Monday, April 27, 2015

Birthday Balloon

       Good day everyone! Today I thought I would share with you a balloon card that I made for my son's birthday as well as give you some updates. In one of my previous posts I mentioned that I was not happy with all the things I have tried or made to help me capture excellent quality photos of my crafts. I also mentioned that I had come across a product called the Foldio which I have heard wonderful things about it, so when I found out the makers of the Foldio were coming out with a Foldio 2 that would be bigger and brighter I was thrilled, but I would have to get it from a Kickstarter Campaign. When I signed up for their Kickstarter Campaign it was looking like I might get the Foldio 2 earlier than expected but as it turns out they ended up having some production issues as well as some component issues which held up the making of the Foldio 2. Now the makers are saying I won't receive the Foldio 2 until at least June possibly later which means that for now the photos of my creations will not be as good as I would like :( As much as that stinks I couldn't be bummed for too long because I ordered myself and awesome birthday gift... I ordered the MISTI! Woo Hoo! I should be arriving soon so I am so super excited! In case you don't know what the MISTI is, it is a stamping tool that helps to give a more precise stamped image. There are many other great techniques that can be done with is as well. Once my MISTI arrives I will be back with my thoughts and reviews as well as show you some of the wonderful things your can do with this amazing product.
       Now onto my balloon card :) The balloon die set I used to make this card is from Simon Says. It is called Simon Says Stamp Balloon Craft Dies and I absolutely love this set! Out of this set I used the largest die which is 4.25" by 5.5" so it's the perfect size to make a card. I cut 2 balloons from Midnight Muse Stampin' Up Cardstock (I believe this color cardstock has since been retired). On one piece of the cardstock I horizontally scored the top of the balloon at about the 1/4" mark. I then attached some Sookwang adhesive to the 1/4" area and attached it to the other balloon piece, making the base of the card.      
       I wanted to add a pattern to the balloon so on the front of the card I made a plaid pattern using the My Favorite Things DC Plaid Background Builder clear stamp set. Most plaid patterns have multiple colors but for this I chose just to use the Stampin' Up Whisper White Craft Ink Pad. I personally really like this white as it provides a good coverage and is the only white that hasn't dried out on me. I actually have owned it for over a year and have yet to re-ink it.
       I then wanted a sentiment that popped on the front so I used the Simon Says Stamp Happy Birthday Craft Die and cut the sentiment 4 times out of plain white cardstock. I glued and layered them together using the Ranger Matte Medium Adhesive then glued it to the front center of the balloon, which gave it the perfect lift without the use of foam tape. If you didn't want to die cut the sentiment multiple times then you could cut the sentiment once from the cardstock and cut the sentiment again from a thin piece of craft foam then adhere the craft foam to the bottom of the cardstock sentiment. 
       For the inside of the card, using plain white cardstock, I cut out a slightly smaller balloon using the second largest balloon die from the Simon Says Stamp Balloon Craft Dies.This balloon die measures 3.5" by 4.65". I "tipped" the edges of the white balloon with the Stampin' Up Midnight Muse Ink Pad (I believe this color ink is now retired). Using the same color ink I stamped 2 sentiments. The Happy Birthday sentiment came from the Simon Says Clear Stamp Birthday Balloons Set and the other sentiment came from the Simon Says Clear Stamp Birthday Messages Set. I didn't center it because I was going to stamp some confetti patterns to the right but my son came barging through the door right in the middle of my making the card so that abruptly ended my cardmaking, lol. I didn't even get to adhere the pretty balloon string I had picked out :( I guess it didn't really matter because all he really wanted was the money being put inside the card, lol!
       Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today! I wish you all a wonderful and blessed week! Without further a-do here is how the card turned out :)
Card Front

Card Inside

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