohol markers. I stamped and embossed the “Happy Holidays” sentiment in gold and added a thin silver glitter frame (another from the Altenew Fine Frames Cover die) to the card front. I glued the garlands flat to the card front and that was just the right pop of color this card was asking for. Cheers indeed!!

Of course I thought the bowls of fruit and the “abundance” sentiment were perfect partners too.

Both the sentiment and fruit are stamped with Intense Black ink and colored with my Zig markers. The sentiment is embossed with some clear embossing powder for some dimension and shine. Maybe it’s the addition of color in this pairing, but I didn’t feel the need to add any more to this card. I matted the panel on some red, orange and purple mats cut from the card stock in the kit, and glued everything down to a White card base. I do tend to gravitate to my Zig real brush markers when trying to color such small images… Very pleased with the coloring on this one!

I had a bunch of the curved window cut-outs sitting on my desk, and I started playing around with them.

Not your standard Christmas card here… but this is quite graphic and I really love the pattern of the window die cuts! I cut four Red and Purple, and three Blue window pieces with 2″ strips of our Jewel Tone card stock. On a white glitter card stock panel, I glued the center blue panel on the top and then used the actual die cut to space the rest of the top row. I did the same with the second row – gluing one pane in place and using the actual die cut to space the rest of the row. I added thin strips of the dark green card stock across the top and bottom and glued the whole panel to a white card base.

I didn’t want to cover up any of this fun pattern with a sentiment, so I reached for an old Lawn Fawn Scripty Word die and cut one layer from the same glitter card stock, three layers from white card stock and two layers from black card stock. I glued those all together with the glitter on top and the black on the bottom and then glued that to the front of the card. I thought about adding a sentiment on the inside, but decided that this didn’t have to be a Christmas card! This would work as a birthday card or a new baby card or a nice upbeat congratulations card!

That covers my 10 cards inspired by the My Monthly Hero October 2021 Kit. I really do love the Victorian theming in this kit – the Window Shop Cover Plate die is a delightful stash-builder, and I particularly love the big Holiday sentiments.

I also had a great time figuring out how to make a number of cards that required no die-cutting! Without have to do a lot of masking either! It was quite nice to zen out with some detailed coloring with these cards. Lots of Christmas this month with a little nod to Halloween as well!

I’m not sure how I feel about the new Hero Arts reusable 8″ x 10″ zipper pouches that our kits will now come in. The pouches are great, mind you, but they don’t quite fit in the bin I use to store My Monthly Hero Kits! Argh!!

This kit is still available at Hero Arts! If I’ve sparked some ideas or captured your imagination and you want to grab a kit for yourself, please use my links below! It is always truly appreciated and helps support this channel!

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Thank you so much for sharing some of your precious time with me here! I’ve cut back on my crafting a little bit this fall – still trying to get used to all the new brew-ha-ha at work while still managing my own mental health as well! PHEW!! I appreciate your patience and your support even if I’m not posting as often as some..! Please remember to Like me, List me, Pin me, Post me, Share me with all your arty friends, Don’t run with scissors… and as always, I send you and yours Love and Light and Happy Crafting!!

10 Cards 1 Kit • My Monthly Hero • September 2021 Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 Cards 1 Kit post inspired by the My Monthly Hero September 2021 Kit. Here comes the sun… or to be a little more specific, Here comes the sunflowers! This months release celebrates the coming of autumn.

I think this kit is the first of its kind for My Monthly Hero! We get a 4″ x 6″ stamp set with a large cluster of sunflowers and four sunny sentiments. A matching frame cut for those flowers and two Fancy Word Dies – “thanks” and “hello” – both with a shadow die as well. The big kicker this month is the set of Five Layering Stencils that will actually color the whole sunflower stamp. I think this is the first set of Layering Stencils I have in my stash! To assist with our stenciling, we also get a small HA Blending Brush and 4 Ink Cubes (Key Lime Fizz, Butter Bar, Caramel, Root Beer). I’m eager to play with those layering stencils…!

On the backer card in the kit, we fortunately get a stenciling guide to show us the original intent behind these stencils.

