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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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81 Responses

Jo Ann Usey
Jo Ann Usey

July 01, 2018

Amazing blending and great shadowing at that merry-go-round! Looks like it’s going to be a really fun kit! Thanks for the opportunity to win it!

Kailash
Kailash

July 01, 2018

Love the creative use of this kit!

Nina
Nina

July 01, 2018

Cool card!

Liz
Liz

July 01, 2018

Wow!!! I think this is my favorite so far♥️♥️♥️

Diane Loughrey
Diane Loughrey

July 01, 2018

This is awesome with a nostalgic look.

Aline
Aline

July 01, 2018

Love the coloring

vered
vered

July 01, 2018

i loved how you did the old-fashioned card. great work

Pamela McGillin
Pamela McGillin

July 01, 2018

Love the sepia/vintagy feel, would also make a great card for someone who has somehow missed out on an event. i.e. broke a leg or got rained out or something. Great card!

nancy
nancy

July 01, 2018

WOW!!! With a few tweaks it could be a Halloween card! How fun and original! Bring on the Monday reveal.

Dawn
Dawn

July 01, 2018

I’ve never been fortunate to win stuff, but I’d sure like to try that craft following your tutorial.

Kathy A
Kathy A

July 01, 2018

Sorry your card is not scary. It is stunning though.

Michele W
Michele W

July 01, 2018

When I was young the carnival coming to town was the hit of the summer and the carousel was always my favorite. Love the vintage look you achieved and the way you colored a shadow to ground the carousel. Not creepy at all.

Dorothy Mutafopulos
Dorothy Mutafopulos

July 01, 2018

These stamps reminds me of Coney Island . My family summer days at the beach and enjoying board walk with all the rides and games!! Fabulous!

Janet Dand
Janet Dand

July 01, 2018

Unique take on the card kit but a lot of fun. I love it.

Jana Yeager
Jana Yeager

July 01, 2018

Love the fun of this set!

Linda M
Linda M

July 01, 2018

The sepia tones brought back my earliest memories of a carnival ride, the merry-go-round! A very versatile kit!

Bianca Wegner
Bianca Wegner

July 01, 2018

I LOVE the sepia colors!

Sheri Weems
Sheri Weems

July 01, 2018

Did you read “Something Wicked This Way Comes”? I read that with my kids for homeschool one October to have a Halloween theme! LOL

Samantha Coleman
Samantha Coleman

July 01, 2018

Wow, what a great spooky card! It would be great for an adult at Halloween.

Sheri Weems
Sheri Weems

July 01, 2018

No matter any age, a ride on a carousel is still fun!

Jackie S
Jackie S

July 01, 2018

Great card, and for me, not creepy but beautiful with its olde worlde post card sepia look.

Felicia C
Felicia C

July 01, 2018

I love your message. True, some are frightened by the lonely sounds of the carnival. I love how you blended the shades. Makes for a wonderful card! Creepy or not!

MandaLJ
MandaLJ

July 01, 2018

I love the idea of a creepy carnival card – very atmospheric!

Lynne
Lynne

July 01, 2018

The mid-air balloon is a classic experience in a classic scene. Nicely done!

Toni L
Toni L

July 01, 2018

The sepia effect is just terrific—something to do on my bucket list too!

Beverly Perdue
Beverly Perdue

July 01, 2018

Awesome card! I love the vintage carnival look. You nailed it!

Dee Earnshaw
Dee Earnshaw

July 01, 2018

lovely card – the sponging is awesome !

Sarah T.
Sarah T.

July 01, 2018

Love what you’ve done with this card, and the backstory to it!

CaroleRenn
CaroleRenn

July 01, 2018

Guess I missed that movie. I’m sorry but it’s not creepy at all to me. I love this card. Would make a lovely “Miss You” card. It reminds me of the lonely feeling a carnival has, in the morning, before any people get there. Thanks for sharing.

