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June My Monthly Hero Countdown: Idea #3 + Giveaway

by Michelle Short June 01, 2019 284 Comments

Hello! It's time for another look at the June My Monthly Hero Kit before the kit releases on Monday, June 3 at 1pm Eastern/10am Pacific. We will be here for the rest of the weekend, sharing inspiration before the launch. Now let's join Michelle for another look at this fabulous kit.

Another fantastic kit this month! I love jungle foliage and animals and this kit has it all! This kit lends itself to green hues but I wanted to do something a little different and work with purples for my card. 

Jungle of Joy by Michelle Short for Hero Arts

I first took the elephant from the main kit stamp set and stamped it on to white cardstock with Intense Black Ink. I coloured it with Copic Markers and die cut it out with the coordinating Frame Cuts, which are also in the kit. He was then set aside while I worked on the background. 

I took a 5.25" x 4" panel of white cardstock and stamped the sentiment on to it using more Intense Black Ink. I then ran the cardstock through my die cutting machine with the stencil that comes in the kit and an embossing mat. This stencil gives a really lovely pattern to the cardstock.

Jungle of Joy by Michelle Short for Hero Arts

I wanted to add a little colour behind the elephant, so I took Thistle Reactive Ink and blended this on to the panel with a blender brush. This gives a nice subtle glow around the elephant and helps it to pop off the card. 

The panel was added to a top folding card base with foam tape and then the elephant added on top with more foam tape. A very simple card but I really love the texture and pattern that the stencil gives to 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. The winner will be announced first thing Monday morning, June 3, before the kit launches at 10am Pacific. The more you comment, the more chances to win!

Good luck!





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Lynnette Flagler
Lynnette Flagler

June 03, 2019

Love this card. Would love to win this set.

Sharon Howell
Sharon Howell

June 03, 2019

Wow! I guess I didn’t know you could run a stencil through a die cutting machine. Very clever and I will be giving that a try.

Carolyn Pokorney
Carolyn Pokorney

June 03, 2019

Love how used stencil for the subtle background but the elephant is my love and would love to add to collection l.

Marie
Marie

June 03, 2019

I’m very excited about this month’s kit as I’ve recently been searching for the perfect monkey design. I was also very excited to see the elephant (and stencil) included, having just watched “Soul of the Elephant” (orphans) last night on public tv Nature. Talk about timing. So I do have to agree with an earlier poster’s comment regarding the headdress, and appreciate her post. Maybe others can seek out the program and watch it while creating some cards which include an appropriately related note to the recipient! That’s how I still plan on enjoying my kit as always.

Shirley Qu
Shirley Qu

June 03, 2019

A wonderful card. I love the cute elephant an the amazing background.

BILLIE SUE WOOLLEY
BILLIE SUE WOOLLEY

June 03, 2019

Very nice card! That elephant is so cute

Jawandh
Jawandh

June 03, 2019

I love! I love! I love!

Elephants are my fav animal and I absolutely love this sentiment.

Michelle you’ve done a great job on this card! I love how you’ve done the background. I must try using my stencils with an embossing mat!

Jawandh
Jawandh

June 03, 2019

I love! I love! I love!

Elephants are my fav animal and I absolutely love this sentiment.

Michelle you’ve done a great job on this card! I love how you’ve done the background. I must try using my stencils with an embossing mat!

Vickie Hawkins
Vickie Hawkins

June 03, 2019

Love a purple elephant!

tina z.
tina z.

June 03, 2019

amazing design!

Marianne
Marianne

June 03, 2019

Gorgeous! Awesome background blending as well!

Stephanie Z
Stephanie Z

June 03, 2019

Just love the elephant :)

Karen L K
Karen L K

June 03, 2019

So cute! The more I see of this kit the more I want it.

Kristen Snoozy
Kristen Snoozy

June 03, 2019

I love the fresh, clean look of this. You put in just the right amount of decoration. Stunning!

Nancy Lake
Nancy Lake

June 03, 2019

Love this card. This elephant looks very regal.

Shannon
Shannon

June 03, 2019

The elephant is fabulous!

Dori
Dori

June 03, 2019

Beautiful, Michelle! I think that is my favorite elephant stamp ever!

Kris Reeves
Kris Reeves

June 03, 2019

Love the stenciled background!

Anna Cullen
Anna Cullen

June 03, 2019

Ohhh this is a beautiful break from all the greenery cards, such a creative idea to use the stencil for the background. This is a must try idea!

Carla Hundley
Carla Hundley

June 03, 2019

Beautiful background
and darling elephant!
Carla from Utah

Sudhamathi Muthu
Sudhamathi Muthu

June 02, 2019

Michelle I just love this elephant… so brave and strong… the pattern on the elephant head looks so beautiful and elegant… love the dry embossing with the stencil.. love this card so much..

Ann K.
Ann K.

June 02, 2019

Oh my gosh, what a great elephant!! Looking forward to this release!

Cheryl Agresti
Cheryl Agresti

June 02, 2019

I would love to win this kit! Love Hero Arts Stamps & die sets!

