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

Teri W
Teri W

September 02, 2018

Wow great card! Love the color choices.

KimKaz
KimKaz

September 02, 2018

Love the stamp designs plus the coloring. The tones selected really highlight the designs.

Elaine
Elaine

September 02, 2018

Fall is my favourite time of year..this kit looks to have great ideas for fall projects..lots of inspiration here!

GabriellaB
GabriellaB

September 02, 2018

Oh my goodness, what beautiful soft coloring

Deb
Deb

September 02, 2018

Oh, the stamp is darling, and I can’t wait to try a water color dot card. Have never used one. Thanks!

Margery C
Margery C

September 02, 2018

Sweet card. Looking forward to painting with the Daniel Smith watercolors.

Dee Wilson
Dee Wilson

September 02, 2018

Beautiful colors used on this image! Looks like it’s going to be an exciting and fun kit!

Jackie SMOKER
Jackie SMOKER

September 02, 2018

Living in Australia means that not quite as into Halloween and pumpkins… also spring has just arrived- so i love this seed pod, and the thankful focus…. inspiring

Leigh Madison
Leigh Madison

September 02, 2018

Love those colors! Can’t wait to try the watercolors.

Joyce
Joyce

September 02, 2018

You’ve captured gorgeous colors in this. I’ll trade you all the fall things for all your California things! 😃🌴

JoAnne Rebello
JoAnne Rebello

September 02, 2018

Oh I can tell already that I’m going to need this kit. This is beautiful.

Mona Bellon
Mona Bellon

September 02, 2018

You’re so fortunate to get the sneak peek because I get anxious waiting so long. Being in Delaware it takes a bit longer for arrival during which time getting the peeks are a tease of what’s to come. Seeing yours, which is so elegant, makes me want more, more, more. I can hardly wait to see the balance of your creativity. So inspirational.

Carla Hundley
Carla Hundley

September 02, 2018

Very lovely and
looks wonderful.
Carla from Utah

Sheri
Sheri

September 02, 2018

Just lovely. It has such a peaceful feeling

ROXANNE MCCOY
ROXANNE MCCOY

September 02, 2018

That is so pretty! Can’t wait to see more

Laurie
Laurie

September 02, 2018

Love this. Great fall colors.

Katrina Bocchi
Katrina Bocchi

September 02, 2018

Exciting!

Debrah Binard
Debrah Binard

September 02, 2018

Looks like a fall themed color scheme. Really looking forward to the kit!

Danielle Dietz
Danielle Dietz

September 02, 2018

Beautifully done Janette. Simple but gorgeous!

Janine Gearhart
Janine Gearhart

September 02, 2018

The stamps are really beautiful. Daniel Smith’s watercolors are so perfect for this card!

Dianne
Dianne

September 02, 2018

So pretty. Love how you shaded this!

barbara lassiter
barbara lassiter

September 02, 2018

Beautiful card. I love the floral design.

Ginn i DelPiano
Ginn i DelPiano

September 02, 2018

Very simple and beautiful.

Diana
Diana

September 02, 2018

Love the watercoloring effects. Can’t wait to see the rest of the kit!

Penny D Walker
Penny D Walker

September 02, 2018

Love the coloring, beautiful card.Thank you for your inspiration.

Ebony Freeman
Ebony Freeman

September 02, 2018

I’m new to watercolor and would to try out the gorgeous fall colors in this kit.

Christa M
Christa M

September 02, 2018

So pretty.

Samantha Coleman
Samantha Coleman

September 02, 2018

What a great set I cannot wait to use it.

Linda Reilly
Linda Reilly

September 02, 2018

Your colors are so beautiful! Perfect for fall.

Laura Staley
Laura Staley

September 02, 2018

Beautiful card! Love the soft colors. Looking like another fun kit!

Marisela Delgado
Marisela Delgado

September 02, 2018

Lovely colors. You did a great job! Fabulous card!

Lynnea Hollendonner
Lynnea Hollendonner

September 02, 2018

This is stunning! Love it!

michelle
michelle

September 02, 2018

That is so beautiful!!

G angekos
G angekos

September 02, 2018

Can’t wait to see what else is in this kit!

Mary Spicer
Mary Spicer

September 02, 2018

Beautiful card!! Love the colors

Roberta S.
Roberta S.

September 02, 2018

Beautiful Janette.

