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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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97 Responses

Melissa Watson
Melissa Watson

November 02, 2018

This kit looks like fun!! Can’t wait to see more reveals and to see the full reveal! Awesome card by the way!

Jacqueline Smith
Jacqueline Smith

November 02, 2018

Can’t wait to buy this kit, the most wonderful time of the year!!

Lynne
Lynne

November 02, 2018

I am ALL OVER an advent calendar! Great idea and lots of fun.

Stormy
Stormy

November 02, 2018

How darling! Love the cutouts and the way to put a surprise behind the ornaments. Will definitely try the watercolor wash. Thank you for the inspirations!

Lindar C
Lindar C

November 02, 2018

This kit looks to be amazing!!!! Your card is delightful!

Linda S.
Linda S.

November 02, 2018

Your card is very pretty. I can’t wait to see what else is in this kit.

diane
diane

November 02, 2018

Very different and unique for a card this season!

Sue Basler
Sue Basler

November 02, 2018

This is the most clever background stamp and die set I have ever seen. So versatile and can be combined in myriad ways. Can’t wait to see the other items in this set.

Debbie Christensen
Debbie Christensen

November 02, 2018

This first sneak peek is SO NEAT….. LOVE the partial die cut ornament. Can’t wait to see the upcoming g sleek peaks but am already sold on this kit. So creative design you made. Love, love, love it.

ljhart1968
ljhart1968

November 02, 2018

Love your card. Cannot wait to see the whole kit

Gail O'Keefe
Gail O'Keefe

November 02, 2018

Amazing! I’m loving the dip-ink look. And the hinged ornaments ~ what a cool idea!

Linda
Linda

November 02, 2018

I love this kit already. I cannot wait to see what comes next… Thank you so much.

Andre M.
Andre M.

November 02, 2018

Beautiful holiday design and the peekaboo windows are so cute.

Breina Burgin
Breina Burgin

November 02, 2018

Neat!!!

Debbie Rumpza
Debbie Rumpza

November 02, 2018

Oooh… Looks like we will have some elegant ornaments!

Becca Yahrling
Becca Yahrling

November 02, 2018

What an amazing card! I love advent calendars so this is right up my alley.

Mark Christman
Mark Christman

November 02, 2018

Wow——looks like a fantastic kit…..can wait to receive it!!!!

Sherrie
Sherrie

November 02, 2018

So interesting! Something new to play with! Way to go Hero Arts!

Tani k
Tani k

November 02, 2018

Love this card so much! I cannot wait to get this kit!!

Elaine L.
Elaine L.

November 02, 2018

Looks like a fun and interesting kit. Love this first look!

Jane Mcbee
Jane Mcbee

November 02, 2018

Beautiful card! The pop-up windows are so fun and adding an element of surprise.

Sandra D
Sandra D

November 02, 2018

Wow What a creative stamp set. Just love the idea and card.

Barbara Howell
Barbara Howell

November 02, 2018

Oh my, I love your card. That ornament background stamp is so clever. I cannot wait to see the full kit.

anne hudgens
anne hudgens

November 02, 2018

Love this special die and stamp set! The color technique and the THE POP UP Ornaments are really quite unique! Look forward to making this card!

Hilary
Hilary

November 02, 2018

This is so unique, can’t wait to get creative with it!

Martha Berry
Martha Berry

November 02, 2018

Wow! This is such a unique design. I have never seen a stamp combination quite like this! Can’t wait to see my very own:) The red wash is just perfect for this lovely card!

Denise Kitts-Wadlow
Denise Kitts-Wadlow

November 02, 2018

Hmmm….very interesting card! You’ve definitely gotten my attention and pict my curiosity about just what HA is up to with this kit! Great job—I can hardly wait to see more!!! Have a blessed day Janette. Hugs!!!

Jude
Jude

November 02, 2018

So awesome! Beautiful.

Lulyg
Lulyg

November 02, 2018

Wow!! I love Advent calendars- this will be amazing!!

Charly
Charly

November 02, 2018

Interesting background stamp/die… very unique.

Bo
Bo

November 02, 2018

Cute, you can leave tons of secret messages!

Karthikha Uday
Karthikha Uday

November 02, 2018

This is super festive and fantastic!! Love it!

