Hi everyone! Some new stamps from The Alley Way Stamps have recently come out that I wanted to use for today's card. They have some cute creatures that are perfect for birthday cards, but I wanted to show you a way to use the "simpler" stamps that you might not think of using as the centerpiece for your card.
Both the "Party Pooper" and the "It's My Party" stamp sets come with a balloon stamp, so I used both of them and alternated them to create a cluster of balloons. I colored them in with Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens (watercolor marker pens) to create some nice variances in color to make them look three dimensional.
To add even more to the balloons, I then went over them with my Wink of Stella glitter pen - you need to move fast with this, because the liquid will reactivate the watercolor pens. And then I went over all the balloons with a layer of Glossy Accents to make them more dimensional and even more realistic.
The Glossy Accents take a while to dry completely, so I left that for a few hours before coming back to my card. But once it's dry, it creates the perfect mask for a background. Before doing that, I heat embossed a sentiment in the bottom right corner in white. This will also resist the watercoloring I did after. I went over the background of the card with a light wash of blue/grey/purple, but made sure that it was darker around the sentiment so that it created enough of a contrast with the white words to be legible.
To finish off, I simply trimmed off some of the edges and mounted it onto a light aqua card base, adding a line of red woodgrain washi tape along the edge for some contrast, and to tie in a red color. To bring in one more element of red, I colored in a wood veneer heart with Copic markers and adhered that near my sentiment.
Here's the video with the entire process:
It's a pretty simple card with minimal stamps, but the extra elements and care you take to dress up those stamps is what can make a card special!