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June My Monthly Hero Countdown: Idea #5 + Giveaway

by Jessica Frost-Ballas June 02, 2019 231 Comments

Hello! It's time for our final countdown peek before the release of the June My Monthly Hero kit! The kit will be available tomorrow, Monday, June 3 at 1pm Eastern/10am Pacific. Now let's join Jess for another look at this amazing kit.

Hello! Jess here and I am just SO excited about this month's kit! I love animals and nature in general but I've been watching the Our Planet documentary recently and it's given me all sorts of ideas for the kit! Today I've created a trifold window card using lots of images from the kit!  

I start by stamping a bunch of the images from the kit with Intense Black ink on watercolor paper and I loosely watercolor them using liquid watercolors. I use Moss, Pine, Dark Teal, Strawberry, Cocoa, Leaf, Mulled Wine, Orange, Dandelion, and a brand new shade that is an add-on to this month's kit! ;) Once I'm done watercoloring I die-cut all the images with the coordinating dies.

To create my card base I trim a piece of Dove White cardstock to 10 1/2" by 4 3/4" and score it at 3 1/2" and 7". Then I trim a tiny sliver of cardstock from the right panel so that it will close smoothly.  I mask off the edges and blend Green Apple, Key Lime Fizz, and Blue Raspberry Reactive Inks across each panel. I splatter them with water and drops of the Reactive Inks to create dimensional vibrant backgrounds. Then I die-cut the leopard outline from the left panel and fold the card up again. I trace the inside line of the die onto the right panel and then die-cut the leopard outline from the right panel.  

Then I fold the card up and adhere the leopard inside the dies to the back panel.  Next I start building scenes on each panel around the leopard. Each panel is different and contains different animals or plants as if he's traveling through the jungle. I added a tiny square of foam mounting tape behind the leopard's head to pop it up slightly. This gives the die-cut edge something to hold onto so the card will lay flat.  Finally I stamp both sentiments onto Pitch Black cardstock and heat-emboss them with white embossing powder. I trim them down and adhere them to the front and back panels to finish the card!

I don't think I've ever used quite so many images for a single card before but I really love the variety of images in the kit and wanted to create a diverse and vibrant environment for my leopard! :) 

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

Good luck!





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100 Responses

Iris Esther López
Iris Esther López

June 05, 2019

Great card!

Nancy Huntley
Nancy Huntley

June 04, 2019

Love how you placed the leopard on the branch!

Pamela Shea
Pamela Shea

June 03, 2019

Love the colors.

Margery C
Margery C

June 03, 2019

Lovely card. Amazing colors.

Sharon Howell
Sharon Howell

June 03, 2019

This card is amazing!! What a clever idea. Great job!!

Sheri Kempke
Sheri Kempke

June 03, 2019

Jess, this is so cool—love the front cut out, awesome! Can’t wait to see the entire kit.

catharina worthington
catharina worthington

June 03, 2019

I love the mixture of the different colors of greens you used to represent a jungle.

Crystal Lewis
Crystal Lewis

June 03, 2019

I love this technique. Endless ideas

Jawandh
Jawandh

June 03, 2019

This card is so vibrant and I love the leopard!
Can’t wait to see the whole kit!!!

tina z. treebug
tina z. treebug

June 03, 2019

I love all these bright colours!

K. Eley
K. Eley

June 03, 2019

WOW!! Love all the details and color! This kit is looking so fun! I’m afraid to see how awesome the add-ons are too!!! Thank you for sharing!

Marianne
Marianne

June 03, 2019

Fun!

Kellie
Kellie

June 03, 2019

I’m loving the trifold card you’ve made Jess. It’s a card of wonderful surprise. 🐸🐯🦜🐆🐵🐒

Kellie
Kellie

June 03, 2019

I’m loving the trifold card you’ve made Jess. It’s a card of wonderful surprise. 🐸🐯🦜🐆🐵🐒

Stephanie Z
Stephanie Z

June 03, 2019

Lovely card – the animal looks so real :)

Karen L K
Karen L K

June 03, 2019

What!? That is such a creative card! Just so much for with the different layers that change the scene. Super nice!

Melissa Keller
Melissa Keller

June 03, 2019

Wow! Thanks for all the details on how to make this card. It’s really beautiful!

Christi Conley
Christi Conley

June 03, 2019

Love me some cats – this leopard is right up my alley :)

Kristen Snoozy
Kristen Snoozy

June 03, 2019

The colors are SO vibrant!! Amazing!

Melinda Stearns
Melinda Stearns

June 03, 2019

This design is excellent! This kit looks like a lot of fun.

Shannon
Shannon

June 03, 2019

Breathtaking! Love the cat shaped window.

Jenny Kihlberg
Jenny Kihlberg

June 03, 2019

Wow! What a fun idea. Love the trifold part of this card, you really get to use a lot of products and that is always fun. I can’t wait for this kit!

Laura
Laura

June 03, 2019

Such a amazing panel card, leopard and bird were great.

Dori
Dori

June 03, 2019

What a great idea!! I love the way you die cut the leopard and created the scenes!

Kris Reeves
Kris Reeves

June 03, 2019

Such vibrant colors!