Nina S
Nina S

July 01, 2018

When I first saw this, I didn’t think creepy at all. However after your explanation I can totally see it now, with the one red balloon floating off. But I still LOVE this look! I will totally be making a vintage looking card!

Wanda
Wanda

July 01, 2018

love this,,,,immediately thought of the movie

Helen
Helen

July 01, 2018

What a lovely amusement park theme…brings memories of being there at the end of a fun day! tfs

Eva N
Eva N

July 01, 2018

It’s interesting to see this set in sepia because it adds another way to use it. Very vintage, and yes, could be creepy.

Sue Manning
Sue Manning

July 01, 2018

This card definitely has a Stephen King look to it!
Very different..

joyce willy
joyce willy

July 01, 2018

I appreciate your vintage card — even if you don’t find carnivals creepy, the old time ones are becoming past tense. Clowns were a little scary to me in both carnivals and circuses.

Susan Lang
Susan Lang

July 01, 2018

Great card! Looks like an old photograph. Really well done.

Barbara Rademacher
Barbara Rademacher

July 01, 2018

YES, YES, YES!!!!!!! I love the book and have read it numerous times. I’ve also seen the various movies, of course. You have done a terrific job. I looked for my Shadow Inks today and cannot find them. I may have to order more.

Lisa
Lisa

July 01, 2018

I love the vintage feel of this card. The images really stand out. It is a simple card, but it has a lot of depth!

Christine
Christine

July 01, 2018

Gorgeous yet totally has a creepy vibe! Great job!! Tfs!

Marilyn
Marilyn

July 01, 2018

Never would have thought of a creepy carnival, but like what you did to create just that. Clever, clever, clever.

Kay
Kay

July 01, 2018

I can’t wait to try something “creepy”.

Martha Berry
Martha Berry

July 01, 2018

What a fabulous vintage look! The stained background is just perfectly done. A deep red balloon adds just the right touch of color. Brilliant!

Bo Chin
Bo Chin

July 01, 2018

hahahahaha, As I was reading you description, I was thinking back to the Nancy Drew series and thinking of all the adventure she and her crew would have had solving the “Case of the ….” Thanks for bringing back some fond memories on my side.

Sue R
Sue R

July 01, 2018

I love love love this card!! Eerie is beautiful!

Debbie Rumpza
Debbie Rumpza

July 01, 2018

Lovely country fair card… I remember how much fun they were when I was a kid!

Janine Gearhart
Janine Gearhart

July 01, 2018

I never thought of making this a Halloween card, but you made it possible! Love the balloon contrasting the sepia look. Great card!

kReN@afourthlife
kReN@afourthlife

July 01, 2018

Love the vintage look and the red balloon. Lots of impact here.

Stephanie G
Stephanie G

July 01, 2018

Creepy carnival! LOVE It!

FD91354
FD91354

July 01, 2018

I really like these old time colors, but the story is a bit creepy for me :) You had me thinking IT :) Love the sneaks so far! Can’t wait for the reveal

Patty  Haff
Patty Haff

July 01, 2018

I love the subdued look of the carnival rides as if waiting to be occupied. It sets the tone for the coming excitement.

BarbaraW
BarbaraW

July 01, 2018

Love this take on the vintage look. Amusement parks have such a nostalgic feel.

isabel Z
isabel Z

July 01, 2018

I love the color of this card—so soothing.
Ana A
Ana A

July 01, 2018

What an awesome card! I love all neutral colors and 1 red balloon!

kt fit kitty
kt fit kitty

July 01, 2018

Super cute card! I’m loving this kit so far!

Jeanne Beam
Jeanne Beam

July 01, 2018

Great card. Love the story about how you created it.
Thanks for sharing!

Nicole
Nicole

July 01, 2018

I love the sepia and the red balloon… super creepy lol

Sue D
Sue D

July 01, 2018

I think you achieved the look you wanted with this card.

