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January My Monthly Hero Countdown: Idea #3 + Giveaway

by Jessica Frost-Ballas January 04, 2020 366 Comments

Hello and welcome back to the countdown to the release of the January My Monthly Hero kit! Release day is Monday, January 6th at 1pm Eastern/10am Pacific. Now let's join Jess for another fabulous sneak peek!

Good morning! Jess here with a cheery card using the new January My Monthly Hero kit!

I love all the flower dies in the kit and wanted to create a vibrant and cheerful bouquet! To start I die-cut the flowers several times from Hero Hues Dove White cardstock. Then I colored them with Copics in varying shades of purples and pinks. Once I had a good-sized stack of flowers colored I started assembling my bouquet. First I die-cut the wrapping from Hero Hues Sand cardstock. Then I die-cut it a few more time with some leftover white tissue paper from holiday gift-wrapping! You can easily cut five layers with one pass of your die-cutting machine! Then I crinkled the tissue paper slightly and tucked it inside the wrapper.  It's hard to see but it also pokes up behind the flowers. I used ATG adhesive to seal up the wrapper and then used a few dots of Precision Glue to keep the tissue paper in place. Just a quick tip, if you're finding that your heavier weight cardstock tends to tear when you fold the score lines just spritz it lightly with water before folding and it'll help keep the fibers from splitting! ;) I also curved the front of my wrapper slightly while it was wet and it held its shape nicely as it dried. I wanted my bouquet to be quite dimensional as you can see below but you can also keep it flat for easier mailing! I think my card would be best hand-delivered with some real flowers! I arranged all the flowers inside and used a mix of Precision Glue and foam dots to give the flowers some dimension!

While my bouquet was drying I worked on my background. The kit includes a GORGEOUS Aqua Glimmer Metallic Ink and I used it to create a shimmery soft watercolored background! I squeezed a few drops onto my palette, watered it down slightly, and then painted it onto a wet panel of watercolor paper. I let it dry completely and then trimmed it down to an A2 panel. On Monday I'll also share a more vibrant way of using the Glimmer Ink by mixing it with Dark Teal Liquid Watercolor! ;) I stamped two sentiments onto Hero Hues Pitch Black cardstock with Clear Embossing and Watermark Ink and heat-embossed them with White Detail embossing powder. I used the fishtail banner die included in the kit to die-cut them down to thin strips and then trimmed off the ends to create thin labels instead of fishtail banners. I adhered my bouquet and then added the sentiments with foam mounting tape. Finally I tucked a few more flowers and greenery into my bouquet to fill it up!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and have an amazing 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, January 6th, before the kit launches at 10am Pacific. The more you comment, the more chances to win!

Good luck!





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100 Responses

Cindy Wilson
Cindy Wilson

January 15, 2020

Such pretty colours

Debbie Wilson
Debbie Wilson

January 06, 2020

What an amazing card. Love all the layers of flowers. Very nicely stacked.

Candace
Candace

January 06, 2020

Beautiful color in those flowers. Love the idea with the ink. And composition is perfection. Thanks for inspiring!

Carol McCready
Carol McCready

January 06, 2020

That flower bouquet is gorgeous. Another great kit!!

Nancy Tolan
Nancy Tolan

January 06, 2020

I love the colors and all the dimension. It’s like you are really sending flowers.

Alanna P.
Alanna P.

January 06, 2020

Gorgeous card!

P Wilson
P Wilson

January 06, 2020

Wow, the coloring is just beautiful. Anyone would love to receive a card this pretty.

Julie Gastelum
Julie Gastelum

January 06, 2020

So colorful and beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Lynn
Lynn

January 06, 2020

I must agree with you that this is a very cheery card. LOVE the small purple flowers and your arrangement.

Karen L K
Karen L K

January 06, 2020

Really pretty bouquet over such a lovely background color! I am liking the kit so far!

K. Eley
K. Eley

January 06, 2020

Completely stunning!! Love the background with the aqua ink. Your coloring of all the die cut flowers is incredible!! Then there’s the dimension….anyone none work of art! Thank you for sharing!

Di Brown
Di Brown

January 06, 2020

A beautiful bunch of flowers, I love your colours so bright and cheery,

Anita B.
Anita B.

January 06, 2020

Gorgeous card! Love the depth with all the die cut layers…the color coordination is splendid! Well done!

Vikki H
Vikki H

January 06, 2020

I love all your die cut blooms and the tissue paper addition!

tina z. treebug
tina z. treebug

January 05, 2020

these flowers are amazing!

Carrie Carver
Carrie Carver

January 05, 2020

So pretty…the colors, arrangement, design & dimension! Love it!

Laurie Brown
Laurie Brown

January 05, 2020

Oh such pretty flowers!! Love all the dimension on your card!!

Frances
Frances

January 05, 2020

Jess, I had to take a double take at this blog post. The flowers looked so real. Fantastic job!

