Hello lovely lovely Simple Stories fans!! Wendy here with a Simple Basics post this Monday.
This time I'm sharing up with you a card I made using the new Baby Steps collection released from CHA Summer 2011. I have no children but this collection is perfect for creating up beautiful cards for baby showers, gifts, and if you're like me, I maximize the potential for my scrapbooking product by looking at all the embellishments included in these awesome collections and ways to create outside of the "theme". As you can see in this card, I went "out-of-the-theme" with a non-baby theme.
So, in looking at all the beautiful images on papers, sticker sheets, etc. I was drawn to the hot air balloon. This was my thought process that inspired me in creating up this card. Further, I knew I had some "begging to be stamped" hot air balloons stamps in my HUGE stamp stash and used these on the card too.
Pssssst....there's a hot air balloon stamp in the coordinating co-brand Simple Stories Unity Stamps you can find here.
1) Here I trimmed out the hot air balloon (and so carefully trimming out the balloon basket) from the Baby Steps 2x12 Border & 4x12 Title Strip Elements #1614 paper. Lay to the side.
2) Used a Prima hot air balloon masking template along with some Smooch Spritz by Clearsnap for the misted hot air balloons you see in the background of the stamp. Allow to dry/speed up drying with heat tool. WIth the mask still in place, I used Simple Stories co-brand Unity Stamps "clouds" for the sky.
3) Using Simple Stories co-brand Unity Stamps greeting "Celebrate Life", I stamped this sentiment in the above right corner.
4) Using some additional hot air balloon stamps, I added a level of interest & distance of many balloons in the sky on the card to make the large balloon "pop out" for 3D dimension on the card. However, next, I measured simply where I wanted the large balloon to go on the card. I laid the balloon on the card (not yet attaching) as a guide where to lightly pencil/pen in the "strings" of the balloon. Remove the balloon. Then, I used my sewing machine to stitch the lines for the "strings".
5) Next, I mounted the large hot air balloon on pop dots (including the cute little basket).
6) I used the Distrezz-It-All Machine to "roughen up" the edges. LOVE LOVE this machine!!!
Also, as a nice touch, I stamp the flap of the greeting card envelope in a coordinating stamp that matches the card.
- Signature Elements - 2x12 Border & 4x12 Title Strip Paper #1614
- Stamps - Unity Stamps Co-Brand Simple Stories
- Cardstock - American Crafts (Kraft), Hot Air Balloon Mask/Stencil - Prima, Ink - Ranger - Archival Ink - Jet Black, Smooch Spritz - Clearsnap (Log Cabin), Sewing Thread - Gutermann, Pop Dots - American Crafts, Stamps - Kaisercraft, Distrezz-It-All Machine - Zutter.