1 May 2017

May My Monthly Hero Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello there, today I have the pleasure to be taking part in the Hero Arts May My Monthly Hero Kit Blog Hop. The kit releases today and it is absolutely beautiful! I just adore these mermaids. They are so beautifully drawn and I love the sentiments and accompanying images too.
 
If you are following along with the hop, you should have arrived here from Libby's Blog but if you get lost along the way, you can find the full list of participants below.
 

For my card, I started off by stamping the mermaid, starfish and fish, from the stamp set using Intense Black Ink. These were coloured with Copic Markers and then I cut them out using the coordinating dies. I added dots of Copic Spica glitter pens to the mermaid's tail and also to the starfish and fish. I took the 'sending mermaid kisses and starfish wishes' sentiment from the stamp set and stamped this using Versamark Ink on to a piece of watercolour paper. I applied White Embossing Powder and then heat set.
 
 
I then went to town creating the background panel. I did go a little mad with the layers but I do like how it turned out! I first made layers of ink with the Nuvo Aqua Flow pens in Fresh Green, Aqua Splash and Azure Blue and water. I then added water to Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Cornflower Blue and Aquamarine and pounced these on to the card base too. They give a lovely shimmer to it. I then added a few splatters with water from a mister bottle.


Once dry, the panel was cut down using one of the dies from the Nesting Rectangles Infinity Dies set. The panel was added to a white A2 card base and then the mermaid, fish and starfish were added with foam tape. It is a little difficult to see the sentiment in the photos but it is easier to read in real-life!
 

SUPPLIES:

Here are the links to what I have used on the card. Please click on the picture or wording to be taken to where I purchased it. Affiliate links are used on some products. This means that if you make a purchase after clicking on my link, I receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support when using these links. Please click on the letters below the product to shop at your favourite store - Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Hero Arts (HA), Seven Hills Crafts (SHC) Amazon (AZ) etc. Products marked with an asterisk (*) were kindly sent to me to use.


 
COPIC MARKERS: Mermaid - Skin: E21, E51, E50, R20. Hair: E47, E57, E25, E23. Top & tail: BG49, BG34, BG13, BG11, Spica 12 Silver, Spica 08 Turquoise. Starfish - Y17, Y15, Y13, Y11, Spica 16 Buttermilk. Fish - V06, V05, V01, Spica 13 Lilac.
 

THE KIT:
 
 The May MMH Kit contains:
1 4"x6" clear stamp set
18 coordinating dies (5 fancy dies & 13 frame cuts)
1 6"x6" stencil
A selection of Cyrene sequins
3 ink cubes - Deep Blue, Aqua & Amethyst
5 5"x6" aceate sheets
1 bottle of turquoise silk liquid ink
3 sheets of 6"x6" lightweight paper (ice blue, marble tissue & swirl tissue)
 
That is a whopping $70 for only $34.99 (approx. £28.00). It limited edition so grab one while you can. You can purchase it HERE. You can also subscribe here so that you never miss a kit!

There are several amazing add-on products this month too. These are not limited edition and can be purchased from any Hero Arts retailer. Here is a look at them: 



 
 
BLOG HOP:

Michelle Short - you are here!

GIVEAWAY:

Hero Arts are giving away one kit to one blog reader - selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. If the winner has already purchased the kit, they will be reimbursed for it. Giveaway closes Sunday, May 7th at 11.59pm EST. The winner will be announced the following week.

As you can see, the next person in the hop is the fabulous Ilina. I didn't use the papers that come in the kit on my card today but let me tell you, they are gorgeous! You can see me use them in my countdown post here. Thank you so much for visiting me today. I hope you enjoy the rest of the hop.

175 comments:

  1. Your water base texture looks like the water in the ocean... so beautifully created.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Beautiful! Love your background too! 😍 Thanks for the giveaways and inspiration! 😘❤️

    ReplyDelete
  3. The whole card is great, but I love the beautiful colors in your background.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Your card is great! It is nice to see some sea inspired products. Thank you to Hero Arts for the chance to win

    ReplyDelete
  5. wow your background is amazing love your design thank you for sharing

    ReplyDelete
  6. What a beautiful background, love it. It is so serene. Thanks

    ReplyDelete
  7. Love the watercolor background!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Gorgeous! My girls love mermaids! Just bought my kit today!

    ReplyDelete
  9. What a lovely card! I especially like your background - beautifully done!

    ReplyDelete
  10. I love this card, the background is a work of art.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Michelle, this is magical!!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Gorgeous cards and kit!Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Great card. I like your colors, they have a "sunny" feel and they jump off the page. Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  14. This card is beautiful from the amazing background to the beautifully colored mermaid! A great kit from Hero Arts,that's for sure!

