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May My Monthly Hero Countdown: Idea #6 + Giveaway!

by Jessica Frost-Ballas May 06, 2018 234 Comments

Good afternoon! We're back with our final countdown post, leading up to the release of our May My Monthly Hero kit! Release day is Monday, May 7th at 1pm Eastern/10am Pacific. Don’t forget to comment on each and every countdown post as we’ll be giving away a kit tomorrow morning, before the kit launches! Here's Jess with a project using a few stand-alone dies from the main kit.

Hi! Jess here with a card using the optional add-on, Ombré Reactive Spring Day ink pad, with two dies from the main kit! When I was looking at the kit I noticed two cute stand-alone leaf dies and decided to use those for my card.

I started by die-cutting the leaves with the watercolor paper from the kit several times and trimming off the stems. The watercolor paper has a lot of texture and creates fantastic leaves! I decided to do a little loose smoosh watercoloring using the Ombré Reactive Spring Day ink pad so I smooshed the ink pad onto a scrap piece of acetate and spritzed it with water. I mixed the color around with my fingertip and then dabbed the leaves into the ink. I let them dry briefly and then dabbed them again. I love the way the three colors blend together to create those bright spring shades!  

While the leaves were drying I used a blending tool to blend the blue shades from the ink pad onto the top of a white card base. I used Post-It tape to mask off the bottom 2/3rds of the card. I wanted a little texture in the blended background so I dabbed at it with a crumpled wet wipe to lift color in unusual textures. I stamped the sentiment and branch with Versamark and heat-embossed it with gold embossing powder. Finally I arranged my leaves and adhered them with a mix of regular adhesive and foam mounting tape. I love all the variety of this kit and how two little pieces of it can create such a bright and cheery card!

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, May 7th before the kit launches at 1pm Eastern. The more you comment, the more chances to win!

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Kathleen
Kathleen

June 04, 2018

Wow…love that watercoloring with diecuts!! Thanks for sharing your beautiful work.

tanya Perrin
tanya Perrin

May 07, 2018

Oh wow….How creative! This shows that the kit could easily be used for any season! Love it

Joy Stumbo
Joy Stumbo

May 07, 2018

Love the watercolor leaves!

Jessica H Chavez
Jessica H Chavez

May 07, 2018

I’m loving this!! Just ordered mine!!

Belinda Santamore
Belinda Santamore

May 07, 2018

brings back memories

Nancy
Nancy

May 07, 2018

I love the watercolor leaves and the separation of color and white card. Very pretty card.

Isabelle
Isabelle

May 07, 2018

Beautiful colors for a beautiful card, perfect for spring time !

Twylia Bell
Twylia Bell

May 07, 2018

Beautiful Card. Love the leaves!

Barbara
Barbara

May 07, 2018

This is a cute idea – I love this technique.

Karthikha Uday
Karthikha Uday

May 07, 2018

Beautiful!

Henriëtte
Henriëtte

May 07, 2018

Clean, simple and gorgeous, thank you Jessica!

Linda Kepler
Linda Kepler

May 07, 2018

This is simply just stunning, probably one of my all time favorites. Love the color and the simplicity . . . .

Jeanne Beam
Jeanne Beam

May 07, 2018

Beautiful card. love the coloring of the background.
Thanks for sharing…

Woendi Levitt
Woendi Levitt

May 07, 2018

What a great and creative way to have used the ombre ink pad to do the leaves. I love them. This definitely looks like its going to be another great kit

Patty  Haff
Patty Haff

May 07, 2018

watercolors for spring —-soft and lovely!

liron a.
liron a.

May 07, 2018

The card is perfect for spring. great colors

Barbara Walborn
Barbara Walborn

May 07, 2018

Simple yet stunning.

JANIS LITYNSKY
JANIS LITYNSKY

May 07, 2018

Oh, I love the colour mix …. My Fav, colour mingle… I can not wait to see your kit this Month… Thanks so much for the chance to win…

Pamela Toriello
Pamela Toriello

May 07, 2018

I LOVE the watercolor look! Your extra work paid off, its beautiful!

ionabunny
ionabunny

May 07, 2018

Oh, that is unassumingly beautiful. What a lovely card. I am glad you left it just like that. Hugz

Kelsey Thomas
Kelsey Thomas

May 07, 2018

So beautiful! :)

Lisa K
Lisa K

May 07, 2018

I like the leaves. Looking forward to seeing the kit.

