18 May 2022

Hero Arts | Mixed Media Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello there, today is a super fun day as the new summer 2022 release from Hero Arts is out now! This release is focused on mixed media, but if you are not in to that, the products can be used in lots of different ways. 

PLEASE NOTE: This post contains affiliate links. Please see below for my full disclosure.

There are new stamps and lots of different mediums in this release - pearlescent paste, waxes, liquid pearls plus new tools like a beautiful palette knife and scrubber block to clean stamps whilst in the MISTI (so helpful!) plus more! There are also new colours of cardstock and we have revamped some of our inks too as part of the new Hero Arts Color System. These will be released on 20th June, but there are some sneaky peeks over on the website now, as well as the full photo in the catalogue.

We are celebrating the release with a fun, inspiration filled blog hop, along with prizes. More details on that below. Apologies for the long blog post but I hope you enjoy the inspiration!

I am starting off by sharing two projects featuring three of the new stamp sets - Floral Silhouettes, Critter Silhouettes and Art Journal Messages. The messages set is perfect for art journaling, as the name suggests, but also good for cards and other papercraft projects too. 

I started off my taking a panel of Hero Arts Deluxe Smooth White Cardstock and blended Reactive Inks on top using Hero Arts Extra Large Ink Blending Brushes. I used (bottom to top) Pool Party, Blue Raspberry, Blue Hawaii and Purple Galaxy. I then took the Hero Arts Floral Silhouettes Stamp Set and stamped four of the flowers towards of the bottom of the panel, using Hero Arts Intensified Black Ink

I did stamp them a few times, to get a nice dark impression. I then splattered on a little Hero Arts Rose Gold & White Glimmer Metallic Inks (the white), before setting aside to dry. Once dry, it was adhered to an A2 white card base with thin foam tape. The dragonfly, from the Hero Arts Critter Silhouettes Stamp Set, was stamped on to Hero Arts Vellum Layering Paper with Hero Arts Clear Embossing & Watermark Ink

I applied Hero Arts Black Detail Embossing Powder and heat set. It was fussy cut out with scissors and added to the card with black foam tape. I then stamped the sentiment, from the Hero Arts Art Journal Messages Stamp Set, with Hero Arts Intensified Black Ink onto white cardstock, fussy cut it out and adhered it to the card with more thin foam tape. 

For my tag, I started off by die cutting the Hero Arts Tag Infinity Dies from Hero Arts Deluxe Smooth White Cardstock. Using Hero Arts Extra Large Ink Blending Brushes, I blended on Reactive Inks. I used (bottom to top) Creamsicle, Taffy, Berry Smoothie and Blue Hawaii. I took the leaf image from the Hero Arts Floral Silhouette Stamp Set and stamped it multiple times using Hero Arts Intensified Black Ink

I added more Glimmer Ink splatters and then set it aside to dry. Once dry, I adhered it back to back with another white tag. I also added the hole reinforcer cut from Hero Arts Pitch Black Cardstock. The sentiment, from the Hero Arts Art Journal Messages Stamp Set, was stamped on to black cardstock with Hero Arts Clear Embossing & Watermark Ink. I applied Hero Arts White Embossing Powder and heat set.

It was cut in to two strips using the dies in the Hero Arts Message Strips Stamp & Cut XL set and adhered to the tag with thin foam tape. I die cut small butterflies from the Hero Arts Butterfly Confetti Fancy Die from vellum and adhere them to the tag with vellum adhesive. To finish off, I added a black enamel dot to each (from the Hero Arts Neutrals Enamel Dots pack) and then twine through the top of the tag. 

SUPPLIES:

 

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


I also wanted to share with you two projects that I made for the catalogue using older products that work well for mixed media. Now, I have to admit, mixed media has never really been my thing, but I did enjoy creating these! First up is a little wood slice ...

It uses the Hero Floral Poppy embossed on to vellum. I prepped a small wood slice with clear gesso and then added Hero Paste through a stencil that I made by die cutting the Hero Arts Honeycomb Fancy Die from cardstock. Once dry, I added ink blending on top using Hero Hues Onyx Pigment Ink; wiping off the excess ink from the embossing paste. I then splattered with Gold Glimmer Metallic Ink

I die cut the Hero Arts Hexagon Infinity Dies from Hero Arts Glitter Paper Holiday Sparkle (gold) and adhered them on top, followed by the poppy. I did add a sentiment from the Hero Arts Congrats Happy Stamp & Cut set but we decided for the catalogue to take it off. I prefer it without the sentiment, but I didn't get a photo before sending it to Hero HQ. You can see it in the Hero Arts 2022 Mixed Media Catalog (and the graphic below) without the sentiment though! 

