Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 cards 1 kit post using the My Monthly Hero August 2021 kit.
We are treated to a terrifically unique kit this month all about celebrating friendship and human connections, kindness, and the colors that make our world go ’round! Our 4″ x 6″ stamp set features 10 sentiments and a simple solid heart, the coordinating dies cut a large chubby LOVE and include two hands making a heart. We get a 5.25″ x 6.5″ Sun Flare Stencil, a 5.4″ Square Cling Stamp of intersecting circles, and 3 Liquid Watercolors (Pink, Indigo, Dandelion). Finally, to make sure we have something to use those Liquid Watercolors on, we get six 8.5 x 5.5″ sheets of watercolor paper. This whole set seems very unique to me, and these are the first Liquid Watercolors to grace my stash.
Fortunately, the reverse side of our backer card has a terrific mixing guide that shows us how to achieve almost any color with the three Liquid Watercolors included in this kit. Very handy!
I wondered if we were suppose to watercolor skin tones this month, but it turns out Hero Arts released a new pack of Hero Hues card stock along with this kit called Colors of Earth. I did not get any of those colors but I do have an old Core-dinations Tim Holtz Craft-Core Nostalgic Collection cardstock pad that should work well to give me a nice range of skin tones.
I grabbed the Heart Hands die to begin with – it’s not often we get a set of mirror-image dies, so I am itching to use these!
I die-cut the hands from a medium tone of that Tim Holz card stock, and added a little bit of shading with some Brown Grey Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. That adds a lot of shape and dimension to those hands with very little effort! A tiny touch of HA Unicorn White ink lightens up the fingernails just enough to add a bit more realism to those dies. I stamped the sentiment on a White A2 card base using HA Intense Black ink and Fruit Punch Reactive ink, and embossed that with some clear embossing powder.
I took a scrap of watercolor paper from my stash and painted some of the Pink Liquid Watercolor on that before trimming it down to fit behind the hands. Once it was trimmed to shape I could add another layer of the Liquid Watercolor around the edges. I’m getting the feeling that these watercolors like to be thinned down a bit and applied in multiple layers – full-strength is a little harder to blend and avoid harsh edges.. I glued the hands to the watercolor paper and added that to the card front using foam tape. A few tiny heart shaped pieces of glitter from my stash for a touch of sparkle, and we have a simple, straight forward card that really showcases the Heart Hands dies!
Naturally, I started fiddling around with different ways to use those hand dies, and found that this works really well!
This is a “four-hand seat carry” arrangement using four colors of the Tim Holz card stock. All are shaded with various Brown Grey alcohol markers, and I extended the arms on all – the dies don’t actually cut the end of the arm so you can make them as long as you like! I stamped the sentiment using Walnut Stain Distress oxide ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder. I glued the four arms to the White card base and added some thin foam tape behind the wrists and knuckles for some dimension. This is a perfect sentiment for this “display of strength” card!
I’m ready to take a look at our Sun Flare stencil and see how I can use it along with the Heart Hands dies.
I do like to add some tacky adhesive to the back of stencils – there is the fairly new iCraft Pixi Spray Stencil adhesive that I haven’t tried yet, so I tend to use Zig 2 Way Glue on the back of my stencils. Make sure the stencil is very clean and then cover the back with the 2 Way glue, let it dry, and it’s a great stencil adhesive! I laid the stencil on a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Neenah Solar White card stock, masked off three side swooshes on the right and left, and ink blended this rainbow using Hero Hues Blue Hawaii, Green Apple, Lemon Drop, Creamsicle, and Fruit Punch Reactive inks. Somehow I never use as much ink as I should when ink-blending large areas like this – that would help alleviate some of the unevenness, but I’m pretty happy with this texture.
I die-cut and shaded another set of hands, and cut a piece of Purple Lava card stock (from the MMH August 2019 Kit) to fit behind the opening. I stamped the sentiment using Hero Hues Grape Slush reactive ink and clear embossed that before gluing the hand assemblage to the card front. That panel is glued to a thin dark purple mat and then down to a White card base. The purple heart helps complete the rainbow and and I really like this Thank You sentiment!
Time to tackle that intersecting circle cling stamp and break into all the bottles of Liquid Watercolor. Here goes…!
I stamped the cling stamp on some of the watercolor paper using VersaMark ink and embossed that with some White embossing powder – that should help keep my watercolors corralled in their sections! My first impression of these watercolors was right… I got much better results with my blending using thinned down watercolors and adding multiple layers. I knew I was going to add the earth to this card, so I didn’t bother to color more than the very tips of the center intersections. Very pleased with the results! I trimmed the watercolored panel to 4″ x 5.5″, added a thin black mat and glued those down to another White card base.
The earth is the Hero Arts From the Vault Earth wood-block stamp inked with Intense Black ink on some Bristol Smooth card stock and colored with the Liquid Watercolors. The earth is die-cut with a HA Nesting circle die, and I cut a piece of white fun-foam to glue behind the earth for some dimension. I stamped the sentiment using Intense Black ink, clear embossed it, and die-cut it with a Deckle Edge die in my stash. I glued the earth to the center and added the sentiment with foam tape, and lastly added a bit of a halo around the earth with a Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen. Those Liquid Watercolors are quite intense, and I did use the mixing guide to achieve the green and orange. Love this so much!
I decided to break out my old airbrush to see how well those Liquid Watercolors would work. Very well it seems!
