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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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76 Responses

Linda S.
Linda S.

May 04, 2019

I really like the envelopes in this card kit. Can’t wait to get mine.

Natalie Winterstein
Natalie Winterstein

May 04, 2019

So pretty!

Laura P.
Laura P.

May 04, 2019

I love your card and am so excited to try the Hero Arts reactive dyes! The colors are so beautiful. Thanks for explaining your smooshing technique!

Eva
Eva

May 04, 2019

Oh wow!! With this Inspiration I‘m really happy that I started a subscription!!!

Avra N Williams
Avra N Williams

May 04, 2019

So cute!

Emily Henry
Emily Henry

May 04, 2019

I love the backgrounds. Can’t wait to try out the new inks. Thanks for your input on them.

Martha Deines
Martha Deines

May 04, 2019

Love this, can’t wait to see more!!!

Jane Rakonczay
Jane Rakonczay

May 04, 2019

I LOVE the tiny envelopes! Great card. This is proving to be a very fun kit!

Anne hudgens
Anne hudgens

May 04, 2019

These are so adorable ! Can’t wait to but the inks!!

Claudia A
Claudia A

May 04, 2019

Such beautiful colors and stanps! Looking forward to seeing the whole release!

Jo Ham
Jo Ham

May 04, 2019

I love this. The verses are perfect. The water color look is beautiful. This kit looks like a winner and I am sure it will sell out quickly.

Teri S.
Teri S.

May 04, 2019

Isn’t it the truth? Crafting does make us happy! I really like the CAS style of your card Jess & love the bit of watercolour smooshing in the background.

MandaLJ
MandaLJ

May 04, 2019

Your cards are so cute! I love the backgrounds and the sentiments are so apt!

Jenny K.
Jenny K.

May 04, 2019

I love the open white space – the cards are clean but very eye-catching! Nice!

Jeanne Beam
Jeanne Beam

May 04, 2019

Love your fun card! It is perfect for crafters. Also like it’s clean and simple design.
Thanks so much for sharing…

Gail Fort
Gail Fort

May 04, 2019

I can hardly wait to see what else is in this kit! Love the crafty components so far!

Susan S
Susan S

May 04, 2019

Such cute cards; lovs the colors. Snail mail lives on.

Susan A Busada
Susan A Busada

May 04, 2019

I love that there are stamps we can use to send cards to our crafty friends!

Gina McCarty
Gina McCarty

May 04, 2019

Love your smooshed backgrounds. Anxious to see more of the reactive inks. I’m not to good with watercolor but these inks make it simple to create awesome backgrounds for cards.

Cindy C.
Cindy C.

May 04, 2019

These CAS designs are super fun, I love the sentiments!

Randy
Randy

May 04, 2019

I’m going to need to try this smooshing technique! Love how it turned out!

Denise Kitts-Wadlow
Denise Kitts-Wadlow

May 04, 2019

I am already head-over-heels for this kit, and am on the edge of my seat for it to show up in my mailbox!!! Sweet little crafty happy mail you’ve got goin’ Jessica!

Margie
Margie

May 04, 2019

Cute card and will coordinate nicely with some other stamps and dies I have

Georgette A
Georgette A

May 04, 2019

Beautiful simplicity! ♥️

Barbara-Jean
Barbara-Jean

May 04, 2019

I completely agree with what your cards say! This new kit looks like lots of fun!

Helen
Helen

May 04, 2019

Like this design using simple envelopes on a colorful background. This promises to be a great kit. tfs

SHARI CZERWINSKI
SHARI CZERWINSKI

May 04, 2019

Love the background colors, and the tiny envelopes are perfect for cards!

Karen Hale
Karen Hale

May 04, 2019

Thanks, Jessica for sharing your darling card AND the new inks! Look forward to seeing more about them.

Debra Ordoyne
Debra Ordoyne

May 04, 2019

Can’t wait too try the new inks.it will make great backgrounds for my cards

Theresa Pollack
Theresa Pollack

May 04, 2019

Great cards! Love those mini envelopes.

Susan Bennett
Susan Bennett

May 04, 2019

Still loving this kit!!!

Valerie
Valerie

May 04, 2019

I’m really enjoying the simplicity of those cards and how refreshing and joyful they feel.

Janine Gearhart
Janine Gearhart

May 04, 2019

These are great cards to send to a crafty or artist friend. I know so many people who are retired and most of them have a craft they love. These cards are perfect for them. Beautiful cards.

Jeanette Rochnowski
Jeanette Rochnowski

May 04, 2019

So soft and pretty. I have been wanting to try ink smooshing and still haven’t done it yet. I like that you made a second softer version. Both very lovely. ❤️😊

Karen L Hetherington
Karen L Hetherington

May 04, 2019

Thank you Jess. I always enjoy your card creations. This kit hits the spot!

Debbie Rumpza
Debbie Rumpza

May 04, 2019

Adorable! Love those tiny envelopes.

Marianne
Marianne

May 04, 2019

Sweet! Wish I could afford to buy this kit…

Susan
Susan

May 04, 2019

Too cute! I’ve been looking for stamps with these little “heart” envelopes – so these will be super fun to use and send!

