Trio of Galaxy Background Cards using Hero Arts August 2017 My Monthly Hero Kit

Hello, crafty friends! Today I have a bit longer post as I have three cards to show you. I used similar techniques on all cards so read through the post to get details on how I created all the various aspects of these cards (and I’ll do my best to not repeat myself!) I made them using the August 2017 My Monthly Hero Kit from Hero Arts. I’m sorry to say, but as with all of the previous other months, the kit sold out (super quick I might add), but you can use these all of these techniques with other dies and stamps you own. Hero Arts makes several different versions of these fancy window dies (as used in the shaker card) so take a look on their website if you wanna try them out!

Let’s jump in since we have LOTS to cover! 🙂

Three galaxy background handmade cards using Hero Arts My Monthly Hero August 2017 Kit.

The first card uses a sentiment that I was dying to use when I received my kit. I made this card to give to my husband for our third anniversary. I am in love with how it turned out – and have considered making a larger version of it to frame. Wouldn’t it look fab in my craft room? Or a child’s bedroom or playroom?? 🙂

Three galaxy background handmade cards using Hero Arts My Monthly Hero August 2017 Kit.

You may have seen my Instagram post on Day 3 of the 30 Day Daily Color Challenge over at The Daily Marker. I posted a few galaxy backgrounds I created by blending several distress inks and using the sprays that were included in the kit. I wasn’t 100% happy with the color of my original background (shown left in the photo below) so I created several new backgrounds (I made and used four for all of these cards) using a darker selection of colors (shown right in the photo below.) Using my Ink Blenders, I made various size circles, starting with the largest — Faded Jeans. Then I made smaller circles to fill in the spaces with Peacock Feathers and Seedless Preserves. It didn’t look like much at that point but I took a bit of Black Soot and went lightly around all the edges of the panel, making sure to keep away from the center with the black so it stayed a bit brighter. Then I went back in with my original colors (underneath the black) and blended them in a bit. I decided to only use the Gold Shimmer Mist (from the kit) – and to use it sparingly. It really added a lovely shine you just can’t capture in pictures!

Three galaxy background handmade cards using Hero Arts My Monthly Hero August 2017 Kit.

With so much ink on the card, it was still quite wet and I was getting impatient, so I used my heat tool to give the panels a quick blast to speed things up. And, finally, I used a bit of Gansai Tambi White Gold Watercolor to put on a few glimmery paint splatters that look like twinkling stars!

While I (impatiently) waited for the panels to dry again, I put them aside and work on my vellum die cuts. I prepped a big sheet of vellum with my powder tool and used Versamark to stamp several of the cloud and star stamps. (I made plenty so I could use them across all of my cards.) Then I used white embossing powder and heat set with my heat tool. After, I used the coordinating dies to cut out my embossed images.

Three galaxy background handmade cards using Hero Arts My Monthly Hero August 2017 Kit.

I used Versafine to stamp the little boy in the moon (how sweet is he?? ❤ ) and the little girl images. I used Post-It Tape to mask off part of the fishing rod and the strings since the die would cut them out – and I didn’t need them for this card. While I had the stamp out I did, however, stamp one additional boy that DID have the fishing pole so that I could use it later on the shaker card.

Three galaxy background handmade cards using Hero Arts My Monthly Hero August 2017 Kit.

Once my panels were completely dry, I used my powder tool on a test panel and sprinkled a bit of embossing powder on it to make sure it wouldn’t stick. It was still slightly damp, so I used my heat tool to finish the drying process. I used my powder tool on the panel and my Misti to stamp both of the star cluster stamps in Versamark. Then, I heat set using one of my favorite embossing powders: Wow! Kir Royal. It’s a lovely, light gold that has a hint of sparkle and I just love it! Perfect for a nighttime sky. After that, I heat embossed the sentiment in white.

Last, I used itty-bitty dots of Multi Matte Medium and adhered that sweet boy image and the vellum embellishments in place. I adhered the girl using a bit of foam tape and put her so I looked like she was standing on a cloud trying to catch a shooting star for her boy in the moon. *Sigh*

Three galaxy background handmade cards using Hero Arts My Monthly Hero August 2017 Kit.

For the second card, I used the Galaxy Fancy Window Cut Die to create a fun shaker card. I made this card for my nephew who has a smile that will light up a room. And he’s three so I knew he’d get a kick out of the noise from the sequins shaking.

Since I need two panels for this card, I made sure to choose each panel that had coloring I thought would look best with a window. Once I chose my top panel, I placed the die on the panel and ran it through my Cuttlebug. I then attached a bit of acetate to the back of that panel to cover the window (including all those little stars and moons!) with a bit of double-sided tape to create the front of my shaker case.

I figured out where I wanted to place everything on my card front so I could prep and heat emboss the sentiment in the right place using my Misti. Then, I used my liquid adhesive to adhere all my stamped and die cut pieces.

