Friday, 30 April 2021

Simon Says Stamp Born To Sparkle Blog Hop ~ Day 2

Hello creative friends and Happy Friday...

It's day 2 of the Simon Says Stamp Born To Sparkle blog hop and I'm so excited to be joining in as one of the stops. If you've been hopping along, you'll have arrived here from my Monday Challenge teamie, the very talented Anna-Karin ~ but if you've just popped by and want to join us then you can head back to the beginning at Simon Says Stamp's Blog. Also don't forget that you can check out this awesome release in full, by clicking HERE!

We also have a special promotion running with this hop and for a limited time only when you shop during our Born to sparkle releases blog hop, you can claim a FREE gift of a Island Crush ink cube set and all you need to do is use the code: CRUSH428 Offer is valid until 2nd May or while stocks last.


For this blog hop I created a card, and combined the gorgeous Party Balloons stamp with the Congrats On A Line Wafer Die. I chose to colour my balloons blue, because I was making this particular card for a new born baby boy, but there are so many other options, pink for a girl, multicoloured for a party or just choose the recipients favourite colour to make it personal ~ the choices are endless and all you have to do is pick a colour!
So, let's get started and here's how I made my vintage style baby card...
To begin with I cut a panel of Tim Holtz Distress watercolour card, 11 x 19cm. I placed the balloon stamp onto my Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, inked it with Versamark Embossing Ink and stamped a portion of the image onto the card panel.

I then sprinkled gold embossing powder over the ink, tapped away the excess before heat embossing the powder until molten.

In the top right hand corner, I added a second, raised set of balloons by stamping this portion of the stamp once more and then fussy cutting around the outline.
I chose to watercolour all the balloons, including the fussy cut balloons, using Distress Inks. Applying the colour of each ink onto my glass mat and then picking up the ink with a water brush and applying it to the image.

The colours I used in order of application were: Speckled Egg, Broken China, Peacock Feathers and Faded Jeans.

Between each layer of ink, I always heat dry before adding the next colour and I coloured the confetti with gold watercolour paint.
Once I had finished the artwork and added white gel pen highlights, I inked inbetween the balloons using Antique Linen Distress Ink and a blending tool. I also added a few splatters of the ink, that I watered down and just flicked across the panel with a paint brush. After attaching the fussy cut balloons using foam pads to raise them and add dimension, I inked the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink before adding a machine stitched border around the outside edge.

With the balloon in place, I added a small bow.
I then matted the panel onto slate grey card, followed by a layer of gold card before mounting the matted layers onto a black card blank.

Moving on, I added some gold stars, these are die cut from Metallic Kraft Cardstock using the Sizzix Falling Stars Thinlits Die by Tim Holtz.
I attached a selection of stars, all different sizes, to my card panel, placing a Little Things From Lucy, gold jewel in the centre of the larger stars.
Now for the wording that sits across the card and for this I used the Congrats On A Line wafer thin die set. Taking the smaller of the two dies, I cut Mixed Media Heavystock card, three separate times and then layered them and stuck them together to form one die cut, the thickness of chipboard.

To add the sparkle, I used Tim Holtz Vintage Platinum Glitter Dust. I applied a coat of Matte Collage Medium over the surface of the die cut wording and working quickly, I sprinkled the glitter over the top. Tap away the excess and left it to dry thoroughly.
After using the die once more to cut a piece of slate grey card, I layered the glittered wording over the top, slightly offsetting this to create a drop shadow behind the die cut.
I attached the wording across my balloon panel.

Finally, I added some pearl embellishments to either side of the wording. I used Fresh Water Pearlz from Buttons Galore & More and attached each pearl to cascade down either side using Matte Collage Medium.
So that completes my card for today and I hope you loved what I've created and it's inspired you with some ideas.
Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by today ~ stay safe and keep well.
Love Emma xxx

HOP DETAILS
Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $25 coupon to every stop on the hop from your blog comment section. We’ll choose your winners and post on our Simon Says Stamp blog on Wednesday, the 5th of May. Your winner can email us to claim his/her prize

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Recipe for project:

Simon Says Stamp Born To Sparkle Release: Party Balloons stampCongrats On A Line Wafer Die
Simon Says Stamp products: Slate Card
Tim Holtz/Sizzix: Falling Stars
Distress Inks: Walnut Stain, Antique Linen, Speckled Egg, Broken China, Peacock Feathers and Faded Jeans

81 comments:

  1. Really pretty vintage card. Love the blues that you achieved from water coloring with the distress inks.

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  2. These balloons are great for so many kinds of celebrations!! TFS

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  3. Love how you colored the balloons-so festive!

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  4. This card has great depth! Beautiful!

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  5. This card looks like a party!

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  6. This is a celebration of a stamp that would work for cards for everyone, of every age! So perfect.

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  7. I need a graduation card idea and think the balloons will be a perfect solution! Thanks!

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  8. Beautiful card! Love the touches of gold!

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  9. I love the look of this!! It's perfect!!

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  10. I loved this stamp from the beginning, but you convinced me to put it in my cart! I never noticed the confetti on the stamp until your card!! I love your card, and I love that you made it for a new baby!

