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Monday, May 7, 2018

May 2018 My Monthly Hero - Release Blog Hop + Giveaway!

It's release day at Hero Arts - and the May 2018 My Monthly Hero kit is a beauty! They are celebrating the "Tree of Life" - with sweet & nostalgic products that make me smile. For my card today, I played with the main kit, and made a bunch of thank you cards for some important people who have touched our lives recently.


I began by stamping the tree trunk and branches on Kraft paper using Unicorn White pigment ink. Once it was completely dry, I colored in the solid white image with my Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils.


I rounded the tree panel using the Rounded Rectangle Infinity Dies, and then embossed the message with Brass embossing powder on Classic Vellum and die cut with Oval Infinity Dies. I carefully cut around a couple leaves with an X-acto knife to allow them to be on top of the message panel.


The design is pretty, yet simple enough to mass produce another five cards.

Here's a look at the full kit:


I'm part of a fun blog hop today! Be sure to leave a comment for everyone along the hop - Hero Arts will be drawing a winner among all the comments to receive a free kit! Get your comments in by Sunday, May 13 at 11:59pm PST.

The Hero Arts Blog
Jennifer McGuire
Nichol Spohr
Wanda Guess
Janette Kausen
Laurie Willison
Ilina Crouse
Michelle Short
Amy Kolling
Clare Prezzia
Lydia Fiedler
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Amy Tsuruta
Emily Midgett
May Sukyong Park
Libby Hickson (you are here!)
Yana Smakula

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86 comments:

  1. Wow the coloring on your tree looks great!

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  2. That looks wonderful. I like the artsy look...

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  3. fantastic tree. Your card is a stand out in this hop. Very cool!

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  4. You did an awesome job on your cards. Thanks for sharing and have a great week.

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  5. Oh wow! Wonderful colouring! Great inspiration for the monthly kit.

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  6. i would have never thought of coloring over white stamping. wow, just, wow! has a storybook feeling. love it. reminds me of the golden books i used to read as a child. gorgeous!

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  7. Beautiful coloring on that tree!!

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  8. Your card is stunning ! Your work with the color pencils is fantastic.

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  9. Such wonderful coloring! Your tree looks so realistic - I love it! Thank you for another great idea for what to do with the kit!

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  10. Wow! The tree looks so dimensional and real! Love your design, coloring and result.

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  11. Hi. What a beautiful card!

    I've always wanted to try the monthly kits but shipping to the UK is so much that I haven't made the leap yet!

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  12. WOW!!! Beautiful and unique creation that could be used for a male or female. Great coloring!

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  13. That is such a creative idea. Love it.

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  14. This kit is absolutely stunning!

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  15. Beautiful card. Your coloring is absolutely amazing.

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  16. This is gorgeous! Love the look you got with the white stamping and coloring on top.

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  17. love what you did with the tree!

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  18. Love the tree . This is a great kit!

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  19. I love the detail of this card and time you gave it to have a lovely realism. Beautiful coloring.

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  20. Your coloring is amazing. And I love how u got the leaves to be on the top of the sentiment.

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  21. Beautiful and it doesn't look simple! The details are great and I like the thank you idea. Thanks for sharing with us!!

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  22. So tasteful in it’s simplicity!

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  23. This is an awesome idea! Love it!

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  24. Love the idea of coloring over white. Gorgeous coloring.

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  25. What a stunner! Your coloring absolutely has the beautiful tree just popping off the page.

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  26. Your pencil colouring is amazing!! It looks so real life. Just a pretty card!

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  27. Such a cute card. Love how you used your colored pencils with that stencil. :)

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  28. The colors really pop on your card. Beautiful!

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  29. Beautiful card, using the white pigment ink will save my white pencils!

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  30. I love the coloring on your tree-lovely card!

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  31. Wow your coloring gives the tree so much dimension. Thanks for sharing.

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  32. I am very impressed with the way you colored the tree! I wish I could do that!

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  33. Love that tree on the kraft, especially the way you colored it - it's beautiful and so realistic!

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  34. Love your choice of card stock color.

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  35. Beautiful card with the lovely tree. Thanks for sharin!

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  36. Never tried this technique, very nice result.

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  37. Great coloring. I like how you stamped in white first. I think that gave the tree its depth, along with your expert shading. Very nice card!

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  38. I love what you did with the coloring of the tree

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  39. Very creative use of the tree branches!

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  40. Oh Libby what a beautiful card - love your colouring on white ink, it's stunning
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  41. Wow! What adorable scene and colouring!

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  42. I absolutely love your card!! I think it's my favorite in the hop :)
    Love this release!!!

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  43. So sweet. I like how you stamped and colored the tree.

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  44. I love all of the new ideas!

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  45. I love that tree! And your pretty card, too.

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  46. Your card is amazing, I keep going back to see the details. Looks great stamped in white with the pencil coloring. I need to try the technique, but I know mine would never come close! I really like this month's kit!

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  47. Such a beautiful card!! Love it!

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  48. Libby, this is soooooo pretty!

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  49. Awesome HA kit and awesome card!

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  50. Love it! You completely transformed the style of the stamp, I just love seeing this kind of techniques, it always give me new ideas. Plus you really made me miss my colored pencils... Will have to visit the m soon ;)
    Thank you! xx

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  51. Love that your card is done with coloring pencils instead of ink! I will definitely try this when I receive my HA Kit!

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  52. Stunning work with the colored pencils! Love this beautiful card!

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  53. Wow!!! Your coloring on your tree looks amazing!!

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  54. Oh my goodness !! What an amazing coloring you’ve made on this card !!
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  55. Wow! Gorgeous card! I love how you did that - I'm definitely going to have to give that a try! Thank you for the inspiration!

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  56. Beautiful use of coloured crayons, great image and sentiments used and how you displayed the sentiment, very classy x

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  57. This card is really beautiful! I love all your details.

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  58. Very pretty card.
    Thanks so much for sharing...

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  59. Love your card! This kit has some really awesome stamps and dies in it and I'm excited for mine to ship/arrive!

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  60. I adore the gender neutral theme...thanks for sharing.

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  61. This kit is absolutely incredible! Thank you for the inspiration and for sharing your talent with us!

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  62. That tree is just gorgeous! Beautiful colouring.

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  63. Oh my, this looks like a tree in my back yard. And spring is here. Thank you, this is lovely!

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  64. Love the card and cool coloring technique, looks awesome on kraft ♥ Looking forward to playing with this new kit :)

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  65. Lovely card. Your coloring technique is awesome. A must try. Love this kit!! Thanks for sharing!

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  66. A great idea. Thank you for sharing

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  67. I love how the white ink made highlights -pretty cool benefit!

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  68. Pardon me if I gush, but I really love your card!!! You made a simply beautiful tree! The golden sentiment is beautiful, too!! This is definitely one of favorite cards on the hop!!! :)

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  69. I love trees and tree swings and swinging, so I'd love to win this Kit also!

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  70. Great idea- love the colored pencil on the white ink. Thanks for the inspiration!

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