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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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KT Fit Kitty
KT Fit Kitty

February 02, 2018

I love it when your new kits are released! So exciting! Can’t wait to see more!

Penny W
Penny W

February 02, 2018

Love the birds, great cas cards. love the woodgrain cardstock. Thanks for your inspiration.

Susan R K
Susan R K

February 02, 2018

What a wonderfully crisp card design. Thanks for the info on using a fine-tip marker on the images. Can’t wait to see the rest of the February MMH. The addition of bird stamps will fill a hole in my stash. Thanks Hero Arts

Julia Piccard-Naughton
Julia Piccard-Naughton

February 02, 2018

I love how simple and elegant this card is!

Kelly Rix
Kelly Rix

February 02, 2018

Awesome tip about to stretch your stamps! Love how simple yet stunning this card is!

Donna
Donna

February 02, 2018

Beautiful card! Love the twist on the circle die!

Sue McRae
Sue McRae

February 02, 2018

Wonderful clean designs! Love bird themed stamps, they are perfect for so many occasions! Can’t wait to see more!

Sandy Small
Sandy Small

February 02, 2018

My daughter loves bird watching! I am looking forward to seeing what is in this kit!

Flo
Flo

February 02, 2018

Really like the bird silhouettes and the sentiments too.

Andrea Shell
Andrea Shell

February 02, 2018

Lovely cards! Your ink-blending is superb, and I love how the panels look on top of that wood-grain cardstock!

Cynthia Link
Cynthia Link

February 02, 2018

Ooh, I can’t wait to see the birds! I love birds so the timing of this release is perfect love the simple yet elegant effect of your cards. The blending is perfect! Love the colors. Great job!

Emily W.
Emily W.

February 02, 2018

I love your blending; it’s like that background just glows.

Delores Oster
Delores Oster

February 02, 2018

Birds, birds, birds… I am so happy this kit will have them. Simple is wonderful.

Kirsty Vittetoe
Kirsty Vittetoe

February 02, 2018

I adore this, so sweet and gorgeous!

Geri Stuart
Geri Stuart

February 02, 2018

This kit just might ‘fly’ off the shelves! Love the card!

Janet Durbin
Janet Durbin

February 02, 2018

This is lovely.

Chrissy E
Chrissy E

February 02, 2018

Oh my! ADORABLE projects! Can’t wait to see more!

Joy J.
Joy J.

February 02, 2018

Love the ink colors and simplicity of your cards. The sentiments are lovely!

glenda Sultan
glenda Sultan

February 02, 2018

You blending is perfect!

robyn Hunt
robyn Hunt

February 02, 2018

What a beautiful ombre effect. The wood grain is like a tree trunk where the birds land on.

Paula Haller
Paula Haller

February 02, 2018

I love the clean look of your cards. The use of color to allow the bird images to pop is perfect. Love the woodgrain and the added gems.

Robin Jensen
Robin Jensen

February 02, 2018

Very nice. Must do for my sister.

Annalisa
Annalisa

February 02, 2018

Hooray for previews! I’m excited to see the kit this month. I love this silhouette trend recently, because it’s so striking and so easy at the same time, so this fits perfectly into my aesthetic. Thanks for sharing!

Kellie Whitmire
Kellie Whitmire

February 02, 2018

I love the backgrounds

Sara Wright
Sara Wright

February 02, 2018

It’s kit time again! Yay!!! I’m liking the spring feel to this kit…thus far at least. I’m excited to see what else you have in store for us…yay again!

Ty
Ty

February 02, 2018

Aaahhh! This looks so fun! I love bird images!

Dorothy Mutafopulos
Dorothy Mutafopulos

February 02, 2018

Love the colors and the bird stamp and sentiment are beautiful!

Bessie
Bessie

February 02, 2018

Your blending really makes the birds pop! Thanks

Lauren
Lauren

February 02, 2018

Oh I’m so excited!!!! A whole kit that’s bird themed! So fun!

pat smith
pat smith

February 02, 2018

I love the bird, colors, and the wood grain looking CS. Thanks for sharing.

