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September My Monthly Hero Countdown: Idea #3 + Giveaway!

by Jessica Frost-Ballas September 02, 2017 434 Comments

Hi, we are back with another Countdown to Creativity post before launching our September My Monthly Hero Kit and add-ons on Tuesday, September 5th at 1pm Eastern/10am Pacific. We'll be giving away one kit on Tuesday morning, before the kit launches, so be sure to comment on every Countdown post for the most chances to win! Now, join Jess as she shares a kitty card using some of the stamps from the add-ons to this month's kit.

Good morning! This month's kit is very appropriately autumn themed with sunflowers and pumpkins but I wanted to veer a little more towards Halloween with two fabulous add-on items: Luna the Halloween Cat and the Starry Night Brush Strokes Bold Prints background stamp!

I just love the pose of that cat! Looks just like mine before she does something sassy like knock a jar of embossing powder off the table or step in wet watercolor...anyone else familiar with that pose? *sigh*

To create the background I started by masking off a section of an A2 panel with post-it tape. Then I blended Faded Jeans and Wilted Violet Distress Oxide inks in a random pattern across the section. I let that dry for a few minutes and then spritzed the Starry Nights background stamp with shimmer spray and used my MISTI to stamp it over the Distress Oxides. It's hard to see in the photo but where the shimmer spray touched the ink, it lightened and left a gorgeous shimmery design behind. I blotted off the excess spray with a paper towel and let it dry completely.

Once the background was totally dry I stamped the cat and sentiment from Luna the Halloween Cat onto the panel with Versafine and heat-embossed it with clear embossing powder. Finally I added a few sparkling clear and metallic silver sequins in a shape that follows one of the swirls of the background stamp!

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 of the comments left across all countdown posts and announce the winner first thing Tuesday morning, September 5th, before the kit launches at 1pm Eastern. The more you comment, the more chances to win!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Be sure to come back later today for additional Countdown posts with more inspiration!

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Cheri H
Cheri H

September 05, 2017

I am too late to win a free kit…but very excited to get my first monthly kit delivered. I have been waiting a few weeks for this kit to be released….the wonderful cards make me want the add more and more than my kit!
I’m hoping I can duplicate some of the wonderful ideas from this design team. You think this cat set us almost a must.
Thank you for your awesome card :)

Linda Miltzow
Linda Miltzow

September 05, 2017

The sequins you added, Jess, look like stars against the dark sky!
So pretty with the silhouette of the cat!

Sandy Small
Sandy Small

September 05, 2017

That is definately the “I didn’t do it” pose!

Elaine H.
Elaine H.

September 05, 2017

Very ethereal…lovely combination of colors. Both stamps are must haves.

Betty K
Betty K

September 05, 2017

Wow I can just know what my grandchildren would love about your use of the cat and background it great

Karen Murphy
Karen Murphy

September 05, 2017

The background looks really witchy! Like a spell is happening. Great job!

Jackie P.
Jackie P.

September 05, 2017

Love this background stamp! And that cat!! Wonderful card!!

Gina
Gina

September 05, 2017

Gorgeous! Love, love, love this background stamp and I must get some shimmer mist!

FeM
FeM

September 05, 2017

I like the colors of your background. Awesome card.

Linda S.
Linda S.

September 05, 2017

I really like the simplicity of your design with the bold pop of shimmery purple.

Michelle D
Michelle D

September 05, 2017

Beautiful card!

Maye M. L.
Maye M. L.

September 05, 2017

Love this sassy Luna. How can I not with such a name. This background stamp is lovely. Cheers

Richard CoVarn
Richard CoVarn

September 04, 2017

I am in love with that background stamp. Also, the spooky cat and sentiment are fantastic.

Samantha Sloop
Samantha Sloop

September 04, 2017

Lovely card! My cat also gets into trouble like that too. Last time she stepped on Some cardstock i had propped up on my desk, it wasn’t supported by anything and down she went. Good things cats land on all fours. She’s exactly 17 yrs old; but she just shook and kept walking.

Berina
Berina

September 04, 2017

I love how you did the background with oxides and spray. So pretty!

Tammy W
Tammy W

September 04, 2017

Meowww, great Halloween or any occasion card.
Bring more of your beautiful ideas.

Christina Dauven
Christina Dauven

September 04, 2017

I am so in love with the background stamp I believe my other stamps need it as a companion.

Leslie Birdsall
Leslie Birdsall

September 04, 2017

I love the background on this card! Very cool effect!

Antoinette
Antoinette

September 04, 2017

The cat does have the best pose! Sassy, cocky and ready to go. Love it!

D.Ann C
D.Ann C

September 04, 2017

I love that this cat can be used year round and that background is mesmerizing!!

Lisa A creations
Lisa A creations

September 04, 2017

That background stamp looks amazing! WoW!