Here’s our five stencils and the suggested coloring using the ink cubes included in this kit. There are small registration squares cut in the corners of all the stencils to help line them up correctly. I thought I’d use my HA MISTI to help me line up all the stencils and the stamp – This worked extremely well for me, and I didn’t have to fuss with the registration squares.

I flipped the foam mat of my MISTY around to the black foam side, and tucked Stencil #1 into the bottom right corner. The stamp then virtually snaps into position when placed on top of the stencil (even without the leaves). Keep everything tucked in the corner and pick the stamp up with the lid of your MISTI. Sure enough, the stamp and all the stencils lined up perfectly when tucked into the bottom right corner of the MISTI. I went for broke and stenciled a lot!

(A) This was my first attempt at stenciling and stamping these sunflowers. I stamped the image first for this one using Intense Black ink, and made the rookie mistake of starting to color in my stencils before letting the outline ink dry completely. Everything lines up just perfectly, but the Butter Bar ink got dulled down quite a bit with the outline ink. (maybe my blending brush wasn’t clean?) This kind of feels a little sepia toned to me… I do love how accurately everything lines up – and really quite simple!

This is colored following the suggestions and inks included in this kit –Butter Bar, Caramel, Root Beer, Key Lime Fizz.

I thought I’d try doing all of the stencil layering before stamping the outline on this next attempt.

(B) There we got that Butter Bar layer nice and yellow! This is again stenciled exactly as recommended in the kit but I stamped the outline AFTER I had colored in all the stencils – no chance of picking up the black ink this way! Bright and sunny! I could have gone darker with the Root Beer ink in the center of the flowers, but I really like the vibrancy of this, and you can even see the green details in the centers as well.

(C) The rig is all set up on my MISTI, so lets keep stenciling and stamping and try some different colors! This one is Butter Bar (1) Wild Honey Distress Oxide ink (2) Root Beer (3) Key Lime Fizz (4) and Walnut Stain Distress Oxide for the flower center details and Green Apple Reactive ink for the leaf details (5). I then stamped the outline using the Walnut Stain Distress Oxide ink. I stamped that a couple of times and added a light touch of intense black ink to the centers for a little more contrast. I like the Butter Bar and the Wild Honey inks together… feels subtle and fresh!

(D) This one has some great contrast! I stenciled the second stencil to begin with using the Caramel ink (2) then I went on top of that with the first stencil in Butter Bar (1) I used Root Beer for the centers (3) and Bundled Sage Distress Oxide ink for the leaves (4) Then I used Black Soot Distress Oxide ink for the center details and Peeled paint for the leaf details (5). The outline is stamped with Intense Black ink. I think this one might be my favorite stenciling!

Of course I have to try some wildly different colors too!

(E) How about some pinks! These are all Distress oxide inks. Tattered Rose (1) Worn Lipstick (2) Abandoned Coral (3) Bundles Sage (4) Aged Mahogany and Peeled Paint (5). I stamped the outline using the Aged Mahogany ink and added some black touches to the centers with Intense Black ink. They almost doin’t look like sunflowers at all!

Joel suggested blue flowers with purple leaves…

(F) Very wintry! This one is colored with all Hero Arts inks. Soft Sky (1) Dusty Blue (2) Early Dawn Reactive (3) Thistle Reactive (4) Blue Reactive and Thistle again (5) I didn’t care much for the purple leaves so I took some of the Key Lime Fizz ink and went over the leaves again making that Thistle tone down into a lovely crispy brown. Kind of frozen in its tracks! I stamped the outline with Soft Granite ink (a few times) and added light touches of black in the flower centers. I think this color combo is extremely interesting!

I can’t use the stencils to color ALL my card this month! I stamped a couple of outlines on some alcohol-friendly card stock and some watercolor paper to do some coloring of my own!

(G) This one is colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers – actually only 9 markers. I thought his was fairly easy to color with the markers and I like the bold brightness of the whole composition.

Here’s a shot of the markers I used to color these sunflowers.

