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April My Monthly Hero Countdown: Idea #6 + Giveaway

Apr 05, 2020 Janette Kausen

Hello and welcome! This is the last look at the April My Monthly Hero Kit before tomorrow's release day on Monday, April 6 at 1pm Eastern/10am Pacific. Please note, this month shipping will be delayed as we work through delays during this time of COVID-19. Currently we estimate that shipping will begin April 20. We are sending love and support, as well as healing thoughts to those who know people who have fallen sick or are sick themselves.

Now let's join Janette for the final glimpse before the full reveal tomorrow!

Hiya, friends! Hero Arts nailed it this month with an "auss-ome" kit. Australia has been on my bucket list for ages and with all this staying at home business you can bet I have been daydreaming of it more than ever! I just kick my feet up, close my eyes and let Siri, voiced as an Australian man, tell me pretty much anything he wants... and then I'm usually jolted back to reality by one of my four kidlets who undoubtedly is hungry. Vegemite for you, I say!

Create this card by ink blending Lemon Drop, Creamsicle, Fruit Punch and Blue Hawaii Reactive Inks onto 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" Dove White cardstock. Begin with Lemon Drop a bit larger than where the sun will be, and then into the darker shades. Taller skies can be created by stretching the stencil.

Secure the kit included stencil over the blended panel. Blend each of the same colors once again, this time over the stencil. Keep this second layer of blending just below the top border of the stencil. 

Then, stretch your stencil by shifting it up off the top of the cardstock. The design will not align perfectly, but the effect remains. Blend remaining colors to pronounce  the pattern as done in the prior step. Remove stencil and splatter panel with water.

Either mask and solidly ink bottom of card with Intens-ified Black ink or trim bottom of card and adhere to Pitch Black cardstock. Stamp same kangaroo at slightly different angles to create the appearance of a jump.

White Detail heat emboss sentiment onto black base. Cut G'day Mate stamp or mask off G'day and stamp just the word mate onto a yellow-ish scrap. Trim down and pop up with dimensional adhesive. Adhere finished panel to folded card

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!

Last, I encourage you to mail these smiles-in-wait. The world could use a bit of sunshine and happiness these days.

Warm hugs,

139 Responses

Marilyn Musgrave

Marilyn Musgrave

April 07, 2020

I want to hop along with the kangaroos and fade into the sunset with them. This is such an inspiration in these days of home boundness.

Thank you so much for your uplifting ideas. Each is a terrific positive moment.

Vizma

Vizma

April 06, 2020

Looking forward to this kit. This will be so much fun to play with and to let the creativity flow. I love the way you did the sunsets on your cards and cannot wait to try out the techniques.

Nancy Pearce

Nancy Pearce

April 06, 2020

This is one of my favorite cards. I love the playful kanaroos. I makes me think of my childhood when I would play leap frog with my friends. Thanks for sharing your talent with all of us.

Audrey Andrews

Audrey Andrews

April 06, 2020

What a cheerful card! Thank you 😊

Mary Coenen

Mary Coenen

April 06, 2020

I love the kangaroo card! Also love reactive inks.

Kate

Kate

April 06, 2020

Oh my goodness! Your background is beautiful; I am definitely trying it!

SarahC

SarahC

April 06, 2020

Love the kangaroos hopping thru your scene. Just gorgeous.

Bonita Reyes

Bonita Reyes

April 06, 2020

Aww-some use of form and color!

Wendy Dillon

Wendy Dillon

April 06, 2020

Ok, Janette! This is officially my favorite sneak peek! Love the color and the playful kangas! Thanks for sharing!

SusanME

SusanME

April 06, 2020

This kit looks great! Love the kangaroos…

JoSi

JoSi

April 06, 2020

Auss-ome ! Your card creates a feeling of warmth and peace.

KT Fit Kitty

KT Fit Kitty

April 06, 2020

Love the Aussie theme! Gorgeous card!

Lynn

Lynn

April 06, 2020

Loving the theme for this months kit. Your ink blending for the sky is really pretty. I can’t wait to see all the goodies that are included…and the add ons!

