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December My Monthly Hero Countdown: Idea #5 + Giveaway

by Jessica Frost-Ballas December 01, 2019 122 Comments

Hello and welcome back to the countdown to the release of the December My Monthly Hero kit! Release day is Monday, December 2 at 1pm Eastern/10am Pacific. Now let's join Jess for another beautiful peek!

Good morning! Jess here with a cheery card using the new kit!

I love that big intricate image and decided it would be perfect for a little colored pencil work! I started by stamping the image onto Hero Hues Sand Cardstock using my MISTI and the light Soft Vanilla Shadow Ink. I left the stamp on the lid of my MISTI while I colored the image with Polychromos colored pencils. I love all the details of this stamp from the little flowers to the waves and butterflies!! It was a lot of fun to color everything!

Then, because I'm not necessarily the tidiest pencil colorer, I placed the panel back inside my MISTI, stamped the image and sentiment with Clear Embossing and Watermark Ink and heat-embossed it with Detail Black Embossing Powder.  This really helps the image pop!  Since there's so much going on in the stamp I left it simple and let the colors pop!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and have a fantastic day!

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, December 2, before the kit launches at 10am Pacific. The more you comment, the more chances to win!

Good luck!

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PS320 Hero Hues Premium Cardstock Sand
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AF275 Soft Vanilla Shadow Ink
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AF419 Clear Embossing & Watermark Ink
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PW119 Detail Black Embossing Powder
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MT100 Original MISTI Laser Etched Tool
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Lisa DeLong
Lisa DeLong

December 03, 2019

I love this card in colored pencils. Coloring on a kind of kraft tone paper really makes the image pop. I have yet to color on colored card stock. I really need to do that because I always love the end results.

Georgann Smith
Georgann Smith

December 02, 2019

Beautiful card & gorgeous colors!

Carol Gatton
Carol Gatton

December 02, 2019

You are so talented! Beautiful card.

Juliana Twardzik
Juliana Twardzik

December 02, 2019

beautiful! I love the picture and colors on this

Maria G.
Maria G.

December 02, 2019

Just beautiful. I would love to win a kit.

Anushree Vaish
Anushree Vaish

December 02, 2019

Serene and meaningful at the same time…love it!!

Kara Simpkins
Kara Simpkins

December 02, 2019

This is beautiful!

Nanette Leiker
Nanette Leiker

December 02, 2019

Thank you for sharing your techniques with us! Your card was beautiful!

Tanna lohouse
Tanna lohouse

December 02, 2019

Such beautiful colors!!

Tanna lohouse
Tanna lohouse

December 02, 2019

That is just a stunning card!! Can’t wait to see the kit!!

K. Eley
K. Eley

December 02, 2019

Love the coloring on the sand cardstock. With that and the black embossed lines the whole card pops :). So excited to see the whole reveal with the add ons tomorrow!

Valerija
Valerija

December 02, 2019

Beautiful card. Love the image.

Jodi Warren
Jodi Warren

December 02, 2019

What a great and simply card. Love the idea of re-stamping it with black embossing to give the colors a pop.

Flo
Flo

December 02, 2019

Interesting image, not sure how to describe it.

Deborah Cooper
Deborah Cooper

December 01, 2019

Your image and card are lovely. I like how you embossed after you were finished coloring.

Michelle Hendrix
Michelle Hendrix

December 01, 2019

Jess, you are always inspiring me with your talent, thanks for sharing! What a beautiful card! I love that Mother Earth image!

Lagene
Lagene

December 01, 2019

Beautifully colored creation, this is a wonderful image!

Nancy Tolan
Nancy Tolan

December 01, 2019

It’s amazing to me how the same stamp can look so different.

Karen L K
Karen L K

December 01, 2019

I like that you colored that in with colored pencils! Mother Nature is such a nice image!

Francine
Francine

December 01, 2019

Oh, this kit is going to be fab!

Margaret T.
Margaret T.

December 01, 2019

Wonderful coloring and image!

Sara Nieuwenhuis
Sara Nieuwenhuis

December 01, 2019

The colored pencils really pop against that background! I never would have thought to stamp it again after coloring it, genius! Thank you for sharing this beautiful card!

Kimberly McField
Kimberly McField

December 01, 2019

I love your card, and your coloring is gorgeous! This is such an amazing kit!

Jessica Kerr
Jessica Kerr

December 01, 2019

Beautiful images and gorgeous coloring

Evette Rodriguez
Evette Rodriguez

December 01, 2019

I love her as a brunette :-)

Shannon
Shannon

December 01, 2019

Beautiful coloring!

Teri S.
Teri S.