(H) And this is my watercolored piece. I did use an assortment of Daniel Smith watercolors from my big stash of watercolor dot cards. I enjoyed watercoloring this quite a bit – put some music on and took my time layering up all the colors. This is so nice, and probably the most realistic rendering of these sunflowers.

I did also stamp the sunflowers using HA Embossing and Watermark ink and embossed that with some Hero Arts Gold embossing powder. White and Gold always go well together, and this stamp actually has enough detail that you don’t even HAVE to color it for an eye-catching focal point.

I made all of these card panels before I even thought about a card! I certainly have lots of options to play with!

I die-cut a piece of textured yellow card stock with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die and glued it to the front of a White A2 card base. This is panel (B) die-cut with the matching die and mounted with foam tape. This stamp is quite large – it barely fits on an A2 card base! I die-cut the “thanks” Fancy Word die from some dark brown card stock twice, glued the two die cuts together and glued that to the front of the card. Really pretty thank you card!

Here, I paired up panel (D) (die-cut with the matching die) and some matching pattern paper. The pattern paper is cut at 2.5″ x 5.5″ and glued to the left edge of a White card base. The sunflowers are mounted with foam tape and the sentiment is stamped with Intense Black ink. I think the dots of blue in the pattern paper add a nice compliment and the pattern suggests a field full of sunflowers!

This card uses my first panel (A). After die-cutting the panel, I cut off the right side of the flowers (from leaf to leaf) and turned the cut off portion around to use on the left side of the card base. I ink blended some of the Key Lime Fizz Reactive ink on a white card base in the general shape of my composition. I added the two sunflower pieces with foam tape on the flower edges and glued the straight cut edges flat to the card base. I die-cut the “hello” Fancy Word die four times from white card stock – colored one layer with the Key Lime Fizz ink and glued all four together before adding that to my card front. I think the green actually brightens up this “not quite yellow” sunflower rendition! And this is a fun arrangement of that stamp!

I mentioned how large that sunflower stamp is, but it works wonderfully on a mini slimline card! This is a 3.25″ x 6.25″ card base with a 3″ x 6″ piece of black card stock glued to the front. I cut the sunflowers in half horizontally, and trimmed thin pieces off the sides to make the opposite corners square. The top flowers are the bottom of the stamp and the bottom flowers are the top of the stamp. I glued the embossed flower pieces flat to the card front leaving a little black “mat” showing around the flat edges. I die-cut the “thanks” die from a piece of white card stock and a piece of textured gold card stock and glued them together and then down to the card front. This is actually most of the stamp here – just a small amount of trimming to make the right angles.. There’s a little dimension with the sentiment, but pretty much a flat card. Black White and Gold – a very classy thank you card!

One of the sentiments in this kit gave me the inspiration for this card… makes me giggle!

I fussy cut this flower away from panel (C) – it’s the second flower from top to bottom. I remembered that a nice “southwestern” vista could be die-cut from the Venice Fancy die in the MMH April 2019 Kit – this is the negative of that die-cut using some textured Brown card stock. (same as my original “thanks” on the first card). On a piece of white card stock, I ink blended HA Lemon Drop, Creamsicle, and Fruit Punch Reactive inks above the die-cut and Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap Distress oxide inks below the die cut.

I trimmed the inked panel to 4″ x 5.25″ and glued that to a White card base. I added lots of glitter to the sunflower with a Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen and mounted that to the card front with foam tape on the top and glue on the bottom. I added the die cut vista with foam tape, stamped the sentiment on a scrap of white card stock using the Frayed Burlap ink, die-cut that with a Lawn Fawn Many Everyday Messages die, and glued that flat to the card front.

The birds were stamped with Frayed Burlap ink using a stamp from the same Venice kit, and I couldn’t resist adding a “do do do do” to the inside of the card… you know… Here comes the sun, do do do do… Here comes the sun.. just a little something to make you sing!

Okay… that one made me laugh… let’s see what we can do with the oddly colored sunflowers… Valentines Day..?

