But I wish that French had come easier to me, because I love the IMAGERY of France, and would love to be able to go and feel like I could converse. I love all French cooking shows that had as their background the beauty of southern France, or Paris. I love Jacques Pepin to the moon and back.
My friend Dana and I together probably have the world's largest collection of Eiffel Tower stamps in North America. I simply cannot resist buying anything with Parisian imagery, as you will soon see. Everything about it speaks to me - the little poodles, the glamorous women, the bakeries and cafes, the nighttime city scenes - it makes for great, fun and uplifting cards. You can see why so much incredible art came out of, and into France.
So what you are about to see (and I know I say this all the time, but dang it people keep coming out with my favorite things!) is my favorite Hero kit EVER. I squealed so loudly when I saw it that I'm pretty sure they could hear me at Hero HQ.
Not only is it a French set, which I'd have to have, but it's a FASHION PLATES SET!! You can interchange heads, bodies, legs, outfits of the girls to build the scene you want - OH EM GEE.
Remember my Fashion Plates card? Those things will always have a place in my life. I bonded so hard with that particular art supply as a kid that we will never be separated! So I felt like a kid again when I got this kit.
Here's the first card I made with it.
Then I stamped the sentiment from one of the addons (with Audrey Hepburn builder stamps in it - squee! and a cat! squee!) onto the background. This is cold press watercolor paper so both the girl and the sentiment had to be stamped multiple times in the MISTI.
I had so much fun doing this it was ridiculous. I love stamp sets that I play with the second I get them in the mail. This was most definitely one of them.
So speaking of France and art, this paper layering ballerina add-on just screamed Degas to me!
I colored it with Luminance pencils after die cutting it - with paper layering dies, you can leave the shape as part of the card front, and then just pop up the dimensional parts - so much fun.
I did it on pastel paper and just kept it simple with no sentiment. It will just be a thinking of you card.
I enjoyed that process so, so much. You can buy these pencils in open stock (link above) if you want to slowly buy them - they are AMAZING. So buttery and pretty. The colors I used on this are: Middle Cobalt Blue, Turquoise Blue, White (I always layer the colors on top of white), Anthraquinoid Pink, Golden Bismuth Yellow, Apricot, Burnt Ochre 50%, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Ochre 10%, Sepia, Genuine Cobalt Blue.
Jana was nice enough to let me in their kit hop today, and of course they're giving away a kit as well. They do have a subscription option now, so you don't have to worry you'll miss one anymore.
Here's what comes in the kit - everything else is add-ons which means they will be available after the kit sells out.
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