Wendy C
Wendy C

January 05, 2020

Beautiful flowers! I absolutely love the colors and cannot wait to check out the glimmer ink!

Susanbcards
Susanbcards

January 05, 2020

The colors of the flowers are gorgeous.

Diane Zalusky
Diane Zalusky

January 05, 2020

What a beautiful bouquet

Claudia N
Claudia N

January 05, 2020

Simply stunning card. A true labor of love!

Rebecca Ednie
Rebecca Ednie

January 05, 2020

Love the dimension. Great tip on wetting the card stock before folding it. Thank you.

Jessica Haines
Jessica Haines

January 05, 2020

Love this card! your coloring, Use of tissue paper, and the ombré background. Love it all!!

Leigh Madison
Leigh Madison

January 05, 2020

Love those colors!

Jodi Warren
Jodi Warren

January 05, 2020

Gorgeous flowers, love the copic colors.

JoSi
JoSi

January 05, 2020

The flowers on this card are beautiful! The watercolor background is perfect!

Candi
Candi

January 05, 2020

Each card is nice!

Cindi Lynch
Cindi Lynch

January 05, 2020

So pretty! Sure to cheer up someone who’s not feeling well.

Wendy
Wendy

January 05, 2020

You had me at aqua glimmer metallic ink! Thanks for your hard work and the second photo that gave us a peek at the bouquet assembly.

Marisela Delgado
Marisela Delgado

January 05, 2020

Wow, fabulous card! So gorgeous.

Laura
Laura

January 05, 2020

Absolutely Beautiful

SheilaW
SheilaW

January 05, 2020

What a bouquet! So pretty!

Monica Wiechmann
Monica Wiechmann

January 05, 2020

I really want this kit. So versatile.

Melissa Ringnalda
Melissa Ringnalda

January 05, 2020

This is absolutely beautiful. Love all the color choices.

Yolanda Gonzalez
Yolanda Gonzalez

January 05, 2020

Awesome card. I love the colors.

Carolyn
Carolyn

January 05, 2020

Lovely card. This kit looks fantastic!

dori leslie
dori leslie

January 05, 2020

Amazing flowers! And such a pretty card, Jessica!

Beth
Beth

January 05, 2020

Beautiful card!

Beth
Beth

January 05, 2020

Beautiful card!

Pamella Albright
Pamella Albright

January 05, 2020

Such a lovely way to use this card kit throughout the year 😊

Ana
Ana

January 05, 2020

Absolutely gorgeous!

Barbara Kohn
Barbara Kohn

January 05, 2020

I love the bundled flowers!

Tonia Sims
Tonia Sims

January 05, 2020

Gorgeous card!

Schmidenkiwi
Schmidenkiwi

January 05, 2020

Amazing lively coloring

Audrey
Audrey

January 05, 2020

Simply gorgeous

Vicki Kroll
Vicki Kroll

January 05, 2020

Wow!! Amazing coloring and design. What a stand-out!!

Jessica Kerr
Jessica Kerr

January 05, 2020

Thank you for sharing how you put this all together-it’s gorgeous

Leanne in Cali
Leanne in Cali

January 05, 2020

The bouquet is stunning and the details are amazing on this card! Thanks for sharing how you made it!!

Tina Herbeck
Tina Herbeck

January 05, 2020

Wow! This looks amazing! So beautiful!

Sheri Kempke
Sheri Kempke

January 05, 2020

Absolutely gorgeous—can’t wait to see the full kit!

Heike Carlson
Heike Carlson

January 05, 2020

What a beautiful flower card. Thanks for sharing.

Kathryn Ingram
Kathryn Ingram

January 05, 2020

Beautiful bouquet! And love that bottle of metallic glimmer!!

Helen Gullett
Helen Gullett

January 05, 2020

This is so beautiful. The layers and 3D dimension give the WOW factor on this card.

Francine
Francine

January 05, 2020

Oh, love these flowers and the envelope.. Looks to be a fun and existing kit.

Teresa D
Teresa D

January 05, 2020

This is going to be such a fun die to use!

Carole
Carole

January 05, 2020

Beautiful card Jess. The flowers look so real I can almost smell their aroma (smiling) Thanks so much for sharing your project.

Chris Handy
Chris Handy

January 05, 2020

Gorgeous card. I love the Hero Arts kits. I cannot wait for the full reveal.

Susan Lang
Susan Lang

January 05, 2020

So much dimension! I would rather have this bouquet than a real one. Great design!

Kelly W.
Kelly W.

January 05, 2020

Wow Jess, this is stunning! The gorgeous flowers are really a showstopper here! This is such a cheery card and will put a smile on the face of the person receiving it!

Cindy C.
Cindy C.

January 05, 2020

Great dimension, the bouquet really stands out! Looks like a kit for the floral lovers!!

Felicia C
Felicia C

January 05, 2020

Oh my! Another gorgeous bouquet! Thank you so very much for the wonderful tips as well. Hero Arts designers rock!

