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Balloons Above the Clouds

This week on Global Design Project we have a fun theme: Balloons. And the perfect stamp set for this theme is Above the Clouds by Stampin’ Up!

I know I just used this stamp set on last week’s card (see it here), but it was perfect for today’s card too. This time I’m using the bundle that also includes the Hot Air Balloon Punch.

Hot Air Balloon Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

Each balloon was stamped with a dark color for the outline and a stamped-off lighter color for the fill. Stamped-off means that I stamped the image once, then stamped it again to get an even lighter color.

After all of the stamping was done, I easily cut each image using the Hot Air Balloon Punch. The best part of using punches, besides saving lots of time, is just how versatile they can be.

Gorgeous Grape
Classic Stampin’ Pad

Lovely Lipstick
Classic Stampin’ Pad

Crumb Cake
Classic Stampin’ Pad

Highland Heather
Classic Stampin’ Pad

Blushing Bride
Classic Stampin’ Pad

Sahara Sand
Classic Stampin’ Pad

Here’s how I used punches to create a fun background for these balloons to soar on:

I made my own cloudy stencil using circles! I simply punched some circles out of a scrap of cardstock. I started with a 1″ Circle Punch to cut out larger areas, then used a smaller ½” punch to add more variety.

Make your own stencil with circle punches.

Apply embossing paste over the stencil to get a cloudy effect.

Next, I spread some embossing paste over the stencil while it covered the top of Pool Party cardstock.After the embossing paste fully dried, I cut the background to the size I liked and stamped a couple of seagulls in the un-embossed area with Pool Party ink.

Up in the Air | Hot Air Balloons

I always like to add some embellishment to my cards and sequins seemed to fit nicely. There are lots of fun colors in the Woven Threads Sequin Assortment; I glued a few onto the card to add a little sparkle.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed the card today. What fun ideas around this week’s theme will you share? We would love to see them at Global Design Project.

Above the Clouds Bundle by Stampin' Up!

Featured supplies

Above the Clouds

Above the Clouds
Stamp Set

Hot Air Balloon

Whisper White
8-1/2″ x 11″ Thick Cardstock

Pool Party
8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock

Woven Threads
Sequin Assortment

1″ Circle Punch

1/2″ Circle Punch

Embossing Paste
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  • Reply Jennifer Spiller

    Oh how much I love this!!

    June 24, 2019 at 2:25 pm
  • Reply Brian King

    Gorgeous card, Shawn! That cloud stencil is pure brilliance!

    June 24, 2019 at 9:19 am
  • Reply Dawn MacKay

    I like how you made those clouds Shawn!

    June 24, 2019 at 8:21 am
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