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August My Monthly Hero Countdown: Idea #1 + Giveaway!

by Jessica Frost-Ballas August 03, 2018 521 Comments

Hello and welcome as we begin the countdown to the release of the August My Monthly Hero Kit! Release day is Monday, August 6th at 1pm Eastern/10 am Pacific. We will be here for the next three days, sharing ideas for using both the main kit, as well as the new optional add-on products that will also be available on Monday. Stay tuned for more inspiration all weekend long! Now let's join Jess for a first look at this pretty coffee and tea inspired kit.

Good morning! I am SO excited about August's fabulous kit! I love it and I'm sure you will, too!! ;) 

There are tons of coffee, tea, and beverage-inspired drinks in this set but I decided to focus on my favorite, lattes! To start I used our new Cocoa Liquid Watercolor that is an add-on to this month's kit and watercolored an ombre wash for my background. I wet my watercolor paper with clean water and then added the liquid watercolor to the top of the panel with a flat brush. I used a clean damp brush to pull the color down the panel letting it fade to white at the bottom. I let it dry and then trimmed the panel down to 4 1/4" by 5 1/2".

Next I stamped the cup and saucer images from the kit onto my panel and heat-embossed them with white embossing powder. I used more of the new Cocoa Liquid Watercolor with our current Artprint Brown Liquid Watercolor to paint the coffee inside each cup. Once it was dry I stamped the latte art images onto the coffee and heat-embossed it with White Puff embossing powder that's included in the kit. It's hard to see in the photo but the embossing powder puffs up as it heats to create a realistic textured dimensional look for the latte art!

Finally I stamped the sentiment from the kit and heat-embossed it with brass embossing powder. Then I stamped the heart from the kit with Red Royal ink and colored it with a coordinating Copic marker. Then I added a layer of lacquer to the heart for a little extra shine!

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, August 6th, before the kit launches at 1pm Eastern. The more you comment, the more chances to win! 

Have a wonderful day and good luck!





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Didi Leonard
Didi Leonard

August 14, 2018

Jess, this is a beautiful card, wow! Just love the detail yet simple elegance of this. Your instructions were much appreciated as well :-)

pam edwards
pam edwards

August 11, 2018

This is a great card. The coffee craze.

Chana
Chana

August 10, 2018

I am drinking tea. Why do I have such a strong urge to pour it out and get a cup of coffee? Great design nicely executed and presented!
Hugz!

Michele  M.
Michele M.

August 08, 2018

As a coffee lover, I love this new kit! May the “random queen” pick me. Lol

Tammy
Tammy

August 06, 2018

sweet and simple

MS CAROLINE LIVERMORE
MS CAROLINE LIVERMORE

August 06, 2018

Love this kit!

Tracy B
Tracy B

August 06, 2018

I’m a huge coffee fan & the latte designs are great! Love the ombre you did on your card, so coffee-ish!

Erin
Erin

August 06, 2018

Love this new kit!

Rod Mongenel
Rod Mongenel

August 06, 2018

This is Awesome!

Carol Maynard
Carol Maynard

August 06, 2018

I LOVE this card…. great job on the ombre look!

Marlene Turbett
Marlene Turbett

August 06, 2018

I need this kit! Love it a latte!

Kelly Jo
Kelly Jo

August 06, 2018

Beautiful card. I love how you created the background and the latte foam.

Jane Mcbee
Jane Mcbee

August 06, 2018

I am a big coffee fan as well, great effect of the designs in the cups.

IRENE PAGE
IRENE PAGE

August 06, 2018

I am looking forward to the August kit. I really enjoyed the hints provided so far— two beautiful cards and the puff up embossing powder.

Kathy
Kathy

August 06, 2018

Its a wonderfull idea

Iris
Iris

August 06, 2018

This is stunning! Adore the latte art stamps!

Purvi
Purvi

August 06, 2018

Such a wonderful combination of background coloring and stamped images. It is like latte on the paper…thanks for sharing!

Diane Rizak
Diane Rizak

August 06, 2018

I think I’m gonna have to get some of that liquid watercolor. Your background is so rich and beautiful! Also really like that overhead view of the coffee cups!

Anna Ridderstrand
Anna Ridderstrand

August 06, 2018

Looks like a yummy cup of coffee! The color in the background is lovely done!

JoAnn Barragan
JoAnn Barragan

August 06, 2018

Beautiful watercolor ombré background, Can’t wait to try this!

JoAnn Barragan
JoAnn Barragan

August 06, 2018

I like the top-down view of the coffee cup. A great new perspective on the coffee mug. Wonderful idea to focus on decorative foam and give this dimension.

Laurie M
Laurie M

August 06, 2018

Beautiful card.Colors are fantastic. Must have this months kit as I’m a coffee addict!

