Good morning! Jess here to finish up with the introductions for the 2018 design team for A Blog Named Hero! This will be my fourth year with A Blog Named Hero and I am so excited to continue leading the team with Lisa! Being a part of this team has been a highlight of my crafting journey so far and I look forward to working with this new team! A Blog Named Hero was also one of my very first design teams so I thought I’d share my first card from 2015 before sharing today’s project! 😉
Don’t laugh…I was so proud of my card set. Ha ha. What can I say, I like to think I’ve come a long way since then and my Hero Arts stash has grown exponentially! And I thank you all for the wonderful support you’ve shown me since 2015!
Anyway, a little about me: I live in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with my incredibly supportive husband, a senior sheltie, a tortoiseshell cat, and a senior bunny. I am a professional musician by day and a paper crafter by night (or really early morning)! I enjoy creating cards for my friends and family and I can often be found coloring images or embossing a sentiment in-between lessons and gigs! I love experimenting with new techniques and mediums and I usually can’t resist adding a little extra sparkle to all of my cards and projects! I love Hero Arts products and am proud to serve on the Creative Team for Hero Arts. And I really love that I get to spend even more time with my favorite Hero Arts products by being a member of this team, too! 🙂
So my card today uses some of the products from the most recent My Monthly Hero kit as well as my newest medium obsession: alcohol inks!
I started by dropping alcohol ink blending solution onto a piece of yupo paper. Then I added drops of alcohol ink in stream, mermaid, cool peri, and amethyst and blew them around with an air puffer. As they blended with the blending solution they lightened in some areas creating a really interesting pattern! After they dried I laid the new Every Which Way stencil over the background and applied a thin layer of moonstone glimmer paste. I peeled the stencil off and let it dry.
I love the mix of the bold graphic stencil pattern and the organic, loose background! While the paste was drying I die-cut the hello word from black cardstock three times and adhered them together. I pressed a versamark pad over the sentiment and then heat-embossed it with clear embossing powder. I repeated the process two more times to get a smooth chipboard-like sentiment! Next I trimmed the alcohol ink panel down and adhered it to a black card base. I die-cut the Skylines Fancy die with vellum and adhered it to the base of my stenciled background with vellum adhesive. Finally I adhered the sentiment using liquid adhesive.
If you’re familiar with my work you know that I adore all things shimmery, shiny, or sparkly and this card definitely fits the bill! I hope you like it! Thanks so much for stopping by today and make sure to check back tomorrow when we go live with our March challenge! We have all sorts of new exciting things to share with our new challenge and all the details will be available tomorrow at 9! Have a great day and we’ll see you tomorrow!