10 Cards 1 Kit • My Monthly Hero • November 2022

Hello Folks! Scott here with our new My Monthly Hero November 2022 Kit! Another Christmas themed kit with a huge bunch of detailed dies… Ornaments, tags, and, yes, cards are the order of the day with this surprising Holiday Kit!

KIT INCLUDES:
• 3″ x 4″ Clear Stamp Set
• 31 Ornament-building Fancy Dies
• 6 Sheets of Acetate Panels
• 10 Sheets of Deluxe Smooth White Card stock, 5.5″ x 8.5″
• Scarlet Satin Ribbon, 1/4″ wide, 3 yds.
• Snowflake Sequins

Looks like we’ll be doing a lot of die-cutting this month! Everything seems to be oriented around this 3.25″ circle die, so it seems a wreath is the obvious choice to get us off and running!

For some reason, I thought glitter paper was the way to go for our first ornament card – it really does have some nice sparkle! And I wanted this ornament to be double-sided, so I thought I’d start with an acetate circle and build my wreath up from that. I did die-cut two of the stick wreaths for my base layer (front and back) from some HA Colors of Earth card stock, and glued those to both sides of the acetate window. I die-cut four of the large-leaf swags from some dark green glitter paper, added some shading with alcohol markers, and glued those (two to a side) on the sticks. I die-cut four of the small-leaf branches out of a lighter green to highlight the poinsettias and set them aside.

I die-cut two poinsettias and four of the small flowers, added shading with alcohol markers and gave the petals a little shape with a medium-sized ball stylus. I added small white pearls to the centers and glued the flowers (along with the light green foliage) to the front and back. A couple of bows for the two sides and a loop of ribbon finishes off the wreath and some small red gems add more sparkle along with the suggestion of berries.

I failed to take into account that the back of glitter paper is generally white, so I did have to color the back sides of all my glitter die cuts so you wouldn’t see white from the other side. That wouldn’t be an issue with colored card stock!

I actually considered just making 10 ornaments this month, but receiving a Christmas card that has a removable ornament on it is like getting twice what you paid for! I die-cut some purple-y watercolor pattern paper (and one white blank) with a HA Tag Frame Infinity die and glued them together for a little extra strength. I embossed the sentiment in the center of the Tag frame using HA Intense Black ink and Clear embossing powder, and glued those down to a White A2 card base. My favorite adhesive to use when attaching an ornament to a card is removable sticky dots – I like ZOTS Removable Clear Adhesive dots. One dot behind the hanging ribbon will hold the ornament securely to the card until removed! And since the sentiment is stamped on the card base, there’s no worry about a reverse sentiment on the acetate. Just the right size for a big Christmas tree!

Okay… I’ve shifted my mind set from ornaments to cards… I guess I truly am a creature of habit!! When I was die-cutting the stick wreath, I noticed the the negative die-cut made a perfect circle with some twiggy flourishes on the edges…

On a Kraft card base, I die-cut the stick wreath to give me an opening on the front of the card. I had some wild idea about building a scene on the front of a card going backwards…! I die-cut two of the snowbank dies from some White pearlescent card stock and glued those behind the bottom of the opening. I die-cut all three trees (just remove the star topper on the biggest tree) from plain white card stock, and the little house from scraps of brown. I did add some yellow in the windows for a “lived-in” look! I arranged the trees and the house on the hills, and die-cut the little fox and added some color to him with colored pencils.

I took a piece of watercolor card stock and cut it just under 4.25″ x 5.5″ to be the backing for my scene – I can just glue that to the back side of the card front! I ink blended HA Splash and Blue Hawaii Reactive ink onto that panel referencing the opening to be sure I got the sky in the right place. I added some snow to the sky using a SSS Falling Snow stencil, HA Embossing and Watermark ink, and HA Detail White embossing powder. I added small dots of White gel pen for a little more snow coverage.

I die-cut the three snowflake dies from Silver Holographic card stock and glued those to the top of the opening, and filled out that framing with some of the White Snowflake sequins glued to the back of the opening. I glued the sky panel to the back of the card front and embossed the sentiment and snowflake with HA Unicorn White ink and White Detail embossing powder. I added a little smoke coming from the chimney using a Micro-brush and HA Sea Salt reactive ink, and glued some of the small silver Snowflake Sequins in the sky for the final touch.

I started worrying that all of my cards would end up with 3.25″ circles as their focal point, so I decided to see what I could use in this kit to break me free from that template… maybe that circle die can be used for hills…

The background is a piece of watercolor pattern paper cut to 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ and embossed with the same Falling Snow stencil as the last card. That background is glued to a White card base. I die-cut three half-circles from White pearlescent card stock, and two of the small-leaf swags from dark green card stock. The buildings and the tree are die-cut from plain White card stock and I die-cut an extra star from Holographic card stock for the top of the tree. I did back the windows and door with yellow card stock as well.

The arch is an extension of the small-leaf swag die. I cut one of the swags in half to add to the sides of the other one (they are seamed together behind the snowflake dies on the sides) making the sides more vertical and less curved. I glued everything to the card front using a little foam tape behind the church for a little dimension. The snowflakes are die-cut from more White pearlescent card stock and glued to the arch. The sentiment is stamped with Forest Moss Distress Oxide ink and embossed with Clear embossing powder and highlighted with more Holographic snowflakes. This kind of feels like a snow-globe scene to me!

I guess I might as well embrace the circle and see where that takes me… another ornament that’s NOT a wreath..?

I die-cut our circle from Hero Hues Nautical card stock and ink blended some HA Sea Salt Reactive ink along the edge of the snow bank that I cut from Pearlescent White card stock. The trees and holly leaves are die-cut from dark Green card stock and the deer are cut from dark brown card. I used the Tim Holtz Nostalgic Collection color core card stock for a lot of my die-cuts this month. I like using textured card stock with these small detailed dies. The sentiment is stamped in Unicorn White ink and embossed, and I used a white gel pen for the dots of snow as well as the snow on the tree and holly. I added a touch of shadow in the snow with a light grey alcohol marker and glued everything together.

I die-cut another circle from 110# card stock and glued that on the back of the ornament for added strength. Some silver cord is tied through the hole for a hanger. I cut a piece of polka-dot pattern paper to 3.5″ x 5.5″ and glued that to the front of an A2 White card base and added some Clear Glitter peel offs along the edges. I did stamp our “handmade for you by Scott and Joel” on the back of the ornament, added a removable ZOTZ and attached that to my card. Two-for-One!

The larger mistletoe die in this kit will work perfectly all on it’s own, and provides us with a nice pun as well!

I die-cut the mistletoe and bow from the White card stock in our kit and colored them up with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. The sentiment is printed on the card base using my Silhouette Software with the Precious font, and a strip of green glitter tape runs down the left side. More white pearls are used for the mistletoe berries, the bow is glued to the mistletoe and all are attached to the card front with small tabs of foam tape. I really like these two dies together… and you know I love me some puns! This card is actually simple enough to mass produce!

I wanted to spend a little more time with the poinsettia die… I didn’t think the glitter card stock did much for that die…

I die-cut these flowers from some textured red card stock and did some shading with alcohol markers. Once again I added a little shape to the petals with a ball stylus, and simply used a White gel pen for the centers. I die cut two large-leaf swags and two small-leaf swags from some textured green card stock and added some alcohol marker shading to all of those as well. The small pinecones are die-cut from two colors of brown textured card stock and shaded too. This sentiment (from last month’s kit) is embossed on flat red card stock with Unicorn Ink and White embossing powder and die-cut with the matching die.

I glued the large-leaf swags to the two corners, cut the small-leaf swags in half and glued them on top, and then glued the flowers into position. I added the pinecones and another flower in the top right corner. I also added some highlights to the flower petals with a Micro-brush and Sea Salt reactive ink. I’m liking that ink more and more…! The sentiment is attached with foam tape, and a few red crystals add a little sparkle. This is a nice arrangement using the leafy swags that doesn’t feel like a wreath or a circle! Love the red and green on white… very Christmas-y!

I was fiddling around with the swag of stars die, trying to see if I could come up with a unique arrangement…

I like this one!! If you take two star swags and glue them together – the first star glues on top of the fifth star on the other die and visa-versa. That makes a very interesting eye-shaped galaxy swirl! I die-cut six of the star swags from Silver Holographic card stock, and glued them together in pairs, and then arranged those three pairs into this fun pinwheel of stars! I was especially pleased to see that I could get the whole arrangement on an A2 card! In this case I used an old White glitter card base and glued the pinwheel to the front.

I printed this sentiment on a scrap of white card stock using the Orbit-B BT font, trimmed that to size and added a Holographic mat. I die-cut the five-pointed star and two of the four-pointed stars from more Holographic card stock and glued those in position – really needed that extra star in the center! This would make a fun Birthday card as well!!

A wreath is certainly a perfectly fine focal point for a card… let’s ignore ornamentation and just make a card!

This wreath started with three twig wreath die cuts glued together – just for a little dimension. Then we have three sets made of the big-leaf branch, small-leaf branch and berry branch glued together, and two sets of the big and small branches glued together. One berry bunch is glued to the top of the wreath, then the plain branch bundles to the sides, and then the other two berry branch groups. I did die-cut the berries from some darker red card stock, fussy cut them out and added them to the top of the berry branches. I die-cut two of the Holly/berry dies (layering red berries on top) and two more holly leaves for the arrangements around the pinecones. The pine cones are die-cut from two colors of brown card stock and shaded with alcohol markers – this big pinecone die is terrific!! Some Sea Salt ink highlights on the berries and pinecones add just the right touch to this very autumnal wreath!

The wooden background is more pattern paper from my stash cut to 4″ x 5.25″, glued to a thin black mat and then down to a White card base. I stamped and embossed the sentiment on a scrap of that pattern paper, fussy-cut it out and attached it to the card front with thin foam tape. The wreath is finally glued to the card front, and I resisted the urge to add any sparkle or bling… a little more of an organic wreath for this card. Love it!

I was determined to make an ornament with this kit that wasn’t a wreath or a circle. The swag of stars might work!

I think this ornament will actually go on my own Christmas tree this year! I die-cut six star swags from 110# white card stock and glued them all together with a hanger of thin Silver Metallic thread glued in the middle behind the second star. I die-cut two more swags from Silver Holographic card stock – one cut from the back to use on the back of the ornament – and glued those to the two sides of the stacked swags. I really like the balance of the hanger on the second star – feels a little more active!

I printed the sentiment on a piece of photo paper (for a really black black) using my Silhouette software and the Comic Sans MS font. I think this MLK Jr quote is quite appropriate and even works nicely as a holiday card! I die cut the printed photo paper with a 3.25″ Nesting Circle die and cut another blank from Black card stock to glue behind the photo print for more strength.

I positioned the swag on the circle and marked where the hanger fell, and cut a tiny slot on the side of the circle to slip the hanger into. I added the circle to an A2 card front with foam tape and hung the ornament using the small slit. Though this was a tiny bit fiddly, I think this is my favorite ornament this month!

I still haven’t used the snowman die in our kit – he did feel a little out of scale to me… he’s almost as tall as the church!

That’s when my mind shifts to featuring this snowman all by himself – well – with five other friends! I’m also always in the mood for more color! Six snowmen die-cut from 110# White card stock, and six hats die-cut from some rainbow card stock and fussy-cut to glue on the snowman heads. I drew in the hat bands, faces and accessories using black Pigma Micron pens and a Brown pen for the arms. A light touch of grey alcohol marker gives us a little shading on our balls of snow, as well as some orange marker for the tiny noses!

I printed this pun-y Christmas sentiment on a White card base using the Freehand 575 BT font. I cut a half-inch strip of black glitter paper and glued that above the sentiment. I attached all the snowmen with foam tape giving everyone a slightly jaunty pose. I did add the “Warm Wishes” sentiment on the inside of this card – perfectly appropriate! This card really satisfies my love of white space, and the size of these tiny snowmen are totally charming! Warm wishes indeed!

And that completes my 10 Cards inspired by the My Monthly Hero November 2022 kit! I stuck with cards this month but managed to included three ornaments, and a nice variety of styles and even some non-holiday ideas as well. I LOVE the pinecone dies, the bow, and poinsettia dies and all the foliage dies will come in handy all year long!

