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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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Ikeda Evans
Ikeda Evans

February 02, 2018

Beautiful card. I just love the simplicity of the card, simple but elegant. Looking forward to the reveal of the kit.

Tracie Pond
Tracie Pond

February 02, 2018

Your ink blending is beautiful, Michelle. Love the look with the woodgrain cardstock.

Nancy Dempsey
Nancy Dempsey

February 02, 2018

Sweet and simple…my favorite kind of card. Show me more!

Susan Nichols
Susan Nichols

February 02, 2018

Cute card!

Lagene
Lagene

February 02, 2018

Beautiful silhouette birds! I love the blended backgrounds!

karen chester
karen chester

February 02, 2018

I love all the little birds that fly around. Are you aware that humming birds can only see red, everything else is black and white. So a bunch of red flowers with that cute humming bird going into them would make a perfect card. I can’t wait for the kit. Every month is so exciting!!!

Ashley Shaffer
Ashley Shaffer

February 02, 2018

as always i can’t wait to see what else we get this month! beautiful cards!

Shameenia Hopes
Shameenia Hopes

February 02, 2018

My favorite stamp company. Love the birds. Sneak peek 2 ready.

FD91354
FD91354

February 02, 2018

What pretty birdies. Excited to see the next kit release

Barbara  Howell
Barbara Howell

February 02, 2018

Oh, I love the birds, cannot wait to see the rest of this kit. Your projects are beautiful today.

Katie M
Katie M

February 02, 2018

So pretty. I love the fresh look of the blended color with the crisp white background

Celeste C
Celeste C

February 02, 2018

I love the elegant simplicity of theses cards.

Cindy
Cindy

February 02, 2018

Birds will be so versatile, can’t wait to play with this kit!!!

Carole
Carole

February 02, 2018

Fabulous background and birds are such fun. Looking forward to the rest of the reveal!

Nandini Karmarkar
Nandini Karmarkar

February 02, 2018

Beautiful images and gorgeous inspiration. Love the ink blending and thanks for the to for cleaning up the edges of the images. I also really love the sentiments.

Heather DePasquale
Heather DePasquale

February 02, 2018

Love the woodgrain cardstock. The little bird in flight is so dear. I love how you blended your inks. Thanks for sharing!

Lora S.
Lora S.

February 02, 2018

I love the backgrounds. The birds can be used for so many events. Can’t wait to see the rest of the kit.

Brooke Shull
Brooke Shull

February 02, 2018

I simply can not wait!!!! Hummingbirds!!!!

Stacey Kowbel
Stacey Kowbel

February 02, 2018

Love your card! Great peak at the main stamp set. Look forward to seeing the whole kit!

Bonnie Darroch-Dean
Bonnie Darroch-Dean

February 02, 2018

Beautiful cards! The blending is gorgeous and the birds ate very pretty!

Leigh Madison
Leigh Madison

February 02, 2018

I’m so excited to see this kit! I looks like it would be a great addition to my floral and garden embossing folders and stamp sets!

Madge
Madge

February 02, 2018

There is beauty in simplicity as well.

Linda Roberson
Linda Roberson

February 02, 2018

I just love the clean and simple inspiration with the beautiful color blending. Birds are the perfect touch!

Heather J
Heather J

February 02, 2018

I ❤️❤️❤️❤️Birds and cannot wait to see the whole reveal!

Samantha C
Samantha C

February 02, 2018

What a great way to use essentially the same sketch and come up with a few different cards. I can’t wait to see the rest of the new kit! Thank you for taking the time and sharing your inspiration with us ! Gray cards

Megan Fehr
Megan Fehr

February 02, 2018

I love that blended background and the look of the woodgrain on the second card, very clean.

Susan H
Susan H

February 02, 2018

What a pretty card. I really like how you blended the background and the clear embellishments that you used.

Kathleen Prince
Kathleen Prince

February 02, 2018

Yay! A bird themed card kit. This card is simple and pretty. Love that wood grain cardstock.

Lydia King
Lydia King

February 02, 2018

Looks like it’s going to be another beautiful kit. I look forward to seeing the whole reveal.

Rosemary D
Rosemary D

February 02, 2018

beautiful cards… love the ink-blended backgrounds!!

Michelle Yuen
Michelle Yuen

February 02, 2018

Such an elegant, simple card! Love the woodgrain background and the inking.

