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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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LaDonna Balliett
LaDonna Balliett

September 03, 2017

Love it. I love sunflowers. Can’t wait to get this kit.

Peege04
Peege04

September 03, 2017

Wow! I just love your technique here. I’m really feeling Van Gogh.

Tammy
Tammy

September 03, 2017

The backgrounds are what are making these cards stand out. I love this background.

Elena
Elena

September 03, 2017

Gorgeous! I love sunflowers!

Naama E
Naama E

September 03, 2017

This is GORGEOUS, I love van Gogh and could totally see the inspiration ^^
This kit is making me so happy, can’t wait to get inky with it ❤

Michele
Michele

September 03, 2017

I love the background. Lovely sunflowers. Thanks for sharing.

Jeanne Beam
Jeanne Beam

September 03, 2017

Lovely card. Love the background and the Sunflower. Thanks for sharing

Joan
Joan

September 03, 2017

Lovely card. I too love sunflowers and love the way you created your card with this one. Oh my, another background stamp to add to my list. This card kit looks like a fantastic one with lots of great add-ons!

Sharon Brand
Sharon Brand

September 03, 2017

WOW! This is a work of art! Beautiful flower and
gorgeous background.

Cathy R
Cathy R

September 03, 2017

Kit gets more exciting with each post

Christy Q
Christy Q

September 03, 2017

immediately upon seeing Iliana’s card, I thought of Van Gogh as she captured his colors and movement so beautifully. Love the technique she used and will try that as it looks so easy and gives so much pop!

Jackie Adair
Jackie Adair

September 03, 2017

Beautiful card! I love sunflowers!!

Laura Buehler
Laura Buehler

September 03, 2017

The starry background and the sunflower make such a bold statement.

Valerie
Valerie

September 03, 2017

I love the Starry Night background, and I love the way you used it with the sunflower.

SueB
SueB

September 03, 2017

Such a beautiful card! Love it!! I think I need to get this kit!

beth
beth

September 03, 2017

That sunflower card is stunning! I would love to play around with those materials.

Kathryn D
Kathryn D

September 03, 2017

Love the autumn theme of this kit

Alison Pecoul
Alison Pecoul

September 03, 2017

I love the ‘Starry Night’ background. So Beautiful.

Ikeda Evans
Ikeda Evans

September 03, 2017

Love the background on this card.

Terri
Terri

September 03, 2017

Looks like I will be purchasing the Starry Background stamp. I love what you have done with the kit!

Mary D
Mary D

September 03, 2017

Love the beautiful card with contrast between the blue background and bright sunflower.

Julia Cissell
Julia Cissell

September 03, 2017

Love the sunflower! Great tips. Thanks, Ilina.

Karen Mills
Karen Mills

September 03, 2017

Very pretty, love the background.

Lynne
Lynne

September 03, 2017

Lovely!

Kirsten
Kirsten

September 03, 2017

Beautiful card. I LOVE the background stamp you used. It’s on my list of things to purchase on Tuesday. Thanks for sharing.

Gina
Gina

September 03, 2017

Great card. Can’t wait to see the entire kit!!

MandaLJ
MandaLJ

September 03, 2017

What a beautiful card! I thought Van Gogh straight away – that background is wonderful!

Judith
Judith

September 03, 2017

Very nice background stamp. I think it would be stunning too in greens or reds.

Starqueen
Starqueen

September 03, 2017

Cool background on a sunny, watt card…love it!

Annie Collins
Annie Collins

September 03, 2017

Beautiful card. Love the background it reminds me of Starry night by Van Gogh.

Katarina Frejd
Katarina Frejd

September 03, 2017

Gorgeouscard, I lovesunflowers!

yva tan
yva tan

September 03, 2017

so beautiful , especially the background, could use that for lots of cards

Karen L K
Karen L K

September 02, 2017

That sunflower looks great over that nice background! I too love sunflowers. The more I see of that background stamp the more I like it.

Tammy
Tammy

September 02, 2017

Love the creativity, you make it sound so easy! ?

Allisa
Allisa

September 02, 2017

Can’t wait to see the full kit!

Camala
Camala

September 02, 2017

Beautifully done! Love the background!

Felicia
Felicia

September 02, 2017

Oh my!

Kerryn
Kerryn

September 02, 2017

Gorgeous card. Love the background

Brenda Lubrant
Brenda Lubrant

September 02, 2017

I love he add on background stamp. It really works well with Fall scenes.

Effie
Effie

September 02, 2017

Gorgeous card, especially love the background.

Josmary
Josmary

September 02, 2017

Love the card. That background is awesome

Betty Chen
Betty Chen

September 02, 2017

Oh I absolutely adore this card. What a gorgeous background! ?

Sabrinna
Sabrinna

September 02, 2017

Ilina! this is so pretty! like a lone sunflower on a night sky, standing tall. LOVE it!

Susy Ramirez
Susy Ramirez

September 02, 2017

Lovely card. Vibrant sunflower. My favorite part is the background.

Melisse
Melisse

September 02, 2017

Beautiful card! I can’t wait to try this sunflower and appreciate the tips for inking.

Leanne in Cali
Leanne in Cali

September 02, 2017

That new background stamp looks awesome! Thanks for sharing your beautiful card and wonderful sunflower!!

Barbara
Barbara

September 02, 2017

Wondering if those sequins come with this kit, I must have that background stamp¡

Derrica Brown
Derrica Brown

September 02, 2017

Van Gogh and Sunflowers. You can’t go wrong!!!

