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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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Lisa Says
Lisa Says

August 05, 2018

I love the sweet and hot look you got with these tones of watercolor ! I can smell the delicious latte from here! :))

Michele Hogarth
Michele Hogarth

August 05, 2018

Very pretty thanks for sharing, can’t wait to see the rest of the kit.

Emily Henry
Emily Henry

August 05, 2018

This is a different look. I have no stamps like this.

Robin
Robin

August 05, 2018

Such a warm and inviting card.

Tina schmidt
Tina schmidt

August 05, 2018

Wow, love this kit. Love Coffee

Suzanne kanyavong
Suzanne kanyavong

August 05, 2018

Love the card. Reminds me of my latte

Terrie D.
Terrie D.

August 05, 2018

What a beautiful card! I love the embossed latte art images :)

Kathy Esquerra
Kathy Esquerra

August 05, 2018

Love it, I’m not a coffee drinker but it’s ok because I don’t make cards for myself, and everyone else pretty much loves the yucky stuff.

Lorraine Way
Lorraine Way

August 05, 2018

Love coffee so love cards about coffee.

Jessica
Jessica

August 05, 2018

I’m do excited that this months kit is coffee and tea themed!!!! Can’t wait to see it all.

Charlotte Delay
Charlotte Delay

August 05, 2018

Love the look you got with the cocoa liquid watercolor!

Rosemary Partridge
Rosemary Partridge

August 05, 2018

Love this kit!

Bianca Prato
Bianca Prato

August 05, 2018

That background is beautiful!

Tracey Workman
Tracey Workman

August 05, 2018

I am soooo stoked about a coffee and beverage themed kit!!! I can’t wait to see more!!

Deborahs
Deborahs

August 05, 2018

I love coffee ☕️

Anna Ekman
Anna Ekman

August 05, 2018

I love that card. The washed background is really great.

Jean McCurry
Jean McCurry

August 05, 2018

Love the water color technique. Thanks for sharing

Kimmy Jaster
Kimmy Jaster

August 05, 2018

Super cute!!

Denise
Denise

August 05, 2018

Beautiful kit, looking forward to the release.

Carrie Kessler
Carrie Kessler

August 05, 2018

Ooooo coffee ! Very simple yet elegant.

Julie
Julie

August 05, 2018

Lots of coffee lovers in my life. So lovely!

Leanne in Cali
Leanne in Cali

August 05, 2018

This is too cute, and I love that brass color embossing! Thanks for sharing with us!!

Maegan Hendricks
Maegan Hendricks

August 05, 2018

I live coffee stamp sets so much!

Kimberly Christy
Kimberly Christy

August 05, 2018

Coffee art! Love it!

Kimberly Christy
Kimberly Christy

August 05, 2018

Coffee art! Love it.

Dianne S.
Dianne S.

August 05, 2018

So cute! Love the coffee cups and was looking for a similar sentiment stamp! Can’t wait to see the rest of the kit!

Lu
Lu

August 04, 2018

Can’t wait for this kit… Can’t get enough java!

karenladd
karenladd

August 04, 2018

Well I’m always up for coffee, and this card is a real beauty. I love the white heat embossing and all that yummy cocoa watercoloring!!

Laura
Laura

August 04, 2018

Love the fun latte designs!

Ada Ruiz
Ada Ruiz

August 04, 2018

Can’t wait to try this watercolors

Michelle Montemurro
Michelle Montemurro

August 04, 2018

Oh my coffee and I love it! So cute

Kristina Hein
Kristina Hein

August 04, 2018

This is going to be awesome!

Leanne Evans
Leanne Evans

August 05, 2018

Can’t wait to try this kit!

JillT
JillT

August 05, 2018

I can’t wait for this reveal!

Shannon
Shannon

August 05, 2018

Lovely!

Karen
Karen

August 04, 2018

So clean and beautiful card!

Melinda Brein
Melinda Brein

August 04, 2018

This is such a yummy card!!! Love it!

Viv
Viv

August 04, 2018

Ooh La Latte- love it ☕️

Lagene
Lagene

August 04, 2018

The Cocoa Liquid Watercolor is the perfect color for these 2 cups of joe!

SarahC
SarahC

August 04, 2018

Nice simple card that will easily go thru the mail. Love the ombré background.

