Hi crafty friends. Today I'm showcasing the first five cards that I created with the Hero Arts August 2019 card kit.
This kit had a fun medieval times feel to it. The stamp set included some really cool images including a queen, king, wizard, dragon and some knights! I'm really happy that most of these cards can be given to a male and overall I really enjoyed working with this kit. I especially love the Shakespearean/ old English coordinating sentiments. Let me know which card was your favorite!
Note, I clear heat embossed all of the stamped images. I also colored all of them in with the three metallic paints that came in the kit. The sentiment banners and flags were all stamped and die cut from different colored card-stock, so I did not color any of those. I also created my A2 sized card bases using the heavy weight white and black card-stock from my stash. Below, I have provided links to the extra supplies that I used as well as a link to my video tutorial that explains how I created these cards!
The first thought I had when I got this kit was to create a scene where two of the characters could entertain the king and queen. To set the scene, I added an Art Impressions curtain around the king and queen. I stamped the curtain onto the purple suede-like paper that came in the kit. That paper has a very interesting metallic shine. On either side of the king and queen, I decided to add two yellow flags. To create the wall paper behind the king and queen, I took some black card-stock and a "royal" embossing folder and ran that through my gemini to create an embossed raised background. I wanted my joker and wizard to be standing on some kind of tile flooring, so I dug through my stash until I found the perfect tile pattern paper. I cut the strip down to 1.25 x 5.5 inches and attached that to the bottom of my 4 x 5.25 inch card panel with foam tape. To finish the card, I glued down the joker and the wizard. I also stamped the sentiment "I sendeth thee royal greetings" onto a yellow banner, and glued that between the joker and the wizard.
I thought the stamp-set lend itself nicely to story book scenes, so that's what I did for card two. I thought it would be fun to create a Rapunzel scene. To create the castle tower where my princess peeks through, I took a grey strip of card-stock (roughly an inch wide 4 inches tall) and cut a few notches at the top of the strip to resemble castle stones. This step is hard to explain, so I recommend you check out my coordinating video. I also die cut a square from the top of the strip to create the window. I think the window would look even better if it was arched! I added some acetate behind the window to make it look like glass, I also went ahead and tucked my princess behind the window. To give the tower an old over-grown look, I decided to add some green vines to it. I also stamped the "Queen" sentiment right below the window. To set the scene, I added some green die cut grass in front of the tower. I also popped up a knight on his horse with some foam tape above the grass. The knight holds a banner flag that reads "You're my", so the sentiment reads "you're my Queen" I made the 4 x 5.25 inch card panel from light blue card-stock, to create the blue sky. To finish the card, I just added a few white die cut clouds to the sky.
Card three was quick to put together. I wanted this card to resemble a royal Birthday invitation. I started this card by stamping most of the sentiments that came in the stamp-set with black ink onto the parchment-like paper that came in the kit. This panel was cut to 3.75 x 5 inches. I arranged the sentiments around the knight on his horse. All together the invitation reads. "Happy day of thy birth! I sendeth thee royal greetings. You Rule for a day. Thou be-eth on fire. Welcome to the middle ages. I'm happy that all the sentiments went together nicely to create one long Birthday greeting. To make this invitation appear old, I decided to go around the edges with some brown ink. To give this invitation a royal touch, I die cut a fancy rectangle die from some black card-stock. I then matted some purple card-stock behind the black to coordinate with my purple knight. I think it would also be fun to use the metallic purple paper that came in the kit instead!
The dragon image was my favorite from the stamp-set, so I really wanted to create a scene around this purple dragon. Most of the characters in the stamp-set look like they're meant to slay the dragon, so I chose to use the wizard and the archer girl for this card. To create the scene, I first created my night sky. I layered some seedless preserves distress oxide ink over my 3.75 inch x 5 inch white Nina panel. To darken the sky and mute back the pink tone in the Seedless Preserves, I added some salty ocean on top. Then I added a small amount of black soot just around the top corners of the panel. Using a white gel pen, I decided to draw in some small dots that look like stars. I also decided to add a yellow die cut moon to my sky, and stamp the sentiment "you slay" with black ink". I Then I worked on arranging my scene. I first die cut everything including the fancy castle die that came in the kit. I also die cut a few stitched hill sides from two shades of grey card-stock as well as some black. I layered the black castle behind the black stitched hill side. I also added some yellow card-stock behind my castle to make it appear like the castle was lit inside. I then glued my hillsides starting from the back. I offset each hill to add some interest and made sure that each hillside got progressively lighter (black to light grey) as they got closer and closer to the foreground. I popped up the light grey hillside with foam tape. I also added some black die cut grass to the light grey hillside. Then all I did was adhere my characters. I popped up the wizard, archer girl and dragon with foam tape to add some dimension. After that, I went ahead and matted some black card-stock behind. This panel was cut to 4 x 5.25 inches.
My final card is one of my favorites. Mainly because I love the colors. I started this card by cutting a white Nina panel down to 3.5 x 4.75 inches. I then ink blended some squeezed lemonade distress ink to the bottom of the panel using a Picket fence Studios life changing brush. I then ink blended some candied apple distress oxide ink to the top of this panel. The yellow and red met in the middle to create a pretty orange color. Instead of using white clouds, this time, I decided to glue some yellow and red clouds, so they blended seamlessly into the ink blended background. I did add some ink to the edges of the clouds to give them some dimension. On one of the red clouds, I stamped and gold heat embossed the sentiment "Happy day of thy birth". To create the scene, I first glued down all of my clouds. I decided to tuck in a gold castle behind one of the red clouds. In front of the castle I popped up an archer girl with foam tape. I also decided to pop up my red and orange dragon. To make it look like this girl was shooting arrows at the dragon, I decided to adhere a few small arrows flying towards the dragon. I really enjoyed that Hero Arts incorporated a female heroine, so this card could be given to either a girl or boy! After my scene was completed, I decided to matte the ink blended piece on top of a 3.75 x 5 inch gold foiled panel.
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