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September My Monthly Hero Countdown: Idea #7 + Giveaway!

by Yana Smakula September 04, 2017 345 Comments

Hello, 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 tomorrow morning, before the kit launches, so be sure to comment on every Countdown post! Now, join Yana as she shares a simple stamped background card created with an optional, add-on stamp.

I adore creating my own backgrounds using small individual stamps so to create a background for this card I used little leaf and branch images from the CM203 Color Layering Thanksgiving set, which is an add-on set for this month's kit.

Thanks For Being You Card by Yana Smakula for Hero ArtsI mounted all 3 images onto a clear block at once and used Cup O' Joe ink color for my stamping. I stamped images repeatedly rotating the block every time I made an impression to make this pattern appear random. Next, I added Pumpkin Pie stamped berries (I used tiny circle images from my older Hero sets). 

Thanks For Being You Card by Yana Smakula for Hero ArtsNext, I stamped "Thanks" using the same Pumpkin Pie and Cup O' Joe colors, foam mounted the stamped panel onto the card and added white heat embossed "For Being You" on top. 

Thanks For Being You Card by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts

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 tomorrow 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 tomorrow for the kit reveal!

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Siqi
Siqi

September 04, 2017

I adore your pattern stamping as much as how much I struggle creating one! Love it. You always use a stamp set that I don’t think I can manage in a very surprising and creative way!

M Engstrom
M Engstrom

September 04, 2017

Looking forward to the big reveal tomorrow.

Denise Kasbohm
Denise Kasbohm

September 04, 2017

Love this fall look!! Thank you for the idea of making backgrounds – it adds so much to the center large sentiment. Can’t wait to see the release!

Yvonne
Yvonne

September 04, 2017

Love the background and the sentiment!

Diane Brown
Diane Brown

September 04, 2017

Love your card and the dimension it has got, beautiful leaves and berries. So fresh looking.

Luci
Luci

September 04, 2017

Nice card

Ty
Ty

September 04, 2017

I honestly thought that was a background stamp! Amazing!

ashley shaffer
ashley shaffer

September 04, 2017

this waiting an extra day for the release is killing me! come on tomorrow already!!!!

Lynne
Lynne

September 04, 2017

Nice and clean!

Alison Pecoul
Alison Pecoul

September 04, 2017

Beautiful!

Karen L K
Karen L K

September 04, 2017

What a nice background & clever how you layered the sentiment.

Sabrina Radican
Sabrina Radican

September 04, 2017

Awesome card!!!

Kirsty Vittetoe
Kirsty Vittetoe

September 04, 2017

I am loving these small images for background, such a brilliant idea, lovely card!

Cha
Cha

September 04, 2017

I really like this card and the fall colors, also the fall sentiment is gorgeous! Waiting for more ideas!

Sheryl Kramer
Sheryl Kramer

September 04, 2017

Fall is my favorite time of year, so I am really excited to see what wonderful goodies will be in the September kit! Can’t wait for the reveal!

Elaine B
Elaine B

September 04, 2017

Nice backgrounds

DeniseP
DeniseP

September 04, 2017

Beautiful colors. Love the leaves/florals!

k prakken
k prakken

September 04, 2017

Beautiful fall card. Love your background.

Amy Vitriani
Amy Vitriani

September 04, 2017

Beautiful card Yana!! I love the background you created for your card!!

Rema DeLeeuw
Rema DeLeeuw

September 04, 2017

Beautiful card and fall colors.

Pam Rudzki
Pam Rudzki

September 04, 2017

Love the background Yana.

Kim McField
Kim McField

September 04, 2017

What a cute idea to make your own patterned paper! It looks so festive.

Stef White
Stef White

September 04, 2017

Thanks for sharing such a cute card! You know, normally I have a pretty good guess on what he Monthly kit will be, but this month I’m totally stumped. Can’t wait until tomorrow to have it revealed.

Gail Anderson
Gail Anderson

September 04, 2017

I like making my own background, too, and love how this looks!

Carla Hundley
Carla Hundley

September 04, 2017

This makes a fabulous
background and lovely
card.
Carla from Utah

Christy M
Christy M

September 04, 2017

Beautiful!!

