We’re already on Day 4 of the Papertrey Ink January Release! And today is my feature post of the release, showcasing the Birthday Ballons stencil collection and Never Enough:Birthday stamp set (and a few combination of other stuff). So, I have 3 colorful birthday cards to share with you today!
The first thing I reached for was the stencil with 5 floating balloons. I love stencils! I immediately knew I wanted to get super colorful and get to some rainbow blending, so I took out my ink swatches and looked for a series of rainbow color inks and settled with 7 different inks. I knew I wanted to stamp the balloon strings instead of blending them in, so when I laid down my stencil I blocked the strings with some washi tape so I don’t accidentally blend any colors through.
In each individual balloon I blended a different color with a little extra pressure in the bottm right to get some shading. After I blended the first 5 balloons, I shifted the stencil, just slightly overlapping the intial few balloons to blend on more balloons. Once those were done, I stamped the balloon strings from Birthday Balloons in Soft Stone for balloons I randomly picked to be in the background, and Smokey Shadow for the balloons strings that appeared more in the front.
I then decided to use all the various colors to add ink splatter to create a confetti like look! With the Never Enough: Birthday set, I had so many birthday sentiments to choose from. I settled on using ‘Cheers!’ which I stamped in True Black directly onto the card, and ‘Hip, Hip, Hooray’ that I heat embossed in white onto True Black card stock and trimmed it to a strip with a slant edge.
Next I wanted to use the balloon pattern stencil. Since I had all these colors out, I decided to go for the rainbow blend. I made sure to get some nice ombre colors for every new row of balloon. With such a colorful background, I wanted to make sure I had a nice large sentiment. Again, I reached for one from the Never Eough: Birthday set and stamped the sentiment right in the center in True Black and Tropical Teal.
I wanted to bring more focus to the sentiment so I decided to die cut it out with a rectangle, and the fun stitching that came with the Scalloped A2 Die Collection. Except I made a little mistake here, which you wouldn’t have known had I not told you! I didn’t get a perfect straight alignment of the die cut. I think I didn’t secure it well enough when it went through the die cutting machine. But I really didn’t want to toss it out since I’ve done so much work on it already. But this is when my I came up with a new idea, let’s not inlay the center piece and tilt it the other way to add a little whimsiness to it!
Then, something else happened….my dog found my twine and decided to unroll quite a lot of it! Noo! This is when I was in the middle of assembling of my card together and I immediate thought, you know what? I think this card can use some twine! So I wrapped it around the center die cut piece a few times and then tied a little bow. I got a little furball assistant over here! I adhered the center piece at a tilt with foam tape to finish the card.
And finally my last card! Again, I started with the balloon pattern stencil and blended a few colors, Hawaiian Shores, Green Parakeet, and Lemon Tart. For my sentiment I reached for the Hinged Gift Card Box die that I shared about on Day 1. I die cut the ‘For You’ out of True Black card stock at the edge, ready to trim into a rectangle, but then I realized the offset gave me a spot for some balloons!
I used the Birthday Ballons die to die cut two balloons, one out of Green Parakeet Bitty Big and one out of Hawaiian Shores Bitty Big papers. I stamped the balloon strings on the True Black card stock in Versamark Ink and heat embossed it in white.
Lastly, I adhered the die cut word and balloons onto the card using foam tape. All done! Hope you enjoy all the projects shared today. I have one more day of projects to share with you before we make it to release day January 15th. See you soon!
Supplies (Note: New January Release products will be added to the list on Jan. 15th)