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Awesome Add-ons: May Edition

May 05, 2017 Hero Arts Info

Hello and happy Friday, stampers! It’s time for another Awesome Add-ons feature. Before we dive into the projects, here’s a peek at all of the add-on products introduced this month — lots of creative options, whether you pair them with the kit or use them separately.

Shop for the May MMH add-ons here

Today our Creative Team is going to share some fabulous “beyond the kit” ideas for some of the add-ons. Let’s follow Jayne to the beach for some beautiful inspiration!

Jayne: I really love the collection of Fancy Dies from Hero Arts so I was thrilled when I saw the Shell Confetti Fancy Die for the first time! Not only can this full card-sized die be used to create tiny, shell confetti for shaker cards, but it also makes a fun, sea-themed background for beach images.

To create this pair of cards, I used the Shell Confetti Fancy Die to cut background panels from both light blue and tide cardstock. After removing all of the shells from the backgrounds, I secured them to white card bases.

I also used this die to cut the same tiny shells from azure cardstock and then randomly inlaid a few shells into each background. I wrapped the cards with nautical inspired, neutral cording. Then, I added beautiful, embossed sentiments from the new Mer-mazing Messages stamp set that I layered over pieces of vellum and embellished with starfish confetti pieces. I finished each card with a cute fish image from the sentiment set, stamped with Deep Ocean ink and cut with a small circle die. Quick, easy, and very beachy!

When I finished those cards, I had a tray of unused shell confetti so I decided to make a quick shaker card. I simply embossed a sentiment and a few bubbles from the Mer-Mazing Messages set onto the center of a cerulean card base. Then, using assorted inks and circle masks that I cut with four of the circle infinity dies, I randomly inked circles across a piece of white cardstock. Next, I used two rectangle infinity dies to cut a frame from the inked panel. I lined the frame with acetate, added a few ombre green sequins, tossed some shell confetti over the sentiment, and then secured the frame to the card with foam tape. I also stamped a few additional bubbles and added several more sequins to the outer panel. 

Next, Amy has created a fun and fin-tastic birthday card that’s suitable for most anyone!

Amy: I’m a long time fan of all things nautical and love this month’s newest add-ons. Here’s how I was inspired:

I used the Manatee Stamp & Cut set. I did some quick watercoloring in a palette that would make those cute fish POP.  They are on foam dimensionals for added fun.

I love a great pun, don’t you? This is a great addition to my birthday card stash, a fun gender neutral design.

I added a couple of the Ombré Ocean Sequins, they look pretty fantastic against the black.

We hope you enjoyed today’s projects. Thanks so much for stopping by for a peek!

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