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December My Monthly Hero Countdown: Idea #6 + Giveaway

by Michelle Short December 01, 2019 92 Comments

It's time for our final countdown peek before the release of the December My Monthly Hero kit! The kit will be available tomorrow, Monday, December 2 at 1pm Eastern/10am Pacific. Now let’s join Michelle for another look at this fabulous kit! 

There are so many wonderful images in the kit stamp set that it was difficult to choose what I wanted to use. I love that the set has smaller images that can be used in conjunction with bigger images, or can be used on their own. I am using the koi fish image for my card today. 

Sending My Love by Michelle Short for Hero Arts

I first took the koi fish image and stamped it on to Hero Hues Dove White Cardstock with Intens-ified Black Ink. I coloured them using Copic Markers. The stamp as it is, stamps the fish in a perfect circle shape, but I wanted them to be slightly further apart for my card, so I fussy cut them out with scissors. 

Sending My Love by Michelle Short for Hero Arts

I took the Tag Fancy Die and cut this from more Hero Hues Dove White Cardstock. I added some colour on top with Copic Markers, to represent water using the the same colours that I used on the fish, but in paler tones (it is showing as very pale in the photos but is a little more noticeable in real-life). I then stamped the sentiment from the set below. The sentiment comes stacked up, so I masked off the words separately to stamp them in a line. 

Sending my Love by Michelle Short for Hero Arts

The fish were added to the tag with thin foam tape. I then added the topper to the tag that I cut from Hero Hues Pitch Black Cardstock. The tag was added to a top folding A2 card base made from Hero Hues Papaya Cardstock, with foam tape. I did add some scoring lines to the front of the card base for some added interest. To finish off, I added a twine bow to the top of the tag. 

I really love the calming feel to this card and since the koi fish usually represent love, friendship, good fortune and luck, I think it works well. 

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, December 2, before the kit launches at 10am Pacific. The more you comment, the more chances to win!

Good luck!

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DI580 Tag Fancy Die (C)
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AF435 Intens-ified Black Ink Pad
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PS325 Hero Hues Dove White Premium...
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PS323 Hero Hues Pitch Black Premium...
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PS304 Hero Hues Papaya Premium Cardstock
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92 Responses

Rachel Duong
Rachel Duong

December 03, 2019

I love these fish stamps. They are so beautiful and I want to try creating what you made. Thank you for the inspiration.

Lisa DeLong
Lisa DeLong

December 03, 2019

So simple but packs a punch at the same time. Sometimes less is more. Very nice.

Georgann Smith
Georgann Smith

December 02, 2019

Love the card – the meaning behind the koi!

Jennifer Jane Mills
Jennifer Jane Mills

December 02, 2019

Beautiful. Fun card

Stephanie B
Stephanie B

December 02, 2019

I love the koi! These will be a perfect compliment to my small Asian inspired stamp collection. I like how you fussy cut them to get the look you wanted by bringing them further apart. Thanks for the tips!

Anushree Vaish
Anushree Vaish

December 02, 2019

Lovely CAS Card..neat and to the point…Thanks Michelle and Hero arts for beautiful inspirations!!

Bonnie Reyes
Bonnie Reyes

December 02, 2019

Beautiful use of color and motion

Jane A McBee
Jane A McBee

December 02, 2019

I don’t usually reach for peach tones in card making but this card makes me rethink my choices, it is lovely.

Thuy Le
Thuy Le

December 02, 2019

Love the watercolor look with Copic. Koi has got to be my favorite fish. Your fussy cutting is really good, looked like it was cut with die but better. Great job!

Felicia C
Felicia C

December 02, 2019

I just love the images of these koi fish! Can’t wait to use them. This kit is going to be wonderful!

Nanette Leiker
Nanette Leiker

December 02, 2019

I loved the two koo fish used for this month’s My Monthly Hero kit! Thank you for sharing your techniques with us!

Tanna lohouse
Tanna lohouse

December 02, 2019

Such a fantastic clean and simple card!! Beautiful fish!!

Judy
Judy

December 02, 2019

I love all the subtle details on this lovely CAS card!

K. Eley
K. Eley

December 02, 2019

Beautiful! That’s some amazing small fussy cutting.

Valerija
Valerija

December 02, 2019

So gorgeous!

Denise
Denise

December 02, 2019

Really simple but beautiful.love it

Jodi Warren
Jodi Warren

December 02, 2019

That is a great simple card. Love the way the fish look.

