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

by Janette Kausen August 31, 2018 523 Comments

Hello and welcome as we begin the countdown to the release of the September My Monthly Hero Kit! Release day is Tuesday, September 4th at 1pm Eastern/10am Pacific. This month we are one day later than normal due to the Labor Day holiday. We will be here for the next four days, sharing ideas for using both the main kit, as well as the new optional add-on products that will also be available on Tuesday. Stay tuned for more inspiration all weekend long! Now let's join Janette for a first look at this autumnal inspired kit.

Fall is drawing near and soon pumpkins and costumed children will be upon our porches. As the nights cool, the leaves begin to turn into all the shades... wait. What? I'm in central California. We barely have two seasons, much less four. I envy those in locations with gorgeous fall foliage! My project today is inspired by my dreams, and pictures, and posts of places I have yet to see!

After a careful layout session, begin by stamping the image that will appear most forward, the closest. In this case it is the seed pod to the left of the vase. Stamp image in water and alcohol friendly Intense Black Hybrid ink on watercolor paper. I prefer a hot press paper for a smooth surface that lends itself well to crisp stamped images. Mask that image and then stamp the next. In this case, either the branches tucked behind the pod or the vase could equally be next. Continue stamping and masking until scene is complete.

Then comes my favorite part, watercoloring! Included in the kit this month is a Daniel Smith Watercolor Dot Card with six colors. I painted the entire image with the included colors alone.

Once finished painting the objects I added a swath of green to ground the setting and stamped the kit included "thankful" sentiment. Trim panel to 4 1/8" x 5 3/8" and adhere to an A2 (4 1/4" x 5 1/2") folded card base. 

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 Tuesday morning, September 4, before the kit launches at 1pm Eastern. The more you comment, the more chances to win!

xo,





Janette Kausen
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100 Responses

Jennifer urchison
Jennifer urchison

September 04, 2018

Love the colors and design of this card.

Carol Ross
Carol Ross

September 04, 2018

I love everything about your card! It’s absolutely beautiful!

Brenda Leister
Brenda Leister

September 04, 2018

I absolutely Love the colors you choose.

Lin Brandyberry
Lin Brandyberry

September 04, 2018

What a lovely still life you’ve created, Janette! Looking forward to seeing more of this release!

Cindyellen Robinson
Cindyellen Robinson

September 04, 2018

This is a beautiful set!!! Great card, Jeannette

Jodi Phillips
Jodi Phillips

September 04, 2018

I love the “lantern” plant. I could have it all year if I had the stamp.

Pamela Toriello
Pamela Toriello

September 04, 2018

live the soft look if the watercolors

Karin W
Karin W

September 04, 2018

I can’t wait to see the full kit! I love fall and all of the colors we can use to reflect it in our crafting!!

Sudhamathi
Sudhamathi

September 04, 2018

Beautiful coloring…. love the card so much…

Diane Rizak
Diane Rizak

September 04, 2018

I just love the colors of this! Just beautiful!

Annette Reed
Annette Reed

September 04, 2018

This is beautiful! The layout is wonderful and your painting is gorgeous.

Diana King
Diana King

September 04, 2018

This is absolutely beautiful and very natural looking. Well done!

Deborah Kaye
Deborah Kaye

September 04, 2018

Beautiful card. Autumn is my favorite season.

Sharon L.
Sharon L.

September 04, 2018

Coloring is superb!

K. Eley
K. Eley

September 04, 2018

Beautiful card as always!! Gorgeous colors. Go figure I broke down and finally bought the watercolor card on my last order…I knew I should have waited lol!

Dot Schwarze
Dot Schwarze

September 04, 2018

Beautiful watercoloring

Nancy Osborn
Nancy Osborn

September 04, 2018

I’m super excited about this image and the colors are TDF! GREAT sneak peak! :)

Heidi Johnson
Heidi Johnson

September 04, 2018

Love the watercolor! Soft and beautiful!

Beth Merrill
Beth Merrill

September 04, 2018

Love the soft, muted fall colors you achieved!

Gretchan McDermond
Gretchan McDermond

September 03, 2018

I just adore the fall colors used.

D.Ann C
D.Ann C

September 03, 2018

Love those seed pods and that vase!! I wonder what plant tgat is?

Evert
Evert

September 03, 2018

Daniel Smith dots will be such a treat to try!

