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July My Monthly Hero Countdown: Idea #4 + Giveaway

by Jessica Frost-Ballas July 11, 2020 224 Comments

It's time for another countdown peek! The July My Monthly Hero kit will be available to pre-order on Monday, July 13 at 1pm Eastern/10am Pacific. Now let’s join Jess for some fabulous inspiration using this month's kit! 

Hello! Don't you just love this kit?! I love all the underwater images and today I'm sharing how to create a card with lots of color variety using only three colors of ink!

There are tons of great aquas, blues, and teal inks in the Hero Arts ink family but I decided to narrow down to using just three inks: Aegean, Aquatic, and one of my favorites, Navy!  And I used them in a few different ways so that it looks like I'm using way more than just three inks on my card! ;)

To start I stamped the new Color Layering image from the kit using my three chosen inks. For the solid bottom layer I inked it with Aegean and Aquatic ink and stamped it with my MISTI.  Next I cleaned off the stamp and then swiped my Navy ink pad along the bottom of the stamp and stamped it again. This just added a little depth to the bottom of the stamp. I stamped the middle layer with Navy ink and then heat-embossed the top layer with Brass Embossing Powder.

I die-cut it with the coordinating die included in the kit and then used a VERY light hand to blend a little Navy ink along the white edges of the die-cut to help it blend better. Next I die-cut the stand alone ruins with Nautical Hero Hues Cardstock. I layered them together so that the ruins peeked out from behind the stamped landscape. Then I blended the same three inks: Aegean, Aquatic, and Navy onto a panel of bristol smooth white cardstock. I stamped my sentiment and the cute dolphins with Navy ink and then adhered the rest of my scene to the blended panel to finish the underwater paradise!

*** 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, July 13, before the kit launches at 10am Pacific. The more you comment, the more chances to win!

Good luck!





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Vanessa Carroll
Vanessa Carroll

July 14, 2020

Beautiful! It seems you almost expect to see a mermaid swimming about somewhere close!

Terri
Terri

July 14, 2020

I love this card – such gorgeous color choices and really gives you an Atlantis vibe.

phyllis Meisenheimer
phyllis Meisenheimer

July 13, 2020

Love the colors, as a former scuba diver I really appreciate this kit!!

Lori A
Lori A

July 13, 2020

New to the card kit world and love the Atlantis theme of this set.

Kathryn Brown
Kathryn Brown

July 13, 2020

Beautiful card! I must get this kit!

Adonya S.
Adonya S.

July 13, 2020

I just love what you did with the background- so beautiful!

Sandy
Sandy

July 13, 2020

The dark in the background really gives this card dimension. Love it!

Mary Reiner
Mary Reiner

July 13, 2020

Beautiful ocean scene! I love the colors 💙

Diana King
Diana King

July 13, 2020

Such a peaceful scene. I love anything to do with water.

Anirudh
Anirudh

July 12, 2020

Wow! Those ruins at the back set the complete look of atlantis. So eagerly waiting for the kit.

Robyn S
Robyn S

July 12, 2020

Amazing use of three ink colours to get a beautiful card. Looking forward to the reveal!

Denise Kitts-Wadlow
Denise Kitts-Wadlow

July 12, 2020

Great card Jess! Love the colors you chose for blending the water. Such a bright, beautiful scene. All of your design team has done a wonderful job on putting your own spin on this magical underwater city.

Valerija
Valerija

July 12, 2020

Gorgeous card, love the colours and this cute scene.
Valerija xx

Patt H.
Patt H.

July 12, 2020

Love the beautiful blending in your background & the gorgeous underwater scenery!

Debby Green
Debby Green

July 12, 2020

Your blended background is so smooth! Love the colors! Amazing!

Rebecca Ednie
Rebecca Ednie

July 12, 2020

Beautiful. Great colour choices.

Lynn Hardy
Lynn Hardy

July 12, 2020

Another fabulous card with great ink blending too.

Allen Lindsay
Allen Lindsay

July 12, 2020

Love the colors on this!

Miriam Prantner
Miriam Prantner

July 12, 2020

I love the blended background and the use of gold embossing on the last layer of the foreground. Such a pretty card!

SueB
SueB

July 12, 2020

Beautiful inking and looks just like underwater.

Glenna
Glenna

July 12, 2020

Really love the ink blending. So clear and realistic. Will need to work harder at my blending!!

tina z
tina z

July 12, 2020

I love your shading of the water!

Daphni Ames
Daphni Ames

July 12, 2020

Great use of color. A dusk scuba dive……

Erika
Erika

July 12, 2020

I love the colors you used to blend the background – so pretty. I’m so excited about the layering possibilities!!

Beth White
Beth White

July 12, 2020

Such a pretty card. I love the vibrant inks.

Adonya S.
Adonya S.

