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July My Monthly Hero Countdown: Idea #3 + Giveaway

by Michelle Short July 11, 2020 251 Comments

Welcome back to the countdown to the release of the July My Monthly Hero Kit! Release day is coming up on Monday, July 13 at 1pm Eastern/10 am Pacific. Now let's dive in and join Michelle who is sharing another beautiful look at the kit!

Hello there, when I saw this kit, I fell in love with the coral reef/sea bed image. I love underwater scenes - the colours, the sea life, the light reflections - I find it all really magical! So I knew I wanted to use the reef layering stamps from the main kit, but wanted to keep the rest of my card pretty clean and simple. 

Oceans of Love by Michelle Short for Hero Arts

I started off by stamping the layered reef/sea bed image on to Dove White Cardstock. I found it easier to stamp the seeweed/sea plants layer first. For this, I used Green Apple Bold Ink. I stamped this layer using the MISTI and then using Fresh Lawn Mid-Tone Shadow Ink, I added a little to the bottom of the plants. I dabbed off the top to create a smoother image and then stamped it again. 

Oceans of Love by Michelle Short for Hero Arts

I then stamped the most solid layer (the reef itself) using Soft Pool Shadow Ink. Finally, I stamped the the third layer which stamps the detail on the reef, as well as more sea plants and the fish. For this, I used Pool Mid-Tone Shadow Ink. I then die cut the scene using the coordinating frame cuts in the kit. 

Oceans of Love by Michelle Short for Hero Arts

I took a top folding card base and blended Splash Reactive Ink on to the front, concentrating most of the colour towards the bottom of the card. I then stamped the dolphins from the stamp set on top using Pool Mid-Tone Shadow Ink. The sentiment was stamped in the top left hand corner with Intens-ified Black Ink. The reef was adhered on top using foam tape. To finish off, I added detail to the sea plants, fish and dolphins with a little Copic Markers and added Clear Enamel Dots around the reef. 

*** 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. The winner will be announced first thing Monday morning, July 13, before the kit launches at 10am Pacific. The more you comment, the more chances to win!

Good luck!





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100 Responses

Lori A
Lori A

July 13, 2020

I really like the soft colors of this card and love the ocean stamps.

Sandy
Sandy

July 13, 2020

This scene is so refreshing to look at. Love the calming colors.

Mary Reiner
Mary Reiner

July 13, 2020

I’m loving that coral reef too! Beautiful card!

Anirudh
Anirudh

July 12, 2020

So soothing and peaceful scene that is! Just gorgeous…

Valerija
Valerija

July 12, 2020

What a lovely cute scene, its a beautiful card. Love the soft colours.
Valerija xx

Teresa Trump
Teresa Trump

July 12, 2020

Hero Arts’ scenescape stamps and dies are always great, versatile and mix and match. Michelle I love the crisp clean look of your card.

Starqueen
Starqueen

July 12, 2020

I love the clean, fresh feel of this card…with the gorgeous detail of the reef layers!👏🏻

Debby Green
Debby Green

July 12, 2020

Lovely card!

Rebecca Ednie
Rebecca Ednie

July 12, 2020

Love how light and bright this looks, as if snorkelling in shallow water.

Lynn Hardy
Lynn Hardy

July 12, 2020

This is such a beautiful card. I love Michelle’s work.

Allen Lindsay
Allen Lindsay

July 12, 2020

Beautiful card!

stephanie
stephanie

July 12, 2020

Wow! Just Wow!

Miriam Prantner
Miriam Prantner

July 12, 2020

I love how light and bright this card is! So pretty!

tina z
tina z

July 12, 2020

such a beautiful scene!

Glenna
Glenna

July 12, 2020

I like the light colors. The blues are beautiful but this is such a clean bright card. Thanks

Daphni Ames
Daphni Ames

July 12, 2020

Very peaceful underwater scene. I want to be there. Lol

Patricia McMurray
Patricia McMurray

July 12, 2020

I just love this card. The reef with the dolphins reminds me of my honeymoon in Hawaii. This kit looks perfect!

Beth W
Beth W

July 12, 2020

I love the softness of this card.

K. Rock.
K. Rock.

July 12, 2020

I like the brightness of this card. I can’t wait to add this set to my undersea crafting collection.

Carolyn Potter
Carolyn Potter

July 12, 2020

Thanks for sharing this lovely scene card, the light colours make me feel like the sun is shining on the ‘reef’ and revealing a bright underworld. This kit has me very intrigued.

dori
dori

July 12, 2020

That’s lovely, Michelle! My favorite of the previews!

Kendra
Kendra

July 12, 2020

This card is beautiful. It almost looks like a wedding cake.