Katie Coggins
Katie Coggins

June 02, 2019

Adorable – this kit is a must have and I am sure will sell out. Cant wait for the release

Kathie Powell
Kathie Powell

June 02, 2019

I can’t wait to play with the new kit. It already looks fun!

Francine
Francine

June 02, 2019

Love these count downs. Kit looks fabulous.

Debbi Smith
Debbi Smith

June 02, 2019

Loge the elephant! Fantastic coloring.

Diana
Diana

June 02, 2019

I’m super excited for this kit. Everything looks beautiful

Debbie Walter
Debbie Walter

June 02, 2019

Beautiful! I love he background and the elephant is adorable

Andre M.
Andre M.

June 02, 2019

The elephant makes quite a statement on this clean card, the minimal palette is lovely.

Michele W
Michele W

June 02, 2019

Love your soft background with the embossing and the soft purple really looks good behind the gray elephant. Thanks for sharing!

Vikki H
Vikki H

June 02, 2019

Darling image and the stencil embossing features it nicely

Lori Lehnen
Lori Lehnen

June 02, 2019

Love the Purple , and the embossing on this card! Great job, thanks for sharing!

Claudia N
Claudia N

June 02, 2019

Beautiful card! Very regal elephant.

candgmom
candgmom

June 02, 2019

Great card, I love the elephant and the embossing idea.

Susan Carlson
Susan Carlson

June 02, 2019

Really enjoy the effects that stencil gives the background of this card! Love elephants!

Jana Yeager
Jana Yeager

June 02, 2019

Love the colors on your card!

Nancy Y
Nancy Y

June 02, 2019

I love the simple background and how it makes the elephant pop!

Nancarrow Brown
Nancarrow Brown

June 02, 2019

Wow I had assumed the kit was jungle themed until I saw this fabulous elephant! Looking forward to seeing the rest of the kit and addons.

Heidi Macy
Heidi Macy

June 02, 2019

Very lovely design with the purple glow and embossing behind the elephant.

Stacey Kowbel
Stacey Kowbel

June 02, 2019

Wonderful card – such a great CAS design! I love your elephant!

Nancy Deffner
Nancy Deffner

June 02, 2019

Love this elephant. Reason enough to get the kit. Your embossed and inked background is fabulous.

Mitzi
Mitzi

June 02, 2019

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

Carmela Hubler
Carmela Hubler

June 02, 2019

Great job on the coloring and shading of your elephant, Michelle!

Julia M.
Julia M.

June 02, 2019

It’s a jungle out there! It’s a great stamp set, and a lovely card!

Maureen Reiss
Maureen Reiss

June 02, 2019

Amazing!!! I love this elephant!!!

Thersha Lewis
Thersha Lewis

June 02, 2019

Regal and majestic🤔yup that’s what i get from the elephant and purple hues. Super sophisticated!

Karthikha Uday
Karthikha Uday

June 02, 2019

What an awesome card! The elephant looks lovely and the background is fantastic! :)

Amy Takeshima
Amy Takeshima

June 02, 2019

Love the technique of blending around the elephant to give it a subtle glow.

Pamella Albright
Pamella Albright

June 02, 2019

Great card! I especially love the texture of the background 😊

Denise Bryant
Denise Bryant

June 02, 2019

Loving the jungle theme! Awesome elephant design! Pretty card!

Julie O'Neil
Julie O'Neil

June 02, 2019

Love how you did this background, thanks for sharing!

Zureen Kazmi
Zureen Kazmi

June 02, 2019

Elephants are my favourite! The clean and simple look of this card is charming. This card would work for any occasion. I particularly like the embossed background. It adds beautiful but subtle texture.

Zureen Kazmi
Zureen Kazmi

June 02, 2019

Elephants are my favourite! The clean and simple look of this card is charming. This card would work for any occasion. I particularly like the embossed background. It adds beautiful but subtle texture.

GLenda M Sultan
GLenda M Sultan

June 02, 2019

This card reminds me of my trip to Pakistan. Nice subtle purple colors. This kit is different from your safari kit and I am sure you can combine elements from both sets.

Chantal Lowe-Norris
Chantal Lowe-Norris

June 02, 2019

I think the Thistle Reactive Ink finished the project nicely and tied in your amazing colouring of your elephant perfectly. Beautiful card!

GLenda M Sultan
GLenda M Sultan

June 02, 2019

Great job with the purple shading around the elephant. I like the embossing folder circles in the background. Cute baby card.

Toni Morton
Toni Morton

June 02, 2019

Looks like an awesome kit will be coming soon! Love the elephant!

Michelle Hackett
Michelle Hackett

June 02, 2019

I’m loving the embossed stencil background on this card, and the elephant, and the purple. Ok, I just love the whole card. Can’t wait to see the full reveal of this months kit.

JBJ
JBJ

June 02, 2019

Loving your beautiful coloring on the elephant! Great choice of adding the light color behind, too!

Rebecca Ednie
Rebecca Ednie

June 02, 2019

Oh wow! I can’t wait for the reveal! Love this card.

