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August My Monthly Hero Countdown: Idea #1 + Giveaway

by Jessica Frost-Ballas August 02, 2019 420 Comments

Hello! Today we are excited to kick off the countdown to the release of the August My Monthly Hero Kit! Release day is Monday, August 5th at 1pm Eastern/10 am Pacific. We will be here all weekend, sharing inspiration before the launch. Now let's join Jess for the first look at this fabulous kit!

I can honestly say that when I saw the August kit I let out a little squeal in my craft room! I am 100% nerd and love all things magical and fantastical...and this kit is TOTALLY up my alley! Today I'm sharing a slimline card with a whimsical fairytale feel!

Isn't that castle fun?! It's a Paper Layering die included with the kit so I started by die-cutting it with a 3.5" by 8" panel of Hero Hues Dove White Cardstock. Then I used Copic markers to add shading to the castle and surrounding mountains. Once I was done coloring I carefully masked off the castle with Post-it notes and added a blended sky. I used Fresh Peach, Pale Tomato, Ultra Pink, Passion Flower, and Cornflower inks and blending brushes to create my sky.

Next I decided to try something new and I stamped the sentiment, wizard, and dragon with Versafine ink and heat-embossed them with White Satin Pearl Embossing Powder. The combination created a pearlescent steely-gray outline that was EXACTLY what I was going for! I colored the wizard and dragon with Copic markers and then die-cut them with the coordinating die. I adhered them to my scene and added a tiny bit of Crystal Clear Lacquer to the dragon's flames to finish the card! And now I feel like dragging out my old Disney princess movies... ;) 

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, August 5th, before the kit launches at 10am Pacific. The more you comment, the more chances to win!

Good luck!





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100 Responses

Wendy Gervais
Wendy Gervais

August 03, 2019

Can’t wait to get this kit and your background is sooooo dreamy!

Cassie
Cassie

August 03, 2019

I am 100% a nerd with you, I am super excited for this stamp set. Anything fantastical and magical I’m so ready to get my hands on. I can tell I’m probably going to have to get all the add ons if they carry the same theme!

Karen Chester
Karen Chester

August 03, 2019

What a sweet card. What other wonders of magic will we be treated too? I can’t wait.

Jacci winfield
Jacci winfield

August 03, 2019

Love anything that takes you to the time of Merlin and King Arthur. Can’t wait

ROSALIE JOHNSON
ROSALIE JOHNSON

August 03, 2019

How adorable – reminds me of Harry Potter series!!

Kati C
Kati C

August 03, 2019

I love that you made this an 8" landscape card. It is perfect for this scene. Wizards, dragons and castles!!! OMGoodness!!! I love the colors you used for the sky — it lends even more of a fairytale feel to this card. Great job!!! Can’t wait to see the whole kit!!!

Kimberly Dorval
Kimberly Dorval

August 03, 2019

I LOVE it! I absolutely adore dragons.

Martha Coronado
Martha Coronado

August 03, 2019

Beautiful work. Love the blending.

Diana Metts
Diana Metts

August 03, 2019

Fellow nerd here. I am so excited for this kit! Gorgeous card.

Sladjana Perisic
Sladjana Perisic

August 03, 2019

What a gorgeous card, it’s a perfect choice to create a slimline card for this scene!

Mindy Beverly
Mindy Beverly

August 03, 2019

Such a Gorgeous card! I just Love this magical kit so far!

Louise Horner
Louise Horner

August 03, 2019

Let the magic begin! Can’t wait to play with castle ideas!

Anne-Laure Barabé
Anne-Laure Barabé

August 03, 2019

WoW ! I think I already love the kit theme. Jessica, your card is beautiful ! I love the atmosphere and the colors. <3

Robin P
Robin P

August 03, 2019

Super cute. I love the colors. Thanks for sharing.

Jessica
Jessica

August 03, 2019

I love this card and I’m super excited to see the full kit. It looks amazing!

Gina McCarty
Gina McCarty

August 03, 2019

Love your magical card!

Renee Heib
Renee Heib

August 03, 2019

So magical! Nice!

sandra k
sandra k

August 03, 2019

I LOVE all things magical and I love this card

sandra krouse
sandra krouse

August 03, 2019

I LOVE all things magic and this card is beautiful!!

sandra krouse
sandra krouse

August 03, 2019

I LOVE all things magic and this card is beautiful!!

Carole Renneker
Carole Renneker

August 03, 2019

Great card Jess. Castles, Dragons, and Wizards and the land of magic. I can hardly wait to play.

Marty Harris
Marty Harris

August 03, 2019

Great card! Such beautiful coloring and I love your choice of colors.

Laurie Schlichter
Laurie Schlichter

August 03, 2019

The castle almost looks heavenly. The card definitely has a magical quality.

Patricia Wilson
Patricia Wilson

August 03, 2019

I love your fantasy card as would any child that received it. Thanks for sharing your techniques with us. I want to be able to do those skies when I grow up.

Patricia Haff
Patricia Haff

August 03, 2019

how exciting and how lovely the colors….a wonderful card for my grandchildren!

