Hero Arts January My Monthly Hero Die Creations

I am just loving my Hero Arts January 2018 card kit.  Below I am sharing how I created a couple of simple yet beautiful cards using the beautifully detailed heart die from the card kit.

Both my cards start with the same technique: Reverse die embossing with ink.  You will need your Big Shot (or similar die cutting system) with the sponge pad and possibly some paper shims.  My Big Shot configuration (sandwich) is: base plate, cutting pad, sponge pad, paper to emboss onto, die, then the final cutting pad.  Using this configuration, I applied the navy ink (from the kit) to the back side of the die.  I placed this carefully onto the paper that is on sponge pad; ink side against the paper.  I place the cutting pad on top and run this through my Big Shot.  I run it once in one direction then back to the starting position.  I wait a few seconds to allow the ink to continue transferring.  Then I disassemble the configuration and admire the ink imprint pattern on my paper.   I clean the ink off my die and using the correct side of the die, run it through my Big Shot to create a heart die image which I will place over my embossed heart.  On the navy card, I used some thinly cut foam tape to raise the heart die.  On the red heart, I layered additional heart dies together to give the heart dimension before placing it over the embossed heart.

To complete the cards, I simply layered onto coordinating paper and added sentiments from the kit.  I always prefer to use sentiments and elements from the kits so that if anyone wanted to recreate my card they have the same elements.

Below are the cards I created.  I’ll be back soon with some more examples using the dies from the kit.  They are so much fun!

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This is the embossed die, inked in Hero Arts Passion Flower with a die cut of the heart image

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This is showing the back side of the cardstock so you can see the impression ‘pushed’ through the paper.

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