Good morning! We’re continuing the Hero Arts May My Monthly Hero Countdown today and I’m sharing a bright and cheery card using the fantastic new kit!
I’ve mentioned this before but I am a complete marine biology nerd. My parents were both marine biologists early in their adult lives and shared their love of the ocean with me growing up. For a few years we lived in Monterey, California and weekly trips to the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium were the most amazing thing ever! So when I saw this super realistic set in the kit I was excited to color it! Now I was a little fanciful in my color choices but I don’t think I am too far off!
I started by stamping the images with versafine and heat-embossed them with clear embossing powder. I stamped the large image twice so I’d have some room to manipulate the images a bit to create my scene. Then I colored them with copic markers and die-cut them with the coordinating dies. After I created my blended background I colored around the edges of the die cuts so that they’d blend in better with my scene! I also stamped a bunch of the fish I believe to be moorish idol fish and colored them appropriately before die-cutting them!
Next I blended indigo, navy, and intense-ified black ink onto a panel of strathmore bristol smooth cardstock to create my ocean. I also stamped the sentiment from the kit with intense-ified black ink and trimmed it down to create an angled banner. I figured out the layout for the main aquarium image and then cut up the second image to fit around it especially on the lower right side and bottom left corner. It just filled out the image a bit more. Then I adhered everything to my blended background. I just love this kit and can’t wait to share more using it very soon!!
And that’s it for me! Head over to the Hero Arts blog for more inspiration using the May My Monthly Hero kit all weekend long!! And then I’ll be back Monday with the full kit reveal!!
For a chance to win a kit before you can buy it, just leave a comment on this (and every) Countdown to Creativity post. We’ll randomly draw one lucky winner from all the comments left across all countdown posts. The winner will be announced first thing Monday morning, May 3rd, before the kit launches at 10am Pacific. The more you comment, the more chances to win!
Thanks so much for visiting and enjoy the rest of your weekend!!
Aisha Roberts says
This is such a beautiful and vibrant card. The colors just pop. I’m excited to see this kit.
Patt H. says
Such a happy card, Jess , & the sentiment is perfect!! I love the bright colors especially!
Donna Phelan says
We all need a little Vitamin Sea! Love your deep blue background, it makes all of your other images POP! Love how you added ‘more’… looks awesome!
Toni L says
What a gorgeous card–love the bright pops of colour!
Beth Harple says
This is a beautiful card. Well done.
Lauryne Cunningham says
What an amazing card and beautifully colored!
I am loving how this kit is shaping up. the colouring on your card is lovely.
Michele W says
Fantastic card or should I say fin-tastic? 🙂 I love your coral wreath and vibrant fish. Using two images to create a fuller looking reef helps it look a bit more realistic and I love the way you colored all the edges of the die cuts instead of leaving them white. Makes your entire seen flow together better (pun intended). Thanks for sharing and inspiring!
Michele Slater says
I love all the beautiful vibrant colors in this card! I have not thought of coloring the edges before to match the background, what a great idea
Marie Siler says
I love your color choices. I wanted to me a marine biologist as well, but wasn’t supported by my parents (I’m older) and so it just didn’t happen for me. The kit looks extraordinary.
Helen B says
So vibrant…like your color selection for your designed scene. tfs-stay well.
Cynthia O. says
Beautiful vibrant colors and design, Jessica!
Lillian Prost says
beautiful underwater scene!
Linda Heithold says
This looks like an awesome kit. I love the Monterey Bay Aquarium one of the best for sure.
Beverly Stradley says
Bright pops of color to the blue background looks like an aquarium or the ocean floor,
Nancy T. says
I like that you colored the edges, cool tecnique.
Beverly Stradley says
beautiful. Love the aquarium look of this card.
Robin Keith says
I’m not a big ocean person so I really appreciate seeing all of the wonderful cards the design team is making. It will help my motivation when I receive the kit. I really love your card – the colors are amazing.
Teri S. says
I am all about the ocean. I am blessed to live close to it & love to be near it, on it, or in it. Your card is colourful & has so much to look at, it’s like looking at a mini aquarium.
Sheri Kempke says
Love the vibrant colors of your card–I’ve always wanted to live near the ocean, but alas, stuck in the desert!
Lisa C says
Beautiful work! The blue with that red coral is amazing. Can’t wait to see more.
Shirley Galecki says
Your coloring is amazing. Beautifully done. Can’t wait to see the whole Kit!!
Denise Bryant says
Gorgeous underwater scene! I love the colors!
Sue McDaniel says
As an avid scuba diver, I’m over-the-moon (under-the sea!) happy about this new kit!