NOVEMBER  KIT HAS ARRIVED ☀️ Free shipping on domestic orders over $50 🎁

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!





Jessica Frost-Ballas
Jessica Frost-Ballas

Author


Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.

100 Responses

Oleta Trainer
Oleta Trainer

August 04, 2018

Love, Love, Love this month’s theme! I can’t wait to see it!

Christina Dauven
Christina Dauven

August 04, 2018

I have to drink coffee to wake up but love tea to calm down. This kit inspires the me in the morning and the me on my free calm crafter days.

Jude
Jude

August 04, 2018

I love the coffee set! So cute!

Arianna Barbara
Arianna Barbara

August 04, 2018

Lovely and yummy coffee card!!!

Evelyn Koll
Evelyn Koll

August 04, 2018

A coffee / beverage themed kit? Teatastic!! :D

Bianca Wegner
Bianca Wegner

August 04, 2018

Love the colors! This card is so simple, yet with great effect – I can smell the lattes ;-)!

Carol
Carol

August 04, 2018

Love the coffee gradient colour. Nice ‘simple’ card but very chic. And the decoration on top of the ‘coffee’. Just like a real one. Has made me want to go and get a coffee now 😊 ☕️ 👍🏻

Laura Litzinger
Laura Litzinger

August 04, 2018

Nice card.

Jo
Jo

August 04, 2018

Jess this is beautiful. I love the simplicity of it, but yet it makes a great statement. That background that you created is so warm and inviting, just a beautiful color! Definitely would love to CASE this. This is so pretty! Thanks for sharing and thanks for the chance!
Hugs,
Jo in Jersey

Aisha Roberts
Aisha Roberts

August 04, 2018

Cute card.

Darby Ragghianti
Darby Ragghianti

August 04, 2018

love the coffee color tones of browns, looking forward to what is included with these sneak peeks of kit

NCDonna
NCDonna

August 04, 2018

There’s a new kit that’s about COFFEE???? Yes, please!

MDrolette
MDrolette

August 04, 2018

Coffee theme all the way ! Can’t wait to see the whole kit and knowing I’ll love it a latte!

Edlyn
Edlyn

August 04, 2018

A coffee set! I love coffee!!! Beautiful card Jess. Love the mocha colors 😍

Cristina Wu
Cristina Wu

August 04, 2018

Very lovely card. I love coffee, tea, chocolate, you name it, so naturally will love this month’s kit.

Marja
Marja

August 04, 2018

What an elegant, stylish card ! Looking forward to seeing what is in the kit – my very first one , because I´m new to this!

Patrice Canniff
Patrice Canniff

August 04, 2018

I love Hero Arts. And the latest stamps and other products are exciting! Latte card ole’.

Cindy Holmes
Cindy Holmes

August 04, 2018

This is such a lovely card! I really love the blend of colors starting from top dark to bottom light very pretty! This stamp set is really very cool looking!!

Lisa Fragassi
Lisa Fragassi

August 04, 2018

Love the rich browns great card!

Leslie Birdsall
Leslie Birdsall

August 04, 2018

I love your card! Drinks sounds like a unique and fun theme… can’t wait to see more!

Kimberly Lee
Kimberly Lee

August 03, 2018

Love! Can’t wait to see what is in the kit

Janine Gearhart
Janine Gearhart

August 03, 2018

This is a simple, but elegant card. I really like the gradient color. This kit should be fun!

Erin
Erin

August 03, 2018

Love this!!!!

Miller Tommie
Miller Tommie

August 03, 2018

Looks like a great kit. Love this card, especially the background

CaroleRenn
CaroleRenn

August 03, 2018

Such a sweet card. Love anything coffee related. So I can tell I’m bound to love this set!

Laura Staley
Laura Staley

August 03, 2018

Looks like it’s going to be another fun kit!!! Can’t wait to see the rest of the kit! Great job on the coffee!

Lisa Held
Lisa Held

August 03, 2018

Love love love this. I see that nespresso virtuoLine capsule!! Can’t wait for this one!!!!

JmB
JmB

August 03, 2018

Coffee and tea and cocoa…oh my. Love it!

Michelle Peckham
Michelle Peckham

August 03, 2018

Oh I just love this!! Reminds me of when I lived in Abu Dhabi and had a latte everyday after my workout. There was a coffee shop on every corner!

