Hero Arts May: My Monthly Hero Kit (+Giveaway)

Happy Monday! Exciting day today as I’m joining Hero Arts to celebrate the release of their May Monthly Hero Kit!Β  You can find the Hero Arts May Collection HERE and you can subscribe HERE.

Hopefully you have arrived here via the blog of Jessica Frost-Ballas HERE. If not, but sure to check it out, as I’m sure you don’t want to miss it! πŸ™‚ (And if you want to be sure to check out the Hero Arts Blog HERE of course for a full list! )

Today, I am using the Metallic Karin Markers in the kit as well as the Hero Arts stamp set and coordinating die set. Isn’t this little plane adorable? πŸ™‚

For this card, I created a wash using the Karin Markers. First, I masked off this space with some tape. Then I scribbled some of the ink out on a mat, added some water and brushed it over on some Bristol Paper, created a little gradient with the three colors. This kit is a great way to try out a few of these Karin Markers and decide if you need to add a few more to your collection. They sure are delightful!

I love this little message…on the inside, I’ll write the recipient’s name. πŸ™‚

Next up, I created this card using a the same concept but just blending on a bunch of colors together to create a watercolor centerpiece.

This sentiment is a great one and I thought it could definitely hold a card on it’s own!

The watercoloring warped the paper, as usual, and I felt it was better to let it roll. So I didn’t try and flatten it and adhere it flat. I am looking forward to mailing this one!

Next up, I did a blue water color wash with the Karin Marker before adhering this cute rainbow over top. This sentiment is another fave, especially given our current times. ❀

I also added some flecks of paint to add a little interest to the background. And of course, some simple stitching.

Lastly, I created a wash with the pink Karin Marker. I colored the rainbow and then fussy cut it out to add on top of the wash.

This gradient look is soooo easily achieved with these markers, a small brush, and a little water.

Sending you Love! Perfect! I need to get this one in the mail too! πŸ™‚

I had such fun creating these cards with the Metallic Karin Markers and the cuteness of the May My Monthly Hero Arts kit! I hope you enjoy all the inspiration of so many great designers today! πŸ™‚


Hero Arts My Monthly Hero

There are also lots of Hero Arts Add Ons to check out that are super fun too! Find those HERE.

Just a note from HA: Hero Arts remains closed due to the shelter-in-place order. We have only limited capabilities at this time. Currently we estimate that shipping will begin on May 15, and continue until all boxes have shipped. We are so appreciative that so many have continued to order despite knowing we have long delays. Thank you for your patience, support, and kind wishes. It means the world to us, and we send love and appreciation your way.


Here’s a little fun: Hero Arts will give away one $50 gift card, drawn from the comments left across the hop. Enter by Sunday, May 10th at 11:59pm pacific, and the winner will be announced on the Hero Arts blog the following week.


Thanks for stopping by today and a big shout out to Hero Arts for having me join in the fun with Karin Markers ❀ . I hope your week ahead is a good one and you enjoy all the Hero Arts inspiration today!

Next up on the hop is sure to be fabulous! Julee Tilman HERE. πŸ™‚

(and a link back to the beginning at the Hero Arts Blog HERE)

Here is the whole Blog Hop List: πŸ™‚

Hero Arts
Amy Kolling
Channin Pelletier
Daniel West
Debi Adams
Heather Nichols
Ilina Crouse
Janette Kausen
Jennifer McGuire
Jen Shults
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Jill Hawkins Β  Β  <<You are HERE.
Julee Tilman
Laurie Willison
Libby Hickson
Lori Craig
Lydia Fiedler
Michelle Short
Nichol Spohr

Take care–Jill πŸ™‚

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Destination Chicago

Happy Thursday! Thought I’d pop in quick with the finished card I started for The Daily Marker 30 Day challenge! πŸ™‚

This is a great woodblock stamp of Chicago by Hero Arts. πŸ™‚ It is called Destination Chicago.

I used Distress Inks for these colors. I think I’m trying to combat the winter blues with rainbows lately πŸ˜‰ . I like the way it turned out in the end. And as I’ve said many a times, you just NEVER know with watercolors! πŸ™‚

Thanks for stopping by!