Tracy Bollinger
Tracy Bollinger

November 02, 2018

Another holiday kit :( Disappointed

Anne Clague
Anne Clague

November 02, 2018

What a lovely twist on the theme of baubles. How imaginative!

Rheanna Hoffman
Rheanna Hoffman

November 02, 2018

This is probably the prettiest Christmas card I’ve ever seen!! This is GORGEOUS and I can’t wait to receive my kit!! Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring me to make cards this year.

Robin P
Robin P

November 02, 2018

What a wonderful card. I love the ombré background and the advent style. Can’t wait to see the whole kit. Thanks for sharing.

Dgolly
Dgolly

November 02, 2018

What a great card. Such a cool concept. Can’t wait to see more of this kit.

Chelley L Johnson
Chelley L Johnson

November 02, 2018

WOW!! LOVE this card! so different and creative.

Jackie S
Jackie S

November 02, 2018

Christmas is my favorite time of year, so anything that let’s me get crafty on this theme is a hit! Beautiful card – I love how your red fades to pink and then white.

Margie Manis
Margie Manis

November 02, 2018

Interesting concept…anxious to see the rest of the kit

Kim Smart
Kim Smart

November 02, 2018

What a cute and clever card with those little windows! Can’t wait to see more of the kit!!

Gail B
Gail B

November 02, 2018

What a beautiful card…and so clever! I cannot wait to see what else comes in this kit. It is going to be amazing!!

Gina
Gina

November 02, 2018

Amazing card! Love the red color wash you gave it. The advent ornaments were so lovely. Great idea!

Mateja P
Mateja P

November 02, 2018

Such a great design. I can’t wait to get mine in the mail :)

Mary Holshouser
Mary Holshouser

November 02, 2018

Love the gradation of the coloring.
The ornaments are so intricate.
Beautiful card.
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Dee Earnshaw
Dee Earnshaw

November 02, 2018

wow what an amazing looking card – love all the hidden elements to it:)

Debbie Quinones
Debbie Quinones

November 02, 2018

Would make for a great advent card.

Amy McCue
Amy McCue

November 02, 2018

This is adorable!

Sheri Weems
Sheri Weems

November 02, 2018

Wow! Amazing! I love the advent calendar idea. Can’t wait to see the rest of the kit!

Heather Stave
Heather Stave

November 02, 2018

I think I know the theme of this kit already, and I can’t wait until it’s available – really fun and nostalgic. Thanks for the sneak peak!

Lisa Byers
Lisa Byers

November 02, 2018

What a beautiful card!! The kit looks like it will be great!! Can’t wait to see it!!

Louise Coviello
Louise Coviello

November 02, 2018

Wow! Great idea! Can’t wait to see this kit!

Denise
Denise

November 02, 2018

Love the background stamp! XX Looks like another great kit!

Jeanne Treptwo
Jeanne Treptwo

November 02, 2018

Love the red wash, and the pop-up windows!

Katherine
Katherine

November 02, 2018

Wow, I am SO excited for this month’s advent theme! So creative! Knocking it outta the park again, HA! And beautiful card, Janette!

Theresa P
Theresa P

November 02, 2018

Great card! Love your design. What a neat die for the ornaments.

cecilia mohney
cecilia mohney

November 02, 2018

This is beautiful and so unique! I can’t wait for the whole kit!

Tawanna
Tawanna

November 02, 2018

Beautiful card!!!

Phi
Phi

November 02, 2018

Omg! This looks like so much fun! Hurry, show us the rest!

Sue D
Sue D

November 02, 2018

Very pretty and clever card design.

Nicole Rinaldi
Nicole Rinaldi

November 02, 2018

I’m already in love with this kit!!! Can’t wait to see more!

Margaret Krotowski
Margaret Krotowski

November 02, 2018

Your card is beautiful and very unique. I love Hero Arts Card kits and I am very excited for this one!

Karen F.
Karen F.

November 02, 2018

What a lovely card! I really like the different techniques you used and love the Advent theme. Looking forward to seeing more from this kit!

Catherine Smith
Catherine Smith

November 02, 2018

Absolutely STUNNING, Love it :)

Valerie
Valerie

November 02, 2018

Beautiful card! This looks like another fabulous kit! Can’t wait to see more!

