Balloon Banner for Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s February Blog Hop! During this year’s blog hops, we are having fun with our stamping favorites – our favorite themes for seasonal cards and projects. This month’s projects feature balloons, so you are in for a celebratory treat. We are excited to share our creations with you today! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

Have you ever wondered if a balloon color has meaning? We all know flowers have different meanings but a balloon?


FACTOID

I learned that balloons in general symbolize freedom and release. That was rather obvious. But reading further into the balloon lore I discovered that a red balloon is a symbol of spirituality, friendship, love, triumph of good over evil, and fragility. And yellow balloons mean that there are good things ahead. I was deep in thought while creating these balloon inspired cards. Can you tell? LOL!! I want a lot of yellow balloons for 2021.


I chose to make 2 cards. One with a red balloon and one with a yellow balloon. Here are my cards.

RED BALLOON CARD

Red balloon in clouds

Did you ever read or watch The Red Balloon by Albert Lamorisse? It is a touching story that incorporates all of the meanings given to a red balloon. This card makes me think of that story.

And then there is the yellow balloon gracefully presented by the pink flamingo.

MEASUREMENTS & SUPPLIES

  • PAPER
    • Basic Black cardstock (Card Base): 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″
    • Basic White cardstock: 5-1/4″ x 4″
    • Vellum: 5-1/4″ x 4
    • Basic Black cardstock: scrap for sentiment
  • STAMP SETS
    • Good Morning Magnolia (RETIRING Annual Catalog 2020-2021)
    • Pansy Patch (NEW Annual Catalog 2021-2022)
  • INKS & MARKERS
    • Stampin’ Blends: Soft Suede, Granny Apple Green, Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight
    • Basic Gray ink pad
    • White Craft ink pad
  • OTHER SUPPLIES
    • Champagne Shimmer Paint (RETIRING on May 3, 2021 NOW 40% off)
    • 91% rubbing alcohol
    • white embossing powder
    • Multipurpose Liquid Glue or Stampin’ Seal
    • Black Dimensionals
  • TOOLS
    • straw (to direct ink flow) – coffee stirring straws work great
    • Clear Acrylic Block or Stamparatus
    • Heat Tool
    • Paper Trimmer
    • Snips

THE TECHNIQUE

The basics of painting with Stampin’ Blends are

  • Use a small dish filled with 91% rubbing alcohol (similar to water in watercolor).
  • Add a bit of shimmer paint or Wink of Stella to the alcohol dish for a subtle shimmer effect.
  • Work in a small area of the image. Let dry. Then move to the next area. Continue working small non-adjacent areas until you have completed your image.
  • When dry, add another layer of color.
  • Work light to dark to avoid contaminating the Stampin’ Blend.
  • If the color is too concentrated, paint on a little more alcohol.
  • After the image is completely dry, flick some clean rubbing alcohol onto the colored image for extra depth.
  • EXTRA FUN: Add Gold Leafing, use a fine line of liquid glue. Let dry until tacky. Then add leafing and rub off the excess.

CREATING PIECES & PARTS

Stamp the Good Morning Magnolia image onto the vellum panel using Basic Gray ink. The lines will be blurred by the Stampin’ Blends and the alcohol to create a faux watercolor effect.

Color the image starting with the lightest color. Use Dark Daffodil Delight for the center. Dip a fine-tip paintbrush into the rubbing alcohol and gently move the color. I added Champagne Shimmer Paint to my rubbing alcohol.

Next, color non-adjacent petals with Dark Flirty Flamingo. Gently blur the stamped line. Let dry and repeat on other petals. Do the same for the leaves. TIP: Blow into a straw to gently direct the ink flow in the desired direction.

Add a second layer of color after the image is dry. Repeat the process of alcohol painting and gently blowing the ink.

OPTIONAL: Pick up some clean rubbing alcohol with the paintbrush and flick it over the image. This will create small droplets that will lighten some areas by moving the color outward.

Adhere the vellum panel to the Basic White cardstock panel using Stampin’ Seal or a light amount of Multipurpose Liquid Glue. Add to Basic Black card base.