I did manage to use every single die in this kit – all 31! And though I didn’t use every stamp, I did use the most of the sentiments and we even got a pun or two as well! I didn’t make any tags this month… I am not really a fancy tag person… My family has a tendency to go a bit overboard at Christmas, and presents literally end up getting forcibly stuffed under the Christmas tree – which is not particularly good for tags! After many years of always having a few presents that lost their tags, I have fully embraced the peel-and-stick tags that promise to stay put on every package! Obviously this kit is perfect for you tag lovers out there.

However, this kit has already sold out! One of the fastest sell-outs this year! If you managed to snag a kit for yourself, I hope I was able to give you a few ideas about expanding its usefulness beyond just the ornaments and tags, and possibly even the holidays! Let me know which card(s) are your favorite this month, and I’d always like to see what creations of yours I might have inspired!

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10 Cards 1 Kit • My Monthly Hero • October 2022

Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 Cards 1 Kit post featuring the new My Monthly Hero October 2022 kit! Winter is right around the corner and this kit ushers in the holiday season and takes us right to the North Pole. The stamp set of solid silhouettes can be combined to create a myriad of scenes featuring Santa Clause (or not!), and the dies this month have (what may be a first in a MMH kit) dies for all four of the sentiment stamps! Love that!!

KIT INCLUDES:
• 6” x 8” Clear Stamp Set
• 19 Coordinating Frame Cuts
• A2 Cling Stamp
• 2 Ink Cubes in White Reactive & Unicorn
• 2 Sheets Diamond Glitter Paper, 5.5″ x 8.5″
• 2 Sheets Snow Glow Paper, 5.5″ x 8.5″
• 2 Sheets Lapis Half Sheet, 5.5″ x 8.5″

Since there are only four sentiments in this stamp set, I decided to poach some extra holiday sentiments from past MMH Christmas kits. (Oct. ’19, Nov. ’19, Nov. ’20, and Oct. ’21) There is also a Project Idea on the backer card for a tri-fold card with a unique card idea from Libby Hickson. That inspired my own tri-fold adventure.

I went with a more traditional side-to-side tri-fold card, starting on the side of a mountain with the train rounding the bend and the village in the background. All under the watchful eye of a reindeer…

Flip that right panel open and the village is fully revealed with railroad tracks and a someone waiting on the hillside…

One more flip to the left and we have our final scene… looks like someone finally made it home! Also, the moon has risen higher in the sky… I guess it took a little while for that train to come in..! I love it when a tri-fold card tells a story… and the stamps in this kit are perfectly suited for that task.

All of the stamping for this card is done on Neenah Solar White 80# card stock. For the first layer, I curved the train and track stamp to suggest a mountain curve, stamped those (and the reindeer) in Intense Black ink, and fussy-cut the mountain and the little bit on the front of the engine. (this layer was done on the back side of a folded A2 card base) I blended Blue Reactive ink on edges of the mountain and a couple other contours in the snow. Of course we can see the village and the sky and moon in the background… and I think the simple curve on the train gives a good suggestion of it going around the mountain.

The second layer started on a full A2 card base – I stamped the village and the train tracks in Intense Black ink and did a partial die-cut on the village leaving the bottom of the card base intact. A little ink blending on the village and tracks grounds them in the snow. I stamped our little fellow on another panel and used the die to partially cut him out and I finished the cut putting him on a snow covered hill. More Blue Reactive ink blending on the edges of the hill and I glued that panel flat down on that layer.

I wanted to use the Lapis card stock for the sky, so I quickly realized that I didn’t need the entire back half of the 2nd layer, so I trimmed that off leaving just a small flap to glue to the back of the first layer’s card base. THEN I’ll add the sky and another die cut hillside to the center layer (effectively covering the flap of layer 2). I ink blended Blue Reactive ink and Black Soot Distress ink in the sky and splattered some stars using some Holbein white gouache. I die-cut the moon from the Snow Glow paper, added that to the sky, and glued the sky to the back of the card (covering the layer two flap).

For the final scene, I stamped the house and the couple with Intense Black ink, did a partial die-cut on the house and finished it off with a bit of a hillside, and ink blended the edges and a little snowy contour for our couple with the Blue Reactive ink. The sentiment is from the MMH November 2019 kit, stamped with Blue Hawaii Reactive ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. I glued that panel on top of the Lapis sky and the story is complete! This sentiment (and the prompt from Hero Arts) inspired this story-telling tri-fold card. And, I hadn’t seen any of our designers use the train stamp. I am totally in love with this card and how the story unfolds (pun intended!).

Of course silhouette stamps lend themselves to shaker cards as well…! Snow globe or Christmas ornament this month?

Since I don’t have a specific snow globe die, I decided to go for an ornament this month! Hero Arts Infinity Nesting Circle dies make a perfect ornament! I used the 3.5″ and the 3.25″ dies for this card. I die-cut some Lapis card stock with the 3.5″ die, stamped Santa in Soft Granite ink, the moon with Unicorn White ink, and the spray of stars with Embossing and Watermark ink, and embossed them with WOW! Cloud 9 embossing powder – though you can’t tell from the photo, the stars are VERY sparkly! I used a white gel pen to draw in some stars in the sky.

I taped the two circle dies together as evenly as possible and die-cut the Lapis frame and four more frames from thick white card stock. I glued the four white frames together and then down to the background. I filled the interior with some micro beads (love how those roll around in a shaker card) glued a 3.5″ die-cut acetate circle on top of the frame, and finished it off with the Lapis frame glued on top. I fussy-cut an ornament cap from some holographic card stock and added a double bow to the top of that.

I die-cut a piece of (way old) pattern paper to 4″ x 5.25″ and stamped the sentiment (from the Oct. 2020 kit) with Soft Granite ink, and glued that to a White A2 card base. I contemplated making this a removable ornament, but, since I didn’t actually make a hanging ring, I decided to just glue it to the card base. The simple sentiment adds a lot I think!

I really like the North Pole Sign stamp and die, but thought the pole should be taller for how large the sign was…

That feels a little bit better as far as the perspective of that sign goes! This is all done with partial die-cutting (on Neenah 80# card stock) like the tri-fold card, but with all the layers glued flat. The background is ink blended with Splash Reactive ink and then some Sea Salt Reactive ink coming down from the top. The cling stamp is stamped (sideways) with Unicorn White ink and embossed with White embossing powder.

The house layer is stamped with Soft Sky ink, with a partial die-cut and fussy-cut hillside. The sleigh layer is stamped with Reactive Early Dawn ink with a little of that ink blended on the edges of the hillside. Santa’s layer is stamped and ink blended with Splash Reactive ink. I did cut one more corner of snow for the North Pole sign to live in.

Since I wanted to extend the pole, I stamped the sign using TomBow markers direct to the stamp. I used a couple of browns that gave me a nice mottled wood tone on the sign, and left the sign detail itself to be finished with a stamping of Caramel Core ink. I extended the pole using the same TomBow markers, and partially die-cut the sign (without cutting the bottom) and finished out the length by hand. I admit to taking my craft knife and fussy-cutting the scrollwork detail around the sign… I can be a little anal-retentive that way…!

Everything is glued flat to an A2 card base with some foam tape behind the top half of the sign. I have to admit that when I first saw that deer stamp I thought the ‘footsteps’ were poop… and I realized that the partial die-cutting on this card put the “footprints” on top of the snow… unlike the tri-fold card where all the footprints are below the edge of the hills… these die-cuts tend to look a little more like poop than footprints…! Just be aware of that if you’re doing partial die-cutting on the characters in this set… Makes me laugh!

The large solid pine branches stamp caught my eye and the curve of the branches suggested an oval to me.

This is my Currier and Ives Christmas card! On a piece of Canson Mixed Media card stock, I lightly ink blended Soft Sky ink over the entire panel and did a light spattering of the same ink. I picked an Oval Infinity Nesting die that was 3 3/8″ wide on the narrow side, and cut my card panel to 3 1/2″ wide. I stamped the pine branches using Pine Core ink on the two edges of the panel, and centered those branches in the oval die for die cutting – the branches follow that oval quite nicely! I did ink blend a little Antique Linen Distress Oxide ink around the edges of the oval for a finishing touch.

I thought I’d try a little no-line coloring, so I stamped the house using Contour ink and colored it all using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. I felt the need to have a super fine point on whatever medium I used for coloring in this tiny image! It was easy to color right over the candy canes, (love that!) and I did use my White Gouache watercolor and a small white gel pen to keep some of the snow nice and bright. Far from perfect, but I think it does have a nice hand-painted feel. I stamped the sentiment (from the MMH Nov. ’20 kit) with Root Beer Reactive ink and embossed that with Clear Embossing powder.

I cut another piece of that old pattern paper (snowflakes are so useful!) to 4″ x 5.25″ and glued that to an A2 White card base. I picked the next size larger Infinity Oval die and die cut a piece of Auburn Pearl card stock and three more blanks from white scraps and glued those all together for a little dimension. I glued the colored panel on top and then down to the card front. Those pine branches look much more detailed if you can avoid over-stamping them, and they read really well in this oval format. I did pick this sentiment before I stamped the house to make sure everything fit, and I am very thrilled at the nostalgic feel of this card. Not bad for a silhouette stamp!

I thought the large and small Christmas trees in our stamp set would be perfect partners for a more graphic layout.

I stamped the large tree (masking off the star) using Pine Core ink for the first pass and Lime Green for the second stamping… that gives a subtle variation in the greenery that isn’t particularly noticeable, but actually adds a lot to the tree. Then I masked off the tree and stamped the star with Embossing ink and embossed that with Gold embossing powder. I die-cut the tree and two blanks and glued them all together.

I cut a panel of White card stock to 2.5″ x 5.5″ and stamped the smaller trees in a line across the center. I knew the big tree was going in the center, so I stamped the trees from the right and left to the center – not worrying about the spacing between the center trees necessarily matching up. That’s Forever Green on the edges and Forest, Pine and then Lime Green in the center. The sentiment (from the MMH Oct. ’19 kit) is embossed in the same Gold as the star.

I cut a piece of old pattern paper to 3″ x 5.5″ and glued that to the center of a White card base, and glued the tree panel on top. I glued the big Christmas Tree in the center and adorned all the ornament openings with PinkFresh Studio Gold Metallic pearls. I also have these crystal tree gems in my stash and they fit perfectly between the lined up trees. A couple Gold Holographic peel off stickers outlining the stamped panel adds one last touch of bling to this very sparkly card! Just to note… this sentiment had already been divided in half… that also influenced my choice here!

I guess I should spend some time with the sentiments that are actually in this stamp set! And the cling stamp too!

WOOOOOOOOOSH! And he’s gone! I think this is a very fun visual! I stamped the cling stamp on a panel of the Lapis card stock (with a little Blue Hawaii Reactive ink blended in at the top) using Unicorn White Pigment ink. I tilted the stamp just a little bit to try to get a touch of movement from an otherwise straight up and down snowfall. Perfect! I die-cut the background with a (3.75″ x 5″) Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die and centered a 2.5″ Nesting Circle die towards the top of my background and die-cut the “moon”. I cut a mat (4″ x 5.25″) of Hero Hues Nautical card stock, marked where the “moon” was, die-cut the circle through the mat and glued the two panels together. I spritzed these both with some Sheer Shimmer mist for some all-over sparkle. I marked the “moon” position on the front of a White card base, die-cut the circle and glued the matted panels in place.

I stamped Santa using Intense black ink and die cut him out along with two more blanks and glued them all together for a good, sturdy embellishment. I stamped the sentiment on Lapis card using Unicorn White ink, embossed that with White Embossing powder and die-cut it with the matching die. LOVE the sentiment dies in this kit!! I was afraid the sentiment might get a little lost on the Lapis background so I die-cut a blank sentiment from Nautical card stock and glued it to the back of the sentiment for a touch of a drop shadow. I glued Santa over the moon cut-out and glued the sentiment below.

It wasn’t until I put this together that I thought of adding the ‘star swoosh’ to the inside. It hides behind Sant and his sleigh perfectly. I stamped that on the inside with Embossing ink and used the WOW! Cloud 9 embossing powder for LOTS of sparkle.That’s another stamp you want to avoid over-stamping with! Take care not to lose the details and all those tiny stars read beautifully! WOOOSH! He’s gone!

When we were kids, after we put the Christmas tree up, (and before the presents came out) we would often decorate the bottom of the tree with a little Christmas village. I thought the train stamp and pine branches might replicate that!

I think I’m mostly thrilled with my tree stand here..!! The pine branches are stamped on Hero Hues Pesto card stock with Forever Green ink (darker) and Pine Core ink (lighter). I die-cut both boughs leaving extra room at the top of the darker layer. I used the Woodgrain Texture Fancy die to cut my trunk from some brown card stock and cut that to an inch wide. The tree stand is smallest Rounded Rectangle Infinity die cut from brushed silver and the black legs are cut from a double thick oval frame. I think that looks just like an old tree stand!

