Hero Arts February 2021 My Monthly Hero Beach Card

And now for a beach style card.

Hero Arts Color Layering Waves

To start I used the February 2021 kit to stamp the girl, palm tree, tiki guy and surfboard. I colored them with Copics. Then I die cut them out. The surfboard has glossy over it. I forget exactly what a used, either Nuvo drops or Glossy Accents.

I created the wave part using a color layering stamp set. I ink blended the sky. From that set I heat embossed the sentiment using sand embossing powder.

The leaves in the background were stamped with a background stamp.


  • Hero Arts February 2021 My Monthly Hero kit
  • Hero Arts Color Layering Waves stamp set
  • Hero Arts Jungle Bold Prints stamp
  • Copic pens
  • Hero Arts sand embossing powder

Hero Arts Color Layering Sea and Sky

Here’s a card I made for my sister-in-law who lives by the coast. I am really happy with how this came out. I got the Color Layering Sea & Sky set first  and then realized you really need the Color Layering Waves too and it took me a bit to finally got the second set. So I was happy to be using these. You could use the waves set by itself but I feel the Sea & Sky set needs the waves.

Hero Arts Color Layering Waves

For the background I did some masking on both sides of the ocean. The sky was just blocking the ocean with tape or paper. For the bottom part where the sand is I stamped the ocean on a post it note or something similar and then cut out the wavy part where the ocean ends and the sand starts.

So the sky is ink blending and if you look carefully I stamped some clouds with white ink. At first I was thinking that you can’t see the clouds but I kind of like how they are fairly subtle. The boat and birds are just stamped on.

The ocean uses the layering stamps and I think it looks pretty cool.

For the sand I used the masked mentioned above then took a embossing ink pad straight to the paper and sprinkled on the awesome sand embossing powder by Hero Arts and heat embossed.

The chair is stamped and die cut. I colored the background for the chair so it would blend in a little more with the sand.

The sentiment is die cut.


  • Hero Arts Color Layering Waves stamp set
  • Hero Arts Color Layering Sea & Sky stamp set
  • Hero Arts Color Layering Sea & Sky Frame Cuts die set
  • Hero Arts Sand embossing powder
  • Spellbinders Sentiments One die set

Hero Arts Color Layering Poppy

Hello, it’s been awhile.. I am here today with my one layer card for the Stay Crafty with Hero Challenge 11 over on Hero Arts blog.

Also entered over at Love Handmade Cards in Flickr for the July Challenge.

Hero Arts Honeycomb Stencil

For my card I started out inking over the stencil in gray.

Then I stamped over the honeycomb background using the layering stamp. I have not used this stamp nearly enough. I am very happy how this came out. I used several of the Hero Arts cube inks to stamp the flowers and buds/plants.

The sentiment is also from the poppy stamp set.



  • Hero Arts Ink Cubes
  • Hero Arts Color Layering Poppy stamp set

Color Layering with Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit

I’ve been busy lately.. Here’s another card and this one is for a little challenge in the Hero Arts Fanatics Facebook group put on by Libby. This card is for the I haven’t used it much category. I did some checking around looking at my cards and I never really used this kit which surprised me because I love fall stuff. I did use the bee but you can’t really count that as using the kit. I am happy that something nudged me to use it.

For the background I used a piece of coffee stained paper from the August 2018 kit which is the coffee set. Surprising. I smooshed the paper in some Distress Oxide inks on my craft mat. It kind of covers the pattern on the paper but I like how it came out.

All of the images are from the September 2017 My Monthly Hero set. They are color layering stamps. I cut them out using the dies in the set. The inks I used for stamping are all Hero Arts inks.


  • Hero Arts September 2017 My Monthly Hero kit
  • Background paper from Hero Arts August 2018 My Monthly Hero kit
  • Oxide Distress Inks

Hero Arts October 2015 My Monthly Hero Card

Hello and how are you? Me ok. I think I am getting tired of the state of the world today.

Today I have a card I created for the Hero Arts Fanatics Challenge in Facebook. Libby threw out the idea to make cards with your My Monthly Hero kits. She is actually giving out some prizes from her stash! The three she came up with are your first kit, your favorite kit and one from the kit you have used the least.

