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September My Monthly Hero Countdown: Idea #4 + Giveaway

by Ilina Crouse September 02, 2017 387 Comments

We are back with another look at the September My Monthly Hero release! The kit will be available on Tuesday, September 5th at 1pm Eastern/10 am Pacific. We’ll be sharing ideas for using the main kit and optional add-on products all weekend long (and Monday, too), so stay tuned for inspiration! Now let’s join Ilina, who is sharing another look at this fabulous kit, available on Tuesday.

Isn't this new kit fabulous for fall? Sunflowers are my favorite, so of course I had to use them for my card. And you don't need to use it only for fall cards, pair it with any sentiment and you can make a card for any occasion. For my card today, I started by stamping the first layer of the sunflower in Butter Bar ink  on Snow Layering Paper. For the second layer I "mixed" Butter Bar and Tangerine inks. For the "mixing" of the colors I did the following: inked my stamp with the Tangerine ink and then using soft microfiber cloth, gently dabbed off the ink, then applied the Butter Bar ink and stamped the 2nd layer. For the 3rd, and last, layer of the sunflower I used straight Tangerine ink. Then stamped the center in similar way (the center has only two layers). For the first layer I used Cup O'Joe ink and inked my stamp, dabbed the ink off with towel and applied Pumpkin Pie ink, then stamped the center. For the second layer of the center I used straight Cup O'Joe ink pad. I know it sounds like a lot of work, but trust me it isn't. I added shadows using colored pencils. Next I used the coordinating die and die cut the flower and set it aside. 

For the stem I did the same, only for the first layer I used Lime Green and Moss ink pads, and the second layer was straight Moss ink. I die cut the stem and set it aside, too. 

After my flower was ready, I moved onto the background. I used one of the add-ons to the September MMH kit - Starry Background Bold prints (Van Gogh is my favorite painter, so  I had to use it). I started with a Snow Layering Paper panel measuring 3 3/4" x 5" and smooshed Stone Wash, Navy and Antigua ink pads on it making sure the paper was saturated (the ink started bleeding on the back side). While the ink was still wet I stamped the Starry Night Brushstroke background using Versamark ink and dried it with my embossing gun. This caused the Versamark to leave "white" mark on my paper. Due to the nature of the Versamark ink, it didn't dry completely, so I applied some Ultra Fine Clear embossing powder and heat set it. (I tried to capture that on the pictures below). When all this was done I stamped my sentiment with Versamark ink and embossed with White embossing powder.

After all this was done, I was ready to put my card together. I adhered my panel using fun foam onto Sunshine note card (poppy - the medium hue). Using mounting tape I adhered the sunflower and added few Ombre Sunshine sequins to finish the card.  

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 today! Be sure to check back all weekend long for additional countdown posts with more inspiration and more sneak peeks!

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caroline
caroline

September 05, 2017

Love it!!

Linda Miltzow
Linda Miltzow

September 05, 2017

The background reminds me of the famous “starry night” painting…one of my all time favorite pictures! It really makes the sunflower pop against that evening sky! So pretty!

Betty K
Betty K

September 05, 2017

Love that this kit can do so many things it is great

Karen Murphy
Karen Murphy

September 05, 2017

Beautiful background to this card. Absolutely love it!

Mitzi
Mitzi

September 05, 2017

Thanks for sharing your beautiful card.

Gina
Gina

September 05, 2017

I absolutely love everything about this card! The sunflower, ink colors used and the background are stunning!

Marilee
Marilee

September 05, 2017

Oh, LOVE! I love yellow and blue — and that back ground!!! Love it!

Michelle D
Michelle D

September 05, 2017

Beautiful!

Maye M. L.
Maye M. L.

September 05, 2017

This card is quite the masterpiece. It shows how much fun and enjoyment you got out of playing with this release. Incredible project. Cheers

Lana
Lana

September 05, 2017

The sunflower looks like a very wonderful stamp. I loved the sunflower fields that I saw on my journey to Spain, and this cards reminds me so vivid of it! Thank you!

Richard CoVarn
Richard CoVarn

September 04, 2017

This is an absolutely stunning card!! The color scheme is gorgeous.

Julia M.
Julia M.

September 04, 2017

Beautiful card! Love sunflowers!

Berina
Berina

September 04, 2017

Beautiful card. I love the embossing on the background

Tammy W
Tammy W

September 04, 2017

Unique looking card, keep the ideas coming.

Christina Dauven
Christina Dauven

September 04, 2017

I love this background beautiful

Leslie Birdsall
Leslie Birdsall

September 04, 2017

This card is stunning! The blue background really makes the sunflower pop.

Lisa
Lisa

September 04, 2017

I really like this card. It pops out at you with all the color. I need to get the starry night background paper!

Antoinette
Antoinette

September 04, 2017

The colors of the sunflower are so vibrant. Their contrast against the blue background is stunning.