The train is masked and stamped in Red Reactive, Pine Core, Blue Reactive, Butter Bar and Tangerine inks. I stamped the village on a piece of Arctic card stock using the Blue Reactive ink, and did a partial die-cut across the top. I stamped the railroad tracks, the people and the sentiment with Blue Reactive ink and embossed the sentiment with clear embossing powder.

I took a thin piece of Grey card stock and embossed that with a striped embossing folder and glued that to the front of a White card base. I was a touch worried about thickness with this card so I pressed the embossed stripes flat – it still reads as a subtle wallpaper. I glued the dark pine branches to the top, then the trunk, then the lighter branches, and assembled the stand on the trunk. I glued the stamped panel flat to the bottom of the card and added the train with foam tape.

I thought a couple of ornaments dangling from the tree would really drive the point home, so I die-cut two circles from some metallic card stock, created a couple ornament caps and glued them into the branches of the tree. This is a really fun way to use that pine branches border stamp, and it could be infinitely variable depending on what you want to put under your tree! I really enjoyed putting this card together!

I was a little bit over the holidays at this point (it IS only October) and had an idea for a non-holiday card…

A colorful Birthday card using that star swoosh stamp! I used the Gina K. Wreath Builder Template to stamp this circular blaze of colorful stars. If you notice there are 16 strips so I did 8 strips to begin with, then repositioned the stamp for the second eight. These are stamped with the same inks as the train in the last card with the addition of Grape Juice ink for the purples. Once all was stamped, I trimmed the panel to 3.75″ x 5″ and misted a light Sheer Shimmer mist over the whole panel. I glued that to a holographic card stock mat and down to a White card base.

I thought of using the Merry Christmas stamp from this kit and looked at a couple of HBD stamps when I came across this small HBD stamp from an old freebie stamp set from Simon Says Stamp. I stamped that on a scrap of white card stock with Intense Black ink and embossed it with some clear embossing powder. I die-cut that with a 1.25″ circle die and die-cut more holographic card stock with a 1.5″ die. I glued those together and down to the card front. For a final touch of Birthday sparkle, I added little sequin stars between the colorful stripes. I LOVE this image… almost feels like fireworks going off…! I imagine you could get more of a curve out of that stamp as well if you so desired! Of course a MISTI (or any stamping platform) is most useful, and Gina K. designs Wreath Builder Templates are a must have in anyone’s stash!

That was a nice break from the impending holidays, but I did want to try and colorize the big village stamp…

Well, it took a little while, but I did manage to get a nice village colored with pencils. On a sheet of Stonehenge card stock, I stamped the village with Contour ink ( a few times) and colored all with my Prismacolor colored pencils. I had to keep the points really sharp, and went very lightly as I added layer after layer of color. Again, this is far from perfect but it is a very colorful rendition of that silhouette stamp. I did some light stump blending in the sky and added some White gel pen and Stardust Sparkle pen stars in the sky. I trimmed the colored panel down to 4″ x 5.25″, added a thin black mat and glued those to a White card base.

I stamped the sentiment on a scrap of White card stock with Blue Hawaii Reactive ink, embossed that with Clear Embossing powder and die-cut it out. I also stamped and embossed the star (Unicorn White ink and White embossing powder) on a scrap of Pitch Black card stock, and die-cut it out as well. I added a couple of die-cut blanks behind the sentiment and glued that and the star to the card front. I think the charm of this card comes from the simple fact of the miniature size of this village… there’s a lot going on in less than 1.5″ of stamping. Not recommended for multiples…!

The tri-fold suggestion from the backer card was still in the back of my mind when I created this dimensional scene.

First, I must mention that I broke down and joined the foiling revolution with the purchase of my own Spelbinders Glimmer machine. (I did manage to grab one on sale at Spellbinders for $90.00!!) Now that Hero Arts is getting into the hot foiling craze, I figured I should jump on the bandwagon too! The background snow is foiled on Pitch Black card stock using the Twinkle Lights hot foil plate and Opaque White foil. I have to play with that machine some more, but so far so good!! I may be hooked! I trimmed the background to 4.25″ x 5.5″ and added a moon die-cut from the Snow Glow paper and the stamped, embossed, and die-cut sentiment with some foam tape.

I stamped the village and people, and house and deer with Unicorn White ink on 5.5″ wide Pitch Black card stock and did more partial die-cutting finished off with fussy-cutting to add some hillsides. I used some micro brushes to add some Unicorn White ink to the edges of the hillsides and below the buildings. I also ink blended a light touch of Sea Salt Reactive ink on the background behind the village.

On the village piece, I scored a fold line at 1/4″ on the left side, and on the house piece I scored a fold line 1/4″ from the right side. I cut little 1/4″ wide tabs on the opposite sides of the folded tabs on both pieces being careful to hide the tab on the village panel behind the house panel. I glued the folded tab of the village piece to the left side of the background, curved it up a little and marked on the background where to cut the slot for the tab. The slot is 5/8″ from the right side of the background. Then I glued the folded tab on the house panel to the right side of the background, curved that up a little more, and marked on the village panel where to cut the slot for that tab. That slot is 3/4″ from the edge of the village panel. I did add an “A” and a “B” to the matching slots and tabs with a white gel pen… Un-slotted, this card will travel flat, and I think the matching “A”s and “B”s are enough of a prompt for assembly. And it stands up all on it’s own! I did add a White card panel on the back (careful not to glue the slot shut…!) which provides a perfect place for your personal message. I think the black/white scheme is very striking, and I totally love the curved dimension when assembled!

And just like that, we’ve covered all ten cards this month! I felt a strong pull towards blue this month (all that snow!), but tried to keep a good amount of color going for those of us unwilling to admit that the holidays are coming!

I really enjoyed using all these different holiday sentiments – not a single repeat here! And I think the Birthday card was a great surprise. I actually used all the stamps this month, and most of the dies, inks and papers… I couldn’t find a use for that Diamond Glitter paper (I tried die-cutting a moon from that but it looked like fish scales) I’m sure I’ll find some use for it someday! There really is no end to the scene-making possibilities with a kit like this. I hope you enjoyed my sometimes wacky take on this classic kit. I think I’m ready to start working on my own Christmas cards for this year!

This kit is still available at Hero Arts! If you see something you like, or if I’ve possibly inspired you to create some North Pole vibes of your own, you should grab a kit for yourself before they sell out. If you do go shopping at Hero Arts, please use my links below. It is greatly appreciated and helps support this page. Thank YOU!

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Thank you so much for sharing some time with me today. Let me know witch card(s) is your favorite! Remember to Like me, List me, Pin me, Post me, Friend me, Follow me, and share me with all your card-making friends! Don’t run with scissors… and as always, I send you and yours Love and Light and Happy Crafting!!

I’m on the CommUNITY blog post at Hero Arts today!!

Hello Folks!!! I’m featured on the Hero Arts Blog today for their monthly series CommUNITY – about embracing and honoring the creativity of individuals who are often underrepresented, and supporting and empowering individuals to be their authentic selves as they create and share. Look for a new CommUNITY guest artist on the Hero Arts Blog every month!

I’m using the Power to the People stamp set for my first card, and I noticed that the sign with all the hands didn’t have any hands on one side. AHA! I masked off the the top line of the sign and stamped with Intense Black Ink. I reversed the stamp, lined it up with the first stamping, masked off the top line of the sign again, and stamped with Intense Black Ink. That gave me a great big sign with twice as many participants! Since we are getting close to the midterm elections, I thought this was a timely sentiment, and stamped that in the middle.

I water-colored all the hands using the Skin-Tone Liquid Watercolor set – those three watercolors (TerracottaCocoaCoffee) gave me a huge variety of skin tones – and since all the arms are different colors, you can hardly tell that the stamp has been doubled! I finished watercoloring this card with Dandelion Liquid Watercolor, and a watered down gray on the sign.

One of the most interesting things about the Power to the People stamp set is the plethora of sentiments – 17 in all – that cover a wide range from personal to political. I chose five of the sentiments to stamp on the left and right side of my card using Contour Ink. That provides a great background for this card and even though the sentiments are only partially complete, you can still make them out by reading right to left! 

The Color Layering Flower Power stamp set is perfect for sharing some love with the important people in your life. I stamped the hair outline with Butter Bar Ink, the filler layer with Lemon Drop, the detail layer with Creamsicle, and the accent flowers with Azalea Core Ink. I stamped the face with Sand Ink, the details with Cup O’ Joe, the shading with Sand again (with a light touch of Azalea on her lips) and her eyes with Paradise. I thought this stamp set was going to be a bear to line up, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that the layers lined up quite easily (just keep an eye on the centers of the flowers)! 

I used the Flower Circle Stencil for the background using Butter BarLemon Drop and Key Lime Fizz inks, and the sentiment is stamped with Cup O’ Joe (FUNNY GIRL is currently running on Broadway, and I couldn’t resist the Hello Gorgeous!). I die-cut the background with a Nesting Rectangle die and added a thin mat of Canary cardstock to the back. I die-cut my Flower Girl with a Circle Infinity die and and cut four more blanks to give that circle some dimension without having to use foam tape. 

BUT, before I glued all those pieces together, I got a wild idea to add a little touch of dimension to our Girl, so I stamped just her face one more time. Then I fussy-cut her face from the top of one ear to the top of the other and finished the cut about a half-inch above her hairline. Then I fussy-cut her hairline (from ear to ear) on the original stamping, and tucked her forehead under her bangs and glued both pieces together. Her bangs are now on top of her face, but from the ears down, her face is on top of her hair. Subtle but actually quite effective! I glued all the circle die cuts together and down to the background. Let your imagination go wild coming up with different color combinations for the “hair” – and it wasn’t until I stamped and fussy-cut her face alone when I realized you could give her ANY hairstyle you like! That’s an excellent face to have in your stash!

I’m thrilled to have been asked to share some of these great CommUNITY products with everyone here today! I hope I’ve inspired you to take another look at these unique stamp sets – and ALL the products in the Hero Arts CommUNITY line-up! Happy Crafting!

10 Cards 1 Kit • My Monthly Hero • September 2022

Hello Folks! Scott here with the new My Monthly Hero September 2022 kit! Just in time for fall and a bounteous harvest season, this kit features a large autumnal bouquet and something totally new to the MMH kits… Rub-Ons!

Kit Includes • Clear Stamp Set, 4” x 6”
• 6 Coordinating Frame Cuts
• Rub-On Transfer Sheet
• Cling Background Stamp, 6“ x 6”
• 2 Sheets Each of Cardstock in Sand & Antique Ivory, 5.5” x 8.5”
• Rose Gold Metallic Floss, 5 yds

I was a little intimidated by the bouquet stamp – it is intricately detailed which makes some of the flowers and foliage quite small… and just to intimidate me more… the rub-on bouquet (which is exactly the same as the stamp – even the die works for both) is amazing and brilliantly colored! My snub-nosed Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers would make a mess on such a finely detailed image… so there’s another huge advantage to fancy Copic markers…!

Usually, Gold embossing on White card stock works quite well for an elegant card that requires no coloring…

On a piece of the Watercolor paper from last month’s kit, I stamped and embossed the bouquet, sentiment and leaves using Embossing and Watermark ink and HA Gold Embossing powder. That worked okay, but there is SO MUCH detail in this stamp that you really couldn’t tell what was going on towards the center of the bouquet. The detail needed a little detailing…!

Thinking I’d stick with the gold theme, I reached for the Hero Arts Gold Glimmer Metallic ink and painted in all the details… the Glimmer ink mixes well with water, and I was able to get some subtle shading here and there. That worked quite nicely and gave us enough definition to make out the flowers, stems and leaves in the center of this bouquet. I die cut the panel with a HA Rectangle Infinity die (next to the largest) and glued it to a gold metallic mat cut to 4.25″ x 5.5″, and then glued those both to a White card base. This would probably look amazing on Black card stock as well!

I decided to try my hand at water-coloring our bouquet for this next card.

I stamped the bouquet on more of the Watercolor card stock from last month’s kit using HA Intense Black ink. I broke out my giant Daniel Smith Dot card (thanks Pat!) and went to town…!

I did use the rub-on for a slight color reference as I painted this bouquet, and while I did try to keep an autumnal feeling, I also tried to lighten everything up a little bit while keeping some darkness and depth towards the center of the arrangement.

