Hey friends and welcome to Day 2 of the Hero Arts* 45th Anniversary Blog Hop! I am so excited to be part of this celebration! I’ve been a big fan of Hero Arts for a few years now and for the past four years I also worked at the Hero Arts booth at the CreativeWorld tradeshow in Frankfurt, Germany and every year is so much fun! So to be able to celebrate this huge milestone together with so many other creatives is something I’m very grateful for!
And apart from a truckload of inspiration in this blog hop, of course there is also a whole lot of prizes that you can win! Make sure to read through to the end for all the details on how to enter!
Summer Card Inspiration
For my projects today I almost couldn’t decide what products I wanted to use. One thing that I knew for sure was that I absolutely wanted to use the new Hero Arts Reactive Inks! For now I only got the colors Taffy, Pool Party and Lemon Drop, but I’m sure I will be adding the other colors sooner or later.
This first set of cards features the Taffy and Lemon Drop reactive ink, together with one of my favorite Hero Arts Bold Prints stamps – the Beachy Bold Prints! I started by heat embossing the Beachy Bold prints with white detail embossing powder onto a white piece of cardstock. I used my MISTI and a powder tool to make sure that I would get a clean impression.
Using an ink blending tool, I then started blending the Lemon Drop ink from the top of the cardstock towards the middle. Next I used Taffy and started blending it starting from the bottom of the cardstock towards the middle where it would overlap with the Lemon Drop. I went over the middle with the Lemon Drop ink again, to make sure that the transition would be smooth. I love the orange color that resulted from the two inks mixing. When I was done with the ink blending, I sprinkled a bit of water so the water drops would react with the inks.
I cut the heat embossed and ink blended cardstock into two pieces. One that’s slightly smaller than A2 and then a strip from the cut off that I used on the second card. For the sentiment on the right card I used the Snarky Mix & Match Messages stamp set – I absolutely love the cheeky sentiments in this set! And I thought the “hot mess“ goes well with the beach umbrellas. You know, beach umbrellas, summer, sunshine, hot —> hot mess? Yeah, I know.. I’m hilarious 😀 Again, I used the white detail embossing powder and heat embossed it onto Hero Arts Premium Cardstock in Azalea.
For the card on the left I die cut the word happy once from the same cardstock and again three times from white cardstock. I layered them all on top of each other and glued them together with the Hero Arts Precision Glue (OMG, I cannot live without this glue anymore!), slightly shifting the pink top layer to create a shadow effect. For a finishing touch I coated the die cut word with the Crystal Clear Lacquer Pen. This gives the die cut a shiny, glossy and slightly raised effect.
Floral Card Inspiration
My second set of cards features one of my all-time favorite dies from Hero Arts: the Flower Garden Fancy Die. I used it on the card on the right. Just die cut from Premium White Cardstock and layered on top of an alcohol ink blended panel it looks absolutely beautiful, don’t you think? I love how it doesn’t need much to create something stunning with this die! The sending smiles sentiment came from the Hero Greetings Sending Smiles stamp set.
For the second card in this set I used the Paper Layering Floral Heart with Frame dies. I only used the inlay die to cut it directly from my A2 sized card base. I used a pretty aqua glitter cardstock to layer it behind. For the sentiment I used the Hello Message Fancy Die and cut it from frosted silver cardstock. For some final touches I added a few Nuvo Drops in the center of the flowers.
That’s it from me today! I could have made so many more cards but “unfortunately“ I had to leave for a vacation trip to Spain 😉 But as soon as I get back home, I will definitely play some more with my Hero Arts stash. I hope you liked these cards and they inspire you to create something with your Hero Arts goodies!
Your next stop on the hop is Laurie Willison. Remember, you can always hop back to the Hero Arts blog if you get lost.
Of course a celebration like this calls for prizes and gifts and there’s a whole bunch of sponsors, so make sure you enter the giveaway!
Hero Arts: 3 $145 Gift Certificates, 3 $45 Gift Certificates
Altenew: $50 Gift Certificate
Art Impressions: $25 Gift Certificate
Ellen Hutson LLC: $50 Gift Certificate
Gina K: $100 Gift Certificate
Jennifer McGuire Ink: $100 Hero Arts Gift Certificate, 5 Share Handmade Kindness goodie bags
Laurie Willison: 2 Card Hanger Dies
Lawn Fawn: $50 Gift Certificate
My Sweet Petunia: 1 Prize Bundle (Original MISTI, a set of Creative Corners, a Cut-Align, and a bar magnet)
Online Card Classes: 5 spots in the Stamp Happy In Good Company: Hero Arts class
Pinkfresh Studio: $45 Gift Certificate
Scrapbook & Cards Today: 3 copies of Scrapbook & Cards Today Summer 2019 Issue
Scrapbook.com: $50 Gift Certificate
Simon Says Stamp: $50 Gift Certificate
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