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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Stacey Kowbel
Stacey Kowbel

September 03, 2017

I love that background with the cat. And the colours used are fabulous!

Cynthia Xavier
Cynthia Xavier

September 03, 2017

You cannot go wrong with black and purple. I love this Halloween card

Lynn
Lynn

September 03, 2017

I have two black cats. What an awesome card. Love the sentiment.

Jackie S
Jackie S

September 03, 2017

Great card and colors. Think I’m going to have to buy this background stamp. Love it.

Debrah Binard
Debrah Binard

September 03, 2017

Very simple but pretty card! The kitty looks very curious, the pose of the cat and background go perfect with the sentiment. The sentiment could serve on a valentine’s card.

bonnie D-D
bonnie D-D

September 03, 2017

Really like the background colors with the black silhouette look!

Marianna
Marianna

September 03, 2017

Great sentiment! Your black cat looks great against your colorful background. Cute card.

Barbara Rademacher
Barbara Rademacher

September 03, 2017

I am not at all fond of Halloween, but I do love starry skies. As I said in a previous post, I do not usually order the add-ons, but this month that will change. I love the starry skies and, well, I have a black cat who deigns to live with me, so I guess I could use the black cat stamp to represent her.

Sabrina Radican
Sabrina Radican

September 03, 2017

Love the cat and sentiment!!

mary ann
mary ann

September 03, 2017

simple and stunning

Elaine B
Elaine B

September 03, 2017

Nice

Kathy Aguilar
Kathy Aguilar

September 03, 2017

Here kitty kitty! Our cats name is Stash. He is all black with a white mustache. He is a very bad kitty sometimes. But we love the joy he brings with his craziness!

Laura Whelan
Laura Whelan

September 03, 2017

such a fun card as always, jessica! that cat is just too cute – and that’s saying a lot as i’m typically a dog kind-of gal. :) love the card and thanks for the lovely inspiration!

Janet D.
Janet D.

September 03, 2017

I really love the ‘eerie’ design of this card!

carol
carol

September 03, 2017

Such a lovely background for Luna, who is quite the pretty kitty! Love this!
~carol

teresamnj
teresamnj

September 03, 2017

Love black cats, love the background, love the sentiment!

Susan Lang
Susan Lang

September 03, 2017

That is a beautiful background stamp. Love the card!

stephanie
stephanie

September 03, 2017

I just love this. So adorable.

Brandy Duncan
Brandy Duncan

September 03, 2017

Love the background stamp? Love your card, and how you’ve given ideas for a more Halloween approach to the kit.

Karen P
Karen P

September 03, 2017

Love the prissy cat,
> Cute card.

Brenda in IN
Brenda in IN

September 03, 2017

Love your background and that cat is ready for trouble!

LaNell Taylor
LaNell Taylor

September 03, 2017

Love these add ons. Great background!

BeverlyBL
BeverlyBL

September 03, 2017

I LOVE the look of your background. Can’t wait to gather the supplies and give it a try.

Deborah Kaye
Deborah Kaye

September 03, 2017

Lovely card! I like how you created your background. Perfect!

Sladjana Perisic
Sladjana Perisic

September 03, 2017

Having our pets help us crafting is fun and scary at what they can do!

Essie
Essie

September 03, 2017

I really like your technique with the background stamp…which is a stunner! Great, graphic card!

Yvonne
Yvonne

September 03, 2017

Love the cat silhouette! And the Starry Night background is really cool! Looks like there are so many possibilities to use the kit. Love it!

Kim Gottlieb
Kim Gottlieb

September 03, 2017

Super cute cat! Nice background!!

Dee Ann Matthews
Dee Ann Matthews

September 03, 2017

Starry Night makes a perfect setting for a black cat and an elegant Halloween card!

Carol Bostick
Carol Bostick

September 03, 2017

Love the cat!

Denise Dolder
Denise Dolder

September 03, 2017

How fun! The cat looks great with the purple ink.

Dell Richards
Dell Richards

September 03, 2017

I adore his cat die! You can use it for other projects other than Halloween too! Jess, your cat sounds as mischievous as mine in the craft room! Guess they want to supervise us! Anyway, great job on this card and the mystical spin you put on it for Halloween.

C4G
C4G

September 03, 2017

Falloween is my favorite season!

Phi
Phi

September 03, 2017

Gorgeous card. Love the cat silhouette.

Judie Attard
Judie Attard

September 03, 2017

Awesome card!!

Audrey
Audrey

September 03, 2017

The simplicity and coloring of this card are beautiful!

Della schmidt
Della schmidt

September 03, 2017

Loving that background stamp!

Peege04
Peege04

September 03, 2017

Such a cute idea. I agree with you about this naughty cat pose!

Sallyann
Sallyann

September 03, 2017

Yes, that pose is classic! Love your card Jess! Very creative. Silhouette stamps are some of my favorites..quick and perfect for colorful background techniques!

Naama E
Naama E

September 03, 2017

Adore this cat!!! ??? And the background stamp is stunning too, with these colors – yep, definitely bewitching ^^
Thanks for sharing! xxx

Cathy R
Cathy R

September 03, 2017

Great sayings and stamps

Joan
Joan

September 03, 2017

Beautiful and oh so fun card. Love black cats and that shimmery purple.

Laura Buehler
Laura Buehler

September 03, 2017

I have a niece who is a veterinarian that specializes in cats. I can definitely see myself using the cat stamp for cards for her.

Carolyn A
Carolyn A

September 03, 2017

Love Halloween and would love to use that sassy cat

SueB
SueB

September 03, 2017

Love the card!!

Kirsten
Kirsten

September 03, 2017

Fantastic card. I can’t wait to see the kit and add ons. I just might have to get the Luna set. Fabulous background. Thanks for the inspiration.

