Thursday, July 3, 2014

Balloon Day!

Today, yours truly is hosting the Ways to Use It Challenge on Splitcoast, and today I want you to use balloons.  Last summer, I had a little run in with a balloon that I swore was going to land on my head, but I still love seeing them up in the sky.  Emphasis on UP in the sky!  My first card for the challenge uses one said hot air balloon:

This card will be going to Operation Write Home, as the Miss You cards are in the highest demand.  This is simply a background I made with spray ink and a scene I cut out with my Silhouette.  The background takes a bit to dry, but overall, the card is pretty simple to make.
Before you get all up in arms about how I did the background for this card (and the next one!), here's all I did...  First of all, paint a small layer of gesso on some white card stock, then spray some ink on your craft sheet.  I wanted a wispy sky-looking blue, so I added some water directly on top of the spray on my craft sheet.  It ends up looking like this:

Then I cut the card stock sheet into 4 pieces and smashed it into my fun mix.  And I ended up with this:

I dry lots of stuff on that poor towel, as you can tell. :)
Since I had 4 pieces, I needed to do one more, and here it is:

I cut 3 balloons from felt with the Make a Wish Balloons by Taylored Expressions.  I poked some twine in there, then added a greeting cut with the "torn paper" die-namic from the Blueprints 13 set from MFT.  Those blueprints die-namics have SO many fun uses!  I had cut the little banner from that set to put the balloons on, also, but I totally lost it on my disaster of a craft desk.  The sentiment is from an old MFT sentiment set, also.
Be sure to come back tomorrow for Operation Write Home's Virtual Card Making Party!  Your truly is hosting a challenge first thing in the morning!  See you tomorrow!

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