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

by Michelle Short February 02, 2018 399 Comments

Hello and welcome as we begin the countdown to the release of the February My Monthly Hero Kit! Release day is Monday, February 5th at 1pm Eastern/10 am Pacific. We will be here for the next three days, sharing ideas for using both the main kit, as well as the new optional add-on products that will also be available on Monday, so stay tuned for more inspiration! Now let's join Michelle who is sharing the first look at this wonderful kit.

What a fabulous kit this month! The main kit, along with the optional add-on products are all bird themed and are perfect for so many occasions. I decided to stick with the main stamp set for my projects today.

Spread Your Wings by Michelle Short for Hero Arts

I started off by die cutting a piece of watercolour paper using one of the Nesting Circle Infinity Dies. I cut the bottom off to create a flat edge at the bottom. Using an ink blending tool, I blended Bold Inks over the piece. I used Dandelion, Tangerine and Strawberry. These inks blend beautifully together!

Spread Your Wings by Michelle Short for Hero Arts

I took one of the birds from the main stamp set, along with one of the sentiments and placed these in my Mini MISTI. I lined them up with the ink blended piece and then stamped them using Black Ink. I stamped these twice to get a nice dark impression, so the MISTI comes in very handy for this.

Sending Hugs by Michelle Short for Hero Arts

I did the same thing for my second card. This time I used Soft Pool and Pool Shadow Inks for the ink blending and a different bird and sentiment. I took two white card bases and adhered Decorative Woodgrain Cardstock to the fronts. There is some wonderful woodgrain paper in the kit, so this could be used too. I added the stamped panels on to the card bases with foam tape. To finish off, I added a few clear gems.

The bird images have a distressed look to them (the edges are uneven) but because I wanted to keep my cards clean and simple, I went around the edges of them with a black fine-liner pen. This was very easy to do and shows that you can still use these images in a clean and simple way, if you wanted to.

Sending Hugs by Michelle Short for Hero Arts

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 the countdown posts, and announce the winner first thing Monday morning, February 5th, before the kit launches at 1pm Eastern. The more you comment, the more chances to win!

Good luck!

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100 Responses

Bryana Ortiz
Bryana Ortiz

February 15, 2018

This would make a fantastic
birthday gift for my mom!!
Beautiful cards!! Thx for
sharing!! ??

Dana Bennett
Dana Bennett

February 15, 2018

Beautiful cards! Thx for
sharing!!

Viv
Viv

February 06, 2018

Just gorgeous. Stunning examples of a silhouette stamp and an inked background can have real impact

Mary Ann Short
Mary Ann Short

February 05, 2018

Omg. I can hardly wait for the birds. Love hummers been feeding them for years.

Dana Parker
Dana Parker

February 05, 2018

I really like this card. When I saw the kit I drew a blank on what to do with it; and then, I saw your card. Thank you!

sara n
sara n

February 05, 2018

I love these cards, simple yet beautfiul

Mitzi
Mitzi

February 05, 2018

Thanks for sharing your beautiful cards & the opportunity to win.

Niralee Yeisley
Niralee Yeisley

February 05, 2018

Love the simplycity of this card

Fanny Cantero
Fanny Cantero

February 04, 2018

Love the beautiful blended backgrounds you created!

Brianna
Brianna

February 04, 2018

Beautiful colors and simple cards. I am going to try my hand at making some like this, too!

Annette Reed
Annette Reed

February 04, 2018

These are very pretty! I love the color combos of ink. And the addition of the dew drops. Your bird really looks great against those backgrounds.

Robyn W
Robyn W

February 04, 2018

Beautiful card!

Kate B
Kate B

February 04, 2018

Gorgeous ombre blends! I love the colors you chose and how they work with the silhouette images and sentiments!

Monika Shukla
Monika Shukla

February 04, 2018

Wow!!! Such a cute card!!! Love these colors used in card so much!!!

Lana
Lana

February 04, 2018

I can’t wait to see the rest of the kit!!

Lorna
Lorna

February 04, 2018

I like the wood grain background and the simplicity of both cards. Clean, simple and very great choice of sentiments on each card.

Jodi Warren
Jodi Warren

February 04, 2018

Love the ink blended back ground and then modifying the circle to give a different shape. Great look!

Barbara Nies
Barbara Nies

February 04, 2018

Simply stunning.

Pauline
Pauline

February 04, 2018

These bird stamps are so cute; love your colors and design!

Roberta
Roberta

February 04, 2018

Love the “clean and simple “ look!

Elizabeth Motyka
Elizabeth Motyka

February 04, 2018

Those a some beautiful blended backgrounds – it really set of the bird silhouettes.