I die-cut panel (E) with the matching die and cut it right down the middle – top to bottom – leaf to leaf! I cut a piece of HA Peony card stock to 4″ x 5.25″ and glued that to a White card base. The sentiment (from the MMH January 2020 Kit) using Aged Mahogany Distress oxide ink (same as the flower outlines) and embossed that with some clear embossing powder. I glued the flowers flat to the card front on the straight edges and added foam tape behind the flowers for a little dimension. A few pink gems add some extra sparkle, and this is another fun arrangement of this stamp! This would be a terrific valentine for anyone addicted to pink!

And those blue flowers still make me think of winter and the cold season we are heading into.

These flowers seem frozen in time! HA Arctic card stock cut to 4″ x 5.5″ and glued to a White card base. Then there is an old piece of snowflake pattern paper cut with a LFSRD and printed with a perfect little sentiment using my Silhouette Software and the Rockwell and Times New Roman fonts, and then glued to the top of the Arctic. The sunflowers have just a little bit trimmed off the bottom and mounted at a jaunty angle with foam tape. Very pretty encouragement card!

I still have more sunflowers to use… ma be we can actually fill up a whole card front with flowers..!?

Almost! Just enough room for a sentiment! This is the leftovers from panel (C) in the background, and the alcohol marker panel (G). Both die cut and arranged on a White card base. Panel (C) is glued flat and panel (G) is mounted with foam tape. I think that gives us some really interesting dimension to this “bundle” of flowers! Sentiment stamped in the bottom corner with Intense Black ink and embossed with some Clear embossing powder, and a couple of thin glitter peel-off stickers underneath to highlight the sentiment.

Now all I have left is one sentiment stamp from our stamp set and my watercolored sunflowers…

I decided to treat this panel as a piece of fine art..!! I watercolored a background around the flowers and trimmed that panel to just a hair over 4″ x 5.25″ (so it would hide behind this thin Golden glitter frame – and still leaves us with a tiny black mat around the whole panel. The frame was cut with an Altenew Fine Frames Cover die from some glittery gold card stock. I’m very pleased with this watercolor piece and actually considered adding my signature to the bottom…!

I did add the last sentiment stamp to the inside of this card – I just couldn’t bring myself to add anything on the front of the card! This will be used for a very special Thank you!

I got so carried away with the stenciling and stamping that I almost forgot that you can use the stamp directly on a card!

On a Kraft card base, I stamped the bottom of the sunflowers in the top left and bottom right corners using Embossing and Watermark ink and HA Gold embossing powder. I stamped the top of the sunflower stamp in the top right and bottom left corners and gold embossed them as well. That almost fills the whole card up right there! I die-cut the “hello” shadow three times from matching Kraft card stock and glued those together. Then I die-cut the “hello” die from some smooth gold card stock and glued that to the shadow layer and then flat to the card front.

This quote actually inspired this card! I printed this on a white card panel using my Silhouette Software and the Rockwell font, and glued that to the inside of my card. I love the literal and suggestive meaning that this gives to our card! Yes… we are all same on the inside!

And that wraps up my 10 Cards inspired by the My Monthly Hero September 2021 Kit. Sunflowers galore…!

I managed to use all the stamps in our stamp set (not too hard!) and I think this might be the first 10 Cards 1 Kit post I’ve ever done that actually features the same image on all 10 cards! Viewed all together, these don’t all look exactly the same at all, and there’s is a good amount of variety on display. Those layering stencils work SO WELL and should be in the stash of every card maker who likes sunflowers but doesn’t like to color them!

This kit is still available at Hero Arts! If I hope I’ve managed to catch your eye or spark your imagination and you’d like to grab one for yourself! This kit is a greater than normal value this month with all the stencils and ink cubes and blending brush, and if you like sunflowers, then this set should be in your stash! Please use my links if you do go shopping at Hero Arts! It is always terrifically appreciated and helps maintain this website throughout the year!

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10 Cards 1 Kit • Love From Lizi • September 2021 Card Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 Cards 1 Kit post featuring the Love From Lizi September 2021 Card Kit!