December 01, 2019

Beautifully coloured & shaded intricate stamp & die Jess. I love the sentiment too. These sneak peeks are fabulous & are making me wait with baited breath for the full reveal.

Tani K
Tani K

December 01, 2019

Just beautiful. The coloring is amazing.

Shannon Howell
Shannon Howell

December 01, 2019

I love that you used pencils on this image. Thank you for sharing!!

Juana Vega
Juana Vega

December 01, 2019

Great work with the coloring. Such a lovely stamp and sentiment

Patsy Armstead
Patsy Armstead

December 01, 2019

Your coloring is great! The multiple stamping technique is interesting. Thanks so much for sharing.

Toni L
Toni L

December 01, 2019

Gorgeous soft colours for a very romantic card.

Renee Fallon
Renee Fallon

December 01, 2019

Love that you chose to stamp it on craft colored cardstock. This really works.

Cindy Johnson
Cindy Johnson

December 01, 2019

Wow, can’t wait (AGAIN!) for a wonderful, unique set! Thank you Hero Arts!

Laura
Laura

December 01, 2019

Nice card

SarahC
SarahC

December 01, 2019

Absolutely beautiful image and coloring. I agree with all the detail it is best to keep the card simple and let the image speak.

Golda
Golda

December 01, 2019

This is nice.

Gabriella Bell
Gabriella Bell

December 01, 2019

Oh my gosh how incredibly beautiful

Yolanda F.
Yolanda F.

December 01, 2019

She is beautiful.

Marisela Delgado
Marisela Delgado

December 01, 2019

Such a great job coloring.

tina z.
tina z.

December 01, 2019

simply stunning, I love it.

Rebecca Ednie
Rebecca Ednie

December 01, 2019

Wow, gorgeous colouring.

Judy Hernandez
Judy Hernandez

December 01, 2019

Such a beautiful image and I really love the coloring! Can’t wait for this kit!

Gail Anderson
Gail Anderson

December 01, 2019

This is so pretty! Using the black embossing powder really sets off the coloring.

Hilde Larsen aka. Tindaloo
Hilde Larsen aka. Tindaloo

December 01, 2019

Pretty! ♥ Love your coloring Jessica! Such a gorgeous kit :)

Mary Holshouser
Mary Holshouser

December 01, 2019

You may not think you are a neat colorist, but
the card is beautiful. I think it is fantastic.
thanks for sharing
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Michele W
Michele W

December 01, 2019

Love your coloring. Thanks for the tip about stamping and embossing after you finish coloring. That should improve the look of my colored images. :)

Ana
Ana

December 01, 2019

Love how versatile this stamp is.

Sandy Small
Sandy Small

December 01, 2019

Beautiful card, the colored pencils give depth. I like how sections of the image were left uncolored to draw interest!

Beth Harple
Beth Harple

December 01, 2019

Love the detail.

Frances A Thorpe
Frances A Thorpe

December 01, 2019

Love how the colored pencils turned out. I can never make mine look like this. Thank you

Avra N Williams
Avra N Williams

December 01, 2019

Very pretty

Jenna Batik
Jenna Batik

December 01, 2019

I love how you heat embossed the image after coloring it. Such a great idea to make the image pop. I can’t wait to see the entire release.

Pamella Albright
Pamella Albright

December 01, 2019

Beautiful coloring! I can see why many designers chose this image for the sneak peek; it is big and really lovely!

Debbie McKelvey
Debbie McKelvey

December 01, 2019

Gorgeous card! I love all the colors, so perfect. This is a unique and fun set.

GMC
GMC

December 01, 2019

The coloring on this image is just beautiful. The color of the card stock used makes me think of and old by homey card.

Karthikha Uday
Karthikha Uday

December 01, 2019

Beautiful card!! Love this stamp!

Becca Yahrling
Becca Yahrling

December 01, 2019

Your pencil coloring is very pretty! Love this image.

Kelsey Thomas
Kelsey Thomas

December 01, 2019

Lovely coloring!

Melissa K
Melissa K

December 01, 2019

Thanks for demonstrating how beautiful pencils are… love the subtle colors!

Martha Berry
Martha Berry

December 01, 2019

This Mother Earth image is beautiful stamped on the Sand paper. I wouldn’t have thought to do that:) Love the soft colors done in pencil. We are so lucky to see the design team’s offerings. Hurry up Monday!

Eileen
Eileen

December 01, 2019

I love to color and this stamp is so beautiful.
I can’t wait to get my hands on it.
You did a beautiful job.

Margaret R
Margaret R

December 01, 2019

Love the pastel look on this very detailed stamp – so lovely!

