Monday, March 6, 2017

A Pop-Up Spinner Card for Freshly Made Sketches and Just Add Ink

I had lots of inspiration for today's card. I needed a fancy fold card that we hadn't done before for my Technique Night classes this week. I also thought I'd play along with two challenges. The first is a sketch lay-out from Freshly Made Sketches:

The second is an Inspiration Banner from Just Add Ink:

I especially like this inspiration photo! Look at that  rainbow macaron tower!! It almost looks too good to eat!

At our last team meeting, I saw a card made with overlapping shapes, coloured with Watercolour Pencils and blending two colours in the parts that overlapped. Even though the shapes aren't as simple, I decided to try this technique with the hot air balloons from the Lift Me Up stamp set. That's because I wanted to do a Pop-Up Spinner mechanism on the inside of the card and wanted it to be a hot air balloon that is spinning in the opening.

  • Because of the overlapping, I didn't make any attempt at highlights in my colouring, but I think it would work and I might do it if I was going to do this card again.
  • I used the Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point and Rich Razzleberry Watercolour pencils to get the rainbow effect.
  • The balloons are stamped in Basic Black Archival ink. This particular stamp, even though it is a clear mount stamp, seems to be particularly troublesome when wanting to get full coverage when you stamp. I haven't quite figured out if that was intended or not, but I've found that to get complete coverage, get out your Stampin' Pierce Mat to stamp on. It makes a huge difference. If you still have issues, do a little touch up with your Basic Black Stampin' Right Marker.
  • The sentiment is from Lift Me Up as well.
  • The inside has a little mechanism that allows a floating balloon that can spin if you wind it up before closing the card. When you open the card it will spin on the Whisper White Baker's Twine going through the middle of the double image of the balloon, which was stamped twice and die cut with the Up & Away Thinlits, then adhered with the baker's twine right through the middle. You can attach the twine right to the front of the mountain fold on the Whisper White cardstock or you can attach a 1/2" strip top an bottom, 3" long scored at 1/2", 1 1/2", and 2 1/2". Add adhesive to the 2-1/2" flaps on the ends and attach to the back of the Whisper White cardstock then add the balloon on a string to the top and bottom strip. Make sure it is pulled tightly. I fastened it with Tear & Tape, but didn't remove the top film.

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  1. I love all of those beautiful balloons! And the inside is fabulous too. Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

  2. What a fun card! Super layering of that great balloon! Glad you joined us this week at FMS!

  3. Wow, this is so clever!! I've only made one spinner card and have never seen a pop up one before, its so cool. Love your inspiration from our challenge photo too, your colouring is brilliant. So glad you joined us at Just Add Ink this week!

  4. This is just lovely Heather! I love how you staggered your balloons and then added a couple of little ones for perspective and the spinner inside is an awesome surprise! Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink this week.

  5. This is a fabulous card for both challenges, Heather! I love how your balloons cascade down the page and your surprise spinning balloon inside is such a fun addition. Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink this week :-)

  6. This is a great, fun, card Heather. I love the balloons trailing down the front of the card. Thanks for joining in the fun at Just Add Ink this week!


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