Tracy A
Tracy A

September 02, 2017

Great card. I love that background. The colors are wonderful.

Stef White
Stef White

September 02, 2017

Such a pretty autumn card. I love how HA inks react with Versamark. Can’t wait to see he whole kit!

Alice
Alice

September 02, 2017

Your card is lovely.

Mo Murphy
Mo Murphy

September 02, 2017

Thanks for sharing how you created the background! It is fabulous!

Jean G.
Jean G.

September 02, 2017

Beautiful card. Great for backgrounds.

Nancy Deffner
Nancy Deffner

September 02, 2017

Gorgeous card! The background is fabulous. Can’t wait to get this kit.

Kelley H
Kelley H

September 02, 2017

Beautiful card!

Melynn
Melynn

September 02, 2017

The sunflower is just beautiful but that background is stunning.
Can’t wait to buy that.

Brenda
Brenda

September 02, 2017

Gorgeous card! Love the idea of being able to use less ink colors and still stamp multiple layers!

Francine
Francine

September 02, 2017

Oh, I love that background stamp. Your card is lovely. Thanks for sharing.

sahri walker
sahri walker

September 02, 2017

Love this car, I grew ssunflowers this summer, this will be on my list.

Mario
Mario

September 02, 2017

Ilina, thanks for explaining so well what you did! It’s an awesome work!

Elaine C
Elaine C

September 02, 2017

That background stamp is amazing! What a beautiful card!

Christina Rannow
Christina Rannow

September 02, 2017

Super cute!

Rachel Walton
Rachel Walton

September 02, 2017

I love the allusion of wind blowing that the background stamp creates. It’s fun and whimsical.

Lauren
Lauren

September 02, 2017

Very vibrant and beautiful! Love that background!

Ton
Ton

September 02, 2017

Beautiful card

Sherry Olson
Sherry Olson

September 02, 2017

Sunflowers are my favorite flower. I am excited knowing I will have this stamp set soon.

Vikki H
Vikki H

September 02, 2017

Oh, boy, this is a wonderful fall kit!

sandy quilici
sandy quilici

September 02, 2017

i love the sunflowers

Lauren
Lauren

September 02, 2017

Love this! Defintinely getting some Van Gogh vibes!

Elaine Lewis
Elaine Lewis

September 02, 2017

Imreally like the background stamp.

Lonya
Lonya

September 02, 2017

Starry night is an all time favorite, I am going to have to have that stamp!

Theda
Theda

September 02, 2017

Fall is my favorite season of the year. Can’t wait to see the kit.

Sharon
Sharon

September 02, 2017

That background is perfect for the sunflower! I can see using that stamp a lot.

Diane Conklin
Diane Conklin

September 02, 2017

Beautiful card! I love the background.

Randy
Randy

September 02, 2017

This kit looks amazing already!

Lorraine
Lorraine

September 02, 2017

Looking forward to a larger stamp in the kit

Laura Staley
Laura Staley

September 02, 2017

Love the background you created! And who doesn’t love sunflowers! Terrific card!

Leonie Haines
Leonie Haines

September 02, 2017

Love the warm colours and the sunflower is so realistic

Tania
Tania

September 02, 2017

Such a pretty card! Love how the dark background makes the sunflower pop.

Linda Peabody
Linda Peabody

September 02, 2017

Love this sunflower!

Catherine
Catherine

September 02, 2017

Love the way the Hero Arts Inks layer and blend. Your Starry Night creation is spot on!

Caitlin
Caitlin

September 02, 2017

Love this color combo!

Julia Longtin
Julia Longtin

September 02, 2017

Wow that is really a gorgeous card. I can totally see the Van Gough influence too!

Nina
Nina

September 02, 2017

Very pretty card. I like how this kit really does look more like art than stamped images. Super pretty.

Stacey f
Stacey f

September 02, 2017

Love the vibrant colors! So very beautiful! Love the details in the background!

Sara Jara
Sara Jara

September 02, 2017

Maravilloso, espero con ansias que llegue. Chile

Elise Smith
Elise Smith

September 02, 2017

This is stunning! I love the background :)

Emmie W
Emmie W

September 02, 2017

Love the solitary sunflower against the blue. Great job!

Stephanie in Corralitos
Stephanie in Corralitos

September 02, 2017

Great inking technique.. Thanks for sharing.

Jessica Haines
Jessica Haines

September 02, 2017

Striking card

Kara Taft
Kara Taft

September 02, 2017

This card is a definite must for my stamping collection. Thank you for creating amazing products.

Kara Taft
Kara Taft

September 02, 2017

This card is a definite must for my stamping collection. Thank you for creating amazing products.

Karen T
Karen T

September 02, 2017

I do love sunflowers! I love everything about fall – my favorite season! I already love this kit!

dgolly
dgolly

September 02, 2017

I love these sunflowers. Can’t wait until release day.

Stephanie T
Stephanie T

September 02, 2017

The yellow shades of the flower is amazing against that dark blue.

Terri C.
Terri C.

September 02, 2017

I really like your card. I’m writing down the inks you used to order with my kit.

Madge brock
Madge brock

September 02, 2017

Oh I just love sunflowers they are in my kitchen I had some planted just live these

Debbie Rumpza
Debbie Rumpza

September 02, 2017

Gorgeous sunflower card!!

Elizabeth Burke
Elizabeth Burke

September 02, 2017

Oh my goodness, this is a gorgeous card……

jayne
jayne

September 02, 2017

Love the VanGoh style sunflowers