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May My Monthly Hero Countdown: Idea #2 + Giveaway

by Michelle Short May 01, 2020 338 Comments

It's time for our next countdown peek! The May My Monthly Hero kit will be available to pre-order on Monday, May 4 at 1pm Eastern/10am Pacific. Now let’s join Michelle, who is sharing some more fabulous inspiration using this month's kit! 

Hello there! Although this month's kit is geared towards all things happy mail, including decorating envelopes, I think the tendency is to decorate the front of the envelope, but I thought it would be fun to decorate the backs of them today instead!

Envelope Art by Michelle Short for Hero Arts

You get both A2 and A7 envelopes in the kit, so I thought it would be fun to use one of each on my post today. For the A2 envelope, I started off by die cutting the Cloudy Sky Scene Dies (which is an add-on this month) from acetate to create a DIY stencil.

Envelope Art by Michelle Short for Hero Arts

I took a piece of scrap paper and placed this under the flap of the envelope to protect the bottom portion. I then placed the DIY stencil over the flap of the envelope starting at the bottom. Using an ink blending brush, I blended Splash Reactive Ink on to the envelope to create a cloudy background, moving the stencil up as I went. 

Envelope Art by Michelle Short for Hero Arts

I then took the hot air balloon die that comes in the kit and die cut this three times from Hero Hues Dove White Premium Cardstock. I blended Soft Brown Shadow Ink at the bottom for the baskets and then bright colors for the tops. I used Thistle and Grape Slush Reactive Inks for the purple balloon, Taffy Reactive Ink for the pink and Pool Party Reactive Ink for the aqua one. I then adhered them on to the envelope using Precision Glue

Envelope Art by Michelle Short for Hero Arts

For the A7 envelope, I started off by adding a piece of scrap paper under the flap  again, ready for ink blending. I blended on a light layer of Lemon Drop Reactive Ink across it and then placed the Sun Background Stencil (another add-on this month) on top. This time I blended on Creamsicle Reactive Ink

Envelope Art by Michelle Short for Hero Arts

I then die cut the sun die from the kit from Hero Hues Canary Premium Cardstock and added ink blending to it with the same yellow and orange inks. I cut a heart from the Nesting Hearts Infinity Dies set from the same Canary Cardstock and blended on Creamsicle Ink. It was adhered to the center of the sun with Precision Glue. The sun was then adhered on to the flap of the envelope, applying adhesive to the top only so that it can be used as an envelope seal. To finish off, I added a layer of Crystal Clear Lacquer on to the heart. 

You can seal these envelopes with a sealant or fixative, but I will likely hand deliver these ones. I think these envelopes would be sure to brighten up anyone's day and adds that bit extra to sending a handmade card! 

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

Good luck!





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Vanessa Carroll
Vanessa Carroll

June 29, 2020

This is beautiful! Y’all are so very talented!

Joyce Soo Hoo
Joyce Soo Hoo

May 06, 2020

Love colors. Very nice.

Mairi
Mairi

May 05, 2020

Love the idea of decorating the envelope like getting two cards

Marlene Twilley
Marlene Twilley

May 04, 2020

This card is so pretty and inspiring. Love the Michelle colored the sky, cloud and sun. Anyone would love to get this card with all of those wonderful hot air balloons.

Schmidenkiwi
Schmidenkiwi

May 04, 2020

I like the idea of decorating the envelopes. Your stenciled sun gives me a smile.

Michelle Michalski
Michelle Michalski

May 04, 2020

I’m loving the colors this month, beautiful card!

linda smith
linda smith

May 04, 2020

love the hot air balloon!

Kathryn D
Kathryn D

May 04, 2020

The Kit looks awesome !

Dhruvika
Dhruvika

May 03, 2020

Michelle, I love your card from the moment I saw it.. Such beautiful stenciling, choice of colors and total transformation ❤️❤️

Anna Rodgers
Anna Rodgers

May 03, 2020

This looks like a fun kit! Loving the happy envelopes!

Barb Ford
Barb Ford

May 03, 2020

Love this sky and the balloons. Beautiful colors!

Nancy L Lake
Nancy L Lake

May 03, 2020

Great idea for decorating the envelopes! I love them both but the one with the balloons is my favorite. I’m loving the bright, cheerful vibe the examples are sending. Very nice!

Sharon Gullikson
Sharon Gullikson

May 03, 2020

Oh cute, I love the decorated envelopes!!

karenajo
karenajo

May 03, 2020

Love the idea of adding elements to the envelopes and these are wonderful ideas! Thanks for sharing!

Linda Otero
Linda Otero

May 03, 2020

Just made some hot air balloons centerpieces for a baby shower! Love it!

Peggy mccullar
Peggy mccullar

May 03, 2020

Love love love the balloons and that little sun die! Really cute envelopes Michelle!

Peggy mccullar
Peggy mccullar

May 03, 2020

Love love love the balloons and that little sun die! Really cute envelopes Michelle!

Vizma
Vizma

May 03, 2020

Love the hot air balloons and the texture they create on the card. The starburst with a heart looks like a royal seal!

