Thursday, March 1, 2018

Balloon Birthday Wishes

Hi there,

Thanks for stopping by today. I'd like to share another February Reveal card using the fun Balloon Bunch Stamp Set 887.

When I saw this set I knew that I was going to use it along with the Sizzix Balloon Step Up die. Sparkle N Sprinkle recently brought out some fabulous new colors in microfine glitters, a few of them were purplish hues, Hyacinth, Caspia Sea, and Purple Fig, so I decided to go with a pink and purple theme. I began by cutting out the card base with my Tangerine and stamping the balloon image twice with StazOn Black, using the Tonic Stamp Platform, so that I could overstamp to ensure a crisp image.

I made a little paint palette with an acrylic block and a couple of Aqua Flow Pens and used a Water Brush to color in my balloons. I fussy cut the balloons using my Tonic 5" mini scissors.

Using the Versamarker Pen I "colored" the background balloons and then covered them with Clear Detail embossing powder. This was then heat embossed. I then applied the Versamark ink again to a couple of the balloons and this time heat embossed with Super Thick Clear, from the bottom. This gave the balloons all different looks.

A scrap of Super Adhesive Sheet was layered to a scrap of white cardstock and then I applied Cloud Nine to the sticky surface after removing the protective backing. The balloon image was stamped directly on top of the glittered surface with StazOn Black and the front balloon was fussy cut and popped up on top of the other balloons.

Some purple and white bakers twine was attached to the back of the balloons with 1/4" Tear-ific Tape. Scraps of Super Adhesive Sheets were stuck down to scraps of purple cardstock and then run through the Tangerine with the balloon dies from the die set.

The protective layer was removed and then Hyacinth, Caspia Sea, Purple Fig and Cloud Nine were used to color the balloons and their strings.

The happy birthday (also part of the die set) was die cut on the Tangerine from a piece of pale purple cardstock layered with the Super Adhesive Sheet, to which Hyacinth Glitter was applied.

Then it was time to assemble the card. A piece of Super Adhesive sheet was die cut with the front panel die and then the balloons and the sentiment were attached to the sticky surface and then Cloud Nine was applied to the remaining adhesive. This was then attached to the front of the card base, after which I ran purple STA metallic pen around the outside of the white panel.

The other balloons were attached to the card base with mounting tape and a piece of card with Happy Everything was attached to the inside of the card to finish it off.

This finishes my card for today. Here's a side view:

Hope you've enjoyed my share today. Below are the list of products that I used, most of which can be found over on the SNS website:

Memento Grape Jelly
STA Purple Metallic Pen
Mounting Tape
Sizzix 660024 Balloon Step-Ups
Purple Bakers Twine

I'd like to play along in the following challenges:
Crafting with Dragonflies Challenge Blog #98: Special Folds
Crafty Creations Challenge #361: Anything Goes
Scrapy Land Challenge # 84: Anything Goes
City Crafter Challenge Blog Challenge #401: Die Cuts
Allsorts Challenge Blog Week 456: "B": Birthday Balloons
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge #2: anything Goes
Classic Design Team Challenge #23: Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by!



  1. A pretty card for our 'I Spy' theme at Allsorts and loving all those purple baloons, it's lovely to have you join in, thank you so much.

    B x

  2. This is fun, I love the colors, thanks for sharing with us at CCCB!

  3. Gorgeous card, Shona, I love all the sparkle. xx

  4. Love your side stepper card design with the gorgeously created balloons and all the glitter. Nice work, looks great. Thank you for sharing with us here today at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT Registered Owners/Admin for World Wide Open Design Team Challenge

  5. You certainly DID get a wide range of looks from the balloons, with the colors and textures and techniques you used. This set looks fantastic on the stepper card too. These purple colors are so rich & deep in the shading too. TFS & Hugs

  6. What a fun and sparkly card. I love the balloons. You certainly got lots of texture on this card too. I have not made a step card in a long time. Too many things to try and I can't keep up. LOL

  7. Wow such SPARKLE! so very beautiful Shona. Love the side step card - they scare me. Beautiful balloons and in my favourite colour. If I used all that glitter it would be all over me. No double you had a lot of fun with this amazingly colourful card.

  8. I loved the step fold , on my to do list:) the balloons both coloured and sparkled look wonderful !

  9. Beautiful colours and sparkle, a great card design showing off those wonderful balloons. First I have heard about a Versamarker pen. I'll look out for that. Super instructions as always with a superb end result Shona.

  10. Fabulous design Shona, I loved it from the moment I saw it, so creative and beautiful!!

  11. Wonderfully sparkly creation. Thank you for participating in our challenge at Allsorts this week!

  12. Beautiful! Dropping by with heartfelt love, and thanking you for sharing your pretty artwork. Please forgive my copy and paste today. But I want you to know that I’m thinking of you with fondness. Hugs, de

  13. This is gorgeous Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Michelle DT Owner/Admin for

  14. How sparkly and fun! Great job!

  15. Great project - love all the sparkle and the purple.
    Thanks so much for sharing your creation with us over at the Crafty Creations Challenges Blog.
    Kristina DT

    Crafty Creations Challenges Blog
    Cards by Kristina


Thanks so much for stopping by and letting me share in part of your day. I would love to hear what you think about my latest creation!