Edlyn
Edlyn

September 04, 2017

I love love love this card! I’m so excited to see the rest of the release! Yay! Tomorrow is release day!!! ?

gretchen n
gretchen n

September 04, 2017

I love how you used the tiny stamps to create the background. They work wonderfully with the thanks work. (and I adore how you stacked the word!)

Penny Walker
Penny Walker

September 04, 2017

Great card love the Thanks. Thank you for your inspiration Yana, you are always making great cards.

Betty
Betty

September 04, 2017

can’t wait to see the reveal tomorrow!

Golda
Golda

September 04, 2017

What a fun card. Love the layers of colors you used and the fun sentiment panel.

Lindarub
Lindarub

September 04, 2017

Love the background on your card.

GrammyP
GrammyP

September 04, 2017

Only one more day before seeing the new kit for September! You have shared some wonderful cards—can’t wait to see the kit!

Rachel Walton
Rachel Walton

September 04, 2017

Very fallish and warm feeling.

Felicia
Felicia

September 04, 2017

So pretty

Stephanie T
Stephanie T

September 04, 2017

The colors and the message of this card are so Fall-ish. The background is perfect and truly is a random pattern.

Susy Ramirez
Susy Ramirez

September 04, 2017

Great Autumn card.

Billie A
Billie A

September 04, 2017

Your card is so awesome. Love the way you did the sentiment.

Debrah Binard
Debrah Binard

September 04, 2017

The card is cute with the multiple stamped background, a really nice effect. The presentation of thanks is unusual, making the reader focus on the word. Great idea!

Trudie
Trudie

September 04, 2017

Love this card Yana. Love how you make use of stamps in many ways. Thanks for sharing.

Julia L
Julia L

September 04, 2017

Oh! I am not ready for fall!

Linda
Linda

September 04, 2017

I love the autumnly (is this a word?) look of the card! Can’t wait until the kit is revealed.

Terri Scott - terriavidreader
Terri Scott - terriavidreader

September 04, 2017

Looks like a fun filled kit. I’ve never purchased one, yet, but been trying to get a budget to get it.

Dee Earnshaw
Dee Earnshaw

September 04, 2017

very pretty card – love the background:)

Wendy Culbreath
Wendy Culbreath

September 04, 2017

Cool

Tammy
Tammy

September 04, 2017

Very nice and oh so creative! ❤️

Tammy
Tammy

September 04, 2017

Very nice and oh so creative! ❤️

Patti Roth
Patti Roth

September 04, 2017

Such a great reminder I don’t need a full background stamp to be able to create a nice background.

Yvonne Vansickle
Yvonne Vansickle

September 04, 2017

Love the background!

Laura Whelan
Laura Whelan

September 04, 2017

lovely card! thanks for sharing!!

Ann Sciortino
Ann Sciortino

September 04, 2017

What a clever use of the stamps! Proves just how versatile this kit will be!

Leanne in Cali
Leanne in Cali

September 04, 2017

Oh I like this! What a great card with that hand made background. Love it!

kari mano
kari mano

September 04, 2017

Love the background, very nice! My favorite time of the year and I can not wait to see the reveal of the whole kit. eek!

HelenK
HelenK

September 04, 2017

I really like the softness of the cup of joe ink on this very Sweet card.

Margaret
Margaret

September 04, 2017

Beautiful card! Really love how you did the background!

Vikki H
Vikki H

September 04, 2017

Oh, Yana, is a great stamper of background ideas! What a darling card1

Sherri
Sherri

September 04, 2017

The background is lovely. Cannot wait to see more of the kit.

Kim Smart
Kim Smart

September 04, 2017

Love the card and the “thanks” sentiment!!

Elena Pham
Elena Pham

September 04, 2017

I love this background, it’s so beautiful.

Jeanette D.
Jeanette D.

September 04, 2017

I love how you make background stamping look so easy. I’m still struggling with the ‘random’ part :P but I keep practicing. The leafy ‘Thanks’ looks really cool. Is this just a word, or will there perhaps be a whole alphabet stamp?

littlen
littlen

September 04, 2017

Lovely card. TFS.

margie
margie

September 04, 2017

nice background paper

ShariW
ShariW

September 04, 2017

Such a cute card. I love how you did the thank you! Definitely CASing that idea!

