Hero Arts | Nutting Compares To You - Color Layering Squirrel Card by Yana Smakula. September My Monthly Hero Blog Hop

Hero Arts | Nut-ting Compares To You. September My Monthly Hero Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello everyone and thanks so much for stopping by to help celebrate the launch of Hero Arts September My Monthly Hero Kit (more about the kit, blog hop and giveaway below). I actually didn’t use the kit for my project and only used one of the add-on stamp sets – a Squirrel as my hubby and I have a thing for them! Plus the “Nut-ting Compares To You” sentiment sealed the choice so to speak.

Hero Arts | Nutting Compares To You - Color Layering Squirrel Card by Yana Smakula. September My Monthly Hero Blog Hop

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CARD DETAILS

I started working on my card by heat embossing squirrel outline in gold embossing powder onto white cardstock. I did my outline/heat emboss first and not last as I didn’t want to have to wait for the ink to dry to have clean embossing and also because I wanted to have a clear outline of the image to better align consecutive layers.

Hero Arts | Nutting Compares To You - Color Layering Squirrel Card by Yana Smakula. September My Monthly Hero Blog Hop

I used Hero’s Pigment Vintage Ombre ink to stamp the bottom solid layer of the quirrel. I love to use ombre inks for solid layers of my color layering images as this add so much interest and color variation to the final piece (see some past examples on my blog: Whale | Cup Of Cheer | Octopus | Fish).

To complete the critter I stamped last detail layer in Cup Of Joe dye ink. So I combined 3 different types of medium here – embossing powder, pigment ink and dye ink and they all worked beautifully together!

Hero Arts | Nutting Compares To You - Color Layering Squirrel Card by Yana Smakula. September My Monthly Hero Blog Hop

I cut image out using a coordinating die in my Platinum die cutting machine and foam mounted onto an A2 side folding card base covered with woodgrain cardstock. I love the subtle texture that this paper adds to a clean design.

I also stamped and die cut two acorns and a peanut and foam mounted them onto the card. For my sentiment I used “Nut-ting Compares To You” message, embossed it in gold onto a strip of cardstock and foam mounted below the critter.

Hero Arts | Nutting Compares To You - Color Layering Squirrel Card by Yana Smakula. September My Monthly Hero Blog Hop

I thought about adding some embellishments onto my card (like sequins or drops) but decided not to this time.

MY MONTHLY HERO SEPTEMBER 2017 KIT

The kit is available for a limited time only – once it’s gone, it’s gone. If you love it – better grab it now!

MY MONTHLY HERO SEPTEMBER 2017 KIT

You can now subscribe to receive the kit monthly and never miss one!

KIT & KIT ADD-ONS

There are several optional add-on items:

Hero Arts MMH September 2017 Kit
Hero Arts MMH September 2017 Kit
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Hero Arts Color Layering Squirrel Stamp Set
Hero Arts Color Layering Squirrel Stamp Set
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Hero Arts Color Layering Squirrel Frame Cuts
Hero Arts Color Layering Squirrel Frame Cuts
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Hero Arts Color Layering Squirrel Bundle
Hero Arts Color Layering Squirrel Bundle
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Hero Arts Color Layering Thanksgiving Letters
Hero Arts Color Layering Thanksgiving Letters
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Hero Arts Starry Night Brushstroke Bold Prints
Hero Arts Starry Night Brushstroke Bold Prints
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Hero Arts Vine Pattern Bold Prints
Hero Arts Vine Pattern Bold Prints
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Hero Arts Luna the Halloween Cat Stamp Set
Hero Arts Luna the Halloween Cat Stamp Set
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Hero Arts Color Layering Thanksgiving Stamp Set
Hero Arts Color Layering Thanksgiving Stamp Set
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Hero Arts Luna the Cat Frame Cuts
Hero Arts Luna the Cat Frame Cuts
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Hero Arts Color Layering Thanksgiving Bundle
Hero Arts Color Layering Thanksgiving Bundle
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HOP ALONG WITH US!

The Hero Arts Blog
Jennifer McGuire
Lydia Fiedler
Yana Smakula – you are here!
Amy Kolling
Wanda Guess
Ilina Crouse
May Park
Michelle Short
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Amy Tsuruta
Clare Prezzia
Libby Hickson

GIVEAWAY!

Hero Arts is giving away one kit as a prize to one blog reader – selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop so be sure to leave a comment for your chance to win!

SUPPLIES

I’m listing the products I used below. Click on the link to go directly to the product. Where available I use compensated affiliate links which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you so much for your support!

Hero Arts Color Layering Squirrel Stamp Set
Hero Arts Color Layering Squirrel Stamp Set
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Hero Arts Color Layering Squirrel Frame Cuts
Hero Arts Color Layering Squirrel Frame Cuts
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Hero Arts Color Layering Squirrel Bundle
Hero Arts Color Layering Squirrel Bundle
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Hero Arts Soft Brown Ink Pad
Hero Arts Soft Brown Ink Pad
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Hero Arts Cup O
Hero Arts Cup O’ Joe Ink
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Hero Arts Ombre Vintage Metallic Rust Ink Pad AF346
Hero Arts Ombre Vintage Metallic Rust Ink Pad AF346
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Hero Arts Gold Embossing Powder PW100
Hero Arts Gold Embossing Powder PW100
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Hero Arts Heat Embossing Gun PW200
Hero Arts Heat Embossing Gun PW200
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Spellbinders Platinum Die Cutting Machine
Spellbinders Platinum Die Cutting Machine
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Spellbinders Tool
Spellbinders Tool ‘n One
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Neenah 80LB Solar White Cardstock
Neenah 80LB Solar White Cardstock
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Simon Says Stamp Woodgrain Cardstock White
Simon Says Stamp Woodgrain Cardstock White
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ScraPerfect Crafting Pouch
ScraPerfect Crafting Pouch
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Be Creative Tape 3mm Sookwang
Be Creative Tape 3mm Sookwang
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Scrapbook Adhesives White Foam Squares
Scrapbook Adhesives White Foam Squares
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Tonic Studios 8.5 Inch Paper Trimmer
Tonic Studios 8.5 Inch Paper Trimmer
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170 Comments

    1. This color layering squirrel is so sassy! He just pops off the card and has a very special presence. I can’t wait until he lands in my mailbox so I can play with him and feed him some nuts!

    1. Yana, this squirrel is the most beautiful one I’ve ever seen. Love the peanut and acorns also. A definite favorite!

    1. Love the squirrel stamp set. After seeing it, I had to add it to my order. The sentiment are the best. Love ❤️ your card.

    1. This squirrel reminds me of a friend’s husband. I can’t wait to make a card for him with this little guy.

    1. Great card, absolutely love everything I’ve seen from this kit so far.

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