Hero Arts | Oriental Cards - Background Ideas. Video. December My Monthly Hero Blog Hop #mymonthlyhero #heroarts #yanasmakula

Hero Arts | Oriental Cards – Background Ideas. Video. December My Monthly Hero Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello everyone and thanks so much for stopping by to help celebrate the launch of Hero Arts December My Monthly Hero Kit (more about the kit, blog hop and giveaway below).

I have to say I love Hero Arts kits for how unpredictable they are. You never know what theme is going to be featured in the next month kit or what colors/images will dominate. I was pleasantly surprised and very excited when I saw the kit for December. The background stamps as well as the stencil inspired me the most and thus I made several cards featuring a few background ideas.

Hero Arts | Oriental Cards - Background Ideas. Video. December My Monthly Hero Blog Hop #mymonthlyhero #heroarts #yanasmakula

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VIDEO TUTORIAL

As always, I filmed a video tutorial showing how to create this project from start to finish. I’m hoping you’ll enjoy it. Watch it below or on my Youtube channel.

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CARDS & BACKGROUNDS DETAILS

To create a background for my first card, Another Day In Paradise, I heat embossed Mandala Background in Brass embossing powder (I used this powder for all of my heat embossing today) onto Arches Hot Pressed watercolor paper and colored it using my Daniel Smith watercolors in Indigo and Ultramarine Turquoise.

Hero Arts | Oriental Cards - Background Ideas. Video. December My Monthly Hero Blog Hop #mymonthlyhero #heroarts #yanasmakula

Once my background was dry I cut it out right up to the edge of the image forming a semicircle. I trimmed it to 4 1/4″ wide and foam mounted onto a black A2 side folding card. I also heat embossed a tent, star and a sentiment from my kit onto a black panel and foam mounted it on top of the background.

Hero Arts | Oriental Cards - Background Ideas. Video. December My Monthly Hero Blog Hop #mymonthlyhero #heroarts #yanasmakula

To create a background for my second card, You Light Up The Night, I heat embossed Floral Tile Bold Prints background onto same Arches Hot Pressed watercolor paper and watercolored it using Aqua Flow Pens from Tonic Studios. I used Azure Blue, Aqua Splash and Indigo Dawn colors and added a generous amount of shimmer using Tonic’s shimmer pen.

Hero Arts | Oriental Cards - Background Ideas. Video. December My Monthly Hero Blog Hop #mymonthlyhero #heroarts #yanasmakula

My background was trimmed to 3 3/4 x 5″ and foam mounted onto an A2 side folding card base. I also stamped two palm trees, heat heat embossed lanterns and sentiment and used those images to complete this card.

Hero Arts | Oriental Cards - Background Ideas. Video. December My Monthly Hero Blog Hop #mymonthlyhero #heroarts #yanasmakula

My third card, I’d Cross The Sahara For You, features a glitter paste background. I used the stencil included in this month kit with Black and Purple glitter pastes from Tonic to create a rich and bold background on white cardstock.

Hero Arts | Oriental Cards - Background Ideas. Video. December My Monthly Hero Blog Hop #mymonthlyhero #heroarts #yanasmakula

I adhered my background onto an A2 top folding card base, added several die cut palm trees, two oriental rugs and a sentiment.

Hero Arts | Oriental Cards - Background Ideas. Video. December My Monthly Hero Blog Hop #mymonthlyhero #heroarts #yanasmakula

Hero Arts | Oriental Cards - Background Ideas. Video. December My Monthly Hero Blog Hop #mymonthlyhero #heroarts #yanasmakula Hero Arts | Oriental Cards - Background Ideas. Video. December My Monthly Hero Blog Hop #mymonthlyhero #heroarts #yanasmakula

MY MONTHLY HERO DECEMBER 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! Kits begin shipping from Hero Arts on Friday December 7th.

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 Magical Nights Kit December 2017 Kit MH1217
Hero Arts Magical Nights Kit
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Hero Arts White Modeling Paste
Hero Arts White Modeling Paste
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Hero Arts Onyx Henna Ink
Hero Arts Onyx Henna Ink
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Hero Arts Lapis Henna Ink
Hero Arts Lapis Henna Ink
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Hero Arts Scarab Henna Ink
Hero Arts Scarab Henna Ink
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Hero Arts Amber Henna Ink
Hero Arts Amber Henna Ink
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HA | SSS
Hero Arts Filigree Pattern Bold Prints CG724
Hero Arts Filigree Pattern Bold Prints CG724
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HA | SSS
Hero Arts Floral Tile Bold Prints CG725
Hero Arts Floral Tile Bold Prints CG725
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HA | SSS
Hero Arts Mandala Bold Prints CG726
Hero Arts Mandala Bold Prints CG726
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HA | SSS
Hero Arts Make A Wish CM220
Hero Arts Make A Wish CM220
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HA | SSS
Hero Arts Ornate Henna Patterns CM221
Hero Arts Ornate Henna Patterns CM221
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HA | SSS
Hero Arts Magical Nights Messages CM222
Hero Arts Magical Nights Messages CM222
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Hero Arts Make A Wish Frame Cut DI460
Hero Arts Make A Wish Frame Cut DI460
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HA | SSS
Hero Arts Henna Flower Pattern K6268
Hero Arts Henna Flower Pattern K6268
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HOP ALONG WITH US!