    ReplyDelete
  15. Oh happy day! Love Hero Arts kit release days! I get to see tons of inspirational creations and drool over the new kits, TFS!

    ReplyDelete
  16. This is just stunning & so inspirational, love all the shimmer :)

    ReplyDelete
  17. Your background is amazing. Thank you for telling us how you did it because I would not have figured it out.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Fabulous background!! Thanks so much for the details of how you created it! Great tip on using the Nuvo mousse - I'll have to try that!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Wow, you did go to town on that background, but it's amazing so was definitely worth it - and probably a whole lot of fun too! looks like a fab kit - that manatee is very cute in the add on kit! xx

    ReplyDelete
  20. Cute card. Thanks for the inspiration!

    ReplyDelete
  21. Just a beautiful card, love that background!

    ReplyDelete
  22. very nice card. I especially like the background. It looks so cool!

    ReplyDelete
  23. Great job in the background!

    ReplyDelete
  24. What a gorgeous background! Love the addition of the sentiment in white - such a great way to add it without detracting from your lovely scene.

    ReplyDelete
  25. I like your card! And I like this kit. Thank you Michelle, and thank you HA!

    ReplyDelete
  26. Lovely design!! That background is awesome!

    ReplyDelete
  27. I think your background was fantastic. I love the design of the card. Great job.

    ReplyDelete
  28. what a gorgeous background!

    ReplyDelete
  29. That is a VERY interesting background!!!

    ReplyDelete
  30. I love the beautiful backgrounds in this hop!

    ReplyDelete
  31. The under water sea background compliments this mermaid wonderfully.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

    ReplyDelete
  32. Your background is stunning and makes a great foundation to build on. Thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  33. Beautiful card, love the instructions for making the background. Nice for when you run out of specialty papers.

    ReplyDelete
  34. So pretty! I love how the background turned out, too! Thank you for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  35. So pretty! I love how the background turned out, also! Thank you for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  36. So pretty! I love how the background turned out, also! Thank you for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  37. Liovely cards. This kit is huge. I can't believe the price. I hope it doesn't sell out before I can get one.

    ReplyDelete
  38. Wonderful "Under the Sea" imagination. Can't wait to get started on some cards.

    ReplyDelete
  39. Your cards using this kit have all been fantastic.

    ReplyDelete
  40. Love the beautiful background you created for this mermaid.

    ReplyDelete
  41. Beautiful card! That background is amazing! Loving this kit! It's a winner! Great blog hop too! so much inspiration and talent. Thanks for sharing yours!

    ReplyDelete
  42. Beautiful! What an amazing kit!

    ReplyDelete
  43. Terrific background. Thanks for the inspiration

    ReplyDelete
  44. your card is just gorgeous!!

    ReplyDelete
  45. Michelle your card is just spectacular!! I Love the background you did. The colors are just beautiful with your mermaid scene!!

    ReplyDelete
  46. Love your card and the beautiful background coloring! :)

    I have really enjoyed hopping along, so many wonderful creations ♥ Tindaloo

    ReplyDelete
  47. Love the background...thanks

    ReplyDelete
  48. Oh my the background is gorgeous

    ReplyDelete
  49. Fabulous!! The Nuvo paste looks like such fun to use with truly awesome results. Your background is amazing!

    ReplyDelete
  50. I love this so much precious mermaid in a beautiful watercolor ocean. Great job

    ReplyDelete
  51. I like the background colors they are soft and gentle and look wonderful. the card is fantastic

    ReplyDelete
  52. This is such a GORGEOUS background! I need to go look up the supplies you used to make it, because it is simply stunning!

    ReplyDelete
  53. Awesome job with the watercolor background!

    ReplyDelete
  54. Great background, beautiful card.

    ReplyDelete
  55. Beautiful! Lovely watercoloring! TFS

    ReplyDelete
  56. I love the way you used the components of the package.

    ReplyDelete
  57. Gorgeous card. That background is beautiful.

    ReplyDelete
  58. The background is so beautiful! Makes me miss the ocean!

    ReplyDelete
  59. That background is seriously stunning!

    ReplyDelete
  60. Love the background on your card!

    ReplyDelete
  61. Wow! At first, I thought your background was one of the specialty papers in the kit, so there must be a method to your madness. I love this kit and can't wait to go a little mad with it myself. Keep the inspiration coming!

    ReplyDelete
  62. I like the background of your awesome card.

    ReplyDelete
  63. Really lovely card! The background is just beautiful ��

    ReplyDelete
  64. What a stunning background ... so watery & ethereal

    ReplyDelete
  65. Love the background on your card; have yet to try those pens. Beautiful card!

    ReplyDelete
  66. So pretty, I love the background too!

    ReplyDelete
  67. Kit is already sold out so if I win I will have to come back to your blog and try your idea. I think it would be fun! Thanks

    ReplyDelete
  68. Gorgeous card and design!