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  11. Now that's a celebration! Love the colorssssssss

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  12. Too pretty. I would love to try this.

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  13. Gorgeous card! Love the colors...
    Thanks for sharing.

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  14. Love the details from the balloons to the stars and those absolutely adorable pearl button clusters for the die cut sentiment. Love!

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  15. Always a fan of blue. Very pretty!

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  16. Beautiful! It almost has a vintage look to it!

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  17. Such a festive card! Love the sparkle and the shine1

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  18. Wow- I would never have thought to mix vintage with whismical birthday image like that. It came out great!

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  19. Very beautiful and elegant card. Love the vintage look! Thanks for sharing!

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  20. This is fantastic! I love the gold and blues together, the texture and added layering and details. You make me want this stamp!

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  21. Super gorgeous card. Anyone would love to receive it!

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  22. It's rare that I describe a card as both "beautiful" and "fun", but this one definitely ticks both boxes! Amazing!

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  23. Such a pretty card Emma. I love that new colour! 💚

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  24. Love the whimsy feel of your card! Beautiful!

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  25. Your balloon background is so special and unique. I love it! And, your card is gorgeous!

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  26. So very beautiful! And sparkly and dimensional.

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  27. Simply stunning! What an excellent work of art!

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  28. Beautiful, love the colors

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  29. Emma, your card is captivating. I love everything about it.

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  30. That is such a fun card! Love it!

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  31. This is Gorgeous!!!! I love the vintage vibe!!!

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  32. Gorgeous! You call it vintage for a baby and I think it covers everything in between to adult stunning! The gold confetti and Pearl's and bow is just beautiful. This party balloon stamp is just wonderful! This baby card is truly born to Sparkle!!

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  33. Love this balloon card - the colors and the design are wonderful. Thank you for sharing.

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  34. Great vintage style. Thank you for showing the balloon stamp. Thanks for a chance to win. Michelle t

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  35. I love the sparkle and stars!

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  36. love your use of the white gel pen to add details - will have to remember to do that next time!

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  37. Such a fun playful stamp. Love the colors you used.

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  38. Wow! Love this. It’s so versatile. You did a great job with the colors and the gold makes it pop.

    Cheri
    John 3:16

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  39. Gorgeous, love the added gold!

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  40. Wow, I love this card and the color choices, Thanks for the inspiration.

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  41. So festive and pretty! Love the balloons and the way you colored them!

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  42. oooh this is lovely - I really like the pearl embellishments to finish it off!!

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  43. What an awesome card! I love the gold accents!

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  44. So beautiful!! I have to say I'm not normally a huge vintage fan, but this is just stunning!!

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  45. Wow! Your card is absolutely gorgeous! I love everything about it- the colors, the stitching, the pearls.... I can go on and on!

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  46. Love this stamp! You show it off so nicely.

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  47. Your card is a work of art...beautiful. I never thought about using this balloon stencil for a baby card!

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  48. What a fun card! I love these balloons!

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  49. all the details make this card perfection!!!

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  50. Happy... that’s how your cards makes me feel! Thanks for the smiles!

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  51. You really made this stamp come to life.

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  52. A happy-making card.
    Flying balloons seem to
    give you a sense of freedom.
    Love the colors and adding the
    fussy-cut balloons was a great
    idea. thanks for sharing
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  53. What a beautiful card, and superb idea to use as a new baby card! I love the added touch of the sweet stars-- perfect w/ the baby theme as babies are heaven-sent!thanks for the lovely inspiration!

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    1. And as I scrolled back up to your pics, I noticed even more to love- from the stitching to the confetti to the baubles. Just had to share that your card continued to call out to me, and how much I appreciate *every* detail!

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  54. Hi, Emma - At first glance, this card is much simpler than it actually is. Thank you for providing the written commentary so that I could learn how you got the glittery letters (it's not glitter cardstock) and how you got all the little embellishments... and the colors you used to get that perfect mix of blues. What a beautiful job you've done!! I think it was definitely worth the fussy cutting to add the dimension of those raised balloons. This is one amazing card! How lucky the recipients are to have the incredible gift of a child and a cool bonus of a card from you!
    Lori S in PA

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  55. Magical and so festive, all the little details you added made a huge difference!!!

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  56. These lovely blues pair nicely with the gold and brown!

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  57. Such a pretty card! The balloons are so fun!

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  58. Yep, now I gotta buy the stamp AND the die. lol Thanks for the awesome card!

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  59. Your watercolored card is very handsome.

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  60. This gives me a great idea for my son’s birthday. Thanks for sharing your art.

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  61. Wow, and I really mean, WOW! This is my favorite of the blog hop! Your coloring of the balloons is spot on and CONGRATS in the Distress Glitter makes such an impressive statement. Wonderful make, as always!

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  62. I love the color scheme and the fun technique to create die cut shadow!

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  63. wow, absolutely beautiful!

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  64. I love your thought process on the colouring of the balloons. It's such a lovely card. I definitely want to get both the stamp set and stencil used here as I love them. Thanks for sharing.

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Thank you for all your comments and messages, they are all appreciated and I hope you'll come back and visit again soon...
Emma ~xx

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