4.04.2016

April My Monthly Hero Blog Hop




Today I'm so exciting to be participating in Hero Arts April My Monthly Hero blog hop! Today is the release of the April kit, which is a doozy, let me tell you!

This is the main kit, which is available HERE for $29.99 - isn't that flower just gorgeous? And the Paper Layering die that goes with it is SO pretty!


I actually used the add-on stamp set for my cards today, along with the watercolors from the main kit.

Here are the two cards I made, using the stamps (which have coordinating dies available, as well)

I was inspired by THIS pin - I used Cobalt Blue, Quinacridone Fuchsia, and Lunar Black, the first two of which come in the kit. I didn't mask off the flowers, because I'm a lazy crafter...


While you should definitely be able to get at least 2-3 fully colored images from each small dab of paint (there's a lot packed into that one little dab, let me tell you!), I hardly made a dent in my ? dab, though I used it color most of the panel.
For the center of the blue and grey flowers, I added clear Stickles. When they had dried, I didn't quite like the look, so I went in with some black watercolor - a cool way to stretch the use of your clear Stickles!


Here are my two lazy-crafter watercoloring cards (the first one over on the Hero Arts blog HERE)...


One of the reasons I love this kit is because it used my favorite coloring technique - watercoloring! Why is it my favorite way to color? Because, as I mentioned, I'm lazy, and watercolor is the perfect coloring technique for lazy crafters. However, if you aren't a lazy crafter, and want to see some amazingly colored flowers, check out the rest of the blog hop! You won't be disappointed, promise. ;)

Clare Prezzia <- here="" p="" re="" you="">

Check out the Hero Arts blog for more ideas and more details on the kit and add-ons! The kit is available for a limited time only - once it's gone, it's gone.
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.

Thanks so much for stopping in and God bless!

SUPPLIES


Cardstock: Canson, Hero Arts Sea Layering papers
Stamps: Hero Arts April My Monthly Hero add-on
Ink: Hero Arts black, Danielle Smith watercolors, Versamark
Other: Hero Arts white embossing powder, clear Stickles

Tools: heat gun, water, paintbrush

155 comments:

  1. Great cards and I love the flowers! Can't wait to get this kit. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  2. Very pretty, thank you for sharing!!

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  3. Both the cards are absolutely gorgeous!

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  4. I'm a lazy crafter, too. Thanks for these beautiful ideas.

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  5. So pretty are the colors you chose for the first card. those stamps are perfect for water coloring. I can hardly wait to try the Daniel Smith watercolors included with the kit.

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  6. Admire those of you who can create such gorgeous backgrounds. Both these cards are lovely.

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  7. Admire those of you who can create such gorgeous backgrounds. Both these cards are lovely.

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  8. OOOH I love the Mother's Day set - so beautiful!! You rock.

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  9. Lovely cards but the one with the grey flower just makes it pop! TFS!

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  10. Such lovely cards, from a talented artist, and a great kit!

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  11. No Clare, YOU are amazing! As are your cards. Totally beautiful!

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  12. Lovely cards. Great idea to paint over Stickles!

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  13. Pretty card and great mix of colors!

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  14. Your cards are both lovely! Thanks so much for sharing!!

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  15. cute cute but the second one is my favorite thank you for sharing your work

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  16. Very pretty cards---thanks for sharing!!!

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  17. Beautiful cards, Clare! Love your style!

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  18. Nice cards ! Thanks for sharing !

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  19. Love how you colored the flowers. The embossed one is my favorite. TFS

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  20. The color combinations are gorgeous! Thank you

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  21. Lovely cards. The narrow strip of blue paper on the first card adds just the right punch. Love the understated look of the card on the Hero Art blog. Thanks

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  22. Love your watercolors. I am just starting to use the, so it's nice to see the different techniques. Thanks!

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  23. I love water coloring and would like to try doing more of it. This is card is so stunning. Thanks for sharing

    Linda D.

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  24. you are as amazing as your card

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  25. Pretty, pretty, pretty! And I love watercolor, too!

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  26. Love what you did with this awesome set. Beautiful cards!

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  27. Beautiful Card!!! This kit makes me believe that I too can watercolor!