HAPPY 5TH BIRTHDAY, LOVE FROM LIZI! Yes, LFL turns five this month! Normally, our September kits would be a SUPER CARD KIT to celebrate, but, due to some manufacturing and shipping hold-ups, Lizi is saving the birthday SUPER CARD KIT for October! To tide us over, our kit this month features the Santoro (of London) Gorjuss Girls. I’ve seen some Gorjuss Girl products over the years, and they seem to be something of a big deal, with limited editions and the like. Needless to say, I was almost overcome with girls this month!

I did begin by making six card bases from the colored card stock in the kit. And there’s a sheet of decoupage in this kit, featuring two different Gorjuss Girls, and I do love the European version of decoupage where you stack the layers instead of gluing everything flat… this one is fairly small and a bit fussy… but came out so well…

I do believe it is rare to find a sheet of die-cuts that is PERFECTLY cut… especially when cutting detailed images in small sizes… the margin for error is just SO thin. These die-cuts were just a tiny bit off, but no more than one would expect.

I rounded the corners of the Pink card base with a 1/2″ corner chomper and ink blended Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink around the edges. I glued the oval layer B1 flat to the card front. I always take the time to trim away any “flashing” on the die-cut pieces (where the pieces are attached to the sheet, a little bump protrudes when popped out). I also fussy-cut all the edges of the over-cut pieces – the die-cutting will simplify the cut around her hair, and include some of the background within the cut, as well as any cuts that are just slightly off.

When everything is cut to the outlines, I color the white edges of the decoupage pieces with a Memento dual marker. That will make everything look like it is perfectly cut out. I only used the Girl piece of B2 (not the oval) to start layering up our decoupage using the foam tape in the kit. Her purse is the fifth layer of the decoupage (B6 on the sheet) and she looks terrific! Although she is a little pigeon-toed!

I printed this sentiment on a piece of the Watermelon Girl pattern paper using the Noteworthy font, die cut it with an old banner die, and inked the edges with more Worn Lipstick ink. I mounted the sentiment banner with foam tape (conveniently covering over the SANTORO logo), added a few pink gems and two of the pressed paper flowers for a final touch of decoration and sparkle. If you take your time with these, they are truly kind of amazing to behold!

Looks like I may be doing a lot of fussy-cutting with this kit… what else do you do with the two large girl pattern papers?

This is the girl from the large Heart Girl striped pattern paper – fussy-cut and the edges colored black. I die cut the large doily die from the neutral pattern paper and glued that to the right side of a White card base and trimmed off the excess. I rounded the two right corners with 1/2″ corner chomper. I added the Heart Girl with foam tape, tucked the gold foil sentiment tag under her arm and added gold mini-heart peel offs to the two left corners. Lovely! And heartfelt!!

The sheet with the six die-cut Gorjuss Girls has borders around the girls. I just have to fussy-cut the borders away…!

I ran a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of the aubergine vellum through a Zyron sticker maker and glued that to the front of the Ivory card base. I cut some 40# vellum with the third smallest doily die and glued that to the card front with a line of double-sided adhesive down the center. I fussy cut the Star Girl, blackened the edges and glued her to the center of the vellum with foam tape. The stars were on the same page as the girls – I popped them out, trimmed their borders away, and inked their edges as well and added them to the card with more foam tape. I trimmed the sentiment banner down to be a little shorter and foam taped that below her feet. I did add some glitter to the die-cut stars with a Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen. I think this is the plainest Gorjuss Girl in the kit… certainly the easiest to fussy-cut!

I really liked the Blue and Aubergine vellum sheets in our kit this month… Let’s use that blue one now..!

I took a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of the blue vellum, die-cut a circle in the center with a nesting circle die, ran that through the Zyron and glued it to the Lemon Yellow card base. I die-cut the blue girl with a doily die – it actually defines the bottom of her dress – and foam taped her in the center opening. Again, I trimmed down the sentiment banner and added it with more foam tape. Gold sequins and some blue crystal stars add a lot more bling and a yellow gem from the kit highlights the center of her bow. A really nice complimentary / encouragement card for your favorite Gorjuss Girl!

Now it’s time to tackle that stamp. I didn’t realize it when unboxing, but that girl cling stamp is almost 6″ tall!

