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February My Monthly Hero Countdown: Idea #2 + Giveaway!

by Emily Midgett February 02, 2018 345 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/10am Pacific. We'll be here for the next three 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 Emily as she shares another glimpse at this lovely kit...

Good morning (or afternoon, depending on where you are)! I'm here with you today to help introduce the sophisticated and versatile My Monthly Hero kit for February. There's something so perfectly springy about birds, and with the weather we've been having, I could use a little springtime in my craft room! 

For this project, I started by stamping the Branches Bold Prints background stamp on an A2 panel of Blush layering paper using Soft Blossom ink. I then die cut a Rounded Rectangle Infinity die from the new 2018 catalog from some masking paper and adhered it roughly in the center of the A2 panel. I used my blending tool and some more Soft Blossom ink to blend around the edge... I love how the coral shade of the paper makes this pretty soft pink ink seem almost orange! While the masking paper was still adhered to the A2 panel, I also pressed my Versamark ink pad down around the edge of the panel, then added Sparkle embossing powder and heat embossed. When you pull away the masking paper, you have a pretty, sparkly frame around some lovely monochromatic branches! 

After I had completed my background, I heat embossed the branch image and one of the birds from the main kit onto some vellum several times using Silver embossing powder. I used the coordinating dies to cut everything out, then trimmed some of the branches off and arranged them in a generously-sized cluster using both dimensional adhesive and liquid adhesive. I also added some flowers (from one of the add-on die sets) that I covered in Versamark and added Sparkle embossing powder to tie into the sparkly frame. The lovely, encouraging sentiment from the main kit was also heat embossed in silver. The final touch was to add some gray enamel drops here and there! 

I hope you enjoyed this sneak peek into this utterly lovely springtime kit! So many charming and versatile bits and pieces in this one... You're not going to want to miss it!

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!

Good luck, and have a marvelous day!


 

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100 Responses

SHARON QUATTLEBAUM
SHARON QUATTLEBAUM

March 03, 2018

Classy colors. Just beautiful!

Ann
Ann

February 05, 2018

Lovely technique with the background!

Betsy Weikel
Betsy Weikel

February 05, 2018

Looks like a beautiful kit! Pick me!

Mitzi
Mitzi

February 05, 2018

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

Niralee Yeisley
Niralee Yeisley

February 05, 2018

Really Very pretty card and colors

Fanny Cantero
Fanny Cantero

February 04, 2018

This beautuful card makes me excited for spring!

Brianna
Brianna

February 04, 2018

I like that this card is softer but it still has bold lines. These stamps are going to be so versatile—can’t wait!

Bessie
Bessie

February 04, 2018

A beautiful card! Can’t wait to get my kit

Annette Reed
Annette Reed

February 04, 2018

This is lovely! I love the soft shades. These stamps look great! I would love to win them!

Robyn W
Robyn W

February 04, 2018

This is a stunning card!

Kate B
Kate B

February 04, 2018

Such a pretty card! I like your masking technique for adding the embossing to the edges!

Monika Shukla
Monika Shukla

February 04, 2018

Wow!! Emily love the idea how you created this gorgeous background behind the bird!!! I am so inspired and going to use this technique for my valentine’s day cards.
I wish to win this awesome kit❣️

Hugs

Joelle
Joelle

February 04, 2018

I love the design with the masking! Great card!

Lorna
Lorna

February 04, 2018

This is a charming card and I really like the colors you choose.

Jodi Warren
Jodi Warren

February 04, 2018

Love the look of the sparkle frame. Great frame for the inside monochromatic branches. Great Job!

littlen
littlen

February 04, 2018

Love the soft look of these colors. Very pretty card.

Barbara Nies
Barbara Nies

February 04, 2018

Wow, fun card with new techniques.

Sherri
Sherri

February 04, 2018

Beautiful card! The colors are gorgeous. Cannot wait to see the kit.

Roberta
Roberta

February 04, 2018

Nice card!

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

February 04, 2018

The card is really lovely especially that background it is gorgeous!

Ma. Karla Ligaya Castro
Ma. Karla Ligaya Castro

February 04, 2018

Layers and dimension! Awesome! and birds are gender neutral, so I think this is a must have kit!

Cundy
Cundy

February 04, 2018

Love these colors!

Shannon Dewitt
Shannon Dewitt

February 04, 2018

Birds are my favorite!

K. Eley
K. Eley

February 04, 2018

Beautiful colors! This makes me want that branches background stamp so much more!!

