Desert Scenes


Hello! Today I’m playing along in the Hero Arts April 2018 My Monthly Hero blog hop, with two little numbers using some adorable cacti stamps from the main kit.

CARD DEETS – Blended Background

The first card’s background was totally inspired by Black Panther (my favorite Marvel film to date!). There’s a cool dream/spirit scene that has a beautiful sky background. I decided to recreate it for myself by blending Grape Juice, Orchid, Summer Sky and Indigo on a Safari Sunset die cut from bristol cardstock.

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After blending, I added some clear Sparkle embossing powder, and wow, it just really made everything pop! I’m not one of those crafters who are good at planning things out, with ideas in their head coming to perfect fruition. It’s more like random experimentation for me (which is why I have a big ol’ scrap bin), so I did a little happy dance with how this one turned out. 😉

The cacti images, from the main kit, were heat embossed in white on black cardstock and then trimmed out. The bottom sentiment, stamped in black, is also from the main kit.

I finished the card off with a little speech bubble from Holiday Cheer, because I’m kind of obsessed with them, and it also makes me laugh, imagining that cactus saying hi. 😉

CARD DEETS – Clean and Simple

For my second card, I stamped the same cacti in Navy, and then colored them using my ZIG pens (colors listed at bottom of post).

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I then created a little fringe for them out of a pink tissue paper, by folding over a one-inch strip of tissue paper in half, and then snipping about 3/4 of the way up to the fold. After that, I pulled out the sewing machine and sewed the fringe down.

There’s actually a fabulous fringe die add-on, which would make this process a little simpler (though not quite the same dimensions) – I just didn’t have it on hand at the time. 😉

I then settled my cacti on the fringe, topping off the pink flowers with some Star Dust Stickles.

A sentiment from the main kit was stamped in Navy, and that finished off the card!

Thanks for joining me today and be sure to check out the details below for lots of inspiration, a supply list, and a chance to win the kit yourself!


This month’s kit includes:

  • 6″ x 8″ Clear Stamp Set
  • 20 Coordinating Frame Cuts Dies
  • 1 Ornate Floral Border Die
  • 3 Reactive Ink Cubes (Fiesta Red, Fiesta Teal, Fiesta Yellow) <- Guys, these are AMAZING!
  • 3 6″ x 18″ Sheets Unryu Paper (Assorted Colors)

The value of the kit is $74, but it is sold at $34.99.

The kit is available for a limited time only – once it’s gone, it’s gone. However, you can now subscribe to receive the kit monthly and never miss one!


Hero Arts is giving away one kit as a prize to one blog reader – selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. (Hero Arts will reimburse you if you have already bought the kit). Giveaway closes Sunday, April 8th at 11:59pm, and the winner will be announced the following week on the Hero Arts blog.


For a chance to win a kit and lots of cool ideas, follow along with this hop;

The Hero Arts Blog
Laurie Willison
Yana Smakula
Janette Kausen
Nichol Spohr
Ilina Crouse
Kathy Racoosin
Clare Prezzia
Lydia Fiedler
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Kelly Latevola
Jana Millen
Amy Tsuruta
Emily Midgett
May Park
Libby Hickson


Cardstock: Bristol, Hero Arts Midnight cardstock
Stamps: Hero Arts April 2018 My Monthly Hero and Holiday Cheer
Ink: Hero Arts Grape Juice, Orchid, Summer SkyIndigo, Navy and Black; Versamark; ZIG Green Shadow, Emerald Green, Pink and Light Pink
Other: Hero Arts white and clear Sparkle embossing powder; tissue paper; Star Dust Stickles

Tools: Cuttlebug, heat gun, Hero Arts Safari Sunset die


62 thoughts on “Desert Scenes

  1. The purple and blue sunset is just gorgeous and makes for a beautiful card. The pink fringed card is just fun. Thanks for sharing

  2. Aww such nice cards! Love that vibrant background and how clever to use that die cut and those great colors for a background the black cacti! Cute fringe under the cacti too.

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