July 12, 2020

Wow that looks amazing- this is a great set! Thanks for sharing!

K. Rock.
K. Rock.

July 12, 2020

The navy ink around the background die cut looks great. Waiting”patiently” for the release to get here…

Carolyn Potter
Carolyn Potter

July 12, 2020

Love this dark, deep underwater scene-feel like I need to come up for air! Great colours used to set the scene. Thanks for sharing

dori
dori

July 12, 2020

So pretty, Jessica, I really like the yellow in there with all the blues!

Kendra
Kendra

July 12, 2020

I am so impressed that you made this whole card with three colors. I really like how the background turned out.

Angela Self
Angela Self

July 12, 2020

What a beautiful card! I can’t wait to get This month’s MMH 😁

Cynthia Link
Cynthia Link

July 12, 2020

Love the layers, and especially the sparkly background. Just gorgeous! The more I see of this set, the more I like it!

Shawn Wenrich
Shawn Wenrich

July 12, 2020

Jess this card is just full of beautiful inking and a wonderful scene love everything about it. Thanks for the inspiration!

NWFlamingo
NWFlamingo

July 12, 2020

Nice. This color scheme makes the ruins seem so scary! Who dares to go there?

Pamela Shea
Pamela Shea

July 12, 2020

This looks amazing. TFS

Chris
Chris

July 12, 2020

I love the embossed plants and the deep colors used.

Bev Wilkinson
Bev Wilkinson

July 12, 2020

This is so spectacular I thought it was an underwater photo at a quick glance. Can’t wait to play. Would love to win a kit!

Dorothy A
Dorothy A

July 12, 2020

Such a beautiful underwater landscape! I also love your shading of the water!

Queen Mary
Queen Mary

July 12, 2020

Lovely card Jess, you capture the depths perfectly, you make me want to find the peace of the seashore…..

cecelia
cecelia

July 12, 2020

ooooh dark depth of the sea! thanks for the inspiration.

Karen
Karen

July 12, 2020

Beautiful colors and really like the ruins in the background in the dark color.

Iris Esther López
Iris Esther López

July 12, 2020

Great card. The brass embossed plants look beautiful.

Geri S
Geri S

July 12, 2020

Can’t wait to escape underwater with this wonderful set or to see the rest! Beautiful card!

karenajo
karenajo

July 12, 2020

Amazing what you achieved with just the three colors – it does look like so many more! Beautiful card – thanks for sharing!

Seema Raja
Seema Raja

July 12, 2020

Love the colors on this card! Hero Arts has very beautiful inks.

SarahC
SarahC

July 12, 2020

Beautiful card! The colors blend so well and I can easily imagine myself in scuba gear underwater.

Mary Holshouser
Mary Holshouser

July 12, 2020

Beautiful card. There is so much
depth to it. You can see into the
distance and know there are
more fish out there.
thanks for sharing
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Miriam
Miriam

July 12, 2020

Lovely set. This card feels like an illustration for an undersea novel!

Mischelle Smith
Mischelle Smith

July 12, 2020

I have purchased several under the sea type stamps and kits from Hero Arts. This looks like my next purchase.

Debbie Siddle
Debbie Siddle

July 12, 2020

Love the contrast of light and dark here and the luminescent effect xxx

Deborah Trathen
Deborah Trathen

July 12, 2020

I would absolutely love this kit

Charlotte E (Lady Joyful)
Charlotte E (Lady Joyful)

July 12, 2020

That background is gorgeous! Beautiful design.

Carol Krup
Carol Krup

July 12, 2020

I love the colors of this card and especially the purple/blue around the ruins.

Cyndi Morris
Cyndi Morris

July 12, 2020

Beautiful underwater scene. I love those dolphins.

Linda Clark
Linda Clark

July 12, 2020

I am loving this kit so much! I love the colors you used in creating the sea floor. I am loving the ruins die! Can’t wait to see this entire kit!

Cynthia O.
Cynthia O.

July 12, 2020

Beautiful colors and great underwater scene, Jess!

Brandy Moore
Brandy Moore

July 12, 2020

So pretty

Meghan Kennihan
Meghan Kennihan

July 12, 2020

This is eerily BEAUTIFUL!… I love the dark colors and silhouettes!

Christy Malone
Christy Malone

July 12, 2020

How beautiful! The depth in the background is amazing.

Jackie McKnite
Jackie McKnite

July 12, 2020

Very haunting look to it. Looks like Atlantis.

Andrea H
Andrea H

July 12, 2020

Oh wow look at that blending. It looks fabulous. You’ve really captured the depth of the sea colour. Sheer brilliance. Xxx

Diane Zalusky
Diane Zalusky

July 12, 2020

The dark blue makes the ocean just a little ominous. But still, I would want to explore.

