December My Monthly Hero Countdown: Idea #1 + Giveaway!

by Janette Kausen December 01, 2017 309 Comments

Hello and welcome as we begin the countdown to the release of the December My Monthly Hero kit! Release day is Monday, December 4th at 1pm Eastern/10am Pacific. We'll be here for the next three days, sharing ideas for using both the main kit, as well as new optional add-on products that will also be available on Monday. And, remember to comment on each and every post as we'll be giving away a kit on Monday morning, before the kit launches! Now join Janette as she shares a first glimpse at this enchanting kit...

Hi there! Thanks so much for popping in to the Hero Arts blog today for a peek at the newest edition to the My Monthly Hero Kits. I am excited to introduce December's kit loaded with Arabian Night-ish / Moroccan vibes.

I knew as soon as I saw this set that I had to work with the gate, palms and charming enchantress. I began by creating a galaxy background and adding shading behind each dune gives the effect of depth. Next, partially die cut the gate into the background stopping just above the dunes. Finish trimming out by hand.

When working with die cuts, I sometimes want the rim as a border and other times it doesn't fit with the scene. In this case, the white rim would not have enhanced the card. To remedy, you could fussy cut - but an easier solution is to color the edges to match the background.

I also colored the white embossing with a yellow marker to tint the sentiment. This isn't great for markers, so I don't make a habit of it, but here and there it is just necessary, lol!

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, and announce the winner first thing Monday morning, December 4th, before the kit launches at 1pm Eastern. The more you comment, the more chances to win!

Good luck!

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100 Responses

cyndi morris
cyndi morris

December 01, 2017

Amazing card. Such beautiful and realistic coloring.

Kari Sturgill
Kari Sturgill

December 01, 2017

Love the sneak peaks!

christy
christy

December 01, 2017

I’m curious … looks interesting!

Isabelle
Isabelle

December 01, 2017

Beautiful card !

Mona
Mona

December 01, 2017

Looks really unique!

Jennifer F
Jennifer F

December 01, 2017

Very excited to see the rest of this kit!

Kendra
Kendra

December 01, 2017

What an intriguing look at the kit. I can’t wait to see the rest!

Gwen S.
Gwen S.

December 01, 2017

Wow, beautiful card! I can’t wait to see the other elements of the kit!!!

Rema DeLeeuw
Rema DeLeeuw

December 01, 2017

Can’t wait to see the rest of this set!

Patti Henschen
Patti Henschen

December 01, 2017

Cute set! Love the palm.trees but can’t wait to see a full reveal.

Lori Ritchie
Lori Ritchie

December 01, 2017

Great card, looking forward to seeing more!

Susan King
Susan King

December 01, 2017

Oh can you say COPIC coloring here I come. Arabian nights is going to be perfect for this month! Can’t wait to see the rest of the kit!

Denise Kasbohm
Denise Kasbohm

December 01, 2017

So pretty! Thank you for the tips on coloring the edges on the diecuts, they look great.

Juana Vega
Juana Vega

December 01, 2017

Wowwwwww……… I am already in love with this kit.
The cutting dyes are so fun and the lady looks adorable.
Great job on the colors used here.

Beverley Hollis
Beverley Hollis

December 01, 2017

Lovely! The contrast between the brightly lit background and the night palm trees really makes this card stand out!

Siqi Zhou
Siqi Zhou

December 01, 2017

Dreamy!

Helen
Helen

December 01, 2017

I was soo excited when i saw this. Love the card!!

Mary Holshouser
Mary Holshouser

December 01, 2017

I’m kind of a fanatic about not having the white showing around my die cuts. I usually fussy-cut them off. Have
to remember the idea of coloring the edges. Would be
a lot easier and faster. Fascinating card.
thanks for sharing.

Isabel Z
Isabel Z

December 01, 2017

Your kits are always so unique.

Sherri
Sherri

December 01, 2017

Looking forward to seeing more

Rae
Rae

December 01, 2017

Loving the look of what’s in this kit. Can’t wait to see more. Lovely card. TFS!

Stefanie White
Stefanie White

December 01, 2017

Super cool, totally unexpected. Which is why I love Hero arts!

Rebecca Attwood
Rebecca Attwood

December 01, 2017

What a great, original theme this month. Love what I’ve seen so far, can’t wait to see more.

Becca Yahrling
Becca Yahrling

December 01, 2017

What a beautiful card! I love the palm trees – I could use them in my stash (I’m in sunny So. Florida with palms everywhere! lol). Can’t wait to see the full reveal.

Anne Wylie
Anne Wylie

December 01, 2017

I love it already! Planning a trip to Morocco and this will definitely put me in the mood. Beautiful card. Looking forward to this kit!

Susy Ramirez
Susy Ramirez

December 01, 2017

Very nice! I love the card! I love the unique images and the coloring.

