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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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Golda
Golda

September 03, 2017

This is fantastic! I love how your beautiful background makes your image and sentiment really stand out.

Gail Scott
Gail Scott

September 03, 2017

How fabulous is this! Love the background and the added sequins – so beautiful! TFS

Michelle Schonacj
Michelle Schonacj

September 03, 2017

Your card is gorgeous! I love sunflowers too and this set doesn’t disappoint!

Michelle Schonadk
Michelle Schonadk

September 03, 2017

Your card is gorgeous! I love sunflowers too and this set doesn’t disappoint!

Lorraine
Lorraine

September 03, 2017

That sunflower is just gorgeous against that background!

Sandy Dasai
Sandy Dasai

September 03, 2017

I really like the colors you used to stamp the images. All complement each other so well. Can wait to try these out when I get my kit!

JAS424
JAS424

September 03, 2017

Lovin’ the look of the Starry Night background. Super card.

Hannah Y
Hannah Y

September 03, 2017

Love the background stamp! Such a pretty card.

Alexandra Madison
Alexandra Madison

September 03, 2017

Gorgeous card! Beautiful sunflower. I love the background! I picture a windy, fall day.

 Maryjo Monterosso
Maryjo Monterosso

September 03, 2017

Beautiful card, Love the background and the gorgeous sunflower.

Melissa SunshineHoneyBee
Melissa SunshineHoneyBee

September 03, 2017

Like the wonderfully colored sunflower with the wonderful artsy background.
Melissa
“Sunshine HoneyBee”

Janet Ingraham
Janet Ingraham

September 03, 2017

Beautiful colors for the sunflower-and that background lovely

Anna
Anna

September 03, 2017

The background is wonderful! Perfect with the sunflower. Very nice.

Colleen F
Colleen F

September 03, 2017

Love it so much, especially that background, it looks like preprinted cardstock!

BARBARA-Jean
BARBARA-Jean

September 03, 2017

Van Gogh has nothing on. you! love the background and the sunflower of course!

ChrisO
ChrisO

September 03, 2017

You had me at sunflower! :) Love the card.

Steven Staley
Steven Staley

September 03, 2017

Love techniques background on the card! Thanks for sharing.

Mary Holshouser
Mary Holshouser

September 03, 2017

You can see the swirl of the wind in
the background. The sunflower
really pops off the blue.
Fantastic card.
thanks for sharing.

Liz mca
Liz mca

September 03, 2017

Love that sunflower

Sue LD
Sue LD

September 03, 2017

Great background for this wonderful sunflower—one of my favorite flowers.

Melissa Craig
Melissa Craig

September 03, 2017

Wow! Absolutely stunning background and the sunflower just jumps off the base.

LANI BROWN
LANI BROWN

September 03, 2017

Love it! So “Van Gogh”!

caroleann
caroleann

September 03, 2017

Stunning with that background – it just pops with fall colors!!! Love it!!

Kirsty Vittetoe
Kirsty Vittetoe

September 03, 2017

Gorgeous creation and so artsy, it reminds me of the starry night and sun flower combined!

Katrina
Katrina

September 03, 2017

I also lie van gogh’s starry night and I love your background!

Karen
Karen

September 03, 2017

Beautifully done and so lovely on that awesome blue background. Really makes the sunflower pop!

Kat4
Kat4

September 03, 2017

The background stamp is a “must have”. Can be sued on many types of cards. Love the sunflowers too!

Margaret
Margaret

September 03, 2017

Lovely cheerful card! Love that sunflower and the background is gorgeous!

Lori Ritchie
Lori Ritchie

September 03, 2017

Lovely background, and I love this sunflower, my favorite flower!

Debbie Saunders
Debbie Saunders

September 03, 2017

Fall colors are great for card making
beautiful card

Velvet
Velvet

September 03, 2017

what a great background! I’m looking forward to seeing the whole kit.

Gail Anderson
Gail Anderson

September 03, 2017

I love sunflowers, too, and love this card. The background is perfect for the Fall look…looks like swirling winds.

Judy
Judy

September 03, 2017

The beautiful sunflower really shines against the Starry background!

Debi W
Debi W

September 03, 2017

Love this card Ilina. Does seem like a lot of steps but I’m going to try and replicate your card just to see how it goes. I especially like the way you did the blue background.