Stamp the sentiment in White Craft ink and heat emboss with with embossing powder. Trim to you liking. Add to card panel with small black Dimensionals.

Customize the message insert and the envelope with some flicks of color from the brush end of the Stampin’ Blends.

  • Paper
    • Thick White cardstock: scraps plus
      • 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″
      • 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″
    • Basic Black cardstock: 3-5/8″ x 4-7/8″
    • Vellum: 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″
    • Smoky Slate cardstock: scrap
  • Stamp Sets
    • Friends are Like Seashells (sentiment)
  • Dies & Punches
    • Happy dies
    • Balloon Bouquet punch
  • Ink Pads & Markers
    • Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad
    • Real Red ink pad
    • Balmy Blue ink pad
  • Other Supplies
    • Liquid Multipurpose Glue
    • Dimensionals
  • Tools (Always a Must-Have in My Book)
    • Blending BrushesSnips and Bone Folder
    • Paper Trimmer
    • Cut & Emboss Machine Mini
  • Use a small dish filled with 91% rubbing alcohol (similar to water in watercolor).
  • Add a bit of shimmer paint or Wink of Stella to the alcohol dish for a subtle shimmer effect.
  • Work in a small area of the image. Let dry. Then move to the next area. Continue working small non-adjacent areas until you have completed your image.
  • When dry, add another layer of color.
  • Work light to dark to avoid contaminating the Stampin’ Blend.
  • If the color is too concentrated, paint on a little more alcohol.
  • After the image is completely dry, flick some clean rubbing alcohol onto the colored image for extra depth.
  • EXTRA FUN: Add Gold Leafing, use a fine line of liquid glue. Let dry until tacky. Then add leafing and rub off the excess.

CREATING PIECES & PARTS

Stamp the Good Morning Magnolia image onto the vellum panel using Basic Gray ink. The lines will be blurred by the Stampin’ Blends and the alcohol to create a faux watercolor effect.

Color the image starting with the lightest color. Use Dark Daffodil Delight for the center. Dip a fine-tip paintbrush into the rubbing alcohol and gently move the color. I added Champagne Shimmer Paint to my rubbing alcohol.

Next, color non-adjacent petals with Dark Flirty Flamingo. Gently blur the stamped line. Let dry and repeat on other petals. Do the same for the leaves. TIP: Blow into a straw to gently direct the ink flow in the desired direction.

Add a second layer of color after the image is dry. Repeat the process of alcohol painting and gently blowing the ink.

OPTIONAL: Pick up some clean rubbing alcohol with the paintbrush and flick it over the image. This will create small droplets that will lighten some areas by moving the color outward.

Adhere the vellum panel to the Basic White cardstock panel using Stampin’ Seal or a light amount of Multipurpose Liquid Glue. Add to Basic Black card base.

Stamp the sentiment in White Craft ink and heat emboss with with embossing powder. Trim to you liking. Add to card panel with small black Dimensionals.

Customize the message insert and the envelope with some flicks of color from the brush end of the Stampin’ Blends.

Create the clouds in the ‘sky’ by using the curvy die from the Happy die collection. Cut the 5-1/2″ side of the vellum piece. Place the cut vellum piece over the white card panel. Using the Blending Brush, gently wipe across the Balmy Blue ink pad. In light circular motion add ink to the edge of the curved vellum piece. Move the vellum randomly up or down the card panel until you have a cloud formation that pleases you. TIP: I start in the middle.

Clouds with Blending Brush and template

Cleaning Blending Brush: This is a matter of preference. I wipe mine on my Shammy then on a lint-free t-shirt (hopefully not the one I am wearing! LOL) until there is no color transfer. If I am staying in the same color family, I just rub the ink off on my scrap paper.

Punch a small balloon from a scrap of vellum and white cardstock. Add Real Red ink to the vellum balloon using a Blending Brush. TIP: Blend the ink darker on one side and leave a lighter center. Glue the balloon layers together and a couple of Dimensionals.

