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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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38 Responses

Nancy Pearce
Nancy Pearce

May 01, 2020

Oh my, what a fantastic Idea to stamp the envelope to match the card inside. I am so excited to get this kit.

Joyce
Joyce

May 01, 2020

Love the decorated envelopes!

Susan McRae
Susan McRae

May 01, 2020

What a great masculine card and I love the fun inking on the envelope!

Cecilia Mohney
Cecilia Mohney

May 01, 2020

Wow! This is the definition of “Happy Mail”! Gorgeous colors and those stamps are beautiful!

Linda
Linda

May 01, 2020

I love that balloon die! I love to add color to the envelope to match the card. Great ideas, thank you for sharing.

Debbie McKelvey
Debbie McKelvey

May 01, 2020

OMG, who wouldn’t want to open these darling envelopes to see what is inside?! They are bright and fabulous; using the dies for seals on the envelope is brilliant. I love the hot air balloons, so cute.

Cebelica
Cebelica

May 01, 2020

Oh wow, these are gorgeous!! What a great idea! I just love the positive vibe they are giving away.

Carolyn
Carolyn

May 01, 2020

Wowsers! Great ideas and how cute is that air balloon?

Leanne in Cali
Leanne in Cali

May 01, 2020

So pretty! Love the ideas with the envelopes and these beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing!!

Renee Fallon
Renee Fallon

May 01, 2020

Love the gorgeous sun rays on the second card.

Retta Lutte
Retta Lutte

May 01, 2020

Darling card flaps! Can’t wait to see what is in this kit!!!!

Andre M.
Andre M.

May 01, 2020

Decorating an envelope is always fun to complement a card, yours are so bright and happy.

Eva
Eva

May 01, 2020

Just lovely – the new Kit seems to be uplifting!

SueB
SueB

May 01, 2020

Can’t wait to try this on my envelopes. Looks like a lot of fun.

Erica Lazaro
Erica Lazaro

May 01, 2020

This card is like a light in the darkness . It so beautiful.

Bonnie Darroch-Dean
Bonnie Darroch-Dean

May 01, 2020

Cute idea. TFS. Looking forward to the reveal of this kit!

Nancy Knapp
Nancy Knapp

May 01, 2020

Loved the hot air balloons in the cloudy sky!

Deborah Herod
Deborah Herod

May 01, 2020

Michelle, I love how you decorated your envelopes. I usually decorate the flaps on my envelopes and u have given several new ideas!

Kelsey Thomas
Kelsey Thomas

May 01, 2020

I love those hot air balloons!

Lauralee Cosgrove
Lauralee Cosgrove

May 01, 2020

I love ideas for decorating envelopes. The hot air balloons are so cheerful!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari)
Linda W. (ScrappinBari)

May 01, 2020

Two fab envelopes, Michelle! Especially love the clouds with balloons but the little heart is fun too!!

Maggie E
Maggie E

May 01, 2020

Beautiful colors. Looks like this month’s kit has something to do with air travel/flying!

Sudhamathi Muthu
Sudhamathi Muthu

May 01, 2020

Aww Michelle I love how you beautifully decorated the flaps of the envelope….. definitely it will brighten up the recipient…. the sun die cut is super cute…. totally love it..

NWFlamingo
NWFlamingo

May 01, 2020

Decorating the envelope is always a special treat for the recipient.

Evelyn Larson
Evelyn Larson

May 01, 2020

Nicely done, love the envelopes. I want happy mail.

Cindy Johnson
Cindy Johnson

May 01, 2020

Lovely idea! Can’t wait to repeat!

Jane A McBee
Jane A McBee

May 01, 2020

I am a hot air balloon fan. That is such a great decoration on the card flap.

Kailash
Kailash

May 01, 2020

Beautiful envelope art!

Rae Culak
Rae Culak

May 01, 2020

I really love the bright colors, and the playful balloons. I am excited at what is coming in the May kit.

Shannon
Shannon

May 01, 2020

Those are stunning! They made my day!

Kristin
Kristin

May 01, 2020

So beautiful cards. The topic is so versatile. I love it 🌞💕

Nikki Cochran
Nikki Cochran

May 01, 2020

Love the idea of decorating the back of the envelope.

Susan Petersen
Susan Petersen

May 01, 2020

Great way to decorate the envelope.

Marilee DeMars
Marilee DeMars

May 01, 2020

Wonderful! I love the creativity and joy in this post!

Jackie
Jackie

May 01, 2020

Great idea for the envelopes. Love the balloons too.

Donna Rohwer
Donna Rohwer

May 01, 2020

So cute to decorate envelopes! I love the hot air balloons.

Ana Cordoba
Ana Cordoba

May 01, 2020

lovely!!!

Denise Kasbom
Denise Kasbom

May 01, 2020

These are so beautiful! What a fun idea I can’t wait to see this kit!