Carol H

Carol H

April 06, 2020

This is a fabulous card. Love the colours!!!

Faridah McAtamney

Faridah McAtamney

April 06, 2020

Hi from Australia, hop and hop your craft day everyday, Janette. Beautiful cards using the land downunder theme. Good work. Thanks.

tina z.

tina z.

April 06, 2020

wow, such a beautiful scene!

Kimberly McField

Kimberly McField

April 06, 2020

I love everything about this card! Beautiful!

Alice Turak

Alice Turak

April 06, 2020

Love the .in your card. Thank you.

Karen L K

Karen L K

April 05, 2020

Very creative on your sky by stretching the stencil and the colors you used look great! Also the movement you created with the kangaroos is nice.

Nadine Dunker

Nadine Dunker

April 05, 2020

What a great idea for a kit!

Eva

Eva

April 05, 2020

That‘s just a great card – and a great kit for all who love kangaroos!

Anushree Vaish

Anushree Vaish

April 05, 2020

Lovely scene!!

KerrynM

KerrynM

April 05, 2020

Love, love this card. This kit is fabulous.

karenajo

karenajo

April 05, 2020

Amazing card – the colors are awesome! Love how you ‘extended the sky’ and added those great silhouettes of the kangaroos! Thanks for sharing!

Judy

Judy

April 05, 2020

Lovely and colorful card! I love the different looks the design team has achieved with this stencil and various color combinations!

Melynda Cleveland

Melynda Cleveland

April 05, 2020

Really fun-great colors – and imagining lots of options- thanks

NCDonna

NCDonna

April 05, 2020

What a Beautiful sky! Thanks for sharing!

Marianna

Marianna

April 05, 2020

Love that beautiful sunset sky! Can’t wait to see the full reveal,

Claudia N

Claudia N

April 05, 2020

Wow! Stunning card! Beautiful background, can’t wait for the full reveal!

Lyndi

Lyndi

April 05, 2020

Beautiful card. Love the Australian theme so much!

Kathy Benjamin

Kathy Benjamin

April 05, 2020

Kangaroos. Love this. My favourite so far

Danielle Dietz

Danielle Dietz

April 05, 2020

Who can resist kangaroos? Wonderful card Janette!

Amy Wazwaz

Amy Wazwaz

April 05, 2020

This kit is so exciting. Love this Aussie theme.

Linda Clark

Linda Clark

April 05, 2020

What a spectacular card—I absolutely love it! Can’t wait to see the whole kit.

Jodi Warren

Jodi Warren

April 05, 2020

Love the Kangaroo’s hopping across the sunset. Lovely. Can’t wait for tomorrow. Great sneak peeks everyone.

Tera Fendley

Tera Fendley

April 05, 2020

Love the card
Tina Herbeck

Tina Herbeck

April 05, 2020

Oh, I love this one!! Just gorgeous!!

Kathy O

Kathy O

April 05, 2020

Beautiful sunset colours and wonderful to have a kit that shows stamps reflecting Australia.

MandaLJ

MandaLJ

April 05, 2020

Fabulous card! Love the kangaroos in silhouette, and how you stretched the stencil!

Mylene

Mylene

April 05, 2020

Awesome card! I mean, Auss-ome!!!

Susan Petersen

Susan Petersen

April 05, 2020

Beautiful combination of colors.

Vicki Mayberry

Vicki Mayberry

April 05, 2020

Love the kangaroos. The blog posts make me happy.

Laura Staley

Laura Staley

April 05, 2020

Definitely an outback looking card! Love Hero Arts silhouette stamps and stencils. You did a terrific job lining up the kangaroo, really puts movement in the card!

Miriam Prantner

Miriam Prantner

April 05, 2020

That stencil is absolutely fabulous! Loving this new kit!

Denise Bryant

Denise Bryant

April 05, 2020

Awesome colors on this pretty scene!

Dianne

Dianne

April 05, 2020

What an awesome card!

Sidekickcards

Sidekickcards

April 05, 2020

Amazing sky!!!💕💕💕

Jean Heming

Jean Heming

April 05, 2020

WOW,WOW,WOW everyday gets better and better!!

