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May My Monthly Hero + Giveaway

Hi friends! It's the first Monday of a new month and time for another fabulous My Monthly Hero release. The May kit celebrates crafting and is filled with stamps and dies sure to delight the artistic soul! This month's add-ons are spectacular, too, so be sure to check them all out in the shop! As per usual, once I started, I just couldn't stop creating. This month's kit is so much fun!


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

Once again, Hero Arts is generously giving away a fabulous prize for a lucky commenter along the hop.  Leave a little love in the comments section for all these amazing artists and if your name is drawn you'll receive this month's kit (or equivalent product if you're already a kit subscriber) absolutely free! If you're not a kit subscriber, you should really consider subscribing. The kits frequently sell out and subscribing guarantees you'll never miss a kit. The kits are such a great value, with super fun and versatile images and accessories. Plus there's such a wealth of inspiration from the designers each month! Speaking of inspiration, let's get started...


My first card, started with the gorgeous yarn heart fancy die in the kit.  I cut it from cardstock three times, layering for thickness. Next I sponged with a rainbow of Hero Arts inks. When this was done, I coated the entire heart with embossing ink (there's some included in this month's kit!) and then embossed with sparkle embossing powder. I love how shimmery it is.


Next I painted some cardstock with pewter glimmer metallic ink and then die cut with the fancy needle die from the kit twice for the knitting needles.  I pulled out the Crafting Border Fancy Die with Frame add-on and embossed it onto the card base using my die cut machine. I wanted a super subtle kind of quilted effect, but you could get a similar look by just layering the die cut in white cardstock on a white card base.  The sentiment from the kit is embossed in white on black cardstock and folded into a dimensional banner shape.


I was so happy with my rainbow heart, I decided to use the same colors of inks with a direct to paper technique for a fun rainbow background. I just swiped each ink pad across my paper, overlapping colors to get some subtle blends. This panel is cut with the Infinity Rounded Rectangle Dies and then matted on black.  


Next I stamped and die cut several of the images from the main kit.  I colored with Copic markers, except for the scissors, which I painted with pewter glimmer metallic ink.  Then I layered all the pieces together.  The sentiment is a one line strip, but I cut my stamped image into two parts to separate the sentences. My final touch was the craftiness is happiness sentiment inked up in the same rainbow of colors (reverse order because I wasn't thinking about it being opposite when I used my MISTI to stamp the sentiment). When I was done stamping in color, I stamped once more in embossing ink and then embossed with clear. A little crystal clear lacquer pen accent and glitter finished things off.


I was having so much fun playing with the rainbow, that I decided to just continue on with it. For this card I wanted to use two of my favorite add-ons from the kit, the Crafty Messages stamp set and the Wood Frame Infinity Dies. These two are definite must-haves in my opinion! I cut the wood frame (isn't that embossing detail on the die so amazing?) and sponged with distress oxide inks. I then popped it up on foam tape on a rectangle I had stamped the sentiment from Crafty Messages on.


For my final card, I used a rainbow background I had previously made using a Gelli Plate and reactive inks. I embossed the fabulous new Crafting Tools Bold Prints background in white, then matted with a super thin mat of black. I wanted to keep as much of that rainbow showing as I could!


I fell in love with the Tin of Brushes wood stamp the moment I saw it. It reminded me of a fun Mother's Day project I made back in elementary school using an old soup can and yarn. I colored the image with Copics, bringing in a rainbow of colors, then framed this with black cardstock I finished the card with a sentiment and a few ink splatters from the Handmade Happiness set, then added a hint of shimmer with some crystal clear lacquer pen and glitter accents on the paint drips and splats.


Well, that's all from me today. You deserve a crafty high five if you made it this far! 😁  I've got a couple more cards finished, but I think I've blogged enough for today! 

I hope you've enjoyed my makes and a bit of my creative process. I had so much fun crafting the rainbow with this month's release! If you're a kit subscriber, remember you can order any of this month's lovely add-ons to ship with your kit with no additional shipping fees if you place your order before Thursday. All of the add-ons are added to the Hero Arts catalog and restocked. The kit is only available while supplies last, so pre-order yours while you can! Kits begin shipping from Hero Arts on Friday, May 10th.

