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February My Monthly Hero Countdown: Idea #2 + Giveaway

by Ilina Crouse January 31, 2020 356 Comments

It's time for our next countdown peek! The February My Monthly Hero kit will be available on Monday, February 3 at 1pm Eastern/10am Pacific. Just a reminder, the kit is limited edition and once it's gone, there are no more. If you're not a subscriber and wish to purchase the kit, your best bet is to grab it on Monday. Now let’s join Ilina, who is sharing another beautiful card created with this month's kit! 

Hi everyone, Ilina here and I am sharing some inspiration using the February My Monthly Hero kit! I love this month's kit, as it focuses on birthdays and it can be used also way beyond birthdays.

For my card today I used the smaller fill-in rectangle stamp included in the kit. To make the card stamp the image twice on Dove White cardstock. Color the elements and die cut the balloons and flowers using the coordinating dies from one of the stamped panels. To cut out the mirrored image balloon, since there are no coordinating dies, I flipped over my stamped image and used my window to line up the die on the back side. I ran it this way through my die cutting machine and was able to cut out the mirror image. 

Stamp, color and die cut the cake image. Set aside. Die cut the full panel using Rounded Rectangle Infinity Dies and adhere the die cut elements with foam adhesive. Stamp sentiment on vellum and emboss in white. Cut to size and wrap around the panel.

Die cut a larger rounded rectangle from Peony cardstock. Stamp "Happy Birthday" sentiment over it repeatedly using Clear Embossing and Watermark ink. Assemble the card and adhere to Dove White side folded notecard.

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 3, before the kit launches at 10am Pacific. The more you comment, the more chances to win!





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Iris
Iris

February 04, 2020

Love it

Jeannine Huffer
Jeannine Huffer

February 03, 2020

Have so many great grand children, this is perfect for lots of birthday cards. Thank you so much for wonderful ideas.

Elaine H.
Elaine H.

February 03, 2020

Quite a pretty card.

SueB
SueB

February 03, 2020

Very nice – like the vellum added to the card.

Machele Evans
Machele Evans

February 03, 2020

Such beautiful symmetry and the vellum gives it a delicate touch.

Christy Wagner
Christy Wagner

February 03, 2020

Simple but utterly stunning!

Barbara
Barbara

February 03, 2020

Boy I wish I was as talented as all the card maker’s shown for this kit! I’m still a beginner, so this all seems so futuristic to me. BUT I LOVE THEM.

KarenR
KarenR

February 03, 2020

Cute card. Vellum adds a nice touch to all cards.

Charly
Charly

February 03, 2020

The vellum is a perfect touch! Beautiful card. This kit seems to have a bunch of perfect small images that can be combined (and are easy to color!)

Luana Wilson
Luana Wilson

February 03, 2020

Cute card.

terri
terri

February 03, 2020

I love how you mirrored the balloons. What a stunning card!

Gail Fort
Gail Fort

February 03, 2020

Beautiful card!

Stephanie Zilmer
Stephanie Zilmer

February 03, 2020

Just a lovely birthday card :)

Hilde Larsen aka. Tindaloo
Hilde Larsen aka. Tindaloo

February 03, 2020

Awesome card! Thanks for the tip about the balloon reverse diecutting, will get very useful! :)

tina z.
tina z.

February 03, 2020

super fun card!

Ann K.
Ann K.

February 03, 2020

Love these ideas – cute card!

Joyce Soo Hoo
Joyce Soo Hoo

February 03, 2020

Very beautiful card.

Vikki H
Vikki H

February 03, 2020

Your color choices highlight the images beautifully!

Krystal Showalter
Krystal Showalter

February 03, 2020

So pretty! I love how classic this card is.

Susan Prisbrey
Susan Prisbrey

February 03, 2020

The balloons and flowers on this card just pop and make the card so fun! Such a beautiful card!

Jen Petersen
Jen Petersen

February 03, 2020

I love all the layers and details in this card! So beautiful!

Cynthia M Robutka
Cynthia M Robutka

February 03, 2020

Ilina- using the mirrored image was a super idea- looks great

Janine Gearhart
Janine Gearhart

February 02, 2020

This is such a fun card and really shows off the stamps. It really uses vellum effectively and gives me ideas for other cards. Love this kit already!

Kass
Kass

February 02, 2020

This is a beautiful card. Love it!

Kathy D.
Kathy D.

February 02, 2020

What a charming and sweet birthday card. From the subtle stamped Happy Birthday on the pink background to the white embossed vellum, this card pops with color and whimsy. The tip on how to make the reverse image of the balloons was very helpful. The colors are so vibrant and tie all the elements together. I really want this kit!

