Hi friends! Welcome to the Hero Arts "My Monthly Hero" February Card Kit blog hop! I'm so happy to see you today! The kit this month is yet another fabulous kit (of course!) Lots of products perfect for Spring! The kit and extras all feature clouds, rainbows, and adorable animals. I love it all! I can picture encouragement cards, baby cards, friendship cards....So many ideas. All of these products work together seamlessly and beautifully to create cheerful projects. I was inspired today by the sweet animal images, which reminded me instantly of illustrations. I really wanted a soft look and so I chose to use watercolor pencils to color my card today. Before I became a Copic-aholic, I always used to use watercolor pencils, and I love going back to this medium. Thanks for stopping by here on the hop today. Hope you have a wonderful week ahead of you! I have some fun things planned this week, and then I'm going to an all day craft retreat on Saturday which is sure to be a great time! Enjoy the hop today!
You may have arrived here from Yana's blog? (She is one of my fav crafty gals!) If you want to start at the beginning of the hop, CLICK HERE to go to the Hero Arts Blog. Lots and lots of inspiration for you today. I am always so grateful to join these fantastic crafters in this monthly hop. If you're new to my blog -welcome!
Here is my finished card! I adore the bear stamp! He is so sweet with his red umbrella and his duckie friends!!
I started this project with an A2 card base made from Kraft Cardstock. I thought it matched nicely with my intended color scheme of red, blue and yellow. I layered a piece of gingham paper from my stash and then a layer of crisp white paper. I stamped and die cut all of my images out first, before coloring them.
I used watercolor pencils and a small paintbrush to color the clouds, bear and ducks. This is such a good and fun technique. If you've never worked with watercolor pencils, I definitely recommend giving it a try. If you are intimidated by the thought of a big giant watercolor paint palette, this is a great way to build your confidence. For these images, I colored with my watercolor pencils directly onto the images and then used a paint brush and just a small amount of water to push the color around. Start with a bit of color, and you can always add more.
These clouds are perfect! I adhered the clouds to the card using foam tape and then added the blue raindrops underneath them to line up. Then I stamped my sentiment in rich black ink. Isn't that a nice sentiment? What a nice way to tell someone you're there for them. We can all use that!
The stamp sets in this release are sooooo sweet. I love this tiny rainbow! I didn't end up using it in my card, but I sure love it! :-)
The kit is available NOW! Yippeeeee! Below is a photo of ALL THE STUFF that comes in the main kit. Beautiful and sweet stamps with matching dies, ink pad, stencil, twine, and more! This is a great value for $34.99! The items sold separately retail for $70.00 or more! Hero Arts is VERY generous with their beautiful kits! The other supplies I used are listed below in my links. I used two of the brand new 'add on' sets that go with the main Card Kit.
SUPPLY LINKS FOR TODAY!