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May My Monthly Hero Countdown: Idea #5 + Giveaway

by Jessica Frost-Ballas May 03, 2020 252 Comments

Hello and welcome as we continue the countdown to the release of the May My Monthly Hero Kit! Release day is Monday, May 4 at 1pm Eastern/10am Pacific. Now let's join Jess for another look at this kit that will allow you to spread love and encouragement.

Hello! Jess here with a card featuring the May My Monthly Hero Kit as well as one of the fun add-on sets!

This kit includes some great stamps and dies but I was equally excited to see a trio of Karin Decobrush metallic markers in the kit as well! They're a little different than the Karin Brushmarkers so I decided to see if they could be used for watercoloring and, spoiler alert, they totally can!! To start I taped a piece of watercolor paper to a hardboard and wet the paper thoroughly with water. Then I scribbled the markers onto a scrap piece of acetate and used a wet paintbrush to pick up the color and paint it onto my paper. I also did try scribbling on the paper and using a wet brush to blend it which worked but the other method resulted in a much smoother blend. I used a flat brush to paint my background and then set it aside to dry before trimming it down to 4.25" by 5.5".

Next I die-cut a few clouds and birds using Hero Hues Dove White and Pitch Black cardstock from an add-on set that will also be available Monday! I stamped the sentiment from the kit with Watermark & Embossing Ink and heat-embossed it with Detail Black Embossing Powder. Then I adhered the cloud borders and birds to the watercolored background. I die-cut the cute hot air balloon from the kit with Dove White cardstock and colored it with Copic markers. I adhered it to the background with foam mounting tape and then added a coating of Crystal Clear Lacquer and a sprinkling of Snowfall Glitter to finish the card.

And that's it! Make sure to check back later today for another peek at this fantastic kit before tomorrow's launch. It's going to be a must-have for sure!

*** 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. The winner will be announced first thing Monday morning, May 4, before the kit launches at 10am Pacific. The more you comment, the more chances to win!

Good luck!





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Nancy Dempsey
Nancy Dempsey

May 03, 2020

So pretty! The sky and balloon are fantastic. Can’t wait to see it all tomorrow!

Dawn Jones
Dawn Jones

May 03, 2020

Love the hot air balloon and how you added the bit of glitter to make it stand out. Can’t wait to try that on balloons.

Kendra
Kendra

May 03, 2020

Your card is so beautiful. I love the soft colors and calm effects.

Barbara-Jean
Barbara-Jean

May 03, 2020

Like the sky, and what you did with the balloon! This looks like a great kit!

Michele W
Michele W

May 03, 2020

Love your card. Wish I was up in that cute balloon. Talk about social distancing. :) Thanks for sharing! Really looking forward to this new kit!

Allie
Allie

May 03, 2020

Very pretty Jess! Love the Karen sneaks! This kit seems to have all the elements I have wanted. So looking forward to the big reveal tomorrow!

Carole R
Carole R

May 03, 2020

Lovely card! Love the glitter on the balloon and the sky is gorgeous. The Karin markers blended so beautifully. Thanks for sharing.

Leslie Birdsall
Leslie Birdsall

May 03, 2020

This is a gorgeous card! Love the washed background and the special treatment on the hot air ballon!

Becky Reynolds
Becky Reynolds

May 03, 2020

I love the beautiful sky. Looks like another great release.

Donna Rohwer
Donna Rohwer

May 03, 2020

So cute! I’m dying to find out what’s in the kit, as well as the add-ons.

Jennifer L.
Jennifer L.

May 03, 2020

Beautiful sky! Excited to see the Karin markers in the kit!!

Iris López
Iris López

May 03, 2020

Beautiful sky.

Christy Malone
Christy Malone

May 03, 2020

That’s really beautiful. The soft colors are very soothing.

Debbie
Debbie

May 03, 2020

Love the metallics and the glitter on the balloon!

