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May My Monthly Hero Countdown: Idea #3 + Giveaway

by Jessica Frost-Ballas May 04, 2019 376 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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Sherry Olson
Sherry Olson

May 05, 2019

What a great wat to show off your crafting.

Andrea B
Andrea B

May 05, 2019

What a fun background technique! I’m so excited to see this month’s kit!

Leni
Leni

May 05, 2019

Such a sweet card! Looking forward to launching day!

Geneviève
Geneviève

May 05, 2019

New inks omg i am in trouble
Beautiful cards :)

Patricia Coleman
Patricia Coleman

May 05, 2019

Adorable card!! Love crafty stamp sets!

Linda Jones
Linda Jones

May 05, 2019

Loving the sentiments from this kit!!

Elaine Wood
Elaine Wood

May 05, 2019

Love this card clean and simple but still colourful

Kathy Esquerra
Kathy Esquerra

May 05, 2019

So adorable, can’t wait to see the whole set.

Anne Snelgrove
Anne Snelgrove

May 05, 2019

Such a cute pair of cards. I can’t wait to get my hands on those reactive inks that you did the smooshing with! Looking forward to this kit coming out on Monday.

Yasmine Omar
Yasmine Omar

May 05, 2019

Beautiful card! I love the background colors.

Ruth Dupchen
Ruth Dupchen

May 05, 2019

Love the sneak peek cards.

Bo
Bo

May 05, 2019

Cool inks and the colors are really pretty. Can’t wait to see all the available colors.

NCDonna
NCDonna

May 05, 2019

Oh My! Those are gorgeous colors. Love your use of the white space too. Thanks for sharing.

Karen M. Roth
Karen M. Roth

May 05, 2019

Such a cute card. I love the little hearts and the way it looks like the envelopes are flying through the air to their intended recipient :) <3

Helen Potter
Helen Potter

May 05, 2019

Love the look of the inks and I really want that kit

Anna Rodgers
Anna Rodgers

May 05, 2019

As always, I love your card designs. These are so simple, yet sweet! I’m looking forward to the kit reveal!

Sherry
Sherry

May 05, 2019

Love this kit, so many fun ideas!

Karen Lingel
Karen Lingel

May 05, 2019

I like the smooshing technique! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

Dana M
Dana M

May 05, 2019

Wonderfully clean and fabulous card designs!

DeniseP
DeniseP

May 05, 2019

Such a beautiful example! Can’t wait for Monday.

Artconquers
Artconquers

May 05, 2019

Cute stamp with lovely sentiment.. Great kit..

Sharon gullikson
Sharon gullikson

May 05, 2019

Love snail mail. Cute and simple. Good job😊

Brian Poteraj
Brian Poteraj

May 05, 2019

The mail theme is very cute. I like the envelopes

Ellen Gilliam
Ellen Gilliam

May 05, 2019

Simple and inviting. I could imagine creating a stationery set using these stamps

Denise Bryant
Denise Bryant

May 05, 2019

Pretty colors for the background, and I love the cute card and envelopes!

kathy dumpert
kathy dumpert

May 05, 2019

I need to get my hands on more colors of the reactive inks!

Bertha
Bertha

May 05, 2019

Great cards! A crafty life really is a happy life!! Thanks for sharing.

Bessie Phillips
Bessie Phillips

May 05, 2019

Love your cards! I especially like the backgrounds you made. They really highlight this great stamp set!

Pam Quisenberry
Pam Quisenberry

May 05, 2019

Love your cards! Looking forward to the new reactive inks.

Susan
Susan

May 05, 2019

Great colors. Can’t wait to see more!

JL
JL

May 05, 2019

This might make a nice gift for another crafter.

Stephanie Atterbury
Stephanie Atterbury

May 05, 2019

Super cute! Love using that little bit of color to really showcase the stamps!

Tanya Boser
Tanya Boser

May 05, 2019

Beautiful!! And I can’t wait to get my hands on those reactive inks after I played with the March 2019 kit!

