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Hot Air Balloon Card

Card making is a great hobby for your own state of mind and it’s a great way to encourage and lift the spirits of other people too! That’s why I love this sentiment in the new Lift Me Up stamp setIt’s perfect for sending cards to long distance friends and family.

Lift Me Up CardBasket Weave Paper: 2-1/2″ x 4″
Whisper White: 4″ x 5-1/4″
Peekaboo Peach card base: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″

This card was one of many that I made for the January One Sheet Wonder Card ClubI started with the piece of basket weave paper. You can tear just a wee bit off the top and it gives the edge of the paper a kind of horizon look.

Have you ever been frustrated trying to decide what products go together? What drew me to Stampin’ Up! was how everything coordinates. Sometimes it can be frustrating when you just want to buy one stamp out of a set, but it’s so nice that they bundle their stamps together to make it easy for us. Then they add coordinating dies and punches so I don’t have to fussy cut. Hallelujah! Plus pretty papers in colors that coordinate with their basic colors of card stock and inks. It makes me one happy camper.

So the Lift Me Up stamp set coordinates beautifully with the Up & Away Thinlits Dies. In fact if you want them both you can Save 10% and order the Lift Me Up BundleAnd if your order is $50 or more you can select the coordinating Carried Away Designer Series Paper for FREE! I love this stuff.

Here are some tips for using the Up & Away Thinlits Dies:

Up & Away Thinlits Dies

These dies are a great way to use up some of your paper scraps! There are 5 different dies that make up the background colors for the balloon. You can alternate the colors like I did in the photo above, go from dark to light for an ombre effect like on page 10 of the Occasions Catalog or use as many colors as you like!

Up & Away Thinlit Tips

The detailed balloon die is like a window to the colors you choose for your background. Sometimes all those little detailed pieces don’t want to pop out nicely. For this one I used my Precision Base Plate and ran my die and card stock through my Big Shot 3 times to make sure it cut nice. I have a love/hate relationship with this plate. I love that it helps the detailed dies cut nicely but I hate how badly it warps my clear cutting pads. Another option is to add a layer of wax paper in between your die and your card stock. You can also use the Big Shot Die Brush after you’ve cut your detailed balloon out. Just put your balloon on the foam mat and run the brush over it to poke out all those little pieces.

Once you’ve got your pieces all cut you’re ready to glue them all together. I don’t do putzy so I was very pleasantly surprised that this balloon went together quickly. The Silicone Craft Sheet is my best friend when it comes to adding adhesive. Less mess is always a good thing. All I had to do was add some Fine Tip Glue to the back of my detailed balloon and add my solid balloon pieces on top. I did place a clear block on top to hold them in place while I let it dry. After the glue dried, I added the hot air balloon to my card with dimensionals.

Okay now it’s your turn. Go make a card and send it to a friend that lives far away. Spread a little joy!

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