Kevin Crowley
Kevin Crowley

May 03, 2020

Adorable 😍

Nana Griffin
Nana Griffin

May 03, 2020

Very pretty card.

yolanda f
yolanda f

May 03, 2020

Such a peaceful serene card. This looks like it will be a great kit.

Carol E. Wortman
Carol E. Wortman

May 03, 2020

Very peaceful and beautiful card! That distance is so soft the snowfall glitter and lacquer is what adds so much. Loving it. Thanks for the inspiration and please continue to stay safe! 💌

Eva
Eva

May 03, 2020

What a lovely card – what a wonderful Kit!! I‘ve just started to count the hours until release of Kit and add-ons…

BECCA YAHRLING
BECCA YAHRLING

May 03, 2020

Very pretty! Love the gorgeous BG as well as the sparkle on the balloon.

Julie Gastelum
Julie Gastelum

May 03, 2020

Beautiful card, very dreamy.

Veronica Griffin
Veronica Griffin

May 03, 2020

Lovely card!! Those Decobrush markers are awesome!!

Lisa
Lisa

May 03, 2020

I love the background on this card! So pretty! Can’t wait to see the full kit!

Linda
Linda

May 03, 2020

I love the use of those markers and the colors! I can’t wait for that hot air balloon die.

Candi
Candi

May 03, 2020

Matalic markers! Very nice blending!

Sheri Kempke
Sheri Kempke

May 03, 2020

Great card Jess, love this colorful balloon!

Lourdes
Lourdes

May 03, 2020

Love the idea of putting crystal lacquer and glitter on the hot air ballon! Super cute detail! Thanks for sharing.

KT Fit Kitty
KT Fit Kitty

May 03, 2020

Wow, gorgeous card! I think this kit is an uplifting one, something which we all need right now.

Pattie Duffy
Pattie Duffy

May 03, 2020

LOVE this.. It makes you feel so peaceful and calm.
Beautiful job. Thanks for sharing.

Cynthia M Robutka
Cynthia M Robutka

May 03, 2020

I love your sky- beautiful and the addition of the deco on the balloon caught my eye right away- looks relaxing and I love your card.

Leanne in Cali
Leanne in Cali

May 03, 2020

Love this card and I’ve never tried Karin markers. Looks like a fun kit!

Barbara Rademacher
Barbara Rademacher

May 03, 2020

I feel so wonderfully FREE looking at your beautiful card. Great job.

nancy f
nancy f

May 03, 2020

Beautiful card! Reminds me of the Hot Air balloons that would fly past my home.

Gayle Lazarus
Gayle Lazarus

May 03, 2020

Jess, what a beautiful and peaceful card!!

GMC
GMC

May 03, 2020

Another beautiful spring/summer happy card full of dreams and what is right with the world.

Margery C
Margery C

May 03, 2020

Wow, so pretty. Excited to here there will be Kirin metallic brush markers in the kit. I wanted to try them to it a bonus to the kit.

Dee Earnshaw
Dee Earnshaw

May 03, 2020

oh wow this card is gorgeous – love the balloon

Linda Sodano
Linda Sodano

May 03, 2020

Beautiful card, Jess! I love this new set!

Nancy Knapp
Nancy Knapp

May 03, 2020

I love the look of this!!! So we’ll be getting markers with this kit? Great! I’ve been looking at markers for other projects so these will be very welcome. Can’t wait for the kit to arrive!

Julie Michalzuk
Julie Michalzuk

May 03, 2020

This looks like a winning kit!! Love hot air balloons and those Karin markers!!!

Natalie D
Natalie D

May 03, 2020

Beautiful!

Erica Lazaro
Erica Lazaro

May 03, 2020

This card is amazing . The way that you can make stuff . It look amazing .

Cynthia O.
Cynthia O.

May 03, 2020

Beautiful! Love the colorful sky and hotair balloon.

Stacey Kowbel
Stacey Kowbel

May 03, 2020

Such a beautiful card!

Melissa Beattie
Melissa Beattie

May 03, 2020

That soft background is beautiful.

