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November My Monthly Hero Countdown: Idea #1 + Giveaway!

by Janette Kausen November 02, 2018 497 Comments

Hello and welcome as we begin the countdown to the release of the November My Monthly Hero Kit! Release day is Monday, November 5th at 1pm Eastern/10am Pacific. We will be here for the next three days, sharing ideas for using both the main kit, as well as the new optional add-on products that will also be available on Monday. Stay tuned for more inspiration all weekend long! Now let's join Janette for a first look at this holiday advent inspired kit.

I am so excited about our advent theme this month! Each year I create some sort of advent calendar for my children. This year it will definitely include this month's kit, but the kit is not limited to advent calendars and tags. Today I am sharing how I've created a card that highlights the advent feel, in A2 format, with the cling and clear combination kit.

I began by white heat embossing the kit-included Ornament Background Cling stamp on smooth bristol paper. This cling stamp is unique in that three of the ornaments can be popped out of the stamp, or left in place, to stretch its versatility. The ability to remove and replace sections of the stamp with accuracy is a feature exclusive to cling mount style stamps. I removed the optional three ornaments to stamp the remainder of the the image, and then replaced them immediately so they didn't get lost amongst the creativity on my desk! They fit snuggly in the cling mount stamp and I find it oh so clever!

Next, I applied a wash of red with a watercolor marker blended out with a paintbrush loaded with clear water. While the ornament panel dried, I dry embossed the kit-included Ornament Flap Fancy Die into Snow Layering Paper to give a hint of an outline so I could see where I needed to stamp. Then I chose to stamp "love you" from the kit included clear stamp set loaded with sentiments and numbers in black ink for one ornament, and applied a thick layer of liquid glue coated with Icicle sequins for two more. 

I then die cut the colored ornament panel and popped it up with foam tape over the dry embossed "love you" and sequined background. The die itself cuts each ornament leaving the top connected in order to form a hinge so that each can be opened. I then adhered the set to a folded card base and gold heat embossed a sentiment from the add-on Warm Animals stamp set. 

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, November 5th, before the kit launches at 1 pm Eastern. The more you comment, the more chances to win!

Happy crafting! We'll see you soon!





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100 Responses

Cindy Holmes
Cindy Holmes

November 11, 2018

This is such an elegant looking card! I just love the blend of colors! And the peek-a-boo ornaments with the lovely glitter etc… behind them! Very fun!

Carissa Workman
Carissa Workman

November 11, 2018

Love this card! The red ombre is so stunning! Thank you for sharing your beautiful talent!

Corrin B.
Corrin B.

November 07, 2018

I am excited to make some advent calendars again! We used to do it every year but somehow it fell by the wayside some years back. This will be a great way to start the holidays!

Jenny Collins
Jenny Collins

November 06, 2018

Sooo excited for this month’s kit! Can’t wait!

Priyanka Kantak
Priyanka Kantak

November 06, 2018

Wow. Such a pretty card. Everything in the kit is awesome.

Denise Lassiter
Denise Lassiter

November 06, 2018

Pretty card.

Carol
Carol

November 06, 2018

I adore this interactive card done with an ombre effect. It looks terrific and I have to try it!!

Amy Peyton
Amy Peyton

November 06, 2018

This looks like so much fun! It’s wonderful to have such an interactive card.

Angela
Angela

November 05, 2018

Wow!!! Fabulous idea! The recipient gets a new message each day for 25 days with one card!!! Awesome!

Elle
Elle

November 05, 2018

I love this idea so much! What a great idea.

Tracy
Tracy

November 05, 2018

Love your watercolor wash gradient background, love the idea of using the die to dry emboss to see where to stamp, and love the clusters of sequins. I thought you had made a couple tiny shaker windows! Looks awesome!

Susan Young
Susan Young

November 05, 2018

What a beautiful card this is for a dear friend! Clean and simple with a bit of a surprise! Thanks for sharing!

Sue Townsend
Sue Townsend

November 05, 2018

Absolutely fantastic!

Deneen Wilson
Deneen Wilson

November 05, 2018

A simple elegant card that can be enjoyed by all ages. Three words : mar ve lous!!!

Linda Keigher
Linda Keigher

November 05, 2018

I love the way you have done this card. The sentiments and the shaker sections is very interesting.

JODI
JODI

November 05, 2018

Love the creativity this set inspires! Beautiful job! : )

Jackie
Jackie

November 05, 2018

I am so excited for this kit!
Jackie
Jackie

November 05, 2018

Gotta try this!

MandaLJ
MandaLJ

November 05, 2018

What a gorgeous card! It really shows off the Ornament Background stamp.

sandra krouse
sandra krouse

November 05, 2018

Will you come out with a kit I can live without? This one isn’t it.
Another gotta get it kit!!
Thanks Hero Arts!!

