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January My Monthly Hero Countdown: Idea #1 + Giveaway!

by Jessica Frost-Ballas January 04, 2019 567 Comments

Hello and welcome as we begin the countdown to the release of the January My Monthly Hero Kit! Release day is Monday, January 7th at 1pm Eastern/10am Pacific. We will be here throughout the weekend, 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 the first look at this sweet kit.

When I first saw this kit I immediately thought of a cute date for Valentine's Day...perhaps at a little cafe in a quaint little main street in a small town! In addition to the coordinating dies that come with the kit there is a fabulous stand alone die that creates this adorable easel. I decided to use it just as is to create a fun shaped card in the style of an outdoor menu board!

First I die-cut the outline of the easel two times from white cardstock and the chalkboard once with black cardstock. I scored a line about 3/4s of an inch down from the the top of the second outline and then added adhesive above the scoreline. I adhered it to the back of the first outline to create a standing card.  Next I stamped the sentiment onto the black cardstock with Versamark and heat-embossed it with white embossing powder. Then I used a sponge dauber to sponge a little Unicorn White Pigment Ink around the edges to mimic a chalkboard. While it was still a little wet I sprinkled the pigment ink with White Embossing Powder and heat-embossed it for even more contrast.

Next I stamped the flowers, vases, and balloons with Intense Black Ink and colored them with Copic markers. I die-cut them with the coordinating dies and then die-cut an extra of each vase. I adhered the bottom of the flowers to the vases. Then I adhered the flowers to the chalkboard with regular adhesive. I applied a square of foam mounting tape to the back of the vases and adhered the extra die-cut vases behind them for a little extra stability. Finally I tucked the balloon through the top of the easel and added a little liquid adhesive to the bottom of the strings to hold it in place.  

Obviously this doesn't look like a card that you'd send through the mail (though if you removed the balloons, or tucked them behind the flowers, it would totally work).  Personally I envision it as a card I could set on my husband's plate on Valentine's Day (perhaps with a note inside making a date for our favorite little cafe!)

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, and announce the winner first thing Monday morning, January 7th, before the kit launches at 10am Pacific. The more you comment, the more chances to win!

Thanks so much for stopping by and make sure to check back all weekend for even more My Monthly Hero inspiration!!





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Omayra
Omayra

January 15, 2019

This is the first time I buy a HA kit, and your card convinced me to do it. I have a Senior girl at home, and I’m planning to incorporate your easel idea into the centerpieces for her graduation party. THANK YOU for the inspiration!

sharon l
sharon l

January 08, 2019

Great way to start the new year and you can use this set all year long!

Debra Stevens
Debra Stevens

January 08, 2019

Your easel card is simply marvelous! You shared awesome ideas using a great kit! Thanks!

Liz Ford
Liz Ford

January 07, 2019

This is such a creative way to use the kit! I really like the card made as a sandwich board sign!!! Makes me want to stop and peek into this store to see what kind of wares they sell! Fantastic kit!

Christine Eldridge
Christine Eldridge

January 07, 2019

Wonderful card so different, just love it.

Kim
Kim

January 07, 2019

Too cute chalkboard easel

Deb L
Deb L

January 07, 2019

Love this set……so versatile

IRENE PAGE
IRENE PAGE

January 07, 2019

I like the chalkboard idea with the easel. I can see this being used with inspirational message or invitations for students, friends, co-workers. The card could sit on a desk a,dresser or on a table or kitchen counter. Great card and ideas!!!

Lee
Lee

January 07, 2019

You wouldn’t think black — but oh the contrast is stunning.

Marti
Marti

January 07, 2019

Love the chalkboard look!

Donna Holloway
Donna Holloway

January 07, 2019

Just lovely. I like the chalkboard effect.

Karen L K
Karen L K

January 07, 2019

Ah that easel is such a clever interesting die. Such a cute card with the chalkboard look!

Tawanna
Tawanna

January 07, 2019

Kraft.! So excited about this kit.

Shannon
Shannon

January 07, 2019

Great idea to create an easel card, and the heart balloons are the perfect finishing touch.

Nicole Rinaldi
Nicole Rinaldi

January 07, 2019

The faux chalkboard look is perfect for this sign!

Jeanette Y
Jeanette Y

January 06, 2019

Love the chalkboard look! Thank you for sharing how to achieve this look!
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Gina Mongenel
Gina Mongenel

January 06, 2019

Day one and I am already in love with this kit! Great job Jessica!

Bessie Phillips
Bessie Phillips

January 06, 2019

I love your dauber background!

Linda Reilly
Linda Reilly

January 06, 2019

Great chalkboard effect!

Linda Tadlock
Linda Tadlock

January 06, 2019

Love the vintage vibe! Adorable!

