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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100 Responses

dgolly
dgolly

September 02, 2017

Adorable. What else can I say?

Jessica Haines
Jessica Haines

September 02, 2017

I’m liking this stencil background

Terri C.
Terri C.

September 02, 2017

I love that background and your card is very cute!

Madge brock
Madge brock

September 02, 2017

The colors are amazing Halloween is so much fun

Debbie Rumpza
Debbie Rumpza

September 02, 2017

What a darling kitty card! I love it!

Elizabeth Burke
Elizabeth Burke

September 02, 2017

The background you created is fabulous…

Elena Pham
Elena Pham

September 02, 2017

Beautiful card. I love these two colors, they make a good combination.

Barb Schmitz
Barb Schmitz

September 02, 2017

I definitely recognize that cat pose! And I must get Luna! Thanks for the great inspiration.

Bev
Bev

September 02, 2017

How funny, I saw that cat and “sassy” sprang to my mind too! I grew up with cats though now we’re a dog household. You did a beautiful job on the background.

Lindarub
Lindarub

September 02, 2017

Love how you did the background.

Linda M.
Linda M.

September 02, 2017

Love this card! Can’t wait to see more!

Pat from sd
Pat from sd

September 02, 2017

Thanks for sharing the wonderful inspiration.

spatch
spatch

September 02, 2017

Wow! Love a background that swirls, The movement captures my eye. So many ways to use it and switch up the colors for other themes.

Eva
Eva

September 02, 2017

Nice card!

Ann
Ann

September 02, 2017

Oh wow, love the simplicity of this card.

Krissie
Krissie

September 02, 2017

Very pretty background for this card.

Patty
Patty

September 02, 2017

Love the cat profile on your beautiful card.

Zehra
Zehra

September 02, 2017

Lovely card, like the shimmer spray effect.

Heidi S.
Heidi S.

September 02, 2017

I love that background, and the cat is so quirky. I’m excited about this release!

KImMJ
KImMJ

September 02, 2017

How adorable! The cat is just too cute!

Lea Lawson
Lea Lawson

September 02, 2017

This is awesome! Love the starry night background!

Darlenemcg
Darlenemcg

September 02, 2017

Kitty, kitty cute kitty

Alie Trujillo
Alie Trujillo

September 02, 2017

Lucky black cats, love them!

Sandra Resendiz
Sandra Resendiz

September 02, 2017

I love the sentiment, very useful for valentines day too

Mary Doran
Mary Doran

September 02, 2017

Just like my sassy cat Sasha. Love the shimmering sky on the oxide inks. And nice touch with the sequins!!

Susan
Susan

September 02, 2017

The background stamp really adds dimension to your design.

Stephanie Bleeker
Stephanie Bleeker

September 02, 2017

I must have that background stamp! I’m a huge Van Gogh fan (my parents are Dutch immigrants, so of course I have to love Van Gogh). Love it!!

Karen Sutton
Karen Sutton

September 02, 2017

Love the stamp. All cats put spells on me. I’m a cat sucker. If there is a cat in my proximity, I will find it and love it. Thanks for sharing!

Diane Rasmussen
Diane Rasmussen

September 02, 2017

Just love the background. loving it for Halloween.

Sandra
Sandra

September 02, 2017

Love this card, thanks for sharing! 8-)

Edlyn
Edlyn

September 02, 2017

What an awesome card! Love the background and the sophisticated cat!! Can’t wait to receive this kit!

Amy
Amy

September 02, 2017

Great combination of stamps and colors. Definitely want that cat!

Cha
Cha

September 02, 2017

Gorgeous background! I love the card with the new add-ons. I can’t wait to see more!

Michelle Scherer@bellsouth.net
Michelle Scherer@bellsouth.net

September 02, 2017

That background stamp is wonderful. Can’t wait to get it to add to the kit.

kari mano
kari mano

September 02, 2017

I love that cat too!! background looks awesome, such great colors. Thank you

Heidi Macy
Heidi Macy

September 02, 2017

Very pretty card! Love the saying!