Nilla crafts
Nilla crafts

December 01, 2017

wonderful card ♥ love the exotic feeling which reminds me the One Thousand and One Nights ♥ looking forward to work with it :-)

Sibylle
Sibylle

December 01, 2017

Wow that is intriguing. Looking forward to Monday.

Brooke Shull
Brooke Shull

December 01, 2017

Makes me very curious as to the rest of the kit for sure!! Great card.

Sharon gullikson
Sharon gullikson

December 01, 2017

I like the palm trees. They are very versatile—Hawaiin theme, detest, etc. Nice.

Marie Siler
Marie Siler

December 01, 2017

The die with this set as shown look wonderful.

Kayla E
Kayla E

December 01, 2017

Great card. Interesting set so far, looking forward to seeing more.

Karthikha Uday
Karthikha Uday

December 01, 2017

What a beautiful card this is!! Gorgeous night sky and beautiful design!

Karen P
Karen P

December 01, 2017

Great card. Love the night sky and the girl!

Debbie Selby
Debbie Selby

December 01, 2017

These idea posts for the upcoming Hero Arts Monthly Kit have become my most anticipated crafting emails. I am amazed at the creativity, uniqueness and overall “WOW” factor packed into each and every kit.

Lynda
Lynda

December 01, 2017

So excited to see the kit and add-ons for this.

Carol Godfrey
Carol Godfrey

December 01, 2017

Beautiful card love the background! Really wish I could afford the kit this month it looks amazing! Just a little tight right now?

Marie
Marie

December 01, 2017

My 3rd month and I have not got one that is not religious :( I cannot see this whole set, but that building is religious. I have my faith but I do not push it on others… especially as a business three months in a row.

Sara jara
Sara jara

December 01, 2017

Maravilloso… espero con ansia mi kit

Kerry Nicholas
Kerry Nicholas

December 01, 2017

Love this card, can’t wait to see the rest of the kit

Barbara Rademacher
Barbara Rademacher

December 01, 2017

How lovely, and what an exciting idea! By Dec. 1, most crafty people have already decided upon the style of their Christmas cards. What does that leave? Hero Arts has created something totally different; you guys always do that. By far, Hero Arts is the most original crafting company in existence.

Raven Magill
Raven Magill

December 01, 2017

Interesting theme! I’m excited to see more.

Camala
Camala

December 01, 2017

Beautifully enchanting,

DUMONTIER Marjorie
DUMONTIER Marjorie

December 01, 2017

Wow !! This is an awesome card, the light in it is incredible !!

Josmary flores
Josmary flores

December 01, 2017

Lovely design

Jan Turner
Jan Turner

December 01, 2017

This looks interesting, can’t wait to see more!

Jan Turner
Jan Turner

December 01, 2017

This looks interesting, can’t wait to see more!

FD91354
FD91354

December 01, 2017

Love these sneaks, they always surprise me. It will be fun to see the final reveal.. This looks very unique. That die looks super cool!

Karen Hale
Karen Hale

December 01, 2017

Beautiful card and design. Love the Arabian Nights theme with the sand dunes and tropical palm trees.

Melissa Minelli
Melissa Minelli

December 01, 2017

What a good idea to color the white part of the die cutout to match the background. Easier than fussy cutting it!

Brandy Duncan
Brandy Duncan

December 01, 2017

Great card. I’m so excited to see the Dec 2017 kit.

Patricia H
Patricia H

December 01, 2017

This set reminds me of Arabian nights even though that may not be exactly correct. Love the idea of Moorish details and designs too. Can’t wait to see more!

Maureen ///////reiss
Maureen ///////reiss

December 01, 2017

Ooooo! Love it!!!!

Arianna Barbara
Arianna Barbara

December 01, 2017

Wow! What a magical scene!!! Great card!!!

JoAnn
JoAnn

December 01, 2017

Open sesame!!!! Looks interesting ~

Patt H.
Patt H.

December 01, 2017

Beautiful! Love the scene & those gorgeous dunes!!

Dee Earnshaw
Dee Earnshaw

December 01, 2017

beautiful design on this gorgeous card:)

Michele W
Michele W

December 01, 2017

What an intriguing card! Feels like something straight out of
Aladdin. Great job!

Laura Whelan
Laura Whelan

December 01, 2017

Beautiful scene you created!! Now I feel the need to watch Aladdin after my daughter gets up from her nap! :)

Diane B
Diane B

December 01, 2017

Looks like a great theme. Can’t wait to see the other countdown ideas. Love the tips about the die-cut border and the embossed sentiment.

Leslie S
Leslie S

December 01, 2017

Can’t believe it’s that time already. Looks great. Can’t wait.

Susan Basler
Susan Basler

December 01, 2017

This looks like a beautiful set to make fairy tale cards. I love the Morrocan gate.

Mindy Beverly
Mindy Beverly

December 01, 2017

Oh Wow, I am beyond excited for this kit!! I can already tell this is going to be my most favorite kit ever!! I Love it!! ??

