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

Jul 30, 2018 Jessica Frost-Ballas

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!

521 Responses

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!

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