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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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Sue Adams
Sue Adams

November 02, 2018

Love your creativity with this card! It is beautiful! Can’t wait to see the full kit!!!

Neha Mahajan
Neha Mahajan

November 02, 2018

Love the card. It is so pretty. I have been counting the days for the No, 2018 kit. More excited as it is getting closer to the holiday season. The pop-out feature on the stamp sounds very unique and intriguing. Can’t wait to use the kit. Thanks for sharing this card idea. :)

Anne Akridge
Anne Akridge

November 02, 2018

Such a lovely card, so elegant! Thanks for sharing 👏🏻

Catherine
Catherine

November 02, 2018

I love Advent! Is this kit to make our own calendar?

Margery C
Margery C

November 02, 2018

Love the card and the use of the advent to cut the card and make it a shaker. So fun!

Charlene Cisler
Charlene Cisler

November 02, 2018

Clever! What a lovely card. I’m excited to see more.

Crystal
Crystal

November 02, 2018

Wow, what a great idea! Your card is beautiful and I can’t wait to see the rest of the sneak peeks. :-)

Susan Kaiser
Susan Kaiser

November 02, 2018

I love the Advent Theme! And your take on it as an A2 card is just genius! Thank you so much for your creative ideas!

Deb
Deb

November 02, 2018

This is lovely. I love the details of the stamp. Nice job!

Susan Nichols
Susan Nichols

November 02, 2018

Fun card!

Jennifer
Jennifer

November 02, 2018

Love this card. Excited to see what else is coming

Karan
Karan

November 02, 2018

What a great idea to do for a card! Can’t wait to see the whole kit!

Jana Yeager
Jana Yeager

November 02, 2018

this is cool…looks like a background stamp and die set. Looking forward to this one!

Kathy Benjamin
Kathy Benjamin

November 02, 2018

So.many possibilities. Can’t wait to see the full reveal.

Karen P
Karen P

November 02, 2018

Love the ornament and the card. Can’t wait to see this month’s kit.

Jean K
Jean K

November 02, 2018

The card is beautiful. Love the ornaments.

Jean K
Jean K

November 02, 2018

The card is beautiful. Love the ornaments.

Jeri
Jeri

November 02, 2018

I’m so excited about this month’s kit. I love doing countdowns for my grandkids. This is going to be a great addition for this year.

Kathy
Kathy

November 02, 2018

I love the way the stamp punches out like that. Fun!

Kristine Johnson Gifford
Kristine Johnson Gifford

November 02, 2018

Thank you for this terrific idea! This kit looks like another super duper winner!

Mitzi
Mitzi

November 02, 2018

Thanks for sharing your fun card & the opportunity to win.

Karen Lingel
Karen Lingel

November 02, 2018

Clever idea. I like the idea of having little surprises behind all the ornaments. Beautiful card. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

Lynn
Lynn

November 02, 2018

This reminds me of when I was a child. We always had an advent calendar for the holidays. This will be a fun kit!!

Sean Lovely Ramsey
Sean Lovely Ramsey

November 02, 2018

How fun. A nice special advent card. Bet kids would love it.

Louise R.
Louise R.

November 02, 2018

The ornament flap fancy die is great! Can’t wait to make an advent calendar type card with it.

Linda Lipford
Linda Lipford

November 02, 2018

A advent card!! Love it!

Beth Merrill
Beth Merrill

November 02, 2018

How FUN is this kit? Can’t wait to see more creations!

Barbara-Jean
Barbara-Jean

November 02, 2018

Fantastic fun card!

Dorothy Mutafopulos
Dorothy Mutafopulos

November 02, 2018

This is so beautiful and what an amazing idea too! This Hero Arts new kit will be full of holiday cheers!

Peg
Peg

November 02, 2018

this is a great card I like the lift up ornaments I can not wait to see the whole kit on Monday!

Karen in florida
Karen in florida

November 02, 2018

I love these ornaments!!! And I love Hero Arts Monthly Kits…such a great price for amazing kits!

IRENE PAGE
IRENE PAGE

November 02, 2018

I am looking forward to this kit with the pop-up ornaments. Love the idea.

Toni Fleser
Toni Fleser

November 02, 2018

Whether this stamp and die set is used for an Advent calendar or a “count-down” to Christmas it’s a wonderful idea. I can also see a card made with the individual ornaments just by cutting the tops of the die cuts.

Leanne in Cali
Leanne in Cali

November 02, 2018

Looks like a fun new kit with some clever products! Can’t wait to see more!!