Allie
Allie

December 01, 2019

As always, beautiful Jessica!

Teri Wils
Teri Wils

December 01, 2019

Jess, such a pretty Card. Love the colors!

Swati jain
Swati jain

December 01, 2019

Can’t wait to get my hands on this awesome kit !!!

Marianna
Marianna

December 01, 2019

Beautiful image, can’t wait to see the rest of this month’s kit!

America Cuevas
America Cuevas

December 01, 2019

Almost the full reveal 🙂

Cyndi Morris
Cyndi Morris

December 01, 2019

Love the Mother Earth theme of this release. Beautiful card and the sentiment is wonderful.

Andre M.
Andre M.

December 01, 2019

Beautiful colours for this lovely image!

Lyndi
Lyndi

December 01, 2019

Great job with the colored pencils, I would have never thought of using those. I like it because EVERYONE seems to use copics and I don’t have them. But I have colored pencils. So thank you!

Twylla Smith
Twylla Smith

December 01, 2019

A lovely focal image. I’m anxious to see the rest of the kit.

Jana Yeager
Jana Yeager

December 01, 2019

Lovely on the soft vanilla cardstock!

BERTHA
BERTHA

December 01, 2019

Great pencil colouring Jessica.

Laurie Schlichter
Laurie Schlichter

December 01, 2019

I love the mythical and ethereal quality of the maiden. The detail just screams to be colored with Copics or colored pencils.

Maureen Reiss
Maureen Reiss

December 01, 2019

Really Beautiful!!!

Judy V.
Judy V.

December 01, 2019

Love this stamp. Especially how she sort of turns from wind to water and includes the animals.

Beverly Robinson
Beverly Robinson

December 01, 2019

Beautiful coloring! The colored pencils work so well with this image.

Michele
Michele

December 01, 2019

Love it!! You always have a awesome products!!

Sheri Kempke
Sheri Kempke

December 01, 2019

Gorgeous card-love the coloring and the image. Great job Jess!

karenajo
karenajo

December 01, 2019

Love this Mother Nature image and all it’s detail! Your pencil coloring is wonderful and love your idea to color and then heat emboss! Thanks for sharing !

Carolyn
Carolyn

December 01, 2019

Many people try to soften the edges when using coloured pencils, but the images take on a fresh look with bold outlines. Lovely colours.

Lara Mosby
Lara Mosby

December 01, 2019

Such a pretty card! The MMH kits are always great!

Kailash
Kailash

December 01, 2019

Love all the pretty colors on this sweet image!

Jackie S
Jackie S

December 01, 2019

Love the tip about embossing at the end, probably as my coloring isn’t that neat.

Virginia Ellison
Virginia Ellison

December 01, 2019

Jess, I love the idea of the placing the image back in the Misti and embossing with black…. I do not do the best with colored pencils either… so this is a great idea…. love your card….

Dee Earnshaw
Dee Earnshaw

December 01, 2019

love the soft colors on this sweet card :)

Ashley Shaffer
Ashley Shaffer

December 01, 2019

i love the coloring on kraft it is beautiful

Gerlinde Townsley
Gerlinde Townsley

December 01, 2019

Just gorgeous! Looks like so much fun to color!

Charlotte G
Charlotte G

December 01, 2019

Every month I think that this is my favorite kit BUT this month REALLY IS MY FAVORITE. This kit looks beautiful and all the cards that have been made using it are stunning. THANK YOU!!!

Angela
Angela

December 01, 2019

Such a beautiful card!

Cynthia Cole
Cynthia Cole

December 01, 2019

Sweet card and lovely coloring!

Stephanie B
Stephanie B

December 01, 2019

I’m looking forward to seeing the kit! A lot of the previews have been with this same stamp, you guys aren’t giving out too much this time, talk about suspense ;)

Leanne in Cali
Leanne in Cali

December 01, 2019

This is so pretty! The colors are gorgeous!!

Cindy C.
Cindy C.

December 01, 2019

So beautifully colored!!

Catherine N
Catherine N

December 01, 2019

Looks like color will play a very important role in projects with this kit. Beautiful examples. Thank you!

Patricia Wilson
Patricia Wilson

December 01, 2019

I love this image that was used on the card. The face is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing your talents with us!

Carlijn
Carlijn

December 01, 2019

The image is beautiful! Thhe colors are freat on kraft. Love the kit! 🧡

Bonnie Reyes
Bonnie Reyes

December 01, 2019

Whimsical!

Felicia C
Felicia C

December 01, 2019

This image is so popular among Hero Arts designers! Thanks for all the techniques used to create this wonderful card!