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February My Monthly Hero Countdown: Idea #6 + Giveaway

Feb 02, 2020 Janette Kausen

It's time for our next countdown peek! The February My Monthly Hero kit will be available tomorrow, Monday, February 3 at 1pm Eastern/10am Pacific. Now let’s join Janette, who is sharing a final peek at this month's all things birthday kit!

Birthdays, birthdays, birthdays! Between myself and four daughters, we go through a gaggle of birthday cards. I love a kit that has everything I need to create simple cards for when time is short and more intricate cards for when I am in need of some serious craft therapy. 

You've already seen several beauties over the last few days that are more detailed in their design and execution. They are beauties! If you've missed them (tell me it's not true!) you can find them on the Hero Arts blog. I'm sharing a quick and simple version for those last minute - the card was needed... yesterday, moments.

Achieve this look by ink blending Blue Hawaii and Pool Party Reactive Inks on an A2 panel of Dove White cardstock. Reactive Inks blend like a dream and can quickly create bold or soft color, seamlessly!

Allow to dry naturally or a quick hit with a heat tool will do the trick. Lightly dust surface with antistatic powder. Then emboss with Watermark ink and White Detail powder.

Kit Tip: Dies are included with the kit that cut out individual elements from the larger clear stamped images. Those balloons and darling cupcakes? Yes (and more), indeed!

Stamp gift in Intensi-fied Black ink, color with BG000, BG01, C1 and C0 Copic markers, and die cut image. Create a gradient birthday greeting by inking up the top two thirds of the sentiment with Pool Party Reactive Ink and the bottom two thirds with Blue Hawaii. The overlap of color makes a smooth transition. Pop both elements onto blended panel with foam tape and adhere to folded card base. 

Thank you for spending your time with us at Hero Arts today! Come back tomorrow for the full reveal and to see if you might be the winner...

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, February 3, before the kit launches at 10am Pacific. The more you comment, the more chances to win!

177 Responses

Cheryl Svendsen

Cheryl Svendsen

February 04, 2020

This is a great kit for creating birthday cards! I especially like the ideas you’ve provided.

Elaine H.

Elaine H.

February 03, 2020

A very cool card!

Gauthier Elaine

Gauthier Elaine

February 03, 2020

I love this card and can’t wait to make it. Thank you Elaine

SueB

SueB

February 03, 2020

Beautiful card. I love the colors.

Machele Evans

Machele Evans

February 03, 2020

Beautiful color. Love blue. The embossing looks great.

Barb Heiss

Barb Heiss

February 03, 2020

This is a beautiful card. I can see myself using that background stamp a lot.

Christy Wagner

Christy Wagner

February 03, 2020

I never thought about placing the sentiment in the manner you did, but it really works! Beautiful!

Kimberly Dorval

Kimberly Dorval

February 03, 2020

I love the colors here. It’s so pretty.

Christine

Christine

February 03, 2020

Your blog makes the process easy to follow thanks!

Pam Foy

Pam Foy

February 03, 2020

This kit has so many possibilities. Beautiful card

Luana Wilson

Luana Wilson

February 03, 2020

Pretty card, l like the background the colors and the words on this card.

Angela

Angela

February 03, 2020

I love the look of this card. Pretty color!

Tam P

Tam P

February 03, 2020

Can’t wait for that background stamp, love it!

Amy Saxon

Amy Saxon

February 03, 2020

I love the simplicity of this card. I have 6 birthdays in January, including mine and this kit would be amazing to make all my birthday cards. I love how you can switch up the sentiments with the floral background for any other occasion.

terri

terri

February 03, 2020

I am in love with this card. It has to be my favorite of all of them. Simple style that just pops off the card. I love the color that fades to the focal point in the center of the card. Well done! Just beautiful!

Toni F

Toni F

February 03, 2020

I can see many occasions besides birthdays where this kit can be used. Love the blue blending (my favorite color).

Helen Potter

Helen Potter

February 03, 2020

Wow! The background stamp looks awesome in blues too. Another beautiful card!

