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Live Your Dreams | Hero Arts February 2022 Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello and welcome! It’s release day at Hero Arts and we’re celebrating the dreamy and surrealist new February release with a blog hop full of inspiration and a giveaway. If you’ve arrived from visiting the wonderful Pocono Pam, you’re right on track. If you’d like to start from the beginning, head on over to the Hero Arts blog.

I have two cards to share today. The first features the new My Monthly Hero kit and the second features one of this month’s add-ons.

The February My Monthly Hero release was inspired by the art of the Surrealist masters and the magical imagery of dreams. There is no right or wrong when mixing and matching these images and the kit also includes watercolor paper, a water brush, and a custom Daniel Smith watercolor paint palette!

Live Your Dreams

For my first card, I began by stamping three windows, the waterfall image, and the fish in Copic-friendly Intens-ified Black Ink onto Dove White cardstock. Next, I used Copic markers to color in the windows, using blues for the sky and yellows and oranges for the frames. I left the stars white to tie in to the stars that I knew I wanted to stamp around the windows. I colored the waterfall in lighter blues and the moon in yellows. I used the same yellows and oranges to color the fish and then I used the coordinating dies to cut out all of the images.

Next, I used a Crystal Clear Lacquer Pen to cover the waterfall image with a clear glossy layer and then set this piece aside to dry for several hours. I assembled the rest of the card by positioning the windows over an A2-sized piece of Dove White cardstock and, before using foam tape to adhere them, stamped the stars in Onyx pigment ink. When the waterfall was dry, I glued it directly to the background and then I glued one fish as if it were jumping over the moon and used foam tape to add the other two fish. I finished the card by adding a sentiment, heat embossed with Clear Embossing & Watermark ink and white embossing powder onto Pitch Black cardstock, and adhering the card front to a card base.

Dream Big

My second card features the new Dream Catcher fancy die set, with a sentiment from the Dream Messages stamp, set against a background made using the Star Branches stencil.

I began by die cutting the dream catcher frame once from Mist cardstock and three times from scrap white cardstock. I glued the layers together with the Mist layer on top and then set the piece aside.

Next, I die cut the feathers and little string connectors from Dove White, Mist, Paradise, and Amethyst cardstocks, I dipped the Dove White feathers into Distress Oxide sprays that I’d sprayed onto my glass work surface to create multi-colored feathers.

For the background, I used a blending brush to blend Soft Sky ink over an A2-sized piece of Dove White. I also cut another piece of Dove White with a die from the Rounded Rectangles Infinity die set. I stamped the sentiment in Onyx pigment ink onto the rounded rectangle piece and then adhered the dream catcher frame and all of the feathers and connectors using glue and foam tape.

To finish the card, I used foam tape to adhere the rounded rectangle piece to the stencilled background and then I adhered the background to a card base.

Thank you so much for visiting! Your next stop is the wonderful Jennifer Kotas! Be sure to read below for giveaway details.


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

24 thoughts on “Live Your Dreams | Hero Arts February 2022 Release Blog Hop + Giveaway”

  1. Dear Seeka – You have made such cool cards. I love the first one w/ the Surrealist imagery. I love the fish – they provide that “spark” of which the Surrealists wrote (or spoke) — like the teacup and saucer of fur or the lobster telephone (Google “Lobster Telephone” if you don’t know which item I mean). I’m not much for dreamcatchers, but I love the colors you used on yours.
    You rock, Seeka! You’re always striving to do something new and beautiful!
    Lori S in PA

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