Martha Berry
Martha Berry

December 02, 2019

I really like the unique images of the koi on this card. Love the circular placement and the subtle texture added by the random scoring. Terrific!

Flo
Flo

December 01, 2019

Love the mini koi fishies. So cute.

Deborah Cooper
Deborah Cooper

December 01, 2019

Love your card! The koi are beautiful.

Michelle Hendrix
Michelle Hendrix

December 01, 2019

I love the details of the shading and oh that subtle addition of scoring lines! I must have this kit! Thanks for sharing your talent!

Catherine N
Catherine N

December 01, 2019

I am eager to see the kit and all the images it contains. You did a beautiful card with just the small koi stamp and creative coloring. Thanks for sharing yur idea.

Virginia Ellison
Virginia Ellison

December 01, 2019

Such a cute card….love the coloring of the koi fish..

Jennifer Scull
Jennifer Scull

December 01, 2019

What a wonderful card with those marvelous fish! :)

Virginia Ellison
Virginia Ellison

December 01, 2019

Such a cute card….love the coloring of the koi fish..

Carla Hundley
Carla Hundley

December 01, 2019

Lovely work on your
tag. The Koi fish stamp
is so neat looking.
Carla from Utah

Nancy Tolan
Nancy Tolan

December 01, 2019

The fish look like they are floating on air, it is so cool.

Francine
Francine

December 01, 2019

Oh, I am loving this months sneak peeks!

Margaret T.
Margaret T.

December 01, 2019

Very nice. I love the koi images.

Sara Nieuwenhuis
Sara Nieuwenhuis

December 01, 2019

I love the koi fish! The color you added in the background behind the fish is wonderful and clever. I think it ties the two fish images together nicely! Thank you for sharing.

Kimberly McField
Kimberly McField

December 01, 2019

Oh, I love that this kit has koi, too! This is such a lovely card and a great idea!

Beverly Robinson
Beverly Robinson

December 01, 2019

Love how you gave the koi a sense of movement. Can’t wait to see the entire kit!

Beth
Beth

December 01, 2019

Love the kit:)

Beth
Beth

December 01, 2019

Love the kit:)

Jessica Kerr
Jessica Kerr

December 01, 2019

These little fishes are so zen!

Evette Rodriguez
Evette Rodriguez

December 01, 2019

Now I’m really scratching my head! Can’t wait to see the full reveal.

Shannon
Shannon

December 01, 2019

Lovely, just lovely!

Teri S.
Teri S.

December 01, 2019

It’s so cool to see some of the smaller images Michelle. Koi are such interesting fish & have such vibrant spots of colour on them. I love the colour of the Hero Hues Papaya card stock. My computer has to go in for some work, so I won’t be able to see the reveal which makes me so sad…

Tani K
Tani K

December 01, 2019

Simple and beautiful!

Susan b
Susan b

December 01, 2019

The koi are beautiful. What you did with the stamp is so pretty!

Valerie G
Valerie G

December 01, 2019

I love the simplicity of the design and beauty of the koy fish!
I can’t wait to see this kit! Probably a favorite of mine!!

Jackie S
Jackie S

December 01, 2019

Thanks for sharing your card. I love that it’s not centered as it has so much more impact. Must try that more often! Beautiful card can colors. Thanks.

Shannon Howell
Shannon Howell

December 01, 2019

I love the added detail of the water beneath the fish! Thank you for sharing your card!!

Patsy Armstead
Patsy Armstead

December 01, 2019

Such a simple yet lovely card. The addition of the score lines is a nice touch.

Juana Vega
Juana Vega

December 01, 2019

So very elegant and clean. Love the sentiment in a straight line :)

Toni L
Toni L

December 01, 2019

Love the circular rhythm of the koi on this card—lovely.

Dee Earnshaw
Dee Earnshaw

December 01, 2019

ooh love the CAS design of this card – very stylish – thanks for sharing

gk
gk

December 01, 2019

beautiful! love the simplicity.

Brian Poteraj
Brian Poteraj

December 01, 2019

These koi look great. Nice job.

Sharon Gullikson
Sharon Gullikson

December 01, 2019

I like how you barely colored the fish, and them colored the surrounding area just a tiny bit. Nice

Cynthia Cole
Cynthia Cole

December 01, 2019

Great use of a small image!

Erika Hayes
Erika Hayes

December 01, 2019

Just Lovely

Kara
Kara

December 01, 2019

Beautiful, love the colors!