Today I have my first kit which is also the first kit Hero Arts released. It was released in October 2015 and it is the Poinsettia Color Layering kit.

Hero Arts Tartan Background

First a funny little fact. I was walking around my backyard looking for a place to take my card photo. This is on the bottom part of my old fence on the hill in my backyard. I like the wood backgrounds for the cards.

Now on to the card. The background is heat embossed using a background stamp and brass embossing powder. I had another background first but it was not working. You know how that goes.

For the flowers and leaves I did the layered stamping with my Misti. It seems a little easier now than when I first got the set. I die cut the flowers and leaves with the dies that came with the kit. In the center of the flowers I added those super tiny ball things.

The sentiment is from the same kit and heat embossed in the same embossing powder. The banner was die cut.


  • Hero Arts October 2015 My Monthly Hero kit
  • Hero Arts Tartan Background stamp
  • Recollections Champagne tiny ball things
  • PSX Detail Embossing Powder – Brass
  • Hero Arts kit cube inks
  • Lawn Fawn Everyday Sentiment Banners die set

Hero Arts Reef Border Die Cut

Howdy! I have a sparkle and shine project for you today. Wow it’s a new month (time is always flying by) and a new challenge over at a2z Scrapbooking. It is Sparkle and Shine.

Hero Arts Reef Border Die


For the background of my card it’s about shimmer. I put some alcohol ink on Silver Sparkle Alcohol Ink Cardstock. Let me just say it is a great look.

I then used just the center part of the Hero Arts Reef Border die to cut the fun window out of the Neenah white paper.

For the turtle and seahorse I stamped those and die cut them. They are from two different Hero Arts sets. After die cutting them I added Stickles to the turtle and down the seahorse (a little hard to see in the photo). I used Hero Arts cube inks for the turtle and seahorse. The seahorse ink is Hero Arts new reactive ink.

For the sentiment I die cut that out of the same shimmer panel used for the background.



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Hero Arts Color Layering Stamping

Howdy, here I am again with a home decor project. Sometimes you think what the heck am I going to make instead of a card then you get rolling and dive in. I have really enjoyed the projects I have made for the June challenge over at a2z Scrapbooking. I made another thing for my craft room. It is going to sit in my craft room next to my computer to hold my birthday lists. I like them right in front of me so I can quickly see the birthdays coming up. That is not a guarantee of timeliness though….

Hero Arts Color Layering Stamping



To start off my project I got this wood stand at Michaels craft store. I used Distress paint in a few different colors of brown to paint the wood.

For the butterflies I used the Hero Arts Color Layering Monarch Butterfly stamp set and the Flutterbies Printable digital set. Both of these are available in the a2z Scrapbooking Etsy shop. First I used my Misti to stamp the 3 layers of the larger monarch butterfly. For the 2 smaller butterflies I used the Flutterbies Printable kit to print the pdf with 6 butterflies on it. I just told the printer I was printing on a 4X6 piece of paper which in reality I used an 8 1/2 X 11 piece of Neenah paper. This makes all of the butterflies print smaller. I colored the 2 purple ones with Copic pens. I hand cut all of the butterflies but the Monarch Butterfly matching die is available in the a2z Etsy store. I glued these down over the branches. There are little strips of foam under part of the wings of the orange butterfly and under the purple butterfly on the right to give them some dimension.

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Here comes the tricky part…. I decided I wanted to die cut the branches out of Tim Holtz plain tissue paper. You need to make it more stable to run it through a die cut machine. I put some 2 sided adhesive on the tissue and die cut 2 of the branches. The trickiest part is after you take off the backing paper you have a very delicate branch that you have to keep from sticking to itself and get it on to that wood without ripping it. The first one, all good. The second one I had to fight with it.

The clasp that holds the paper at the top is colored with Alcohol Ink.

Here is a look without the list. I am going to have to redo the lists so the color ink on the lists match the butterflies. I just mean any orange and purple. It’s going to bug me if I don’t. Ha!

Hero Arts Color Layering Monarch Butterfly


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