Jill πŸ™‚

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Make Your Own :)

I just think this card is a bit of a riot :). There is something so funny about this bear holding a Chicago hot dog and then… this sentiment?! Kismet, right? Bwwwwaaahaaahaa! πŸ™‚

This cutie and the sentiment is from Ellen Hutson’s All Inside stamp and die set. πŸ™‚

hawkins_jill_make your own_wmThe little hot dog is from Hero Arts Chicago My Kind of Town. Gah–TOO FUN! πŸ™‚

hawkins_jill_make your own_00_wmI added some score lines and stitching to the bottom of this card, though the photos here barely show it. In person, it adds just the right bit. I colored the bear and his dog with Copic markers and popped them up with foam tape. πŸ™‚

I thought I’d also enter this to the Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights Challenge. I think there are a couple of days left, so check it out! I may try another before time runs out? Big maybe on the time factor. Always, right? πŸ™‚

Thanks for stopping by!


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Greeting from Chicago!

I have been super excited to get this Hero Arts stamp set since I first saw it. πŸ™‚ Then, Ellen Hutson had a sale, it was in stock, and bam! It landed in my mailbox. Funny how that works, right? πŸ™‚

hawkins_jill_chicago_wmThis little set is awesome and also delightful because: Wrigley! More to come with it for sure. Fun stuff by Kelly Purkey/Hero Arts!! πŸ™‚Β  I did make another card already, and then proceeded to smear ink on it. Ugh! #toolateatnight … So, I need to remake that one another day. πŸ˜‰

hawkins_jill_chicago_00_wmThought it would be fun to use the Chicago flag as inspiration. The hearts I used are from THIS die set, All Inside, by Julie Ebersole/Ellen Hutson. The stitched border die is the Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX from My Favorite Things. Definitely wear this STAX out! πŸ™‚

That’s all from Chicagoland today! Looking forward to more fun from this set! πŸ™‚

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Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚


You Mean the World…

Popping in to share my completed card from my Day 25 of Kathy Racoosin’s The Daily Marker, 30 Day Color Challenge project. Today is Day 28!! Wow.

I watercolored a Hero Arts Holiday Christmas Crystal Ornament and trimmed it out to include on a card. This is one of those holiday stamp sets I knew I could stretch for WAY more than Christmas! πŸ™‚ Love these geometric gems. πŸ™‚
hawkins_jill_you mean_wmI paired it up with an older Hero Arts sentiment I have. (I adhered my sphere in a different orientation than I intended to. Do you do things like this when YOU’re tired?)

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I embossed and watercolored with distress inks again. I just love the bright colors I have in Distress Inks and they work so fantastically together. I embossed the sentiment with the Ranger’s Black Sparkle embossing powder. This doesn’t show at all in the photos, but in person, it adds a fun sparkly goodness. πŸ™‚ The panel die and the ink blot stamps are from My Favorite Things πŸ™‚

I hope you have found some time to play in Kathy’s 30 day Challenge! I enjoy coloring, but I would most certainly not do it every night, for a month, without this little nudge. It’s fantastic practice!! πŸ™‚

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Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy your Sunday!
Jill πŸ™‚

Love Love Love

Dropping in to share my completed card from my Day 14 of Kathy Racoosin’s The Daily Marker, 30 Day Color Challenge project.

I did a quick watercolor of a Hero Arts Stitched Heart. In doing this, I just cross my fingers and hope it dries into something I like :). I thought this would brighten a mailbox!

hawkins_jill_love3_wmIt was Valentine’s Day when I made this, but I think it works any day.

hawkins_jill_love3_00_wmThis Stitched Heart is an older Hero Arts Woodblock stamp. These are the only stamps I used to own! πŸ™‚ I still have all my Hero Arts woodblocks. Keepers for sure. The sentiment here is from the newer Hero Arts Holiday Set, Christmas Crystals! That set is awesome! πŸ™‚

Also, I used my favorite Wonky Stitched STAX dies from My Favorite Things. πŸ™‚

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Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy your Sunday!
Jill πŸ™‚