Cynthia Link
Cynthia Link

July 12, 2020

I am just in love with the layers you used in this card. Wonderful! Your card is so “simple” and clean. I wish I could color like that….Thank you for the inspiration!

Shawn Wenrich
Shawn Wenrich

July 12, 2020

Michelle this card is so cool I just love the scene you created, thanks so much for the inspiration!

NWFlamingo
NWFlamingo

July 12, 2020

Perfect. Love how you can change it up with color to look like you are in the shallows near shore with all the light flooding in.

Pamela Shea
Pamela Shea

July 12, 2020

Love it!

Bev Wilkinson
Bev Wilkinson

July 12, 2020

So beautiful and peaceful. Love the soft colors!

Susie
Susie

July 12, 2020

does the subscription come with the dolphins? They’re so cute!

Chris
Chris

July 12, 2020

Love the idea of using soft ink colors. This kit just keeps getting more exciting!

Dorothy A
Dorothy A

July 12, 2020

That is such a pretty underwater scene! It captures the beauty of the sea and sea life.

Queen Mary
Queen Mary

July 12, 2020

Love the white space Michelle, i’d Recognize your work on this team with both hands tied behind my back! Lol!!! Just love it!

cecelia
cecelia

July 12, 2020

I really like the dimension you are creating with this kit.

Karen
Karen

July 12, 2020

The coral reef is my favorite so far in this set.

Iris Esther López
Iris Esther López

July 12, 2020

Beautiful card! Love the soft colors.

karenajo
karenajo

July 12, 2020

Love the basic for the reef and the endless possibilities for using it! The added dolphins and soft colors make a great card! Thanks for sharing!

SarahC
SarahC

July 12, 2020

Beautiful summer relaxing card. Love the ebb and flow of water in nature. Just makes me relax viewing it – wonderful card.

Seema Raja
Seema Raja

July 12, 2020

Such a clever idea to create the reef layering stamp. Can’t wait to see what else is in this release.

Debbie Siddle
Debbie Siddle

July 12, 2020

Another beauty of a serene scene. xxx

Mischelle Smith
Mischelle Smith

July 12, 2020

I love working with inks that do half the work for you. The use of reactive ink does just that. Just by stamping, adding a bit of water and your end stamped image looks like you worked a while to get that “reactive” feature! Cards made with reactive ink, give your card and extra pizzaz.

Deborah Trathen
Deborah Trathen

July 12, 2020

This is amazing, so excited

Charlotte E (Lady Joyful)
Charlotte E (Lady Joyful)

July 12, 2020

This is such a beautiful scene! I love the softness of it.

Linda Clark
Linda Clark

July 12, 2020

I love everything to do with the ocean! I am loving this kit so far and can’t wait to use this. Your card is beautiful and I love the colors you used. Thank you for sharing.

Jackie McKnite
Jackie McKnite

July 12, 2020

This one has a softer and lighter look that I like.

Audrey Andrews
Audrey Andrews

July 12, 2020

This card looks so fresh. I really like the simplicity of it.

Andrea H
Andrea H

July 12, 2020

Oh I had a feeling this was your design Michelle, I just love it. You’ve done it again and I love the clean and simple look. It really looks as if its underwater. Thank you so much for sharing and for the inspiration xxx keep well Michelle

Diane Zalusky
Diane Zalusky

July 12, 2020

Those dolphins! So cute

Beatrice
Beatrice

July 12, 2020

Beautiful card design!

Dee Earnshaw
Dee Earnshaw

July 12, 2020

what a sweet scene – love the little details on it:)

CarlavdM
CarlavdM

July 12, 2020

Ooohhh…again a gorgeous card with this months new monthly Hero under water kit
Really like the soft blue colours you used for the ocean.

Katherine
Katherine

July 12, 2020

This is great!

Lagene
Lagene

July 12, 2020

So pretty, I love the dolphins swimming in the background!

Maria B
Maria B

July 12, 2020

I can’t wait to see the full kit this month. Thanks for sharing your card.

Miriam
Miriam

July 12, 2020

I love the serene vibe of this set!

Johna Rosser
Johna Rosser

July 12, 2020

oh, I love the gorgeous reef on this clean card!!

MandaLJ
MandaLJ

July 12, 2020

The more I see of this kit the more excited I am! Beautiful card!

Kelly Rix
Kelly Rix

July 12, 2020

This is super pretty! I like the contrast between how light and bright your card is compared to the others I’ve seen. Shows how versatile this set can be!

Patti Nienberg
Patti Nienberg

July 12, 2020

Beautiful card! I love your color choices!

geri
geri

July 12, 2020

thanks for all the chances to win this awesome kit!!!!