Stephanie Zilmer

Stephanie Zilmer

February 03, 2020

Your card really shows off the background stamp – super :)

Patsy Armstead

Patsy Armstead

February 03, 2020

Thanks for the info about reactive inks. I have a few but I wasn’t sure how to use them.

Marilee DeMars

Marilee DeMars

February 03, 2020

That is my idea of a wonderful card — simple but stunning!

Hilde Larsen aka. Tindaloo

Hilde Larsen aka. Tindaloo

February 03, 2020

Loving the look of this card Janette! I will certainly make something similar with this set…I rarely get such crisp results with heatembossing though :)

Dana M

Dana M

February 03, 2020

Gorgeous card! I absolutely love the colors.

Cassie

Cassie

February 03, 2020

I love the way all the stamp elements make such a wonderful background image.

Renee

Renee

February 03, 2020

So happy to have been reading this blog this morning! I love the white embossing with the gorgeous blues that blend so well. Thanks for a chance to win and hope I am that one random winner! 👏😍

tina z.

tina z.

February 03, 2020

I love the shades of blue.

Karen L K

Karen L K

February 03, 2020

Nicely done! Love the color fade and white embossing on the background!

JC

JC

February 03, 2020

What a beautiful card…so classic and classy!

Ann K.

Ann K.

February 03, 2020

Looking forward to this release!

Joyce Soo Hoo

Joyce Soo Hoo

February 03, 2020

Nice background.

Leslie Birdsall

Leslie Birdsall

February 03, 2020

Another beautiful card with awesome ink blending!

NCDonna

NCDonna

February 03, 2020

I love the quick and simple ideas, especially when they look as great as this one does. Thanks for sharing!

Anushree Vaish

Anushree Vaish

February 03, 2020

Beautiful White embossing on blue background,makes a striking card!!

Vikki H

Vikki H

February 03, 2020

Sweet card! It’s a perfect birthday card!

Krystal Showalter

Krystal Showalter

February 03, 2020

This is looking like a kit that I will be tickled pink with!! Your card is so stunning. Can’t wait to see more designs from the kit.

Deborah Cooper

Deborah Cooper

February 03, 2020

Another lovely card! It looks gorgeous in the blue!

JoAnn Girimonte

JoAnn Girimonte

February 03, 2020

Such a beautiful Birthday card 💕
Can’t wait for the kit !!!

Kendra

Kendra

February 03, 2020

I really like how you achieved emphasis by blending light to dark. Your card is beautiful!

Joan Lighty

Joan Lighty

February 03, 2020

Oooh! Love the background and the beautiful aqua colors!

Jenny K

Jenny K

February 03, 2020

Love this quick and easy card. I often find myself needing a birthday card with just a few hours to spare so this could help me so much!

Stacey Kowbel

Stacey Kowbel

February 03, 2020

So pretty! I love that blue with the emboss resist. Can’t wait for the release!

Susan Prisbrey

Susan Prisbrey

February 03, 2020

I absolutely love this card! I would love to make of these in different colors to have on hand throughout the year for everyone’s birthdays! The two toned blue is gorgeous against the white embossing!

Mary K. Buxbaum

Mary K. Buxbaum

February 03, 2020

Love the use of this background stamp. Simple, but high impact!

Cynthia M Robutka

Cynthia M Robutka

February 03, 2020

Janette,

I love the embossing done on this card- it really makes it pop!

Jen Petersen

Jen Petersen

February 03, 2020

I love love love the blue colors you created! What a wonderful card! Absolutely beautiful!

Mandhai

Mandhai

February 03, 2020

What a Beautiful card. Simple but Detailed.

Margaret R

Margaret R

February 03, 2020

So pretty! Love the ink blending and the two-color sentiment!

Margaret T.

Margaret T.

February 03, 2020

You certainly wouldn’t have a “blue birthday” with this card. Lovely!

Susan Anglesey

Susan Anglesey

February 02, 2020

Adorable! I would love this!!

Stephanie German

Stephanie German

February 02, 2020

I love having quick and easy cards like this ready to make in multiples. Thanks for the inspiration!
Joan

Joan

February 02, 2020

What a great idea for a quick but elegant card! I’ll be using that background stamp a lot!

