Monday, February 6, 2023

Something Fluttery This Way Comes + Subscriber exclusives!

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Every muscle in my body hurts today, and I'm three days short of sleep, so forgive any typos! Dragging fallen limbs around the yard is not for the faint of heart. If you don't know about our disastrous week - no power, horrific ice storm that destroyed the entire town's trees and more - check out my Facebook photos. We are a very tired city today! 

So I'm very glad I was already done having tons of fun with this month's Hero Arts kit and we have a SURPRISE for you this month - there is a premium kit option. So the regular kit will stay the same, and then if you choose the premium kit, you get extras. This month, you get these STUNNING butterfly rub-ons and matching dies that texture them as your premium kit option. You will see more from me with these very soon. 

My first card uses the premium kit beauties!! I created a mixed media card with the gorgeous new background stamps that I think will just be stored with my art journal - they are so perfect! Do you see the texture on that butterfly rub-on? The matching die does that as well as cutting out the shape! The rest is liquid watercolor, Hero paste, an older stencil and gold metallic ink. If you are a member on Patreon or YouTube, you get a free project sheet for this card this month with the photos of the step by step on top of your normal member benefits. This card could easily become a journal page. 

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Speaking of mixed media, what I love about this month, is this kit can go either way - sweet, clean, cute and colorful, or mixed media! So here's the regular kit's stencil and matching dies - LOOK AT THIS. I know that when I use these window dies, I tend to opt for black, but that's because it's so pretty! The little rainbow layered stencil and black is just heaven. And the add-on has sentiments for the dies, which I basically can't live without now. It just makes cards prettier.

So back to mixed media we go! I used both of the add-on background stamps together and embossed them first, before adding melted wax as a backdrop for my focal butterfly - I felt like that beautifully separated him from the background, which is busy-ish. I used Root Beer and Purple Galaxy Hero Hues for the background and splattered it with water. HOLD UP - he's not a butterfly - he's a moth!

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You can read all about how I did yesterday's sneak peek card here! I love this card - it has a dreamy, other-worldly feel.

You can get oodles more inspiration in today's blog hop, which starts HERE. As usual, leaving comments for me and others enters you into a drawing for a $50 gift card, which will be posted on February 12th here. 



  1. super cards - the first one is amazing - love it

  2. Beautiful cards! i'm so glad you have power back and you and your loved ones stayed safe through the monstrous ice storm!

  3. Such stunning butterfly cards! I LOVE the first one!

  4. Love your creativity! I get your emails and enjoy your tips so much! Sorry to hear about all the tree damage in your town!

  5. I love all of your gorgeous butterfly themed cards! Lovely work!

  6. Each card is so lovely. Your mixed media Change is Beautiful is my favorite. That background & your colors really ROCK! Second is Hello There. I am totally smitten with the background stamp! 💜💜💜

  7. Your use of wax on the one card is brilliant. You have inspired me!

  8. You have inspired me to get my wax kit out. That card is awesome.

  9. Beautiful cards! Love your mixed media!

  10. All of your cards are absolutely stunning Lydia.

  11. Love these cards, especially the second one. The beautiful, colorful butterflies are amazing.

  12. Love the mixed media look to your cards. Beautiful!

  13. I like the backgrounds and the colors on your butterfly cards.

  14. Love the rainbow of butterflies.
    The last is on fire. Wonderful.
    thanks for sharing

  15. Fabulous cards! I usually try to pick a favourite, but I love them all!

  16. Love your beautiful butterfly creations! Awesome cards! I especially love the backgrounds and color combinations to show off these pretty designs!

  17. I am learning slot about wax this week! Beautiful cards.

  18. Wonderful cards. The last card is my favorite. The colors are so beautiful. I love it.

  19. Your cards never disappoint, love the Mixed Media look.
    Thanks for sharing.


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