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July My Monthly Hero Countdown: Idea #5 + Giveaway!

by Jessica Frost-Ballas July 01, 2018 281 Comments

Good morning! We are back with another countdown post, leading up to the release of the July My Monthly Hero Kit! Release day is Monday, July 2nd at 1pm Eastern/10am Pacific. Join us as we continue to share ideas using both the main kit, as well as the new optional add-on products that will also be available on Monday. Now let's join Jess who is sharing a slightly different take on the main kit!

Okay, so I hope everyone has been enjoying the bright and cheerful countdown cards this weekend because I'm going to take it in a different direction! ;) Ever since I was a kid I've always found carnivals and fairs a little creepy.  It didn't help that I read a horror book as a teen that featured a carnival and cemented the idea of a creepy carnival in my head.  So when I saw this month's kit I immediately thought about using it to make a creepy carnival/It-themed card!  Ha.

I'm pretty sure I can count on one hand the number of times I've intentionally set out to create a sepia or vintage-themed card.  However when I saw the kit I immediately thought about the scene in the movie It (the original 1980s made-for-tv movie) where the kids are looking at a book with old photographs and there's carnival music playing and suddenly the photograph comes to life and the creepy clown pops up.  There wasn't a clown stamp in the kit but I figured the red balloon was a pretty iconic image from that movie so I used it instead!  

To start I blended Soft Brown ink around the edges of a piece of watercolor paper.  Then I blended Cup O' Joe ink around the corners and edges to add a little darker shading.  I deliberately kept the shading a little uneven to give it more of a natural look.  I also added a little Gold ink to the edges.

Next I stamped the carousel with intense black ink and masked it with a post-it note.  Then I stamped the park silhouette stamp across the panel with intense black ink.  I removed the post-it mask and added a little shading with brown colored pencils.  I also stamped the balloon and colored it with colored pencils.  Then I stamped the sentiment with versamark and heat-embossed it with gold embossing powder.  Finally I added a little nuvo crystal glaze to the balloon to a little extra shine.  I definitely went in a horror movie-themed direction with my card but you could also use this technique to create a simple vintage look (without the evil clown)! ;) 

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 the countdown posts, and announce the winner first thing Monday morning, July 2nd, before the kit launches at 1pm Eastern. The more you comment, the more chances to win! 

Have a fabulous day and good luck!





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Pam Sertich
Pam Sertich

July 19, 2018

Love the way you used gold in the back ground👏

Kelly Fragoso
Kelly Fragoso

July 18, 2018

Beautiful. I was browsing to try and find an example to get my creative juices flowing again, and you helped. Thank you.

Strickland Phyllis
Strickland Phyllis

July 15, 2018

I love your card!

Deborah Herod
Deborah Herod

July 12, 2018

Such a creative idea. The color brings out the carousel. Makes it look so real. I also like the red balloon floating across the background!

Michele K. Henderson
Michele K. Henderson

July 05, 2018

This is really beautiful! I love the gorgeous shading and shadowing with the pretty earth tones! It looks amazing and so beautifully detailed too!

Christine Fitzgerald
Christine Fitzgerald

July 03, 2018

I just love this card. I find the browns just suit my pallet from thes all wonderful cards. I would love to try my own spin on these colours when my kit arrives. Love it

Susan Keiser
Susan Keiser

July 02, 2018

So agree! All things carney – the stuff of nightmares! And I love this card! ❤️

Oleta Trainer
Oleta Trainer

July 02, 2018

Thank you sooooo much for your wonderful inspiration!

Shweta
Shweta

July 02, 2018

The kit is truely Magical!

Lori Barnett
Lori Barnett

July 02, 2018

Love, love 💕!

Karthikha Uday
Karthikha Uday

July 02, 2018

What a lovely card!!

Jane C
Jane C

July 02, 2018

Fun fun fun is all I can say

Elaine
Elaine

July 02, 2018

Lots of cool ideas for the summer in the new kit!

