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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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87 Responses

Carla Hundley
Carla Hundley

September 02, 2017

Love that background!
Gorgeous inking on the
sunflower.
Carla from Utah

Elena Pham
Elena Pham

September 02, 2017

I really like this background. I love the sunflower, this is a beautiful card.

Cher Marsino
Cher Marsino

September 02, 2017

That sunflower is so pretty against that background

Lindarub
Lindarub

September 02, 2017

Love how you used the sunflower on your card.

Linda M.
Linda M.

September 02, 2017

So pretty! Love the sunflower in this kit!

Barb Schmitz
Barb Schmitz

September 02, 2017

I adore the color combinations you used here ?

Ann
Ann

September 02, 2017

Just love seeing all the beautiful inspiration from this kit! Such a pretty sun flower and background.

Eva
Eva

September 02, 2017

Cool card!

Eva
Eva

September 02, 2017

Cool card!

Krissie
Krissie

September 02, 2017

Absolutely gorgeous. Wow!

Patty
Patty

September 02, 2017

Love all the beautiful layering of stamps. So pretty.

Bev
Bev

September 02, 2017

Beautiful layering Ilina. I also like the palette of yellows, greens and blues. Pretty!

spatch
spatch

September 02, 2017

Great take on the Van Gogh painting! The colors in the kit are so fall. Beautiful!

Zehra
Zehra

September 02, 2017

Beautiful card, love the background

KimMJ
KimMJ

September 02, 2017

Stunning card! The background is simply gorgeous and really makes the sunflower pop. Thanx for the inspiration

Linda M
Linda M

September 02, 2017

Beautiful sunflower. Interesting coloring and inking techniques.

Heidi S.
Heidi S.

September 02, 2017

I’m really excited about that background stamp. It’s my favorite thing so far!

Lea Lawson
Lea Lawson

September 02, 2017

Wow…this is amazing! It has such a Starry Night feel to it!

Viveca V.
Viveca V.

September 02, 2017

Sunflowers and a starry night does make one think of Van Gogh so I can see where you were going with this card Ilina. I love the background!

Sandra Resendiz
Sandra Resendiz

September 02, 2017

Beautiful result with the layer stamps, I need to have more inks

Alie Trujillo
Alie Trujillo

September 02, 2017

Sunflowers are good to have for prosperity, they are not only beautiful but bring good fortune to your home,

Susan
Susan

September 02, 2017

I love the colors and is very reminiscent of Van Gogh.

Stephanie Bleeker
Stephanie Bleeker

September 02, 2017

This is my favorite sample yet! I am just in love with that background stamp – I’m so excited to get it. Beautiful Fall cards.

Denise
Denise

September 02, 2017

Beautiful colors on this card. Great job. Love the background too!

Roslyn
Roslyn

September 02, 2017

I do love that background! So many possibilities!

Sandra
Sandra

September 02, 2017

Van Gogh is one of my favorite artists also and I am a huge fan of Starry Starry Night — which I thought of immediately when I saw your card. Thanks for sharing, I can’t wait to see the rest of the kit! =)

Edlyn
Edlyn

September 02, 2017

Beautiful coloring. I love the sunflower image! Looking forward to seeing the whole kit.

Karry
Karry

September 02, 2017

Love this card! Love the colors used!

Michelle Scherer
Michelle Scherer

September 02, 2017

I love Van Gogh also. He loved sunflowers too. Very creative card.

Amy
Amy

September 02, 2017

Lovely. Am loving that background even more with this card.

kari mano
kari mano

September 02, 2017

Lovely card! I just adore this sunflower so much. Excited to see more of the kit & add on’s :)

Lori
Lori

September 02, 2017

Love this so much!

Carol K
Carol K

September 02, 2017

Again with the beautiful background and the gorgeous sunflower …

Heidi Macy
Heidi Macy

September 02, 2017

This is so beautiful. The colors have a french country feel, but it is more modern. TFS!

Linda Griffin
Linda Griffin

September 02, 2017

Awgh…..dreamy!…Love it!

Katherine
Katherine

September 02, 2017

this is stunning!

Rosemary D
Rosemary D

September 02, 2017

Gorgeous design… love that sunflower!!

chark
chark

September 02, 2017

wow! beautiful!

Christine
Christine

September 02, 2017

I just love this background. The sunflower is awesome too.

Karen Lingel
Karen Lingel

September 02, 2017

Beautiful card. Tahnks for the opportunity to win.

Heather H.
Heather H.

September 02, 2017

I’m still loving this background stamp and the sunfower is gorgeous. I love the colors you used.

Tracie Pond
Tracie Pond

September 02, 2017

Neat card….the background reminds me of wind.

Sherri Clifford
Sherri Clifford

September 02, 2017

I love this card! So pretty. I must have the Starry Night background stamp.

Claudia N
Claudia N

September 02, 2017

Love the background! Very pretty card!

Nicole
Nicole

September 02, 2017

The sunflower and the starry background work beautifully together!

margie
margie

September 02, 2017

I think I’m going to need extras love your background.

Marjorie Dumontier
Marjorie Dumontier

September 02, 2017

Very nice card !