Joy J.
Joy J.

December 01, 2017

Such a gorgeous card! Love the colors you used and that sky is amazing!

Tracy Lustick
Tracy Lustick

December 01, 2017

Oooo I’m very intrigued ? !

Michelle Yuen
Michelle Yuen

December 01, 2017

What an interesting card! Can’t wait to see more peeks :)

Clare
Clare

December 01, 2017

This is so beautiful, Janette!!! The coloring is AMAZING, and I love the tip about the white edge of the die cut!

Janet Dand
Janet Dand

December 01, 2017

Looks like we can be very creative with this kit. Lovely card

Roslyn
Roslyn

December 01, 2017

Interesting….

Cristina Wu
Cristina Wu

December 01, 2017

Beautiful card, especially for young girls. I love the idea of coloring the rim of the die cuts, great tip! Looking forward to see the entire kit as always.

Melissa D
Melissa D

December 01, 2017

This looks great! Can’t wait to receive my first Hero kit. Not only is it my first Hero Arts kit, it is my first card making kit!

paperpicnic
paperpicnic

December 01, 2017

Stunning, Janette! Very inspiring!

cindy rice
cindy rice

December 01, 2017

I’m so excited to see the rest of this kit!!! I have has so much fun with each and every kit that I bought. Even ones I didn’t think I was going to like, I ended up loving. Can’t wait!

Yanis Tanjaya
Yanis Tanjaya

December 01, 2017

Arabian nights! What a creative idea! ❤

Lagene
Lagene

December 01, 2017

What a gorgeous Arabian night scene! Absolutely lovely!

Naama E
Naama E

December 01, 2017

This is GORGEOUS!! I can already see this set will be a favourite – can wait for the reveal! :D

Aash
Aash

December 01, 2017

Thanks for the peak, excited to see the full kit!

Leanne in Cali
Leanne in Cali

December 01, 2017

Beautiful card! Looking forward to seeing more of this kit and ideas!!

Dorothy Mutafopulos
Dorothy Mutafopulos

December 01, 2017

Beautiful background and love how you colored it. The die in this kit is so fabulous too !

Sharon Jones
Sharon Jones

December 01, 2017

Oh, my, word…Janette!! This card is so enchanting!!! I love the dies, too…it really makes for a stunning Arabian “Night” scene!

Cheri
Cheri

December 01, 2017

Very pretty – love the sky & the palm trees!

Catherine Gray
Catherine Gray

December 01, 2017

This is beautiful! Love the scene you created. Can’t wait to see more.

Lonnie
Lonnie

December 01, 2017

Love the suggestion of coloring that white rim left by the die cuts. I am anxious to see the rest of the kit.

Mary D
Mary D

December 01, 2017

Enchantingly gorgeous!! Beautiful night sky makes the yellow really pop.

Alerian
Alerian

December 01, 2017

So so so excited for this kit! It looks amazing! The designers really knocked it out of the park this month. Thank you!

Sharon Brand
Sharon Brand

December 01, 2017

WOW! This is beautiful! The background so well done
and realistic!

Penny Walker
Penny Walker

December 01, 2017

Great Card. At first glance I didn’t notice the coloring on the image to match the backgroung, had to go back and look again. Love that idea thank you.

Tanya Suresh
Tanya Suresh

December 01, 2017

So cool that you’re branching and getting creative with other cultures!!

Eva Nelson
Eva Nelson

December 01, 2017

This looks like another ‘wow’ set that is like nothing else I’ve seen. Love your night scene!

Leslie Pierdon
Leslie Pierdon

December 01, 2017

This card is beautiful. I love the way the die in the back looks light up.

Jackie
Jackie

December 01, 2017

Thanks for teaching new ideas – never had occurred to me to color the white surround of a die cut, yet it’s so effective. Fussy cutting is not my strength, so particularly love this! Then coloring over embossing. New horizons opening up! The overall card is beautiful. Thanks

Dawn Keene
Dawn Keene

December 01, 2017

How beautiful! I feel like I am there.

Maria B
Maria B

December 01, 2017

I like how your deep blue background highlights the gold in your design.

Samantha  Coleman
Samantha Coleman

December 01, 2017

What a mysterious looking card! I just love it. I also cannot wait to see the rest of the kit!!!

Su
Su

December 01, 2017

Stunning! Can’t wait to see more clues.

Luci Manos
Luci Manos

December 01, 2017

Great card, I love the background! The kit sounds interesting, can’t wait to see more.

Pennie Glasser
Pennie Glasser

December 01, 2017

This looks really interesting!

Amy Cooley
Amy Cooley

December 01, 2017

Very pretty and unique. Looking forward to more sneak peeks!

Ruth
Ruth

December 01, 2017

Beautiful I can hardly wait

Celeste C
Celeste C

December 01, 2017

Wow, this looks like another great kit!