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

by Jessica Frost-Ballas September 28, 2018 435 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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Lagene
Lagene

September 29, 2018

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

Susan Burke
Susan Burke

September 29, 2018

Beautiful kit,

Diane K K McCracken
Diane K K McCracken

September 29, 2018

Very nice card!! Can’t wait to work with this kit. I love your ideas.

Mary Bee
Mary Bee

September 29, 2018

Jessica, the card is beautiful with all the shiny colors and the animals look so cute. Thanks for the inspiration.

StampinLouie
StampinLouie

September 29, 2018

Jessica your card had already caught my eye on IG. It is so cute and you did a great job creating it.

Melinda Stearns
Melinda Stearns

September 29, 2018

Oh my, this is super cute! Why do you do this to me every month Hero Arts?

Nina
Nina

September 29, 2018

Oh my goodness!!! What a gorgeous card! You did an outstanding piece if art, Jessica. Once again, Hero Arts have out done themselves with the kit this month. I absolutely cannot wait to receive mine. I’m ready to get at it.

Thank you so much, Jessica and Hero Arts

LaNell Taylor
LaNell Taylor

September 29, 2018

That is the cutest card ever!

Connie Jo
Connie Jo

September 29, 2018

This looks like another fun card kit! Can’t wait to
get mine!

GLenda M Sultan
GLenda M Sultan

September 28, 2018

Just love how the set has a wild deer and pets from our home. That card would make anyone happy! I think puffy snow is a wonderful addition to the card.

KarenAnn
KarenAnn

September 28, 2018

Oh, I hate thinking about getting into winter now….we are having such a nice autumn. I do love what I see in this sneak peek…such cute animals!

Sharon L.
Sharon L.

September 28, 2018

I am loving the animals helping each other to decorate the tree…very cute card.

Eleanor Chua
Eleanor Chua

September 28, 2018

Winter is definitely around the corner. Time to get busy with making cards.

Geri S
Geri S

September 28, 2018

Oh my! How am I going to wait?

Julie
Julie

September 28, 2018

I always look forward to Jessica’s posts. The fluffy snow she added to the tree is magical.

Janet D.
Janet D.

September 28, 2018

Oh my goodness, this looks like a fantastic kit! Your card is wonderful!

Sherry
Sherry

September 28, 2018

Beautiful

Lori Poffenroth
Lori Poffenroth

September 28, 2018

It’s never too soon to get started on Christmas. Looking forward to the ful release.

Madeline
Madeline

September 28, 2018

Very pretty card. Can’t wait to see the whole kit.

Rebecca Partan
Rebecca Partan

September 28, 2018

What a beautiful card. I can picture all the shimmer and shine.

Elaine Wood
Elaine Wood

September 28, 2018

wow this is such a cute card i’m really looking forward to this one arriving. thanks for the insperation.

Lynn
Lynn

September 28, 2018

What a festive holiday card. It looks like this is going to be a wonderful kit for the holidays.

Paulette C Kent
Paulette C Kent

September 28, 2018

Looks like another amazing fun kit.

Jessica Haines
Jessica Haines

September 28, 2018

I love this. You did a great job.

Terri Cox
Terri Cox

September 28, 2018

I am so excited for this kit! Love this sneak.

Susy
Susy

September 28, 2018

Lovely card! Love the background and the adorable critters around the tree. Awesome Christmas card!

Cathy Miller
Cathy Miller

September 28, 2018

Looks like it is going to be so much fun. I hope you are stocking a lot of this kit

Robin P
Robin P

September 28, 2018

What an adorable card. Really excited to see the whole kit. Thanks for sharing.

Eunice Brown
Eunice Brown

September 28, 2018

Nice job, I love the way you colored all the elements and brought them all together. TFS.

Amy Cooley
Amy Cooley

September 28, 2018

Beautiful winter scene! Looking forward to this new kit.

Sherry107
Sherry107

September 28, 2018

Loving this! Great job!

Heidi H
Heidi H

September 28, 2018

Gorgeous card. The watercolor and all that texture is just amazing! Can’t wait for the full reveal!

FD91354
FD91354

September 28, 2018

The October kits are always so much fun! Cant wait for more peeks.

Neeta Rancourt
Neeta Rancourt

September 28, 2018

Oh, that background is striking!

Karen Hale
Karen Hale

September 28, 2018

Love the scene with the little critters gathered round and decorating….so charming!

