Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Cards: Hot Air Balloon Congrats

 
Hello Friends!
I have a beautiful, simple Congrats card. I love this one because it can be used for any reason. You can even make the sentiment something else. I used this one for my friend's baby shower. She is having twin girls so I used two hot air balloons and two clouds. I used white, black and lavender because that was her shower theme.
 
 
I made this 5x7 card with white cardstock. I cut the gray cardstock at 4 3/4" x 6 3/4". From the Universal Background stamp set I used the script stamp and grey wool ink pad to create a subtle patterned paper. Next, I cut the hot air balloons, clouds and banner all from the Artiste Cricut cartridge. The hot air balloons were cut at 2 3/4" as per the April stamp of the month set. The clouds and the banner were cut at 1".  I stamped the balloons using the Gypsy ink pad and then colored in the flag and the basket with Sunny Yellow using a blending pen. 
 
*A blending pen picks up the ink and allows you to paint it onto your stamped image. It is not for detailed drawing or lots of coloring, but it is absolutely great for small areas!
 
Stamping TIP:
Stamping with clear stamps is so easy and versatile. This tip will show you why! I didn't have a "congrats" stamp that fit perfectly in my banner. Instead I used individual letter stamps to create one. I placed each letter on the banner face down, the same way I would stamp. I adjusted them to make sure the word fit within the given space. Once I had them lined up I took my clear block and placed it over the stamps to adhere them to the block. Now I have a "congrats" stamp that fits my banner perfectly!
 
I attached everything to the card base, drew lines around all 4 edges of the gray background, applied foam tape to one balloon and one cloud giving them dimension and then added silver Stickles to the clouds. Voila! A beautiful congrats card that can be used for any occasion.
 
Supplies:

April Stamp of The Month
Artiste Cricut Cartridge
Silver Stickles
Tiny Typewriter Alphabet Stamp Set
Universal Background Stamp Set
Gypsy, Grey Wool, Sunny Yellow ink pads
 
 April Stamp of The Month
This set is only $5 ($17.95 value) with a $50 purchase.
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8 comments:

  1. I love cards and making my own. I have always used clip art. Thinks it's time I got involved with stamping!

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    1. Yes, stamping is so much fun! If you keep following my blog I will have tons I great stamping techniques to keep your creativity peaked! Thanks for reading and commmenting!

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  2. Haven't used stamps in a long time. Thanks for the reminder.
    ~Debra

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    1. Glad I was able to remind you. I hope you continue to follow me for more ideas! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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  3. Stamping seems to be a big thing. Trying to get my creative mojo back, was very much into arts and crafts as a child. Ever thought of making tutorial videos on YouTube?

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    1. Hi Carlana. I have always loved arts and crafts, too. Thank you for the video suggestion. That is next on my list for things to add to my blog. My plans include a free stamping technique download when you sign up for my newsletter and a YouTube channel. I hope you continue to follow me. Thanks!!

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  4. Emily, I loved the colors you selected. The balloon stamp looks like it's a lot of fun to use and versatile. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thanks, my friend is not much into pink, and neither am I. So I enjoy stepping out of the box to create cards like this one for a Twin Girl Baby Shower.

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