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March My Monthly Hero Countdown: Idea #6 + Giveaway

by Jessica Frost-Ballas March 03, 2019 263 Comments

Hello and welcome back to the countdown to the release of the March My Monthly Hero Kit! Release day is Monday, March 4 at 1pm Eastern/10am Pacific. Now let’s join Jess, who is sharing a different take on this fun kit for our final peek!

Hello! Jess here and I have fallen head over heels for this AMAZING kit! Last summer I attended the Coloring Road Trip at Hero Arts with my mom and then we continued south to spend a few days in Monterey, California! I lived in Monterey when I was a young child and have fond memories of spending hours each week in the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium! So that was a must-see on our trip and thirty years later it did not disappoint! When I saw the March My Monthly Hero kit my mind was immediately drawn to the tank die...and it reminded me of the huge kelp forest tank at the aquarium.

The exhibit is a HUGE vertical tank with natural growing kelp and plant life throughout. So I decided to turn the kit die on its side to create a similar vertical look and here's what I created!

To start I die-cut the tank die from Hero Hues Pitch Black cardstock and set it aside. Next I blended a piece of Hero Hues Dove White cardstock using the gorgeous Reactive Inks included in the kit!  I started in the bottom left with Blue Water, then Sea Glass, and finally Sea Salt in the top right corner. The Sea Salt ink mostly toned down the Sea Glass ink creating this gorgeous light teal shade! Once the panel was dry I splattered it with water to lift some of the ink and create lots of bubbles!

Once the panel was dry I stamped the school of fish several times with Versafine to create a big swirl. Then I stamped the sentiment with Versafine and heat-embossed both with Ultra Fine Clear Embossing Powder. Finally I adhered the tank die vertically oriented over my card panel and adhered that to a white card base! It's simple, but striking, and I'm positive my mom will love it as a reminder our of trip! :) 

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, and announce the winner first thing Monday morning, March 4, before the kit launches at 10am Pacific. The more you comment, the more chances to win!

Good luck!





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Gael Guerard
Gael Guerard

April 03, 2019

I loved your aquarium and jellyfish cards! I would love to see you do a video of making them!

Barbara Huyck
Barbara Huyck

March 28, 2019

Just breathtaking, I love the colors of the water and the fish. Very inspiring to me I am new to stamping. Makes me feel I can do this!

Linda Huntsman
Linda Huntsman

March 16, 2019

I grew up in Santa Cruz and this kit brought back fond memories of my exploring the tide pools and beaches.

Elaine
Elaine

March 13, 2019

Love your card! It’s so calming, like the ocean. Scene building is tough for me but you made it look achievable. Thank you for sharing this beauty!

 Mary Galgon
Mary Galgon

March 05, 2019

Really like this!

jacqueline smith
jacqueline smith

March 05, 2019

Looking forward to this kit! The cards I’ve seen in the count down are amazing and creatives. I’m wondering how it would pair up with the mermaid kit from last summer…

Marcy Calhoun
Marcy Calhoun

March 05, 2019

What an original idea. I loved the blue
It did remind me of ocean waters. Anyone would love receiving your card. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

Virginia Pender
Virginia Pender

March 05, 2019

Love this theme, especially with fame like die cut! Thanks for posting.

Leona Barnes
Leona Barnes

March 05, 2019

I love your card it is gorgeous, the minimal colors really make the background pop!

Jana Yeager
Jana Yeager

March 04, 2019

Love these stamps and the dies are great!

Sharon Howell
Sharon Howell

March 04, 2019

Great card. Love this kit!

Ruth Dupchen
Ruth Dupchen

March 04, 2019

This is a wonderful kit!

Kathy r
Kathy r

March 04, 2019

What a fabulous match to the aquarium. Colors are perfect and the movement depicted is mesmerizing.

Lynn
Lynn

March 04, 2019

I really think the die looks great turned on its side. Good idea! Great card and not too hard!!!

Linda Kepler
Linda Kepler

March 04, 2019

Absolutely stunning . . .

