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February My Monthly Hero Countdown: Idea #3 + Giveaway

by Janette Kausen February 03, 2018 343 Comments

Hello and welcome back to the countdown to the release of the February My Monthly Hero kit! Release day is Monday, February 5th at 1pm Eastern/10am Pacific. We'll be here for another couple days, sharing ideas for using both the main kit, as well as new optional add-on products that will also be available on Monday. And, remember to comment on each and every post as we'll be giving away a kit on Monday morning, before the kit launches! Now join Janette as she shares another glimpse at this beautiful kit...

It has been beautiful spring weather here in Central California. Temps in the low 70's, glorious sunshine and chirping fills the air. I didn't have to look far for inspiration for this month's kit! I am featuring the main kit stamp set as well as the charming Bird Branches Fancy die w/Frame add-on.

The birds in this month's kit are sketchy. Sketchy in a good way, the artsy way. The edges are not designed to be perfect, but are easily cleaned up for those who prefer a precise look. I love a versatile stamp set!

I colored my little tweeter while mounted on the lid of the Misti with Arteza watercolor brush markers. Add a few strokes of color and then stamp onto Bristol paper. Add more of the same or a new color, and repeat stamp until your birdie takes shape. Wet the image with a water brush to allow the colors to drift into one another while leaving the sketchy look in tact. 

Then scribble. Truly, just scribble onto an A2 Bristol panel with a watercolor brush marker and then randomly water brush it with clear water. Guys, it doesn't have to be complicated to be beautiful. Don't overthink it!

While the bird and panel dry, apply three layers of White Satin Pearl embossing powder to Bird Branches Fancy die add-on. Trim watercolor panel and bird, stamp sentiment in black and assemble all of the layers together on a dark chocolate woodgrain mat (included in kit). Adhere to white folded card base, stamp interior sentiment if you wish, add Ombre Ocean sequins and pair with coordinating envelope.

Don't forget to 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 5th, before the kit launches at 1 pm Eastern. The more you comment, the more chances to win!

Thank you for joining us at Hero Arts today. There are still a few more reveal posts before the launch. Enjoy!

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100 Responses

Elaine S Shannon
Elaine S Shannon

February 17, 2018

soft and beautiful!-I was planning on just using birds in flat, one color form until I saw your card

Laurie Page
Laurie Page

February 12, 2018

I just found you and am delighted by your creations. Thanks for the inspiration.

Yvonne
Yvonne

February 07, 2018

Love this card!

Mary ann Short
Mary ann Short

February 06, 2018

Oh gosh i love birds, A Hitchcock was wrong. Birds are beautiful. They sing, signal, and eat food i left for them. I can hardly wait till my My Hero Art set somes in.

Jean G.
Jean G.

February 05, 2018

I love the colored birds! They are gorgeous!

Marie
Marie

February 05, 2018

Loving this sweet bird!

elaine
elaine

February 05, 2018

Thank you for such a beautiful card; watercolor is truly an art form—one i greatly appreciate. thanks for making it impossible to pass up this month’s kit and extras!

Ann
Ann

February 05, 2018

Beautiful card!

Linda Kepler
Linda Kepler

February 05, 2018

Cute . . .

Mitzi
Mitzi

February 05, 2018

Thanks for sharing your amazing card & the opportunity to win.

Niralee Yeisley
Niralee Yeisley

February 05, 2018

Love the white frame. Very delicate

Tami
Tami

February 05, 2018

Wow gorgeous card!! Love the pearl embossing powder on the wreath as well, beautiful!

Janis B
Janis B

February 04, 2018

I love the painterly look of this.

Bessie
Bessie

February 04, 2018

Beautiful card. I really like the gull !

Fanny Cantero
Fanny Cantero

February 04, 2018

Love the love of this watercolored card.

Brianna
Brianna

February 04, 2018

This technique is stunning. I can’t wait to try it!! I am so excited for the birds!!

Bessie
Bessie

February 04, 2018

The background really sets the bird off!

Robyn W
Robyn W

February 04, 2018

What a pretty card!

Annette Reed
Annette Reed

February 04, 2018

That bird looks great! Love the watercolors. Great wreath die also.

Kate B
Kate B

February 04, 2018

So beautiful! I love the sketchy look and loose watercoloring.

Jenifer Hill
Jenifer Hill

February 04, 2018

I love this!

Monika Shukla
Monika Shukla

February 04, 2018

Ohh this card is just awesome!! I love water colors so much!!! This colorful card and bird are so pretty!!!

