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July My Monthly Hero Countdown: Idea #1 + Giveaway

by Jessica Frost-Ballas June 28, 2019 492 Comments

Hello and welcome as we begin the countdown to the release of the July My Monthly Hero Kit! Release day is Monday, July 1 at 1pm Eastern/10 am Pacific. Our Creative Team will be here all weekend, sharing inspiration leading up to the launch. Now let's join Jess for the first look at this fabulous kit!

Hello! Jess here and I am so excited about this kit! I'll admit I'm definitely more of a beach girl but I've watched movies about summer camps at lakes (and horror movies at lakes, ha) and building this scene was so much fun to put together!

To start I used several colored cardstocks to stamp my images and give them a more coordinated border. I stamped the layering pier from the kit onto Sand cardstock with Soft Brown and Cup O' Joe ink and die-cut it with the coordinating die. Next I stamped the bottom layer of the mountain on Dove White cardstock with Soft Granite ink. I dried it with my heat gun and then stamped the top layer with Unicorn White Pigment ink and heat-embossed it with White Puff Embossing Powder before die-cutting it with the coordinating die. I stamped the trees onto the Meadow cardstock included in the kit with Field Greens and Forever Green ink and die-cut them with the coordinating dies. I die-cut the rocks with Dove White cardstock and colored them with Copics. Then I stamped the cattails and grasses several times with Field Greens ink and added accents and shading with Copic markers.

Next I took a panel of the Lapis cardstock included in the kit, masked off the top third, and blended Navy, Stone Wash, and Cornflower ink across the bottom of the panel, keeping the darker shade at the top. Then I blended a little Cornflower and Stone Wash ink around the top corners of the panel. Then I stamped the ripples randomly across the panel using the same three inks. Next I die-cut a mask of the mountains and temporarily adhered it above the water. I used a small blending brush to add a little Unicorn White Pigment ink above the mask.  I removed the mask and dried it with my heat gun. Finally I stamped my birds with Charcoal ink.

To assemble my card I started by adhering the mountains and trees. Then I adhered the rocks with foam mounting tape. Across the bottom of the panel I adhered the cattails and grass and then used foam mounting tape to add my dock. I really love the look of the scene so I decided to create a removable sentiment that makes the scene almost look like a postcard! I stamped the bottom layer of the mountains and trees onto Dove White cardstock using Soft Granite and Field Greens ink. Then I stamped my sentiment with Intense Black ink. I die-cut it with the Nesting Postage Stamp Infinity Dies and then added two layers of Clear Embossing Powder to give it a shiny finish. Finally I adhered the sentiment with removable glue dots. You could keep the sentiment on the card or easily remove it and leave the scene as is! :) 

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 1st, before the kit launches at 10am Pacific. The more you comment, the more chances to win!

Good luck!





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Denise Gibbs
Denise Gibbs

July 04, 2019

I just learned of the Hero Arts Monthly kits and I am so impressed. I am also a beach girl but could not resist the mountains and people jumping into the water. I put the kit in my cart and when I attempted to purchase a few hours later, it was sold out. I had no idea it would go so quickly. I will be better prepared moving forward. I would love to win this kit. Thank you for your creativity.

Diane Zalusky
Diane Zalusky

July 03, 2019

Love your representation of summer.

Nancy Hinman
Nancy Hinman

July 01, 2019

This is gorgeous😀

Teresa
Teresa

July 01, 2019

WOW! What an awesome kit!! Reminds me of the days when I was younger and spent the summers at my Grandparents’ cottage at the lake!! Love it!!❤️

Hege-Annie Simonsen
Hege-Annie Simonsen

July 01, 2019

Beautiful! Mother Nature is awesome! Life is wonderful!

I pray I win this fabulous kit!

Had to take a second round commenting, as I’m not sure the first comment was posted.

Josline
Josline

July 01, 2019

I’m so excited to get this kit, it reveals where I wish to be at!

