Cloud Nine Birthday

This is a Design Team card for Try Stampin' on Tuesday Sketch Challenge #402 :

When I saw the overlapping rectangles in the sketch, I knew I wanted to create a sky using the Triple Stamping Technique. Although technically, I only did two layers, rather than three.

I created the sky by die cutting a scalloped circle onto a scrap of cardstock using the Stampin' Up! (SU) "Circle Card Thinlit Dies"using the Clouding Backgrounds Technique.

The balloons were stamped with two different shades of the same basic color using the SU "Balloon Celebration" set, then punched out with their matching SU punch. Note that the balloons were given more of a "floating" look by punching out two more balloons, then gluing them behind the stamped balloon. This technique is called "Stacked Die Cuts".

I really like the sentiment, but to my taste it's too large for the scene, so I stamped, scanned and reduced it to 80% of its original size. Then after printing it out, die cut a cloud shape around it using my SU "Rainbow Builder" Framelits Dies. I then sponged the same blue around the cloud's edges with a bit heavier sponging along the bottom. The sentiment cloud was mounted using foam, dots and glue because of the three different panels it spanned.

The card front base is a piece of SU Marina Mist that has been run through my Big Shot using the SU "Seaside" embossing folder.

I would rate the difficulty of this card as a "3" out of a possible "5" due to all the steps it requires. No one step is particularly difficult, but it does take time and requires the use of several techniques.

Stamps: SU Balloon Celebration, Lift Me Up
Paper: SU Whisper White, Marina Mist
Paper Size: A2
Ink: SU Marina Mist, Memento, Daffodil Delight, So Saffron, Groovy Guava, Calypso Coral, Rich Razzleberry, Tuxedo Black,
Accessories: SU Balloon Bouquet Punch, Circle Card Thinlit Dies, Rainbow Builder Thinlit Dies, Craft Sponge, Tombow Multi Liquid Glue, Mini Glue Dots, Adhesive Foam Strips, SU Seaside Embossing Folder, SU Brights Candy Dots, Sewing Thread
Techniques: Punching, Triple Stamping, Cloudy Backgrounds, Embossing, Stacked Die Cuts