Carol Wortman
Carol Wortman

February 02, 2020

The backwards die cutting is something I’ll have to try. Thanks for that tip. This is so pretty and would be a beautiful invitation! So anxious to see the rest!

Louise R.
Louise R.

February 02, 2020

Great card. You can never have too many Birthday dies and stamps. Can’t wait to play with this kit.

Anne Rifat
Anne Rifat

February 02, 2020

Delightful use of this super background stamp. Thank you for the technique idea.

Becky Hackett-Leas
Becky Hackett-Leas

February 02, 2020

Beautiful card. I seldom do mirror stamping because of the additional work, but it’s wonderful on your card.

Barbara Drake
Barbara Drake

February 02, 2020

I’ve never tried vellum yet and using it on this card gives it that extra “BAM” as Emeril would say LOL !! I love this one big-time !

Nancy K
Nancy K

February 02, 2020

Nice! Adorable card.

Katie Coggins
Katie Coggins

February 02, 2020

Beautiful card. So versatile for all birthdays

Shannon
Shannon

February 02, 2020

Lovely!

Kaylene
Kaylene

February 02, 2020

Such a pretty card. I will have to remember that technique for reversing die cuts.

Amy Saxon
Amy Saxon

February 02, 2020

Absolutely amazing! I especially like the subtle repeat stamping in the background, I think details like that really makes a card pop😊

Marisela Delgado
Marisela Delgado

February 02, 2020

I LOVE,LOVE,LOVE this card. Gorgeous.

Heather Mills
Heather Mills

February 02, 2020

How pretty!! I love the color combo!

Susan Petersen
Susan Petersen

February 02, 2020

Fun card.

Cyndee
Cyndee

February 02, 2020

I like the way you used the vellum overlay over the cake. The small rectangular stamp frames the cake beautifully. Looks like a very versatile kit.

Denise Dolder
Denise Dolder

February 02, 2020

This is so cute. I love the pale pink background.

Heidi Rees
Heidi Rees

February 02, 2020

Beautiful birthday card! I love the colors and the use of vellum!

Jennifer L.
Jennifer L.

February 02, 2020

Love the images and coloring on this card!

Lynn Gauthier
Lynn Gauthier

February 02, 2020

Great tips and ideas. Thanks so much for sharing them with us. I am definitely going to try the mirror image. I love how you wrapped the embossed vellum around the panel. Well done!!!

Beth Merrill
Beth Merrill

February 02, 2020

Great tip on cutting out mirror images using a window! I will have to try this out, for sure! Beautiful, colorful card!

Julia Grubel
Julia Grubel

February 02, 2020

The colors in this card are absolutely stunning! Love the way it was put together

LaNell Taylor
LaNell Taylor

February 02, 2020

Ilina, What a sweet card. What a great kit. We all make lots of birthday cards!

Joanne Travis
Joanne Travis

February 02, 2020

This set looks like it will be so versatile! Something for everyone here.

Joan
Joan

February 02, 2020

What a bright and cheery card! Looking at it takes me to my happy place.

Kimberly Dorval
Kimberly Dorval

February 02, 2020

I really like the kit so far. The flowers are so pretty. I love those bold balloons on this card.

Phoebe
Phoebe

February 02, 2020

Cute card.

Kevin Van der Borght
Kevin Van der Borght

February 02, 2020

Love the colour scheme. Do you have a YT-channel and have you ever shared a video to see how you reverse die-cut?

Tammy L Davis
Tammy L Davis

February 02, 2020

Love this! Especially that vellum overlay!

Maria
Maria

February 02, 2020

This card is so pretty. The color combination is perfect. Thank You.

Kelly W.
Kelly W.

February 02, 2020

Gorgeous card Ilina! I love the soft colors, vellum greeting, and mirrored balloons! The stamped background is just a perfect way to use our sentiments and mix it up a bit. Stunning!

Mateja M
Mateja M

February 02, 2020

Great tip for reverse die cutting. Love it :)

Joann N Barros
Joann N Barros

February 02, 2020

So pretty.

Penny Klie
Penny Klie

February 02, 2020

Love the colors you used… really pretty card!

Robin Keith
Robin Keith

February 02, 2020

Love the vellum on this card and your coloring is beautiful!

Crystal Snedegar
Crystal Snedegar

February 02, 2020

What a fun card! I have never seen white embossing on vellum. This is a technique I have to try!

BeverlyBL
BeverlyBL

February 02, 2020

Love the look of the rounded rectangles. Very fun card.

Katharine Rothaar
Katharine Rothaar

February 02, 2020

Love the reminder to create mirror images with stamps and dies! Such a fun result!

