Stampin’ Up!’s 2016 Occasions Catalog is filled to the brim with balloons – balloons can be found in the papers, punches and several stamp sets. It’s odd to me, then, that I didn’t reach for any of those amazing products when I created my card for this week’s Balloon Theme at the Global Design Project. Instead, I used the balloon basket from Celebrate Today in the Annual Catalog and created my own balloon with a circle punch. Here’s my card:
- Sweet Puppy Takes a Ride. I had cropped out my balloon basket with Thick Whisper White when I thought, “I would really like to put someone in the basket. How cute would it be if the set came with a cute cat or dog?” Without hesitation, it hit me that the puppy from Beautiful Ride would be PERFECT for my vision. I mean, really, how cute is he?
- Dots for Days. The big balloon from the Balloon Framelits coordinates perfectly with this basket, but the open end of the balloon overlapped Mr. Puppy, so I simply cropped my hot air balloon with a 2-1/2″ Circle punch. To decorate the bright red balloon, I heat embossed Real Red cardstock with the Dots for Days background stamp and White Stampin’ Emboss Powder. It really gave the balloon the “pizzazz” I was looking for. I’ve only used this stamp set on one other project before – you can see that project here.
- In the Clouds. The don’t show up perfectly in the photo, but the backdrop for this ballooning pup is filled with Soft Sky clouds. The entire page is filled with clouds from the Balloon Celebration stamp set – some are inked and stamped once in the background, while some are inked, stamped off once and the stamped on the Whisper White base.
QUICK TIP: When creating a background like this, you’ll want to stamp off the edge of the Whisper White panel to vary the placement of the images. When you stamp over the edge of your card base, though, the line from the edge of your card will be visible in the second generation image – want to know how I learned that? To avoid that unwanted line, give the stamp a full re-inking each time and stamp off on a clean sheet of paper.
Stamp Sets: Beautiful Ride, Celebrate Today, Dots for Days, Balloon Celebration Papers: Soft Sky, Real Red, Whisper White, Thick Whisper White, Crumb Cake Inks: Archival Basic Black Accessories: 2-1/2″ Circle punch, Washi Label punch, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Stampin’ Dimensionals
I hope you’ll pop over to the Global Design Project to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.
Thanks for stopping by today!