April My Monthly Hero Countdown: Idea #6 + Giveaway! | Hero Arts


March, 31, 2018

We're back with our final countdown post, leading up to the release of the April My Monthly Hero kit! Release day is Monday, April 2nd at 1pm Eastern/10am Pacific. Please note, we will be taking a break from the countdown on Easter Sunday. Don’t forget to comment on each and every post as we’ll be giving away a kit on Monday morning, before the kit launches! Now let's join Clare as she shares a festive and fun card using the kit...

I'm gonna tell ya straight up - I'm a little bit obsessed with the cacti in this month's kit. For today's card, I kept it simple, by heat embossing a cacti in Gold on some black paper

I wanted a nice fun background for the little guy, and since my mind was thinking desert/watercolor/AWESOMENESS, I eventually made my way to my friend Lisa Spangler's blog. She shared a super cool watercolor technique to achieve an amazing background - see her original post HERE.

For my background, I covered a small watercolor panel with water - LOTS of water, as it helps the ink bleed more. Then I put down some strips of Liquid Watercolor, straight from the bottle, down on the cardstock. As soon as I had all my ink down, and with the cardstock still wet, I used a small comb to create a funky pattern across the panel. The colors I used were Purple (new add-on coming Monday!), Strawberry and Dandelion.

Then, because you all know I have a thing for Sparkle embossing powder, I covered the panel with it, heat set it and then die cut the panel with the Rounded Rectangle Infinity Dies.

I topped the card off with a kit sentiment stamped in Grape Juice, the heat embossed cacti, some black gems and a strip of gold reflective paper.

Be sure to check in Monday for the full reveal and a super fun blog hop!

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 the countdown posts, and announce the winner first thing Monday morning, April 2nd, before the kit launches at 1pm Eastern. The more you comment, the more chances to win!


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April 01, 2018

Sweet card.


April 01, 2018

I love how you created this amazing background. TFS.


April 01, 2018

What a cool technique ! And the striking cactus on black…Wow!


April 01, 2018

What a super card – the background is amazing ! Thanks for a great sneak peek!

Nelissa Winters

April 01, 2018

Great card, love the background.

Dana M

April 01, 2018

Terrific card! Love the CAS layout and the water colored panel is amazing, perfect to ground the fantastic cactus.

Bonnie Darroch-Dean

April 01, 2018

What a creative background idea. Can’t wait to see the whole kit and start playing with it!

Christi Conley

April 01, 2018

Love the way you embossed cactus :)

Rae Culak

April 01, 2018

I love learning new techniques for backgrounds, the use of a comb to create texture is a great idea

Diane Brown

April 01, 2018

I love this card with the amazing background, The cactus is a fun theme to colour, great CAS card.

Kris Reeves

April 01, 2018

I love your background!

Sharon Vincz 👻

April 01, 2018

Love the fiery colors! 🌵

Lisa A creations

April 01, 2018

Cute card!

Tasha Jorgensen

April 01, 2018

Fantastic card! Love the colors behind the cactus!

Toni L

April 01, 2018

I can understand—I have a fascination with cacti too! Great kit content!

Rebecca Ballard

April 01, 2018

Never enough Mexican stamps. Your colors are beautiful. I love me cactus 🌵


April 01, 2018

Great idea to emboss in hold on black paper. It’s something I definitely want to play with in my cards. Looking forward to the kit!

Krystal Showalter

April 02, 2018

Such a great card! I love the idea of using a comb to move the alcohol ink.

Marilee DeMars

April 02, 2018

Wow! That is an amazing technique — the colors, the sentiment, the kit!!

Linda Schade

April 02, 2018

I love that comb technique! How clever, and the use of unusual colors behind a cactus, so unique. thanks for the inspiration.

Teresa R-O

April 02, 2018

Really excited about the April ’18 kit release…the theme is perfect for Cinco de Mayo and to make cards for our friends down south!


April 02, 2018

Using a comb for cardmaking? You’re a creative genius! LOL Seriously, that is super kewl!! Thanks for sharing the link on how that was done. That is my next stop and thank you so much for sharing!! =)


April 02, 2018

Great background idea.

Marylurdys Hernandez

April 02, 2018

This technique makes a great faux-fabrique aplique. Excellent!

Anne Furth Snelgrove

April 03, 2018

Such a cute idea. Really like the background as it makes me think of a South West sunrise. I’m a little obsessed with the cactus too.


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