Michele Hogarth
Michele Hogarth

November 02, 2018

Great card I can’t wait to see the rest of the kit.

Anne Wylie
Anne Wylie

November 02, 2018

Beautiful card! I love the option of popping out some of the ornaments for a different look. Can’t wait to see the rest of the kit!

Nancy Dempsey
Nancy Dempsey

November 02, 2018

How unique! I can’t wait to see the rest of the release!

E R  Wade
E R Wade

November 02, 2018

I love this -

E R  Wade
E R Wade

November 02, 2018

I love this -

Cheryl Phillips
Cheryl Phillips

November 02, 2018

This card is awesome!! Cant wait to see and get the kit!

margaret bednarczyk stewart
margaret bednarczyk stewart

November 02, 2018

This card is beautiful! Can’t wait to see the complete set!

pamboe
pamboe

November 02, 2018

What a great idea! I love the advent theme.

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

November 02, 2018

What a fabulous background stamp – so fun to have one in a kit! Just love how Janette watercolored it!!

Deborah Mattingly
Deborah Mattingly

November 02, 2018

The whole concept is so clever.

Lindarub
Lindarub

November 02, 2018

Love the card!

FD91354
FD91354

November 02, 2018

Thanks for the great introduction to the new kit. The rubber stamp with removable pieces sounds so cool!

Cheri
Cheri

November 02, 2018

Very beautiful, and also very unique! Love it……and can’t wait to see the full Release!

Cynthia Cole
Cynthia Cole

November 02, 2018

Love your pretty holiday ornament card!

Jane
Jane

November 02, 2018

This card. is Christmas awesome…love the way the ornaments pop out. The thing is it doesn’t have to be an advent card.

Thersha Lewis
Thersha Lewis

November 02, 2018

Wow your card is so beautiful 😍. I’m so excited to see this new kit based off your description of the background stamp with removable sections and die that cuts each ornament.

JoAnne Rebello
JoAnne Rebello

November 02, 2018

I can tell I’m gonna have to stalk the shop to be sure I get this kit. In fact. I may just have to subscribe. I love your finished project.

Ro
Ro

November 02, 2018

An advent calendar style stamp set is so very original. I love the idea and the gorgeous card.

Jean Goehlen
Jean Goehlen

November 02, 2018

I can’t wait to see the rest of this release. Love your advent card!

Denise Bryant
Denise Bryant

November 02, 2018

Love these charming ornaments! Super cute advent idea! This look like another fabulous kit!

Helen
Helen

November 02, 2018

Janette, I love the way these ornaments lift up. What a fun interactive card for the holidays. tfs

Claudia B
Claudia B

November 02, 2018

Those hinged ornaments are such a clever idea! I can’t wait to see the full kit, but it’s already on my must-have list with this first post. :)

stacy s
stacy s

November 02, 2018

I love how you have the option to remove the ornament pieces or leave them in place. This set looks like you can do so much with it. I’m excited to see the rest of it Monday

Phyllis Dunn
Phyllis Dunn

November 02, 2018

what a fun and different kit! I can’t wait to see all of it. thank you!

Jenny In
Jenny In

November 02, 2018

From first look, I really like the ombre color. Closer look, I love the die cut making this interactive card so much fun and so much to explore!

Aileen
Aileen

November 02, 2018

Fabulous card, do so love white embossing and colour blending, and those little ornaments just perfect.

Jodi Warren
Jodi Warren

November 02, 2018

That is a goregous card. Love the ombre effect of the red wash. The pop up ornaments is very clever. Love it and looking forward to th is kit.

Meralyn Hansen
Meralyn Hansen

November 02, 2018

Have been waiting breathlessly for this months kit and it did not disappoint! Your card is extremely clever and can’t wait to see more of this month’s kit. Thank you.

Toni L
Toni L

November 02, 2018

Love the ombre effect with the decorations and the lift up idea.

Cha Lion
Cha Lion

November 02, 2018

This is so cool! I want to see more! Tfs

MARIA
MARIA

November 02, 2018

I can’t wait to see the rest of the kit.

Colleen Rutledge
Colleen Rutledge

November 02, 2018

So different from most Christmas sets!

Elisa O'Neal
Elisa O'Neal

November 02, 2018

I am so excited to see this kit. I love the elements used in your card

JoAnn
JoAnn

November 02, 2018

I love the versatility of the stamp and die set. I especially liked the white on white embossing contrasted with the bright red on this card. Thank you for the inspiration!

