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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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Colleen F
Colleen F

July 01, 2018

It is creepy! 😀

Denise Kasbohm
Denise Kasbohm

July 01, 2018

I have no idea what movie you’re talking about lol. But I love your color scheme it makes a great male card.

Julie
Julie

July 01, 2018

I like the vintage style of this card with the pop of red in the balloon. I know what you mean about carnivals.

Christine Smith
Christine Smith

July 01, 2018

Such a cool card! xxx

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

July 01, 2018

Love this card! The vintage colours are so pretty and the pop of red from the balloon is just perfect.

Jackie
Jackie

July 01, 2018

Wow, what a beautiful card!

Geri S.
Geri S.

July 01, 2018

Love this summer fun carnival! Thanks for the idea! Can’t wait for the kit…

Kimberly S Spencer
Kimberly S Spencer

July 01, 2018

Hope the ink comes with the kit

kathleen dumpert
kathleen dumpert

July 01, 2018

I like the color scheme on your card and effect it created.

Margaret
Margaret

July 01, 2018

What a fun card – the look is perfect!

Leanne in Cali
Leanne in Cali

July 01, 2018

I actually love the sepia look and details! It doesn’t look too creepy, just a great card!!

Laurie
Laurie

July 01, 2018

This does not feel creepy. It just feels rather vintage. I like the shading.

Laura Eckford
Laura Eckford

July 01, 2018

Your background is gorgeous! It really makes me think of the creepy “It” idea! Well done!

Janet D.
Janet D.

July 01, 2018

I love this little scene!

leslie Pierson
leslie Pierson

July 01, 2018

the pop of red on this card really brings it to life. the card does look like a vintage picture.

Amy bedger
Amy bedger

July 01, 2018

Love this! Very unique!

Susan Pezza
Susan Pezza

July 01, 2018

Such a pretty card, it makes me think of Disney World when the park is empty when we go in early Disney, we are huge Disney fans, and this kit just screams Disney to me. Loving this card, it’s perfect for any occasion.

cheri
cheri

July 01, 2018

Jess – I agree with you about carnivals & fairs, & I remember the original ‘It’ movie, too. A re-make of the movie is on this summer – but the original was creepy enough for me! Love your card, and if you have never seen the movie, it would be a nice, vintage ‘un-scary’ card!

Kimberly McField
Kimberly McField

July 01, 2018

I love this idea! The red balloon against the sepia coloring definitely evokes the feeling from that clown movie. Beautiful!

Georgie
Georgie

July 01, 2018

I love the background, but I really love the solo balloon.

Dana M
Dana M

July 01, 2018

Fantastic! I absolutely love the sepia look.

Bethany H.
Bethany H.

July 01, 2018

Oh, my goodness! You nailed IT! LOL . This card does creep me out (in a good way). BTW…hated that book…too creepy for me.

Florie
Florie

July 01, 2018

Jess, I love the sephia blending on this card and I agree that I wouldn’t though of turning this kit as of hollowing theme and you made it possible. I love the fiestas patronales as it is called in my island, Puerto Rico and there’s no clowns in it and are very fun. I have also seen horror movies with mean clowns, so this kit can be used in so many ways. Tfs.

Diane backus
Diane backus

July 01, 2018

How fun! We are all going to the fair!

Yvonne Morentin
Yvonne Morentin

July 01, 2018

Now this card, has to be one of my all time favs… amazing.

Tracy Lustick
Tracy Lustick

July 01, 2018

Classic look , I love it 😍!

Emily Henry
Emily Henry

July 01, 2018

A carousel-how wonderful. Our carnival is almost complete.

AnKy
AnKy

July 01, 2018

Eerie but beautiful. Best card for a spook-lover!

Tammy J
Tammy J

July 01, 2018

Can’t wait for this kit!

Jen
Jen

July 01, 2018

You’ll float too! Love this card

Trisha Vickers
Trisha Vickers

July 01, 2018

Oh my this is soooo adorable!!! I love how old fashioned it looks and very creepy LOL!

Josmary
Josmary

July 01, 2018

Love the card.

Barbara Woodard
Barbara Woodard

July 01, 2018

Cool kit and even cooler card!

Cathy S
Cathy S

July 01, 2018

Wow I love this card, I love the colors, Hero Arts you truly do have amazing kits. :)

Kari M.
Kari M.

