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May My Monthly Hero Countdown: Idea #3 + Giveaway

May 01, 2019 Jessica Frost-Ballas

Hello and welcome as we continue the countdown to the release of the May My Monthly Hero Kit! Release day is Monday, May 6 at 1pm Eastern/10am Pacific. We will be here for the rest of the weekend, sharing inspiration before the launch. Now let's join Jess for another look at this fantastically crafty kit.

Hello! Jess here and I am just head over heels for May's My Monthly Hero kit! It is perfect for creating cards for your crafty friends of all kinds! ;) Today I've created two cards using one of my favorite background techniques: ink smooshing using our soon-to-be released Reactive Inks!

For my first card I smooshed Pool Party and Thistle Reactive Inks onto a piece of scrap acetate. (I got a little excited and jumped the gun on using these inks before they're available; however they will be available at your favorite retailers earlier this month and will be in the Hero Arts shop on May 22nd!  And once you get your hands on them you'll realize why I couldn't resist! ;) ) Anyway, I spritzed the inks with water and then pressed the acetate to a piece of watercolor paper. I let the ink soak in for about 15 seconds and then lifted the acetate. I immediately spritzed the leftover ink with even more water and pressed it to a second piece of acetate to create a softer smooshed background. I let those dry while I worked on the rest of the card.

While the backgrounds were drying I stamped a bunch of the envelope, folded card, and heart stamps from the kit onto Dove White Hero Hues cardstock with Versafine and heat-embossed them with clear embossing powder. I added a little grey shading to the envelopes and cards with Copic markers and colored the hearts a pretty pink. Most of the more intricate stamps in the kit have coordinating dies but these easy envelope shapes do not so I fussy cut those. Then I used the coordinating dies to die-cut the hearts and cards!

Once the backgrounds were dry I stamped the sentiment onto the softer background with Versamark and heat-embossed it with detail black embossing powder. I also stamped the second sentiment on Pitch Black cardstock and heat-embossed it with white embossing powder. I used a combination of Precision Glue and foam mounting tape to arrange the images on the smooshed backgrounds and then adhered the panels to Dove White top folding card bases. Finally I added a layer of clear lacquer to the hearts to finish the cards with a little shine! 

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, May 6, before the kit launches at 10am Pacific. The more you comment, the more chances to win!

Good luck!

376 Responses

Marilyn Schleppy

Marilyn Schleppy

April 16, 2020

Cute cards and designs.

ELLA

ELLA

May 09, 2019

Iove your design! The blog hop is a really good way to introduce more designers. They make me want to make more cards and more different techniques. Thanks

Daniela Polidoro

Daniela Polidoro

May 07, 2019

I love the colors you have used for the background, they are so sweet.

Marisela Delgado

Marisela Delgado

May 06, 2019

so cute

billie

billie

May 06, 2019

I cant seem to find where you launch the may kit all I can find is this month and it shows april

Breina Burgin

Breina Burgin

May 06, 2019

Such a sweet pair of cards. I’m hoping to make a bunch for my crafty friends.

Jana Yeager

Jana Yeager

May 06, 2019

So excited for this one!

Monica K

Monica K

May 06, 2019

Love the card… who doesn’t love fun mail?

Kandi Gallegos-Garcia

Kandi Gallegos-Garcia

May 06, 2019

Love love love this!!

Jean maxwell

Jean maxwell

May 06, 2019

Love the little envelope & hearts

Veronica Griffin

Veronica Griffin

May 06, 2019

Love your cards!! I really love the card image!!

Colleen Howell

Colleen Howell

May 06, 2019

Adorable card

Hilde Larsen aka Tindaloo

Hilde Larsen aka Tindaloo

May 06, 2019

I absolutely love your soft background coloring Jessica! The stamps for May are so cool too :)

Cynthia Dennis

Cynthia Dennis

May 06, 2019

Beautiful card, I cannot wait for this release 😊

K. Eley

K. Eley

May 06, 2019

Love the results everyone gets with the smooshing technique! Really need to try it soon! Great colors and great card!

Flo

Flo

May 05, 2019

I love the little cards and envelopes. There are so cute.

Ann K.

Ann K.

May 05, 2019

Very nice… love the sentiment!

Robert Wilhelm

Robert Wilhelm

May 05, 2019

I love the little cards and envelopes. Looks like an awesome kit

Jan Tinklenberg

Jan Tinklenberg

May 05, 2019

I love it!

Vikki H

Vikki H

May 05, 2019

So many fun ideas with this kit! Thanks.

Nancy Deffner

Nancy Deffner

May 05, 2019

Great card! Love the clean and simple look. Looking forward to more information on the ink.

Adrienne West

Adrienne West

May 05, 2019

Adorable! I can see a lot of great ways to use these stamps ;)

Jan Elmore

Jan Elmore

May 05, 2019

I love Nat’l Scrapbook Day! I really like the new goodies!

Jenny Kihlberg

Jenny Kihlberg

May 05, 2019

So cute! I love the colours, I will have to get some of those reactive inks when they are available. Can’t wait for this kit!

Stephanie Z

Stephanie Z

May 05, 2019

Such a fun card – envelopes with the beautiful colors :)

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