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10 Cards 1 Kit (Oops Make That 11) -- My Monthly Hero June 2018

Today we will be playing with the beautiful stamps from the My Monthly Hero Card Kit for June 2018.  Unfortunately this kit has sold out but the ideas below can be translated to many different stamp sets and inks.  My motto is "always think outside of the box."  Check out the video below and read this blog post to see how I was able to take this kit in several unique directions.
First let me introduce you to the pallet of Hero Arts ink colors I chose to stamp with today as seen in a trio of rainbow cards that start us off.   For the first card, I stamped each of the little Adirondack chairs in Neon Pink, Tangerine, Lemon Yellow, Neon Green, Deep Ocean (from the kit), and Orchid.  I then die cut them and placed foam squares on each one.  I took my top folding card base and placed it in my MISTI using my acetate grid to determine the placement of my sentiment.  I then stamped the sentiment in Soft Granite ink from the kit.  I know this is a light color for a sentiment but I really wanted the rainbow of chairs to be the main focus of my card.  I then took my MISTI ruler from the MISTI Creative Corners kit and used it to line up the chairs evenly across my card.  After attaching the chairs, this card is done.  It really turned out the way I wanted.  It is all about those adorable chairs.
Continuing with the rainbow theme, I used second hand stamping to create the layered effect for these beautiful clouds.  I am obsessed with these clouds as you will see in a few other cards.  They are incredibly versatile, used together or alone.  For the light color, I inked up the cloud and stamped off once on scratch paper.  I then stamped on the card stock.  The detail stamp is the same ink in its full strength.  I repeated the process for each of my rainbow colors and die cut my clouds.  I trimmed the 4 1/4” side of a top folding vertical A2 card to 3 3/4” so that I could let the clouds hang over the side and it would still fit in the A2 envelope.  After figuring out my placement, I stamped the sentiment in Versafine Onyx black ink and then attached each of the clouds with foam tape for dimension.  The only trimming I did was on the bottom purple cloud. 
The last card in my rainbow trio is this cute little number that I created by taking an A2 card base and stamping the Bird Cluster stamp from the kit in my rainbow of colors down the page to create a patterned background.   I then placed a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of  paper in the MISTI and centered the Hello stamp at 2 3/4".  I stamped my first hello in yellow and then moved the paper 3/4” up because that is the spacing I came up with because the stamp is 1/2” tall and I wanted a space between the words.  I repeated this process for the green, blue, and purple and then reversed it for the orange and pink.  I trimmed the sentiment strip to create a center rectangle and matted it with black card stock.  It is popped up in the center of my card with, yes, you guessed it, foam tape :)
The process for creating the panel that I used for these next two cards is available in the video.   I took the Neon Pink, Lemon Yellow, and Tangerine inks and used the detail layer of the largest cloud.  I started by randomly stamping the yellow 5 times around the page and then repeated this with the other two colors.  I really love Neon Pink so I finished up by filling in any gaps with the Neon Pink.  I then took 2 rectangles from the Hero Arts Rectangle Infinity dies and carefully cut a frame out of the center.  The result was 3 panels that I could make one to three cards from.  I made two cards today.  This one
using the frame, a sentiment from the Acts of Kindness stamp set,  and a grouping of palm trees from the kit and another using the 2 remaining frames, one of those adorable Adirondack chairs, and some pretty gold mirror mats to frame my sentiment and chair.

Now it was time to play with the Layering Ocean stamps. I'm an ocean girl at heart, having grown up in Sydney, Australia, so these stamps really speak to me.
I wanted to think outside the box with this card. So I went with the Neon Pink, Lemon Yellow, and Tangerine inks once again. I stamped all three at the bottom of the page and then flipped the stamps and repeated the process upside down overlapping the first set. I then stamped a variety of clouds in Tangerine and Neon Pink. To create the sun, I masked off a circle and used the Lemon Yellow ink and a sponge. I stamped the Dolphin and Sailboat from the kit. I used a small piece of Washi tape to mask off the dolphin's tail so it looks like he is dancing in the water. The other Sailboat and “Oh Ship” stamps come from the Hero Arts Enjoy the Journey stamp set. I stamped the "I forgot your birthday" message inside the card to complete the sentiment. I trimmed my A2 stamped panel to 4” x 5 1/4” and matted it with a piece of black card stock to finish this card.
To create this next card, I used the same method as the ocean in my last card to create two identical panels.  I stamped with the Deep Ocean, Summer Sky, and Soft Sky inks from the kit. After the two panels were stamped, I trimmed them down to 4 1/8" wide and then just above and below the dark blue line on the panels; in this instance they are both about 2 1/2" tall.  I stamped the “Thinking of You” sentiment from the kit on the card base in Deep Ocean ink and secured the panels with foam tape.  A simple decoration of two Starfish from the kit to highlight the sentiment was a wonderful finishing touch.
And now for my favorite card from this kit so far. I have been playing with the new Nuvo blending sponges and thought this would be another awesome way to create with them. I have a sponge dedicated to each of the color families and another for when I am blending multiple colors together. I placed a 4 1/4” x 5 1/2” panel of Bristol smooth card stock on my craft mat and started my blending with the Neon Pink ink. I start off the page and then move on very lightly, patiently building up my color. I then moved to the Tangerine and the Lemon Yellow. Working down to where the ocean will be, I use the blending sponge in between each layer and over the Neon Pink at the top to create more whimsy in the sky. I then stamped the Ocean on the bottom.

After I am done with this first layer, I take a large circle mask and apply it, centered towards the bottom of the card, just below the “water line.”  I then sponge around the circle, except for the part under the water, first with a generous amount of Lemon Yellow, and then a small amount of Tangerine. The magic happens when mask is removed to reveal the beautiful sun.

The third layer of this card consists of the Flock of Birds stamped in Neon Pink over the sun, and the solid clouds stamped around and over the sun in a variety of the three ink colors (Neon Pink, Lemon Yellow, and Tangerine). I stamped and embossed the sentiment on some vellum paper in gold and trimmed it down to fit on the front of my card.

I decided to play around with this card design a bit to make it fun and unexpected.  I wanted a thin white border to frame the decorated panel over an A2 sized black mat.  I switched it up by making a 4" x 5 1/4" top folding vertical card and trimmed the decorated panel down to 3 7/8" x 5 1/8" to allow for my thin white border.  I then attached the completed card onto the black mat which became the back of the card.    

This stamp set was wonderful for making incredible clean and simple cards.  I like to make these every now and again because it reminds me that card making doesn't have to be time consuming.  You can make wonderful cards in minutes with just ink, stamp, and the right paper.  These are always good to have on hand.
Ink colors:  Versafine Onyx Black and Hero Arts Soft Granite.
 Versafine Onyx Black and Hero Arts Neon Pink, Tangerine, and Lemon Yellow.
Versafine Onyx Black and Hero Arts Tiger's Eye
Even if you don't have this stamp set, check out what you have and see if you can create an ocean.  For example, I was able to replicate the ocean by sponging the bottom layer and using a stamp from the Hero Arts Blue Whale stamp set stamped in two different colors. It turned out perfectly :)

So there you have it.  Me thinking outside the box.  I created cards using a rainbow color theme; a piece of patterned paper created with one stamp and three ink; the ocean by stamping in different colors; and quick and simple cards with just stamps and ink; I used the ocean for something other than the ocean; and I did lots and lots of sponging. Which card is your favorite?

If you make a project inspired by this post please tag it with #perkypennypapers on 
Instagram and I will be able to see it :) 
Until next time,
Joanne and Penny 

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