Beverley Hollis
Beverley Hollis

September 02, 2017

What a beautiful card! Can’t wait to play with this kit!

leslie pierson
leslie pierson

September 02, 2017

beautiful card I love sunflowers and this one looks fresh picked.

charlotte
charlotte

September 02, 2017

Love this!

Alison Heikkila
Alison Heikkila

September 02, 2017

Wow!!! This is so very reminiscent of Van Gogh, and I absolutely love it! Once again, Hero Arts has a fantastic kit!

Sue McRae
Sue McRae

September 02, 2017

Love how the sunflower pops against the swirly background!

Leslie S
Leslie S

September 02, 2017

Glorious!!! Thanks all! Can’t wait for the release.

Sandy Dietrich
Sandy Dietrich

September 02, 2017

The colors are WOW! Not sure I can live without that background stamp, lol.

Lindar C
Lindar C

September 02, 2017

Looks like a bit of everything in this kit.

Cindy Rice
Cindy Rice

September 02, 2017

Gorgeous card!

Donna Ligon
Donna Ligon

September 02, 2017

Gorgeous card! This is going to be an amazing kit!

Celeste Cassino
Celeste Cassino

September 02, 2017

I love the dramatic use of color in this one.

Michelle C Montemurro
Michelle C Montemurro

September 02, 2017

The background is so pretty.

Betty
Betty

September 02, 2017

Cute card for fall!

Crystal
Crystal

September 02, 2017

Such a beautiful card…so vibrant! I think I’m going to have to buy that background stamp; I love Van Gogh and his Starry Night, too.?

Tess Hackett
Tess Hackett

September 02, 2017

Love, love this Van Gogh inspired card. What a beautiful use of the kit. Lovely ?

Arianna Barbara
Arianna Barbara

September 02, 2017

Stunning card and colours!!! Love it!!!

deborah345
deborah345

September 02, 2017

Love this fall set.

Mindy Eggen
Mindy Eggen

September 02, 2017

this is absolutely stunning! i adore that background!

karen chester
karen chester

September 02, 2017

The sunflower in front of the starry night sky; is so romantic. I can’t wait to get my own set. I think the starry night sky with the way it was done on this card will be excellent to use with the zodiac stamps that I bought as the add on last month.

Linda
Linda

September 02, 2017

Isn’t it amazing how versatile versamark is? I am impressed!

Cassie D
Cassie D

September 02, 2017

I love that background stamp. It’s on my list m! Beautiful card :) I love Van Gogh too

Denise Bryant
Denise Bryant

September 02, 2017

Love that gorgeous background and beautiful sunflower! Lovely card! Looks like a fabulous kit!

Kailash
Kailash

September 02, 2017

Gorgeous card, love that flower:-)))

Jude
Jude

September 02, 2017

Beautiful. Love the colors you used together.

Konnie
Konnie

September 02, 2017

I love, love, love sunflowers and I love multi step stamping. Then what is better than having a matching die…..how awesome!

HelenK
HelenK

September 02, 2017

Vincent Van Gogh !!!

SarahC
SarahC

September 02, 2017

Oh my this is just beautiful. Can’t wait to play. TFS

littlen
littlen

September 02, 2017

Very pretty card for Fall. TFS.

Anne B
Anne B

September 02, 2017

Love your card, Ilina. That Starry Background is just fabulous!

Lisa
Lisa

September 02, 2017

I love the impressionistic vibe I am getting from this card! That background is gorgeous! Paired with the sunflower image, it makes for a lovely card.

Ana
Ana

September 02, 2017

You are right, this reminds me of Van Gogh’s paintings. I love the card you’ve created!?

Joanne L
Joanne L

September 02, 2017

I’ve been intrigued to try using colored pencils in combination with inks or alcohol markers, etc so that the colored pencils add more intricate definition that cannot be easily achieved with the markers on their own. this is so beautiful!!! I cannot wait until this kit is unveiled on Tuesday afternoon!!! I have a few of these kits and I think that they are the best value on the card-making market for kits, usually priced at half of their value, that is FANTASTIC, so are the add-ons that are available too. Thank you Hero Arts for bringing out such fantastic kits for us each month!

Amy Vitriani
Amy Vitriani

September 02, 2017

Stunning card Ilina!! I love the beautiful background you created to go with your beautiful sunflower! I too love Van Gogh so really I enjoyed this card!

Izzy Scrap
Izzy Scrap

September 02, 2017

WOW ! It looks like a Van Gogh painting ! Stunning design, I love it ! Thanks for sharing.

Barbara Howell
Barbara Howell

September 02, 2017

Your Sunflower is fabulous and so is your background. I love the idea of using the Versamark ink on that beautiful background stamp. Thanks for sharing.

linda bostedt
linda bostedt

September 02, 2017

great creation. I so love this kit already

jayne
jayne

September 02, 2017

The sunflowers from this kit reminds me of
the Julia Roberts movie Mona Lisa Smiles so pretty!

ShariW
ShariW

September 02, 2017

I am so loving this new kit. I like how you did the background, but then I like so much of your art!

Kim Matthews
Kim Matthews

September 02, 2017

Love the combination of blue with sunflowers. Thanks for sharing!

Kim Hund
Kim Hund

September 02, 2017

Oh WOW!!! That sunflower sure pops on that background. Love, love, love it. Stunning!!!