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January My Monthly Hero Countdown: Idea #3 + Giveaway

by Jessica Frost-Ballas January 04, 2020 368 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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Judy Hall
Judy Hall

January 04, 2020

What a lovely get well card!

Kimberly Dorval
Kimberly Dorval

January 04, 2020

Love all the pretty flowers.

Sharon Gullikson
Sharon Gullikson

January 04, 2020

I just love how you shaded the flowers so subtly, Jessica. GORGE!!

Stephanie B
Stephanie B

January 04, 2020

I love what you did with the dimension for the bouquet and the added texture of the tissue paper! That aqua ink is to dye for ;) I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

Eileen
Eileen

January 04, 2020

I love to color and the flowers serve so many uses.
Beautiful card!

JL
JL

January 04, 2020

I bet the dimension on that card in real life is fantastic. Great idea.

Darylene
Darylene

January 04, 2020

Love this kit and all its potential. Lovely card too.

elaine
elaine

January 04, 2020

who would have thought of tucking in left over tissue paper. thanks for the water spritz tips. a great card that truly pops.

rachel duong
rachel duong

January 04, 2020

I am so excited to see this kit in full. I love these die cut flowers and I am super excited to see the aqua glimmer metallic ink. This card is a beautifull bouquet of happy!

Debi Walton
Debi Walton

January 04, 2020

Love the way you created this card. Great idea to give dimension to the bouquet wrapper. Want to try this myself. Love the colors you used and can’t wait to get this kit.

Nicole
Nicole

January 04, 2020

This is such a gorgeous bouquet, the foam really makes it pop. I live the color selection.

Randy N
Randy N

January 04, 2020

LOVE how these flowers were layered! So gorgeous!

Nicole Rinaldi
Nicole Rinaldi

January 04, 2020

Beautiful card Jessica! I love all the dimension!

Marilynn
Marilynn

January 04, 2020

What a beautifully designed card

Janna Doyscher
Janna Doyscher

January 04, 2020

Love the dimensional elements of this card. So pretty and fresh looking!!

Debbi Smith
Debbi Smith

January 04, 2020

Absolutely gorgeous card! Makes me think of the old Victorian valentines.

Dee Earnshaw
Dee Earnshaw

January 04, 2020

wow love all the layers on this card – thanks for sharing

Josmary Flores
Josmary Flores

January 04, 2020

Wow this kit is going to be so awesome

karen chester
karen chester

January 04, 2020

What a beautiful bunch of flowers. I’m sure it would cheer anyone up. I can’t wait to get my kit in the mail!!

Marsha Stehle
Marsha Stehle

January 04, 2020

Beautiful card! I definitely need this kit!

Deborah Cooper
Deborah Cooper

January 04, 2020

Beautiful card. The flowers are lovely!

Louise Horner
Louise Horner

January 04, 2020

I love these vibrant colors. The tissue was a great idea, too!

Jackie S
Jackie S

January 04, 2020

Beautiful! I can see many uses for the flowers in this die, but love what you have done.

Susan McRae
Susan McRae

January 04, 2020

Wow, that is one gorgeous bouquet of flowers! Lots of great dimension and love the vibrant colors!

Lyndi
Lyndi

January 04, 2020

Gorgeous card! Thanks for the inspiration. I’m so looking forward to this kit!

TamiBabs
TamiBabs

January 04, 2020

Fabulous job coloring in all the flowers – they’re gorgeous!

Karthikha Uday
Karthikha Uday

January 04, 2020

Look at all the dimension and folds!! Fabulous work! <3

Golda
Golda

January 04, 2020

This looks like a lot of work and definitely not mail-able, but it really is beautiful. Thank you for the “behind the scenes” pictures, so we can see the pop dots and how you put your bouquet together.

KatiC
KatiC

January 04, 2020

I am in LOVE!!! WHAT A GORGEOUS BOUQUET!!! I love the color combinations, the layout and the background is such a lovely light turquoise!!! I can’t wait to see all the kit!!!

Margaret R
Margaret R

January 04, 2020

Wow! That’s a lot of work – and what a gorgeous result! That’s a great tip about cutting tissue paper – would never have thought of that!

Barb Kirkwood
Barb Kirkwood

January 04, 2020

What a beautiful card. I love all the layers. Very sweet.

