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Awesome Add-ons: July 2023 Ideas + Video

Jul 07, 2023 Hero Arts

Hello and happy Friday, friends! It’s time for our July Awesome Add-ons feature. Before we get into the project inspiration, here’s a look at all of the new stamps, dies, stencils and rub-ons that we've released along with the two July My Monthly Hero Kits. Summertime fun ahead! Who's ready?

Shop for the July MMH add-ons here

Today we're delighted to have Creative Team member Jayne Nelson here to share some fabulous "beyond the kit" ideas for a few of the add-ons.

Whether you love cats or dogs, the new Playful Pets Bundle—filled with charming dog stamps, sentiments and coordinating dies—is simply too adorable to resist. Your dog-loving family and friends will adore cards created with this delightful set. Today, I’m sharing two cards featuring these cute pups.

For my first card, I stamped the new Meadow Floor Bold Prints background onto a trimmed panel of Kiwi cardstock with Field Greens ink and then secured the panel to a Kiwi card base with foam tape. Next, I created a simple frame from Meadow cardstock using a Nesting Rectangle Infinity Die and a Square Infinity Die; however, an easier way to create a Polaroid-style frame would be to use one of the Journaling Photo Frame Infinity Dies. I secured the frame to the card with foam tape and then added a sentiment strip, stamped with Intens-ified Black ink on Dove White cardstock, along the frame's lower edge.

To create a fun focal point, I stamped and die cut one dog and several dog toys and bones with the Playful Pets Bundle. Before securing each image to the card with Precision Glue and foam tape, I colored them with colored pencils. To make the dog appear that he’s holding a bone, I cut a small slit into one edge of a bone and then slid the bone up under the dog’s chin into the slit. For a final element, I added a trio of Sunset Enamel Dots onto the card.

My second card couldn’t be simpler—a pair of sweet pups leaping against a bright, inked sky. I started my card by masking off the lower portion of a trimmed, white panel and then, using a Blending Brush, inked the upper part of the panel with Splash ink. I also stamped a punny sentiment from the Playful Pets Bundle and some grass from the new Picnic Basket set onto the panel with black ink. I secured the inked panel to a Cup O’ Joe card base with foam tape.

Next, I stamped, colored, and die cut two dogs, a tennis ball, and a flying disc. I positioned the dogs and the disc to appear as if the dogs are playing catch and then secured them to the card with foam tape. Last, I finished the card with several Blue Enamel Dots.

For a full walkthrough of this month's add-ons, check out the video below. It's also available to view on YouTube.

A reminder for all My Monthly Hero subscribers: You have the opportunity to add extra items, including but not limited to add-ons, to your kit shipments with no additional shipping charges. Simply log in to your Hero Arts store account and place your order by Sunday, July 9 to take advantage of this offer.

We appreciate you stopping by today. Happy stamping!

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SB372 Playful Pets Bundle (D) | Hero...
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CM714 Picnic Basket | Hero Arts
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CG918 Meadow Floor Bold Prints | Hero...
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DI713 Square Infinity Dies (H) | Hero...
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DI198 Nesting Rectangle Infinity Dies...
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DF125 Journaling Photo Frame Infinity...
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SB428 Splash Reactive Ink Pad + Inker...
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AF435 Intens-ified Black Ink Pad |...
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AF664 Field Greens Core Ink | Hero Arts
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PS308 Hero Hues Premium Cardstock...
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PS328 Hero Hues Premium Cardstock...
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PS325 Hero Hues Dove white | Hero Arts
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PS333 Hero Hues Premium Cardstock Cup...
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CH326 Blues Hero Hues Enamel Dots |...
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CH328 Sunset Hero Hues Enamel Dots |...
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MI003 Ink Blending Brushes | Hero Arts
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GW102 Precision Glue XL | Hero Arts
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