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June My Monthly Hero Countdown: Idea #4 + Giveaway

by Michelle Short June 06, 2020 330 Comments

It's time for another countdown peek! The June My Monthly Hero kit will be available to pre-order on Monday, June 8 at 1pm Eastern/10am Pacific. Now let’s join Michelle for some fabulous inspiration using this month's kit! 

Hello there, when I saw the kit this month, I immediately thought of the Northern Lights. I thought that the landscape dies in the kit would work perfectly to go with my Northern Lights sky. You can use the Bold Prints background stamp that comes in the kit to get the sky look, but I thought I would create it with ink blending for my card today. 

True North by Michelle Short for Hero Arts

I started off by die cutting the landscape die with the house and trees from Hero Hues Dove White Premium Cardstock. I then placed the same die on to a panel of Dove White Cardstock and ran this through my die cutting machine, but this time, I only partially cut it so that the bottom of the die did not cut. The fully cut piece was then adhered on top of the panel piece using Precision Glue

True North by Michelle Short for Hero Arts

I took a top folding card base and added ink blending to the top portion for the sky. Using blending brushes, I first blended on a line of Pool Party Reactive Ink, followed by Grape Slush Reactive Ink and then Taffy Reactive Ink on the right. For the rest of the sky, I used Blue Hawaii Reactive Ink and Navy Mid-Tone Shadow Ink. I splattered on some water and then White Iridescent Shimmer Spray. I then let the panel sit to fully dry.

True North by Michelle Short for Hero Arts

Once the panel was dry, I stamped the sentiment from the clear stamp set in the kit, in the top right hand corner using Clear Embossing & Watermark Ink. I applied White Embossing Powder and heat set. The landscape panel was then added to the card with foam tape. To finish off, I added a few jewels in the sky. 

*** 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 8, before the kit launches at 10am Pacific. The more you comment, the more chances to win!

Good luck!





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Terry Huie
Terry Huie

July 20, 2020

Just gorgeous Michelle. I love the Card Grotto and find a lot of inspiration there. Thanks for all the great ideas. Terry

Leslie Spring
Leslie Spring

June 09, 2020

I love this simple elegant card. Just beautiful. Thanks for posting. I love Hero Arts!!

Sally Larsen
Sally Larsen

June 09, 2020

beautiful card and I love the colors

Tara Wilson
Tara Wilson

June 09, 2020

I love the way the ink blending looks with the glowing teal and purple streaks of “northern lights”. I also enjoy the look of the clean white die cutting. I love partial die cutting; such a fantastic technique. You are talented.

Louise
Louise

June 08, 2020

Such a beautiful card. It really inspires me to start making cards again! I love it

Amanda Hicks
Amanda Hicks

June 08, 2020

Wow! I love the use of the reactive inks! Beautiful!

Eunice Brown
Eunice Brown

June 08, 2020

Lovely card, I especially like the colors you used to create the northern lights. You did a wonderful job in blending the colors, and using it against your white die cut. Tfs.

Kim
Kim

June 08, 2020

I love the white on white with the pop of color for the Northern Lights… beautiful!

Jade
Jade

June 08, 2020

An incredibly beautiful card. I love it!

Nancy Pearce
Nancy Pearce

June 08, 2020

The colors in the skyline are perfect and the added jewels for the sparking stars makes me think of a snowy winter night. I can see using this die set in many ways.

Eileen Peters
Eileen Peters

June 08, 2020

Beautiful die cut.
Your colors are lovely!

Danielle Dietz
Danielle Dietz

June 08, 2020

Beautiful background set against the white landscaping is stunning Michelle!

Amy
Amy

June 08, 2020

Beautiful card. The sky is beautiful.

Becky Beyl
Becky Beyl

June 08, 2020

Love the colors of blending!!

Katie Coggins
Katie Coggins

June 08, 2020

So excited for this kit – I think it will be able to be used with some that I have already

Anna Rodgers
Anna Rodgers

June 08, 2020

Ooohhhh I love how your Northern Lights sky turned out. Beautiful die cut landscape too. Gorgeous card!

Karen L K
Karen L K

June 08, 2020

Beautiful ink blending! Those trees and house look great in white over that nice background!

Elaine Wood
Elaine Wood

June 08, 2020

This is so beautiful I love the northern lights

Frances
Frances

June 08, 2020

Michelle, the landscape with all the background blended colors are absolutely gorgeous. This is what I imagine the Northern Lights to look like. Thank you for taking me there.

Terrie L
Terrie L

June 08, 2020

So beautiful! Love the sky, and the sentiment is perfect!

Beth Medich
Beth Medich

June 08, 2020

Beautiful card! So many great options with this set:)

Margilyne Williamson
Margilyne Williamson

June 08, 2020

This sky is beautiful.