Teresa
Teresa

February 02, 2018

Wow, I love those circles. What a great idea for a simple background. Thanks for sharing.

Crystal
Crystal

February 02, 2018

A bird themed kit is just perfect for Spring! The sentiments look nice, too. Thanks for sharing your beautiful cards… :-)

VickiB
VickiB

February 02, 2018

Lovely and simple.

Janice Wolf
Janice Wolf

February 02, 2018

Cannot wait for the February release!! These are gorgeous cards!

Dana
Dana

February 02, 2018

Beautiful cards! Both
colours are gorgeous!
I have to practice my
Blending technique!
Thx for the opportunity
to win!
Dana from Quebec
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Leslie
Leslie

February 02, 2018

Love the bird! Can’t wait for all the reveals :)

Karen Hale
Karen Hale

February 02, 2018

Beautiful cards, clean and simple. Love the woodgrain paper.

Mary M.
Mary M.

February 02, 2018

Ooooooh, I love birds and can’t wait to see more of the kit! These clean and simple cards are beautiful. =)

Marjorie
Marjorie

February 02, 2018

The cards are beautiful.

Betty Dean
Betty Dean

February 02, 2018

Love silhouettes! Beautiful cards

Eileen Mikos
Eileen Mikos

February 02, 2018

Love how simple but elegant this looks!

Denise Bryant
Denise Bryant

February 02, 2018

Pretty cards! I love the bird silhouettes and the color combos!

Roxanne
Roxanne

February 02, 2018

Beautiful

YESSENIA A FLORES
YESSENIA A FLORES

February 02, 2018

I’M SO EXCITED!

Beverly
Beverly

February 02, 2018

I love the birds, especially the hummingbird. The sentiments are definitely something I would use too…comforting and inspiring.

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Ruth G
Ruth G

February 02, 2018

This looks like a wonderful kit! Your cards are just lovely!

MelissaF
MelissaF

February 02, 2018

Beautiful cards, love the vibrant colored background for the pretty birds and the woodgrain card base.

Katherine
Katherine

February 02, 2018

Can’t wait to see the reveal!

Janet
Janet

February 02, 2018

Lovely blended backgrounds … and silhouettes.

Deborah345
Deborah345

February 02, 2018

I am already jumping up and down over this.

Melinda Stearns
Melinda Stearns

February 02, 2018

I love the bird theme! I’m already a huge fan of this kit!!

Cindy robinson
Cindy robinson

February 02, 2018

Very simple but beautiful cards!

Juana Vega
Juana Vega

February 02, 2018

Love the colors used in the backgrounds.

Lori wachtel
Lori wachtel

February 02, 2018

Love the simplicity of you card

Colleen F
Colleen F

February 02, 2018

I love the birds, I love silhouette images! Thanks for the chance to win!

Cindi Patton
Cindi Patton

February 02, 2018

I’m a sucker for bird stamps. Love these!

Judy
Judy

February 02, 2018

Lovely CAS card design! I can’t wait to see this bird themed kit!!

Toni
Toni

February 02, 2018

The ink blended backgrounds are very nice settings for the bird images.

Sue D
Sue D

February 02, 2018

Great card design and love these birds.

Gail Anderson
Gail Anderson

February 02, 2018

Such a pretty, simple card that can be used for many things.

Kailash
Kailash

February 02, 2018

Such elegant cards, love the bird image!

Carol Viens
Carol Viens

February 02, 2018

Love the silhouette cards that have been featured by Hero lately. This bird card is no exception. Beautiful blending and creative ideas.

Helen Potter
Helen Potter

February 02, 2018

Beautiful cards. Looking forward to seeing more

Veronica Griffin
Veronica Griffin

February 02, 2018

I love the ink blending.

Marie
Marie

February 02, 2018

Very pretty cards. I would love to win the kit.

Wanda
Wanda

February 02, 2018

oh my gosh, I love the idea of a bird themed monthly kit…can’t wait to see more

JANIS LITYNSKY
JANIS LITYNSKY

February 02, 2018

OH, I am wishing it is Faith Based… I Love Hero Arts…

Karen Arana
Karen Arana

February 02, 2018

So simple and peaceful picture! Love how nice the ombré background looks.