The Hero Arts Blog
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Jessica Frost-Ballas
Wanda Guess
Lydia Fiedler
Amy Tsuruta
Janette Kausen
May Park
Michelle Short
Clare Prezzia
Libby Hickson
Ilina Crouse
Kelly Latevola

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! Giveaway closes Sunday, December 10th at 11:59pm, and the winner will be announced the following week.

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 Magical Nights Kit December 2017 Kit MH1217
Hero Arts Magical Nights Kit December 2017 Kit MH1217
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Hero Arts Floral Tile Bold Prints CG725
Hero Arts Floral Tile Bold Prints CG725
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HA | SSS
Hero Arts Mandala Bold Prints CG726
Hero Arts Mandala Bold Prints CG726
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HA | SSS
Hero Arts Brass Embossing Powder
Hero Arts Brass Embossing Powder
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SSS | SC | HA | AZ
Hero Arts Snow Layering Papers
Hero Arts Snow Layering Papers
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SSS | SC | HA | AZ
Simon Says Stamp Black Cardstock
Simon Says Stamp Black Cardstock
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Arches Hot Pressed Watercolor Pad 9x12"
Arches Hot Pressed Watercolor Pad 9×12″
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Hero Arts Heat Embossing Gun PW200
Hero Arts Heat Embossing Gun PW200
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Hero Arts Hybrid Ink Pad Orchid
Hero Arts Hybrid Ink Pad Orchid
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Hero Arts Grape Juice Ink
Hero Arts Grape Juice Ink
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ScraPerfect Crafting Pouch
ScraPerfect Crafting Pouch
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SSS | AZ
Tonic Summer Holiday Nuvo Aqua Flow Pens
Tonic Summer Holiday Nuvo Aqua Flow Pens
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SSS | SC
Tonic Winter Skies Nuvo Aqua Flow Pens
Tonic Winter Skies Nuvo Aqua Flow Pens
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SSS | SC
Tim Holtz Tonic Craft Stamp Platform
Tim Holtz Tonic Craft Stamp Platform
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Versamark Watermark Emboss Ink Pad
Versamark Watermark Emboss Ink Pad
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Daniel Smith Indigo 5ml
Daniel Smith Indigo 5ml
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SSS | AZ | BL
Daniel Smith Ultramarine Turquoise
Daniel Smith Ultramarine Turquoise
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Silver Black Velvet Brush Size 8 Round
Silver Black Velvet Brush Size 8 Round
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Ranger Studio Paint Artist Brushes
Ranger Studio Paint Artist Brushes
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Jack Richeson 9 X 12 Inch Hardboard Panel
Jack Richeson 9 X 12 Inch Hardboard Panel
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Scor-tape 2 1/2 Inch Crafting Tape
Scor-tape 2 1/2 Inch Crafting Tape
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SSS
White Fun Foam 12 Pack 9 x 12
White Fun Foam 12 Pack 9 x 12
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SSS | AZ
Tonic Aqua Shimmer Pen Nuvo 2 Pack 888n
Tonic Aqua Shimmer Pen Nuvo 2 Pack 888n
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SSS | SC
Tonic Black Diamond Nuvo Glimmer Paste
Tonic Black Diamond Nuvo Glimmer Paste
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SSS | SC
Tonic Amethyst Purple Nuvo Glimmer Paste
Tonic Amethyst Purple Nuvo Glimmer Paste
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SSS | SC

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98 Comments

    1. Yana, these are amazing cards. I love the backgrounds you share. This kit has so many beautiful possibilities. Thank you for sharing.

    1. I love how you colored the carpets and the lanterns. They look so realistic. Great cards!

    1. Absolute stunner of a kit. I love how it’s a bit different and celebrates other cultures in such a clever and sophisticated way. Gorgeous jewel tones.

    1. Love how you created so many lovely backgrounds. This kit is awesome and unique. I’m so excited.

    1. I love the three cards you made and the colors are just so beautiful and bright. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Your cards are amazing! I especially love the background colors of the first one. Thanks for the inspiration! I struggle with background stamps, so your tutorial is really helpful!

    1. Love all the backgrounds that you created and the cards from those are just beautiful!
      Thanks for sharing.
      ~Gin K.~

    1. I love your cards and the backgrounds colors are so vibrant. Thanks for sharing…

    1. Beautiful cards! Love all the backgrounds to the cards especially the mandala card. This kit leands to such awesome vibrant colours. Thank you for the inspiration!

    1. Wow, these cards are beautiful. I love the glitter pastes and the aqua pens yup used here.

    1. I love the way you created these backgrounds. They are so different and gorgeous! Thank you!

    1. Such fabulous cards and colours Yana. Thank you for all the inspiration.

    1. Holy cow, you’ve been hopping like mad these last few weeks! I’m kind of in awe of your time management skills. These cards are all beautiful, and I know I’m biased, but watercolors are absolutely the way to go. I love how the indigo and turquoise look with each other against the embossed mandala. Thanks for sharing such beautiful cards (and pink/purple palm trees! I never would have thought of that).

    1. Wow! I’m totally in love for your breathless cards!!! Colors are amazing!!!

    1. Love this kit! It’s so exotic and very different from anything I’ve seen recently.

    1. Gorgeous cards with this awesome kit! Love your color combos and details!

    1. Lovely card ideas.. Thanks for the video showing how you created these. Love how the blackish background turned out.

    1. I’m a great fan of geometric design so I love the gorgeous backgrounds on all your cards. Thanks for sharing your technique video.

    1. Love these cards and the beautiful backgrounds. Thanks for the tip on hot press vs cold press too!!

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