Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Birthday Balloons




Some more cards from this weekend.  I thought I would take the opportunity to knock out some birthday cards.  For those of you who don't know, my husband is a high school teacher and last year he asked me to make birthday cards for all his kids.  That is a lot of cards people.  It nearly killed me towards the end of the year, so I'm trying to get a jump start this summer.

Believe it or not, until last weekend I had never tried SU inks.  I have to say I prefer dye to pigment inks, and these ones were really nice.  I picked four shades of blue/turquoise and just randomly stamped the balloons to create an ombre effect.  So quick and easy.  The balloon is from a Simon Says Stamp set (Birthday Balloons), and the sentiment is Avery Elle (Cake & Candles).

I figured I'd go ahead and try some of the other SU colors so I made a second card.



A thin strip of black cardstock at the bottom anchors the card.  These were so easy to make, definitely mass producible and you could make a really quick and easy gift set too.

I'm going to link this up over at Simon Says Stamp's Work it Wednesday July challenge since the balloon came from one of their sets and I used blue.

That's all for me today!

27 comments:

  1. Love both of these - such a simple & striking design.

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  2. I love the gradient balloons! It's a perfect design to mass produce; your husband will have lots of cards for his students!

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  3. Love these cards!! The ombre effect on the first card is so lovely and the colors are amazing!! The second card is light, happy, and bright!! I think it is so cool what your husband does with his students!! So very awesome!! I totally am impressed by you and him!!

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  4. wow love how you stamped the balloons.. great blend of colors..

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  5. Superb!! Love the gradient in color :) awesome design, will have to try it !

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  6. Wow these are so gorgeous, I don't think I've ever seen better stamping with balloons!

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  7. Wow Miriam! Superb!! So lovely ombre effect card. I love your awesome colour combinations.

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  8. What a wonderful design idea! These just look like a ton of fun to make! Someone is going to feel very special when they get these cards! TFS!

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  9. Oh, these are awesome, Miriam! SU! inks are still my all-time faves! And their ink pads stay wet for the longest time. White inks tend to dry up super fast, but my SU! White ink has been kicking for 12 years, and it's still going strong. Love!

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  10. Brilliant idea!
    Ombré Balloons, now that is GENIUS Miriam!
    Thank You~

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  11. So simple and yet so stunning! Genius idea and the possibilities are endless with colour!

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  12. Fabulous!! I love how the look so good and it was so easy to do! Perfect card to mass produce!!

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  13. These are simply amazing! I love each and everyone of them. They remind me of the big balloons that are sold in Disneyland...so fun and so festive.

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  14. Ombré balloons? LOVE!! Reminds me of looking up at a ceiling filled with balloons!

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  15. These are so cool!!! Love the awesome ombre balloon stamping!!

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  16. Neato! Love the design, and the ombre effect! I was told just awhile ago that ombre is "fading out", but I'm just getting into this trend and I love it!

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  17. Love the ombre effect on these cards...you ideas really are an inspiration! I need to try this!

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  18. Just saw this card on Pinterest and had to check it out. The effect you achieved with stamping adds such depth. Fabulous. Also, it is truly wonderful that you and your husband take the time to get birthday cards to his students. That is kind, generous and impactful.

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  19. Oh geez! I love these cards! One of my favorite ways to stamp--your balloons rock! Way to jump on those cards! ;)

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  20. oh my gosh, what a great idea! Love it!

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  21. Came across this set on pinterest and wanted to tell you how great they are - and your husband too for taking the time to think of each student. :)

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  22. This, coincidentally, came up as a suggested pin in my Pinterest feed, which I repinned. Love it!

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