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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

Tiffany R
Tiffany R

August 02, 2019

Oh my…here comes a new favorite!!!

Tricia Wittenberg
Tricia Wittenberg

August 02, 2019

I feel I am definitely going to need this!

Jeanette
Jeanette

August 02, 2019

Sold!!!!! This is all I need to see to know I need this kit! Love all things magical!!! 🧙‍♂️

Gail Anderson
Gail Anderson

August 02, 2019

This looks like an interesting kit! Can’t wait to see more!

gretchen n
gretchen n

August 02, 2019

Oh my goodness. This card is amazing and the kit has to be spectacular. I cannot wait! (Look at that dragon)

Marisela Delgado
Marisela Delgado

August 02, 2019

Great card, Jessica. Great colors.

Bo
Bo

August 02, 2019

Very cute and magical!

Robin Kepler
Robin Kepler

August 02, 2019

Oh my stars! 🤩

Denise Kasbohm
Denise Kasbohm

August 02, 2019

Can’t wait to see the rest of this set!. What a great card!

Lana Devic
Lana Devic

August 02, 2019

Magical and whimsical!
This kit is going to be fabulous!!

Can’t wait!!

Erika Hayes
Erika Hayes

August 02, 2019

EEEP all things dragon! I love dragons… sooooooo excited

Bonnie Eng
Bonnie Eng

August 02, 2019

Ooooh – a magic and fairy tale themed kit? I can’t wait to see it!!!

Kathy Testa
Kathy Testa

August 02, 2019

I love dragons so this will be a fun kit!

Denise Bryant
Denise Bryant

August 02, 2019

Looks like another beautiful kit!

Golda
Golda

August 02, 2019

Oh my, this looks AMAZING! Can’t wait to see more.

Tabitha Kelley
Tabitha Kelley

August 02, 2019

This looks gorgeous!

Anne Furth Snelgrove
Anne Furth Snelgrove

August 02, 2019

Very intriguing sneak peak! Love your sky and the combination of the Versafine ink and the White Satin Pearl Embossing Powder does have a magical look to it. A castle, wizard and a dragon that aren’t over the top cute has definite appeal.

Vicky Gallagher
Vicky Gallagher

August 02, 2019

Just love it.

Jackie S
Jackie S

August 02, 2019

Wonderful start to the release!! Love it.

Donna
Donna

August 02, 2019

I am so thrilled with this theme! Totally Game of Thrones!! I love the way you set the castle in the clouds and the wizard fighting the dragon is fantastic.

I forgot it’s also Dungeons and Dragons as in Stranger Things. Love it all.

Myla
Myla

August 02, 2019

Nicely done, Jess! Castles, dragons and wizards are magical. I really like the colors in the sky. I’m excited to see the rest of the kit.

Tamra Barnes
Tamra Barnes

August 02, 2019

Can’t wait to see the whole thing and all the add-ons! Looks like a lot of fun!!

Robin Sousa
Robin Sousa

August 02, 2019

I love the delicate background colors but especially loved the embossed lettering!

Anita Burbank
Anita Burbank

August 02, 2019

How lovely! I’m so excited to see more from this kit!! Beautiful and magical!

Brooke Shull
Brooke Shull

August 02, 2019

My husband tells me everyday, Have a Magical Day. I am going to use this stamp so much!!!! Beautiful card. I love the colors and the embossing really stands out!

Jan Garber
Jan Garber

August 02, 2019

My granddaughter would absolutely love those images! I am also trying to get her started card making herself. So far, she has been creating her own birthday cards for her little friends. It’s so adorable. Would love to add this to her “idea and craft” box!

Anne VanLoon
Anne VanLoon

August 02, 2019

This is fantastic (no joke intended!) and I’m going to need it! I LOVE dragons!

Sascha
Sascha

August 02, 2019

Oh it looks so amazing… wish me luck 😂😂😂 would love to win this kit and make magical cards like this

Vicki K
Vicki K

August 02, 2019

Such a cute card. Love the theme and the color scheme.

Ellie U
Ellie U

August 02, 2019

I absolutely adore the way you did this card! The embossing that you did to the dragon and the wizard definitely kicked the fantasy aspect of this card up a notch. I just bought a bunch of different hero art inks and I’m looking forward to practicing my blending skills tonight. A fantasy kit! How exciting!!

Cindy Aguirre
Cindy Aguirre

August 02, 2019

Looks like it’s going to be a great kit! Love the theme!

