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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!

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nancy F
nancy F

February 03, 2018

Great!

Jana Yeager
Jana Yeager

February 03, 2018

Love hummingbirds so I am looking forward to this kit!

Jane Starling
Jane Starling

February 03, 2018

Love the blending, so seamless.

Jackie Stoltz
Jackie Stoltz

February 03, 2018

Love the idea of cutting the bottom of the circle; gives it a “wow” affect. :)

R. Fatimah Jafri
R. Fatimah Jafri

February 03, 2018

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Looking forward to the new kit! I am new to Hero Arts. Love the products.

krock
krock

February 03, 2018

Love birds! Can’t wait to see the kit!

Marilee
Marilee

February 03, 2018

This looks intriguing! :-D

darlenemcg
darlenemcg

February 03, 2018

I really like the bird images. Can’t wait to see what’s next!

margie
margie

February 03, 2018

thankyou for the ink colors beautiful blending and to hard

dani
dani

February 03, 2018

that wood grain looks great!

Naama E
Naama E

February 03, 2018

Beautiful! So excited about this kit! I adore hummingbirds, so I’m especially happy about having this little guy ^^
Thanks for this gorgeous inspiration! xx

Barbara
Barbara

February 03, 2018

Those sentiments are great, I adore inspirational stamps. Thanks so much for the inspiration XOXO

kren @afourthlife
kren @afourthlife

February 03, 2018

I like that these images can be used two ways—soft and sharper. Makes them very versatile I think. TFS!

Bonnie
Bonnie

February 03, 2018

Love the bird images!

Tanya Boser
Tanya Boser

February 03, 2018

Michelle, your color blending speaks to my heart! Along with the woodgrain paper, this is something I will be making myself :)

Joy m
Joy m

February 03, 2018

I really like the wood grain and the half oval simple yet really classy!

BEVERLY
BEVERLY

February 03, 2018

Love the background and the colors! Great cards!!

Janet
Janet

February 03, 2018

This is a great tease. Can’t wait to see it all!

colleen
colleen

February 03, 2018

These birds, with sentiments, seem perfect to give to the kiddos in the school where I volunteer!! I love leaving little affirmations around the classroom for them.

F. Andre
F. Andre

February 03, 2018

I love the simple elegance of these cards, and your background are fabulous.

Becky Green
Becky Green

February 03, 2018

OH MY! I HAD TO come back & try my hand at winning this kit! I have a feeling, it is going to be PHENOMENAL!!!! ;) GORGEOUS WORK!!! ;)

Cindy Hanson
Cindy Hanson

February 03, 2018

Beautiful cards! The kit looks great.

Sabrina Radican
Sabrina Radican

February 03, 2018

Very simple yet oh so beautiful!!!!

Traci
Traci

February 03, 2018

I can’t wait for this to be available! So pretty.

Marlee S.
Marlee S.

February 03, 2018

Looks like a fabulous kit! I am a bird fan. Love both cards!

Janet Dand
Janet Dand

February 03, 2018

Card has a lovely spring time feel. Refreshing!

KarenAnn
KarenAnn

February 03, 2018

Excited about the bird themed kit…so versatile!

Carole
Carole

February 03, 2018

Beautiful cards! Love birds! Can hardly wait for the new kit.

Avra Williams
Avra Williams

February 03, 2018

Love the birds!

 Joyce Williams
Joyce Williams

February 03, 2018

love the simplicity of these cards

Cathy Lenda
Cathy Lenda

February 03, 2018

Nice warm card. Can’t wait for Spring to arrive!!!!

Abigail
Abigail

February 03, 2018

Lovely. Looking forward to seeing the rest of the kit.

Michelle Brown
Michelle Brown

February 03, 2018

These are very cute and simple cards!

Grace
Grace

February 03, 2018

Love the hummingbird stamp! Curious to see the entire kit!

Sharron Gregory
Sharron Gregory

February 03, 2018

This kit looks amazing. I love anything with birds!

Amy McCue
Amy McCue

February 03, 2018

Love all the birds!! Beautiful sun!

Denise
Denise

February 03, 2018

Such a versatile set! You could use birds for almost any card!

Barbara Rademacher
Barbara Rademacher

February 03, 2018

I am so excited! I absolutely LOVE birds!

Denise Kasbohm
Denise Kasbohm

February 03, 2018

So pretty! Looks like it will be a great set! Love the birds.

Felicia C
Felicia C

February 03, 2018

I just love anything to do with birds. They are such a sign of spring and a fresh start! Can’t wait for this set!

Theresa
Theresa

February 03, 2018

I love the simple, timeless look of these cards. Against a white base, the colors pop.

Stacey White
Stacey White

February 03, 2018

Such a pretty card.

Sara
Sara

February 03, 2018

Me encantan las creaciones hero ???

Michele Hogarth
Michele Hogarth

February 03, 2018

Very simple and elegant can’t wait to see the rest of the kit.

Linda
Linda

February 03, 2018

Love birds, so I am looking forward to this months kit

Jinny
Jinny

February 03, 2018

Beautiful cards! I also love the technique you used. Hugs, Jinny

Phi
Phi

February 03, 2018

These birdie silhouettes look so pretty. Cant wait to see more of this kit.

Mateja P
Mateja P

February 03, 2018

Simple and perfect. Love it! Can’t wait to see it all :)

Michelle
Michelle

February 03, 2018

Beautiful card, blending looks great!

Margaret
Margaret

February 03, 2018

Your card is beautiful and so are the birds!

Rachel Walton
Rachel Walton

February 03, 2018

Love these cards! Can’t wait to see more.

