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October My Monthly Hero Countdown: Idea #3 + Giveaway

by Jessica Frost-Ballas October 05, 2019 337 Comments

Hello! We are continuing the countdown to the release of the October My Monthly Hero Kit! Release day is Monday, October 7 at 1pm Eastern/10 am Pacific. We will be here all weekend, sharing inspiration before the launch. Now let's join Jess for another look at this fantastic kit! 

Hi, Jess here and I am excited to share another look at this fun holiday kit! Of course I love anything music related (especially Christmas music) so two specific images in the kit caught my eye right away! ;) 

To start I stamped the tree and record player with Soft Vanilla Ink and colored them with Copic markers. Then I restamped them, using my MISTI, with Embossing and Watermark Ink and heat-embossed them with Gold Glitter Embossing Powder before die-cutting them with the coordinating dies.

Next I used Taffy and Green Apple Reactive Inks to blend little bokeh circles onto a panel of Dove White Hero Hues Cardstock. I splattered them with water to lighten areas and let the panel dry. Next I swiped my Embossing and Watermark Ink pad across the edges of my panel and heat-embossed them with Gold Glitter Embossing Powder. I also stamped my sentiment onto the panel and heat-embossed it with the same embossing powder. Finally I adhered my tree and popped up my record player with a little foam mounting tape. To finish the card I added a little Crystal Clear Lacquer to the ornaments and record for extra shine!

And that's it! Thanks so much for stopping by and have an amazing day!

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, October 7, before the kit launches at 10am Pacific. The more you comment, the more chances to win!

Good Luck!





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Jessica Williams
Jessica Williams

October 05, 2019

Great card. I just love how you embossed the edges!

Stephanie Severin
Stephanie Severin

October 05, 2019

That vintage record player is da’ bomb

Denise Kitts-Wadlow
Denise Kitts-Wadlow

October 05, 2019

Great design Jess—love your color pallet—very soft background and non-traditional colors. I can hardly wait for this kit to release. Your 🎵🎶Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree 🎶🎵 theme reminds me of a ceramic piece I made for my son years ago. Mr/Mrs Santa were rockin’ to that tune. My son still treasures that piece, and puts it out every Christmas. At the beginning of the New Year, he carefully, and lovingly wraps it and packs it away in its own dedicated container to protect it until the next Christmas. He was only 3 years old when I made that—he’s in his late 30s now. Great job Jess—thanks for the heart warming memories. 💝

Shirlene
Shirlene

October 05, 2019

Love the golden feel of this one. It screams celebration.
One of the important part of the holidays is music and this portrays it loud and clear. It was a piano player in our home but record player works.😉

Fran
Fran

October 05, 2019

Love the way you used the embossing powder and inks

Susan Tipton
Susan Tipton

October 05, 2019

Love the nostalgic feel of this card. And how you glittered the images. Love bling.

Amy Peyton
Amy Peyton

October 05, 2019

I love music too! I’m so excited to add a few more musical stamps to my collection with this kit!

Nicole Rinaldi
Nicole Rinaldi

October 05, 2019

Love this card, with the gold sparkle embossing powder!

Cecilia Mohney
Cecilia Mohney

October 05, 2019

This is such a fun card! I love the vintage vibe and the great, non-traditional colors with all that gold are so dreamy! I can’t wait to see the whole kit!

Kitty Tatman
Kitty Tatman

October 05, 2019

I’m so loving this month’s kit! Beautiful card!

Flo
Flo

October 05, 2019

Love that sentiment. The card is really cute too.

Frances Ibanez
Frances Ibanez

October 05, 2019

Such a cute record player – a real reminder of childhood in the 60’s.

Andrea B
Andrea B

October 05, 2019

I love the gold embossing! Such a great card!

Heidi Randazzo
Heidi Randazzo

October 05, 2019

Love that retro look!

Lisa Byers
Lisa Byers

October 05, 2019

I love this soft and glittery look!! This kit looks to be a real winner!!

Sandy Dayhoff
Sandy Dayhoff

October 05, 2019

So cute! I love that sentiment!

Patt H.
Patt H.

October 05, 2019

Another awesome card, Jess! I love the gold glitter & the record player sure brings back memories. Can’t wait to see the whole kit!

Evette Rodriguez
Evette Rodriguez

October 05, 2019

Adorable! I love the color palette (hope I spelled that right). Great job!

Sherrie Fauvelle
Sherrie Fauvelle

October 05, 2019

Oh, this is adorable! I have so many memories of growing up in the late 50’s/60’s! My friends and relatives will love the cards I make with this kit!

Carolyn
Carolyn

October 05, 2019

What a great way to celebrate Christmas with Golden Oldies.

CHRISTY Erickson
CHRISTY Erickson

October 05, 2019

Love this vintage Christmas💜

kathleen dumpert
kathleen dumpert

October 05, 2019

Looking forward to your latest kit!

Patricia Wilson
Patricia Wilson

October 05, 2019

Once again I am loving what you are doing with this kit. Can’t wait for it to come out so we can buy it. I will have to seriously consider it.