Cheryl
Cheryl

January 06, 2019

This is wonderful!

Flo
Flo

January 06, 2019

Love the easel chalkboard idea. Can’t wait to see more of the kit.

Glenn Zdziarski
Glenn Zdziarski

January 06, 2019

The chalkboard cafe sign is a great piece!!! So many uses! Great job!!!

Danielle Dietz
Danielle Dietz

January 06, 2019

The chalk board easel is awesome Jess! I cannot wait for this release. :)

Heather Mills
Heather Mills

January 06, 2019

What a fabulous card! Love those beautiful flowers.

Diane
Diane

January 06, 2019

Love the blackboard effect. Your card is so cute!!

Susan Young
Susan Young

January 06, 2019

What a great card design! Love the easel die and the chalkboard look! Thanks for sharing!

Carly
Carly

January 06, 2019

Gorgeous! Love your idea for your husband!

Phyllis
Phyllis

January 06, 2019

How adorable. Love the easel die. How cute are the balloons and tiny flowers.

Rebecca Hood
Rebecca Hood

January 06, 2019

Very nice! I like it a lot.

Heidi Macy
Heidi Macy

January 06, 2019

Very cute shaped card. Love the chalkboard look!

Tonia
Tonia

January 06, 2019

Love the blackboard effect. Well done!

Johna
Johna

January 06, 2019

I love this so much!! that delicate chalkboard is the perfect backdrop for those flowers. Boy, would i love this kit!

Brian Poteraj
Brian Poteraj

January 06, 2019

That looks so countryish. I like!!

Sharon Gullikson
Sharon Gullikson

January 06, 2019

Such a cute chalkboard! I’ve never made anything like it. Thanks for the idea.

Emma Sleppy
Emma Sleppy

January 06, 2019

Love the chalk board effect on the easel. That Easel will have a lot of uses!

Chris
Chris

January 06, 2019

Amazing. Thank you for the idea. I look forward to the kit! Happy New Year’s to all at Hero Arts. Thanks for making our creative juices flow! 🥳

Hannah
Hannah

January 06, 2019

What a fun layout!

Julie Coate
Julie Coate

January 06, 2019

I love the font used on the sentiment. Thanks for the idea.

Lagene
Lagene

January 06, 2019

Awesome card, love the blackboard easel!

Tanya Howard
Tanya Howard

January 06, 2019

I love the chalkboard background and simplicity of this one! So pretty!

Kat
Kat

January 06, 2019

So pretty with the balloons flying above! Such a clever idea!!!

Amy Lombardo
Amy Lombardo

January 06, 2019

Jessica, I love the idea of this card! It is totally something you would see outside a fun small shop! Love it!

Laura Staley
Laura Staley

January 06, 2019

Using the easel as a chalkboard and for the card itself was so clever! The coloring of the chalkboard part is so realistic. It sure reminds me of the wonderful cafes I went to in Germany with the specials written on the chalkboard outside. Thanks for the memories!

Cha Lion
Cha Lion

January 06, 2019

Love the easel and the chalk look! Can’t wait to see the whole kit! tfs

Cynthia O
Cynthia O

January 06, 2019

Adorable design. Love the black board idea!

Brooke Shull
Brooke Shull

January 06, 2019

Love the chalk board look. This gives me ideas of using a previous set along with this for a floral shop store front card. Very cute

Mateja P
Mateja P

January 06, 2019

Such a beautiful Valentine. Love your inspiration and a super fun shaped card :)

Colleen Beamish
Colleen Beamish

January 06, 2019

This looks like an awesome kit so far! Would love to win one!!

Kathy R
Kathy R

January 06, 2019

Oh, wow, I’m loving this kit already!

Charlene
Charlene

January 06, 2019

Absolutely adorable! I love the balloon touch, really sweet.

Marlene Twilley
Marlene Twilley

January 06, 2019

How totally unique. I just love love this easel. It can be used in so many ways. The limited colors are terrific because many of us do not have a bunch of markers.

Marilee DeMars
Marilee DeMars

January 06, 2019

What a unique card — I love the style!

Feriba
Feriba

January 06, 2019

I have to get the kit ,I love the easel . It is so easy to think of lots of ways to use it.

Melissa
Melissa

January 06, 2019

Can’t wait for this kit!! This is a beautiful card ❤️

Phoebe
Phoebe

January 06, 2019

Such a cute card!

Lisa G
Lisa G

January 06, 2019

What a beautiful card. Super excited for this easel can think of dozens of ideas for it!

Michelle Hackett
Michelle Hackett

January 06, 2019

I’m loving This easel shaped die. I have one that I use when we have parties, to write all the different kinds of food we are serving. So this would make a great invitation. Great card Jess.

