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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

July My Monthly Hero - blog hop + giveaway


Hello! It's time to launch another Hero Arts My Monthly Hero kit, and this one is an absolute beauty! I love the sea and all of the amazing creatures who inhabit it. Especially the beautiful sea turtle!

I wanted to make a soft and painterly card, so I used my watercolor paints directly on my stamps! Have you tried this? It's super fun. Not all the results are great, but I love the process of playing and seeing what will work. And it's especially convenient with my MISTI - I just leave the stamps in place, and add different colors to the stamp and re-stamp.


I used some items from past kits to work on this cards, including the Daniel Smith dot sheet and waterbrush from the April kit! I love these kits, they're always so very useful! :)

Here's a look at the gorgeous stamp set included in this month's kit! It's a big 6x8 set, which is like getting two regular clear sets! There's also matching dies, a brand new ombre ink pad, fab sequins from Lucy, and some pretty metallic papers.

Another thing I love? I know how much trouble our oceans are in, and the ocean animals like the sea turtle. Plastic pollution is out of control. Did you know plastic grocery bags look exactly like jellyfish to a sea turtle? Jellies are one of their main foods - so you can just imagine the trouble that results when they accidentally eat a grocery bag. I love that Hero Arts is donating 10% of the profit from this kit to support the World Wildlife Fund's ocean preservation program!

There's a big blog hop to launch the kit - and a giveaway, too! Comment on every post to for more chances to win a kit! The giveaway closed Sunday July 10 at 11:59pst, and the winner will be announced on the Hero Arts blog.

The Hero Arts Blog
Yana Smakula
Amy Tsuruta
Clare Prezzia
May Park
Laura Bassen
Lydia Fiedler
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Justin Krieger
Jennifer McGuire
Jenn Shurkus
Veronica Zalis
Libby Hickson (you are here!)
Joan Bardee

Thanks for stopping by!

162 comments:

  1. Love your card Libby!!! The kit is GORGEOUS….and the add on octopus is WONDERFUL!!! All going on my wish list!!!
    Paper Hugs,
    Jan

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  2. Wow I love your card thanks for sharing.

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    1. Your technique is new to me. Going to have to try this. Thanks!

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  3. Sweet card, I really enjoy those beautifully painted corals Libby!!

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  4. I love this kit, so cute! I really like the Ombré Dolphin ink and Mermaid mix that comes with it :o)

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  5. GORGEOUS!! I love your turtle so much!

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  6. Love the pastel, watery look to your card. So calm and peaceful!

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  7. neat idea using the MISTI for painting - your card turned out so pretty!

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  8. Never tried stamping with watercolors - love the soft effect! Just before I came to the blog hop, I ordered my MMHK plus the seahorse set. I live by the sea, so I love everything ocean-related.

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  9. Think your technique worked exactly how you wanted it to...painterly.

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  10. Very nice card. I like the orange colour you have used. Looks great on the card.

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  11. Thank you for sharing the water color on the stamps idea. I am definitely going to play around with it! Your card was beautiful!

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  12. great technique! LOVE the results.

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  13. Great card kit! Not often I say I MUST have something, this was the exception.

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  14. Love the water color with these stamps

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  15. Beautiful card, cant wait to try this!

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  16. cute cute design thank you for sharing your work

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  17. Great card. Love the ocean theme.

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  18. Never thought to put watercolors right on my stamps - genius!!!

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  19. That sea turtle you did is gorgeous! I love that you put watercolors right on the stamps as well. That is such a great idea! Thank you for sharing!

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  20. I've never tried this technique before, I can't wait to give a go!

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  21. I like the watercolor effect you achieved painting your stamps. I'll have to give that a try :)

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  22. Pretty card! Great kit, great cause. Thanks.

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  23. What a cute idea for the card! I will have to try that.

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  24. Beautifully watercoloured scene!

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  25. Love the ocean theme cards for this July kit

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  26. Love it!! The watercoloring is gorgeous!!

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  27. Beautiful card. I like the coral.

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  28. Great idea! I will have to try watercoloring with my stamps!

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  29. Such pretty water coloring.. lovely card!

    Theresa

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  30. Beautiful card..love the turtle

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  31. This reminds me of snorkeling with the sea turtle of the Galapagos. Thanks for bring back that memory!

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  32. Love the technique you used. Beautiful card. The turtle has to be one of my favourites. I just adore the beautiful Ocean scene stamps.

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  33. This kit lends itself well to watercolor.

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  34. Love the painted look of this card!! Very pretty!

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  35. the watercoloring is perfect!