Cathy
Cathy

September 03, 2017

The background reminds me of a corn maze. Great job love this card..

Stacey Kowbel
Stacey Kowbel

September 03, 2017

Love that background!

Adam S.
Adam S.

September 03, 2017

I love the bright color contrast in this card it gives it a great pop of color reflective of the end of summer and the beginning of fall.

Cynthia Xavier
Cynthia Xavier

September 03, 2017

The background on your card is awesome. Great blending of colors.

Lynn
Lynn

September 03, 2017

I love sunflowers. Awesome background.

Nancy Sue
Nancy Sue

September 03, 2017

Can’t wait to mix my ink colors to get those special effects on the sunflowers and pumpkins. May even try something special on the kitty cat.

Kathy Jo
Kathy Jo

September 03, 2017

Love the sunflower on the beautiful blue background. Just gorgeous! Can’t wait to see the kit!

Jeanette D.
Jeanette D.

September 03, 2017

That Background is stunning! Looks like I’m going to need to get some of the add-ons as well :)

Auntie Biza
Auntie Biza

September 03, 2017

The background is amazing

Jackie S
Jackie S

September 03, 2017

Love the bright yellow sunflowers against such a bold background. Thanks

Bonnie D-D
Bonnie D-D

September 03, 2017

Love this one!

Barbara Rademacher
Barbara Rademacher

September 03, 2017

OMG, I am in love with this kit…really! The sunflower has a separate center? That is too good to be true. I can’t wait, I can’t wait, I can’t wait. I am going to spend so much money !!! Wow! I want my kit now!

Marianna
Marianna

September 03, 2017

Your sunflower looks beautiful against that gorgeous background. Lovely card! Can’t wait to see the full kit

Sabrina Radican
Sabrina Radican

September 03, 2017

Beautiful card and I love the background!!

mary ann
mary ann

September 03, 2017

that background is great

Carol H.
Carol H.

September 03, 2017

Beautiful background and love the sunflower!

Aimee
Aimee

September 03, 2017

The sunflower is stunning in its range of color. I love the layered look which bring such reality to the flower. Beautiful card!

Laura Whelan
Laura Whelan

September 03, 2017

that background stamp is amazing as is the cool technique you used to achieve it. i’ve never heard of this but will be giving it a go soon! thanks for the gorgeous inspiration!

Kathy Aguilar
Kathy Aguilar

September 03, 2017

Sunflowers are my middle daughters favorite flower! Her Birthday is the 29th of September! Perfect timeing for her bday card! Thanks Hero Arts!! Putting this stamp set to work as soon as I get it!

Janet D.
Janet D.

September 03, 2017

Such a beautiful sunflower, coloring is so vivid!

Stephanie Desbiens-McDonald
Stephanie Desbiens-McDonald

September 03, 2017

Again sunflowers!! Love love love, they are my favorite! Can’t wait to get this! Beautiful card, and that background is hypnotic…

Valerie
Valerie

September 03, 2017

Beautiful card! I love the effect you got with the Versemark and embossing powder.

carol
carol

September 03, 2017

WOW! Such a striking background for the star of the stage – your beautiful sunflower! All that’s needed: a frame! This would be a lovely piece of home decor…
~carol

janet
janet

September 03, 2017

Beautiful colours on the fabulous sunflower and the dark background really emphasizes the lovely yellows :-)

Julia D.
Julia D.

September 03, 2017

I love this card! So Vincent Van Gogh! The background you created is lovely and sets off the sunflower beautifully. Thank you for the chance to win this great kit!

teresamnj
teresamnj

September 03, 2017

This card reminds me of a van Gogh. Simply stunning!

Angela W
Angela W

September 03, 2017

I love this background stamp with the sunflowers! It reminded me of Van Gogh immediately and is a great idea!

Becca Yahrling
Becca Yahrling

September 03, 2017

This is really pretty – love the gorgeous background. And the sunflower is one of my favorites!

stephanie
stephanie

September 03, 2017

I love that background stamp.

Susan Lang
Susan Lang

September 03, 2017

That background stamp is amazing. Love the colors!

