Good afternoon! Today is the release day for the Hero Arts December My Monthly Hero kit and it’s a magical must-have!! You should have arrived from the fabulous Yana Smakula; but if not, you can head to the Hero Arts Blog to start at the beginning! The December kit is now available for purchase at Hero Arts but once they’re sold out, they’re gone for good so make sure to head over and shop soon!
The kit contains:
- 6 x 8″ Clear Stamp Set
- 12 Coordinating Frame Cuts Dies
- 1 Fancy Window Die
- 5 ink cubes (Exclusive colors only available in this kit – Sapphire, Teal Topaz, Pink Tourmaline, Ruby, Tiger’s Eye)
- 1 5.25″ x 6.5″ Stencil
- Assortment of glitter stickers
The kit value is nearly $80, an amazing deal at $34.99.
You can also purchase the add-ons as bundle to save almost 11% off the total price!
Today I decided to use more bright colors but I wanted warmer jewel tones so I reached for my alcohol inks! 😉 If you’re a frequent visitor to my blog or instagram feed you might have noticed that I’ve been on a bit of an alcohol ink kick these days. I love the gorgeous swirls of colors you can get simply by dropping alcohol ink and blending solution on a piece of yupo paper and I thought they would be perfect for creating a mystical, magical background for today’s card!
To start I followed a very similar process to this, I applied drops of alcohol ink in purple twilight, indigo, and wild plum to a piece of yupo paper. I also added drops of gold mixative and alcohol blending solution. I allowed the colors to blend and pushed them around a bit with a camera lens puff cleaner. I did not use a blending tool or blending felt. I much prefer this method of distributing color.
After it dried completely I prepped it with a powder tool and then stamped the Floral Mandala Bold Prints add-on stamp with versamark before heat-embossing it with gold embossing powder. I started with a 5×7 piece of yupo paper and eventually cut it down to 4 by 5.25. When you heat emboss on yupo you need to keep the gun moving all the time to prevent the paper from warping. I’ve also found that using a slightly larger piece of yupo helps with warping. The edges might curl a little but once you trim the paper to your desired size you won’t have any curling or warping. I adhered the yupo paper to the metallic gold cardstock and then stamped the sentiment from Make a Wish onto dark blue cardstock and heat-embossed it with gold embossing powder. I trimmed the sentiment down and adhered it to the alcohol inked background. I also stamped the magic lamp onto a scrap of the metallic gold cardstock and heat-embossed it with gold embossing powder. I die-cut it with the coordinating die and adhered it to the card with foam mounting tape. Finally I added a few metallic gold sequins to finish the card!
And that’s it! 🙂
To celebrate the release 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 so make sure you leave a comment at each hop stop for the most chances to win! If you win and have already purchased the kit you will be reimbursed! Please your comments before 11:59PM on November 12th! Here’s a list of all the stops on the hop:
- The Hero Arts Blog
- Yana Smakula
- Jessica Frost-Ballas —> You are here!
- Wanda Guess
- Lydia Fiedler
- Amy Tsuruta
- Janette Kausen
- May Park
- Michelle Short
- Clare Prezzia
- Libby Hickson
- Ilina Crouse
- Kelly Latevola
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