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Awesome Add-ons: December 2023 Ideas + Video

Dec 06, 2023 Hero Arts

Hello and welcome to our Awesome Add-ons feature for the month of December! Here's a look at all this month's new offerings – we think you'll find something fun for everyone and every occasion!

Shop for the December 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.

Embossing plates and Fancy Dies are wonderful tools for adding interesting textures, patterns and shapes to your card designs. Today, I’m sharing two cards that use a few of these terrific, new add-on products.


For my first card, I started by embossing a piece of Passion Flower cardstock with the versatile Alphabet Embossing Plate. Before securing it to a Dove White card base, I used a Blending Brush to darken the edges of the panel with Grape Slush and Purple Galaxy Reactive inks. I love how simple it was to add this textural alphabet pattern to the card’s background.

For the card’s focal point, I simply stamped a few of my favorite images and a sentiment from the delightful Be You Bundle with Intens-ified Black ink onto white cardstock. I colored the images with colored pencils and then I used the coordinating dies to easily cut around them. I secured the images to the card with Precision Glue and foam tape. For a final touch, I added a trio of Purple Enamel Dots to the finished card.

For my second card, I started by die-cutting four lines of punched shapes across the lower portion of a panel of white cardstock using each of the new Hole Punch Edge Fancy Dies. Before securing the die-cut panel to a white card base, I glued narrow strips of Iris, Paradise, Peacock, and Meadow cardstock behind each “punched” line to reveal assorted colors from the card’s front. I also added a strip of Peacock cardstock at the bottom edge of the card.

For the card’s sentiment, I embossed a “thank” sentiment from the new Message Basics set with Clear Embossing & Watermark Ink and White Embossing Powder onto a strip of Meadow cardstock. Then, I glued the strip over a letter “U” that I die-cut with the Letter S-V Fancy Dies. Using several Square Infinity Dies and Splash ink, I glued the sentiment to a square panel that I inked, die-cut, and secured to the card with foam tape. For some extra interest, I stamped, colored, and die-cut several sweet images from the Be You Bundle and glued them beside the sentiment. I also added a pair of Blue Enamel Dots for some subtle shine.

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

Did you know you can get the entire collection of add-ons in one bundle at a discounted price? Check it out here.

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, December 7 to take advantage of this offer.

We appreciate you stopping by today. Happy stamping!

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DF171 Alphabet Embossing Plate (F) |...
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DF169 Letter S-V Fancy Dies (F) |...
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DF173 Hole Punch Edge Fancy Dies (C)...
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CM735 Message Basics | Hero Arts
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SB361 Be You Bundle (C) | Hero Arts
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DI713 Square Infinity Dies (H) | Hero...
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AF428 Splash Reactive Ink | Hero Arts
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AF464 Purple Galaxy Reactive Ink |...
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AF432 Grape Slush Reactive Ink | Hero...
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AF435 Intens-ified Black Ink Pad |...
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AF470 Embossing & Watermark + Reinker...
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PS328 Hero Hues Premium Cardstock...
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PS312 Hero Hues Premium Cardstock...
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PS344 Hero Hues Premium Cardstock...
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PS337 Hero Hues Premium Cardstock...
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PS338 Hero Hues Premium Cardstock...
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PS325 Hero Hues Dove white | Hero Arts
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PW110 White Embossing Powder | Hero Arts
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CH325 Purples Hero Hues Enamel Dots |...
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CH326 Blues 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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1 Responses

Cindy C.

Cindy C.

December 06, 2023

Both projects so cute!!

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