Joy J.
Joy J.

September 04, 2017

I don’t have a cat, but used to years ago. And I know what you mean by the sassy pose! ? Adorable card!

Jane Hambly
Jane Hambly

September 04, 2017

Lol my cat too and she’s called Luna

MelissaF
MelissaF

September 04, 2017

WOW, LOVE this Starry nights brushstroke background on your beautiful card!

Viola Leary
Viola Leary

September 04, 2017

I can’t wait to see the whole release. Luna is an add-on must!

Margie Cee
Margie Cee

September 04, 2017

Wow Jess I just love this card some great ideas there

Susan R K
Susan R K

September 04, 2017

Love your cute kitty – purrfect for Halloween. Especially with the background stamp. Thanks for sharing another wonderful design idea.

Maureen Peterson
Maureen Peterson

September 04, 2017

Love the background you did with this card!! The colors are awesome!! Love the cat and the sentiment. Can’t wait to see the whole card kit :)

Julie Shetler
Julie Shetler

September 04, 2017

I love this card it reminds me of Halloween

Siqi Zhou
Siqi Zhou

September 04, 2017

Can’t resist a cat stamp. Can’t resist.

Lynne
Lynne

September 04, 2017

I love this card!

Alison Pecoul
Alison Pecoul

September 04, 2017

Love the background. Love the cat. Love the card.

Sheryl Kramer
Sheryl Kramer

September 04, 2017

This background stamp is a must-have! I love how you used it here with the shimmer spray, and who can resist an adorable kitty!

DeniseP
DeniseP

September 04, 2017

Such a lovely card!!

Christine Piechura
Christine Piechura

September 04, 2017

Love the look of your card Jess! That Starry Night Backgroud stamp is amazing. I’m happy to say that my cat Avis has not tried getting right into my work while I have embossing powders out, she does not like my Hero Arts Heat Gun. LOL ?

Kim McField
Kim McField

September 04, 2017

I’m crazy about that background, and I love how you made it Halloween by stamping in purples.

Penny Walker
Penny Walker

September 04, 2017

Love the kitty card too cute.

GrammyP
GrammyP

September 04, 2017

I just love that background! The card is wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing!

Terri Scott - terriavidreader
Terri Scott - terriavidreader

September 04, 2017

I’m not really into cats, but this one is cute, and the card is too!

Lori P
Lori P

September 04, 2017

I’m hoping that any halloween related images are add-ons to this kit. Fall is a beautiful season and does not need all the ghastly imagery related to halloween included in seasonal stamps, imho.

Barb McCarthy
Barb McCarthy

September 04, 2017

The background stamp is so wonderful! Love the kitty!

Susan Gray
Susan Gray

September 04, 2017

Like the skinny cat that would also be great on a tag or envelope!

Jennifer Kalbfleisch
Jennifer Kalbfleisch

September 04, 2017

Love your card, Luna the car is a perfect halloween cat! The ‘Starry Night Brush Strokes Bold Prints background stamp’ is gorgeous and the colours you used for it look amazing, I am one hundred percent going to have to have that stamp.

jasmin alfonzo
jasmin alfonzo

September 04, 2017

Me encanta como luce la tarjeta me encanta el fondo. Gracias por compartir. Hermosa.

Tracy Lustick
Tracy Lustick

September 04, 2017

Very spooky !

Martha Berry
Martha Berry

September 04, 2017

Love this kit-kat! We have several kitties and this is a classic pose—“guess what I did?” Faboolous background with oxide inks and a bit of shimmer. Can’t wait for Tuesday to arrive!

Cindy Hanson
Cindy Hanson

September 04, 2017

Such a great design! So much impact!

Kellie
Kellie

September 04, 2017

Love this simple card and the colors used.

Michelle H
Michelle H

September 04, 2017

The starry nights stamp is going to be one my favorites from this release. And your card showed how to use it beautifully.

reneemilner
reneemilner

September 04, 2017

Love this card and the kitty stamp is cute! The background is so cool as is the sense of movement you get. I hear you about the cat situation. Our twirpy Siamese cat sits down before she casually knocks things off the counter with her paw. :)

Rosanna H
Rosanna H

September 04, 2017

I love using distress oxide inks and you used two of my favorite colors. Thanks for sharing.

Sophia Blair
Sophia Blair

September 04, 2017

Love the cat! So simple yet stunning ❤️

Rosalie DesJardins
Rosalie DesJardins

September 04, 2017

I love this card.. It looks just like my son’s cat Vinnie P.(Vincent Price)..The personality matches the name…A little evil …

Ro
Ro

September 04, 2017

Love this card. That cat is fabulous and the pose… just like my cats when they want to drop everything and pet them. Just gorgeous

Kayla
Kayla

September 04, 2017

This card flows so nicely!

