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.
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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.
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.
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.
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!