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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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100 Responses

Virginia Ellison
Virginia Ellison

May 04, 2019

Jess, super cool technique with the smooching…. can’the wait to try this…. super cute cards….

Felicia C
Felicia C

May 04, 2019

I love the end product of the techniques that were used in this card.

Lisa
Lisa

May 04, 2019

The backgrounds you did are fantastic! They are just the pop of color to make the smaller images really shine. I just love simple cards and these two are great.

Dawn D Niewiadomski
Dawn D Niewiadomski

May 04, 2019

This sample is neat! Cards on a card, kinda like a picture within a picture.

Emmie W
Emmie W

May 04, 2019

I’m so looking forward to this kit. I’ve been on the fence about buying tiny envelope stamps and am so happy to see them for this month. Your designs are so simple, and do-able, yet pack a cute little punch. Another great kit from Hero Arts!

Diana King
Diana King

May 04, 2019

My family is from The Netherlands. I remember the excitement when my mom would get a letter from her dad or brother. There is no better mail than a card from a family member. I love this, Jessica❣️

Crystal
Crystal

May 04, 2019

Such great sentiments and I have a soft spot for tiny envelopes and hearts! Cute, cute cards. ❤️

Neha Mahajan
Neha Mahajan

May 04, 2019

Love the watercolor look you created in the background. Looks refreshing and goes with summer weather.

T
T

May 04, 2019

Love this card Jess!

Kortney Wilson
Kortney Wilson

May 04, 2019

I love all the crafty smiles you can make with this set!

Pamela
Pamela

May 04, 2019

Can’t wait for this one… been eyeing a bunch of stamp sets just like this, but this one looks to be perfect!

Stacy L
Stacy L

May 04, 2019

Your card is super cute. I love it!

E R  Wade
E R Wade

May 04, 2019

I love it!

Henriétte
Henriétte

May 04, 2019

The backgrounds are awesome Jess and they are perfect to compliment the gorgeous little stamped envelopes.
Thank you so much for sharing your inspiration and have a great weekend.

Lynn Hardy
Lynn Hardy

May 04, 2019

Those little card and envelope images are so cute!

Jamie Shipman
Jamie Shipman

May 04, 2019

Oh these cards are just awesome! Love the smooshing of the ink. Can’t wait to try that technique on my cards!

Vicki D
Vicki D

May 04, 2019

Time to craft = happy time!

Linda Sodano
Linda Sodano

May 04, 2019

This card is great! Love this kit!

Ethan F
Ethan F

May 04, 2019

Fabulous card!

Diana W
Diana W

May 04, 2019

The backgrounds on these cards are beautiful! I am so excited for this set!

Angela Runkel
Angela Runkel

May 04, 2019

The little envelopes are stinking cute!

Rachel W
Rachel W

May 04, 2019

I really like the clean and simple look of these cards. And the mini cards and envelopes are so cute!

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 04, 2019

Love the little envelopes!

Liron Alush
Liron Alush

May 04, 2019

So so cute!

Caroline
Caroline

May 04, 2019

Wonderfully made, Jessica! One of my favorite cards from all of yours that I have seen. Looks like this kit has my name on it.

Jackie
Jackie

May 04, 2019

Wow, gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

Bonnie K.
Bonnie K.

May 04, 2019

Love the look of the ink smooshing. And these little hearts and envelopes are really cute!

Tammy
Tammy

May 04, 2019

Reminds me of Happy Mail, everyone loves to get happy mail. 😊

Josmary
Josmary

May 04, 2019

Can’t wait to see full reveal. And also try those reactive inks

Leanne in Cali
Leanne in Cali

May 04, 2019

These are fun cards and I like the reactive backgrounds Jess created! Thanks for sharing such great ideas!!

Becca Yahrling
Becca Yahrling

May 04, 2019

These are both adorable. Perfect CAS cards, too.