Once painted, I partially die-cut the bouquet with the included die, leaving the base attached to the watercolor paper where I stamped the sentiment using Intense Black ink. For a little definition, I added a thin strip of Bone card stock and a line of the Rose Gold Metallic Floss to the edge of the watercolor base.

I stamped the Background Cling stamp on a 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of the Antique Ivory card stock in the kit using HA Sand ink. I die-cut four more bouquets from plain White card stock and glued them all together behind the painted panel to add some dimension (without fussing with a million pieces of foam tape) and glued all to the stamped background. Okay, yes, this did take me quite a while to paint, but I really enjoyed the process and am quite pleased with the final result! The Cling stamp is gorgeous and stamps like a dream, and, while I doubt that I’ll be painting a lot of these bouquets, it is satisfying to know that I can if I chose to! Take THAT you rub-ons!!

(Blick art supplies was having a sale on DS Watercolors, and I did enjoy painting this, so I splurged and got me a real Daniel Smith Watercolor Palette – hand poured half-pans in 24 colors…! Can’t wait to swatch them out!)

While I was laboring over the watercolor bouquet, I was thinking that there had to be an easier way to color this image, when it occurred to me that we could color and stamp this bouquet using TomBow markers!

On a piece of Canson XL watercolor paper, I stamped the bouquet using my TomBow markers – coloring individual sections and lightly misting before stamping. It was a little challenging to differentiate all the plants on the clear stamp but I used the cover sheet to help. Of course my MISTI was indispensable..! Once the whole stamp was complete, it was a breeze taking a damp brush to the foliage and spreading the TomBow colors around! This gives us a much softer, almost pastel bouquet while still keeping us in the realm of autumn! Once I was pleased with the insta-watercoloring, I did stamp the bouquet again (HA Caramel ink) to bring back some of the detail lost with the water.

I die-cut the floral display and trimmed off the left side so the sentiment would fit on the right. I die-cut two more bouquets of white card stock, glued those behind, and then glued the base to a 1/2″ strip of the Sand card stock from the kit with a touch of Auburn Pearl card stock peeking out the top. I stamped the sentiment on a White card base, using HA Sand ink, and splattered some watered-down (matching) TomBow colors all over the background. Glue everything together and here’s another variation of that bouquet stamp – much quicker (and almost as impressive) than the DS watercolor version… I need to remember that TomBow Markers can work as “ink” for stamps… This was fun!

I must give some love to the Cling Background stamp in the kit… a truly lovely stamp that should prove very useful!

I cut a piece of the Sand card stock to 4″ x 5.25″, and embossed the background stamp using Embossing and Watermark ink and HA Gold Embossing powder. Absolutely beautiful! We all know that Hero Arts’ Cling stamps are exceptionally high quality and this stamp lives up to the hype! I glued the background to a White A2 card base and just admired it for a while!!

I stamped the sentiment on more of the Sand card stock using my MISTI… I stamped the Intense Black shadow first – I just scooted the card stock a fraction to the right and a fraction up for the shadow, then I put the card stock back in the corner of the MISTI and stamped and embossed the second layer in Gold. Shadow stamping works so well with an embossed sentiment! I trimmed the sentiment down to 1″ x 2.25″, added a thin White mat behind, and attached it to my card front at a slightly jaunty angle using foam tape. I’m lovin’ that Cling Background stamp!

And just to keep my love for the cling stamp going, I decided to do do a Joseph’s Coat technique.

I ink blended Fruit Punch, Lemon Drop and Blue Hawaii Reactive inks on a 4.25″ x 5.5″ White card stock panel… Love how you get a definite orange and green blend from just these three inks! After that panel dried, I stamped the cling stamp with Embossing and Watermark ink, and embossed it with Clear embossing powder. Then I ink blended Intense Black ink over the whole panel wiping off the excess ink from the top of the embossing. I used three different black inks – Intense Black from HA, VersaFine Onyx Black ink, and Gina K. Jet Black Amalgam ink to try to get the background as black as possible, but something about the reactive inks prevented me from getting a real black black. Interesting! I die-cut that panel (3.5″ x 4.75″) with a HA Rectangle Infinity die, and added a thin Pitch Black mat behind.

Since we have this nice rainbow background, I decided to echo that with the sentiment. This is the Lawn Fawn Scripty Thanks die. I die cut 2 pieces of Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange and Red card stock and glued those all together to make a chunky sentiment. I waffled about what to put on top of the rainbow stackers… Black glitter card stock…? Red Glitter card stock…? I finally settled on this metallic Red card stock.

On a Pitch Black A2 card base, I added a 4″ x 5.25″ mat of the metallic Red card stock and glued the rainbow panel to the top. Nothing autumnal about this card, but you know this rainbow makes me happy, and the “thanks” is perfectly on theme for this kit. I do love that background stamp!

You might think that I’m avoiding the rub-ons… but I was simply exploring the other aspects of this kit to start with!

You have to admit, that large rub-on bouquet is pretty stunning! First I die-cut a mask for the bouquet from Gina K Masking Magic and laid that on an A2 Panel of the Antique Ivory card stock where I wanted the rub-on to go. I ink blended Sand ink around the edges for a touch of distress, and then stamped the background stamp on the masked panel with the same ink – I wasn’t trying for a perfect stamping… and the mask helps soften the line around the arrangement.

I cut the rub-on bouquet away from the sheet and went to add it to my inked panel… be careful… the sticky on the back of the rub-ons will grab onto your card stock and not let go… I was ultimately a little off on my placement for that exact reason..! I did find that a metal ball stylus worked better for applying the rub-ons than the popsicle stick included in the kit. I was also able to do a little more ink blending around the image to try to camouflage the misplacement…! Ink doesn’t stick to the top of the rub-ons so that helped a lot! It also helped that I die-cut the panel down to 4″ x 5.25″, and then added a thin Dark Brown mat and mounted all to a Sand card base.

The sentiment is from the MMH September 2020 (HeroScapes Pumpkin Patch) kit. I stamped that on a scrap of Bone card stock with Root Beer Reactive ink and embossed that with Clear embossing powder. I die-cut (and fussy cut) the sentiment and added it to the card front with foam tape. Really striking card! I like the antique, distress feeling, and yes… that rub-on is in a class all by itself!

Our rub-on sheet has TWO of the bouquets, two pomegranates, a pear and LOTS of assorted foliage… including leaves… and I couldn’t resist trying the offset shadow stamping with the cling background stamp!

On a panel of the Sand card stock I stamped the cling stamp in HA Unicorn White ink, shifted the card stock a little down and to the right, and then stamped again with Caramel ink. That gives us three colors of ink and a truly 3-D look to this background! Almost looks like an embossing folder! I trimmed the background to 4″ x 5.25″ and cut a diagonal across the middle. I added a mat behind the two pieces of Auburn Pearl card stock only showing the mat on the diagonal line. I glued both panels to an Antique Ivory card base.

I cut out a bunch of rub-on leaves and added them to the center opening leaving some room for the sentiment. I originally stamped the sentiment in the opening using Caramel ink, but didn’t like how that looked, so I stamped the sentiment again on a scrap of Bone card stock with Root Beer Reactive ink, clear embossed it, trimmed it down and mounted it to the card front with foam tape. A few tiny Bronze gems adds a little touch of sparkle amongst the leaves. This is not my favorite sentiment in the kit, but I think it works well with this faux 3-D background and the light tumble of autumn leaves. I am certainly looking forward to Fall this year!!

And what to do with all those flowers and individual rub-ons? There’s quite a batch of individual foliage rub-ons…

A wreath is a perfectly seasonal image! I did cut out all the (remaining) individual rub-on pieces and fiddled around with them for a pleasant arrangement. I rubbed them all onto a piece of Antique Ivory card stock to complete this wreath. There are a few things I learned here… 1) The rub-ons ARE translucent so you CAN see through them… notice the poppy (and the carnation) at the 8:30/9:00 position and you can see the stem behind the blooms. 2) You can cut apart the individual rub-ons… the leaves on the poppy seed head at 12:00 are from much further down the stem. 3) Once applied, you can remove portions of the rub-ons with an eraser – a Xyron Adhesive eraser works especially well.

I started on the bottom going counter-clockwise, and the placement and layering gets better as I moved around the wreath. Im especially pleased with the dried Lotus pod (1:00) with a stem that looks like it goes behind the yellow carnation and behind the poppy! The leaves at the base of the pomegranate started as a cluster of 3 leaves but the missing third leaf is on the wreath at 10:00. Creating this wreath gave me a great deal of pleasure!

I stamped the sentiment (my favorite this month) below the wreath with Intense Black ink and embossed it with some Clear embossing powder. I die-cut that panel to 3.75″ x 5″, added a thin red mat and a thin mustard mat and glued all down to an Antique Ivory card base. I really like this card and it was massive fun using up all the rub-ons!

Yes… there are a few more rub-ons… and I’ve covered all the sentiments in the stamp set, so now it’s time for some puns!

Trust me… there are not a lot of pomegranate puns floating around out there! But this one does make me smile! This is on a modified A1 card base (3.5″ x 5″) on which I printed this sentiment using my Silhouette Software and the Raustila font. I rubbed the pomegranate onto a scrap of White card stock and die-cut it out with the included die. I used two Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle dies to make the dark red frame (3.25″ x 4.5″) – since the LFSRDies are sized to A2 cards I ultimately trimmed down my card base to 4.75″ tall. I added the die cut pomegranate with foam tape and we have a juicy congratulations card for any pomegranate lover…! That takes care of the second pomegranate rub-on….!

I simply could not help myself with this last card… I tell you, I could send this card to a lot of people I know!!!

This card gives me the giggles!! I hope I don’t offend anyone, but this tickles me to no end! Again we’re on a 3.5″ x 5″ plain White card base. I printed the sentiment on a scrap of White card stock using the Rockwell font, ink blended a little Sand ink under where I thought the pear rub-on would go – added the pear along with the cute little leaf, and then die-cut the image with a HA Square Infinity die (1.75″). I added a dark brown mat and mounted both to the card front with foam tape. This might seem a little brash, but it really is an encouragement card… STRONGLY encouraging!

And before you know it, that’s my 10 cards created with the My Monthly Hero September 2022 Kit! I truly enjoyed myself with this kit – MUCH more than I thought I would – the wide variety of contents kept feeding my imagination…

However… I didn’t actually use all the stamps in the stamp set this month (oops!) – I missed the pomegranate, pear, and poppy stamps… but why bother with stamping and coloring when you have such beautiful rub-on renditions? I did use all of the sentiment stamps, most of the card stock and even a little piece of the metallic floss! I am also pleased to say that I only have the one bouquet and the pampas grass rub-ons left – THAT was my big accomplishment this month!!

This is a nicely varied set of cards – most do have have a bountiful autumnal feel to them – and a couple puns never hurt!! I love that cling stamp, the rub-ons were fun to play with, and even that detailed bouquet provided me with a few hours of pleasure! Let me know which card(s) are your favorite!

This kit is still available at Hero Arts (guess I wasn’t the only one intimidated by that stamp!) If I’ve managed to capture your imagination or sparked an idea or two of your own, or even if you just want to play with some new rub-ons, I suggest grabbing a kit for yourself before they are all gone. When you do go shopping at Hero Arts, please use my links… it is always supremely appreciated and it truly helps support this page! Thank YOU!!

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Thank you so very much for sharing some time with me today… I am always encouraged, humbled and thankful for your attention! I had great fun this month and I hope you did too! Remember to Like me, List me, Pin me, Post me, Friend me, Follow me, Share me with all your crafting friends… remember… Don’t run with scissors! I wish you all a beautiful and bounteous autumn, and I’m sending you and yours Love and Light and Happy Crafting!

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10 Cards 1 Kit • My Monthly Hero • August 2022

Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 cards created using the My Monthly Hero August 2022 Kit! “Adventure lies ahead” with this desert southwest themed kit that creates beautiful vistas and detailed landscapes with the kit’s layering stencils. A plethora of possibilities await.

Kit Includes • 3″ x 4″ Clear Stamp Set
• 4 Color Layering Stencils (5.25″ x 6.5″)
• 6 Coordinating Frame Cuts
• 4 Ink Cubes (Caramel, Sand, Tangerine, Pine)
• 5 Sheets Luxe White Watercolor Paper (5.5″ x 8.5″)
• Bronze PearlEx (0.11 oz.)

