Awesome Add-ons: June 2022 Edition
Welcome to our Awesome Add-ons feature for the month of June! If you haven't had a chance to check out the new add-ons introduced on Monday along with the June My Monthly Hero Kit, we've got you covered today. Take a look at all of these fun stamps, dies, and stencils below. They are perfect for summer projects of all kinds and we can't wait to see how YOU will add your own splash of creativity!
Today we're delighted to have Debi Adams here to share some fabulous "beyond the kit" ideas for a few of the add-ons.
Hey all! Aren’t you just loving the new June release of stamps, dies and stencils by Hero Arts? I am so ready to get summer started and these designs are just perfect for making it happen. Today I am showcasing a few sets that really spoke to me. The more I looked at them, the more I felt moved to create something that was a bit mixed media and abstract though they could certainly work well as clean and simple cardmaking. The nicest part about mixed media is it’s a lot about experimenting and play and not overthinking.
The first card up uses the Dark Sea Bold Prints. Ironically, I used lighter colors for the background. I inked up the red rubber stamp in Pool Party, Key Lime Fizz and Green Apple Reactive Inks and stamped it onto a piece of watercolor paper. Because there are nooks and crannies in watercolor paper, I inked and stamped my print several times then I lightly misted the stamp and pressed it again into the paper. This created a watercolor look that I just loved.
I chose to add a few of the Seashells Fancy Dies cut from white cardstock and embellished them with just a hint of Pool Party and Key Lime Fizz Reactive inks. The sentiment was stamped and embossed onto Adriatic cardstock. All elements were placed in the center of the card. Easy peasy.
The second card is one of a kind. Although each person can follow the instructions, no two pieces will ever look the same. The top part of the card was created with Pool Party Reactive Ink for the background and then the new Tide Stencil was laid on top and brushed with Blue Hawaii Reactive ink. **TIP: The Tide Stencil is very thin and detailed. If you are wanting a precise image, it is necessary to use a stencil adhesive spray to keep it in place. I prefer to use Pixie Spray but any stencil spray will work.
For the bottom of the card, I actually worked off of a dirty gel plate which simply means I used a gel plate or press that had various acrylic paints dried onto the surface. I added some Liquid Watercolors (Mulled Wine) to the plate and when somewhat dry, I painted a coat of white acrylic paint over the top and then pressed a piece of copy paper over the top and rubbed it. When I lifted the print, I got this wonderful, crackly piece. It pulled up the old paint, the new watercolor application and the white acrylic paint.
I tore a piece of it off and added it to the Tide Stencil piece, mounted it onto a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" Dove White Top Folded Card and then went back in and stamped a few of the bubbles from the Mermaid Cove set in Grape Slush Reactive Ink. Lastly, I stamped the sentiment and sea designs on other paper, cut and placed them on the card and did a bit of stitching. I decided to splatter a little bit of the Mulled Wine Liquid Watercolor over the top of the card to bring the color up from the bottom. A little bit more work than the first card but really worth the process. I love using stencils and stamps to create abstract backgrounds. It stretches the bandwidth of the products and uses it in a different way.
Well that’s it from me today. Going back to the creative workstation. Hope today you found some inspiration to start something on your art table.
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 11:59am PT on Thursday, June 9 to take advantage of this offer.
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