Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Hero Arts Summer 2016 Release Hop + Giveaway


Welcome to the Hero Arts Summer 2016 Release Hop! Now is your chance to order all these beautiful new products from the Hero Arts Online Store!


Hero Arts never disappoints with its releases! Since I began stamping back in 2000, they have always been one of my favorite companies! I was thrilled to be able to join in this hop and share some of the great new stamps being released!

The first stamp I am sharing today is Destination Washington, D.C. It is a wood-mounted, red-rubber image that I had waaaaay too much fun stamping and coloring! We have made two trips to D.C. and we love it there! I know it won't be long until we are back again. This image was perfect for me to create cards for a mini album.


On each of the cards the image was stamped with a grey ink and heat embossed with clear powder. Knowing I wanted to watercolor the images, the heat embossing made things much easier. The raised lines created from the heat embossing keeps the water and color from running all over the project. 


I love how I was able to fussy cut out these images and foam mount them to my card for added dimension. It will also be fun to able to use the small cut-out images along side photos of the historic landmarks. Don't forget that you can also cut away the words, or any part of this image! So fun!


I love all the water and reflecting pools in D.C. What a better way to use this stamp than to create the look! Masking off the words at the bottom of the stamp, I stamped and heat embossed the image. Then I stamped the image onto a piece of plastic (from my stamp-a-ma-jig) and pressed it into the paper. The straight line on the bottom of the buildings made it easy to line up. When you stamp this way, the image will be unclear and sparse, which is exactly the look you want to achieve!


I colored the top image the same as before. The bottom, I colored loosely, with a lot of water. Once that dried, I added several blue layers over the top, starting with the darkest blue at the base of the buildings. I love the effect!!!!


Spending the evening, while the sun sets, at The Mall is one of my favorite activities! In fact, I make my family go down there almost every night! :D Using one of my photos as color inspiration, I created a sunset look.


Starting with red, moving to orange, and then two different blues, I was able to create a sunset sky. These are going to be great in my mini album!


The second image I am using today is US Map Background. This image ties in perfectly with all the travel-themed images releasing today! I have a geography nerd. He is the school champion. In fact, he qualified for the state National Geographic Bee. Which is amazing because its 4th-8th grade students. He scored in the top 100 of all those students in the state. One of only three 4th graders! Anyways, geography is a big deal in this house! 

So, it seemed fitting to create a notepad of the United States, perfect for the License Plate Game! We play the game often. Basically you keep track of the license plates you see while on a road trip. Having a map to keep track notches the nerdiness up quite a few levels. Educational and fun. This teacher-momma approves!


I stamped the US Map Background image onto trimmed standard printer paper, a lot. A piece of cardboard was trimmed to size and placed behind the stack of stamped papers. Clipping the layers together, I added a special glue, called padding compound, to the top edge. Once dry, you have a custom notepad!


I thought it would be fun to color the states in with pencils. My son thought it would be more fun to check them off, or write the postal abbreviation. However it works, this is a great way to keep track of the plates you see on a road trip!


Be sure and visit the blogs of these truly talented card makers!! Seriously, can you believe all the talent listed there? How did I get here?! 

Hop List: 

Giveaway: Leave a comment on the blog posts for a chance to win one of 3 - $25 shopping sprees! Winners will be drawn from comments across all the blogs! You have until Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 11:59 PT. Winners will be announced on the Hero Arts Blog.


thanks for stopping by!

kimberly

Supplies: stamps are available at Hero Arts Online Store

226 comments:

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c.darwin said...

Your watercoloring is beautiful! I'm new to your blog and I love your style! Especially since I just pulled out that USA background stamp last weekend and needed some new ideas.

Arianna Barbara said...

Wow!!!! I love this new release!!! Great cards!!!!

Heather DePasquale said...

Love your reflecting pools! I could picture it right away. Also need to try the US map when going on our next road trip. I'm the one who likes recording the license plates. This will be more fun. Thanks Hero Arts!

Bunny Dobbie said...

I think the destination stamps are fabulous! We visited Washington D.C. And the Smithsonian one April and found the Festival of Cherry Blossoms was happening. What a lovely city and great museums.

Rachel W said...

Great cards

Laurie2cats said...

Wonderful projects - love the reflection technique

Anonymous said...

Nice cards!

Barbara-Jean said...

Washington is a great place to visit...thanks for the Fourth of July touch!

Sherry Butcher said...

Wonderful, love the 3D card. Great coloring too. Thanks for sharing.

Unknown said...

I've never been to Washington before but this stamp takes me right there, especially with you're coloring. I love how you made the reflecting pool! My sister is a photographer and puts her images on greeting cards, handbags, and cosmetic bags. She's taken photos with the picture reflecting off of the water and you managed to do with water colors and stamps! Wow! I love everything!

Kentucky Daisy said...

I wish I had had this United States stamp when I was teaching school and studying the different states! But I'm sure I can still find some good use for it now! 😊

Ladyj711 said...

Those stamps of cityscapes are just fantastic. You brought out all their beauty in your card.

Kris in Alaska said...

Wow! Awesome projects!

Unknown said...

Love all the new products!

Becs Attwood said...

Awesome projects, such a great use of these fun new products. Thanks for sharing.

Unknown said...

I love your cards! D.C. is one of my favorite places to visit. Your image of the reflecting pool is amazing. Such a clever idea. Thanks for such wonderful inspiration.

Taunya Butler said...

Big, big FAN of yours and each of these cards captures a different time of day in Washington D.C. Just so awesome and well done - the coloring is superb!!

CoolPaperArt said...

love the DC stamping! hope hero arts does even more color layering sets, they are gret!!!

Kim said...

Love all the new stuff!

Maria Giselle B. said...

Love your mirror image technique. I want to give this technique a try!

TracyM #6773 said...

WOW - I understand you being SO PROUD and ENCOURAGING of your son!!!
Such a COOL idea for the pad!!!
Your Washington cards look FABULOUS, such PRETTY colouring and your reflections are WONDERFUL => THANK YOU for sharing your INKY INSPIRATION :)

Flo said...

Love the DC stamps you used on your cards. What a great idea for a road trip. Thanks.

Kate B said...

Love your DC cards & the notepad is such a great idea!

Karen L K said...

Clever cards! I like how you showed several things to do with the one stamp. The book of US states is also very clever.

Unknown said...

I love them all, especially the map!

Unknown said...

I love them all, especially the map!

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