Vicki
Vicki

January 06, 2019

Love this die and what you did with it beautiful!

Viveca V.
Viveca V.

January 06, 2019

Great tips on creating a chalkboard effect. This card has a fun shape, too. So charming!

Lieve S
Lieve S

January 06, 2019

What a great, original “card” ! I love it !
Thank you for sharing and explaining !

Christine Welch
Christine Welch

January 06, 2019

Love it! The easel is super fun💖

Keionna Baker
Keionna Baker

January 06, 2019

Oh my!!! The easel is a gorgeous idea💓💓💓

Joni Mastronardi
Joni Mastronardi

January 06, 2019

Love these flowers!

Susy Ramirez
Susy Ramirez

January 06, 2019

Lovely card. I especially love the heart balloons.

Julie O'Brien
Julie O'Brien

January 06, 2019

This would be cute to use for a dinner party or event.

Carrie C.
Carrie C.

January 06, 2019

Love this, and that easel is awesome! Looking forward to seeing the entire kit!

Carol
Carol

January 06, 2019

Adorable idea!! Leaving this on your husbands plate! I love the chalkboard effect!!!

Patt H.
Patt H.

January 06, 2019

How adorable! That easel die is a must have! Love the chalkboard look & awesome design!

Michelle
Michelle

January 06, 2019

Love this set!

Linda Trace
Linda Trace

January 06, 2019

Oh my goodness this is seriously adorable!!! Love all the details and the chalk effect around the edges

Myriam V
Myriam V

January 06, 2019

Love your idea of making a blackboard. Well done!

Tanja Souter
Tanja Souter

January 06, 2019

Lovely card Jessica, I like the sandwich board/easel.

RoZee
RoZee

January 06, 2019

Great card…Really liked the easel and chalkboard design.

Carlijn
Carlijn

January 06, 2019

Very sweet card, love the blackboard effect :)

Patricia Piper
Patricia Piper

January 06, 2019

What a new cute idea.

Kim Alston
Kim Alston

January 06, 2019

So cute!!

Deanne
Deanne

January 06, 2019

This card is truly amazing. I love the chalkboard look. Beautiful!

Cyn Doll
Cyn Doll

January 06, 2019

I love this card. It is amazing!

K Kraft
K Kraft

January 06, 2019

This is so super cute! Love the easel/chalkboard!!!!

Edda Tsn
Edda Tsn

January 06, 2019

I think this card is so clever! It definitely looks like a little sign you’d see outside a cute little boutique.

Kipp
Kipp

January 06, 2019

Wow! This is an awesome card! I might make it for my mom… or at least something similar i’m not this good.

Alycia
Alycia

January 06, 2019

That is so cute! _

Bri Kay
Bri Kay

January 06, 2019

cute card! Love the shape!

PatriciaD
PatriciaD

January 06, 2019

Love the easel…can’t wait!

Vivian
Vivian

January 06, 2019

Love how you tied the roses in with the hearts … the focus on love in bloom!!!

RosieJ
RosieJ

January 06, 2019

I love the pails and the flowers. Very country and cute.

Diane T.
Diane T.

January 06, 2019

What a creative special card! I like it! Such a great idea! You are so creative!

Marina
Marina

January 06, 2019

Love it!!! Unexpected colour use

Marina
Marina

January 06, 2019

Love it!!! Unexpected colour use

Sandy Small
Sandy Small

January 06, 2019

That is pretty cool! I wonder if it would also work for placecards or even menus…

MandaLJ
MandaLJ

January 06, 2019

What a cute idea for using this die!

Janet Robson
Janet Robson

January 06, 2019

Lovely!!! A beautiful and striking card. The kit looks gorgeous.

K. Eley
K. Eley

January 06, 2019

Love the idea of an easel card! I really enjoy visiting towns that have easels out in front of shops with chalkboards. There is something so wonderful about them, they always catch my eye.

Debbie D
Debbie D

January 05, 2019

What a refreshing idea… Love that you are going to leave this on your husbands plate. Adorable!

Lori Poffenroth
Lori Poffenroth

January 05, 2019

This card is really cute. I love the chalk effect.

Dreama Jones Lutz
Dreama Jones Lutz

January 05, 2019

So cute!

Cynthia Link
Cynthia Link

January 05, 2019

Such a great ard with such a clever idea
, love the chalkboard!

Dorothea Prouty
Dorothea Prouty

January 05, 2019

Oh, I LOVE the little hearts on a string on this card! How beautiful – Thank you for this adorable inspiration! So glad I’m getting this kit :-)

Lynne G
Lynne G

January 05, 2019

This card is amazing!! So creative. Love how you made it look like an outdoor menu. Bang on!!! Great details to make it stunning!!!!!

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