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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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Christine Piechura
Christine Piechura

September 04, 2017

I really like the simplistic design and the color combinations.

Martha Berry
Martha Berry

September 04, 2017

What a terrific background! Love how Yana added in the little berries, too. I always appreciate seeing how creative HA designers are with pulling together tools from their stashes. The colors are so quiet and elegant.

Crystal
Crystal

September 04, 2017

I love creating my own backgrounds, too – so much fun and you never get the same one twice! Thanks for sharing your beautiful card…I always find inspiration from your work. ?

Kathy S
Kathy S

September 04, 2017

Such a striking card!

Becca Yahrling
Becca Yahrling

September 04, 2017

I love a stamped all over BG like this; very pretty.

Julia Cissell
Julia Cissell

September 04, 2017

Big fan of your cards, Yana, and a big fan of stamping my own backgrounds, too. Thanks for sharing.

Linda
Linda

September 04, 2017

Awesomeness!!!

Leslie Spring
Leslie Spring

September 04, 2017

More great stamps! Can’t wait for the reveal. Thanks Hero Arts!

janet
janet

September 04, 2017

Another fabulous background Yana, and wonderful design for the sentiment :-)

Tracy Lustick
Tracy Lustick

September 04, 2017

I can see so many possibilities!

Angela Roland
Angela Roland

September 04, 2017

I love the colors of fall. I’m just a beginner at stamping and card making so I love all the ideas I you show, like creating my own background. I especially love your products!

Barbara Howell
Barbara Howell

September 04, 2017

The background that you created with the small stamps is perfect for a Fall card. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

3 Happy Critters
3 Happy Critters

September 04, 2017

Lovely background and layering!

Chrissy
Chrissy

September 04, 2017

As if I weren’t already ready for fall, your card makes me all the more excited!

Ann K.
Ann K.

September 04, 2017

Very nice background, and the card idea itself is great. Definitely pinning it!

Helen Gullett
Helen Gullett

September 04, 2017

Wow, Yana’s card is both stunning and elegant. Love it so much!

Diane Stricker
Diane Stricker

September 04, 2017

Pretty card.

Christine
Christine

September 04, 2017

Great way to use the small stamps.

Denise Bryant
Denise Bryant

September 04, 2017

Love the leaves and the beautiful fall colors! Pretty card! I’m excited about this awesome kit!

karen chester
karen chester

September 04, 2017

The “Thanks” is so sweet. It is the focal point instead of the after thought. I would so use it over and over again.

Sallyann
Sallyann

September 04, 2017

I love your card Yana, especially the message as I often feel that way about the people in my life!

Rosemary D
Rosemary D

September 04, 2017

beautiful fall inspired design!!

Cindy Hanson
Cindy Hanson

September 04, 2017

Your card is so clever and pretty! Are those letter stamps??

Jewel
Jewel

September 04, 2017

So FUN! ?

Charlotte
Charlotte

September 04, 2017

Love the background and the colors!

Sandra Resendiz
Sandra Resendiz

September 04, 2017

Elegant card and a cool way to use stamps. I can see myself mimic this technique for masculine cards.

Colleen F
Colleen F

September 04, 2017

That thanks stamp looks interesting, can’t wait to see the whole release!

karenajo
karenajo

September 04, 2017

Love the idea of using small stamps to create a background. It looks great ! Super card !

Melynn
Melynn

September 04, 2017

Beautiful colors on this card-looks like lots of stamping but the end product is worth it.

Judy
Judy

September 04, 2017

I really like the small stamps used to create the background of this card. It doesn’t take away from the focal point, “Thanks” yet it’s just enough to make a beautiful card.

Madgevt
Madgevt

September 04, 2017

I love making my own backgrounds.

Julia D.
Julia D.

September 04, 2017

Lovely card! All the inspiration samples have been so beautiful; can’t wait to see the whole kit! Thank you for the chance to win!

SarahC
SarahC

September 04, 2017

Lovely card! You always come up with interesting ideas on how to use your supplies. Thanks for all you have taught me.

Sherry Olson
Sherry Olson

September 04, 2017

What a great thanksgiving card

Judy
Judy

September 04, 2017

I love how Yana created her own pattern paper with the small images. I can’t wait to see the full kit and add-ons for this month!

Brandi Ryals
Brandi Ryals

September 04, 2017

What a beautiful card. I love the colors you used.

Celeste Goff
Celeste Goff

September 04, 2017

Such a beautiful card! I love the all over stamping you did to create the background!

Bev
Bev

September 04, 2017

I like the elements of this add on set. Creative card design Yana!

Wanda Colangelo
Wanda Colangelo

September 04, 2017

fall is my favorite season, can’t wait to see the entire kit!!

cyndi morris
cyndi morris

September 04, 2017

Your backgrounds are always so beautiful. This kit looks like it offers so many possibilities.

Dayle Schenk
Dayle Schenk

September 04, 2017

I love to stamp backgrounds too, and this one is great for a beautiful fall card!

Barb Chmura
Barb Chmura

September 04, 2017

Can’t wait to see he new kit.

Abby
Abby

September 04, 2017

Nice card!

Barbara Rademacher
Barbara Rademacher

September 04, 2017

Oh boy. Even more. I guess I will have to purchase the Thanksgiving set also. I can imagine making a beautiful Thanksgiving wreath with the small stamps.

Sheryl
Sheryl

September 04, 2017

Love those letters!

Marty
Marty

September 04, 2017

Clever design!

Laura Buehler
Laura Buehler

September 04, 2017

What a great card. I love that background.

Kellie
Kellie

September 04, 2017

Love this creative design!

reneemilner
reneemilner

September 04, 2017

What a lovely autumn card! Your background is gorgeous—I thought it was patterned paper.