Brandi Ryals
Brandi Ryals

September 03, 2017

Sunflowers are my favorite too! I love how you did the background. Everything is beautiful. I can’t wait to see everything that comes in the kit!

LaNell Taylor
LaNell Taylor

September 03, 2017

Sunflowers make me smile! Beautiful card.

Brenda in IN
Brenda in IN

September 03, 2017

Wow, that sunflower is so vibrant. The background is beautiful and the sunflower just pops on it.

BeverlyBL
BeverlyBL

September 03, 2017

Beautiful card. I love all the details you added. Totally worth your efforts.

Brandy Duncan
Brandy Duncan

September 03, 2017

Love the background on your card, and the sunflower is gorgeous. I can’t wait to see the entire kit.

Anne Wylie
Anne Wylie

September 03, 2017

Love the sunflower and the Starry Background Bold print is the perfect background. Great job Ilina!

Deborah Kaye
Deborah Kaye

September 03, 2017

This is gorgeous! I love how you did the background!

Lytona
Lytona

September 03, 2017

I also love sunflowers. Such a beautiful card.

Yvonne
Yvonne

September 03, 2017

Love your background! It’s very cool, and I can see how it could be very versatile, too. Really nice! Thanks for sharing how you did it, too!

Sladjana Perisic
Sladjana Perisic

September 03, 2017

So much great detail in this card and that beautiful sunflower against the blue background is perfect!

Dee Earnshaw
Dee Earnshaw

September 03, 2017

wow the background on this card is amazing. Thanks for the ideas:)

Essie
Essie

September 03, 2017

Terrific new designs… I love sunflowers, and the background stamp just rocks!

Kathy Anderlini
Kathy Anderlini

September 03, 2017

I’m loving the stary background. Gorgeous!

Kim Gottlieb
Kim Gottlieb

September 03, 2017

So love your background! Simply a lovely card.

Anita Collins
Anita Collins

September 03, 2017

The card is just beautiful, I love everything about it. The background and the sunflower, so simple but so elegant. I would love to receive this card. Thank you

Glenda Sultan
Glenda Sultan

September 03, 2017

Love, love, love the background! reminds me Vincent Van Gogh.

Diane Stricker
Diane Stricker

September 03, 2017

Lovely card.

nancy
nancy

September 03, 2017

Oh my goodness this card is beautiful. Looks like this kit is a must have!

Dee Ann Matthews
Dee Ann Matthews

September 03, 2017

Fabulous colors and images that can make anyone a Van Gogh!

Denise Dolder
Denise Dolder

September 03, 2017

I LOVE how the sunflower pops on that dark background. Beautiful!

Dell Richards
Dell Richards

September 03, 2017

Sunflowers are fabulous; just like this card! I love the color combinations you chose.

Carol Bostick
Carol Bostick

September 03, 2017

There’s nothing that says fall like a beautiful sunflower!

C4G
C4G

September 03, 2017

Falloween is my favorite time of the year!

Maria B
Maria B

September 03, 2017

The orange and blue colors make a nice contrast.

Jeanne
Jeanne

September 03, 2017

Gorgeous card! Thanks for sharing!

Della schmidt
Della schmidt

September 03, 2017

Stunning card.

Judie Attard
Judie Attard

September 03, 2017

Wow this card is amazing! It certainly reminds me of Van Gogh’s starry night!

Oliev
Oliev

September 03, 2017

Awesome card!

CherriB
CherriB

September 03, 2017

Thank you for the great detail s to how you made your card! I cannot wait to see the entire kit!

Sallyann
Sallyann

September 03, 2017

Love the Starry Night look…have loved it since forever! You did Van Gogh proud. And that sunflower coloring is amazing!

Della schmidt
Della schmidt

September 03, 2017

Absolutely stunning card!!

Audrey
Audrey

September 03, 2017

This card evokes the feeling of Van Gogh art. How lovely!

Helen Gullett
Helen Gullett

September 03, 2017

This is so beautiful! The sunflower stands out with that darker background.

Robin P
Robin P

September 03, 2017

Awesome card. Love everything about it.

Amy Cooley
Amy Cooley

September 03, 2017

Very pretty background and sunflowers always make for such a cheery card.

Thuy Conde
Thuy Conde

September 03, 2017

Way too cute! the sunflower makes the card a “harvest time” card.