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Extraordinary Extras: July Ideas + Video

Jul 03, 2024 Hero Arts

Welcome to our July Extraordinary Extras feature, friends! Each month, part of our Hero Studio release includes an assortment of new products that complement the monthly theme and Card Kit. We call these Extraordinary Extras. Unlike the Hero Studio subscription products, Extraordinary Extras are restocked in the shop if they sellout. Have you had a chance to see what's new in July? We invite you dive right in and imagine the depth of creative possiblilities with these fun new goodies!

Shop for the July Extraordinary Extras here

Today we have Channin Pelletier here to share some fabulous "beyond the kit" ideas for a few of the extras. Take it away, Channin...

The moment I saw the Tropical Fishes stamp set I could not wait to color all those beautifully detailed fish. I pulled out all my boldest and brightest colors to really make them pop!

Once colored, I paired my fish with a blended background created with the Pebbles & Stones Stencil and Reactive Inks

By combining the stencil with blue inks (Pool Party, Splash, Blue Hawaii) I was able to completely changed the look from stones to water. And thanks to the water reactive properties of Reactive Inks, the added water spots create the look of bubbles – the perfect final touch!

Of course I had to try my hand at making the Pebbles & Stones Stencil look like rocks as well. 

For this card, I inked up the actual stencil with Charcoal Core Ink and then dry-embossed it over white cardstock. Next, I ink-blended with Granite and Charcoal inks to make the rocks look dimensional and then splattered with watered-down ink to make that amazing texture. Lastly, I finished the card with an image and sentiment from the Nautical Messages Bundle.

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

A reminder for all Hero Studio subscribers: You have the opportunity to add more products, including but not limited to this month's Extraordinary Extras, to your kit shipments with no additional shipping charges. Simply log in to your Hero Arts store account and place your order by 8:00am PT on Friday, July 5 to take advantage of this offer.

We appreciate you stopping by today. Happy stamping!

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