Good afternoon! It’s the first Monday of the month which means it’s release time for the October My Monthly Hero kit from Hero Arts!! The October kit is now available for purchase at Hero Arts but once they’re sold out, they’re gone for good so make sure to head over and shop soon! Remember you can also subscribe to the kit so you’ll never miss one again! Plus you can add other items to your order and take advantage of the free kit shipping!! 😉
The kit contains:
- 6″ x 8″ Clear Stamp Set
- 14 Coordinating Frame Cuts
- 1 Paper Layering Tree Die with Frame
- 6 5.5″ x 8.5″ Sheets of Glitter Paper (Silver, Sea Glass, Twilight)
- Iridescent Star Embellishments
- Iridescent Ink 0.5 fl. oz. (shake well)
The kit value is nearly $70, an amazing deal at $34.99!
And there are several fabulous holiday add-on sets that you can see below:
I created and shared this Christmas decorating party card earlier and today I’m also using watercolors but going in a slightly different direction! 😉
And because I’m apparently still a little crazy after my 30 day/30 video challenge I made a video that you can watch below or at my YouTube channel!
I really LOVE the iridescent ink included in this month’s kit and decided to pair it with the liquid watercolors for a super sparkly and shimmery background!
For my first card I added drops of deep ocean liquid watercolor mixed with iridescent watercolor ink to a palette and wet my background thoroughly with water. Then I added heavy color to the edges of the panel and then used a clean damp paintbrush to blend the colors to the center of the panel. I kept repeating this process, occasionally blotting off ink in the center to create my background. I dried the background and added a second layer with more deep ocean liquid watercolor. I also added black to the edges for even more contrast. Once it was totally dry I flicked it with white paint and silver paint to create a snowy sky.
Next I trimmed the panel down and stamped the sentiment from Peace, Love, and Joy in the center and heat-embossed it with white detail embossing powder. Then I stamped the bottom layer of my Stacking Snowflakes and heat-embossed them with white detail embossing powder. I stamped another snowflake layer on top of the first and heat-embossed them with silver sparkle embossing powder and repeated that process until the panel was covered with gorgeous sparkly snowflakes!
For my second card I used indigo, deep ocean, teal, purple, black, liquid watercolors mixed with iridescent watercolor ink. I wet my paper and then added splashes of color. After it dried I decided I wanted it to be even more shimmery so I added another layer of just iridescent watercolor ink slightly watered down. I let it dry and then flicked it with white paint. Once that was totally dry I stamped the sentiment from Merry and Bright Messages in the center and heat-embossed it with white detail embossing powder. This time I only stamped a single layer of snowflakes but I used white detail and silver sparkle embossing powder for a little extra contrast! Pretty simple cards that pack a big punch thanks to those vibrant watercolors and that sparkly ink! 😉
To celebrate the release Hero Arts is giving away one kit as a prize to one blog reader selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop so make sure you leave a comment at each hop stop for the most chances to win! If you win and have already purchased the kit you will be reimbursed! Please your comments before 11:59PM EST on Sunday, October 7th at 11:59pm! Here’s a list of all the stops on the hop:
- The Hero Arts Blog
- Caly Person
- Debi Adams
- Emily Midgett
- Ilina Crouse
- Janette Kausen
- Jennifer McGuire
- Jessica Frost-Ballas–> You are here!
- Julee Tilman
- Kelly Latevola
- Laurie Willison
- Libby Hickson
- Lydia Fiedler
- Michelle Short
- Nichol Spohr
- Yana Smakula
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Cheryl Robertson says
This kit looks wonderful Jessica and your cards are beautiful!
Elizabeth Petersen says
Your cards are amazing! Thank you for the inspiration
Kelly Parker Designs says
love these cards, so simple and eleglant! thank you for sharing.
Joy J. says
Love your backgrounds, Jess! Beautiful cards!
Tonya Fotheringham says
Your cards are beautiful!
Sandy G says
Love the snowflake set. Your background is beautiful.
Your cards are winter heaven. This kit seems such inspiring 🤗
Mateja P says
I’m so glad I subscribed for this kit. It’s gorgeous 🙂
Your cards are beautiful ! I love all the critters preparing their Christmas tree. And the two cards with the snowflakes are very elegant. Thank you for sharing your creativity.
Pam Sparks says
Beautiful cards from this fab kit! TFS Jessica!
Rose Mary Smalley says
Such a cute card. I would love to come upon this happening….lol…..so fun…thank you so much for sharing.
Janis Whipple says
I love how you used the background inks. The shimmer one really intrigues me as the spray I use leaves unwanted blotches. Beautiful results!
Nelissa Winters says
Beautiful cards, love this release.
Dee Earnshaw says
stunning cards – love the snowflake cards:)
Love love love the rich blues with the snow against them! Bravo!
Love your cards! And the holiday kit is awesome!
Fran Purvis says
I really enjoyed watching your video on how to make these cards. Thanks!
linda ogburn says
love the color choices really makes the snow POP
Lindar C says
Very pretty cards, can’t wait to get my kit!
Kelly S says
Gorgeous cards, Jessica! Love this kit and your cards live up to your blog name with all the sparkle in glamour ! TFS!
Absolutely stunning, Jess. Love those pretty snowflakes.
And ‘Peace’ is my very favorite word!!
Shirley A Hutchins says
You get a thumbs up from me. Beautiful cards. Thank you for sharing.
Lynne Wilcox says
The snowflake cards are right up my alley!
Mary G says
Great cards – love the blue backgrounds! Can’t pick a favorite, they are all fabulous.
Karen Hale says
Gorgeous holiday cards. I could watch you color all day, just awesome. The snowflakes on each card are fabulous.