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

Julie M
Julie M

July 11, 2020

The soft colors in this card are stunning!

Andrea Elder
Andrea Elder

July 11, 2020

Love the colors.

Teri S.
Teri S.

July 11, 2020

Really nice card Michelle & I like that you didn’t make it too busy. The colours are good & I quite like the looser style of the fonts in the sentiment.

Jamie Moore
Jamie Moore

July 11, 2020

that green really pops!!! Such pretty color choices!

MS CAROLINE LIVERMORE
MS CAROLINE LIVERMORE

July 11, 2020

With the weather here over 100 this cool water scene is perfect. Love the coloring!

Carol Wortman
Carol Wortman

July 11, 2020

Such a soft and peaceful deep sea picture. Love the shading trick on the plants, love the bubbles rising, but the cute little fish coming in off of the corner stole my heart! Awwwwe those dolphins are so sweet.. I’m thinkin they’re thinkin of jumping out to play in the beautiful blue water!🐬🐬🐬❤

Barbara-Jean
Barbara-Jean

July 11, 2020

I’ve enjoyed the deep blues on the previous card samples, so this card with its lightness is refreshing!

Judy Inukai
Judy Inukai

July 11, 2020

Awesome card. It has so much depth and dimension. The enamel dots are a great addition – they really look like bubbles

Deborah Smart
Deborah Smart

July 11, 2020

There’s just something so calming about the sea/ocean, isn’t there? I just love this scene, especially the dolphins :) Thanks for sharing!

DL
DL

July 11, 2020

I really like the cool blue and green colours used on this card. Lovely.

Jeannean Marshall
Jeannean Marshall

July 11, 2020

I love the lighter look of this card, and still it conveys a great underwater scene!

Erika Rusch
Erika Rusch

July 11, 2020

I love the colors! I am excited about this kit!

Karen Kimmel
Karen Kimmel

July 11, 2020

Just beautiful ❤️

Vivian Avella-Diaz
Vivian Avella-Diaz

July 11, 2020

The color combination here is brilliant!!

Jade
Jade

July 11, 2020

I love your card! The soft colors are so beautiful! A very pleasing and pleasant card. Thank you.

Teresa Ryan
Teresa Ryan

July 11, 2020

Looks like fun making! Can’t wait for it to come out!

Jody
Jody

July 11, 2020

The same image as the last card but it looks SO different, it’s lovely

Celeste Cassino
Celeste Cassino

July 11, 2020

I really like the light feel your colors give this card. Instead of being deep Atlantis, it is more like surface Caribbean. Love it!

Julie
Julie

July 11, 2020

Love the blues and greens against the dove white!!

Andrea B
Andrea B

July 11, 2020

I love how the green seaweed just pops against the blues! Gorgeous card!

SunnyK
SunnyK

July 11, 2020

A tranquil and serene card. This kit must have a lot of “depth” to it to be so flexible!

Karen L K
Karen L K

July 11, 2020

Love your scene and the really nice colors you used!

Karen Hale
Karen Hale

July 11, 2020

The more I see, the more I like! Love the deep blue sea!

Julie
Julie

July 11, 2020

I LOVE the shadowing/two tone on the seaweed/sea plants. That really livens them up! Can’t wait to see the full release!

Claudia N
Claudia N

July 11, 2020

Such a beautiful card, with such a serene and peaceful scene!

Deborah Mattingly
Deborah Mattingly

July 11, 2020

This card looks very peaceful. This looks like an amazing kit.

Geri
Geri

July 11, 2020

Love this beautiful card! Thanks for the chance to win this beautiful kit

Debbie McKelvey
Debbie McKelvey

July 11, 2020

I love the colors you used on this card, so tranquil. I am thrilled to see an underwater set that makes me think of snorkeling. Great job!

Ellie Uselton
Ellie Uselton

July 11, 2020

This is a gorgeous card! It’s lighter than the previous examples we’ve been given so far and that makes the dimension you’ve given with foam adhesive more noticeable than it might otherwise be. Great job Michelle!

Lynn Gauthier
Lynn Gauthier

July 11, 2020

And another amazing card. Your blending is amazing. It’s like electric…the colors are awesome!