Karen Brown
Karen Brown

January 04, 2020

Gorgeous! Looking forward to the reveal on Monday. :-)

Nan Brown
Nan Brown

January 04, 2020

This is absolutely stunning. Love how you colored and layered the bouquet. Also great tip on the tissue paper!

Lisa K
Lisa K

January 04, 2020

Gorgeous! I keep saying the same thing. Those roses are so beautiful. Love the wrap holding the bright, lovely roses. This looks to be a super kit!

Kendra
Kendra

January 04, 2020

I love the layered look of all these flowers. What a beautiful example.

Carolyn
Carolyn

January 04, 2020

What a versatile set of stamps and dies! Everyone needs this kit.

Isabelle
Isabelle

January 04, 2020

A beautiful card with plenty dimension !

Shannon
Shannon

January 04, 2020

Another fantastic creation with this month’s kit! Thanks for sharing.

Martha Berry
Martha Berry

January 04, 2020

What a gorgeous card! This card would brighten anyone’s day. The flowers are so beautifully colored. Thanks for the reminder about spritzing the heavy card stock. I often forget that step until it is too late. I am so excited about this kit!

Shirlene
Shirlene

January 04, 2020

I love the variety of color and type in your flower bouquet. Also the tips are great. So much fun , can’t wait😊

Jewel Allen
Jewel Allen

January 04, 2020

Gorgeous

Eva
Eva

January 04, 2020

An everlasting flower Bouquet – how beautiful made!

Lindar C
Lindar C

January 04, 2020

I love all the added dimension! Very pretty card!

Miriam
Miriam

January 04, 2020

Absolutely stunning! Love the tissue paper element and all that dimension.

Sandy C
Sandy C

January 04, 2020

That’s a lovely card with beautiful colors. The tissue paper is such a clever idea, I think I’ll be borrowing it. Now I’m wondering if tissue paper flowers will work . . .

Kelsey Thomas
Kelsey Thomas

January 04, 2020

This is so beautiful! Love all of the dimension in this card! :)

Marie T
Marie T

January 04, 2020

Perfectly lucsious color combination for the bouquet!

Mo
Mo

January 04, 2020

How beautiful! That card would make anyone feel better! Love the colors and layers!

NWFlamingo
NWFlamingo

January 04, 2020

Wow! Vibrant and cheerful indeed. This really woke me up. Love it!

Linda
Linda

January 04, 2020

Very pretty, nice background!

Twylla Smith
Twylla Smith

January 04, 2020

I can almost smell the flowers. Gorgeous!

Ellibelle
Ellibelle

January 04, 2020

So beautiful! Loving all the layers!

Terri cox
Terri cox

January 04, 2020

Beautiful colors!

D Hoxworth
D Hoxworth

January 04, 2020

Jessica Frost-Ballas re: Idea #3
This get well card is just Be-U-Ti-Ful! What an amazing looking card. I just love it! Great job. Thank you!

Michelle Montemurro
Michelle Montemurro

January 04, 2020

Beautiful bright pink and purple flowers. Beautiful bouquet.

Mary Holshouser
Mary Holshouser

January 04, 2020

Love the fussy-mussy. The flowers
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Beth Merrill
Beth Merrill

January 04, 2020

Gorgeous card! I love all the different ways you created dimension.

Wendy C
Wendy C

January 04, 2020

Beautiful! Love the color of all the flowers and how they pop with the lighter background.

Cyndi Morris
Cyndi Morris

January 04, 2020

Your card is absolutely gorgeous. The coloring and style are amazing. This may be my favorite kit so far.

Lou Ann Evans
Lou Ann Evans

January 04, 2020

Love the colors you chose and the shading ! It makes the flowers come alive. Beautiful!

Beverly Robinson
Beverly Robinson

January 04, 2020

What a happy card! Love the metallic ink and the soft background.

Kailash
Kailash

January 04, 2020

This kit is a definite must have, such a gorgeous bouquet of flowers!

Shirley Wallen
Shirley Wallen

January 04, 2020

Once again a beautiful card. I love these teasers on what we’re getting. Everything looks usable pretty much year round and I love that.

Connie
Connie

January 04, 2020

Love the card idea.

Allie
Allie

January 04, 2020

GORGEOUS Jessica! As always. Love yr work!

Sandi Griffiths
Sandi Griffiths

January 04, 2020

I love the new kit and cards made from it. The flower die cut is awesome.

Julia D.
Julia D.

