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January My Monthly Hero Countdown: Idea #5 + Giveaway!

by Jessica Frost-Ballas January 07, 2018 365 Comments

We are back with another look at the January My Monthly Hero release! The kit will be available on Monday, January 8th at 1pm Eastern/10am Pacific. We’ll be sharing ideas for using the main kit and the optional add-on products all weekend long, so stay tuned for more inspiration! Now let’s join Jess, who is sharing a look at two of the add-on items, available on Monday!

Hi!  Jess here with a look at two of the add-on items debuting Monday! :) I fell hard for the adorable Lovebirds Stamp and Cut as soon as I saw them in my box and couldn't wait to use them!

I started by stamping the Lovebirds onto a piece of snow layering paper with intense black ink using my MISTI.  I left the stamps on the lid of my MISTI so that I could stamp them again later (it'll make sense in a bit).  Then I started coloring them with my polychromos colored pencils.  I'm not sure if it is as apparent as I had hoped but I was trying to make the red feathers for the shape of a heart.  It's a little abstract, but hopefully you can see it! ;) Once I finished coloring the birds I placed the paper back inside my MISTI, inked the stamp with versafine, stamped it, and then heat-embossed it with clear embossing powder.  Whenever I use my colored pencils I like to restamp and heat-emboss the outline when I'm finished to get a nice crisp image!  I fussy cut the birds and went over the cut edge with a black marker.  I also cut slits under their feet so they could perch on the branch.

Next I used an embossing pad to dry emboss the Window on Love Confetti Fancy die on white cardstock.  Instead of cutting all of the hearts out it simply impresses the shape of them onto the panel for a subtle texture!  I trimmed that panel down to 4" by 5.25" and adhered it to a pool card base.  I added the birds and branch with foam mounting tape and then tucked them together for a little snuggle!  I stamped the sentiment onto pool paper with versafine, heat-embossed it with clear embossing powder, trimmed it down to a label, and adhered it to the card with foam mounting tape.  Finally I finished the card with a sprinkling of ombre blush sequins!

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, January 8, before the kit launches at 1 pm Eastern. The more you comment, the more chances to win!

Good luck!





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100 Responses

terry
terry

January 20, 2018

Love those love birds! And I see your heart quite clearly! Love it!

Bessie Phillips
Bessie Phillips

January 15, 2018

A very cool effect with the red headed heart!

Mary Ann
Mary Ann

January 09, 2018

Oh gosh I have ordered these birds. Lov em.

Anniek
Anniek

January 09, 2018

So beautiful!

amy
amy

January 09, 2018

love birds are my favorite!

Judy Iverson
Judy Iverson

January 09, 2018

Simply gorgeous! I have a thing for bird stamps and these are just beautiful. Great tip about the embossing.

stephanie
stephanie

January 09, 2018

So cute!!

ROSEMARY
ROSEMARY

January 08, 2018

I love birds and this pair of love birds are the best ever.

Janet Pinho-Goldman
Janet Pinho-Goldman

January 08, 2018

The coloring on this card is great!

Hilde Larsen aka Tindaloo
Hilde Larsen aka Tindaloo

January 08, 2018

Gorgeous card! Wow, this bird couple is sooo cute! Loving the addons of this kit ♥

Lisa Nelson
Lisa Nelson

January 08, 2018

The lovebirds are soooo adorable! #LoveThem

KarenAnn
KarenAnn

January 08, 2018

These birds are so sweet!

Janet
Janet

January 08, 2018

Great stamp, beautiful card!

Mary D
Mary D

January 08, 2018

Adorable card and stamps!! Wonderful colors. Many possibilities with these add-one. Can’t wait to see kit.

Cindy robinson
Cindy robinson

January 08, 2018

I definitely see the heart! Great idea!

Jade B
Jade B

January 08, 2018

This card is beautiful. My late sister raised lovebirds.

GabriellaB
GabriellaB

January 08, 2018

The coloring looks beautiful, it so relaxing to color

Vikki Hein
Vikki Hein

January 08, 2018

Adorable!

Rhonda Rushing
Rhonda Rushing

January 08, 2018

Love how the birds are colored, so beautiful.

Arianna Barbara
Arianna Barbara

January 08, 2018

Awww!!! They’re totally cute!!!

Penny Walker
Penny Walker

January 08, 2018

Beautiful card. I did see the heart, placing the sequin close to it made it pop.