Twylia
Twylia

July 01, 2019

This looks like an awesome kit. We love the mountains as well as the beach and my kids all went to camp or worked at camp when they grew up. Thanks for the chance to win.

K. Eley
K. Eley

July 01, 2019

Oh my!! This is so beautiful and so exciting to see the full reveal!!! Thank you so much for sharing!

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

July 01, 2019

Stunning! I can’t wait to see the whole kit

Kimberly McField
Kimberly McField

July 01, 2019

I love the colors and composition of this card, and that postage stamp die was the perfect shape. Beautiful!

Nanette Leiker
Nanette Leiker

July 01, 2019

This MMH kit will bring back memories of myself and my family camping in the High Sierras! And I loved your card depicting your own memories. Thank you for sharing your techniques with us!

Kristen Ozinga
Kristen Ozinga

July 01, 2019

This reminds me of growing up at our family cottage in the north woods of Wisconsin! Such a beautiful card- I love the little postcard sentiment!!

Frances
Frances

June 30, 2019

Looks like a dock in South Lake Tahoe. So beautiful!

Claudia N
Claudia N

June 30, 2019

Beautiful card! So excited to see the full kit, it looks like another awesome one!

Laura
Laura

June 30, 2019

Great card

SHANNON LERNER
SHANNON LERNER

June 30, 2019

Wonderful! Perfect lake scene!

Monica Tozier-Brown
Monica Tozier-Brown

June 30, 2019

Gorgeous!

Janet Trapp
Janet Trapp

June 30, 2019

Love this card and all the possibilities with this kit!!!!💞

Karen L K
Karen L K

June 30, 2019

What a nice scene! I love the camping/lake theme of this kit.

Pamella Albright
Pamella Albright

June 30, 2019

What a relaxing scene! Reminds me of camping years ago..

Marni M Maxwell
Marni M Maxwell

June 30, 2019

This is stunning! Love the layered look of the scene. Can’t wait to create a masterpiece with this kit!

Marisela Delgado
Marisela Delgado

June 30, 2019

what beautiful shade of blue

Marisela Delgado
Marisela Delgado

June 30, 2019

Amazing card! Such pretty colors and details.

Amy Wazwaz
Amy Wazwaz

June 30, 2019

Amazing card. Can’t wait to see the whole
Kit.

Miriam Prantner
Miriam Prantner

June 30, 2019

Loving those mountains and trees,

Marisela Delgado
Marisela Delgado

June 30, 2019

Such great colors, but I especially love how the sentiments tag also matches to the scene. Nice detail, Jessica. You always rock it!

Marianne
Marianne

June 30, 2019

Such a peaceful scene, and beautiful ink blending.

Francine
Francine

June 30, 2019

Always look forward to seeing the new Monthly Kit!

Becky Moore
Becky Moore

June 30, 2019

That is so serene. Love it!

Joan Walker
Joan Walker

June 30, 2019

Such a beautiful card.

Vizma S
Vizma S

June 30, 2019

Love the color and the card! The lake is y happy place!

Melanie
Melanie

June 30, 2019

I could just dive right in that blue water looks so inviting.

Stephanie Z
Stephanie Z

June 30, 2019

Very nice card and great scenery :)

Bessie Phillips
Bessie Phillips

June 30, 2019

You did such a fabulous job! The colors and scenery make you feel like you are right there

Kris Reeves
Kris Reeves

June 30, 2019

I love that layered effect!

Georgie
Georgie

June 30, 2019

I already love this kit just from your card alone. Thanks for sharing your techniques.

Carol Saunders
Carol Saunders

June 30, 2019

Wow! A picture postcard in the making! Love it! I do wish I could be there!

Renee Heib
Renee Heib

June 30, 2019

Very pretty

JillT
JillT

June 30, 2019

Beautiful coloring on cardstock

Sherri Cooley
Sherri Cooley

June 30, 2019

Your card is awesome. I love the sentiment, it reminds me of the national parks postage stamps that USPS had a year or two ago. Can’t wait to see the reveal.

