Awesome Peacock Balloon

Awesome Peacock BalloonHere’s the second card of today! This one caused me a lot of trouble. I ended up changing my plans completely, removing most of the challenges I was planning to use and adding in a new one. I’m now entering it to Less is More‘s peacock colour scheme, and Paru’s Card Making Challenges‘ words based challenge.

After abandoning my previous ideas (having ‘ruined’ three card bases on those attempts!) I decided to go simple. I’d already found my peacock image to use as an inspiration point for colours. I picked up on the rich dark blue, light blue, dark green, and bronzey gold.

I found a piece of gold card stock and decided to use that as my base. I then chose to make a stamped balloon (from My Mind’s Eye’s My Girl stamp set)  to go with it. The particular balloon stamp I wanted to use leaves white spaces, which I didn’t want. I rectified this by taking my pale blue ink and applying it directly to my piece of white card in order to give a blue background. I then positioned my stamp over the blue with the help of my MISTI, and selectively stamped the balloon so I could have some stripes in dark blue and some in green. Finally I stamped the basket with a bronze-brown colour.

Next I wanted to add a sentiment. I took the “awesome” from Altenew’s Super Script, and the “hope your day is” is from Altenew’s Halftone Happy. I stamped those directly onto the gold with black pigment ink.

The gold card seemed a bit plain so I added some score lines around the outside for a bit of added interest. I then used tape runner to adhere it to the card base.

I used foam squares for attaching the balloon. That was fun… I’d had a failed attempt at the balloon on the other side of the paper, and the foam squares didn’t like staying stuck to the pigment ink coated paper on that other side. As I was trying to take the backing off the squares they kept sticking to my fingers instead of the balloon… I got there eventually though, and pressed my balloon into place. I left an acrylic block on top of the balloon to weight it down and make sure it stuck completely.

Awesome Peacock Balloon 2When I finished this card I didn’t like it. Just like the previous one! But I think that was a lot to with all the frustration I’d had with it. Looking at it now, it has grown on me. I still don’t love it. But I don’t hate it!


Lady Joyful


18 thoughts on “Awesome Peacock Balloon

  1. lol I never worry about cards I don’t like very much. I reckon they are for inflicting on other people anyway. And generally, other people aren’t as critical. So. as an other person, I like the balloon card!

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  2. I really like this – inking the white card blue before doing selective stamping was a great idea, and the large, bold sentiment looks fab! Thanks so much for playing with us at Less is More 🙂

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