Mary Beth DeMilia
Mary Beth DeMilia

March 04, 2019

Amazing card! You have captured the aquarium creatively! The reactive inks really make the water look realistic!

Yoo-Rah
Yoo-Rah

March 04, 2019

My favorite aquarium and its been too long since I visited. You’re beautiful card brought me right back to it.

Jane Graham
Jane Graham

March 04, 2019

Wow! I love all the sharing of ideas. Exciting to see fresh ideas.

Cori moses
Cori moses

March 04, 2019

I love the blended background makes this card really special

Shari James
Shari James

March 04, 2019

I grew lived in Carmel and Monterey when I was young too. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a wonderful place. Your card surely reminds me of that wonderful place. Very striking card!

Donna Thielker
Donna Thielker

March 04, 2019

Your card is absolutely amazing!

Bessie Phillips
Bessie Phillips

March 04, 2019

Wow! How impressive! What a great job. Love this card, I want to try this

karan
karan

March 04, 2019

Love the card! Great idea to turn on the side!

Carol
Carol

March 04, 2019

Love this idea. Such a neat card. :-)

Mateja P
Mateja P

March 04, 2019

Beautiful inspiration and finishe card :)

Lourdes
Lourdes

March 04, 2019

Loving that school of fish!!!

Rebecca
Rebecca

March 04, 2019

Beautiful

Laurie Pickerel
Laurie Pickerel

March 04, 2019

Love your card! Just beautiful! Thank you for the inspiration.

Deborah LeMarbre
Deborah LeMarbre

March 04, 2019

Excited this is beautiful

Janice Magilton
Janice Magilton

March 04, 2019

Love it, very clever.
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Krystal Showalter
Krystal Showalter

March 04, 2019

Oh, I love this card! It is gorgeous. One of my husband and I’s favorite things to do together is visit aquariums and you captured the feeling perfectly in this card.

Sonya
Sonya

March 04, 2019

Everything in the kit looks awesome. Can’t wait for the full reveal!

Kim Dorval
Kim Dorval

March 04, 2019

I just love the blue colors for the background. I’m excited these will be in the kit. I really like the black contrast with the blues too.

Breina Burgin
Breina Burgin

March 04, 2019

I’m so glad for this kit! I’ve some fun birthday cards planned for this one!

Cathy R
Cathy R

March 04, 2019

Just beautiful. So tranquil

Margie
Margie

March 04, 2019

Love the simplicity of thud card…looks great

Rebecca H.
Rebecca H.

March 04, 2019

Isn’t it amazing that the tank pictures and the new kit have such similarities as your picture. Aquariums are a favorite of mine large or small. I had the fortune to live in San Diego area for many years and enjoyed all the great animal parks,zoos and sea life. Your back ground just really makes this card. The schooling fish add realism to the scene perfect look.

Jane
Jane

March 04, 2019

Heaven underwater…Schools of fish that catch the eye like little glims of stars…

Autumn Groomes
Autumn Groomes

March 04, 2019

Looks amazing! I am just getting into card making but this will be perfect for scrapbook layouts.

Diane
Diane

March 04, 2019

This is going to be so cool to make cards with this kit! I can’t wait to receive my kit!!!!

Henriétte
Henriétte

March 04, 2019

Awesome card Jess and I love that the card has a story behind it. Thank you so much for sharing.

rpm1367
rpm1367

March 04, 2019

GORGEOUS! I love everything about this card!

Beth Canary-Lee
Beth Canary-Lee

March 04, 2019

What a creative way to use the tank die! Can’t wait to see the whole kit. Thanks for sharing your creative idea with us.

Leanne S
Leanne S

March 04, 2019

Beautiful card & best kit of all.

Carol Q
Carol Q

March 04, 2019

What a stunning card! The colors on the background are a beautiful color combination.

Georgie P
Georgie P

March 04, 2019

The school of fish create a great feeling of life and movement. Another really great card!

