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April My Monthly Hero Countdown: Idea #3 + Giveaway

by Hero Arts April 04, 2020 228 Comments

Hello and welcome to day 2 of the countdown to the release of the April My Monthly Hero Kit! Release day is Monday, April 6 at 1pm Eastern/10am Pacific. A reminder, this month shipping will be delayed. Currently we estimate that shipping will begin April 20. We know you are excited to get your kit and appreciate your patience as we work through delays during this time of COVID-19. We are sending love and support, as well as healing thoughts to those who know people who have fallen sick or are sick themselves.

Let's see what our newest Creative Team member came up with...

Hey there! Daniel West here to show off the My Monthly Hero Card Kit for April 2020 with a switch up on the stencil included in this kit.

The landscape stencil includes a wavy foreground and a cloudy sky with a sun or moon, depending on how you use it! For this card, I used the stencil to create an Aussie desert scene with Reactive Inks, blender brushes and some masking. I figured the change-up on this card would give you some ideas on how to use the stencil for all it's worth!

To begin, I prepped the stencil with some tacky spray adhesive and laid it down over a 4 x 5.25" panel of Dove White cardstock. Then, I gently added ink down the front of the panel in Blue Hawaii, Taffy, and Lemon Drop inks. Then, I masked off the bottom portion in two sections by cutting rounded shapes out plain paper. Each dune got a different color: Fruit Punch and Berry Smoothie. For each color, I turned the stencil in a different direction.

Next, I placed my critters, sentiment and tree from the main kit into the Hero Arts MISTI and stamped them on the front with Intensified Black Ink.

To finish off the card, I popped up my panel on the front of a top folded card base using fun foam and Precision Glue.

Win a kit before you can buy it! Just leave a comment on this (and every) Countdown to Creativity post. We’ll randomly draw one lucky winner from all the comments left across all countdown posts. The winner will be announced first thing Monday morning, April 6, before the kit launches at 10am Pacific. The more you comment, the more chances to win!

There is still more inspiration coming, be sure to tune in to the rest of the Countdown!





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100 Responses

Gail Anderson
Gail Anderson

April 04, 2020

Thanks for changing up the use of the stencil! This is a great scene!

Stephanie VR Burns
Stephanie VR Burns

April 04, 2020

Wow! I love how you switched it up on the stencil and thought outside the box, Daniel! I’m looking forward to seeing your posts, you’re already bringing us some great inspiration!

Andre M.
Andre M.

April 04, 2020

Gorgeous vibrant palette.

Karen Jordan
Karen Jordan

April 04, 2020

Welcome, Daniel! I’m so excited to see you’re designing for the kit reveal! I love your colorfully creative take on the kit, as it gives such a happy feel. You did an amazing job of shifting/masking the stencil and creating dimension. Thank you for sharing!

Leola
Leola

April 04, 2020

This stencil is going to be so useful.

Jodi Warren
Jodi Warren

April 04, 2020

Great colors on you card and great ideas thinking out of the box. Thanks.

Susan Petersen
Susan Petersen

April 04, 2020

Very creative use of the stencil.

Nikki Cochran
Nikki Cochran

April 04, 2020

Love the color combinations

Sidekickcards
Sidekickcards

April 04, 2020

Lovely 😊

Denise Kitts-Wadlow
Denise Kitts-Wadlow

April 04, 2020

I’m really excited about this Aussie themed kit!!! Love your ink blending and the design of your card. Very bright and cheerful mate! 😊

Kenzie Higdon
Kenzie Higdon

April 04, 2020

I Love it!!!! This looks so fun, cute, and like an interesting kit, I just can’t wait to see what more is in store!

Katie Coggins
Katie Coggins

April 04, 2020

Love the landscape Daniel! Remind me of the Great Dividing Range between NSW and Victoria

JL
JL

April 04, 2020

Ohh, I love your diagonal desert, and I didn’t notice the tree much before, but in black it really stands out. I like that it is a diff kind of tree, so many are the same generic type.

Catherine
Catherine

April 04, 2020

This is such a pretty colour combination.

Josmary
Josmary

April 04, 2020

Man this is so cool

Josmary
Josmary

April 04, 2020

Man this is so cool

Tasha Bond
Tasha Bond

April 04, 2020

How colorful! What a great kit this month!

Anouk
Anouk

April 04, 2020

Another fun idea! Love how the striped part of the stencil was used multiple times.

Susan McRae
Susan McRae

April 04, 2020

I like how the silhouette images look on your colorful background!

Helen Haigh
Helen Haigh

April 04, 2020

Absolutely loooove what you did with the stencil, Daniel. Beautiful colours too

Cassie
Cassie

April 04, 2020

I love these colors, this stencil is so interesting with the patterns of cloud and ground!

Carla Sjoholm
Carla Sjoholm

April 04, 2020

Love the colors!

sabinevdk
sabinevdk

April 04, 2020

Wow gorgeous colors!!!! Love this card!

Heidi Macy
Heidi Macy

April 04, 2020

This is a really neat and unique look!