Cathy Jordison
Cathy Jordison

May 04, 2019

Great cards! I like to ink smoosh too! I love your soft pastels for the background. Awesome cards for fellow card makers!💕

Cathy Jordison
Cathy Jordison

May 04, 2019

Great cards! I like to ink smoosh too! I love your soft pastels for the background. Awesome cards for fellow card makers!💕

Kelly Booth
Kelly Booth

May 04, 2019

Gorgeous!!

Georgie
Georgie

May 04, 2019

What cute and easy cards, yet they convey happiness and warmth. The strokes of color certainly add to the charm of these sweet cards.

Brandy Duncan
Brandy Duncan

May 04, 2019

The ink smooching gives a great background to display the cute envelopes from the kit on. This kit makes me happy. I can’t wait to see all of the products together.

Suzi Metcalfe
Suzi Metcalfe

May 04, 2019

Such great cards. The message is perfect. I need to craft to be happy!

Kitty Tatman
Kitty Tatman

May 04, 2019

Love the soft background. I always try for something similar and wind up going hog wild with the color!! I never seem to end up with that gentle, blended look. Lovely!

Kylie R Z
Kylie R Z

May 04, 2019

Love the background that you created!

PHYLLIS DUNN
PHYLLIS DUNN

May 04, 2019

Love these cards and I’m so excited about this set! I can’t wait to see (buy) this kit. Thank you!

Tonia Sims
Tonia Sims

May 04, 2019

Great CAS card design.

Margaret R
Margaret R

May 04, 2019

These are the perfect sentiments for celebrating the crafty life! Can’t wait to see the rest!

Cynthia O.
Cynthia O.

May 04, 2019

Great CAS design, Jess! Love those sentiments.

Erika Hayes
Erika Hayes

May 04, 2019

AH-DOR-AH-BLE! This is so cute. I am gonna LOVE this kit I can already tell!

Melissa Ringnalda
Melissa Ringnalda

May 04, 2019

This kit is going to be fun to use. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

Dorothy
Dorothy

May 04, 2019

This is a fun stamp and will be great used on top of letters (yes, I still write to friends via snail-mail)/

Marianna
Marianna

May 04, 2019

Lovely clean and simple card! This kit seems like a must have!

Marty C
Marty C

May 04, 2019

I have got to get those colors AND this kit!!!! Everything I’ve seen so far looks AMAZING!!!! Tyfs!!!!😍😍

Geri S
Geri S

May 04, 2019

Great cards, inks, and stamps. Can’t wait to see the whole kit!

annie SOLOMON
annie SOLOMON

May 04, 2019

Love the color in the corner idea. Very cool!

Lindar C
Lindar C

May 04, 2019

I can’t resist anything mail/postal related. Very cute card.

Jeanette D.
Jeanette D.

May 04, 2019

Oh, I can already see the possibilities for this kit. Love this card!

Deb
Deb

May 04, 2019

Wow! This just keeps getting better and better! Love it. Love the technique you used. Your cards are darling!

littlen
littlen

May 04, 2019

Simple but cute. Love it.

Marianne
Marianne

May 04, 2019

Such a beauty; clean and simpel. And the sentence: so very true 😃

Allie
Allie

May 04, 2019

LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! Totally up my Allieway 😁 Now to fret it out until Monday SIGH 😅

Marianne
Marianne

May 04, 2019

Such a beauty; clean and simpel. And the sentence: so very true 😃

Juana Vega
Juana Vega

May 04, 2019

Great color background, looking forward to finding this ink. Love the sentiment!

Linda
Linda

May 04, 2019

Love, love, love❤️

Ute
Ute

May 04, 2019

Oh great cards, can’t wait to see the kit, love your colorcombination… Hugs

Cyndee
Cyndee

May 04, 2019

Love the soft backgrounds! Just the colors I would pick. The reactive inks look like they will be a terrific new addition.

Judy
Judy

May 04, 2019

I love the small envelopes and the colorful background!

Mary Beth
Mary Beth

May 04, 2019

Love these sentiments! Can’t wait to see it all!

Michelle Montemurro
Michelle Montemurro

May 04, 2019

Love this technique. Can wait to try it. Love the adorable little envelope can cards.

