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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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Dorothy Mutafopulos
Dorothy Mutafopulos

May 02, 2020

The card is so fabulous and loving the balloons . Your idea of decorating the flap of the envelope is fabulous too! The Hero Arts kit brings smiles and laughter and joy into any crafting room.

Jeanne Beam
Jeanne Beam

May 02, 2020

Gorgeous envelopes! Love the colors. Thanks so much for sharing…

Ann Washabaugh
Ann Washabaugh

May 02, 2020

Beautiful beautiful cards and envelopes…I think I’m going to love this kit!! Sure hope I win since May 5 is my birthday!! Thanks for sharing and Stay Safe.

Ann Washabaugh
Ann Washabaugh

May 02, 2020

Beautiful beautiful cards and envelopes…I think I’m going to love this kit!! Sure hope I win since May 5 is my birthday!! Thanks for sharing and Stay Safe.

susan King
susan King

May 02, 2020

Michele I just love how you used the add-ones along with the two different size envelopes!

Emily Henry
Emily Henry

May 02, 2020

What a great idea for decorating the envelopes. I never thought of using stencils but it is a great idea and should not interfere with postal service machines. I’m going to give it a try today!

Toni F
Toni F

May 02, 2020

Great idea. Love the hot air balloons in the sky.

Lynn Cyert
Lynn Cyert

May 02, 2020

Wonderful envelope decorations! Thieve would be great to get in the mail.

Victoria
Victoria

May 02, 2020

beautiful envelopes!!

Esmeralda
Esmeralda

May 02, 2020

Thanks for letting us know which items you used on your envelopes came from the kit.

Janet Durbin
Janet Durbin

May 02, 2020

Fantastic idea to make envelopes to match your lovely cards! Good work!

Jean Crocker
Jean Crocker

May 02, 2020

So cute!

MandaLJ
MandaLJ

May 02, 2020

Who wouldn’t love to receive mail in such beautiful envelopes?!

Mary C.
Mary C.

May 02, 2020

Such cheerful cards!

Feriba
Feriba

May 02, 2020

I never thought about decorating the back of the envelope , what a great idea . I love your envelope decorating ,it gives me lots of inspiration. Thank you

KT Fit Kitty
KT Fit Kitty

May 02, 2020

These are beautiful! I rarely decorate my envelopes so I am intrigued!

Valerija
Valerija

May 02, 2020

These envelopes are gorgeous. I love the colours and details.
Valerija xx

Rezalia Watson
Rezalia Watson

May 02, 2020

I love hot air balloons! These are so much fun!

Birgit Norton
Birgit Norton

May 02, 2020

Adorable! I love how you decorated the envelope flap too. It really completes the sweet card ensemble.

Carol H
Carol H

May 02, 2020

Happy Mail!! What a great idea. Love this – so nice the way you’ve decorated the envelopes. 😊

Teresa
Teresa

May 02, 2020

Great ideas for envelopes! Just getting mail with this envelope would make my day!!

Mary D
Mary D

May 02, 2020

Beautiful scenes and colors! Thanks for sharing.

Felicia C
Felicia C

May 02, 2020

This kit will bring all a ray of sunshine and rebirth of spring to all during these trying times! Love them!

Melynda C
Melynda C

May 02, 2020

These envelopes scream “ I’m happy mail! “ Very cute! Thanks

Stephanie Zilmer
Stephanie Zilmer

May 02, 2020

Cool looking envelopes :)

Tera Fendley
Tera Fendley

May 02, 2020

Lately I have been a sucker for hot air ballon stamps and dies. Even though I have never been in one. But there is something about them that is very uplifting and puts a smile on my face. Anxious for the kit debut

Lisa Bianco
Lisa Bianco

May 02, 2020

I love how the colors just pop. They make you happy. Nice card.

Alona Sulman
Alona Sulman

May 02, 2020

I am so inspired by your creativity and personal touch that brighten its recipient.

Christa M
Christa M

May 02, 2020

Love this so much. I love to decorate the envelopes but usually just a stamp love the ink blending and cut outs.

Tina z.
Tina z.

May 02, 2020

Wow, so creative and beautiful.

Vicki Mayberry
Vicki Mayberry

May 02, 2020

love decorating the envelope and the hot air balloons

Dot Tucker
Dot Tucker

May 02, 2020

I haven’t been embellishing the envelopes, will start doing that, so attractive.

RosieJ
RosieJ

May 02, 2020

Love the technique for the envelopes. Makes me want to start decorating the envelopes for all the cards I make. Its such a beautiful touch. Thanks for the idea.

Julia D.
Julia D.

