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March My Monthly Hero Countdown: Idea #2 + Giveaway

by Emily Midgett March 01, 2019 482 Comments

It's time for our second countdown peek! The March My Monthly Hero kit will be available on Monday, March 4 at 1pm Eastern/10am Pacific. Now let’s join Emily, who is sharing another look at this wonderful kit!

Hi there! Emily Midgett here with you for some more inspiration using this month's My Monthly Hero kit. This month's kit puts one in mind of deep sea scuba diving and of colorful saltwater fish tanks. There are some really fun elements to this month's kit, so let's get started with the details on my countdown card! 

I started by using the new Reactive Ink cubes included in the March 2019 My Monthly Hero kit. I wanted a super saturated panel of paper for my background, so I rubbed the ink cubes directly onto a panel of white A2 card stock, blending the Sea Glass and Blue Water Reactive Inks to create a smooth blend. These new inks react wonderfully when water is applied, so I spritzed the panel with water and while drying, the color nearly melted away to create an interesting, almost bubbly, texture for my background. 

After my panel had dried completely (it had warped a little, so I placed it under a stack of magazines to flatten it out), I used those same inks to stamp several images from the March My Monthly Hero kit, concentrating the colors on their respective blended areas (green with green, blue with blue). I wanted to create almost the shadow of a silhouette, like viewing something on the ocean floor from far away while scuba diving. I stamped several coral and kelp images on the ocean "floor" and several fish images in the upper part of the panel as my "ocean." I also heat embossed a sentiment from the main kit using white embossing powder. 

To create the shaker part of my card front, I die cut the beautifully detailed aquarium cover plate die from Pitch Black card stock and backed it with acetate, then added foam tape all around the edges. I then filled my shaker using a variety of sequins, as well as the blue and green "bubbles" that are included in the kit. 

Well, that's all for me today! I hope you're enjoying the sneak peeks, because this kit is SO much fun! Now, I have some fun giveaway information for you:

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, March 4, before the kit launches at 10am Pacific. The more you comment, the more chances to win!





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Rosemary Paul
Rosemary Paul

April 28, 2019

That is one of the most beautiful aquarium. Cards I’ve ever seen!!
I wondered what was special about the Reactive ink pads versus all of the other ink pads out there and now I can see the difference!
Thank you for makng such lovely card and giving us guidlines on how to make our own.

Margaret
Margaret

April 16, 2019

Love the shadow box cards. I could see my grandkids watching these for hours.

Ana
Ana

March 19, 2019

Emily, I like your under the sea shaker scene. A friend recently gave me this kit. The colors in your scene blended well and the scene looks so real. I am looking forward to creating a under the sea creation of my own.

Sherry
Sherry

March 06, 2019

Wow! You did a wonderful job on the background with the colors….it does look like an underwater view! Love it! Love this kit so far!

Sharon Asakawa
Sharon Asakawa

March 06, 2019

Loved the look! I felt like I was viewing at an aquarium! I am excited to try this!

Mary Galgon
Mary Galgon

March 05, 2019

Love the colors!

Sharon Howell
Sharon Howell

March 04, 2019

So creative.. Love the look. Love shaker cards.

Ruth Dupchen
Ruth Dupchen

March 04, 2019

Nice shaker card.

Sharon Y.
Sharon Y.

March 04, 2019

Perfect shaker card design. Reminds me of the SF Academy of Science aquarium, too.

Lynn
Lynn

March 04, 2019

Fabulous shaker card. Like the tone-on-tone approach.

Kathy r
Kathy r

March 04, 2019

The blue of the water and the sequins are fabulous. The pen is the icing on the cake!!!

Ruth Manor
Ruth Manor

March 04, 2019

Another winner with this month’s HA kit! Love the colors and the stamps and die collection too.

Rita DeCook
Rita DeCook

March 04, 2019

I love this set/kit. In fact I love ANYTHING to do with the ocean/beach. Would love to win this kit.

Pauletta Smith
Pauletta Smith

March 04, 2019

Love your ideas!! Nicely done!!

Delores Brinker
Delores Brinker

March 04, 2019

I love the cool aquarium. It would make fantastic cards

Harmony Lane
Harmony Lane

March 04, 2019

This is FANTASTIC!

Donna Thielker
Donna Thielker

March 04, 2019

How beautiful, it looks like a real aquarium!

Jo-Anne Tedford
Jo-Anne Tedford

March 04, 2019

This card is absolutely beautiful!

Jo-Anne Tedford
Jo-Anne Tedford

March 04, 2019

I love this beautiful card!

Breina Burgin
Breina Burgin

March 04, 2019

I always love shaker cards! So fun! I love it!

Diane
Diane

March 04, 2019

This is my favorite. Love the colors and the use of the three layer affects and it is a shaker card.
I really can’t wait to try this card. This kit is going to be so much fun to make cards and have great results.

K. Eley
K. Eley

March 04, 2019

Another fabulous card!! Such a fantastic job, makes me want to dive in and explore!! The colors, everything! Very excited about the die!