SandyK
SandyK

April 04, 2020

This background is amazing, and I love the silhouettes, as well! Can’t wait to see the rest of the kit.

Margery C
Margery C

April 04, 2020

Amazing background. I love all the colors you used.

Madeline L
Madeline L

April 04, 2020

Beautiful colors in this card. Love the images too!

Pat v
Pat v

April 04, 2020

So cool. I love it!

SueB
SueB

April 04, 2020

Great use of the stencil. Very colorful.

Vicki Mayberry
Vicki Mayberry

April 04, 2020

Love the way you used a variety of colors to highlight the background.

Teri
Teri

April 04, 2020

Beautiful ink blending! Great card too.

Debbie McKelvey
Debbie McKelvey

April 04, 2020

Cool card, love the colors! This set looks like it will be fun to make different cards.

Marianna
Marianna

April 04, 2020

Omg, love your background and how you sectioned the stencil. Really stunning!

Cyndi Morris
Cyndi Morris

April 04, 2020

Beautiful cards, gorgeous colors. I’m loving the stencils in this release.

Shirley
Shirley

April 04, 2020

Love this stencil!

Barbara-Jean
Barbara-Jean

April 04, 2020

Great use of that stencil, Daniel!

Donna Rohwer
Donna Rohwer

April 04, 2020

I love the beautiful color combination, can’t wait to see this kit.

Schmidenkiwi
Schmidenkiwi

April 04, 2020

Wonderful bright colors!

Nan Brown
Nan Brown

April 04, 2020

Loving this stencil!

Nina S
Nina S

April 04, 2020

Love all the colors and the different animals we’re seeing!

Nina S
Nina S

April 04, 2020

Love all the colors! Love the different animals we’re seeing.

Janet Durbin
Janet Durbin

April 04, 2020

Love what you created, your colors are so bright and cheerful!

Mary Swearengin
Mary Swearengin

April 04, 2020

WOW what a difference using bright colors! Yes, I like it.

Toni F
Toni F

April 04, 2020

Great idea to use the stencil in different orientations to resemble hills.

Linda
Linda

April 04, 2020

The colors you used are beautiful! You’ve inspired me to create more with my stencils.

Jean Heming
Jean Heming

April 04, 2020

I dint think these cards could get any more georgeous,but WOW!!!! Im mad about these cards dies and stamps!!!!

Kris Reeves
Kris Reeves

April 04, 2020

Love the background and that you turned the stencil for a different look!

Lynn Gauthier
Lynn Gauthier

April 04, 2020

What gorgeous color. I LOVE how you split the ground into 2 different hills by turning the stencil. Very cool!!! I’m learning a lot!!!

Eva
Eva

April 04, 2020

The colours of the card are great combined and the whole kit looks great with stencil and critters!!

Michele W
Michele W

April 04, 2020

Such a cheerful yet peaceful card. Great job. The tree is really cool and different. Looking forward to seeing what else is in this kit. Thanks for sharing!

Karen Hale
Karen Hale

April 04, 2020

Love the bright colors! Can’t wait to see the new kit.

Patricia Wilson
Patricia Wilson

April 04, 2020

This kit looks interesting and love the kangaroo with the baby, so cute! You always seem to come up with such great kits and we get way more value for the money. Thank you.

KT Fit Kitty
KT Fit Kitty

April 04, 2020

I’m already loving this kit and can’t wait to see more! Gorgeous card!

KC Wong
KC Wong

April 04, 2020

Very clever use of a stencil! I see why you’re a new design team member! Thanks for sharing!

SarahC
SarahC

April 04, 2020

Love how many ways you can use this stencil. Just beautiful.

Shannon Howell
Shannon Howell

April 04, 2020

Hi, Daniel! Thank you so much for sharing this card. I am definitely inspired to look at my supplies from different angles!! And the use of color is fantastic. Thanks again!

Wendy Dillon
Wendy Dillon

April 04, 2020

The black silhouette really pops nicely on this card! Very bold creation! Thanks, Daniel!

Margaret R
Margaret R

April 04, 2020

Such a lovely scene! I love stencils, and this one looks to be so useful!

Claudia N
Claudia N

April 04, 2020

Love the bold colors! That is a pretty cool stencil, can’t wait to see the whole kit!

Iris
Iris

April 04, 2020

Beautiful.

Jackie S
Jackie S

April 04, 2020

Love the masking for the stencils.

Jackie McKnite
Jackie McKnite

April 04, 2020

Wow. Every one of these preview cards are so vibrant. Well done.

Renee Fallon
Renee Fallon

April 04, 2020

I really love the angling of the dunes and the colors on this card, lovely!

Cynthia O.
Cynthia O.

April 04, 2020

Great stenciled scene!

beverly robinson
beverly robinson

April 04, 2020

Wow! Those colors woke me up! Loved the way to used the stencil, and the critters work so well as silhouettes.

Kailash
Kailash

April 04, 2020

Love the pretty colors and the creative use of the stencil!

