Hi friends! It’s time for the launce of the new Hero Arts My Monthly Hero kit. The kit this month is inspired by the Pont des Arts bridge in Paris, also know as, the Love Lock Bridge. Below are the contents of the kit – a beautiful 6X* stamp set featuring an image of a Wisteria branch, a stunning cover plate die with a keyhole and a key, four ink cubes and a small packet of shimmering red gemstones.
There are a LOT of inspirations out there featuring the main image in the kit – the Wisteria branch. I decided to do something a little different but still in keeping with the theme of the kit. I have a video showing an easy technique to get the most out of the little stamps in the kit.
First I did some easy ink blending. I took a piece of watercolor paper and used some reactive inks from the Hero Arts floral collection – Thistle, Grape Slush and Purple Galaxy.
I took a blending brush, and with lightest color, Thistle, I started from the top of the paper, slowly blending the color until about one third of the way down the panel.
Then with the medium color, Grape Slush, I blended that as well, starting at the top. I did the same with the darkest color, Purple Galaxy, but this time I blended it in concentrating only at the very top of the panel.
Then I took one of the smaller Wisteria clusters from the stamp set, and mounted it on an acrylic block. Then I took the lightest purple color and inked up the stamp. Gave it a quick mist with a spray bottle filled with water and stamped it on the upper part of the panel. And because the inks I am using reacts with water, this gave the stamped image a soft watercolor look.
I continued to ink it up, mist with water then stamp. When I wanted more definition, I skipped the misting part and stamped directly onto the paper. I varied the lengths of the cluster to give it a natural feel.
To give this more magical and ethereal feel, I smooshed some of the lightest ink onto an acrylic block, added a few drops of Iridescent ink and some water and splattered it onto the upper part of the paper.
I made another card but this time I stepped it up with some heat embossing.
First, I prepped the panel with anti static powder. Then inked up the stamp with versamark embossing ink. I stamped the floral cluster image onto the panel varying the lengths, sprinkled clear embossing powder then heat set it.
Then I ink blended and stamped the panel just the same way I did the first card. For added shine, I splattered water onto the upper part of the panel, added silver embossing powder and then heat set it.
I stamped the sentiment “sending loving thoughts” with Charcoal ink. I finished off the card with iridescent gems and sequins.
I hope you are inspired to give this technique a try!
In the meantime, stay safe and stay crafty!
‘Til next time!
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