January 04, 2020

Beautiful coloring of the die cuts! And I love how you popped them up to give dimension. Looking forward to seeing the rest of the peeks and the kit reveal. Thank you for the chance to win!!

Barbara-Jean
Barbara-Jean

January 04, 2020

That card is so beautiful! And vibrant! A wonderful spirit-lifter to be sure!

Patti Killen
Patti Killen

January 04, 2020

The flowers are so lifelike! I can’t wait to see all the elements of this stunning kit! Another win Hero Arts!

Rhonna Blatt
Rhonna Blatt

January 04, 2020

Beautiful card with such vibrant colors.

Andrea Shell
Andrea Shell

January 04, 2020

Your bouquet is beautiful! Thank you for the tip about spritzing the paper with water!

Madeline L
Madeline L

January 04, 2020

This kit looks amazing! Can’t wait until Monday to see the whole thing!

C Alderman
C Alderman

January 04, 2020

Beautiful card! Beautiful stamp.

Karen Jordan
Karen Jordan

January 04, 2020

Oh, Jessica! You’ve done it again! It’s absolutely gorgeous and your coloring is amazing, as always. I can’t wait to try out these dies!
Karen

Emily Henry
Emily Henry

January 04, 2020

Beautiful bouquet. I love layering flowers.

Lagene
Lagene

January 04, 2020

Gorgeous bouquet of flowers, I love all the dimention you achieved with the foam dots!!!

Marlene Johnson
Marlene Johnson

January 04, 2020

Another beautiful card! Can’t wait for the entire kit to be revealed..

Connie Griffin
Connie Griffin

January 04, 2020

This is a gorgeous bouquet!!

Meghan Kennihan
Meghan Kennihan

January 04, 2020

This is beautiful! I LOVE the 3-D effect!

Patty A Eifert
Patty A Eifert

January 04, 2020

Wow! Such beautiful bright colors! That will definitely bring a smile to the receiving party!!

Beth Harple
Beth Harple

January 04, 2020

This card reminds me of getting flowers at the street vendors.

Helen
Helen

January 04, 2020

What a fabulous bouquet of flowers, Jess. Your layering is amazing — great for this card design. Thanks for the inspiration.

Laurie Schlichter
Laurie Schlichter

January 04, 2020

I love your vibrant colors on the flowers.

Nonie
Nonie

January 04, 2020

I absolutely 💖💖💖💖 this, I can’t wait to get my kit!

Flo
Flo

January 04, 2020

What a great get well card. Someone not feeling well would love to get this.

Anne
Anne

January 04, 2020

You have created a beautiful card! Love the tissue and “paper bag” holder for the flowers! just stunning!

Charlotte G
Charlotte G

January 04, 2020

I love this! You have created a beautifully colored card. I can hardly wait to receive the kit.

Michelle Sambajon
Michelle Sambajon

January 04, 2020

Wow! Coloring the flower die-cuts really make them pop!

Retta Lutte
Retta Lutte

January 04, 2020

Such a pretty card! I love these flowers. Beautifully colored!

Claudine Vance
Claudine Vance

January 04, 2020

I love this card! I love the dimension and the colors and well, just everything! Thank you for sharing with us! Can’t wait to see this kit!

Karen L Hetherington
Karen L Hetherington

January 04, 2020

Your card is beautiful! I would definitely hand deliver it. I can’t wait to see the whole kit!

Cynthia Cole
Cynthia Cole

January 04, 2020

Simply stunning floral bouquet.

Carole Renneker
Carole Renneker

January 04, 2020

Gorgeous card! I love your beautiful bouquet. Thanks for the peek.

Theresa P
Theresa P

January 04, 2020

Just love this bouquet stamp. Love the dimension on your lovely card!

Amy Cooley
Amy Cooley

January 04, 2020

Wow, gorgeous, romantic and such great dimension! I can’t wait to see more of this kit.

Marianne
Marianne

January 04, 2020

What a fabulous flower bouquet!

Christy Malone
Christy Malone

January 04, 2020

What a gorgeous card! Thanks for the tip to spray cardstock before folding. I’m going to try it because that is definitely a struggle for me.

Melanie Parnell
Melanie Parnell

January 04, 2020

Just stunning! I love how you added different levels of dimension.

Melanie
Melanie

January 04, 2020

Beautiful card, can’t wait to see the release

candy Hazzard
candy Hazzard

January 04, 2020

Love it!