C
C

September 02, 2017

great layout … the black cat just pops

Linda Griffin
Linda Griffin

September 02, 2017

Can’t wait to see this kit

Brandi Ryals
Brandi Ryals

September 02, 2017

Love this! What a great background. :)

chark
chark

September 02, 2017

how cute is this?!

Laura
Laura

September 02, 2017

So pretty. Adore it.

Christine
Christine

September 02, 2017

Love the background and the cat. The simplicity of the layout makes it that much more appealing.

Karen Lingel
Karen Lingel

September 02, 2017

The background sounds beautiful. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

Heather H.
Heather H.

September 02, 2017

I love this background stamp!

Sherri Clifford
Sherri Clifford

September 02, 2017

Such a cute card. I love the background.

Claudia N
Claudia N

September 02, 2017

Lovely card, great background!

Marjorie Dumontier
Marjorie Dumontier

September 02, 2017

Very nice card and I really love the cat silhouette.

margie
margie

September 02, 2017

sweet Halloween card

Dorothy Mutafopulos
Dorothy Mutafopulos

September 02, 2017

Love the colors and the cat stamp so cute too!

Alison Heikkila
Alison Heikkila

September 02, 2017

I live how magical this card is! That cat is super sassy, and your colors are divine.

Sandy Dietrich
Sandy Dietrich

September 02, 2017

What a sassy kitty cat! I’m always looking for versatility and this add on brings it.

Samantha  Coleman
Samantha Coleman

September 02, 2017

I just love anything Halloween! Your card is absolutely adorable.

Samantha  Coleman
Samantha Coleman

September 02, 2017

I just love anything Halloween! Your card is absolutely adorable.

Valerie
Valerie

September 02, 2017

Love that beautiful background!

Cindy Rice
Cindy Rice

September 02, 2017

Cute cat, can’t wait
to see the rest of this set

Madgevt
Madgevt

September 02, 2017

I need to try clear embossing. I love the way that it looks.

Michelle C Montemurro
Michelle C Montemurro

September 02, 2017

agree there is a spell on me. Love this months kit.

Michele K. Henderson
Michele K. Henderson

September 02, 2017

Love the kitty! This is super cute!

Linda Lipford
Linda Lipford

September 02, 2017

Distress oxides really add to the mood of the card!!

Crystal
Crystal

September 02, 2017

This may be the only way I get a cat! I keep hoping… Love the background stamp, as well.?

Karen Arana
Karen Arana

September 02, 2017

This month is my birthday and I’m already liking what the kit has to offer. I will make a birthday card for myself!

Mindy Eggen
Mindy Eggen

September 02, 2017

swoon!!! i adore this and definitely need to try this out!

Rema DeLeeuw
Rema DeLeeuw

September 02, 2017

Awesome card and background!

Linda
Linda

September 02, 2017

I am absolutly in love with this clean and simple card! My cat lover heart beats a little faster.

Jude
Jude

September 02, 2017

Such a cute kitty and background!!!!!

SarahC
SarahC

September 02, 2017

Oh I am loving everything I see with this kit! Just wonderful.

Konnie
Konnie

September 02, 2017

love the background colors. not a fan of the cat just because I am not a cat person but the colors are pretty.

Anne B
Anne B

September 02, 2017

Great card, Jess. I’m obsessed with that starry night background – what a fabulous addition!

littlen
littlen

September 02, 2017

Getting ready for Halloween.

Lisa
Lisa

September 02, 2017

I love the simplicity of this card! But yet, the colors and background are complex. LOVE the black cat silhouette image against the colorful background!

Izzy Scrap
Izzy Scrap

September 02, 2017

Stunning background ! Love this stamp ! And I also love the cat, so stylish ! Thanks for sharing !

Amy Vitriani
Amy Vitriani

September 02, 2017

What A fun Halloween card Jessica!! Love the colors of your background, and the sentiment is adorable!

