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April My Monthly Hero Countdown: Idea #1 + Giveaway

by Jessica Frost-Ballas April 03, 2020 481 Comments

Hello and welcome as we begin the countdown to the release of the April My Monthly Hero Kit! Release day is Monday, April 6 at 1pm Eastern/10am Pacific. Our Creative Team will be here all weekend sharing sneak peeks. Please note, this month shipping will be delayed. Currently we estimate that shipping will begin April 20. We know you are excited to get your kit and appreciate your patience as we work through delays during this time of COVID-19. We are sending love and support, as well as healing thoughts to those who know people who have fallen sick or are sick themselves.

Now let's join Jess for the first look at this "Aus-some" kit...

You guys! This kit is INCREDIBLE and you're going to LOVE it! I couldn't resist playing with the stunning stencil that's included in the kit!

To start I marked where the sky part of the stencil begins and masked it off on a piece of bristol cardstock. Then I blended Hero Arts Reactive Inks in Pool Party and Blue Raspberry across the bottom of the panel keeping the darker color on the edges of the panel. Next I placed the stencil over the panel and blended Blue Hawaii Reactive Ink and Navy Mid-Tone Shadow Ink over the panel again focusing the darkest colors along the edge. I also kept it lighter opposite the sun (or moon)!

Next I masked off the bottom and blended Berry Smoothie Reactive Ink, Fruit Punch Reactive Ink, and Soft Canteloupe Shadow Ink across the sky. I also added a little Mulled Wine Hybrid Ink around the bottom of the sky to give it more depth. Once everything was dry I added a tiny bit of Unicorn White Pigment Ink in the reflection of the sun on the water and then blended a little Soft Vanilla Shadow Ink onto the bottom of the actual sun. I love that you can mix all the various types of Hero Arts inks together to achieve whatever look or shade of color you desire!

I let the panel dry completely and then stamped the rock and shark onto the panel with Versafine and heat embossed it with Black Detail Embossing Powder. Then I carefully shaped the sentiment around the shark on the lid of my MISTI and stamped it the same way! I love how it looks like it's designed to be used with the shark! Next I went a little crazy on the sparkle....so first I used a cheap paintbrush to add a little Crystal Clear Lacquer onto the bottom of the sun and then sprinkled it with a tiny bit of Snowfall and Icicle Glitter. I used more Icicle Glitter since the Snowfall reflects colors more and I wanted just a hint of sparkle. Then I've been cleaning and organizing my craft room for the last few weeks of social distancing and finding all sorts of old treasures I haven't seen in forever and I came across an old glitter spray. I was shocked that it still worked since I'm pretty sure it's been buried in a drawer for like 4 years but it worked to spray a fine mist of glitter across the entire panel. When the card catches the light it has the most gorgeous shimmer!

And that's it! Make sure to check back all weekend for tons of inspiration with this amazing kit. It's going to be a must-have for sure!

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. The winner will be announced first thing Monday morning, April 6, before the kit launches at 10am Pacific. The more you comment, the more chances to win!

Good luck!





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Lorell
Lorell

April 06, 2020

Amazing

Robin Becker
Robin Becker

April 06, 2020

I am fairly new to card making and would love to have different ideas to work on and I would love to go to Australia but doing cards for there will be the best I’ll ever be able to do

Kate
Kate

April 06, 2020

The colors are so fun!

tina z.
tina z.

April 06, 2020

I love these beautiful colours!

Karen L K
Karen L K

April 05, 2020

What a fun scene especially with all the extra touches like the glitter spray. I can’t wait to see the rest of the kit.

NCDonna
NCDonna

April 05, 2020

All that came from ONE stencil?!!! Can’t wait to see the whole kit! Thanks for sharing!

Tina Herbeck
Tina Herbeck

April 05, 2020

Oh wow! This is gorgeous!! Love the awesome stencil!

Miriam Prantner
Miriam Prantner

April 05, 2020

Such a great scene! I love the shades you chose to use, looking forward to the full reveal of this kid!