Kris Reeves
Kris Reeves

February 04, 2018

I could use a little Spring about now! It’s 5º outside!

Pauline
Pauline

February 04, 2018

Wow! I must try this technique, card is lovely!!

Dianne S.
Dianne S.

February 04, 2018

Lovely design and colors here! Beautiful card!

Denise Gutshall
Denise Gutshall

February 04, 2018

I love this card! The colors are wonderful – they look more salmon color than pink and they really showcase the new stamps! Thanks for sharing your techniques!

DUMONTIER Marjorie
DUMONTIER Marjorie

February 04, 2018

That’s a really lovely card ! Love the color combo.

Lisa A creations
Lisa A creations

February 04, 2018

Beautiful card! I love the tone on tone and soft colors used.

Lynne
Lynne

February 04, 2018

Gorgeous color!

MarjR
MarjR

February 04, 2018

Great ideas. I love the sparkle!

Janet D.
Janet D.

February 04, 2018

Oh my goodness, so pretty!

Cindi Lynch
Cindi Lynch

February 04, 2018

Very elegant!

Jeanette D.
Jeanette D.

February 04, 2018

I love the background on this card and the technique for the frame as well. Looks like another great kit!

Tracy Lustick
Tracy Lustick

February 04, 2018

Oh I love the birds ?!

Susy
Susy

February 04, 2018

I love the glitter embossing. Lovely card.

Claudia
Claudia

February 04, 2018

Love the glitter frame and the branch background which are perfectly matching the bird on vellum in front! Great!

Margery C
Margery C

February 04, 2018

What a great technique! Love the card.

 mc
mc

February 04, 2018

Wow! The colors and the branches background are so pretty. Love it!

Beverly U
Beverly U

February 04, 2018

Oh how I love the glitter embossing!!!! Really love those branches that comes with the kit – my creative juices are flowing!

Carrie R.
Carrie R.

February 04, 2018

I love the branches bold print background you used as a backdrop to the bird. The sparkly embossed frame was a perfect touch to add elegance without adding bulk. I love it!

Lagene
Lagene

February 04, 2018

AWE!SOME card! I love the sparkly frame you created

Jean McCurry
Jean McCurry

February 04, 2018

Love the masking technique. Will have to try that

Maria B
Maria B

February 04, 2018

Nice sparkly edge to your card.

jeanae
jeanae

February 04, 2018

Very excited about that branch image! How lovely!

Karthikha Uday
Karthikha Uday

February 04, 2018

Such a beautiful background for a lovely card!

Henriëtte
Henriëtte

February 04, 2018

Wow Emily what a gorgeous colours. I love the card you made, thanks for this inspiration!

Marianne
Marianne

February 04, 2018

So pretty. Love the glittery frame.

Lynn O’Sullivan
Lynn O’Sullivan

February 04, 2018

I’m in love. Birds, birds, birds! I am so going to make this this card. I don’t have vellum but I will improvise.

Jackie Price
Jackie Price

February 04, 2018

Gorgeous card! And that background is beautiful!! I’m going to have to remember that masking technique. It looks like there’s dimension to it. I had to have a cloßer look to see that it was actually flat, lol. And the sparkly frame and sparkly flowers are a nice touch!!

Jackie Price
Jackie Price

February 04, 2018

What a gorgeous card!! That background is beautiful! I’m going to have to remember that masking technique. It adds so much interest and looks like there’s a dimensional element there. I found it hard to believe it was flat. Had to take a closer look, lol. The sparkly frame and sparkly flowers are a nice touch too!

Kathy McConnell
Kathy McConnell

February 04, 2018

Lovely colors!

Kellie
Kellie

February 04, 2018

I wouldn’t have thought of this colour combination but it works beautifully.

Manda
Manda

February 04, 2018

Love the sparkly border and flowers! Such a lovely card!

Thersha Lewis
Thersha Lewis

February 04, 2018

Pretty sophisticated

Ginny Womack
Ginny Womack

February 03, 2018

Nice card. I like how it could be used with various sentiments. The embossing around the border makes it fun too.

Ruth B
Ruth B

February 03, 2018

Thanks for sharing

Janie Sirak
Janie Sirak

February 03, 2018

Looks like a great kit!

Velvet
Velvet

February 03, 2018

Lovely use of sparkles — I can’t really get enough glitter.

Nicki W.
Nicki W.

February 03, 2018

Your card is so sweet. I like the embossed frame. Great idea.