Karen
Karen

July 02, 2018

Another great card. The pop of Red is a perfect accent to an already lovely card to have ready to mail at a moments notice.

Cindy robinson
Cindy robinson

July 02, 2018

Your right, pretty creepy! I’m so glad there is not a clown in this kit…pretty sure I would have to get rid of it if there was! I immediately thought of the movie IT when I saw the red balloon, even before I read your intro! All that said, I love the sepia style card, it really fits the theme!

Susan
Susan

July 02, 2018

These cards look really intriguing! I think I will be a bit challenged to come up with great ideas on my own for this set, but that’s why I’m so grateful to all your great artists for giving the rest of us inspiration on ways to use these wonderful kits!

Karen Lampe
Karen Lampe

July 02, 2018

You made some beautiful cards with this kit. Looking forward to seeing the whole kit!

Catheryne
Catheryne

July 02, 2018

Hahaha, I can feel a little AHS vibe there…really nice! :-D Love the moody atmosphere…

margaret stewart
margaret stewart

July 02, 2018

Never saw"it" , however now it seems creepy! Love this card!

Rema DeLeeuw
Rema DeLeeuw

July 02, 2018

Looks like a fun kit!

Laura C
Laura C

July 02, 2018

Love the use of color! The balloon in red evokes a feeling of loss compared to the neutral background. Great Job!

Cherryl
Cherryl

July 02, 2018

I love this card! Simple yet so beautiful!❤️❤️❤️

Gina Mongenel
Gina Mongenel

July 02, 2018

Love the sepia ink color with this stamp set!

Bessie
Bessie

July 02, 2018

Wow! Carnivals are so fum. Beautiful!

Rowena
Rowena

July 02, 2018

What a classy antique-looking card! Everything worked to make it scream nostalgia, especially the red balloon.

Georgie D
Georgie D

July 02, 2018

Love the color scheme. Also love the red balloon. It stands out. Love these kits.

Barbara H
Barbara H

July 02, 2018

Just magical! I love it!

K. Eley
K. Eley

July 02, 2018

Hahaha, love it! Great imagination taking the kit in this direction, you did a fantastic job!! Really love the red balloon touch!

Leslie Birdsall
Leslie Birdsall

July 02, 2018

I love this card!

Carla Hundley
Carla Hundley

July 02, 2018

Love the colors
used on the
scene.
Carla from Utah

Cg
Cg

July 02, 2018

So vintage. Reminds me of being young and going to amusement parks.

Evert
Evert

July 02, 2018

I love the simple colors on this card. Sometimes it’s easy to forget you don’t need to spend hours coloring and just a little “pop” of color will do wonders.

SarahC
SarahC

July 02, 2018

I can relate to not liking the circus clowns. To me this card is not creepy, just a vintage look to the end of a summer day at the fair. TFS

Flo
Flo

July 02, 2018

Great look of the monotone card. The red balloon is a nice touch.

Kris Reeves
Kris Reeves

July 02, 2018

I just love those colors!

Betty Wright
Betty Wright

July 02, 2018

Love the warm tones used for this card. Great design!

Charly
Charly

July 02, 2018

Can’t wait for my kit to arrive! Awesome idea.

Retta Lutte
Retta Lutte

July 02, 2018

Love, love, love this card. Just stunning!

Retta Lutte
Retta Lutte

July 02, 2018

Love this card. Beautful

Laura StaleyL
Laura StaleyL

July 02, 2018

Lol, I don’t think your card is creepy at all! It’s beautiful and I love it! Your color choices are gorgeous and the placement of the carousel is perfect! Can’t wait to try it!

Kimberly S
Kimberly S

July 02, 2018

I love ❤️ your sepia, vintage creepy card! That is the style of card si love to create so you are right down my alley. And I’m with you, you know there is always something shady and creepy going on in the shadows at a carnival

Jo
Jo

July 02, 2018

Jess this is so pretty!!! I love the distressed look, and the soft neutrals! That balloon gives that right amount of color and the embossing powder really pops! Beautiful card!
Hugs,
Jo in Jersey

Lori P
Lori P

July 02, 2018

I love the colours of this card.

karenajo
karenajo

July 02, 2018

You created the sepia vintage look so very well on your card. The carnival elements are wonderful – especially the balloon!

