By Card Making and Paper Crafts Contributor Heidi. Follow Heidi on Instagram @bluescallopcreations.
As a card maker, I am drawn to bright, cheerful colors. Mostly white card bases with pops of pinks, mint and soft yellows. There are times though, when I need to make a masculine-style card. This is where the richer colors come in with some darker accents. For today’s project, I’m using a background die from Avery Elle called Waves for a quick and easy masculine birthday card. Balloons from Avery Elle’s Balloons stamp set are heat embossed with rich colors that complement the neutral background.
I first die cut the Waves die into black cardstock. Be sure to add a metal shim or extra card stock layer to your die cut machine to ensure a clean cut. I then used a piercing tool to pop out the wave pieces.
After stamping the balloons, I heat embossed some silver, green and dark purple embossing powder over the tops. Any dark colors will do. I thought these looked nice with the kraft and black background of the card. To cut out the balloons, I used the matching Balloons Dies, but you could easily fussy cut the stamped images. For the “happy” balloon, I trimmed off the top so I could line it up with the frame of the background die.
I adhered the balloons down the front of the card with some foam squares—overlapping to add interest.
I love all the shine that the heat embossing gives to the dark colors of the balloons. The background die gives a great additional layer of texture too.
Thanks so much for joining me today. I hope today’s project inspires you to experiment with different color combos that you don’t normally use to create some fun new projects!