Chris
Chris

July 11, 2020

Sooo pretty and serene looking! It makes me want to jump in the ocean. Love the design and colors. Thank you for sharing!

Barbara Lambe
Barbara Lambe

July 11, 2020

Beautiful card, thank you for the inspiration.

Wendy
Wendy

July 11, 2020

Nice job, Michelle! Your light touch with the blue color really helps incorporate your foreground die cuts seamlessly. Gorgeous!

Toni L
Toni L

July 11, 2020

I love your card—the simplicity is stunning!

KT Fit Kitty
KT Fit Kitty

July 11, 2020

Michelle’s card is gorgeous! I like the soft colours! This kit has me sold – I love the ocean theme!

SueB
SueB

July 11, 2020

The colors on this card are very calming to me.

Debra Archer
Debra Archer

July 11, 2020

Delightful! This set has fabulous possibilities to stretch my creativity. Thanks for the inspiration.

Rachel W
Rachel W

July 11, 2020

I love the tranquility of this card. The colors are so peaceful and calming.

Donna Rohwer
Donna Rohwer

July 11, 2020

Beautiful sea reef ideas, looks like a wonderful kit.

GLenda M Sultan
GLenda M Sultan

July 11, 2020

Nice & light colors Michelle. It’s so different than solid blue water.

Shannon Kessler
Shannon Kessler

July 11, 2020

The colors of this and the underwater image is so awesome.

susan kliebert
susan kliebert

July 11, 2020

Beautiful color combination – LOVE this set!!

Cheryll
Cheryll

July 11, 2020

So sweet!

Gayle
Gayle

July 11, 2020

Love the colors on the underwater scene

Brenda
Brenda

July 11, 2020

I’m so in love with this kit already!! Your card is fantastic.

Jodi W.
Jodi W.

July 11, 2020

That is a really great card, love the look of it. Great Job!

Sue D
Sue D

July 11, 2020

Very pretty with these colors and the white space.

Katharine Rothaar
Katharine Rothaar

July 11, 2020

Love the soft colors of this sweet card.

Leslie Birdsall
Leslie Birdsall

July 11, 2020

Such a beautiful card!

Kimberly T.
Kimberly T.

July 11, 2020

I love the lighter colors in this card. Very elegant looking!

NCDonna
NCDonna

July 11, 2020

So Sweet & Soothing! Love what I’ve seen of this kit, so far! Thanks for sharing!

Adrienne Chung
Adrienne Chung

July 11, 2020

Love the soft, cool blues and greens in this card. Very soothing. The enamel dots were perfectly as bubbles.

Diane Stricker
Diane Stricker

July 11, 2020

Pretty scene. I want to swim with dolphins.

Leanne in Cali
Leanne in Cali

July 11, 2020

I love the feel of this card—the colors are wonderful and the scene is so serene! Thank you for sharing!!

Anushree Vaish
Anushree Vaish

July 11, 2020

Beautiful scene!!

Jodi Thompson
Jodi Thompson

July 11, 2020

Love this set!

Karen Lingel
Karen Lingel

July 11, 2020

Oooh, this looks like a fun kit. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

Carol H
Carol H

July 11, 2020

This is a lovely card. I’m so looking forward to seeing this kit 😊

Sheri Kempke
Sheri Kempke

July 11, 2020

Love this card Michelle, the soft colors are so pretty!

JL
JL

July 11, 2020

Reminds me of a Wyland painting, I like the reef.

JL
JL

July 11, 2020

Reminds me of a wyland

Marie T
Marie T

July 11, 2020

So pretty – I especially like the placement of the fish and enamel dots!

Cindi Johnson
Cindi Johnson

July 11, 2020

Such a peaceful and pretty scene!

Glenda Dennis
Glenda Dennis

July 11, 2020

I live on an island and am so excited to see this release, can’t wait to use it

Pamela McGillin
Pamela McGillin

July 11, 2020

What a clean & simple card, even with the layers, it just exudes a lovely calming vibe.

Beverly Robinson
Beverly Robinson

July 11, 2020

Beautifully done, Michelle. Looks like this kit will play nicely with previous Hero Arts Kits.

Jenn Hoopii
Jenn Hoopii

July 11, 2020

I love the simplicity and clean, soft look of this card! The colors are calming.