Carol H
Carol H

June 02, 2019

Love the way you’ve done the background in this card. The elephant is so cute.

Lagene
Lagene

June 02, 2019

Majestic elephant, love the purple shading!

Judy Behler
Judy Behler

June 02, 2019

Absolutely love the opportunities this kit offers.

Gloria
Gloria

June 02, 2019

This is a great image and I love the simplicity of this card.

Annette Gordon
Annette Gordon

June 02, 2019

I love that elephant Michelle! And I really like how your simple but textured background really makes it stand out. Did you stamp your saying before running the stencil through?

Denise Kitts-Wadlow
Denise Kitts-Wadlow

June 02, 2019

How fun! Love the stencil embossing-I’ll have to give that a try.

Laurie Schlichter
Laurie Schlichter

June 02, 2019

That elephant belongs in an Indian procession.

Gabriella Bell
Gabriella Bell

June 02, 2019

Oh I love elephants. They are my favorite animal.

Bianca Wegner
Bianca Wegner

June 02, 2019

sigh makes me think of traveling… far, far away…

Priscilla Bade
Priscilla Bade

June 02, 2019

Cute elephant! Will have to try embossing with stencils

mirella
mirella

June 02, 2019

The headpiece on the elephant reminds me of the February monthly Hero kit. I think they would mix well. Looking forward to the full release!

Sandy
Sandy

June 02, 2019

This is beautiful, I love that you changed it up and used purple!

Susan
Susan

June 02, 2019

Can’t wait to see what other critters might be in this set!

Robyn S
Robyn S

June 02, 2019

Loved the texture and colour in the background, the elephants eye looks like it is looking straight at me.

Henriétte
Henriétte

June 02, 2019

Absolute awesome card Michelle. I love the stunning background you created with the stencil and the use of purple on the card. Elephants are always awesome no matter how you use them. Thank you so much for your awesome inspiration.

Janet
Janet

June 02, 2019

Love that embossing folder / diecut embossed background!

Felicia C
Felicia C

June 02, 2019

What a sweet elephant! This is going to be another knock out kit. Thank you for the technique using the impressive stencil. Can’t wait!

Dee Ann Matthews
Dee Ann Matthews

June 02, 2019

What an elegant Elephant!

Amy Lombardo
Amy Lombardo

June 02, 2019

Michelle, I really like your card. The background dry embossing and the small amount of purple to pop that cute elephant, very neat!

Kimberly T.
Kimberly T.

June 02, 2019

I love this elephant! I like how this card is simple yet elegant. Great job!

Dianne Sims
Dianne Sims

June 02, 2019

Such a beautiful kit
And great cards!

Theresa P
Theresa P

June 02, 2019

Great elephant stamp! Great card design.

Lisa Byers
Lisa Byers

June 02, 2019

I love this simple card highlighting this cute elephant. The background is fabulous!!

Tracy Ackerley
Tracy Ackerley

June 02, 2019

I never thought to run a stencil through my big shot. What a good idea. Thanks.

MandaLJ
MandaLJ

June 02, 2019

What a beautiful card – i love the hint of colour on the background to highlight the elephant

Karenajo
Karenajo

June 02, 2019

Love the elephant – so very regal looking. Your background is amazing, must try this with some of my stencils! Thanks for sharing!

Paula S.
Paula S.

June 02, 2019

Love the subtle stencil background. It really sets off the elephant image well.

Marijke van der Werf
Marijke van der Werf

June 02, 2019

What a beautifull card Michelle.

Valerija
Valerija

June 02, 2019

Wow, a beautiful creation, love the colours and the cute image.
Valerija xx

K. Eley
K. Eley

June 02, 2019

I have to remember the stencil and embossing mat trick! With other stencils too. Looks like a beautiful technique. Gorgeous card! So excited to see more!!!

Debbie McKelvey
Debbie McKelvey

June 02, 2019

I love elephants and this card is fabulous.

Jenny Kihlberg
Jenny Kihlberg

June 02, 2019

What a cute card! I love that you used purple instead of green and so creative to use the stencil to emboss. Beautiful!

Devra Joy
Devra Joy

June 02, 2019

Love the sentiment….very fun card

Kenzie Higdon
Kenzie Higdon

June 02, 2019

I am so excited, I have never gotten a My Monthly Hero Kit before, I think this might be my first one, so far I am loving what I’m seeing, I’ll be setting a reminder so I don’t miss out!!!!!

Kirsty
Kirsty

June 02, 2019

Cute, fun card ❤️

Phoebe Karr
Phoebe Karr

June 02, 2019

I love the subtle raised background with a slight purple pop of color and the elephant dimensional on top.

Loti Poffenroth
Loti Poffenroth

June 02, 2019

What a great idea to emboss with the stencil. I love elephants!

Hilde Larsen aka Tindaloo
Hilde Larsen aka Tindaloo

June 02, 2019

Lovely card! Such a cute elephant, love the stencil! ♥

Beverly
Beverly

June 02, 2019

The sentiment, “sending a jungle of joy” is so unique! I love it. The coloring is beautiful, the realism is perfect and the subtle background sets them both off.

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