Lisa Peters
Lisa Peters

August 06, 2018

I LOVE ombre!!—- and you handled it to great effect!! It took me a second to understand the images, but i guess i just need some caffeine myself! Lol
Lovely idea and inspiration!

Dana M
Dana M

August 06, 2018

Fantastic CAS card! Love the colors, so rich. Beautiful design.

Kate B
Kate B

August 05, 2018

Love the ombre background you watercolored! I haven’t tried any of the Hero Arts liquid watercolors yet, but seeing the soft effect you got definitely makes me even more interested!

Lisa A creations
Lisa A creations

August 05, 2018

Cute card! ☕

Golda
Golda

August 05, 2018

This is beautiful. Hmmm, coffee and tea inspired images, this sounds intriguing.

Ashley Shaffer
Ashley Shaffer

August 05, 2018

the depth and richness of the color you have on this card is amazing! i am going to have to get those brown paints i love them

Eve
Eve

August 05, 2018

I love coffee. I COLLECT coffee themed stamps. This kit will be soo good to my collection! ;)

Carol Kelley
Carol Kelley

August 05, 2018

The cocoa liquid watercolor is awesome. I want to get some of that and the puff embossing powder. I must have been living under a rock. Didn’t know it existed. Perfect for “cream”.

Julie Wexler
Julie Wexler

August 05, 2018

I love the latte ombre wash and can’t wait to play with the liquid watercolor and puff embossing powder in this set! Fun!

Beverly Jordan
Beverly Jordan

August 05, 2018

This new puffy embossing powder is a must have for all of us coffee affectionierers!! Gotta Love HA for their fab ep!! Love and own the bronze one you used and especially loved it on your card with the bg colors!!

Lynnea Hollendonner
Lynnea Hollendonner

August 05, 2018

I’m OBSESSED with this background! It is absolutely FLAWLESS! The gradient of color is amazing!

Sheanna Nesseralla
Sheanna Nesseralla

August 05, 2018

Beautiful card, cant wait!!

Kathy McCartney
Kathy McCartney

August 05, 2018

cute

Maria Elena Castilla
Maria Elena Castilla

August 05, 2018

Gotta love your ombre background. You are the queen of these things Jessica. Great watercolor tecnique it is mastered to perfection! Lovely card

Terry Ladwig
Terry Ladwig

August 05, 2018

Loving this! Hope to be able to snag one of the kits!

Betsy L
Betsy L

August 05, 2018

Love the new kit! The ink blending is so lovely on this card!

Tonya
Tonya

August 05, 2018

Wonderful use of watercolors, beautiful card!

Dawn Fields
Dawn Fields

August 05, 2018

Jess, this card is super adorbs! I love the latte art images.

Sherri Lang
Sherri Lang

August 05, 2018

Wow! Cocoa liquid watercolor…awesome. Also love that blending. Very cute card.

Neshia W
Neshia W

August 05, 2018

Getting excited about this month’s kit.

Neshia W
Neshia W

August 05, 2018

Getting excited about this month’s kit.

Cathy Jordison
Cathy Jordison

August 05, 2018

Love your card and the angle from which it shows the top of the cup with the design. I’ll have to make sure and add the ink on with my kit. Thank you for your sharing your time and talents 🌞

Joy Revert
Joy Revert

August 05, 2018

I love this. TFS

Lisa Woodburn
Lisa Woodburn

August 05, 2018

Really cute design – love the ombre effect

Vikki Hein
Vikki Hein

August 05, 2018

Darling and the watercolors are lovely

eileen bochsler
eileen bochsler

August 05, 2018

I’m from the Pacific NW where we just love our coffee… this is such a sweet card that was posted today.

Christine
Christine

August 05, 2018

Very simple and sweet!

Elaine Wood
Elaine Wood

August 05, 2018

loveing this im a real coffee addict can’t wait for this to release

Marsha Segard
Marsha Segard

August 05, 2018

This would also make a great hot chocolate card and I love the idea of brass!

Cheyenne Feece
Cheyenne Feece

August 05, 2018

Such a nice clean and simple card. I love the latte art!

Zehra
Zehra

August 05, 2018

Sweet card.

Roberta Crowley
Roberta Crowley

August 05, 2018

Awesome ombre

Beverly Perdue
Beverly Perdue

August 05, 2018

Amazing card — love the latte!

Maryann
Maryann

August 05, 2018

Looking forward to trying the new liquid watercolor. Artprint Brown Inkpad is one of my all-time favorites.

BRENDA C WILKINSON
BRENDA C WILKINSON

August 05, 2018

What a perfect latte image, oh my gosh I love it! Beautiful ombre background you made.

Melanie Parnell
Melanie Parnell

August 05, 2018

Wow! So pretty. Thank you for the inspiration.

Sarah Mix
Sarah Mix

August 05, 2018

Those little coffee cups are darling. Looks like a great kit!

DUMONTIER Marjorie
DUMONTIER Marjorie

August 05, 2018

That’s a cool design !!