Naciu Octavia
Naciu Octavia

May 07, 2018

Beautiful card! Great ideas

Sara
Sara

May 07, 2018

I can’t wait for this one. I love scene building and this looks right up my alley.

ljhart
ljhart

May 07, 2018

Beautiful colors, love the watercolor effects, too.

Teri W
Teri W

May 07, 2018

Gorgeous colors!

Cindy robinson
Cindy robinson

May 07, 2018

Such a pretty, spring card! So excited to see the full kit!

Melanie Jerome
Melanie Jerome

May 07, 2018

Great ink pad color for leaves . Can’t wait to see kit

Cheryl
Cheryl

May 07, 2018

I’ll definitely be purchasing the add-ons for this kit!

Denise KW
Denise KW

May 07, 2018

Love this card, and the way you lifted color in places, lending a unique look to each individual leaf, just the way God and nature intended. Looking forward to the big reveal! Have a blessed day!

Mateja P
Mateja P

May 07, 2018

These are beutiful! Love the colour and the shape of these leaves :)

Tina
Tina

May 07, 2018

The ink pas colors are so beautiful, must have!

C Cassel
C Cassel

May 07, 2018

Colors are great, love watercolors.

Denise von Busch
Denise von Busch

May 07, 2018

Cool inkpad, nice colours!

Carrie
Carrie

May 07, 2018

Can’t wait to see the kit. Judging from what I can see, I think it’s going to be a good one.

Dawn Thomas
Dawn Thomas

May 07, 2018

Beautiful card! Great ideas

shartl
shartl

May 07, 2018

The watercoloring on these leaves takes this CAS card and makes it amazing!! Love the fresh look

jules
jules

May 07, 2018

The idea of masking a portion of. Card for the background is pretty nifty. It eliminates the use of another layer and gives the card added character. I will definitely emboss the branches in gold to match the sentiment for some of my cards….once I get my kit! Can’t wait!

Amy Wazwaz
Amy Wazwaz

May 07, 2018

I love ombré ink pads. I need to check the add ons for this month. Looks great.

Carol
Carol

May 07, 2018

Love how you did your leaves. So pretty.

Starqueen
Starqueen

May 07, 2018

So creative….the reactive inkpad is very intriguing!

Rebecca Ednie
Rebecca Ednie

May 07, 2018

I’m so looking forward to this kit!!

Lara
Lara

May 07, 2018

I can’t wait to try out the supplies from this kit and the add-ons.

Angle Wylie
Angle Wylie

May 07, 2018

Great card! Looking forward to doing some smoothing of my own.

Renata Rush
Renata Rush

May 07, 2018

That’s a lovely card! Tons of possibilities with this ink pad.

Shannon
Shannon

May 07, 2018

Very pretty!

Jodi Warren
Jodi Warren

May 07, 2018

Great looking card. Love the look of the leaves. I love the smooshing technique gives to the leaves. thanks for a different look of the kit.

Leslie Birdsall
Leslie Birdsall

May 07, 2018

I love the colors of the ink pad. Nice card!

Florie Vega
Florie Vega

May 06, 2018

Versatile and creative way to make this beautiful fresh look, thank you for the hints, Jess. Even more excited to see the whole kit tomorrow and hopefully be the winner.

Beth Merrill
Beth Merrill

May 06, 2018

I love the colors of this card and also how you used several techniques, yet the card is clean and classic!

Denise Bryant
Denise Bryant

May 06, 2018

So pretty! Love the colors and the beautiful effect!

Diane T.
Diane T.

May 06, 2018

Such a pretty card! Love the colors! Looking forward to seeing the kit!

Deb
Deb

May 06, 2018

The ink pad sounds super cool. Already I love the colors. Thank you for sharing.

Juana Vega
Juana Vega

May 06, 2018

love the colors obtained here. great way to combine the leaves and embossed branch.

Tani
Tani

May 06, 2018

Love this card. So springy.

Sue D
Sue D

May 06, 2018

so pretty!

Terri S
Terri S

May 06, 2018

Love the uniqueness of this card! Beautiful colors and stunning with the gold embossing. Thanks for sharing!

Bonnie Darroch-Dean
Bonnie Darroch-Dean

May 06, 2018

Love the simplicity and colors of this card. Looking forward to seeing and receiving this kit!

Lynn
Lynn

May 06, 2018

Very bright & cheery spring card, lovely! Getting excited for reveal tomorrow!!

karenajo
karenajo

May 06, 2018

Very pretty leaves and love the blue background you created by dabbing with the wet wipe – will have to try this ! Thanks for sharing !

Su Wright
Su Wright

May 06, 2018

The leaves are fabulous!! Know the kit is going to be great!!