StampinLouie
StampinLouie

May 04, 2019

Love the sentiments

Kirsten
Kirsten

May 04, 2019

Lovely card, Jess. Sometimes a clean and simple card just hits the spot. Now I’m SO excited for release of the reactive inks. The ones that I have received in the My Monthly Hero kits are well loved. Thanks for the inspiration.

Becky Moore
Becky Moore

May 04, 2019

Awe! Thats so cute!

Ang
Ang

May 04, 2019

Fun cards.

Nicole Span
Nicole Span

May 04, 2019

Beautiful watercolor… Love the sentiment… So excited for this kit!

Ashley Shaffer
Ashley Shaffer

May 04, 2019

this card has a sweet simplicity that would lend well to being for a guy or gal i just love it soooooo much! jess never fails to impress!

Cheryl Phillips
Cheryl Phillips

May 04, 2019

Love the ink colors! Ang of course great cards! Love this kit.

Lisa H.
Lisa H.

May 04, 2019

Love these cards. I like the sentiments – make stuff be happy. (And repeat.)

Jodi Warren
Jodi Warren

May 04, 2019

Great job on these cards. Love the look of the smooshed inks. Those envelopes and cards are the cutest. Thanks for the great ideas.

Thersha Lewis
Thersha Lewis

May 04, 2019

TFS this beaut Jess! These sentiments are everything I need for crafting peace of mind! Who knew making stuff could make me so happy🤔…Hero Arts knew 😏!!!

karenajo
karenajo

May 04, 2019

Love the background – very pretty colors! Great card and sentiments – thanks for sharing !

KerrynM
KerrynM

May 04, 2019

Love your cards, Jess. The colours are gorgeous

Beverly U
Beverly U

May 04, 2019

I absolutely love your ink smooshing technique! Can’t wait for these new reactive inks to become available! Beautiful cards!!!

Dori
Dori

May 04, 2019

Nice cards…. and I love the way you used the inks!

Nancarrow Brown
Nancarrow Brown

May 04, 2019

Love the background!

Laura Staley
Laura Staley

May 04, 2019

Love your card! I really like the smooching technique but have not mastered it yet. Guess I’ll have to play with the new inks! The little card and envelope stamps are so cute!

Susan McRae
Susan McRae

May 04, 2019

Fabulous clean and simple design!

Stacy T
Stacy T

May 04, 2019

So sweet! Love the colors on this card.
And the stamps, of course!

Carla Hundley
Carla Hundley

May 04, 2019

Pretty inking and
cute notes!
Carla from Utah

Gretchen n
Gretchen n

May 04, 2019

Looking at the backgrounds you made I can appreciate how awesome the inks must be! I love the way the colors acted!

Krystal Showalter
Krystal Showalter

May 04, 2019

This is such a sweet and simple card that is just fabulous!

Aisha Roberts
Aisha Roberts

May 04, 2019

Love both your cards!! Can’t wait for this kit!!

Pat
Pat

May 04, 2019

Made me feel happy to look at your cards, Jessica! Love that “Make stuff. Be Happy”!

Mary Jane G.
Mary Jane G.

May 04, 2019

I love tiny things!!! The envelope is adorable.

Dee Earnshaw
Dee Earnshaw

May 04, 2019

sweet projects:)

Golda
Golda

May 04, 2019

These are beautiful. I love the background inking.

Amy Hanne
Amy Hanne

May 04, 2019

I love the tiny envelopes! Happy mail is my favorite kind of mail!

Kathy Wong
Kathy Wong

May 04, 2019

Beautiful color choices!! I LOVE this kit and all the fun images !!!

Vanessa
Vanessa

May 04, 2019

I love the colors

Bonita Reyes
Bonita Reyes

May 04, 2019

Wow!

Cynthia C.
Cynthia C.

May 04, 2019

Love these cards!!

Cristina Wu
Cristina Wu

May 04, 2019

I love the simplicity of this card. I can see using my watercolors or distress inks on this one.