July 01, 2018

Oh, as soon as I saw this card, the IT movie was exactly what went through my head before I even read your blog. Nice job, it is a very eerie card, but in a beautiful way.

Stephanie Z
Stephanie Z

July 01, 2018

Cool looking card and very eerie!

Aditi
Aditi

July 01, 2018

Love it!!

Jenny Kihlberg
Jenny Kihlberg

July 01, 2018

I really like how you in such a simple way, the balloon and colouring, could make this kit scary! I love it, well done!

Karen Hale
Karen Hale

July 01, 2018

Well, Jess, as I just watched the movie IT last night, this card with it’s red balloon is a bit creepy! But, the movie aside, I do love the vintage feel and I happen to like carnivals and fairs. Reminds me of my childhood. Patiently waiting for the full reveal.

cyndi morris
cyndi morris

July 01, 2018

Such a lovely card. I love the carousel; it takes me back in time!

Beth Merrill
Beth Merrill

July 01, 2018

I love this interesting card with a fascinating back story!

GabriellaB
GabriellaB

July 01, 2018

Oh I just love the old fashioned look of this card

Donna Dacy
Donna Dacy

July 01, 2018

This kit is amazing. The whole fair or amusement park in one kit. Wonderful idea. My great grandkids will love getting cards made with this kit. Thank you for bring such a wonderful kit to us. Love it.

Charlena
Charlena

July 01, 2018

I love this card. I love the vintage look and the red balloon. I immediately thought of the movie even before reading the description.

Jamie S
Jamie S

July 01, 2018

Wow, all the cards made from this set are great! But I really like the vintage, but creepy vibe on this card Jess! Would love to try out this wonderful kit for my own card making!

Kim Smart
Kim Smart

July 01, 2018

Great card. Love that red balloon floating up!!

Marjorie L.
Marjorie L.

July 01, 2018

Beautiful card. In this case, creepy is great. I love the contrast of the red balloon. Very good job!! Thanks so much for sharing.

Barbara-Jean
Barbara-Jean

July 01, 2018

Terrific card….love the coloring and its effects.

Enie
Enie

July 01, 2018

Love the vintage look on this card.

Dawn Keene
Dawn Keene

July 01, 2018

IT, this is the movie. Great for Halloween themed cards.

Teri W
Teri W

July 01, 2018

Love the antique vintage look Jess.

Marie
Marie

July 01, 2018

This collection is getting better and better. County fairs are some of the best childhood memories.

Kelly W.
Kelly W.

July 01, 2018

I didn’t see the movie you saw but love how you made your card with the red balloon. The sepia look is very pretty and gives a nice vintage feel for certain. Amazing card!

littlen
littlen

July 01, 2018

Love the look of this card. Very different.

Carol Tidrow
Carol Tidrow

July 01, 2018

I love love love the colors and card.

Rachel Walton
Rachel Walton

July 01, 2018

I love the nostalgic feel of this card. And adding the bright spot of color is the perfect touch.

Carol Tidrow
Carol Tidrow

July 01, 2018

I love love love the colors and card.

Carol Tidrow
Carol Tidrow

July 01, 2018

I love love love the colors and card.

Darlene
Darlene

July 01, 2018

Thank you for the twist in your theme. Fun and scary go hand in hand with carnivals. I enjoyed the vintage look. Thanks a bunch.

Melinda Stearns
Melinda Stearns

July 01, 2018

I love the vintage feel of this card.

Laura s
Laura s

July 01, 2018

I really like the sepia tone look of this card. Great idea.
can’t wait for this kit

nancy F
nancy F

July 01, 2018

What a great kit for summer!

Deb Selby
Deb Selby

July 01, 2018

I have had several occasions where I needed a carousel image. I will be happy to have a smaller one, when I get this kit.

Julia D.
Julia D.

July 01, 2018

What a great vintage-look card! Love the ink shading around the edges. Can’t wait to get my hands on this kit! Thank you for the chance to win!!

BevrlyBL
BevrlyBL

July 01, 2018

This is pretty, not creepy. I like it.

Dee Ann Matthews
Dee Ann Matthews

July 01, 2018

Terrific carousel with all of the animals shown!

Deborah345
Deborah345

July 01, 2018

I love the coloring on this card, it reminds me a early evening long ago.