LBSue
LBSue

February 02, 2020

Brilliant tip for cutting the mirror image balloons! Lovely card!

Golda
Golda

February 02, 2020

What a great way to cut out the mirror image! You created a beautiful card.

Cathy Sammis
Cathy Sammis

February 02, 2020

I love how festive this card is.

Anna Sigga
Anna Sigga

February 02, 2020

Such a pretty card – love the pinks and teal.

Andrea Shell
Andrea Shell

February 02, 2020

What a beautiful card! Love the images and colors!

Carolyn Gargus
Carolyn Gargus

February 02, 2020

Love the card! Great design and so creative!

joyce mcintosh
joyce mcintosh

February 02, 2020

What a beautiful card! Love the vellum sentiment over the cake scene! Looks like another must have kit!

Susanbabcock
Susanbabcock

February 02, 2020

You made a sweet scene for your birthday card!

Patsy
Patsy

February 02, 2020

This is so pretty it looks like a Hallmark card. Could you please explain the part about using a “window” when die cutting the mirror image? I don’t understand the context of a window. I’ve stamped and cut mirror images but this is something new to me. Thanks much for sharing!

Michele Hogarth
Michele Hogarth

February 02, 2020

Great card and tip on mirroring the image. Thanks for sharing.

CherriB
CherriB

February 02, 2020

Very, very cute card! Great idea with the mirror balloon image – thanks!

Patt H.
Patt H.

February 02, 2020

What a pretty card! Love this new kit so far! Great images for anyone’s bday!!

Arianna Barbara
Arianna Barbara

February 02, 2020

What a gorgeus card! Love the palette of colors!!!

Cindy White Bear
Cindy White Bear

February 02, 2020

Nice instructions on how to create a reverse image without the coordinating die.

Tracee McCallum
Tracee McCallum

February 02, 2020

so pretty

Barbara Groves
Barbara Groves

February 02, 2020

Beautiful card!! Love it!! ❤️

Jaya More
Jaya More

February 02, 2020

Gorgeous card… Love this pink background made with happy birthday stamps… Beautiful cake n coordinating flowers. I think it’s difficult to take mirror images of balloon stamps….

Jane A McBee
Jane A McBee

February 02, 2020

This card would be perfect for my granddaughter’s birthday. It is beautiful.

Jenny K
Jenny K

February 02, 2020

Beautiful! I love the custom background with the watermarks, I can’t wait to get my hands on this kit to try this out.

Patricia Brown
Patricia Brown

February 02, 2020

Love this card, very pretty!

Carolyn Pokorney
Carolyn Pokorney

February 02, 2020

This is an amazing sneak peek and love that Birthday background stamp! Always need more Birthday cards! Hero arts is generous for this giveaway! Thanks

Sherryl
Sherryl

February 01, 2020

What a great card made from this kit. Love it!

Rema DeLeeuw
Rema DeLeeuw

February 01, 2020

Love this card!

Ro
Ro

February 01, 2020

Beautiful card design! Great ink choices and layout. Looks so festive and happy!

3 Happy Critters
3 Happy Critters

February 01, 2020

I really like the watermark Happy Birthday background paper you stamped. Very nice touch.

Diane Zalusky
Diane Zalusky

February 01, 2020

So delicate. ❤

Branka
Branka

February 01, 2020

Such a lovely card. Those bright colors combined with pink will make anybody’s birthday even happier!

karenajo
karenajo

February 01, 2020

Great card – very fun and festive!

Gail Anderson
Gail Anderson

February 01, 2020

I love this card and how you made the central focus.

Jackie S
Jackie S

February 01, 2020

Lovely card. Looks like you could do so much with this set. Love your colors!

Sonja
Sonja

February 01, 2020

Love the watermark background , just loved it all
Thanks for sharing

Andrea B
Andrea B

February 01, 2020

I love the colors on this card – beautiful! I can’t wait to see the whole kit!

Janet Trapp
Janet Trapp

February 01, 2020

Love it! SO much fun!
God bless!

Lisa L
Lisa L

February 01, 2020

I like the vellum idea!!!

Bonnie M
Bonnie M

February 01, 2020

I love this card..it is super cute and love the tip for die cutting a mirror image!

Debbie
Debbie

February 01, 2020

Great card love the layout and the stamp set.

Kathryn Ladra
Kathryn Ladra

February 01, 2020

Such a wonderful use of all the stamps. So much work made a lovely card

Marlene Manzella
Marlene Manzella

February 01, 2020

Can’t wait to see everything in this kit!

Sandra
Sandra

February 01, 2020

I always forget sbout this vellum technique and it always looks so nifty!! I love this kit!! TFS

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