Sunday, April 30, 2017

Happy Birthday

This is the last day to enter a2zScrapbooking's "Getting to Know You" challenge. I thought I'd do one more card to enter. I am always in need of birthday cards, so I decided to do one for this.

I used my MISTI to stamp the balloon from Hero Arts' "Happy Birthday" (discontinued) with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto white cardstock. I colored it with my Prismacolor colored pencils, and then placed the cardstock back into my MISTI. I stamped again with Tuxedo Black, just to make the lines a little darker & crisper, since the colored pencil had dulled them somewhat. Finally, I fussy cut the image, cutting the basket & balloon separately. (I just cut off the balloon strings.)

After cutting another piece of white cardstock to 4.25x5.5", I used all three of the "Puffy Cloud Borders" by Lawn Fawn to cut it into 4 pieces. I inked the bottom panel lightly with Salty Ocean Distress ink. I used the "Rays" stencil by Tim Holtz to ink sun rays on the next panel up, with Squeezed Lemonade & a bit of Scattered Straw Distress inks. I then inked between the rays with Salty Ocean. I inked the bottom area of the next cloud section with Salty Ocean, and finally completely inked the top with more blue. I adhered the 3 lower sections to a scrap of cardstock, just so I could more easily determine placement of the balloon & my greeting.

I stamped the greeting, also from "Happy Birthday," on the bottom section, using Delicata Black Shimmer pigment ink. It really does have a bit of shimmer, as the name implies, but doesn't show up well in the photo.

I had another balloon image that I'd stamped, that hadn't come out well, but I decided to use it to help me place the balloon strings. So I roughly cut it out, laid it on my panel, and used a paper piercer to poke holes where the ends of the strings would need to go. I enlarged the holes slightly, and used a dental floss threader to thread through pieces of baker's twine in the holes, taping the ends to the back of the panel. Finally, I adhered my balloon & basket with foam tape.

I felt the upper part of the background was a bit too bare, so I used one of the bird stamps from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps' "Serene Silhouettes" set and Hero Arts Soft Granite ink to add 3 flying birds. I like how they are subtle, because of the light ink, but still there. All I had left to do was adhere all 4 sections to a white A2 card base.

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

Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge: "Anything Goes"
Through the Craft Room Door "Anything Goes"
Pile It On #129: "Interactive and/or Birthday" (I'm doing the birthday part.)
Aud Sentiments: "Use a Stamp for Your Sentiment"


  1. What a cheery card. I love the balloon colors. So glad you joined us at A2Z Xcrapbooking.

  2. I can see that a great deal of effort, as well as creativity went into the creation of this wonderful birthday card. Nicely done. Thanks for joining us at a2z.

    sue n.

  3. Love the balloon you colored and the images on the clouds you added. Thanks for playing with us at A2Z!

  4. Nice card, love the air balloon and the layout of your card. Thanks for joining a2z.

  5. What a great birthdaycard. Love your layout. Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Annemi {My Blog}
    Through The Craft Room Door

  6. A delightful card. Thanks for joining Aud Sentiments challenge. Elaine

  7. Oh what a pretty balloon, nicely done! Thanks for playing along at a2z.

  8. hello! super fun card, luv the design and your coloring! I am so glad you played along with us at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!

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    sparkle & shine, kindness *~*

  9. Beautiful card. I love hot baloons. They are great on cards for several occasions. Thanks for playing with us at Pile it On and I hope to see your work on our new challenge too. Keti (DT)


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