Tracey Landt
Tracey Landt

November 05, 2018

This looks like another awesome kit Janette. Love your card, thank you for sharing.

Kellie
Kellie

November 05, 2018

Oooooo! This looks very interesting.

Nicole
Nicole

November 05, 2018

I already love this Kit <3

Nikki
Nikki

November 05, 2018

This will be such a great Kit <3 Can‘t wait to see it and play with it

Karen B
Karen B

November 05, 2018

What a clever idea, can’t wait to see more!

Julia L.
Julia L.

November 05, 2018

What a pretty card. I love the ombré effect.

Rose K
Rose K

November 05, 2018

Love this idea!

Wendy Lambert
Wendy Lambert

November 05, 2018

Beautiful card. I love the ombre effect and the different backgrounds in the windows.

Christine Shoop
Christine Shoop

November 04, 2018

The ombre effect is just stunning! What a unique card to send and rewceive! This months kit is juat tops!

Shelly
Shelly

November 04, 2018

What a great design, love the wash of color you used also!

Sue McRae
Sue McRae

November 04, 2018

Fabulous card design with the pop up features and love the ombre coloring!

Veronica Griffin
Veronica Griffin

November 04, 2018

I love how you used sequins on this card. I like the watercolor wash as well.

Elaine Opp
Elaine Opp

November 04, 2018

Awesome card

Monica Robinson
Monica Robinson

November 04, 2018

This is awesome! I really like this card and the interactive design you did

Laura
Laura

November 04, 2018

What a wonderful die! I would love to make Advent cards for all of my little nieces and nephews. Great card!

Karen L K
Karen L K

November 04, 2018

What a clever card with such nice coloring!

Tess Redel
Tess Redel

November 04, 2018

What a gorgeous card!

Karin W
Karin W

November 04, 2018

This is an awesome ombre look to this advent calendar!

Leah
Leah

November 04, 2018

I love how you faded the red down the card. So pretty!

Gail Fort
Gail Fort

November 04, 2018

LOVE this! So excited to see the entire kit!

Annette Gordon
Annette Gordon

November 04, 2018

I just love your card! I tried to make an advent calendar one time on a card, and it didn’t turn out near as beautiful! Your card is so inspiring!

Marisela Delgado
Marisela Delgado

November 04, 2018

I love this! Janette always makes super cute cards! =)

Michelle Varol
Michelle Varol

November 04, 2018

Love Love Love…

Jenny Kihlberg
Jenny Kihlberg

November 04, 2018

Wow, I really like this card. So beautiful with the small sequins under the die cut. I can’t wait until I can try it myself!

Debby Prutzman
Debby Prutzman

November 04, 2018

I really like the ombre look. The pop up ornaments are a great idea.

Jaclyn Watler
Jaclyn Watler

November 04, 2018

Love the gradient of red to white on this card, and the advent aspect is so cute!

Penny D Walker
Penny D Walker

November 04, 2018

Great card, love the ombre of the bold red to white with the embossed ornaments. Thank you for sharing your inspiration.

Renee Thompson
Renee Thompson

November 04, 2018

Love the ombre yet still classic look!

Cristina
Cristina

November 04, 2018

This is gorgeous!! I love the die and how you used it!

Bela
Bela

November 04, 2018

I am so intrigued by this teaser! The kit promises to be fabulous with these neat little stamps and the big die! Can’t wait to get it!

Janis B
Janis B

November 04, 2018

Really clever die. I’m a huge fan of advent calendars.

Christina Dauven
Christina Dauven

November 04, 2018

This is really great and I can see lots of options for this.

Nanette Leiker
Nanette Leiker

November 04, 2018

What a beautiful card, my granddaughter would love it if I could make her an Advent calendar! I can’t wait to have these in my stash! Thank you for the inspiration .

Lisa
Lisa

November 04, 2018

A beautiful way to surprise someone with encouraging sentiments under each ornament panel.

Patty W
Patty W

November 04, 2018

Eeeeeeeek that die is so adorable!!! I love how interactive it is. Thank you for such cute inspiration!

Sharon Dolan
Sharon Dolan

November 04, 2018

What a wonderful card! It is certain to provide lots of memories to whoever receives it!

littlen
littlen

November 04, 2018

Can’t wait to see this kit.

Carla Hundley
Carla Hundley

November 04, 2018

Looks darling with
the hinged ornaments!
Lovely coloring.
Carla from Utah

S Childress
S Childress

November 04, 2018

Lovely card🎄

BeverlyBL
BeverlyBL

November 04, 2018

Your card is so pretty. This stamp seems like a great idea. Thanks for the detailed description.

