Quick Makes: Hippo Birthday Card using Hero Arts My Monthly Hero June 2017

Welcome back, my crafty friends! I’ve got a super quick make for you today using Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit from June (now sold out but add-ons still available!)  June’s kit is another kit that has stamps that are almost just out of the realm of style I typically work in, but I embraced those beautiful animal silhouettes and ended up pulling this card together in less than 30 minutes (including conception time!!) Seriously this is some kind of record for me…I’m usually a very slow and indecisive crafter. The recipient I had in mind for this card LOVES animals of any kind – last time I was on holidays with him, he was watching the birds dive and fly over the water, so I made sure I included a variety of birds on this card. 🙂 Let’s get started!

Quick and easy ink blending card using Hero Arts My Monthly Hero June 2017 Kit.

The first thing I needed was a stencil to help me create the background so I cut a panel of scrap white cardstock to 5.5″ x 4.25″ to as my stencil. As you can see in the pictures below, I first laid out my stamps and where I wanted the sun to go so I could make sure everything would fit like I envisioned. Once I determined the sun’s position, I used Post-It tape to hold the die in place and cut that out with my die cut machine. That gave me two stencils to use to create the gorgeous ink blended, sunset background. First I used took the sun out of the cut panel and put it to the side. Working with the large panel stencil, I sprayed the back of it with temporary adhesive, concentrating on the area around the sun (top right photo). Then I placed it directly over a piece of Neenah White Solar Cardstock (also cut down to 5.5″ x 4.25″) and used my Ink Dusters to blend Mustard Seed and Fossilized Amber Distress Inks to create the sun. In hindsight, the sun got a little lost in the sunset, so in the future, I’d probably use a bit of a lighter and brighter yellow to help it stand out even more than it does here. 

Once I was happy with my blended sun, I sprayed the back of the sun stencil with temporary adhesive and fit it back into where it was cut out of (bottom right photo.) Then I removed the outer stencil from my panel and wiped any of the excess adhesive off and used the same technique to blend inks for the sunset background. I used two of the inks that came with the kit: Just Rust and Mulled Wine. I also used Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, and Fossilized Amber Distress Inks.

There was a bit of a white halo around the sun (you can still slightly see it in the photo below but in real life, it’s not as noticeable and I fixed that by lightly dusting a bit of colour over the sun once all the masks were off. I felt like it gave it a bit of a hazy, realistic look to it. You might notice the clouds passing over the sun aren’t as dark as the rest of the background either – and that was intentional. I felt like they should be more transparent if they actually appeared to be in front of the sun in real life so I just used a lighter hand when blending in this area. That is why I love these Ink Dusters so much. They go onto your paper a bit lighter so it can be more forgiving. And, as you can see, you can still achieve a dark, bold background – it just takes more time (but not much!) After all that I still felt like the sun was getting lost in the background so I put the large stencil back on top of my panel (so that the sun was the only part exposed) and sprayed it with Shimmer Spray. You can’t really see it in the photos but it really helped and I loved how it looked with the sparkle.

Quick and easy ink blending card using Hero Arts My Monthly Hero June 2017 Kit.

After my background was completed, I inked up the stamps that came in the kit with Versafine Onyx Black ink and stamped my animals and shrubbery. For the sentiment, I added Black Embossing Powder (before the Versafine dried) and heat embossed it so it would stand out.

Quick and easy ink blending card using Hero Arts My Monthly Hero June 2017 Kit.

I trimmed the panel to 5.25″ x 4″, cut a bit smaller size black craft foam, and added double sided tape to both sides of the foam so I could adhere my panel to black cardstock I cut down to measure 5.5″ x 8.5″ and scored to 4.25″. To finish it off, I added a panel of

To finish it off, I added a panel of a pale orange card to the inside so I could write my sentiment. Finally, I used another stamp from the kit on an orange Hero Arts envelope.That’s all for today. Thanks for stopping by and…

See Y’all next time!



If you see any products below you’d like to use, I have listed them below using compensated affiliate links. I purchased all of the supplies on my own and I personally buy from the companies I’ve linked with. I do receive a small commission if you choose to purchase products by clicking on the links in the post at NO ADDITIONAL cost to you. I greatly appreciate your support. 🙂

Please note: not all supplies are available through my affiliate partners, so please scroll to the bottom to see the full supply list. There may be import and/or additional charges for European and non-US residents. Please read shipment and delivery terms carefully before purchasing. 



Hero Arts: My Monthly Hero June Kit (now sold out but add-ons available!), Black Embossing Powder, Mixed Envelopes Sunshine, Scrubber Pad, Ultra Clean Stamp Cleaner, Wagner Heat Tool

Distress Ink: Fired Brick, Rusty Hinge, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilised Amber, Mustard Seed

EK Success Powder Tool, Versafine Onyx Black, Inkylicious Ink Dusters, Simon Says Stamp Black Cardstock, Crafter’s Companion Acrylic Blocks, Tonic 8.5″ Guillotine Trimmer, Ranger Bone Folder, Be Creative 25mm Tape, Recollections Cardstock Citrus Pack


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