Darlene
Darlene

November 02, 2018

This is the most clever kit I have ever seen. Thank you so much Janette and Hero Arts!

candy Hazzard
candy Hazzard

November 02, 2018

That stamp / die looks amazing.

Sara Barron
Sara Barron

November 02, 2018

This is so unique! I can’t wait to try it out.

Maria B
Maria B

November 02, 2018

I always look forward to seeing the new stamp set. I never would have thought of using ornaments in an advent calendar style.

Marcela I. Alvarez
Marcela I. Alvarez

November 02, 2018

Great card! the die you used is fantastic! I loved it…

Laura P.
Laura P.

November 02, 2018

Hi Janette, What a clever card! The fold up ornaments are perfect for Advent! Love the colors you chose and the red to pink ombre look. Very fun design!

nancy f
nancy f

November 02, 2018

Great card!

Isabel Z
Isabel Z

November 02, 2018

How beautiful is this?

G. Angelos
G. Angelos

November 02, 2018

Love this for an advent calendar!

Meghan Kennihan
Meghan Kennihan

November 02, 2018

OMG! SUCH a COOL die! It’s like an ornament advent calendar on a card!

Sharon Brand
Sharon Brand

November 02, 2018

What a beautiful card! Love the shades of red and the
delicate ornaments!

Jeanne Beam
Jeanne Beam

November 02, 2018

Beautiful holiday card! I love the ornament background stamp and the hidden sentiments behind the ornaments that open…
Thanks for sharing…

Terri
Terri

November 02, 2018

This card is so clever! I am super excited to see more! I think this kit is going to be a must in my craft stash!

Celeste C
Celeste C

November 02, 2018

Great card! Looking forward to seeing more!

Susan Pezza
Susan Pezza

November 02, 2018

Great way to use the advent stamp on a card!! Love it! Thanks for sharing!

Teresa Doyle
Teresa Doyle

November 02, 2018

WOW Janette, how gorgeous!

Leslie Pierson
Leslie Pierson

November 02, 2018

I love this card. what a great idea, I can make one for my Granddaughter, Nieces and Nephews. I love it.

Bela
Bela

November 02, 2018

What a different card! I love it. Simple, effective and a new technique for me! Thanks!

Michele Slater
Michele Slater

November 02, 2018

I love your interactive card! I am excited to see what is included in the kit. I also make advent calendar for my kids. They are getting older but still want the calendar so its been a challenge to find things to put in it that don’t break the bank.

Joy Smith
Joy Smith

November 02, 2018

What a unique card…..love it.

Natalie Winterstein
Natalie Winterstein

November 02, 2018

Wow, this is so beautiful! Love the “peek-a-boo” feature and the ombre is gorgeous!

Karen T
Karen T

November 02, 2018

Such a beautiful card. Looking forward to seeing more of this kit.

Melanie Jerome
Melanie Jerome

November 02, 2018

What a clever way to blend out watercolor markers. Bet you had fun making this one

Sandy Dayhoff
Sandy Dayhoff

November 02, 2018

How cute and clever is this!!

Cathy P
Cathy P

November 02, 2018

I can’t wait to see the full release of this kit! It looks like it will be an awesome one to have! Love the card!

Melanie Ann MacKenzie
Melanie Ann MacKenzie

November 02, 2018

I love advent calendars and this one is a beauty! Cannot wait to see the rest of this wonderful kit. Cheers.

Teri Frank
Teri Frank

November 02, 2018

Wowzers – this kit is looking very cool already! I love the advent theme of your card – so very creative!

Sue Manning
Sue Manning

November 02, 2018

I love this card and this kit! Advent is a very special time for our family and our traditions, and this is PERFECT! Thank you so much for the thought that went into this kit.
Sue Manning

Corinna McGregor
Corinna McGregor

November 02, 2018

Oh my gosh, I have to have this die! I love finding new ways to celebrated the Advent Season, and know exactly who I will make cards for using this month’s kit!

Em
Em

November 02, 2018

It appears to be a very versatile stamp. That is a beautiful red color.

Sophia B.
Sophia B.

November 02, 2018

That’s is such a beautiful card! That was such a smart idea to use some of the ornaments as shaker cards, so cute!!

Sophia B.
Sophia B.

November 02, 2018

That’s is such a beautiful card! That was such a smart idea to use some of the ornaments as shaker cards, so cute!!

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