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April My Monthly Hero Countdown: Idea #5 + Giveaway

by Jessica Frost-Ballas March 31, 2019 262 Comments

Hello and welcome back to the countdown to the release of the April My Monthly Hero Kit! Release day is Monday, April 1 at 1pm Eastern/10am Pacific.

Good morning! Jess here with a watercolor card using the gorgeous dies from this month's kit!

It seems like forever ago now but in 2012 I went on a Mediterranean cruise that ended in Venice and we had two magical days in the city. When I saw the kit I was immediately transported back to that place...it is such a fabulous depiction of a gorgeous city! I decided to keep my card soft and a little impressionistic to give you more of the feel of Venice rather than a realistic recreation. Plus I love the forgiving nature of that impressionistic look as watercoloring isn't my strong suit! ;) 

So to start I die-cut all the elements from the kit with watercolor paper and used temporary adhesive to adhere them to my hardboard.  Then I wet the paper thoroughly with clean water and added diluted watercolors to the wet surface.  This allows the colors to blend more easily and gives it a softer look. I dried the paper with my heat gun between layers and then added more watercolors. I did paint onto the dry surface to create the flower boxes which gives you that more defined look. I also used a flat brush to create the sky and the water background.  Then I set everything aside to dry.

Next I stamped my sentiment onto Pitch Black cardstock with Versamark and heat-embossed it with white embossing powder before trimming it down to a thin label. Then I layered and adhered my watercolored pieces over a white card base using Precision Glue. The watercolor paper had curled a bit during drying so after adhering it together I immediately placed a few large acrylic blocks over the card to hold the watercolor paper down while the glue dried. Finally I used foam mounting tape to add my sentiment 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 the comments left across all countdown posts, and announce the winner first thing Monday morning, April 1, before the kit launches at 10am Pacific. The more you comment, the more chances to win!

Good luck!





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Antoinette
Antoinette

April 02, 2019

When I saw this card, I knew I had to get the “flower box add-on”…. I was searching for a while until I actually realized it wasn’t part of a stamp set! Gulp! This was a GREAT idea you had- so creative and authentic. I am of Mediterranean origin (Italian) and absolutely LOVED Italy when my mom and I visited. As you know there are flower boxes all over the buildings and cafes there. This transported me right back! Love it!

Marliese Zimmerman
Marliese Zimmerman

April 02, 2019

Love, love this kit and the beautiful cards you created with it. I ordered this and can’t wait to play!

Carol
Carol

April 01, 2019

I loooovvve this card!!!! 😊

Liz Bechtel
Liz Bechtel

April 01, 2019

I really like the blues and the soft gray tones that you used on your card. It really makes the flowers and softer hues pop! My dream trip is to Italy and now this makes me really want to go! Another wonderful creation Jessica!

Liz Ford
Liz Ford

April 01, 2019

This is a beautiful and romantic scene. I really like the soft grays that you chose for the buildings and the blues to compliment! The rose tones are fun too! Great card!

Krystal Showalter
Krystal Showalter

April 01, 2019

This card is so dreamy. I am amazed at how different the mood of each card has been so far. So neat!

Sara
Sara

April 01, 2019

I love the water affect.

Thersha Lewis
Thersha Lewis

April 01, 2019

🤯😍amazing. Your impressionistic depiction… I’m speechless 😶 beautiful

Hannah Joy
Hannah Joy

April 01, 2019

So dreamy and soft, lovely card.

Engeline
Engeline

April 01, 2019

Jess, love your card, as always . I have been many times in Italy and Venice is really always a good place to be.
Greeting from the Netherlands

Sherry Lee
Sherry Lee

April 01, 2019

Pretty card! I like the flowers on the walls… and I think that water die is really cool. I can’t wait for this release!

K. Eley
K. Eley

April 01, 2019

What a perfect sentiment for such a beautiful and dreamy card! Watercolor seems to be more of a strong suit than you think :). Thank you for sharing!

Judy
Judy

April 01, 2019

I love the effect of the watercolored die cuts! This kit looks very unique and I can’t wait to see the full reveal!

Drena Putz
Drena Putz

April 01, 2019

I live this card with the flower baskets added on the windows!

Debbie Mann
Debbie Mann

April 01, 2019

Wow, I can’t stop looking at this card. You are so creative Jessica, thank you for sharing!

Debbie Mann

Vikki H
Vikki H

April 01, 2019

Awesome watercolors and scene!

Stacey Kowbel
Stacey Kowbel

April 01, 2019

Beautiful card! I love the flowers in the windows!

Bo
Bo

April 01, 2019

Love the softness of the coloring. Very soothing and relaxing.

Isabelita
Isabelita

April 01, 2019

What a beautiful card! The river and scene reminds me of the river walk in San Antonio, Texas!

Carolyn Pokorney
Carolyn Pokorney

April 01, 2019

Would love to add this to my collection what a kit!

