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October My Monthly Hero Countdown: Idea #1 + Giveaway!

by Jessica Frost-Ballas September 28, 2018 434 Comments

Hello and welcome as we begin the countdown to the release of the October My Monthly Hero Kit! Release day is Monday, October 1st at 1pm Eastern/10am Pacific. We will be here for the next three days, sharing ideas for using both the main kit, as well as the new optional add-on products that will also be available on Monday. Stay tuned for more inspiration all weekend long! Now let's join Jess for a first look at this winter holiday inspired kit.

Good morning! Jess here with a card featuring our October My Monthly Hero kit! I'm a sucker for cute critters and this set has quite a few of them (as well as a bunch of other holiday themed designs)! I thought I'd create a Christmas tree decorating party!!

I started by painting the background of my card using liquid watercolors and a very special addition to our kit this month: iridescent ink! I mixed a drop of it with the Black and Indigo liquid watercolors and it created this gorgeous shimmery watercolor! I used a round brush to watercolor the background and then let it dry.  Once it was totally dry I flicked it with white acrylic paint and let it dry to create a snowy winter sky.

While the background was drying I stamped the animals, ornaments and trees with Versafine ink and heat-embossed them with clear embossing powder before watercoloring them using liquid watercolors. I let them dry and then die-cut them with the coordinating dies. Next I wanted to add a little more texture and sparkle to my card so I added drops of clear lacquer across the branches and then sprinkled it with white puff embossing powder. I heated the powder to get that puffy snowy texture and then added more lacquer to the branches. This time I sprinkled the lacquer with snowfall glitter and let it dry.  

To assemble the card I adhered the background to a white card base. Then I stamped the sentiment with Versafine and heat-embossed it with clear embossing powder. Next I added a little lacquer, white puff embossing powder, and snowfall glitter to the snowy ground. Then I used a mixture of regular and foam adhesive to adhere the animals, ornaments, and tree to the scene. I added a few accents with a white gel pen and Spectrum Noir clear sparkle. Finally I added a coat of lacquer to all of the ornaments and sprinkled them with snowfall glitter.  Unfortunately the photos just don't do this shimmery, sparkly card justice! It is so beautiful when it catches the light and I just love the idea of all those critters helping to decorate a Christmas tree!

I hope this sneak has gotten you excited for the big reveal on Monday! Make sure to come back all weekend for more sneak peeks. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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, October 1st, before the kit launches at 1pm Eastern. The more you comment, the more chances to win!





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Kati Caprara
Kati Caprara

September 30, 2018

I just love your idea for this card — all these adorable animals working together to decorate this tree. What a fun idea!! The night sky looks so realistic as does the Christmas tree! Great job!!! Can wait for Monday morning to see the whole kit!!

Tara Rahemat
Tara Rahemat

September 30, 2018

This looks like a scene out of a movie! Very lovely :)

LeAnn Garvin
LeAnn Garvin

September 30, 2018

love the snow and birds adding the star, have never had the animals help decorate, but we’ve had a few try to remove the decorations!

Jannet
Jannet

September 30, 2018

Gorgeous, Iesoecially love the dog xx

Betty Vasquez
Betty Vasquez

September 30, 2018

This card is wonderful! Love the animal theme 💖

Laura Staley
Laura Staley

September 30, 2018

Looks like another wonderful kit! I love breakout your card. Sure wish I could see all the shimmer. The animals hanging the ornaments are too cute! I can’t wait to try some of your techniques with all the goodies in the kit!

Ro
Ro

September 30, 2018

The photos might not do the sparkle justice but this card sparkles nonetheless. Love the sparkle 😊

Marisela Delgado
Marisela Delgado

September 30, 2018

Great card

Margery.C
Margery.C

September 30, 2018

Gorgeous card. Love all the details you added. Those stacked animals are so adorable.

Sarah T.
Sarah T.

September 30, 2018

Iridescent ink? What’s not to love!

Karla Johnson
Karla Johnson

September 30, 2018

The card is beautiful. The background is a great technique that I can’t wait to try

MarjR
MarjR

September 30, 2018

So cute and adorable! Love this card!

Lisa Woodburn
Lisa Woodburn

September 30, 2018

This is so sweet – I can picture using these animals in multiple theme cards through the year.

joyce willy
joyce willy

September 30, 2018

Oh what a charming woodland card!

Audre G
Audre G

September 30, 2018

What a lovely card. The critters are adorable.

Sherri Cooley
Sherri Cooley

September 30, 2018

This card steals my heart. There are two Christmas scenes I can’t resist. One a woodland Santa surrounded by animals. The other is animals decorating a Christmas tree. You nailed it with this card. Thanks for the inspiration.

Deb
Deb

September 30, 2018

Love the snow and the animals helping to decorate the tree. Adorable!

Robin
Robin

September 30, 2018

I love this tree and your inspiration has got me thinking of sooo many ideas, l can’t wait to get this kit.

Heather porter
Heather porter

September 30, 2018

I love the sky and the super cute creatures decorating the tree.At first glance this just might be a must have kit!

Kathy Wills
Kathy Wills

September 30, 2018

Soo cute!