Janie Sirak
Janie Sirak

January 07, 2018

This looks like it’s gonna be a great kit . . . another Great kit!
Jackie Price
Jackie Price

January 07, 2018

Beautiful card! Love the cute little lovebirds and I noticed the red heart right away. You coloured them beautifully!
Sherry Olson
Sherry Olson

January 07, 2018

You did a great job with the feathers. Beautiful card

Bridget Benincasa
Bridget Benincasa

January 07, 2018

Wicked cute! Love it

Angie
Angie

January 07, 2018

I’m so curious now to see the rest of the collection

Kayla E.
Kayla E.

January 07, 2018

Cute!

Lindsay Olmstead
Lindsay Olmstead

January 07, 2018

I just love the coloring on these lovebirds! So creative and eye catching!

Robyn S
Robyn S

January 07, 2018

Love the colour combo – looking forward to the kit release.

Meagan W.
Meagan W.

January 07, 2018

Such a sweet Valentine’s card.

JoAnn Girimonte
JoAnn Girimonte

January 07, 2018

What a. Beautiful card. Love the coloring !!

Debbie Rumpza
Debbie Rumpza

January 07, 2018

Oh my those lovebirds are so sweet!

Barb woodard
Barb woodard

January 07, 2018

Way cute little lovebirds. Awesome kit this is going to be!

Char Adams
Char Adams

January 07, 2018

So unique and creative. I love this technique,love the birds,

HeatherD
HeatherD

January 07, 2018

Such a very sweet card…definitely noticed the heart faces!

Ruth B
Ruth B

January 07, 2018

lovely card

Mona K Porter
Mona K Porter

January 07, 2018

I love the technique of embossing over the coloring. It makes the image really pop!

Sharon
Sharon

January 07, 2018

Love the technique and the card. Thank you for the hints.

NC_Donna
NC_Donna

January 07, 2018

What a sweet card! Love the image of the two lovebirds and your great coloring!

Sammibug aka Samantha Houp aka Sammi
Sammibug aka Samantha Houp aka Sammi

January 07, 2018

Oh my goodness these little birdies are just the cutest! Beautiful card with amazing coloring! Love this new release!

Catherine G.
Catherine G.

January 07, 2018

This is beautiful. Love the colors and design.

Margery C
Margery C

January 07, 2018

Lovely coloring of the lovebirds. The embossed outline is a nice touch.

Kim McField
Kim McField

January 07, 2018

I love the lovebird add-on stamp. I sure hope the main kit has something good, too!

Kati Caprara
Kati Caprara

January 07, 2018

Adorable little love birds! Can’t wait to see the whole kit!

Gina
Gina

January 07, 2018

They are so adorable! Great idea to cut slits under their feet!

Julia M.
Julia M.

January 07, 2018

Love is in the air! What a beautiful card! Can’t wait to see the kit!

Dana N
Dana N

January 07, 2018

I’ve always loved love birds so this stamp set is right up my alley! I love your attention to detail with the birds perching on the limb. Things like that really elevate a card. It’s beautiful.

Teresa Fink
Teresa Fink

January 07, 2018

Cute card, excited to see the kit!

Elaine G.
Elaine G.

January 07, 2018

So creative with coloring the red on the heads to look like a heart. This is one of my favorites!!

Cindy Hanson
Cindy Hanson

January 07, 2018

I love the lovebirds and your card!

Michelle Schonack
Michelle Schonack

January 07, 2018

What a darling card, Jess. Those love birds are so sweet!

Kitty Tatman
Kitty Tatman

January 07, 2018

OMG those birdies!! Yep, ill definately be adding that one!! Hero Arts rocking it out in 2018!

Toni
Toni

January 07, 2018

Jess – you can see the heart shape in the birds red feathers. Very cute card!

Lisa A creations
Lisa A creations

January 07, 2018

Those lovebirds are adorable! I like how you colored their heads and it looks like a heart.

Tanya Suresh
Tanya Suresh

January 07, 2018

Wouldn’t have guessed that these were colored by pencils – so bright and well blended!!

Lee Winemiller Cockrum
Lee Winemiller Cockrum

January 07, 2018

Such adorable love birds!

Brenda Lubrant
Brenda Lubrant

January 07, 2018

I have to have the love birds stamp. It is just so adorable!!

