Friday, 7 August 2015

Up, Up and Away!


Hello, Crafters.

I didn't realise until I started writing today's blog, exactly how much work I'd put into this card! Well, you don't notice time going when you're enjoying yourself, do you?

I've used a very summery theme! Lovely hot balmy summer evenings is a great time for spotting hot air balloons drifting across the sky.

For today's card I've used Soft Sky Card Stock for the card base, followed by a layer of Whisper White which has been topped with a layer of Soft Sky. I embossed the top layer using the Happy Heart Embossing Folder. I absolutely adore the deep impressions this folder produces.

I stamped three clouds from the Sprinkles of Life Stamp Set using Soft Sky Ink on Soft Sky Card Stock. Then I punched them out using the Tree Builder Punch. On one of the clouds I stamped the Happy Birthday To You sentiment from the Circle of Spring Stamp Set. I wanted this to be a bit darker than Soft Sky so I used Pool Party Ink.

I stamped two tree tops on Wild Wasabi Card Stock using Wild Wasabi Ink. I punched them out using the Tree Builder Punch. I used the same punch and punched out 2 tree trunks using Soft Suede Card Stock.

I stamped the basket from the Sprinkles of Life Stamp Set using Cajun Craze Ink onto Crumb Cake Card Stock. I cut the basket out. I also stamped three candles using the same ink and card stock which I then fussy cut the actual candles but not the flames. I used these to make the top of basket.

I stamped one bird from the Sprinkles of Life Stamp Set onto Crumb Cake Card Stock using Crumb Cake Ink. I punched it out using the Tree Builder Punch.

To make the balloon, I used the 2" Circle Punch to punch out 3 circles each in Calypso Coral and Crumb Cake Card Stock. Using the same colour ink, I stamped a background design on all six circles using the honeycomb stamp from the Butterfly Basics Stamp Set. 

I then used the Crazy About You stamp set and put together three sentiments. These were: Happy Birthday, So Much Love and You Rock. I stamped each sentiment once on each coloured circle using the same coloured ink.

I scored all the circles at the halfway mark, from top to bottom making sure I had the sentiments straight. I adhered all the circles together using Tombow glue.

To put the card together, I adhered four pieces of Linen Thread to the back of the basket - one towards the each outside edge and two slightly closer together in the centre. I adhered the basket to the card base using Dimensionals.

I then worked out where I wanted the actual balloon to go and adhered the tops of the Linen Thread in the appropriate places. Then I adhered the balloon to the card base using Tombow. You will need to hold this for a few seconds until Tombow has a good grip on the balloon.

I guestimated where I needed to cut and shape the other two clouds, so I could use Dimensionals but without going inside any of the "balloon". I used Dazzling diamonds on the clouds and adhered the one with the sentiment in the top left hand corner.

 What I thought was my final touch, I added a bird to the basket.

The trees were not part of my original plan! As I was photographing my finished project, I noticed some red ink smudged on the bottom left hand side - see the last  two photographs!

My solution was to plant a couple of trees. the tops with Dimensionals and the trunks with Tombow.

If I were to make this card again, I would make the basket smaller so the Linen Thread was at a greater angle. I'd do this just by trimming the basket along the first vertical lines inside the edges, and if necessary, sponge the edges.

Well, that's my challenge card for today. The weekend starts today and I hope you all have a happy crafty one! Until tomorrow, happy crafting.

JanB.

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