Toni L

Toni L

April 05, 2020

Awesome card—those kangas are terrific!

Jackie Lee

Jackie Lee

April 05, 2020

Can’t think of Australia without thinking of my late dad. He traveled there many times for business. Some of my favorite photos of him were taken down under! This kit will be a great reminder of him.

sandra hall

sandra hall

April 05, 2020

this is my favorite sky of them all.

Kenzie Higdon

Kenzie Higdon

April 05, 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!

Jeanne Beam

Jeanne Beam

April 05, 2020

Such a awesome card! Love the colors and design.
Thanks so much for sharing.

rachel duong

rachel duong

April 05, 2020

I love this! the speckles in the background really give it character and dimension. A really great card.

Julie

Julie

April 05, 2020

I looooove this whole card! But I LOVE LOVE LOVE the way you did the text in the black area! That is awesome!

Kellie

Kellie

April 05, 2020

Can’t wait to see what other animals are included. Think I saw a croc, emu and wombat. ♥️

beverly robinson

beverly robinson

April 05, 2020

What a joyful card! The water splatter over the blended background is a nice touch.

Madeline L

Madeline L

April 05, 2020

Beautiful job on the colors. Love the sentiment too.

Valerie

Valerie

April 05, 2020

Gorgeous sunset, and love the jumping kangaroo! I can’t wait to see the full kit!

Brandi R

Brandi R

April 05, 2020

LOVE this! That sky and how you stamped those kangaroos….fabulous ♥♥

Elaine Wood

Elaine Wood

April 05, 2020

Love the sunset and the kangaroo’s

Kim gearing

Kim gearing

April 05, 2020

Can’t wait to buy it!!

Tammy Fredrickson

Tammy Fredrickson

April 05, 2020

Hi! What a beautiful sunset. So inviting. And I love the way your sentiment just pops off of the card. Love everything about this card kit so far. 👍

TRACEY LANDT

TRACEY LANDT

April 05, 2020

Such a gorgeous card Janette. Very Aussie! I am sure you would fit in very well over here.
Looks like a fantastic kit, Hero Arts have done us Aussie’s very proud.
T x
Oh and I love Vegemite.

Jacqueline McKnite

Jacqueline McKnite

April 05, 2020

I think this is my favorite now. Love the colors.

Tamra Barnes

Tamra Barnes

April 05, 2020

What a beautiful sky! I can’t wait to try and recreate it!

Andre M.

Andre M.

April 05, 2020

Love this rich vivid sky!

Andrea B

Andrea B

April 05, 2020

I love the idea of stretching the stencil, the water splatter, and the jumping kangaroo. Great card!

Debbie Selby

Debbie Selby

April 05, 2020

So ok, I would not wish Covid 19 on my worst enemy but as someone who has tried it…………..I would not wish vegemite on my worst enemy either. The rest of Australia is wonderful and I am delighted to revisit it in this monthly kit.

Gail O'Keefe

Gail O'Keefe

April 05, 2020

Always love your work and I’m wondering if any of these colors will be in the kit??

Paula Schuessler

Paula Schuessler

April 05, 2020

Love this! Can hardly wait for the full reveal tomorrow!!!!

christine gruevska

christine gruevska

April 05, 2020

Love this card as a lady from down under, it is great to see others doing cards with our kangaroos. Jumping across waters edge at sunset yes i have seen them do this. l love the stencil over top , i need to get me one of them.

christine gruevska

christine gruevska

April 05, 2020

Love this card as a lady from down under, it is great to see others doing cards with our kangaroos. Jumping across waters edge at sunset yes i have seen them do this. l love the stencil over top , i need to get me one of them.

Shirley Wallen

Shirley Wallen

April 05, 2020

I love the blending done on this one! You are all so talented.

Barbara M

Barbara M

April 05, 2020

Beautiful and refreshing.

Susan McRae

Susan McRae

April 05, 2020

Fabulous inky sky and the hopping kangaroos are so fun! Can’t wait for the full reveal of the kit!

