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June My Monthly Hero Countdown: Idea #5 + Giveaway

by Debi Adams June 07, 2020 278 Comments

Hello and welcome as we continue the countdown to the release of the June My Monthly Hero Kit! Release day is Monday, June 8 at 1pm Eastern/10am Pacific. Now let's join Debi for another beautiful look at the kit!

It might be smack dab in the middle of the year but the new My Monthly Hero Kit for June is anything but middle of the road! I’m Debi Adams and I’m so excited to give you a sneak peek into the new June kit. It’s all about the great outdoors, whether on land, sea or sky. Today I chose to create a card that is all about calm and peaceful because I think we all could use a little bit of that these days. I used watercolors on the NEW black watercolor paper that’s part of the kit, and created a sunset scene. The sailboat, moon, stars and sentiment are just a small part of the larger collection of images.

Obviously, watercoloring on black watercolor paper can be a challenge, but with several layers of watercolor paints, it was easy and doable! I literally drew a horizontal line slightly below the middle of the card with a pencil and then started painting. Layers of yellow, orange and a tad bit of white made up the sunset with blues, yellows, aqua and slices of orange being used for the water. I came back in with black paint to make a dark sky. Honestly, it looks like I’m a painter but the watercolors really do the magic. Keep blending until you get what you like! If you want, add bits of grass to the side with green and yellow watercolors so that it appears as if you are standing off shore.

For the waves I used a fine tip, white gel pen. When I finished my background, I added a bit more depth with some colored pencils and then stamped my sailboat using Intense Black Ink. Because watercolor paper is uneven, I used my MISTI to stamp the image onto the paper several times.

The moon, stars and sentiment were stamped several times using Unicorn White Pigment Ink. I mounted the image onto a top-folding, 4 1/4” x 5 1/2” card base. Ah, now if only I was resting on that sailboat! Cannot wait to show you what else there is in the kit but for now you will need to check out the other designer’s amazing projects until tomorrow when the full reveal takes place! Hope to see you then!

*** 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, June 8, before the kit launches at 10am Pacific. The more you comment, the more chances to win!





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Mary Curry
Mary Curry

June 09, 2020

Beautiful card and beautiful kit. Watercolor on black is an awesome technique. I want to try it. Thank you for the inspiration.

Marliese Zimmerman
Marliese Zimmerman

June 09, 2020

What a beautiful card! Can’t wait to try watercoloring on black card stock.

Sally Larsen
Sally Larsen

June 09, 2020

Debi,
This is a beautiful card. Thanks for sharing.

Susan M Burrows
Susan M Burrows

June 09, 2020

Love this card and the look of this kit!

Tara Wilson
Tara Wilson

June 09, 2020

Wow. This card is breathtaking. I did not even know it was possible to watercolor paint on black paper. I love the idea of enhancing the coloring with colored pencils, too. So lovely.

Ann Tolman
Ann Tolman

June 08, 2020

What a beautiful card! I love the way you watercolored it and that you used a variety of art supplies to complete the stunning card. Thanks for the inspiration.

Louise
Louise

June 08, 2020

This is such a beautiful kit. Can’t t wait to get it. Love your card

Lili
Lili

June 08, 2020

Awe man, this is soooooo beautiful. It makes me so calm JUST looking at it. I sill haven’t got my May Kit, can’t wait for the June kit.

Amanda Hicks
Amanda Hicks

June 08, 2020

This is so stunning!!!

Connie Tufly
Connie Tufly

June 08, 2020

Love it.
Can’t wait to get it.

Eunice Brown
Eunice Brown

June 08, 2020

This is beautiful. Black card stock is a challenge and especially when using watercolor as your medium , thanks for sharing your wonderful work.

Amy Levinn
Amy Levinn

June 08, 2020

Beautiful! I can’t wait to try the watercolors on the black paper. Making cards is keeping me grounded these days. Thank you.

Kim
Kim

June 08, 2020

So serene… calm waters and a setting sun. Very pretty

Jade
Jade

June 08, 2020

Absolutely stunning. A fabulous card.

Christine Sheppard
Christine Sheppard

June 08, 2020

i would love to see a video tutorial of you making this card. It is spectacular and intriguing. Any chance you could do another one and record it? Would love to try it.

Linda
Linda

June 08, 2020

Absolutely stunning card! You did an amazing job building this beautiful scene! Can’t wait to try the black watercolor paper. Thanks for your tips and inspiration.
Linda

Barbara Nies
Barbara Nies

June 08, 2020

Wow. Great card with stunning colors. Thank you for sharing.

Nancy Pearce
Nancy Pearce

June 08, 2020

This card is breathtaking. Your techniques are truly amazing. I can’t wait to get the kit and try to use them.

Krystal Showalter
Krystal Showalter

June 08, 2020

Your card is so calm and soothing! Black watercolor paper? How cool!

Amy
Amy

June 08, 2020

That is one amazing card. It so serene and peaceful. I wish I were better with watercolors.