Once again… we have what feels like a pretty limited kit…! Thankfully there are frame cuts for the five cacti, so that does extend the usefulness of the layering stencil… but the stamp set is only sentiments… a great deal of sentiments…

I figured I’d start by putting these stencils and inks to the test. On a piece of the Watercolor Paper from the kit, I stenciled layer “a” with the Sand ink cube, layer “b” with the Caramel ink cube, layer “c” with the Pine (cacti) and Tangerine (sun) ink cubes, and layer “d” with the Caramel ink. Really nice Southwestern scene… the stencils line up easily and the vista is actually quite eye-catching.

Of course, the layering stencils leave the sky and the base of the two cactus swatches blank – in this case, white. I reached for my Pebbles Chalk palette to add some color to these un-inked areas – a little light green for the bottom cacti, light blue for the second row (water? oasis?) and light yellow for the sky. These chalks are nicely suited for providing a little background color behind stenciled (or stamped) images.

I stamped the sentiment using Hero Hues Root Beer Reactive ink and embossed that with some clear embossing powder. I die-cut the panel with the next-to-the-largest HA Rectangle Infinity die and glued that down to a White card base. Basically, a one-layer card! I think the wash of blue provides a good justification for this sentiment. Now, saguaro cactus (the ones with “arms”) only grow in the Sonoran desert, which is in southern Arizona, but this scene reminds me more of Monument Valley (Utah) than of Arizona.

Did I mention that I lived in Phoenix, Arizona for seven years after college (before I moved to NYC)?

In an effort to avoid patches of white sky and landscape, I thought we might get away with stenciling this scene on some very light blue card stock – in this instance I used Hero Hues Arctic card stock.

I used the same (included ) inks for this card, in the same order, and I like how the blue card stock darkens all the inks making for a little bit more of a dramatic presentation. Sentiment stamped and embossed the same as the first card, the panel is die-cut to size and glued to a White card base. That’s an easy way to avoid the white spaces..! I bet Kraft card stock would be an interesting background color..!

Of course this kit includes a die that cuts the sky away from the buttes, and you can stencil the sun and clouds on a different background, but I was interested in something a little more radical.. and ultimately very simple!

I used Embossing and Watermark ink through stencil layer “a” on some HA Pitch Black card stock, and covered all of that sticky ink with the Bronze PealEx powder. Remember, there is no binder in this powder so you do need to seal it with some hair spray or fixative to make it permanent. I die-cut the buttes before I sealed the powder, so I lost a little bronze-ing to my die-cutting plates (it washes off easily!) but I kind of like the texture that was left! (THEN I sealed it!)

I die-cut a background panel (4″ x 5.25″) and covered the top of that with some Altenew Galaxy Wide washi tape and glued that to a White card base. I trimmed the sides of the die-cut buttes (the die cuts it at 4 1/8″) to 4″ and attached it to the card front with thin foam tape around the edges of the buttes and liquid glue on the bottom. I embossed the sentiment on a scrap of Pitch Black card stock using Copper Rose (Love From Lizi) embossing powder and die-cut that with a Lawn Fawn Everyday Sentiment Banners die and attached that to the card front with more foam tape. Very striking and Very easy! I love the cactus silhouettes!

When we get a stencil (or die, or stamp) in a particular orientation (here, portrait) I always try to see if I can use it in the other (landscape) orientation. Some creative mask cutting was involved…!

I reached for my TH Distress Oxide inks for this card – Antique Linen (a); Frayed Burlap (b); Peeled Paint (c); and back to the Frayed Burlap for “d”. The stencil ends on the right under the “in” of the sentiment, so I laid a piece of masking on the right side of the card base, sketched in more buttes and washes (following the contours of the layering stencils) cut out the mask where I wanted to ink and continued our vista to the right. Then I placed another piece of masking over the newly inked portions, and sketched and cut the contours – again, imitating the contours of the stencil, and inked those details as well. When I removed the mask, we suddenly have a landscape view! But the seam where the plastic stencil meets the masking stencil is very apparent.

I can hide that seam with more cacti! I stenciled the two right cacti so the saguaro cactus covers the seam… had to lay on the ink pretty heavily, but I think it’s a terrific job of camouflage! I stenciled the sun with the Tangerine ink, added a larger circle mask over the top of that, and ink blended Splash Reactive ink on the top for some friendly blue skies. I removed the mask and lightly blended the Tangerine out for a bit of a corona! Pebbles Chalk palette returns to add some color to the leftover white washes (yellow and a brown), and I stamped and embossed the sentiment(s) with Root Beer Reactive ink and clear embossing powder. I added the birds (from the MMH April 2019 Venice kit) to camouflage a little heavy inking (Root Beer Reactive ink) – that actually adds a nice touch of LIFE to this landscape!

I really like that this orientation gets rid of most of the lowest (unadorned) portion of the stencil, and this landscape view certainly feels a lot more expansive…! Now THERE’s a vista!

Since we got LUXE watercolor paper in our kit I thought it was only appropriate that I try to make a watercolor card!

Since I’m not relying on the stencils, I can do just about anything! I die-cut a piece of the watercolor paper with the buttes die and realized that the top and bottom could work together for a multi-layer vista! And I didn’t have to include any cacti! I painted both of the die-cut layers with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers – shooting for a loose watercolor-y feel – that Luxe White Watercolor paper holds up well to a good deal of water! I cut a background panel to 4″ x 5.25″ and ink blended the sky with HA Creamsicle, Fruit Punch and Purple Galaxy Reactive inks and glued that down to a White card base.

I dug out the Adirondack chair stamp from the MMH June 2018 kit and stamped two of them with the Root Beer Reactive ink and added a touch of shadow under them with my markers. The sentiment is stamped and embossed exactly the same (Root Beer and Clear embossing powder). I attached both layers to the card front with thin foam tape along the edges and liquid glue along the bottoms. This is so completely different from the stenciling… and I like it a great deal… I think this actually feels like a watercolor painting and it certainly drives home the sentiment! This is a great way to expand on the design possibilities of this kit!

No cacti on that last card got me to thinking… what if I just outlined the stencils to make a “color by numbers” type image? Would I be able to excise the cacti by just not outlining that part of the stencils?

Sure…! Yet another way to use these stencils. I outlined the stencils using an .05 Pigma Micron pen and avoided all the (essentially) vertical lines of the cacti, connecting the contour lines where the cactus one stood. I like the look… it does look like a page from a coloring book! I grabbed my TomBow markers to color this image, but I have to admit that the bottom half of our vista got a little boring with no plant life…! So I decided to get rid of the lower half by limiting our view through a window!

I don’t have a specific window die, so I created this window opening using three HA Square Infinity dies. The window is 3.75″ square and the panes are 1.5″ square. I trimmed the colored background to fit behind the window and glued those to a White card base. I stamped the sentiment(s) using Intense Black ink and embossed them with clear embossing powder. At first glance you hardly notice the outlines, but I do think they give this card a fun coloring book or paint-by-numbers quality! And no cacti!

Having the fancy die for the buttes lends itself to a classic easel card! On Pitch Black card stock, I used Distress Oxide inks again in Antique Linen (layer a); HA Unicorn White (layer b); Bundled Sage (layer c) and Walnut Stain (layer d). I thought those colors worked great for a desaturated night time feel. I die-cut the buttes and trimmed a top folding card base to 4 1/8″ wide – matching the width of the die-cut. I stamped the sentiment using Unicorn White ink and embossed that with White detail embossing powder.

I added some Altenew Watercolor Nebula Wide Washi tape to the top two-thirds of the card base, and scored and folded the bottom of the front at 2 3/8″ to make the easel. I glued the buttes to the bottom of the card front. I stamped the inside sentiment using Intense Black ink and embossed that with clear embossing powder, trimmed it to size, added a second layer of card stock behind the sentiment, and glued that to the inside of the card in position to hold the easel up. I do my best to use all the stamps in a kit and this card brings my stamp total to 10 out of 13…! I think that’s pretty darn good!

All right… enough with the sentiments provided for us in this kit… I think it’s time for some PUNS!

This card makes me giggle! I stenciled a set of cacti using the Pine and Caramel inks included in the kit, and die cut them all with the included frame cuts. I also added a little sparkle with a gold gel pen tracing the contours. I started looking or an appropriate flower pot stamp in my stash when I realized that the planter shouldn’t have a black outline because the cacti don’t have a black outline. I ‘drew” this pot using my Zig markers and fussy-cut it out leaving a (matching the die cuts) white border. I arranged the three cacti in the pot and glued them all together.

I printed the sentiment on the card base using my Silhouette Software and the Brady Bunch Remastered font. I thought we needed a little more of a background to help reinforce the ‘valentine’ aspect, so I lightly stenciled a heart on the card front using Tattered Rose Distress Oxide ink. I don’t own a heart stencil, so I made my own using a HA Nesting Heart Infinity die and a scrap of white card stock. That adds some nice color to the background, and supports the theme as well! For a final touch, I die-cut a tiny bloom from Red card stock using the Dress My Craft Mini Daisy die set #2 and added that to the Hedgehog cactus (I think that’s right… though it could be a prickly pear…). A tiny drop of HA Pink lacquer pen for the center of the flower finishes this card with a nice touch of detail. These just might be the first set of cacti images (stamp or stencil) in my stash! Excellent!

There are lots of cactus puns out there… I was trying to come up with something you might not have heard before…

What a fun encouragement card! I stenciled the saguaro on the front of a White card base with the Pine and Caramel inks from the kit. Cacti 2 and 4 are reversed just by flipping the stencil over and bending through the back. I did have to make sure I cleaned the stencil every time I flipped it over, but I got a pretty clean image! I printed the sentiment with the Brady Bunch Remastered font, and created a little blue ribbon with two of the mini daisy die cuts, one circle punch and a couple of fussy cut tails. I’m not sure exactly what that center saguaro did to get that ribbon, but it must be something pretty special! Cactus makes perfect!

I do still have a die-cut saguaro cactus… and saguaros do have “arms”… I can’t resist this one!

This makes me laugh out loud! And it works on so many levels…! This is done exactly the same as the “prickle” card with the exception that the (terrific!) pun sentiment is printed using the Impress BT font. The protest sign is printed with the Abadi MT Condensed Ex Bold font (that”s a mouthful!). I colored the sign with my Zig markers and fussy-cut it out. I did extend the die-cuts on the cactus all the way down the arms just to even everything up. I die-cut the main panel with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die (2.75″ x 4″) and added a thin green mat behind that and glued them together down to a White card base.

I did throw in another little pun on the inside of the card… perfectly appropriate for this militant expression of solidarity! I glued the sign in the saguaro’s left “arm” and attached both to the card front with foam tape. I do love this pun (both of them) (all three of them!) and for some reason, this feels fairly topical to me these days…!

And before you know it, we’ve covered all my cards made with the My Monthly Hero August 2022 Kit. Lots of deserts this month, but I think we’ve got a nice variety of looks here! And I am happy to have some real cacti in my stash now!

I did manage to use almost all of the sentiments in the stamp set. I really like the Luxe Watercolor paper, and the new core ink cubes, and I even used that PearlEx powder almost all by itself! I’m thrilled I was able to use the stencils in a landscape mode, and I really like doubling up the buttes on the watercolor card. Much fun to be had this month!

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10 Cards 1 Kit • My Monthly Hero • July 2022

Hello folks! Scott here with my next batch of cards featuring the My Monthly Hero July 2022 kit! We are treated to a Flamboyance of Flamingos this month with a beautiful HeroScape layering stamp set and coordinating inks in the new Core Ink line as well as dies and new embellishments. (a group of flamingos can be referred to as a “flamboyance”!)

KIT INCLUDES:

• 6″ x 8″ Clear Stamp Set 
• 7 Coordinating Frame Cuts
• 5 Ink Cubes (Cotton Candy, Peony, Azalea, Arctic, Paradise)
• Self-Adhesive Pink & Teal Gems
• Teal Hero Pearls (0.6 oz)

Whenever we get a kit that features only one main image, I get a little antsy about coming up with 10 different cards. Initially, I had some concerns, but figured I’d start by seeing how easily these stamps layer up!

I am so happy to report that these stamps line up very easily! I stamped the solid layer stamp on a Neena Solar White 80# card stock panel with Peony ink… these Core Inks smooth out beautifully as they dry… then the feather layer with the Cotton Candy ink and the leg layer with the Azalea ink, and finally the beaks and eyes with Intense Black ink. Absolutely Beautiful! I admit I was surprised at how great these flamingos come out! I stamped the solid water stripe with the Arctic Core ink, and the detail water strip with Paradise Core ink and added the two plant stamps in Paradise as well. I finished out by stamping the clouds in the sky using HA Contour ink.