Pamella Albright

Pamella Albright

February 02, 2020

The white and blue on this card are so elegant!

Janine Gearhart

Janine Gearhart

February 02, 2020

I really like all the shades of blue on this card. The white embossing really makes all of the flowers and leaves pop!

Brenda

Brenda

February 02, 2020

What a great cute last minute card idea!

Juana Vega

Juana Vega

February 02, 2020

Love the simplicity and in my favorite color background. Easy and elegant, best combination.

Virginia Ellison

Virginia Ellison

February 02, 2020

I love the embossing with the blending on the card background…very pretty

Kass

Kass

February 02, 2020

I’m in love with the colours you used on this card. Beautiful!

Patricia Brown

Patricia Brown

February 02, 2020

Very pretty! I Like the background.

Louise R.

Louise R.

February 02, 2020

What a beautiful card and so easy to make in whatever color is the birthday boy/girl’s favorite. What a great kit, well done!

Marianna

Marianna

February 02, 2020

I love blue and white combinations. Can’t wait to see the full kit!

barbara lassiter

barbara lassiter

February 02, 2020

This makes me want to see more! Tomorrow is the day! :)

Judy Inukai

Judy Inukai

February 02, 2020

Great card. Your ink blending is wonderful. I love the sentiment.

Denise Bryant

Denise Bryant

February 02, 2020

Beautiful card! I love that background! Can’t wait to see the whole kit! It looks like a goodie!

Marie T

Marie T

February 02, 2020

This card may be described as “quick and simple,” but I think the result is stunning! The color blends with white are exactly what I would choose for the special “blue” person in my life!

Marsha Stehle

Marsha Stehle

February 02, 2020

Love the ink blending . Gorgeous card!

Neha Mahajan

Neha Mahajan

February 02, 2020

A nice and cool looking cards. Very pretty!

Amy Peyton

Amy Peyton

February 02, 2020

Oh I love the color scheme you used! It makes it look completely different than most of the birthday cards I’ve seen for this kit preview. I LOVE them ALL! I can’t wait to see the whole thing.

Lynn C

Lynn C

February 02, 2020

What a lovely card! Monochromatic is so nice.

Karen F.

Karen F.

February 02, 2020

Such a pretty example of color blending!

Becky Hackett-Leas

Becky Hackett-Leas

February 02, 2020

The classic beauty of this card doesn’t lend to quick creation. I love HA products!

Andrea B

Andrea B

February 02, 2020

I love the blues! Gorgeous blending!

Jackie S

Jackie S

February 02, 2020

Love being able to do a quick card and this is a great example. Thanks!

Nonie

Nonie

February 02, 2020

So many possibilities with this kit, can’t wait to get it.

RustyRooster

RustyRooster

February 02, 2020

Beautiful simplicity. Great idea for making last minute cards, without making them look like they were made in a minute.

Crystal Snedegar

Crystal Snedegar

February 02, 2020

The blending is so great! Reminds me of an icy winter scene. So cute!

Brandi R

Brandi R

February 02, 2020

Yummy blue!! Love this card design ♥

Beverly LoPinto

Beverly LoPinto

February 02, 2020

Simple and beautiful!

Lisa K

Lisa K

February 02, 2020

Love the quick card! Looks like a wonderful kit.

Linda Sodano

Linda Sodano

February 02, 2020

Love this card! Great kit!

Angela R

Angela R

February 02, 2020

Amazing background! So versatile!

Rachel W

Rachel W

February 02, 2020

I love this card. Can’t wait to see more.

Madeline L

Madeline L

February 02, 2020

Lovely card! Blue is my favorite color!

Twylla Smith

Twylla Smith

February 02, 2020

Even using the same background stamp, each of the cards looks so different by using different techniques.

PHYLLIS

PHYLLIS

February 02, 2020

I just love the blending you did! This is a great card,thanks for showing us. I would love to win this kit!

Barbara Drake

Barbara Drake

February 02, 2020

I love the way you did the sentiment using two different colors!! So pretty!