D.Ann C
D.Ann C

September 04, 2017

That background is mesmerizing and the sunflower is GORGEOUS!!

Ann K.
Ann K.

September 04, 2017

Beautiful colors!

Cynthia Harris
Cynthia Harris

September 04, 2017

So love Van Gogh and sunflowers.

Lisa A creations
Lisa A creations

September 04, 2017

That Starry Background looks super awesome!

Viola Leary
Viola Leary

September 04, 2017

I like the embossing on the background and how it hits the light. Your flower is pretty too.

Joy J.
Joy J.

September 04, 2017

Love that background! Beautiful!

Margie Cee
Margie Cee

September 04, 2017

Just love the night time background must give that a try and the sunflower really makes it pop Thanks for a great idea Ilina

MelissaF
MelissaF

September 04, 2017

Beautiful background for your sun flowers on your pretty card!

Viola Leary
Viola Leary

September 04, 2017

Your flower is stunning, this is a cool technique. I’ve tried it before, you have to find the right combination of inks. You got it spot on.

Susan R K
Susan R K

September 04, 2017

I also love sunflowers. Excited to see the full MMH kit. The background is grand. Love the color on your card. Thanks for sharing.

Maureen Peterson
Maureen Peterson

September 04, 2017

Love that background!! Dies remind me of “Stary Night”!! Beautiful colors. Thank you for sharing :)

3 Happy Critters
3 Happy Critters

September 04, 2017

Lovely!

Juana Vega
Juana Vega

September 04, 2017

Great blue background, this has been my favorite. Can hardly wait for the release.

Chrissy
Chrissy

September 04, 2017

I love this card more than words can describe! Incredible! Gorgeous! Amazing! Thank you for sharing with us!

Julie Shetler
Julie Shetler

September 04, 2017

Love this card it reminds me of Van Goghs painting very pretty

Siqi Zhou
Siqi Zhou

September 04, 2017

Hubby loves this. Van Gogh is his favorite artist.

Lynne
Lynne

September 04, 2017

Great background.

ashley shaffer
ashley shaffer

September 04, 2017

ooh can’t wait til i get mine!

Sheryl Kramer
Sheryl Kramer

September 04, 2017

The color contrast on this card gives it a dramatic look. The idea of “removing” ink with Versamark on the stamp is a technique I’ll certainly try! Thank you for sharing!

DeniseP
DeniseP

September 04, 2017

I think this is by far my favorite sneak so far!! Love the wind blown background.

Kim McField
Kim McField

September 04, 2017

i adore Van Gogh! I love the look of this background with the sunflowers.

Christine Piechura
Christine Piechura

September 04, 2017

Wow! I love the look of this card. Beautiful! Thank you!

Penny Walker
Penny Walker

September 04, 2017

Love the card and the background is very cool. Thank you

GrammyP
GrammyP

September 04, 2017

I, too, love Van Gogh and your card is wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing!

Terri Scott - terriavidreader
Terri Scott - terriavidreader

September 04, 2017

Oh, very pretty.

Susan Gray
Susan Gray

September 04, 2017

This would make a beautiful winter sky.

Barb McCarthy
Barb McCarthy

September 04, 2017

That background!! Is it a stamp? stencil? Just put it in my cart along with the sunflower, please!!!

Jennifer Kalbfleisch
Jennifer Kalbfleisch

September 04, 2017

Such a gorgeous card, the background stamp is amazing! I am loving this months kit!

Lynn
Lynn

September 04, 2017

Very nice card. Love autumn and all that goes with it.

jasmin alfonzo
jasmin alfonzo

September 04, 2017

Wow hermosísima los colores que usaste realzan el girasol.gracias por compartir.

Martha Berry
Martha Berry

September 04, 2017

Love how the bright sunflower pops against the bluish tones of the Starry Night background. Then the layer of Poppy cardstock just brings it all home. Outstanding Fall colors!

Cindy Hanson
Cindy Hanson

September 04, 2017

What a fabulous, vivid card! Wonderful work!

Marty
Marty

September 04, 2017

I love these colors together!

Kellie
Kellie

September 04, 2017

Love the background paired with the sunflower! Loving this months kit.

reneemilner
reneemilner

September 04, 2017

What a gorgeous card! The background stamp and the sunflower stamps are terrific. That is a fun technique to stamp on the background with the Versamark.

Michelle H
Michelle H

September 04, 2017

The background on this card is stunning. It complimented the sunflower perfectly. Great job

Susan King
Susan King

September 04, 2017

This is by far one of my favorite sets that Hero Arts has come up with. I just love fall1

Rosanna H
Rosanna H

September 04, 2017

Great job on this card. Thanks for sharing.

Sophia Blair
Sophia Blair

September 04, 2017

Stunning card! I love the background print! Fits in so nicely

Thalia
Thalia

September 04, 2017

Love the starry night background!