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  36. Very pretty, love watercolor

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  37. Very pretty card how fun. Love the colours as well. What a fun kit.

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  38. What a beautiful kit, I love using some old watercolor crayons for this technique. It always turns out cool. Thanks for sharing!

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  39. Thank you for sharing your technique. Now I have a new trick to add to my stamping. Love the colors you used for your coral.

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  40. I love this kit. I would type more but broke wrist

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  41. Lovely card! Such a beautiful result with the watercolor stamping.. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  42. Look at that gorgeously colored coral with the turtle gliding past. You've done an excellent job using HA Card Kit. Good job.

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  43. Oh I was hoping to see a video of you water coloring your card. It came out so well. I have never seen watering coloring on the stamps........going to have to google it. Love this kit it perfect for that technique.

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  44. I love my MISTI ... can't even remember how I stamped before it! Your header cracked me up .... sniffin' the stazon! LOL

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  45. A very pretty card that you made with this fun set, and I think it's great that HA is donating to a wonderful cause!

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  46. The watercolor look is so pretty and soft. Love your corals!

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  47. Your card is gorgeous. Love the watercoloring. Nicely done. And this card kit is awesome!

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  48. Your card is gorgeous. Love the watercoloring. Nicely done. And this card kit is awesome!

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  49. Great idea to use the MISTI to watercolor. Enjoyed your card.

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  50. Another great way to use the MISTI! I love the idea of using the watercolors directly on the stamp. I have never tried that but I am inspired to give it a try. Lovely project and thanks for the tips! TFS!

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  51. Another great card Libby. LIke all of the sea creatures and my favorite is the turtle

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  52. Great card and love the technique and watercoloring!!!

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  53. I love your card. It brings back memories of swimming along watching sea turtles when I was diving, in fact I saw one on my first open water dive. (I kept my distance and didn't bother them.) I really like these stamp sets.

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  54. This is such a fabulous kit. Super cute card. tfs!

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  55. Libb, I love the way you put you put the card together and the bubbles that's cool. Thank you for sharing.

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  56. Libb, I love the way you put you put the card together and the bubbles that's cool. Thank you for sharing.

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  57. Can't wait to try this technique! Thanks for sharing!

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  58. Love this beautiful card. The sea and watercolor and sea creatures...who could want more. I can't wait to try the water color technique with the Misti. Beautiful stamp set!

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  59. What a beautiful card! I can't wait to get my kit!

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  60. Super cool card Libby. Love the paint applied directly to the stamps... the effect is awesome.

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  61. Beautiful water coloring and love your card. This is such a great kit.

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  62. Such a pretty card, realistic coral colors!

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  63. Your card is so soft and pretty!

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  64. Beautiful card, love the paint-your-stamp technique, especially with the MISTI, thanks for sharing!

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  65. Awesome card. The final result is pretty.

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  66. Watercolor is the perfect media for this water scene! Awesome new kit from Hero Arts!

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  67. The card is so pretty. The colors and the softness makes you feel like you are in the ocean.

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  68. love the soft look of the watercolors. I will have to try using them directly on stamps! Brilliant idea!

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  69. Love the soft colours on this card Libby - and thanks for the tip as to how you achieved multiple colours on one area by using the misti.
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  70. Love that soft, underwater look you created on your beautiful card! Love the beautiful ocean-themed designs in this fabulous kit! The sea turtle is a favorite!

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  71. I love this card. I think you succeeded in achieving the painterly type card. The colors are so beautiful!

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  72. I do love this kit- and what a fun technique you've used! Your card is beautiful!

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  73. The application of water colors directly to stamp gives a beautiful subtle effect that I need to try now! Just gorgeous!

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  74. Love the water colour effect - perfect for sea creatures!

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  75. Libby,
    I love the look of the soft watercolor effect and how you used multiple layers of color!

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  76. Stunning card, Libby!! The watercoloring is just magnificent.

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  77. beautiful....looks simply awesome Libby!

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  78. You did such a great card using your watercolors. I just love it. TFS.

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  79. Lovin' this kit!
    Great card and oh so fun!
    ~God bless~

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  80. Very pretty underwater scene you created.

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  81. Definitely trying this technique....your card is gorgeous! Thank you for the inspiration.

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  82. This kit is absolutely GORGEOUS!!! So many possibilities! And your card is stunning, thanks for the inspiration!!!!

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  83. I love it - again blog after blog the cards are so cute. I think I should have went with that priority shipping :)

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  84. I wish I could afford to buy this kit right now because those color combinations are my favorite. Thanks for the chance to win the kit :)

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  85. What a pretty watercolor scene!

