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Awesome Add-Ons: October Edition

by Hero Arts Info October 19, 2016


Hi stampers! We have loads of inspiration to share with you today in a new feature we’re calling “Awesome Add-ons.” As you may know, along with each My Monthly Hero kit release, we introduce several new add-on products that can be used with the kit or on their own. October’s add-ons include holiday and winter themed clear stamps with matching Frame Cuts, several Fancy Dies, and packs of acetate sheets…

MMH Oct 2016 Add-ons

Shop for all available October add-ons here

Our Creative Team is going to share three fabulous “beyond the kit” ideas for these fun add-ons. Jayne is up first and we love what she’s created!

Jayne: I’m sharing a pair of city-inspired holiday cards that I made with the new Skylines Fancy Dies add-on set. I’ve used both the skyline and the bridge dies to make colorful, layered backgrounds.

Skylines Fancy Dies by Jayne Nelson for Hero Arts

To create the snowy sky on each card, I inked pieces of watercolor paper with Distress ink, splattered them with water, and then sprayed them with Unicorn white spray. After they dried, I cut a city skyline along the lower edge of each panel. Next, I cut the same skyline from two pieces of white, glittered cardstock and then inlaid these die-cut cityscapes into the inked, sky panels. To create a layered background, I die-cut two additional skylines and two bridges from colored cardstock.

Skylines Fancy Dies by Jayne Nelson for Hero Arts

For each card, I embossed a holiday sentiment from the Christmas Messages set. To make the cards even more seasonal, I added a stamped and watercolored holly branch to each design. I finished each card with a small bow and a trio of sparkly gems. It’s Christmas time in the city!

Clare created the next beauty with one of our new background dies.

Clare: One of my favorite things from the October My Monthly Hero release is the Star Confetti die – it’s just so versatile! And you know one of the cool things about it? It’s still available! 

For my card today, I wanted the stars to really shine (hahaha, sorry, couldn’t help myself), so I blended a background using Navy, Grape Juice, Ultra Pink, and Orange Soda, then splattered some Unicorn White Spray on it.


I then die cut the panel once it was dry. I did a little partial die cutting on a card base, so that I could adhere my die cut panel and have it be see through to the back of the inside…


I topped off the card with a die cut Peace sentiment, along with two little white heat embossed accompanying sentiment strips.

So do you find this star die as awesome as I do?! I love it!

And finally, Yana brings some holiday cheer and warm winter wishes!

Yana: The Holiday Cheer add-on stamp set from the October My Monthly Hero release is perfect for creating fun sketchy type cards.

Warm Winter Wishes Card by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts

I wanted to stamp a simple Holiday scene so I started by stamping a house onto masking paper and cutting it out. I also stamped same house in Intense Black ink  onto a sheet of watercolor paper, masked it and added a hill and trees to complete the scene. For my sentiment I went with Warm Winter Wishes and stamped it directly above the smoke from the chimney.

Warm Winter Wishes Card by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts

I used Daniel Smith watercolors and did some quick coloring. Once my scene was dry I added lots of snow using a white gel pen.

We hope you enjoyed today’s projects and look forward to bringing you more Add-on inspiration in the months to come. Thanks so much for stopping by for a peek!


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