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November 2020 My Monthly Hero Release Blog Hop + GIVEAWAY


Hi friends! It's time to kick-off another My Monthly Hero release! This month we've got a fabulous winter woodland theme to play with, and it's absolutely amazing.  The kit includes masking dies for the focal images in the stamp set that cut the images exactly with no white border, making it easy to layer up those stamps to create a fantastic winter wonderland. Plus there are tons of amazing add-ons to round out the theme!

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



I'm not a fan of owls, but my favorite card with the kit ended up using the owl. I must say I kind of like him and his regal attitude! He must be a good owl. Since we were anticipating a Blue Moon when I created the card, I thought he needed a moon. I stamped the owl with brown ink, then went in for some detailing and shading with Copic markers and a white gel pen. No fussy cutting required with the genius masking dies included in the kit.  I used the same technique for coloring and cutting the branch he's sitting on, adding in some glimmer metallic ink accents. For the moon, I stamped the branches circle from the kit on yellow cardstock, then used the Infinity Circles to cut a circle slightly smaller than the stamped image.  I then cut a matting circle and painted with gold glimmer metallic ink for some shine.




For my background, I pulled out some inks and blended a night sky, splattering some water on, then pulled out the fabulous big tree from the Winter Tree & Animals add-on set. I stamped the tree two times off the edge, then finished with a little black ink around the edges.  The sentiment is from the kit, and embossed on black cardstock in white.



Next I moved on to the adorable little snowman and tree image in the kit. Stamped colored and die cut, all I needed was a fun winter background. Cue the gorgeous new Winter Woods Heroscape add-on set. I started by stamping a row of trees with one of the tree stamps from the set across my panel.  I then embossed the snow bank image twice in silver below them.  I  then masked off my row of trees loosely with the coordinating frame cuts, stamped the falling snow stamp repeatedly and embossed with clear embossing powder. 



With everything still masked off, I blended in some blues for the sky, then wiped off for a distress resist on the falling snow. I matted this panel with red cardstock. The sentiment is from the kit, and I stamped the holly berries and leaves, then die cut to accent my sentiment strip



Next, I wanted to do something with that blizzardy snow mound background from the kit.  I stamped it in navy ink with the let it snow sentiment above it.  I coated the snow mound with liquid pearls and then added some icicle glitter for a sparkly look.



Next I cut a wood frame and swiped with cup o' joe and soft brown inks for a weathered wood look.  I trimmed my stamped panel to fit behind the frame and glued together.  Next I pulled out the darling new Love You Deerly add-on and stamped the deer ornaments and tree on cardstock, then colored and die cut with the coordinating Love You Deerly Frame Cuts.  Once everything was layered together, I added a polka dot embossed panel on foam tape behind my frame to finish off the card.



My final card for today is another snowy scene, this time starting with the lovely Etched Winter Scene Bold Prints. I used my MISTI to stamp multiple times in blues for the sky then switched to markers for the green on the trees and gray for the snowbanks, adding in some water effects for a more fluid feel to the background. I sponged a little darker blue around the edges of the sky, then colored in a full moon with watercolor markers.  


Next I pulled out the kit again and cut two of the Christmas trees, then painted with glimmer metallic inks to add to my scene.  I then stamped the cabin in brown, colored with markers and accented with some liquid pearls.  To ground the cabin in the snow, I added some liquid pearls around it and a loose trail through the snow to get to the cabin.  I created a coordinating mat by painting the edges of a panel of cardstock with glimmer metallic ink, then did the same for the sentiment strip mat, which is a fun one also from the kit.

Whew! You made it to the end of the post! I have a couple more cards to share, but 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 today! We estimate kit shipping will begin Friday, November 6, and continue throughout the following week.

Here's a closer look at the November 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
  •  5 Coordinating Frame Cuts
  •  6 Coordinating Masking Cuts
  •  Winter Sky Reactive Ombré Ink Pad
  •  Red Vine Washi Tape
  •  Winter Forest Sequins
Kit Value: $86.00
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, November 8th 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
Channin Pelletier
Dana Joy
Daniel West
Debi Adams
Ilina Crouse
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Lydia Fiedler
Maria Willis
Michelle Short
Mindy Eggen
Seeka
Amy Kolling
Jennifer McGuire
Julee Tilman
Laurie Willison
Mariana Grigsby
Nichol Spohr


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November My Monthly Hero Release


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57 comments

Rema DeLeeuw said...

Love this kit!

Unknown said...

Your owl card is awesome! Thanks for sharing.

Unknown said...

Love your owl card. Thanks for sharing!
-Debbie McDaniel

Leslie said...

These are amazing cards, and you are so talented. Each one shows such thoughtfulness and care! I love Hero Arts and all that they do! Thanks for posting

Geri S said...

Amazing detail on beautiful cards! TFS

anni said...

WOW! Love your background scenes! Gorgeous!! Such beautiful cards!