Carla vdM
Carla vdM

July 12, 2020

My goodness, I can hardly believe that you only used 3 colours on your card…it looks amazing!
Even the embossed part fit in great.

Dee Earnshaw
Dee Earnshaw

July 12, 2020

love this dramatic scene:)

katherine
katherine

July 12, 2020

This is fabulous!

Lagene
Lagene

July 12, 2020

WOW, I love the depth the layering gave your underwater scene!

Maria B
Maria B

July 12, 2020

Such a lovely job you did of blending the background.

Stephanie
Stephanie

July 12, 2020

Wow, this undersea kit looks gorgeous!! All the mermaid backgrounds we could do with it!!

Janet Durbin
Janet Durbin

July 12, 2020

I love the techniques you used in your lovely scene!

Johna Rosser
Johna Rosser

July 12, 2020

I love the contrast of the black with that blue!! Stunning!

Avra N Williams
Avra N Williams

July 12, 2020

Beautiful ocean scene!

MandaLJ
MandaLJ

July 12, 2020

Aegean and Aquatic are perfectly named inks for this beautiful card!
Kelly Rix
Kelly Rix

July 12, 2020

Your card is what brought me over here from Instagram. I adore that sentiment!!

Rachel Handforth
Rachel Handforth

July 12, 2020

I love this card, the simplicity of the 3 colors with the pop of Brass is simply stunning. I can’t wait to get my hands on this kit!

Patti Nienberg
Patti Nienberg

July 12, 2020

Beautiful card! Beautiful ink blending!

geri
geri

July 12, 2020

This kit is awesome for getting a 3d look. Loving this!!!

Linda
Linda

July 12, 2020

The colors you chose to layer on the reef are lovely! Thanks for sharing.

Sheri Weems
Sheri Weems

July 12, 2020

LOVE the colors!

Felicia C
Felicia C

July 12, 2020

Underwater scenes are among my favorites. I love how you used minimal ink colors to create such a dramatic look. Bravo!

Lori Lehnen
Lori Lehnen

July 12, 2020

Gorgeous card!
Great job with the ink blending, very realistic, makes you feel like you are really there.
Thanks for sharing.

Joanne Williams
Joanne Williams

July 12, 2020

Beautiful blending! I would have guessed more than three colors. Thanks for sharing.

nancy f
nancy f

July 12, 2020

I really love the ocean. What a great kit and card!

Linda S.
Linda S.

July 12, 2020

I really like the dark Navy ink on your card and how it adds so much depth and shadow. Another great layering set in this kit.

Marsha Stehle
Marsha Stehle

July 12, 2020

Fantastic card! Love all the different shades of blue!

Bertha
Bertha

July 12, 2020

Lovely card. Great background with the three colours. There is something about they way you blended them, with white dots showing through…. really great underwater effect.

Lucia
Lucia

July 12, 2020

Beautiful blended background and 3d effect!!!

Jane A McBee
Jane A McBee

July 12, 2020

A beautiful card!! The colors are stunnings.

Anushree Vaish
Anushree Vaish

July 12, 2020

Beautiful scene!!

Janet M Lebeau
Janet M Lebeau

July 12, 2020

Your killing me!!! I want it so badly!!! This card is stunning!!!

Ling
Ling

July 12, 2020

I really love the color and underwater scene. So pretty

Terrie
Terrie

July 12, 2020

Gorgeous card – love the colour layers you’ve created!

Allie Fernandes
Allie Fernandes

July 12, 2020

Jessica!!!! As always, just absolutely beautiful!!!! Love the deep, mysterious colours you have used ❤️ So looking forward to my first underwater HA Kit YIPEEEEE

Anouk
Anouk

July 12, 2020

Great card! So curious to see the complete kit!

melaniejerome
melaniejerome

July 12, 2020

you sure make it easy to do scene cards thanks
beautiful!

Scraporcraft
Scraporcraft

July 12, 2020

I like that the scene can be completed with fewer colors and still have the depth look and feel.

Kenzie Higdon
Kenzie Higdon

July 12, 2020

You did such a nice job. I have a deep love for the ocean, and this looks so intriguing, I can’t wait to sea more!!!!!!!!!!!!

ESTELLE
ESTELLE

July 12, 2020

This kit seams to be amazing. I really love under water scenes.

Art_of_albara
Art_of_albara

July 12, 2020

I love your card Jessica. It’s beautiful with great contrast. It seems that you used more than 3 inks. Thanks for sharing this techniques with us. ❤️

Bunny Dobbie
Bunny Dobbie

July 12, 2020

I’m blown away by the different looks everyone is getting with colours and this kit. Just beautiful!

Kimberly Curphey
Kimberly Curphey

July 12, 2020

I love the blue-green combination in this card. Doing partial stamping to add depth was very clever.

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