Slimline card to the rescue! 3.5″ x 8.5″ is plenty of room for that Bee Girl! I stamped her and the flower on some Stonehenge White card stock using VersaFine Onyx Black ink, and colored her with my Prismacolor colored pencils. I tell you, that Stonehenge card stock loves colored pencils – I didn’t use any Gamsol or other blending solution… this is just colored pencils. I fussy cut her out (beware those antennae!)(and the flower!), colored the edges of the card stock with a Memento Tuxedo Black marker, and added some black and white gel pen to her eyes for a little shine.

I printed this sentiment directly on the White card base using my Silhouette software and the Phosphate font. If you don’t give me some bee puns I’ll make my own! I die-cut the gold hexagons using the 2 smallest hexagon dies from the LFL March 2018 card kit, and glued those flat to the card front. I added the girl with foam tape (careful with those antennae!) and added more yellow gems for sparkle. I did add some Stardust Glitter Gel pen to the curly-que’s on her wings so they catch the light quite nicely. I don’t think my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers would get into some of the tiny spaces on this stamp and I”m very pleased with the results I got using colored pencils… This is a much brighter rendering than the suggested coloring on the back of the stamp. Really nice slimline birthday card!

This card is simply inspired by this fun sentiment! After all, a little party never hurt anybody!

This Party Girl is from the six die-cut girl sheet, fussy-cut and edged in black. I even fussy-cut the sentiment down – getting rid of the balloon and keeping the matching hat. The three-scallop tag with purple stripes had a Girl in the center, so I cut that oval out and glued the tag to the matching tag that had no image in the center. I added a thin purple mat behind the sentiment, and wrapped a short piece of purple ribbon through the hole in the tag(s).

I die-cut the pattern paper with a nesting scallop die and added a very thin purple mat behind that, and glued those flat to the other Ivory card base. I glued the tag(s) flat to the background and added our Party Girl and sentiment with foam tape. More of the Mini Gold Heart peel offs on the corners finishes this card off. I did add a Happy Birthday stamp on the inside of the card just for those who need an excuse to party! Love the diamonds/stripes and the matching party hats!

I was loathe to tackle the other decoupage image because I didn’t want to fussy-cut those antennae, so I compromised.

I assembled this decoupage straight from the sheet – I did trim away the “flashing’ spots, but assembled the Bee Girl with no extra fussy-cutting. This looks perfectly fine, but the dimension feels a little “blurry” to me… you can see the extra background to the right of her skirt, left of her legs, bottom of her wings, and, of course, around the antennae. I glued a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of the flowery pattern paper to the other Pink card base, and assembled the decoupage with foam tape behind the oval.

I printed the sentiment on a piece of the background paper using the Phosphate font, die cut it with my old banner die, and attached that with more foam tape. More Mini Gold Heart peel offs compliment the gold foiling on the oval, and two more of the pressed paper flowers adorn the top corners. Almost identical to my first card, but I do think it’s interesting to see how much difference there in in the two styles of decoupage. Makes the tedious fussy-cutting worth it!

We did a slimline card, how about a mini slimline card! There are a couple images of two Gorjuss Girls together…

This is a 3″ x 6″ mini slimline card. I cut another piece of the blue vellum to 2.75″ x 5.75″, ran that through the Zyron sticker maker and glued that to the White card base. I fussy-cut the girls and colored the edges with black marker, and attached them to the card front with foam tape. I added a very thin mat behind the gold-foil sentiment and used foam tape to attach that to the card front. I added a bunch of the Mini Gold Heart peel offs to fill in the background, and that gives us a terribly sweet mini slimline thank you card! Just for your BFF!!

I was desperate to make a card that DIDN’T have a Gorjuss Girl on it, but it appears my choices were pretty limited…

I think this will do fine! Not my favorite cupcake stamp, but it’s not bad! I stamped the cupcake in a pattern on the Lemon Yellow card base using Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide ink. I took another three-scallop tag and added a purple mat behind that and glued it flat to the card base. I took the back of the oval I cut out of the purple stripe tag and ink blended that with Fossilized Amber and glued it over the girl in the center of the yellow stripe tag. I embellished the top of the tag with a double bow of thin purple ribbon.