Laura Staley
Laura Staley

April 05, 2020

What a fun card! The sky is spectacular. Very clever shaping the sentiment above the shark. I never would have thought to do that!

Lynnea Hollendonner
Lynnea Hollendonner

April 05, 2020

This is absolutely stunning! I’m in love with that stencil!

TRACEY LANDT
TRACEY LANDT

April 05, 2020

Great card Jess. Looks like you are all coming for a visit with us
here in Australia this month! So exciting. I’m looking forward to
all the inspiration and the full reveal.
T x

Crystal Snedegar
Crystal Snedegar

April 05, 2020

This card made me gasp out loud! I am so incredibly excited for this kit! I love the ripples in the water, and the shiny shark. SO cute!

Nikki S
Nikki S

April 05, 2020

What a bright and bold color combination

Linda Clark
Linda Clark

April 05, 2020

I am loving this stencil! This card is so beautiful, looking forward to seeing this kit.

Carolyn
Carolyn

April 05, 2020

Great card. Being from Australia, it’s looking like this kit needs to come home to me. Looking forward to the full reveal.

Marianne
Marianne

April 05, 2020

Looks like an awesome card kit. Love the theme as well as the silhouette animals.

Jade
Jade

April 05, 2020

What an awesome card. I love the way you did the background. Great with the shark.

Engeline
Engeline

April 05, 2020

I love your card, and i am waiting for the coalabear

Sandy Small
Sandy Small

April 05, 2020

What a lovely card! I love the colors, the sky and sparkle!
It is so nice that Hero Arts is keeping the monthly routine with MMH kit releases. In this time of unprecedented upheaval, where people’s regular schedules have been completely disrupted, it is really great to have some normality, with a new MMH kit release and inspiration.

Smiley Hello
Smiley Hello

April 05, 2020

Den…den…den….den….(theme music to Jaws). It’s coming to a house near you!!!!

Valerija
Valerija

April 05, 2020

Beautiful card. I love the cute little scene you have created. Love the colours too.
Valerija xx

Terrie D.
Terrie D.

April 05, 2020

This is beautiful! I love how you did your ink blending and used the stencils. The sun(moon) reflection on the water looks really cool. :)

GLenda M Sultan
GLenda M Sultan

April 05, 2020

My oh my! My 2 grandsons love sharks. Darling card.

Sunnyk
Sunnyk

April 05, 2020

An exciting new kit. Can’t wait to see all of it. Love the shark! Dun, dun dun dun!

Donna
Donna

April 05, 2020

Fun scene. Love your glittery cloud!

Margaret T.
Margaret T.

April 05, 2020

Wow! Way to make the sun shine!

Allen Lindsay
Allen Lindsay

April 05, 2020

Love! Would love to own this!

Ann
Ann

April 05, 2020

Love the colours you’ve used, bright and bold. That stencil is just awesome, you could use it over and over again.

Laura P
Laura P

April 05, 2020

Hi Jess, What a beautiful card! The stencil is amazing and looks so versatile. Your scene makes me wish it was summer! I really need to try the Reactive Inks. The colors are so vibrant and all the blending looks so smooth. Lovely!

Holly
Holly

April 05, 2020

I love all the sparkle and shine over your beautiful scene. It really brings it to life!

Lisa
Lisa

April 05, 2020

I would live to win!!

Missy Ree
Missy Ree

April 04, 2020

Beautiful card!!!! Can’t wait for the kit.

Brenda
Brenda

April 04, 2020

Love your card! This kit looks like so much fun!

Joyce
Joyce

April 04, 2020

Jess, what a neat card. I love Australia.

Iza Malek
Iza Malek

April 04, 2020

I love your new stamp kit. This card is so adorable. I can’t wait to buy your new kit !

Golda
Golda

April 04, 2020

I really like your sparkly example. The stencil is great.

Sandye
Sandye

April 04, 2020

Love the bright colors on this card!

Sandye
Sandye

April 04, 2020

I love it! We cancelled a trip to Australia because of COVID19. So glad to be getting some memories of Australia!