Kimberly
Kimberly

June 30, 2019

Love your card I think I am going to love the July kit.

LC Lamothe
LC Lamothe

June 30, 2019

Amazing scene! The colors are perfect and I love the beautiful detailing of the stamps. What a terrific kit!!!

Caren
Caren

June 30, 2019

Wishing I was there too! So inviting and your colors are fantastic

Marianna
Marianna

June 30, 2019

This card reminds me of my home in the Pacific Northwest, love it!

Beth Merrill
Beth Merrill

June 30, 2019

Great card! Looking forward to seeing more ideas from this kit!

Teresa Davis
Teresa Davis

June 30, 2019

Wow, this is going to be such a fun kit! So many memories just looking at this card. Awesome!

Randy Nguyen
Randy Nguyen

June 30, 2019

Such a gorgeous card as always!

Nicole Becker
Nicole Becker

June 30, 2019

Your tag of the “Wish you were here” with the mountains was the perfect add on. Wow!

Carol E Wortman
Carol E Wortman

June 30, 2019

The cattails bring back beautiful memories! These may be my favorite cards that reflect peacefulness. Thanks for the chance to win!

Cindy robinson
Cindy robinson

June 30, 2019

What a beautiful card! Thanks for sharing!

Rebecca Koski
Rebecca Koski

June 30, 2019

Takes me home to Alaska! Lovely

Dorothy Mutafopulos
Dorothy Mutafopulos

June 30, 2019

So beautiful reminds me of the lakes by Bear Mountain .I would take kids hiking and then have camp out by the lake.

Brenda
Brenda

June 30, 2019

This card is stunning! Love the mountains

Mateja M
Mateja M

June 30, 2019

Gorgeous scene, Jessica. Love how you added some scene onto the sentiment part too. Beautiful card.

Dgolly
Dgolly

June 30, 2019

What a terrific card. The scene this kit makes is fantastic. Love it!

Lynn Pressler
Lynn Pressler

June 30, 2019

Wish I was there, too.

Debroh
Debroh

June 30, 2019

Mountains and lakes! Oh my! This month’s kit looks awesome.

Rebecca Attwood
Rebecca Attwood

June 30, 2019

What a great scene – so many gorgeous elements. Can’t wait to see more of this kit.

Cathy Jordison
Cathy Jordison

June 30, 2019

This kit is going to be awesome! Your card is gorgeous Jessica! I love all of the scene building capabilities with the kit! Thank you for sharing and the great opportunity to win a kit!♥️

Georges Gentry
Georges Gentry

June 30, 2019

Beautifully blended card. This kit looks “cool.”

IRENE PAGE
IRENE PAGE

June 30, 2019

Wish I was there too. Beautiful scene.

Judy
Judy

June 30, 2019

Lovely card and I love the images from the kit!

Bev Williams
Bev Williams

June 30, 2019

Mountains, mountain scenes and BEING in the mountains are my HAPPY PLACE! I LOVE this set! I’m spending the summer in Alaska working at a program for military veterans and this would be a PERFECT set to make some cards as we are on a beautiful lake with majestic mountains all around. Love it!

Pamela McGillin
Pamela McGillin

June 30, 2019

So relaxing, love your card.

Lagene
Lagene

June 30, 2019

Oh my goodness! Awesome camping scene!!!!

Laura Staley
Laura Staley

June 30, 2019

Love the card! The mountains look so realistic and the lake looks so good with the wharf and plants. I never would have thought to echo the mountains on the sentiment! Fantastic card!

Margery C
Margery C

June 30, 2019

Love all the little details you added to make this a special card. Neat idea to make the sentiment removeable.

Becky Miller
Becky Miller

June 30, 2019

Lovely!

Patsy Armstead
Patsy Armstead

June 30, 2019

Lots of dimension on this card. I like the use of the puffy embossing to make the mountains snow-capped. I especially like the ink blending in the water. I would like to achieve that effect. The color intensity is beautiful.

