During the summer I spent way too much time watching card videos on youtube. I saw many talking about and using “monthly card kits”. I thought it was very exciting so I had a google around on different american sites to find monthly card kits and I found many interesting kits from different companies but I really liked the kits from Hero Arts.
As I live in UK there was much to think about. I thought long and hard, debated back and fourth in my head, made a pros and cons list and after a total of 10 seconds I decided to go for it!
So I signed myself up to the My Monthly Hero Kit on Hero Arts in July and I got my first kit in August. What I like about this kit is when the kit is announced, I think it’s usually the first Monday of each month, if you sign up you automatically receive an email when the kit comes out, you then have until the Friday to decide if you want to add anything else from Hero Arts shop to this kit and they will ship it all together and you won’t have to pay for additional shipping. It usually takes about a week from when they tell you it has been dispatched to it arrives in UK and then 2-3 days for Royal Mail to send me a note to pick it up from the depot. I have once tried receiving the pick up note after a week! You automatically receive an email saying your parcel has been delivered, but this only means that the Royal Mail has received your parcel, it has not arrived at your actual address yet!
So how much does it actually cost when you live in the UK to get the Hero Arts kit? well I pay around £33-35 each month depending on the currency exchange rate. I pay an additional card fee of around £0.90 and then I also pay additional VAT of 20% including a Royal mail handling fee of £8 (standard handling fee). VAT and Royal Mail fee usually adds up to £15 I have to pay when getting my parcel from the depot. I have once tried Royal Mail adding too much VAT (Cheeky buggers!) and all I did was posting a form via instructions on the VAT bill. I was then reimbursed for the amount I had due. I have not tried not getting hit by VAT yet. To sum it up I pay a total of £49 – 51 each month which I guess is a lot but I enjoy getting the kit.
My fiancee gets his monthly gin kit, I get my monthly stamp kit and it makes everybody happy in this household!
I also want to say it’s a good idea to subscribe to the kits if you already like most of them, have a look at the previous kits and see what you think, instead of buying them individually after they are released because they often sell out extremely fast! If you subscribe then you are guaranteed a kit!
My first Monthly Hero Kit was the august 2017 kit you can see all the elements of the kit here. I was too eager ripping the parcel open when it arrived, rushing up to my craft attic to hug, cuddle the stamp set and do a victory dance, than to take a photo of it. I rarely remember/get time to take a photo of it unwrapped because I am so excited after I have opened it I can just stare at the stamp set for days until I get time to actually play with it. I take it with me everywhere, like a kid with a favourite toy.
For these two cards I decided to try and make some watercoloured backgrounds. I have never done watercolouring before but I think it went very well for what I needed it for. I made one background more dramatic than the other one, but I wanted both to have some light areas where I wanted focus to be at.
For the first card I used one of my mum’s old wood block stamps for the writing in the background. It’s also a Hero Arts stamp. I heat embossed some golden stars and added some stamped and die cut pieces. The string I added by hand with a pen I thought it would be fun to add a heart so I did, used a promarker to give it some colour and added Glossy Accent on top. This card I gave to my fiancee and it is still on the mantelpiece on top of the fireplace in the lounge!
The second card I wanted a bit different and decided to gold heat emboss some stardust. I wanted it to look like the girl is spreading it as she flies. I might have went a bit overboard with the sequins.. 🙂 The girl I stamped with Versamark and ink so it was possible for me to add clear embossing powder and heat set it. All I did was ink up in Versamark first and then ink with the colour I wanted and then stamp it, not double stamping. I did the same with the sentiment. You can use Misti for this and stamp the colour first and then stamp the Versamark on top, then add embossing powder and heat it. For the layered cardstock I actually used a pebeo gold marker to paint the edge of a piece of white cardstock gold to match the stars.
I’m very happy with my cards and I look very much forward to more kits from Hero Arts!
My Monthly Hero Kit August 2017 – SOLD OUT
Old Lettering stamp from Hero Arts
yellow scrap cardstock
Deep Ocean and Indigo mini Ink from Hero Arts
Memento ink pad
Gold embossing powder
Clear embossing powder
Pebeo artist marker, gold