Mary Holshouser
Mary Holshouser

September 28, 2018

Fun scene. Everyone is playing together
and having a good time. Love it.
thanks for sharing
txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

cyndi morris
cyndi morris

September 28, 2018

Absolutely adorable! I love the colors. Can;t wait for the full reveal

Rhonna Blatt
Rhonna Blatt

September 28, 2018

Love what I see so far. That is my dog!

Suzi Metcalfe
Suzi Metcalfe

September 28, 2018

Cute critters are always a winner!

Karen Lampe
Karen Lampe

September 28, 2018

Love this card! So pretty! Love the animals decorating the tree !

Diane Quinlan
Diane Quinlan

September 28, 2018

I love these kits! It’s so exciting opening the box every month. Everything is packaged so beautifully…..it’s like opening a gift from a friend!

Barbara-Jean
Barbara-Jean

September 28, 2018

Golly, where did September go? Thanks for helping us think Christmas cards!!! Love the creatures on this card!

Betty Dean
Betty Dean

September 28, 2018

Love the theme of this card. Another winning kit!

nancy f
nancy f

September 28, 2018

Hi Jess,
Great card and I love the critters!

nancy f
nancy f

September 28, 2018

Hi Jess,
Great card and I love the critters!

MARIA
MARIA

September 28, 2018

What a wonderful and cheerful card. I can’t wait to see more.

K. Eley
K. Eley

September 28, 2018

Beautiful! Love the coloring and all the detail!! The critters in this kit are spectacular!!!!

Kirsty Vittetoe
Kirsty Vittetoe

September 28, 2018

So pretty! I like this time of the year, time to make some holiday cards!

Kristen H
Kristen H

September 28, 2018

I adore the animal stamps!

Janice E Bryant
Janice E Bryant

September 28, 2018

Would be an adorable Christmas card for my vet! Lovely!

Michelle Hackett
Michelle Hackett

September 28, 2018

This is so cute Jess. I’m looking forward to seeing the full release.

Lourdes Gonzalez
Lourdes Gonzalez

September 28, 2018

Wow – the stacked animals is such a cute addition to the tree scene!

Karthikha Uday
Karthikha Uday

September 28, 2018

Wow! What an amazing card!! Love it!

Brenda
Brenda

September 28, 2018

Cute card!!

Ana Anderson
Ana Anderson

September 28, 2018

What a gorgeous Christmas scene! I really love the background, all the texture and the sparkle!!! Beautiful creation ❤

Liz O
Liz O

September 28, 2018

Love this winter scene by Jess! Looking forward to checking out inspiration for tomorrow, and the release of the kit of course! Thanks for sharing!

Melissa Watson
Melissa Watson

September 28, 2018

What a cute card! Great job and thanks for sharing!

Rebecca Attwood
Rebecca Attwood

September 28, 2018

Such a beautiful card – loving the sparkly ornaments & cute critters! Can’t wait to see more of this kit.

Josmary flores
Josmary flores

September 28, 2018

I love love this card. Love the glitter effect. Can’t wait for this kit to be release.

Lindar C
Lindar C

September 28, 2018

Oh Boy!! Christmas theme!!! Love this card and super excited to see more sneak peeks!

Yvonne Stein
Yvonne Stein

September 28, 2018

Gorgeous card! Can’t wait to see the kit!

Christine
Christine

September 28, 2018

This is shaping up to be a great kit! If it’s like your other kits it is going to be a lot of fun! The value in these kits is incredible!
Thank you. -Christine

Karen L Hetherington
Karen L Hetherington

September 28, 2018

Very cute card. I love the theme you chose of decorating the tree.

Henriëtte
Henriëtte

September 28, 2018

How gorgeous Jess, this can be awesome Christmas cards for all my friends who have pets. I can’t hardley wait to see what else is in the new kit. thank you for sharing this beautie.

karen ba
karen ba

September 28, 2018

I can’t wait to see more!

Vikki H
Vikki H

September 28, 2018

Beautiful technique! The sky and snow look amazing.

Stephanie Zilmer
Stephanie Zilmer

September 28, 2018

Cool looking card :)

Teri Frank
Teri Frank

September 28, 2018

Christmas in October! What could be more fun?

Laurie Roe
Laurie Roe

September 28, 2018

Ooo, now I’m curious! Looks like it will be amazing for winter and holiday cards! Anxious for more tomorrow!

LBSue
LBSue

September 28, 2018

Love seeing dog and cat – such a cute addition to the Christmas theme.

Rachel Walton
Rachel Walton

September 28, 2018

This is a cute card. I wish I could see the real thing to get all the shimmer and glitter effect.