Melissa SunshineHoneyBee
Melissa SunshineHoneyBee

September 04, 2017

Wonderful Autumn/Fall colors & stamping.
Melissa
“Sunshine HoneyBee”

Mary Holshouser
Mary Holshouser

September 04, 2017

Love your background. I’m not comfortable
making my own – need more practice. I’ll
try using your idea and see if I can do better.
thanks for sharing.

Linda Peabody
Linda Peabody

September 04, 2017

Yana, I love how you did the background

Susan Lang
Susan Lang

September 04, 2017

That is such a clever card. Love it!

Linda S.
Linda S.

September 04, 2017

I love making Thanksgiving cards and am very interested to see what’s going to come in this kit since it seems like the add-on has a Thanksgiving theme.

Lori Ritchie
Lori Ritchie

September 04, 2017

Pretty card Yana, love the background you have created and the sentiments over the letters of thanks!

Susan King
Susan King

September 04, 2017

Oh sweet! Love the Thanks with leaves can’t wait!

Michelle H
Michelle H

September 04, 2017

Wonderful fall card. Thank you so much.

Deborah Kaye
Deborah Kaye

September 04, 2017

Beautiful card! Love the background.

Deb Selby
Deb Selby

September 04, 2017

Love the countdown to the release. Makes the release date so much fun. I start thinking about what add-ons I think I must have and I change my mind with every countdown day. Well done Hero Arts and a lovely card Yana.

Toni
Toni

September 04, 2017

Lovely card that could be used for any occasion.

Ikeda Evans
Ikeda Evans

September 04, 2017

Love the background with thanks sentiment. Puts me the mood for fall season.

Kathy Anderlini
Kathy Anderlini

September 04, 2017

Very pretty. These sneak peeks are making me want to see it all together.

Thuy Conde
Thuy Conde

September 04, 2017

Very unique!

Nicole
Nicole

September 04, 2017

You always come up with the best background ideas, Yana! This is another great one.

Kailash
Kailash

September 04, 2017

Love the sentiment stamping on the panel against the pretty background!!!

Jackie S
Jackie S

September 04, 2017

Love the dimensional aspect of this. Are, with the autumn colors.

Tammy
Tammy

September 04, 2017

I really like the alphabet stamps. Very pretty card. I love the background.

Donna Ligon
Donna Ligon

September 04, 2017

I love the background. Very nice card

Rosanna
Rosanna

September 04, 2017

Love the card. I can’t wait to see the whole kit.

Sophia Blair
Sophia Blair

September 04, 2017

Such a beautiful card, I love the background!

Jean G
Jean G

September 04, 2017

Great card.

Amy Cooley
Amy Cooley

September 04, 2017

Very beautiful! I’m ready to do some fall crafting!

Karen F.
Karen F.

September 04, 2017

Love all the great cards. Can’t wait to see the whole kit!

Kathy Jo
Kathy Jo

September 04, 2017

So cute! Love making my own backgrounds too. Can’t wait to see the kit.

Linda M.
Linda M.

September 04, 2017

What a pretty card! This kit and the add-ons are great!

Roslyn
Roslyn

September 04, 2017

I love this background! – what a great way to expand the use of your stamps!

Pennie Artz-Glasser
Pennie Artz-Glasser

September 04, 2017

Beautiful as always, yana!

Naama E
Naama E

September 04, 2017

So beautiful!! Love the colors and the background you made is just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing :)

Karen Arana
Karen Arana

September 04, 2017

I love the fall colors, definitely my favorite season of the year. Also, I noticed I can use the same stamps from the background to create a Christmas card! I want to start working on my kit right away ?

Carol H.
Carol H.

September 04, 2017

What a pretty card! That stamping is so unique and love the fall colors!

Claudia N
Claudia N

September 04, 2017

Beautiful card! Really like the background,and the colors used!

Sue Manning
Sue Manning

September 04, 2017

I like the quiet look of this card.

sharyn davis
sharyn davis

September 04, 2017

I love the way you made the background by combining elements from a new stamp set and an older one you had. The placement of the sentiment is striking. Thanks for sharing!

nancy
nancy

September 04, 2017

I love the simple background and the colors you chose. Perfect Autumn card!

Liz mca
Liz mca

September 04, 2017

I like be that background!

Anne Wylie
Anne Wylie

September 04, 2017

Nice card for fall. Thanks for sharing!

Judith
Judith

September 04, 2017

Lovely background! I can´t wait to see the kit!

Arianna Barbara
Arianna Barbara

September 04, 2017

Wow!!! Love all of Yana’s card!!! So lovely!!!

Pat
Pat

September 04, 2017

I love this simple card. That Pumpkin ink is really cool and may have to buy me some for my autumn and Thanksgiving cards. Thanks for sharing!

Jessica Monte
Jessica Monte

September 04, 2017

Oh love this card so pretty

Jeanne
Jeanne

September 04, 2017

Such a lovely card!

teresamnj
teresamnj

September 04, 2017

I love this so much! Beautiful!

Katherine
Katherine

September 04, 2017

Love this card!

Michelle C Montemurro
Michelle C Montemurro

September 04, 2017

love the little background stamps.

Cathy R
Cathy R

September 04, 2017

Lovely card

Debi W
Debi W

September 04, 2017

Another winner Yana.

velvet
velvet

September 04, 2017

Great use of small stamps to make a cute background!

Amy Brennick
Amy Brennick

September 04, 2017

Such a fun card that is just perfect for Fall!!

Viveca V.
Viveca V.

September 04, 2017

! Love the color combination, the lettering and position of the word “thanks”, and the highlight on “for being you”. The stamped background frames it all so well.

Janine Gearhart
Janine Gearhart

September 04, 2017

This is such a unique and beautiful card!