Linda
Linda

July 12, 2020

I enjoy the layered stamps and the many different looks we can get using different color combinations.
This one will be especially fun. Your underwater scene inspires all sorts of ideas—thank you.

nancy f
nancy f

July 12, 2020

Love the card and the coloring!

Joanne Williams
Joanne Williams

July 12, 2020

I love your combination of blues & greens. It is so relaxing. Thanks for sharing!

Richard
Richard

July 12, 2020

This is just gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!

Bertha
Bertha

July 12, 2020

What a beautiful card Michelle. Really soft and ethereal. I love the way you have showcased the kit. Great kit.

Tanya Boser
Tanya Boser

July 12, 2020

So beautiful, Michelle! I love you soft scene building!

Janet M Lebeau
Janet M Lebeau

July 12, 2020

Absolutely beautiful!! This kit looks amazing and I can not wait for reveal!

Anouk
Anouk

July 12, 2020

Those corals are so pretty indeed!! Can’t wait!

Terrie
Terrie

July 12, 2020

Love this card and the soft colours you used! Just beautiful!

Scraporcraft
Scraporcraft

July 12, 2020

I like the lighter take on the design. Nice to see the color options available for a change to the underwater scene.

ESTELLE
ESTELLE

July 12, 2020

A card so soft, so beautiful. The kit seams to be amazing.

Bunny Dobbie
Bunny Dobbie

July 12, 2020

What a stunning card! I love the soft colours.

Lissette A.
Lissette A.

July 12, 2020

Your cards are so inspiring. I love how you combined these colors and the kit to create this tranquil scene.

Angie
Angie

July 12, 2020

Sooooo beautiful. I feel the summer freshness of the ocean!

Rema DeLeeuw
Rema DeLeeuw

July 12, 2020

Lovely underwater scene.

Luann
Luann

July 12, 2020

Sign me up! This is amazing!

Nancy Deffner
Nancy Deffner

July 12, 2020

Love the beautiful soft colors you chose. Great kit!

Judy
Judy

July 12, 2020

Lovely clean and colorful design!

Susan Young
Susan Young

July 12, 2020

Love the soft blue tones!

Marisela Delgado
Marisela Delgado

July 12, 2020

So pretty! Lovely!

Kimberly Lee
Kimberly Lee

July 12, 2020

Love this kit

Doreen Richerson
Doreen Richerson

July 12, 2020

How can you go wrong with coral reefs and bubbly water? Such a pretty color scheme.

Anne Snelgrove
Anne Snelgrove

July 12, 2020

Such a lovely card. The reef will be a unique and fun addition to everyone’s stash.

Carla G Hundley
Carla G Hundley

July 12, 2020

Love this wonderful scene!
So pretty and the layering
looks fabulous.
Carla from Utah

sharon gullikson
sharon gullikson

July 12, 2020

The different depths is a great idea. And the dolphins are precious

Barbara Matthews
Barbara Matthews

July 12, 2020

Beautiful card, love the look of the ocean with a coral bed. Thanks for sharing.

Robert Steele
Robert Steele

July 12, 2020

As simple as your background ink blending is, one can still envision depth in it. Great job!

Teri
Teri

July 12, 2020

Great card. Love the light colours.

Melynda Cleveland
Melynda Cleveland

July 12, 2020

Wish I was snorkeling there now! Beautiful work Michelle, thank you for sharing

Gil Vollrath
Gil Vollrath

July 12, 2020

I always go to lunch at noon CST just so I can make sure I get to order every piece I want. This kit will be no exception.

Margilyne
Margilyne

July 12, 2020

Simply beautiful!

Marianna
Marianna

July 11, 2020

Lovely card, beautiful color combination.

Rebecca
Rebecca

July 11, 2020

So pretty!

Patricia Forton
Patricia Forton

July 11, 2020

Stunning. Love the sentiment.

Jennifer Sears
Jennifer Sears

July 11, 2020

This is a lively scene stamp! I cannot wait to sea more!

Janet Trapp
Janet Trapp

July 11, 2020

Loving these colors and inspiration!💞

Karen Jordan
Karen Jordan

July 11, 2020

Wow! What a peaceful card! The soft blues just sends a calm in the midst of all the storm these days. Thank you for sharing!

Madeline L
Madeline L

July 11, 2020

Love the soft colors in this card! Ocean scenes are my favorite!

KerrynM
KerrynM

July 11, 2020

Love your card. Your ink blending and color choices are always amazing.

Nicole S
Nicole S

July 11, 2020

So soft and pretty!

Elena F
Elena F

July 11, 2020

Thank you the opportunity to win the card kit. Lovely card and colors.

Marlene T
Marlene T

July 11, 2020

I love the colors. The viewer must smile. This card is lovely.

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