Die-cut a balloon string and bow from Smoky Slate cardstock using the Happy dies.

Layer as shown and stamp the sentiment directly on to the cloud panel.

YELLOW BALLOON CARD

yellow balloon with flamingo

MEASUREMENTS & SUPPLIES

  • PAPER
    • Basic Black cardstock (Card Base): 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″
    • Basic White cardstock: 5-1/4″ x 4″
    • Vellum: 5-1/4″ x 4
    • Basic Black cardstock: scrap for sentiment
  • STAMP SETS
    • Good Morning Magnolia (RETIRING Annual Catalog 2020-2021)
    • Pansy Patch (NEW Annual Catalog 2021-2022)
  • INKS & MARKERS
    • Stampin’ Blends: Soft Suede, Granny Apple Green, Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight
    • Basic Gray ink pad
    • White Craft ink pad
  • OTHER SUPPLIES
    • Champagne Shimmer Paint (RETIRING on May 3, 2021 NOW 40% off)
    • 91% rubbing alcohol
    • white embossing powder
    • Multipurpose Liquid Glue or Stampin’ Seal
    • Black Dimensionals
  • TOOLS
    • straw (to direct ink flow) – coffee stirring straws work great
    • Clear Acrylic Block or Stamparatus
    • Heat Tool
    • Paper Trimmer
    • Snips

THE TECHNIQUE

The basics of painting with Stampin’ Blends are

  • Use a small dish filled with 91% rubbing alcohol (similar to water in watercolor).
  • Add a bit of shimmer paint or Wink of Stella to the alcohol dish for a subtle shimmer effect.
  • Work in a small area of the image. Let dry. Then move to the next area. Continue working small non-adjacent areas until you have completed your image.
  • When dry, add another layer of color.
  • Work light to dark to avoid contaminating the Stampin’ Blend.
  • If the color is too concentrated, paint on a little more alcohol.
  • After the image is completely dry, flick some clean rubbing alcohol onto the colored image for extra depth.
  • EXTRA FUN: Add Gold Leafing, use a fine line of liquid glue. Let dry until tacky. Then add leafing and rub off the excess.

CREATING PIECES & PARTS

Stamp the Good Morning Magnolia image onto the vellum panel using Basic Gray ink. The lines will be blurred by the Stampin’ Blends and the alcohol to create a faux watercolor effect.

Color the image starting with the lightest color. Use Dark Daffodil Delight for the center. Dip a fine-tip paintbrush into the rubbing alcohol and gently move the color. I added Champagne Shimmer Paint to my rubbing alcohol.

Next, color non-adjacent petals with Dark Flirty Flamingo. Gently blur the stamped line. Let dry and repeat on other petals. Do the same for the leaves. TIP: Blow into a straw to gently direct the ink flow in the desired direction.

Add a second layer of color after the image is dry. Repeat the process of alcohol painting and gently blowing the ink.

OPTIONAL: Pick up some clean rubbing alcohol with the paintbrush and flick it over the image. This will create small droplets that will lighten some areas by moving the color outward.

Adhere the vellum panel to the Basic White cardstock panel using Stampin’ Seal or a light amount of Multipurpose Liquid Glue. Add to Basic Black card base.

Stamp the sentiment in White Craft ink and heat emboss with with embossing powder. Trim to you liking. Add to card panel with small black Dimensionals.

Customize the message insert and the envelope with some flicks of color from the brush end of the Stampin’ Blends.