Kenzie Higdon
Kenzie Higdon

June 03, 2019

I am absolutely in love with this card, I am so excited, I have never gotten a My Monthly Hero Kit before, I think this might be my first one, so far I am loving what I’m seeing, I’ll be setting a reminder so I don’t miss out!!!!!

Carla Hundley
Carla Hundley

June 03, 2019

Love this tri-card!
The scenes on each
page are awesome.
Carla from Utah

Anna Cullen
Anna Cullen

June 03, 2019

Ohh a new water colour ink in the kit, you are making this kit unmissable!!

Breina Burgin
Breina Burgin

June 02, 2019

Nice! I love how vibrant this is!

Aisha Roberts
Aisha Roberts

June 02, 2019

Love this card. I love jungle themed cards so much

Angela Castillo
Angela Castillo

June 02, 2019

Love the greenery and the watercolor effects on the card. What a great idea die cutting the two front card panels!

Lana lowary
Lana lowary

June 02, 2019

I can hardly wait to see this kit! Fun card!

Carolyn Pokorney
Carolyn Pokorney

June 02, 2019

Love this card how vibrant and fun!

Ann K.
Ann K.

June 02, 2019

Love all of these images… and what a beautiful job watercoloring! Thanks for sharing…

Dominic Paul Imperiale
Dominic Paul Imperiale

June 02, 2019

Very cute and creative.

Sharon Gullikson
Sharon Gullikson

June 02, 2019

We went to the Wild Animal Park today, so I’m really in the mood to see animals! This looks just gorgeous. I like your colorful look.

Ruth Manor
Ruth Manor

June 02, 2019

The colors and design of this card caught my attention. Looking forward to the reveal at 1 pm EST tomorrow.

Janet Sisk
Janet Sisk

June 02, 2019

What an awesome card! Thanks for the inspiration and chance to win a kit. :D

Artconquers
Artconquers

June 02, 2019

What a beautiful background.. love this jungle theme card kit..

Cheryl Agresti
Cheryl Agresti

June 02, 2019

This new jungle themed card kit is awesome! Would love to win it!

Cassie
Cassie

June 02, 2019

The tri fold card idea is perfect for depicting different scenes with the same primary focus. This jaguar is beautiful, and rightly should be the star of any deep jungle expedition!

Linda S.
Linda S.

June 02, 2019

A beautiful and creative card. Can’t wait to see the entire release.

Katie Coggins
Katie Coggins

June 02, 2019

Love the detail in this card – cant wait to play with the kit

Jessica Williams
Jessica Williams

June 02, 2019

This card is fantastic!! Such a great idea. I love all of the detail on each panel.

Lourdes
Lourdes

June 02, 2019

Beautiful!

Teri S.
Teri S.

June 02, 2019

Oh Jess I love your card & I am thinking this kit is going to be a lot of fun to play with. The H.A. inks you’ve used are so beautifully vibrant. Thanks.

Thersha Lewis
Thersha Lewis

June 02, 2019

tri fold card paired with a wild jungle expedition: it’s fire and I absolutely love it! Looking forward to seeing the kit and add ons for this month
Eileen
Eileen

June 02, 2019

Love the jungle the mighty jungle!
Can’t wait to see the rest!

Alysia Albrecht
Alysia Albrecht

June 02, 2019

This card is amazing. I love the leopard.

Roni Kamm
Roni Kamm

June 02, 2019

I love the tri panel idea. Looks like the leopard is coming right out of the jungle.

Debbi Smith
Debbi Smith

June 02, 2019

Such a vibrant card! Thanks for sharing your inspiration!

Lori Poffenroth
Lori Poffenroth

June 02, 2019

Such an imaginative card! What a great way to show off the images.

Francine
Francine

June 02, 2019

Love this Safari theme. Excited to see the reveal

Bertha
Bertha

June 02, 2019

Ooo first time I’m seeing the leopard. Great card and from what can see a great selection of animals and foliage in this month’s kit. A real jungle hit!

Debbie Walter
Debbie Walter

June 02, 2019

What a beautiful card! I love the colors you used.

barbara lassiter
barbara lassiter

June 02, 2019

This is beautiful and I love the card design!

Toni F
Toni F

June 02, 2019

How clever to make a tri-fold card with the leopard cutout.

KerrynM
KerrynM

June 02, 2019

Wow, wow, wow, what a gorgeous card Jess. This kit looks amazing

Shirley Wallen
Shirley Wallen

June 02, 2019

I love this card. I’ve made three panel cards before, but not like this one.
Anne-Laure B
Anne-Laure B

June 02, 2019

Oops. I forgot to say how much I loved the trifold card idea and effects you created <3

Debbie McKelvey
Debbie McKelvey

June 02, 2019

What a cool card! I love trifold cards and yours is beautiful. The vibrant colors make this card. Can’t wait to see all the images in the kit and get to play.

Andre M.
Andre M.

June 02, 2019

Fab design on this lush tropical scene.

Sue D
Sue D

June 02, 2019

Fabulous. Love the fold and the colors.

Helen Potter
Helen Potter

June 02, 2019

Oh my goodness, Jess, this is a wonderful jungle card. Such an inspiring use of the kit. Love it!!

