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April My Monthly Hero Countdown: Idea #6 + Giveaway!

by Clare Prezzia March 31, 2018 227 Comments

We're back with our final countdown post, leading up to the release of the April My Monthly Hero kit! Release day is Monday, April 2nd at 1pm Eastern/10am Pacific. Please note, we will be taking a break from the countdown on Easter Sunday. Don’t forget to comment on each and every post as we’ll be giving away a kit on Monday morning, before the kit launches! Now let's join Clare as she shares a festive and fun card using the kit...

I'm gonna tell ya straight up - I'm a little bit obsessed with the cacti in this month's kit. For today's card, I kept it simple, by heat embossing a cacti in Gold on some black paper

I wanted a nice fun background for the little guy, and since my mind was thinking desert/watercolor/AWESOMENESS, I eventually made my way to my friend Lisa Spangler's blog. She shared a super cool watercolor technique to achieve an amazing background - see her original post HERE.

For my background, I covered a small watercolor panel with water - LOTS of water, as it helps the ink bleed more. Then I put down some strips of Liquid Watercolor, straight from the bottle, down on the cardstock. As soon as I had all my ink down, and with the cardstock still wet, I used a small comb to create a funky pattern across the panel. The colors I used were Purple (new add-on coming Monday!), Strawberry and Dandelion.

Then, because you all know I have a thing for Sparkle embossing powder, I covered the panel with it, heat set it and then die cut the panel with the Rounded Rectangle Infinity Dies.

I topped the card off with a kit sentiment stamped in Grape Juice, the heat embossed cacti, some black gems and a strip of gold reflective paper.

Be sure to check in Monday for the full reveal and a super fun blog hop!

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 the comments left across all the countdown posts, and announce the winner first thing Monday morning, April 2nd, before the kit launches at 1pm Eastern. The more you comment, the more chances to win!

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Anne Furth Snelgrove
Anne Furth Snelgrove

April 03, 2018

Such a cute idea. Really like the background as it makes me think of a South West sunrise. I’m a little obsessed with the cactus too.

Marylurdys Hernandez
Marylurdys Hernandez

April 02, 2018

This technique makes a great faux-fabrique aplique. Excellent!

Ginalou
Ginalou

April 02, 2018

Great background idea.

Sandra
Sandra

April 02, 2018

Using a comb for cardmaking? You’re a creative genius! LOL Seriously, that is super kewl!! Thanks for sharing the link on how that was done. That is my next stop and thank you so much for sharing!! =)

Teresa R-O
Teresa R-O

April 02, 2018

Really excited about the April ’18 kit release…the theme is perfect for Cinco de Mayo and to make cards for our friends down south!

Linda Schade
Linda Schade

April 02, 2018

I love that comb technique! How clever, and the use of unusual colors behind a cactus, so unique. thanks for the inspiration.

Marilee DeMars
Marilee DeMars

April 02, 2018

Wow! That is an amazing technique — the colors, the sentiment, the kit!!

Krystal Showalter
Krystal Showalter

April 02, 2018

Such a great card! I love the idea of using a comb to move the alcohol ink.

DSW
DSW

April 01, 2018

Great idea to emboss in hold on black paper. It’s something I definitely want to play with in my cards. Looking forward to the kit!

Rebecca Ballard
Rebecca Ballard

April 01, 2018

Never enough Mexican stamps. Your colors are beautiful. I love me cactus 🌵

Toni L
Toni L

April 01, 2018

I can understand—I have a fascination with cacti too! Great kit content!

Tasha Jorgensen
Tasha Jorgensen

April 01, 2018

Fantastic card! Love the colors behind the cactus!

Lisa A creations
Lisa A creations

April 01, 2018

Cute card!

Sharon Vincz 👻
Sharon Vincz 👻

April 01, 2018

Love the fiery colors! 🌵

Kris Reeves
Kris Reeves

April 01, 2018

I love your background!

Diane Brown
Diane Brown

April 01, 2018

I love this card with the amazing background, The cactus is a fun theme to colour, great CAS card.

Rae Culak
Rae Culak

April 01, 2018

I love learning new techniques for backgrounds, the use of a comb to create texture is a great idea

Christi Conley
Christi Conley

April 01, 2018

Love the way you embossed cactus :)

Bonnie Darroch-Dean
Bonnie Darroch-Dean

April 01, 2018

What a creative background idea. Can’t wait to see the whole kit and start playing with it!

Dana M
Dana M

April 01, 2018

Terrific card! Love the CAS layout and the water colored panel is amazing, perfect to ground the fantastic cactus.

