Thursday, January 20, 2011

Stampendous Party Balloons and Nellie Snellen border set MFD-023


Hi and thanks for stopping by :-)

I made a clean and simple boy's birthday card - well, I actually made this card twice!!  I had finished colouring up my image, then proceeded to ink up my sentiment with the black ink pad, but somehow dropped the ink pad on top of my image.  Oops :-(   Do you think I was grumpy??!!  So, it was back to the drawing board........  At least, it was a quick and easy image to colour - if it had been something very detailed, my head may have exploded!!  Note to self:  add sentiment before colouring images!!  Anyhow......

I used the Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge IC266 - the Stephen Joseph Gifts website - as the basis for my colours from this particular item on the website.  I really loved the colours and the circles reminded me of balloons and my circles border die.

I am also playing the Splitcoaststampers Fan Club January Challenge - but as the Challenge is only open to Fan Club Members (ie: you have paid to join the SCS Fan Club), part of the rules is that you are not allowed discuss the Challenge Themes and details outside the Fan Club  - which is not to exclude you (my Blogging friends), but merely following the rules.  I joined a few months ago so I could put something back into the website which I love so much!! 

I coloured the image with Derwent Coloursoft and Prismacolor pencils + OMS.  I added some fine crystal glitter to the highlights on the balloons, plus the coloured dots around the strings.  I decided to underline the sentiment with my red and yellow pencils because it seemed a little "lost" and I wanted to draw your eye to it.

Here is a close-up piccy of the balloons:


The gorgeous blue border was diecut with my Cuttlebug and one of the border dies from my NEW Nellie Snellen border set MFD-023.  You use the same sandwich as for Spellbinder Nestabilities.  I love this particular die - it is so suited to masculine cards, so I can see myself using it alot.  This particular set is not on Fat Cat's Card Corner's website at the moment, but I'm sure it will be very soon.  You can find all their other Nellie Snellen dies at this link here.  Note that I was careful to attach the border evenly so that the edges matched.  You can always trim down the sides of your card to even things up.

I added a Scor-Pal line above the border - I often do this to just "finish" the edge before I attach it to the rest of a card.  Lastly, I corner-punched the top corners of the white cardstock.  I thought about adding a ribbon, but in the end decided to keep things simple.

And here is my stepped up version:


I stamped the image twice, then cut out just the balloons and popped them up on mounts (dimensionals).  I used various sizes of mounts so the red balloon is the lowest in height and the blue balloon is the highest.   After diecutting the blue border and adding the Scor-Pal line, I ran the blue cardstock through my Cuttlebug using my Swiss dots embossing folder.  The ribbon was attached in 2 separate elements and the bow itself was made with my Bow Easy.  Here is a close-up piccy so you can see the dimension of the balloons:



Thanks again for stopping by!  

Jocelyn


ETA:  In response to Shaz's question: I use Google Picasa (free download from the Internet) to add my details on my photos. 


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Stampendous 'Party Balloons' CRY008 cling rubber, Sentiment from Penny Black 'It's your day' 30-046 clear set

Ink:  Memento Tuxedo black

Accessories:  Cuttlebug, Nellie Snellen Border-2 MFD023 die set, Swiss dots embossing folder, mounts (dimensionals), Derwent Coloursoft + Prismacolor pencils, paper stumps, Odourless Mineral Spirits, Scor-Pal, Bow Easy, ribbon, fine crystal glitter, Designer Dries Clear adhesive (for glitter), cardstock:  sky blue, KW Doggett Knight white

Punches:  Stampin' Up corner punch

11 comments:

Jean McKenzie said...

Jocelyn, This is indeed a lovely clean but bright and cheery card. Love the raised balloons and the blue border against the white card. That is a great border punch.

Shaz in Oz. said...

Ah, Jo-bear..love your card, and its simplicity, sometimes it is too overdone on cards, as Ikki says "less is more".... and came on specially to ask a question of you, please - how do you write on your pictures identifying the work as your own please?? what program do you use?
ta muchly, Shaz in Oz.xx

Shaz in Oz. said...

Thanks Jobear for popping over to my blog and answering my question so very well, truly appreciated and the funny thing Picasa was one I was looking out will check it out and download it at the weekend, God willing, have visitors so may not be then!! Love Shaz In Oz.x PS yes I know I should email but this is easier!! :D

Denise Marzec said...

Oh how SWEET! Love the colors and how you popped up the balloons!

{Lynn - that's me!} said...

Nothing announces a party quite like festive balloons. What a great card, even if you did have to make it twice. (Don't feel bad, we have ALL done that before) Your end results are stellar!

Shaz in Oz. said...

Hi there Jocelyn, I have an award for you over at my blog if you like to pick it up..only if you want to...
I was little perplexed about it as never had one before and dont know many people well enough to do this with so only chose three but you can chose five, you probably know more what to do with these things...Love Shaz in oz.xx

Catherine said...

What a nice card, balloons always say celebrate! Becca at AmazingGraceDesigns wanted to share the Comment wealth and challenged us to follow up on a comment we saw on her blog. Love your blog title and Australia is a place I will someday visit!

Trish said...

Your cards look fantastic,love yor blog ((Trish))

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Carrie said...

this is adorable... love that border.

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