Charlene Arrington
Charlene Arrington

June 02, 2019

WOW!!!!!!! I really like that card!!!!! Can’t wait to get my hands on this kit!!

Sudhamathi Muthu
Sudhamathi Muthu

June 02, 2019

Wow Jess… your card really amazed me…. actually yay our card is like watching documentary… I liked your vision of making it like a trifold card…. it is like unraveling the scene layer by layer to view the leopard…. brilliantly done…. love your card sooooooo much…

Vikki H
Vikki H

June 02, 2019

Wow! So many cute details and dazzling colors

Michele W
Michele W

June 02, 2019

What a fantastic peek through tri-fold card! Love the bright watercolor backgrounds and that leopard is magnificent. Thanks for sharing this amazing card!

Monica Tozier-Brown
Monica Tozier-Brown

June 02, 2019

So awesome!

Lori
Lori

June 02, 2019

Wow! What a stunning card!
Can’t wait for tomorrow to see the kit!

Claudia N
Claudia N

June 02, 2019

Love the bold colors! Can’t wait to see the full reveal!

candgmom
candgmom

June 02, 2019

What a beautiful card. I love the cut out leopard on the top two layers and that each layer is decorated differently. Great technique! Can’t wait for Monday and the full reveal.

Susan Carlson
Susan Carlson

June 02, 2019

Trifold card! So clever! I want to try this! Thank you for the idea – & the jaguar as the focus point – loyal catwoman here! Beautiful colors – so excited to see this kit revealed – & maybe win it!

Mary Jane Grutzmacher
Mary Jane Grutzmacher

June 02, 2019

This kit has a lot of applications for the plant world as well as the creature world! Very nice indeed!

Jana Yeager
Jana Yeager

June 02, 2019

Love the big cat and the tucan! Nice card!

Stef Perry
Stef Perry

June 02, 2019

What an amazing card! Loving all the inspiration with the new kit!

Nancy Y
Nancy Y

June 02, 2019

Wow that’s really creative! I love how the leopard is in a scene on each panel.

Denise Kitts-Wadlow
Denise Kitts-Wadlow

June 02, 2019

How fun and creative! Love your use of so many bright, bold colors, and all of that images you used create quite an amazing scene! Great job on placement of the leopard in this magnificent jungle you’ve created. Great job Jess!

Anne-Laure B
Anne-Laure B

June 02, 2019

I haven’t seen everything but I’m already in love with this kit. Many animals. This card is really nice. I love the inks, they give a fluo look to jungle. :)

Joanne W
Joanne W

June 02, 2019

Love the jungle theme with lots of wonderful animals.

Cyndee S
Cyndee S

June 02, 2019

I predict that this will be another fast kit to sell out. Looking forward to seeing the full release.

Sue Manning
Sue Manning

June 02, 2019

I love the colors of your card. They blend together so well and contrast nicely with the big cat!
Very nice job. Thank you for sharing
Sue Manning

Eva
Eva

June 02, 2019

This Trifold card is really special – can‘t wait to make my way through the jungle!!

Kirsty
Kirsty

June 02, 2019

You have some very nice work here!

Joni52
Joni52

June 02, 2019

I am loving this jungle release! amazing cards! Can’t wait to play with these stamps and dies.

Nancarrow Brown
Nancarrow Brown

June 02, 2019

I love the jaguar!

Kathy J in Ellicott City
Kathy J in Ellicott City

June 02, 2019

Loving this jungle theme.

Linda Johnson
Linda Johnson

June 02, 2019

I love the peek through cover. Beautiful card.

Elaine Wood
Elaine Wood

June 02, 2019

Absolutely stunning card can’t wait to see the kit

Beverlee
Beverlee

June 02, 2019

Jessica,
The trifold card is like taking an adventure through the jungle. Very unique and clever. Appreciate your share. Can’t wait to see the full kit tomorrow.

Anna
Anna

June 02, 2019

Wow! Live the colors used on this one.

Stacey Kowbel
Stacey Kowbel

June 02, 2019

Fabulous card! Love the tri-fold layers!

Heidi Macy
Heidi Macy

June 02, 2019

Wow, that is some precise die cutting to get those openings right. Great card, so pretty!

Amy Martin
Amy Martin

June 02, 2019

Amazing card!! Love the colors and the design.

Arianna Barbara
Arianna Barbara

June 02, 2019

Wow! What s stunning project!!! Layout and colouring are simply amazing!!!

Kimberly Dorval
Kimberly Dorval

June 02, 2019

Another beautiful card. I’m looking forward to seeing the whole kit.

Amy Hanne
Amy Hanne

June 02, 2019

I love the leopard on this card!

Mitzi
Mitzi

June 02, 2019

Thanks for sharing your great card & the opportunity to win.

Debi Walton
Debi Walton

June 02, 2019

WOW!!!
Quite an endeavor, but totally worth the results.
BEAUTIFUL!

Patricia Haff
Patricia Haff

June 02, 2019

I really like the wild animals in the monthly kit. This is very life like and will be perfect for some of the cards I stamp and send. Thanks.

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