Denise Melia
Denise Melia

August 03, 2019

What could be better than flying dragons and wizards? What fun!

Linda S.
Linda S.

August 03, 2019

The castle, wizard and dragon are wonderful on your card. Looking forward to seeing more of this kit.

Jan M Mancini
Jan M Mancini

August 03, 2019

Fairies and dragons are my thing! I am loving this! Cannot wait to see the whole set!

karenajo
karenajo

August 03, 2019

That is an amazing castle! Love your card and the sentiment is perfect! Looks like a great kit!

Clarelle Chevallier-Siclait
Clarelle Chevallier-Siclait

August 03, 2019

Such a cute card! My niece would love it! Thanks for sharing!

Susanbcards
Susanbcards

August 03, 2019

Such a sweet card! Love the scene you created and pretty background!

Linda H.
Linda H.

August 03, 2019

OMG! Swooning over the whole scene! Love wizards and dragons. Can’t wait for the kit.

Mary Doran
Mary Doran

August 03, 2019

Love the magical creatures and coloring!! Can’t wait to see the kit and add-ons.

Sally
Sally

August 03, 2019

Very unique and fun scene, perfect for an older child or young adult. Love it!
Cecilia Nocella
Cecilia Nocella

August 03, 2019

Looks like magic is in the air!

SusanME
SusanME

August 03, 2019

This is such a fun card! I love the size – it gives it such a different feel.

Emma Charlotte
Emma Charlotte

August 03, 2019

Wow! Loving this new kit, totally different with wizards!

Carol Maynard
Carol Maynard

August 03, 2019

I am super excited about the castle die, and the card you’ve created is awesome!! Can’t wait to see what others treasures are in the kit!

Samantha Coleman
Samantha Coleman

August 03, 2019

Wow! I really can’t wait to see this new kit. Loved your card. Thanks for an opportunity to win the kit.

Sally Edwards
Sally Edwards

August 03, 2019

Love your Magical scene, awesome characters!

Debbie Siddle
Debbie Siddle

August 03, 2019

Dragons are great. Fab card x

Brandy Duncan
Brandy Duncan

August 03, 2019

Love this magical card. It reminds me of Merlin. I can’t wait to see the entire get.

Carol Tidrow
Carol Tidrow

August 03, 2019

I love this card. Clever use of embossing powder. Excited to see more of the kit.

Jeanette Butler
Jeanette Butler

August 03, 2019

Will definitely be squealing too when I get my kit. A-maze-ing! Fabulous card, great job with the embossing.

Leslie Birdsall
Leslie Birdsall

August 03, 2019

This card is simply magical ;) Can’t wait to see the rest of the release!

Deborah Mattingly
Deborah Mattingly

August 03, 2019

This is a must have kit. I am so excited for the release.

Cindi Patton
Cindi Patton

August 03, 2019

LOVE that castle die! I rarely make anything but an A2 card, but that slimline card size gives you room to make larger scenes. Great idea!

Laura
Laura

August 03, 2019

Cute card

KerrynM
KerrynM

August 03, 2019

Gorgeous card. Love the scene

jessica kerr
jessica kerr

August 03, 2019

Your sky shading is gorgeous wow!

Shirley Wallen
Shirley Wallen

August 03, 2019

I’m going to love using this for my grandkids.

lee
lee

August 03, 2019

This is such a fun set!!

Laura Staley
Laura Staley

August 03, 2019

What a fun kit! The card reminds me of a mural I painted on my granddaughter’s wall. I had so much fun painting the castle on a hill with a dragon flying over. I’d love to play with this kit! Thanks for the memories!

Jodi Warren
Jodi Warren

August 03, 2019

love magical themes,,, fairy tale like. I had a castle them for my wedding 25 years ago next year, that castle will be perfect to create a 25th wedding anniversary card.

Donna Billingsley
Donna Billingsley

August 03, 2019

Well now Jessica…I think I must have this kit! The colors are gorgeous and I love that castle! Thanks for introducing us to this month’s KIT!

Beverly Tiemann
Beverly Tiemann

August 03, 2019

I love the castle. The wizard looks a bit like Dumbledore. How fun!

Melissa T
Melissa T

August 02, 2019

So so cute! Thank u for sharing.

Kathy Dippner
Kathy Dippner

August 02, 2019

Looks like a fun set. I have no dragon or wizard stamps.

Tanya Boser
Tanya Boser

August 02, 2019

Oh, yes!!! Yes, please and thank you!! I love this card, and am super excited about this kit!

D Rohwer
D Rohwer

August 02, 2019

Wow, this is very cute.

Debbie S
Debbie S

August 02, 2019

Dragons and wizards, oh my!!

Linda Kuhn
Linda Kuhn

August 02, 2019

Love, love, love this kit! Perfect for ALL my grandkids’ cards!! Can’t wait to get it in my hands!

Yolanda F
Yolanda F

August 02, 2019

This is a great card. What a cute kit. So many possibilities. Dragons and castles, I can’t wait.

Sarah S
Sarah S

August 02, 2019

Love the fantasy theme – I’m a card carrying nerd too!