JC
JC

May 03, 2020

How special to receive a handmade card in a beautifully decorated envelope!

SunnyK
SunnyK

May 03, 2020

Those are the cutest little hot air balloons, which I love anytime, I’ve ever seen! What fun!

Stacy
Stacy

May 03, 2020

Such a fun idea to decorate the backs of the envelopes! I can’t wait to see this kit!

Lisa H
Lisa H

May 03, 2020

Love those balloons, what a pretty card!

Dixie
Dixie

May 03, 2020

What fun envelopes! These are stunning!

ReNae Allen
ReNae Allen

May 03, 2020

There’s so many things about these cards that I love that I’m just going to say that this design work was absolutely stellar and has inspired me to purchase this kit! Well done!
Deborah345
Deborah345

May 03, 2020

Super cute.

Sue Manning
Sue Manning

May 03, 2020

The envelope looks great. Thanks for all your wonderful and creative ideas.

Diana Metts
Diana Metts

May 03, 2020

I hardly ever think to do something to my envelopes. These are so inspirational. Can’t wait for the whole set reveal.

Sharon Taylor
Sharon Taylor

May 03, 2020

The more I see, the more I like. It’s going to be a great release and, I think, the perfect birthday present to myself.

Kathya Hidalgo
Kathya Hidalgo

May 03, 2020

Love how the envelopes were decorated.

Kathya Hidalgo
Kathya Hidalgo

May 03, 2020

Love how the envelopes were decorated.

Myrna Pearson
Myrna Pearson

May 03, 2020

Great ideas for envelopes

Allie
Allie

May 03, 2020

Beautiful envelope ideas Michelle! This kit seems to have all the elements I have wanted. So looking forward to the big reveal tomorrow!

Dawn Jones
Dawn Jones

May 03, 2020

Love the envelope flaps. Great way to announce what’s inside.

Anouk
Anouk

May 03, 2020

Oh I love hot air balloons! These are very pretty! Fun idea to decorate only the back of the envelopes.

Becky Reynolds
Becky Reynolds

May 03, 2020

Those clouds! Love the envelope flaps!

Debbie
Debbie

May 03, 2020

Love the balloons in the clouds! Great card!

Nana Griffin
Nana Griffin

May 03, 2020

Nicely done. Love the envelope.

kathleen dumpert
kathleen dumpert

May 03, 2020

I love how you decorated the envelopes!

Veronica Griffin
Veronica Griffin

May 03, 2020

I love those clouds!!!

Linda
Linda

May 03, 2020

I love the way you decorated the envelope flaps. I especially love the hot air balloon die. Love the colors you used.

Cynthia M Robutka
Cynthia M Robutka

May 03, 2020

Michelle,
Perfect choice of colors for your balloons, I love it.

Candi
Candi

May 03, 2020

Fun envelope flaps. Would love getting something like this in the mail!

Claire N
Claire N

May 03, 2020

I like the idea of decorating the outside of the envelopes (I usually just pretty up the inside with a liner) and love the way these particular ones were done. Can’t wait to see the rest of the kit.

Melissa Beattie
Melissa Beattie

May 03, 2020

Such a fun way to decorate envelopes 😊

Nicole Nardi
Nicole Nardi

May 03, 2020

I’ve decorated envelopes before, but adding the dies cuts knocks it out of the park. Brilliant idea! And so pretty too.

Aggie
Aggie

May 03, 2020

What a fun way to decorate the envelope! How Creative!

mary
mary

May 03, 2020

Interesting that kit idea #2 uses an add on- What is in the kit?

Marilyn Musgrave
Marilyn Musgrave

May 03, 2020

I love putting surprises on my envelopes. The card will be positive with this theme but the surprise will be extraordinary!! Love the add on for this kit.

JANIS
JANIS

May 03, 2020

I’ve been wanting some for interesting Sky Stamps. This is right up my alley. Thanks

Delores Oster
Delores Oster

May 03, 2020

Lots of versatility and a ray of sunshine in these days of gloom. Thank you

Debi
Debi

May 03, 2020

How fun these envelopes are.
Love seeing different ideas for envelope stamp art.
Looking forward to receiving my kit!

Carole D
Carole D

May 03, 2020

I just watched Aeronauts and I will never ever look at a balloon in the same way again! ❤️❤️❤️

Terrie D. (StarSpry)
Terrie D. (StarSpry)

May 03, 2020

What a fun way to decorate envelopes! These are both so lovely. :)

Kathy Ellwanger
Kathy Ellwanger

May 03, 2020

I never decorate my envelopes, but I think maybe I should. These envelopes are so cute and will match the cards. I love what I’ve seen of this kit.

Marianne
Marianne

May 03, 2020

Note to self: try to remember to create matching envelopes. Yours are so pretty, Michelle.

Ruth Gauss
Ruth Gauss

May 03, 2020

I love these creative and fun ideas for envelope flaps! Whoever receives these is sure to feel special!!! Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring!

Glenice Bust
Glenice Bust

May 03, 2020

Thanks for those greats ideas for the backs of envelopes.
Guess what my next project is?