Juana Vega
Juana Vega

October 05, 2019

Love the colors you used in this card.

Cyndi Morris
Cyndi Morris

October 05, 2019

I love this card! It brings back so many wonderful memories of Christmases past (Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree was my late father’s favorite Christmas song). The colors and the gold embossing are gorgeous.

Lynn C.
Lynn C.

October 05, 2019

I love this Christmas card with the gold glitz. It reminds me of Christmas when I was a kid. I think my sister still has
the record player from our youth. Music, hot chocolate, eggnog; this card brings it all back. Thank you for sharing.

Janet Trapp
Janet Trapp

October 05, 2019

Cute kit coming for Christmas 💞

Marg
Marg

October 05, 2019

Whenever I see that music stamp I mentally start singing the song. Wonderful! Love the colours that you chose.

Barbara Woodard
Barbara Woodard

October 05, 2019

All in this release so far reminds me of my childhood and brings back memories!!! Thank you Hero Arts!!!

Tani k
Tani k

October 05, 2019

I love this card. Not traditional but beautiful.

Dana M
Dana M

October 05, 2019

Lovely card! Love the soft colors with the fabulous sparkle and shine.

Yvonne Stein
Yvonne Stein

October 05, 2019

This is sooooo cute! I love it and can’t wait to see the whole kit! C’mon Monday!

Allison
Allison

October 05, 2019

I love the musical Christmas card. This looks like a great kit that I would love to use.

Becky Moore
Becky Moore

October 05, 2019

What a wonderful, nostalgic kit. I love the card!

Michelle Montemurro
Michelle Montemurro

October 05, 2019

Love the bokeh pops of color that remind me of Christmas lights.

Yvonne
Yvonne

October 05, 2019

Happy WCMD – a very cute kit – love the retro look!

Beverly Robinson
Beverly Robinson

October 05, 2019

Beautiful card. The embossing makes it special.

Kylie Z
Kylie Z

October 05, 2019

You have outdone yourself with the use of gold. So very pretty.

Stephanie B
Stephanie B

October 05, 2019

Jess, I love the bokeh look, it gives that warm feel of the colored Christmas lights dancing off the card Thanks again for yet another absolutely beautiful card inspiration!

Josmary Flores
Josmary Flores

October 05, 2019

I love this card. The distress edges are very nice

Evan
Evan

October 05, 2019

Loving everything I have seen so far.

Shirley Wallen
Shirley Wallen

October 05, 2019

I like how you can use the same stamps and make them look so different. You are very talented!

Shauna Avery
Shauna Avery

October 05, 2019

This is such a fun card!! Love the embossing!!

Golda
Golda

October 05, 2019

This is a fun one. I like the light colors you used.

Kay Dell Whitlock
Kay Dell Whitlock

October 05, 2019

Looks like another fantastic kit! Such a fabulous theme!
I absolutely love this!❤️

Mary
Mary

October 05, 2019

The gold glitter embossing, really sets off these cute designs, and darling background. I think I will try doing the same!

Julia D.
Julia D.

October 05, 2019

Love the pink and green color scheme on this card! Can’t wait to get my hands on this kit. Thank you for the chance to win!!

Tamra Barnes
Tamra Barnes

October 05, 2019

So cheerful and festive. I like the embossed edge, what a nice touch!

Janet Durbin
Janet Durbin

October 05, 2019

Love the gold embossing, great card!

Dee  Earnshaw
Dee Earnshaw

October 05, 2019

what a darling card – love the yummy embossing!

Veronica Griffin
Veronica Griffin

October 05, 2019

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

Darcie Walker
Darcie Walker

October 05, 2019

Love this card. We had a record player just like that when I was growing up. This brings back wonderful memories.

Tricia Wittenberg
Tricia Wittenberg

October 05, 2019

This card kind of reminds me of the old tinsel trees that you shine the rotating color wheel on which is what gives it color. Love the vintage record player too. Beautiful with the gold and pops of color!

Jackie S
Jackie S

October 05, 2019

That record player is my favorite thing, but your whole card is beautiful

Teri S.
Teri S.

October 05, 2019

Love the dreamy look of this card with the soft coloured bokeh circles in the background Jess, as well as the swipes of gold around the edges. I’m with you about Christmas music. Love it. I think it’s grand that Hero Arts has put a stamp set together featuring the 1950’s. There are lots of us baby boomers out there.

Madeline L
Madeline L

October 05, 2019

Super pretty Holiday card! Great sentiment!

Jenna Batik
Jenna Batik

October 05, 2019

This Kit is taking me back to days gone by. I love the nostalgia of it. Thanks Hero Arts for another great Kit.

Renee V
Renee V

October 05, 2019

LOVE the use of bokeh and GOLD on this cute card :)

Debbie Selby
Debbie Selby

October 05, 2019

Love that record player. So cool.

Susie Murray
Susie Murray

October 05, 2019

Super cute background and design! Love the gold and touch of ‘50 turquoise on the vintage record player. My mom had one just like that! Love this vintage package, hoping to win it!

