3 May 2021

Hero Arts | May 2021 My Monthly Hero Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello there and welcome as we celebrate the release of the Hero Arts May 2021 My Monthly Hero Kit and Add-ons. The kit this month has a wonderful ocean/underwater theme to it and I love all the sea creatures! If you haven't already seen it, you can see my countdown card here, which uses the Contour Ink that is in the kit for no-line colouring. 

For the hop, you should have arrived here from the fabulous Maria but if you get lost along the way, I have the full list of participants below. 

For my card today, I wanted to create a simple underwater scene with light rays coming through it. I started off by taking a panel of Bristol Smooth Cardstock and blending on inks. I used Hero Arts Navy Mid-Tone Shadow Ink at the bottom, followed by Hero Arts Blue Hawaii Reactive Ink in the middle and Hero Arts Splash Reactive Ink at the top. I then took the Hero Arts Sun Background Stencil and placed it over the panel. Because the stencil has a sun opening in the middle, I placed the lower half on the top of the panel and made sure not to put the ink too close to the bottom. 

Using an ink blending tool, I pounced on Hero Arts Unicorn Pigment Ink. Using the rays that I had made with the stencil as a guide, I extended them further with Post-It Tape. I blended more ink inside the Post-It Tape lines to extend the rays further down the panel. I then splattered on loads of Hero Arts White Iridescent Shimmer Mist and let it sit to dry. I took the large coral image from the main kit stamp set and stamped it on to Hero Arts Vellum Layering Paper with Hero Arts Clear Embossing & Watermark Ink

It was heat set and then I added Stick It Adhesive Sheet to the back of the vellum before die cutting it out with the coordinating Frame Cut. It was adhered to the panel and then the panel adhered to an A2 white card base. I took the fish from the stamp set and stamped them on to white cardstock with Hero Arts Intens-ified Black Ink (there is a cube included in the kit). They were coloured with Copic Markers, die cut out and added to the card with foam tape. I then white heat embossed the sentiment on to Pitch Black Cardstock, cut it in to a trip and added that to the card with foam tape also. To finish off, I added a few Hero Arts Clear Enamel Dots



Here are the links to what I have used on the project. 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.


6" x 8" Clear Stamp Set
12 Coordinating Frame Cuts
Intens-ified Black Ink Cube
Contour Ink Cube
Turquoise Sparkle Embossing Powder
2 5.5" x 8.5" sheets of Rose Quartz Cardstock
2 5.5" x 8.5" sheets of Quartz Pearlescent Cardstock
2 5.5" x 8.5" sheets of White Cardstock with Lined Texture

The kit is valued at $70 but you can get it for $34.99 (approximately £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 subscribers also get a discount off shipping. Kits begin shipping on 7th May 2021. 


There are lots of wonderful add-on products this month. These follow the same theme as the main kit but are not limited edition. You can purchase them at the same time as the My Monthly Hero Kit from Hero Arts or from your favourite Hero Arts retailer. Here is a look at them:


Here are all of the participants taking part in the hop today:

Michelle Short - you are here!

Special Guests:

And visit on Instagram:


Hero Arts are giving away one $50 gift certificate to the Hero Arts store to one lucky blog hop winner. To be in with a chance of winning, please leave comments on all of the stops on the hop. The more you comment, the more chances you have to win. Enter by 9th May 2021 at 11.59pm PT and the winner will be announced the following week on the Hero Arts blog. Good luck!

Next on the hop is the wonderful Mindy. Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you enjoy the rest of the hop! 


  1. Wow! I love that stamped on vellum with the white embossing powder! Gorgeous card!

  2. This card is different I like the use of the vellum for the coral. Beautiful card.

  3. Wonderful, the white/vellum coral reef looks awesome!!

  4. love your sutle sunrays coming down in the background and the white seaweed very beautiful!!!

  5. Great minds.....when I saw the previews, I kept thinking I wanted to do the coral on vellum!

  6. That's a fin-tastic card! Love the sun rays, it adds to the background so much!

  7. Loved the way the rays shone through on the card. Awesome.

  8. Aww so pretty-love the sun rays and those little clown fish against the white coral!!!

  9. Aww so pretty-love the sun rays and those little clown fish against the white coral!!!

  10. Very pretty, I love the Rays of light in the water. I would never think of vellum with coral and it is beautiful!

  11. What a great idea to make the embossing white....It glows.

  12. Attractive with Nemo fish and white background.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  13. Love the white corals on vellum look. Beautiful card!

  14. Nice background. I like the combination with the colals on the vellum.

  15. Hi, Michelle - I think this card is fan - no! - fintastic! I love the ink blending with the rays stencil and then the idea to use vellum is perfect. It's beautiful and interesting to look at.
    Way to go!! TFS -
    Lori S in PA

  16. Very nice card.. Simple but very appealing. Great use of stencil and vellum!

  17. Oooo I love the texture of the embossing!

  18. I love the stamping on vellum! Such a pretty technique.

  19. I love the sun rays in the background

  20. I love how you used the vellum with the white embossed coral. Just great! Thanks for sharing!

  21. Wow! The background is beautiful and I love the vellum!

  22. The sun rays make this card! It really makes you feel that you are under water seeing the lovely coral and the beautiful fish.

  23. Love the sun rays coming through the water! Beautiful effect!

  24. I like the rays coming down from the top and the white elements. Very cool card!

  25. Love your subtle background. It really makes the clownfish pop!


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