Laurie Schlichter
Laurie Schlichter

May 03, 2020

Love the pastel rainbow in the background. The hot air balloon reminds me of what’s on my bucket list.

Alka
Alka

May 03, 2020

Who will not love to receive kit. Its beautiful and i love those cute glitter. Lovely card. I wish you have one for me.

Margaret R
Margaret R

May 03, 2020

Such a lovely card! Love the soft watercolored background, and the balloon is perfect!

Denise Bryant
Denise Bryant

May 03, 2020

Beautiful scene with awesome colors! Love the clouds and balloon!

Nicole Nardi
Nicole Nardi

May 03, 2020

Love your card and am lovin the hot air balloon.

Felicia C
Felicia C

May 03, 2020

My favorite card so far! I just love this. I feel like I am flying in the clouds right next to the birds. Just super!

Lara Mosby
Lara Mosby

May 03, 2020

Great kit, great card! I love how you used glitter on the side of the balloon into give it a little shimmer and light play!

Patricia Wilson
Patricia Wilson

May 03, 2020

I love hot air balloons. We have big festival here in NH every year. Wonder about this year! The snowfall glitter looks interesting and would like to see a video on how to apply. Great for a kid’s card. Love the kit, also.

Marianna
Marianna

May 03, 2020

Looking forward to full reveal, I’ve wanted to try Karin Decobrush markers, impressed by results on your Lovely card!

Joanne
Joanne

May 03, 2020

Love the soft colors of the background that makes the hot air balloon pop on the card.

Anushree Vaish
Anushree Vaish

May 03, 2020

Super gorgeous and very serene!!

Aggie
Aggie

May 03, 2020

I love the lovely simple look of this card. The balloon is gorgeous!

kathy wade
kathy wade

May 03, 2020

Beautiful card! Love the hot air ballon. Love all of Jess’s cards!

Jessica FC
Jessica FC

May 03, 2020

Hot air balloons, clouds and birds oh my! It looks like this set is going to make one of my dreams come true, at least in an A2 card. I’ve always dreamed of traveling on a hot air balloon. Who says you can’t create your dreams of soaring thru the sky and dancing with the clouds.

mary
mary

May 03, 2020

Love the smooth sky and hot air balloon. Cant wait to try the sky that way.

Cyndi Morris
Cyndi Morris

May 03, 2020

Beautiful, colorful, calming card. I love that hot air balloon and I’m so excited to hear this kit includes the Karin Decobrush markers. I’ve seen them used by crafters and they look amazing. And to hear they can be used for watercoloring!!

Beverly Robinson
Beverly Robinson

May 03, 2020

What a beautiful background! Love how you made the hot air balloon sparkle. I have been wanting to try the Karin metallic markers and am happy to see some are included in the kit.

Linda
Linda

May 03, 2020

I like the softness and the additional color on the ballon, your eyes are drawn to that feature!

Kathy
Kathy

May 03, 2020

The metallic markers look fun to use.

Michelle Hackett
Michelle Hackett

May 03, 2020

Jess, this is a great card. That background is so smooth it looks like cotton candy. Love the added sparkle on the balloon.

Julia D.
Julia D.

May 03, 2020

I LOVE that sky! The ink blending is beautiful and it’s a great choice of colors. Also love the confetti on the balloon and the birds flying. I’m going to love this kit! Thank you for the chance to win!!

Marilyn Musgrave
Marilyn Musgrave

May 03, 2020

The card surely gives new meaning to the phrase “give me a lift” during these uncertain times.
Beauty in the sky, feeling free without a care in the world. That is the idea of this card.
Thank you!

JANIS
JANIS

May 03, 2020

Such a Pretty Card soft tranquil Card. Makes you want to go up on that Hot Air Balloon ( well maybe) !!!!!!

Kimberly Dorval
Kimberly Dorval

May 03, 2020

Ooh, metallic brush markers. Looks really nice.

Madeline L
Madeline L

May 03, 2020

Your background is beautiful. Love the hot air balloon! It really sparkles.