Gina Mongenel
Gina Mongenel

March 04, 2019

Amazing! What a beautiful underwater scene! Can’t wait to see more!

Laura
Laura

March 04, 2019

Great card

Carol Tidrow
Carol Tidrow

March 04, 2019

Love your card and the beautiful colors. Was the Pen your inspiration?

Stacey Kowbel
Stacey Kowbel

March 04, 2019

Ooooh, fabulous card! Looks like a great kit!

Virginia Ellison
Virginia Ellison

March 04, 2019

This is such a cute card…I love it!

Carrie Penner
Carrie Penner

March 04, 2019

The die looks amazing!

Anne Bennett
Anne Bennett

March 04, 2019

I love the black cardstock against the saturated color of the background!

Jess Yuan
Jess Yuan

March 04, 2019

Definitely time to revisit the Monterey Bay Aquarium! Love this!

K Kraft
K Kraft

March 04, 2019

Gorgeous card! Totally stunning! This kit looks so awesome.

KerrynM
KerrynM

March 04, 2019

What a fabulous card with lots of dimension to it. This release looks fabulous

Flo
Flo

March 04, 2019

Great aquarium card and it’s a shaker. Love it.

Laura Jean
Laura Jean

March 04, 2019

Thanks for the inspiration. I’m so looking forward to this kit!

Colleen Pepper
Colleen Pepper

March 04, 2019

This card seems to glow from the inside. Gorgeous

karenajo
karenajo

March 03, 2019

Super card! Love the background and how you stamped the images to give it that ‘underwater’ look. Thanks for the inspiration!

Evelyn Larson
Evelyn Larson

March 03, 2019

so many levels on this card. love the shade of blue.

Pamela Heck
Pamela Heck

March 03, 2019

Love this card. Great Job!!!!!!!

Maggie E
Maggie E

March 03, 2019

So ethereal! Lovely colors and great design!

Eunice Brown
Eunice Brown

March 03, 2019

Thanks for sharing a lovely card. I especially enjoyed the creative process, and the of making a shaker card with the kit.

Melanie Wegner
Melanie Wegner

March 03, 2019

I love the shaker idea with this set. Thank you for your creativity.

Heather Broadnax
Heather Broadnax

March 03, 2019

The background is beautiful!!

Toni F
Toni F

March 03, 2019

What a beautiful aquarium. Love the lighted effect.

Sue Small-Kreider
Sue Small-Kreider

March 03, 2019

So excited by all I am “SEAing”!

Sam Burnett
Sam Burnett

March 03, 2019

Gorgeous! Can’t wait to try the reactive inks!

Liz O
Liz O

March 03, 2019

Love this shaker fish tank Emily! The background is stunning! Love it! Thanks for the inspiration!

Lynnea Hollendonner
Lynnea Hollendonner

March 03, 2019

I love the black and dark blue tones! Really looks like the ocean floor!

Pat vanderwolf
Pat vanderwolf

March 03, 2019

Love how the sequins pick up the color and theme. Great!

Jennifer L.
Jennifer L.

March 03, 2019

Love the layered colors, and that die is great!

Charlanne
Charlanne

March 03, 2019

I love the deep sea feel. Great inks!

Diane Hanover
Diane Hanover

March 03, 2019

I love this card, the colors and all the glimmer and floating effect.

Marisela Delgado
Marisela Delgado

March 03, 2019

Fabulous colors

Sue McRae
Sue McRae

March 03, 2019

That is one fantastic shaker! The layers of colors and stamping on the background makes this scene come to life!

Scarlett Theron Rush
Scarlett Theron Rush

March 03, 2019

I love that turquoise and blue! XD

LillyDee
LillyDee

March 03, 2019

Your card takes me into the deep sea. I like the sequins as a final touch!

Jaclyn Watler
Jaclyn Watler

March 03, 2019

This card is just plain beautiful. I love how subtly detailed the background is.

Debby Jensen
Debby Jensen

March 03, 2019

Love every card made from this kit.

Elaine C
Elaine C

March 03, 2019

Absolutely love your aquarium card with those deep blue colors and the black frame die!

Jessica Cate
Jessica Cate

March 03, 2019

Beautiful card! Such a great idea. So much fun.

Judie Attard
Judie Attard

March 03, 2019

Looks like an aquarium! Beautiful card!

Kristine T
Kristine T

March 03, 2019

I love the black contrast!!

Karthikha Uday
Karthikha Uday

March 03, 2019

Wow! This is gorgeous!! Love the fantastic background, the details, the sequins and the combination of blue and black!! Awesome!!

Susan R K
Susan R K

March 03, 2019

What a great cards — looking right into the aquarium. What a fun MMH set. Can’t wait until Monday. Thanks for sharing.

GLenda M Sultan
GLenda M Sultan

March 03, 2019

That background is so rich in color. I like how deep blue you made it. Black was the perfect choice for the frame!
Such a fun card, Emily.