Cindy Aguirre
Cindy Aguirre

August 02, 2019

Looks like it’s going to be a great kit! Love the theme!

Rebecca Attwood
Rebecca Attwood

August 02, 2019

Wow – what a gorgeous card, love that blended sky. Looking forward to seeing more of this kit.

katy young
katy young

August 02, 2019

omg so so cute! I’m gonna need this!

Danielle
Danielle

August 02, 2019

Ohhhhh this sneak peek has me very very interested in the kit. Great card!

Debbie McKelvey
Debbie McKelvey

August 02, 2019

Darling card! This kit will be a hit with all the fantasy lovers and kids.

Delana Lyman
Delana Lyman

August 02, 2019

Oh wow, I can’t wait to see the rest of this kit!

Miriam Baker
Miriam Baker

August 02, 2019

Would make a great card for a grandchild.

Susy Ramirez
Susy Ramirez

August 02, 2019

I love your magical card! The stamp designs are unique and fun! Love it 💖

Michele W
Michele W

August 02, 2019

Cute card. Fantasy designs are timeless. This looks like it’s going to be a fun kit!

Linda Clark
Linda Clark

August 02, 2019

I love your card! This will be an exciting release for me, too!

Susan Carlson
Susan Carlson

August 02, 2019

Love the colors in the sky & the fantastical creatures & features! Can’t wait for this set!!!

Jill Rene Stynda
Jill Rene Stynda

August 02, 2019

It’s a magical month

Karen Hale
Karen Hale

August 02, 2019

Reminds me of Harry Potter and friends….very interesting!

Wendy Bartschi
Wendy Bartschi

August 02, 2019

what a cute scene, so magical

Anna
Anna

August 02, 2019

Another wonderful kit and an amazing card ❤️

Pamela Shea
Pamela Shea

August 02, 2019

Wow. Great card. I don’t have anything like this. Looking forward to this kit.

Janet
Janet

August 02, 2019

Hmmm very interesting sneak peek!

Susan Petersen
Susan Petersen

August 02, 2019

Just magical!

Cheryl Ferguson
Cheryl Ferguson

August 02, 2019

This is so exciting; I don’t have anything like this in my stash. Can’t wait to see more!

Carol H
Carol H

August 02, 2019

Ooh looks like a fun kit.

Judie Eatough
Judie Eatough

August 02, 2019

This looks like so much fun — dragons and castles. Yes!

Lisa Woodburn
Lisa Woodburn

August 02, 2019

OMG – I have never been this excited to see a stamp set – I LOVE fantasy themes – dragons, mages, castles, etc – but most are too cutesy for my taste. These are PERFECT!

Neha Mahajan
Neha Mahajan

August 02, 2019

OMG, the wizard’s robe, hat and beard look so realistic! Amazing :)

Margaret
Margaret

August 02, 2019

Huzzah!

Charlene Cisler
Charlene Cisler

August 02, 2019

Nicely done! White satin pearl embossing powder has been added to my shopping list. I love the selection of colors you used on this card.

Victoria
Victoria

August 02, 2019

Looks like fun!! 😊

Becca Yahrling
Becca Yahrling

August 02, 2019

Gorgeous card, lovely coloring and inking.

PHYLLIS A FREESE
PHYLLIS A FREESE

August 02, 2019

This is the perfect set for all the Harry Potter fans out there. Who couldn’t use a little magic in their life?

Ruth Dupchen
Ruth Dupchen

August 02, 2019

I am so excited about the August 2019 kit. I can not wait to see it!

Anne
Anne

August 02, 2019

Oh this is amazing! I’m so excited!

Kimberly Truax
Kimberly Truax

August 02, 2019

Would love to win this. Love the castle!

Frances A Thorpe
Frances A Thorpe

August 02, 2019

Just LOVE the dragon, magician ,and castle. Cn’t wait to see what else is in the kit.

Kimberly Truax
Kimberly Truax

August 02, 2019

I bought my first kit last month, and have made a gazillion cards already. The kit is awesome. Dragons are my spirit animal, so winning this would be awesome. Thanks Hero Arts!

Cyndi Morris
Cyndi Morris

August 02, 2019

This looks to be a super “magical” kit! This card is so fun. I can’t wait to see more.

Christine Smith
Christine Smith

August 02, 2019

Ooh love this card, I think the kit is going to be awesome! xxx

Lynne
Lynne

August 02, 2019

Really is magical!

Karen L Hetherington
Karen L Hetherington

August 02, 2019

This kit looks great so far. I love your card Jessica! The blending for the sky is lovely.

