8 September 2020

Hero Arts September 2020 My Monthly Hero Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello there and welcome as we celebrate the release of the Hero Arts September 2020 My Monthly Hero Kit and add-ons. This month, there is a wonderful autumn harvest and Halloween feel to it. I went with Halloween projects today, but this kit can definitely be used for more general autumn projects too.
 
If you are following along in the hop, you should have arrived here from Mariana, but if you get lost along the way, I have the full list of participants below.
 

For my first project, I thought it would be fun to use non-traditional pumpkin colours. I love the colour purple and I always find that purple works well for Halloween cards, so that is what I went with for the pumpkins. 
 
I started off by taking a panel of Dove White Cardstock and stamping the pumpkins from the HeroScape stamp set (in the kit) on top. I used Soft Granite Shadow Ink for the base layer (I had previously tried it in Cup O'Joe ink and so there is some residual brown ink transfer but I think that looks ok), followed by Intens-ified Black Ink for the next most solid layer and then Soft Lilac Shadow Ink for the top layer.
 
 
There is another layer (a solid one for the pumpkins) but I liked it with some white space left. Because of the order that I stamped the layers in, the purple shade has gone over the black shade slightly, since the card is a night sky/Halloween card, I think it looks ok but for my second project, I stamped the pumpkin colour first and I think it does work better.
 
 
I then cut the smallest of the circle dies from the Cloudy Sky Scene Dies from mask paper and added that in to the sky for the moon. I ink blended the sky using Blue Hawaii, Grape Slush and Thistle Reactive Inks, followed by Intens-ified Black Ink. The moon mask was removed and I blended that with more Thistle Reactive Ink.
 
I stamped the bats from the Color Layering Moonlit Night Sky Stamp Set using Intens-ified Black Ink and then stamped the sentiment, from the accompanying stamp set in the kit, using Clear Embossing & Watermark Ink and embossed with Detail White Embossing Powder. I splattered the panel using White Iridescent Shimmer Spray and adhered it on a top folding A2 card base with foam tape.
 
 
For my next project, I thought I would keep the same kind of design but this time use more traditional colours for the pumpkins. This time I used Cup O'Joe Mid-Tone Shadow Ink for the base layer, Creamsicle Reactive Ink for the pumpkins and Intens-ified Black Ink for the outlines/second base layer. Again, I did not use the solid pumpkin layer for this as I like the white highlights.
 
 
After stamping, I cut the panel using a Tag Infinity Die. I then blended the sky using Creamsicle Reactive Ink, Just Rust Mid-Tone Shadow Ink and Intens-ified Black Ink. I then sprayed it with Tim Holtz Picket Fence Spray Stain, followed by White Iridescent Shimmer Spray. Once dry, I stamped the same bats as on the card, using Intens-ified Black Ink. The sentiment, from the accompanying main kit stamp set, was stamped on to Pitch Black Cardstock using Clear Embossing & Watermark Ink and embossed using Detail White Embossing Powder. It was cut in to strips and added to the tag with foam tape. To finish off, I added twine through the top of the tag.


SUPPLIES:

Here are the links to what I have used on the card and tag. 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 logo below the product to shop at your favourite store. All products were personally purchased except those from Clearly Besotted, Hero Arts or those marked with an asterisk (*) which were kindly sent to me to use. You can read my full disclosure here.
 

THE KIT:

The Hero Arts September 2020 My Monthly Hero Kit contains a 6" x 8" HeroScape Clear Stamp Set, 3" x 4" Clear Stamp Set, 5 Coordinating Frame Cuts, 5 Ink Cubes (Grape Slush, Moss, Lemon Drop, Creamsicle, Cup O' Joe) and 6 5" x 8.5" Glitter Sheets (Orange, Bronze, Copper). All of this values at $80 but you can get it for $34.99 (£28 depending on exchange rate).
 
The kits are limited edition and often sell out quickly. You can subscribe here so that you never miss a kit. International kit subscribers get a discount off shipping too!
 

ADD-ONS:
 
There are lots of wonderful add-on products releasing this month. These work alongside the main kit but can be used separately as well. They are not limited edition and can be purchased when you order a kit, from the Hero Store separately, or from your favourite Hero Arts retailer. Here is a look at them:
 
 
BLOG HOP:
 
Here is the full list of participants taking part in the hop today:
 

Hero Arts
 Amy Kolling
 Channin Pelletier
 Dana Joy
 Daniel West
 Debi Adams
 Emily Midgett
 Ilina Crouse
 Jennifer McGuire
 Jessica Frost-Ballas
 Laurie Willison
 Libby Hickson
 Lydia Fiedler
 Maria Willis
 Mariana Grigsby
 Michelle Short - you are here!
 Mindy Eggen
 Nichol Spohr
 Pocono Pam
 Seeka
 
 
GIVEAWAY:
 
Hero Arts are giving away a $50 gift certificate to one lucky blog hop reader. The winner will be picked from all of the comments left across all of the stops on the hop. The more you comment, the more chances there are to win! Giveaway closes Sunday 13th September 2002 at 11.59pm PDT. The winner will be announced on the Hero Arts Blog the following week. Good luck!
 