Nancy Deffner
Nancy Deffner

July 02, 2018

Great vintage feel to your card. Glad I haven’t seen the movie!

Leigh G
Leigh G

July 02, 2018

The carousel is so delicate! I can see using this one for birthdays or baby showers.

Betty Dean
Betty Dean

July 02, 2018

Love the ingenuity! Great card!

Rae
Rae

July 02, 2018

Oh I love the carousel. Awesome and summer filled kit. Love the amusement park card!

Cheryl Phillips
Cheryl Phillips

July 02, 2018

As soon as I saw the red balloon I thought of IT! Lol. I just watched the new one yesterday. Love the card and the kit.

Diana W
Diana W

July 02, 2018

I love the olden feel of this card with a little pop of color. I am looking forward to this kit!

Di Brown
Di Brown

July 02, 2018

Love the sepia colour of the fairground with just that pop of red. Fantastic, thank you for sharing such a wonderful kit and for your inspiration.

Chrissy E
Chrissy E

July 02, 2018

I LOVE the vintage direction you took this card in! Totally unexpected, but a beautiful result!

Terrie D.
Terrie D.

July 02, 2018

This is such a great card! I love that lone balloon :)

Lisa A creations
Lisa A creations

July 02, 2018

Your card is really cool and it does have kind of a creepy feel to it. Great job!

S Reyman
S Reyman

July 02, 2018

The old fashioned look of this card is wonderful! The images take on a whole new look when seen through such a lens. Thank you for the versatility of these images. I cannot wait to see what the entire kit looks like tomorrow!

Joyce
Joyce

July 02, 2018

Love the vintage look of this card.

Kirsty Vittetoe
Kirsty Vittetoe

July 02, 2018

Wow !! That’s such a gorgeous card!!!

Janet
Janet

July 02, 2018

Stunning card, love the colors!!

Jackie A
Jackie A

July 02, 2018

I could almost see the seen you were talking about. Also Something Wicked This Way Comes is another creepy carnival that comes to mind.

Jodi Warren
Jodi Warren

July 02, 2018

I also love those books too and love this card with the red balloon. Great job!

Amy Cooley
Amy Cooley

July 02, 2018

These stamps are so cute in this new kit!

Stacey Kowbel
Stacey Kowbel

July 02, 2018

Beautiful card!

Rita Childs
Rita Childs

July 02, 2018

July is here and I’m waiting on Monday… Can’t wait to see all the things to come.

Stacey
Stacey

July 02, 2018

Wow how creative (and creepy, lol). Great kit!

Charlene Cisler
Charlene Cisler

July 02, 2018

I really do like what you’ve done with your card. The red balloon is a perfect touch.

Crystal
Crystal

July 02, 2018

I love this card! The palette is perfect and there are always balloons floating around at the fair…reminds me of late summer. :-)

Karen L K
Karen L K

July 02, 2018

Nicely done! Since I am not sure that I saw that movie I think this has a vintage vibe and I think it looks great! I cannot wait to see the whole kit and extras. I love going to the fair so this is very cool.

Keena
Keena

July 02, 2018

I’ve never seen the movie “It”, but I love this card and I’m pretty sure you nailed the sepia background! The red balloon is just perfect!

Sam Burnett
Sam Burnett

July 02, 2018

I love the fonts and sentiments in this kit, and such cool and different elements!