Marianne B in AZ
Marianne B in AZ

February 03, 2018

Michelle, I love what you made today! You are so good at CAS. Just a little thing like cutting the bottom off of your circle die cut, Havre your card a unique look. Thank you for this idea that I will be using soon

Tanja S.
Tanja S.

February 03, 2018

I always love your cards Michelle. I really like the blended backgrounds.

Cristina Wu
Cristina Wu

February 03, 2018

I love the simplicity of these beautiful cards. I like the nature theme of this kit. It’s nice when the stamps can be used for different occasions.

JoAnn Girimonte
JoAnn Girimonte

February 03, 2018

Pretty card. Love the color. Can’t wait to see the kit

Dayle Shimamura
Dayle Shimamura

February 02, 2018

So pretty! Love how you cut the bottom off of the circle die… makes such a huge difference in grounding the design! Birds… can’t wait to see the kit!

Nina
Nina

February 02, 2018

Love birds so I’m sure the rest of the kit is great.

Kris Reeves
Kris Reeves

February 02, 2018

Oh be still me CAS loving heart!

Sheri Elmont
Sheri Elmont

February 02, 2018

I love all the birds. Excited for Monday.

Sharon Jones
Sharon Jones

February 02, 2018

Your cards are really nice. I like the bird silhouettes. Looking forward to seeing more.

Donna
Donna

February 02, 2018

I love the simplicity and beauty of these cards!

Mari
Mari

February 02, 2018

This is amazing.

Rhonda Roumph
Rhonda Roumph

February 02, 2018

Pretty cards, I love your techniques you used.

Bonnie M
Bonnie M

February 02, 2018

Lovely cards! I adore birds so I can’t wait to see more.

Amante del Papel
Amante del Papel

February 02, 2018

beautiful card, there are so sweet!

Stormy
Stormy

February 02, 2018

Interesting and fun ideas…can’t wait for Monday to see the rest of the kit!

Tess Redel
Tess Redel

February 02, 2018

OMG, I LOVE birds. Such beautiful cards Michelle!

Margery C
Margery C

February 02, 2018

Can"t wait to see more of the kit. Love the birds.

Manda
Manda

February 02, 2018

Love the bird silhouettes and the beautiful ink blending on these cards!

Brenda
Brenda

February 02, 2018

WOW so in love with this kit already!!

Jade Bergeron
Jade Bergeron

February 02, 2018

Very pretty cards ? I love birds.

Brenda Lubrant
Brenda Lubrant

February 02, 2018

I cannot believe is is time for another new monthly kit. I love the birds in flight.

Eva
Eva

February 02, 2018

I know I’m going to love this kit!

Helen Gullett
Helen Gullett

February 02, 2018

They are beautiful and sweet CAS cards with those birds and backgrounds.

Heidi Macy
Heidi Macy

February 02, 2018

What a fun theme for a kit! Looking forward to seeing the whole thing!

Melissa Watson
Melissa Watson

February 02, 2018

Love this card..excited to see the entire kit for this month!

D.Ann C
D.Ann C

February 02, 2018

These are delightful little layouts with fab color blending and terrific stamps!!

Joyce Johnson
Joyce Johnson

February 02, 2018

Looking forward to this new kit. The one time a month I look forward to a Monday!

Denise KW
Denise KW

February 02, 2018

YAY!!! I LOVE birds! Your cards are beautiful and I can’t wait to see more!

Melissa SunshineHoneyBee
Melissa SunshineHoneyBee

February 02, 2018

Wonderful use of the bird stamp. Like the inked background & droplets.
Melissa
“Sunshine HoneyBee”

Vikki H
Vikki H

February 02, 2018

So cute and I love bird stamps!

Flip
Flip

February 02, 2018

I am already loving this kit! I can’t wait to see all of it. These cards are so elegant!

Linda Kepler
Linda Kepler

February 02, 2018

Simply beautiful! Love the technique . . .

Marianna
Marianna

February 02, 2018

Lovely cards! They would make a great gift set. Thanks for the idea.

Nicki W
Nicki W

February 02, 2018

I am so excited for this kit. I love birds!

Christina Dauven
Christina Dauven

February 02, 2018

Birds and florals are my most favorite of art subjects so I am very happy to combine the 2 kits.

Kara
Kara

February 02, 2018

Looking forward to seeing this bird stamp set! Love your cards!

Danielle Dietz
Danielle Dietz

February 02, 2018

Beautiful backgrounds! I can’t wait to see all the birds. :)

Mary D
Mary D

February 02, 2018

Beautiful simplicity!

lee
lee

February 02, 2018

Very pretty. Love the coloring and design!

Karen Lingel
Karen Lingel

February 02, 2018

Oooh, birds for spring. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

Michelle Montemurro
Michelle Montemurro

February 02, 2018

Ooh love the colors

Celeste
Celeste

February 02, 2018

Love the birds!

jenny stratton
jenny stratton

February 02, 2018

I really like the birds. The blue could be for daytime and the orange one reminds me of sunset.

Brandy Duncan
Brandy Duncan

February 02, 2018

Love your CAS simple cards. Great idea to go around the rough edges if you want a cleaner look. I can’t wait to see the kit and add-ones.

AM
AM

February 02, 2018

Interesting, cannot wait to see the kit!

Kial
Kial

February 02, 2018

That woodgrain cardstock is my favorite part of the card!

Abby
Abby

February 02, 2018

Love the birds!

Barbara Jo Bird
Barbara Jo Bird

February 02, 2018

Love the woodgrain card stock. Great CAS cards.

Teddie Newhouse
Teddie Newhouse

February 02, 2018

Pretty cards.