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May My Monthly Hero Countdown: Idea #3 + Giveaway

by Jessica Frost-Ballas May 04, 2019 375 Comments

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!





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100 Responses

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 :)

Deb K
Deb K

May 05, 2019

I can think of so many ideas with these envelopes!

Christina
Christina

May 05, 2019

Can’t wait for the reactive inks too!

Kathi Hall
Kathi Hall

May 05, 2019

Cutecard

Evelyn Larson
Evelyn Larson

May 05, 2019

i agree, i like to be happy so I like to make stuff. the colors for your backgroud was just beautiful.

Karen Chester
Karen Chester

May 05, 2019

The stamp used to make this card would be so sweet on the outside of an envelope. Can’t wait to get my kit.

Helen Lo
Helen Lo

May 05, 2019

So soft but awesome. Love it.

Barb Kohout
Barb Kohout

May 05, 2019

Love the little envelopes – the hearts are a perfect touch to a wonderful layout.

Barb Kohout
Barb Kohout

May 05, 2019

Love the little e

Chandhini
Chandhini

May 05, 2019

Such a beautiful card, love the inky BG.

D.Ann C
D.Ann C

May 05, 2019

So true!! Love the soft watercolors to accentuate!

Subhashini
Subhashini

May 05, 2019

The card looks super fun, especially playing with inks to achieve the great background!! Thanks for the opportunity to win

Helen Gullett
Helen Gullett

May 05, 2019

They are beautiful and sweet CAS cards for crafty friends. LOVE IT!

Stacey
Stacey

May 05, 2019

So cute, I have such a thing for envelopes so this is a winner!

Toni L
Toni L

May 05, 2019

Love the simplicity and eye-catching appeal of your card. Can hardly wait to see the remainder of the kit.

Kelly W.
Kelly W.

May 05, 2019

Jess, your card is fabulous! Love the pretty background with the reactive inks and those adorable envelopes! Such a fun kit this month!

Hanh
Hanh

May 05, 2019

Love the stamps in this kit! Can’t wait to get it!

Denise K Terry
Denise K Terry

May 05, 2019

This is looking like a really great crafty kit and I can’t wait to see it all!

Cha Lion
Cha Lion

May 05, 2019

Love how the envelopes stand out from the colored background. This kit is going to be awesome! Thanks for sharing!

Kati Caprara
Kati Caprara

May 05, 2019

These letters and envelopes are so cute!!! Love the watercolored background — so fun!! This is a fantastic kit!! I have been wanting to add a crafty items kit to my stash for a while now and this looks like an awesome one!!! Thanks for sharing!!! Great job!!

Amy Sonnemann
Amy Sonnemann

May 05, 2019

You had me hooked at water reactive inks…YES PLEASE!!! Fun card. Thanks for sharing.

Barb Oliver
Barb Oliver

May 05, 2019

Thank you for sharing all of the beautiful, colorful inspiration for this fun kit! So looking forward to playing with these fun stamps.

Kathy McCreary
Kathy McCreary

May 05, 2019

I love the stamp sets! I will use them for Happy Mail cards to make other people smile! I love Hero Arts!

Shirley Wallen
Shirley Wallen

May 05, 2019

It just keeps getting better and better.

Becca Neeley
Becca Neeley

May 05, 2019

Lovely cards Jessica! I struggle with clean and simple cards, but always admire them. I’m going to keep this layout in mind: an ink smooshed background with a stamped image focal point seems like the perfect formula! Thanks for sharing.

Julie L
Julie L

May 05, 2019

Love these cards. So far, the sentiments I’ve seen in this release make me very happy.

Kathy
Kathy

May 05, 2019

Love the sentiments!

Martha Berry
Martha Berry

May 05, 2019

I really like the “suggestion” of color with these backgrounds rather than a bold background. That way, the little cards and envelopes really stand out. Looking forward to the full release Monday!

Jeanette Butler
Jeanette Butler

May 05, 2019

Such sweet cards, perfect for sending a crafty friend some happy mail. Love those new reactive ink colours too; no wonder you couldn’t wait to play with them. Thanks for sharing, Jeannette

Lee Winemiller Cockrum
Lee Winemiller Cockrum

May 05, 2019

Such a great sentiment!! Fun card.

Lagene
Lagene

May 05, 2019

Super sweet love letters on the smooshed background.

Louise Horner
Louise Horner

May 05, 2019

I can’t wait to ace these cute little envelopes on envelopes as well as the card! Love your simply striking design!

Rheanna Hoffman
Rheanna Hoffman

May 05, 2019

I love the simplicity of these cards. Not too busy. Just the perfect amount. Very nice job!!

Erica Perry
Erica Perry

May 05, 2019

This is a cute card! Nothing like a clean and simple design!

Peggy Smith
Peggy Smith

May 05, 2019

Sweet cards. This is a super fun kit!!

Linda Kunsman
Linda Kunsman

May 05, 2019

lovely card!

Vickie Hawkins
Vickie Hawkins

May 05, 2019

Beautiful!

Maggie
Maggie

May 05, 2019

These adorable cards make me happy. Love the soft colors from the ink smooshing.