Sam Burnett
Sam Burnett

September 30, 2018

Beautiful background! Love the critters around the tree too!

Jana Yeager
Jana Yeager

September 30, 2018

love the ornaments on the tree!

Scarlett Theron Rush
Scarlett Theron Rush

September 30, 2018

i love that snowy tree!

Mateja P
Mateja P

September 30, 2018

Another amazing kit on the way :) Can’t wait to see it all :)

Lytona
Lytona

September 29, 2018

This is one of the cutest Christmas cards I’ve ever seen.

Phyllis Dunn
Phyllis Dunn

September 29, 2018

What an adorable card! Just love the animals!! Can’t wait to see the whole kit, but I’m sold already.

Tracy
Tracy

September 29, 2018

2nd time is a charm….
love this card! Thank you for sharing your talent with us.

Tracy AbramsLilly
Tracy AbramsLilly

September 29, 2018

I am so excited to see the whole kit. Your card is amazing. Thank you for sharing it with us.

JoAnn
JoAnn

September 29, 2018

Great background. Colors really pop.

Nancy Dempsey
Nancy Dempsey

September 29, 2018

I love the sky and super cute critters decorating the tree. At first glance this just might be a must have kit!

Glenna
Glenna

September 29, 2018

WOW. So cute and fun. Thank you

Liza Dehnel
Liza Dehnel

September 29, 2018

What a fantastic card!

Juana Vega
Juana Vega

September 29, 2018

This kit will be a favorite. I sure like the idea of sparkle in my Christmas card and this will be the perfect scene to do it again. Love the colors used here too.

CaroleRenn
CaroleRenn

September 29, 2018

Love this adorable card! Oh boy, something new, iridescent ink. I can hardly wait to play.

Chrissy E
Chrissy E

September 29, 2018

Super pretty! That background is awesome!

Kathy Ellwanger
Kathy Ellwanger

September 29, 2018

I LOVE this card, it makes me smile, I had to describe this card to my husband because it is so cute. I’m going to love this months kit.

Sheryl Kramer
Sheryl Kramer

September 29, 2018

This looks like winter in northern Wisconsin, where I live! Your card is beautiful! I love that the animals are more realistic rather than cutesy. Can’t wait til my kit arrives!

Dorothea Prouty
Dorothea Prouty

September 29, 2018

Oh the animals are so adorable! What an endearing scene :)

kathleen dumpert
kathleen dumpert

September 29, 2018

I love critter stamps and of course Christmas ones!

Colleen
Colleen

September 29, 2018

I would love to see this in person, I’m sure the shimmery background and glitter are beautiful

Dorothy Mutafopulos
Dorothy Mutafopulos

September 29, 2018

Hi, Jessica you truly made an amazing background ,loving all the details too!
You truly showed how this kit can be used.

Shelley C
Shelley C

September 29, 2018

love what you did with that tree!!

Leanne S
Leanne S

September 29, 2018

Beautiful card!! Love the scene created

Isabelle
Isabelle

September 29, 2018

What a lovely card ! All these little critters are adorable.

Emmaline
Emmaline

September 29, 2018

Oh my gosh this is just the cutest! Those stacked up animals are absolutely adorable!

Katie M
Katie M

September 29, 2018

The background is amazing!

Beverley Hollis
Beverley Hollis

September 29, 2018

Oh my word this is just GORGEOUS, Christmas and Cuties, Sparkle and Shimmer, Glitter and Glaze, it couldn’t get any better, and what a fantastic way to kick off this months sneak peeks.

Beth Merrill
Beth Merrill

September 29, 2018

You’ve certainly given us a big peek into this kit. I am excited to see more posts! Thanks for sharing this sparkly card.

Sherri Lang
Sherri Lang

September 29, 2018

Beautiful card! This is going to be a great kit!

Carol Tidrow
Carol Tidrow

September 29, 2018

Love the background you created and all the detail.

Kimberly Keen
Kimberly Keen

September 29, 2018

Unbelievable, Beautiful

Sheri
Sheri

September 29, 2018

Oh my! I love love love it! So glad it has animals. Just lovely!

Katherine
Katherine

September 29, 2018

This is beautiful

Nancy Evans
Nancy Evans

September 29, 2018

Those are fanstastic!

Kay Spangler
Kay Spangler

September 29, 2018

Nothing is cuter than little animals in the forest. This kit will be a favorite!

Dee Ann Matthews
Dee Ann Matthews

September 29, 2018

Fabulous bunch of animals to create a wonderful Christmas!

B Bicker
B Bicker

September 29, 2018

Now that’s a winter themed inspired card. Love how the critters are helping to decorate the tree. The liquid water colors give the card such an intense visual feel. The sparkle of the card and fluffy snow on the tree are so beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

Stacey
Stacey

September 29, 2018

I Love winter/holiday kits, super cute card.

MandaLj
MandaLj

September 29, 2018

Wow, what a lovely card! The tree looks so real!

Nina S.
Nina S.

September 29, 2018

I can tell I will love this kit! This is such a cute card with the animals. Can’t wait!

