Monday, December 5, 2016

December My Monthly Hero - it's all about Celebration

Hi Stampers!
Happy Monday! It's that time of the month when Hero Arts releases the new My Monthly Hero kit and  I am honored and excited to be part of the blog hop today. It's always an honor to design for Hero Arts. And this month's kit is so fun and so versatile. Today I am actually featuring few of the add on items to the kit : Birthday celebration set and dies along with Champagne stencil.  I LOVE the whole kit and all the add ons. So much fun. Once I saw the set ideas just kept flowing, and I couldn't stop at just one project! And there are so many more ideas that I didn't have time to execute (you know, sometimes you need to sleep, and work -my daytime job and pay attention to the little ones so they don't get in too much trouble ;))

This month's kit contains:
► A 4"x6" clear stamp set
► A set of 8 coordinating Frame Cuts dies that match the stamp set
► Two Fancy word dies - "cheers" and "party"
► A set of Paper Layering dies for adding a sunburst or sparkler effect
► Fun new gold glitter embossing powder
► Custom washi tape designed for the kit
► A gold Uni-ball Gel Pen
► 4 half sheets of gold foil cardstock
► 2 half sheets of each metallic cardstock: purple, pink, dark blue and antique gold

The kit value is $65, an amazing deal at $34.99.

Hero Arts is giving away one kit as a prize to one blog reader - selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. Giveaway closes Sunday, December 11th at 11:59pm, and the winner will be announced the following week.

The kit is available for a limited time only - once it's gone, it's gone. Kits begin shipping from Hero Arts on Monday, December 12th.
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If you are following the blog hop you probably arrived from Lydia's blog . If not you can continue from here (and there is list of all the blog hop participants on the bottom of this post) or start from the beginning over at the Hero Arts blog 

Before I go into the project, I recorded videos for each project, I have 2 up now (the last two projects), so check back soon for the rest of them! (there were just too many videos to edit :D )

Now lets get started! For my first card I used the Champagne stencil and some Intense Black ink pad to stencil on the white card stock, then using the rectangle infinity dies I cut my layer. To soften the look I added a layer of vellum. And to add some sparkle to it, I stamped the little star/sparkle images on it using Versamark and embossed with gold embossing folder. Then layered on some Gold Foil card stock and black card base. The sentiment was as well stamped on black card stock and embossed with gold embossing powder. Lastly I die cut the champagne glassed from Gold Foil card stock and adhered them to my card. 
tip: I added adhesive on the back of the vellum where the sentiment is, the glasses and embossed images, so that way you can't see it ;) (video coming soon)

Next, is a simple shaker card. I used the party hat die cut to create it and added strips of washi tape on the back, then some shaker mix. I stamped the sentiment with Pale tomato and adhered the whole layer onto one of the Blush note cards. (video coming soon)

For my next card I was inspired from Maile Belles, a card she had several years ago. It just stuck in my head. I stamped the balloons with different colors, then used a ruler and marker to draw the strings. I added some vellum cut clouds, stamped the sentiment and added some enamel dots. Love how cheery it is! (video coming soon)

Now, lets move to another fun card - an interactive card. I LOVE pop-up cards so I decided to create one. The video tutorial is coming soon! It's so easy to make it! You just need your card stock, stamps, ruler, pencil, eraser and craft knife (and ink of course) 

(click on images for larger view - green - score, red - cut)

Lets move to some 3-d projects. I created these gift toppers using 80mm clear plastic ornaments. And they look so fun. I used the October Circle and Star confetti fancy dies for the backgrounds. And using the same set I was able to achieve two different looks. Scroll down for the video tutorial. 

Last, but not the least, some kid friendly cards. There are 4 circle images in the set. You can just put each on separate blocks, get several ink cubes and bunch of note cards, and let your kids go to town (mine had lots of fun) and then just stamp the sentiment with black ink. This way you will have bunch of handmade cards that your kids actually made to go to all the birthday parties they are attending. You can turn them into Christmas cards , too, if you use some Christmas colors and sentiment! Video is bellow.

So, this is all I have for you today. Hope you are inspired by at least one of these projects. Now it's time to head on over the the Ellen Hutson blog and see the amazing stuff that Julie created.

Ilina Crouse  -- You are HERE

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