I placed the stencil on some Neenah Solar White card stock and air-brushed the three colors through the Sun Flare Stencil – the airbrush and watercolors created the orange and green hues all on their own, and gave me this very interesting texture as well! I die-cut the heart with a HA Nesting Heart die, attached that to a square of Black Tie glitter card stock with some foam tape, and then down to a White card base. I stamped and clear embossed the sentiment using Intense Black ink (the “LOVE” is from the “I LOVE YOU” sentiment stamp – just masking off the “I” and the “YOU” before inking the stamp).
This felt a little too plan to me so I carefully traced the left edges of the stencil using a Sakura Clear Gelly Roll Stardust pen. That was the added touch this card needed – just a little more sparkle to add to the glitter card stock. Of course I airbrushed a couple more panels with the stencil before putting my airbrush away. Stay tuned…!
Since the “SENDING” stamp seemed to be here to go along with the “LOVE” dies, I need to find another use for the die-cut letters… trust me… I did consider making an “EVOLVE” card that used those dies!!
I die- cut the “LOVE” die from the Altenew Cherry Blossom Gradient Cardstock set and die-cut all those letters from white card stock a dozen more times to make each letter 4 layers thick. A little fussy, but I love the dimension! I stamped the sentiment on the middle of a White card base using Hero Hues Taffy Reactive ink and embossed that with clear embossing powder. I glued the letters in place and added a couple red heart brads from my stash (prongs removed) for a little more dimension and shine. I love that gradient card stock and the bold graphics. That’s a pretty big “LOVE” die!
There might be another way to use the intersecting circles cling stamp without having to color the whole thing.
On more of the watercolor paper from the kit I stamped just the center of the cling stamp by using a HA Intensified Black ink cube. That allowed me much more control over where I added ink, and if I inked beyond the points I could just wipe the extra ink away. I did add clear embossing to all the stamping. I used the Liquid Watercolors and mixing guide to color the “flowers” (there’s a nice purple!) and fussy-cut the flowers out instead of trying to color in a background. I glued those to a 3.75″ x 5″ piece of Black Tie glitter card stock and glued those to a White card base. I stamped the sentiment with more Intense Black ink on a scrap of White card stock and die-cut that with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die. I mounted the sentiment with foam tape and added some glitter to the centers of the flowers with a Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen. Love that sentiment and love those flowers created with the cling stamp. Color ME happy!
I mentioned that I airbrushed a couple more panels with the Liquid Watercolors. Time to put those to use!
I was starting to lose the stick on the back of my stencil as I was airbrushing these panels, (check the red portion of the airbrushed heart) so I took some Love From Lizi Straight White peel off stickers to trace the white lines of the stencil. The peel offs curve just enough to follow these lines, and they also add a great bit of shine to the background. I die-cut the colored panel with a LFSRdie, glued that to a Black Tie glitter mat and then down to a White card base.
I stamped the sentiment on more of the Purple Lava card stock with VersaMark ink and embossed that with white embossing powder. I wasn’t too sure how the Lava card stock would take to stamping, but it held up just fine!! I die-cut the sentiment with a HA Tag Frame infinity die, mounted that to the card front with foam tape, and added some purple glitter enamel dots from my stash. I wasn’t quite sure what to do with this sentiment, but I do think this is very vibrant!
And I have one more airbrushed panel to use… lets pair that up with some of the Heart Hand dies!
I stamped the sentiment using Intense black in and clear embossed it before I used more peel offs to reinforce the white lines of the stencil – trimming them around the sentiment. I glued the whole panel to a White card base and added three sets of the heart hand die-cuts in different colors. I like that the sentiment is not simply referring to the skin tones but to the whole rainbow spectrum with that stenciled and airbrushed background.
One more sentiment in this stamp set. I seriously considered making a light-up card but thought of something different.
Though this card appears fairly simple, it was a bit of a bear to lay out. I made a gate-fold card base (scoring both sides at 2 1/8″, and ink blended this sunburst (my own stencil) on the front using Lemon Drop Reactive ink. I picked a HA Nesting Heart die closest to the size of the Hand Heart and die-cut that through the gate-fold sides. I stamped and embossed the sentiment as usual and added the die-cut hands over the heart opening.
I added a piece of yellow card stock covered with some glitter from a sparkle pen to the inside of the card and outlined that with my Sakura Stardust pen. I don’t make very many gate-fold cards, but I thought this sentiment lent itself to an image that actually “shines through” the card front. Again, this was pretty fiddly, but I think it was worth it to make a sweet gate-fold card.
That’s my 10 cards this month folks! When I first got this kit, I wondered how in the world will I make 10 different cards from this kit, but once I realized there were ten sentiments in the stamp set, I was inspired to bring them all to life.
This is certainly a colorful batch of cards from a truly unique kit. I love the heart hand dies a lot (did you notice?) and the Liquid Watercolors are highly pigmented and quite fun to play with. I admit that I had a blast using my airbrush with those watercolors and can easily see me using that combination in the future.
I was so focused on using all the sentiments in the stamp set that I seem to have forgotten the heart stamp! I didn’t even notice that until I started writing this. Oh, well, I ALMOST used all the stamps in this stamp set! I do think this month’s kit is filled with items that will get a lot of use in the future. Leave it to Hero Arts to surprise us with a kit that really encourages us to think outside of the same ol’ card kit box.
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