Kim Smart
Kim Smart

August 03, 2018

Love the watercolor background and such a cute card!

Aimee Foley
Aimee Foley

August 03, 2018

So sweet

GLenda M Sultan
GLenda M Sultan

August 03, 2018

You did a great job with the liquid water colors. I like coffee so this set is perfect for me as well as many other people I know.

Penny D Walker
Penny D Walker

August 03, 2018

This is so my kind of set. Great card, love it a latte.

Barbara Oliver
Barbara Oliver

August 03, 2018

Love,love,love the sneak peak; can’t wait for the rest of the release!!

Dawn Christensen
Dawn Christensen

August 03, 2018

I’m soooo loving this kit already. Can’t wait to see more. 😍😍😍😍😍

Hannah Lampe
Hannah Lampe

August 03, 2018

Really love the awesome gradient on the card!!

Karen Lampe
Karen Lampe

August 03, 2018

Great shading on the card! Nice colors!

Ana Korban
Ana Korban

August 03, 2018

Love this card! Love coffee too!

Claudia N
Claudia N

August 03, 2018

OMG it’s beginning to look like another great kit! Beautiful card!!

Teresa Burnett
Teresa Burnett

August 03, 2018

I want, I want, I want…a little coffee crazy over here☕

Teresa Burnett
Teresa Burnett

August 03, 2018

I want, I want, I want…a little coffee crazy over here☕

Amy Vitriani
Amy Vitriani

August 03, 2018

Such a cute card! I love the lattes ❤️

Christy Malone
Christy Malone

August 03, 2018

This looks fun! I love coffee so I bet this kit is right up my alley. :)

Peg
Peg

August 03, 2018

What a clever card.. This is going to be a wonderful kit!

Glenna Raidt
Glenna Raidt

August 03, 2018

Such great colors and peaceful card. Just love it

Sherry Olson
Sherry Olson

August 03, 2018

I think I know lots of coffee lovers

BERNIE MARES
BERNIE MARES

August 03, 2018

I love making pocketletters with coffee images.. This Kit will be perfect for that.. I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

Tanya Suresh
Tanya Suresh

August 03, 2018

Perfect warn color for the lattes! The embossing is elegant looking as well – awesome!

Julie W
Julie W

August 03, 2018

Such awesome kits every month. Hero Arts never disappoints! Can’t wait to see more

Lynda
Lynda

August 03, 2018

Love the ombre background.

Carol Tidrow
Carol Tidrow

August 03, 2018

I love the chocolate watercolor you did.

Lindsay S
Lindsay S

August 03, 2018

I already love it a latte!

Kendra
Kendra

August 03, 2018

Little lattes!! Adorable! What a great card. I can’t wait to see this kit.

Jacquelyn Harmon
Jacquelyn Harmon

August 03, 2018

So excited to see the entire kit. Being a coffee-holic, I’m thrilled!

Sopofran
Sopofran

August 03, 2018

Love it!

Samantha  Coleman
Samantha Coleman

August 03, 2018

Oh that looks great! I can’t wait to see what else Hero Arts has in store for us this month.

Susan Nichols
Susan Nichols

August 03, 2018

Cute! I’m always amazed when the barista serves up a work of art!

littlen
littlen

August 03, 2018

Looks like an interesting set this month. Anxious to see the rest.

Diana W
Diana W

August 03, 2018

Very simple card with a beautiful look! Looking forward to this set!!

Nichole
Nichole

August 03, 2018

Ok – now this kit is going to be amazing! Who wouldn’t love to get such a cute coffee themed card?!?

Dawn Sullivan
Dawn Sullivan

August 03, 2018

Lovely card! ☕

Beth
Beth

August 03, 2018

Having a cuppa right now. Can’t wait for this kit to be available!

Diane Shaw
Diane Shaw

August 03, 2018

I want coffee after seeing this fab card.

Chrissy E
Chrissy E

August 03, 2018

Oh my! This is sure to be an awesome kit! Love this teaser card!

Steffani Mcmains
Steffani Mcmains

August 03, 2018

Lovely card!

Susan
Susan

August 03, 2018

Some fabulous beverage looks!

Hayley Turner
Hayley Turner

August 03, 2018

I really love how you created the ombré effect with the liquid watercolors. I must try this.

