Awesome Add-ons: March 2021 Edition
It's time for our monthly Awesome Add-ons feature! Have you had a chance to check out all of the fun new stamps and dies included in the March add-on collection? It's enough to make any book lover's heart skip a beat! Whether you pair the new items with the March kit or use them separately, you'll be able to create unique cards and projects for all sorts of occasions throughout the year.
Today we're delighted to have Debi Adams here to share some fabulous “beyond the kit” ideas for a few of the add-ons.
Well hello friends and happy Wednesday! Looks like Hero Arts is off to another fabulous launch this month featuring some wonderful stamps and die-cuts, all centered around books, reading and positive thoughts. Can’t get better than that, right? And, if you can’t leave your home, you can at least travel through a book. A nice thought for times like these. Anyway, I love the clean lines of this entire collection as it makes for easy coloring and suitable for any age group. Up today are two different styles of cards. One features a slider bookmark and the other is a fun Peek-a-Boo card.
When making this first card, I decided I wanted it to look like a book cover. For the “binding” on the side, I used Copic markers that were slightly darker than the blue card front and then scored that section down the middle using a scoring tool.
I die-cut the rectangular-center out from the card using the new Slimline & Bookmarks Infinity Dies and created a gold cardstock frame around it using the same size rectangular die plus one slightly larger. The grass was hand-cut from green cardstock, embellished with Green Apple Reactive ink and attached to the card base. The Tree of Knowledge is a die-cut so I just colored in all the parts and pieces with Copic markers and colored pencils, shaded the whole tree using Key Lime Fizz and Green Apple Reactive inks and attached it to the front of the card. Creating the bookmark was easy. I cut a strip of cardstock that was slightly wider than the window and barely longer than the length of the card. I marked off where the sentiment would need to be stamped by placing it in the window, and then removed it and stamped it in that area. I cut a piece of Dove White cardstock 4 1/4” x 5 1/2” and adhered it to the back, inside cover, making sure to leave a space for the bookmark to slide in and out. Finally I stamped, die-cut and added that absolutely darling bookworm. Oh my gosh. What a cute little bug!
What’s not to love about a Peek-a-Boo card? There’s always a surprise inside, right? And who doesn’t like opening those windows? I’m not sure how the other makers work a Peek-a-Boo die but here’s my tip. I first cut the top card as usual with the Peek-A-Boo Books Fancy Die and then color it in how I like it. I then take another piece of cardstock (4 1/4” x 5 1/2”) and only emboss the image. This means I sandwich the paper and the die between an embossing plate on top and a rubber mat on the bottom. (The die should be on top of the paper and the paper on top of the rubber mat.) The resulting image reveals all the book placements and it makes for easy stamping application using the Bookworm Messages set. I layered the two pieces of cardstock together and attached it to my card base. For this particular card, I again added a few bookworms and a sentiment as well. And, that is it.
I love that the two cards offer encouragement, both for reading and in life. Hope you enjoyed today’s techniques and tidbits. Wishing you a creative day.
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, March 11 to take advantage of this offer.
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