Kris Reeves
Kris Reeves

June 07, 2020

Yep, I live in Alaska and this is EXACTLY what I’d do with that background!

Beth Harple
Beth Harple

June 07, 2020

Would make a great Holiday card as well

Laura Staley
Laura Staley

June 07, 2020

Very creative using inks to make northern lights to go with the sentiment! I love the background die cut out in white. Wouldn’t it be perfect for a Christmas card?!!!

Toni L
Toni L

June 07, 2020

Beautiful sky with a wintery look.

Fionna Wheatley
Fionna Wheatley

June 07, 2020

Michelle! Such pretty ink blending! And the white really makes it pop! Thank you!

Ellie Uselton
Ellie Uselton

June 07, 2020

Beautiful! I love the way the sky is blended and the white landscape really makes everything feel so clean and minimalistic. The jewels are such a great choice as well. I’m so excited about everything we’ve seen from the kit.

Mary Rose
Mary Rose

June 07, 2020

Stunning!

Vicki Kroll
Vicki Kroll

June 07, 2020

Great way to make the northern lit sky stand out. So pretty.

Claudia N
Claudia N

June 07, 2020

Stunning card! Experiencing the Aurora Borealis is on my bucket list, can’t wait to see the full reveal!

Pam Ramada
Pam Ramada

June 07, 2020

Gorgeous card, love the white with the colorful sky.

Deb
Deb

June 07, 2020

I love this card! Simple and clean- beautiful!

G. Anders
G. Anders

June 07, 2020

What a pretty card!

Jessica Kerr
Jessica Kerr

June 07, 2020

Wowsa on your blending – it looks amazing!

Laurelle
Laurelle

June 07, 2020

Beautiful card

Patt H.
Patt H.

June 07, 2020

I love this beautiful card!!

Joan
Joan

June 07, 2020

Beautiful blend of colors and the stark white of the die cut makes them stand out even more! Love it!

Marie D
Marie D

June 07, 2020

Lovely blending, great card

Heather Mills
Heather Mills

June 07, 2020

Beautiful!! The white die cuts are striking against that fabulous sky background!

Miriam Prantner
Miriam Prantner

June 07, 2020

I love your background with the white in white dies!

Maria B
Maria B

June 07, 2020

I like the simplicity of your card.

Sarah Deonarine
Sarah Deonarine

June 07, 2020

I love the sky!

Beth Canary-Lee
Beth Canary-Lee

June 07, 2020

Perfect colors for your ink blending sky, looks like the Northern Lights. Can’t wait to see the complete kit!

Karen Hale
Karen Hale

June 07, 2020

I’ve always wanted to see the Northern Lights…I believe I have now. BEAUTIFUL!

Darcy P
Darcy P

June 07, 2020

Wonderful! Love that sky.

Joyce
Joyce

June 07, 2020

Love this stunning card.

Brenda
Brenda

June 07, 2020

This card is so pretty and your ink blended sky is absolutely stunning!

Susan Petersen
Susan Petersen

June 07, 2020

The landscape dies are great!

Margaret R
Margaret R

June 07, 2020

Very beautiful card! Love that die – can’t wait to see it!

Chark
Chark

June 07, 2020

Beautiful design!

Cyndee S
Cyndee S

June 07, 2020

Love the beautiful pop of color behind the village scene. The white really sets it off. Looks like this will be a very versatile kit. Fingers crossed!

Victoria Paris
Victoria Paris

June 07, 2020

This reminds me of the northern lights. It’s so peaceful. A perfect card for this year.

Karen Jordan
Karen Jordan

June 07, 2020

Beautiful color blending. And the dies, oh my! I think you did an amazing job of captivating the Northern Lights.

Elisa M Gray
Elisa M Gray

June 07, 2020

Beautiful color blending.

Margery C
Margery C

June 07, 2020

What a beautiful sky! Love your card.

HELEN C SPRAGUE
HELEN C SPRAGUE

June 07, 2020

I love color and the simplicity of the card.

SueB
SueB

June 07, 2020

Very nice card. Can’t wait to see the entire kit.

Kendra
Kendra

June 07, 2020

Your sky effect is so beautiful and complements the white die cut perfectly. Gorgeous work!

Valerija
Valerija

June 07, 2020

Stunning design, beautiful colours and wonderful card.

Debra Smith
Debra Smith

June 07, 2020

Love your background!

Debra Smith
Debra Smith

June 07, 2020

Love your background!

Karen Lingel
Karen Lingel

June 07, 2020

Clever die cut technique. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

Kay Dell Whitlock
Kay Dell Whitlock

June 07, 2020

That landscape die is beautiful and very versatile!

Teri S.
Teri S.

