Blooms from balloon die cuts

Chapter: Projects   Series: Bookmarks & Cards

As I fiddled with the balloon die cuts on the last two cards I made, I felt they needed to turn into flower petals. One of the balloon die that I’ve been using cuts a balloon shape and also frees up a hollow balloon frame. Both of which were used to whip up these two flowery designs. I am also continuing the use of this piece of fabric as well.

Both cards were given a “brad” treatment for that metallic appeal.

The card on the left uses six hollow ballon frames die cut out from the cover sheet of this paper pad (which I use for many of my cards). I re-used this paper because I like the purple shade. On the centre of the flower lies a fabric die cut (I borrowed a die from the Christmas Florals die set). For the background, I die cut a leave stem and used the negative space as a stencil to blend in 2 shades of green.

On the right are five regular balloons die cuts derived from fabric. On the background, I die cut leaves on the card panel a few times at different spots. The die cut leaves were coloured then inlaid back onto the panel.

HOW-TO STEPS

HOLLOW BLOOM

  1. Die cut the hollow balloon frames from paper. I double up the die cuts to make them stronger.
  2. Die cut the leaves to use as a stencil, then with a round blending tool, colour in the leaves at various spots on the card panel.
  3. Die cut a flower centre with fabric and plain cardstock. Paste the fabric onto the cardstock to strengthen it.
  4. Align and paste the hollow frames.
  5. Adhere the flower centre.
  6. Colour a strip of cardstock with a grey marker. I used Copic W1.
  7. Stamp sentiment with Onxy Black ink, then clear heat emboss.
  8. Snip off the pointy ends of 2 brads. Adhere in place.

NON-HOLLOW

  1. Die cut the balloons from fabric (this piece of fabric comes with an adhesive backing) and plain cardstock.
  2. Paste the fabric onto the cardstock to make the die cuts sturdier.
  3. On the main card panel, die cut with the leaves die several times at various spots.
  4. With a blending tool, colour the leaves.
  5. With a tape runner, apply adhesive onto card base. Paste panel onto the card base.
  6. Place the leaves back into their negative spaces.
  7. Align and adhere the balloons with glue. I use my favourite Konishi white glue.
  8. Die cut a flower centre with the paper used above. I double up the die cut to make it sturdier as well.
  9. Adhere it onto the centre of the bloom with glue.
  10. Prepare the sentiment similarly as above.
  11. Snip off the ends of 2 brads. Adhere in place.

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