10 Cards 1 Kit | My Monthly Hero August 2020 Kit

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Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 cards inspired by the My Monthly Hero August 2020 Kit. This month, Hero Arts is inviting us to explore the Staycation! I don’t think a lot of people are traveling much this summer, so this seems quite timely!

Our 6″ x 8″ stamp set includes a couple of kids in a tent, Dad in a hammock, and Mom on a lounge chair. There’s a fire pit, and plants, some extra furniture, and a variety of props to create your Staycation scenes. There are 23 coordinating frame cuts that die-cut all the images, and a “Greetings From” Fancy Die. Love a good die-cut sentiment! To round us out we get five white postcards, and a Summer Twilight Palette Reactive Ink Pad.

I thought the 4″ x 6″ postcards were a fun alternative and decided I’d make postcards this month! At first, my eye was drawn to that hanging basket chair… there didn’t appear to be anyone posed or ready to sit in it… then I saw the cat! Aha!

I took the full-card mask I made for the eagle card in June (Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper), centered that on the postcard, and ink blended some HA Soft Sky ink very lightly inside the masked opening. I cut a mask for the chair and cut out the center of the pillow to make room for my cat. I stuck the chair mask in place and stamped the cat in the opening. Then I lined up the chair stamp with the chair mask on my MISTI, picked up the stamp and removed the chair mask. I cut a mask for the cat, and placed that over the stamped cat and then stamped the chair on top. I removed all the masks and everything lined up quite nicely. It looks like the cat has always been there!

Being that these are postcards, I tried to keep the designs to a single layer. I wasn’t sure what card stock these postcards were made out of, so I thought I’d be safe and use my Prismacolor pencils to color the image. But I did run into problems when I stamped the sentiments using VersaFine Onyx Black ink. After sitting and drying during the whole dinner-hour, they smudged badly when I was coloring the image. I think the postcards are slightly coated, therefore the ink didn’t set completely. The chair and cat didn’t smudge, but I think that’s because they had been stamped on top of the Soft Sky ink.

I rectified the smudges by stamping the sentiments on some 80# Neenah Solar White card stock and fussy-cutting them out and glueing them over the sentiments stamped on the postcard. That gave me the option adding a frame to the inked shape in the center – that’s the Simon Says Stamp Frames die, cut from some brushed mirror blue card stock from my stash. I made sure to glue the frame down securely, and added some soft blue glitter tape to the top and bottom for a bit of bling. I love this stamped image much more than if I had die-cut the cat and just glued it in the chair. Looks like paradise to me!

If I’m going to do the rest of the postcards, I need to use some of my own card stock cut to the same size and glued to the postcard. These aren’t that thick, so a double-thickness postcard shouldn’t present a problem with mailing!

I cut a piece of 80# Neenah Solar White card stock to 4″ x 6″ and stamped all the images using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I had to cut a mask for Mom’s legs, the pitcher, and the left side of the tent, but those were very simple masks. Again, I’m going for a one-layer card here, so when I was thinking about the background, I got the idea of cutting a picket fence mask (Darice Picket Fence Border die) and using that with my Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers to create the fence. Well, Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper is NOT a stencil, so my alcohol markers bled a bit and didn’t give me clean sharp lines, but I decided to let that be since it was in the background. I kind of like the ‘blurry’ effect… it makes the sharp lines of the stamping pop a little more!

This is all colored with my alcohol markers and the sentiment stamped with Memento ink. I did add some suggestions of clouds using the MFT Mini cloud Stencil and HA Unicorn ink. I also added some stamped grass clumps on the lawn using HA Fresh Lawn and Field Greens ink. I do think I got the tent a little dark… I kept obsessing over the inside vs. the outside…! For a final touch, I drew a thin black frame around my panel and glued it down to the postcard. I like the extra length the postcards offer, and I think this is exactly what they had in mind over at Hero Arts when they designed this kit!

I might go mad creating full backgrounds for all these postcards! Let’s try some vignettes!

On a sheet of Bristol Smooth card stock cut to 4″ x 6″, I stamped the large fern stamp on the top and bottom edges using HA Lime Green ink, and the two images using Memento ink. I colored all with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, including adding a little bit of color to the ferns. I stamped the “Hello From:” with HA Green Hills ink and the sanctuary sentiment using HA Summer Sky ink. I did take a Pigma Micron pen and added a touch of shadow on the “sanctuary” to help pull everything together. The extra length of the postcards encouraged me to create the fern borders on the top and bottom. I do love the little bird perched on the hammock, and a simple vignette certainly beats having to color the entire card!

The wine bottle (liquor bottle?) inspired this next postcard… Talk about timely…!

This one makes me laugh! On more Neenah card stock, I stamped the bottles top and bottom using HA Lime Green and Dusty Blue inks, and stamped the images with Memento ink. With careful placement, no masks were needed on this one! I created this sentiment using my Silhouette Software and the Smoothie Shoppe font and printed it directly on the panel. I colored everything with my alcohol markers (including a touch on the bottles – but I love them being empty!), and glued the finished panel to a postcard. As if I really needed an excuse to drink alone…!

