Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Edwards's Birthday card

Len's niece has a son who we love dearly, called Edward. Making cards for him always taxes me as he has problems which mean it's a fine balance between making a card that's too adult for him yet making sure it isn't too childish either. Whilst all the goodies were still out for the SU 'Wading birds/sunset' card I showed last week - it seemed wise to press on and make Edward's card ready for his Birthday tomorrow.

I hopped over to Pinterest for ideas and found loads of different ways to make balloons as toppers for cards. Not having a balloon shaped die, I sort of cobbled together a combination of ideas and came up with this:
I used:

- 6" x 6" square white card blank

- the orange backing card is SU's 'Tangelo Twist', topped with a piece of cloud paper from a free paper pack which came with Quick Cards Made Easy magazine, way back in 2012

- the balloons were good fun to make. My oval punches didn't look right so I opted to use SU's 1.3/8th circle punch and three different snippets of card stock. To make the bit at the bottom of the balloon is so easy if you have the SU 'Owl Builder' punch - it's just one of the owl's feet with a bit of body above so you can adhere it behind the circle - but, you could always cut them just freehand of course. Then I inked round the edges of the balloons with slightly darker ink for dimension before adding the white lines using a white Signo pen to make the balloons look more realistic

- matching bakers twine was just tied gently round each balloon before they were added to the card using sticky pads

- I then laid the long ends of the twine over some double sided tape before adding the sentiment on top and then trimming the bottom ends

- the sentiment was stamped using 'Tangelo Twist' and Inca Stamp's 'Dot Birthday' before being die cut using a Lil'Inkers 'Stitched rectangle die and then popped onto a slightly larger rectangle of 'Tangelo Twist' card before being adhered to the card with sticky pads

Let's just hope I remembered to post the card - if not, there's gonna be a little scurry here :)

PS - I checked and I did post it last week - yay for staggering to the Post Office (complete with sick bag - thank you nasty virus!) and making sure his card was amongst the post!

Di
x

23 comments:

  1. oh, this is cute Di! I recognized those owl feet immediately! LOL I love the sentiment panel and cannot live without my stitched rectangles from Lil Inker now that I finally caved and bought them :) Great birthday balloons!!

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  2. Cute balloons and a delightful card! So fun with that sky background paper too. Fantastic!!!
    Lynn

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  3. Fantastic card Di, love how you made the balloons, (I have the owl punch so I'll try and remember that if I want a bigger balloon than my dies,) love the font on the sentiment too, Cathy x

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  4. Fun card - a very HAPPY birthday card!

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  5. What a super card, Di! Love the balloons--so creative!

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  6. This looks just right Di!! Love your improvisation for the balloons, they look great!! xx

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  7. Brilliant idea using the owl feet! Love the balloons and the clouds, a great card x

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  8. This is such a fab card! loving the bright colours, and the balloons are perfect! x

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  9. Love how you made the balloons. Terrific background paper for them too. Hugs, Sarn xxx

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  10. Perfect card! Your balloons are great - clever idea to use the owl punch too!

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  11. A brilliant card Di, I love how you made your balloons.
    Kath x

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  12. I love your bright and colorful balloons, so realistic, love the idea of using owl punch!!!

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  13. Great card and those balloons are wonderful . I like your idea with owls feet too....very innovative.

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  14. This is a lovely card Di and what a great idea to use the owl's feet for the balloon bottoms and some good shadows and highlights to give them shape. The freebie cloud paper is just perfect too. x

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  15. Great design Diane, really like this one!
    hugs Jacee
    Simply Paper Card Design

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  16. What a super happy fun card. The balloons look great on the cloud paper.
    Jean x

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  17. What a fab card Di the balloons are fab and I love that cloud paper !! huggles Sue xxx

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  18. Well l think you hit the nail on the head with this one Di it's perfect for Lens nephew not childish or too grown up xx

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  19. Perfick! Love it!
    Great idea that I may have to borrow off you.
    Hugs
    xx

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  20. You are a trooper Di to go to the post office and mailed this out to Edward. I am loving how your balloon card turned out! It's so bright and has such a happy and cheery feeling to it. I love how you made your balloons, and boy do I ever love that cloud paper. I think you knock with birthday card out the part! Hugs, Brenda

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  21. Great card Di...Bet it was loved! Gkad to hear you are feeling better!

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