Karthikha Uday
Karthikha Uday

September 04, 2017

Oh wow! I love that background stamp! And such an amazing card!

Toni
Toni

September 03, 2017

Wonderful card – really like the starry background – that might be a purchase!!!

Susan H
Susan H

September 03, 2017

Great card and I love how you used the oxide inks for the background.

Kate B
Kate B

September 03, 2017

I love the background & your idea to use a shimmer spray!

Carolyn Sharkas
Carolyn Sharkas

September 03, 2017

This Starry Background is amazing and I love this sassy little kitty. Thanks so much for sharing.

Lisa Bzibziak
Lisa Bzibziak

September 03, 2017

Such a cool card! Love the masking and love that background!

Sue Rhodes
Sue Rhodes

September 03, 2017

Love the simple lines of the cat, and that you kept the card clean and let the cat carry it.

Dawn Schindler
Dawn Schindler

September 03, 2017

Love the background!

Christa M
Christa M

September 03, 2017

So fun what a sassy cat image.

evelyn larson
evelyn larson

September 03, 2017

This back ground really makes this card. what a beautiful card. thank you.

Carolyn P
Carolyn P

September 03, 2017

So pretty and clever. Love the color mixing.

Neshia
Neshia

September 03, 2017

That starry night background technique is beautiful.

Patt H.
Patt H.

September 03, 2017

Love this one! The Starry Night background is totally awesome!

FD91354
FD91354

September 03, 2017

Cute kitty and background image. The add ons look like fun.

Penny Whitlock
Penny Whitlock

September 03, 2017

Great background technique. Thanks for sharing.

susan r wareham
susan r wareham

September 03, 2017

This is so cool love it

karenajo
karenajo

September 03, 2017

Yes, that cat is posed just right. They do get into everything – so curious. Your background is awesome- love the idea of adding the shimmer spray !

Karolina K
Karolina K

September 03, 2017

This is going to be an awesome kit!

Renee
Renee

September 03, 2017

My favorite, cats!

Shannon Fralish
Shannon Fralish

September 03, 2017

Love your take on Halloween — great colors and background!

sharyn davis
sharyn davis

September 03, 2017

Love that background stamp! This kit and add ons looks like fun!

Janet
Janet

September 03, 2017

I love everything about this card!!

Linda E
Linda E

September 03, 2017

Great card, Jess! Love that amazing background!

k prakken
k prakken

September 03, 2017

Your card put a spell on me. I love it!!!

Gail Scott
Gail Scott

September 03, 2017

Jess I love the Starry Starry Night background here with the cute cat – you did a marvelous job – TFS

Lorraine
Lorraine

September 03, 2017

This is so full of Hocus Pocus!

Alexandra Madison
Alexandra Madison

September 03, 2017

Wonderful cat silhouette and sentiment! Awesome card design. Your use of white space is brilliant.

JAS424
JAS424

September 03, 2017

Wow! I love that swirled background, and I have a cat so I also love the cat stamp.

 Maryjo Monterosso
Maryjo Monterosso

September 03, 2017

Halloween is my favorite holiday to make cards for and this one more than fits the bill. The background design and colors along with the black cat silhouette are perfect. Beautiful.

Melissa SunshineHoneyBee
Melissa SunshineHoneyBee

September 03, 2017

This spells Halloween wonderfully.
Melissa
“Sunshine HoneyBee”

Nancy
Nancy

September 03, 2017

That is the loveliest card with the blending and the cat. Very magical and witchy.

Anna
Anna

September 03, 2017

Very Nice!

Steven Staley
Steven Staley

September 03, 2017

Love the clean layout of the card. The sentiment is perfect!

Di Brown
Di Brown

September 03, 2017

Love this card with the cat and the great sky.

ChrisO
ChrisO

September 03, 2017

Love that cat, the colors and the background. This kit is calling my name!

Liz mca
Liz mca

September 03, 2017

Love that cat!

Melissa Craig
Melissa Craig

September 03, 2017

Gorgeous blending on those inks!

Patty Beers
Patty Beers

September 03, 2017

I love that background.

Lori Ritchie
Lori Ritchie

September 03, 2017

Lovely background, love the colors

Margaret
Margaret

September 03, 2017

Wonderful card – beautifully spooky!

Karen
Karen

September 03, 2017

The cat has such attitude! Perfect!

Debbie Saunders
Debbie Saunders

September 03, 2017

Halloween too Yeah!

Cheri
Cheri

September 03, 2017

Love the color, the swirly background & the cat…..yes, am familiar with the cat pose, too!

Cynthia Koop
Cynthia Koop

September 03, 2017

I love the black cat on the blue and violet. Really pretty!

Hannah Y
Hannah Y

September 03, 2017

Love this! What a cute card. Background stamp is wonderful.

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