I made this card for this week's 500th Tea Party! Fun! For this week's party Pat (casep) chose the theme of "500 miles" which I just loved. I am fascinated with hot air balloons, but I am too chicken to ride in one. However, my friend and her 80-year-old mother went up in one because the mother always wanted to do this. My friend's birthday is coming right up so I am going to send this to her (I think she will get a kick out of it). The plaid dsp is homemade using the Winnie & Walter Plaid Stamp Builder set. I love how some people write messages on their balloons so that inspired me to cut out this sparkly birthday sentiment and add it to the balloon. The basket is from the SU Bicycle set called Pedal Pusher. I stamped it, colored it with copic markers and fussy cut it out. The balloon is also colored entirely with copic markers. The sky is sponged with various layers of ink to give it some depth and dimension. This card took me a ridiculous amount of time to make, but now that I have made it, I intend to make a few more to have on hand because I think it works for a man or a woman.
Date: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 GMT Views: 460
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Registered: July 27, 2007 Location: Dublin, Ireland Posts: 87757
Tue, Feb 20, 2018 @ 12:22 PM
The balloon is amazing, Karen, it almost looks like silk. I love the idea of a hot-air balloon, but have totally lost my head for heights. I think they're beautiful to watch, though. And fun on cards, they're one of the things I thought of. I bet your friend will just love this.
Registered: May 18, 2004 Location: Southwest Michigan Posts: 26134
Tue, Feb 20, 2018 @ 12:25 PM
This is a beautiful balloon you've made ~ I love the colors and your wonderful shading. Great looking sky and what a fabulous plaid you created. I agree, this is perfect for anyone, male or female, adult, child or teenager : )
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Registered: August 15, 2007 Location: Twin Cities MN Posts: 30604
Tue, Feb 20, 2018 @ 12:33 PM
This turned out so cute! That homemade plaid paper is awesome! And the balloon with the message is perfect for your friend. I'm not real adventurous normally but I would kind of like to do a balloon ride...
Registered: January 19, 2014 Location: Central Indiana Posts: 36375
Tue, Feb 20, 2018 @ 1:27 PM
This hot air balloon is fantastic. Love the sky and the plaid paper you created and paired with it works perfectly! Great job with your card. Love the story to go with your card too. I totally agree this could go for a guy or a girl.
Registered: August 30, 2006 Location: in the sunny south Posts: 6356
Tue, Feb 20, 2018 @ 1:39 PM
Very pretty! I am just loving the interpretations of transportation! I have never been up in a hot air balloon either, but my sister and her DH took a ride for their anniversary one year. Hot air balloons always remind me of the Wizard of Oz. Beautiful sponged sky and handmade plaid. Thank you for playing.
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Registered: April 16, 2008 Location: Sherwood, Oregon Posts: 4659
Tue, Feb 20, 2018 @ 3:25 PM
What a wonderful card to send to your friend, it will bring back some nice memories of an adventure with her mother. Gorgeous sky and the ballon looks simply remarkable. Definitely a labor of love but for such a worthy occasion! Lovely!
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