Heather Mills
Heather Mills

April 04, 2020

This is so cool!! It is such a fabulous tropical looking scene!

KerrynM
KerrynM

April 04, 2020

Stunning card. This kit is looking a must have.

Melissa Leftrick
Melissa Leftrick

April 04, 2020

Gorgeous!! Love the ocean.

Elaine Wood
Elaine Wood

April 04, 2020

Wow loving this card really looking forward to seeing more sneeks

Glenna
Glenna

April 04, 2020

So Aussie!! Colors are beautiful!! Thank you.

Savvy Me
Savvy Me

April 04, 2020

That blue and glitter is fun! Fun card!

Megan Caulder
Megan Caulder

April 04, 2020

Love the colors and the stencil!

Leola Janz
Leola Janz

April 04, 2020

G’Day mate. I am hoping that sentiment is a part of this months stamp set. As an Australian I love that sentiment. Love this card

Christa
Christa

April 04, 2020

This looks so fun!

Nikki Cochran
Nikki Cochran

April 04, 2020

Love the stencil and the colors you chose! Great card!

Sidekickcards
Sidekickcards

April 04, 2020

Beautiful 💕

Kenzie Higdon
Kenzie Higdon

April 04, 2020

This looks so interesting and sparkly, I just can’t wait to see what more is in store!

Catherine
Catherine

April 04, 2020

I love it how the stamp set isn’t just koalas and kangaroos- I love the shark. The colours on this card also look so pretty together.

Tasha Bond
Tasha Bond

April 04, 2020

Neat card Jessica!

sabinevdk
sabinevdk

April 04, 2020

This looks like it will be a great kit!!! I love this ink blended background. so pretty!

Heidi Macy
Heidi Macy

April 04, 2020

that sky is soooo cool! This kit looks like it will be fun!

SueB
SueB

April 04, 2020

Beautiful card. Love the added sparkle.

Pat v
Pat v

April 04, 2020

So cool. I love it!

Marianna
Marianna

April 04, 2020

Great ink blended background, love the sparkly sun!

Shirley
Shirley

April 04, 2020

Very interesting background.

 Schmidenkiwi
Schmidenkiwi

April 04, 2020

I like your ink blending. Luckily the shark is a silhouette and not scary.

Nina S
Nina S

April 04, 2020

Love all the colors, and love the Aussie theme!

Lynn Gauthier
Lynn Gauthier

April 04, 2020

Those are interesting blending brushes that you used and your blending is amazing!!! Are the brushes easier to use than a dauber? I also love the sun with the glitter and sparkle!!!

Brenda Wetzel grubbs
Brenda Wetzel grubbs

April 04, 2020

Hanging out at home during this uncertain time, it was so refreshing to see my favorite Hero Arts pop up on my screen. Thank you all for being here, and you have my prayers for getting through this together. 💕

Shannon Howell
Shannon Howell

April 04, 2020

Hello, Jessica; thank you for sharing your card. I love, love, love the color palette, especially with the black silhouettes. And the sparkle at the bottom of the sun is great. A playful but beautiful card; nicely done!!

SarahC
SarahC

April 04, 2020

Lovely. I always like cards that “take me away” especially now.

Jackie S
Jackie S

April 04, 2020

Love this card! The ocean stencil looks beautiful.

Linda Clark
Linda Clark

April 04, 2020

I love the card, especially how you glittered up the sun (or moon). Can’t wait to see the kit!

Beverly Stradley
Beverly Stradley

April 04, 2020

very shimmery.

Kristen P
Kristen P

April 04, 2020

Thx for so nicely and easily explaining all the how to steps for stenciling & heat embossing. Can’t wait to try it! Love the Aussie theme going on here! Can’t wait to see more!

Dee Earnshaw
Dee Earnshaw

April 04, 2020

love your take on how to use the new kit – lovely card

Tammy Fredrickson
Tammy Fredrickson

April 04, 2020

Stunning!!! This is a gorgeous card. I love how vivid the colors are. I am so excited to see this card kit. It looks amazing’❤️

Dorothy Mutafopulos
Dorothy Mutafopulos

April 04, 2020

The background is so my vibrant. Love the sentiment too. I am sure this kit will be full of happiness!