Deb

Deb

April 05, 2020

Love the bright colors! The kangaroos make the card so cheerful.

Crystal Snedegar

Crystal Snedegar

April 05, 2020

The sense of movement of the kangaroo is amazing! So cool!!!

Fionna Wheatley

Fionna Wheatley

April 05, 2020

I love the sun set and when this covid business is over, come on down to Australia…we’re a welcoming bunch!

Nicole S

Nicole S

April 05, 2020

Sooo pretty! And love the support for our Aussie friends!❤️

Lisa

Lisa

April 05, 2020

Never related so much to a card kit on my life!

Lisa

Lisa

April 05, 2020

Love doesn’t even describe how I feel about this kit

Nikki S

Nikki S

April 05, 2020

What a cool card!!!!! I love how the kangaroo looks like it’s jumping!!! Great inspiration!

Karthikha Uday

Karthikha Uday

April 05, 2020

Ooh this is awesome!! <3

Linda Clark

Linda Clark

April 05, 2020

I love, love this stencil. Those kangaroos are so sweet hoping across the sunset.

Carol Wortman

Carol Wortman

April 05, 2020

Love the movement in this card and the colors are beautiful. That ink is fantastic! The setting sun, beautiful. Thanks for this beauty. Please stay safe and healthy!

Aline Diener

Aline Diener

April 05, 2020

Love the Roo jumping in front of the sun. Great use of color. So cute!!

Golda

Golda

April 05, 2020

I love how you stretched the stencil and the fun look of the jumping kangaroo.

Carolyn

Carolyn

April 05, 2020

Great colours on this card. Very Aussie. 😀. Getting excited about this kit. Thank you Hero Arts!

Diane Stricker

Diane Stricker

April 05, 2020

Awesome card.

Linda Clark

Linda Clark

April 05, 2020

I love this card with the different colors. I look forward to using this kit.

Leanne in Cali

Leanne in Cali

April 05, 2020

Beautiful card! I love the scene you created, Australia is on my bucket list as well. Love the color blending you did!!

Lauryne Cunningham

Lauryne Cunningham

April 05, 2020

Great card! I love the black border at the bottom- the cute sentiment really pops!

Stacey Kowbel

Stacey Kowbel

April 05, 2020

Ooooh, so lovely. Those kangaroos are fabulous!

Dawn

Dawn

April 05, 2020

Beautiful job

Debi Walton

Debi Walton

April 05, 2020

Just have one thing to say, Soooo cute!
Can’t wait for my kit to come.

SandyK

SandyK

April 05, 2020

This is a beautiful scene, and it reminds me of the sunsets in California. So lovely. Thanks for all the great inspiration!

Marianne

Marianne

April 05, 2020

Auss-ome indeed!

Karen Jordan

Karen Jordan

April 05, 2020

Oh, how I love your sky! The card is beautiful and kit is gong to be great! Thank you!

Nancy Tolan

Nancy Tolan

April 05, 2020

I love the way you made the sunset down further with more sky in the background.

Gabriela Vincent

Gabriela Vincent

April 05, 2020

I love the card! I thought I was the only one that had Siri set to Australian Male. LOL!

Jade

Jade

April 05, 2020

What a wonderful card. I love the sky background with the vibrant colors. It really captures the scene. Plus the kangaroos add a great dimension. And they are adorable.

Barbara-Jean

Barbara-Jean

April 05, 2020

What everyone has done with that stencil and ink blending is indeed auss-ome!

Katie Coggins

Katie Coggins

April 05, 2020

Janette, so weird Australia is on your bucket list… I was supposed to be in the USA this week for my 40th birthday which got cancelled due to covid19. Hope you make it out here one day, your card is auss-ome by the way!

Josmary Flores

Josmary Flores

April 05, 2020

Oh this is so awesome

Joni Morrill

Joni Morrill

April 05, 2020

This kit is a beauty!

Nancy Knapp

Nancy Knapp

April 05, 2020

Love this card! Great movement of the kangaroo! Wonderful colors too!

Pat v

Pat v

April 05, 2020

Very cool! Thanks.

