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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Vellum Balloons -- Party Time Tuesday May Challenge

Hi there!

It's the first Tuesday of the month--can you believe it's May already?!?!--and it's the start of Party Time Tuesday's "Anything Goes" challenge!  Anything Goes challenges are the easiest to enter, so whip up something good and join us in the fun!

I really love this card. I love that the background is a great contrast against the colorful balloons and the splattered paint look.  I don't know what it is about this look, but ever since I was a little girl, I've always thought splattered paint looked so fun. It's imperfect and messy and just has an awesome result. Here's another card I made using this technique.

I actually used vellum for the  balloons because I wanted something transparent.  You can see through balloons, so it made sense to try to make a card with balloons that you could see through. This was messy and not really easy, but FUN!  I smeared Distress Inks on a piece of vellum and let it dry before using a variety of balloon dies. While the ink was drying, I smooshed the same colors of Distress Inks onto an acrylic block and liberally sprayed them with water. Using a paintbrush, I just flicked the paint onto the cardstock.  Wherever it landed is where it stayed :) If you're a bit of a perfectionist and don't like something you don't have a lot of control over, this might not be the best technique for you, but I would encourage you to try!

After the splattering dried, I glued on the vellum balloons. This isn't fun. Ever.  I didn't want to use tape or glue dots because you can see them through the vellum, so I decided that I would use glue all over the back of them. It was sticky and some of the ink came off, but it worked and that's all I wanted :)  I used a think tipped Sharpie to draw the balloon lines with a ruler and attached them with an adorable bow.  

Supplies Used:
Distress Inks in Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean and Picked Raspberry
Impression Obsession Herringbone Background Stamp
Tombo Mono Multi Glue
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Sharpie Marker in Black
Mama Elephant Good Times Stamp Set
Paper Smooches Wise Dies

Thanks for stopping by today!  Don't forget to join us in the challenge at PTT!

Clear it out Challenge--Anything Goes
Everybody Art Challenge #323--Happy Birthday
Pinspirational Challenges
Crafty Cardmakers #138--Make Your Own Background
Lawnscaping Challenges--Watercolors
Crafting Musketeers #25--Use a Die Cut
Mema's Crafts--Anything Goes


  1. I love this, beautiful background. So fun. Thank you so much for joining us at {PIN}spirational challenge.
    Naz xxx

  2. Absolutely love the bright vellum balloons on your card and the colourful background ;o) Thank you for playing along with us over at {PIN}spirational Challenge.

  3. What an awesome bunch of balloons!! Love all of the bright colors. Such a happy card!! Thank you so much for playing along with us at Lawnscaping Challenges! :)

  4. so gorgeous, the balloons are fab and i love the bright colours ;D

    xx coops xx

    1. Thank you, coops! I'm so far behind in commenting on posts, but I've got a handful of yours that I've been meaning to say something about :)

  5. Most delightful and full of color. Thanks for playing with us at Mema's Crafts and we hope you will visit with us again real soon. Good luck in the challenge.

  6. Thanks for sharing your lovely crafting for Crafting Musketeers challenge 25, Hazel, DT Crafting Musketeers x

  7. Amazing card!I love the layers of balloons! Thanks for playing the Lawnscaping Challenge!

  8. Love your card, great tutorial on how you did the balloons, thanks for joining us at clear it out Tuesday for the ATG challenge

  9. A fabulous card. I love the splattered ink background and the balloons are great. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers and more. Sally.x.

  10. Your card is cute!!! Thanks so much for participating in our {PIN}SPIRATIONAL challenge!! Hope to see you again for our next challenge!!
    A Little Bit O' Paper

  11. Fabulous, thank you for entering this months challenge over at the Crafting Musketeers Challenge Blog xx

  12. I love this card! I'm sure there are less messy ways to achieve this look and might be experimenting to find it. hahahaha! Using the vellum was a super idea. Thanks for leaving me a great comment about my MelonHeadZ Rain Girl card and for following my blog! Your blog is such a happy one and I'm glad you left me your link!!! Thank you!! Hugs, Gail

    1. Thank you, Gail! I'm happy to have you here :) I should experiment with less messy options for this one some time LOL

  13. Love the idea of coloring vellum with distress ink, have to give it a try myself:) Very inspiring!

  14. What a fun background and great idea to use the vellum for your balloons. So very cute.

  15. Oh, what a fun, fun card, love this colorful bunch of balloons, clever idea to make them all from Vellum since balloons are clear. Thank you for sharing your beautiful card at LiveLoveCards.
    Maria Rodriguez.


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