Marilee DeMars
Marilee DeMars

July 01, 2018

At first I didn’t see the “creepy” but then, Wham! Heehee. Very creative!!

Deborah345
Deborah345

July 01, 2018

I love how the coloring is on this card, reminds me of a late evening from log ago.

Betty V.
Betty V.

July 01, 2018

Omg! That carousel is to die for ❤ the fancy font is so pretty.

Ladyj
Ladyj

July 01, 2018

I absolutely love this kit. Omg! I love the idea of a dark card. I watched “It” and it certainly was creepy. Tfs

Beverly Robinson
Beverly Robinson

July 01, 2018

Your background is awesome, and this card evokes Twilight Zone-type feelings.

Krystal Showalter
Krystal Showalter

July 01, 2018

What a unique twist! Since I have not seen the movie, your card doesn’t seem creepy to me and just looks classic and timeless to me.

Aditi J
Aditi J

July 01, 2018

Wonderful!!Amazing job on this one!

Phyllis Freese
Phyllis Freese

July 01, 2018

Great idea to stamp in the sepia ink for your scene and then use red for the balloon floating away.

Steffi H.
Steffi H.

July 01, 2018

Wow, you made a Vintage style card looking CAS. Great job !

Lagene
Lagene

July 01, 2018

Great card, It doesn’t look creepy to me, just vintage!

Linda
Linda

July 01, 2018

This card if gorgeous, the pop of red makes it complete!

Mateja P
Mateja P

July 01, 2018

Love the sepia look. I forget to use it, but it looks amazing :)

Ramya
Ramya

July 01, 2018

Super cool card.. Love the sepia look ❤❤

Jessica Jones
Jessica Jones

July 01, 2018

This card is really neat. The red was the perfect choice of color to contrast the browns.

Claudia N
Claudia N

July 01, 2018

Beautiful vintage style card!

Ladyj
Ladyj

July 01, 2018

I absolutely love this kit. Omg! I love the idea of a dark card. I watched “It” and it certainly was creepy. Tfs

Sherrie
Sherrie

July 01, 2018

The colors of ink you’re using on this one are amazing! I can’t wait for the reveal tomorrow

Leti A
Leti A

July 01, 2018

Cool! This also works for Cinco de Mayo.

Karen H
Karen H

July 01, 2018

I love the vintage look of this card. Remove the balloon and it’s not creepy at all.

Fanny C
Fanny C

July 01, 2018

I immediately thought of an old horror computer game I used to play called Sanitarium! Love, love the sepia coloring of this card. Can’t wait for this kit!

Robin Sobliros
Robin Sobliros

July 01, 2018

This is a great design. Makes me think of them it is shut down for the season.

Terri
Terri

July 01, 2018

I know your intent was creepy but I see a cool evening end of summer scene. What an awesome card and kit!

Michelle Hackett
Michelle Hackett

July 01, 2018

This is going to be such a great release. I totally love what I’ve seen so far. Carnivals just fit into summer so wonderfully.

Henriëtte
Henriëtte

July 01, 2018

Wow Jess, I saw your card and thought what a gorgeous vintage card. I don’t think it’s creepy at all, untill you reed the story behind it. Thanks for this great example.

Glenda Sultan
Glenda Sultan

July 01, 2018

I like how you used color on the carousel, balloon & sentiment & left the rest black. Nice job.

Daniel L West
Daniel L West

July 01, 2018

So spooky!! Hehehe… I saw the red balloon and immediately thought, IT!! Great job!

Cynthia Cole
Cynthia Cole

July 01, 2018

Great vintage colored creepy carnival card!

LaKeysha Meacham
LaKeysha Meacham

July 01, 2018

This card has a very “Devil in the White City” feel to it. I love it.

Cha Lion
Cha Lion

July 01, 2018

I love the contrast of colors that you used – the sepia and the red color of the balloon! Thanks for sharing!

Jackie Adair
Jackie Adair

July 01, 2018

Love the sepia look this card has!

Lindar C
Lindar C

July 01, 2018

I’m glad there is no clown in this kit!

Mary Holshouser
Mary Holshouser

July 01, 2018

Love the silhouette in the background.
The carousel in the front really stands
out by being colored. Great card.
thanks for sharing
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Deborah
Deborah

July 01, 2018

I love the color combos. The red pops from all the darkness. Awesome!