My Beautiful Balloon

Would You Like to Ride in my Beautiful Balloon?

Anybody out there remember the Fifth Dimension? The singing group, not the real 5th dimension. I loved that song, Up, Up, and Away – as well as their other hit, Wedding Bell Blues. And their version of Aquarius, from the musical Hair.

(Little known fact: the lead female vocalist, Marilyn McCoo, and Robert Wagner (DiNozzo’s dad on NCIS) shared the first ever television interracial kiss on the show It Takes a Thief).

I have never been in a hot air balloon, beautiful or otherwise, and I’m not likely to ever do so in my lifetime. Paralyzing fear of heights and all that. But I love the look of a beautiful balloon, which is why I decided to use a beautiful balloon on my hubby’s birthday card.

Up Up and Away Thinlits and Lift Me Up beautiful balloon

I went with a black and white theme, cause he tends to like things that are more Clean and Simple in their design. Not to mention that that makes my design life a little easier, haha!

Here’s the trick to lining up the stamped images and the cutouts –

  • Cut two pieces of card stock that are identical in size. (I used Whisper White above).
  • I did use a MISTI for the stamping, in full disclosure. You gotta get one of these! I decided where I wanted the stamps to be and lined them up on the MISTI, and stamped in Basic Black on one of the Whisper White pieces.
  • I then took out the stamped paper and put in, in the exact same place, the other piece of card stock that was identical in size to the first.
  • I did NOT move the stamps around, just re-inked them and stamped exactly as I did on the previous piece.
  • I then took the coordinating framelits and cut out the two balloon images on one of the stamped pieces of card stock. (I kept the cutout pieces and used them on the inside of the card).
  • Next I took the piece with the cutouts and stamped a couple of clouds and then colored them in with Wink of Stella.
  • I adhered the cutout piece directly on top of the stamped piece of card stock with Stampin’ Dimensionals, lining up the two pieces of card stock. Done!

I finished with stamping my sentiment on a separate piece of card stock, taping a piece of copy paper over the area above where I wanted the sentiment so I could have just the phrase hope your day is on cloud nine without the Happy Birthday phrase on top.

I then did the same on the inside of the card: I taped a piece of copy paper below where I wanted the Happy Birthday so I could avoid the lower half of the sentiment and just have the birthday part.

Now go forth and do something creative today!