Ma. Karla Ligaya Castro
Ma. Karla Ligaya Castro

February 04, 2018

The color blending on this card is so beautifully done, it really does look like a bird flew into the sunset… gorgeous!

Shannon
Shannon

February 04, 2018

Excited to see this kit!

Donna Billingsley
Donna Billingsley

February 04, 2018

I’m so excited! The cards are amazing as are the stamps. I can’t believe 15 sentiments! Wow you guys have outdone yourselves. Thank You!!

K. Eley
K. Eley

February 04, 2018

Beautiful color blending on both and against the woodgrain background, lovely!!

Susan THOMPSON
Susan THOMPSON

February 04, 2018

Just lovely! I can’t wait to get it and play with it!

Susan THOMPSON
Susan THOMPSON

February 04, 2018

Just lovely! I can’t wait to get it and play with it!

Dianne S.
Dianne S.

February 04, 2018

What beautiful and clean looking cards! I like the distressed bird stamps and look forward to seeing the rest of the kit.

Denise Gutshall
Denise Gutshall

February 04, 2018

What a lovely clean and simple card! The bird stamp looks wonderful against the gorgeous background!

DUMONTIER Marjorie
DUMONTIER Marjorie

February 04, 2018

I love Michelle CAS cards so much !

MarjR
MarjR

February 04, 2018

Love the clean and simple design!

Lynne
Lynne

February 04, 2018

I’d love to have more birds!

Jeanette D.
Jeanette D.

February 04, 2018

Lovely CAS card—love the woodgrain background!

Cindi Lynch
Cindi Lynch

February 04, 2018

Love this CAS design!

Susy
Susy

February 04, 2018

Beautiful cards! You used my two favorite color combinations. The clear gems look great. I’ve never tried them. They look pretty. I’m going to try to duplicate the cards.

Debbie B
Debbie B

February 04, 2018

This card is beautiful in its simplicity!

mc
mc

February 04, 2018

Simple and cute. Love the woodgrain background.

Beverly U
Beverly U

February 04, 2018

Love the clean look to these cards. Also like the bottom cut circle – really adds interest to it!

Carrie R.
Carrie R.

February 04, 2018

I love how the bird pops off the ink blended backgrounds. I love the woodgrain paper. Very pretty cards that are suitable for many occassions.

laura. sousa
laura. sousa

February 04, 2018

These cards are so pretty. I love flowers and birds most of all.

Jean McCurry
Jean McCurry

February 04, 2018

I love the Clean and simple design on your cards Michelle.
Jean McCurry
Jean McCurry

February 04, 2018

Simple design on your card to
Maria B
Maria B

February 04, 2018

Lovely, simple cards

jeanae
jeanae

February 04, 2018

So clean and elegant!

Karthikha Uday
Karthikha Uday

February 04, 2018

Wonderful cards! I love the simplicity!

Henriëtte
Henriëtte

February 04, 2018

C;ean and simple, what a gorgeous cards. And I still loves the woodgrain cardstock! Thanks for these beautiful examples.

Marianne
Marianne

February 04, 2018

Simple yet so effective with the ink blending and woodgrain background.

Lynn O’Sullivan
Lynn O’Sullivan

February 04, 2018

Love the bold inks. Very pretty.

Jackie Price
Jackie Price

February 04, 2018

Beautiful cards! So simple but so beautiful! Excited to see the whole kit.

Kathy McConnell
Kathy McConnell

February 04, 2018

Beautiful cards! Your ink blending is so skillful!

Kellie
Kellie

February 04, 2018

These simple but very effective card designs are uplifting.

Thersha Lewis
Thersha Lewis

February 04, 2018

Beautiful cards.

Anthea Battaglioni
Anthea Battaglioni

February 03, 2018

I am soooo looking forward to receiving my kit

Ginny Womack
Ginny Womack

February 03, 2018

Cute card. I love the humming bird.

Ruth B
Ruth B

February 03, 2018

Thanks for Sharing

Velvet
Velvet

February 03, 2018

Beautiful CAS cards — can’t wait to see more of the kit.

Nicki W
Nicki W

February 03, 2018

I like the sneak peak of the new kit. The birds are so versatile. Love your cards.

Kirsten
Kirsten

February 03, 2018

Beautiful CAS cards, Michelle. Thanks for sharing.

Wronda
Wronda

February 03, 2018

Eager to get my hands on this kit.

Ana Korban
Ana Korban

February 03, 2018

Can’t wait!! I’m excited to receive my kit in the mail!

charlene cisler
charlene cisler

February 03, 2018

I’m so excited! I love birds and I love what I see.

