Hero Arts MMH June 2019 5 Cards

Here are 5 cards I have completed using the June 2019 My Monthly Hero kit from Hero Arts, “the jungle kit.” It is a beautiful kit and I was super excited that there was a realistic elephant which made me think that I might actually scrapbook my 2017 trip to Thailand where I volunteered at an elephant sanctuary. No… I’m probably not going to get around to that :). Anyway, it included some Daniel Smith paint dots and since I have just recently been trying my hand at watercoloring, that was pretty exciting too. There were some fabulous extras also, and the kit is still available at Hero Arts! In addition to my monthly kit, I purchased the Jungle Frame Fancy Die as well as the Chameleon Stamp and Cut set.

I have not been videoing or even taking in-progress photos but I do have pictures of my completed cards. I clearly need to work on my photography skills…. I used to photograph my seaglass jewelry for my Etsy shop and I took some beautiful shots, so I have the capability… just need to spend more time on it. Anyway, here are the 5 cards.

For my first card, I used the included watercolors and painted the elephant, a couple of the leaves, the adorable little (sad looking) monkey, and the snake. Next thing I did was lightly ink-blended some distress oxide inks on a 4.25×5.5″ piece of Neenah cardstock and added some layers of grass I cut out using the MFT Grassy Fields Scene die. I then used the frame die to cut out the foliage shape and spritzed it with Tim Holtz distress oxide spray in peacock feathers. I popped it up with foam dots on a card panel using Neenah cardstock (yeah, I did! That is a lot of teeny tiny pieces of foam dots in some cases!) I then popped up my elephant using some more foam dots, and adhered the leaves, snake and monkey directly to the frame cut using Gina K Connect glue. I stamped the sentiment from the kit “sending a jungle of joy” on some Hero Hues cardstock in the color Paradise with Versamark and heat embossed it with white embossing powder and adhered it directly to the frame cut with some more Connect glue. I have no idea what I used to cut the sentiment out with to get those curved stitching lines lol. Finally, I went over all the stamp lines using my Tomboy Mono drawing pen, used a black gel pen for all the eyes, and fancied up the headpiece on the elephant with some Wink of Stella, and popped it all onto a top-folding A2 cardbase of Neenah 110# in Solar White. I like it 🙂

For my 2nd card I used alcohol ink and successfully used the ink-lifting technique. I had tried this in the past and failed – of course I didn’t bother reading directions or watching any Tim Holtz instructions… but still…. First I used some Yupo paper and after inking it up I stamped the tiger, the leopard, and some leaves with Tim Holtz Alcohol Lift-Off ink about 3 times, wiping the excess ink off in between. I used some Yupo vellum with some alcohol pearl inks and added some foiling to it randomly while it was still sticky. I used the Jungle Frame die to cut out the vellum, and adhered it to the background with Gina K connect. I stamped the sentiment “hello friend” from the kit directly on the background using Stazon jet black ink and called it good!

My 3rd card uses the elephant again and is a birthday card. I watercolored the elephant, the toucan, the branch, and some foliage. For the background I lightly ink blended a piece of 4.25×5″ Neenah cardstock using oxide inks and used some water splatter for that effect. I cut the fancy frame (can you tell I love that die??) from watercolor paper and painted it with the black paint dot. I adhered all my elements directly to the background and adhered it to a top-folding A2 cardbase. It was missing something so I made a frame using cardstock and a couple of the Hero Arts Nesting Rectangle Infinity dies. I added some interest to the frame with an MFT Basic Stitch Line die, and painted it black and added Wink of Stella. I popped it up using thin strips of foam tape. I stamped “happy birthday” from the kit with the Hero Arts Intensified black ink cube that was included in the kit – after everything was adhered to the cardbase, so I lucked out being able to get it stamped as well as I did, although “happy” is a little squishy. I used my gel pen again for the eyes and some of the details on the toucan, Wink-of-Stella’d the elephant’s headpiece and the card is finished!

My next card uses the Chameleon Stamp and Cut add on. I used distress oxide inks in a rainbow pattern and water splattered it. I cut out the jungle frame again but this time I left all the pieces in place. Well, i tried to… I spent a fair amount of time putting back the pieces to the jigsaw puzzle it became when a lot of the little pieces automatically fell out when I took it off my Big Shot. Good thing I enjoy jigsaw puzzles! And crawling around on my craftroom floor looking at tiny little pieces of paper to find the last couple pieces 🙂 I then stamped the chameleon, the branch, the dragonfly and the ladybug directly onto the background. I colored in the chameleon using the distress oxides and an old eyeshadow applicator. I colored it using whatever color of the rainbow background it happened to fall in, but darkened it up quite a bit. I colored the ladybug with a zig marker and a black gel pen, and left the dragonfly as-is color-wise but added Wink of Stella. I found the little “smile pretty” in some old scrapbooking supplies.. and used it because the chameleon IS smiling…. it is! I cut the sentiment up so I could leave out “a” because I thought “you’re one in chameleon” flowed better than “you’re one in a chameleon”. Anyway, that’s it! It’s pretty much a one-dimensional card that looks very dimensional, don’t you think?

The last card I have finished is my flamingo card. I colored the flamingo from the set using Zig markers and fussy cut it out. I didn’t want to use the die because I didn’t want the lines as nothing else in the scene has lines. I won’t be doing that again by the way. I added some Wink of Stella and glossy accents to make her gorgeous! Again I used distress oxides for the background. I cut out the piece for the sand/shore line from some scraps using the MFT Beach Scene Builder dies. I also used that set to cut my clouds and the Palm Tree using scraps from a previous project colored with oxide inks and… a stencil? some stamps? I think the shore and the other scraps were all using the same techniques and product, but…. I don’t remember. Anyway, I used the wave lines from the Hero Arts Seas The Day Seagull stamp set for the water. I stamped some flamingo “friends” on the background panel and put my gorgeous girl in front of them. I stamped “you amaze me” using a sentiment in the kit and heat embossed it in gold – again using scraps; it was already basically in that shape so I just used it as is, but I popped it up using a little strip of foam tape. But Go Me using my scraps, huh! And after using Wink of Stella on my clouds, card # 5 is done!

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my cards. I have some more images watercolored and ready to make into cards and I am working on the “ideas” part of the process.

I clearly need to learn a few things about this blogging business…. not the least of which is making the cards the correct size so you don’t have to scroll for days to get to the end of the post. But I am liking this so far… I have a bunch of blogs I follow and find it so much more satisfying reading everyone else’s posts and watching tutorials than spending hours looking at videos of kittens and puppies doing goofy things. NO… I love dogs and cats.. I have a dog (Deeogy) and two cats (Mudbuddy and Turtle)…. I just found getting lost in la-la land for two hours watching the videos to be less than the best use of my time 🙂 I’m also keeping a list of things I am trying to figure out and am hoping to find someone in the community that can take the time to help me out a teeny bit by answering some questions 🙂