Arianna Barbara
Arianna Barbara

March 04, 2019

Oh my!!! This card is really breathless!!! Fabulous colouring!!!

Helen
Helen

March 04, 2019

Beautiful card Jess. Love the black with the blue and it certainly looks like a real aquarium. Fabulous kit xxx

Evelyn Koll
Evelyn Koll

March 04, 2019

How I love these serene colors :-)

K. Eley
K. Eley

March 04, 2019

Love how you decided to turn the die!! Monterey and the Aquarium are so amazing. Would love to go back someday and this kit makes me think of those areas as well! Yay! Only hours left till reveal time!!!!

Karen L K
Karen L K

March 04, 2019

I really like the silhouette look over that nice background! The aquarium in Monterey is a great one.

Gina Mongenel
Gina Mongenel

March 04, 2019

This kit looks amazing! I can hardly wait to see the full kit and add on’s tomorrow!

Laura
Laura

March 04, 2019

Love the school of fishes.

Jenny Kihlberg
Jenny Kihlberg

March 04, 2019

I love that you showed us your inspiration for this card. I love how this die work vertically as well as horizontally. I also love the colours and how the black really pops up from the background. Lovely card!

lee
lee

March 04, 2019

What a lovely depiction of the kelp tank at the aquarium! Beautiful card!

Amy Lombardo
Amy Lombardo

March 04, 2019

Jessica,
This card is so pretty! Thank you for sharing!

Carol Tidrow
Carol Tidrow

March 04, 2019

Love your ink blending – beautiful card

Viveca V.
Viveca V.

March 04, 2019

I love visiting aquariums, and Monterey Bay is a favorite. I went on a date there with the man who became my husband. We have been married for 23 years. This card made me smile. I really like the school of fish you created by repeat stamping. Thanks for evoking a wonderful memory with your card.

Angela Myhre
Angela Myhre

March 04, 2019

Gorgeous!!!

Michele
Michele

March 04, 2019

I love the black background aquarium, feels like an underwater window ! Perfect on a snowy night!

Juana Vega
Juana Vega

March 04, 2019

The inks in the kit look very promising, look great used here.

Stacey Kowbel
Stacey Kowbel

March 04, 2019

Wow, beautiful card!

Cassie
Cassie

March 04, 2019

I would have never thought to use the die sideways, and it works so perfectly! The background is absolutely gorgeous with those reactive inks, and it looks just like a scene from an aquarium!

Virginia Ellison
Virginia Ellison

March 04, 2019

I loved the aquarium style card….cant wait to play with the reactive inks.

Claudia N
Claudia N

March 04, 2019

Beautiful card!! Love the cover plate die!! So excited for the full reveal!

Karin W
Karin W

March 04, 2019

What a beautiful card! I love the underground feel and a great job on creating the school of fish!

Jessica Colie
Jessica Colie

March 04, 2019

This card is stunning! I love your source of inspiration! The simplicity of the color palette works very well. I feel like I’m looking at an actual tank despite the images only being silhouettes.
The school of fish is a great touch too.
Fantastic card and kit.

Deb Selby
Deb Selby

March 04, 2019

This is going to be a great kit.

Ashley Shaffer
Ashley Shaffer

March 04, 2019

jess i love the turned on its side thing you did!

Carrie Penner
Carrie Penner

March 04, 2019

Loving the tank die! Thanks for sharing!

Marsha Segard
Marsha Segard

March 04, 2019

I really loved the shading and the placement of the fish school. Wonderful card!

Callie
Callie

March 04, 2019

Stunning! I love the swirl of fish and your use of the reactive inks.

Melinda Stearns
Melinda Stearns

March 04, 2019

Holy wow, this is amazing!

Phoebe Karr
Phoebe Karr

March 04, 2019

After this card I’m really loving the set. I love reflective inked background colors. And how it appears I am looking deep into the ocean.

Martha Berry
Martha Berry

March 04, 2019

The silhouettes are wonderful on this card. Love the swoop and swirl of the schools of fish! Can’t wait to get my kit home.

