Balloons - Inking Royalty Blog Hop

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 Inking Royalty Blog Hop

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”.

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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!

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Thank you for hopping along with us.  Here is the line-up for you to use as a guide: 

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  3. Renae Novak at Blessed by Cards
  4. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  5. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  6. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  7. Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach  YOU ARE HERE
  8. Sheryl Sharp at Sharp Notes by Sheryl
  9. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  10. Joanne Brown at The Inky Dragon
  11. Rachel Brumley at Artistic Designs by Rachel
  12. Genevieve Ko at Stampin4Fun
  13. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  14. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  15. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps Ink
  16. 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.

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope you enjoyed Balloons – Inking Royalty Blog Hop. I also hope you had a chance to hop to the other blogs and see all the great balloon projects.
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