Laura Staley
Laura Staley

May 06, 2018

Beautiful card! I love the way you did the leaves. I’m going to try that!

Marilee DeMars
Marilee DeMars

May 06, 2018

So creative! I can’t wait to see the kit!!

Rae Culak
Rae Culak

May 06, 2018

Really neat technique you are sharing with us.

Brenda Lubrant
Brenda Lubrant

May 06, 2018

The watercolored leaves on the tree branch are very stunning. I love this card kit.

conniecrafter
conniecrafter

May 06, 2018

Love the watercolor feel to the leaves!

Francine
Francine

May 06, 2018

So glad its almost release day. Cant wait to see the final reveal

Susan Reynolds-Gunther
Susan Reynolds-Gunther

May 06, 2018

Love the color combination. Can’t wait to see the new kit!

elicia bianco
elicia bianco

May 06, 2018

I love the watercolor look. The greeens are so pretty. very nice

Laura Litzinger
Laura Litzinger

May 06, 2018

Nice effect. Thanks for sharing.

Michele Hogarth
Michele Hogarth

May 06, 2018

Looks like spring has come to your card. Can’t wait to see the rest of the kit.

Leigh Madison
Leigh Madison

May 06, 2018

I love what you did with the leaves! Can’t wait to see the rest of the kit. I know it will be amazing!

Dana M
Dana M

May 06, 2018

Beautiful card Jess! Love the softness from the water color and great white space.

F. Andre
F. Andre

May 06, 2018

Fab color palette on this card. Thanks for sharing.

Rosemary D
Rosemary D

May 06, 2018

really pretty card! looking forward to seeing the new kit tomorrow!

Dana Sadowski
Dana Sadowski

May 06, 2018

Beautiful! Love the leafs!

Teddie Newhouse
Teddie Newhouse

May 06, 2018

I would not have thought to emboss the stem in gold. Great idea! Love the watercolor leaves too! Can’t wait to see the whole kit!

Amy Kleinschmit
Amy Kleinschmit

May 06, 2018

Love the leaves!

Nancy Dempsey
Nancy Dempsey

May 06, 2018

Sweet, simple, beautiful! I love this card and I have a feeling I’m going to love this kit. Can’t wait till Monday at one o’clock!

Carla Hundley
Carla Hundley

May 06, 2018

Gorgeous colors
on this card!
Carla from Utah

Georgette A
Georgette A

May 06, 2018

Beautiful! Love the color combinations!

Jane Mcbee
Jane Mcbee

May 06, 2018

Oh my gosh, that’s beautiful.

Linda Peabody
Linda Peabody

May 06, 2018

Love how you watercolored the leaves.

Mitzi
Mitzi

May 06, 2018

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

Glenda Sultan
Glenda Sultan

May 06, 2018

I just love the colors you chose for your leaves.

Kelli S.
Kelli S.

May 06, 2018

Beautiful card, I really love the look of the leaves.

Deborah
Deborah

May 06, 2018

Amazing card! I love the colors!

Stef Perry
Stef Perry

May 06, 2018

What a clever way to color and use those die cut leaves! Beautiful card!

Karen B
Karen B

May 06, 2018

I love this card, my favorite so far. The colors are gorgeous!

Melissa Watson
Melissa Watson

May 06, 2018

Beautiful card, love what you’ve created!

Julie Shetler
Julie Shetler

May 06, 2018

Such a Springtime card.

Kathy Straw
Kathy Straw

May 06, 2018

Your leaves are gorgeous!

Kathy s
Kathy s

May 06, 2018

What a beautiful card. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win.

Sibylle Herbe
Sibylle Herbe

May 06, 2018

I love this. Beautiful colors. So lovely.

Teri Frank
Teri Frank

May 06, 2018

Awesome card! Definitely trying this watercolor technique soon. Can’t wait to see the full kit.

Pamela McGillin
Pamela McGillin

May 06, 2018

I can’t wait to see this reactive ink in action for myself!

Penny Walker
Penny Walker

May 06, 2018

Great card! Love the watercolor leaves with the gold embossing. Thank you for your inspiration.

leslie Pierson
leslie Pierson

May 06, 2018

I really like the leaves they look so natural. the ink smooshing gave great mixture of the green and color. It is really an up lifting card..

Janet Dand
Janet Dand

May 06, 2018

The leaves are so soft and lovely. Can’t wait to see the whole kit

Kathy A
Kathy A

May 06, 2018

I can’t wait to see what is in the whole kit. Looks interesting.

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