KarenAnn
KarenAnn

August 04, 2018

Makes me want to see more of this kit!

Geri S
Geri S

August 04, 2018

Oooo coffee! Looks like another great kit to get!

Karen L K
Karen L K

August 04, 2018

Say no more.. I see coffee and I’m in. Nice background for those two coffees!

Angela Myhre
Angela Myhre

August 04, 2018

I love this card! So looking forward to the kit ❤️

tanya Perrin
tanya Perrin

August 04, 2018

What a nice preview of the new kit! I can’t wait to see all the stamps. I am very curious to try the white puffy embossing power.

KAREN CHESTER
KAREN CHESTER

August 04, 2018

I always wondered how the “barriesta” put that design into the latte. do you think they used Hero Arts? one can never tell. I can’t wait to get my kit. This card knocks my socks off.

Suzi Metcalfe
Suzi Metcalfe

August 04, 2018

That is a perfect Ombre effect and very definitely latte color. Love it!

Marisela Delgado
Marisela Delgado

August 04, 2018

I love how soft your colors are. So pretty.

Sara Jara
Sara Jara

August 04, 2018

Adorable, I love it 💖💖

diana @ playing
diana @ playing

August 04, 2018

I’m excited about this set. Been a long time since I’ve been feeling this good about the kit on day 1

Heidi H
Heidi H

August 04, 2018

Beautiful card! Love the gradient of watercolor!

Dana W
Dana W

August 04, 2018

Fabulous card!! This is going to be an awesome kit!!

Sharon Howell
Sharon Howell

August 04, 2018

This kit is right up my alley…I seldom start the day without my cup of coffee! I’m hoping to be able to accomplish some watercolor techniques, which I find somewhat difficult. I have enjoyed all of the kits I’ve gotten since I joined. This will be no exception!

Linda Slack
Linda Slack

August 04, 2018

Love the different browns on this card. Simple & very pretty.

Kathy Straw
Kathy Straw

August 04, 2018

I love inspired sets, so I can’t wait to see the full reveal

Henriëtte
Henriëtte

August 04, 2018

Great card Jess, I love the colours and I love my coffee, so I love to see more of this monthly kit!

Mary Holshouser
Mary Holshouser

August 04, 2018

Love the idea of looking into the cup.
Fantastic card. thanks for sharing
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Janis Bigelow
Janis Bigelow

August 04, 2018

Looks just like latte from Starbucks!

Starqueen
Starqueen

August 04, 2018

Hi Jess,
Your card is so warm and cheery…I would latte-love to receive a greeting like this!😻

Stacey Kowbel
Stacey Kowbel

August 04, 2018

Oooooh, fabulous adds! I love this peek, can’t wait to see the rest!

Julia L
Julia L

August 04, 2018

Love a great sneak peak! The card is beautiful and I love the ombré watercolor look.

Jana Yeager
Jana Yeager

August 04, 2018

very nice card.

Rita Childs
Rita Childs

August 04, 2018

Love this and I’m going to have to try it.

Michelle Hackett
Michelle Hackett

August 04, 2018

I see a latte set in my future. This is so cute. I can’t wait to see more.

JoAnn Ferguson
JoAnn Ferguson

August 04, 2018

I am loving the background! So looking forward to seeing the entire kit.

Kimberly Dedloff
Kimberly Dedloff

August 04, 2018

I am so excited for this kit! I looooove coffee and tea images! All my thank you cards for my wedding (July 21) are coffee themed and HANDMADE by myself. This is going to be a great kit. Way to go Hero Arts!!

JoAnn Ferguson
JoAnn Ferguson

August 04, 2018

I am loving the background! So looking forward to seeing the entire kit.

Jaclyn W
Jaclyn W

August 04, 2018

I love the ombré effect with the watercolor. Very creative and I am really interested to see how that puffy embossing looks in person! Simple yet interesting card.

Kerry Urbatch
Kerry Urbatch

August 04, 2018

Oh man. You got me! This set is a must have for me and my coffee/tea loving heart!

Karen L Hetherington
Karen L Hetherington

August 04, 2018

A lovely card. The cocoa water color looks amazing.

TARA REX
TARA REX

August 04, 2018

Anything caffeinated is my friend! 😉 love!