Joanne L
Joanne L

September 02, 2017

Beautiful color treatment on this card, I really like the background stamp used and the color effects—it really makes the little cat pop, plus the sequins really pop too. Neat color effects, I am a lover especially of purples, so this appealed to me.

Barbara Howell
Barbara Howell

September 02, 2017

The background that you created is gorgeous. I love making Halloween cards and this background and cat are perfect. Thanks for the idea of using the shimmer spray to stamp on Oxide ink backgrounds.

Linda Bostedt
Linda Bostedt

September 02, 2017

love this background and kitty

jayne
jayne

September 02, 2017

I love the simplicity of this card, yet it has so much dimension

ShariW
ShariW

September 02, 2017

Woohoo the new kit is coming! Looking forward to it. Love the colors you used for that background stamp!

Colleen F
Colleen F

September 02, 2017

So cute! I’m loving this kit so far.

Denise Kasbohm
Denise Kasbohm

September 02, 2017

So very cute!!

Sue McRae
Sue McRae

September 02, 2017

What a great clean design…love the swirly background!

Kim Hund
Kim Hund

September 02, 2017

Beautiful technique Jess. Love the cat and the background stamp. I absolutely love using them but clearly do not have enough of them in my inventory. Thank you for sharing your little cat story too!

ashley shaffer
ashley shaffer

September 02, 2017

love this, hope to win for my bday

Thuy Conde
Thuy Conde

September 02, 2017

I really like the cat. It really makes the card pop!

Kirsty Vittetoe
Kirsty Vittetoe

September 02, 2017

How exciting, what a lovely card with pretty colors!

Julia D.
Julia D.

September 02, 2017

I LOVE that card! The sky you created is beautiful. Thank you for the chance to win!

Julia Cissell
Julia Cissell

September 02, 2017

Yes! Totally relate. Tigger knocks things off my desk when she feels I’m ignoring her. Then she puts her “back in the air” pose on me and “flips me off”. Lol. By “flip off” I mean she flips her paw in the air like it had a piece tape stuck to it and turns an walks away from me. Such attitude! These guys do understand cats! You can always tell how much thought has gone into their designs. And the value..! I simply cannot wait to see more. Thanks for your great card!

M Engstrom
M Engstrom

September 02, 2017

Looking forward to the new set Tues. Hope I win.

Cindy Kitner
Cindy Kitner

September 02, 2017

Love the cat! Can’t wait to see the kit and all the add ons! I love to send Halloween cards!

Gail Anderson
Gail Anderson

September 02, 2017

I’m not a cat lover (sorry) but this is a cute pose. I really like how you made the background…great idea!

Toni
Toni

September 02, 2017

This is a great card – love the details!

Barbara-Jean
Barbara-Jean

September 02, 2017

Oops! Meant to tyoe cat, not car! You’ll be wondering what card I looked at!

Michele
Michele

September 02, 2017

Love the starry nights background. Thanks for the inspiration.

Luci
Luci

September 02, 2017

Great idea and use of the product.

Barbara-Jean
Barbara-Jean

September 02, 2017

Like the car and really like the background!

Julie Crutchfield
Julie Crutchfield

September 02, 2017

I love your cat and the great way you blended the distress oxides and stamped the swirls in shimmer spray. Great idea and card!

Eileen S
Eileen S

September 02, 2017

What great blended colors for a great Halloween background !

Franka M.
Franka M.

September 02, 2017

Gorgeous background and blend of colours.

Golda
Golda

September 02, 2017

Love your sky and how you achieved it. I’ve never been a cat person, so don’t know the pose. I do know what my dogs look like when I spend time crafting rather than playing with them. So sad.

Leslie S
Leslie S

September 02, 2017

Oh so exciting. Thank you Hero Arts, and Jess!
Sandy Dasai
Sandy Dasai

September 02, 2017

Such a cutr sentiment that you used!