Heidi
Heidi

July 01, 2018

Beautiful card.

Becca Yahrling
Becca Yahrling

July 01, 2018

I love a good horror movie! And the ones from the 80’s are the best. lol I love your card and well, don’t get a creepy vibe from it. lol I love the sepia tones and of course the carnival images. Great job!

Robin P
Robin P

July 01, 2018

Love this card. Has very nostalgic look to it.

Theresa P
Theresa P

July 01, 2018

Love your sepia colored card. You have really showcased the great stamps on your card.

Tani K
Tani K

July 01, 2018

I never saw the movie so I don’t see the card as creepy. I love it! If you’d have put a creep clown on the card, it would have been a different story. I love the vintage coloring with the touch of gold.

Leonie Haines
Leonie Haines

July 01, 2018

Great use of the stamp set! I too think carnivals are creepy and the book ‘IT’ cemented that.

Kristin
Kristin

July 01, 2018

Looks like a fun kit. Wonderful memories of summer in childhood. Thanks for sharing this card and inspiration.

Luci Manos
Luci Manos

July 01, 2018

Looks like a fun kit got sure!

Marcee Rodgers
Marcee Rodgers

July 01, 2018

This is awesome! You captured the historical feel of Derry perfectly. IT is one of my favorite books by Stephen King and one of my favorite mini series/movies. The 2017 retake is phenomenal. I will be CASEing this for sure. PS-IT fans may also like the book, The Chalk Man by C J Tudor.

Leigh Madison
Leigh Madison

July 01, 2018

Haha love it! I would have never thought of this. My mother is a huge Stephen King fan! I will definitely have to make her a card like this :)

Lise Mariann Alsli
Lise Mariann Alsli

July 01, 2018

What a beautiful card. I love the dark feel of it. Would have been perfect for a horror movie fantastic I know. Thank you so much for the inspiration. 😍

Celeste C
Celeste C

July 01, 2018

I like the vintage theme. These stamps lend themselves well to it. Very nice!

Ruth Davis
Ruth Davis

July 01, 2018

love the card with the thought of the vintage versus creepy.:)

Sherrie
Sherrie

July 01, 2018

What a clever take on the carnival theme. It does look a bit creepy, lol.

Lauren Z.
Lauren Z.

July 01, 2018

This card definitely brings the nostalgia of old timey carnivals. I thinks its great that you went for the creep factor adding the red balloon. Well done. This kit is going to be awesome!

Brandy Duncan
Brandy Duncan

July 01, 2018

I haven’t seen many if any all vintage/sepia cards. I really love the look. I’m going to have to give it a try. I works well for a creepy carnival. It would be such a great idea for Halloween cards.

Diane Stricker
Diane Stricker

July 01, 2018

What a great card, love the color scheme.

Audrey Glenn
Audrey Glenn

July 01, 2018

Love this! I get the reference to the movie, but I also see summers end and the sepia tones give the hint of autumns arrival. These images will make many beautiful cards!

Kathy
Kathy

July 01, 2018

This is a beautiful card.

Lisa Byers
Lisa Byers

July 01, 2018

Great idea!! Super looking card!! I love that red balloon floating up in the sky. I read the book, it was creepy and this card really captures it. Wonderful!!

DUMONTIER Marjorie
DUMONTIER Marjorie

July 01, 2018

Oh WoW ! What a gorgeous background/ sky ! That blending and the color combo are perfect !

Em
Em

July 01, 2018

I’m sure this carnival scene evokes lots of different memories and yours is a very interesting one and well done with the little red balloon.

Christina Dauven
Christina Dauven

July 01, 2018

Love it and that movie as well. When I first saw the sneaks I thought of American horror story freak show. I think vintage sepia suits your cards.

Helen
Helen

July 01, 2018

I would decribe this as old world and not creepy at all. Did you know the first ferris wheels were made of wood? Now that’s terrifying lol!!! Love the card Jess.