Here's a closer look at the May 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
  • 20 Coordinating Frame Cuts
  • 2 Fancy Dies
  • Purple Sparkle Embossing Powder 0.5 oz.
  • Clear Embossing & Watermark Ink Cube
  • Lavender Washi Tape
  • 5 Mini Clothespins
For a chance to win the giveaway of this month's kit, leave some comments for the talented designers linked below. Here's the full hop list. Next up on the hop is Laurie Willison.  Happy hopping!


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70 comments

Kelsey Thomas said...

Love the pretty rainbow cards!

Allie said...

Your rainbow colours are perfect on this set, Julee! I especially LOVE the way you coloured up the paintbrush can - beautiful cards!

Unknown said...

Tricia Podmore here just to say thanks for your cards that make smile. Love that you used the painting theme. Love also your color choices giving that rainbow effect. Soooooo creative and inspiring. You are amazing.

Isabel Z said...

I love blog hops because they inspire me to create.

Patty said...

Love your cards! Bright rainbow colors always make me happy!

sharon g said...

The bright colors are just perfect for a craft theme.

Unknown said...

so pretty thank you for the giveaway i found out thru heroart

Patti H. said...

I'm crazy about all the gorgeous rainbow art! The kit is totally awesome & I can see a lot of the add on pieces are a must have also. Love the Wood Frame dies!

Marcia McCullough said...

Love your cards!

Susie, Clermont FL said...

Great cards!!! Such a fun kit

Jennifer said...

Super ideas!! Love the colors and the way you used color on the embossing

Stef Perry said...

All four of your cards are fabulous Julee! I especially love the Tin of Brushes one with the embossed rainbow background, but they are all so bright and pretty!

MadeByMeghanK said...

All are gorgeous! I love the rainbow colors you used and your designs are sooo unique!

Theresa said...

Lovely cards and inspiring creations.

cjknick said...

Such a great set & wonderful cards! Thanks for the chance to win ❤️

Lieve said...

I like all your cards, but the last one is my absolute favourite. Even maybe of the blog hop so far. I just love it !!
Thank you for putting a big smile on my face.

sgc said...

All so pretty!

Deb Selby said...

Beautifully colourful cards. Makes me wish I had ordered the wooden stamp as well

Teri S. said...

Your cards are absolutely delightful Julee! I really like the bright rainbow of colours you used on all of them in varying ways. You've showcased this release brilliantly! Thank you so much.

Laurie said...

Such fun cards with the cheerful rainbow colors!!! Really really like the rainbow can of paintbrushes!!!!

Becky Moore said...

I love these cards! Each one put a smile on my face!

Karthikha said...

Fabulous rainbow colored cards!! Each one is super beautiful! :)

Rose Mary Smalley said...

You always do such a wonderful job on your cards....I really loved them all!!! Of course I would.....they are great!!! This is such a fun and creatively cute kit that Hero Arts has this month...I want to send you a high five for always being so generous and giving us such great samples to drool over....Have a colorful, and creative week.....Thank you so much for sharing your work.

Robin said...

Beautiful cards! thanks for sharing!

Debbie Rumpza said...

Gorgeous! I really love all the rainbows you have going on. My favorite is the rainbow yarn! How lovely!

Dawn J said...

Great frame die, love the wood look. Thanks for showing how it looks.

Helen said...

So colorful, so delightful...everything projects about crafting should be. Thanks for sharing your amazing talent.

Cindi said...

So cool how you used the Fancy Frame Die to emboss!

Kati C said...

Ah me!! Such crafty goodness!! Love your colorful cards!! The colorful heart against the white embossed background looks fantastic!! Love all the rainbow colors and the colorful threads and palette with the "wooden" frame and the brush tin!! You made it look fantastic against that background!! Just lovin' it all around!!

Denise Bryant said...

Love your awesome crafty rainbow cards! Fabulous kit.... a favorite!

roni said...

A crafty high five back at you, you’re so imaginative and I love your fun & colorful cards, especially the “make stuff be happy” card.

kiwimeskreations said...

wonderful and delightfully colourful cards Julee - that must be one fabulous kit!!
Blessings
Maxine

Dorcas said...