Joelle
Joelle

February 04, 2018

I love your use of watercolor! Beautifully messy background.

Denise
Denise

February 04, 2018

Love the dreamyness of this card.

Lorna
Lorna

February 04, 2018

Love the watercolored bird – absolutely lovely!

Amante del Papel
Amante del Papel

February 04, 2018

oh my gosh this card is stunning, so beautiful!!!

Jodi Warren
Jodi Warren

February 04, 2018

Great Bird. Love the coloring and the appearance of him. Thanks for the detailed instructions. Getting very interested in this month’s kit!

Annalisa
Annalisa

February 04, 2018

I love this watercolor look so much. And I also like how, even though the silhouette isn’t exactly the same, you did duck-like colors, so now it looks like a duck! I do enjoy when you can just play with a stamp set like that.

littlen
littlen

February 04, 2018

Another interesting technique to try. TFS.

Phi
Phi

February 04, 2018

Amazing watercolour. Great colours.

Abby
Abby

February 04, 2018

Very pretty!

Barbara Nies
Barbara Nies

February 04, 2018

Amazing card with such a simple technique.

Roberta
Roberta

February 04, 2018

Love the watercolor look background!

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

February 04, 2018

The water color background is so pretty and the die cut pearl used frame is perfectly lovely.

Ma. Karla Ligaya Castro
Ma. Karla Ligaya Castro

February 04, 2018

I have got to try this technique. The final product looks so effortless! Amazing!

Kathryn Ingram
Kathryn Ingram

February 04, 2018

Excited for the woodgrain cardstock…great for masculine cards!

Audre G
Audre G

February 04, 2018

I really like the watercolor effect on the bird. Lovely card.

SHANNON
SHANNON

February 04, 2018

Can’t wait to see this kit!

Jackie Price
Jackie Price

February 04, 2018

A lovely card but that bird is gorgeous!! Love the colours in it.

Gretchen N
Gretchen N

February 04, 2018

I love the sketchy look of the bird, and heat embossing the die cut was brilliant!

DUMONTIER Marjorie
DUMONTIER Marjorie

February 04, 2018

That’s such a charming card !!

SWhite
SWhite

February 04, 2018

Love the message with set

Susan Thompson
Susan Thompson

February 04, 2018

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Wonderful as always, and new techniques to explore!

Kris Reeves
Kris Reeves

February 04, 2018

Oh it’s the sentiment y that tickles my fancy!

Pauline
Pauline

February 04, 2018

I love how you colored the bird, beautiful!! I have to try the technique you used on the wreath too. Gorgeous card!

Dianne S.
Dianne S.

February 04, 2018

What a gorgeous painted bird and layers in this card. The add-on die cut frame is intriguing. Look forward to seeing more of that!

Linda Roberson
Linda Roberson

February 04, 2018

Janette this is so beautiful. I am new to card making and never thought of the technique of using water color pens on the stamp itself! Adding the water makes the bird look like he came from a vintage postcard. I love this idea and can not wait to try it. Looks like I will take a look at the add-ons to purchase while I can get free shipping. A valentine gift to myself perhaps? Thank you so much!

Denise Gutshall
Denise Gutshall

February 04, 2018

The watercolor bird is gorgEous! It is the thing that really sold me on this kit! Thanks for sharing!

Lisa A creations
Lisa A creations

February 04, 2018

Cute card! Spring is in the air!

MarjR
MarjR

February 04, 2018

Love the water colored bird!

Lynne
Lynne

February 04, 2018

Swooding over the add-on!

MarjR
MarjR

February 04, 2018

Love the bird!

Cindi Lynch
Cindi Lynch

February 04, 2018

Great watercoloring

Jeanette D.
Jeanette D.

February 04, 2018

Love this card! I can already see that I’m going to need that add-on frame—beautiful! :)

Susy
Susy

February 04, 2018

So pretty! Love the coloring on the bird. I like birds. The sketchy ones are versatile.

Christel Metcalf
Christel Metcalf

February 04, 2018

Love what has been shown so far!

mc
mc

February 04, 2018

Simple pretty card. Love it!

KarenHTK
KarenHTK

February 04, 2018

Great creative work of art for a bird lover….Sweet!

Beverly U
Beverly U

February 04, 2018

Absolutely love the way you colored your little tweeter! Also think I need to add the white satin pearl embossing powder to my stash! Beautiful card!

Julia D.
Julia D.

February 04, 2018

Love how you used watercolor! The bird and background are lovely. Thank you for the chance to win!

