Janette Kausen

Creative Bliss

Janette Kausen

Creative Bliss

Hero Arts April My Monthly Hero (+Giveaway)

by | Apr 6, 2020 | Blog, Colored Pencils, Copic Markers, Giveaway, Happy Thoughts, Hero Arts, Ink Blending, No-Line Coloring, Watercolor

Welcome to the Hero Arts April My Monthly Hero card kit release! I am so happy you are spending a few minutes with me, and several of my favorite designers, to just give you some time to zone out and enjoy what we’ve created for you.

If you’ve known Hero Arts for long, you know they have heart. Huge heart. This month’s kit is quite special in that it was originally designed for a different cause, but because of the shift in life affecting all those that inhabit this planet, Hero Arts has adjusted their focus and is donating 100% of net profits from this Enamel Pin to COVID-19 disaster relief. Wear one, gift one, pin one.

Kit availability and shippingThe kit is available for a limited time only – once it’s gone, it’s gone. Kits begin shipping from Hero Arts on Monday, April 20th, but please remember the shipping crew under our Shelter In Place orders is just Aaron, his wife and his son. They are getting quicker, but your patience is appreciated. Subscribe to receive the kit monthly and never miss one! United States kit subscribers receive free shipping on anything added to your kit order prior to it shipping (Thursday, 12:00PM PT the week of launch). International subscribers receive a discounted shipping rate for both the kit and any add-ons included as well. The discounted rate differs by country.

Kit contents

6″ x 8″ Clear Stamp Set
31 Coordinating Frame Cuts
5.25″ x 6.5″ Sunset Stencil
Intense Black Ink Pad (Copic friendly!)
2  5.5″ x 8.5″ Cherry Wood Sheets
3  5.5″ x 8.5″ Adhesive-backed Birch Wood Sheets

The value of the kit is $80, but it is sold at $34.99.

If you’d like to find out more about subscribing to the My Monthly Hero kit, where you are sure to never miss out, click here.

This Month's Add-On Collection

MMH Kit April 2020
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We Are All In This World Together...
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Eucalyptus Bold Prints
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Nature Border
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Beach HeroScape
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Breach HeroScape Frame Cuts
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Color Layering Joey
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Color Layering Joey Frame Cuts
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Protea Flowers
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Protea Flowers Frame Cuts
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Koala On Branch
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Surfs Up
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Bandicoot Friends
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Bandicoot Frame Cuts
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Patterned Animals
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Patterned Animals Frame Cuts
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April Word Fancy Die
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I am absolutely obsessed with the stencil that is in this month’s kit. It stands alone, but plays well with others too. This design was created by ink blending a white smooth bristol panel with Reactive Inks in Lemon Drop, Creamsicle and Fruit Punch. Then secure stencil in place and ink blend again with the same colors. Keep them in similar areas, but some overlap and shifting of placement adds detail.

You can find a full list of project supplies HERE.

Once the secondary ink blending is sufficiently dark, carefully remove stencil. Watercolor with a paint brush (I used a Silver round Black Velvet size 4) and clear water. The Reactive Inks are water-based so painting will cause the color to lift and shift and dry in gorgeous marbly-looking patterns. Simply liberally wet the cloud areas and allow to dry naturally for best results.

Trim panel, stamp Protea Flowers sentiment in Intense Black, and adhere to Dove White Folded Card base with foam tape.

The sunset on this card is completed the same as the card above with the addition of Blue Hawaii Reactive Ink in the sky. Trim sunset and adhere flat to Dove White Folded Card base.

You can find a full list of project supplies HERE.

Stamp Bandicoot and Friends koala in Intense Black on Dove White cardstock. Color with Copic markers in W00, W0, W2, W4 and R20. Die cut image. Dry fit image in place and stamp sentiment in Intense Black. Pop koala in place with dimensional adhesive.

Recreate this beauty (if I do say so myself!) by ink blending Indigo and Aquatic dye inks onto the perimeter of 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ Arctic cardstock. The darkest shade to the outside and lighter just slightly more leaving the center free of ink. Stamp Eucalyptus Bold Prints in Soft Yellow dye ink to offer a light guide for no-line coloring. 

A full project supply list is linked HERE.

Then color image with Caran d’Ache Luminance colored pencils. The flowers are in 866 Burnt Sienna, 350 Purplish Red, 30 Orange, 820 Golden Bismuth Yellow and 810 Bismuth Yellow. The leaves are in 240 Lemon Yellow, 470 Spring Green, 729 Dark English Green and 220 Grass Green. (These pencils are my new faves, by far! And this rechargeable sharpener is proving to be a winner with it ability to adjust the length of point I want!)

Stamp Protea Flowers sentiment in Intense Black on Dove White cardstock, back with yellow glitter cardstock and pop in place with dimensional adhesive. Adhere finished card to Folded Card base.

I created this card, with the kit, for the Countdown to Creativity over on the Hero Arts blog. You can find all the details for it HERE.

Blog Hop

Giveaway: Hero Arts will give away one $50 gift card, drawn from the comments left across the hop. Enter by Sunday, April 12th at 11:59pm pacific, and the winner will be announced on the Hero Arts Blog the following week.

Thank you so much for popping in for a visit today. Sending warm hugs and health to each of you!

xo, Janette

Project Supplies

I’ll always do my best to link you to shops with products in stock. As you know, inventory levels are always fluctuating and therefore may not be available. Please use the retailer notification buttons to let them know you want more!

MMH Kit April 2020
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Protea Flowers
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Bandicoot Friends
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Bandicoot Frame Cuts
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Eucalyptus Bold Prints
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Intense Black Hybrid Ink
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AF421 Fruit Punch Reactive Ink - Hero...
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AF422 Creamsicle Reactive Ink - Hero...
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AF423 Lemon Drop Reactive Ink - Hero...
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AF429 Blue Hawaii Reactive Ink - Hero...
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AF169 Soft Yellow Shadow Ink - Hero Arts
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AF339 Aquatic Bold Ink - Hero Arts
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Indigo Bold Ink
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Blender Brushes 4pk
[ BRI | ELH | SSS ]
Silver BLACK VELVET Brush Size 4...
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Copic Sketch Markers - Carpe Diem...
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Caran d'Ache Luminance Colored...
[ BLIC | SSS | SSS | AMZUS ]
Rechargeable Adjustable Point Pencil...
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Precision Glue
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Scotch Products - Scotch -...
[ AMZUS | SSS ]
Strathmore BRISTOL SMOOTH 9 x 12...
[ SSS | SBC | AMZUS ]
PS314 Hero Hues Premium Cardstock...
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Hero Hues Dove white (25)
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Hero Hues Dove white Top Folded Cards
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Hero Hues Dove white Side Folded Cards
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Hero Hues Dove white Envelopes
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