Hmmmm… So… do I reach for the dies and cut these fellows out, or try to add a background behind them? Since I already stamped the water over their legs, it seemed logical to create a background for the whole panel. I ink blended HA Soft Sky ink around the top and sides of the card avoiding the flamingos, and ink blended Arctic Core ink around the bottom. I reached for my Pebbles Chalk set and lightly blended a couple of yellow chalks behind the flamingos. These chalks are light enough that they don’t really affect the stamping, so it’s quite a bit easier to fill-in some background colors.

I stamped the sentiment using Intense Black ink and embossed it with Clear embossing powder before trimming the panel down to 4 3/16″ x 5 7/16″. I glued the panel to a 4.25″ x 5.5″ White card base so we have a thin frame around the scene. I did look to see if flamingos had pink legs, and they do…! I really love this Flamboyance of Flamingos!

Okay… let’s work on the sentiments in this stamp set. I always try to use every stamp in a kit, and am often inspired by the sentiments… there’s really only 4 sentiments in this set so I thought that was a good place to start… and we do have one pun…so I thought I’d go for the pun first!

I do have one caveat! If you want to use the frame cut die to cut-out this flock, then you do have to be a little careful when you line up these stamps… the design of this layering stamp is very forgiving for stamping, but is completely unforgiving if you want to die-cut these fellows out…! I did readjust my initial layering to account for the die, and I think these guys are a little more accurate. I added little party hats to all the flamingos by just coloring little triangles with markers and cutting them out to glue them atop their heads. I wish I could have given them all martini glasses!

The background is blended Arctic and Paradise Core inks through a Stampendous Flourishes stencil cut to 3.74″ x 5″ and glued to a 4″ x 5.25″ black Glitter mat and then down to a White card base. I stamped the sentiment again with Intense black ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder. I die-cut three more blank flocks and glued them together with he stamped flock on top, and then down to the card base. I added small gems to the hats and some of the HA Pearls on the background.

The little hats add a nice touch of whimsy to this pun-y birthday card, and I like how the flock sticks out a little bit on both sides. If you know anyone with yard flamingos, then I think this “Bird day”card would be perfect for them.!

I noticed a couple of the HA designers and blog posters were adding reflections of the flamingos on their cards… easily done by stamping the legs on acetate and then flipping that over and pressing it to your paper… since it’s a reflection, you don’t have to worry about it being stamped perfectly… a great idea for any sort of reflection stamping!

Once I had figured out the perfect alignment of these stamps, I went ahead and stamped a few panels with the pink flamingos to have on hand… I did a couple with lighter pink legs, and I even started embossing the beaks and eyes with clear embossing powder. That adds a nice touch! I kept marveling at how wonderful this flock looked all by itself on a white panel, when I thought it might be interesting to add some reflections… no water, nothing in particular that is reflective… I stamped the legs on a sheet of acetate with the Cotton Candy ink (could have used the Peony ink) and flipped that over, lined it up and pressed the ink onto the panel. The illusion is complete!

Personally, I don’t call anyone “darling”, so I performed some stamp surgery to remove the “stand tall” from the “darling” and stamped and embossed the simpler sentiment on the card front. I trimmed that panel to 4″ x 5.25″, glued it to a thin black mat and down to a White card base. This is really fetching…! You know how much I like my white space! I do think that this fairly simple card is quite stunning… really focuses down on the intricacies of the stamp! Definitely one of my favorites!

One more sentiment to go… would it be possible to pull a single flamingo away from his flock…?

The flamingos on the far right and left of the flock appear to be in front of the other birds, so I fussy cut the far right bird away from the flock – I thought his bent leg added little more authenticity. The legs are pretty thin but not impossible to cut around. I stamped the sentiment on a scrap of white card stock using the Azalea ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder and then ink blended some Key Lime Fizz Reactive ink over the white card stock before fussy-cutting it out.

The background is a piece of plain Green card stock embossed with the new Spellbinders Leafy 3D embossing folder and some Lucky Clover Distress Oxide ink applied to the flat side of the embossing folder. Pink and Green are always perfect partners! I trimmed the background to 4″ x 5.25″, glued that to a thin pink mat and down to a green card base. I glued the flamingo leg to the sentiment and added them to the card from with foam tape. The green background makes this pink flamingo pop right off the card! This one tickles ME!

That covers the four sentiments in our stamp set… and most of the stamps… there are still two dragonfly stamps… a small school of fish and the small (and smaller group) of shrimp to use… hmmmmm…. are they too small to be featured?

This card is completely inspired by the “you’re one in a krillion” pun! After all… krill are basically just small shrimp…and they generally hang out in huge numbers…! Kind of putting a magnifying glass on a single critter here…! I stamped the little group of ‘krill’ all over a white card base using Peony and Contour inks, and die cut a shrimp hole in the center and stamped the big shrimp on the inside of the card to match the die-cut hole. I did add detail to the larger shrimp with a .05 Pigma Micron pen.

I printed the sentiment on the inside of the card base using my Silhouette Software and the Black Jack font. The big shrimp was still getting a little lost among all the little ones, so I added a glossy black circle die-cut over the shrimp die-cut on the front of the card. That really highlights the single shrimp when viewed from the front. A little Clear Stardust Glitter Gelly Roll pen adds a little sparkle to the hundreds of ‘krill’ on the front. It IS possible to make a card JUST using the shrimp stamps… I couldn’t resist using this perfectly appropriate pun for this fun encouragement card!

Then I started thinking about other colors besides pink, that we could stamp these flamingos in… hmmm…

Blue flamingos anyone..!? These guys are stamped with HA Reactive Early Dawn, Summer Sky, and Blue Reactive inks – and of course Intense Black ink for the beaks and eyes. Those three blues worked really well together! I added the two water stamps at their feet in Arctic and Paradise inks and then partially die-cut the flamingos so I could keep the water attached.

I printed this sentiment on the front of an Ivory card base using Silhouette Software and the Dream State font. I die-cut a yellow circle using a HA Circle Infinity die, glued that to the card front and glued the flamingos and water on top. A few of our Hero Arts Pearls highlight the sentiment, and, considering how much heat we’ve already had this year, “stay cool’ is a perfectly appropriate greeting for the dog days of summer! I really like these blue flamingos!

I have a number of Palette Ink pads from MMK kits from over the years… Could we use one of those for the flamingos?

I used the Rainbow Reactive Palette ink pad from the March 2021 kit for flamingo stamp layers two and three. I stamped the first solid layer with HA Contour ink. I did clear emboss the beaks and eyes as well. I doubled up the water stamps and added some fish and shrimp at the flamingos’ feet with Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide Ink. I grabbed my Pebbles chalks again for the background and added the clouds with Contour ink. I printed the sentiment on the panel using my Silhouette Software and the Black Jack font. I trimmed that panel to 4″ x 5.25″ and glued it to a 4.25″ x 5.5″ black mat and then to a white card base. A gem from the kit highlights the sentiment and the rainbow flamingos are delightful!

I have one more color combination that might be fun… inspired by the main sentiment in this kit..!

How about some fiery flamingos!? I stamped this flamboyance with Lemon Drop Reactive ink for the first solid layer, Creamscicle Reactive ink for the feather layer and Fruit Punch Reactive ink for the leg stamp. Cool! These colors work great! I stamped the water stamps at their feet, and stamped the sentiment below (the “BE” was surgically removed from the “BEAUT” sentiment stamp in the MMH April 2020 Australia kit) using the same inks and clear embossing. I masked off the water before ink blending Intense black ink over the sentiment. The embossing resists the ink perfectly and makes for a fiery sentiment! I fussy cut all of the flamingos using a craft knife, and trimmed the sides to 4″ wide. I cut a 4″ square of black glitter card stock and glued that to the back of the flamingos, and then down to a 4.25″ square top-folding card base. This flock is certainly FLAMAZING!

The small stamps in our set this month are tough to highlight because they’re simple silhouette stamps – no detail just a shape. I thought some fun embossing powder might be one way to get some mileage out of these dragonfly stamps.

On a piece of Hero Hues Arctic card stock, I stamped this flight of dragonflies using Embossing and Watermark ink and embossed them with WOW Cloud 9 embossing powder – quite sparkly! I filled in around them with some die-cut holographic stars and trimmed the panel to 2″ x 5.5″. This is one of my favorite (non-attributed) dragonfly quotes printed on the card front using the Dream State font. I glued the dragonfly panel to the card front and added some Silver Holographic peel-off stickers to the top and bottom edges. This is a nice mellow break from all the riotous colors of the flamingos so far, and a touching encouragement card!

This last card came about when I noticed how many extra flocks of colorful flamingos I had sitting on my desk!

A slimline card with LOTS of flamingos! I had a couple of pink flamingos stamped, die-cut and ready to go, and I had one flock of purple flamingos stamped with HA Reactive Thistle, Grape Slush, and Grape Juice inks. That’s another fun color combo! I glued the two pink flocks together, then fussy-cut the last flamingo from the purple flock and glued him over his matching pink flamingo in the center of the crowd. This one put a smile on my face!

This is a 3.5″ x 8.5″ slimline card, so I printed the sentiment using my Silhouette software and the Paprika font on a 7″ x 8.5″ white card base. I ran a strip of thin pink Washi tape from my stash along the bottom of the card front, and glued a 1/4″ strip of black glitter card stock over that. That gave me a place to anchor these flamingos which are simply glued to the card front. A pink gem highlights the sentiment for a final bit of sparkle. When you consider that flamingos do travel in flocks, and they generally ARE all pink (comes from eating mostly shrimp) it does seem courageous to flaunt your purple-ness in front of everyone else! Go ahead… dare to be different!

That’s my 10 cards using the My Monthly Hero July 2022 kit. Man… that’s a lot of flamingos! Call me a little obsessed but I got the biggest kick out of the simple ease and excellent results of these layering stamps. I think you can tell… eight of these cards are flamingos! Short of one “Bird day” card, most of these cards turned out to be encouragement oriented. I do think that was in line with the general theming they were going after… Of course, when you have a large group of identical critters, my mind does tend towards encouraging non-conformity!

I did manage to use every stamp in this set… except for the “darling” part.. and I really like the “krill” and dragonfly cards that highlight a couple of the minor stamps as well. I really like the new Core Inks… our cubes in this kit are nice and juicy! And it’s great to be able to play with some of the new Hero Pearls as well. Very pearlescent! I did have more fun with this kit that I initially thought I would… and I do have a few more ideas that I didn’t even get to…

This kit is still available at Hero Arts. If you like what you see and want your own flamboyance of flamingos in your stash, please use my links to grab a kit for yourself. My Monthly Hero kits are always a great value!

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I did create a lot of my own sentiments with this kit. If you would like to get some of these sentiments for yourself, just send me a request at cardcutups@gmail.com and let me know what format you’d like the sentiments in – I can share them with you in a Silhouette file or a PDF file.

Thank you so very much for sharing your time with me here. I am always thrilled to hear from you! Let me know which card(s) is your favorite, and remember to Like me, List me, Pin me Post me, Follow me, Friend me, Share me will all your crafty friends… don’t run with scissors… and, as always, I wish you and yours Love and Light and Happy Crafting!

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

Hello Folks! Scott here with my new 10 Cards 1 Kit post using the latest My Monthly Hero June 2022 Kit! It seems we’re heading under the sea this month with a large mermaid stamp (with even bigger hair!), assorted underwater accessories and even a bad pun!. I do have a mermaid silhouette stamp in my stash, but I believe this is my first detailed mermaid stamp. Looks like I’m in for some serious coloring with this kit!

KIT INCLUDES:

• 6″ x 8″ Clear Stamp Set 
• 8 Coordinating Frame Cuts 
• Mermaid Reactive Palette Ink Pad 
• Self-Adhesive Pearl Gems 
• Water Flow Brush

That Palette ink pad is made up of Reactive inks in Berry Smoothie, Grape Slush, Blue Hawaii, Splash, and Blue Raspberry – so they work especially well as watercolors… thus the water flow brush…! When I see a stamp set like this I automatically start thinking about creating a scene, so, first things first, I stamped the mermaid on some masking paper and made a full mask to cover the whole mermaid.

