I started by making my card base using a piece of kraft card. I then picked out some dark blue paper to make the panel to go on top of the card base. I ran the blue paper through my Big Shot with the lattice folder from the Butterfly Lattice Set.
Next I hunted through my ribbons to find a suitable one to use. I found the shiny red ribbon and decided to go with that. As my card base is side fold I cut a small slit in the fold of the card to be able to slip my ribbon through. I adhered it in place on the inside of the card, and then used a second piece of ribbon to create my bow. I then adhered the embossed panel over the top of the ribbon.
Next I created my balloon. This is the bit I’m not so keen on… I stamped the balloon, from Panduro’s Balloon set, onto a snippet of watercolour paper using a very pale ink. I then used my watercolour pencils to add the colour and blended it out with my water brush. I added several layers of colour, drying in between each layer using my heat gun as I was in a bit of a hurry!
Once the balloon was completely ready I fussy cut it. Usually when I fussy cut things I cut them right at the lines, but the nature of this stamp (with the strings on the balloon) made that impossible, so I had to leave a small white border all the way around. It’s the white border that I don’t like. I think it would look a lot better without it… I adhered my fussy cut balloon onto the blue panel and the card was done.
I really liked how this card looked until I added the balloon. Of course it needed something added, but like I said, the white edges on the balloon just look weird to me… I’m probably being too picky, but that’s how I feel. Perhaps it’s because the rest of the card doesn’t have any white?
Global Design Project – CASE The Designer (I think it’s easy to see the elements I picked up on – balloon, ribbon, the layout and colour scheme… I changed things up a bit but it’s actually relatively true to the original.)
Moving Along With The Times – Something In The Air
Perfectly Created Chaos – Texture (from the embossing folder)
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