Nelissa Winters
Nelissa Winters

April 01, 2018

Great card, love the background.

karenajo
karenajo

April 01, 2018

What a super card – the background is amazing ! Thanks for a great sneak peek!

Marie
Marie

April 01, 2018

What a cool technique ! And the striking cactus on black…Wow!

Ellen
Ellen

April 01, 2018

I love how you created this amazing background. TFS.

Stacey
Stacey

April 01, 2018

Sweet card.

Dayle Shimamura
Dayle Shimamura

April 01, 2018

Wow! Love your watercoloring! The black and gold saguaro REALLY stands out from your pretty colors!

Judy
Judy

April 01, 2018

This is fabulous! Love the effect…looks just like a blanket, cant wait to try this.

Cyndi
Cyndi

April 01, 2018

Wonderful card technique! Anxiously awaiting to see whole kit.

Tabitha Kelley
Tabitha Kelley

April 01, 2018

This is a wonderful design

Janet D.
Janet D.

April 01, 2018

LOVE the background and color combo!

Karen L K
Karen L K

April 01, 2018

Nice a nice card! That is a great background for the cacti! Super cool colors too!

Shannon
Shannon

April 01, 2018

Lovely-the background reminds me of a woven blanket.

Barbara-Jean
Barbara-Jean

April 01, 2018

Fun card. I !

FD91354
FD91354

April 01, 2018

Wow.. such a creative card. Love the techniques you used. A comb.. cool. Thanks for the ideas

Karen Hale
Karen Hale

April 01, 2018

Love your gold and black cactus against your colorful embossed background. Stunning! Can’t wait to see the new kit.

Veronica Griffin
Veronica Griffin

April 01, 2018

Love that technique!! I’m going to have to try it.
Great card!!

Kati Caprara
Kati Caprara

April 01, 2018

Love the gold embossing and the “comb watercolor” effect! This looks like a great kit! Thanks for sharing!!

DUMONTIER Marjorie
DUMONTIER Marjorie

April 01, 2018

Wow !! What a stunning background !!

Mercedes Rivera
Mercedes Rivera

April 01, 2018

I love what you did with the background

Mateja P
Mateja P

April 01, 2018

Awesome background :) Love it!

Denise Lagarda Vega
Denise Lagarda Vega

April 01, 2018

I can’t wait to see the whole kit. I’m loving it so far.

Barbara Howell
Barbara Howell

April 01, 2018

Your gold embossed Cacti on that super cool background is fantastic.

Marjorie
Marjorie

April 01, 2018

I liked the technique with the comb. Very nice background. Looking forward to seeing the new kit.

joyce willy
joyce willy

April 01, 2018

Really enjoy the background and the gold take on the cactus —very original.

Dena Byerley
Dena Byerley

April 01, 2018

I love this set

christy
christy

April 01, 2018

beautiful! will try this technique, for sure!

Debby K Prutzman
Debby K Prutzman

April 01, 2018

Interesting background, love the color combination. Thank you for sharing. Can’t wait to see the entire kit.

Carolyn P
Carolyn P

April 01, 2018

Great idea using the comb!

Tami
Tami

April 01, 2018

Fantastic water color technique!!

karen Chester
karen Chester

April 01, 2018

Love the colors you used on this card. It is really super.

Kirsten Freye Sykes
Kirsten Freye Sykes

April 01, 2018

Love the simplicity

Shannon
Shannon

April 01, 2018

I really like cactus stamps so I’m excited for this one!

Julie B
Julie B

April 01, 2018

This is entire set is so fabulous! I will be online early to order!!!!!

Retta Lutte
Retta Lutte

April 01, 2018

Such a pretty background. Never would have thought to use a comb!

Jeanne Beam
Jeanne Beam

April 01, 2018

Great card. Love the background colors. Thanks for sharing…

Carolyn Pokorney
Carolyn Pokorney

April 01, 2018

Love how you use so many unique techniques and mediums to create such a beautiful card…can’t wait to see this kit!

Susan King
Susan King

April 01, 2018

The liquid water colors and thank you for the comb idea. It is fantastic and really festive!

Lynda
Lynda

April 01, 2018

Gold cactus is beautiful. It’s always such fun to see what Hero Arts designers come up with every month.

C4G
C4G

April 01, 2018

Neato!

Kathy McCartney
Kathy McCartney

April 01, 2018

I would have never thought of purple with a Southwest motif – but I love it!

Janis Litynsky
Janis Litynsky

April 01, 2018

This is a sweet Collection…

Betty
Betty

April 01, 2018

Very colorful, love the texture!

