Balloons for the InKing Royalty Blog Hop

Many of my Stampin’ Up! team members (not only those with blogs) share their gorgeous projects in our team’s Facebook community – there’s such amazing and inspiring creativity in this group! I’m always excited when my team’s blog hop rolls around, though, because I get to share some of their amazing work with you. I’m just as excited to see their projects as you are, and I am proud to share them with you.

02-2021 IRBH Balloons

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s February Blog Hop! During this year’s blog hops, we are having fun with our stamping favorites – our favorite themes for seasonal cards and projects. This month’s projects feature balloons, so you are in for a celebratory treat. We are excited to share our creations with you today! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

I’m also excited to welcome Genevieve Ko to today’s hop. Not only is Genevieve my awesome friend from Ontario, Canada, but she hung out with my team last week (we loved virtually hanging out with her). She and I used to spend a lot of time together during Stampin’ Up! incentive trips and events, but those in-person events are on hold for a while. One day…

Genevieve, Allison and BrianGenevieve Ko, Allison Okamitsu, Brian King

You Are Amazing with Word Balloons

Call me a cheater if you will (although you are usually nicer than that), but my card doesn’t feature the celebratory latex balloons or foil balloons you might be expecting with a “balloons” theme. Instead, my card is filled with super-happy word balloons that set a sweet tone for this sweet card. Here’s my card for this hop that features one of my favorite stamp sets from Stampin’ Up!’s January – June 2021 Mini Catalog – and a backdrop of word balloons:

You Are Amazing, Stampin Up!, Brian King, balloon card

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • You Are Amazing. While there may only be a word balloon in the You Are Amazing stamp set, the set is filled with celebrations worthy of a roomful of balloons – thankfulness, birthday wishes, congratulations and overall awesomeness are all celebrated in this stamp set. The You Are Amazing stamp set coordinates with the You Are Amazing Project Kit featured on page 7 of Stampin’ Up!’s January – June 2021 Mini Catalog. The set can be purchased separately and works wonderfully as a stand-alone product. Love this set! Here’s a look at this fun-filled You Are Amazing stamp set: You Are Amazing, Stampin Up!, 154534Not only did I feature the word balloons from the stamp set in the background of my card, but I featured one of the sentiment at the heart of the card. I heat embossed the sentiment with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder on Basic Black cardstock. Here’s a closer look: You Are Amazing, Stampin Up!, Brian King, balloon card
  • Building a Background. The oversized word balloon stamp gave me a perfect image to build a background for my heat embossed sentiment. Not only does the solid image look great when stamped one on top of another, but the solid image looks great when stamped in a variety of overlapping colors. Here’s a closer look at this balloon-filled panel before the sentiment was added: You Are Amazing, Stampin Up!, Brian King, balloon cardIn yesterday’s post, I shared 4 techniques for building a background with stamps and ink (and 20 inspiration projects). If you missed that post, you can click here to see it.
  • Color Combination. The word balloons on my card show a variety of soft and bright colors – soft green, soft blue, bright yellow and bright pink. Together they overlapped beautifully in the stamped images on the background of my card. If you like this mix of Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight and Flirty Flamingo, I hope you’ll save this for future reference:Stampin Up! Color Inspiration - Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo

Stamp Sets: You are Amazing  Papers: Pool Party, Basic Black, Basic White  Inks: Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, White Craft  Accessories: Stitched Shapes Dies (Oval), White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

Thanks for stopping by!


Shop Online with Brian



Thank you for hopping along with us.  If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  3. Renae Novak at Blessed by Cards
  4. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  5. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  6. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  7. Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach
  8. Sheryl Sharp at Sharp Notes by Sheryl
  9. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  10. Joanne Brown at The Inky Dragon
  11. Rachel Brumley at Artistic Designs by Rachel
  12. Genevieve Ko at Stampin4Fun
  13. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  14. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  15. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps Ink
  16. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy

Here are links to the products I used today in my online store:



  1. This card is so pretty! I love the colors. I especially like the use of the oval for the background as well as the sentiment.

  2. Word balloons. A colorful and fun background. Love this concept, BK.

  3. Yes, I would say you are amazing to use word balloons for your pretty background. The sentiment really says it all! Great card! Enjoy your day!

  4. I love the word balloons – no cheating at all. Black with pastels gives a crisp look. Great colors for your pretty background. Thanks for organizing today’s hop.

  5. You NAILED the “balloons” theme in my book Brian. TFS!

  6. Great work everyone!!!! Love em’
    Very inspiring So talented

  7. Other than cake, balloons are my favorite part of birthdays. I just love it when you have a blog hop with your group – Every one of them is terrific.

  8. Awesome background and very clever! Love the colors!

  9. Brian, fun job of thinking outside the box! The Rosales did an excellent job on the balloon theme!

  10. Perfect. I think I will use the same concept on creating a background for a scrapbook page. Thanks!

  11. Love your background! Great job! Oops do you say great job to the boss? Anyway, love your card!

  12. I love your take on balloons! Actually, the overlapping stamped background does look like real balloons. Fun background!

  13. You’re so clever, using word balloons! Your card is so fun!

  14. OF COURSE you would think of word balloons! Brilliant! Stunning design, from concept to color. Love ❤️ this!

  15. Very cool. Welcoming, fun and festive all in one amazing card. Love it!

  16. Very clever use of the thought balloon! They overlap beautifully and make a very cool background! Love it! Thank you for such an awesome blog hop ❤️

  17. What a clever use of the speech balloon. You are rock in’ the stamped backgrounds lately!

  18. Thinking outside the box with “word balloons” – genius!!! I love how everyone can interpret a one-word theme into so many different, amazing projects! Your card is great, Brian – thank you for hosting this Hop!!

    • Thanks so much, Joanne! There were way more “balloon” options than I originally thought were there, but I really had fun with these word balloons. 🙂 Appreciate your comments.

  19. Such a clever way to use the speech balloons. You’re awesome! Thanks for inviting me to crash your team hop this month. It was fun!

    • Yay! I’m so glad you like it, Genevieve – and I’m so happy you were able to join us for the hop. Loved sharing you with my team and enjoyed hanging out with your team, too. Much love, my friend!

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