Cynthia Xavier
Cynthia Xavier

September 04, 2017

Love this card. The background looks like paper – so awesome

Sue McRae
Sue McRae

September 04, 2017

I really like the stacked letters for the thanks sentiment and your popped up words to go along with it…great design!

Carol Godfrey
Carol Godfrey

September 04, 2017

Beautiful card love this new release very versatile as always such an inspiration thanks for sharing!

Kim Hund
Kim Hund

September 04, 2017

Very nice Yana! I especially love the background. I don’t do that enough with my stamps. Thanks for sharing.

Susan Gray
Susan Gray

September 04, 2017

Love the card for both a man and woman!

Michele
Michele

September 04, 2017

Great Fall thank you card. Thanks for the inspiration.

Lynn
Lynn

September 04, 2017

I really enjoy making background papers and yours is really pretty. Color choices are so autumnal!

Starqueen
Starqueen

September 04, 2017

Wow! I love the lettering style on this card. TY!

Karen Lingel
Karen Lingel

September 04, 2017

Oh, that’s a nice idea. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

Barb McCarthy
Barb McCarthy

September 04, 2017

beautifully designed card!
Cindy rice
Cindy rice

September 04, 2017

Love the leafy letters.

kathleen dumpert
kathleen dumpert

September 04, 2017

Thanks for the inspiration and can’t wait to get my kit!

Caitlin
Caitlin

September 04, 2017

Beautiful background!

Thalia
Thalia

September 04, 2017

Cute card! Love Yana’s background techniques.

Deborah345
Deborah345

September 04, 2017

Fabulous design idea with the letters and word layers.

Eileen Mikos
Eileen Mikos

September 04, 2017

I love this card. Very excited about the add-on set and I love your background.

Tracy A
Tracy A

September 04, 2017

Loving the pumpkin pie colors. The Thanks lettering is very cool.

JenniferK
JenniferK

September 04, 2017

Gorgeous card Yana, your background is so beautiful and I love the Pumpkin Pie ink color that you used for the berries!

Patty Beers
Patty Beers

September 04, 2017

I love the background. We always have so many small image stamps. Great way to use them.

Janis in ID
Janis in ID

September 04, 2017

Fabulous fall card! Love the stamped background!
<3 J

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Stacey Kowbel
Stacey Kowbel

September 04, 2017

Fabulous card! Love the “thanks” letters!

Nancy Hinojosa
Nancy Hinojosa

September 04, 2017

That is a very nice card. The backgound is so cute.

spatch
spatch

September 04, 2017

Have been following each reveal and am most impressed with the fall color inks being used. Bring a warm touch to all the designs.

Bonnie D-D
Bonnie D-D

September 04, 2017

Nice work.

Janet D.
Janet D.

September 04, 2017

Lovely images, and I love the stamped backgroud!

Peege04
Peege04

September 04, 2017

Looks like another great monthly kit and add ons too!

Emmie W
Emmie W

September 04, 2017

I’m always inspired by other’s use of backgrounds. It’s a challenge to come up with my own ideas. This card is very nice.

Jane McBee
Jane McBee

September 04, 2017

Love the fall colors…..and I use thank you cards so often and give them as gifts, very useful.

Diane Rasmussen
Diane Rasmussen

September 04, 2017

Love the background. Can’t wait to try it.

Marianna
Marianna

September 04, 2017

Great sentiment! Love neutral colors with a pop

jayne
jayne

September 04, 2017

I love the tip of turning the stamp for the background. Have gotten so many good ideas from the blogs with this set.Lovely card

Lindar C
Lindar C

September 04, 2017

That’s an interesting alphabet, love to see more!

Marjorie
Marjorie

September 04, 2017

The card is beautiful. Love the background.

Cindy C.
Cindy C.

September 04, 2017

Wonderful background, and I love how you created the focal panel!!

Toni
Toni

September 04, 2017

Thank you cards are one of my most used cards. I love this, thank you.

Sandra
Sandra

September 04, 2017

Love the card and thank you for the inspiration!! Just one more hour! I’m so excited!!! =)

Toni
Toni

September 04, 2017

Thank you cards are one of my most used cards. I love this, thank you.