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December 2020 My Monthly Hero Release Hop + GIVEAWAY

Hi friends! It's time to kick-off another My Monthly Hero release! This month the kit is filled with blue skies, sunshine, and hope for a better tomorrow. Sounds good right about now, don't you think? The kit includes a fabulous 6 x 8 set, a few beautiful fancy dies, 4 reactive ink cubes, and some super fun yellow embossing powder. Plus there are also lots of amazing add-ons to round out the theme!

If you've been hopping along, you should have arrived from Amy Kolling's blog. Your next hop stop after this will be Mariana Grigsby's blog. The entire hop list can be found later in this post.

I absolutely love encouragement cards, and this kit is perfect for sending a little pick-me-up to a friend.  I just couldn't get enough of this gorgeous Hope fancy die from the kit, so my first card today (and several more) features the hope die. For this card I blended some reactive inks onto cloud white cardstock and then die cut, leaving me with a hope frame and a bunch of pieces.  Here I did the inlaid technique to piece those blended pieces back inside of a white die cut, then popped the whole thing up on foam tape and accented with some bling.

For the background, I used the cloud scape from the kit in pinks, purples and blues.  I added the sentiment in black, and then matted with some purple cardstock and finished off with a few sequins.

I just couldn't neglect the frame from when I cut the inlaid pieces, so created a clean and simple type card with it.  I cut the outline shape from the hope die out, then coated with a thin coat of glitter glaze and then glued down the frame over the top.  It's super sparkly!

Next I embossed white cardstock with a rays embossing folder, aligning the folder on the paper so the rays would be coming out from the o in hope.  After embossing, I then used the sun rays from the kit, stamping the smaller rays in the orange yellow combo up top, then again below with the pink purple combo.  I popped the whole panel up on a foam sheet and this ray of paper sunshine is ready to go!

The other fancy die in the kit is this beautiful cloud scene. I layered it with a larger circle die and cut it from white cardstock. I then separated the pieces, ink blending the outer portion with aqua inks and the inner portion with yellow and orange.  I stamped the sentiment in black, then used just one of the cloudscape stamps to emboss with white puff embossing powder.  I love that these clouds look great whether you use one, two, or all three layers!

For the background I lined the hope an sunshine stamps up in my MISTI, then stamped on adriatic cardstock, moving over and down each time to fill the whole background.  I matted and then finished off with a white card base.

This next card was my most involved card from this post, but it still came together super quick. Can you tell I'm smitten with this hope die? {grin} Here I cut the outline shape from vellum, then used both dies together to cut the frame from white cardstock and layered together.

For the background, I started off with the center half sun images, then worked my way out with the small and larger rays. I then masked off my stamping and ink blended the water below, adding a bit of white pain with a stipple brush for highlights in the center.  The it's a new day sentiment is stamped onto it.  I then stamped the birds twice in the sky section of the card and blended some aqua and white inks for a billowy cloudy looking sky.  I accented with the cloud die cut from cardstock and then accented with glitter.  I  then adhered my vellum and white hope die cut, centered over the horizon line and finished with a big rhinestone heart in the center of the o.

My final card for today came about while I was playing with color combinations for the clouds. I stamped the three layers in fun colors, then masked off a stripe as high as the letters in the die and blended in turqoise inks.  I cut the die again from yellow cardstock, then inlaid jus the o, adding a bit of highlighting with a copic marker for some shading.  Then I decided to coat the entire die cut with embossing ink and emboss with sparkle embossing powder.

I added some dimension with a foam sheet behind the panel and left the rest of the card white so the hope could really shine.

Crafty high five! You made it to the end of the post! I hope you've enjoyed my makes and a bit of my creative process.  I think this one is gonna go quick! 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, December 11, and continue throughout the following week.

Here's a closer look at the December 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
  • Hope Word Fancy Die
  • Cloud Fancy Die
  • Cloud Window Die
  • 4 Reactive Ink Cubes (Early Dawn, Morning Mist, Yellow Chartreuse, Thistle)
  • Yellow Prisma Embossing Powder 0.5 oz.
Kit Value: $78.00
Kit Cost: $34.99

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 Maria Grigsby

Hero Arts
Channin Pelletier
Dana Joy
Daniel West
Debi Adams
Emily Midgett
Ilina Crouse
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Lydia Fiedler
Maria Willis
Michelle Short
Mindy Eggen
Pocono Pam
Amy Kolling
Julee Tilman
Mariana Grigsby
Nichol Spohr
Rebecca Keppel

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December My Monthly Hero Release


sharon g said...

Your HOPE card with the birds is unbelievably pretty. I LOVE how you put hope on the horizon. I don't know if you meant it this way, but that's how I take it...

Janet said...

WOW! Your cards are stunning! Thanks for the inspiration and chance to win. :D

Rema DeLeeuw said...

Love this kit!

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Wonderful inflating of pieces of color.
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Meant inlaying not inflating.
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

Kelsey Thomas said...

These are so pretty!

Wendy Dillon said...

This kit must be in your heart! I can really see your creativity in every single one! I'm thrilled the blog hop brought me to your site!

MadeByMeghanK said...

This are amazing! I LOVE how you used the Hope Die! Your colors are awesome!

DorothyA said...

Beautiful cards. You have really show cased the HOPE die and the wonderful colors that create the skies.

Sherri Clifford said...

I love your cards! That hope die is awesome!

Kristina "Tina" said...

This entire hop is stunning card creations, yours included! Thanks for the inspiration

Mary Holshouser said...

Love the dark green background
on the third card. All of the
cards are wonderful. thanks for
sharing. txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

Purple Princess said...

so very pretty

Queen Mary said...

Beautiful cards! I love the one with the words in the back ground where you also used the circle die! Brilliant! Thank you for sharing your ideas, and so many of them!!

Queen Mary said...

Gorgeous cards, thank your for sharing your ideas with us!

Patt H. said...

Fabulous cards! This is one of the best kits yet!!

Dee Earnshaw said...

your samples are gorgeous - love them all

Stacey Kowbel said...

Gorgeous cards! I love your tomorrow card - beautiful colours!

Teri S. said...

Oh my, you cards are just fantastic! All of the colours, design & layering are a feast for the eyes, & the message is one that is really appropriately timed. After all, what is life without hope?

Giselle said...

So many beautiful cards! I really like your second card, Hope, and it’s colours.

Laurie2cats said...

Beautiful cards! Great color combinations and artistic designs

L said...

Thank you for showcasing this fabulous kit with the wide variety of cards!
They are all wonderful!

Joyce said...

I love all your wonderful creations.

Jeanne Beam said...

Such gorgeous cards! Love the colors...
Thanks for sharing.

Barbara-Jean said...

A beautiful collection of cards! Lucky the person who receives one!

Carmela said...

I love that hope die! So cool. Pretty cards, Julee!

Lauryne Cunningham said...

Gorgeous cards! I love the embossed rays on the second HOPE card!

Carol Wortman said...

Wow... gorgeous way to showcase your beautiful heart in and on your cards. Just lovely!

Nancy Knapp said...

Such a great variety of cards! Thanks for sharing!

Sue D said...

Wonderful variety of cards.

Lynne in NI said...

Wow, these are all fabulous!

Annheidel said...

These cards are so wonderful! Thanks for sharing your ideas with this kit.