Ruth Harris
Ruth Harris

August 02, 2019

Love the sneak peek! Can’t wait to see the full reveal. I love Hero Arts.

Shirlene Jones
Shirlene Jones

August 02, 2019

Dragons are one of my favorite things. I love to draw them, compare them read about them and watch other people’s imagination of them in movies.
I love the Asian dragon that is more like a snake but this example of a European dragon is nicely done, I see lots of potential, can’t wait 😉

Marianna
Marianna

August 02, 2019

I love magical and fantastical too!

Ellen Gilliam
Ellen Gilliam

August 02, 2019

You are on a roll, Hero Arts! Dragons and wizards following lakes and mountains and tigers and elephants! Exotic scenes abound. Love this set.

Heather Mills
Heather Mills

August 02, 2019

This is fabulous! The longer length of the card is perfect for this scene!

Michele Hogarth
Michele Hogarth

August 02, 2019

Great card love the dragon. Thanks so much for sharing I can’t wait to see the whole kit.

Teri S.
Teri S.

August 02, 2019

I have 7 grandchildren & each one of them would love a card like this. Woot! Super cute card!

Anna Rodgers
Anna Rodgers

August 02, 2019

Eeekk! I love it! I see many magical cards with this one! Beautiful blending in that background and on the castle, Jess!

Kathyl
Kathyl

August 02, 2019

This is wonderful! I love your embossing and coloring choices. Thanks for sharing.

Sara N
Sara N

August 02, 2019

OMG I LOVE LOVE LOVE This!!!

Mandi Chau
Mandi Chau

August 02, 2019

Just can’t wait to see the whole kit.

Marilyn A Kingsley
Marilyn A Kingsley

August 02, 2019

Magical kit! Love it!

Larisa Thomas
Larisa Thomas

August 02, 2019

Wizards and dragons – my favorite!

Mary Holshouser
Mary Holshouser

August 02, 2019

Puff the magic dragon and a wizard. A fun
combination. Love the card.
thanks for the peek at the new release.
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Lisa Wiley
Lisa Wiley

August 02, 2019

Oh man, I wasn’t supposed to buy anything in August! Wizards and dragons? You are killing me! Looks like an awesome one 😊

Krystal Showalter
Krystal Showalter

August 02, 2019

This looks so unique! I just adore your card. The blending for the sky is fabulous.

KATHERINE GUIDABEN
KATHERINE GUIDABEN

August 02, 2019

What a magical card.love the pink!

Kathy D.
Kathy D.

August 02, 2019

Oh. My. Goodness. I’m in love with this kit already! I love all things magical and can’t wait to make cards with this kit! I hope there is a unicorn to go with that dragon and magician.

Denice Luttrell
Denice Luttrell

August 02, 2019

Such a fantastic scenic card! It really takes you on a journey!

Gail Wilkinson
Gail Wilkinson

August 02, 2019

I need this one

Mary
Mary

August 02, 2019

Can’t wait to get my hands on this kit. Love it.

Rebecca
Rebecca

August 02, 2019

This is very fun!

Machele Evans
Machele Evans

August 02, 2019

How cool and unique. Not sure if I’ve seen a dragon stamp.

Joyce Mehrberg
Joyce Mehrberg

August 02, 2019

What a fun kit!

Elizabeth V.
Elizabeth V.

August 02, 2019

You made me chuckle when you called yourself a nerd, Jessica. That’s totally how I view myself also. This kit looks like it is amazing! Can’t wait to see more of the reveal.

Patty Gehrlein
Patty Gehrlein

August 02, 2019

Oh My Stars!!! Dragons are a girls best friend! I need this kit! Thanks for sharing your beautiful card!

Betty Vasquez
Betty Vasquez

August 02, 2019

I’m with you Jessica! I love fantasy, especially dragons 🐲 ❤ this card is awesome! I can’t wait to see the rest.

Lauren
Lauren

August 02, 2019

Oh I am so excited for this kit and what a lovely project made with it! Looking forward to seeing what everyone else comes up with.

Mirella
Mirella

August 02, 2019

Fabulous card! You’re right that castle 🏰 does look like fun!

jane
jane

August 02, 2019

Looks like another wonderful kit from Hero Arts. Can’t wait

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August 02, 2019

Magical.kingdom?😍

Patti R
Patti R

August 02, 2019

I love all things magical and mythical. As soon as I saw the dragon…I was sold! Plus the Dragon is my high school mascot!! GO DRAGONS!

Heidi Macy
Heidi Macy

August 02, 2019

Oh wow, what a fun theme! Love your card!

Pamella Albright
Pamella Albright

August 02, 2019

This looks like it will make fabulous cards for my grandchildren! What a great idea with the longer scene card. And your sky blend is definitely magical!

Evette Rodriguez
Evette Rodriguez

August 02, 2019

Oh yea! The Gods new exactly what I wanted during my birthday month! #imawizard 🤩🤩🤩 and great card Jess!

Nora
Nora

August 02, 2019

Can’t wait! I know I must have this. I need magic in my life right now.