Parks44
Parks44

March 03, 2019

Beautiful! Esp. using the cover all die. The coloring gives a special sense of beng deep, deep in the water.

Veronica Griffin
Veronica Griffin

March 03, 2019

Ooh, I love this card!! That die is amazing!!

Beatrice
Beatrice

March 03, 2019

What a beautiful card, love the black frame, sequins used as bubbles and added shells.
You created a fabulous card!

Joyce Soo Hoo
Joyce Soo Hoo

March 03, 2019

This card looks so realistic.

Linda Reiley Clark
Linda Reiley Clark

March 03, 2019

I love what you’ve done with this set (especially the hints of fish in the background and the black silhouettes of seaweed, etc). Your card is beautiful!

Joyce Soo Hoo
Joyce Soo Hoo

March 03, 2019

Love underwear sea scenes.

Roberta S.
Roberta S.

March 03, 2019

Emily this is a cute card. I would love to win this kit. Thank you hero arts for the opportunity.

Sandy Small
Sandy Small

March 03, 2019

The Aquarium cover plate really gives dimension to the card. The colors are lovely!

Michelle Antunes
Michelle Antunes

March 03, 2019

Oooh, like the addition of the acetate as the glass for the aquarium!

Christy Erickson
Christy Erickson

March 03, 2019

I love your card. The colors are Great !

Louise Horner
Louise Horner

March 03, 2019

Love the contrast of the black tank against the deep blues inside! What a lovely card!

Katharine Rothaar
Katharine Rothaar

March 03, 2019

Amazing card! Can’t wait to try out the inks!

Beverly Pevarnick
Beverly Pevarnick

March 03, 2019

This is beautiful, Emily. I love your use of the reactive inks and the depth of color your produced.

Kelley A Barkei
Kelley A Barkei

March 03, 2019

I love the pen featured in the picture. The aquarium is a knockout! Simply have to have it.

Hanh
Hanh

March 03, 2019

Gorgeous card! Love the sequins. And that black cardstock was a great idea!

Monica Wiechmann
Monica Wiechmann

March 03, 2019

Love those colors. So beautiful

Yvonne
Yvonne

March 03, 2019

Oooo, this is gorgeous! I’m looking forward to this kit!

Barb Ford
Barb Ford

March 03, 2019

I love how you used the sequins! It was the first thing that caught my eye after the wonderful colors.

Kerry Nicholas
Kerry Nicholas

March 03, 2019

Love this card. Has made me really looking forward to receiving it.

Amy Lombardo
Amy Lombardo

March 03, 2019

Emily, this card is beautiful! I feel like I’m in an aquarium!!

Vikki H
Vikki H

March 03, 2019

Beautiful colors and products. The framing of this die cut is awesome and sets the design well.

Denise Bryant
Denise Bryant

March 03, 2019

Absolutely beautiful card! Love the scene you’ve created and the colors! Gorgeous frame die!

Lee Winemiller Cockrum
Lee Winemiller Cockrum

March 03, 2019

The aquarium with the black is such a great idea!!

Kelly W.
Kelly W.

March 03, 2019

Love this Emily! All the blues and greens with black frame really give your card a very realistic feel for the ocean floor. You did such an amazing job creating this scene! The added sequins and tiny shells are a perfect touch!

MaryAnn Somers
MaryAnn Somers

March 03, 2019

I love how you used the sequins to look like bubbles! That frame is fabulous!

MaryAnn Somers
MaryAnn Somers

March 03, 2019

I love how you used the sequins to look like bubbles!

Sandi R
Sandi R

March 03, 2019

Perfect cart for making cards for my grandkids who love fish and the water. I love the combination of colors on this card.

Jessica Williams
Jessica Williams

March 03, 2019

I like how you used the black against those beautiful blues! Beautiful card.

Becky Hackett-Leas
Becky Hackett-Leas

March 03, 2019

A very fun card! Can’t wait to see the entire kit.

Gerlinde Townsley
Gerlinde Townsley

March 03, 2019

This is amazing! Looks just like the real thing! Love the sequins in this shaker card! Would love to have this set!

Amy S
Amy S

March 03, 2019

This is stunning! I love how the sentiment looks like it’s glowing in contrast with the background.

Lisa
Lisa

March 03, 2019

Your card is stunning and so realistic! Absolutely gorgeous!

Becky Reynolds
Becky Reynolds

March 03, 2019

Emily this is an amazing card! I love that you made a shaker out of it. Great kit!

Bonnie Pilkington
Bonnie Pilkington

March 03, 2019

Beautiful rich colors and dimension. Looks like a real aquarium.

Renee VanEpps
Renee VanEpps

March 03, 2019

Your water looks so real, and the sequins were the perfect touch to this amazing card!!!!!!!

Dee Ann Matthews
Dee Ann Matthews

March 03, 2019

What a fantastic aquarium- it is so calming to look at and compete with a castle.

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