Becky Moore
Becky Moore

April 01, 2018

Very cute! And that watercolor combing is so cool!

Kitty Tatman
Kitty Tatman

April 01, 2018

I love the font for these sentiments! Great idea with the watercolor panel., I’ll have to give it a try!

Tani K
Tani K

April 01, 2018

I love the watercolor technique. I will definitely try this one.

Dee Earnshaw
Dee Earnshaw

April 01, 2018

awesome card – love the background panel:)

Janie S.
Janie S.

April 01, 2018

Why do they call them succulents? This one is pretty with the water color background. Love the greeting in purple juice.

Vicki M.
Vicki M.

April 01, 2018

Love the cacti—perfect for us Arizonans!

Beverly Robinson
Beverly Robinson

April 01, 2018

Awesome background, and I love the embossing.

Heidi
Heidi

April 01, 2018

So excited to see the entire kit! The teases have been fun.

Cheri
Cheri

April 01, 2018

Creative card ……your background technique looks great & I love the cactus stamp!

Kari Mano
Kari Mano

April 01, 2018

Oh, I love that background technique, so neat! I love that cactus also

Melissa SunshineHoneyBee
Melissa SunshineHoneyBee

April 01, 2018

Like the cool vibrant coloring of the striped background with the gold embossed cactus.
Melissa
“Sunshine HoneyBee”

Linda
Linda

April 01, 2018

That is a very cool background!

Althea Robles
Althea Robles

April 01, 2018

What a cute card! This kit looks amazing!

Susan Lang
Susan Lang

April 01, 2018

I love the cactus! Great techniques, I will try it.

Lillian T
Lillian T

April 01, 2018

This watercolor technique is really cool! I’ll have to try it with the BFF on our next crafting date!

cyndi morris
cyndi morris

April 01, 2018

Love that background. Thanks so much for sharing the “comb” technique. Very nice card — I, too, love the cactus.

Ann-Bsidecrafter
Ann-Bsidecrafter

April 01, 2018

Love the cactus

Peege04
Peege04

April 01, 2018

Great technique! Thank for sharing.

Diane Stricker
Diane Stricker

April 01, 2018

Fun and colorful card.

Anne Roberts
Anne Roberts

April 01, 2018

What a unique background, and love the embossing❤️

Nancy Dempsey
Nancy Dempsey

April 01, 2018

The background is perfect. Beautiful card!
Can’t wait to see the whole kit on Monday!

Ann
Ann

April 01, 2018

Nice effect withe combing technique. And the purple. . .OMG! Love purple.

Sue Manning
Sue Manning

April 01, 2018

I love the colors! The black gems really set it off nicely. Great job.

Evelyn Larson
Evelyn Larson

April 01, 2018

Wow who knew that you could use a comb for art. Nicely done. Beautiful card.

Danielle Dietz
Danielle Dietz

April 01, 2018

I can see those gorgeous colors in a dessert sunset Clare! Perfect backdrop for the cactus.

Sue D
Sue D

April 01, 2018

I like the gold embossing on black and the colorful background.

Beth B.
Beth B.

April 01, 2018

Love this card and technique. Love the cactus 🌵 elements in this release. Thanks for sharing and the opportunity to win.

Kiyomi
Kiyomi

April 01, 2018

What a fun technique for the background. Looks like a tapestry! beautiful!

Amy Kleinschmit
Amy Kleinschmit

April 01, 2018

Love the watercolor background…going to have to try that!!

Janet Axtman
Janet Axtman

April 01, 2018

Love that background. It really resembles the patterns on the mexican panchos of the past.

Rachel
Rachel

April 01, 2018

I’m new to crafting. Thank you for teaching new ideas!

Naama E
Naama E

April 01, 2018

Sunning!! Love the colors and the gold cactus is brilliant! thanks for sharing this beautiful inspiration! I can’t wait to play with this kit ^^

Beth Merrill
Beth Merrill

April 01, 2018

A brilliant, vivid card. I love the combing effect!

Glenn Zdziarski
Glenn Zdziarski

April 01, 2018

Neat technique with the comb!

Dorothy Mutafopulos
Dorothy Mutafopulos

April 01, 2018

Beautiful background so coloful and the Cactus is amazing too !!

Jade B
Jade B

April 01, 2018

Love the background technique.

Linda S.
Linda S.

April 01, 2018

The purple in this card is fabulous. Looking forward to the kit reveal on Monday.

Karthikha Uday
Karthikha Uday

April 01, 2018

Fantastic creation! Love this colour combo!!

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