Sally
Sally

February 04, 2018

I LOVE that gull. Would love to win.

Caroline Knauth
Caroline Knauth

February 04, 2018

That color combo and soft edges really set this bird apart. Love it!

laura sousa
laura sousa

February 04, 2018

I love the bird….. so pretty. A lovely card.

Joy J.
Joy J.

February 04, 2018

Love the watercolor look to your bird. Lovely card!

Carrie R.
Carrie R.

February 04, 2018

I love your watercoloring and the colors you chose to color your bird. The pearl embossing powder on the frame was the perfect touch.

Ty
Ty

February 04, 2018

I just received my new Atreza pens! What a great idea!

Jinny
Jinny

February 04, 2018

Beautiful card. I love your color choice and all the dimension. Hugs, Jinny

Stormy
Stormy

February 04, 2018

In a word….BREATHTAKING

Mary Ellen Parks
Mary Ellen Parks

February 04, 2018

Can’t wait to get my kit and order some add-ons!

Jean McCurry
Jean McCurry

February 04, 2018

Love the water color technique you used on the bird. Can’t wait to try this.

Maria B
Maria B

February 04, 2018

Lovely watercoloring on your bird.

jeanae
jeanae

February 04, 2018

This card makes me want the kit!

Karthikha Uday
Karthikha Uday

February 04, 2018

Fantastic card!! Love everything about it, the beautiful bird, background and the dimensions :)

Henriëtte
Henriëtte

February 04, 2018

Lovely card and uses of colour. I think the Bird Branches Fancy die is very versatile and look gorgeous on this card! Thanks for this great idea.

Marianne
Marianne

February 04, 2018

Love the watercoloured look. I am so ready for spring…

Lynn O’Sullivan
Lynn O’Sullivan

February 04, 2018

I am so happy! I love birds. This has a Spring feel but I see using the birds for Cardinals at Christmas as well.

Patty  Haff
Patty Haff

February 04, 2018

a beautiful image to welcome spring

Linda
Linda

February 04, 2018

Loooove your little bird!

Kellie
Kellie

February 04, 2018

Such a lovely water colour effect.

amy
amy

February 04, 2018

Absolutely beautiful!

Cindy robinson
Cindy robinson

February 04, 2018

Very pretty card! I really like the watercolor look on the bird!

MandaLJ
MandaLJ

February 04, 2018

Love how you watercoloured your bird and the background – your card is so beautiful!

Cristina Wu
Cristina Wu

February 04, 2018

I am liking the February kit. What a beautiful bird branches fancy die!

Thersha Lewis
Thersha Lewis

February 04, 2018

Simple and beautiful

Rachel Walton
Rachel Walton

February 04, 2018

Love this card. The fancy frame is beautiful! Can’t wait to see what other add ins are available.

Ladymoonlight
Ladymoonlight

February 04, 2018

This one is really pretty and unique

Ginny Womack
Ginny Womack

February 03, 2018

Wow, this card has a variety of techniques. I love the way you blended to colors of the bird. I also think the embossing of the bird branches outline. Really clever. Can’t wait to see the rest.

Bonnie M
Bonnie M

February 03, 2018

Beautiful card!

Tanja Souter
Tanja Souter

February 03, 2018

I love this card, the watercoloured look is marvellous.

Ruth B
Ruth B

February 03, 2018

Thanks for sharing

Velvet
Velvet

February 03, 2018

As usual, I love the die cut add on — this one’s especially lovely and intricate.

geri S.
geri S.

February 03, 2018

Oh that looks so real! Love it!

Nicole Rinaldi
Nicole Rinaldi

February 03, 2018

Love this watercolor look. It’s perfect with the bird silhouette!

MelissaF
MelissaF

February 03, 2018

Beautiful card, love the frame for the pretty bird, and thanks for the watercolor scribbling technique details! How fun , I’m going to try it.

Kirsten
Kirsten

February 03, 2018

Thanks for sharing your card. The multi layered sparkle embossing powdered die cut adds great dimension.

Wronda
Wronda

February 03, 2018

Love that die frame.

Roxanne
Roxanne

February 03, 2018

Love the watercolors very pretty

Sharon Young
Sharon Young

February 03, 2018

Sketchy birds let your creativity fly.

Charlene Cisler
Charlene Cisler

February 03, 2018

Your card is gorgeous! I love how it all came together.

Patt H.
Patt H.

February 03, 2018

Absolutely love this gorgeous creation! The background is fabulous & the bird is adorable!Love everything about this one!

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