Handcrafted Valentine's Day Card - Hot Air Balloon

Handcrafted Valentine’s Day Card – Hot Air Balloon

This handcrafted Valentine’s Day card – Hot Air Balloon is made with a wonderful digi-stamp from Imagine That DigiStamps.  They are so awesome.  Check out their site for more great images!  So, I was inspired by a few different challenges for this card.  I knew that I wanted something for travel, something vintage and to use a digi-stamp from Imagine That.  When I saw the hot air balloon image, I knew that was the one!  I created the rest of the design around that image.  I colored the Hot Air Balloon with my water color pencils and added just a bit of distress ink to the edges.

First, I went looking through my paper stacks.  I found a great patterned paper with vintage hot air balloons, mustaches, top hats, and newsprint.  Then, I looked for a patterned red and brown papers.  I have a small addiction to paper, as I may have mentioned before!

Next, I fired up Cricut Design Space and started searching for some more hot air balloons to go with my awesome digi-stamp.  In addition, I found some hearts, gears (which I didn’t end up using), and some flowers.  I cut the images out with my Cricut Explore on the brown and red patterned papers.  Then, I went to work distressing the papers with Tea Dye and Aged Mahogany Distress Inks from Ranger.  I used a q-tip to get into the small crevices of the heart and balloons.

After getting all of the pieces placed where I wanted them to be, I decided that I needed a bit more grunge.  So, I took a piece of brown card stock and tore the edges off for a more worn look.  Then, I distress the edges further with Tea Dye and Aged Mahogany Distress ink.  Next, I crinkled the paper up and used more of the same distress inks.  I repeated the process with the newsprint background paper.

Once I was satisfied with the layout, I glued all of the pieces down and added some extra spice!  I used Glossy Accents to apply some brown and orange sequins and some pretty buttons to the center of the flowers.  Then, I added a bit of Glossy Accents to the hearts on the balloons.

Click on any of the images for a larger view!  Tell me what you think in the comments below.  I love to hear from fellow crafters!


I was inspired by the following challenges.  Please take a moment to look through these great blogs.   They are full of inspiration!

Imagine That Creative Playground – Anything Goes.  I used a wonderful digi-stamp from Imagine That for the main focal point of this design.  You can get this digi-stamp free here!  Check out all of the wonderful design available in their shop.

ITdbk Creative Playground

ITdbk Creative Playground

Challenge # 67 – Vintage from the Card Concept blog.  This blog always has great concept cards and the design team rocks!  For this challenge I used vintage papers and heart die cuts.  The style I think this best matches is Shabby Chic and Vintage.  I have worn edges, re-purposed buttons, and an overall vintage vibe in this design.

The Card Concept Badge

The Card Concept Blog

Simon Says – Transport It from the Simon Says Monday challenge.  For this challenge I chose a hot air balloon as my mode of transportation.  I love the old world feel of the hot air balloons.

Simon Says Monday Challenge

Simon Says Monday Challenge

Challenge #295 – Sequins from the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge blog.  I am so happy I found this blog.  I absolutely love my Cricut and I can’t wait to see all of the wonderful ways people use theirs.  For this challenge I used a few different image cartridges including – a heart from the Trendy T-Shirts cartridge, hot air balloons from the Victorian Romance cartridge and flowers from the Bohemian Wedding cartridge and the Picturesque cartridge.  Then I added some brown and orange sequins that really gave this card its final wow!


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