Karen Baugh
Karen Baugh

April 01, 2019

Awesome card!

Laura Staley
Laura Staley

April 01, 2019

Beautiful card! The coloring of the buildings is so realistic. Clever touch adding the flowers, creates a nice pop of color!

Brian Poteraj
Brian Poteraj

April 01, 2019

What a great look you came up with of Venice. It looks really old and cool.

sharon gullikson
sharon gullikson

April 01, 2019

Oh my gosh, I love how you colored everything. This is amazing!

DC
DC

April 01, 2019

I love the light coming through the windows and the sparkling water. The flowers in the windows are an extra special accent. Beautiful design!
Madeline L
Madeline L

April 01, 2019

Lovely card! I can’t wait to see the kit tomorrow!

Jenny K
Jenny K

April 01, 2019

So beautiful! I really love the flowers in the windows. Can’t wait to see the whole kit!

Michele W
Michele W

April 01, 2019

Beautiful card! Love the watercoloring. Those flower boxes really steal the show. Thanks for sharing!

candgmom
candgmom

March 31, 2019

This kit is a must have. Can’t wait for the full reveal tomorrow!!

Kathleen R
Kathleen R

March 31, 2019

Love the combination of colors and the lighting effects. Beautiful card!

Carla Hundley
Carla Hundley

March 31, 2019

Beautiful inspiration
on your card!
Carla from Utah

Kris Reeves
Kris Reeves

March 31, 2019

So unique!

Leslie Birdsall
Leslie Birdsall

March 31, 2019

Beautiful card!

Rebecca Ednie
Rebecca Ednie

March 31, 2019

Watercolour so perfectly suits the die cuts. Especially the flower boxes.

Kelly W.
Kelly W.

March 31, 2019

Jess, I love your beautiful card! I love all of the pretty colors you painted to create such a relaxing, serene scene. Absolutely gorgeous!!!

Anita burbank
Anita burbank

March 31, 2019

How beautiful!!! Thanks for the share. Gonna have to buy this set!!!

Kristen  Robinson
Kristen Robinson

March 31, 2019

Love the shading effect the watercolor has, making it look rustic.

Bessie
Bessie

March 31, 2019

Thank you for the lesson about watercoloring the die cuts. You created a beautiful card

Bor Her
Bor Her

March 31, 2019

Love it! Pulls you right in as if you’re actually there.

Kirsty Vittetoe
Kirsty Vittetoe

March 31, 2019

Love the colors of this pretty card!

Rosemary D
Rosemary D

March 31, 2019

your card is simply amazing!

Claudia N
Claudia N

March 31, 2019

O sole mio! Lovely card! So excited for tomorrow and the full reveal.

StampinLouie
StampinLouie

March 31, 2019

Jessica I love your card. Thanks for sharing your work. It is beautiful.

Diana Cavarra
Diana Cavarra

March 31, 2019

Love how u did the water

Christy Malone
Christy Malone

March 31, 2019

So beautiful! I look at this and can just imagine being in the scene, watching the gondola floating by. Really lovely, Jessica!

tracy abrams-lilly
tracy abrams-lilly

March 31, 2019

Venice here I come!!! I like the flower boxes addition. Thank you for sharing.

Patricia Haff
Patricia Haff

March 31, 2019

I feel as if I were there. So lovely!

Jenny Miller
Jenny Miller

March 31, 2019

Now THAT is a retirement card!! I can imagine myself in the boat!

Marsha Segard
Marsha Segard

March 31, 2019

What a terrific idea. I’m just learning watercolor myself. Thanks for the tips!

Erika
Erika

March 31, 2019

Love the flower box idea…so pretty!

Julia L
Julia L

March 31, 2019

What a dreamy scene you created! Gorgeous!

MaryB
MaryB

March 31, 2019

I really love the flower boxes and the water in the canal. Thanks for the chance to win a kit!

Maryse
Maryse

March 31, 2019

Just gorgeous! I love the use of water colours and the mix of wet and dry techniques are delightful!

MandaLJ
MandaLJ

March 31, 2019

What a beautiful card! It is so evocative of Venice. I love the flower boxes!

Christina Dauven
Christina Dauven

March 31, 2019

I love the touch of the flowers and how they make it more of a personal place.

Maureen Sheehan
Maureen Sheehan

March 31, 2019

Lovely — adore the colors!

Rita Childs
Rita Childs

March 31, 2019

The water on this card is pretty

Patt H.
Patt H.

March 31, 2019

A truly awesome card!! Love the illusion of such depth!

Brooke Shull
Brooke Shull

March 31, 2019

The flowers are everything in this for me! Beautiful

Lynnette Flagler
Lynnette Flagler

March 31, 2019

Awesome card. Awesome set of dies

Becca Yahrling
Becca Yahrling

March 31, 2019

Beautiful scene; I love the flowers.