That postcard got me to thinking about our current pandemic situation, and inspired this:

This reminds me of a needlepoint sampler! On Neenah 80# card stock I stamped the smaller fern and the large leaf sprays (from the Simon Says Stamp Kind Flowers stamp set) using HA Fresh Lawn ink, and stamped the images using Memento ink. I did cut a mask for the watering can to stamp the pot and flower behind. I created this sentiment using my Silhouette Software and the Typewriter Hand font. I colored all with my alcohol markers and, using a T-square ruler and a Pigma micron pen, added the lines and dots. Finally, I glued my finished panel down to my last postcard. I love the look of this as much as I love this sentiment! Don’t forget to take care of yourself, too!!

Those are my five postcards, all of them (except the first) are truly one-layer cards. These should all go through the mail system with no problems!

I know that my living in New York City is quite different than most folks who have the luxury of backyards, and decks and patios. I couldn’t help but think that a Staycation for a city dweller might look a little bit different. My staycation would obviously be focused more on my apartment than any outdoor areas.

I had some free time before I received this kit, so I thought I would work on some backgrounds that might be appropriate for a city dweller Staycation!

I did go ahead and create a backyard background using an actual die-cut of the picket fence, and a couple of wall units (with televisions!) and a city scape as seen from a roof. I sketched in an apartment window based on my own living room window, but hesitated coloring that because I thought I might be able to stamp one of our images directly onto that panel.

Here’s a pic of my living room! You can see the double window at the far end, and the big wall unit (with TV!) on the right. This inspired my NYC Staycation cards!

Of course, one of the drawbacks to creating backgrounds before you have your stamp set in hand is the very real possibility that you will get the scale all wrong. I thought I had a pretty good idea how big our stamps were and I actually lucked out over all!

This wall unit is actually the “Cabinet of Curiosities” stamp set from the MMH September 2019 Kit, and a lot of the items on the shelves are from that same set. I stamped all this on Neenah 80# card stock using HA Sand Stone ink, drew in my own TV, stereo, books and vase and colored the whole background with alcohol markers. I trimmed the background panel to 4″ x 5.25″ and added a thin black mat behind that and glued those down to a white card base. BA-DUM!! Anyone using Netflix these days??

I stamped the three images on Bristol Smooth card stock with Memento ink, and colored them with my Stabilo watercolor markers. I thought the bright colors of the Stabilo markers would stand out against this rather busy background. I die-cut the images with their matching dies and attached them to the card front with foam tape. I die-cut the “Greetings From” sentiment from some Hero Hues Pitch Black card stock, glued that to a scrap of white card stock and fussy-cut the shadow. I stamped the ‘bliss’ sentiment using Memento ink, trimmed it down to size and attached both sentiments with more foam tape.

I think Netflix has been something of a life-line for many people during lock-downs and quarantines – I know it has been for me – and this lady seems perfectly happy on a lounge chair in front of her large TV! That must be a TV Guide in her hands!!

I thought catching a few rays on the roof was a perfectly acceptable Staycation activity!

I adore this card! This is what city living is all about!! I ink blended the sky directly on a white card base using HA Fruit Punch, Creamsicle, and Lemon Drop reactive inks, and a little touch of Pumice Stone Distress ink towards the bottom for a little ‘haze’! I die-cut the skyline from a piece of light grey card stock using an old Darice Citiscapes background die, colored the buildings with alcohol markers and traced in the windows with a white gel pen. I die cut a piece of fun foam and glued that behind my buildings and then glued them to the card front.

I sketched out my rooftop on more Neenah 80# card stock and colored it with my alcohol markers and attached that to the card front with more foam tape. I stamped Dad, the plant and the pot on Bristol Smooth card stock, colored them with my Zig markers and die-cut them out. I did trim away the original pot from the plant and inserted the fronds into the big empty pot – that felt more like an outdoor pot to me. I attached those to the card front with foam tape. LOVING the depth and dimension here!

I did stamp the “Greetings From” sentiment in the center of the sky using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. In lieu of a Staycation pun, I decided to actually document the unique summer we are all living through with a “Staycation 2020” sentiment. I created this using my Silhouette software and the Brady Bunch Remastered font and had my Silhouette Portrait cut it out along with a few extra blanks. I glued three of those together and mounted them with more foam tape. Unfortunately, we are not actually allowed on our rooftop, but we lived in a building in midtown where there was roof access, and lots of folks took advantage of that extra little bit of sunshine available. Love this card!

I have another backyard Staycation to create using an actual die cut picket fence!

