Balloon Birthday Card

Flashback Friday: This Balloon Birthday Card is a Center Step Portrait Card originally posted on September 30, 2011. It also includes a Template for you to use. Use your own stamps and or Designer Series Paper to make your OWN version of this card.

Please check out the original post HERE. There is even a Template included with all the measurements and instructions.

Here are some suggestions for current products you could use.
Balloon Duet Punch #140609
Balloon Celebration Photopolymer Stamps #140675
Icing on the Cake Photopolymer Stamps #143664

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The Stockings Were Hung by the Chimney with Care…..

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We made these cards at my last class.  Mine is the first one.  My daughter-in-law stepped hers up a bit, so I am showing hers also.

The stocking were hung by the chimney with care...
Here is Kristi’s stepped up version. hopes that Saint Nickolas soon would be there.

  Stitched Stockings  (Holiday Mini) page 34  w#123782  c#123784
Bright Hopes  (Holiday Mini) page 32  w#122690  c#122692
Woodgrain page 151 #117100
Inks:  Garden Green
Real Red
Cherry Cobbler
Poppy Parade
Early Espresso (Kristi’s-woodgrain on mantle)
Card Stock:  Whisper White
River Rock
Basic Gray
Basic Black (Kristi’s-fireplace center)
Cherry Cobbler (Kristi’s-rug)
Punch:  Stocking Builder  (Holiday Mini) page 34  #124095
Big Shot:  Top Note die (fireplace mantle) page 222  #113463
Stripes embossing folder  page 218  #123128
Square Lattice embossing folder  page 218  #119976
non SU scalloped oval Nestability for rug
Embellishments:  Mini Jingle Bells  (Holiday Mini)  page 30  #124116
Cherry Cobbler 1/2″ Scallop Dots Ribbon  page 195  #124138
Basic Pearls  page 198  #119247
Real Red 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon page 195  #119251  (Kristi’s)
Cherry Cobbler/White Baker’s Twine  page 194  #123125  (Kristi’s)
VersaMark Ink pad, Black Embossing powder page 201  #109133 (Kristi’s-rug sentiment)
Black marker (Kristi’s-around rug)
non SU:  Red Sharpie marker

  Stamp wreath in Garden Green on Whisper White card front (4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″).  Position in Stripes embossing folder making sure top portion with wreath is positioned as desired.   Color pearls with Red Sharpie marker as place as desired on wreath.  I also used some white pearls.  I used the smallest size.  Tie desired ribbon in a knot or bow.  Adhere to wreath with glue dots.
2.  Run Basic Gray card stock (2-1/2″ x 4-1/4″), and Basic Black card stock (about 2″square) if desired, through Big Shot using Square Lattice embossing folder.  Adhere to bottom of card front for your fireplace.
3.  Cut River Rock “mantle” (3/4″ or 1″ x 4-1/2″) using Top Note die, being sure to cut the longest side.   Stamp Woodgrain on with Early Espresso ink if desired.  Adhere to card front:  flat-use Snail; for 3D effect: place one Dimensional at edge then place 2 Dimensionals stacked together next to the 1 Dimensional (do at both side edges and in center).  You want the top of the mantle to be close to the striped embossed card stock, and you want the mantle raised/higher toward the Gray card stock.  Hopefully this is clearer than mud.  🙂
4.  Stamp stockings on Whisper White cardstock and decorate as desired.  Punch with Stocking punch.  If using Baker’s twine, punch hole with Paper Piercing tool and thread twine through hole and tie a bow (You can also pierce a hole in the mantle to attach the stockings with Baker’s twine).  If using Mini Jingle Bells, adhere with glue dots.
5a. If you want a flat card, attach the whole card front to the 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ Whisper White card base.  You are finished!
5b.  If you want an Easel Card:  score the 4-1/4″ x 11″ Whisper White card base at around 3″ (depending on how you want you easel) and 5-1/2″.  Fold as shown in picture.  Lay the card front over the card base with the extra fold.  Adhere card front to the card base at the lower half only-the top needs to be adhesive free so the card can stand up properly. (See photo)  Now make a rug using the Nestability, an oval punch or die cut, or a rectangle piece of card stock.  It needs to be wide enough and deep enough to look nice in front of the fireplace and to help your card stand up at the desired angle.  Stamp or decorate as desired.  Adhere with Dimensionals.  Stand it up and admire your beautiful card.
Happy Stamping!

