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February My Monthly Hero Countdown: Idea #1 + Giveaway

by Emily Midgett January 31, 2020 464 Comments

Hello and welcome as we begin the countdown to the release of the February My Monthly Hero Kit! Release day is Monday, February 3 at 1pm Eastern/10am Pacific. We will be here all weekend long, sharing inspiration before the launch on Monday. Now let’s join Emily for the first look at using this sweet birthday kit! 

Hi there! Emily Midgett here with you sharing some inspiration that I've created using the utterly darling stamps from February's My Monthly Hero kit!! This month's kit is birthday-themed, with a sweet storybook aesthetic with which I am totally besotted. My project today focuses on the stunning A2 sized background stamp... the detail and design of this stamp is truly amazing. Let's get started with the details!  

To start, I stamped the gorgeous background stamp on a panel of Sand cardstock using Unicorn White pigment ink. I love to use Unicorn White ink for no-line pencil coloring on colored cardstock; I find that this particular formulation of white pigment ink is easily covered with colored pencil, making it easy to fake that hand-drawn look! 

After I'd stamped the background from the main kit, I used my Caran D'ache Luminance colored pencils to add some color to the images in a springy pastel color palette. I've found that most brands of colored pencil blend like butter on the Hero Arts Premium Cardstock. Isn't the effect so dainty and pretty? It would be easy to adapt this concept to a more masculine or feminine color scheme, as well! I also used a white gel pen to add a few accents here and there. 

After I'd finished coloring the images, I heat embossed a greeting on a scrap of Lapis cardstock, which I then die cut using the Tag Frames Infinity Dies, adding a slightly larger mat cut from vellum. I popped up the die cuts in the center of the colored panel using foam tape. Simple and super sweet, but still an element of elegance!! 

Well, that's all for my project today. This kit is turning out to be one of my absolute favorite My Monthly Hero kits. So pretty! Now, for some information on how to win a kit of your own...

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!





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100 Responses

Tabitha Ruby
Tabitha Ruby

February 09, 2020

A very stunning card. I love the technique that was used.

Joanne
Joanne

February 04, 2020

What a beautiful and elegant card! Love your card!

Elaine H.
Elaine H.

February 03, 2020

I really like the no line look.

SueB
SueB

February 03, 2020

Very pretty! Love this kit.

Carol McCready
Carol McCready

February 03, 2020

I love your card; it is so pretty and soft.

Machele Evans
Machele Evans

February 03, 2020

I love this. Beautiful! It looks hand painted.

Christy Wagner
Christy Wagner

February 03, 2020

Love it! I can’t wait to get as good at coloring my projects as you do (not sure that will ever happen)!!

Sharon Longfellow
Sharon Longfellow

February 03, 2020

I love the soft colors and the shading. Such cute cup cakes!

Barbara
Barbara

February 03, 2020

All I can say is WOW! The kit is going to be awesome.

Nora McGinn
Nora McGinn

February 03, 2020

I have lots of birthdays coming up. Can’t wait to see what is in the box!

Melynda Cleveland
Melynda Cleveland

February 03, 2020

What a pretty soft card – With a lot of options and versatility. Thanks

Melynda Cleveland
Melynda Cleveland

February 03, 2020

What a pretty soft card – With a lot of options and versatility. Thanks

Terri
Terri

February 03, 2020

This looks like a very versatile kit. I love the colors you chose!

Gail Fort
Gail Fort

February 03, 2020

I love this card! Beautiful colors!!

Hilde Larsen aka. Tindaloo
Hilde Larsen aka. Tindaloo

February 03, 2020

This is so gorgeous ♥ Love the way u colored it on kraft!

tina z.
tina z.

February 03, 2020

absolutely stunning design, I love it.

Joyce Soo Hoo
Joyce Soo Hoo

February 03, 2020

Very nice birthday card.

Anne ODonnell
Anne ODonnell

February 03, 2020

I love love love stamping on kraft card stock. One of my favorite techniques. Such a delicate card.

Vikki H
Vikki H

February 03, 2020

Your card is so sweet! Can’t wait for the release of this kit!

Susan Prisbrey
Susan Prisbrey

February 03, 2020

I love how you did the background on this card. It’s so stunning!

Mandhai
Mandhai

February 03, 2020

Just so Beautiful.

Jen Petersen
Jen Petersen

February 03, 2020

Wow! What a stunning card! So beautiful and such a fun look at the new kit too!

Cynthia M Robutka
Cynthia M Robutka

February 03, 2020

The addition of the white gel pen really raised the bar on this card- Love it!

Susan Thompson
Susan Thompson

February 02, 2020

This is such a sweet and thoughtful stamp set that can be used for men as well as women.

Kass
Kass

February 02, 2020

Stunning!

Kathy D.
Kathy D.