Laura

Laura

February 02, 2020

Background stamp is great.

Anne

Anne

February 02, 2020

This is elegant and simple !

KerrynM

KerrynM

February 02, 2020

Love your card and fabulous ink blending. This kit looks amazing.

Nancy K

Nancy K

February 02, 2020

Love the blue that fades in the middle. Nice way to highlight the gift!

Shirley Wallen

Shirley Wallen

February 02, 2020

I really need to work on my shading; I love what you do and the depth it adds to the card.

Katie Coggins

Katie Coggins

February 02, 2020

love this card. going to have to be awake at midnight to get this one

Rosemary D

Rosemary D

February 02, 2020

Wonderful sweet and simple design!

Andre M.

Andre M.

February 02, 2020

Blending is a fab technique for quick cards, paired with the embossed image makes a lovely card.

Erika Hayes

Erika Hayes

February 02, 2020

I am fired up for this month I want this kit yesterday

Laura R.

Laura R.

February 02, 2020

I love the ink blending. 😍 I like how there are birthday elements at the top with the florals.

Shannon

Shannon

February 02, 2020

I love the embossing!

Kailash

Kailash

February 02, 2020

Love the ink blending and the gradient sentiment is fabulous!

Kelsey Thomas

Kelsey Thomas

February 02, 2020

This is beautiful! I love the emboss resist background. :)

Julia D.

Julia D.

February 02, 2020

Such a beautiful blended background! Lovely card. I’m anxiously waiting to get my hands on this kit! Thank you for the chance to win!!

Susy Ramirez

Susy Ramirez

February 02, 2020

Beautiful card 💖 love, love the background! I love the white embossing and blue blended ink.

sandra hall

sandra hall

February 02, 2020

it is good to have a way to make quick cards. i love the blue,

Barbara-Jean

Barbara-Jean

February 02, 2020

Wonderful card and yes, birthday cards are always high on my list of “needs.” Am looking forward to seeing the whole kit!

MandaLJ

MandaLJ

February 02, 2020

What a fabulous card! It’d work well for a guy or a girl!

Lindarub

Lindarub

February 02, 2020

Love the ink blending on your card!

Eileen

Eileen

February 02, 2020

It’s a beautiful card!

LaNell Taylor

LaNell Taylor

February 02, 2020

Oooo… my favorite. Love the colors and spotlight!!!

Leanne in Cali

Leanne in Cali

February 02, 2020

Nice card! Love the white and blue. Thanks for sharing!!

Jodi Warren

Jodi Warren

February 02, 2020

Love those colors and great idea for a quick and easy card. Great card.

lisa-marie jordan

lisa-marie jordan

February 02, 2020

Such a simple and pretty card! I love the blue!

Donna Hilker

Donna Hilker

February 02, 2020

Cute card! Clever way to highlight the present! Really excited about this kit.

Kaylene

Kaylene

February 02, 2020

Looking lovely. Sometimes you need quick and simple, which this gives with plenty of pop.

Kimberly T.

Kimberly T.

February 02, 2020

Love this card…Simplistic but beautiful! Great inspiration!

Dgolly

Dgolly

February 02, 2020

Love the circular ink blending. Makes this card so pretty. Can not wait to see this whole kit!

karenajo

karenajo

February 02, 2020

The background stamp is so pretty embossed in white against the blue – great card! Thanks for sharing!

Chris S.

Chris S.

February 02, 2020

I really like that background. The brightness in the middle makes it look like it is glowing. Pretty card. Can’t wait for the full kit reveal.

Pamela Shea

Pamela Shea

February 02, 2020

I love that background stamp. And I love your card.

Michele W

Michele W

February 02, 2020

Love all the detail on this background stamp. Your ink blending on this card is beautiful and really helps highlight the cute package and sentiment. This would be a great masculine or feminine card. All you have to do is change up the colors. Thanks for the inspiration!

Lyndi

Lyndi

February 02, 2020

This card is so cute and perfect. Love it!