Ikeda Evans
Ikeda Evans

September 03, 2017

I just love how yhe background was made. Can’t wait to see the kit.

Terri
Terri

September 03, 2017

Fabulous technique and love the cat silhouette.

Lynne
Lynne

September 03, 2017

What a fabulous background stamp!

3 Happy Critters
3 Happy Critters

September 03, 2017

I love Luna. Yes, I recognize that sassy pose!

MandaLJ
MandaLJ

September 03, 2017

Love the new background stamp! This card shows it off beautifully!

Judith
Judith

September 03, 2017

I love the background, what a cool idea.

Annie Collins
Annie Collins

September 03, 2017

I love the way you blended the colors. Beautiful card.

Katarina Frejd
Katarina Frejd

September 03, 2017

Oh, I most certainlyam familiarwith that pose lol. Perfect sentiment too.

Starqueen
Starqueen

September 03, 2017

I love La Luna! Great card and a cool technique…thank you!

Karen L K
Karen L K

September 02, 2017

Very nice background! The cat is a fun one and looks great on your card with that background.

Tammy
Tammy

September 02, 2017

Nice for Halloween ?, love your techniques!

Ann K.
Ann K.

September 02, 2017

Love the background techniques… Very nice!

Felicia
Felicia

September 02, 2017

Must. Have.

Kerryn
Kerryn

September 02, 2017

Great card. Love the colors on the background. Cat is gorgeous.

Effie
Effie

September 02, 2017

Love the colour combo and super cute cat!

Brenda Lubrant
Brenda Lubrant

September 02, 2017

I love the black cat. I always love to use them on my Halloween cards.

Melisse
Melisse

September 02, 2017

Um, yeah, that could be my cat! I’ll be definitely purchasing the Luna the Halloween Cat add-on just to get that silhouette.
Thanks for the distress oxide ink technique… I haven’t explored mine enough… grungy mixed up colors don’t appeal but this look I like!

Josmary
Josmary

September 02, 2017

Lovely card

Betty Chen
Betty Chen

September 02, 2017

Oh such a gorgeous card! Can’t wait for the reveal!

Sabrinna
Sabrinna

September 02, 2017

how mystical! really loving that the kitty’s name is Luna!

deborah345
deborah345

September 02, 2017

I am so anxious to see the full kit.

Nichole Wade
Nichole Wade

September 02, 2017

Love the cat silhouette stamp and the gorgeous background stamp too!

Leanne in Cali
Leanne in Cali

September 02, 2017

Love that background! The cat and sentiment really stand out. Thanks for sharing!

Diana B
Diana B

September 02, 2017

I love that background stamp – and what a beautiful card you made with it!

Kelley H
Kelley H

September 02, 2017

That is a terrific card. Looks like a magical night.

Melynn
Melynn

September 02, 2017

Wow! Love the colors you used and the technique tip is awesome.

Mario
Mario

September 02, 2017

Hi Jess! I esa missing some ‘halloweenian’ card and… voilà, you made one! Love the color combination you used!

Brenda
Brenda

September 02, 2017

Absolutely love the background!!

Franki
Franki

September 02, 2017

Love this kitty image. Cant wait to see what else if part of the add on set.

shari
shari

September 02, 2017

Love, love the cat, black cats for Halloween, my favorite.

Elaine C
Elaine C

September 02, 2017

I love that card with the stunning background and cat. Beautiful colors!

Christina Rannow
Christina Rannow

September 02, 2017

Love the cat silhouette!

Lauren
Lauren

September 02, 2017

That background is to die for! That cat is super cute to! Love!

Vikki H
Vikki H

September 02, 2017

Great technique with the inks and that fabulous background stamp!

sandy quilici
sandy quilici

September 02, 2017

love it

ThedaT
ThedaT

September 02, 2017

Cute card.

Diane Conklin
Diane Conklin

September 02, 2017

Awesome card! I love the background

Ana Korban
Ana Korban

September 02, 2017

So cute! Looking forward to making fall and Halloween cards with this kit and add-ons!

Lorraine
Lorraine

September 02, 2017

Very cute

Lou Wittmer
Lou Wittmer

September 02, 2017

Loving the cat and loving the background especially set off against the white space. Great card!

Laura Staley
Laura Staley

September 02, 2017

Loving this kit. The cat is terrific and the sentiment is perfect. So cute!

Linda Peabody
Linda Peabody

September 02, 2017

Great card. Love the cat and background

Abby
Abby

September 02, 2017

Lovely card!

Caitlin
Caitlin

September 02, 2017

Beautiful background!

Julia L:
Julia L:

September 02, 2017

Love the card, I like how the background is so swirly and purple. LOL. Makes it spooky!

Nina
Nina

September 02, 2017

Really like the idea of using the spray on the stamp to lift the ink and leave the design. Really cute!

caroleann
caroleann

September 02, 2017

Love this design with that background

Stacey f
Stacey f

September 02, 2017

I LOVE this card! The background, the cat, everything! I get a psychedelic vibe from this card! Way cool! Good job Jessica!

Elise Smith
Elise Smith

September 02, 2017

This is perfect for Halloween! I love the beautiful background :)

Sara Jara
Sara Jara

September 02, 2017

No lo puedo creer, es precioso

Emmie W
Emmie W

September 02, 2017

Cool beans! Really liking the black cat and bbackgrond stamp.

Lisa Fragassi
Lisa Fragassi

September 02, 2017

Love the card and the colors you used! Thank you for a chance to win!

Denise F
Denise F

September 02, 2017

Simple and elegant

Karen T
Karen T

September 02, 2017

Very cute card! Love the background and love the kitty! I can’t wait to see the rest of this kit! Loving everything so far!