Angie Hollins
Angie Hollins

September 03, 2018

Love the water colors!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

Candie Cahill
Candie Cahill

September 03, 2018

So Pretty

Liza Dehnel
Liza Dehnel

September 03, 2018

What a lovely card! Thank you for the inspiration.

Glenn Zdziarski
Glenn Zdziarski

September 03, 2018

Fall has definitely become my favorite time of year! Lovely watercoloring!!!

Elizabeth Garcia
Elizabeth Garcia

September 03, 2018

Whoa! I love fall.. can’t wait to get my hands on the kit…

Barbara Espey
Barbara Espey

September 03, 2018

Just starting in the art of stamping and finding your products fun and easy to work with. I am a color person and love to play with all the colors. Thanks for your videos. Keep up the good work.

Jana Yeager
Jana Yeager

September 03, 2018

Interesting plant. Love the card

Bonnie Darroch-Dean
Bonnie Darroch-Dean

September 03, 2018

Love the colors and simplicity of this card! Can’t wait to see the full reveal and to receive my Monthly Hero Arts kit!

stephi g
stephi g

September 03, 2018

This is absolutely stunning. You did an absolutely beautiful job.

Maryann
Maryann

September 03, 2018

Lovely water coloring. I’ve been practicing and would love to try Daniel Smith paints.

Rita L Simmons
Rita L Simmons

September 03, 2018

beautiful card. tfs

Sarita
Sarita

September 03, 2018

Great Card! Excited about this new kit.

Leslie Birdsall
Leslie Birdsall

September 03, 2018

Very pretty card! I can’t wait to see more of the kit!

Kirsty Vittetoe
Kirsty Vittetoe

September 03, 2018

Thanks for sharing your beautiful work!

Heidi Rees
Heidi Rees

September 03, 2018

Beautiful card! I love watercoloring!

Lisa KP
Lisa KP

September 03, 2018

This card has a beautiful bronze look to it

Linda
Linda

September 03, 2018

This kit looks interesting…..

JaNet Wise
JaNet Wise

September 03, 2018

Gorgeous card! Love the colors of the flowers and greenery! So excited for this month!!!

Pam
Pam

September 03, 2018

Beautiful card, love the neutrals

Angela
Angela

September 03, 2018

Really wonderful card and the colors you’ve used are so perfect.♥

Tamara Aunapu
Tamara Aunapu

September 03, 2018

Very beautiful.

JoAnn
JoAnn

September 03, 2018

Love the water coloring you did with the various colors. Gorgeous look.

jill dachroeden
jill dachroeden

September 03, 2018

Cute card! Autumn is my favorite so I’m especially excited about this kit! Thanks for the opportunity!!

Lori Barnett
Lori Barnett

September 03, 2018

Beautiful card!

Fanny Cantero
Fanny Cantero

September 03, 2018

Love this card! The coloring is beautiful, especially on the flowers.

littlen
littlen

September 03, 2018

Very Fall looking.

Cheyenne Oliva
Cheyenne Oliva

September 03, 2018

This card is absolutely stunning! I hope this card kit is still available when I get paid next week! Pleaseohpleaseohpleaseohplease!! 🙏🙏🙏 lol!

Annette Pearce
Annette Pearce

September 03, 2018

Beautiful fall colors and clean design, I love this card.

Karry
Karry

September 03, 2018

Beautiful card, love the coloring!

Aash
Aash

September 03, 2018

Looks like it will be a very elegant kit. Thanks for the chance to win!

Laura
Laura

September 03, 2018

Reminds me of fall in the Pacific Northwest, I feel a little homesick.

Laura
Laura

September 03, 2018

Oooh, will be fun to try the water colors with this great kit!

Laura C
Laura C

September 03, 2018

Beautiful card, anticipating remaining set pieces.

Cindy S
Cindy S

September 03, 2018

I really like this one!

Karry
Karry

September 03, 2018

Beautiful card, love the coloring!

Parker Leee
Parker Leee

September 03, 2018

What a great looking autumnal layout.

Ro
Ro

September 03, 2018

Gorgeous colors. Can’t wait to see the entire kit!

teresamnj
teresamnj

September 03, 2018

I love the clean lines of this card. It’s perfect in it’s simplicity. Beautiful autumn themed card!

Gale
Gale

September 03, 2018

I’m looking forward to experimenting with the Daniel Smith Watercolor Dot card…. such beautiful earthy colors!

Johna Rosser
Johna Rosser

September 03, 2018

wow! your watercoloring is fantastic! This is a gorgeous card!!

