Sunday, July 19, 2015

Let Love Soar


A Blog Named Hero is having a photo inspiration challenge on their blog:


Obviously, the rainbow colors inspired me with this card. I also got the inspiration for my design from this card by Kelly at a2z Scrapbooking's blog. I decided to make basically a one-layer card, using masking for the balloon & sky strip.

After die cutting my panel from 140 lb watercolor paper using the largest of Lawn Fawn's "Large Stitched Rectangle" dies, I determined where I wanted the sky on my card, and marked that lightly in pencil. I went ahead & stamped my greeting in Ranger Archival Jet Black ink, then stamped the balloon on the panel, also in Jet Black. (Both the image & greeting are from Hero Arts' "Happy Birthday" stamp set, which I believe is no longer available.) I also stamped the balloon on some Simon Says Stamp masking paper, and cut out the upper part. I masked the balloon, then used Post-It tape to mask off either side of the sky portion. I created a cloud stencil by die cutting a scrap piece of acetate with the cloud-type die from Mama Elephant's "Landscape Trio" set. While holding that in place on my card panel, I inked above it with Broken China Distress ink. I moved my stencil down, and inked some more, leaving some white for the clouds. I kept repeating that until I'd covered that strip. Then I went back with some Tumbled Glass Distress ink and lightly sponged over the clouds, to soften them up a bit. Finally I removed my masking & erase my pencil lines.

I used my Inktense pencils and a damp paintbrush to color my balloon & basket. One thing I love about this image is that the balloon itself has 7 sections, making it easy to color in ROY G BIV order--and get ALL the colors in! Once I'd colored my balloon and let it dry, all I had to do was adhere the completed panel to a white A2 card base. This card will be going in my final shipment next week to Operation Write Home.

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:

a2z Scrapbooking's July Challenge: CAS
Live Love Cards July Challenge: Masking
Operation Write Home's July Mid-month Throwdown: Love cards without hearts

20 comments:

  1. I love the way you did the masking and leave only part of the sky, so dramatic!! Thanks for playing with us at a2z Scrapbooking!

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  2. I love the rainbow colors! I think it would make a nice get well soon card because rainbows always remind me of hope.

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    1. Thank you, Hannah! I hadn't thought of a get well card, but I can see your point. :)

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  3. I love the way you did the sky too, awesome! :) And rainbow colors are always great:)

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  4. Wow! This is a really unique card Andrea! Great entry for LLL masking challenge! Do you mind if I case this card for myself? I don't have a website but will certainly give you credit! Carol Mac

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    1. Thank you so much, Carol! CASE away! :)

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  5. So pretty! Thanks for joining us at a2z Scrapbooking.

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  6. Love the colors and shading. Terrific card.

    So glad you joined us at a2z Scrapbooking.

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  7. so, so beautiful--love your coloring! happy to see it at a2z!

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  8. fabulous. Great to have you join us at a2z, a great take on Kelly's card

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  9. Absolutely gorgeous! I love the cloud scene in the background! Thanks for joining us at a2z Scrapbooking!

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  10. Thanks for explanation...great card.

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