Sam Burnett
Sam Burnett

August 05, 2018

Looks like this is going to be another fun kit! Can’t wait to see more sneak peeks!

Jewel Allen
Jewel Allen

August 05, 2018

Oooo pretty ombré ☕️

Pamela Toriello
Pamela Toriello

August 05, 2018

sweet and simple… and LOVE the Cocoa Liquid Watercolor!

Joanne
Joanne

August 05, 2018

Wow! Looks like an exciting kit!!!

Laurie Schlichter
Laurie Schlichter

August 05, 2018

I must experiment with that cocoa liquid watercolor!!

Sylvia Vicari
Sylvia Vicari

August 05, 2018

Nice

Melisse McF
Melisse McF

August 05, 2018

I’ve been traveling which means I’ve been buying at coffee houses instead of making lattes at home – the coffee art stamps will undoubtedly be my favorite of the kit!

RuthJ
RuthJ

August 05, 2018

Love the rich coffee fade…..hum…. could also be chocolate or gingerbread!

Debbie Winkler
Debbie Winkler

August 05, 2018

Very excited about the new release. Your card is beautiful.

Veronica Barba
Veronica Barba

August 05, 2018

Love the ombré colors!

Lori D
Lori D

August 05, 2018

Oooh, I can hardly wait for this one! Love it!

Denise Bryant
Denise Bryant

August 05, 2018

Gorgeous ombre background and design! Love the coffee stamps! Pretty card!

Heidi Macy
Heidi Macy

August 05, 2018

Oh how exciting! This is going to sell out right away!

Cynthia
Cynthia

August 05, 2018

Great CAS design. Looking forward to the full release!

kathleen dumpert
kathleen dumpert

August 05, 2018

I have a friend that loves coffee stamps so I am looking forward to seeing more!

Sally
Sally

August 05, 2018

Oh my goodness, this is a great kit. Would love to order one.

Marilyn Massey
Marilyn Massey

August 05, 2018

Love how you achieved the gradual color change to white in the background! This really draws one’s eyes to the sentiment!

Keely Forrest
Keely Forrest

August 05, 2018

Beautiful, simple, lovely card!

Michelle Thompson
Michelle Thompson

August 05, 2018

I like the brown watercolor combination. Thanks!

Jenna Batik
Jenna Batik

August 05, 2018

I just love this cocoa liquid watercolor. So beautiful. It looks so smooth. Great start to the kit preview.

Jean Marmo
Jean Marmo

August 05, 2018

This is just so cool!

Rachelle Oltean
Rachelle Oltean

August 05, 2018

The pattern created in the froth is awesome!

Lytona K
Lytona K

August 05, 2018

Cute card.

SueRho
SueRho

August 05, 2018

Simple! Clean! I love it!!

Bonita M
Bonita M

August 05, 2018

I love the ombré look….so pretty!

D.Ann C
D.Ann C

August 05, 2018

Love the soft background and the heart latte!

Laurie VanDerLinden
Laurie VanDerLinden

August 05, 2018

Cute card – I’m excited to see the whole kit!

BeverlyBL
BeverlyBL

August 05, 2018

Love those little art drawings for the lattes. Cute touch.

Sharon Dolan
Sharon Dolan

August 05, 2018

Love that you are looking down INTO the coffee cup!

Mandy
Mandy

August 05, 2018

Nothing better then a latte with a good friend, receiving a card as beautiful as this would be the cream on top!

Mandy
Mandy

August 05, 2018

Nothing better then a latte with a good friend, receiving a card as beautiful as this would be the cream on top!

Melissa
Melissa

August 05, 2018

I am lying in bed very early on a Sunday morning contemplating a Starbucks run while perusing instagram. Was so excited to see what kit was going to be. I think the universe is telling me to get up and get some coffee and a kit!

Melissa
Melissa

August 05, 2018

I am lying in bed very early on a Sunday morning contemplating a Starbucks run while perusing instagram. Was so excited to see what kit was going to be. I think the universe is telling me to get up and get some coffee!

Kathie Krawczyk
Kathie Krawczyk

August 05, 2018

This stamp set is so different from the other coffee and tea themed sets. I just love it!

Donna U
Donna U

August 05, 2018

Such fun!

Kim E. Sharabba
Kim E. Sharabba

August 05, 2018

Can’t wait to gt the new watercolor! And I LOVE coffee.

Colleen Howell
Colleen Howell

August 05, 2018

Love any kind of coffee card and the stamps too

Kay Spangler
Kay Spangler

August 05, 2018

Can’t wait to see if I can do this!

Jessica Lyczynski
Jessica Lyczynski

August 05, 2018

Beautiful as usual Jess! Can’t wait to see the whole kit!

Melissa Barber
Melissa Barber

August 05, 2018

That cocoa liquid water color is divine

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