Due to Covid-19, please expect your order to be in house approximately 10 business days before it ships.  READ MORE 

Due to Covid-19, please expect your order to be in house approximately 10 business days before it ships.  READ MORE 

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!





Jessica Frost-Ballas
Jessica Frost-Ballas

Author


Please login in with your Hero Arts account in order to comment.
Click HERE to sign up if you don't have an account.

68 Responses

Dawn Thompson
Dawn Thompson

January 04, 2020

That card is just stunning… I love all the layers…. cannot wait to see this kit

Margie
Margie

January 04, 2020

Love the pops of color and that you gave it so much dimension

Carol H.
Carol H.

January 04, 2020

Your card is totally beautiful!

MrsB8T
MrsB8T

January 04, 2020

Such a gorgeous card

Michelle Hackett
Michelle Hackett

January 04, 2020

I love the tissue paper idea!!! And I always enjoy seeing what you create with the monthly kit. Such a beautiful arrangement!! I’m excited to see the whole kit.

Sheri Weems
Sheri Weems

January 04, 2020

So pretty! This kit will make such great Mother’s Day cards and themes for Spring. Just lovely!

Yolanda F.
Yolanda F.

January 04, 2020

I love the dimension of your card. Those flower dies are wonderful. The background compliments the card so nicely.

Kathy A
Kathy A

January 04, 2020

The flower dies are awesome. They look like blending ink on the will be easy

Rachel
Rachel

January 04, 2020

Beautiful card! I love the layers of dimension. And the color palette is gorgeous.

Kathy James
Kathy James

January 04, 2020

I love all of the flowers! And it’s so fun to see the way you colored them. Beautiful card!

Anne
Anne

January 04, 2020

Wow, SO pretty! I could use some pretty in my life. Even if I don’t win thanks for the inspiration, but darn it sure would be Great to win !

barbara w
barbara w

January 04, 2020

What a beautiful card! I love all of the dimension.

Kiyomi
Kiyomi

January 04, 2020

wow! so vibrant and gorgeous! I love this card.

Kimberly T.
Kimberly T.

January 04, 2020

This card is beautiful. I love the bouquet is nicely done!

Betty
Betty

January 04, 2020

every sneak peek idea gets better and better – love your little tissue paper behind the bouquet!

Virginia Delpiano
Virginia Delpiano

January 04, 2020

Another absolutely fabulous card from the January kit. Love the colors. Hurry hurry Monday!

Toni L
Toni L

January 04, 2020

Oh so pretty! Love the dimensional aspect of this card too.

marianne barr
marianne barr

January 04, 2020

Love the flowers, can’t have too many. You could make all types of cards birthday, sympathy, thinking of you, get well and so much more.

marianne barr
marianne barr

January 04, 2020

Love the flowers, can’t have too many. You could make all types of cards birthday, sympathy, thinking of you, get well and so much more.

Anne Furth Snelgrove
Anne Furth Snelgrove

January 04, 2020

Such a lovely breath of spring and I really like the dimensional quality of this card. The flower dies will make a wonderful and unique addition to my stash.

Ellen Gilliam
Ellen Gilliam

January 04, 2020

What a beautiful handmade gift this card would be for an ailing friend!

Darlene
Darlene

January 04, 2020

Jess, this card is spectacular. Love the vibrant colors and your clever construction. Thank you Jess and thank you Hero Arts!

Dgolly
Dgolly

January 04, 2020

Beautiful card. LOVE all the dimension. Thanks for sharing.

littlen
littlen

January 04, 2020

Beautiful card. Adding dimension really makes a statement.

Charly
Charly

January 04, 2020

Absolutely stunning! WOW!

Toni F
Toni F

January 04, 2020

Beautiful color combination on the flowers

PHYLLIS FREESE
PHYLLIS FREESE

January 04, 2020

Love all the layers of these flowers.

Elaine Hawley
Elaine Hawley

January 04, 2020

I like the variety of flower dies in this kit.

GLenda M Sultan
GLenda M Sultan

January 04, 2020

Thank you Jess for showing us a side view. You made a fabulous card!

Gail O'Keefe
Gail O'Keefe

January 04, 2020

I love the clever idea of a bouquet wrapper. Making this dimensional just gives it special zing!

Heidi Macy
Heidi Macy

January 04, 2020

What a wonderful get well card, very cheerful!

Anushree Vaish
Anushree Vaish

January 04, 2020

I am amazed and drooling over this beautiful art work…Thanks Jessica for always inspiring!!

Laura P.
Laura P.

January 04, 2020

What a spectacular card! The Aqua Glimmer Mist background is beautiful and the dimension on the flowers is so pretty. Thanks for sharing highlights of this fabulous new kit!

Lissa
Lissa

January 04, 2020

I love these cards! The flowers, and colors are just enticing!