Patterned Party-Part 3

Here is the final day of our Patterned Party week.  I made this card for my son’s birthday.
Let's Have a Party

  Patterned Party  page 68 w#123065  c#123067
Ink:  Real Red
Markers:  Pacific Point
Real Red
Card Stock:  Pacific Point card base:  4-1/4″ x 11″
Whisper White-  Center Front Panel:  2″ x 4-1/4″, Lower Front Panel:  3/4″ x 3-3/4″, Two Side Panels-each:  3/4″ x 4-1/4″
Brads:  Square Fire Rhinestone Brads  page 198  #109112
Tools:  Paper Cutter/Trimmer  page 208  #104152
Bone Folder  page 207  #102300
Piercing Tool  page 207  #116631
Mat Pack  page 207  #105826
wire cutters or scissors

  Cut and score card base as on Template.  Be very careful so you only fold the Side Panels at 1″ and 2″.  Now with the side panels folded in, align the bottom edges of the front and back of the card base.  Use your bone folder to make the folds where directed on Template.  Whew!  The hard part is done!

Side View

2.  Center Front Panel.  Color “Balloon” stamp using Pacific Point and Real Red Markers.  Remoisten with your breath and stamp.  Use your Mat Pack and Piercing Tool to evenly space holes for Brads at corners.  Trim off ends of Brad with wire cutters if they stick out.  Put Dimensionals on the back and adhere to Center Front Panel of card front.
3.  Lower Front Panel.  Stamp “diamond strip” with Real Red ink.  Use Mat Pack and Piercing Tool to position holes for brads at ends of “diamond strip”.  Insert Brads.  Trim of ends if necessary.  Use Snail to adhere to Lower Front Panel of card base.
4.  Two Side Panels.  Stamp “diamond strip” on each Whisper White Side Panel leaving enough room for a Brad at the top end.  There will be more white showing at the bottom than at the top.  Insert Brads as above.  Adhere to Side Panels with Snail.
5.  Admire your wonderful card!

Patterned Party-Part 2

I made this card for my Husband’s birthday.  It is my first Landscape Center Step Fun Fold card.

Patterned Party in Marina Mist, Wild Wasabi, Soft Suede

  Patterned Party  page 68  w#123065  c#123067
Card Stock:  Marina Mist card base:  5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″
Soft Suede-  Center Front Layer:  3-3/16″ x 3-1/8″, Two Side Panels:  3/4″ x 3″ each
Whisper White-  Center Front:  2-15/16″ x 3″, Lower Front: 3/4″ x 5-1/4″, Two Side Panels: 1/2″ x 3″, Scrap to stamp on
Inks:  Marina Mist
Soft Suede
Markers:  Marina Mist
Wild Wasabi
Soft Suede
Tools:  Paper Cutter/Trimmer  page 208  #104152
Bone Folder  page 207  #102300
Simply Scored Scoring Tool  (Holiday Mini) page 7

1.  Cut and score card base as on Template.  Fold 1″ and 2″ score lines so card stock folds behind the lower front.  Place Bone Folder next to you.  Align Back and Front lower edges with side panels, being careful not to let any middle parts fold.  Take your Bone Folder now and fold the Center Front and both Side Panels at the middle.  (This would sure be easier if I could figure out how to do a video!)  Whew!  Take a DEEP Breath!  The hard part is over!
Side View
  Center Front Panel.  Figure out exactly how and where you are going to stamp the “banner”.  Color the Pennants with Marina Mist and Wild Wasabi Markers, alternating every other one.  Color the “strings” with the Soft Suede Marker.  Remoisten with your breath several times and stamp.  Adhere to Soft Suede Layer, then adhere to card front.
3.  Lower Front.  Stamp “diamond strip” in Marina Mist diagonally to cover the 3/4″ x 5-1/4″ Whisper White.  Adhere to Lower Front of Card base.
4.  Side Panels.  Stamp “diamond strip” in Marina Mist on both of the 1/2″ x 3″ Whisper White pieces.  Adhere to Soft Suede layers with the bottoms being even, not layered.  Adhere to side panels of card front.
5.  Color and stamp “gift boxes” with Marina Mist and Wild Wasabi Markers.  Cut around edges.  Put Dimensionals on back and set aside.  Stamp “cake” with Soft Suede ink.  Cut around edges and put Dimensionals on back.  Before removing Dimensionals back papers, decide on image placement.  Remove back papers and place images.
6.  You now have a Fun Fold Birthday card to surprise a guy in your life!