February 02, 2020

This is one beautiful card! The combination of the Sand cardstock, stamp designs, coloring techniques and the colors used give this card a homespun feel; like something you’d find on a beautiful quilt handmade by your great grandmother. I really appreciate the tip about using the Unicorn White ink so that you can color over it with pencil so it looks hand-drawn. Sure can’t wait to see the entire kit!

Anne Rifat
Anne Rifat

February 02, 2020

Sooo… elegant!

Becky Hackett-Leas
Becky Hackett-Leas

February 02, 2020

Beautiful color! Such a gorgeous card!

Barbara Drake
Barbara Drake

February 02, 2020

This card is absolutely beautiful! You did an amazing job on coloring in on that background! I thought at first it was patterned card stock!

Kara Donato
Kara Donato

February 02, 2020

Beautiful!

Katie Coggins
Katie Coggins

February 02, 2020

I love this card. The colouring is Amazing and can see this being a staple in my collection.

Nancy K
Nancy K

February 02, 2020

I love the details on your card. Fun!

Kaylene
Kaylene

February 02, 2020

Such a pretty card. The no-line coloring look is so effective with this stamp. And the colors are so pretty.

Amy Saxon
Amy Saxon

February 02, 2020

I love your card!! The white that you used to add detail is amazing 😍

Connie
Connie

February 02, 2020

Really lovely sweet birthday card, Emily! Just the way birthdays should be. Looks like a great kit!

Marisela Delgado
Marisela Delgado

February 02, 2020

What a lovely card. Such a sweet card. Emily, you always rock it.

Amy Evans
Amy Evans

February 02, 2020

This card is beautiful! I love the colors you used and the technique – would also LOVE this month’s die. Thanks for the opportunity! :)

Susan Petersen
Susan Petersen

February 02, 2020

Love the colors you choose.

Carol Wortman
Carol Wortman

February 02, 2020

I just realized how much detail you have colored he background! Absolutely beautiful! A soft vintage hug!

Ruth Manor
Ruth Manor

February 02, 2020

When I think of making a birthday card I always seem to reach for white cardstock; however, I love your card using a neutral color background and white ink, which turned out beautiful.

Denise Dolder
Denise Dolder

February 02, 2020

The color palette is absolutely gorgeous on kraft cardstock!

Jennifer L.
Jennifer L.

February 02, 2020

Lovely spring card! Excited that the kit is birthday themed.

Heidi Rees
Heidi Rees

February 02, 2020

Such a beautiful card Emily! I love how you’ve created on kraft paper!

Lynn Gauthier
Lynn Gauthier

February 02, 2020

Such a gorgeous card…I love the background stamp! Your coloring is amazing and, yes, dainty and pretty!!! I also love the White Gel Pen accents that you created. Well done!!!

Beth Merrill
Beth Merrill

February 02, 2020

This card is truly a work of art!

Florie Vega
Florie Vega

February 02, 2020

Nice card, I specially like the vintage Style.

Julia Grubel
Julia Grubel

February 02, 2020

This is so pretty!!!

LaNell
LaNell

February 02, 2020

This is a gorgeous card. Hmmm….what’s next?

Joanne Travis
Joanne Travis

February 02, 2020

Beautifully designed, the no-line coloring is phenomenal.

Joan
Joan

February 02, 2020

What a lovely card! The pastel colored pencils give an amazing effect. Like walking into a Spring day. Love it!

Kimberly Dorval
Kimberly Dorval

February 02, 2020

The coloring on this card is so pretty. Love those cupcakes!

Phoebe
Phoebe

February 02, 2020

Love your coloring.

Tammy L Davis
Tammy L Davis

February 02, 2020

Your coloring is just gorgeous!

Kelly W.
Kelly W.

February 02, 2020

Stunning! Wow Emily, this is such a pretty card! The no line coloring is gorgeous with colored pencils and definitely looks hand drawn. The mix of colors looks like Spring! I don’t have anything like this background stamp and I’m excited to see the full reveal!

Mateja M
Mateja M

February 02, 2020

I need to try no line colouring more often. This is an amazing look :)

Joann N Barros
Joann N Barros

February 02, 2020

Loved the coloring on this card

Robin Keith
Robin Keith

February 02, 2020

I love the beautiful colored pencil look you achieved! I need to practice using them more often. Lovely card that showcases this kit!

Penny Klie
Penny Klie

February 02, 2020

Love the look of the colored pencils on the sand Cardstock… just beautiful!

BeverlyBL
BeverlyBL

February 02, 2020

I love the look of no line coloring, and yours is very cool. Your card is just beautiful.

Crystal Snedegar
Crystal Snedegar

February 02, 2020

This card is beautiful! I love the soft colors, and the white gel pen accents. Stunning!

LBSue
LBSue

February 02, 2020

I love the colored pencil coloring – it’s beautiful, and so soft! Beautiful card!!!

Katharine Rothaar
Katharine Rothaar

February 02, 2020

I adore this card!!