Evette Rodriguez
Evette Rodriguez

January 05, 2020

Wow so beautiful and so crafty! All of my fav things included, die cutting, coloring and watercolor! Thanks for keeping it fresh and delightful always Jessica and Hero Arts!

Tonya Byrd
Tonya Byrd

January 05, 2020

I love this card…from the ombré background to the colorful flowers! Stunning!
Tonya Byrd
Tonya Byrd

January 05, 2020

Beautiful card! I can’t wait to use the aqua glimmer ink!

Mary Ellen Guikema
Mary Ellen Guikema

January 05, 2020

Beautiful card as always.

LBSue
LBSue

January 05, 2020

Great dimension on the flowers. A beautiful card!!

Rose Johnson
Rose Johnson

January 05, 2020

Such a sweet bouquet of flowers! Love the design and arrangement!

Rose Johnson
Rose Johnson

January 05, 2020

How lovely! Colors and card are creative and inspiring!

JillT
JillT

January 05, 2020

Love the creativity of the tissue paper and the gorgeous coloring!

Stephanie Larime
Stephanie Larime

January 05, 2020

Wow, I love this, very pretty.

Louise
Louise

January 05, 2020

Wow 😊

Casz Ho-Shing
Casz Ho-Shing

January 05, 2020

With Valentines, Mothers Day (UK) coming up a perfect set that looks easy to put together.
The sentiments add to the ‘usability’…..

Kaylene
Kaylene

January 05, 2020

This is an amazing card. So dimensional and pretty. I love the sound of the teal shimmer. Can’t wait to see the full kit.

Bienchen Mittwollen
Bienchen Mittwollen

January 05, 2020

I love the pop up effect! Your card is stunning 😍 thank you for the amazing idea❤️

Bienchen Mittwollen
Bienchen Mittwollen

January 05, 2020

These are soo beautiful! Love the flowers 💐

Carol H
Carol H

January 05, 2020

What a beautiful card. Would be a joy to receive when getting better. X

JANIS LITYNSKY
JANIS LITYNSKY

January 05, 2020

Ohhhh my Goodness I’m so excited about this new Heri Arts Kit. To win this Kit would be one of my Favs if alll time. Thanks Hero Arts.

Neha Mahajan
Neha Mahajan

January 05, 2020

This card looks so beautiful. Totally enamored my its simplicity and elegance. :)

Tamra Barnes
Tamra Barnes

January 05, 2020

Stunning as always and the color combo is gorgeous!

Stef Perry
Stef Perry

January 05, 2020

Every detail of your card is absolutely stunning! I am in awe!

Stephanie Zilmer
Stephanie Zilmer

January 05, 2020

Love your dimensional bouquet – beautiful card :)

Debbie McKelvey
Debbie McKelvey

January 05, 2020

Your card is gorgeous! I love how you popped up the flowers and the wrapper looks just like the florist ones. Love, love it!

Paula
Paula

January 05, 2020

This card is fantastic!

Melinda Stearns
Melinda Stearns

January 05, 2020

Absolutely gorgeous! What a fabulous kit.

Carol Tidrow
Carol Tidrow

January 05, 2020

Your card is beautiful! Love all the dimension.

Mary Zana Lawson
Mary Zana Lawson

January 05, 2020

Beautiful card!! I love the bouquet!!

Joyce
Joyce

January 05, 2020

Jess your card is amazing! Thanks for sharing.

Amy Peyton
Amy Peyton

January 05, 2020

I love everything about this card! I love how you colored the flowers, the layout of the card, the added dimension you incorporated into the bouquet. It is all just perfect! I can’t wait to see the full kit :)

Toni
Toni

January 05, 2020

Jess this is a very detailed and beautiful fo flower bouquet.

Ellen Fayard
Ellen Fayard

January 05, 2020

Gosh, I’m amazed at the beautiful cards from this kit. I love flowers. Jessica your flowers and card are outstanding!

Andrea Card
Andrea Card

January 04, 2020

So beautiful!!! I love the colors!!

Julie
Julie

January 04, 2020

Beautiful card! I’m excited for this kit. It looks fabulous.

Sandra
Sandra

January 04, 2020

Wow this card is perfection. That wrapper die must come live at my house!

Angela
Angela

January 04, 2020

Such a sweet card.

Amy Dienes
Amy Dienes

January 04, 2020

Love the dimension you created. Beautiful colors.

Helen Potter
Helen Potter

January 04, 2020

What a beautiful bouquet, Jess. Love what you’ve done xx

Mona
Mona

January 04, 2020

Great inspiration

Carolyn Pokorney
Carolyn Pokorney

January 04, 2020

Love love this kit very bright and cheery! Would be great birthday gift!

Juana Vega
Juana Vega

January 04, 2020

Love how the flowers put up from the card, great sentiments too.

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