Lillian
Lillian

July 11, 2020

Really pretty. I love this scene in just a few colours! Serene!

Cynthia O.
Cynthia O.

July 11, 2020

Stunning! Love the simplicity and colors of the scene.

Suzie Dube
Suzie Dube

July 11, 2020

Beautiful card! I love the colors! The dolphins are my favorite!

Lyndi
Lyndi

July 11, 2020

I love this kit sooo much! Thanks for another beautiful card. I really want to copy this one too.

Patt H.
Patt H.

July 11, 2020

I love this card, Michelle! The soft colors & serene look are wonderful!

Cheryl Robertson
Cheryl Robertson

July 11, 2020

Such a pretty card! Im loving this kit!

Beth Merrill
Beth Merrill

July 11, 2020

Your deep sea scene is surprisingly light and airy – and I LIKE it!

Golda
Golda

July 11, 2020

I love underwater scenes and the scene you created is beautiful. Love those fun dolphins in the background, too.

Karen
Karen

July 11, 2020

Ooooo! Love the simplicity of this card but then love the detail too! The colors are stunning and hope we receive multiple inks in this kit!

Michele W
Michele W

July 11, 2020

I like the way you used lighter colors here. I often think that the use of enamel dots and sequins are overdone but your placement of the clear enamel dots here is perfect and really adds to the scene. Thanks for sharing!

Margaret R
Margaret R

July 11, 2020

A beautiful underwater scene! It’s so peaceful.

Joyce
Joyce

July 11, 2020

This is such a pretty card. I love your deep ocean scene.

Linda Clark
Linda Clark

July 11, 2020

I am loving this underwater die along with the ocean theme. This card is beautiful and I can’t wait for this kit to come out.

Leslie F
Leslie F

July 11, 2020

Beautiful card, it’s so soothing and peaceful and makes me smile

Melanie
Melanie

July 11, 2020

What a gorgeous card! I’m very excited about this kit, and can’t wait to see more!

Dara Davis
Dara Davis

July 11, 2020

Love all your Heroarts stuff! Stay healthy y’all!

Elisa
Elisa

July 11, 2020

I’d love to swim with those dolphins. Thanks for sharing your creation.

Shannon
Shannon

July 11, 2020

Beautiful scene! Lovel the colors and freshness.

Juana vega
Juana vega

July 11, 2020

Love the colors in this card, they reflect a peaceful ocean.

Nancy Knapp
Nancy Knapp

July 11, 2020

Such a tranquil scene! The little fishies seem to be watching the dolphins! They are probably thinking what their lives could be if they were dolphin-size too!

Marie
Marie

July 11, 2020

Love the soft colors of in this card. So peaceful.

Tina
Tina

July 11, 2020

Love this simple and elegant card showing off the wonderful arrangements of stamp. Can’t wait to get the kit!

Christy Malone
Christy Malone

July 11, 2020

How beautiful! I love the soft, dreamy blue with the little pops of green and different blues on the other images.

Marsha Stehle
Marsha Stehle

July 11, 2020

Beautiful scene! Love the colors you used!

Tamra Barnes
Tamra Barnes

July 11, 2020

Beautifully created! I like the details and the simplicity of the card.

Denise Bryant
Denise Bryant

July 11, 2020

I love the soft colors and details! Beautiful underwater scene!

Cindy Johnson
Cindy Johnson

July 11, 2020

Beautiful, soothing, soul restoring…just what we all need right now. Can’t wait to stamp myself to my happy place. Thank you Hero Arts!

Kimberly Siddons
Kimberly Siddons

July 11, 2020

Oh, this is a lovely clean card. The colors are so nice and cool

Retta Lutte
Retta Lutte

July 11, 2020

What a soft, peaceful scene! Beautiful card!

Debbie Selby
Debbie Selby

July 11, 2020

I love the light look that you gave to this underwater scene. Just lovely.

Kailash
Kailash

July 11, 2020

Love this gorgeous scene, looks peaceful and serene!

Avra N Williams
Avra N Williams

July 11, 2020

Pretty colors!

Stephanie VR Burns
Stephanie VR Burns

July 11, 2020

What a beautiful card! I love how peaceful it is, the dabbing of a different green ink really helped soften the look. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the kit is like!