SURPRISE! Our second ever brand of the month is none other than the amazing Hero Arts who not coincidentally are also turning 45 this month! WOW! Check out the stellar projects by their design team member Michelle Short below and keep scrolling for a pretty awesome free gift with purchase this month!
As soon as I saw the dolphins in the From The Vault Beach and Sea set, I thought of dolphins jumping up in the sea with the moon in the background. I thought it would be fun to make two cards using the same design but with different supplies. My first card uses Copic Markers. I stamped the dolphin image with black ink on to a panel of white cardstock. I masked off below the dolphins to create a horizon line. I mapped out where the moon would go and then colored the sky, adding a darker color towards the top and outer edges. I used various blue and purple shades for this. I then colored the moon with light greys, adding in some light purples and blues too. For the water I used various shades of blue Copic Marker, again adding darker color towards the bottom and edges. I added the color more in stripes for this, to try and create the look of ripples in the water. I made sure to keep some areas white for the reflection of the moon. The dolphins were colored with blue-grey markers and then the panel added to a top folding card base with foam tape. To finish off, I added a white heat embossed sentiment on black cardstock to the front and added dots of white Gelly Roll pen for the stars in the sky.
My second card uses the same design but instead of Copic Markers for the coloring, I used ink blending. I first stamped the dolphin image and created a mask for it from masking paper. I then cut two masks from masking paper for the moon too. I placed another mask below the moon for the reflection. Using blender brushes, I first added a light layer of light blue around the moon shape and then blended on darker blues around the edges. I also added some black to the very edges for some added depth. For the sea, I first added a layer of color with mid-tone blue shades before removing the mask for the reflection of the moon. I then blended color on top of the reflection but tried to keep it lighter than the rest of the sea. Using the Mermaid Sea Waves Stencil and also the Woodgrain Stencil, I added lines into the sea to create waves. I removed the moon mask and blended on grey ink. The dolphin masks were then removed, and the dolphins colored using Copic Markers. The panel was adhered to a top folding card base with foam tape. I added the same heat embossed sentiment as the first card, as well as stars in the sky with white Gelly Roll pens.
Thanks so much for stopping by and thanks to Michelle for being our special guest!
The awesome folks provided us a limited supply of a super cool 45th Anniversary pin paying tribute to their start in rubber stamps! While supplies last you can receive this special anniversary pin FREE with any Hero Arts branded purchase with code HER45 at checkout! (an $11.99 value!) Enjoy!
Stay tuned~ more fun Hero Arts themed inspiration and surprises to come!!!