Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Balloon Adventures and Pop-Ups

Hello, Crafters.

Yesterday I had a play with the Balloon Adventures to find the answer to a question I've had in my mind since I first saw the set! 

The question is how easy is it to adhere die cut and punched balloons to the pop-up balloons, in particular the middle one? 

The same question applies to heat embossed sentiments on the banner. 
I question this because both need to have a fold going right through them. 

The answer is that they work surprising well! 

I punched the larger balloon using the  Balloon Bouquet Punch and placed it in position on the pop-up die cut, so I could place a mark top and bottom where I needed it to fold. 

I wouldn't try to fold this freehand as the fold would look untidy. 

I placed it face down on my score board and scored the line - it worked perfectly!

I took the sentiment from the Best Bird Stamp Set and placed it face down, in a slightly curved position, on to the die cut pop-up banner. 

When I was happy the curve was about right, I placed a clear block onto of it so I could pick it up for stamping without re-arranging the curve!

I wiped over the banner with my Embossing Buddy, stamped the sentiment in Versamark and heat embossed using the Copper Embossing Powder. 

Although the quality of my embossing wasn't brilliant, I didn't have any problems with the embossing cracking, when I folded the card closed.

There's a stamp in the Balloon Adventres Stamp Set that looks as if it should fit on the banner but I don't think that's how it was planned! 

I say that because, when the hand cut stamped banner is put onto the pop-up banner, you can see two pieces of cardstock showing from beneath the stamped banner. 

If you compare photographs 6 and 7, you'll see that on photograph 7 I've cut the visible cardstock off but on the shaker card, photograph 6, I've left it on.

Even though cutting the bits off the pop-up improves the fit of the stamped banner, the banner ends don't reach the scored ends on the pop-up. Whether that matters to you or not, really is a matter of choice! 

I didn't finish either of these cards off as I was concentrating more on how the various parts work together on the folds and the banners.

I'm off to Amsterdam tomorrow, but I will write on my blog every day. 

Until tomorrow, happy crafting.


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