Marjorie
Marjorie

August 03, 2018

I love the card and I know the kit is going to be amazing.

Phyllis Dunn
Phyllis Dunn

August 03, 2018

Really cute card! I’m excited about this kit. I’m pretty sure I need to have it!

Carol L.
Carol L.

August 03, 2018

I keep forgetting what a great effect white heat embossing is on darker backgrounds!

Karen Hale
Karen Hale

August 03, 2018

Lovely card…looks like a coffee kit is about to arrive!!

Aash
Aash

August 03, 2018

Love coffee, and so do many of my friends! Can’t wait to see the kit.

Diane
Diane

August 03, 2018

What a great concept. I love the perspective of this card. Nice job, Jess!

_chevron2
_chevron2

August 03, 2018

Such fun!! I need to win ths set:)

Joella Whitley
Joella Whitley

August 03, 2018

Oh, my! This is dangerous for me!!! ;) I love lattes/coffe/tea!! I’m anxious to see the set!

Tami Barnes
Tami Barnes

August 03, 2018

Really cute card! I sure do love my coffee! I cant wait ot see the whole set.

Cha Lion
Cha Lion

August 03, 2018

I’m gonna love this kit! Thanks!

Karthikha Uday
Karthikha Uday

August 03, 2018

Soft coffee card! :) Love it!

Joy Smith
Joy Smith

August 03, 2018

Such beautiful color…….great for a fall card. Looking forward to more items from the monthly kit. I am new to membership, love last month’s kit (my first). So enjoying making cards with it and the cards others have made are great inspiration. Thanks for quality products.

Di Brown
Di Brown

August 03, 2018

Fantastic card, great for any occasion, looking forward to seeing what else is coming. Love the colours and the watercolours.

Di Brown
Di Brown

August 03, 2018

Fantastic card, great for any occasion, looking forward to seeing what else is coming. Love the colours and the watercolours.

Sue D
Sue D

August 03, 2018

Wonderful—love the ombre wash background.

Mary M
Mary M

August 03, 2018

Obsessed with coffee sets….might have to get this one.

Frances
Frances

August 03, 2018

Such beautiful ombre! I can’t wait to see how this kit will complement a few of your older sets. Coffee=LOVE!

Sue Ritchie
Sue Ritchie

August 03, 2018

Cute.

Debbie McKelvey
Debbie McKelvey

August 03, 2018

Wow I love how simple but elegant your card looks. Who doesn’t love Lattes?! LOL

Dgolly
Dgolly

August 03, 2018

OOOOH Looking great so far. Can’t wait to see more!

Erika Rusch
Erika Rusch

August 03, 2018

Given that I am from the land of Starbucks, I am very excited about this kit!

Pamela Mowry
Pamela Mowry

August 03, 2018

Looking forward to seeing more sneak peeks.

Beth Merrill
Beth Merrill

August 03, 2018

This looks like another winning kit from Hero Arts! Can’t wait to see more inspiration!

Jessica Williams
Jessica Williams

August 03, 2018

Such a lovely background you’ve made. I love the sentiment! Super excited for all of the sneak peeks of this kit.

anna cullen
anna cullen

August 03, 2018

OMG!! I love it already. I don’t have any of the beverage stamps, so I’m so excited for this release. And my first monthly kit too!!

Katie
Katie

August 03, 2018

Looks amazing

MELANIE
MELANIE

August 03, 2018

Looking forward to seeing more because Hero Arts has spectacular kits and I’m always amazed at what ideas they’ve put together.

Beth Canary-Lee
Beth Canary-Lee

August 03, 2018

Can’t wait to see the whole kit!! First peak is great.

Angie Hall
Angie Hall

August 03, 2018

What a cute card. I’m a coffee fend so it really appeals to me.

Kathy W
Kathy W

August 03, 2018

I know just the person who would love a kit that revolves around coffee.

Rose Mary Smalley
Rose Mary Smalley

August 03, 2018

I love sneak peaks…..Can’t wait to see the full reveal….Ok…I want to Win!!! …Just like everyone else…LOL…
Thanks for offering a great prize…..

MS CAROLINE LIVERMORE
MS CAROLINE LIVERMORE

August 03, 2018

Adorable card!

Rebecca Attwood
Rebecca Attwood

August 03, 2018

Such a gorgeous card. Looking forward to seeing more of this kit.