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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SSS | HA
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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SSS | HA
Hero Arts Color Layering Thanksgiving Stamp Set
Hero Arts Color Layering Thanksgiving Stamp Set
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SSS | HA
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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SSS | HA
Hero Arts Color Layering Squirrel Bundle
Hero Arts Color Layering Squirrel Bundle
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SSS | HA
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. I like the detail on the little squirrel. The textured background paper seems like it could work in a variety of cards.

    1. This HA release is fantastic! Love how you embossed and colored the squirrel – really pops off of the white background!

    1. oh wow… gorgeous!! (never thought I would say that about a squirrel, lol!!)

    1. Your squirrel is so cute! He looks like Rusty, one of the two squirrels I have in my backyard. Yours is so life-like, I expect him to jump off the card and sit up and beg for food.

    1. Cute squirrel! This is an awesome kit. Perfect for autumn. Can’t wait to get mine.

    1. Oh my!!! Love your adorable squirrel and the beautiful colors of your card!!! Great kit!!!

    1. That squirrel is pretty cute! I like his ombré outfit…he does look like he’s ready for fall. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your ideas with us.

    1. I really love the squirrel set. Your card is so cute! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Beautiful colors for the squirrel, and I love the textured backround with the woodgrain cardstock!

    1. I think the simplicity of this card really makes the beautiful color combo shine! You always have amazing projects.

    1. Very cool! Love all the mediums used and the wood grain paper pulls it all together!

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