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My Monthly Hero January 2021

Hi everyone! I know that this kit is sold out…like many if not all of the My Monthly Hero (MMH) kits but hear me out. Every year Hero Arts (HA) has a voting contest to see which kit from the past year will be offered as a permanent set. I have a feeling this one just might win. And this was the first kit for 2021! So if you didn’t get this one… hang in there! It could come back!

On to the card making! I made my first easel card and I’ll tell you that it was so easy. I had recently watched a Jennifer McGuire video that gave me this idea. If you haven’t watched her yet, please do. I swear she does some kind of wizardry.

I started with a heavy weight white cardstock base that was cut to 4 1/4 by 11 inches and scored/folded at 5 1/2 inches (A2). I then did a second score at 2 3/4 inches.

I cut squares using a 1 3/8 inch punch. You definitely don’t need a punch for this. Just make sure all of your squares are the same size. I stamped The bee, flower and sentiment in black ink and heat embossed. I stamped the honey combs in Distress Oxide Wild Honey ink and added the honey lacquer from the kit to the top of a few combs. For added dimension, I cut 12 extra squares (3 behind each piece) and adhered them to my stamped pieces. The flower and bee images were colored with Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens. I used Pink Champagne and Macaroon for the flower. Moonlight and Sand Dune were used for the body of the bee and Sea Breeze for the wings. You can use any coloring medium that you are comfortable with. I just thought this would add a little sparkle.

Next, I took some kraft cardstock and and stamped the honey comb images with watermark ink for a tone on tone look. I adhered the stacked squares onto the kraft panel that was cut to 3 3/4 by 5 inches. The kraft panel was then adhered to a woodgrain panel cut to 4 1/4 by 5 1/2.

I stamped the inside sentiment on a strip of cardstock with the wild honey ink and heat embossed. I also added 2 layers under the strip for dimension. This dimension is important because it enables the card to stand up on its own without falling. For your card to stand up taller/higher, position the sentiment closer to the top. Position the sentiment further down if you would like more of an angle. I positioned mine higher up because I wanted that pretty panel to sit up nice and high.

Now, we need to adhere that front panel. The most important thing is to only adhere it to the bottom half (where you scored at 2 3/4) of the card base. This is where the card will fold to become an easel.

I added a small strip of yellow cardstock right above my inside sentiment. You don’t have to do this. I thought it added a nice touch but you could decorate the inside however you’d like… more stamping, add a colored cardstock strip to the top and bottom of the sentiment, etc.

I hope you liked my card today! Have a great day!

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