Michele W
Michele W

January 04, 2020

Mission accomplished! I love your vibrant and cheerful bouquet, your use of tissue paper, and the way you added dimension to the brown wrapper. Thanks for the inspiration!

Marty Harris
Marty Harris

January 04, 2020

How I love this kit! You have made a stunning card, Jessica—one that would be a joy to give and to receive.

Lonya H Mathys
Lonya H Mathys

January 04, 2020

Thanks for the tip for folding heavy cardstock. Love your bouquet.

Marcela Alvarez
Marcela Alvarez

January 04, 2020

Beautiful card! I love the dimension you gave to bouquet of flowers!

Kimberly McField
Kimberly McField

January 04, 2020

I love this gorgeous card, and I can’t wait to play with that Aqua Glimmer Metallic Ink!

Lisa Byers
Lisa Byers

January 04, 2020

Absolutely gorgeous card!! I love all of the different layers and the background made with the glimmer ink is awesome!!

BeverlyBL
BeverlyBL

January 04, 2020

What a lovely flower arrangement with beautiful coloring. I like the added touch of the tissue paper.

Brandy Duncan
Brandy Duncan

January 04, 2020

Gorgeous bouquet. I’m exhited to see the kit as a whole.

nancy f
nancy f

January 04, 2020

Love the colors. This is going to be a great kit.

Sherry Parsons
Sherry Parsons

January 04, 2020

Love love love the dimensional flowers and the envelope. WOW! Cannot wait to see the whole product package.

Patty McMurray
Patty McMurray

January 04, 2020

This is so gorgeous

Denise Kitts-Wadlow
Denise Kitts-Wadlow

January 04, 2020

Jess, your card is so beautiful and full of gorgeous dimension! Love the colors you chose for your flowers, and the spring feel of your card makes me long for winters end. Nice added touch with the holiday tissue wrap, and the stacked foam dots really give definition as well as dimension to your flowers and foliage. Beautiful job!

Janet Durbin
Janet Durbin

January 04, 2020

I love everything about this!! Thanks for all your tips!

SarahC
SarahC

January 04, 2020

Beautiful! Just what I needed on a glum rainy day. TFS

Diana Morrison
Diana Morrison

January 04, 2020

Wow, I love those flowers, seems this kit is stacked full of goodness.

Lindarub
Lindarub

January 04, 2020

Love your card!

Linda S.
Linda S.

January 04, 2020

The coloring on your bouquet is stunning. What a lovely card to make and share. Looking forward to this kit.

Ann
Ann

January 04, 2020

I’m really loving those flower dies. You’re bouquet is gorgeous.

Jeanne Beam
Jeanne Beam

January 04, 2020

Absolutely gorgeous card! Love the beautiful layers of flowers.
Thanks for sharing…

Marion Winall
Marion Winall

January 04, 2020

This is my favorite one so far… the hues of lavender & purple are my go to colors!

Beth Canary-Lee
Beth Canary-Lee

January 04, 2020

Love your card. Your coloring is wonderful and foam tape for 3D just adds another wow factor! Thanks for sharing your creative card idea with all of us.

Robyn Miller
Robyn Miller

January 04, 2020

Love the card. Can’t wait for the kit.

Bonita Reyes
Bonita Reyes

January 04, 2020

I can’t wait to use this fab kit!

Gloria Gorby
Gloria Gorby

January 04, 2020

This is a stunning card. Great job.

Andre M.
Andre M.

January 04, 2020

Lovely paper bouquet!

Susan Petersen
Susan Petersen

January 04, 2020

The colors your chose are bright and vibrant.

Linda Harris
Linda Harris

January 04, 2020

Love the way you used the tissue paper in this! So pretty!!!

Fionna Wheatley
Fionna Wheatley

January 04, 2020

I find dies harder to work with, but you make it look effortless! Can’t wait to see the full reveal!

Lin Brandyberry
Lin Brandyberry

January 04, 2020

This is really lovely, Jess! And I liked your tip about wetting the cardstock if you want to manipulate it for dimension – thank you!

Susy Ramirez
Susy Ramirez

January 04, 2020

Beautiful card! I love everything about it. The background is very lovely and I love the vibrant leaves.

Karen Nelson
Karen Nelson

January 04, 2020

I absolutely LOVE the flowers, the different types of flowers and vibrant colors!! This is a beautifully designed card with the vibrant colored flowers and the dimension of them as well as the dimension of the envelope. You are an artist Jess! Thank you for the beautiful card.

Seema Raja
Seema Raja

January 04, 2020

The colors on the card are so vibrant and I love how the wrapper was created giving it a very realistic look!

Lauren Z.
Lauren Z.

January 04, 2020

The bouquet is overflowing with beauty.♥️ I love your tissue paper idea. This will be a beautiful kit.

Cindy WB
Cindy WB

January 04, 2020

Great use of layers!