Sunday, 22 April 2012

Mashed Up Balloons...

Hi there,

I was playing around yesterday with a number of challenges and ended up combining three for this card - the Friday Mashup challenge (to use their sketch plus the ghosting technique), the Colour Q colours and the Case Study challenge. Here's the inspiration line up...

I pulled out a new set from the Summer mini catty called Up, Up and Away and decide to make a man's card...

I took inspiration from Laurie's card with the black card base with rounded corners, plus the woodgrain panel and the pop of colour against the neutral background. I made the woodgrain panel using the following steps:
  1. Stamp the Woodgrain background stamp on glossy white cardstock using Versamark ink
  2. Leave to dry
  3. Drag the Charcoal inkpad from SU's distressing kit from top to bottom, ovelapping each streak slightly
  4. Rub off excess ink with some kitchen towel to reveal the woodgrain pattern underneath.
I was really happy with how this turned out - exactly the effect I wanted! The balloons were stamped using two-step stamping and a combination of More Mustard, Cajun Craze and Stazon ink, together with the baskets using Charcoal ink. I cut them out and layered them on a panel that I'd stamped some birds and clouds on (also using Charcoal ink but stamping off to get paler impressions). The sentiment is from For the Family and is punched and layered using my favourite sentiment combo - the word window and modern label punches. I added some glittery brads either side, and some linen thread and baker's twine to the top of the tag to finish off.

Here's the recipe:
Stamps: Up, Up and Away, Woodgrain, For the Family
Ink: Versamark, More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Charcoal, Stazon
Paper: Glossy White, Basic Black, Whisper White, Basic Grey
Tools: Modern label punch, word window punch, Two Tags die
Accessories: glimmer brads,  linen thread, baker's twine

Thanks for stopping by!

x Amy x


  1. What a fun card, Amy, I love your background for the tag! Thanks for joining us this week at the ColourQ and sharing your card!

  2. I Like the way you matted your image within the tag, as well as the unusual knot. Very nice. Blessings!

  3. Oh, excellent man's card! They are always the hardest. Thanks for joining us at CASE study this week :)

  4. this awesome, great details!

    enjoy *~*

  5. I really like the background you've achieved. Those balloons really do look like they are floating on air.

    Thanks for playing along with us this week.

    Kasey ~ in Oz
    Friday Mashup DT

  6. Fantastic combination of challenges and a lovely result! Your woodgrain background looks amazing! Thanks for joining us this week at the ColourQ!

  7. Superb masculine card. Love the balloons and the woodgrain. x

  8. Amazing number of challenges! Congrats on being named a Colour Queen Courtier for your great card!

  9. OOOh!!! This is such a fun card! Great take on last week's challenge! Thanks for sharing this with us at CASE Study Challenge! :)

  10. Great masculine card! I love the colors and the hot air balloons! Thanks for joining us at The Friday Mashup this week!

  11. Absolutely gorgeous! Great take on the challenge! Congrats. Thanks for joining us at the Friday Mashup this week!

  12. Great take on the challenge Amy.. I love that background and they colors in your ballons are perfect! Thanks for joining us at the Friday Mashup.