Anita Szokol
Anita Szokol

September 03, 2018

Beautiful card!

JoAnn
JoAnn

September 03, 2018

Love the water coloring you did with the various colors. Gorgeous look.

Karen Federly
Karen Federly

September 03, 2018

What a beautiful card. I love the watercoloring. Simple but impressive.

E R  Wade
E R Wade

September 03, 2018

Very sophisticated- elegant.

Lori Poffenroth
Lori Poffenroth

September 03, 2018

This card is stunning. Your masking and colouring are perfection.

Judith K
Judith K

September 03, 2018

I love the simplicity of this card….cant wait to see the full kit

Melanie Arrowood
Melanie Arrowood

September 03, 2018

I love your coloring on this card!! I am so not ready for fall but only because it means winter will be quickly behind it!

Martha Berry
Martha Berry

September 02, 2018

Oh the Chinese Lanterns are so pretty! What an terrific plant to include in the September kit. Janette, you make the masking and compsition look so easy:)

MandaLJ
MandaLJ

September 02, 2018

This is such a lovely card- beautiful watercolouring! Thanks for the tips on masking!

Sandy Small
Sandy Small

September 02, 2018

Nice card. I love the colors, and the design is simple yet elegant!

chark
chark

September 02, 2018

beautiful project!

Allison
Allison

September 02, 2018

Your watercoloing is beautiful.

elaine wood
elaine wood

September 02, 2018

Wow that’s stunning can’t wait to get it

Angela Myhre
Angela Myhre

September 02, 2018

Stunning card!

Beverly Uhlmansiek
Beverly Uhlmansiek

September 02, 2018

Love your stamp and masking to get this beautiful watercolored image!

Monica W
Monica W

September 02, 2018

What a beautiful one layer card. You have truly mastered the “masking” technique that eludes me.

Debbie McKelvey
Debbie McKelvey

September 02, 2018

Love this card so simple, yet beautiful.

Krystal Overby
Krystal Overby

September 02, 2018

Love this card! So elegant!

Cindi
Cindi

September 02, 2018

The colors you chose are beautiful together! Lovely card!

Karren Robinson
Karren Robinson

September 02, 2018

This is a simple but elegant card. You did a nice job. Nice way to promote your kit.

Cecilia Mohney
Cecilia Mohney

September 02, 2018

I can’t wait to see this kit! I have always wanted to try the Daniel Smith Watercolor dots and now I’m really excited to do so!

cyndi morris
cyndi morris

September 02, 2018

Beautiful, unique card. I love the image and the coloring.

Judy McGoodwin
Judy McGoodwin

September 02, 2018

Such great Fall colors….definitely putting me in the mood.

Michelle Brown
Michelle Brown

September 02, 2018

Wow, the watercoloring is beautiful! Thanks for sharing 😍

DJS
DJS

September 02, 2018

Love the autumn theme and look forward to the rest of the kit.

Tara Rahemat
Tara Rahemat

September 02, 2018

I love how simple yet bold this card looks. So much potential with this :)

Jackie
Jackie

September 02, 2018

Love the Chinese lantern stamp and the colouring is very nice!

Mitzi
Mitzi

September 02, 2018

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

Chrissy E
Chrissy E

September 02, 2018

Beautiful, Jeanette! Oh how I wish you could enjoy the beauty of fall colors in the trees! You did a marvelous job of invoking that feeling with your card, though!

Deb K
Deb K

September 02, 2018

Wonderful card! Love the watercoloring of the leaves!

Stacey Kowbel
Stacey Kowbel

September 02, 2018

Very pretty card!

Arlene S
Arlene S

September 02, 2018

So crisp on a white background!

Sarah T
Sarah T

September 02, 2018

The watercolouring on this is simply stunning. Excited to see more of this kit.

Lisa A creations
Lisa A creations

September 02, 2018

I dream and wish of the same thing! We don’t have fall season where I live. But would love to see the leaves change colors some day.

Nicole
Nicole

September 02, 2018

This is stunning! I have a feeling I will be buying this month!!

Sue Manning
Sue Manning

September 02, 2018

This kit looks interesting
Beautiful card.

Jessica Schlegel
Jessica Schlegel

September 02, 2018

Love the color palette, a perfect choice for an autumn themed card ♥

Phyllis Dunn
Phyllis Dunn

September 02, 2018

What a different and unique card! I can’t wait to see the full set.

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