AndreaH
AndreaH

February 03, 2018

Stunning CASE cards. I thought the first one was lovely then I saw the second one THEN I saw the 3rd one. Im glad this competition doesnt involve picking out one of yours as the best as i couldnt choose. I love them all. Xxx ? xxx

AndreaH
AndreaH

February 03, 2018

Stunning CASE cards. I thought the first one was lovely then I saw the second one THEN I saw the 3rd one. Im glad this competition doesnt involve picking out one of yours as the best as i couldnt choose. I love them all. Xxx ? xxx

Janis B
Janis B

February 03, 2018

What cute, cheerful little birds. I’m having lots of bird related ideas flying around in my head!

Lisascreativeniche
Lisascreativeniche

February 03, 2018

How pretty! Love the woodgrain!

Natalie Godfrey
Natalie Godfrey

February 03, 2018

Can’t wait to start stamping!

Barbara Woodard
Barbara Woodard

February 03, 2018

Lovely clean and simple cards. beautiful blending. great release

Shannan
Shannan

February 03, 2018

I have been getting the card kit for around a year now. I love it! Every month challenges my creativity.

Brian Poteraj
Brian Poteraj

February 03, 2018

The wood background looks perfect with the bird. It is a natural.

Sharon gullikson
Sharon gullikson

February 03, 2018

I love the background colors. Nice blending!

jane
jane

February 03, 2018

Love the card. I have been thinking about a mini Misti, maybe it is time

Karolina K.
Karolina K.

February 03, 2018

Such lovely colors on this card! Looks like another kit for the books!

Pam Braithwaite
Pam Braithwaite

February 03, 2018

Such a pretty design! Thank you for mentioning that you used the Mini Misti. I do not have one, but your card idea makes me think maybe I should get one. You made this card look easy and simple but SO beautiful!

Kim Hund
Kim Hund

February 03, 2018

Very nice. Excited to see what the kit contains.

Helen Warren
Helen Warren

February 03, 2018

Love the woodgrain cardstock

Ewa Baumann
Ewa Baumann

February 03, 2018

Simple and very beautiful card!

Kari Schmidt
Kari Schmidt

February 03, 2018

Wow beautiful ink blending with silhouettes. So nice

Rochelle C
Rochelle C

February 03, 2018

Seriously, love these cards, the blending and birds are lovely

Dana M
Dana M

February 03, 2018

Lovely cards! Clean and simple, the blended inks and woodgrain paper are the perfect touch to elevate the cards to WOW.

Adam S
Adam S

February 03, 2018

Simple and elegant. A nice use of a variety of products that is doable and doesn’t feel busy.

sherry butcher
sherry butcher

February 03, 2018

Two great cards, I love the blue background with sending hugs best, I would use this more,. Thanks for sharing

Memoriesbymanda
Memoriesbymanda

February 03, 2018

This looks like such a gorgeous kit! Lovely cards.

Eboney Moore
Eboney Moore

February 03, 2018

I love the bird and dew drops.

Barbara-Jean
Barbara-Jean

February 03, 2018

great cards, I like cutting the bottom off the circle!

Mary Jo H
Mary Jo H

February 03, 2018

A very simple, but attractive card.

Kyoko Patoc
Kyoko Patoc

February 03, 2018

I can’t wait … love it!

Roslyn
Roslyn

February 03, 2018

I love these cards – so simply elegant!

cyndi morris
cyndi morris

February 03, 2018

Love the style of this card. Beautiful images, beautiful colors.

Karen L K
Karen L K

February 03, 2018

Very nice with the blended backgrounds and the nice birds!

Connie Thingstad
Connie Thingstad

February 03, 2018

i love the simplicity of these. sometimes less says more.

Karen M
Karen M

February 03, 2018

I really like how you cut the bottom off of the circle. Really adds a nice touch to the bird images.

Viktoriya
Viktoriya

February 03, 2018

So beautiful card ! Love this little birds!

Chris Handy
Chris Handy

February 03, 2018

Beautifully blended backgrounds

Tracey Magner
Tracey Magner

February 03, 2018

What a beautiful card, I love the colors so pretty. I love that bird also, I can see doing a lot with that.

Judie Attard
Judie Attard

February 03, 2018

Stunning cards!!!

Barb Chapma
Barb Chapma

February 03, 2018

love the birds!

Shannon
Shannon

February 03, 2018

Lovely backgrounds that pair perfectly with the birds!

Laura Staley
Laura Staley

February 03, 2018

Cute cards! Love the coloring on the backgrounds!

Shapira Hagar
Shapira Hagar

February 03, 2018

I love the texture of the card, and the bird with the red sun are perfect together

Kitty Tatman
Kitty Tatman

February 03, 2018

Great ink blending!! Love the color against that textured woodgrain cardstock. Looks like Hero Arts killed it again!

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