Hero Arts February 2021 My Monthly Hero

Hello… Today I have a card with a gift card pocket on the front. This is for the Stay Crafty with Hero Challenge #20 with a theme of gift card holder. This is a mini slimline card. Kind of odd in the photos it looks like there is a spot on the background in front of the bird but there isn’t.

Hero Arts Long Leaves stencil

I checked in on the Stay Crafty with Hero Challenge with a few hours until it ended. An idea just popped in my head quickly. Not the usual.

I decided to use a tag to make the pocket (card holder) to slip a gift card behind on the front of the card. It is a bit of a tight fit but it works.

For the background I ink blended some Distress Oxide ink on Bristol paper. I laid a stencil over the top and blotted over it with a baby wipe to remove some of the ink. It left a subtle pattern which I think is just right for the card. I had something else going but it was to much!

I die cut a tag and did some ink blending on it to create a sand and sky background. I stamped several of the images from the Hero Arts February 2021 My Monthly Hero kit and colored them with Copics. I then die cut those images and glued them to the scene. This is my first time using this kit and there are so many fun images. I wasn’t going to get it but then did and boy I am happy about that.

I then glued the assembled tag to the card front. I just barely glued the widest edges down the side and a bit at the bottom so I could slip a gift card behind it.

The sentiment is stamped and it is from the kit.

Entered over at Stay Crafty with Hero Challenge #20. The theme is gift card holder.

Also entered over at Die Cut Divas for the March Challenge of make a slimline card.


  • Hero Arts February 2021 My Monthly Hero kit
  • Hero Arts Nesting Tag dies
  • Hero Arts Long Leaves stencil
  • Distress Oxide ink
  • Copic pens

Lotus Hello

Lotus Hello

I decided to try some Distress Oxide ink layering with a stencil. I was thinking of a particular challenge but that passed by.

For the bristol panel I used a blending tool to cover it with Oxide Distress ink. Then I used a couple other blue colors of Oxide Distress ink to ink over the Hero Arts Large Lotus stencil (SA001). I actually made two panels. This one has water sprayed and dripped and the other does not.

The sentiment is cut out with a Neat & Tangled die called Hello There. I cut out 2 layers and glued them together. I went over the sentiment with a sparkle pen (not sure which one).

Lotus Stencil Thanks

This is the other panel I made mentioned above and it was waiting to be made into a card. I cut the sentiment out of some white glitter paper and added a couple sequins. The die for this is made by Altenew called strangely enough Thanks. This is another one of the use some things you have from your pieces piles.

Sparkly Peacock Feathers

Sparkly Peacock Feathers

I made this for a friend. She recently got a very nice detailed feather tattoo so that was the idea for my card. The background is done with Nuvo Glimmer Paste in Blue Topaz and Tanzanite Lavender. I wouldn’t call myself a big glitter person but this stuff is really nice and looks super cool. Some colors have multiple colors of glitter in them like these two. The stencil I used is Hero Arts Peacock Feathers (SA094). The die for the sentiment is an Elizabeth Craft Designs die called surprisingly Happy Birthday.

Yellow Flower Thank You

Yellow Flower Thank You

My inspiration for this card was this one.

Believe it or not the background for the flower is a book page. When I was in Wyoming I found this awesome Scrapbook store called Scrap Tree in Laramie Wyoming and I bought the book pages there. It was perfect because the thought of me ripping up a book was kind of a tough one but someone else did and I got many pages from it. The paper is kind of delicate but fun to work with. If you try to cut it with a paper cutter with the sliding blade that does not work. I used either scissors or a guillotine type paper cutter. I made a few backgrounds and a few cards recently using this book page paper.

So except for the lower right hand corner you can’t really see the book paper. In the photo probably not at all. So on this one I think I painted over the page with gesso and then sprayed some spray inks on it. It is kind of weird it came out with a bit of a plastic feel or something. I put some white ink on the back of a honeycomb stencil by Hero Arts and pressed that down over the panel.

The flower is a stamp by Stampendous called Fresh Bloom. I either have not used this before or have used it very little a long time ago. I really like it but I guess I just forgot about it. I colored it with Copics.

The sentiment is white heat embossed using a Hero Arts stamp from the Everyday Sayings (CL342) set.