Francine
Francine

August 02, 2019

You had me at dragon. I’m in.. Excited to see the kit this month.

Janna Doyscher
Janna Doyscher

August 02, 2019

I come from a family of nerds. This kit is Everything! I can’t wait to see the rest.

Tanna LoHouse
Tanna LoHouse

August 02, 2019

Oh man, this kit is right up my alley!!! I really hope I win it because money is right right before school starts back up. Such a cool looking card! Fabulous!!

Dayle Shimamura
Dayle Shimamura

August 02, 2019

Great card! Cool dragon!!!! I’m also a fantasy geek so I can’t wait to see the rest of the kit!

Louise Coviello
Louise Coviello

August 02, 2019

Great card! Love this month’s theme.

Louise Gustavsson
Louise Gustavsson

August 02, 2019

Love it 💕

Debra J Maurer
Debra J Maurer

August 02, 2019

OMG! OMG! I’m so excited. This is just, well, magical! Love it, and can’t wait!!!

Delores Oster
Delores Oster

August 02, 2019

Love already, cant wait to see more dragons.

Kay Dell Whitlock
Kay Dell Whitlock

August 02, 2019

I purchased my 1st kit last month. This one is so wonderfully different and I can’t wait to try it out!❤️

Marie
Marie

August 02, 2019

I always wait with bated breath to see what’s coming…so a happy sigh of relief today – I’m once again glad to be a member this month!

Amy Peyton
Amy Peyton

August 02, 2019

Ohhhhhhh I’m so excited! I love mythical themed things :D I hope there’s a unicorn in the set too!

Nicole Rinaldi
Nicole Rinaldi

August 02, 2019

I squealed too, when I saw your card!!! Super excited about this kit!

Kathy Schuer
Kathy Schuer

August 02, 2019

Cannot wait to see the rest of this Kit!

Gerlinde Townsley
Gerlinde Townsley

August 02, 2019

OMG! I have to have! ❤ what an amazing kit! Love love love fantasy and magic!

Terrie D.
Terrie D.

August 02, 2019

What a fun scene you created! I love the look of your slimline card. :)

Bonnie McKenzie
Bonnie McKenzie

August 02, 2019

I can already see this will be an amazing kit I love what I see here. I bought another wizard kit from another company but this looks so much better so awesome thank you

Hallie Frazee
Hallie Frazee

August 02, 2019

The blending of the sky looks amazing! I would LOVE this kit!

Sheri K
Sheri K

August 02, 2019

Thanks Jess for this cool and magical card, just love it and the HA kits are wonderful.

YVONNE  S MORENTIN
YVONNE S MORENTIN

August 02, 2019

Woo Hoo! This Kit is my kind of Kit… This is the first sneak peak and I am in love… I can’t wait to see all the extras… I am going to be so broke, but happy… lol

Hannah Joy
Hannah Joy

August 02, 2019

Ohhh! This is amazing! Love the magical theme!

Barbara-Jean
Barbara-Jean

August 02, 2019

Fun, indeed. Good.to.go back on time to.those.magic-filled childhood days and memories!

DebraC
DebraC

August 02, 2019

That is one seriously cool dragon. The artist did a great job. Can’t wait for release day!

Michelle Brown
Michelle Brown

August 02, 2019

Really liking the Magical feel too!! Great card and looks like a GREAT KIT!!

sharon Howell
sharon Howell

August 02, 2019

Love anything magical! What great card!

Avra N Williams
Avra N Williams

August 02, 2019

Fun kit!

Brian Poteraj
Brian Poteraj

August 02, 2019

The font is perfect. I really like the dragon. I need to see the rest of the stamps now.

Sharon Gullikson
Sharon Gullikson

August 02, 2019

This looks like a really cool kit!! Love the dragon and castle….

Carol Q
Carol Q

August 02, 2019

This is going to be awesome! I love your card! I don’t have anything quite like this. Can’t wait to see more ideas. Monday can’t come soon enough!

Catherine
Catherine

August 02, 2019

I can just imagine the fun making magical cards with my little friends!

Sue D
Sue D

August 02, 2019

So cool—love the magical theme.

Julie
Julie

August 02, 2019

This looks like a really fun kit

Cindy Johnson
Cindy Johnson

August 02, 2019

OMG …. DRAGONS!!!!!! OH PLEASE LET THERE BE A BIG DRAGON DIE! I CAN’T WAIT!