Jackie
Jackie

September 02, 2018

I love that stem. Very pretty!

RoZee
RoZee

September 02, 2018

Your card is beautiful and the color scheme amazing.

Jackie Price
Jackie Price

September 02, 2018

Simply beautiful!! I LOVE the colours and am happy to hear they are included in the kit. I don’t have any (except another 6 dot card from a SSS kit from months ago). I’m not very good/confident with watercolouring and so can’t justify spending money on something that I might use a few times. The green bit grounding the image is the perfect finishing touch as it gradually gets lighter and fades away. Looking forward to seeing what all is in this kit!

DUMONTIER Marjorie
DUMONTIER Marjorie

September 02, 2018

That’s a very lovely card Janette ! I love how you colored the vase.
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Kathy C
Kathy C

September 02, 2018

Lovely, elegant card!

Lana
Lana

September 02, 2018

This kit looks exciting!

Beverley Hollis
Beverley Hollis

September 02, 2018

What a pretty card! Here in New Zealand we are starting to see signs of spring so I understand what you mean about the seasons, we’ve got blossoms popping out all over the place!
Susan Kaiser
Susan Kaiser

September 02, 2018

I love the colors! I have been wanting to try out some water coloring – this will be perfect! Thank you for the lay-out instructions – I am still a novice and need the help! Beautiful card!

Carol Tidrow
Carol Tidrow

September 02, 2018

Love your water coloring.

Angie
Angie

September 02, 2018

So beautiful, coloring this stamp must be really a lot of fun!

Kay Spangler
Kay Spangler

September 02, 2018

Gorgeous.

Anna Rodgers
Anna Rodgers

September 02, 2018

Beautiful card! I better get to practicing my stamp masking because the colors you used have me doing a happy dance! TFS!

Debra Ziegler
Debra Ziegler

September 01, 2018

Awesome set and I love this little flower and pot!! Thanks for the ideas!! Deb

Mateja P
Mateja P

September 01, 2018

Such a beautiful card. Love the colours :)

Zehra
Zehra

September 01, 2018

Beautiful coloring and card.

merryf
merryf

September 01, 2018

This is stunning! So elegant! I’ve never used those Daniel Smith watercolors — can’t wait to see this entire kit!

Shannon
Shannon

September 01, 2018

Stunning! I can’t wait to see the rest of the kit!

Mona K Porter
Mona K Porter

September 01, 2018

I love the soft, warm colors that you chose. Beautiful work!

mary ann
mary ann

September 01, 2018

simply elegant

Victoria Milam
Victoria Milam

September 01, 2018

Wonderful job of coloring and shading! The card is beautiful, great job!

Tess Redel
Tess Redel

September 01, 2018

Wow, this is gorgeous Janette! Wish you could see the leaves turning in October. I love driving through the countryside in Missouri for all the spectacular colors nature gives us. Great watercoling on your beautiful card!

CaroleRenn
CaroleRenn

September 01, 2018

My what a beautiful Fall card! Love the colors.

Mary Toutlian-Fleer
Mary Toutlian-Fleer

September 01, 2018

An elegant and beautifully colored card. Love the seedpod and the vase. all in all a very beautiful card.

Melanie Jerome
Melanie Jerome

September 01, 2018

I too miss fall, where I live now, but I can still send fall da dis. This is unique leaf stem

GLenda M Sultan
GLenda M Sultan

September 01, 2018

My oh my. You are great with those watercolors. I love the shading you did on the flowers & leaves

GLenda M Sultan
GLenda M Sultan

September 01, 2018

My oh my. You are great with those watercolors. I love the shading you did on the flowers & leaves

Sue Rodriguez
Sue Rodriguez

September 01, 2018

I love the colors of Autumn and how you’ve captured them in this card.

Sue Rodriguez
Sue Rodriguez

September 01, 2018

I’m so excited to get the water color dot sheet. This looks like it will be an amazing kit, can’t wait to get mine.

Tammi
Tammi

September 01, 2018

Beautiful card!

Lourdes Gonzalez
Lourdes Gonzalez

September 01, 2018

so in love with these beautiful images… can’t wait to see the whole kit!

Jessi W
Jessi W

September 01, 2018

I adore your layout! And your watercoloring. What a beautiful card!

Marjorie
Marjorie

September 01, 2018

Simply beautiful and elegant. I love the colors. You did a beautiful job.