May 02, 2020

I love it! I love decorating my envelopes and so it looks like this kit will be perfect for me. Love these samples! Thank you for the chance to win!!

Beth Merrill
Beth Merrill

May 02, 2020

These decorated envelopes will certainly let the recipient know they are receiving something special in the mail! Who doesn’t appreciate that sort of gesture these days?!

Anushree Vaish
Anushree Vaish

May 02, 2020

Love these Michelle…Made me smile!!

Lara Mosby
Lara Mosby

May 02, 2020

This is going to be a great kit! So many wonderful ideas!

Judy
Judy

May 01, 2020

I love these ideas for decorating envelope flaps—thanks for the inspiration!!

Andrea B
Andrea B

May 01, 2020

These envelopes would make any happy mail extra special! I love them!

Cheryll Aldridge
Cheryll Aldridge

May 01, 2020

These are so cheery!

Amy Cooley
Amy Cooley

May 01, 2020

I love the envelopes! What a pretty idea.

Leslie Birdsall
Leslie Birdsall

May 01, 2020

I love decorating the envelopes that hold my hand crafted cards! Great ideas!

Kirsten
Kirsten

May 01, 2020

I love both envelopes Michelle. Decorating the envelope that contains a hand made card is icing on the cake. Thanks for sharing.

Leigh Gardner
Leigh Gardner

May 01, 2020

Makes me want to go to NM balloon festival

Cynthia Cole
Cynthia Cole

May 01, 2020

Fun way to decorate the envelopes.

Julie B
Julie B

May 01, 2020

Happy mail!

Barbara Moore
Barbara Moore

May 01, 2020

I forget to decorate the envelopes. Cleaver.

Marianna
Marianna

May 01, 2020

I like to decorate the back of my envelopes too. These are lovely!

Claudia N
Claudia N

May 01, 2020

What a cute idea!

KerrynM
KerrynM

May 01, 2020

Love the envelopes. Who wouldn’t love to get that in your letterbox? Definitely happy mail, it would brighten my day.

Tanya Suresh
Tanya Suresh

May 01, 2020

Such a fun, surprise idea to decorate the back! This would have made me smile if I received a card like this! :)

Hazel Remington
Hazel Remington

May 01, 2020

Such cute envelopes, receiving one would brighten anyone’s day anf they wouldn’t want to open them, but would be dying to see inside.

KC Wong
KC Wong

May 01, 2020

Beautiful! Maybe I could just send people decorated envelopes with just a simple note inside!

Denise Kitts-Wadlow
Denise Kitts-Wadlow

May 01, 2020

What a perfect time to unroll such a happy kit!!! I love the way all of the elements work for cards and the envelopes. I can hardly wait to get my kit so I can start making some bright, happy, uplifting cards to send out to everyone I know. Michelle, I know the recipients of your cards in these bright, fun envelopes will feel truly special and blessed! Stay safe and healthy! 😀

Caroline
Caroline

May 01, 2020

Such a cute card and envelope! Can’t wait to see more. Thanks for sharing.

Anne Snelgrove
Anne Snelgrove

May 01, 2020

Adorable envelopes. Love how vibrant and positive this is.

Lyndi
Lyndi

May 01, 2020

Such a cute idea. Love it.

Barbara-Jean
Barbara-Jean

May 01, 2020

I like to decorate the back of my envelopes, too! Great job!

Melissa S
Melissa S

May 01, 2020

These envelopes are so bright and cheery and will be a nice compliment to the card. I am excited to see the kit.

Yolanda F.
Yolanda F.

May 01, 2020

You are setting the bar high. Those envelopes are wonderful. If you duplicated and then added on to the card front ti would be a wonderful surprise for anyone.

Kendra
Kendra

May 01, 2020

These envelopes are so lovely. I need to put time into doing more envelopes. Thank you for the inspiration!

Carole Renneker
Carole Renneker

May 01, 2020

Love these up beat envelopes. I bet the recipients get a warm fuzzy feeling as soon as they open their mail box., Thanks for sharing.

Teri
Teri

May 01, 2020

Neat idea! Those are such fun envelopes.

Golda
Golda

May 01, 2020

I love that you decorated the backs of the envelopes! These are sure to be a hit with both post people and the recipients.

Rachel W
Rachel W

May 01, 2020

I love the embellished envelopes. It’s like a preview of what’s to come when opened.

Rachel W
Rachel W

May 01, 2020

I love the embellished envelopes. It’s like a preview of what’s to come when opened.

Sharyn Davis
Sharyn Davis

May 01, 2020

Such fun envelopes! I’m looking forward to seeing the entire kit and add-one.