Amy Brennick
Amy Brennick

September 04, 2017

Love everything about this, it’s just wonderful!!

Rosalie DesJardins
Rosalie DesJardins

September 04, 2017

The card captures the feeling of fall. The bright sunny days and the fall breeze with a mixture of magic in the air…

Deborah Ziadie
Deborah Ziadie

September 04, 2017

Beautiful design!

Mary W
Mary W

September 04, 2017

The very minute I saw this card I said Van Gogh! It is a perfect way to reflect his art with this new product.

Teri W
Teri W

September 04, 2017

Such bold colors! Beautiful!

Ro
Ro

September 04, 2017

Gorgeous card. I love the contrasting blues to the yellow of the sunflower. It really makes the flower pop

Kayla
Kayla

September 04, 2017

My favorite so far!

Karthikha Uday
Karthikha Uday

September 04, 2017

That’s a gorgeous card! I love the background stamp used and the beautiful sunflower!

Lisa
Lisa

September 03, 2017

This is a must have background, really pretty card.

Toni
Toni

September 03, 2017

Lovely card – really like how the starry background stamp pops the sunflower.

Susan H
Susan H

September 03, 2017

Really nice card and I liked how you used the Versamark for the background.

Kate B
Kate B

September 03, 2017

Gorgeous! I love the Starry Night background stamp!

Tina H
Tina H

September 03, 2017

Love the colors! Love the background! Beautiful card!!

Jessica Lyczynski
Jessica Lyczynski

September 03, 2017

Beautiful colors, beautiful card. nicknatewes@msn.com

Lisa Bzibziak
Lisa Bzibziak

September 03, 2017

Quite awesome! Love what you did with the background… yet another technique I need to try!

Carolyn Sharkas
Carolyn Sharkas

September 03, 2017

I am definitely in love with this sunflower stamp. So beautiful. The Starry Night background is gorgeous, too. Love Van Gogh. Thanks so much for sharing.

Elaine B
Elaine B

September 03, 2017

Nice backgrounds

Kitty Tatman
Kitty Tatman

September 03, 2017

Love the colors in the background! Can’t wait to play with this kit. Hero Arts never disappoints.

Sue Rhodes
Sue Rhodes

September 03, 2017

The background technique sounds like fun, and it looks beautiful. Thank you for your creativity!

Christa M
Christa M

September 03, 2017

Love your background beautiful

Janis in ID
Janis in ID

September 03, 2017

Such a stunning card with the gorgeous sunflower and awe-inspiring background!
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evelyn larson
evelyn larson

September 03, 2017

What a joyful background. Van Gogh has nothing on you. I would really love to see this card on you tube.

Carolyn P
Carolyn P

September 03, 2017

Beautiful card and technique. Thanks.

Neshia
Neshia

September 03, 2017

The card is beautiful, the sunflower is gorgeous.

Neshia
Neshia

September 03, 2017

The card is beautiful, the sunflower is gorgeous.

Patt H.
Patt H.

September 03, 2017

A totally awesome card! Love the beautifully colored sunflower & the Starry Night background is amazing!!

fd91354
fd91354

September 03, 2017

Love the background colors you used. The pumpkins have nice hues as well.

Denise Kasbohm
Denise Kasbohm

September 03, 2017

Beautiful! I love your background. What a great kit!

Penny Whitlock
Penny Whitlock

September 03, 2017

So pretty… thanks for sharing.

susan r wareham
susan r wareham

September 03, 2017

Really like that background

Karen P
Karen P

September 03, 2017

Sunflowers are one of my favorites. Beautiful background as well.

Nancy Hinojosa
Nancy Hinojosa

September 03, 2017

I am not understanding smooshing the ink. Does that mean you stamped with the pads? The card is beautiful and would like more info on the smoosh technique. Im still new to stamping.

Leigh G
Leigh G

September 03, 2017

Sunflowers are for more than fall. Love this design

karenajo
karenajo

September 03, 2017

Sunflowers are one of my favorites too ! Maybe that comes from being from Kansas ! Great background – love the swirling design !

Karolina K
Karolina K

September 03, 2017

This sunflowers stamp is stunning!

Renee
Renee

September 03, 2017

I love sunflowers!

Gretchen n
Gretchen n

September 03, 2017

Love how you used the background bad stamp with versamark. Gorgeous card!

Shannon Fralish
Shannon Fralish

September 03, 2017

Love your flower and “starry night” combo — both so beautiful!!

Eileen Mikos
Eileen Mikos

September 03, 2017

I love this card. I can’t wait for the release!

Kim Smart
Kim Smart

September 03, 2017

Loving that background!!!

Janet
Janet

September 03, 2017

This is stunning!!

k prakken
k prakken

September 03, 2017

The colors you used for your card are great. Lovely card.

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