Hero Arts July My Monthly Hero Kit

Hi All! Hope everyone is having a great day!

I’m popping in with a quick project I made using the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit for July 2021. Of course when I saw that this month’s kit featured some cute gnomes and outdoor elements like mushrooms, foliage, flowers and tree stumps I knew I wanted to purchase the kit.

The difficult part of ordering kits from any stamp company is waiting for the delivery. Is it me or does it seem to take an eternity for the mail? At any rate, my kit came on Tuesday this week and I rushed home from work to play with it.

To create my card, I started by stamping the Woodgrain Bold Prints cling stamp using some of my favorite Dye Inks from Pink Fresh Studio called Gathered Twigs and Espresso.  I inked up and stamped the cling background to a piece of cardstock a couple of times using my MISTI stamping tool.

I wanted to create a bit of a bold look to some of the woodgrain in the stamp. To do so, I used a few of my Copic markers and simply traced some of the thicker lines in the stamp with a couple of different brown colors. I like the look of the additional bold lines.

Next, I used some Distress Ink in Brushed Corduroy and Walnut Stain and ink blended the entire panel. This really gives a finished wood look to the background.

I had ordered the Woodgrain Texture Fancy die from Hero Arts separate from my kit however I didn’t receive it at the same time as my kit. I wanted to have my stamped elements added on a plain white textured background. I started searching my craft stash to see what I could use.

Here is where I nearly had a crafty meltdown, LOL! I have been in the process of purging, organizing and adding all of my stamps and dies to a database this year. I’m trying to organize myself and create a database so that I can find things more easily when I’m making cards instead of using the I know I saw that stamp around here somewhere method, LOL! I had given away several boxes of craft goodies and made quite a bit of room in my craft space for organizing existing and new items. Yay me!

While I was creating my card, I remembered that I had an older die (retired) from Sugar Pea Designs that was a 3” x 4” and had a woodgrain texture with rounded corners. I thought that would make a perfect background for my Hero Arts gnome scene. I went in search of the die in my stamp/die storage bins and found the Sugar Pea Designs tab and began thumbing through my stamps and dies. The woodgrain die was no-where to be found. I kept thinking that surely I hadn’t given that die away. Why would I do that? I was so irritated with myself and even got the lecture from hubby reminding me that he’d asked “if I was sure that I wanted to give away all of the boxes of crafty supplies?” 

After dinner I came back and did one last search through my Sugar Pea Designs stamps to see if I’d overlooked it. Sure enough! Whew, found my woodgrain die tucked in the back side of one of my stamp packages.  I’ve never been so relieved to have not given something away, LOL! Have you ever had regrets after you gave something away? It’s a great feeling to give something away until you want that something back that you didn’t think you’d use again, LOL!

I used my newly located woodgrain die to cut some white cardstock and set it aside.

Next, I stamped, colored and cut a bunch of the images from the Hero Arts July kit. Everything was so stinking’ cute it was too hard to decide which images to use for my card. I’ll use the other images that I stamped for some other cards I have planned with this kit.

I ended up with the leafy tree-looking gnome house and the bluebells flower and one of the cute little gnomes.  I wanted to have a clean and simple card design so I kept it to three images. I used a Sakura Stardust pen to add some sparkle to the leaves, flowers and the tiny buckle on the gnome’s belt.

Once I was ready to assemble the card, I cut 2 additional pieces of cardstock using the Sugar Pea Designs woodgrain die. I cut one from the center of the stamped and ink blended Woodgrain background I created to make a frame and another from some scrap cardstock I had.

After all of my woodgrain pieces were cut, I inlayed those into the ink blended woodgrain frame that I created.

I popped the panel onto an A2 size top folding card base. On the inside I stamped the sentiment from the kit, You’re One of a Kind.

For a finishing touch, I added some of the sparkly sequin stars to my card panel with a bit of liquid glue.

The July My Monthly Hero Kit is still available if you are interested in purchasing one. The kit comes with the stamps and dies for all of the images as well as 3 mini ink cubes, some adorable mushroom washi tape and the sequins. Once the kit sells out it is gone forever so don’t miss out on this awesome set. The products I used for the card care linked thhroughout my post.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Hope you’ve enjoyed my fun little project.