I added more of the purple behind the die-cut cupcake strip and glued those down to the left. I added a purple mat behind the sentiment tag and attached those with foam tape. I stamped the cupcake on a scrap of White card stock using Hero Hues Thistle reactive ink and embossed that with some clear embossing powder. I added a little more color to the cupcake with my alcohol markers, fussy-cut the cupcake leaving a thin white border, and attached that to the center with some foam tape. A perfect card to go along with a Thank You Cupcake! Still pretty sweet, but no Girls!

I was determined to find another way to use that big Bumblebee Girl stamp, and this is what I was able to come up with.

I stamped just her head and shoulders on some of Lizi’s alcohol-friendly White card stock using an Intensified Black ink cube – you can control where you stamp using a smaller cube – I just didn’t stamp the antennae. I completed the missing hair and head band lines with a Pigma Micron pen and colored her with my Alcohol markers. I’m slowly getting better with my hair coloring, and it was great fun to give her a little ethnicity too! I just ignored the top of the wing lines figuring her hair should mostly cover those up. I fussy cut her and colored the edges of the card stock with black marker.

These are the markers I used to color this girl. There should be a BG10 in that stack too…!

I glued her bottom edge to a 2.5″ x 3.25″ square of the neutral pattern paper and gave her some dimension with foam tape behind her head. I added a thin mat of Auburn Pearl card stock from my stash to finish our centerpiece.

I die-cut more of the flowery pattern paper with a Spellbinders deckle edge die and matted that to a 3.125″ x 4″ square of the same pearl card stock. I die cut the last quarter of pink card stock with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die, inked the edges with Worn Lipstick and glued that to an Auburn Pearl card base.

Everything is glued flat to the card front except for the girl/pattern paper/mat layer mounted with foam tape. I die-cut this sentiment using the Miss You die from the LFL June 2020 Card kit. I die-cut that twice from thick black card stock and glued the pieces together and then down to the card front. I did add more black and white gel pen for some shine in her eyes, and might have gotten a little over-eager with the white, but that just seems to add to her forlorn expression. A really sweet Miss You card and I didn’t have to color the entire stamp!

That’s about all the cute little girls I can handle this month! They make for some really cute very feminine cards…

I think I used just about every version of the Gorjuss Girls included in this kit, and only duplicated the Bumble bee Girl once. I did manage to get a few simple puns in this month, and we have a very useful assortment of cards. A few thank you cards, a couple of birthday cards, some complimentary and encouragement cards, a Valentine and a miss you card!

I have tons of supplies left over from this kit. I used a little something from all but two of the die-cut sheets, I have six untouched pattern papers, I didn’t get to the alpha stickers (I tried!) but I used most of our embellishments. This kit sold out very quickly this month… I told you those Gorjuss Girls are popular!

This also marks my fourth year being on the Love From Lizi Design Team. I do feel that it is time to step back and give someone else the opportunity to work with Lizi. My real job is kind of kicking my butt with all the new protocols and procedures we must follow, and I can certainly use a bit of a break. Lizi asked if I would be available to be a guest designer on occasion and I naturally agreed… You won’t be rid of me entirely! I have had so much fun with all the Love From Lizi kits and I have to compliment Lizi for always challenging me and keeping me on my toes!

Thak you so very much for sharing your time with me here. Your support means the world to me! Please remember to Like me, List me, Pin me, Post me, Share me with all your friends, Don’t run with scissors… and I send you and yours Light and Laughter and as always, Happy Crafting!

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UNBOXING! Love From Lizi • September 2021 Card Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here UnBoxing the Love From Lizi September 2021 “Bumbly Birthdays” Card Kit!

This September is Love From Lizi’s FIFTH Birthday, and Lizi usually celebrates it with a Super Card Kit jam-packed with all sorts of unique and exclusive products, but due to that damned Delta variant, supply chains have broken down in Great Britain and Lizi just couldn’t get all her supplies together for the Super Card Kit – but don’t worry, We’ll celebrate LFL’s birthday with the October Super Card Kit.