Anne Wylie
Anne Wylie

February 02, 2018

Love these cards! Clean and simple, yet very bold. Can’t wait for the next hint!

Becky Moore
Becky Moore

February 02, 2018

These cards are wonderful! I love the bird images.

Debbie Rumpza
Debbie Rumpza

February 02, 2018

Beautiful silhouettes! I love the ink blending.

LaNell Taylor
LaNell Taylor

February 02, 2018

I love birds. Beautiful cards. So excited to see this kit revealed!

Corinna
Corinna

February 02, 2018

I’m so excited about the new kit! The sneak peeks are super fun!

Natalie Dominguez
Natalie Dominguez

February 02, 2018

Such pretty ink blending. I love birds! Excited to see the whole reveal!

Debi Walton
Debi Walton

February 02, 2018

Like your use of color and composition. Very pretty.

Robin P
Robin P

February 02, 2018

Love the these clean and simple cards. I very few bird stamps, never really know how to use them. Thanks for sharing.

Cynthia Cole
Cynthia Cole

February 02, 2018

Love the simplicity!

Donna A
Donna A

February 02, 2018

I love woodgrain texture. I’m going to have to get some! Using woodgrain card stock will now be one less step for me to do when making a beautiful card. Awesome!

Natalie Winterstein
Natalie Winterstein

February 02, 2018

Gorgeous! The ink blending is so pretty.

Leanne in Cali
Leanne in Cali

February 02, 2018

Love these beautiful blended backgrounds and the birds and sentiments look so nice! Can’t wait to see more!!

Lynn Wallick
Lynn Wallick

February 02, 2018

Be still my soul. I love bird stamps and dies. They make beautidul , serene cards. ?

Patt H.
Patt H.

February 02, 2018

Love these simple but awesome cards! The simplicity of the design is beautiful! My favorite type of card. Thanks for the inspiration post!

Kathy H
Kathy H

February 02, 2018

Lots of lovely birds in this kit! I think I am going to love it!

Aash B
Aash B

February 02, 2018

Love birds, and can’t wait to see the entire release!

Patricia Henschen
Patricia Henschen

February 02, 2018

Cannot wait to see the rest of these stamps and sentiments from the main kit. I love birds…this is perfect for Spring! (so ready for winter to be over)

Betty
Betty

February 02, 2018

two lovely cards, Michelle – such pretty ink blending – looking forward to seeing more of this kit!

Dee Earnshaw
Dee Earnshaw

February 02, 2018

Love the sponging on these sweet cards – the CAS design works so well on the embossed background:)

Christine Smith
Christine Smith

February 02, 2018

Stunning CAS cards with gorgeous stamps and fab colours! xxx

Kimberly
Kimberly

February 02, 2018

Love the color technique, spring is coming!

Donna Ligon
Donna Ligon

February 02, 2018

Ooh, I love it already. You had me at hummingbird ❤️

Martha F Deines
Martha F Deines

February 02, 2018

Absolutely stunning cards. I can hardly wait to see the entire set and would consider my self one lucky woman to win this!!

Cheri
Cheri

February 02, 2018

So pretty – looking forward to receiving this Kit! Love birds of all kinds, & bird stamps are great for card-making. Love the CAS look!

Linda S.
Linda S.

February 02, 2018

I really like the Hero Arts kits and am looking forward to seeing the other images and sentiments. I like silhouette stamps for quick cards and Michelle’s card is a lovely, clean and simple card.

Arianna Barbara
Arianna Barbara

February 02, 2018

Two beautiful cards!!! Love colors!!!

Eva N
Eva N

February 02, 2018

Your clean designs with the birds are very pretty, and thanks for using stamps from the main kit in your sneak peak.

jeanne h.
jeanne h.

February 02, 2018

a very clean and simple card.. love the card stock.. love the colors you blended together.

Thalia Waldvogel
Thalia Waldvogel

February 02, 2018

Lovely! I love birds!

Lisa A creations
Lisa A creations

February 02, 2018

Can’t wait to see more sneak peeks of this new kit!

Sharon
Sharon

February 02, 2018

Love the simplicity.

Helen
Helen

February 02, 2018

What a great way to look forward to Spring —these bird silhouettes promise to be so versatile. tfs

Kelly Richards
Kelly Richards

February 02, 2018

Both images are so beautiful. I am trying to push my art techniques this year. The blending of inks softens the images and brings the feeling of hope for spring. Thank you for sharing.

littlen
littlen

February 02, 2018

Very pretty.