Carla Hundley
Carla Hundley

May 01, 2020

Fabulous fun ways to
decorate the envelopes!
Carla from Utah

Fionna Wheatley
Fionna Wheatley

May 01, 2020

Hi Michelle!
This is absolutely cheerful. Needed a bit at the moment as we start to head into winter. Hope you and yours are well! Stay healthy!

Fionna

Michelle Montemurro
Michelle Montemurro

May 01, 2020

Wow. And to think I would put Washi tape and say mine are decorated. Love the ballots so pretty.

Linda Sodano
Linda Sodano

May 01, 2020

Very clever designs for the envelope flaps. Very cheery!

Laura B
Laura B

May 01, 2020

Great idea. Thank you for sharing. So happy and cheerful.

BECCA YAHRLING
BECCA YAHRLING

May 01, 2020

These are wonderful! I love decorating my envelopes, too.

Marjorie Sinclair
Marjorie Sinclair

May 01, 2020

Envelope Art is one of my favorites!! Thanks for showing yours!!!!

Nicole S
Nicole S

May 01, 2020

Love the idea of bringing color and fun to the envelopes…. very pretty!

Deborah Cooper
Deborah Cooper

May 01, 2020

Who wouldn’t be excited to see these in their mailbox! Adorbs!

Stephanie VR Burns
Stephanie VR Burns

May 01, 2020

It’s such a fun bonus to decorate the envelope, people get really excited for their happy mail as soon as they open the mailbox! I’m looking forward to seeing what is in the kit!

Carol E. Wortman
Carol E. Wortman

May 01, 2020

Decorated envelopes always adds that special something as if every card gets a bow too. Why shouldn’t they?… they are a gift from the heart! Loving the sneak peek of the theme..sunny days , blue skies filled with beauty and rainbows. Cant wait! Thanks and please continue to be safe! Up up and away to get this kit!

Kimberly McField
Kimberly McField

May 01, 2020

These are lovely, but I’m a bit sad that they’re add-ons. I’d like to see more examples with the main kit.

Lynn
Lynn

May 01, 2020

Creating a coordinating envelope is such a nice touch. You spend time & effort to create a card & a complimentary envelope can be easy. You already have out all of your supplies! Both of your designs are nice, but the hot air balloons are just magical.

Jackie S
Jackie S

May 01, 2020

I love these envelopes! I haven’t ever decorated them before so might have to start something new!

Mylene
Mylene

May 01, 2020

I love what you did with the envelopes. Very cheerful.

Celeste
Celeste

May 01, 2020

Oh my goodness!!! I love this!!! Beautiful!!

Jana Millen
Jana Millen

May 01, 2020

Wow

Rosemary D
Rosemary D

May 01, 2020

your envelopes are amazing!

ESTELLE
ESTELLE

May 01, 2020

Can’t wait seeing the main kit.

Beverly Robinson
Beverly Robinson

May 01, 2020

These envelopes are too pretty to open! Love the idea of making envelopes to match the cards we make.

Madeline L
Madeline L

May 01, 2020

Beautiful envelopes. Probably the nicest ones I’ve ever seen! Love the bright colors!

Dori Leslie
Dori Leslie

May 01, 2020

I have just recently started decorating my envelopes… so excited it’s a focus of the kit! Love the way you decorated the backs!

Janna D
Janna D

May 01, 2020

I always love your work Michelle! I love decorating my envelopes and your are cheerful and awesome!

Jackie
Jackie

May 01, 2020

Bright and cheery! Beautiful.

Patty Q
Patty Q

May 01, 2020

Whenever I decorated the front of the envelope I always did the back, it just didn’t seem complete without it. Thanks for reminding everyone about this. I love the clouds and balloons. I have a cloud stencil and have used it a lot over the years.

Cynthia O
Cynthia O

May 01, 2020

Love these cheerful envelopes, Michelle. The sky & sunray stencils are fabulous!

Lisa
Lisa

May 01, 2020

These envelopes will make someone smile for sure! Much needed right now! Can’t wait to see the rest of the kit!

Marie T
Marie T

May 01, 2020

These are the perfect designs for happy mail envelope flaps – gorgeous! I usually try to add something to my envelopes to match the card, but these would stand alone no matter what’s inside! Really well done.

katherine
katherine

May 01, 2020

So sweet and so many wonderful details!

Allie
Allie

May 01, 2020

Lovely!!! With just the elements I’d love to have!

Eileen Peters
Eileen Peters

May 01, 2020

Oh wow!
I love hot air balloons!
This is awesome and I love the envelope!
So excited!

Denise Bryant
Denise Bryant

May 01, 2020

These would sure cheer up my mailbox! Beautiful envelopes!

Pamela Shea
Pamela Shea

May 01, 2020

I am really looking forward to this kit.