Shweta
Shweta

September 28, 2018

Seeing this wonderful xmas kit already reminding me of the holiday spirit. The cute little critters decorating the xmas tree just made my day. Thanks hero art for designing this kit. <3

Shweta
Shweta

September 28, 2018

Seeing this wonderful xmas kit already reminding me of the holiday spirit. The cute little critters decorating the xmas tree just made my day. Thanks hero art for designing this kit. <3

Sue McRae
Sue McRae

September 28, 2018

Oh, what a wonderful wintry scene! So charming and love the touches of sparkle!

Diane Rizak
Diane Rizak

September 28, 2018

Your card is beautiful! I just love those little critters! I would sooo love to win this kit!!

Pam Williams
Pam Williams

September 28, 2018

Really love this card, can’t wait for the kit to arrive :)

Laura P.
Laura P.

September 28, 2018

Hi Jess, I adore your card!! The images are just wonderful and the background is fabulous! I so want to try it so thank you for providing all the details! Love the texture, too. What a great release!

Laura P.
Laura P.

September 28, 2018

Hi Jess, I adore your card!! The images are just wonderful and the background is fabulous! I so want to try it so thank you for providing all the details! Love the texture, too. What a great release!

Laura P.
Laura P.

September 28, 2018

Hi Jess, I adore your card!! The images are just wonderful and the background is fabulous! I so want to try it so thank you for providing all the details! Love the texture, too. What a great release!

Laura P.
Laura P.

September 28, 2018

Hi Jess, I adore your card!! The images are just wonderful and the background is fabulous! I so want to try it so thank you for providing all the details! Love the texture, too. What a great release!

Kelly W.
Kelly W.

September 28, 2018

Beautiful winter scene Jessica! I love the nighttime snowflakes and adorable critters decorating that gorgeous tree!

Charlotte E (Lady Joyful)
Charlotte E (Lady Joyful)

September 28, 2018

Oh this is so sweet! I love the adorable critters, and the snow is so fun. Looking forward to seeing more!

Tamra Barnes
Tamra Barnes

September 28, 2018

I’m so excited, can’t wait to see the kit! Love love love the critters and Christmas theme. Your card is gorgeous and thanks for the tips on adding snow and sparkle to a card!

Dawn
Dawn

September 28, 2018

I can’t wait to see more of this kit! Love the adorable animals!

Kathleen A
Kathleen A

September 28, 2018

I love everything about this card. Cute, cuddly animals and bling, bling, bling! So excited to get mine!!!!!!

Kendra
Kendra

September 28, 2018

The snowfall glitter is beautiful! I can’t wait to see the whole kit. The creatures are adorable!

Erika Rusch
Erika Rusch

September 28, 2018

This looks like this will be a fun kit with all the adorable holiday critters. This is a very cute card.

Diane Loughrey
Diane Loughrey

September 28, 2018

Oh what fun this kit looks like. Just when I thought I had all my Christmas stamps.

KARI MANO
KARI MANO

September 28, 2018

Oh This is going to be a great kit! I already love it just by your cute card.

Carolyn Bean
Carolyn Bean

September 28, 2018

Cute card. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Margaret
Margaret

September 28, 2018

Cute critters and puffy snow – what more could you ask for? Looks like another great MMH Kit!

Lauren Z.
Lauren Z.

September 28, 2018

Holidays, animals, iridescent ink, glitter…..this months kit is going to be awesome! Can’t wait to see more!

Lauren Z.
Lauren Z.

September 28, 2018

Holidays, animals, iridescent ink, glitter…..this months kit is going to be awesome! Can’t wait to see more!

Jessica Williams
Jessica Williams

September 28, 2018

I love everything about this card!! The critters are adorable. Your tree is beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

Ana Korban
Ana Korban

September 28, 2018

Love this card! The animals and the tree are so cute!!

Lori pusz
Lori pusz

September 28, 2018

Would love to win

Mary Jane Grutzmacher
Mary Jane Grutzmacher

September 28, 2018

Hmm—I love animals and I love the holidays. What is there not to love about this set even with just a sneak peek. I am intrigued by the iridescent ink as well.

Mink
Mink

September 28, 2018

o how lovely!! Wish to see more – and thanks for this inspiration, an awesome dessin. Love, Mink

Lynn Wallick
Lynn Wallick

September 28, 2018

OMG. Is it Christmas already!

Christi Conley
Christi Conley

September 28, 2018

I always love to see what you have created with the kit – the countdown is always SO exciting!! And, I see a cat in this set – what could be better than that?!