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July My Monthly Hero Release Blog Hop + Video + GIVEAWAY

Hi friends! It's time to kick-off another My Monthly Hero release! The July kit is filled with the mystery and intrigue of the lost city of Atlantis. Plus, there are 5 reactive mini ink cubes included!!! And a host of seaworthy add-ons make this one fin-tastic release!

If you've been hopping along, you should have arrived from Jessica Frost-Ballas' blog. Your next hop stop after this will be Laurie Willison's blog. The entire hop list can be found later in this post.


This month's kit includes a super fun Heroscape underwater scene as well as mini cubes of some of my favorite reactive ink colors! I just couldn't wait to get started, and made sure to turn on the camera for this one, so you can watch the process video below or on my YouTube Channel.


My layers were stamped in pool party, blue hawaii, and taffy, then I used clear embossing & watermark ink to add coral embossing over the taffy stamping.



The background of the card is blended with pool party, splash, and blue hawaii, then spritzed with water and blotted with a paper towelfor a fun splashy look. I stamped and die cut the silhouette stamps from the kit in all the ink colors as well as embossed with gold glitter, then chose a few to add to the scene. The sentiment from the kit is tamped with blue hawaii, and I added a little sea horse to accent the banner.


For my next card, I wanted a patina-esque look for an Atlantis scene. I stamped the layering stamps on paradise cardstock with aquamarine and emerald green pigment inks. I felt the green was a little brighter than I would like, so before I pulled it out of the MISTI, I stamped over it with unicorn pigment ink. That lightened up things perfectly. Next I added the coral layer with the coral embossing powder from the kit.



I cut the fancy die from adriatic cardstock, then lightly pounced with copper glimmer metallic ink.  I wanted a little more depth, so dabbed a bit of glue randomly on the upper parts of the die cut and then embossed in gold. Next I stenciled the arctic cardstock background with the Waves stencil.  The sentiment is embossed onto a die cut circle of vellum.  I layered everything together, adding in some of the silhouettes embossed in copper.




I pulled out the liquid watercolors and one of the fun July add-on sets for this next underwater scene.  I started with watercolor cardstock, and then painted with jungle mist, deep ocean, teal, and indigo liquid watercolors and splattered with white watercolor.  The fish stamps from the main kit were stamped with sapphire pigment ink all going the same direction.  I added in some greenery  from the Deeply in Love add-on down at the bottom with deep ocean ink.




I chose a sentiment from the previous released Zen Messages  to go along with the little heart bubbles from Deeply in Love.  I embossed both in white directly onto the card base.  Then I used one of the fish from the kit going the opposite direction of the other fish... he's following his heart. 


Another fun add-on this month is the Deep Sea Background Cling.  I love this fabulous image, and it's designed to work with the other Peek-a-Boo products.



I started by stamping the background in intens-ified black ink onto bristol paper. I used both Zig markers and copic markers to color the  scene.  I then went over the coral images with an embossing pen and embossed with the coral embossing powder from the kit.  Once that was done, I cut with the Circular Peek-A-Boo Doors Die.


The image was then glued to a card base and I stamped little messages inside  some of the doors with stamps from Deeply in Love and Hero Greetings Mini Messages. If you're interested, there's also a fantastic Deep Sea Messages add-on designed to pair with this background.


My sentiment comes from the Zen Messages set, stamped onto paradise cardstock cut with Oval Infinity Dies and then I added a white gel pen border around the inner circle. The bubbles are from the Deeply in Love add-on and I accented them with the blue lacquer pen from an earlier kit.

Well, I have a few more cards to share, but there's still a lot of hopping to do, so I'll save them for another day. I hope you've enjoyed my makes and a bit of my creative process. If you're not a subscriber already, the kit is only available while supplies last, so pre-order your kit todayWe estimate kit shipping will begin Friday, July 17th and continue throughout the following week.

Here's a closer look at the July My Monthly Hero kit. I've also linked the entire release along with the supplies I used for these cards below for your convenience.

Kit Contents:
  • 6" x 8" Clear Stamp Set
  • 9 Coordinating Frame Cuts
  • 1 Fancy Edge Die
  • 6 Sheets of Sticker Paper (2 each of Diamond Blue, Teal, Purple)
  • 5 Reactive Ink Cubes (Blue Hawaii, Splash, Pool Party, Key Lime Fizz, Taffy)
  • Coral Embossing Powder 0.5 oz.
Kit Value: $76.50
Kit Cost: $34.99


GIVEAWAY:
Hero Arts is generously giving away one $50 gift card, drawn from the comments left across the hop. Enter by Sunday, July 19th at 11:59pm pacific, and the winner will be announced on the Hero Arts blog the following week.


For a chance to win the $50 Gift Certificate giveaway, leave some comments for the talented designers linked below.  
Happy hopping!

Next up on the hop is Laurie Willison

Hero Arts
Amy Kolling
Channin Pelletier
Daniel West
Debi Adams
Emily Midgett
Ilina Crouse
Janette Kausen
Jenn Shurkus
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Julee Tilman ✋ That's me!
Laurie Willison
Lydia Fiedler
Maria Willis
Mariana Grigsby
Michelle Short
Mindy Eggen
Nichol Spohr
Seeka
Yana Smakula

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July My Monthly Hero Release



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Mojo Monday 541




Hi friends! It's time for a new Mojo Monday sketch!  As always, you're free to play along with any papercrafting products your heart desires and enter as many creations as you like. Use the sketch as inspiration for your creation, then come link it up below so I can come take a look! The linky for this challenge will close on July 26,  2020. I have included dimensions on the graphic later in this post, but feel free to change them up to suit your needs.



I had to take a peek back to see if this sketch had been used before, and was surprised not to see it. The two crossed panels is kind of my go-to start to a card, especially with patterned paper.  I typically use a circle as the focal point, but decided to switch to a square for a change.

The stamps are from the new Summer Fruits set from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.  I had a lot of fun coloring them with Copics, then playing around with some new to me papers from Echo Park It's actually a patriotic pad, but totally made me think of picnics and cherry picking,  The sentiment is masked off to use just par and I added the missing you from the Rose Banner set above.


Alrighty, now it's your turn! I hope you enjoy creating with this sketch! Thanks so much for stopping by!


Please join me for Mojo Monday!
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