Thursday, February 11, 2016


Birthday Balloons

This adorable card was the third and final card for Mary's Stampin' Up! workshop. Now I will admit, I got carried away with the balloons. This card is very cute, but also a little too involved for first time stampers. Some of my potential customers were getting overwhelmed and I do apologize to you ladies for that. Note to self... keep workshop cards very, very simple!

  • Smoky Slate cardstock 5-1/2" x 8-1/2", scored at 4-1/4"
  • Crushed Curry cardstock 3-3/4" x 5"
  • Whisper White cardstock 3-5/8" x 4-7/8"
  • Lost Lagoon cardstock 3/4" x 2-3/4"
  • Stamps: Balloon Celebration
  • Ink: Soft Sky, Smoky Slate, Crushed Curry, Stazon, Pool Party
  • Accessories: Balloon Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Paper Snips

Start off on this card by stamping the small cloud image from Balloon Celebration onto the Whisper White cardstock several times in Soft Sky ink. To get the very light, barely there clouds ink up the stamp and stamp it first onto scrap paper. Then, without re-inking the stamp, stamp the image onto the cardstock. This is called stamping off. Repeat to add as many clouds as desired. 

Next stamp the balloon strings onto the card front in Jet Black Stazon ink. Use glue stick to adhere the stamped Whisper White cardstock onto the Crushed Curry cardstock. Then use more glue stick to adhere this panel onto the Smoky Slate card front. 

Then stamp the balloon outlines onto scraps of Basic Gray, Crushed Curry, and Pool Party cardstock in Jet Black Stazon ink. Stamp the shadow image inside the balloons in the coordinating ink for the cardstock (Ex: Smoky Slate ink for the Smoky Slate balloon).

Punch out the balloons with the Balloon punch and adhere the two gray balloons onto the Whisper White cardstock with glue stick. Adhere the Pool Party and Crushed Curry balloons onto the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals. 

The greeting was stamped onto the small strip of Lost Lagoon cardstock in Jet Black Stazon ink. Paper Snips were used to trim one end of the cardstock into a banner then the greeting banner was adhered onto the card front with glue stick. 

All in all it's not really a difficult card, but there is a lot of stamping going on...