Laura
Laura

December 01, 2019

Cute Koi

SarahC
SarahC

December 01, 2019

Lovely tag with a timeless image. Your coloring really sets it off.

Golda
Golda

December 01, 2019

This is gorgeous and I love that it is different than the other examples.

Terri Bruin
Terri Bruin

December 01, 2019

Very pretty. Simple yet effective.

Becca Yahrling
Becca Yahrling

December 01, 2019

Love those gorgeous fish! Fabulous card.

Yolanda F.
Yolanda F.

December 01, 2019

Such a clean an simple image. It is stunning. I love koi fish.

Seema Raja
Seema Raja

December 01, 2019

I love koi fish and these are so realistic! Love how you used them on this card.

Marisela Delgado
Marisela Delgado

December 01, 2019

Such a beautiful card. I love it.

tina z.
tina z.

December 01, 2019

wow, great design!

Judy Hernandez
Judy Hernandez

December 01, 2019

Love koi fish! The colors are gorgeous. Thanks for the tip about fussy cutting the images to change up the composition. I really like what you did. Can’t wait for this kit!

Rebecca Ednie
Rebecca Ednie

December 01, 2019

Love the simplicity of this card.

Tamra Barnes
Tamra Barnes

December 01, 2019

Simple but stunning

Hilde Larsen aka. Tindaloo
Hilde Larsen aka. Tindaloo

December 01, 2019

Cool! Lovely card Michelle ♥ Love that there are koi fish in the kit, don’t have any like this in my stash. Such a special kit :)

Leanne in Cali
Leanne in Cali

December 01, 2019

Those koi fish look great! Thanks for sharing this fun card.

Mary Holshouser
Mary Holshouser

December 01, 2019

Simple but stunning.
thanks for sharing
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Gerlinde Townsley
Gerlinde Townsley

December 01, 2019

So lovely! Calming too! Thank you!

Kelsey Thomas
Kelsey Thomas

December 01, 2019

This is so cute! Love those fish!

Miriam
Miriam

December 01, 2019

I love this tag and the tip to mask sentiments to fit different designs!

Twylla Smith
Twylla Smith

December 01, 2019

So peaceful and relaxing. Beautiful, simple design.

Kailash
Kailash

December 01, 2019

Such a fabulous CAS design!

Michele W
Michele W

December 01, 2019

Love the way you arranged the fish. Reminds me of ying and yang. Love the way you colored them, too.

Cindy C.
Cindy C.

December 01, 2019

The Koi fish is so cute!! Love your clean layered design.

Ana
Ana

December 01, 2019

It is just perfect, so peaceful

Cindy White Bear
Cindy White Bear

December 01, 2019

I love the koi fish!

Engeline
Engeline

December 01, 2019

A sweet and friendly card. Love the colours

Sandy Small
Sandy Small

December 01, 2019

Very nice card! I love the detail that a lighter shade of the same color of each fish is used as the background behind them. Little details can make such a big difference.

Beth Harple
Beth Harple

December 01, 2019

I love the simplicity of this card.

Andre M.
Andre M.

December 01, 2019

Lovely CAS design.

Lindar C
Lindar C

December 01, 2019

Oh! I love those little koi!! Adorable card.

Barbara-Jean
Barbara-Jean

December 01, 2019

Koi always bring me back to my year in Japan. So I really appreciated your card!

Eva
Eva

December 01, 2019

That‘s really unique! Clean and simple and Papaya as card base is really Special!

Toni F
Toni F

December 01, 2019

Perfect ting and yang. Loved the coloring.

Frances A Thorpe
Frances A Thorpe

December 01, 2019

Very nice. Thank you for sharing. Am looking forward to the kit’s release

Avra N Williams
Avra N Williams

December 01, 2019

Very cute

Jenna Batik
Jenna Batik

December 01, 2019

A stunning, yet simple card. Sometimes truly less is more.

Pamella Albright
Pamella Albright

December 01, 2019

I love the fish fussy cut apart, but also look forward to seeing them together as you described. It is a very calming card

Renee Fallon
Renee Fallon

December 01, 2019

As a scuba diver, I love these fish images. Most fish images show the fish from the side, these are the first that show them from the top!

Karthikha Uday
Karthikha Uday

December 01, 2019

Awesome CAS card!! :)

Mary
Mary

December 01, 2019

Simple and cute. Love it!