Marsha Stehle
Marsha Stehle

March 31, 2019

Gorgeous card! Love the addition of the flowers!

Barbara-Jean
Barbara-Jean

March 31, 2019

Fantastic scene! Those flowers really “pop”! Makes me want to visit!

Golda
Golda

March 31, 2019

This is so pretty with all the different layers!

Linda S.
Linda S.

March 31, 2019

I really like the soft colors you achieved with your watercolors It’s a very pretty card.

Evelyn Larson
Evelyn Larson

March 31, 2019

who says you have to travel to see the beauty of Europe. Nicely done.

Monica Lake
Monica Lake

March 31, 2019

Beautiful watercoloring!

Bonnie M
Bonnie M

March 31, 2019

Beautiful card…love the colors!

Gail Anderson
Gail Anderson

March 31, 2019

Such a great scene—love how you watercolored the various pieces and the “lights” in the windows.

Marisela Delgado
Marisela Delgado

March 31, 2019

Awesome card and such great dies!

Bertha
Bertha

March 31, 2019

Beautiful scenic card and what a fabulous retirement it would be. LOL

Maria
Maria

March 31, 2019

Simply wonderful card!

Leanne in Cali
Leanne in Cali

March 31, 2019

Beautiful! Loving the look of this fun kit!!

Susan Vitti
Susan Vitti

March 31, 2019

Oh I love the soft watercolors! Just lovely!

Marianna
Marianna

March 31, 2019

Like what I’ve seen so far of this month’s kit, love the window flower boxes you added!

littlen
littlen

March 31, 2019

Looks like many possibilities for creating scenes with this set.

Jodi Warren
Jodi Warren

March 31, 2019

Jessica – I hope you did a video for this card, I would love to see how you did the flower boxes. Those are just gorgeous. Great card. Love the soft look of it.

Vicki Blair
Vicki Blair

March 31, 2019

Jessica I love the flower boxes. It softens all the lines.Your colors are great too.

Aline
Aline

March 31, 2019

Love the water. Beautiful colors

Aline
Aline

March 31, 2019

Love the water. Beautiful colors

Neha Mahajan
Neha Mahajan

March 31, 2019

This is yet another pretty card with this month’s kit. I like the pretty pink flowers that are hanging out. Looks cute.

marjorie travers
marjorie travers

March 31, 2019

thankyou for your card can’t wait for the kit

Michelle Montemurro
Michelle Montemurro

March 31, 2019

Love the flower boxes. My eyes when right to them.

Maureen Reiss
Maureen Reiss

March 31, 2019

Awesome card!! These dies are Amazing!!!

marylouh
marylouh

March 31, 2019

Fantastic. The water has a lot of movement.
Wonderful picture. thanks for sharing
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D.Ann C
D.Ann C

March 31, 2019

Oh, WoWwwww!!! I though I was in love with this kit before, but add some flowers to the windows and… swoon!!!😍

Natalie Winterstein
Natalie Winterstein

March 31, 2019

This is FABULOUS! I am in love!!

Linda Sodano
Linda Sodano

March 31, 2019

This is a gorgeous card. I love this stamp and die set.

Christi Conley
Christi Conley

March 31, 2019

OH! How exciting!!!

Debbie McKelvey
Debbie McKelvey

March 31, 2019

I love this card, so soft and pretty. The flowers you added are beautiful and look so natural with all the rest of the scene. Cannot wait to play with this kit.

Debbie Rumpza
Debbie Rumpza

March 31, 2019

So pretty, Jessica!

Cha Lion
Cha Lion

March 31, 2019

Love how you create the flowers on the windows! Can’t Wait to see the reveal!

Andrea B
Andrea B

March 31, 2019

I love the soft colors, and the flower boxes are the perfect touch! This kit looks like it will be so much fun!

Hannah Parnell
Hannah Parnell

March 31, 2019

This kit looks fun. Thank you for the inspiration.

Cyndi Morris
Cyndi Morris

March 31, 2019

Gorgeous card, beautiful colors. Brings back such memories; that’s what I did when I retired a few years ago — took a wonderful trip to Italy!

Maryjo L Monterosso
Maryjo L Monterosso

March 31, 2019

Beautiful. This kit is going to be so fun. Never been to Italy but this kit makes me feel like I have.

Joan
Joan

March 31, 2019

Lovely combination of colors and the pots of flowers provide the perfect touch. Can’t wait to get my kit!

Kelsey Thomas
Kelsey Thomas

March 31, 2019

I love all those beautiful colors! :) Fantastic card. Can’t wait to see the new kit.

Kelsey Thomas
Kelsey Thomas

March 31, 2019

I love all those beautiful colors! :) Fantastic card. Can’t wait to see the new kit.

Deborah Mitchell
Deborah Mitchell

March 31, 2019

I’m super excited about this kit. Your design is gorgeous!

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