Balloon Builders for PPA283

I’m excited to be the Featured Designer on this week’s Pals Paper Arts challenge.  Not only did I get to select the three colors for this week, but my card is featured on the site.  What fun!  I picked Mint Macaron, Melon Mambo and Basic Black because I love the brilliant combination of these colors in the It’s My Party Designer Stack.  In the end, I didn’t use this stack, but I’m excited about the card I did make.  Here’s my card:

Balloon Builders, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA283

And here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:


Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Patterned Background.  I created the Melon Mambo and Mint Macaron panels of paper by stamping the large and small balloon from Balloon Builders on Whisper White cardstock.  The beautiful textures in these images made it easy to create a lovely backdrop for my sentiment.  I “stamped off” the large balloons once on scrap paper (takes off a little bit of the ink to create a softer, less exact image) and stamped the small balloons in the spaced between.  While this set is designed to create balloon animals and fun images, it worked perfectly to create a gorgeous, textured background.
  • A Textured Flower.  I cropped a circle of Melon Mambo balloons to use around my sentiment, but it felt flat and boring (and needed another thin ring of black around it).  Instead of giving up on my idea, I turned it into a fun element on my card.  I simply cut snips around the circle, flipped the edges with my finger and a bone folder and created a flower-like piece to surround my simple sentiment.  It tied back to the panel beneath and added a little dimension to my card.  “Happy Birthday” is surrounded by some fun here, don’t you think?Balloon Builders, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA283
  • Saving Time and Paper.  Y’all always get on to me about “wasting paper” with my many layers.  I don’t typically crop out pieces from the layers to use elsewhere (I can always get more paper, right?), but I wanted to make you proud today.  Before I glued down the layer of Melon Mambo balloons to the Basic Black panel beneath, I cropped a circle with my 2-1/2″ Circle punch and used it to make the flower-like element around my sentiment.  Are you proud of me for being so thrifty (I saved paper AND time)?Balloon Builders, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA283

Stamp Sets:  Balloon Builders  Papers:  Basic Black, Mint Macaron, Whisper White  Inks:  Melon Mambo, Mint Macaron, Archival Basic Black  Accessories:  1-3/8″ Circle punch, 1-1/4″ Circle punch, 2-1/2″ Circle punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I’m so excited to be the Featured Designer at Pals Paper Arts this week.  I would LOOOOVE for you to pop over to PPA site to see the cards by the other design team members and to play along with my fun challenge this week.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. Love the color combo, the card and your paper-saving tip! 🙂

  2. Beautiful stamped balloon backgrounds. Clever way to grab that last circle.

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  4. Yes, I love the card and the “saving paper” too! The DSP that you created is beautiful. I hope to try that one day.

  5. Brian, I love what you did with that flower , it looks as if it has a pleat around , love it !!!!! Great idea , Brian boring NEVER !!!! Tfs friend
    Hugs Frenchie

  6. Hi Brian:

    Don’t know what you did but the colors in today’s post are truly the colors you used. Hey, don’t listen to those nay sayers – you are allowed to use as much paper as you would like in my opinion. LOL

    The card today is just gorgeous and when I first looked at it I thought it was patterned paper. You did one fabulous job creating that background. Not only is it perfectly lined up but by stamping off it has amazing texture. I just love it and thanks for sharing with us.

  7. Nice to see you as the featured designer on the “Pals” site. You always do such a great job and are such an inspiration.

  8. What a beautiful background, thanks for reminding us to stamp off. Good job in saving paper!

  9. Ooooo I love all the stamp/stamp/stamping you did to create your beautiful background! Pretty card! Mint Macaron is definitely my go to color for spring! Love it – working on my PPA card as we speak!

  10. Love how you punched out the circle from the underneath layer. I call that “hidden punching”!

  11. Love those balloons ….clever you !

  12. A perfect “accident” Brian! Love the background too. I almost thought it was Designer Series Paper! Great job.

  13. Great card! You rocked this set!

  14. I am proud of you for being thrifty with your time and consumables… besides that, it matched your fantastic background design perfectly! This is a great card for being our featured stamper this challenge, Mr. Brian!! Now, off to pin so that I can remember the tips and tricks!! 🙂

  15. Great card, Brian! You’ve inspired me to create some dsp!

  16. Outstanding color choice Brian! I love your card layout as well 🙂 It wasn’t until I saw this blog post a day later that I realized I forgot to upload my own card to the PPA Challenge, LOL! Thanks for the inspiration.

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