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  28. Amazing cards! Sure looks like that little dot of watercolor paint goes a long way - thanks for sharing your experience with the dot sheet as I have been intrigued by that concept.

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  29. Your cards are so beautiful and I would love to be able to produce similar ones. Maybe being "lazy" is the secret?

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  30. I love your card design. Great color coordination. Thanks for sharing.

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  31. Lovely card made! This kit is simply amazing! Possibilities are endless! Thanks for sharing!

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  32. You are too funny, Clare! You made 2 cards, I wouldn't call that lazy, I'd call that artistic. LOL. Both are going to brighten someone's day. I love those blocks with the sentiments too, great way to add bold color that really stands out in your lovely water coloring.
    Thanks, craftqueen417 at yahoo
    Http://www.paulettesprettypapercrafts.wordpress.com

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  33. Your cards are so pretty!!! Love this card kit:)

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  34. Lovely cards! I can't wait to have a play with this kit!
    AnnB

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  35. Love the Mother's Day card. Delicate and elegant.

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  36. The white flower was a smart choice.

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  37. Gorgeous cards, especially love the soft yellow and blue florals.

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  38. I've always like the effect of one non colored element mixed in with the colored ones. So unique and eye catching. Really nice!

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  39. Love the contrast you created leaving the center flower white. It really stands out beautifully.

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  40. Love the all over floral pattern, so pretty.

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  41. Two beautiful cards! Love the designs!

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  42. What lovely cards!! Stunning design!!

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  43. WOW, these cards are so amazing to look at. LOVE how you left the central flower black and grey. What an amazing idea. Thank you for the inspiration:)

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  44. Striking card designs, love them both!!!

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  45. Lovely cards, thanks for the inspiration!

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  46. Lovely cards, thanks for the inspiration!

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  47. Beautifully created and just gorgeous. Love both cards.

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  48. Such a fun and pretty card!!

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  49. Pretty cards--I especially love the emboss resist card!

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  50. Beautiful cards! LOVE the white with a touch of blue..so soft and elegant ♥

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  51. Beautiful cards. Love the look of white embossing with water coloring.

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  52. Both of your cards are beautiful!

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  53. Both of your cards are lovely. I like the lazy crafter idea.

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  54. Love the soft colors with white embossing!

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  55. Lovely card and a great kit! :)

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  56. I am really loving this kit!!

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  57. Great cards. Thanks so much for sharing. I love, love the tip about adding watercolor over stickles!

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  58. Gorgeous cards, Clare! Love both styles :) and I think not masking them is also beautiful :)

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  59. The background on your Mother's Day card is stunning. I love the faint colors.

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  60. Love how you watercolored the flowers and background.

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  61. Lovely cards! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  62. Beautiful cards--love the colors!

    Chris L.

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  63. Great cards. I love the two different color schemes - bright and soft. Beautiful! I think I need these stamps and dies to add onto the kit!

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  64. Great to see some ideas for the add-on stamp set.

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  65. Amazing watercoloring and beautiful cards, love the soft one as well as the bright one!

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  66. Your cards look like they took hours to create, not quick and easy at all. Lovely!!

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  67. The add add on kit is so pretty.

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  68. These are very beautiful! I am especially liking the white with blue card!

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  69. Love the colors on your amazing cards.

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  70. Gorgeous cards! Love all the coloring but my fave is the white on blue. Had not seen these paints before but after seeing all the gorgeous coloring, they are at the top of my wish list.

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  71. Gorgeous cards! Love all the coloring but my fave is the white on blue. Had not seen these paints before but after seeing all the gorgeous coloring, they are at the top of my wish list.

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  72. Very pretty cards. Love the colours

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  73. What a pretty wash of colors. The soft blue and yellow is one of my fav color combos. Very pretty cards

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  74. I like watercoloring too but I get anal about it - I need to take a lesson from you and just let it flow! Pretty card!

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  75. Love the Mothers' Day card. Such subtle colouring.

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  76. Love your cards especially the Mother's Day one - so soft and pretty! I will have to use your tip about watercoloring stickles! Thanks

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  77. Beautiful cards.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  78. Two unique creations using same stamp, perfect for Mothers day!

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  79. amazing...thanks for sharing

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  80. Beautiful card! I really loved the sneak one that was on the HA blog over the weekend and love that patterned paper you created!

