Fabric outline shaker balloons

Chapter: Projects   Series: Bookmarks & Cards

My second fabric card has just a little bit of fabric sneaked in. The card design involves die cut balloons and balloon frames made with 2 different dies by Kaisercrafts. The first cuts out a balloon and free up a hollow frame at the same time, while the other die simply cuts out a slightly bigger balloon. I made the negative balloon spaces cut from the second die into shaker areas, and pasted the frames to the front of the windows.

Balloon shakers “held together” by a brad.

The left and right most balloon frames are made with adhesive-sheet-attached-behind for both fabric and polypropylene (PP) respectively. Only the middle is cut from a cover sheet saved from a paper pad, as I felt the card needed a shade of purple and purple paper was all I had. I describe the steps I took below.


  1. Align and die cut a balloon (using the second die as mentioned above) on cardstock. Repeat 2 more times.
  2. On a new piece of cardstock that will be used as the background for shaker balloons, mark out the areas where the balloons are using the panel made earlier as a guide. Then colour the areas with markers. I used Copics in shades of pink, purple and blue.
  3. Paste a sheet of clear plastic behind the open areas of the cardstock.
  4. On the back of the panel, build a wall around each of the balloon with foam tape. I did run the powder tool around the sides of the foam tapes to remove some of the stick. Fill each one with beads, then shield it with the cardstock made from step 2.
  5. Die cut the balloon frame on fabric, PP and paper.
  6. Adhere these frames onto the front of the windows, but don’t press down the ends of the balloons quite yet.
  7. Tie thread around the ends of each balloon frame, then press down the frames to adhere fully.
  8. Bring the threads of the three balloons to one spot, hold in place with a small blob of glue.
  9. Top it with a brad (that has its pointy ends snipped off).
  10. On strips of cardstock, run the same Copic markers across. Stamp sentiments with Versamark ink and white heat emboss. Trim the strips to size. I ran a warm grey Copic around the edges of each strip.
  11. Die cut small circles on the same materials used above. I used a 5mm die from a floral die set.
  12. Pop up the sentiments with foam tapes on the panel. Glue down the small circles as well.
  13. Adhere panel onto card base.

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