Danielle Dietz
Danielle Dietz

June 08, 2020

Absolutely stunning card with the color variation!

Rosa P
Rosa P

June 08, 2020

Very dreamy. I hear Enya lol.

Yvette Kerstens
Yvette Kerstens

June 08, 2020

Wow…this is Amazon. Must try this.

Ingrid Inman
Ingrid Inman

June 08, 2020

Lovely card 😊

Becky Beyl
Becky Beyl

June 08, 2020

Loving the background colors and techniques!

Katie Coggins
Katie Coggins

June 08, 2020

Love the colours on this and the sail boat! Great card for the men in my life

Anna Rodgers
Anna Rodgers

June 08, 2020

Stunning! Breathtaking! This card immediately made me think of my dad. He loved the water so much and could often be found on his boat just taking in all of nature. This kit must be gorgeous! Can’t wait for the reveal!

Juana Vega
Juana Vega

June 08, 2020

Great card, it gets me excited about black card stock!!! The color combo are so great, really want to try this technique .

Karen L K
Karen L K

June 08, 2020

Wow that watercoloring is fantastic! You made both the sky and water look great. That is definitely one peaceful scene.

Pat
Pat

June 08, 2020

Stunning. I can’t wait to give it a try. Love to have this kit

Frances
Frances

June 08, 2020

Black watercolor paper?!?! I have never heard of such a thing. I love Hero Arts kits. They are such a wonderful value and allow subscribers to try new product, which time and time again, I fall in love with. Thank you for sharing this beautiful card.

Terrie L
Terrie L

June 08, 2020

Love your painting on the dark paper! Such a peaceful scene!

Beth Medich
Beth Medich

June 08, 2020

Another great card created with this set:) so many options:)

Phoebe
Phoebe

June 08, 2020

Such beautiful painting!

Margilyne Williamson
Margilyne Williamson

June 08, 2020

The details on this are amazing.

Geri S
Geri S

June 07, 2020

That is an amazing card and you’re right – very calming! Thanks! Can’t wait to try black watercolor paper.

Laurie Brown
Laurie Brown

June 07, 2020

I would love to be on that sailboat-so peaceful and calm!!!

Kris Reeves
Kris Reeves

June 07, 2020

This is so lovely! How special!

Laura Staley
Laura Staley

June 07, 2020

You made a beautiful card. The scenery you created has so much detail. I don’t think I could do nearly as well! Perfect sentiment for the card!

Beth Harple
Beth Harple

June 07, 2020

Very Nice!

Kelly W.
Kelly W.

June 07, 2020

Oh Debi, love this dreamy scene you’ve created! The sailboat headed into the beautiful dark horizon is stunning! And I’ve never heard of black watercolor paper,can’t wait to try that out.

Toni L
Toni L

June 07, 2020

What a gorgeous look on your card. Reminds me of the south seas on a warm summer night.

Ellie Uselton
Ellie Uselton

June 07, 2020

Holy tamoly this is gorgeous! It looks almost like chalk! It’s so peaceful and I can’t find the words to truly describe how much I love this card. If somebody gave me a card that looked like this I would frame it, I love it so. My dad loves diving and swimming and fishing and I can’t wait to surprise him with an moonlit sailboat card.

Fionna Wheatley
Fionna Wheatley

June 07, 2020

Debi- what a fab idea! The black paper gives it a real “dusk “ impression! Thanks

Joyce
Joyce

June 07, 2020

I adore everything about this card!! The painted background, the composition, the phrase, the colors!!

Mary Rose
Mary Rose

June 07, 2020

Beautiful!

Vicki Kroll
Vicki Kroll

June 07, 2020

What a lovely scene so peaceful and serene. Love the multi-colors you chose for the sky and water.

Leanne in Cali
Leanne in Cali

June 07, 2020

Oh my gosh, this is beautiful! I absolutely love the background you created. Thanks so much for sharing!!

Claudia N
Claudia N

June 07, 2020

Such a peaceful scene, very pretty card.

sharon gullikson
sharon gullikson

June 07, 2020

Oh, the COLORS ARE AMAZING. I am going to see how you made this. LOVE IT TO PIECES!!

Pam Ramada
Pam Ramada

June 07, 2020

What an awesome scene! The water reflection is fantastic.

Tina
Tina

June 07, 2020

What an amazing card. And you make it seem so easy.

Jessica Kerr
Jessica Kerr

June 07, 2020

Gorgeous coloring and I love the sentiment

Patt H.
Patt H.

June 07, 2020

What a beautiful technique! Thanks for the inspiration!

josmary
josmary

June 07, 2020

my favorite card. so beautifully done

Heidi Macy
Heidi Macy

June 07, 2020

Wow, that is a really neat look on the black watercolor paper. I would love to try it!

Eden
Eden

June 07, 2020

Spectacular!! The black watercolor paper is a bit intimidating to me though…

Dixie Howell
Dixie Howell

June 07, 2020

Looks interesting with a lot of potential

Savvy Me
Savvy Me

June 07, 2020

The coloring is stunning and it is very peaceful to look at. Thank you for the inspiration.