  • Paper
    • Thick White cardstock: 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″
    • Basic Black cardstock: 1″ x 3″
    • Shimmery White cardstock: 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″
    • So Saffron cardstock: scrap
    • Smoky Slate cardstock: scrap
    • Pool Party cardstock: 3″ x 5-1/2″
    • Fine Art Floral DSP: 2-3/4″ x 5-1/2″
  • Stamp Sets
    • Friends are Like Seashells (sentiment)
  • Dies & Punches
    • Flamingo dies
    • Happy dies
    • Balloon Bouquet punch
  • Embossing Folder
    • Painted Textures
  • Inks & Markers
    • Basic Black marker
    • Flirty Flamingo reinker
    • White Craft ink pad
  • Other Supplies
    • Pearl Basic Jewels
    • Liquid Multipurpose Glue
    • Dimensionals
  • Tools (Always a Must-Have in My Book)
    • Blending Brushes
    • Snips and Bone Folder
    • Paper Trimmer
    • Cut & Emboss Machine Mini
  • Use a small dish filled with 91% rubbing alcohol (similar to water in watercolor).
  • Add a bit of shimmer paint or Wink of Stella to the alcohol dish for a subtle shimmer effect.
  • Work in a small area of the image. Let dry. Then move to the next area. Continue working small non-adjacent areas until you have completed your image.
  • When dry, add another layer of color.
  • Work light to dark to avoid contaminating the Stampin’ Blend.
  • If the color is too concentrated, paint on a little more alcohol.
  • After the image is completely dry, flick some clean rubbing alcohol onto the colored image for extra depth.
  • EXTRA FUN: Add Gold Leafing, use a fine line of liquid glue. Let dry until tacky. Then add leafing and rub off the excess.

CREATING PIECES & PARTS

Stamp the Good Morning Magnolia image onto the vellum panel using Basic Gray ink. The lines will be blurred by the Stampin’ Blends and the alcohol to create a faux watercolor effect.

Color the image starting with the lightest color. Use Dark Daffodil Delight for the center. Dip a fine-tip paintbrush into the rubbing alcohol and gently move the color. I added Champagne Shimmer Paint to my rubbing alcohol.

Next, color non-adjacent petals with Dark Flirty Flamingo. Gently blur the stamped line. Let dry and repeat on other petals. Do the same for the leaves. TIP: Blow into a straw to gently direct the ink flow in the desired direction.

Add a second layer of color after the image is dry. Repeat the process of alcohol painting and gently blowing the ink.

OPTIONAL: Pick up some clean rubbing alcohol with the paintbrush and flick it over the image. This will create small droplets that will lighten some areas by moving the color outward.

Adhere the vellum panel to the Basic White cardstock panel using Stampin’ Seal or a light amount of Multipurpose Liquid Glue. Add to Basic Black card base.

Stamp the sentiment in White Craft ink and heat emboss with with embossing powder. Trim to you liking. Add to card panel with small black Dimensionals.

Customize the message insert and the envelope with some flicks of color from the brush end of the Stampin’ Blends.

Time to smoosh ink. Add several drops of Flirty Flamingo ink to a window sheet. Spritz with Isopropyl Alcohol. Run your finger through the mix horizontally and vertically to break up concentrated globs of color. Smoosh the Shimmery White cardstock into the ink. Dry and repeat until you have a couple of layers of ink. OPTIONAL: Use a DSP that has a lot of variations of pink to die-cut the flamingo.

Smooshing Ink for flamingos

Die-cut a flamingo and wing from the Shimmery White inked panel. Color the beak tip with a black marker.

Punch balloons from So Saffron cardstock and using the Blending brushes to add So Saffron ink to the edges.

Stamp sentiment with White Craft ink on Basic Black cardstock. OPTIONAL: white emboss the sentiment.

Emboss the DSP panel and the front of the folded card with the Painted Textures embossing folder. Layer the embossed DSP onto the Pool Party panel. Layer remaining elements as shown. Use Dimensionals behind the balloon and flamingo. TIP: Cut thin strips of Dimensional for flamingo feet. Add pearls and personalize the envelope with a smaller yellow balloon.

BLOG HOP LINE-UP

hank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Candy Ford at Stamp Candy. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

Thank you for hopping along with us. If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  3. Renae Novak at Blessed by Cards
  4. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  5. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  6. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  7. Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach
  8. Sheryl Sharp at Sharp Notes by Sheryl
  9. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  10. Joanne Brown at The Inky Dragon
  11. Rachel Brumley at Artistic Designs by Rachel
  12. Genevieve Ko at Stampin4Fun
  13. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  14. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  15. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps Ink
  16. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy

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