Mary M
Mary M

May 04, 2019

This is a great set. Love your cards.

Cindy Hanson
Cindy Hanson

May 04, 2019

So cute! Love your cards!

Andre M.
Andre M.

May 04, 2019

Beautiful sentiments on these cards. Thanks for sharing this inspiration with these fun products.

Nancy Wilcox
Nancy Wilcox

May 04, 2019

Love these itty bitty envelopes and the crafty sentiments.

Beverly Robinson
Beverly Robinson

May 04, 2019

Great backgrounds. Love the sentiments.

Judy W.
Judy W.

May 04, 2019

Beautiful cards! Love the smooshed background created with the new inks. This new kit looks like so much fun!

Phoebe
Phoebe

May 04, 2019

I love the colors used in the card.

Claudia N
Claudia N

May 04, 2019

Lovely card! Ink smooshing always makes a great background.

Sue Rodriguez
Sue Rodriguez

May 04, 2019

This looks like such a fun kit! I know my friends and family will be seeing a lot of elements from this kit on upcoming cards 😁

Lana
Lana

May 04, 2019

Clean, simple, and oh, so pretty!

Concepcion Diaz
Concepcion Diaz

May 04, 2019

❤️❤️can’t wait!

Deneen Wilson
Deneen Wilson

May 04, 2019

So pretty

Lori Poffenroth
Lori Poffenroth

May 04, 2019

This background is so pretty.

Seema Raja
Seema Raja

May 04, 2019

Love the colors of these reactive inks and how you have blended them. Looking forward to this month’s kit!

Lieve Stoffels
Lieve Stoffels

May 04, 2019

Those cards are beautiful ! Great backgrounds, the “bold” as well as the softer one.
This new kit looks promising ! If I see it right, the envelope stamp is without the little heart — that way it makes it usable for may ocasions.
Curious to find out more soon.
Spring greetings from Belgium.

Kathy Wills
Kathy Wills

May 04, 2019

Like it, love the inks.

GLenda M Sultan
GLenda M Sultan

May 04, 2019

I like your idea of using acetate. I think this will give more control of the inks. I can’t wait to see the colors. The clear embossing makes the lines on the envelopes crisp. Lovely card, Jess.

JillT
JillT

May 04, 2019

Beautiful cards! Can’t wait to see the full kit

Heidi Macy
Heidi Macy

May 04, 2019

Love the results with your inky backgrounds! Very pretty and textured!

Lynn C
Lynn C

May 04, 2019

Looks like May is a great month at Hero Arts! Love these stamps.

Iggy
Iggy

May 04, 2019

Love the background!

Kim S.
Kim S.

May 04, 2019

Reactive inks, sigh. Wallet, here I come.

marylouh
marylouh

May 04, 2019

This would be fun to use on the outside of
the envelope. thanks for the sneak peek.
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Traci
Traci

May 04, 2019

This just keeps getting better! Love the color choice for these cards.

Cynthia Cole
Cynthia Cole

May 04, 2019

Love these happy mail cards!

Liza Dehnel
Liza Dehnel

May 04, 2019

I’m somexcited for this kit. Love your card!

Jean G
Jean G

May 04, 2019

Very cute idea.

Meghan Kennihan
Meghan Kennihan

May 04, 2019

Oh I love the little envelopes! SOOOOO CUTE!

glenna
glenna

May 04, 2019

I love envelops that are decorated, love these ideas. This is a great example, thanks so much.

Evan F
Evan F

May 04, 2019

This kit is so much fun!

Retta Lutte
Retta Lutte

May 04, 2019

I always forget to “smoosh”. Love the results!!! Sweet cards!

Mateja P
Mateja P

May 04, 2019

This would be an amazing card to find in the mailbox. Love it!

Maria C F
Maria C F

May 04, 2019

This kit is right up my alley!

Isabel Z
Isabel Z

May 04, 2019

Love this kit!

Lindarub
Lindarub

May 04, 2019

Beautiful card!

Lynette
Lynette

May 04, 2019

I love the simplicity of these cards. Can’t wait to play with the reactive Inks.