Saturday, November 3, 2018

Background Stamping - A Blog Named Hero Color Palette Challenge + Hero Arts My Monthly Hero

Hey folks!

I'm excited to be back with another card for the A Blog Named Hero COLOR PALETTE Challenge! For my card today, I'm using the stamp set from the Hero Arts September 2018 MY MONTHLY HERO. The stamp set in this kit is perfect for building up a background. You can either do a full background or a partial one like I did here today. This stamp set is loaded so you have tons of options!
You can watch the video on how I made my cards HEREYou can also click the thumbnail link below.

In my LAST card, I shared how to combine colors from a color palette into a single image. For today's card, I could spread the colors out much more, which helps make things a lot easier as you color.

I also want to note that since some of the images are a small and a little tricky to color you can totally get around this by using technical pens like I do in the VIDEO. These are a very handy tool. They are perfect for those fine details and they work great with markers and pencils!

I stamped all of my images with Hero Arts SOFT GRANITE Ink. I talk about this in the Video folks, but if you like you can use stamps blocks, but I suggest using the MISTI Stamping Tool. I didn't get a good impression the first time on one of them and without the MISTI, it is guaranteed I would have ruined my panel.

With the exception of the leaves I kept my coloring pretty simple. The images in this MY MONTHLY HERO are fairly small. As far as coloring with my markers was concerned they didn't need a whole lot of love. I also knew that I would be going back in with my colored pencils to add further detail and that helped a bunch!

Initially I had stamped a sentiment from the stamp set with Hero Arts INTENSE BLACK Ink directly on to the panel. I didn't like the way that looked, so I decided to cover it up.

For this I cut down a scrap of the same paper I used for my panel. The new sentiment I wanted to use from the stamp set was too long so I needed to do some masking on the stamp to break it up to fit on to the square. I started with the last word, masked off the rest of the sentiment and heat embossed with Versafine ONYX BLACK Ink and Hero Arts CLEAR Embossing Powder.

It's easier for me to start with the last word and work my way from the bottom to the top, but you can do whatever works best for you. You can also cut the stamp apart, but that usually freaks me out so I just do it this way. It's ridiculous folks, I know. It doesn't hurt anything, but I just can't do it!

Another thing you could do if you didn't want to leave that square plain in the center of you card panel is cut another scrap slightly larger than that and go direct to paper with Hero Arts JUST RUST Ink. That would be super pretty and it would match the color scheme. I thought about this while I was making this card, but I skipped it because I felt I was already covering up too much of my panel.

I finished off my card with some shimmer on the CHINESE LANTERNS and a clear glaze pen on the purple berries and called it good!

That's it!

Be sure to participate in the COLOR PALETTE Challenge folks! We love, love, love to see what you make and there are prizes available. Who doesn't love that?

I hope you enjoyed my project today! DISCOVER more projects on my Youtube Channel. Do be sure to subscribe if you haven't and also tap that notification bell so you don't miss any future videos. As always Thanks So Much for stopping by!

Until next time.

If you're interested in any of the products I've used, I have links (some affiliate links) throughout and at the end of the post. Click HERE to read my full disclosure policy.


  1. Just had to leave a comment here as well as Instagram Cynde as I really love how you have done this, card. It just looks perfect in the no lone colouring.


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