Three galaxy background handmade cards using Hero Arts My Monthly Hero August 2017 Kit.

On the bottom panel, I wanted to add a few sequins and stars in the window so there would always be something in the window (even when the card was upright and all the loose sequins fall to the bottom.) I used some of the smaller star and moon dies from the kit and cut out several stars from Neenah Solar White. Then I covered them all in Versamark and used Kir Royal and Frosty the Snowman WOW! Embossing Powders and heat set. Viola! Instant sparkly embellishments! I used Multi Matte Medium to adhere them on my cards.

Three galaxy background handmade cards using Hero Arts My Monthly Hero August 2017 Kit.

I wanted it to look like the boy was fishing for stars out of the shaker so I created a “fishing pole” out of a paperclip. I took an everyday, silver paperclip and coated it in black using my Copic 100 marker. I’m not sure you are supposed to do this or if it will mess up the tip, so I used the chisel side (since I hardly ever use it) in case it got messed up. P.S. I don’t think it did anything adverse, but be careful if you plan to use this method as I can’t guarantee it won’t ruin your nice markers! A Sharpie probably wouldn’t worked even better.

I attached the fishing pole with a good amount of liquid adhesive and held it together tightly for a few minutes to make sure it was dried and would hold up. I was delighted with how it turned out and my husband was impressed on how I converted the paperclip into a fishing pole!

Three galaxy background handmade cards using Hero Arts My Monthly Hero August 2017 Kit.

Next, on the back of the top panel, I prepared my shaker window by adding double thickness foam tape around the perimeter of the window to act as a corral to keep all the sequins in place. I used a black foam tape (instead of white) so that it would blend into the panels a bit better and it worked so well, you really couldn’t see it from the side without looking for it.

I used Be Creative Double Sided Tape on black craft foam to cover the rest of the panel so it wouldn’t get smooshed! I had to double up on this too so it would be the same thickness of the window.

Three galaxy background handmade cards using Hero Arts My Monthly Hero August 2017 Kit.

All that was left to do was add my sequins, remove the tape backing and adhere the two panels together. Finally, I attached to an A2 card base and that was that card D-O-N-E, done!

Three galaxy background handmade cards using Hero Arts My Monthly Hero August 2017 Kit.

For the final card, I just had to use the cute image of the girl soaring through the clouds and stars. So I made a card for my cousin (and BEST FRIEND) who adores all things sunshine but I thought with all the sparkle and the fab sentiment from the kit, this would be something she’d really like.

Three galaxy background handmade cards using Hero Arts My Monthly Hero August 2017 Kit.

I did all of the rest of the card the same as the others, but I decided I didn’t like the look of the stamped and cut version (of the little girl) because it had white around it, and for some reason, I didn’t feel like that worked for this card. So, I used the die (only) and cut it from black card. I stamped a few of the bird images (from the kit) straight onto the panel using Versafine Onyx Black.

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I adhered my girl once again using liquid adhesive then I adhered the panel to an A2 card base and added a matching envelope.

Three galaxy background handmade cards using Hero Arts My Monthly Hero August 2017 Kit.Three galaxy background handmade cards using Hero Arts My Monthly Hero August 2017 Kit.Three galaxy background handmade cards using Hero Arts My Monthly Hero August 2017 Kit.

Well, I think you’ve heard quite enough from me today! If you made it this far, I commend (and thank!) you. As always…

See Y’all next time!

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SUPPLIES

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. US customers can click on the Simon Says Stamp or Amazon icons to purchase. There may be import and/or additional charges for European and non-US residents. Please read shipment and delivery terms carefully before purchasing.

 

FULL SUPPLY LIST

Hero Arts: August 2017 My Monthly Hero Kit (sold out), White Embossing Powder, Wagner Heat Tool

Distress Ink: Faded Jeans, Peacock Feathers, Seedless Preserves, Black Soot

Inkylicious: Ink Dusters

WOW! Embossing Powder: Frosty the Snowman, Kir Royal

Gansai Tambi: White Pearl Gold Watercolour Paint

Little Things By Lucy Sequins: Fairy Lights, Muted Metal, Nautical Sparkle, Midnight

Pretty Pink Posh Sequins: Sparkling Clear Mix

Ranger: Artists Brush Set, Multi Matte Medium, Mini Ink Blenders

Misti, Inkadinkadoo Magic Powder Bag, Versamark, Versafine Onyx Black, Copic Sketch Marker 100, DoCrafts Black Foam Tape, Be Creative 25mm Tape, Neenah Solar White Classic Crest, Simon Says Stamp Black Cardstock, Simon Says Stamp A2 Top and Side Fold Card Base, Bazzill Vellum, Crafter’s Companion Heat Resistant Acetate, Tonic 8.5″ Guillotine, We R Memory Keepers Quick Stik, Black Craft Foam, Wire Snips, Paper Clip, Cricut Cuttlebug V2, C Plate Adaptor, Memory Box Metal Adaptor

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