To tide us over, Lizi has assembled this Santoro (of London) Gorjuss Girl kit for us this month! These little girls are extremely popular and have been around for quite a while – even provoking some competition among crafters who collect every single stamp in this line! I’ve never had one in my stash, so it will be fun to see what the fuss is about!

As usual, we start with five sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ card stock in Lemon Yellow, Ivory, Pink (just for me!) and two sheets of Lizi’s super-smooth alcohol marker-friendly White. I’ll usually save the White for alcohol coloring, and I do use these card stocks to make card bases. Sometimes the color of a card base will inspire a whole card!

Now we get to the GRAND assortment of pattern papers, die-cuts, decoupage, and ephemera sheets filling this kit. These are all A4 sized sheets – 8-1/4″ x 11-3/4″ – a little different than letter size.

Almost every sheet has some sort of Gold foiling highlighting the patterns. Birthdays here we come!

Gold foiled Gorjuss Girls!

Here’s some plain, subtle background card stock – no foiling on these!

Tone-on-tone “a gorjuss gift for you” and fruit candies.

More plain background card stock with large, full-color Gorjuss Girls already colored!

Two sheets of thick vellum with gold foil stars and beautiful colors…

And die-cut sheets galore!! Paper bows in assorted sizes and a decoupage sheet with two different girls…!

Die-cut panels, tags, labels, and lots of Gorjuss Girls with plenty of Gold foil.

More die-cuts with lots of sentiment banners, tags and labels with six gorjuss ephemera girls!

Die-cut tags and flags and strips for every orientation and lots of foil on those full page strips!

Two sheets of Alpha stickers… not too large… (no foil)

And one final sheet of pattern paper with nice-sized Gorjuss Girls scattered about. Goodness! That’s 23 pages of pattern paper, die cuts, vellum, Alpha stickers, bows and decoupage. An embarrassment of riches!!

Our peel offs this month are Gold Mirror Mini Hearts – perfect match for all the gold foiling. And our stamp set is this “Bee-Loved” cling (red rubber) stamp set. I do love the full-color images of the stamps on their backs. These will cling to an acrylic block or any stamping platform you may have. Red rubber always gives me terrific results when I stamp!

Our embellishments this month include two sheets of small, thin foam squares in White AND Black, The Bumbly Birthdays sequin mix with assorted sizes of Gold, Black, Silver and White sequins, eight embossed paper flowers with gem centers, a large pack of tiny self-adhesive gems – I love embellishing a card with tiny gems! We also get 10 brads in assorted colors (for assembling those paper bows?) and our dies this month are this set of four nesting Doily dies – kind of a compliment to the nesting Scallop dies in last month’s kit.

Thats everything in the LFL September 2021 Card Kit – Of course, I did get the add-on peel off bundles…

The pin stripe bundle has Gold Mirror, Mauve Mirror, Ocean Blue, and Clear/Gold, and the Variety peel off bundle has Apricot/Gold Sway peel offs, Mauve Moondust Straight, Mint Moondust pin stripe, and Clear Iridescent Mini Hearts. Gotta love those peel offs!

That wraps it up for this month, I’m looking forward to digging in and coloring one of those Gorjuss Girls stamps! If this captures your imagination and you’d like to grab a kit for yourself, please use my links when you go shopping with Lizi – there are bunches of extras and add-ons (including more Gorjuss Girls) complimenting this kit as well! These kits usually sell out quickly so grab one while you can! Thank you!

Love From Lizi September 2021 Card Kit: https://shrsl.com/34voz

Love From Lizi September 2021 Add-ons and new release: https://shrsl.com/34vp4

Subscribers have through Sunday, August 29th to add extra products to their kits with no extra shipping – definitely a great perk for being a subscriber!

Thanks for spending some time with me here… always a pleasure to share new LFL Kits with you! Please remember to Like me List me, Pin me, Post me, Share me with all your friends… Don’t run with scissors…! and I send you and yours Love and Light and Happy Crafting!

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