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The challenge says you can use 3, 4 or all 5 of the colours in your project and there was no specific theme, so it was a really open field to begin with. Believe me I stared at those colours and played with them for a while before I decided to make a birthday card and showcase the colours in the balloons. I think this was a good choice.
Stamp Sets: Gorgeous Grunge, Balloon Celebration and Birthday Blooms
Ink: Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo, Peek-a-Boo Peach and Sweet Sugarplum and Momento Tuxedo Black
Card stock: Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo, Peek-a-Boo Peach and Sweet Sugarplum and Whisper White
Accessories: Balloon Bouquet Punch, Basic Rhinestones, Dimensionals, Tom Bow Glue.
The card base is an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of Flirty Flamingo scored at 4 1/4". This is followed by a 5 1/4 x 4" layer of Emerald Envy and a 5 1/8" x 3 7/8" layer of Dapper Denim.
I don't know about you, but I love those fat little "splats" or blotches in the Gorgeous Grunge set and the lines so I used both of these to create a background for the balloons.
I began by stamping the lines vertically in Dapper Denim on a 5 1/8" x 3 6/8" piece of Whisper White card stock. I then stamped a "splat" in each of the Incolours in an arch across the Whisper White card stock. Originally I had planned on just stamping the balloons on the Whisper White panel, but I decided to punch balloons from the Incolour card stock and then layer them across the splats. I was happy I did this because it really worked. It was so easy punching out the balloon shapes with the Balloon Bouquet punch.
To make the balloons look like they really were in flight I tried out a technique I've seen recently that plumps the balloon up and adds dimension to it. This is easily achieved by running the fattest ball on your stylus around the edge of each balloon until the edges began to raise and take shape.
|I sponged around the edge of each balloon with the corresponding ink|
|I added a little crescent on the left hand side of each balloon with a white gel pen.|
|With the balloon face down on the sponge piercing mat I ran the stylus around the outer edge of each balloon until the edges started to curl up.|
When I was finished I felt the balloons needed just a bit more "something" so I stamped some star clusters from the Balloon Celebration stamp set on the face of the balloons and added a Basic Rhinestone at the base of each balloon. Perfect!
Well I guess that's it from me for today's challenge. I hope you enjoyed it and will try this technique. I'd love to hear how yours turned out.
Oh and while you're at it, grab your ink and card stock and make a card of your own to enter into the challenge, we'd love to see what you come up with. You can go back and check out the other designers at this link.
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