Megan H
Megan H

June 30, 2019

This is a beauty. I want to dive in even though I am a dry duck. Thanks for sharing.

Danielle Dietz
Danielle Dietz

June 30, 2019

Absolutely stunning blues you achieved for the water and sky! This kit will be a knockout.

Deborah345
Deborah345

June 30, 2019

I love this kit, so many possibilities.

Victoria
Victoria

June 30, 2019

This card is so gorgeous!! Love it!!

Brenda
Brenda

June 30, 2019

Blue water is so inviting! Almost feel refreshed looking at this lovely lake! I would love to win this set!

Kathy Dippner
Kathy Dippner

June 30, 2019

Looks like a fantastic kit!

Cindie Cowles
Cindie Cowles

June 30, 2019

What perfect timing. I am on my way home from seeing Glacier National Park and this would fit in fabulously.

Anne B
Anne B

June 30, 2019

This is looking good – really intrigued to see more!

Juana Vega
Juana Vega

June 30, 2019

What a beautiful card with all that nature picture in them. The colors you used are very real looking and so inviting for a jump. I am really going to enjoy this kit.

Kial
Kial

June 30, 2019

What a beautiful card! I especially love the details on the mountains!

Lorraine McKenzie-Binns
Lorraine McKenzie-Binns

June 30, 2019

I love that you added the stamp for an extra perk.

SarahC
SarahC

June 30, 2019

Lovely!! I am a lake girl but Lake Michigan is large so depending on weather very peaceful waves. Thanks for the memories.

Katharine Rothaar
Katharine Rothaar

June 30, 2019

Oh I can tell I’m going to love this kit! Thanks Hero Arts, from the Land of 10,000 Lakes!

Cindy Aguirre
Cindy Aguirre

June 30, 2019

Lovely card! Excited to see the full kit!

Dawn
Dawn

June 29, 2019

I can tell already this kit will be amazing!

Tanya Boser
Tanya Boser

June 29, 2019

This proves once again that I can never skip a MMH. This card is gorgeous, and the kit looks amazing!

Vicki Kroll
Vicki Kroll

June 29, 2019

A perfect scene. Looks so tranquil and inviting.

Donna Griffin
Donna Griffin

June 29, 2019

Just picked up my daughter from summer camp and this card reminds me so much of her special place in the woods! She loves camp!! Such a great card … this kit looks amazing!

Debra Ordoyne
Debra Ordoyne

June 29, 2019

Love this kit

Angel
Angel

June 29, 2019

This is such a unique card!

Bessie Phillips
Bessie Phillips

June 29, 2019

Such a fabulous job! The colors work so well together. The blended of shades give depth and dimension. The layering and elevation made a huge impact! Love your card and the kit!

Bessie Phillips
Bessie Phillips

June 29, 2019

Such a fabulous job! The colors work so well together. The blended of shades give depth and dimension.

Stephanie Vittorio
Stephanie Vittorio

June 29, 2019

Awesome card! Looks like Mt Rainier! What an awesome card and opportunity! Crossing my fingers for a birthday win – my bday is July 1!!!!

Flo
Flo

June 29, 2019

Really like what I see so far of this kit.

Pamela Shea
Pamela Shea

June 29, 2019

This card is so beautiful. Can’t wait for the kit!

Judy
Judy

June 29, 2019

I like that this set makes me think of ways to use it with previews ones. And it reminds me of my favorite mountain lake in Idaho.

Marisela Delgado
Marisela Delgado

June 29, 2019

such pretty colors

Marisela Delgado
Marisela Delgado

June 29, 2019

awesome card and kit

Della Cluff
Della Cluff

June 29, 2019

I love the colors!

Lee Owens
Lee Owens

June 29, 2019

Gonna have to order early cause I think this is going to be very popular

Hilde Larsen aka Tindaloo
Hilde Larsen aka Tindaloo

June 29, 2019

Gorgeous ♥ so another awesome kit by the looks of this! love the layered stamps :)

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