Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Hot Air Balloons Happy Hello Card - Inkspirational Challenge #14

As it's the first challenge of April at Inkspirational we're kicking off with a colour challenge.  A very springy palette of pink, banana and slate.

I've used SU! Barely Banana and Pretty in Pink with white and a dash of  Early Espresso as neutrals.  The slate was stumping me for a bit until I remembered Wisteria Wonder has quite a bit of grey in it and could act as the slate colour.   I've used the very cheery hot air balloons from the SU! Up, Up & Away set.  I bought this set ages ago and I've dabbled with it a couple of times but nothing has ever made it onto a card as I haven't been happy with my end results.  Sadly, this means the set has remained neglected and overlooked in the drawer.  When I saw the Cloudy Day embossing folder I thought "aha, that would be great to use with the balloons" and now I'm happily creating cards with the set - hooray!  Huge thanks to Jan for loaning me her Cloudy Day folder until I get my own!

I embossed the white panel with the clouds and stamped the birds.  I stamped the balloons and fussy cut them, I glued the Wisteria Wonder one down flat to the embossed panel, popped the Daffodil Delight one up with 1mm foam tape and popped the Pretty in Pink one up with 2mm foam tape.  I added a strip of striped ribbon and popped up the sentiment label.  I layered the white panel onto Wisteria Wonder and Early Espresso mats and glued the whole thing to a Barely Banana 5 1/4" card base.  I sprinkled on a touch of sparkle with a few pink rhinestone jewels.

I stamped the birds and stamped and fussy cut three more balloons for inside the card.  I popped up the Wisteria Wonder balloon.

I then used the Simply Scored tool with the Diagonal Plate to make a Wisteria Wonder dotty patterned paper envelope.  I've added a name label and two more balloons - the pink one has been popped up.  Now I've started stamping with the balloons, I can't stop LOL!

Please stop by the Inkspirational blog to see what the other DT members have created to inspire you and then I hope you'll join in with this fab colour challenge.  I'm looking forward to seeing what you create for us!

Stamps: SU! 'Up, Up & Away' set, Hero Arts ??? Sparkle Clear mini set
CS: SU! Barely Banana, Wisteria Wonder, Early Espresso & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Daffodil Delight, Wisteria Wonder, Pretty in Pink & Early Espresso

Tools: SU! Cloudy Day embossing folder, Word Window & Modern Label punches, Simply Scored & Diagonal Plate, Apothecary Accents Framelits die, oval punch, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Perfect Layers
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Pretty in Pink striped grosgrain ribbon, PaperMania pink rhinestone jewels, 1mm & 2mm 3D foam tape

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sandie said...

Perfect Ruth, love the bright colours, the embossing folder and those birds are the perfect finishing touch x

Mynnette said...

The Wisteria was a great choice, Ruth! I was actually thinking Brocade Blue when I made the choices and that's what I used, but you seriously could've fooled me! HUGS, friend, and congrats on another darling and amazing card! :)

M said...

Hi Ruth, glad you got round to using the balloons as these are one of my favourite motifs. They look fabulous on that embossing ; love the birds - great card!

Pia S said...

What a wonderful set of card and envelope! I really like the scene of hot air balloons - such great use of the colors and I love the feel of your card.

Anonymous said...

I love the bright, fresh look of this card! Those clouds look great and the hot air balloons are just darling. Just plain fun!
- Shauna