December 2018 My Monthly Hero Kit. Video (Blog Hop + Giveaway)

Hero Arts | Ombre New Year Cards. December 2018 My Monthly Hero Kit. Video (Blog Hop + Giveaway)

Hello everyone and thanks 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 one card idea to share using this month kit and several cards featuring add-on items.

Hero Arts | December 2018 My Monthly Hero Kit. Video (Blog Hop + Giveaway). Handmade cards by Yana Smakula

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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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CARD DETAILS – KIT ONLY

I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do with my kit, how I wanted to use it, so I decided to do what I always do in cases like this – stamp a background design or pattern. I picked a sentiment stamp for the center of my panel and next arranged images of dandelions around it coming in from the edges of the card framing the sentiment so to speak.

Hero Arts | December 2018 My Monthly Hero Kit. Video (Blog Hop + Giveaway). Handmade cards by Yana Smakula

I used alcohol marker friendly ink and stamped all images onto white paper. Next, I colored them quickly using Copic markers (G99, G94 and G03; Y35 and Y17; R24, R27 and R39; also C7 and B00). Once coloring was done I adhered this panel onto an A2 white side folding card base and embellished it using sequins from the Champagne sequin mix from Hero Arts.

CARDS DETAILS – KIT ADD ONS

The next two cards both use the main kit as well as an add-on background stamp – Star Light Star Bright and ombre stamping technique.

I love to use my Hero Arts ombre inks for stamping Color Layering images, the ombre ink always gives some additional interest to the image, but I also love the look of ombre on my background. You can’t quite use an ombre ink pad to stamp a full A2 card background, but you can use regular ink pads in that ombre manner.

Hero Arts | Ombre Fairy Tale New Year Cards. December 2018 My Monthly Hero Kit. Video (Blog Hop + Giveaway). Handmade cards by Yana Smakula

I picked 3 blue ink pads to ink up a blue ombre background for my card – Navy, Summer Sky and Pool. You basically just need 3 ink pads, a light, medium and dark and use them to ink up section of the background stamp overlapping each other. Overlapping is the here as when you overlap you soften that harsh line that you will otherwise have in-between the two colors. So you just need to do that little dance you usually do using your ombre ink pads.

Hero Arts | Ombre Fairy Tale New Year Cards. December 2018 My Monthly Hero Kit. Video (Blog Hop + Giveaway). Handmade cards by Yana Smakula

To turn my background into a card I stamped a simple sentiment and added a beautiful image of a fairy.

I stamped the fairy in Copic marker friendly ink and once again used my alcohol markers to color it. I didn’t use traditional colors, but instead used blues, especially blue marker for her hair to make her look even more whimsical. Here I used B99, B34, B21, B00 and B000 as well as E00 for her skin. I die cut this image out using a coordinating die and just foam mounted onto my card next to the stamped sentiment. To add some sparkle I use my Tonic Studios shimmer pen and added some shimmer to her dress, wand, hair and wings as well as to the background around her wand.

Hero Arts | Ombre Fairy Tale New Year Cards. December 2018 My Monthly Hero Kit. Video (Blog Hop + Giveaway). Handmade cards by Yana Smakula

For the purple card I used the same approach, just different colors – I went with Grape Juice, Orchid and Soft Purple. To turn these cards into New Year projects I added “Happy New Year” sentiment from the Peace, Love & Joy stamp set.

Hero Arts | Ombre Fairy Tale New Year Cards. December 2018 My Monthly Hero Kit. Video (Blog Hop + Giveaway). Handmade cards by Yana Smakula

KIT & KIT ADD-ONS

There are several optional add-on items this month:

My Monthly Hero Kit DECEMBER 2018
My Monthly Hero Kit DECEMBER 2018
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HA
Hero Arts Star Light Star Bright Bold Prints
Hero Arts Star Light Star Bright Bold Prints
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HA
Hero Arts Blowing In The Wind Bold Prints
Hero Arts Blowing In The Wind Bold Prints
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HA
Hero Arts Wish I Might
Hero Arts Wish I Might
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HA
Hero Arts Lucky Star
Hero Arts Lucky Star
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HA
Hero Arts Dream Wish Do
Hero Arts Dream Wish Do
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HA
Hero Arts Wish I May Stamp & Cut
Hero Arts Wish I May Stamp & Cut
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HA
Hero Arts Wish I Might Frame Cuts (C)
Hero Arts Wish I Might Frame Cuts (C)
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HA
Hero Arts Dandelion Paper Layering (B)
Hero Arts Dandelion Paper Layering (B)
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HA
Hero Arts Dandelion & Leaves Fancy Die (B)
Hero Arts Dandelion & Leaves Fancy Die (B)
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HA
Hero Arts Fairy Window Fancy Die (F)
Hero Arts Fairy Window Fancy Die (F)
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HA
Hero Arts Lucky Star Frame Cuts (B)
Hero Arts Lucky Star Frame Cuts (B)
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HA
Hero Arts Fairy Queen
Hero Arts Fairy Queen
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HA

BLOG HOP

If you arrived from Nichol Spohr the next stop on this hop is Jennifer McGuire. You can also start over on the Hero Arts blog.

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! The giveaway closes December 9th at 11:59pm, and the winner will be announced the following week on the Hero Arts blog.

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!

My Monthly Hero Kit DECEMBER 2018
My Monthly Hero Kit DECEMBER 2018
Shop at:
HA
Hero Arts Star Light Star Bright Bold Prints
Hero Arts Star Light Star Bright Bold Prints
Shop at:
HA
Hero Arts Peace, Love & Joy
Hero Arts Peace, Love & Joy
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SSS | SC | HA | AZ
Spellbinders Platinum Die Cutting Machine
Spellbinders Platinum Die Cutting Machine
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SSS | SC | SB | AZ
Hero Arts Snow Layering Papers
Hero Arts Snow Layering Papers
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SSS | SC | HA | AZ
Hero Arts White Detail Embossing Powder
Hero Arts White Detail Embossing Powder
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SSS | SC | HA | AZ
Hero Arts Heat Embossing Gun
Hero Arts Heat Embossing Gun
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SSS | SC | HA | AZ
Hero Arts Ink Pad Intense Black Ink
Hero Arts Ink Pad Intense Black Ink
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SSS | SC | HA | AZ
Hero Arts Navy Ink Pad
Hero Arts Navy Ink Pad
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SSS | SC | HA | AZ
Hero Arts Hybrid Ink Pad Summer Sky
Hero Arts Hybrid Ink Pad Summer Sky
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SSS | SC | AZ
Hero Arts Pool Ink Pad
Hero Arts Pool Ink Pad
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SSS | SC | HA | AZ
Hero Arts Grape Juice Ink
Hero Arts Grape Juice Ink
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SSS | SC | HA | AZ
Hero Arts Hybrid Ink Pad Orchid
Hero Arts Hybrid Ink Pad Orchid
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SSS | SC | HA | AZ
Hero Arts Soft Purple Ink Pad
Hero Arts Soft Purple Ink Pad
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SSS | SC | HA | AZ
Versamark Watermark Emboss Ink Pad
Versamark Watermark Emboss Ink Pad
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SSS | HA | AZ
Hero Arts Champagne Sequin Mix
Hero Arts Champagne Sequin Mix
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SSS | SC | HA | AZ
EK Success Powder Tool Applicator
EK Success Powder Tool Applicator
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SSS | SC | AZ
Tonic Aqua Shimmer Pen Nuvo
Tonic Aqua Shimmer Pen Nuvo
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SSS | SC | AZ
Tim Holtz Tonic Craft Stamp Platform
Tim Holtz Tonic Craft Stamp Platform
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SSS | SC | AZ
Scrapbook Adhesives White Foam Squares
Scrapbook Adhesives White Foam Squares
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SSS | SC | AZ
Scor-tape 2 1/2 Inch Crafting Tape
Scor-tape 2 1/2 Inch Crafting Tape
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SSS | TS
Tonic Deluxe Adhesive Nuvo Glue
Tonic Deluxe Adhesive Nuvo Glue
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SSS | SC | AZ | TS
Crystal Ninja Crystal Katana Pick Up Tool
Crystal Ninja Crystal Katana Pick Up Tool
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SSS | AZ

SAVE ME/PIN ME TO PINTEREST

Like this card idea? Be sure to save it to one of your Pinterest boards for future reference!