Christina Dauven
Christina Dauven

January 07, 2018

Everytime I go to the pet srore and see these lovelies I want to take them home so I am very excited for this kit

Cathy Lillie
Cathy Lillie

January 07, 2018

The Lovebirds stamp is adorable! Great idea to color their heads into a heart shape! So pretty!

Amber
Amber

January 07, 2018

Awww, the love birds are adorbs!

Tara
Tara

January 07, 2018

This is adorable. I really love the pool colors with the pop of red :D

Barb McCarthy
Barb McCarthy

January 07, 2018

Such a beautiful card! So much inspiration!

Flo
Flo

January 07, 2018

The love birds are so cute. And I can see the heart you made.

Susan Nichols
Susan Nichols

January 07, 2018

Love this!

Melody M
Melody M

January 07, 2018

I love those birds! Beautiful coloring.

Traci Jenkins
Traci Jenkins

January 07, 2018

I love it. And the colors are a fabulous combo. I can’t wait to see the Kit. ?

Yim Szeto
Yim Szeto

January 07, 2018

Their faces do look like a heart! Cute card.

Gail
Gail

January 07, 2018

Oh yes adorable lovebird stamp! Love the color choices too!

Annette Allen
Annette Allen

January 07, 2018

aww what a sweet sweet card.. love that background too..

Wendy Smith
Wendy Smith

January 07, 2018

Perfect for Valentines Day.

Liza Dehnel
Liza Dehnel

January 07, 2018

Very clever. Love the birds and the dry embossing

Michelle Montemurro
Michelle Montemurro

January 07, 2018

pretty colors.

Nancy Hinojosa
Nancy Hinojosa

January 07, 2018

So very cute! Love birds are perfect for Valentines.

Ritz
Ritz

January 07, 2018

Love this!

Janet Ingraham
Janet Ingraham

January 07, 2018

I love love birds too and your lovely card.

Jessica Lyczynski
Jessica Lyczynski

January 07, 2018

Beautiful as always! Love to see your creations.

Carol K
Carol K

January 07, 2018

so sweet!

Pam Williams
Pam Williams

January 07, 2018

Really cute lovebirds

Gwen Stall
Gwen Stall

January 07, 2018

Beautiful card! Love the colors!

Ammerline
Ammerline

January 07, 2018

Gorgeous colouring.. and supered kit.. can’t wait for the release!!!

Paula Desmarais
Paula Desmarais

January 07, 2018

I LOVE how their faces make a heart, super sweet!!!!

Debbie. Hristensen
Debbie. Hristensen

January 07, 2018

Got to love the love birds

Sally Malec
Sally Malec

January 07, 2018

Oh my gosh, these birds are adorable!

Kathy R
Kathy R

January 07, 2018

The red feathers in shape of heart was very creative. Love it!

Julie O'Brien
Julie O'Brien

January 07, 2018

Love the birds!

Naama E
Naama E

January 07, 2018

Totally get you Jess – these love birds are too much! REALLY getting excited for the release now! Thanks for the inspiration and tips :)

Elizabeth Blunt
Elizabeth Blunt

January 07, 2018

Love this card

FD91354
FD91354

January 07, 2018

So far loving the LOVE of the kit. Not much of the kit being shown.. I hope some more sneaks are coming.

Elizabeth Blackman
Elizabeth Blackman

January 07, 2018

This is cute!

Cha
Cha

January 07, 2018

it’s so beautiful! I can’t wait to see the new kit!

Linda Kepler
Linda Kepler

January 07, 2018

Too cute!

connie
connie

January 07, 2018

so cute! i love birds

Gail Anderson
Gail Anderson

January 07, 2018

Love this card! I saw the heart right away.

Sujata
Sujata

January 07, 2018

Awe the birds are so cute!!!!

Christine Smith
Christine Smith

January 07, 2018

These lovebirds are adorable! Gorgeous card. xxx

Dana Bennett
Dana Bennett

January 07, 2018

How adorable!! Love
this card! Thx for sharing!
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Ericka Strange
Ericka Strange

January 07, 2018

Love these birds and the colors. So pretty and fun!

Jessica L.
Jessica L.

January 07, 2018

So beautiful, so excited to see the kit and all the new stamps ✨

Abby
Abby

January 07, 2018

Very sweet!

Christy M
Christy M

January 07, 2018

Those little lovebirds are so cute!!

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