Dot Norman
Dot Norman

March 04, 2019

Anxious to make this card.

Margaret Montgomery
Margaret Montgomery

March 04, 2019

What a great idea to use the die in the portrait position. Your school of fish looks very dramatic. Great card.

Sudhamathi Muthu
Sudhamathi Muthu

March 04, 2019

Beautiful card Jess… your beautiful card shows your fond memories… love you have used the reactive ink to create stunning background…realistic overloaded in this card….

Thersha Lewis
Thersha Lewis

March 04, 2019

Lovely card! I love how Your inspiration for your card left you with such fond memories and still impresses you today (after 30 years)! I’ve never been to this aquarium and now I’ve added to my must see list.

Melissa
Melissa

March 04, 2019

I love the movement of this card! Beautiful job!

Anne Bennett
Anne Bennett

March 04, 2019

The blending is beautiful! We visited Monterey in July of 2018 and I got to visit the aquarium for the first time. It was such an amazing place! The kelp forest tank was mesmerizing.

Wendy Brooks
Wendy Brooks

March 04, 2019

It’s very mesmerizing, you really did an amazing job mimicking the aquarium!

Machell
Machell

March 04, 2019

I’m getting more excited with each posting! Thank you, such a cute card!!

Carrie C.
Carrie C.

March 04, 2019

Gorgeous card! Really looking forward to seeing this kit & the add-on’s!

Sharron Gregory
Sharron Gregory

March 04, 2019

We were fortunate to be able to visit the Monterrey Bay Aquarium in 2017—so many awesome displays! Love how you recreated the look so well!!

Evelyn Larson
Evelyn Larson

March 04, 2019

I want to make this card, its just beautiful.

Jess Yuan
Jess Yuan

March 04, 2019

Hurrah for the Monterey Bay Aquarium! I love your school of sardines!

Stacy L
Stacy L

March 04, 2019

I love all the little fish. It really does look like an aquarium. Fantastic job.

Flo
Flo

March 04, 2019

Can’t wait to see the whole kit tomorrow. Love this card. It looks a lot like the picture.

Anna Rodgers
Anna Rodgers

March 04, 2019

Beautiful card, filled with creativity, as always! Your skills are so inspiring, Jess! Thanks for sharing your talent! God bless!

Debbie Rumpza
Debbie Rumpza

March 04, 2019

I love the way you created movement of the school of fish… Definitely feels like we are looking right into an aquarium!

Sheri Weems
Sheri Weems

March 04, 2019

Wow! You make it sound so easy! Amazing….

Susan Pezza
Susan Pezza

March 04, 2019

I love this card! Our son, daughter-in-law and fourteen month old granddaughter came home to Maryland from Wilmington, NC for a long weekend visit, a very nice surprise, too. On Saturday we all went to the Baltimore Aquarium since our daughter-in-law and granddaughter had never been and the aquarium here is much larger than Fort Fisher outside of Wilmington. Your card reminded me of some of the tanks we saw and this kit will help me with a mini album I’ll be making of our trip, so thank you for sharing another great card!!

Stefanie White
Stefanie White

March 04, 2019

Wow! Awesome card, the colors are stunning against the black accents!
karenajo
karenajo

March 04, 2019

Yes, a very striking card ! Love so many of the elements that I have seen in this kit so far and love that you were able to create a fond memory from all of it. Thanks for sharing !

K Kraft
K Kraft

March 04, 2019

Beautiful! Love the swirl of fish!

KerrynM
KerrynM

March 04, 2019

Gorgeous card. Love all the fishes

Colleen Pepper
Colleen Pepper

March 04, 2019

Love the calm soothing feel of this card.

Miriam Prantner
Miriam Prantner

March 03, 2019

This is so pretty I love the swoop of that school of fish!

Karen Lingel
Karen Lingel

March 03, 2019

I love that kelp tank at Monterey Bay Aquarium! Watching the schools of sardines is sooo relaxing. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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