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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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Robyn S
Robyn S

May 02, 2020

Great use of colour to brighten up the envelope and give the Posty a cheerful day delivering too. Looking forward to the reveal day.

Amy
Amy

May 02, 2020

Absolutely stunning! I love the idea of decorating the flap of the envelope!

Jodi Warren
Jodi Warren

May 02, 2020

Love the back of the envelope decoration. Very Cute Idea! The little balloon die is so adorable.

Melissa Baskin
Melissa Baskin

May 02, 2020

Great idea

Jennifer G.
Jennifer G.

May 02, 2020

Love the cute hot air ballons!

Dawn
Dawn

May 02, 2020

Wow! So pretty

Juana Vega
Juana Vega

May 02, 2020

Love the stamped envelope in this bright color.

Kelly Kennedy
Kelly Kennedy

May 02, 2020

Great envelopes – guaranteed to make anyone smile!

Roxanne
Roxanne

May 02, 2020

That envelope is just a ray of sunshine for a cloudy day. Love your style Michelle

Christy Malone
Christy Malone

May 02, 2020

So cute! I love the matching envelopes!!

Brittney L Young
Brittney L Young

May 02, 2020

I never thought about using die cuts or stencils on the envelope flap! Thank you for the cute idea!

Kathy
Kathy

May 02, 2020

I love how the envelope could match the card. Great idea.

Suzanne Zierman
Suzanne Zierman

May 02, 2020

Such a great idea. Nice way to complement a card!

Candie
Candie

May 02, 2020

Wow! You did a great job on both envelopes!👏 But I am particularly fond of hot air balloons, so yes, I really like that one. That would be perfect with a hot air balloon themed card, too! (I’m sure that was/is your plan😁).
Thank you for sharing such great designs and telling how/what you used to do it!👍
I always look for to seeing what new creations you all come up with at Hero Arts. You keep me inspired!👍😁
Stay safe and keep on crafting!🙏👏❤️

Heidi H
Heidi H

May 02, 2020

I need more sunshine in my life. Beautiful peeks!

ava gavloski
ava gavloski

May 02, 2020

Nice presentation

Rebecca Rapanaro
Rebecca Rapanaro

May 02, 2020

This is so adorable!

Doris
Doris

May 02, 2020

I never think to decorate my envelopes – easy and cute!

Jenna Batik
Jenna Batik

May 02, 2020

These little hot air balloons are so cute. They would bring cheer to anyone’s day.

Scraporcraft
Scraporcraft

May 02, 2020

Good look at some ideas for envelope decorating.

Jessica Williams
Jessica Williams

May 02, 2020

These are beautiful! I also love decorating the back flap of the envelope.

Debbie jensen
Debbie jensen

May 02, 2020

Love the stamping on tje envelopes

Shaanon
Shaanon

May 02, 2020

These are perfection!

Anna Moreno
Anna Moreno

May 02, 2020

Wow! The envelopes look amazing! A very creative technique of adding beauty and handmade uniqueness to the envelopes.. your recipients will love it!

Shirley Galecki
Shirley Galecki

May 02, 2020

Fabulous. Love your style. This kit looks awesome. Would love to have it

Bernadette L
Bernadette L

May 02, 2020

These are great ideas and look fabulous!

Christine E
Christine E

May 02, 2020

WOW! I can’t wait for this!

Laurie Brown
Laurie Brown

May 02, 2020

Sweet envelopes and a fun way to use your dies and stencils!!!

Robin Keith
Robin Keith

May 02, 2020

LOVE this hot air balloon die and can’t wait to play with it!

Glenna
Glenna

May 02, 2020

I have wanted to color envelops but haven’t. This makes me want to try. Thanks

Alison Thorne
Alison Thorne

May 02, 2020

Such a cute kit!

Celeste Cassino
Celeste Cassino

May 02, 2020

Love! Love! Love! How awesome it would be to open your mailbox and find one of these gorgeous envelopes tucked into all the mundane mail!

Teri S.
Teri S.

May 02, 2020

I love the idea of decorating the back flaps of the envelope, as you turn the envelope over to open it & voila!. Such a pleasant surprise. I love the sun rays.

Barb Schmitz
Barb Schmitz

May 02, 2020

Lucky recipients! These are such cheerful looks😍

Jennifer L.
Jennifer L.

May 02, 2020

Great envelopes! I need to take the time to decorate envelopes. Thanks for the reminder.