I stamped the mermaid on some Bristol Smooth card stock with Intense Black ink, masked her off, and stamped the seagrass, coral and one of the starfish “behind” her. I stamped the clams and an extra starfish without needing the mask. I colored everything (but her tail) using Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, and I used the Mermaid Palette inks to color her tail. The sentiment is stamped with Intense Black ink and embossed with Clear embossing Powder. I used a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die to die-cut the painting to 4.25″ x 5.5″, glued that to a White card base, and added a Pearl gem – the only touch of dimension on this single layer card. I did use a little White gel pen for some highlights in the sand, and I’m terrifically pleased with this scene… It did take me a couple hours or so to paint, but I think it’s worth it!

The jellyfish stamp in this kit must be the largest jellyfish stamp in my stash… I do have others but much smaller…!

I stamped the jellyfish on some Pitch Black card stock using Embossing and Watermark ink and embossed them all with Underwater embossing powder (MMH May ’21) – nice sparkle in that! I ink blended some water lines in the background using Broken China Distress Oxide ink and a small blending brush, and colored the jelly fish using Hero Arts Red, Purple, and Blue Glimmer Metallic inks (more shine!). I added some glimmer ink dots in the water along with some White gel pen highlights, and stamped and embossed the sentiment with Ultra fine White embossing powder. I die-cut the panel with another LFSRDie, added a dark blue pearlescent mat behind that, and glued those down to a White card base. You can get a nice underwater background with Pitch Black card stock and some simple “waves”!

We don’t always get a pun in our sentiments, but this month we are treated to not only a pun… but a groaner at that!

If they’re “having fun” then maybe they’re dancing! All featured in some fantastic underwater chorus line! HA! On Canson Mixed Media card stock, I stamped all the clams in three rows using my MISTI and Intense Black ink. I colored them all with my Zig markers, stamped and clear embossed the sentiment, die-cut the panel with a LFSRDie, added a glitter holographic mat behind that and glued them to a White card base. I embellished the front with some Love From Lizi Circle peel-offs in pink and added the pearl gems inside all the clams. I was actually able to CUT the pearl gems (two ends of the center row) using my 7″ Tim Holtz snips! The only way I think you could improve on this bad pun is to make it worse: “pearls just want to have pun”!!??!! Yup… that’s even more of a groaner!!

Is ALL THAT HAIR really necessary for our mermaid? You can actually give her a substantial haircut very simply!!

I stamped our mermaid using Intense Black ink on Bristol Smooth card stock and embossed her with clear embossing powder. I colored her with my ZIG markers (I used the Palette ink for her tail) and fussy-cut her out following the fourth line of hair at her scalp. That still give us quite a healthy head of hair, but pulls it back into a bit more of a realistic realm… I know… what’s realistic about a mermaid…!!? Embossing this stamp is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED – she sparkles ALL OVER! And giving her a haircut might help make coloring her seem less daunting…!

The background is an old Jelly Plate print using Broken China Distress Oxide ink and a wave stamp… we have gotten a lot of underwater themed stamp sets from Hero Arts (is that because they’re located in the San Francisco area?) so I do have a number of underwater backgrounds patiently waiting to be used! I stamped the seagrass and coral on the background using HA Contour ink and softly colored them with the Palette inks. I stamped the bubbles with Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide ink and clear embossed them for even more shine! For the sea bed, I used some of that terrific HA Sand embossing powder on the bottom of the panel. I cut the front panel to 4″ x 5.25″, added a thin Black Glitter mat and glued those down to a White card base.

I stamped and embossed the sentiment on a scrap of Kraft card stock, fussy-cut that out and added the mermaid and sentiment to the card front using foam tape. I had a few puns floating around my head so I continued the sentiment on the inside with “you mermaid my day” printed with the raustila font). A perfectly punny accompaniment for a Thank You card!

Okay.. here come the puns! The “Happy Birthday” and “Hello” sentiments weren’t quite doing it for me this month!

This makes me giggle! A little 3-D box card with three layers of kelp and the whole thing folds flat at 4.25″ x 5.5″ so it fits in an envelope with no problem! I cut a piece of white card stock to 5.25″ x 5.5″, and printed the sentiment using my Silhouette software and the Black Jack font. On the 5.25″ side I scored at 1/4″, 3/4″, 4.5″, and 5″. Fold on all the score lines and you have a 3.75″ x 5.5″ center panel with 1/5″ sides and 1/4″ tabs for attaching to the back. I used a 3.25″ x 4.5″ Nesting rectangle die to cut out the window.

I cut a piece of Silky Sky Mirror card stock to 3.75″ x 5.5″ for the back, and stamped and die-cut 11 clumps of kelp using some Altenew Gradient card stock and HA Fresh Lawn, Forest, and Forever Green dye inks. I also gave all the kelp some Alcohol marker shading a nice layer of glitter with a Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen. I cut three strips of white card stock to 4.75″ and scored both end at 1/2″ to use for the three layers of kelp. I glued the die-cut seagrass pieces to the strips and staggered their end tabs to give them depth – the front row has just under 1/2″ tabs, the middle row has 1/4″ tabs and the back row has 1/8″ tabs.

I glued the blue mirror back to the left side tab and staggered the kelp strips on the left side using the tabs. Then it was easy to fold the whole card flat and attach the back and the tabs to the right side of the card. Only thing left to do was add another 3.75″ x 5.5″ piece of White card stock to the back to cover up the glue tabs – that also gives us a perfect place to write a personal message of thanks to any pun-loving friend!

That was fun, but I have more puns just waiting!

This one tickles me too! There is a very nice fish stamp in our kit… large enough to be a focal point and detailed enough to encourage some fun coloring. This fish is stamped with Intense Black ink on Bristol Smooth card stock and clear embossed for that terrific underwater shine! I did use the palette ink pad to color this fish, and die-cut it out with the included die.

This background is a saved background I made using Nuvo Shimmer Powder in Green Parade. I stamped and White embossed some bubbles on that background (they didn’t take to that shimmer powder too well) and die cut the background with a LFSRDie, added a TRUE Black Mirror card stock mat and glued this to a white card base. I printed this sentiment on a piece of matte photo paper (still nice and reflective) using the Raustila font and die-cut that with a Circle Nesting die. I didn’t care for a white mat cut with the next size larger circle die, so I just die-cut 5 matching circles from white card stock and glued them all together for a subtle frame around the sentiment. A few HA Clear enamel dots help some of the bubbles, and the fish is mounted with thin foam tape. I think YOU are some-fin special!

I’m not finished yet…! I’m actually surprised this pun wasn’t included in our stamp set… it does seem perfectly obvious…

If you’re going to do “pearls just want to have fun” then why not go all in with “you go, pearl!” I couldn’t resist!! I stamped this vignette on Bristol Smooth card stock using a 4″ Gina K. designs Wreath Builder stencil. Those stencils and your trusty MISTY make short work out of precision stamping like this! After stamping, I printed the sentiment using my favorite Brady Bunch Remastered font. I colored all with my ZIG watercolor markers and die-cut the panel with a LFSRDie. I added a thin Black Glitter mat behind that and a thicker Yellow Metallic card stock mat (cut with another LFSRDie!) behind those and glued them all down to a white card base. All that’s left is a Pearl gem in the center!

I was thinking about different ways to use that mermaid stamp without having to color the whole thing, when I came upon the idea that no one has ever really seen a mermaid, so they must be adept at blending into their background…

I think this is SO INTERESTING!!! And I used something I have never used before – Pebeo drawing gum / liquid frisket – basically a paint-on mask! On a piece of Canson Multi Media card stock, I stamped the mermaid using the Mermaid Palette ink pad and embossed her with Clear embossing Powder. Then I painted the frisket over her fleshy parts and let that dry.

I ink smooshed the whole panel using the Palette ink pad and let that dry. Then I blended some Splash Reactive ink over the whole background through my water ripple stencil. When that was dry, I splattered some water droplets on the reactive inks and sopped them up with a paper towel. I stamped and clear embossed some bubbles, and stamped the sentiment with Grape Slush Reactive ink and clear embossed that too.

Then I wiped the frisket off her skin and colored her with my Zig markers. – That liquid mask came off so easily and kept all the ink off so well… I am definitely going to have to play with this Pebeo Drawing Gum some more! I die-cut the colored panel with a Rounded Rectangle Infinity die, and glued that to a Dark Blue Shimmer mat cut with the next size larger die and glued those to a white card base that had its corners rounded with my corner chompers. A few Clear Enamel dots highlight the sentiment. I love the whole idea behind this card and the mermaid came out magically ethereal with minimal coloring! One of a kind, indeed!!!

Okay… I do have one more pun for you this month… this seems like another obvious pun to me…!

I stamped one fish and reverse stamped the other on some Bristol Smooth card stock using a silicon mat and VersaFine Onyx Black ink. Here’s a quick look at my reverse stamping method:

I colored both fish with my TomBow markers and die-cut them with the matching die. I watercolored the background on a panel of Canson Multi Media card stock using TomBow markers, and when that was dry, I printed the sentiment using my Silhouette Software and the Black Jack font. I stamped the bubbles on the background and glittered everything up with some Sheer Shimmer Spritz.

I created the Card base using the largest HA Oval Infinity die and two pieces of White card stock – the top of the back piece is folded at a quarter of an inch and that flap is glued to the front piece. I used the next smaller Oval die to die-cut the colored panel and glued that to my card base. I attached the fish with foam tape and am totally thrilled with this oval shaped card – unique and colorful with a really good pun!

Using all these Hero Arts Infinity dies led me to my final card this month… MORE hair but LESS mermaid!!

I stamped the top half of our mermaid stamp on some Neenah Solar White card stock using Intense Black ink. I did have to wipe away the top of her tail to keep it from appearing on this stamping. Then it was easy to connect the hair lines where the missing tail was and I kept adding hair lines to the top of her head to fill in the whole circle. I colored her with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers (TN4, TN6, TN7, BG5, BG7, BG9, PV1, PV4) using simple dots of color for her hair, and even added some sparkle to her hair with a GellyRoll Stardust glitter pen. I die-cut her out with a 2.75″ Circle Infinity die and added a 3″ die-cut white mat behind.

The background is an old background stamp from my stash stamped with Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide ink, die cut with a LFSRDie, matted to more TRUE Black mirror card stock and glued to a white card base. I trimmed the “you are” away from the “you are a pearl…” sentiment and stamped that with Intense Black ink and added the “Amazing” (from the MMH April ’22 Kit) die-cut from that Black Mirror card stock. Finally, I added the matted circles with some foam tape. I knew what I wanted to do with this card when I started, but I was actually taken a bit by surprise after die-cutting the stamp into a circle and realizing how much it looks like a perfectly retro Afro! There certainly aren’t any mermaids here…! This is truly some fun “out of the sea” stamping on this card… I hope you love it as much as I do!

That wraps up my 10 cards using the My Monthly Hero June 2022 Kit. I was certainly wary about coming up with 10 cards with what (at first glance) seems like a fairly limited batch of supplies, but I think I managed to get a nice variety!

I did use every stamp in this stamp set – except the “Hello ” and “Happy Birthday” sentiments (snore) and I used the Palette ink pad a great deal as well as a few of the dies and plenty of the Pearl gems. And LOTS of puns this month! Once I started working with this kit, the ideas started to flow and I am thrilled with some of the unique looks I achieved.

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10 Cards 1 Kit • My Monthly Hero • May 2022

Hello Folks! I’m just back from a lovely vacation on Cape Cod and have my 10 cards inspired by the My Monthly Hero May 2022 kit all ready to go! We’re moving into the kitchen this month with a unique kit featuring a Kitchen Cover Plate die, a cling background stamp grid, and lots of cooking and baking themed sentiments – including some puns!

KIT INCLUDES:
• 4″ x 6″ Clear Stamp Set
• Cover Plate Fancy Die
• 6 Additional Fancy Dies
• Cling Background Stamp (4.625″ x 5.875″)
• 12 Sheets of Cardstock – 4 each of Pink, Baby Blue, White (5.5″ x 8.5″)
• Watermark & Embossing Ink Cube
• Cast Iron Embossing Powder (0.5 oz.)
• Blue Baker’s Twine (10 yards)

For some reason, my mind immediately went to paper piecing as a fun way to colorize the Fancy Kitchen die. I do bemoan the fact that I think my Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers don’t have a small enough point to accurately color tiny little appliances, necessities and adornments, so, instead of coloring, I opted to paper-piece!

I do have to mention from the outset that I do not care for open shelving in a kitchen. They are a nightmare to keep clean – not to mention keeping everything stored on them clean – open shelving is just more countertops to clean! I guess that concept is reflected in my goal to get all my craft supplies stored away behind closed doors…! I do live in NYC… and it’s a dirty town…!!! And I am definitely NOT the most avid of dusters…! (Aye! There’s the rub!)

