Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Another Year with Balloons Pop Up - Stampin' Up! Balloon Adventures

  Sometimes it's hard to come up with an interesting card design for a guy.  We're stuck between wanting to add lots of layers and fun embellishments and trying to keep the card from getting too girly.  It's a tough place for card makers!  Guys deserve beautiful, creative and fun birthday cards too.

  At my last stamp club I had my stampers make this masculine birthday card.  The colors definitely point to a guy card and there is a little unexpected fun on the inside.

  The card base is Cajun Craze.  I paired the Cajun Craze up with a strip of Basic Gray and then the stamping is done on a large panel of Whisper White.

  The  fun balloons from Balloon Adventures are stamped in Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze and Smoky Slate.  I will point out that on this sample it has 2 polka dot balloon but my stampers used the striped balloon.  I goofed when I was making my second sample for class and of course this was the one I grabbed when I was taking my photos.  Oops...see demos make stamping mistakes too!  :)

  The balloon strings are stamped with Smoky Slate ink.  Once the balloons and strings were stamped the large sentiment was stamped in Basic Gray.  The open letters are colored in with a Pumpkin Pie marker.  I had the other card color markers out to so everyone could choose which color they wanted to use.

  Now for the fun part on the inside!  Excuse the photo...this was a hard one to get a good angle of.

  It's a fun little pop up feature when you open the card!  

   The inside Whisper White panel measures 7 1/2" by 4 3/4".  It's folded in half and then 3 quick measurements of 2 1/2" -- from the center fold to left 2 1/2" (make a light mark with a pencil), from the center fold to the right (make a light mark with a pencil), from the top of the center fold down 2 1/2" (make a light mark with a pencil).

   Using your scoring tool of choice (we used the envelope punch board--it has nice diagonal scoring groove perfect for this project) line up your top pencil mark with the pencil mark in the center fold and score just until you reach the center score line.  Then repeat with the other top pencil mark.  Gently fold along the diagonal score lines to make your pop up.

  Adhere the scored panel to the inside of your card making sure to leave your adhesive off of the triangle shaped pop up areas.

  To decorate the pop up we stamped and punched a few balloons, added strings and then popped them up with dimensionals.

  See it's pretty easy to make a good guy card!

  Thanks for looking! Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Balloon Adventures

Ink: Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze

Paper: Cajun Craze, Basic Gray, Whisper White

Accessories: scoring tool, dimensionals, Balloon punch, baker's twine, markers


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