Jackie
Jackie

October 05, 2019

I ca. Hear the Christmas tunes playing! Fun card!

Meghan Kennihan
Meghan Kennihan

October 05, 2019

I love the gold embossing! Great soft colors!

yolanda f
yolanda f

October 05, 2019

Cue up the Christmas music. So cute.,

Leanne in Cali
Leanne in Cali

October 05, 2019

So pretty! I love the soft color background with the beautiful gold you brought in on the card. Love it!!

Dawn
Dawn

October 05, 2019

I’m just a starter to cardmaking and I am inspired.

Marilee DeMars
Marilee DeMars

October 05, 2019

That is a great card! Makes great use of the images, and I love your techniques!

Karin W
Karin W

October 05, 2019

Cute card!

Cynthia Cole
Cynthia Cole

October 05, 2019

Pretty card using that gold glitter embossing powder.

Sheri Weems
Sheri Weems

October 05, 2019

I love the added sparkle! I need to get up the courage to try this technique. You make it look so easy! I love the record player!

Louise Coviello
Louise Coviello

October 05, 2019

I love the colors you chose with the gold glitter embossing powder. So pretty!

Barbara-Jean
Barbara-Jean

October 05, 2019

Really like what you did with the background, Jessica! And of course, the memories that the card stirs up!

janet
janet

October 05, 2019

This is beautiful – love the “retro-ness”, and the gold edging is perfect.

Susan Lang
Susan Lang

October 05, 2019

Great background. That record player is so fun! The sentiment is just perfect.

Kailash
Kailash

October 05, 2019

Such pretty colors and the gold makes for a gorgeous elegant card!

Karen L Hetherington
Karen L Hetherington

October 05, 2019

The bokeh circles add just the right soft touch to finish this card. I love it!

littlen
littlen

October 05, 2019

Very cute card. Images bring back fond childhood memories.

Gail Fort
Gail Fort

October 05, 2019

Love this card. these cards and kit are so reminding me of my childhood!

PHYLLIS FREESE
PHYLLIS FREESE

October 05, 2019

Pretty retro Christmas card

Christy Malone
Christy Malone

October 05, 2019

Your card is beautiful!! I love the soft colors and the good embossing. I can hardly wait to see the rest of the kit.

Sharyn Davis
Sharyn Davis

October 05, 2019

Your card brings back so many memories-I’ll be singing that song all day! Looking forward to this kit.

Mary Holshouser
Mary Holshouser

October 05, 2019

Love the portable record player. Remember
those days well. Had lots of fun jitter-bugging.
thanks for sharing a cute card.
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Gail O'Keefe
Gail O'Keefe

October 05, 2019

Clever use of background colors. I can see so many options for this cute kit.

Valerie
Valerie

October 05, 2019

This definitely puts us in the celebrating Christmas mood!

Eva
Eva

October 05, 2019

Thanks for sharing – that‘s just a great card: clean and simple but with the sparkle it really is awesome!

Brian Poteraj
Brian Poteraj

October 05, 2019

So simple that I can make it. Thanks for the ideas.

Cindi
Cindi

October 05, 2019

Adorable card! I love your soft background and those gold accents. Soooo looking forward to this kit!

Virginia Delpiano
Virginia Delpiano

October 05, 2019

I can hear the music playing from our old “victrola”. This card is awesome and I can’t wait to see the entire kit. Looks like a real winner and will provide hours of fun cardmaking.

Darlene
Darlene

October 05, 2019

Simple but so stunning. Thank you Jess!

Claudine Vance
Claudine Vance

October 05, 2019

Jess, I love your card! What an amazing kit! I can’t wait!

Maria C F
Maria C F

October 05, 2019

Love what you created.

Becca Yahrling
Becca Yahrling

October 05, 2019

The gold embossing is just beautiful and perfect for these images.
This is going to be an awesome kit.

Janet Durbin
Janet Durbin

October 05, 2019

Love the retro look of this kit! Your card is wonderful!

Charla Everhart
Charla Everhart

October 05, 2019

Oh how cute! I think I’m going to LOVE the vintage vibe of this kit! Excited for the release!

Jeri
Jeri

October 05, 2019

What a cute card. The gild embossing really makes it stand out. I can’t wait for this set to be available just for that record player!!!

Cristina Wu
Cristina Wu

October 05, 2019

I love this retro card, simple and elegant. Reminds me of my childhood when my dad used to play Pat Boone’s Christmas songs on our record player.

Jeanette Rochnowski
Jeanette Rochnowski

October 05, 2019

Soooo cute. Love this set already and how you used the colors. Very retro!!!! I like your style Jessica!!!

Jeanne Beam
Jeanne Beam

October 05, 2019

What a wonderful holiday card! Love the record player and the sentiment.
Thanks so much for sharing…

Annie W
Annie W

October 05, 2019

Just love this card! Awesome job! I’m looking forward to this kit!!

Sharon Gullikson
Sharon Gullikson

October 05, 2019

The gold embossing looks just wonderful! Like the 50s look.

Cynthia Link
Cynthia Link

October 05, 2019

This is so sweet and looks like a great set! I love it!