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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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35 Responses

Leah D'Auria
Leah D'Auria

September 28, 2018

This is wonderful. Such a special card makes me so eager to see the entire kit!

Cathy P
Cathy P

September 28, 2018

Beautiful card! Love all the glitter, so excited for this months kit!

Natalie Winterstein
Natalie Winterstein

September 28, 2018

This is sooooooooo cute! Love the animals decorating the tree! Your coloring and background are gorgeous!

Meghan Kennihan
Meghan Kennihan

September 28, 2018

What a gorgeous background! This kit looks like it’s going to be amazing!

Becky Green
Becky Green

September 28, 2018

What a GORGEOUS TREE, Jessica! AND a SWEET SCENE with all of the little animals! sigh! Makes me want Christmas TOMORROW! ;)

Christina Dauven
Christina Dauven

September 28, 2018

One of the thigs I love most about these kits is their ability to work well with past kits. This kit will work very well with the past christmas kits. I look forward to mixing them together to make lots of new christmas things.

Teddie
Teddie

September 28, 2018

With dogs and cats, I know I’m gonna love this kit! Loved what you did wiith the watercolors.

laura S
laura S

September 28, 2018

I love the way you used the glitter to add some sparkle to the tree and ornaments. I love the critters too. Can’t wait to see the rest of the kit!

Catherine
Catherine

September 28, 2018

Oh what fun is right!

Sandy Dayhoff
Sandy Dayhoff

September 28, 2018

This is so very cute, and what a nice tree!

Barbara Smith
Barbara Smith

September 28, 2018

That looks great! Can hardly wait for my kit to arrive! Iridescent ink! Oh my!

Valerie F.
Valerie F.

September 28, 2018

Wow! Looks like we’ll have a lovely winter/Christmas themed kit in October. That will give me the time to get my Christmas cards made and send on time this year. Thank you!

Terri
Terri

September 28, 2018

Wow!! This card is stunning! I love all the detail you created in this scene. If this kit is anything like last years at this time it is a fabulous one! I love how you make the ornaments look like they were shaker ones…Someone is going to be very lucky to get this card in the mail! Great job!!

Patricia Haff
Patricia Haff

September 28, 2018

The card is so bright with the tree and animals, it just says Christmas is here with all its joy and beauty!

Leslie PIerson
Leslie PIerson

September 28, 2018

This card makes me want to decorate my Christmas tree. the background colors are just beautiful. Thank you for such a beautiful holiday card.

Michele Rabideau
Michele Rabideau

September 28, 2018

Absolutely cute, can’t wait for Monday to get a chance to order just the sneak peak has me hooked

Jeanne Beam
Jeanne Beam

September 28, 2018

Such an adorable Christmas card. Love the the animals that are decorating the tree and the background is gorgeous.
Thanks for sharing…

Sue Manning
Sue Manning

September 28, 2018

Yes, yes! I am very excited to see this October kit.
The card is magical and the kit already looks inspiring.
Thanks!
Sue Manning

Deb Hardy
Deb Hardy

September 28, 2018

Your card is so cute, Jessica. Love that the animals are working together to decorate the tree. Great background!

Gail Fort
Gail Fort

September 28, 2018

Can hardly wait until Monday! I love this card!

joyce mcintosh
joyce mcintosh

September 28, 2018

What a awesome card! I can’t wait to see the whole kit on Monday.

Tracy
Tracy

September 28, 2018

What a cute card! I love the background and all the sparkle.

BRENDA KIMBALL
BRENDA KIMBALL

September 28, 2018

Love the snow on the tree and the snow falling in the background, very nice!

Awilda
Awilda

September 28, 2018

Really sweet card. Perfect for the holidays.

Jo Ann Ferguson
Jo Ann Ferguson

September 28, 2018

I love this card! The “snow” on the tree looks so real. The animals are adorable.
Your artistic abilities are amazing.

Theresa P
Theresa P

September 28, 2018

Love all the critters and decorations! Quite the party on your card! Very Creative.

Sharon Brand
Sharon Brand

September 28, 2018

This is stunning and fun!

Carol L.
Carol L.

September 28, 2018

I love the idea of the animals decorating the tree! So cute!

Karen
Karen

September 28, 2018

Jessica, this is just the cutest card that I can imagine is even more beautiful “live”! My furry kids are usually featured in my photo Christmas cards, but I am thinking of lots of ways these cute critters could be used year round on cards. Thanks for the inspiration and I am looking forward to getting my MMH kit!

Jane Mcbee
Jane Mcbee

September 28, 2018

Beautiful card! I especially love what you have done with the tree, the snow covered branches look amazing.

Stephanie German
Stephanie German

September 28, 2018

What a cute card! I can already tell, this is going to be a great kit.Thanks for sharing.

Louise Coviello
Louise Coviello

September 28, 2018

Such a beautiful card. I can’t wait to see the kit!

Barbara Rademacher
Barbara Rademacher

September 28, 2018

How beautiful. I am very excited about this kit and very glad I can add to my Christmas stash. Your card, Jessica is just beautiful and looks very 3-dimensional.

Cynthia Dennis
Cynthia Dennis

September 28, 2018

Beautiful Card! I cannot wait to see the kit 😊

Helen
Helen

September 28, 2018

Christmas!!!!!!! Woo hoo! Beautiful card Jess. It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

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