Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Balloons in every size......

I fancied making some balloon cards, but I don't own a balloon stamp, die cut or stencil, so I made my own.......

I used the Fiskars shape cutter and the circle template - draw two lines onto a piece of spare cardstock, and cut around the circle to the lines

Now you have a partially cut out circle.....Draw a little 'neck' to the balloon in pencil as shown below, and cut out with scissors

You now have a balloon shape.....

Which you can make in any size.....

Use a post it note or washi tape to steady your base card and the template and using a blending tool, start sponging your balloon....

You can see that I sponged the ink more heavily at the sides and neck, leaving the center paler

Now reposition your template....Sponge another balloon, sponging over the yellow area as well. Pale colours work best. I used Simon Says Stamp dye inks, Lemon Chiffon, Mint and Sea Glass. These colours blend beautifully together

So now you have two balloons, repeat the process with a third colour

Add some strings and sequins. I love the way the balloons look transparent, just like the real thing.....

Here is a second card, this time using a HUGE balloon made with the biggest circle on the template

 and some smaller balloons floating up - the WISHING stamp is by Simon Says Stamp, and I used the Brother label maker to do the 'make a' part of the sentiment

Using the Brother P touch label printer is my latest passion for sentiments, it's easy to type out what you want to say when you don't have a suitable stamp. I get generic refills for the machine at a fraction of the cost of the real thing and they work perfectly


  1. I love all of these cards Enfys. I had these fiskars templates sets before the baby bug come out. I remember that when the baby bug come out everyone started selling off all their template the sizzix dies. Not me I kept them all. Now they all are coming around again. :)

  2. Ohhhh, I really like these balloon cards Enfys. Like you, I especially like the transparent look of them, and the way you have them shaded really gives them a realistic look. This is even better than using a stamp or die.

  3. Love your cards! Thank you for taking the time to show us how easy that was to pull off! Love waking up to such great inspiration!

  4. Great cards... AND I can put my Fiskars Shape Cutter to good use again.

  5. Great ideas! Sure happy I still have my circle cutters. Love the coloring books! Thanks

  6. I love your cards and the idea of stencils is awesome. Another reason to pull out the circle cutter. I fell into the coloring craze at Christmas time and gave everyone in our family a book and colored pencils. It would be great if I got a book.

  7. Lovely cards Enfys and the way you have coloured to give a 'see through' effect is super.
    Toni xx

  8. I love these balloon cards. The way you have created the stencil is fabulous. Cathy x

  9. Love your balloon cards, thanks for sharing the labelmaker tip, I will be trying that soon!

  10. Cute cards, and awesome ingenuity!

  11. Saw these on Facebook! Awesome cards and awesome idea! xxx

  12. Awesome Card!! luv your balloon template and a super fabulous idea!! I'm back reading your posts

  13. Very cute idea, just discovered your site. I'll have to stay and click around for a bit.


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Enfys x