Next up is a large (Tim Holtz Etcetera 5.5" x 10") wooden tag. I primed it with white gesso and then  added Dina Wakley Stickyback Canvas Tape on top. I messily stamped Hero Arts Script Bold Prints on top using Hero Arts Intensified Black Inkbefore adding colour with Hero Arts Liquid Watercolor in Dark Teal and Black. I also splatted on the same white metallic ink used above, as well as some white acrylic paint.

I stamped the butterfly from Hero Arts Color Layering Monarch Butterfly with Intensified Black Ink and coloured with the watercolours before fussy cutting out. I die cut the Hero Arts Looking Glass Ornate Frame from Pitch Black Cardstock three times, layered them up and then added them to the tag, with the butterfly in the middle. The sentiment is from the Hero Arts Empowerment Stamp Set. I finished off with Hero Arts EarthSafe Glitter and black enamel dots. 

I did create two cards using the same design as my mixed media projects, but I will share them another day!

SUPPLIES:

 

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


BLOG HOP:

As mentioned, this post is part of  a fun, inspiration filled blog hop (with prizes!). For the hop, you should have arrived here from the amazing Maria Willis. Next on the hop is the fantastic Mindy Eggen. If you get lost along the way, or want to start the hop from the beginning, please head over to the Hero Arts Blog

GIVEAWAY:

Hero Arts are giving away a prize pack of new release products drawn from the comments left across all the stops in the hop. 

Leave a comment by Sunday 22nd May 2022 at 11.59pm PT to enter. The winner will be announced on the Hero Blog the following week. Good luck!

Thank you so much for stopping by today, I really do appreciate it. Wishing you a lovely time on the rest of the hop and a great rest of the day too!

25 comments:

  1. Wonderful variety with backgrounds.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  2. Fabulous projects!
    Thanks for the inspiration, and for sharing your talent.

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  3. These are awesome. I absolutely LOVE your cards. That is the first direction I saw with these gorgeous new stamps, too! And your mixed media pieces are wonderful!

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  4. I like how you created the skies on the first couple of projects. They are just beautiful. I'm loving the looks.

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  5. Beautiful inky backgrounds! I LOVE the tag and butterflies! Gorgeous!

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  6. For mixed media not being your thing, your projects really shine in the category! TFS!

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  7. Love all your cards and tags. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Your projects are so creative. Love your color choices on the first two.

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  9. These designs are beautiful and inspirational!

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  10. The colors work so well together on all your !

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  11. So pretty and creative. I like the colors.

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  12. I love your projects, they are inspiration over and over again. Thanks!

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  13. Such wonderful projects! I love the vibrant colours!

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  14. Beautiful projects! Those blended backgrounds are delicious and I love the black/white/gold of the coaster and card.

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  15. Wonderful night sky. Love the vellum
    flower. Great projects. thanks for sharing
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  16. Such gorgeous projects! Love the colors.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  17. Your projects are beautiful! Such a variety of creations!

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  18. Such beautiful projects! I really love your wood slice!

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  19. Your blended backgrounds and the silhouette images work so beautifully with the metallic ink splatters!

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  20. All four of your projects are fabulous Michelle! You really highlight and showcase how well mixed media can be incorporated with clean and simple designs. The first two projects are stunning! The blends on both are beautiful and the silhouettes really stand out. I love the glimmer ink splatters too. The butterfly fancy die is now on my list to buy!

    Your little wooden slice is fabulous with the black, gold and vellum! The random stencilling looks great but the whole slice is so balanced with all the different elements. Your clean and simple style looks gorgeous on the wooden tag. I loved hearing how you created it. I have so much to lean still with this craft! Thank you for sharing all your stunning projects, I am in awe!

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  21. Dear Michelle
    Love all your projects but i fell in love with the last project. I learnt a lot.tks for the inspiration. tc stay safe

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  22. Very cool projects! That wood slice idea is very creative and cool looking and the butterfly is so darn pretty!

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