Hey there! Hope your Monday is going well. I got up really early this morning to go to Jessica's house to help the girls (chiefly Ava) get ready for school, then I've been watching Jaxon until Jessica gets home. She went to a photography seminar in Champaign, IL over the weekend.
I spent a few days last week stamping, stamping, stamping, so I have quite a pile of projects waiting to show you. Today's project incorporates the balloon tutorial that went out with my last newsletter, only this time I used the Extra Large Oval Punch for the body of the balloons:
I liked using the Extra Large Oval Punch, because I could stamp the greeting from Regarding Dahlias first, and then punch it out. I used one of the patterns from the Fresh Prints Designer Paper Stack and Island Indigo cardstock for the other two balloms, all anchored with Island Indigo Bakers Twine and highlighted with my White Chalk Marker.
I've tried to capture for you the custom-made clouds embossing I did on the Soft Sky layer, but it's hard to see:
Inside I stamped a sentiment from Bring on the Cake:
Here's how I made the embossed clouds:
I started by cutting 24 clouds with the cloud-shaped word bubble framelit and some medium-weight cardboard I had saved in my stash from discarded packaging. I stacked the clouds three high, adhering them to each other and the 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" cardboard base with SNAIL. I trimmed off the ends of the clouds flush with the edges of the base with scissors.
Starting with Tab 1 and a cutting plate, I put the cardstock I wanted to emboss face-down on the clouds shapes on the Big Shot platform.
I added three layers of craft felt over the cardstock/clouds layers before finishing with the top cutting pad. I cranked this through the Big Shot. It was tight, but not too tight to go through. You need the layers of felt so they will squish down over the cloud shapes and emboss the paper. (If you have one of the soft, floppy silicone pads from Stampin' Up!'s retired Letterpress plates that would work too, but I wanted to use something that was readily available and not frustrate you by using something I can't sell to you anymore.)
After embossing the clouds I sponge them with whatever color I want them to be. On today's card I sponged them with White Craft ink. In the picture below I sponged the white clouds with Soft Sky ink.
I attached this layer to my card with LOTS of Stampin' Dimensionals. I even put a dimensional in the center of each cloud to keep them from flattening as the card went through the mail.
That's it! To purchase the supplies to create this card, go to my online store HERE.
Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!
Here's the supplies I used: