They Say It’s Your Birthday

I’m excited to share this card that I made with one of my local stamp groups this week.  While I was designing it, I knew this card would become one of my all-time favorites.  In my [humble] opinion, this card showcases an handful of things I really love:

  • a sweet and simple card
  • a lovely color combination
  • a fun sentiment (one of my favorites)
  • a balance of frames and layers

I won’t make you wait any longer.  Here’s my card:

Suite Sayings, Balloon Celebration, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, birthday card Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Balloon Builders.  As I mentioned above, I love this sentiment – it’s from Suite Sayings, one of my most-used sets from the Stampin’ Up!’s Occasions Catalog.  This sentiment pair perfectly with this single balloon from Balloon Builders.  I stamped the balloon texture with Bermuda Bay on Pool Party cardstock and punched it with the largest of the balloons in the Balloon Bouquet punch.  What a quick and easy way to create a fun image!  The photopolymer stamp set and punch are offered in a should-not-be-missed bundle in the Occasions Catalog:

    Balloon Celebration Bundle, Stampin' Up!

    Balloon Celebration Bundle, Stampin’ Up!

  • Stampin’ Write Marker.  While Balloon Celebration comes with a string for the balloon (brilliant!), I wanted my balloon string to conform to the sentiment.  Rather than try to bend that photopolymer image to my wishes, I decided to draw the string with my Smoky Slate Stampin’ Write Marker.  Although I purchased the marker as a part of the Many Marvelous Markers (one of the best investments in the catalog – click here to see it in my online store), the Smoky Slate Stampin’ Write Marker is one of a few available individually.  Woo hoo!  Since Smoky Slate is perfect for a balloon string, I wasn’t afraid my club would use up my ink – because I can buy it whenever I want it (smart planning on my part, huh?).  Alternative lesson: you don’t have to buy the bulk of markers to get the one that’s perfect for balloon strings.  🙂

    Smoky Slate marker

    Smoky Slate Stampin’ Write Marker

  • Layers.  This balance of layers really worked for me – especially with these colors.  The layering allowed the top layer of the card small enough to avoid too much white space and gave just enough appeal to the backdrop.  Because I know you like when I share the dimensions of the layers, I’m happy to share these (from the card base up):
    • Thick Whisper White:  4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″
    • Pool Party:  3-3/4″ x 5″
    • Real Red:  3-1/8″ x 4-3/8″
    • Whisper White:  3″ x 4-1/4″Suite Sayings, Balloon Celebration, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, birthday card

Stamp Sets:  Balloon Celebration, Suite Sayings  Papers:  Thick Whisper White, Pool Party, Real Red, Whisper White  Inks:  Real Red, Bermuda Bay, Stampin’ Write Marker (Smoky Slate)  Accessories:  Balloon Bouquet punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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  1. Oh yay ! You used that adorable punch that I am going to order . Plus your card is soooo cute !! That is a “keeper for birthdays” type to make a few and stash !! Last ,but not least …..thank you for telling us about the gray marker . I have added it to my list !!
    Love your card !

  2. Classic Brian, Brian! Love it

  3. Knock me out with this incredible simplicity and wow factor!

  4. Love it my friend , that’s my next set . Yay !!!
    Hugs Frenchie

  5. Fun and simple!! It can’t get much better than that! I’ve told myself I didn’t need this bundle but I’m beginning to wonder!

  6. HI Brian:

    Boy, that thin layer of Real Red really packs a wallop sandwiched between the white and the pool party. Just enough to make it a WOW card. You, my friend, are spectacular!

  7. This is one of my all-time favorites too!

  8. Clearly, another time less is more!

  9. Thanks Brian! I was going to give this Balloon bundle a miss. Your card has changed my mind. Love your colours and the card is amazing in it’s simplicity.

  10. What a beautiful simple card! And… so sweet of you to blog a birthday card on my birthday! 😉 Love your style.

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