Leanne in Cali
Leanne in Cali

April 04, 2020

This is fantastic Daniel! I love the colors and the creative way you used the stencil. Thanks for sharing, can’t wait to see this new kit!!

Linda Clark
Linda Clark

April 04, 2020

I love the contrast of the beautiful background and the intense black silhouettes of the tree and animals. Great card!

Linda Clark
Linda Clark

April 04, 2020

I love the contrast of the beautiful background and the intense black silhouettes of the tree and animals. Great card!

Maria Burrow
Maria Burrow

April 04, 2020

I’m just starting to experiment with stencils, what a great example. This is a beautiful card, I am inspired to craft. Thank you for changing our focus at such an uncertain time.

Dee Obermeyer
Dee Obermeyer

April 04, 2020

I Love all you do. Our thoughts are with you during this tragic time in our history. That card is awesome.

Teri S.
Teri S.

April 04, 2020

What a super card Daniel! I like how you used the stencil in a different way for the dunes. The sharpness of the black tree & critters really stand out against those fabulous colours.

Lauryne Cunningham
Lauryne Cunningham

April 04, 2020

Wow! Awesome card! I love all the colors and patterns!

PHYLLIS FREESE
PHYLLIS FREESE

April 04, 2020

I love the ink colors used with this stencil to create such a vibrant card. I fell in love with the sky yesterday and now it’s fun to see how it is used to create this bold landscape design. Can’t wait to see more of this new kit.

Christine Eck
Christine Eck

April 04, 2020

So stunning! That background is incredible!

Lisa
Lisa

April 04, 2020

I love the bold variety of colors used in this card. I also love the contrast by stamping the tree and other silhouette images in black. It makes the bold colors pop even more.

Kristen P
Kristen P

April 04, 2020

I can’t wait to see this entire kit! I love it so far!

Nancy
Nancy

April 04, 2020

the use of so many colors is such a good idea.

Dee Earnshaw
Dee Earnshaw

April 04, 2020

this card is wonderful – love the dramatic colors

LaNell
LaNell

April 04, 2020

What a creative way to use the stencil!
Beautiful colors.❤️

Lagene
Lagene

April 04, 2020

What a FUN card!!! I love how you did the “dunes” and love the kitties playing under the tree!

Tammy Fredrickson
Tammy Fredrickson

April 04, 2020

Great card! I love how you stenciled your sky. Gorgeous!

Karen L Hetherington
Karen L Hetherington

April 04, 2020

I love how you created those dunes in different colors. The tree looks great in black!

Carol Wortman
Carol Wortman

April 04, 2020

Welcome Daniel.. I think I see a Halloween sky. Really curious to see the rest. Cute critters.

Jean Crocker
Jean Crocker

April 04, 2020

Great colors!

Laurie Schlichter
Laurie Schlichter

April 04, 2020

I love the use of the stencil and the rainbow choice of color.

Dawn
Dawn

April 04, 2020

This kit is incredible!

Stacey Kowbel
Stacey Kowbel

April 04, 2020

Fantastic card! I love that background!

Helen
Helen

April 04, 2020

Wow! the scene is amazing. I’m loving the linear aspect of these creations. tfs

Linda dennis
Linda dennis

April 04, 2020

This is getting very interesting. Can’t wait for Monday morning

Denise Kasbohm
Denise Kasbohm

April 04, 2020

Wow! What an awesome card!! Love the colors with the silhouette scene. Can’t wait to see this kit!

Meghan Kennihan
Meghan Kennihan

April 04, 2020

Such gorgeous colors! I LOVE the sky! So vivid!

Allie Fernandes
Allie Fernandes

April 04, 2020

HA Daniel, I took one look at this card & thought this must be Daniel’s! Very cool spin! Wish you loads of fun with the Sneaky Team! Allie ((-;

Carol H
Carol H

April 04, 2020

Loving the striped landscape. Great colours. Really like this card 😊👍🏻

Gail O'Keefe
Gail O'Keefe

April 04, 2020

It is amazing how many different ways to use a stencil. Love your work

Mary Holshouser
Mary Holshouser

April 04, 2020

Love how ;you used the colors to make
the different parts of the scene. The
movement in the stamping makes it
interesting. thanks for sharing
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littlen
littlen

April 04, 2020

I haven’t used stencils very much but this looks interesting…I’ll have to give it a try.

Kellie
Kellie

April 04, 2020

An ingenious idea for using the stencil. Very clever indeed. ♥️🇦🇺

Anna Rodgers
Anna Rodgers

April 04, 2020

Thanks for the nifty idea to creatively change the look simply by turning the stencil! I’m anxious for this kit reveal but am enjoying the sneaks while I wait! Great job on your card design, Daniel!

Anna Rodgers
Anna Rodgers

April 04, 2020

Thanks for the nifty idea to creatively change the look simply by turning the stencil! I’m anxious for this kit reveal but am enjoying the sneaks while I wait! Great job on your card design, Daniel!