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Happy Harvest | Hero Arts September 2020 Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

It’s release day at Hero Arts and we’re celebrating the new September release with a blog hop and giveaway.  If you’ve arrived from Pocono Pam’s blog, you’re right on track!

Ready or not, this month we’re getting ready for Fall and Halloween and I have three cards to share with you.

Happy Harvest

My first card features the limited September My Monthly Hero card kit. This kit has an incredible Heroscape layering stamp set and coordinating dies, a sentiment stamp set, a selection of ink cubes, and some beautiful glitter paper!

I began with two pieces of A2-sized white cardstock because I wanted to create two identical panels so that I’d have extra pumpkins. For every layer, I stamped first on one panel, and then repeated on the second panel.

To start, I stamped the most solid background layer in Fresh Lawn ink and then I stamped the second layer in Pine. Next I stamped the solid pumpkin layer in Butter Bar and then stamped the pumpkin detail layer in Soft Apricot.

Next I stamped the solid cornfield layer in Pine and then stamped the detail layer in Emerald Green. I used the coordinating die to cut out one scene, fussy cut three pumpkins out of the second scene, and then set these pieces aside.

For the background I used a blending brush to blend Blue Hawaii Reactive ink onto an A2-sized piece of Arctic cardstock, concentrating the color at the top of the panel to create just a bit of depth. Then I used INTENSI-fied Black ink to stamp the sentiment and the birds (the bird stamp includes all seven birds so I selectively inked five birds for one grouping, and two birds for the second grouping).

To assemble the card, I used foam tape to adhere the fussy cut pumpkins over the pumpkin scene, and then again used foam tape to adhere the scene to the background sky. Finally, I adhered the card front to an A2-sized card base.

Sending Warm Hugs

My next card features the Happy Autumn Forest stamp set and coordinating dies.

I began by stamping the sun and hills image in INTENSI-fied Black ink onto an A2-sized piece of Canson XL watercolor paper. I used painter’s tape to mask off the borders of the panel and to tape it to my work surface.

Next I used varying shades of Hero Arts liquid watercolors to color the image. I used Moss for the hills and foreground, Dandelion for the sun, and a combination of Dandelion, Orange, Pink, and Purple for the sky.

While the panel was drying, I stamped the rest of the images and painted them with the same colors, with the addition of Pine and Cocoa. I die cut these images and then adhered them to the background, some flush to the panel and some popped up with foam tape. To finish the scene, I stamped the sentiment and then adhered the card front to an A2-sized card base.

You’re Wicked Cool

For my last card, I began with an A2-sized piece of Amethyst cardstock onto which I stamped the Spider Web Bold Prints background in Embossing & Watermark ink for a tone-on-tone look. In hindsight, I should have used a purple ink since the embossing ink was still a bit sticky even after I let it dry overnight. Using a blending brush, I darkened the edges of the panel with Grape Slush Reactive ink and Navy Shadow ink.

Next, I used the Jack O’ Lantern die set to cut the pumpkin and its lid out of Papaya cardstock. I cut the lid, a second time, out of scrap kraft cardstock and then fussy cut the stem. Before I adhered it to the lid, I used a blending brush to blend Creamsicle and Fruit Punch onto the edges of the pumpkin and its lid, to create a little bit of depth.

Temporarily positioning the pumpkin on the background as a guide, I used black ink to stamp the bats and the witch, as if they were flying out of the pumpkin. These two images are from the Color Layering Moonlight Night stamp set. Then I used Brass embossing powder to heat emboss the sentiment, which is from the same stamp set.

To assemble the card, I used foam tape to adhere the pumpkin and its lid and then adhered the card front to an A2-sized card base. As a finishing touch, I splattered Gold Metallic ink over the card.

Thank you so much for visiting! You can view the entire September release on the Hero Arts site, and please be sure to see the bottom of this post for information about the giveaway and to view the entire blog hop list!


Hero Arts will give away one $50 gift card, drawn from the comments left across the hop. Enter by Sunday, September 13th at 11:59pm pacific, and the winner will be announced on the Hero Arts blog the following week.

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48 thoughts on “Happy Harvest | Hero Arts September 2020 Release Blog Hop + Giveaway”

  1. Your happy harvest card has such bright colors-cute. And I enjoyed the way you used the witch and bird silhouettes flying from the pumpkin. Great idea.

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  2. I love the colors you used on the sky’s for the first two cards thanks for sharing love all the inspiration I’m getting from this kit and from everybody on this hop

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  3. Wickedly great cards!! I want to carve that pumpkin. Hey, What a great idea to get the kids to draw on a face on that pumpkin, lightbulb moment there sorry. This kit is fantastic. Love how Hero Arts love these cards I’m so inspired!

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  4. There are endless possibilities with this kit. I love how you incorporated some pieces of other sets for scene building. Hero Arts designers are genius is making sure the scale will fit to work with other projects. Thank you so much for the inspiration, Seeka💙

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  5. Wow! I love every card! Your first card just feels so midwestern reminds me so much of the Field of Dreams movie. So bright and sunny, love it! Well I don’t know who could have gone through this blog hop and not ordered the kit, you designers are all so talented. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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