Today's card is a result of a reject. Do you hold onto card elements that you made that you never used? That's what happened with the little Happy Birthday banner on this card. I received the Birthday Banners stamp set as an all-attendee giveaway at last month's OnStage conference. I've actually pulled it out to use a few times but struggled....maybe because I'm lazy! You see, there's a new set of framelits coming out in June that coordinates perfectly with the banners and labels in this set. Unfortunately, demonstrators aren't able to pre-order that particular set of framelits. So, I was reduced to fussy cutting. ACK!
How'd I do? Pretty good, huh? So good that I didn't want to toss this little piece. I'd actually made it for Monday's card but I didn't like it on the card. It's just been floating around my desk ever since. I also had some gold foil and vellum scraps laying around and thought....hmmm...I could make that little banner take flight under a group of balloons! And, Voila! Today's card was designed.
I think the only thing I wish I'd done differently is to draw straight lines on the balloons. I purposefully drew them kinda squiggly. But, if balloons are pulling up a banner, they'd be taught, right?
So, that brings me to my tips for this project....
I used vellum cardstock. Adhesive is always very difficult to hide under vellum. I very strategically hid glue dots under where the gold foil balloon.
Lesson learned: If you're going to draw balloon lines, I'd recommend not waiting until the very end! I had gaps between my balloons and my banner. So, I had to gently rip my banner off and re-adhere it a bit higher. The banner will hide the ends anyway!
Use your bone folder to curl the ends of the banner. I know it's not incredibly visible from the photo above, but both ends of my banner gently curl away from the card base - making it look like it's fluttering.
There are a few sneak peeks on today's card! So, I can't link to the sneak peeks since it's not yet June 1st. However, I can list them!
- Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper (Sneak Peek page 172)
- Birthday Banners (Sneak Peek page 15 - coordinating Bunch of Banners framelits are on page 193)