They are each as beautiful as the next. Simply stunning work. I really am inspired and also have a dose of reality. lol

Renee V said...

Fantastic cards Julee! Each one was a delight!!

Cherry Blossom said...

These are so cheerful!

Teresa Doyle said...

These are all wonderful cards Julee and I especially like the first one! The detail in the embossing on the white cs really shows up yet the beautiful colour on the focal image is still the star of the show. ALL are awesome cards, you have really been having some crafty fun! (Lucky YOU!)

Stacey Kowbel said...

So many fantastic cards! I love all the designs and the bright colours!

Overby Designs said...

Absolutely love your colorful and fun cards! This kit looks like so much fun to play and create with! Amazing job!

Sherry Butcher said...

Wonderful cards, Love all the color combos and designs you made. Thanks for sharing.

Janet said...

WOW! I just love your cards using this new Hero Arts kit. Thanks for the inspiration. :D

Denise Terry said...

What an impressive bunch of cards! I am in awe of all of the ways you are able to use the kit. Thank you for sharing!

Brand6 Duncan said...

Love your rainbow of inspiration. This month’s kit and add-ons put a big grin on face, which I’m sure others agree. I can’t wait to play with all of this crafty goodness.

Mary Holshouser said...

Make stuff, be happy.
that's been my motto through
life though I'd never verbalized
it before. Great cards.
thanks for sharing
txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

Anushree Vaish said...

Love,Love ,Love your gorgeous rainbows!!Thanks for sharing.

Andrea Hastilow said...

Really adoring the bright, sparkly rainbows of colour on your designs, so artistic & inspirational, thank you c

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Great kit...and I love your cards!

Karen H said...

Love the new kit and love your fabulous, colorful and cheerful cards. Thanks, Julee, for giving us so much inspiration.

Monkeygirl said...

This kit will do so many things , great designing of the card that you made.very exciting.

Gardenrose said...

Beautiful cards - so detailed with your coloring!!

TLI74 said...

All so pretty.

Jeanne Beam said...

Such fantastic cards! Love your colors and the backgrounds.
Thanks so much for sharing...

karenajo said...

Super cards - the rainbow colors work wonderfully with all these elements. Thanks for sharing such great inspiration!

mandalj said...

Your bright cheerful rainbow cards are all so gorgeous!

Cathy Loveless said...

I love all of the items from this release and will be waiting by the mailbox for the items I purchased to come. I get so much inspiration from the bloghops and can’t wait to get started and create.

connie #2909 said...

I love all the cards and the colors are awesome.

Barbara said...

I love all your beautiful and colorful cards. This is a fantastic kit and you have captured it's theme perfectly!

Tindaloo said...

such awesome bright and colorful cards! love the new kit ♥

Gab said...

Your cards are really great - what a fun kit!

Arianna Barbara said...

Oh wow! Too cool!!! Awesome set of cards!!!

Shari Czerwinski said...

So much crafty goodness and bright colors! <3

Sue D said...

Love your crafty colorful creations!

Golda said...

I'm glad you were having fun playing with the rainbow, as you came up with many bright and beautiful creations.

https://misslomaxart.wordpress.com said...

I see beautiful rainbow colours and those die cut stamped images are just the cutest

Henriëtte said...

Julee your cards are gorgeous. I love the colourful and bright cards you made. This month kit is so great aswell as the add-ons, it's a joy for the crafters eye.
Thank you so much for sharing.

GrammaStubbs said...

You have the most creative use of the sewing confetti die. Well done!

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Barb F. said...

Beautiful cards! Barb F.

Lagene said...

Awesome Kit! Wonderful creations, I especially love the tin of brushes card!

Handmade by Hanneke said...

Wonderful cards! You have definitely given me some ideas on how use with this awesome kit.

Gina S. said...

OH mY gosh! Soo many great cards! And that Tin Can! I didn't see that when I placed my order! I have one just like for my paint brushes, lol! Now I think I need to place a second order! Such great ideas, thanks for sharing!