Krystal S
Krystal S

November 02, 2018

This sounds like another fabulous kit and your card is gorgeous!

ERIKA RUSCH
ERIKA RUSCH

November 02, 2018

How cool! A advent calendar card. This would be so fun to make!

Stacey White
Stacey White

November 02, 2018

um yes please!!!!

Betty
Betty

November 02, 2018

This die and stamp look so fantastic – looks like a “must have” kit!!!

diana @ looking
diana @ looking

November 02, 2018

Wow more ground breaking creativity.

Agatha M
Agatha M

November 02, 2018

This set is so beautiful and versatile!! My creative juices are already flowing!

Nicki Wong
Nicki Wong

November 02, 2018

Such a fun card. What a great stamp/die set.

Judy
Judy

November 02, 2018

I love advent calendars and this clever card! I can’t wait to see the entire kit!

Sharon Roselli
Sharon Roselli

November 02, 2018

Wow this kit looks so amazing! I love advent calendars.

Jean Crocker
Jean Crocker

November 02, 2018

My grandkids will love this!

Henriétte
Henriétte

November 02, 2018

Oh my Janette this is absolute fabulous! What a great card and I am so curious how the kit looks like! Can’t wait to see more!
Thank you so much and have a nice weekend.

Suzi Metcalfe
Suzi Metcalfe

November 02, 2018

I was quite engaged reading about the process to build your card when you mentioned the possibility of things getting lost in the creativity on your desk! LOL! I’ve never heard it called that before, but that’s what it will be known as now! Makes perfect sense! More LOL! The hinged dies are great! And I love the way you blended the red. Very nice!

Marilee DeMars
Marilee DeMars

November 02, 2018

I’m so curious to see more of that die! Cool!!

Debbie McKelvey
Debbie McKelvey

November 02, 2018

Very clever design! I love this card it is so pretty and festive.

Lori Poffenroth
Lori Poffenroth

November 02, 2018

I love advent calendars! Your card is a clever take on them. Looking forward to seeing more reveals.

Sheri Boysen
Sheri Boysen

November 02, 2018

Fun card! You explained your process very clearly, and I particularly like your phrase of “amongst the creativity on my desk!” And here I’d thought of my work table as a total mess when all this time it’s just my creativity. What a relief!

Karen S.
Karen S.

November 02, 2018

I am a huge fan of Advent Calendars! I made a painted wooden one when I had my first child and have since passed it onto my firstborn when they became parents!
Lovely card Janette!

Stacey Kowbel
Stacey Kowbel

November 02, 2018

Such a fabulous card! That die cut is fantastic!

Betty Wright
Betty Wright

November 02, 2018

So beautiful!

KarenAnn
KarenAnn

November 02, 2018

Looks like an exciting holiday themed kit…can hardly wait to see more!

Annette Reed
Annette Reed

November 02, 2018

This looks great! My grandaughter wants an advent calendar with little toys. This would be perfect.

Brandi Davies
Brandi Davies

November 02, 2018

So pretty I love the colours and the fact that you’ve done a non advent calendar sneak peak!

Mary Lynn Willmott-Haas
Mary Lynn Willmott-Haas

November 02, 2018

SWEET CARD.

Mindy Drummond
Mindy Drummond

November 02, 2018

I love Advent Calendars and this is such an awesome idea for a kit, I love it!

Sharyn Davis
Sharyn Davis

November 02, 2018

Love the red wash! I’m looking forward to seeing the entire kit.

Beverly Pevarnick
Beverly Pevarnick

November 02, 2018

What a beautiful creative stamp and so many ways to use it especially with the “pop out” feature.

Hayley
Hayley

November 02, 2018

Thankyou- finally something I can work with. I was totally unimpressed with the last couple of kits. But I love this background stamp.

Kathy Lane
Kathy Lane

November 02, 2018

This is more beautiful than words can say! You’re a true artist!

Kathy W
Kathy W

November 02, 2018

Oooh. Looks good already.

Diane Brown
Diane Brown

November 02, 2018

What a fantastic idea, love that the size is A2 and could be made into a card to mail to friends. The card is gorgeous and love the ombre effect. Thank you for sharing and your inspiration and thank you to Hero Arts for another wonderful kit.

Dana M
Dana M

November 02, 2018

Beautiful, festive and oh so creative. Fantastic card!

Michele W
Michele W

November 02, 2018

Great card! Love the idea of being able to remove three of the stamps for added versatility. As others have said, looks like this would be great for an advent calendar, too. Looking forward to more reveals and samples by the designers.