Kellie
Kellie

May 04, 2019

This kit seems to be good for clean and simple cards ♥️

Aggie
Aggie

May 04, 2019

So cute!

Pamela Shea
Pamela Shea

May 04, 2019

Your cards are my favorite! Thanks for sharing.

Nancy Dempsey
Nancy Dempsey

May 04, 2019

Cute cards and I love the sentiments!
Can’t wait for Monday!

Fiona Duff
Fiona Duff

May 04, 2019

This is looking like a great release!

Carrie Carver
Carrie Carver

May 04, 2019

This kit is going to be so great! 👏🏼

Judie Attard
Judie Attard

May 04, 2019

Woohoo what beautiful cards! So excited about this kit!

Karthikha Uday
Karthikha Uday

May 04, 2019

These are awesome!! Gonna be a great kit! :)

Yanil
Yanil

May 04, 2019

Love it! 😍

Debbie McKelvey
Debbie McKelvey

May 04, 2019

Cute cards! I think this kit will be lots of fun to use and can’t wait to play.

Maria
Maria

May 04, 2019

Make stuff be happy. Repeat and begin the day. So happy for this kit.

Lorraine McKenzie-Binns
Lorraine McKenzie-Binns

May 04, 2019

Love the soft background. :-)

Kendra
Kendra

May 04, 2019

That’s a great color combination. I need to try that!

Darcy P
Darcy P

May 04, 2019

Love the smooshing! Fun, happy cards.

Mary
Mary

May 04, 2019

Making cards with Hero Arts products ……makes me happy!!!!

Katie M
Katie M

May 04, 2019

I love the smooshing of those new colors. Such a perfect contrast to the stamped cards and envelopes!

Jewel
Jewel

May 04, 2019

Can’t wait for this super cute crafty kit! ✂️🎨

Brenda
Brenda

May 04, 2019

Your card makes me smile!

Kerry A.
Kerry A.

May 04, 2019

I love this so much! What a fun set to play with!!

Sandy
Sandy

May 04, 2019

This is beautiful! I’m excited about this kit. Thanks for the inspiration!

Marisela Delgado
Marisela Delgado

May 04, 2019

Your kits are always fabulous. I keep trying to win one so maybe this is my time!! Yay!

Barbragh Ford
Barbragh Ford

May 04, 2019

Love your card! This kit is going to be awesome!

LindaE
LindaE

May 04, 2019

Kudos to whoever came up with these crafty sayings. I love it.

Kim Alston
Kim Alston

May 04, 2019

How fun! I can’t wait to try this out!

Fatima Khalid
Fatima Khalid

May 04, 2019

I like the faint paint at the back, it would be great to use real envelopes too

Stephanie B
Stephanie B

May 04, 2019

Jessica, once again…fabulous. I love your design here. The colors POP!

Cyndi Morris
Cyndi Morris

May 04, 2019

Love your simple, sweet cards. Your backgrounds are beautiful.

Mary in Wausau WI
Mary in Wausau WI

May 04, 2019

Perfect for crafty friends! ❤️
Looking forward to this kits arrival…

Rosemary D
Rosemary D

May 04, 2019

super fun set of cards!

Carol H
Carol H

May 04, 2019

These cards are great! I can see we’ll get a lot of use from this kit. Fabulous!

Kirsty
Kirsty

May 04, 2019

Such a wonderful card!

Shelia
Shelia

May 04, 2019

Love the CAS look of these fun cards. Your backgrounds are beautiful!

Janet Durbin
Janet Durbin

May 04, 2019

This kit looks fantastic! Love the envelopes and sentiments!

Robin McGhee
Robin McGhee

May 04, 2019

Lovely card designs! I can tell this kit has a lot of items to help inspire the artist in us! I am looking forward to owning one!

Rebecca Attwood
Rebecca Attwood

May 04, 2019

Beautiful cards – loving the fun sentiments from this kit.