Golda
Golda

February 02, 2018

These are beautiful. I love the beautiful backgrounds you created for the birds. Cutting the bottom off made them unique and grounded, as well.

Becs Attwood
Becs Attwood

February 02, 2018

These gorgeous new bird images are fabulous. Can’t wait to see more!

Michele jones
Michele jones

February 02, 2018

Looks like another great kit! Looking forward to more sneak peeks.

Betty
Betty

February 02, 2018

Love the birds!

Leslie Pierson
Leslie Pierson

February 02, 2018

I love the way you cut the circle and the cards with the Pool is so peaceful.

Susan coumont
Susan coumont

February 02, 2018

Absolutely beautiful. Simply lovely. Thank you for the chance to win.

Sandra Bussey
Sandra Bussey

February 02, 2018

Ohhh! I love it how beautiful.

Tiffanie Kyle
Tiffanie Kyle

February 02, 2018

I can’t wait to see the rest! Very nice cards!

Joelle
Joelle

February 02, 2018

I love the simple design of these cards. Nicely done.

DeniseP
DeniseP

February 02, 2018

After not being interested the last couple of months it looks like you’re really starting to suck me back in. I can’t wait to see more sneaks and what reveal brings (and please say you’ve brought back the 6×8 stamp). :D Love the font and the encouraging messages!!

Jennifer H
Jennifer H

February 02, 2018

Beautiful cards! The blue one is my favorite that background is absolutely gorgeous!

Beverly
Beverly

February 02, 2018

This looks to be a great kit and I love the bird images!!!

Cheryl Robertson
Cheryl Robertson

February 02, 2018

I think I need this kit. I don’t have any bird stamps.

Julia Cissell
Julia Cissell

February 02, 2018

Love Hero Arts My Monthly sets! Every month you offer great sets and good value. What a combo for creativity! Thanks!

Rema DeLeeuw
Rema DeLeeuw

February 02, 2018

Love birds, so I know I’m going to love this set!

Julia D.
Julia D.

February 02, 2018

Lovely cards! Really like the blended backgrounds you created for the silhouette stamps. Thank you for the chance to win!

Carol Tidrow
Carol Tidrow

February 02, 2018

Can’t wait for another peek!

Kerry Nicholas
Kerry Nicholas

February 02, 2018

I love hummingbirds and I can see me using this one a lot.

Josmary
Josmary

February 02, 2018

Oooh I love the sentiments. Can’t wait to see the entire kit ? love love

Josmary
Josmary

February 02, 2018

Oooh I love the sentiments. Can’t wait to see the entire kit ? love love

Raven Magill
Raven Magill

February 02, 2018

Yay! Bird-theme! I just love hummingbirds… can’t wait to see what else is in the kit.

Beverley Hollis
Beverley Hollis

February 02, 2018

Birds are my favourite subject, and a kit based on them is fantastic. Beautiful cards, perfect to showcase the stamps. Can’t wait!

Kendra
Kendra

February 02, 2018

I love the hummingbird! Can’t wait to see the whole kit.

Ann K.
Ann K.

February 02, 2018

“Sending hugs” is such a great sentiment… looking forward to the rest of this kit!

Martha Berry
Martha Berry

February 02, 2018

These lovely clean and simple cards translate to beautiful and textural! Love the ink blending and the birds in silhouette:)

Derrica Brown
Derrica Brown

February 02, 2018

Simple and beautiful!!!

Luci M
Luci M

February 02, 2018

Great, beautiful, and simple!

Randy
Randy

February 02, 2018

So far so gorgeous! Extremely excited for this new kit!

Jackie
Jackie

February 02, 2018

Love cards with silhouettes. I think the little gems really make the birds stand out more. Thanks for sharing.

Renee Thompson
Renee Thompson

February 02, 2018

Wow those clear gems just make the card! I can’t wait to see the rest of this kit.

Ericka
Ericka

February 02, 2018

Beautiful blending, simple … can’t wait!

Terrie
Terrie

February 02, 2018

These are both really beautiful cards! I love how you featured the birds :)