Sheryl said...

Lovely winter scenes

Unknown said...

Thank you for your gorgeous ideas and inspiration.

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Especially like the Owl coloring. Your creations are wonderful. Ordered kit.
Melissa
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

Heather DePasquale said...

Wow! All your cards are beautiful and so creative. Love the colors and dimension. Great kit!

Cindy Holmes said...

Oh my gosh! I am truly speechless with how absolutely amazing and gorgeous your cards all are! I so love your unique style too!

Arlene D said...

Thanks for sharing your ideas with these cool stamps and dies!

Karen said...

All your cards are wonderful, but the first one is just fabulous!

jean said...

these have to be the most beautiful cards in the world!!! simply stunning!!!

Elise Smith said...

Owls are my absolute favorite so I love the first card! You colored him beautifully and the patterned moon is so creative. The snowman card is fun and festive!

Dawn Cooksley said...

Your cards are soooo cute and the owl is fabulous...

MadeByMeghanK said...

All your scenes are AWESOME! Love the owl one!

Carol Wortman said...

WOW.....JUST WOW... for not liking owls, wow, this is my favorite card. I so enjoy your inspiration, your cards are beautiful!

LittleSher said...

Great sky background in the owl card.

Kailash said...

Stunning cards, love all the fabulous details!

Joanne Hoffmann said...

WOWza...you were busy!! Absolutely beautiful card projects...so different yet so creatively inspiring!! LOVE

Marina said...

You made some beautiful cards, I love them all but the one with the owl and the snowman are my favorites.

Becca Yahrling said...

Beautiful cards!! I couldn't wait to buy this kit. lol It's on its way.

Jeanne Beam said...

Gorgeous cards! Such a great kit...
Thanks for sharing.

Elaine Lozano said...

Really like how you created the night sky for these cards..I need to try this technique.

Stacey Kowbel said...

Fabulous cards! I love the moon behind the owl - stunning!

allieangel said...

I love your creativity and the way you used the owl.

Nicole Parmentier said...

...Just Wow!! All of them!!

gawillis@blogspot.com said...

I love the owl!

Jackie said...

Your cards are gorgeous, so creative and fun!

Purple Princess said...

Such wonderful cards!!

Henriette Moelgaard said...

Such a cute kit, and cute cards!!

Kathy J in Ellicott City said...

Great Cards!

Joyce said...

What a beautiful and inspiring selection of cards.

Fonda said...

Wonderful cards!

Nancy T. said...

The name of your blog says it all. Your cards are so artistic and beautiful.

Cherry Blossom said...

I love the owl!

Debbie T. said...

Wow, such versatile cards - I love them all, they’re beautiful. I can’t wait to receive my kit!

Patty said...

Your cards are all amazing!! My favorite...that owl..That owl card is awesome!! Your background is outstanding, the colors are amazing!!

Nelliespinoza said...

Love your layered techniques. I always enjoy adding dimension to cards! Beautiful cards, and love the moon behind the owl!!

SueB said...

What awesome cards! Each card has a wonderfully colored background.

Preeti Rodricks said...

OMG your cards are simply gorgeous! The backgrounds are so beautiful....just amazing!

Julie said...

Wow, love the cabin card!

Nancy Knapp said...

I love these cards. So many details! So beautiful! My favorite is the owl card!

Giselaine said...

Loved your cards showcasing the new HA kit and addons, especially your owl card. Huge fan of the masking dies!

DorothyA said...

Each card so beautiful! I love your cards and love these stamps! I can't wait to get my kit!

Lauryne Cunningham said...

Your cards are gorgeous! I love the designs and colors on all of them! The bright yellow moon looks stunning against the night sky!

Bev said...

Julee, seriously, I love your cards the best of any on the hop! You did such a wonderful job using this amazing HA kit! Thanks for the inspiration!

Wendy said...

I love all the dimension you create in, even the flat parts, of your cards ~ especially the first one! So, So, So cool!! I love this kit!!

Helen said...

Wow! A stunning set of cards, Julee! I just fell in love with your first card with that lovely little owl! So much detail in your design! Thanks so much for the inspiration! Take care! :)

Beth Merrill said...

I love all your cards, but the owl card is my favorite! I love all the possibilities that the masking dies in this kit allow. Can't wait to get my kit!

Bonnie K. said...

Love all your cards! Using that background to make the moon behind the owl was brilliant! This is such a great kit - thanks for the ideas!

Bri Kay said...

Love all your cards,

Ms. Tamp said...

These are really lovely shares. I like the owl and deer projects. Very nice.

Karen L K said...

Wow what great cards! I love all the coloring you did! That owl is super cute.

Lagene said...

Awesome cards & wonderful Kit! I especially love your owl scene!

Connie said...

Hi Julee :) Love the richness of your color palettes!!! Wonderful cards! TFS :)