Joan
Joan

June 07, 2020

Oh my….black watercolor paper! This will be a first for me and can’t wait to try it. Your card is beyond gorgeous!

Linda Price
Linda Price

June 07, 2020

Your watercoloring is amazing! Such a beautiful scene.

Jodi W.
Jodi W.

June 07, 2020

Love this image. it is very realistic and is totally gorgeous. Great job!

Marie Doody
Marie Doody

June 07, 2020

Looks great, I have never used black watercolour paper. The result is fantastic

Heather Mills
Heather Mills

June 07, 2020

Oh! Wow!!! This is stunning!!

Carol L.
Carol L.

June 07, 2020

I have never tried black watercolor paper; I am anxious to see how it works. The sunset sailboat is just the “calm” that the artiest was going for.

Miriam Prantner
Miriam Prantner

June 07, 2020

Love that gorgeous watercolored background! This is such a great card!

Maria B
Maria B

June 07, 2020

What beautiful colors you used. I’d like to try the black paper.

Dorothy Mutafopulos
Dorothy Mutafopulos

June 07, 2020

Beautiful water scene and the colors are truly amazing. Kit helps us to let our imagination soar.

Sarah Deonarine
Sarah Deonarine

June 07, 2020

Wow! Black water color paper!

Beth Canary-Lee
Beth Canary-Lee

June 07, 2020

Your card is just “Dreamy”

Karen Hale
Karen Hale

June 07, 2020

Aaahh, looks like a beautiful sailing at sundown. This is an interesting release. Lovely.

Darcy P
Darcy P

June 07, 2020

Wow! What a fabulous technique! Thanks for sharing.

Priscilla Bade
Priscilla Bade

June 07, 2020

Wow, this is just beautiful! Did you use watercolors from tubes or would a schoolchild’s paintbox work? I love this picture.

Joyce
Joyce

June 07, 2020

This is so stunning.

Karin W
Karin W

June 07, 2020

Stunning water and sky!

Brenda
Brenda

June 07, 2020

WOW!! This card is so breathtaking, can’t wait to see the full kit and definitely try out the new black watercolor paper!

Margaret R
Margaret R

June 07, 2020

Wow, this is gorgeous! Yes, working on black is not easy, but you’ve really done a fantastic job!

Susan Petersen
Susan Petersen

June 07, 2020

I love the idea of black watercolor paper!

Marty Harris
Marty Harris

June 07, 2020

I am totally amazed by this card—it is absolutely stunning! I’ve wondered about black watercolor paper and now see how it can make a huge difference.

Chark
Chark

June 07, 2020

Love this—great idea!

Cyndee S
Cyndee S

June 07, 2020

Love the beautiful sunset scene! I think this kit will be another fan favorite!

Victoria Paris
Victoria Paris

June 07, 2020

I love the sailboat card. I can’t wait to try this process.

Kelsey Thomas
Kelsey Thomas

June 07, 2020

I love how this turned out! :) I may have to try watercoloring on black paper.

Elisa M Gray
Elisa M Gray

June 07, 2020

You are a watercolor artist. I want to do THAT!

Pamela Shea
Pamela Shea

June 07, 2020

Wow this is amazing.

Margery C
Margery C

June 07, 2020

Black watercolor paper! How neat and I can’t wait to try it.

Kim earhart
Kim earhart

June 07, 2020

I love the effects of using watercolors on the black paper. It looks dream-like!

HELEN C SPRAGUE
HELEN C SPRAGUE

June 07, 2020

This is inspiring! I would of never thought to put color like you did on black cardstock. This looks amazing!!!

Lindarub
Lindarub

June 07, 2020

Love the colors of the sky.

SueB
SueB

June 07, 2020

Beautiful card. Love the colors.

Denise Bryant
Denise Bryant

June 07, 2020

Beautiful card with this tranquil scene! Love the colors!

Kendra
Kendra

June 07, 2020

You’ve created such a soft dreamy look with your card. So unique! Thank you for the inspiration.

Debbie McKelvey
Debbie McKelvey

June 07, 2020

This is a very pretty card, fabulous watercoloring! So relaxing makes me want to sail away some place at sunset. Great job!

Francine
Francine

June 07, 2020

This is absolutely stunning! What a great idea to water color on black! Love this card!

Valerija
Valerija

June 07, 2020

That is such an adorable card. Love the scene you have created.

Debra Smith
Debra Smith

June 07, 2020

What a great card! Love your watercoloring! I can’t wait to try it! Very pretty!

Karen Lingel
Karen Lingel

June 07, 2020

I love the greenery in the foreground! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

Tamra Barnes
Tamra Barnes

June 07, 2020

Absolutely beautiful! I love it!

Leslie Birdsall
Leslie Birdsall

June 07, 2020

Gorgeous Card… on black watercolor paper, who knew! Fantastic idea!

Adrienne
Adrienne

June 07, 2020

So, so beautiful!!

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