Balloons – Inking Royalty Blog Hop. Welcome to the February Blog Hop! During this year’s hops, we are having fun with our stamping favorites – our favorite themes for seasonal cards and projects. This month’s projects feature balloons, so you are in for a celebratory treat. We are excited to share our creations with you today! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the blog of the next person on the list.
Balloons! Does the thought bring a smile? To me, they scream happiness, so I know this will be a fun blog hop. I chose the Approaching Perfection stamp set to make my balloon card. It is a Sale-a-bration stamp set that is free with a $50 purchase through February 28, 2021.
I wanted a fun, bright and cheerful background, and I found it in the Ice Cream Corner Designer Series Paper. I selected the paper that is full of ice cream sprinkles – perfect for bright and happy balloons. I layered Pool Party cardstock behind the designer paper, then adhered both to a Bermuda Bay card base.
The balloon from this stamp set is small, so I stamped it several times. I used a Stamparatus to move the stamp and the paper in a pattern, but you could also stamp them free-hand for a random appearance. Using the rectangle stitched dies, I built a frame for the balloons, and I added a vellum layer for a little bit of “fancy”.
After stamping, I used Stampin’ Blends to color the balloons in the same/similar colors found in the designer paper. In most cases, I used the dark shade of the blend so it shows through the vellum.
I cropped the frame, then trimmed the balloon-stamped panel and a piece of vellum to fit the frame. I adhered the vellum to the balloon panel with a glue dot in each corner. I then added a slight line of glue on the edges of the frame to secure the vellum, and then centered and adhered the full “picture” of balloons on the designer paper.
I stamped the “Happy Birthday” sentiment on white, then cropped it with a rectangle stitched die. I then cropped a Pool Party layer from a larger size die. The white sentiment piece was longer than the layer (and longer than I wanted), so I used just the end of the die to cut it to a length to fit inside the green layer I was able to get the length I wanted. I adhered the two pieces and added a green resin dot.
To attach the sentiment, I used Stampin’ Dimensionals on the section that attached to the designer paper, and glue on the part that covers the frame and the vellum. I topped off the card with a Coastal Cabana bow in the upper left corner.
- Bermuda Bay cardstock: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored and folded to form card base, ~4-1/2″ x ~3-1/4″ for cropped frame
- Pool Party cardstock: 5-1/3″ x 4-1/8″ mat for layering, ~2-12″ x ~1-1/4″ for sentiment layer
- Designer Series Paper: 5-1/4″ x 4″
- Basic White cardstock: 5-3/8″ x 4-1/8″ for inside panel, ~4-1/2″ x ~3-1/4″ for balloons, ~3″ x ~1-1/4″ for sentiment
- Vellum: ~4-1/2″ x ~3-1/4″
- Ribbon: ~7″
Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Sheryl Sharp at Sharp Notes by Sheryl. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!
Linda K, The Stamp Coach
Thank you for hopping along with us. Here is the line-up for you to use as a guide:
- Brian King at Stamp with Brian
- Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
- Renae Novak at Blessed by Cards
- Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
- Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
- Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
- Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach YOU ARE HERE
- Sheryl Sharp at Sharp Notes by Sheryl
- Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
- Joanne Brown at The Inky Dragon
- Rachel Brumley at Artistic Designs by Rachel
- Genevieve Ko at Stampin4Fun
- Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
- Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
- Ann Murray at Murray Stamps Ink
- Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
Below are the Stampin’ Up! products I used in the card for Balloons – Inking Royalty Blog Hop. Click on each image to learn more or to purchase in my online store.