    ReplyDelete
  69. stunning cards thank you for sharing

    ReplyDelete
  70. The colors in your background are wonderful -- tropical and inviting. So cute.

    ReplyDelete
  71. Wow! Stunning backgrounds!

    ReplyDelete
  72. I LOOOOVE this set!!! So beautiful, and my niece will love it too!!!
    xoxo,
    Azana H.

    ReplyDelete
  73. Wonderful background, lovely colors!

    ReplyDelete
  74. Awesome background and a very pretty card! Love it!

    ReplyDelete
  75. Just beautiful the kit is awsome

    ReplyDelete
  76. This is the first kit I've ordered and I'm so excited. These look like so much fun. Glad I saw the preview and set an alarm in my calendar to place the order.

    ReplyDelete
  77. Embellishment mousse is something I have never tried working with. Your beautiful background has opened my interest in trying something new. This is a fun kit.

    ReplyDelete
  78. Your cards make me want this set!

    ReplyDelete
  79. Stunning card and colouring!!!

    ReplyDelete
  80. Love your card Michelle! Can't wait to get my kit!

    ReplyDelete
  81. Wow Michelle!! Your background is mesmerizing!! So perfect for your pretty little mermaid! πŸ’–πŸ˜Š

    ReplyDelete
  82. Your card is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing your ideas with us.

    ReplyDelete
  83. Georgeous background. Beautiful card.

    ReplyDelete
  84. that background is absolutely amazing!

    ReplyDelete
  85. Oh, the background is almost too beautiful for words! Love it, love it. How I'd like to win this kit as the exchange rate makes it prohibitive to order at this time. Drat! :)

    ReplyDelete
  86. Love the watercoloring background.
    It makes great water.
    thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  87. Gorgeous card! Love this card kit.

    ReplyDelete
  88. Love the colors in your background. Wonderful card

    ReplyDelete
  89. Love this card, Michelle! Such pretty colors.

    ReplyDelete
  90. Great card! Love your beautiful background!

    ReplyDelete
  91. oh Michelle, your card is so beautifful!!!

    ReplyDelete
  92. Wow! Love how you created the background! So awesome! Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  93. Wow!! Amazing background and coloring!!

    ReplyDelete
  94. Love the background! Amazing! I am so incredibly sad that I missed out on this kit.

    ReplyDelete
  95. Love the water color background you used for the stamped mermaid and sea creatures! BEautiful! I just love this kit, and I love mermaids and the ocean. thanks for sharing. ~Gin K.~

    ReplyDelete
  96. Beautiful card, fantastic kit, LOVE the Reef Frame die.

    ReplyDelete
  97. Beautiful background and very beautiful card!!

    ReplyDelete
  98. A beautiful background. Nice card!

    ReplyDelete
  99. What a beautiful card! That background is just amazing. What a great kit!

    ReplyDelete
  100. Great card. Love your backdrop.

    ReplyDelete
  101. That background is stunning!

    ReplyDelete
  102. LOVE THAT BACKGROUND!!! It's really beautiful! Thank you for sharing your card.

    ReplyDelete
  103. Absolutely gorgeous card ! Your watercoloured background is just stunning! Wonderful showcasing for this new kit.
    Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

    ReplyDelete
  104. Living in Florida I do like good beachy/ocean/mermaid/fishy themed products. I absolutely love this set. Thanks for the giveaway....

    ReplyDelete
  105. Beautiful card amazing background would love to win the kit

    ReplyDelete
  106. Background came out beautiful

    ReplyDelete
  107. Almost 3D and looks like under the sea for sure Beautiful

    ReplyDelete
  108. I have been looking for the perfect mermaid stamps FOR YEARS! These are the perfect mermaid stamps, I am in love and desperate to have this set!!! I waited 24 hours too long to order because I stupidly promised my husband that I wouldn't order anything new until we sold our house and now I am so sad because they are all gone.

    ReplyDelete
  109. Fantastic background, love your card!

    ReplyDelete
  110. Your card is stunning!!! The background is sooo pretty! I love it! This kit is just so lovely!

    ReplyDelete
  111. Beautiful card!! Love the background!!

    ReplyDelete
  112. What a wonderful card. Your background colors are beautiful. Thanks for sharing...

    ReplyDelete
  113. Great underwater scene.Love the background!

    ReplyDelete
  114. Such a pretty background,just makes you want to jump in and go swimming wit h that little mermaid.

    ReplyDelete
  115. This is such a lovely card. Your tutorial for creating your background is such a great help for another way to image water for this kit. Thanks for sharing this and for being part of this blog hop.

    ReplyDelete
  116. Love Love LOve your background. So pretty, the colors beautiful.