Fionna Wheatley

Fionna Wheatley

February 02, 2020

I love how effective this is and it could be used foe a boy or a girl! Genius!
Thanks for sharing!

jayn converse

jayn converse

February 02, 2020

Love this card. Simple but elegant. Could be used for male or female just the way it is here. Sometimes a little says a lot more!

Melissa Leftrick

Melissa Leftrick

February 02, 2020

Beautiful background! So excited for this as Feb is my birthday month!!

Marisela Delgado

Marisela Delgado

February 02, 2020

Awesome blue. So pretty.

Karen L Hetherington

Karen L Hetherington

February 02, 2020

I love that this card will be quick and easy to create. Thanks for the lovely design.

Stephanie VR Burns

Stephanie VR Burns

February 02, 2020

Love how quick you can put this card together, we all know we have run into a time where we needed to be able to crank out a birthday card quickly. This kit will be clutch in those moments. Thanks for the gorgeous inspiration, Janette!

Mary Jane Grutzmacher

Mary Jane Grutzmacher

February 02, 2020

I just love this card! Nothing more to say!

Stef Perry

Stef Perry

February 02, 2020

Beautiful birthday card, and I love how the embossing shows all the detail but creating the card is relatively quick!

Janet Swanlady21

Janet Swanlady21

February 02, 2020

Love the ombre look!

Connie S Thingstad

Connie S Thingstad

February 02, 2020

I am so excited for a birthday themed kit!!!

Michelle Varol

Michelle Varol

February 02, 2020

OMG.. so this is definitely right up my alley.. I ♥️♥️♥️ the monotone blues and ♥️♥️♥️ even more that it is quick and simple….

Terri Bruin

Terri Bruin

February 02, 2020

Very cute card.

Lindar C

Lindar C

February 02, 2020

Very Pretty! Great blending.

Mary Holshouser

Mary Holshouser

February 02, 2020

Love the glow behind the present.
Fun background. thanks for sharing
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Cindy Johnson

Cindy Johnson

February 02, 2020

Omg yes!!

Allie

Allie

February 02, 2020

Beautiful card Janette!

Miriam

Miriam

February 02, 2020

This design is genius in its simplicity – with a few elements, you’ve got color, texture, and so much energy! Well done.

Toni L

Toni L

February 02, 2020

You think the card is simple but I think it is fantastic!. That embossed background and blue blend really works well. BRAVO!

Jackie

Jackie

February 02, 2020

Amazing card, clean and simple. Thanks for sharing.

Viveca V.

Viveca V.

February 02, 2020

I really like the blending of the blues in this card. It’s been inspiring to see the different looks of the background stamp that is achieved by just changing the color scheme.

Sheri Kempke

Sheri Kempke

February 02, 2020

Thanks for sharing this fun Birthday card—I’m all about simple and fast and fun!

Kimberly McField

Kimberly McField

February 02, 2020

This is a lovely, quick-and-easy card. The ink blending background is beautiful.

Darlene

Darlene

February 02, 2020

Thank you Janette. I am so excited for tomorrow!

Susan Petersen

Susan Petersen

February 02, 2020

Lovely.

Sandy Small

Sandy Small

February 02, 2020

Nice card, I like how the dark outside to light inside ink blending draws the eye to the center, where the focal point and greeting are.

Laurie Brown

Laurie Brown

February 02, 2020

Wow—oh so pretty! Love the stamp and those gorgeous colors!!

Rebecca Attwood

Rebecca Attwood

February 02, 2020

Wow, so beautiful. It’s great how that background image is designed to frame the focal point & sentiment.

Cyndee

Cyndee

February 02, 2020

You say that your card is quick and simple, I think it is also beautiful… and who doesn’t love a quick card that that can make when you need to. I love the color gradient that you used and the white embossing powder. You could make a bunch of these up and then do different color gradients as needed. Love it!

Anna Sigga

Anna Sigga

February 02, 2020

I love this to bits – the soft background is gorgeous!

Christine Polasko

Christine Polasko

February 02, 2020

This is a kit that will be used often. I love making birthday cards!