Susan McRae
Susan McRae

May 03, 2020

Love the billowy clouds and the added sparkle on the balloon!

Delores Oster
Delores Oster

May 03, 2020

Simply Bright and Beautiful.

Kelsey Thomas
Kelsey Thomas

May 03, 2020

I love this card! The pastel sky is so pretty, and I love the glitter on the balloon. :)

Marylou Ellison Cotton
Marylou Ellison Cotton

May 03, 2020

Such a clean pretty card

Marie T
Marie T

May 03, 2020

Old song lyrics sprung to mind when I saw this “beautiful balloon” card! No doubt “we can fly” with this kit!!

Rushita
Rushita

May 03, 2020

Love the glitter on the hot air balloon, So magical!!

Debi
Debi

May 03, 2020

Another winner for you and us Jess!
Love the simplicity of this card. Can’t wait to get this kit.

Carole D
Carole D

May 03, 2020

I really must have this kit ❤️❤️❤️

Dori
Dori

May 03, 2020

So simply pretty, Jess! I love love that sky.

Laurie Brown
Laurie Brown

May 03, 2020

A very beautiful scene with a very pretty hot air balloon!

Karthikha Uday
Karthikha Uday

May 03, 2020

Such a soft and beautiful card! <3

Meghan Kennihan
Meghan Kennihan

May 03, 2020

What a gorgeous sky! This kit is perfect for spring!

Kailash
Kailash

May 03, 2020

Love that background and that hot air balloon is absolutely beautiful!

Gail O'Keefe
Gail O'Keefe

May 03, 2020

I am always impressed by HA designers’ creativity and their inspiration

Cindy Johnson
Cindy Johnson

May 03, 2020

Simply stunning and peaceful! I am definitely going to try my hand at recreating this card.

Terrie D. (StarSpry)
Terrie D. (StarSpry)

May 03, 2020

Your card is beautiful! I love how you watercolored the sky and the hot air balloon is so fun with the added glitter! :)

PHYLLIS FREESE
PHYLLIS FREESE

May 03, 2020

This is such a beautiful card. I love the soft, pastel background you painted. The cloud die is the perfect border to add to such a pretty sky and the hot air balloon & birds really tie the two together.

Kathy Ellwanger
Kathy Ellwanger

May 03, 2020

I love all these cards. I’m thinking that I need this kit, we can all use some rainbows and encouraging words right now.

Virginia Ellison
Virginia Ellison

May 03, 2020

Jess, this card is so cute…. I love the way you did the hot air balloon…. when I first saw it, it almost looked like a shaker….. TFS your card with us today….

Karyn K Siemering
Karyn K Siemering

May 03, 2020

Hot air balloons always make me happy. Nice card!

Ruth Gauss
Ruth Gauss

May 03, 2020

Beautiful card! Your sky is perfectly wonderful and all the die cut elements create such a fabulously serene scene! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

Shirley Galecki
Shirley Galecki

May 03, 2020

Love the colors on your card. This kit looks so awesome. Sure hope I win it!!

MarilynP
MarilynP

May 03, 2020

Love the beautiful blended sky!

Marianne
Marianne

May 03, 2020

Love this! So pretty!

Rachelle O.
Rachelle O.

May 03, 2020

What a beautiful CAS scene! This looks exactly like the early morning lift-off at the Albuquerque Balloon Festival! Gorgeous!

Andre M.
Andre M.

May 03, 2020

Fab CAS scene, love that soft dreamy sky.

GleniceBust
GleniceBust

May 03, 2020

Nice to read about new markers but stern note to self…I ought no start collecting them….but they do look tempting…lol

Anna Moreno
Anna Moreno

May 03, 2020

I love the colors, so peaceful!
Beautiful card and design.

Eva N
Eva N

May 03, 2020

Oh, wow! I’ve been curious about the karin markers and love how you used the ones from the kit. Wondetful card!

Karen L Hetherington
Karen L Hetherington

May 03, 2020

I always enjoy your cards Jessica. I love the sky and the glitter highlights on the air balloon.