Anna Rodgers
Anna Rodgers

April 04, 2020

Beautiful card, Jess! I love the attention you pay to detail in every project you do. Your explanations of where you add certain inks helps those of us who may be a bit creatively challenged 😉! I’m excited to see this kit in full!

Pamela Shea
Pamela Shea

April 04, 2020

Very colorful. Can’t wait for this interesting kit.

Susan King
Susan King

April 04, 2020

As an American I am excited for this down under MMHA kit. For all of us in the stay at home it will be like taking a virtual vacation and being able to relive it over and over!

Jeanne Beam
Jeanne Beam

April 04, 2020

What a great release! Love your card with it’s vibrant colors…
Thanks for sharing.

Felicia C
Felicia C

April 04, 2020

I just love that background stencil! Thank you for so clearly explaining the techniques you used. Stay safe all!

Judy Inukai
Judy Inukai

April 04, 2020

Looks like another awesome kit. Really looking forward to seeing the rest of the sneak peeks and the total kit.

Julia D.
Julia D.

April 04, 2020

Great card! Love silhouette stamps and can’t wait to see the rest of the kit! Thank you for the chance to win!!

Jodi Warren
Jodi Warren

April 04, 2020

Great colors and thanks for sneak peek. Can"t wait for the kit.

Brandi R
Brandi R

April 04, 2020

Love this card. Gorgeous sky ♥

Amy Wazwaz
Amy Wazwaz

April 04, 2020

This looks like a great kit this month

JoSi
JoSi

April 04, 2020

You can never have too much sparkle. Your sun is fantastic. Your scene is amazing, I am patiently waiting to get back to the beach. #stayhome #staysafe

Deborah
Deborah

April 04, 2020

Can’t wait for summer weather. This card brings happy thoughts and with all the things going on in this country right now we can all use happy thoughts and let our crafty minds do its thing

Ann Kinney
Ann Kinney

April 04, 2020

I love the pinks and turquoise colors along with the ocean theme.

JL
JL

April 04, 2020

Ohh, I think I’m gonna like this set, love the stencil!

Ruth Dupchen
Ruth Dupchen

April 04, 2020

Looking forward to getting the new kit.

Dorothy A
Dorothy A

April 04, 2020

Very cool card…I smell an ocean breeze….salt water… sandy beach. Looking forward to this….

Kris Reeves
Kris Reeves

April 04, 2020

Looks amazing!

Sandra Crepps
Sandra Crepps

April 04, 2020

I love the colors and the sentiment makes me smile!

Evelyn Larson
Evelyn Larson

April 03, 2020

Beautiful card, love the color choices. we all need a little sun shine now. I would love to be at the beach. My birthday is on the 8th.

Neha Mahajan
Neha Mahajan

April 03, 2020

Beautiful colors on this card. Very pretty.

Kellie
Kellie

April 03, 2020

As an Aussie I really enjoy the sentiment. Gday!

Lesley Broadley
Lesley Broadley

April 03, 2020

Awesome at last Aussie stamps , warm and cheerful hugs from Jerramungup, western Australia xxxxxx

Annette Bridges
Annette Bridges

April 03, 2020

Looks like a super kit!

Christine
Christine

April 03, 2020

I love the colour combinations you used for this card. Another beautiful scene by Hero Arts!

Anirudh
Anirudh

April 03, 2020

Wow! It’s so beautiful.

Ricki Gormley
Ricki Gormley

April 03, 2020

The card is great. The colors just pop.

Iris López
Iris López

April 03, 2020

I’m in love with the stencil. Beautiful colors on the card.

Nancy Tolan
Nancy Tolan

April 03, 2020

By the looks of these cards I am very excited about this months release!

Rema DeLeeuw
Rema DeLeeuw

April 03, 2020

Love the colors!

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