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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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52 Responses

Jody V
Jody V

May 03, 2020

Looks like an awesome kit. Thanks for a chance to win.

Jana Millen
Jana Millen

May 03, 2020

Such a pretty card

Yolanda F
Yolanda F

May 03, 2020

Such a peaceful scene. Your card is lovely. This looks like it will be a wonderful kit.

littlen
littlen

May 03, 2020

Beautiful background. Love the soft colors.

Jackie S
Jackie S

May 03, 2020

What a great looking card and kit – totally love this sky!

Sandy G
Sandy G

May 03, 2020

Beautiful card. So excited to see how these markers work. They are on my wish list and now I get to try them out. Thanks.

Denise Kitts-Wadlow
Denise Kitts-Wadlow

May 03, 2020

Love the soft, peaceful colors in this card. Great tip on using the metallic markers for watercolor too! With all the versatility of this kit, I’m looking forward to lots of escape these four walls and adventure into some fun me time! ❤

Sue Kujawa
Sue Kujawa

May 03, 2020

Really nice card. Can’t go wrong with that sentiment.

Mary Holshouser
Mary Holshouser

May 03, 2020

Beautiful sky. Fantastic card.
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Dorothy Mutafopulos
Dorothy Mutafopulos

May 03, 2020

Love all of your cards and this card is amazing! The background is beautiful love that you added that sparkle in the balloon too. Hero Arts kits take your mind to adventures you want to go too!

Vicki Beer
Vicki Beer

May 03, 2020

Jess, your cards are always stunning! These Hero Arts kits are a treasure to receive full of high quality items enough to make multiple cards and tools to embellish scrapbook pages. I am sorry I had to change my subscription due to current circumstances.

Patti
Patti

May 03, 2020

Love that cloud border… had never thought of having clouds be at the bottom of the card.

Avra N Williams
Avra N Williams

May 03, 2020

Beautiful sky colors!

Ann W
Ann W

May 03, 2020

Oh my what an awesome card! Love love the water coloring. So the kit comes out day before my 62nd birthday, think I’ll have to treat myself. Unless of course I’m lucky enough to win.

Lisa Byers
Lisa Byers

May 03, 2020

Such an uplifting card!! So beautiful! Love the design!!

Jeanne Beam
Jeanne Beam

May 03, 2020

Such a beautiful card! Love the background colors and the hot air balloon.
Thanks so much for sharing…

Joanne Williams
Joanne Williams

May 03, 2020

Your card is so calm & peaceful – I love it! I agree – this kit is a must-have! Looking forward to the full reveal on Monday. Thanks for sharing.

RosieJ
RosieJ

May 03, 2020

I love how the designer created this card with a simple design. Less is more. I felt relaxed looking at it. I felt like i was floating away with the hot air balloon stamp and the clouds were so puffy. Can hardly wait to get this stamp set.

Charlene Dahlberg
Charlene Dahlberg

May 03, 2020

love the colors and smooth blend on the sky !! it is perfect

Brittney L Young
Brittney L Young

May 03, 2020

I love this card!! The first idea that popped into my head was changing the sentiment to something along the lines of visiting Heaven, for sympathy cards. They are my biggest struggle.

Robin Keith
Robin Keith

May 03, 2020

This may be my favorite card yet! Thanks for the inspiration!

Amy Cooley
Amy Cooley

May 03, 2020

Beautiful! I love the pop of glitter on the balloon. This looks like an awesome new kit.

Diane Hover
Diane Hover

May 03, 2020

Beautifully created, love that awesome background!!

Jane A McBee
Jane A McBee

May 03, 2020

I would never have thought to put pink in the sky, the card is lovely.

Lynn Cyert
Lynn Cyert

May 03, 2020

This is a gorgeous card, suitable for many occasions.

Denise Kasbohm
Denise Kasbohm

May 03, 2020

This card is gorgeous!! The soft watercolor and the balloon floating took my breath away. Oh this kit!! You have totally sold me. Markers!

Becky Moore
Becky Moore

May 03, 2020

Love this card and the May kit!

Celeste Cassino
Celeste Cassino

May 03, 2020

This is very pretty!

Cynthia Cole
Cynthia Cole

May 03, 2020

Your card is lovely!

Cindy K.
Cindy K.

May 03, 2020

This looks like such a fun card kit!

KerrynM
KerrynM

May 03, 2020

Beautiful card. This kit looks amazing,can’t wait to see the add-ons for this kit

Jo Dryden
Jo Dryden

May 03, 2020

I would love the check the markers out while we are on lock down.
And, the hot air balloon is soooo cute!

Janet Durbin
Janet Durbin

May 03, 2020

Your. background is wonderful! So soft and calming! Awesome card!

Theresa P
Theresa P

May 03, 2020

Beautiful card! Great colors.

Kim Karlin
Kim Karlin

May 03, 2020

I love the sparkle on the balloon!

Dana M
Dana M

May 03, 2020

Pretty and fresh card! Lovely clean design.

Linda S.
Linda S.

May 03, 2020

I love HA kits and the sneak peek we get every month and Jess’ card is beautiful. There seem to be lots of add-ons that were used this month on the cards.

Laura P.
Laura P.

May 03, 2020

What a nice card! I can already tell I’m going to love this new kit. Your sky is blended beautifully and I love the glitter on your hot air balloon. Love the cloud die!

Bo C.
Bo C.

May 03, 2020

Beautiful. It looks so serene. Love the shading of the sky.

Emily Henry
Emily Henry

May 03, 2020

Beautiful card. Thanks for the great tips on the watercoloring part. I sometimes have a hard time getting a nice blend without harsh lines. My paper gets a little “pilly” trying to fix it!

Jessica Monte
Jessica Monte

May 03, 2020

beautiful card loving the kit of the month…

MandaLJ
MandaLJ

May 03, 2020

This is so beautiful – from the background to the glittery balloon! Love it!

Marjorie Sinclair
Marjorie Sinclair

May 03, 2020

Jessica, this is so beautiful!!! Loving this card!!

Nan Brown
Nan Brown

May 03, 2020

This is lovely, the clouds are going to be a must have.

Isabel Z
Isabel Z

May 03, 2020

This is oh so pretty!

Anne-Maree Driver
Anne-Maree Driver

May 03, 2020

What a beautiful card, I just want to curl up in those clouds and wrap them around me. The cheeky side of me wants to just bounce from cloud to cloud, lol. Thank you

Jean Crocker
Jean Crocker

May 03, 2020

Great colors and cute card!

Miriam Prantner
Miriam Prantner

May 03, 2020

Such a soft, pretty background! Love the sparkle on the balloon too!

Carol H
Carol H

May 03, 2020

Love love love this card!!! This kit is looking sooo lovely. 😊👍🏻

Seema Raja
Seema Raja

May 03, 2020

Love the serenity of this card. Very beautiful!

Susan Petersen
Susan Petersen

May 03, 2020

The little touch of glitter on the balloon is so cool.

Kathy Benjamin
Kathy Benjamin

May 03, 2020

Wow!! Great use of the markers . I would never have thought to use them this way.