It’s amazing how much space you lose going from 6″ wide to 5″ wide! I colored the background panel with alcohol markers for the grass and ink blended the sky and clouds using the Mini Cloud stencil and Hero Hues Splash Reactive ink. I die-cut that panel with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die, mounted it to a blue-green mat and glued those down to a white card base. I die-cut the fence from a scrap of white card stock and a piece of fun foam, glued them together and added a touch of shadow on the pickets.

I stamped Mom and the Kids and the cat on Bristol Smooth card stock, colored them with my Zig markers, and die-cut them with their matching dies. I glued the cat flat to the card front and added Mom and the kids with foam tape. I die-cut the greetings die from white card stock, glued that to some Jet Black card stock and fussy-cut the shadow. I stamped the ‘happy place’ stamp with Memento ink and mounted the die-cut sentiment with foam tape. Phew! I think I got a much better result with that tent on this card, and the fence works well with all the other dimension. I also like all the red hair! Very similar to the postcard, but two completely different looks!

I did my window sketch on Neenah 80# card stock thinking I would color it all in with my Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers… but I was wary of starting every time I looked at it!

I stamped Dad on the card stock with Memento black ink and shifted the baseboard up a bit to accommodate the hammock. I started this piece coloring the outdoors. Here’s a pic and the markers I used.

Then I tackled the walls and the floor, trying to get a smooth and even application (note that the wall in MY living room is NOT beige!).

Lastly, I colored dad and the hammock. Funny how you use the most markers for the smallest details in your image!

I did finally wrap up the coloring using IG1 and BG1 to define the windows. I die cut my colored panel with my LFSRDie, added a thin black mat and a thin brown mat and glued them all to a white card base. I stamped the “greetings from” over the window using Memento ink and added another Staycation 2020 die-cut (three layers) on the floor.

I know I don’t have curtains in the windows – we have top down, bottom up pleated blinds in our windows at home, but I just couldn’t bear to cover up any of my coloring! I’m not very confident or proficient at coloring with alcohol markers, so I was very pleased at how well this came out! I did think about the possibility of putting a vellum ‘shade’ in the top of the windows… it would provide appropriate covering and still let you see what’s outside. I thought about it. I was probably overthinking. I like it like this!

The other all-wood wall unit background I made with the television wouldn’t work with this set because it had no floor… I suppose I could have strung the hammock from side to side, but wait a minute… How about this?

Not only do I use the Summer Twilight Palette ink pad, but I also use stamps from the first MMH kit I ever bought! Using a simple grass mask, I ink blended the sky using the six colors in our palette. I just used a small blending brush to pick up ink from the individual pads on the palette. Definitely a Summer Twilight! I ink blended the grass using Key Lime Fizz and Green Apple Reactive inks. The trees are stamps from the May 2018 MMH kit stamped with HA Sand Stone and Cocoa inks. I stamped them repeatedly using my MISTI to get them to cover up the background. I die-cut the colored background with a LFSRDie, mounted that to a black wood-grain mat, and glued it down to a white card base.

I stamped Dad in his hammock on Bristol Smooth card stock and colored him with my Zig markers. I colored the hammock and his skin first, and was struck with how summer-y this white outfit was, so I added a little shading and left it at that. I die-cut him out and trimmed away the hammock stand. Then all you have to do is cover the stray hammock stand stamp lines with a white gel pen. I like this stamp without the stand!!

Taking a cue from Dad’s ‘tennis whites’, I die-cut the “greetings from” die using white card stock and Pitch Black card stock and glued them together offset a little for the suggestion of a shadow. I stamped the sentiment in the grass using VersaMark ink and embossed it with white embossing powder. I glued the sentiment in the branches and mounted Dad with some foam tape. I totally love this card! I was so pleased to be able to use the ink pad, and I think all the ‘whites’ go together on this colorful background brilliantly!

That’s all folks! That’s my 10 cards inspired by the My Monthly Hero August 2020 Kit.

We’ve got five postcards and five greeting cards. I did use every single stamp in this stamp set (and a few more!) And I even used the Palette ink pad. We’ve got 4 Dads, 3 Moms, and 2 Kids… that seems about right!! No real puns but I do love my Staycation 2020 “logo”! It was fun working in a slightly different format with the postcards, and I think we have a unique variety of cards here. I had a ton of fun with each and every one of these, and I hope you like them as much as I do! Let me know which one(s) are your favorite!

If I’ve managed to ignite a spark or inspire an idea, this kit is still available! If you do go shopping at Hero Arts, please use my links! It is always gratefully appreciated! Hero Arts: https://shrsl.com/1f7qx My Monthly Hero August 2020 Kit: https://shrsl.com/2g9g0 If you’d like to subscribe, the six-month plan give you the option of skipping a month if you don’t care for a particular kit. MMH Six Month Subscription: https://shrsl.com/24ss0

Thank you so much for sharing your time with me here! I appreciate it more than you can imagine – especially these days! Remember to Like me, List me, Pin me, Post me, Share me with all of your friends, please keep yourselves safe and happy and healthy, I send you a heap of good blessings to you and yours, and Happy Crafting!

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