Jane Mcbee
Jane Mcbee

May 04, 2019

Those reactive inks are beautiful. The backgrounds are amazing.

Kimberly T.
Kimberly T.

May 04, 2019

So cute…can’t wait to see this kit!

Amy Cooley
Amy Cooley

May 04, 2019

These mini envelopes are adorable! I love the crafty theme this month.

Jackie S
Jackie S

May 04, 2019

This kit looks perfect for crafty friends !

Lonya H Mathys
Lonya H Mathys

May 04, 2019

Cute cards and I do like the new ink colors. Thanks for sharing.

Lynn
Lynn

May 04, 2019

I have been with My Monthly Hero kits almost from the beginning. I think this kit may end up being my new favorite! Your card design is perfect to have on hand and then add your sentiment at the last minute. CAN’T WAIT to get this one!!

CaroleRenn
CaroleRenn

May 04, 2019

Awesome CAS cards! Love your pastel backgrounds.

Becky Reynolds
Becky Reynolds

May 04, 2019

This is such a cute set, perfect for anyone or the crafty friends in my life. Can’t wait to see more.

BeverlyBL
BeverlyBL

May 04, 2019

Love the smooshing on your really cute card.. love those little envelopes, too.

Cheri Johnston
Cheri Johnston

May 04, 2019

I love the 1st message, it’s perfect to send to my 10 year old granddaughter! I look forward to this release every month! I’m a new subscriber and want to kick myself for not doing it sooner!!

Lisa K
Lisa K

May 04, 2019

Lovely card! I like the envelopes floating through the sky.

Teresa Doyle
Teresa Doyle

May 04, 2019

Great cards Jessica, the smooshed backgrounds are so pretty, the ‘card’ and envelopes really look great on it. New reactive inks???? AWESOME!

Beth Harple
Beth Harple

May 04, 2019

I really love the “Make stuff. Be Happy”, I often say stamping is my form of therapy.

Pamella Albright
Pamella Albright

May 04, 2019

I always love ink smooshing through acetate, and although those colors aren’t available yet, we did get a few of the other colors in a previous kit 😊. Nice card idea!

Tracy Lynn Lustick
Tracy Lynn Lustick

May 04, 2019

Can this kit be any cuter ?!? I think not !

Paula Hymel
Paula Hymel

May 04, 2019

I am so excited to get this kit! Looks like so much fun!

Vicki Kroll
Vicki Kroll

May 04, 2019

I like the look of ink smooshing. A great effect. Cute card.

Patt H.
Patt H.

May 04, 2019

These cards are super cute, Jess! What a great kit!

Becky Green
Becky Green

May 04, 2019

Hi Jess!
I can see WHY you “jumped the gun” on these inks! They’re BEAUTIFUL!!! LOVE the affect! AND THE COLORS ARE WONDERFUL!!! I am ADORING this kit! JUST FOR CRAFTERS/CARD MAKERS! Your card came out WONDERFULLY!!! All I can say is, CAN’T WAIT TO SEE EVEN MORE THIS WEEKEND! ;) INKY HUGS! <3

Paula S.
Paula S.

May 04, 2019

Greetings from Maine.
Loving the examples so far. Excited to see the full release!

Lisa Byers
Lisa Byers

May 04, 2019

I love the soft backgrounds. The little love envelopes are too cute. Can’t wait to see more of this kit!!!

Sharon Brand
Sharon Brand

May 04, 2019

Love your card! The sentiment is so true!

Carol Krup
Carol Krup

May 04, 2019

Oh the envelopes and hearts are so cute! Love background.

Jude
Jude

May 04, 2019

Adorable!

KT Fit Kitty
KT Fit Kitty

May 04, 2019

Super cute card! Loving this kit!

Kailash
Kailash

May 04, 2019

I love these beautiful CAS cards, great artsy look and those mini envelopes are just too sweet!

Celeste Cassino
Celeste Cassino

May 04, 2019

Cute!

Celeste Cassino
Celeste Cassino

May 04, 2019

Cute!

Gilda Brooms
Gilda Brooms

May 04, 2019

All these sneak peeks are adorable!! I don’t blame you for playing with the unreleased reactive inks, no doubt I would’ve done the same thing!!

Susy Ramirez
Susy Ramirez

May 04, 2019

Lovely card! Two new colors look great! These inspirational cards are perfect for crafters and artists!

Arianna Barbara
Arianna Barbara

May 04, 2019

Two lovely cards!!!

Donna Hatfield
Donna Hatfield

May 04, 2019

Love the background colors.

Susan Petersen
Susan Petersen

May 04, 2019

Ink smooshing gives a great background.

Sue
Sue

May 04, 2019

This kit just keeps getting better!

April
April

May 04, 2019

Love the card and envelopes with hearts! So fun! Great way to send some crafty happiness to others.

Michele Hogarth
Michele Hogarth

May 04, 2019

Great card. Love your backgrounds can’t wait to see the rest of the kit..

Lise Mariann
Lise Mariann

May 04, 2019

So pretty! Love your backgrounds and can’t wait to get my hands on the inks. 😍

Joy Smith
Joy Smith

May 04, 2019

Clean, simple and to the point……..we are stampers who love to create.