One of my favorite products in the new Spring Occasions catalog from Stampin’ Up!® is the Lift Me Up bundle. I’ve always loved hot air balloons and even had the opportunity once to ride in one. It was an amazing experience, so I just had to buy this bundle as soon as it was available!
I’m really crossing my fingers it will carry over to the new 2017-2018 annual catalog which will launch on June 1. Thankfully, I only have to wait another month to find out because I’ll get a sneak peek at the new catalog when I attend Stampin’ Up’s OnStage Local event in San Diego on April 8.
For today’s card, I decided to go a bit out of the box and created a clear card using Window Sheet. I thought hot air balloons would be the perfect theme for a clear card.
I started by cutting some rectangles to use for my focal panels. I cut two pieces at 3 x 4.25″ for the front of the card and two pieces at 2.75 x 4.25″ for the inside of the card. I cut the pieces on the inside a bit smaller to ensure they would show from the front of the card.
For the front piece, I sponged the rectangle using some Soft Sky ink. I was originally planning to use Soft Sky cardstock, but ended up deciding I wanted an even softer look. The sponging worked out perfectly. Once I finished the sponging, I randomly stamped two of the cloud images from the stamp set on the rectangle using the same Soft Sky ink. I stamped some full strength and stamped off once for some of the other to help give the illusion of differing distances. I then stamped the sentiment using some Basic Black ink.
For the balloons, I die cut the larger one from Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper using the Precision Base Plate since it’s such a detailed die. The colored pieces I cut to go behind the glitter outline are Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, and Sweet Sugarplum for the balloon and Crumb Cake for the basket. I adhered them to the balloon using the Fine Tip Glue Pen. The smaller balloon was stamped using Peekaboo Peach ink then die cut using the coordinating die.
I cut a piece of Window Sheet to 4.25 x 11″ and scored it at 5.5″. Since Window Sheet is pretty firm, I actually had to score it a few times before I was able to bend it enough to get a good crisp fold. Using a bone folder to burnish the score line is a must for a Window Sheet card.
I adhered the sponged panel to the front of the card using Tear and Tape. Since I was adhering it to the Window Sheet, I wanted to make sure I was using a super strong adhesive. To hide the adhesive on the inside front of the card, I adhered the second 3 x 4.25″ rectangle using Tear and Tape on the inside front of the card making sure to line it up with the sponged panel. You basically just want to sandwich the Window Sheet between the two rectangles. I then adhered the two balloons to the front of the card using the Fine Tip Glue Pen since I already had it out anyway, then trimmed away any excess that was hanging over the side of the card.
For the inside of the card, I did a little stamping on one of the smaller rectangles. I stamped the smaller balloon image using Peekaboo Peach ink stamping off once before stamping on the panel. I also added a few of the smaller cloud image using Soft Sky ink, again stamping off once before stamping on the panel.
I adhered the panels to the inside/back of the card just like I did for the front of the card. I adhered the stamped smaller rectangle to the inside of the card using Tear and Tape, then adhered the second plain smaller rectangle to the back of the card to hide the adhesive and that completed my card.
I’m entering this card in the following challenge:
- Simon Says Stamp Monday – the current theme is make your own background. I did this by sponging and stamping to create the Soft Sky background for my balloons.
One Last Thing …
I just wanted to take a moment to thank the Design Team over at the Merry Monday challenge blog. They selected my Sweet Treats Christmas card as winner of their challenge for last week. Thanks for the honor, DT!!
Until next time …