Vickie Lynn Hawk
Vickie Lynn Hawk

August 04, 2018

Two little cups of latte says it all love the colors so nice

Cheri
Cheri

August 04, 2018

Wow – love the card, and it looks like another GREAT Kit on the way! Very exciting……can’t wait!!

Sharon
Sharon

August 04, 2018

Great change in perspective!

Sherry Lee
Sherry Lee

August 04, 2018

Love that ombre background!! I am looking forward to the coffee theme!

Jacklyn Price
Jacklyn Price

August 04, 2018

What a fabulous card! I love the ombre background you created. It gives such a relaxing and calming feel to the card. I’m excited for the coffee/tea theme of the kit. It’s perfect for the “just becsuse” cards and for the coffee/tea drinkers in my lìfe. I can’t wait to see what else is in the kit!!

Sandy Small
Sandy Small

August 04, 2018

I love the smooth blend! Yummy!

JanetB
JanetB

August 04, 2018

What a beautiful ombre background you created for those cute coffee cups!

Lori Poffenroth
Lori Poffenroth

August 04, 2018

I love the ombré effect on your cute coffee card. This kit looks to be a fun one!

Brooke Shull
Brooke Shull

August 04, 2018

I live the rich color of this cards, and I can’t wait for the kit.

Bonnie Darroch-Dean
Bonnie Darroch-Dean

August 04, 2018

Very simple and elegant! Can’t wait to see the whole kit!

VickiBlair
VickiBlair

August 04, 2018

Water color huh. That will be fun to play with. Your card is so cute. I reallly like 1layer cards. And yours is beautiful.

Robin Pyers
Robin Pyers

August 04, 2018

Very cute and creative card!

Janet
Janet

August 04, 2018

Coffee and tea. It gets no better than coffee, tea, and craft time. I love the watercolor technique. It’s beautifully done.

Sharron Gregory
Sharron Gregory

August 04, 2018

Sitting here with my morning coffee and dreaming of all the fabulous things I could create with this new kit! Your watercoloring looks amazing!

Ann K.
Ann K.

August 04, 2018

Very cute — can’t wait to see the new kit!

Rebecca Kenny
Rebecca Kenny

August 04, 2018

Lovely

Nancy Osborn
Nancy Osborn

August 04, 2018

So super cute!! Love the inside design work in the cup on the coffee! And the watercolored background panel is perfect! TFS! :)

Kelsey Thomas
Kelsey Thomas

August 04, 2018

So excited that there is a coffee-themed kit! :)

Lynn Wallick
Lynn Wallick

August 04, 2018

Marvelous theme!

Reva
Reva

August 04, 2018

What fun

Reva
Reva

August 04, 2018

This looks like it will be a fun kit to use thank you,

Shweta Suri
Shweta Suri

August 04, 2018

Its going to be so much fun having my coffee with the Coffee Kit indeed. I love this Cafe Coffee theme. Perfectccuino ;)

Shweta Suri
Shweta Suri

August 04, 2018

Its going to be so much fun having my coffee with the Coffee Kit indeed. I love this Cafe Coffee theme. Perfectccuino ;)

MandaLJ
MandaLJ

August 04, 2018

What a fabulous card! Perfect for all the coffee lovers in my life, which is practically everyone!

Helen Gullett
Helen Gullett

August 04, 2018

This August Kit caught my attention with this sweet coffee card! I love it a latte for sure!!!

Sandy
Sandy

August 04, 2018

What an amazing set, I’m so excited about the coffee theme!

Bo
Bo

August 04, 2018

Can just smell the coffee now. Love the smell of fresh brewing coffee! Yum!

(wasn’t sure if my comment went thru the first time, don’t see it published yet-got a call just as I hit the post comment button the other day-please delete if in the cue, thx.)

KathyP
KathyP

August 04, 2018

This is a kit that has my heart!

Mindy Drummond
Mindy Drummond

August 04, 2018

Jessica you had me at “There are tons of coffee, tea, and beverage-inspired drinks in this set”, that just sends my mind reeling with warm fall feelings LOL. Did I just hear someone mention “pumpkin spice…..everything” hehe. Your card is awesome, the colors are perfect! Now I’m off to get a latte while I wait to see the rest of this release :)