    ReplyDelete
  117. Beautiful background goes so well with your mermaid and sentiment.

    ReplyDelete
  118. I would love to win this kit, since it sold out so fast! Your card is fantastic; the background is perfect for a mermaid. Thank you for your example and for teaching me how to use embellishment mousse! Love the sparkle...

    ReplyDelete
  119. Your card is lovely and the watercolor sets the perfect scene

    ReplyDelete
  120. Such a pretty card & I really like the background.

    ReplyDelete
  121. Beautiful cards! Love the ink and mermaid.

    ReplyDelete
  122. Wow! I don't know anything about the Nuvo pens, but I love your background!

    ReplyDelete
  123. The background is amazing!!

    ReplyDelete
  124. beautiful back ground ......

    ReplyDelete
  125. I LOVE this Michelle! That background looks totally fabulous and you used the products really well together. I have just bought three more mousses, one was aquamarine so it's lovely to see how it looks on a card. Gorgeous x

    ReplyDelete
  126. I don't think you went mad at all! That background is STUNNING!

    ReplyDelete
  127. This background is one of my favorites. I love how light and cool it looks with the water drops creating bubbles.

    ReplyDelete
  128. I love the colors you used for the ocean and your card is just amazing. Thank you so much for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  129. Michelle, your card is beautiful! Love the background! Another fabulous kit this month! No wonder it's already sold out! :(

    ReplyDelete
  130. what a stunning card!! i love this!!! thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  131. The background is very stunning...love the mermaid images in this set.

    ReplyDelete
  132. As always, I love your samples, Michelle & this background is STUNNING!!!
    This kit is right up my street, so it would be amazing to win something - thank you for the opportunity.
    all the best,

    Liz M xx

    ReplyDelete
  133. your background is stunning!!!

    ReplyDelete
  134. Wonderful background, great card!

    ReplyDelete
  135. Love your card love the background!

    ReplyDelete
  136. Such a stunning card, that background is absolutely gorgeous with all those layers and the way it reacted to water. It looks like she's really underwater! Thanks so much for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  137. I have never used nuvo pens, but your background is amazing. Thamk you for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  138. Lovely background. Veery beautiful card.

    ReplyDelete
  139. That background is so beautiul! Love the vibrant colors.

    ReplyDelete
  140. Great background. So pretty. I want to try it now!

    ReplyDelete
  141. Your background for the pretty mermaid is amazing - so very beautiful !

    ReplyDelete
  142. Beautiful card, love the background!

    ReplyDelete
  143. Stunning card and love the background!

    ReplyDelete
  144. Your background is so pretty. The variation of colours is really neat.

    ReplyDelete
  145. beautiful background colors! great combination, just perfect

    ReplyDelete
  146. Lovely cheerful colors! A fab kit!

    ReplyDelete
  147. I love the colors you used for the background. It's different from all the other cards that I have seen so far. It's so cool and it makes me want to jump in even though it's not very warm out today. We might have frost tonight in CT and that makes swimming in the ocean not very inviting. Can you believe frost in May? I love your card, I love this kit and I love that I could win this!

    ReplyDelete
  148. Very beautiful background

    ReplyDelete
  149. Awesome cards, awesome kit.

    ReplyDelete
  150. Gorgeous! Your background is wonderful. This new Hero Arts kit is their best yet!

    ReplyDelete
  151. Beautiful I love it and the kit!!

    ReplyDelete
  152. Goodness, what a fantastic background! I'm not sure I understand exactly how you did it, but I love it! Not familiar with the Aqua Flow pens, but they produced a lovely effect.

    ReplyDelete
  153. Love your background! Beautiful! Thanks for sharing 😊

    ReplyDelete
  154. Awesome colors and details! This kit is my favorite one so far!

    ReplyDelete
  155. Gorgeous card, and the background is stunning! Worth every layer ;)
    Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  156. SO MUCH FUN! Love this card and kit!
    ~God bless~

    ReplyDelete
  157. Beautiful Card. Your copic coloring abilities are amazing!!! The background is to die for. Thanks for sharing!!!

    ReplyDelete
  158. I love all the layers you did for the background. Love to win! I adore the mermaid stamps and the beautiful papers in the kit !

    ReplyDelete
  159. Really love the background! Thanks for the inspiration.

    ReplyDelete
  160. This is fantastic! Love the oceanic theme and the brilliant blues and greens. This month's kit is awesome sauce! I'm so looking forward to playing with it.

    ReplyDelete
  161. Such a pretty background that goes great with the nice mermaid!

    ReplyDelete
  162. Nice work! I love the mermaid background! I'm gonna have to try that!

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for visiting my blog today! Please feel free to leave me a comment. I really appreciate receiving them. Please see my Privacy Policy for details on how your data is used when leaving me a comment. Thank you so much :)

End of code