Jody V
Jody V

May 03, 2020

What a lovely idea. Looks great. Thanks for sharing.

Sue Kujawa
Sue Kujawa

May 03, 2020

I have been trying to make the envelopes more decorative when I mail cards. I hope the letter carriers notice too.

Lucille Rang
Lucille Rang

May 03, 2020

So cute!

Sandy G
Sandy G

May 03, 2020

What a great idea. It adds that little something that will put your card over the top. Thank you.

Charlene Dahlberg
Charlene Dahlberg

May 03, 2020

the balloons and the clouds are perfect and crazy in love with the envelope art !!

Lisa Byers
Lisa Byers

May 03, 2020

So in love with those pastel balloons!! I like decorating my envelopes, this kit is fabulous!!

Diane Hover
Diane Hover

May 03, 2020

Love~love the pretty colors of the hot air balloons and those puffy clouds!!

Joanne Williams
Joanne Williams

May 03, 2020

I really like that you featured envelopes. I don’t often take (or have) the time to decorate them but I love what you’ve done. Great inspiration. Thanks for sharing!

Theresa P
Theresa P

May 03, 2020

Great use of the kit. Love the envelopes!

Bo C
Bo C

May 03, 2020

Love these. Looks so fun and inspiring. The sunshine is certainly welcome as we’ve had so much rain this year so far!

Jean Crocker
Jean Crocker

May 03, 2020

Great card for today!

Anne-Maree Driver
Anne-Maree Driver

May 03, 2020

What a beautiful idea and it would cheer up any recipient, thank you.

Kathy Benjamin
Kathy Benjamin

May 03, 2020

Gorgeous. So bright and cheery

Subhashini S
Subhashini S

May 03, 2020

I love these decorated envelopes!

Chandhini
Chandhini

May 03, 2020

I love how Michelle decorated the front of envelopes. The hot air balloons look so cute.

Diana Rodriguez
Diana Rodriguez

May 03, 2020

I love the sun!!

Samantha VanArnhem
Samantha VanArnhem

May 03, 2020

So sweet!!

Janet Wright
Janet Wright

May 03, 2020

I love the ideas for decorating the envelopes, stretching the creativity is perfect!

Mary Lou Marshall
Mary Lou Marshall

May 03, 2020

Wonderful, Michelle! I love the idea of turning over a card from the mail and getting this blast of happy as a bonus!

Jen Clem
Jen Clem

May 03, 2020

Love the hot air balloon and the color combination. I have been wanting to do the cloud Background.

Kelly
Kelly

May 03, 2020

Gorgeous colours!

Laura Jean
Laura Jean

May 03, 2020

These envelopes are absolutely beautiful and inspirational. Thank you for sharing.

Skyy
Skyy

May 03, 2020

The sunny background is so wonderful.

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 02, 2020

Love those little hot air balloons!

Jodi
Jodi

May 02, 2020

I absolutely LOVE matching envelopes!!! They just finish the project!!!

Debbie F.
Debbie F.

May 02, 2020

Such a cute idea – thanks for thinking “outside of the box”!

Toni L
Toni L

May 02, 2020

So cheery and bright.

Chelsea Davis
Chelsea Davis

May 02, 2020

I’ve always tried to put a little something on the envelopes I send – a preview to what is inside :)

Terri Rizzo
Terri Rizzo

May 02, 2020

Really nice idea, looking forward to getting this kit.

Heather Mills
Heather Mills

May 02, 2020

So Fun!! What a great idea to decorate the backs of the envelopes! I have to admit, I rarely decorate either side, : (

Sandye Curry
Sandye Curry

May 02, 2020

Love those decorated envelopes.

Karyn K Siemering
Karyn K Siemering

May 02, 2020

I’d be so excited to find out what was inside those envelopes, so cheery!
Sidekickcards
Sidekickcards

May 02, 2020

My favourite! Brilliant choice of colours 😊

Becky Moore
Becky Moore

May 02, 2020

What a wonderful way to decorate your envelopes!

Kay L.
Kay L.

May 02, 2020

Love the decorated flaps. Have never worked on decorating the envelopes, by this inspires me to do so.

Billie Vonderwahl
Billie Vonderwahl

May 02, 2020

Love the clouds and balloons

Janet Trapp
Janet Trapp

May 02, 2020

So cute❣️ Love this design and kits looks so fun! 💞

Missy Starliper
Missy Starliper

May 02, 2020

Wow! These are beautiful. I’ve never really thought about decorating my envelope. Thanks for the inspiration.

Karen L Hetherington
Karen L Hetherington

May 02, 2020

I like these ideas. The recipients would love these from the get go.

Miriam Prantner
Miriam Prantner

May 02, 2020

What a great way to dress up your envelopes. These are so much fun!

Natalie D
Natalie D

May 02, 2020

Oh… I think I’m going to need this!

Joan
Joan

May 02, 2020

Wow, Michelle. These envelopes you’ve created are gorgeous. Who wouldn’t want to get these in the mail – make anyone happy!

Susanbabcock
Susanbabcock

May 02, 2020

What a cute idea! Love those envelopes, you did a great job!

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