Jaclyn Watler
Jaclyn Watler

July 02, 2018

YES! I was hoping someone would go vintage with this kit. From what I’ve seen so far, this is most what I had in mind for what I want to do with it haha. I’m secretly glad there’s not a clown, but with this example I think the balloon adds 98% of the creepiness factor (the carousel has the other 2%) and I’ve never seen the movie you mentioned lol

Teresa Spavin
Teresa Spavin

July 01, 2018

Oops this one should have said — I love the difference in colors from the bright red balloon and the browns of the fair. I think of a child at the end of a long day of eating too much cotton candy and corndog and then they cry because their bright red ballon is released into the air.

Teresa Spavin
Teresa Spavin

July 01, 2018

I loved #6 card the best; though, all of them make me want to go to the county fair.

Helen Gullett
Helen Gullett

July 01, 2018

I love this vintage look carnival card. Just beautiful!

Nicki Wong
Nicki Wong

July 01, 2018

I’ve never created a sepia colored card and I love yours. Will definitely
be trying that color scheme out soon. Thanks for sharing.

Patt H.
Patt H.

July 01, 2018

Love the rustic look of this awesome card! Great colors!!

M.-C. Grantz
M.-C. Grantz

July 01, 2018

This kit looks like so much fun! Can’t wait to get my mitts on it!

Golda
Golda

July 01, 2018

This is lovely. The sepia is perfect, especially with the bright red balloon.

SMayer
SMayer

July 01, 2018

You got the perfect effect with this card. LOL! (Yikes)

Sherri Cooley
Sherri Cooley

July 01, 2018

Amazing kit.

Marilyn Naunapper
Marilyn Naunapper

July 01, 2018

Brings back memories! What a great idea

Juanita
Juanita

July 01, 2018

The cards show such great enthusiasm that it makes me want to make one of these right now as well as to be able to be at one of those carnivals as we speak! Great job!! Love the colors—

Lauren
Lauren

July 01, 2018

Oh this looks so cool! Can’t wait to see this kit!

Marisela Delgado
Marisela Delgado

July 01, 2018

Super cute card!!

Melissa Watson
Melissa Watson

July 01, 2018

Great card!!

Sue McRae
Sue McRae

July 01, 2018

Love your “creepy” card and the pop from the red balloon!

Karen Ba
Karen Ba

July 01, 2018

I am looking forward to seeing the entire kit!

DeniseP
DeniseP

July 01, 2018

I love that this kit appears to be great for faires and amusement parks….ahhh, can it be tomorrow already!?

Vicki
Vicki

July 01, 2018

I love the vintage look. Takes me to a distant past. Beautiful!

Sue Ritchie
Sue Ritchie

July 01, 2018

Love the carousel. Sweet memories.

Angie
Angie

July 01, 2018

Your inspiration was very novel, and the way you interpreted it on your card today was awesome!!
Dawn Keene
Dawn Keene

July 01, 2018

Yep! Stephen King would be proud. Makes for an interesting book cover.

Sandy Small
Sandy Small

July 01, 2018

I liked the vintage feel of the sepia colors, with the pop of red on the balloon.

Joy
Joy

July 01, 2018

I like it! Send the card to Stephen King-LOL.

Sandy
Sandy

July 01, 2018

So excited to see the full reveal!!

Sibylle
Sibylle

July 01, 2018

I don’t see creepy, but I do love your pretty card. I think it’s lovely.

Lynnea Hollendonner
Lynnea Hollendonner

July 01, 2018

Love the sepia! And I love love love that you used this kit in an out of the box way!

Becs Attwood
Becs Attwood

July 01, 2018

Certainly a different inspiration but I love the result – so elegant!

Susy Ramirez
Susy Ramirez

July 01, 2018

Wow! I love this card. All the cards for this month’s kit are great, but this one is my favorite. Fun scene and like how you added the red balloon.

Thersha Lewis
Thersha Lewis

July 01, 2018

Cool card. Love the vintage sepia look. Sorry you felt carnivals were creepy but then again your experience wouldn’t have inspired you in this direction if they were anything else.

Kimberly Fraser
Kimberly Fraser

July 01, 2018

Love this card. This new kit makes me think of happy summers of the past.

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