Nan Brown

Nan Brown

February 02, 2020

Love the background stamp and how you made the present the focal with you blending.

Laurelle

Laurelle

February 02, 2020

Great ink blending – really draws your eye down to the present and sentiment.

Caroline Galmarini

Caroline Galmarini

February 02, 2020

Another amazing piece of artwork. 😻

Carol Wortman

Carol Wortman

February 02, 2020

Stunning card… that gift is glowing beautiful! Dies to cut out a background stamp is genius. Birthday beautiful. Yes please!

Sharon Brand

Sharon Brand

February 02, 2020

Super card! Love the ink blending and the sentiment is great!

Delores Oster

Delores Oster

February 02, 2020

Beautiful little card and so simple. Wonderful ideas cant wait for the full reveal.

Debbie McKelvey

Debbie McKelvey

February 02, 2020

I love how quick and simple this card is and yet so, so pretty! I love how you can change up the colors and have a completely different card. Great job!

Laurie Miller

Laurie Miller

February 02, 2020

So excited for a new kit coming!

Michelle Montemurro

Michelle Montemurro

February 02, 2020

Beautiful blue card. Love the highlights and pretty package in the center.

Gail O'Keefe

Gail O'Keefe

February 02, 2020

This is another example of why I am a Hero Arts fan!

Heidi Rees

Heidi Rees

February 02, 2020

Beautiful card! I love the colors against the white heat embossed images!

Carole

Carole

February 02, 2020

Awesome quick card. The white and blues are striking and I love that background stamp. Thanks for sharing.

Sue D

Sue D

February 02, 2020

Very pretty with the ink blended background and the embossing.

Cindy White Bear

Cindy White Bear

February 02, 2020

This is such a pretty card. It is nice that it can be made so quickly.

Jennifer L.

Jennifer L.

February 02, 2020

I love this background!

Lynn Gauthier

Lynn Gauthier

February 02, 2020

Your blending is amazing!!! I have a hard time with using just one color! =) Love how you embossed the background stamp in white. Really makes it pop! I’ll have to give the gradient inking a try!!! Well done! Thanks so much for sharing with us!!!

Beth Merrill

Beth Merrill

February 02, 2020

I love how the background colors are incorporated in the colors of the sentiment! Can’t wait to see the whole kit!

Jessica Kerr

Jessica Kerr

February 02, 2020

Gorgeous effect with the embossed background

Susan McRae

Susan McRae

February 02, 2020

Great ink blending! Can’t wait to see the kit reveal!

Sharon Taylor

Sharon Taylor

February 02, 2020

Here’s my background stamp again. Love the colours and your blending is amazing. Your card is beautiful.

Emily Henry

Emily Henry

February 02, 2020

This background really stands out no matter how you use it. I love the monochromatic look. I have a hard time achieving it but you really made it stand out! I love your card.

Donna Rohwer

Donna Rohwer

February 02, 2020

Blue is my favorite color, and I love the simplicity of this card. I think it’s my favorite so far!

Golda

Golda

February 02, 2020

What a lovely card! It looks like a beautiful birthday explosion of goodness.

Elizabeth Dean

Elizabeth Dean

February 02, 2020

Love the blues in this quick card! The background stamp will be a staple in my card making!

Erika Rusch

Erika Rusch

February 02, 2020

I love the ink blending with the white embossing on this card

Beverly Robinson

Beverly Robinson

February 02, 2020

I like cards that are simple to make but look elegant. I would be proud to send this card to anyone.

Anne-Laure B

Anne-Laure B

February 02, 2020

Wow ! Janette I love your card, simple and gorgeous !
I was thinking that the kit was composed with a big stamp background and small dies that could cut every design. You confirmed that and I can’t wait to see how it looks like !
Thank you !

Laurie Unger

Laurie Unger

February 02, 2020

Wow – looking like a really fun kit this month!

Florie Vega

Florie Vega

February 02, 2020

I love this unique style that gives the ilusión of bright light inside.

Tamra Barnes

Tamra Barnes

February 02, 2020

Love it! The ink blending is gorgeous, thanks for sharing this great card!

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