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  81. Beautiful cards. Love the way you used the stamps.

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  82. Love your colors and designs. Simple yet elegant

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  83. Clare, I'm new to your blog I'll definitely be back soon. Thank you for 2 beautiful cards.

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  84. What beautiful cards - love the soft blending of colors.

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  85. Clare, both of your cards are sooo pretty!

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  86. Two very elegant cards- love how the pink backgroud sets off the white flowers!

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  87. WOW! Amazing cards. Love that you showed two completely different kinds from same kit.

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  88. Love the style and contrast between the 2 cards. Thanks for sharing!

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  89. Wonderful.
    Love the combination of the pink and blue.
    the big flower left uncolored really pops.
    thanks for sharing.

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  90. THANK YOU, Clare. Yes, amazing colors on amazing flowers.

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  91. Ohh, such pretty colors. A pretty set of cards.

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  92. Oh so pretty! Love
    all that color.
    Carla from Utah

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  93. Pretty cards, perfect for Spring!

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  94. What lovely cards. I particularly like the idea of a colored background with a grayish flower. Thanks for hosting a fun giveaway.

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  95. I love the Mother's Day card. It has a beautiful subtle impact. Thanks for sharing.

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  96. Both of the cards are pretty. I just love the Mother's Day card.

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  97. Pretty cards! Really love the white embossed design with the touch of blue!

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  98. love both of these and the white one with selective color is gorgeous!

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  99. Such pretty cards! This kit is so versatile!

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  100. I just love your "lazy" crafting cards. They are gorgeous.

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  101. Pretty cards with great designs!

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  102. That's not lazy! You had to cut your paper, wet it, color it, decide how you were going to lay it out, decide which colors to use, which sentiment, how to mount, where to embellish. Whew, I'm tired and I don't even have my kit yet! Thanks so much.

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  103. This looks like fun, though! Not lazy--just different! :) And it turned out really nice!

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  104. i love the blue contrast strip pickin gup the blue accents in the card

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  105. Nothing wrong with being a lazy crafter if you get results like these. I especially love the soft blues and yellows of you other card.

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  106. Love both cards 😄 I really like what you did with the glossy accents. I am in love with this kit 😄

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  107. That card is so lovely! With a name like "Rose", I love flowers! Thanks and God bless! ILuvTheEucharist (at) aol.com

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  108. Wow love both versions of the cards!!! Stunning!

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  109. Just love the soft blue and pastel yellow card. The white embossing just gives it such nice dimension but together it just works. So lovely!!!

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  110. The pale yellow is my favorite. It can be used for multiple life events.

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  111. Who would have guessed you could get such a variety of looks with the same flower stamps?! These are beautiful!

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  112. Very pretty cards! I am looking forward to trying these water colors

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  113. Lovely cards, makes me think of spring!

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  114. Wonderful watercoloring of your floral creation. I need more watercoloring practice. Have a BEE-utiful day!
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  115. So pretty! Love the no coloring on one flower!

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  116. Beautiful cards. Awesome stamp set too. Thank you so much for inspiring us. Have a great day. :)

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  117. You rocked this set with your beautiful cards!! Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  118. Love the white flower in the center. Beautiful card. Thank you for sharing!

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  119. Oh what a neat idea for both cards!

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  120. Really pretty how you used this kit.

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  121. This is a cute card! I really like how you made the center flower white to it's the focus of the card!

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  122. I'm amazed at excellent work on all cards seen today but this one is just so breathtaking.

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  123. Wow! Great release!!!! I love this new kit! And your cards are absolutely gorgeus!!!!

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  124. Pretty cards. I think the watercolor dots are a great way to get started.

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  125. Very nice, this kit looks really fun!

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  126. Love how you added the stamp dots!

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  127. Your cards are amazing! It's great to see s bold an soft option,

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  128. I love that Mother's Day card! So lovely!

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  129. Both cards are gorgeous. You did a great job. I pinned. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/415386765612677230/

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  130. SQUEAL!! LOVING LOVING LOVING the New Kit!! Such BEAUTIFUL Designs!! Looking forward to seeing the rest of the Creations!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!! =)

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  131. What an amazing pair of cards!

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  132. I was wondering how much paint was in those little dots... TFS!

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