Nina
Nina

November 04, 2018

Very pretty card! Like the idea of not using it as an advent calendar to get more out of it!

Deborah Smart
Deborah Smart

November 04, 2018

First, I love the ombre colouring on the card front – so pretty! Have special details behind each advent ‘door’ is a wonderful surprise to look forward to daily.

Lara Mosby
Lara Mosby

November 04, 2018

Great adventure idea. The kit looks like a winner. I hope I am too!

Lagene
Lagene

November 04, 2018

Awesome peek a boo ornament card!

Lana
Lana

November 04, 2018

I just adore the hints of sparkle once you open some of those flaps!

Marla Trindade
Marla Trindade

November 04, 2018

I love the idea of adding messages for my girls as part of an advent calendar.

Pam Goodwin
Pam Goodwin

November 04, 2018

Clever idea for a holiday card

Kimberly Dorval
Kimberly Dorval

November 04, 2018

I especially love the red wash on this card

Carol b
Carol b

November 04, 2018

This is a very creative way to create an Advent themed card!
Carol b

Sarah Villasenor
Sarah Villasenor

November 04, 2018

Great idea. Love it

Sue Adams
Sue Adams

November 04, 2018

What a pretty card!! Great inspiration!! Thank you!!

Audrey R
Audrey R

November 04, 2018

What a lovely card design! I like the way you did the color fade and surprise/unexpected elements! Your design provides some great ideas for the kit! Thank you!!

Ellie
Ellie

November 04, 2018

This looks like such a fun and versatile kit! Your card is so beautifully done!

Leslie Kiley
Leslie Kiley

November 04, 2018

What an amazing card! I love the white embossing and the sequins in all the little compartments! I also love the gradient color on this card. What a great share.

mandi c
mandi c

November 04, 2018

OMG! what a beautiful card!

Amanda Whittenberg
Amanda Whittenberg

November 04, 2018

Beautiful card! This kit looks amazing!

Lagene
Lagene

November 04, 2018

Very pretty! love the gradient wash coloring for the background!

Phoebe
Phoebe

November 04, 2018

Looks gorgeous!

Katrina Espejo
Katrina Espejo

November 04, 2018

Very cute card. Can’t wait for more inspirations. Thank u for sharing.

Sherry Lee
Sherry Lee

November 04, 2018

Lovely ! Such a great holiday kit!

Rebecca J Hackett-Leas
Rebecca J Hackett-Leas

November 04, 2018

Nifty card. Can’t wait to see the rest of the kit!! The anticipation is killer.

Carol Didier
Carol Didier

November 04, 2018

I love your watercolor wash for the overlay. Such a pretty and magical look.

Samantha  Coleman
Samantha Coleman

November 04, 2018

What a great idea! I tend to love anything related to advent calendars! I try to make or get my grandchildren advent calendars every year. Thank you for the opportunity to win this kit.

Sandee
Sandee

November 04, 2018

An amazing die and stamp set!

Carol b
Carol b

November 04, 2018

This is a very creative way to create an Advent themed card!
Carol b

Fionna
Fionna

November 04, 2018

Love love love this!!! Colour is amazing! Thank you!

Geneviève
Geneviève

November 04, 2018

I am such a fan of advent calendars a tradition here

Sharon Suske
Sharon Suske

November 04, 2018

So pretty. Thanks for the chance to win!

Amy Cooley
Amy Cooley

November 04, 2018

I can’t wait to see more of this month’s holiday kit! The ornaments are beautiful!

Mary Guikema
Mary Guikema

November 04, 2018

What a unique set this is. I can’t wait for the kit.

sISAn
sISAn

November 04, 2018

Perfect for grandchildren memories!

Anika Petersdorf
Anika Petersdorf

November 04, 2018

So beautiful.

Kathryn D
Kathryn D

November 04, 2018

So looking forward to the November kit – awesome!

Cindi P
Cindi P

November 04, 2018

Advent as a card? Genius! I love the ombre effect in red, too. Beautiful!

Jessica Kerr
Jessica Kerr

November 04, 2018

Beautiful ombre turn out on this, wow!

Leah Gililland
Leah Gililland

November 04, 2018

So cool! I love the flaps just needs chocolate!!

Leah Gililland
Leah Gililland

November 04, 2018

So cool! I love the flaps just needs chocolate!

Ginny Womack
Ginny Womack

November 04, 2018

I love this technique. It adds so much style.

Lisa Shireman
Lisa Shireman

November 04, 2018

What an amazing card! I’ve never seen a background stamp that had a matching die like that!

Cheryk
Cheryk

November 04, 2018

Beautiful

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