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Watercolored koi and spring blossoms from Hero Arts by Debby Hughes. Find out more about this card by clicking on the following link: http://limedoodledesign.com/2017/02/hero-arts-2017-catalog-reveal-blog-hop-card-drive/

Don’t you just find there’s something so mesmerizing about Koi? Today’s card uses the Color Layering Koi set from Hero Arts and is part of a blog hop to celebrate the launch of the Hero Arts 2017 Catalog. You’ll find more hop details below. I’ve linked all supplies at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used.

Watercolored koi and spring blossoms from Hero Arts by Debby Hughes. Find out more about this card by clicking on the following link: http://limedoodledesign.com/2017/02/hero-arts-2017-catalog-reveal-blog-hop-card-drive/

Hmm, I went of on a bit of a tangent with this card because although the set is a color layering one I only used one layer! On watercolor card I stamped the second layer of the Color Layering Koi in Antique Linen Distress Ink to give a pale impression which reacts with water. This layer is the one that shows all the details of the scales and fins etc and I then watercolored over the lines. I then cut the fish with the matching die. I repeated the stamping and watercoloring process for the lily pads of the Color Layering Koi set and also the blossoms and branch from the Birds And Blossoms set. However, for the lily pads and flowers I watercolored a base layer and then stamped the veins for the leaves in Peeled Paint and the flower stamens in Worn Lipstick and then used their matching dies to die cut.

Watercolored koi and spring blossoms from Hero Arts by Debby Hughes. Find out more about this card by clicking on the following link: http://limedoodledesign.com/2017/02/hero-arts-2017-catalog-reveal-blog-hop-card-drive/

I stamped a sentiment from the Color Layering Koi set in clear embossing ink on Silver Vellum and then white heat embossed. I used a Nesting Circle die to cut the vellum and then layered it over a softly watercolored blue background. I then added the koi, lilly pads and blossom branch with foam adhesive to create a circle of elements around the sentiment. The finished panel is mounted on a Desert Storm card base.

CARD DRIVE

Before we get on to the blog hop part of today’s post I just want to draw your attention to a card drive in aid of a good cause.

 The Katy M. Murphy Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by Katy’s mom Amiee. Katy had a congenital heart defect and lost her life at the tender age of 6. Amiee started the Foundation to honor her daughter’s memory.

Children with Congenital Heart Defects (CHD) spend an enormous amount of time in the hospital. The Katy M. Murphy Foundation would like to start sending out Kindness Kits to these families. Katy’s Kindness Kits will be delivered to patients, inpatient, at Boston Children’s Hospital specifically on the cardiac floors. Other floors and hospitals may be added at a future date.

The purpose of a Katy’s Kindness Kit is to share a bit of happiness with a child that is stuck in the hospital. Each kit will contain items that brought Katy happiness during her many hospitalizations. Kits may include but are not limited to: Colorful pillowcases, books, play dough, crayons, coloring books, iTunes gift cards, chap stick, nail polish, matchbox cars, puzzles, hats/blankets/wubnubs, uno cards, socks etc. We would like to add a handmade card to each kit and that is where YOU come in. We will need many cards and are turning to the card making community for help. If you would like to help in any way then please visit the The Katy M. Murphy Foundation for further information.

BLOG HOP

As mentioned above this post is part of a blog hop to celebrate the launch of the Hero Arts 2017 Catalog. Hopefully you’ve arrived here from Kathy’s blog but if not then a great place to start is the Hero Arts blog.

Hero Arts are giving away three $25 shopping sprees, drawn from comments left across all blogs in the hop. Comment below by Tuesday, February 21st at 11:59pm PT and Hero Arts will announce the winners next week.

Now it’s time to hop on over to …

Kelly Purkey!!

The Hero Arts Blog
Jennifer McGuire
Laura Bassen
Wanda Guess
Amy Tsuruta
Clare Prezzia
Yana Smakula
Kathy Racoosin
Debby Hughes <- you are here
Kelly Purkey
Lydia Fiedler
May Park
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Heather Ruwe
Libby Hickson
Michelle Short
Jana Millen

SUPPLIES

You can find links to the supplies I’ve used below; click on the picture or wording to get taken directly to the product. Where available I use compensated affiliate links which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. You can read my affiliate and product disclosure here. I truly appreciate your support.

PIN ME

Summary of the project which gives all the views of the card in one photo :D I’d love if you pinned and called by on Pinterest :D

Watercolored koi and spring blossoms from Hero Arts by Debby Hughes. Find out more about this card by clicking on the following link: http://limedoodledesign.com/2017/02/hero-arts-2017-catalog-reveal-blog-hop-card-drive/

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