I thought it would be fun to play with a little dimension with this big kitchen die, so I die-cut it from a 4.25″ x 5.5″ 110# White card stock (the die does not cut the perimeter). I colored the handles and knobs on the toaster and coffee pot, and the knobs on 3 items on the top left shelf with a black gel pen. I colored the ‘cork’ on the purple bottle, the ‘spoon’ in the sugar bowl, and the stove ‘grates’ with a silver gel pen. Then I grabbed my collection of paper scraps, and it was s simple matter of putting small pieces of card stock behind the individual items on the die, then die-cutting and trimming them to glue on top of the original white die-cut. I just trimmed away the handles and knobs from the colored card stocks to expose the handles and knobs on the original layer. The pepper grinder, lid, bowl, and sugar bowl were cut from real wood sheets from my stash – love that detail! I did die-cut another hood from matching silver card stock and glued that to the original layer as well.

I die-cut another 4.25″ x 5.5″ complete kitchen from 110# White card stock, trimmed away the hood and everything on the shelves (and the ‘grates’ on the stove), and glued that to the original layer. I do think that helps the items on the shelves look like they are ON the shelves… again my obsessive need for layers with these cover plate dies! I die-cut the oven from some Mint pearlescent card stock from my stash, trimmed off the ‘grates’ and glued that on top. I die-cut and trimmed out six more drawers, glued them in place, and die-cut all the handles and knobs from silver card stock and glued those last pieces on top.

I stamped the cling stamp on an A2 card base using Hero Arts Contour ink to give us a subtle tile wall for the background, and stamped the sentiment using Hero Arts Intense Black ink. Finally, I glued the layered die cut assemblage on the front of the card base. I considered adding some shadows or other type of coloring to the paper-pieced objects, but decided that they were completely charming without any added fuss. The die details and layering were plenty! Surprisingly, the paper-piecing actually feels a little retro as well… perfect match!

I put that Cover Plate Fancy die to some hard labor with that first card… let’s do something with the cling stamp!

My paper-piecing groove is still going strong! You might think that I embossed the cling stamp on five different colors of card stock, then trimmed and attached them together… Oh, no… I had to make it more complicated. I trimmed five pieces of card stock to 15/16″ x 5.5″, taped them all together and THEN stamped (the Embossing and Watermark ink cube) and embossed (HA Fine Detail White Embossing powder) the cling stamp. I did trim the stripes to size with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die and glued them to a 4″ x 5.25″ Pitch Black mat and then down to a White A2 card base.

I stamped and embossed the sentiment on a scrap of Pitch Black card stock, die-cut it with another LFSRdie, added a thin white mat and mounted that to the card front with foam tape. A few small primary colored crystals around the sentiment adds a little bling, and we have a colorful birthday greeting! I was really pleased that I managed to get that cling stamp lined up on the strips of card stock almost perfectly…! If you can cut consistent 15/16″ strips, then this is a pretty quick and easy card – in ANY color!!

Okay… back to that Kitchen die! One of the more unique items I have in my craft stash is Aluminum HVAC tape. Tape it to card stock and it embosses like a dream! I kept thinking of the diamond-plate walls in a professional kitchen…!

I wish my Aluminum Tape was wider than 2″… but since it’s not, I do have to take a little care in lining up the edges as cleanly as possible… And then just a simple diamond embossing using my Score-Pal gives us a nice diamond plate feel for our background. I die-cut the Cover Plate die and trimmed away all the shelves and glued that to the embossed background. I made cabinets to replace the shelves… 1″ wide by 2.25″ tall, glued them in the open corners and added doors cut an 1/8″ smaller. The pots and pans are paper-pieced just like the first card, I die-cut one more Cover Plate die and trimmed the shelves away and added that layer to set the cabinets back a touch. The hood and oven are die-cut from some Black Mirror card stock and glued in place, and the handles and knobs are die-cut from silver card stock and attached.

The sentiment is stamped and embossed on 40# vellum and die cut with a Hero Arts Tag Frame Infinity die, run through a Xyron sticker maker to add adhesive to the back, and mounted under the hood. This oven door does open! The sentiment is stamped on Pitch Black card stock and embossed with White embossing powder. Of course that was glued to the background before any of the die cut layers, and the die-cut oven on the two previous layers had to have their oven door removed as well. I LOVE being able to replace the shelves with actual cabinets (so easy!). I really like the feel of this card! Very shiny! “Chef” seems to denote a bit of professionalism… and I like the contrast with the casual “What’s Cookin’?”

When we get a Cover Plate die in our MMH kit that has a specific orientation (this die is a ‘portrait’ orientation) I like to see if it’s possible to change the orientation of the die for some variety – can we use this die for a landscape card?

Sure!! With some simple partial die-cutting, and the fact that this die doesn’t cut the perimeter, it’s easy to add a couple lower cabinets to our kitchen. This is four layers of 110# White card stock cut to size and glued together with the extra cabinet piece(s) die-cut on top.The backsplash is cut from a piece of pattern paper from my stash and glued in place to the Pink card base, and lined with a couple Love From Lizi Peel Offs. the cabinets are glued in place, the bowl of apples and the cupcakes(?) are paper-pieced, the oven and hood cut from Rose Gold metallic card stock (an extra black hood glued behind the gold hood), and the handles and knobs are die-cut from the Black mirror card stock. The counter is just a strip of that thin wood sheet from my stash glued to the top edge of the cabinets.

The sentiment is stamped directly on the card base with Intense Black ink and embossed with Clear embossing powder. I needed something in the top left corner so I fashioned a little kitchen clock using a couple of die-cut handles colored pink for the hands and a simple black dot for the base. I did add this second sentiment to the inside of the card as well. Very appropriate! This is quite a fun pun! the ‘bake’ is a good pun, but to top that off with a ‘butter’ place is a nice surprise and the perfect icing on the cupcake!

We do have a “Bun in the oven” sentiment (and a ‘bun’ die-cut) so I figured we should do a congratulations card!

I stamped the Cling Stamp using the Embossing and Watermark ink on some white card stock and embossed that with the Cast Iron Embossing powder included in the kit. I colored the pink and blue spaces as randomly as possible with Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers and tried to keep the ratio the same between the pink and blue (no predictions, here)..! Using a LFSRDie I cut out the background, added a Pitch Black mat and glued those to a White card base.

The “congrats” is an old Lawn Fawn “Scripty Congrats” die cut from one piece of Pitch Black card stock, and one piece of Black Mirror card stock and glued together. I die-cut the oven three times – twice from 110# White and once from Silver card stock. I colored the stove ‘grates’ on the first white one, removed them from the second white one and the silver one, removed the oven door on the two white ones, and glued them all together. Yes… another opening oven here!

I stamped and embossed the sentiment on a scrap of Pitch Black card stock, and added a Kraft paper ‘bun’ colored with light touches of alcohol marker and some white gel pen highlights. I glued those in place in the oven opening. I die-cut the circle doily from 40# vellum using a die from my stash, and glued the assembled oven on top. The handle and the knobs are cut from scraps of Pitch Black card stock, glued in position, and the whole assemblage is glued to the card front. A playful Congrats card for any newly expecting friend(s)!

Okay… I need a little break from the kitchen… and I’m starting to yearn for some good old-fashioned white space…!

Ahhhhhh… A bit of fresh air! On a White card base (using the card stock included) I ink blended the sunburst using my own sunburst stencil and some Lemon Drop Reactive ink. I stamped the sentiment and embossed it with clear embossing powder. The pie is paper-pieced with Kraft card stock for the crust and Red metallic card stock for the filling – love that shine! I did manage a light touch of shading on the crust with alcohol markers. Great pun! Great White Space!

I turned the Cover Plate die on it’s side, what happens if I turn the Cling stamp on it’s side! I’m loving this one!

An old-school LED Audio Level Indicator! The Cling stamp is stamped with Intense Black ink on 110# White card stock and embossed with Clear embossing powder. I trimmed that in half and colored both panels with alcohol markers. There are only eight full rectangle rows on the stamp (and two half rows) so I added one of the half rectangle rows to the right side of one panel to give us nine columns (odd numbers are more visually appealing) (I know I’m crazy!). I trimmed the ‘indicators’ to size, added black mats behind both and a a Baby Blue mat to unite the two, and then a Black Mirror card stock mat behind all. I glue those to a white card base (included) at a jaunty angle and trimmed off the excess.

The “YOU” is stamped using the “You bake me happy” sentiment and embossed with clear embossing powder. The “ROCK” is die-cut once from Pitch Black card stock and once from the Black Mirror card stock using an old alpha die in my stash, and glued together for a little dimension. Add that text to the card front and we have a terrific encouragement card for almost any occasion… and especially suited to any audiophile on your list!

I’m still on my paper-piecing tear… and still looking for new ways to use this Cover Plate die… This card was inspired by one of the sentiments in our stamp set, and is yet another interesting way to use the cover plate die in this kit!

Once again, since this Cover Plate die doesn’t cut the edges, you can die-cut two kitchens back-to-back! I marked the center of a 4.25″ x 5.5″ panel of white card stock and lined up the left side of the die to the center – die-cut that – and then lined up the right side of the die to the left side of the panel and die cut that half. Of course, I got rid of the open shelving…! Some pattern paper from my stash provides the backgrounds for our two kitchens – both cut 2 1/8″ x 5.5″ and glued to another White card base. I paper-pieced everything in exactly the same fashion with the cabinets settling in at 1″ x 2″ and I fashioned a different “hood” for the wooden kitchen. I even added a piece of toast to the toaster! I realize this sentiment may be more applicable to a gift tag accompanying some delectable goodie than a card, but who says you can’t include a whole card with your kitchen treats!? I think this is the PERFECT illustration of this sentiment!

I haven’t use the Turkey Fancy Die yet… and wasn’t too keen on just shoving it into an oven – how bout more puns!?

Another double pun! And another Birthday card! the background is ink blended using Splash, Lemon Drop and Fruit Punch Reactive inks blended through an old Stampendous “Flourishes” metal stencil. You can see the green and orange bits where those terrific HA inks blend together. This is one of my favorite multi-purpose stencils in my stash! I trimmed that panel to 3.75″ x 5″ and glued it to a White A2 card base. I die-cut the turkey a few times from Kraft card stock (and silver tray) added some color with my alcohol markers, and layered all the pieces together for a bit of added dimension to the simple turkey die-cut.

I created the sentiment using my Silhouette software and the Huxley Vertical BT font for the “bird day” and Architect font for the “basted”. I printed the sentiment on a scrap of White card stock and die-cut it out with another LFSRDie and added it to the card front with foam tape. Another fun double-pun just begging for a roasted bird! A little Glaze Pen on that bird adds some juicy shine as well!

I used a lot of the Tim Holtz Metallic card stocks this month… I thought they worked especially well on the ovens…

Red, Blue, Orange and Black ovens for our last card. Each oven is die-cut twice – once from 110# white with the stove ‘grates’ colored in silver gel pen. And the second time in the metallic colors with the ‘grates’ cut off. The handles and knobs are die-cut from grey pearlescent card stock and glued in position. I split all the ovens in half and glued them in position with the black one in the center.

Since there’s no visible sentiment on this card, I did decide to stamp the “open” and the arrow to direct the recipient to open the oven door. The sentiment is stamped and embossed on Black card stock with some Candied Apple Distress Oxide ink blended on the edges. This card tickles me… warm wishes, indeed! And the colorful ovens are quite graphic and super shiny!

And just like that we’ve covered all 10 cards I created with the My Monthly Hero May 2022 Kit. I really enjoyed all the paper-piecing and that Kitchen Cover Plate die held up to some rigorous use! It is also really easy to convert the open shelving into cabinets if you don’t want all the fuss…! (and dust!) I used ten of the thirteen sentiments in the stamp set, I used all the White card stock and one of the Pink and part of a sheet of the Baby Blue. I didn’t make any foodie gift tags, so I didn’t use any of the bakers twine, but I did use all the dies and some of the embossing powder. Almost everything..!

Certainly a colorful bunch of cards! I think I gave this kit a good work-out and was actually impressed with the versatility of these stamps and dies! Always a good thing when you can stretch your supplies in a few directions…!

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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!

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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!!

Thank you so very much for sharing your time with me here! Please remember to Like me, List me, Pin me, Post me, Share me with all your crafty friends… and remember… don’t run with scissors! I send you and yours Spring Blessings, Warm Hugs, and Happy Crafting!

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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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