Heidi Macy
Heidi Macy

May 02, 2020

Wonderful envelope art!

Rema DeLeeuw
Rema DeLeeuw

May 02, 2020

Cute idea!

Jan Meredith
Jan Meredith

May 02, 2020

Great ideas!

Marilyn Blatt
Marilyn Blatt

May 02, 2020

Michelle. Great card. Love the coordinating envelope!

Brenda
Brenda

May 02, 2020

I love the idea of decorating the back of the envelope! Thanks for the idea, this month’s kit looks really versatile.

Cindy K.
Cindy K.

May 02, 2020

This looks like a really fun release! Love the envelopes!

Jo
Jo

May 02, 2020

What a great idea and such a great way of expanding the use of these kits

Nancy Dempsey
Nancy Dempsey

May 02, 2020

Beautiful envelopes! Great idea!

Jackie A.
Jackie A.

May 02, 2020

I love this card it is so soft. Great card and envelope combination.

Cynthia Link
Cynthia Link

May 02, 2020

Love the color fading and especially de orating the envelope! Great idea! Stams look so versatile!

Heidi
Heidi

May 02, 2020

I am so excited about this kit! I love the bright colored samples. Bright and cheery – just what we need!!

Margery C
Margery C

May 02, 2020

Love how you decorated the envelopes. It’s always make a card a bit more special when the envelope is decorated.

JOANNA SHOEMAKER
JOANNA SHOEMAKER

May 02, 2020

Love how you decorated the back of the envelope. Will you hand deliver these cards or do the embellishments actually hold up in the mail?

Patsy
Patsy

May 02, 2020

Love the card AND envelope. I’m going to try both of these ideas. Thanks for the inspiration.

Alice Turak
Alice Turak

May 02, 2020

Wonderful cards. I really like the decorated envelope too.

Starqueen
Starqueen

May 02, 2020

Oh Michelle, I’m an envelope decorator too! I can’t stand the idea of sending a beautFull handmade card in a plain envelope. These ideas are lovely and The kit add-ons are going to be must-haves!😉👏🏻

Lynn Gauthier
Lynn Gauthier

May 02, 2020

I LOVE what you did to the envelope flaps. So pretty and it would bring a smile to anyone!!!

Iris López
Iris López

May 02, 2020

Beautiful envelopes. Love the hot air balloons.

Avra N Williams
Avra N Williams

May 02, 2020

This is going to be such a happy kit!

Sheri Kempke
Sheri Kempke

May 02, 2020

Oh my heaven, those balloons are gorgeous!

Kimberly Dorval
Kimberly Dorval

May 02, 2020

Really cute envelopes. Too bad the stencils are in the add-ons and not the main kit.

Lou Evans
Lou Evans

May 02, 2020

Love the bright and cheerful colors and the rays!

Kristi H
Kristi H

May 02, 2020

Very cute, and sure to brighten someone’s day!

Betty D
Betty D

May 02, 2020

I love the idea of decorating the envelope. I don’t always remember.

Linda
Linda

May 02, 2020

Using the sunburst stencil on the envelope. Genius!

Virginia Ellison
Virginia Ellison

May 02, 2020

I love the sunburst and clouds on the envelopes…. this would be such an awesome envelope to get in the mail…. TFS

Debbie Griffin
Debbie Griffin

May 02, 2020

Such imaginative cards with all the kits

Deb C
Deb C

May 02, 2020

Love Hero Arts!¡

Alicia Mayo
Alicia Mayo

May 02, 2020

I CANNOT tell you how happy my heart is for this month’s kit! Your sneak peek projects are pure joy. I HAVE to have the addons this month, hopefully I’m quick enough to beat the dreaded "sold out’ status.🤞

Gail Anderson
Gail Anderson

May 02, 2020

Fantastic ways to decorate envelopes—so cheerful!

Nan Brown
Nan Brown

May 02, 2020

Ooh, really cute I love the add-ons you used for the background.

Vickie Hawkins
Vickie Hawkins

May 02, 2020

So bright and beautiful. I would love to win this set. So creative, out of the box thinking! Love your ideas!

Greta H
Greta H

May 02, 2020

Creative, fun ideas!

Margaret R
Margaret R

May 02, 2020

I love stencils, but never thought to use them to decorate my envelopes – brilliant idea! I especially love the Sun Background stencil!

Marie
Marie

May 02, 2020

Summer is laying on your back and watching lazy clouds go by. This card tells me Good times are coming!