Cathy Sammis
Cathy Sammis

February 02, 2020

I love how the card looks almost hand-painted
.

Golda
Golda

February 02, 2020

This is definitely dainty and pretty. Love the beautiful look of your colored pencils on the Unicorn White ink.

Anna Sigga
Anna Sigga

February 02, 2020

This is one stunning card – love the soft colors wite h kraft cardstock.

Carolyn Gargus
Carolyn Gargus

February 02, 2020

LOVE this card!! The colors just drew me in. I will have to have this kit for sure! Thanks so much for the crafting tips!

Andrea Shell
Andrea Shell

February 02, 2020

Absolutely gorgeous! I must try the white pigment ink trick for no-line coloring. Your coloring is beautiful! Love that background stamp!

Susanbabcock
Susanbabcock

February 02, 2020

Emily’s cards are always beautiful, this is no exception! I love the delicate colors!

PATSY
PATSY

February 02, 2020

As soon as I saw the picture of your card I was eager to learn your technique. This totally looks like a hand drawn piece of art. It’s so beautiful. I can hardly wait to try it myself. Thanks for the inspiration and instruction!

Michele Hogarth
Michele Hogarth

February 02, 2020

Lovely card your coloring is exquisite. Can’t wait to see the rest of the kit.

Patt H.
Patt H.

February 02, 2020

Absolutely gorgeous coloring, Emily! This background stamp is truly awesome & makes a gorgeous card front!

Cindy White Bear
Cindy White Bear

February 02, 2020

I love how the colors pop on the sand card stock. Looks great!

Tracee McCallum
Tracee McCallum

February 02, 2020

i love the colouring on kraft cardstock, it looks so soft and the blue on top really stands out

Jaya More
Jaya More

February 02, 2020

I adore this floral stamps..
Gorgeous floral background with coordinating cupcakes n ballons..💙

Jane A McBee
Jane A McBee

February 02, 2020

Love the card and composition, very delicate.

Jane A McBee
Jane A McBee

February 02, 2020

Love the card and composition, very delicate.

Jenny K
Jenny K

February 02, 2020

Oh my, I love this card and the no-line technique! So pretty colours. I mostly do birthday cards when I create so this kit will fit very nicely in.

Carolyn Pokorney
Carolyn Pokorney

February 02, 2020

Love the layers and background for this card! Can’t wait to see Birthday kit!

Sherryl
Sherryl

February 01, 2020

I love the beautiful colors in this card. I love this kit already.

Rema DeLeeuw
Rema DeLeeuw

February 01, 2020

Love this card!

3 Happy Critters
3 Happy Critters

February 01, 2020

Very pretty. Thank you for the color pencil technique! Can’t wait to try it.

Branka
Branka

February 01, 2020

Such a gorgeous stamp. Hero arts kits are always so unique, looking forward seeing all creations with this one.

Sonja
Sonja

February 01, 2020

Just beautiful live the colors you used

Andrea B
Andrea B

February 01, 2020

What a beautiful card! I love this stamp and can’t wait to see the whole kit!

Janet Trapp
Janet Trapp

February 01, 2020

Gorgeous card! Love the coloring so pretty!
God bless!

Bonnie M
Bonnie M

February 01, 2020

Love, love love this card, it’s gorgeous. I may have to give no line coloring a try!

Eileen
Eileen

February 01, 2020

Beautiful kit!
Love that it’s Birthday!

Eileen Stevenson
Eileen Stevenson

February 01, 2020

Beautiful! Such great and unique ideas.

Susan Babcock
Susan Babcock

February 01, 2020

Gorgeous! Delicate and fun…perfection! I love these stamps!

Kathryn Ladra
Kathryn Ladra

February 01, 2020

A delightful card with an extraordinary use of colored pencils

Marlene Manzella
Marlene Manzella

February 01, 2020

Cupcakes are so adorable!

Sandra
Sandra

February 01, 2020

This is so beautiful!!!! Tfs!!

Jana Yeager
Jana Yeager

February 01, 2020

Such lovely coloring. Your card it beautiful!

Eileen Blodgett
Eileen Blodgett

February 01, 2020

Love the color scheme, another great card. Can’t wait for kit!

JC
JC

February 01, 2020

I just love the color combo on this card…gorgeous!!!!

Pam Foy
Pam Foy

February 01, 2020

This is so sweet!

Stef Perry
Stef Perry

February 01, 2020

Wow, wow, wow, Emily! Your pencil coloring is amazing, it showcases this gorgeous stamp beautifully!

Marianna
Marianna

February 01, 2020

OMG, I love this card! Color palette is gorgeous on the sand card stock.

Val
Val

February 01, 2020

Great card! Love the soft colours you chose. The colouring is fabulous and really gives the card a soft, almost vintage look!

Jennifer  Rasnick
Jennifer Rasnick

February 01, 2020

This card looks like a professional painting! What a great kit to use all year round!

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