Kam
Kam

September 01, 2018

So pretty!

Melanie Parnell
Melanie Parnell

September 01, 2018

Looking for to this month’s release. Pretty card.

Stephaney Conklin
Stephaney Conklin

September 01, 2018

The colors are so beautiful. I love to watercolor on cards. They make it look more homemade, and it’s easy to watercolor stamps to give a hand painted look.

Stephanie Lanzalotto
Stephanie Lanzalotto

September 01, 2018

This is so gorgeous. Fall is my favorite. I can’t wait to see the whole kit!

marjorie travers
marjorie travers

September 01, 2018

the colors are blended beautifully nice watercolor

Helen Gullett
Helen Gullett

September 01, 2018

This is one beautiful CAS card. The watercoloring on the image is stunning.
I cannot wait to see the full reveal of this September My Monthly Hero Kit!
Thank you for the inspiration.

Kimberly Lee
Kimberly Lee

September 01, 2018

I’m so thankful for your preview card

Sara Maxwell
Sara Maxwell

September 01, 2018

Love the colors, as well as the stamps themselves. I’m an East Coaster and love my four seasons. I missed them when we lived in California for a while, BUT REMEMBER: in California you can plan an outdoor event in summer with NO RAINDATE. What?!? :-)

MelissaF
MelissaF

September 01, 2018

Beautiful card, love the CAS style and watercoloring!

Cindi Lynch
Cindi Lynch

September 01, 2018

Such a pretty card. Interesting stamp – not the same old.

Tani
Tani

September 01, 2018

Beautiful! Love the card.

Karen dow
Karen dow

September 01, 2018

Great directions/ explanation.
This kit looks fascinating!

Ang
Ang

September 01, 2018

I love the layout on this card and the way you colored it is beautiful.

Michele W
Michele W

September 01, 2018

Love the simple outlines of this design and the beautiful watercoloring. Thanks for sharing!

Karen Nelson
Karen Nelson

September 01, 2018

Very simple card but I think it’s beautiful

Stormy
Stormy

September 01, 2018

Great masking job as well as watercolor information – thank you so much for the idea. Can’t wait for the kit reveal.

candgmom
candgmom

September 01, 2018

What a beautiful card. I love your watercoloring and can’t wait to try it my self!…. just a few more days…

Jan Mancini
Jan Mancini

September 01, 2018

Love this already! We just had the hottest July and August on record in Vermont. I am so ready for Fall!

Marilee DeMars
Marilee DeMars

September 01, 2018

What a lovely design! I usually think of mostly yellows and oranges when thinking of Autumn, but the red tone is gorgeous! I’m from up north, and there ARE actually a lot of reds in the Fall — beautiful! The kit looks very versatile and useful!

Mary
Mary

September 01, 2018

As always Janette, the watercoloring is amazing. Your card is both simple and stunning.

Susieq
Susieq

September 01, 2018

This is so pretty. I love the colors and the simplicity of the design.

Sonya
Sonya

September 01, 2018

I have a feeling this is going to be one heck of a kit!!

Deborah Ziadie
Deborah Ziadie

September 01, 2018

Beautiful! So excited to try the Daniel Smith watercolors!

amanda reichard
amanda reichard

September 01, 2018

Wow! Very unique. Love it!

Jennifer
Jennifer

September 01, 2018

Gorgeous card! So crisp and clean, just beautiful!

Diane
Diane

September 01, 2018

Lovely coloring job with a graceful composition of stamps.

Carrie
Carrie

September 01, 2018

Love the colors! Very soft and elegant. Can’t wait to see more peaks.

Stefanie White
Stefanie White

September 01, 2018

This is so elegant and pretty!

Cindy robinson
Cindy robinson

September 01, 2018

What a simple, beautiful card! I love the way you grounded the vase! Thanks for sharing!

Nancy Osborn
Nancy Osborn

September 01, 2018

Luckily, in Georgia we do get to experience all of the seasons. I absolutely LOVE fall, with 1 exception, leaf clean up! I love driving through the North Georgia mountains in late September or early October seeing all of the beautiful colors. I’m so excited about the possibility of a fall themed kit and yummy DS watercolors to hoard LOL

Melanie Eisenhut
Melanie Eisenhut

September 01, 2018

I love fall and all those great colors. I cant’t wait for the kit! Great card!

Terri Bruin
Terri Bruin

September 01, 2018

Very pretty.