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  86. Love this kit and the realistic images. Your card is beautiful, love the combination of colors you used. Thank you so much for the chance to win.

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  87. Love the watercolor effect. And another great way to use my new MISTI!!!

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  88. beautiful card... the watercoloring is so serene and calming!

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  89. Great watercolorig !great Way to use my new Misti

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  90. Love this design of this underwater card. The colors are so perfect:)

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  91. Love the design and the feel you have achieved is just perfection. I can fell myself calming down just looking at this, because I love the ocean a lot. Just awesome art, thanks for the fabulous hop Karen x

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  92. So soft and pretty, I especially love the colors in the turtle.

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  93. this is a beautiful card.
    I would love to have it to add
    to my nautical collection.
    The coloring is gorgeous.
    thanks for sharing.

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  94. What a lovely card and the colors used made for a soft look of under the sea. Great job and love turtles. Must get this stamp set.

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  95. What a lovely card and the colors used made for a soft look of under the sea. Great job and love turtles. Must get this stamp set.

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  96. I just love this turtle! I've seen a lot using the octopus but only a few with this little guy. Such a beautiful card!

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  97. Awww!!! Definitely one of the most beautiful release! And your card is really beautiful!!!

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  98. Very fund card. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

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  99. Thanks for reminding me about the watercolor directly on the stamps. Makes a great card.

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  100. While I have not put paint directly on my stamps before, your outcome looked great. A misti would definitely be handy for that technique. Thanks for sharing such a great card kit from Hero Arts!

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  101. I like the idea of painting on the stamps.

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  102. Very interesting card ! And this kit is so terrific ! Thanks for sharing ! Izzy Scrap

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  103. Sweet card, love the colors and the saying.

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  104. Gorgeous water coloring that captures the ocean and it's occupants!

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  105. Love the watercolours! Stunning card!

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  106. Beautiful undersea scene! Love the colors!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  107. Great card! Love this set! Unique and would make great guy cards. Gotta have it!

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  108. Your use of soft and subtle colors really helps the turtle to float in the environment.

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  109. I love the soft colors you chose for this card. I too have that sheet of Daniel Smith water colors and absolutely love them.

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  110. Great card!! This is a wonderful kit!!

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  111. Love the watercolored look you achieved with these gorgeous stamps!

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  112. What a great idea to use the paint fits from a previous kit (I have those!) I never thought of pairing on the stamp- brilliant!

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  113. I, too, am so happy Hero Arts is donating for the oceans. That is a wonderful thing to do. Your card is really beautiful. The soft colors and the way you painted the turtle is lovely. I didn't think of putting the stamp on the Misti and coloring it. Great tip.

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  114. Clever use of the Misti and a great card! Looks a fab monthly kit too.

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  115. Beautiful card, Libby, and great coloring. I want to try this method. Thanks so much for sharing with us AND for participating this great hop and giveaway.

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  116. Love the kit and your card! So pretty!

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  117. Loved the use of watercolors for this card. Lovely.

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  118. The watercolor coral looks great!

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  119. Such a soft and calming feel to the card. Wish I could win the kit :(

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  120. Beautiful! Love the colors & serenity of this one!

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  121. I love sea turtles and I love the colors in your card. It's so pretty and the sequins add just the right touch!

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  122. Wow your watercolor look is a great one especially for these stamps! Very nice card!

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  123. gorgeous! wish i could watercolour like that!

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  124. Beautiful card. Love the watercoloring

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  125. Beautiful card. Love the watercoloring

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  126. Love this technique! Awesome card, thanks for sharing!

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  127. Wonderful! Must try you technique soon. Thanks for sharing.

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  128. Oh, I love this type of stamping, Libby! And it's Gorgeous. Great kit. Thanks, Paulette Still
    Craftqueen417 at yahoo
    HTTPS://paulettesrpettypapercrafts.wordrpress.com

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  129. Your watercoloring on stamps worked beautifully to achieve this underwater scene, Libby. Lovely card!

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  130. Your card is soo beautiful! Thanks for sharing your technique, I'll try it :)

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  131. Your card is so sweet and serene looking. Love the soft colors. Thanks and God bless! ILuvTheEucharist (at) aol.com

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  132. Beautiful! Love the soft water coloring! ♥

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  133. I would of never thought to apply the watercolor directly to the stamp but I love the look.

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  134. Very nice. I've used markers direct to stamps but never thought of watercolor paint. Love the results.

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  135. Love the soft look of your card.

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  136. What a great technique and fantastic card!!

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  137. Love the way you used the turtle on your card!

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  138. This is so very pretty, Libby! Love it!

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  139. Beautiful card love the watercolor look.

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