MelissaF
MelissaF

February 03, 2018

Beautiful card, love the sparkly frame you made!

Wronda
Wronda

February 03, 2018

Nice technique to make your sparkly frame.

Charlene Cisler
Charlene Cisler

February 03, 2018

Absolutely beautiful. I love the background and how you framed it. Stunning.

Patt H.
Patt H.

February 03, 2018

This pretty card does feel like spring! Love the colors & the adorable bird!

Jade B.
Jade B.

February 03, 2018

This is a beautiful card!

AndreaH
AndreaH

February 03, 2018

Oh W?W who would of thought of doing a sparkly frame like that? Not me for sure lol. Gorgeous card, I love the simplicity of this. Can I ask where you say you used ‘layering paper’ is that a special paper used just for layering? Xxx ? xxx

Janis B
Janis B

February 03, 2018

This looks to be a very cheery kit to brighten up the season. I can’t wait.

Lisascreativeniche
Lisascreativeniche

February 03, 2018

Gorgeous color combos!

Becky Moore
Becky Moore

February 03, 2018

Your card is really sweet! Thanks for sharing!

Jill A
Jill A

February 03, 2018

Love the colors and embossing—very pretty!!

Laurel
Laurel

February 03, 2018

I LOVE everything about this stamp set!

Natalie Godfrey
Natalie Godfrey

February 03, 2018

Love how you created the border. And I love the color.

Barbara Woodard
Barbara Woodard

February 03, 2018

Really beautiful card!! awesome release

Shannan
Shannan

February 03, 2018

I love the bird and the background. Can’t wait to get this months kit.

Dorothy Mutafopulos
Dorothy Mutafopulos

February 03, 2018

Love how you created the background with the branch stamp , awesome!! The bird stamp and branch tie everything together!!

Brian Poteraj
Brian Poteraj

February 03, 2018

I like how you kept the colors simple. It is a nice look.

Sharon gullikson
Sharon gullikson

February 03, 2018

What a beautiful background for your sweet bird!

jane
jane

February 03, 2018

How can you choose? They have all been beautiful

cheri
cheri

February 03, 2018

Very pretty – love the background!

Karolina K.
Karolina K.

February 03, 2018

Such lovely colors on this card! Looks like another kit for the books!

Bunny
Bunny

February 03, 2018

I’m not a coral color lover but this is really pretty. Great bird, branch and embossing.

Danielle Dietz
Danielle Dietz

February 03, 2018

Very pretty card. The background is awesome and I love that sparkly border!

Deborah345
Deborah345

February 03, 2018

I love this technique, so soft and pretty. Will be doing this one. Thank you.

Susan Nichols
Susan Nichols

February 03, 2018

Love these colors together!

Pam Braithwaite
Pam Braithwaite

February 03, 2018

Such a lovely background. Glad you explained how you did that. I like how the peach colors are emphasizing the bird on the tree branch. Such a pretty combination.

Kim Hund
Kim Hund

February 03, 2018

Nicely done. Love the colors.

Helen Warren
Helen Warren

February 03, 2018

Love the blue and blossom colorsf

Ewa Baumann
Ewa Baumann

February 03, 2018

I love the technique and the color.

Kari Schmidt
Kari Schmidt

February 03, 2018

Love your color combo! Thanks for sharing the techniques. Very nice card!!!

Dana M
Dana M

February 03, 2018

Gorgeous card! I love the color and the soft addition of the vellum. Fantastic border technique!

Adam S
Adam S

February 03, 2018

I like the use of the branch stamp for the background, I find it to be very versatile with so many stamp sets old and new.

sherry butcher
sherry butcher

February 03, 2018

Love the way you used the bird on the different backgrund. Thanks for sharing

Carol T
Carol T

February 03, 2018

Great bird die. Loved the tutorial.

LaNell Taylor
LaNell Taylor

February 03, 2018

Awesome card.

Karen Hale
Karen Hale

February 03, 2018

Love the colors and branches background. The vellum behind the bird really makes it stand out.

Cecilia Mohney
Cecilia Mohney

February 03, 2018

This is beautiful! I can’t wait to see this kit!

Memoriesbymanda
Memoriesbymanda

February 03, 2018

This looks like such a gorgeous kit! Your card is stunning.

Barbara-Jean
Barbara-Jean

February 03, 2018

What a gorgeous background and great piece of work on the whole card!

Mary Jo H
Mary Jo H

February 03, 2018

Enjoy the colors in the card and the technique used to create it

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