Linda
Linda

May 02, 2020

I love that hot air balloon die, such a great idea decorating the flap of the envelope!

Julie Gastelum
Julie Gastelum

May 02, 2020

Love the decorating the envelope idea. I usually never take the time to do that, I will once in a while just use a stamp on the envelope, nothing exciting like this though, lol.

Isabel Z`
Isabel Z`

May 02, 2020

LOVE this kit!!!!

Michele W
Michele W

May 02, 2020

I love that this kit is about decorating envelopes but it’s obvious from Debi’s card that they can be used for cards, too. Love it when I can get lots of use out of my supplies. MIchelle, you envelopes are sweet and cheerful. I keep saying I’m going to start decorating my envelopes. Maybe with this kit I will. Love that the balloons and sun are a perfect size to use as envelope seals. Thanks for inspiring us with your great ideas for decorating envelope flaps!

Carmen Banks
Carmen Banks

May 02, 2020

What an excellent theme for this time period in our lives. Just when we might be feeling confined, you have encouraged us to explore the freedom offered by extending our space, real or imagined. Thank you.

kathy wade
kathy wade

May 02, 2020

Love the hot air ballon die!

Melanie Barrett
Melanie Barrett

May 02, 2020

I love to add a bit of flair to my envelopes. Yours are so pretty!

Kathy D.
Kathy D.

May 02, 2020

Anyone receiving a card inside one of these envelopes can’t help but smile! I can’t wait to see this kit and the wonderful add ons with this kit. I know I’ll be able to brighten many people’s days with cards made from this kit. 🌈🌤

Dana M
Dana M

May 02, 2020

Beautiful envelopes! What a sweet preview of what is to come. Fresh and spring-like designs.

Seema Raja
Seema Raja

May 02, 2020

Love that the focus is on the sky this month because the sky is the limit! Lovely envelopes.

Michelle Hackett
Michelle Hackett

May 02, 2020

I always love to see decorated envelopes, but I always forget to do it for the cards I send out. These are such wonderful designs.

Cecilia Lowrey
Cecilia Lowrey

May 02, 2020

great ideas for making the envelopes pretty too!

Rachelle Oltean
Rachelle Oltean

May 02, 2020

What great envelope art ideas! I love the balloons on the flap – so pretty!

Cyndi Morris
Cyndi Morris

May 02, 2020

Love those envelopes! I never think to decorate my envelopes, but I love the idea. I’m definitely going to start. And this release looks perfect for it — love those hot air balloons.

Pamela McGillin
Pamela McGillin

May 02, 2020

These are adorable.

Wendy Dillon
Wendy Dillon

May 02, 2020

Thank you, Michelle! What a great idea for decorating envelopes and using the resources in the kit! I’m so excited for the release!

Sue D
Sue D

May 02, 2020

Very pretty. I like the decorate the back of envelopes too but usually just a simple stamp. Yours are fabulous.

Karthikha Uday
Karthikha Uday

May 02, 2020

I lovvve these!! <3

Rushi
Rushi

May 02, 2020

How Fun!! Love the Sunshine on the envelop! Will need to try that.

Birgit
Birgit

May 02, 2020

Very nice envelopes, wonderful i
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Dee Earnshaw
Dee Earnshaw

May 02, 2020

beautiful cards – LOVE the texture of the balloons

Linda S.
Linda S.

May 02, 2020

I like decorating envelopes for my cards and I think yours are very pretty. Looking forward to this kit and seeing all the add-ons.

Gail O'Keefe
Gail O'Keefe

May 02, 2020

Honestly, I don’t ever think if decorating the envelopes but I just might start! Beautiful

nancy f
nancy f

May 02, 2020

Really love the mail art!

Barbra L.
Barbra L.

May 02, 2020

Simply beautiful! I would love to receive a card packaged in this amazing envelope!

littlen
littlen

May 02, 2020

Decorating the envelope flap…what a great touch to happy mail.

Lindarub
Lindarub

May 02, 2020

Love the hot air ballons!

Mary Holshouser
Mary Holshouser

May 02, 2020

Beautiful sky. Sending love and sunshine
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Meghan Kennihan
Meghan Kennihan

May 02, 2020

What gorgeous skies! I LOVE how you did the clouds with the balloons!!!

Stacey Kowbel
Stacey Kowbel

May 02, 2020

Fantastic cards! I love the hot air balloons!