Hero Arts | Ombre Fairy Tale New Year Cards. December 2018 My Monthly Hero Kit. Video (Blog Hop + Giveaway). Handmade cards by Yana Smakula

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80 Comments

    1. Beautiful cards! I like your technique to make the background instead of blending the colors with an ink blender.

    1. I like what you do when you’re not sure (make a background, add a sentiment) – what you did with the December kit is wonderful. I absolutely love the ombre new years cards, especially the shades of purple.

    1. Such pretty non traditional colors and especially loved the fairy!! Gorgeous ombre background!

    1. AS always beautiful cards Yana and so clearly explained. We never grow out of Fairies do we?

    1. I love how you made use of this stamp kit! Those lady bugs and dandelions look so light and fresh, making me desire spring. Guess I will have to wait awhile. Great work, Yana!

    1. Love these cards Yana! I also like that they don’t take forever to make!

    1. Beautiful, colorful cards. Your backgrounds are gorgeous. Love this sweet, fun kit.

    1. I love the use of the card kit to create a background. There are so many possibilities with this stamp set. Thank you for sharing

    1. I’m in love with this kit, and your cards are such wonderful inspiration!

    1. I just love how you made a whole card out of the plants and bugs. This looks really great. I have never tried that before, but will now…

    1. The dandelion card with the ladybugs is so darn adorable. I just love the ombré background on the fairy cards.
      Thank you for sharing your talents!

    1. I love that you explained your approach to the first card starting with simply creating the background with all of the stamps. That’s something I’ll have to keep in mind next time I get stuck with creating a card!

    1. Awesome cards as always, Yana! Now I’m definitely buying the Star Light Star Bright bold print. It’s so beautiful! And I always love your pattern stamping. I’m definitely re-creating it when I get my kit.

    1. All 3 cards are beautiful! I especially like the ombré backgrounds. I always look forward to your videos.

    1. Such beautiful cards! Thanks for the inspiration, especially for the pretty background stamp.

    1. I adore the flowered card! It’s just the perfect item to stamp and then carry along to color when I have to wait for people!

    1. Thank you for sharing and your creativity. I love your blended background… also the one layer background with the dandelions is very stunning. I would love to have these adorable fairies as I don’t have one fairy stamp and Hero Arts kits are sooo beautiful as always… and they still offer red rubber stamps and are a green company. Thank you again!

    1. I do love the purple and blue ombré inked backgrounds! Sweet cards.

    1. I loved each card you posted, but my favorites were the ones with the beautiful celestial background stamp! That’s one that will need to be in my stash! Thank you for the inspiration!

    1. Fabulous stamping on the
      first card. I love your Fairy
      cards, so gorgeous!
      Carla from Utah

    1. Love what you did with the kit and the add ons too!! The dandelion card is just beautiful and the colours are perfect. Your ombre backgrounds are gorgeous and I am loving that background stamp. It just adds so much to the whimsical images of this kit. I also think that the ombre fairies are perfect with the ombre backgrounds. I never would have dared to do that but I absolutely love it!! Thanks for the inspiration!!

    1. I love the dandelion card. It is such a versatile design; could be used for many different occasions! Great inspiration!! Also, the New Years cards are fantastic!! I think it’s always difficult to think of designs for New Years, but these would be perfect!! Love this kit!! Love fairies and now dandelions!!

    1. Beautiful and simple. In my country dandelion is called Løvetann

    1. Wow! I’m totally in love for your amazing set of cards and for your stunning colouring!!! Your wonderful creations take me in the magical fairyland!!!

    1. As always, Yana, your cards are lovely. I’m loving that background stamp and what you all are doing with it. TFS!

    1. Everything is so lovely, these cards, your designs, and Hero Arts My Monthly Hero card kits!

    1. Your backgrounds are absolutely wonderful! I love all these ideas. Also I was wondering if wiping the different ink pads over the other color edges changes the lighter color pads ink color at all.

    1. Beautiful cards and looks like a terrific kit–thanks for sharing with us!

    1. Love the dendelions sprinkled on the
      background. Fantastic idea.
      they are always blowing around so
      they should do it on a card too.
      The backgrounds for the fairies
      are spectacular. thanks for
      sharing some amazing cards.
      txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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