Mix it Up Monday-Birthday Floral Balloon

Hi Friends and Happy Monday! Emily @popsofpaper here with you today. For my card today, I mixed and matched the Bunch of Balloons Stand-Alone Die Set with the beautiful 4×6 Wallflower Stamp Set. The die cut sentiment is from the fun Slimline Series: Celebration Borders Die Set.

To create my floral balloon card, I started with my favorite Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers in Pink-025, Purple-082, Turquoise Green-042, Lemon Yellow-051, Bright Yellow-052, Yellow-050. I find that stamping my images on Bristol Smooth Cardstock with VersaFine Nocturne Ink that has been heat embossed with clear embossing powder gets the best blending results. I also apply my Zig Ink directly to the images and then fade out the color with a self-contained water brush. This helps me get those bright, cheerful colors. After coloring the floral images I added highlights with a white gel pen and fussy cut. 

I also wanted the sentiment to match my flowers, so I painted a large swatch of the Pink-025 & Purple-82 watercolors to cardstock and die-cut the Happy Birthday Shadow Pieces. To create the white sentiment border/frame, I kept the Shadow and Happy Birthday dies together (as shown in the image below). I love it that you can get three different styles of sentiments die cuts from this one set of dies: Border, Shadow and Individual Letters. Then I adhered the white sentiment frame border and the inside letter pieces to the pink shadow Happy Birthday with Nuvo Deluxe Liquid Adhesive. 

Now for the Pretty in Pink Balloon. After die cutting the medium sized balloon, I used my blending buddy brush and Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide Ink along the balloon border. Then I outlined the balloon with white gel pen for dimension. I layered the florals to the right side of the balloon and adhered. For the sentiment, using foam squares I popped up and curved the sentiment upwards to match the form of the balloon. It’s a very slight detail but provides extra interest. To complete the balloon, I tied a piece of pink baker’s twine to the bottom of the balloon and added Crystal Clear-Flat-Backed Resin Rhinestones for extra pop and shine. 

So there we are friends, a pretty floral balloon birthday card for a special friend. I hope you enjoyed my project today, and it inspires you to mix and match your supplies in fun new ways. 

Big Paper Hugs!
Emily

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