Monday, 18 April 2011

Balloons and baby girls

DH has a colleague whose wife is expecting a baby girl pretty soon, and he asked me to make a card for them. I've never deliberately bought any baby stamps or images or embellishments. I probably ought to, because I always end up using the same cute little pram embossing folder which came with my Cuttlebug. It's turning into a challenge to myself to use it in different ways, and this week's acetate challenge at Less is More came just at the right time.

The balloon punch was one that a friend in Singapore lent me, and I punched out as many different-coloured scraps with it as I could. I can't believe just how many I've used. Once they're gone, I'm going to have to invest in a punch myself, I can tell. I inked the tops of these with white, and the bottoms with black chalk ink to make them look lit from above. The strings are drawn in with a permanent marker, and the scallop is my favourite threading water punch from Fiskars. The sentiment is stamped on the inside with Staz-On ink - we're going to have to sign the card on the back I think.

I just wish I was better at photographing it - it's like trying to snap white on white, or something with lots of black on it. My camera (or I?) just can't seem to capture it in a way that I'm happy with. I hope you get the idea.

So there you have it.
Less is More "acetate"
Colour Create "pink, black and white"
Simon Says Stamp "for a child"


Chrissie said...

This is so innovative. Those balloons are particularly effective, the shading on them is so subtle, yet gives great dimension.
Super card!
"Less is More"

Dolly Daydreams said...

Gorgeous card , love the balloon effect very clever.


Lynn said...

A lovely card - the balloons are simply flying! I like the embossed pram - I think it is brave to just emboss a small part of acetate. Lynn x

Lizy said...

This is really lovely Squirrel! I love the way it all comes together!
Lizy x

Valerie said...

Stunning, talk about up up and away! The balloons are brilliant, well done!
Val x

Susie Sugar said...

Great design , Love the embossed pram with the attached balloons thats a fab touch
Hugs Susie Sugar xx

Mandi said...

Pretty card, so effective and different
Thanks so much, have a good week
Less is More

Susan said...

It's not you or the camera...acetate is just difficult to photograph! Beautiful card!

debby4000 said...

Oh this is fabulous.
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Challenges.

Lynne said...

Brilliant card, love those balloons.
Lynne xxx

Nora said...

This is adorable!! I LOVE the balloons streaming from that embossed image!!

Debgem said...

Love the balloons flying off the pram handle - great idea!! Super card.

sasa said...

very creative and stylish!
Thanks for sharing! Sarah at 164