June 07, 2020

Michelle, I love, love this card!! I lived up north in BC for 5 years, & even though I hate the cold, this reminds me of some winter nights when the snow would be 6’ deep & covered most everything around & the northern lights would be playing in the sky. Gorgeous, but don’t want to live there again.

Leesa Hunter
Leesa Hunter

June 07, 2020

Wonderful job. The all white of the card offsets the colorful background perfectly.

Rebecca Ednie
Rebecca Ednie

June 07, 2020

Ooh, a background stamp. That sounds fun!

Marianne
Marianne

June 07, 2020

Love this! Such a fab way to use the dies for a CAS card!

Lori
Lori

June 07, 2020

So pretty

Laura
Laura

June 07, 2020

Nice blending.

Michele W
Michele W

June 07, 2020

Love your sky. Very reminiscent of the northern lights. Thanks for sharing!

Bonnie
Bonnie

June 07, 2020

Beautiful card! I can see this die would work well for a winter scene. thank you for sharing, Michelle.

Terri Rizzo
Terri Rizzo

June 07, 2020

Love this card, can’t wait to see the rest of the kit.

Jennifer L.
Jennifer L.

June 07, 2020

Love the colorful sky with the contrasting white landscape die! Looking forward to seeing more of those dies.

Monica Bilyk
Monica Bilyk

June 07, 2020

The trees really stand out against the background on the card. Love them in white!

Robin Marshall Clark
Robin Marshall Clark

June 07, 2020

What a peaceful scene! Beautiful card. Thanks for sharing!

Sherry Shelton
Sherry Shelton

June 07, 2020

I am looking forward to seeing the full kit. Beautiful card.

Janet Carter
Janet Carter

June 07, 2020

Beautiful Northern Lights sky, and it is a perfect backdrop for the trees.

Kristi H.
Kristi H.

June 07, 2020

Pretty! Your beautiful sky really pops against the white. Thank you for sharing.

Stacey Kowbel
Stacey Kowbel

June 07, 2020

Beautiful card! Such a great background!

Christine Eck
Christine Eck

June 07, 2020

Reminds me of home!

Martha Berry
Martha Berry

June 07, 2020

This card has such a beautiful Northern Lights sky! Love the soft shimmer from the Iridescent Spray. I love using that stuff and sometime forget about it. Thanks for sharing this pretty card!

Emily Henry
Emily Henry

June 07, 2020

Beautiful ink blending in the sky and the white town really sets it off. I love this card.

Sheri Kempke
Sheri Kempke

June 07, 2020

Your card is beautiful, I love that gorgeous background and the white scene just stands out. Thanks for inspiring us!

Sidelle Menon
Sidelle Menon

June 07, 2020

The Northern Lights is on my bucket list, love how you’ve interpreted it into the card!!!

Becky Moore
Becky Moore

June 07, 2020

This is so pretty! I love the white scene against that sky. Thanks for sharing!

Donna
Donna

June 07, 2020

I love the colors on this one! So pretty! Thanks for the opportunity to win the kit!

Marisela Delgado
Marisela Delgado

June 07, 2020

Gorgeous colors!

Toni
Toni

June 07, 2020

This is a very gorgeous colored card and does look like northern lights. Thanks for you inspiring rendition.

Sudhamathi Muthu
Sudhamathi Muthu

June 07, 2020

What a stunning card… love the background and the beautiful white scenic die cut..

karenajo
karenajo

June 07, 2020

Gorgeous background – the ink blending is amazing. The landscape dies worked perfect for your wonderful card! Thanks for sharing!

Melissa Keller
Melissa Keller

June 07, 2020

Northern lights are on my bucket list — looking at this beautiful card reminds me why. Thanks for the beautiful inspiration you’ve provided!

Laura Holt
Laura Holt

June 07, 2020

I’d love to win this drawing – have never worked from a kit before. Thanks.

Adonya S.
Adonya S.

June 07, 2020

Your sky is beautiful! Perfect colors and blending! Thank you for sharing!

Bo
Bo

June 07, 2020

Gorgeous. I can see snuggling under blankets drinking hot chocolate in front of the fire. Gorgeous skyline.

Theresa Ransone
Theresa Ransone

June 07, 2020

Your card really looks like the first time I saw the northern lights in north Alaska! What great memories. Cannot wait time get my hands on this kit!!

GMC
GMC

June 07, 2020

This is truly a beautiful winter wonderland in the northern hemisphere. I love the white contrast to the colorful sky.

Lisa Reber
Lisa Reber

June 07, 2020

Love your Northern Lights! Beautiful ink blending.

mary tollakson
mary tollakson

June 07, 2020

Gorgeous sky! Looking forward to the June kit

Patricia Wilson
Patricia Wilson

June 07, 2020

Love your card and makes me think of all those Christmas cards that need making. Thanks for sharing your talents with us! Can’t wait for the kit reveal!

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