Kim Heggins
Kim Heggins

May 05, 2019

The perfect card for another card maker…so cute.

Sharon Lumadue
Sharon Lumadue

May 05, 2019

I like that this stamp set is not the usual floral or character image. It’s refreshing to " step outside of the box once in a while".

Janet Sisk
Janet Sisk

May 05, 2019

OMG! I love that sentiment, “Make stuff. Be happy.” Your cards are so fun. Thanks for the inspiration. :D

Janet
Janet

May 05, 2019

Oh how we need this kit! Love your artistic card.

Sue D
Sue D

May 05, 2019

I like the pretty colors in the background for the envelopes.

Michele W
Michele W

May 05, 2019

Love the backgrounds you created for these sweet clean and simple cards. Looking forward to playing with the new reactive inks.

Carla
Carla

May 05, 2019

Jess, this is so simple and BRILLIANT! I know, I know, we’ve seen ideas similar to this, but it’s awesome!!!! It never gets old! Happy mail! That’s what this says to me.

Carla
Carla

May 05, 2019

Jess, this is so simple and BRILLIANT! I know, I know, we’ve seen ideas similar to this, but it’s awesome!!!! It never gets old! Happy mail! That’s what this says to me.

Suzanne Blankinship
Suzanne Blankinship

May 05, 2019

So fun! Love your colors and layout! Great card💕

Anne B
Anne B

May 05, 2019

Adorable card – love your use of the smooshing technique.

Michelle Hackett
Michelle Hackett

May 05, 2019

I agree, and my crafty life will be so much happier with this kit❤️.

Ashlyn
Ashlyn

May 05, 2019

Your ink smooshing is stunning! I hope the reactive inks come in ink cubes so I can try them!

Angie McA
Angie McA

May 05, 2019

So beautiful! So excited 😊

Christine Eck
Christine Eck

May 05, 2019

Jessica, thank you for showing us those awesome inks on this perfect card! I can’t wait for all the more goodies to be revealed from this kit and the next release!

Diane
Diane

May 05, 2019

How could ou not be happy with the happy notes coming your way.

Terrie Durgin
Terrie Durgin

May 05, 2019

These are both such pretty cards! I just love the little envelopes and folded cards. :)

Janet
Janet

May 05, 2019

Oh I can not wait to see the whole kit! Love this darling card!

Maureen Sheehan
Maureen Sheehan

May 05, 2019

Gorgeous! Such a great look.

Leslie Spring
Leslie Spring

May 05, 2019

Great kit! Great company! Thanks for the cute cards, Jesse.
Mary Toutlian-Fleer
Mary Toutlian-Fleer

May 05, 2019

what a darling cards. I cannot wait to see the whole kit.

Marilee DeMars
Marilee DeMars

May 05, 2019

Pretty card! Makes me happy just thinking about giving or receiving a card like that!!

Erika M Shapiro
Erika M Shapiro

May 05, 2019

Super creative and crafty! This is an amazing kit and perfect for me!! I can’t wait to get creative with my own kit!

Joyce Soo Hoo
Joyce Soo Hoo

May 05, 2019

Jess,
Your cards are clean and simple. They make me happy!

colleen
colleen

May 05, 2019

I volunteer with third graders and introduce letter writing to them. They write to me, I write back. Last year’s class of 20 children wrote over 350 letters to me during the school year. This stamp set would be delightful to use!!

Linda Trace
Linda Trace

May 05, 2019

this is so sweet Jess. This kit is clearly a must have

Maria Muñoz
Maria Muñoz

May 05, 2019

Can”t wait to have the kit and star creating

Anushree Vaish
Anushree Vaish

May 05, 2019

Adorable card Jessica…thanks for sharing!!

Vicki Groe
Vicki Groe

May 05, 2019

This is super cute! Could even be used for Valentines Day.

Laurie Meier
Laurie Meier

May 05, 2019

Make Stuff – Be Happy! How perfect is that? The envelope images are wonderful!

nancy f
nancy f

May 05, 2019

Awesome cards. Thanks for sharing.

Brenda S. Schuhmacher
Brenda S. Schuhmacher

May 05, 2019

Love the little envelopes. I can see using them over and over again.

Johanna Thomas
Johanna Thomas

May 05, 2019

Great cards! Love the look of those reactive inks. The sentiments in this set a fantastic! Can’t wait to see the whole set!

Susan King
Susan King

May 05, 2019

Lovely card Jessica. So cute and looks like it was a fairly quick card!

Joni Mastronardi
Joni Mastronardi

May 05, 2019

Love all these “crafty” stamps! and cards.

Cathy Lenda
Cathy Lenda

May 05, 2019

Love the simple look! Great card.

Jewel
Jewel

May 05, 2019

This stamp set looks darling!

Sandi MacIver
Sandi MacIver

May 05, 2019

such a cute card Jessica, love those little cards and envelopes and I can see why you couldn’t wait to play with the new inks, they are awesome.

Jewel
Jewel

May 05, 2019

LOVE – LOVE – LOVE this darling crafty set!

Sherry Olson
Sherry Olson

May 05, 2019

What a great wat to show off your crafting.

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