Joy Smith
Joy Smith

September 29, 2018

Wow, what a cute card…..it is a standout for the holidays.

Jackie Adair
Jackie Adair

September 29, 2018

Love the tree with ornaments! So festive!

Linda Albers
Linda Albers

September 29, 2018

Love the tree with the critters! My favorite winter scene.

karen t
karen t

September 29, 2018

Adorable card. This looks like a cute kit. I’ve never won anything from Hero Arts and I would be thrilled to win this kit. Thank you.

Emily Henry
Emily Henry

September 29, 2018

Wow, what a stunning card. I love the snow effect.

Melissa Dingerson
Melissa Dingerson

September 29, 2018

Love this kit, beautiful card, and fingers crossed.

Shameenia Hopes
Shameenia Hopes

September 29, 2018

Sneak peek on fleek. I see wonderful dies cuts in my future. Beautiful tree and I love coloring animals.

Diane Stricker
Diane Stricker

September 29, 2018

Such a cute card.

Michele Hogarth
Michele Hogarth

September 29, 2018

Great card love all the sparkles.

Mindy Drummond
Mindy Drummond

September 29, 2018

So far so good, I love today’s sneak peek! The Dog, Cat, and Mouse are too cute on top of each other and the deer looks like he’s not too sure the tree won’t topple over with them in it LOL, I love it. The background and the snow look amazing even without the camera being able to pick up all the shimmery goodness. Great job on the card Jessica and I am looking forward to seeing the rest of the sneak peeks.

Toni L
Toni L

September 29, 2018

Fabulous—love the critters too. Background is very effective with the snow splatters!

Donna Holloway
Donna Holloway

September 29, 2018

What a wonderfully creative card! I just love all of the snow and the way the animals are working together.

Denise Kitts-Wadlow
Denise Kitts-Wadlow

September 29, 2018

Oh my goodness Jessica-I’m over the moon with your adorable critter Christmas tree decorating party!!! Love the way you stacked the cat and mouse on top of the dog so the mouse could reach the higher branches! And the way the deer is standing there looking on, it’s almost as if he or she is in awe of the tree’s beauty. Splendid job!!! Thanks so much, and have a blessed weekend. Hugs!!!

Betty Chen
Betty Chen

September 29, 2018

Yup. Excited to see the release!

Ana
Ana

September 29, 2018

Iridiscent ink?? OMG! I need it.

Katie Coggins
Katie Coggins

September 29, 2018

Such an awesome background! I love this card

Janine Gearhart
Janine Gearhart

September 29, 2018

This looks like such a fun kit. This card is so pretty and festive.

Patt H.
Patt H.

September 29, 2018

Those critters are adorable & I love the awesome scene you created. Perfect!

Erica Loscalzo
Erica Loscalzo

September 29, 2018

Cute card

Jessica Kerr
Jessica Kerr

September 29, 2018

This is so beautiful, all the watercolor and shiny effects are gorgeous

Jodi Warren
Jodi Warren

September 29, 2018

Totally cute card. Love the idea of a tree decorating party. Really great card.

M.-C.
M.-C.

September 29, 2018

Really cute! Can’t wait to see the whole kit!

Danielle Dietz
Danielle Dietz

September 29, 2018

Wow. Snowfall glitter and puffy embossing powder sounds fab already. Love the scene. :)

felicity
felicity

September 29, 2018

I love new watercolor ideas/products.

BeverlyBL
BeverlyBL

September 29, 2018

What a fun card! Beautiful tree.

Beverly Perdue
Beverly Perdue

September 29, 2018

I’m excited to see the new kit with the Christmas theme!

Michelle Montemurro
Michelle Montemurro

September 29, 2018

Adorable little mouse. Love the ornaments and the glitter.

Carol
Carol

September 29, 2018

I can’t wait to see more of this kit. I love the critters.

Rachel Culak
Rachel Culak

September 29, 2018

I am in love with those cute critters as well. I can’t wait to see everything we will get.

Sherry Olson
Sherry Olson

September 29, 2018

I am so excited for this kit. Love the critters

Kim
Kim

September 29, 2018

OOOhhhhh la la, Christmas stuff!

Pamela Toriello
Pamela Toriello

September 29, 2018

Love the pets putting ornaments on the tree!

Patti Killen
Patti Killen

September 29, 2018

This card is magical! I love the animals decorating the tree! It puts me in the holiday spirit.

Samantha  Coleman
Samantha Coleman

September 29, 2018

What a beautiful card. So playful too.

Cheryl Phillips
Cheryl Phillips

September 29, 2018

I am.a sucker for Christmas stamps and I am trying to do more scenes. This set.looks like a winner!! Can’t wait to see more!

Susan
Susan

September 29, 2018

Sweet card!

Amy McCue
Amy McCue

September 29, 2018

Beautiful! I love that tree!

Beverly Robinson
Beverly Robinson

September 29, 2018

This kit looks like so much fun. You’re putting me in a holiday mood.

Pamela McGillin
Pamela McGillin

September 29, 2018

Very excited for this kit!

Lagene
Lagene

September 29, 2018

Gorgeous wintery Christmas tree, love the critters decorating the tree!