45 years! Can you believe it? Hero Arts is 45 years old. Seems a song is in order! (I have no clue what a “brimful of asha” is [hope it’s not a drug reference that I naively don’t understand], but the 45 part seems appropriate!) ;)
Welcome to the party! I love celebrating with you.
I have many favorite Hero products but decided to focus in on the Floral Mandala Bold Prints stamp. It offers much creative potential, which I enjoy. If you recall from a previous go ‘round with a Hero hop, I used it to create a mood journal. This time, I have a card in my sights.
My creative “process” (if we want to be so formal) sometimes feels a bit like a caterpillar doing its best to become a butterfly. Of course, I don’t always feel I reach the beauty of a butterfly, but it’s typically a metamorphosis either way.
In this case, I looked at my beloved stamp and had two shapes jump out at me—a jumbo pinwheel/flower, and a butterfly.
Sometimes a little ink can help direct the process, so I stamped one impression using the Poppy Layering Ink Cubes colors.
From there, I decided to go butterfly and began by outlining the shape with a pen. (Looking at all of the intersecting lines can get a little maddening for my eyes without the pen.)
With my butterflies trimmed, I was again left with a decision to make. I went into things thinking I’d place the colored butterfly against a black and white background of the same pattern. I thought it would look cool popping off the pattern…
However, once I tried it out IRL, I wasn’t as convinced. On to option two—the black and white butterfly on the b/w background.
Again, I was feeling ho-hum. Time to try option three—the colored ‘fly on white.
Hmmm… Better. I suppose the simplicity helped me a bit, but I did feel it left the card lacking some sort of something, so I reached for my patterned paper and gave my card a mat. Oh, and I sewed along the center of my butterfly so the wings would easily pop up without the butterfly detaching.
I also fussy cut a few flowers from the same pattern to fill in a little of the white space.
I’m a fan of the monochrome look (black and white), so I thought I’d also try that route.
What do you think? Color or black and white? Neither? Both?
I don’t know about you, but I don’t always add sentiments to cards like this right away. Sometimes I hold off on that portion until I have a purpose for sending, as this kind of card could work for a thank you, a hello, a birthday… many things. What kind of sentiment would you add?
Thanks for flying through this jumbled up process of mine with me. I hope something about the journey leaves you inspired or gives you an idea. And thanks so much for being a loyal Hero Arts supporter. It really is such a wonderful brand.
THE GIVEAWAY IN A NUTSHELL
It wouldn’t be a party without some fab favors. Check out this impressive prize list!
Hero Arts: 3 $145 Gift Certificates, 3 $45 Gift Certificates
Altenew: $50 Gift Certificate
Art Impressions: $25 Gift Certificate
Ellen Hutson LLC: $50 Gift Certificate
Gina K: $100 Gift Certificate
Jennifer McGuire Ink: $100 Hero Arts Gift Certificate, 5 Share Handmade Kindness goodie bags
Laurie Willison: 2 Card Hanger Dies
Lawn Fawn: $50 Gift Certificate
My Sweet Petunia: 1 Prize Bundle (Original MISTI, a set of Creative Corners, a Cut-Align, and a bar magnet)
Online Card Classes: 5 spots in the Stamp Happy In Good Company: Hero Arts class
Pink Fresh Studio: $45 Gift Certificate
Scrapbook & Cards Today: 3 copies of Scrapbook & Cards Today Summer 2019 Issue
Scrapbook.com: $50 Gift Certificate
Simon Says Stamp: $50 Gift Certificate
Winners will be drawn from people who leave comments along the blog hop over the three days - comment all three days for more chances to win! Comment by Sunday, June 2 at 11:59pm PST, and we’ll announce the winners on the Hero Arts blog the following week.
A BIG thanks to these spiffy sponsors!
ROCK ON, HOP ON
Gina K Designs
Megan Hoeppner (oh, hey, that’s me!)
Simon Says Stamp
Thanks for hopping by! I’ll leave you with one more song, because, well, we all NEED A HERO (ARTS)! <3