Rita María Castillo GT
Rita María Castillo GT

February 02, 2018

Lovely cards and sentiments! Clean and and fancy design!

Jeanne Beam
Jeanne Beam

February 02, 2018

Very pretty cards. I love how you used the Circle die. Thanks so much for sharing…

Nancy Sue
Nancy Sue

February 02, 2018

The use of the blending of inks with the black as the spot light is so vibrant. Looking forward to birds in this new Kit.

Lindar C
Lindar C

February 02, 2018

I can’t resist a hummingbird, your cards are so pretty.

Cindy C.
Cindy C.

February 02, 2018

Wonderful CAS designs, love how you highlights the bird images!!

Becca Yahrling
Becca Yahrling

February 02, 2018

Oh yay for birdies! My favorite images for sure.
Your cards are gorgeous!

Karen P
Karen P

February 02, 2018

I love the simplicity of these cards. Can be used for so many occasions.

Janet
Janet

February 02, 2018

I love the understated clean and simple look of these cards! Great colors and the woodgrain cardstock is perfect!

Bunny
Bunny

February 02, 2018

These cards are for the birds and I love them! CAS yet so pretty.

Cathy Lenda
Cathy Lenda

February 02, 2018

Lovely cards and great color combinations!

Betty Chen
Betty Chen

February 02, 2018

Love the sneak peek! Can’t wait to see more!

Samantha O
Samantha O

February 02, 2018

Very elegant. Love the clean look, but also how you give it a little bit of a different look by cutting bottom off the circle.

Marilyn Massey
Marilyn Massey

February 02, 2018

Bird images are so versatile, adding a nice touch to many types of main images. Looking forward to seeing the Feb kit!

Mercedes
Mercedes

February 02, 2018

Those backgrounds are beautiful, I wish I had that skill.

Ginger
Ginger

February 02, 2018

Looking forward to the full reveal on 2/5.

Amy Cooley
Amy Cooley

February 02, 2018

Looking forward to this month’s kit!

Dgolly
Dgolly

February 02, 2018

Great beginning to what looks like a great kit. The sentiments and images are so nice.

Lori Kobular
Lori Kobular

February 02, 2018

Beautiful cards! Love them both!

Crystal Finley
Crystal Finley

February 02, 2018

Beautiful, so much can be done with silhouettes

Ruth
Ruth

February 02, 2018

Can’t wait to see this set

KELLI S.
KELLI S.

February 02, 2018

Nice cards, looks like a great new kit.

terri
terri

February 02, 2018

Very elegant!! I am not a huge fan of birds but I love how you used them to create a beautiful card.

Susan King
Susan King

February 02, 2018

susankingcs@gmail.com what a stunning bird! Looking forward to seeing all the wonderful ideas with this set!

Claudia
Claudia

February 02, 2018

Oh, wow, how cool is this… birds and the idea for this card is fantastic. Love the ombre backgrounds and the layout with the partly cut circle. Looks to be a very interesting Monthly Kit again…

Jen
Jen

February 02, 2018

So crisp, clean, and springy! Can’t wait to see the kit! Thanks for the sneak peeks!

Cristina
Cristina

February 02, 2018

These silhouette bids are very nice…
Cristina
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Michelle Rivera
Michelle Rivera

February 02, 2018

I love these clean and simple cards! Beautiful color combinations compliment the black bird images perfectly! Great job!

Susan Manning
Susan Manning

February 02, 2018

I am so excited! As a bird photographer, this is the best subject yet! I can’t wait to see more hints.
We are in Massachusetts and I am feeding bluebirds now! Thanks, Hero arts.

Sarah T.
Sarah T.

February 02, 2018

So simple and effective. Excited to see more.

Sally Ann Bird
Sally Ann Bird

February 02, 2018

Beautiful CAS cards! Absolutely love them!! Looks like another fun kit and I am excited about the wood grain paper.

amy
amy

February 02, 2018

Classic clean + simple…absolutely gorgeous Michelle!

Gretchen N
Gretchen N

February 02, 2018

What gorgeous cards! I love the simplicity and elegance. Wonderful job! Thank you for the inspiration!

Christy Q
Christy Q

February 02, 2018

Beautiful CAS cards!! Love the color combination you used and the woodgrain textured background.

Susan Bennett
Susan Bennett

February 02, 2018

You make it look so simple – beautiful cards