It’s no secret that I love a reason to celebrate, and today we’ve got a big one! Just a couple of days ago, my unbelievably talented crafty friend, Carissa Wiley launched her first collection of stamps, dies and hot foil plates with Spellbinders. These products – appropriately named the “It’s My Party Collection” – are party-themed and versatile enough to work for any celebration, and as you’re about to see, there are heaps of balloons that’ll offer heaps of mixing and matching possibilities.
For the two projects I’m sharing today, I was feeling inspired by some boho-esque color palettes, and decided on the following inks:
- Yellows: Catherine Pooler Shea Butter and Whipped Honey
- Browns: Catherine Pooler Ginger and Pinkfresh Studio Warm Buff
- Greens: Concord & 9th Sea Glass and Catherine Pooler Sea Glass
- Gold foil, for metallic accents
Starting with the first project, this one features the Balloon Garland & Sentiments Stencil Set (which also has a coordinating Party Balloon Garland Stamp Set). I decided to skip the stamping and just use the stencil, which allows you to ink blend a partial garland, or a full border if you want lots of balloons – and I did! I used smaller brushes and focused the ink towards the bottom of the balloons to make it look as though light was coming from the top, and really enjoyed how easy this stencil was to use.
For the sentiment on this card, I used the big Happy Birthday from the Giant Party Balloon Hot Foil & Die Set, foiling in matte gold and stacking several die cuts for dimension. I also added a little sub-sentiment from an older Spellbinders hot foil plate set, and finished the card with a couple of tiny gold star confetti bits.
For the second project, I tried out the Party Balloons Bouquet Hot Foil Plates & Dies and Balloon Bouquet Designs Stencil. I LOVE this set so much because between the patterns on the stencils and the ink colors in my stash, the possibilities are endless! Fun fact: Carissa designed this set so that the balloons could also be dressed up as oranges, and there’s even a little leaf hot foil plate in the set if you decide to use the circles in that way. Clever, right!?
Once my balloons were all foiled and colored, I used a previously-released Spellbinders Optical Arches embossing folder to create a textured white background, popped the balloons on top, and then finished with a foiled “Pop, Clink, Fizz” from the It’s My Party Glimmer Sentiments Hot Foil & Die Set.
If you find yourself making a lot of celebration cards, I can’t recommend this collection enough. Not only is it versatile and perfect for any celebration, but the products all coordinate so nicely together so the number of card designs you can create is endless. I hope you’ll check it out!
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