Diane Loughrey

Diane Loughrey

April 05, 2020

Such a fun and cute card. I love the movement.

Neha Mahajan

Neha Mahajan

April 05, 2020

Cute card with a perfect Aussie sentiment.

Joyce Soo Hoo

Joyce Soo Hoo

April 05, 2020

Janette, What a great idea using the kangaroo stamp like they were hopping.

Donna Hatfield

Donna Hatfield

April 05, 2020

I love the sense of movement of the kangaroos. And the background is gorgeous.

Nina S

Nina S

April 05, 2020

What a fantastic card!

Sue D

Sue D

April 05, 2020

Great colors and I like the jumping kangaroos.

Engeline

Engeline

April 05, 2020

Love your card, i don’t think the coalabear wil be in this kit

Shirley Galecki

Shirley Galecki

April 05, 2020

Beautiful blending. Love your card. Hope I can do as well as you. Can’t wait to try

Teri Weisberger

Teri Weisberger

April 05, 2020

Lovely card!

Kailash

Kailash

April 05, 2020

Love these bright colors on this beautiful scene!

Toni F

Toni F

April 05, 2020

I’m anxious to see the whole kit at once. Wonderful coloring by all artists.

Jackie S

Jackie S

April 05, 2020

Love your card. Looks like a great kit

Sandy Small

Sandy Small

April 05, 2020

Lovely card; I love how the stencil was stretched so the sky is taller, the dark ground contains the sentiment with a pop of color and how the kangaroos are jumping!

Mary Holshouser

Mary Holshouser

April 05, 2020

Beautiful card. Vivid colors.
Makes me sad that I can’t get to Australia.
thanks for sharing
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Maria Willis

Maria Willis

April 05, 2020

I love this so much! Great card Janette!

SueB

SueB

April 05, 2020

Love the jumping kangaroos! Blended colors add to this beautiful card.

Felicia C

Felicia C

April 05, 2020

I just love this card! Knocks it out of the park. Great techniques with awesome kit products. Super!

Susan B

Susan B

April 05, 2020

This card took me away for a minute very talented – thanks for sharing – may you and yours stay safe and healthy during these trying times.

Bertha

Bertha

April 05, 2020

What a great use of that stencil for the sky. Love the blended colours and the way you stretched the stencil. And those kangaroos are too cute. Can’t wait to see the whole kit tomorrow!

Jennifer L.

Jennifer L.

April 05, 2020

Beautiful card! Thanks for the tip on “stretching” the stencil.

Allie Fernandes

Allie Fernandes

April 05, 2020

So very cute Janette! Love the little Kangaroos!!!

Laurie Soffa

Laurie Soffa

April 05, 2020

what a great idea for the jumping kangaroos. this will be fun!

Cindy Johnson

Cindy Johnson

April 05, 2020

The colors used on this card are stunning! Beautiful! I never would have thought to stretch the stencil…thank you. I, too, dream of various travel destinations and I hope this is the start of a whole series.

Karen Hale

Karen Hale

April 05, 2020

Stunning background and love the stencil. Can’t wait to see the kit reveal!

Nikki Cochran

Nikki Cochran

April 05, 2020

This is a very vibrant card – the colors are fabulous!

Denise Kasbohm

Denise Kasbohm

April 05, 2020

Wow what a spectacular card!! Your blended sky is beautiful! I can’t wait to get my hand on that stencil!

Julia D.

Julia D.

April 05, 2020

Great colors and ink blending! Love what you did with the sentiment. Thank you for the chance to win!!

Karen L Hetherington

Karen L Hetherington

April 05, 2020

Vibrant card1 Beautiful blending.I love it!

Gael

Gael

April 05, 2020

Gorgeous card!

Margaret R

Margaret R

April 05, 2020

Just when I was wondering how you could get so much coverage with a stencil, with no white areas, you showed me! It’s really beautiful.

Valerija

Valerija

April 05, 2020

Awww…. Adorable card!! So sweet and impressive! These kangaroos are just wonderful, amazing colours and design!
Valerija xx

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