Thank you so much for joining me today. What do you prefer traditional colours or non-traditional? Next on the hop is Mindy. Have a wonderful rest of the day and hop!

49 comments:

  1. Fabulous makes, Michelle, Jo x

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  2. love the use of the bats with the pumpkin patch, and all the purple. Looks great

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  3. Two of my favorites; purple and tags! Not to mention Halloween holiday! nicely done pair of cards!

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  4. Love your designs! What a cute tag for a halloween gift or candy bag! I love both traditional and non-traditional colors. The purple sky is gorgeous!

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  5. Pretty cards. The purple sky is really nice.

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  6. I like your choice of purple tones for the first card, but i especially like the tag you created. What a fun way to use the stamps, and I agree that the white adds an interesting look.

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  7. Fabulous cards! Love the Purple one!

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  8. I love the purple card, awesome! I also love the tag it is so rustic and fun. Great job!

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  9. I love how just changing the color scheme can change the intention of this scene! Love your creations!

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  10. I love spooky cards - you picked the perfect colors! Thanks!

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  11. Like your purple background for the halloween card and the blending on the tag!

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  12. I love this pumpkin patch stamp set! The purple pumpkin patch (say that fast three times) is really great! I'm really looking forward to getting my MMH kit!

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  13. That purple blended sky is soooo good!!

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  14. Love the monochromatic look of your card and tag! Must remember to put this idea into my must do pile! Thanks for sharing!

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  15. Super cute colors on the card love how you used a soft lilac shadow ink for the sky and pumpkins adorable and different

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  16. Wow! I love the colors you used. That purple is everything.

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  17. Love your card and tag! Thanks for sharing.

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  18. I love the different looks that you get from this kit by varying the color scheme--your use of purple is lovely!

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  19. Love that Halloween tag. Love your style.

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  20. Hello from Malta, NY. Great card, and tag. Love the colors amazing.

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  21. Love the purple, this blog hop has soooo many great ideas I can't wait to get my kits!

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  22. I especially love the colors of the tags! I can see these as place settings at Thanksgiving table. Happy Fall Y'ALL

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  23. Hey Michelle,
    I love the purple sky scene! Your card and your tag are great...and so is this kit and the fun additions.👏🏻

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  24. Can't wait to play with this set. I like leaving the white highlights. Beautiful cards!

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  25. I looooove the purple sky and white pumpkins! So ethereal! Can’t wait to try it with my kit!

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  26. Wonderful projects. I love that card -- that purple is amazing.

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  27. Gorgeous card and tag! Love the colors...
    Thanks for sharing.

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  28. I love that purple card. Your ink blending for the sky is great.

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  29. Simply gorgeous! What a wonderful release!

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  30. Oh boy, this looks so fun. I love the white highlights you left in these examples. You are brilliant 💡

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  31. Your purple pumpkins are fabulous - and why not have purple! The sky is amazing and I love the design. The tag is also cute in its traditional colours but I have to say I LOVE the purple card! xx

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  32. The spooky purple pumpkin patch is great! I love that you also show tag ideas - fun!

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  33. Wow I love your use of the purple and the tag is so adorable, ok not gonna lie a little sad that there’s no video as I always enjoy watching yours, but thanks so much for the inspiration! You are such a talented girl!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment! :) I am really sorry for the lack of video. I ran out of time this month. I am hoping to start the videos again for the next kit. Thank you!

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  34. Love your purple card...thank you for sharing your talents with us!!!

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  35. Wow! Fantastic projects! I love the purple card!

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  36. Hi Michelle :) Love your card and tag!!! Great color palettes and compositions! Thanks for the inspiration :)

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  37. Fabulous projects. The tag looks great and I love all the purple.

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  38. OH WOW these are awesome! LOVE that purple background ... spooky! LOL Thanks for inspiration!

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  39. Cute card and tag. I like the colors.

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  40. Do love the non-traditional purple pumpkins! Wonderful cards - thanks for sharing!

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  41. Nice card and tag! Interesting colors especially the purple card!

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